Countdown Kanye West’s Top 33 Songs

KANYE-NT-472x472Kanye West embarks on his first tour in five years starting this Saturday, and Slacker celebrates with a station counting down his 33 most popular songs, as determined by you and millions of Slacker listeners.

You’ll notice that we’ve even got special artwork for this station from Kanye himself!

This exclusive station is available for all Slacker listeners but remember, listeners with “explicit content” set to “off” wont be able to hear the Kanye West Top 33.

Listen to the Top 33 here.

Slacker Honors Tupac Shakur With the 2Pac Top 33

2PAC-472x472 (1)It was 17 years ago this week that we lost one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Tupac Shakur’s legacy continues to inspire, and in celebration of his amazing career, Slacker presents The 2Pac Top 33.

This countdown is determined by Slacker listeners and what we call “E.Q.,” an “Engagement Quotient” that indicates the most played, most hearted, and most shared 2Pac songs of all time.

Listen here as we celebrate a true artist gone much too soon.

Song Stuck in My Head: K. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.”

K-MICHELLE-472x472Memphis-based singer and songwriter K. Michelle has built a reputation on catchy singles (like her 2009 hit “Fakin’ It” featuring Missy Elliott) and attention-grabbing mixtapes, but we finally have her first full-length album.

The Album “Rebellious Soul” has touches of classic Motown mixed with a contemporary vibe, and the first single “V.S.O.P.” is Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

Listen to “V.S.O.P.” here on demand all week.

Hip Hop Game Changer N.W.A is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

NWAAOTW2This week marks the 25th anniversary of N.W.A’s legendary “Straight Outta Compton.” In 1988, rap music sounded nothing like N.W.A. To the mainstream music fan, rap was the frat-boy antics of the Beastie Boys, the hardline political activism of Public Enemy, and an assortment of jokers and boastful urban youth.

It’s hard to put “Straight Out Of Compton” into perspective today, but at the time it was the most dangerous, confrontational, and controversial music of the decade. N.W.A shifted the focus from the East coast to the West as the epicenter of hip hop, and set the tone for what the genre would become over the following decade.

To celebrate the anniversary of this landmark album, your Slacker curators have put together a station that features N.W.A’s most critical tracks, solo tracks from Eazy, Dre, and Ice Cube, and all of the artists that they came up with and influenced. Listen here. 

N.W.A changed hip hop forever, and they are Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

R. Kelly’s New Single is the Song Stuck in our Head

SongStuck-RKelly-472x472Chicago native R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard magazine.

He’s hard at work on his 12th solo studio album, to be called “Black Panties” and set for a release later this summer. No need to be patient though, because we’ve already got the first single! It’s called “My Story,” and features a guest appearance from 2 Chainz.

Listen to “My Story” on demand right here – It’s Slacker’s Song Stuck In My Head.

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is the Album of the Week

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 3.23.47 PMRobin Thicke maintains his rule-breaker status with his sixth studio album, “Blurred Lines,” which is now available to listen on demand on Slacker’s Album of the Week here.

The 11-songs represent a genre-mixing blend of R&B, pop, soul, hip-hop and dance music. Pour in his smooth vocals, and you’ll either want to dance or relax with a glass of wine.

Listen in its entirety, as Robin Thicke channels both Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye. “Blurred Lines,” Slacker’s Album of the Week.

Artist of the Week: Kanye West and His Musical Evolution

KanyeKanye West has entered into a new stage as an artist and as a public figure. On one hand, there is his public persona—outspoken self-promoter, generator of outrageous soundbytes, and Kim Kardashian’s baby daddy. On the other, there is Kanye the artist—one of the most accomplished rappers and producers in the history of hip hop, the man that single-handedly changed the way that hip hop sounded in the 2000’s, and now the artist that is making the most emotional and challenging albums in modern music.

With his latest album “Yeezus,” Kanye West has created an experimental, confrontational, minimalist, and genre-bending piece of work that requires repeat listens to fully comprehend everything that is going on. It’s a bleak, industrial sounding album that feels both expansive and claustrophobic; his rapping is often replaced by primal screaming, and his boasts are often followed by statements of insecurity and even self-loathing. The album features production from Rick Rubin and guest appearances from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Chief Keef, Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, and more.

On this weeks Artist of the Week station, we pay tribute to Kanye’s musical evolution–from his early mainstream hits and the College trilogy through his more recent experiments. You’ll also hear his work as a producer, his collaborations, his influences, and his contemporaries.

Listen to Kanye West as Slacker’s Artist Of The Week here.

Rock The Bells Festival Announce Artists Additions to Lineup

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 1.09.01 AMThe Rock The Bells festival announced a dozen additions to it’s 2013 lineup this week, including Riff Raff, Action Bronson, and Deltron 3030. Those acts join hip-hop stars like Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, and Kid Cudi. And to top it off: they are promising hologram performances from Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E.

Other additions include notable EDM artists Pretty Lights, Chase & Status and Mimosa.

Guerilla Union CEO and founder Chang Weisberg said of the new additions and EDM add ons, “It’s also important to acknowledge the gap being bridged between hip hop and EDM. They’re no longer two solitary genres and we’re starting to see major overlap between both styles, especially in areas like LA, NYC, and DMV. Rock The Bells tenth year marks the perfect time to celebrate that influence with acts like Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Chase & Status and Mimosa. Hip-hop is not one dimensional, it’s actually more diverse than it’s ever been, and I’m glad that we’re able to showcase and celebrate the many different sub-styles of the genre.”

In unprecedented hip-hop history, more than twenty artists on this year’s bill are releasing new albums this year including Curren$y, Danny Brown, Deltron 3030, Dom Kennedy, Earl Sweatshirt, Hopsin, Juicy J, Schoolboy Q, and many more.

The festival lands in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C and New York starting in September. Click here for dates and ticket info.

Hear the lineup on Slacker’s Hip Hop station.

 

 

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