1. Watch Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl half time performance.
Although many of us wanted a very pregnant Beyonce to pop out during the Super Bowl halftime show, you have to admit Lady Gaga did her thing.
During the live broadcast Sunday, the famously eccentric singer stepped out to deliver a medley of her biggest hits. Gaga opened the set with a powerful rendition of “God Bless America” before jumping off the stadium roof onto the stage, which sent social media into a meme frenzy.
Watch the performance below.
2. Rae Sremmurd debut new song featuring Kendrick Lamar & Gucci Mane.
On February 2, Rae Sremmurd debuted a new unreleased track at their concert in Prague. In the fan footage below, Slim Jxmmi can be seen telling their DJ to “drop that new baby,” as he explains to the crowd: “This song is Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, and Kendrick Lamar.”
The track kicks off with Swae Lee singing an atmospheric and relaxed hook while the brothers on stage provide ad-libs to pump their fans up. Later on, Guwop comes in for his verse, followed by a verse from one of the Rae Sremmurd members. While the song in its current form doesn’t have Kendrick’s contributions quite yet, Rae Sremmurd is probably getting the star-studded track ready to drop sometime this year.
3. Stranger Things season 2 trailer and release date finally announced.
During Super Bowl 2017, Stranger Things aired a 30-second ad for the highly-anticipated second season. The cryptic clip shows flashes of dark images, including Eleven in distress and the Stranger Things boys wearing Ghostbusters costumes. The trailer reveals that the hit series will be available on Netflix on Halloween (October 31) of 2017. Watch below.
4. Drake and Wizkid reunite for “Hush Up the Silence.”
After working together on Drake‘s VIEWS single “One Dance” and Wizkid’s “Ojuelegba” remix with Skepta, Drizzy and Wizkid have reunited with a new collaborative track called “Hush Up the Silence.”
The song debuted last night on episode 37 of OVO Sound Radio aired, which featured a guest mix from DJ Maximum from London’s grime collective Boy Better Know. Just before the show turned over to Maximum, Oliver El-Khatib gave an update on Drake’s “More Life” project, assuring fans that “everything’s moving along nicely” and then premiered the afro-beat influenced dance track. Tune in below at the 60:15 mark to listen.
5. Members of the hip hop community pay tribute to composer David Axelrod.
Early Sunday, news surfaced that composer, arranger, and producer David Axelrod had passed away at the age of 83. Although Axelrod’s death has still not been confirmed, members of the hip-hop community have been paying their respects to the legendary musician. Questlove, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hudson Mohawke, and more posted tributes throughout the day on social media.
David Axelrod was born in Los Angeles in 1933 and joined Capitol Records in 1963 as a producer and A&R man. He was highly respected in the jazz and soul worlds for his recording techniques. His 1968 debut album Song of Innocence became a seminal work, establishing Axelrod’s later legacy for blending jazz, rock, and R&B in his music.
Axelrod’s recordings have been sampled many times by hip-hop artists and producers including for Lil Wayne’s “Dr. Carter,” Mos Def’s “Hip Hop, Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” and Madlib’s “The Unseen.” View tributes to the late David Axelrod below.
Just a few of the David Axelrod samples in hip-hop. He was easily one of the most brilliant composers of the last half century. pic.twitter.com/hSnlsPwWx4
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) February 5, 2017
So sad to hear about the passing of musician/composer #DavidAxelrod. He was so immersed in creativity and so pure with his arrangements he WAS hip hop. And understood and appreciated hip hop culture (most cats would get guarded about time moving on & easily take the “NO!!!!!!!!” disposition if they aren’t informed. David embraced and often reached out to producers and beatmakers for cool collabos) he appreciation for music and his ability to recognize musicianship is what I’ll take from him. Rest in Melody.