It was another tough week for music lovers, as we learned yesterday that jazz giant Donald Byrd passed away at the age of 80. From his playing with John Coltrane to his solo albums to his collaborations with Guru, the trumpeter’s impact on music at large was massive. As we remember his life, we also honor the legacies of J Dilla and Nujabes, both of whom would have celebrated their birthdays this past Thursday. It’s crazy to think that two incredibly gifted artists were born on the same day, and we plan on putting together a feature to highlight Nujabes’ finest work in the coming days.
There were some lighter moments, of course, as PIMB leader Dave Reyneke went in on the Grammys and workhorse John Healey pondered whether or not we should give up on Lupe Fiasco. Also, Pusha T announced that Clipse will indeed make a comeback with a fourth album while James Blake finally revealed the details of his sophomore full-length. Mobb Deep got back together to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and we advise that they stay off Twitter and away from 50 Cent. Oh, and we all got trolled about a new Kanye West album.
As for the singles this past week? Sheeeeeit:
- James Blake – “Retrograde”
- Bilal – “West Side Girl”
- The Doppelgangaz – “Hark Back”
- Mikky Ekko – “Pull Me Down” (The Internet Remix)
- Black Dave – “Muthafuck My Enemies”
- BJ The Chicago Kid – “Honey”