Today is not only the end of the work week; it’s also the beginning of a new month. February has officially arrived, y’all. We’re looking forward to putting some pieces together honoring the legacy of J Dilla, whose birthday and death anniversary occur this month.
But before we get there, let’s take a look back at the past week, which got off to a crazy start on Monday. I mean, people are out there shooting at Rick Ross, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean brawled in a parking lot, and Tyler, the Creator and Miley Cyrus recorded a song co-written by Mary J. Blige. Kanye West kept it weird performing in a straitjacket while XXYYXX got interviewed by the man Nardwuar.
Lil Wayne released some lackluster artwork designed by Yeezy’s DONDA agency and we kept hearing different things about the rumored Cruel Winter project, which seems like it’s not happening. Also, we lost some music legends in Jef Lee Johnson of Soultronics and Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner of the Ohio Players. RIP.
There were plenty of notable single releases, too:
- Action Bronson – “Strictly 4 My Jeeps”
- Chance the Rapper – “Juice”
- Eagle Nebula – “Blast Off!”
- The Foreign Exchange – “So What If It Is”
- Kool A.D. – “Eroika”
- Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down”
- Mo Kolours – “Bomptious”
- Charles Bradley – “Strictly Reserved for You”