Welcome to issue 21 of the 1VIBE newsletter. Apologizes for the late delivery on this one, but we’ve compiled some great stories and releases for you so let’s get to it. The year-end lists have officially taken over. Here is Complex’s picks for the 50 best albums of 2019. Their favorite album was made by a guy named Tyler.
Jay-Z celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday by bringing his entire solo catalog back to Spotify, as well as his joint album with Kanye, Watch the Throne. We can finally bump that American Gangster album without requiring a Tidal subscription - thanks Jay! Shawn Carter is a mogul whose hustle and grind is full of important lessons for students of the game. To honor him and to bless you with some keys, we’ve dedicated a must-read section below featuring the most interesting Jay-Z stories published during the last few days.
We dove into the newcomers, showstoppers, and top performers who united the globe with music and podcasts this year. And ahead of the brand-new decade, we also looked back on the last 10 years in music to reveal who dominated global listening. So, what did the world listen to in 2019?
Cam’ron has released a new track from his forthcoming album Purple Haze 2 where he is assisted by Max B. The wavy artist delivers a melodic chorus on the track, the raps from which were performed by Cam in a freestyle back in 2016.
On the new single “Solita,” her first since her last album, personal tragedy feels similarly weightless. Over a reggaetón beat, Uchis’ pained vocals announce that she’d rather be alone than stay with someone who hurts her.
In a press release, director Jack Begert said of the visual: “This is such a special project to me because it’s rare to work with an artist like Flying Lotus that truly has no creative boundaries. The same goes for Denzel. The two of them build such distinctive worlds with their visuals—I had a great time blending them together.”
Rising drill stars OFB have dropped a new video for “Once In A While”, a track from their debut mixtape Frontstreet. Directed by Essie Gang collaborator Armin Druzanovic, the video features Headie One alongside OFB members Double Lz and Bandokay, the son of Mark Duggan, shot by police in 2011, a killing that sparked the London riots.
With their (really, really dope) Shady Records debut, WWCD, out now, the Griselda camp release the second part of their documentary. Following Westside Gunn, producer Daringer is in front of the spotlight this go ’round.