After releasing a couple dope track leaks and visuals over the past few weeks Naledge will finally unleash the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed project Chicago Picasso tomorrow! The project will be released digitally via Brainiac Society and Duck Down Music and it features a slew of dope artists and producers. Kidz In The Hall partner Double-0, Nez & Rio, Thelonius London, The Fr3shmen, MStacks & XCel handle the production while Naledge links with a slew of your favorite emcees, which you can check out in detail after the jump along with the project’s full tracklisting.
While you wait on the arrival of Chicago Picasso 2 head on over to the homies at RubyHornet to revisit the original version; which featured the likes of Jay Electronica, Bun B, Curren$y, King Chip & more!
The remaining term of the scorching season will be ICE COLD like this cover. Hits racks 9/4.
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Staying true to his dapper Windy City ways, the self-proclaimed King of R&B unveiled his slick dual-covers for his anticipated project Write Me Back (due June 26th.) Returning back to Love Letter’s [era] spruce attire, Kells, who appears reasonably stylish in his signature black suit and matching shades, stands front and center as the main attraction in the bright standard edition, while on the vintage black and white deluxe edition (infused with all shades of colors on the title’s text), the rhythms and blues vet is visibly reaching for his feathery top-hat –quite possibly as a big “thank you” to those who supported real music on his previous release. Who am I kidding? He’s just probably saying, “I’ve been the staple and glue that’s held R&B down for umpteen years now….where’s my respect?” And, of course to his cocky competitors, “I’m an elephant and you a fly.” Hit the jump for a look at the album’s cover-shoot (via location at Club Play in Miami) along with the hi-res artwork(s).
After multiple delays, coupled with a mass amount of incredible mixtape material to tide fans over, Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. is finally ready to drop his highly anticipated debut solo record, Live from the Underground, on June 5th. The Def Jam rap-star took to his official website to unveil the artwork for the forthcoming LP, and also provided a meaningful description of the cover:
This is the artwork 4 my debut album “Live From The Underground”. It’s a representation of how I feel about underground vs mainstream music. At times I feel like mainstream music operates on a totally different planet. This illustrates how I’ve crash landed into the mainstream to bring the sounds from the underground back 2 the forefront. I want to thank everyone for all their support of my journey so far. Especially Team Big K.R.I.T. and my K4L supporters. I put twitter and facebook backgrounds in here for y’all to put on your pages. Let’s make history on June 5th… – K.R.I.T.
Thinking deep in thought, huh? Well, come May 1st, Atlien B.o.B. will have a lot to ponder, as he’ll attempt to stray clear from the infamous sophomore slump — releasing his newest album Strange Clouds — preceded by the lead singles, its title track featuring Lil Wayne, and the follow-up number “So Good,” which a visual for it shall be released March 21st.
The Bromance continues as the second release from the label is scheduled for March 12th. This time Pipes teams up with Gucci Vump to offer up a two cut split EP of totally exotic emotion driven vogue-esque productions. Complementing the music, Hassan Rahim released his artwork for the project in a cut and past form alluding to the emotion behind the songs themselves. I’m definitely super excited for this release. Check out a preview of “Sleeping” bellow and hit the break to hear “Feeling”.
YMCMB’s first lady Nicki Minaj — going the Harijuku route and sporting a “deer in the headlights” look on the artwork for her sophomore opus Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — is set to release the highly anticipated project on April 3rd, led by the lukewarm singles “Stupid Hoe”, “Roman Reloaded”, the absurdly haunting “Roman’s Holiday,” and lastly, her RedOne pop driven offering “Starships.” Recently, she talked with MTV about her influence on pop culture and theatrical background, which, if interested you can view right here.
The album is out —digitally— and subsequently, many have voiced their “professional” opinions (unfortunately). But enough of that. Here we are focusing on the project’s artwork. The original, golden cover as well as the work’s alternative creations were concocted by Riccardo Tisci. Clap for the gentlemen and be sure to check the additional imagery under the cut. Did the right piece make the cover?