Casey Veggies’ First Album In Four Years Is Here and GMO-Free

Resilience. That’s the word that could best describe Casey Veggies’s style and commitment to coming back over the years, prepared to command attention in rap’s crowded space. The Los Angeles rapper has released a new studio album, Organic, his first LP since 2015’s Live & Grow. It’s the first of four albums that he’s working on so it looks like Veggies is back for good.

Organic is a concise listen, made up of 10 tracks. There are a number of guest features in YG, The Game, Dom Kennedy, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more. In a recent conversation with MTV News, Veggies revealed that the album “is an answer to everyone that ever doubted me.” He also talked about one of Organic’s tracks, “The Ceiling,” saying that it is a “super vulnerable song that talks about painting a picture of the dark space I was in.”

Veggies’s last project before this was his 2016 mixtape, Customized Greatly Vol. 4: The Return of The Boy. Prior to releasing Organic, he released “Awarded” in May.

Take a listen to Casey Veggies’s return, Organic, up above.

Pharrell Pays Tribute To A Black Music Legend In ‘Letter To My Godfather’

Pharrell Williams has released a new song called “Letter To My Godfather” which appears in Netflix’s new documentary, The Black GodfatherThe film tells the story of Clarence Avant, a music executive credited for being one of the industry’s biggest innovators for Black artists. Pharrell’s song is an ode to the man’s work and presence, paying homage to him while he’s here now instead of waiting till he’s gone. Avant deserves these flowers.

Pharrell’s Auto-Tuned sermon – that he co-wrote with Chad Hugo – showers the retired business executive with adoration. It’s a peaceful and happy affair with soft voices in the background that elevate Pharrell’s words higher. He’s toasting to Avant, he’s hugging him, he acknowledges that Avant is the chandelier in the darkness. It makes for a refreshing and necessary listen.

Pharrell deserves his flowers, too, not just for his long, lucrative career in hip-hop, but also for establishing a festival in his hometown. Earlier this year, he brought Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Ferg, SZA, and more to Virginia Beach, Virginia for his first annual Something In The Water festival. He’s been busy this year, also collaborating with both Beck and Gesaffelstein.

Listen to Pharrell’s touching tribute, “Letter To My Godfather” up above.

Bop Shop: Songs From Tove Lo, Bas, J.I.D, Jay Som, And More

All Doja Cat had to say was, “Bitch, I’m a cow,” in last year’s silly-but-sensual “Mooo!” and we were all ears. Born and raised in L.A., the singer has charisma and confidence to spare, with music that evokes elements of R&B, pop, and rap with a sickeningly sweet twist. Since her 2014 debut EP, she’s kept up her game touring with the likes of Lizzo and Theophilus London, and the recent deluxe release of her album Amala is a perfect opportunity to savor some of the bops you might have missed.

Enter “Go to Town” – a bouncy track that will have you hooked from its immediate high-voice refrain. Behind a beat that feels like a mix of club, schoolyard, and candy shop, Doja packs innuendos by the pound. She offers her man a one-chance-only invitation to “go to town” and show her what he’s got. She shows no signs of complacency, throwing in winks and jabs between bars, and she knows what she wants and will not stand for any emoji clownery (“He text me an eggplant, I text him a peanut”). With a chorus that won’t quit and a wide-eyed smirk you can hear, Doja Cat will have you grooving until you can’t help but bust it down and go to town – whatever that means to you. —Carson Mlnarik

BTS And Charli XCX Want You To Go After Your Dreams In New Collab

BTS and Charli XCX have linked up for a new, bedazzling song, “Dream Glow.” It’s every bit as shiny and bright as the name suggests and it’ll make you feel all fuzzy inside. It’ll appear on their upcoming mobile game BTS World so you’ll begin hearing it everywhere on June 25, when the game launches. While we wait on the game though, it’s time to immerse ourselves in this fuzzy light.

Charli XCX kicks things off with a jolt before BTS’s Jin, Jimin, and Jungkook lead the listener through a shining land of rainbows. It’s a smooth listen that builds the anticipation for BTS World’s imminent release. You’ll play as a manager with the goal of making the band into superstars. With an optimistic, and impossibly bright, tune like “Dream Glow,” it looks like that dream will be easy to turn into a reality.

BTS World is going to follow an alternate universe story where in 2012, you’re a BigHit Entertainment employee who’s been placed in charge of the group. The game’s going to have over 10,000 new photos, 100 never-before-seen clips of the group in action, and a new soundtrack, which “Dream Glow” comes from. For their most recent real life soundtrack, they released Map Of The Soul: Persona in April.

Listen to “Dream Glow” up above.

Madonna Brings The Legend Of Joan Of Arc To 2019 In ‘Dark Ballet’ Video

Madonna‘s new video for “Dark Ballet” is as bold and artistic as they come. It stars rapper Mykki Blanco as Joan of Arc, the French heroine who led soldiers to victory in numerous battles and was eventually burned by the English at the stake. The visual follows this path to her execution and shows the pain and resilience that made her into a martyr figure that’s been able to survive into modern pop culture. We’ve all heard about Joan of Arc’s achievements on the battlefield, but this intimate story deserves to be told as well.

Joan of Arc received her first divine vision from God at 13 years old; years later, she would be placed at the head of French forces and was thought to be directly responsible for winning multiple battles. Her bravery was applauded. She was later ambushed at a battle, imprisoned by English officials, and executed. Records show that she asked for a crucifix to be held in front of her while being burned. She wasn’t afraid.

Madonna’s video assumes that you know of her powerful achievements because it jumps straight to the road towards execution. Mykki Blanco’s Joan of Arc is powerful but afraid. As she frets about the pending execution, she’s shown to be in different mental spaces, hesitant to accept death, yet an unmovable force in the face of English intimidation. We’re shown the haunting burning from multiple angles, the last finding Blanco’s Joan smiling.

“Dark Ballet” is the fifth song released from Madonna’s forthcoming album Madame X following “Medellín” with Maluma, “I Rise,” “Crave” with Swae Lee, and “Future” with Quavo. Madame X will be out on June 14.

Watch the powerful video for “Dark Ballet” up above.

The Rise Of Denzel Curry In Five Songs

Curry let Ta13oo simmer for just shy of 11 months before returning to the fray with ZUU, his fourth studio album. If what he revealed to Fader is true — that the entire LP was freestyled — then first single “Ricky” is the work of a mastermind. It’s named after his father, to whom it pays tribute and is reflected in the cover art.

In the song, Carol City isn’t hellishly depicted like Opa-Locka. Instead, it’s the setting where his guardians instill their life lessons in him. Curry’s dad tells him, “Trust no man but your brothers.” His mother says, “Trust no ho, use a rubber.” Throughout the tune, we leave his childhood cul-de-sac and find power in his past. After all, the tribulations he’s faced throughout his life have certainly strengthened his position in the rap space, as well as his comfort within himself.

Curry’s career continues to push further inward as he becomes more comfortable and familiar with personal experimentation. He continues to show that his next move will always be more calculated than his last — something that likely puts continued mainstream success in his sights.

Jonas Brothers’ Comeback Album Happiness Begins Is Here, And Fans Have No Chill

Let the happiness commence!

The Jonas Brothers‘ stellar comeback has culminated in the new album Happiness Begins, which arrived at the stroke of midnight on Friday (June 7). It marks the band’s fifth studio album and first in 10 years, following 2009’s Lines, Vines and Trying Times. And though it’s already given JB their first-ever No. 1 single, “Sucker,” there were sky-high expectations for Happiness Begins, namely from the legions of fans whose decade-long patience has finally paid off.

For what it’s worth, Kevin, Joe, and Nick are as happy as clams — in a new press release, the trio said, “For us this album is a culmination of the last ten years and our story as brothers. We are so excited this album is officially out! We can’t wait for you to finally hear it and to perform it in front of all our fans around the world!” They also cheekily added, “PS – We’ve been to the year 3000. Not much has changed but they live underwater.”

As for those aforementioned dedicated-as-hell fans? The early reviews are in, and the consensus seems to be that the boys are back and as fun as ever. Upon the album’s release, JB enthusiasts took their fervor to Twitter and shared hilarious and emotional reactions to the 14 new tracks (including the previously released singles “Sucker” and “Cool“). See the best below, and happy listening!

  1. “Sucker”

  2. “Cool”

  3. “Only Human”

  4. “I Believe”

  5. “Used to Be”

  6. “Every Single Time”

  7. “Don’t Throw It Away”

  8. “Love Her”

  9. “Happy When I’m Sad”

  10. “Trust”

  11. “Strangers”

  12. “Hesitate”

  13. “Rollercoaster”

  14. “Comeback”

Machine Gun Kelly Describes How Mac Miller And Chester Bennington Influenced His New Album

Anticipation for Machine Gun Kelly‘s fourth album, Hotel Diablo, reached a fever pitch on Thursday (June 6) with the release of the rapper’s latest single. On “I Think I’m OKAY” — yes, the last word is all-caps for dramatic effect — MGK joins forces with British rocker Yungblud, and the two make an intensely potent combination.

After trading verses in which they reflect on a vapid life fueled by booze and drugs, they come together for the brutally honest chorus: “Watch me, take a good thing and fuck it all up in one night / Catch me, I’m the one on the run away from the headlights,” they sing/scream. “No sleep, up all week wasting time with people I don’t like / I think that something’s fucking wrong with me.” Tying it all together is blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who lends his thunderous skills to the genre-bending track, before Yungblud closes it out with an a cappella finale.

After “I Think I’m OKAY” premiered on Beats 1, MGK talked up Hotel Diablo, describing it to host Zane Lowe as “the album I always wanted to put out.” When Lowe asked if starring in the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt made MGK want to reconnect with his more rock-influenced sound, the rapper said, “I think that did, and I think [Linkin Park frontman] Chester [Bennington] passing did that for me, too.”

MGK also described the back-to-basics approach he’s taking for the new album, explaining, “I got rid of all the bells and whistles on this project. It’s all about being an artist more than a celebrity. … This time around, the music’s too good and I’m not doing anything but being myself. There’s no added chains, there’s no added statement jackets.

“You know who did a great job with this? Mac Miller,” he continued. “When I looked at Mac, I just saw a talented young man. I didn’t hate on the thing that he did. I was so impressed all the time, by his musicality, by his mental, by him as a friend. And that’s the ultimate goal for me, is to walk around and have that respect and to not have all this extra stuff follow me. Because extra stuff and drama and alpha male hate has followed me for a long, long time.”

Hotel Diablo — the follow-up to Machine Gun Kelly’s 2017 album, Bloom — doesn’t have a release date yet, but is expected sometime this year.

Avicii’s Posthumous Album Tim Is Finally Here

Avicii‘s third studio album, Tim, is finally out. The posthumous LP, named for the producer’s birth name, is the product of a community of close friends and collaborators coming together to finish what he started. Now that it’s arrived in all of its majestic splendor, we can see that the mission has been completed. The world has a final chapter in Avicii’s trilogy to consume.

Tim is twelve tracks long. It acts as a follow-up to his 2015 album, Stories. It finds Avicii at his most comfortable, working with frequent collaborators like Aloe Blacc and Vargas & Lagola. Imagine Dragons and others also appear on this electronic feast that punches a hole in the time continuum and creates its own everlasting space. You’ll find the previously released Blacc-collaboration “SOS” on it which arrived with a heartwarming visual featuring fans explaining what Avicii’s music did for them.

Avicii tragically took his life last April at 28 years old. A couple of months ago, his family and collaborators revealed in an interview with the New York Times that the LP was “75 to 85 percent” done and that it would incorporate elements of “psychedelia, Arabian music, sounds of the Carribean and more.”

Stream Avicii’s posthumous album, Tim, up above. 

See Jonas Brothers React To Halsey’s Surprisingly Soulful ‘Sucker’ Cover

There’s a reason “Sucker” became Jonas Brothersfirst-ever No. 1 hit: it’s a catchy, certified bop. But the band’s comeback smash warps into something much more intense in the capable hands of Halsey, who put her own spin on “Sucker” while visiting BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on Thursday (June 6).

Halsey’s cover begins with a jazzy intro, complete with a saxophone solo and finger snapping. She sultrily strolls through the verses — even whistling along at one point — then amps up the drama with a growling, belting chorus. It’s a much more soulful version of “Sucker” than what you’ve heard before, and it’s an absolute must-hear.

After seeing Halsey’s cover, Kevin, Joe, and Nick posed a video message for their fellow New Jersey native on Twitter. “Oh my god! Halsey! That was amazing,” they gushed. “Thank you so much for covering ‘Sucker.’ It sounded incredible. You’re the best. We love you!” Along with some heart-eye emojis, she tweeted back, “I love you guys too!!!!! And I love this song! Thank you!!!!!!!!”

Halsey’s version of “Sucker” comes just a week after Jonas Brothers made their own Live Lounge appearance. During that visit, the group covered Lewis Capaldi’s U.K. hit “Someone You Loved,” and the singer-songwriter returned the favor on Thursday by putting yet another new spin on “Sucker.” So, yes, there were not one but two A-list covers of “Sucker” released today — try to keep up!

It’s also worth noting that Halsey didn’t just perform “Sucker” in the Live Lounge — she gave her raging new single “Nightmare” a stripped-back rendition that’s equally as beautiful. Check it out below.