The Great Gatsby OST (Full Album Stream)

We’ve heard full versions, snippets and rough edits of various tracks from this official soundtrack, and ahead of its release on Tuesday we get a full stream of the album in its completed format.

As listed previously, artists include Beyonce, Andre 3000, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Emeli Sande, Q-Tip, Jack White and many more. Of course, Jay-Z also contributes a track in addition to being the album’s executive producer, rounding off what is surely one of the most star-studded film soundtracks in recent memory, whilst also remaining sonically diverse through its range of artist choices. I’ve got no doubts that there’ll be something on here for everyone, and you can stream it all courtesy of NPR below.

The Great Gatsby OST (Full Album Stream)

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Frank Ocean-Pink Matter Remix ft. Big Boi and Andre 3000

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Seems as though Big Boi is tracking Andre’s features and intends to lace several of his recent guest spots with verses of his own, for remixes that will probably be as close as we’ll get to new Outkast material for the foreseeable future.

This is certainly one of 3 Stacks’ most memorable works in recent times, and as it turns out it’ll probably be one of Big Boi’s too. His contribution is very likeable, and he takes to this gloomy, atmospheric production excellently with a soft, gentle demeanour that doesn’t force him to abandon his rapid fire delivery, and instead enhances it by virtue of adding a different emotional angle to his style. It’s a verse packed with slickness, and certainly one that enhances the track by adding a flash of intensity to the slow, winding track, and hence makes for a timely refresh of a track threatening to finally depart my regular playlists. Good remix and definitely one worth adding to your library. Be sure to grab Big Boi’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors album now if you haven’t already.

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T.I.-Sorry ft. Andre 3000

Not only does the track have Andre 3000, but T.I. makes a reference to Pinot Grigio within seconds of this starting. Which one’s more unexpected? You decide.

Unfortunately, there’s not much to write home about beyond that surprising wine remark. The beat sounds like a Rick Ross castoff, with regality and laidback vibes abound, but nothing to really latch on to as a listener, via wafer thin synths and unremarkable percussion work. Tip’s raps seem tired and uninspired, and though there are a couple of small highlights, it’s generally dull. Andre’s verse is unquestionably the highlight, thanks to his watertight delivery that moves through a couple of different flows, whilst his wordplay is excellent-the stars and comets/comments line is particularly memorable. An average track saved from being poor by the feature.

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B.o.B-Play the Guitar Video ft. Andre 3000

It’s surprising how apathetic I am to B.o.B’s output these days, and I know I’m not alone. He’s gone from being someone I couldn’t get enough of to just another act, mostly because his content is increasingly bland.

Being the diverse guy he is, blandness shouldn’t be an issue, especially on a track with such a title and huge feature guest. You’d be wrong. The production is frustrating, constantly threatening to kick into a higher gear and deliver something substantial but it consistently fails to deliver, instead throwing a few guitar licks onto a basic pop production. Some of B.o.B’s raps are solid and his flow is as tidy as ever, but does someone with a range of talents that includes chorus singing need to resort to a poor sampled hook like this? Andre’s feature is by far the highlight here, packing in a quickfire verse that goes some way to pulling this track back to some semblance of decency.

B.o.B’s malaise is a shame more than anything as you feel like he’s neither fully expressing himself or fulfilling his potential, and whether that’s because of label pressures or his own doing is unclear, but something definitely needs to change.

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Frank Ocean-Channel Orange (Full Album Stream)

Anticipated doesn’t even begin to describe it. Frank’s album has long been the talk of the industry, and with it being officially released next Tuesday, he took to his Tumblr to let loose of an official stream of the album.

I’ve always viewed artists making full LP streams available as a confident move, and for the relatively humble Frank Ocean to drop this off early suggests he’s got full belief in his body of work here. Not only that, but it’s generally clever: many people that illegally download albums do so as a ‘sampler’, so they know whether to go out and buy the CD, and this almost removes that first step.

I’ll drop off a full album review in the coming days, but one very quick playthrough suggests none of us will be disappointed with this, and the classic (too early?) Frank Ocean formula is in full effect. I’d like to avoid any more premature hype and such so I’ll not comment too much on the individual quality of the tracks, and frankly you can do it yourself with the stream available in this very post, and a comments section below should you be so inclined.

The album has been given an early US and UK iTunes release today, ahead of the official CD release next Tuesday. You can pick it up here if you can’t wait for that CD release (or just want both!).

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Frank Ocean-Channel Orange Artwork and Tracklist

One of the most anticipated projects of the year, and the artwork and tracklist for Frank Ocean’s debut album were revealed late last night.

The artwork is pretty minimal, in keeping with Frank’s generally unfussy nature, and whilst it probably won’t inspire any artistic visions, it will certainly catch the attention of shoppers when sitting on the shelves.

The tracklist contains a few tracks Frank fans will recognise, including the much-loved Thinkin Bout You, the recently-released Pyramids, and a new version of White, his solo effort on the recent Odd Future Tape Vol. 2, that features John Mayer. The other features on the album are both noteworthy, as Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt and the legendary Andre 3000 join up with Frank to offer a helping hand. One notable is how many of the track titles seem to be related to those around them (5, 6 and 7 for example), and I hope that leads to some storytelling theme across the album. Click below to see the full 17-track list.
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Gorillaz, Andre 3000 and James Murphy-Do Ya Thing

Converse have once again brought together luminaries of the music world (see here for a previous collaboration), and as expected due to the track being promotion for the Gorillaz/Converse footwear, it’s dominated by that unique Gorillaz flavour. Not a bad thing at all though, as there’s a lively and upbeat feel to the track, with the production boasting a frenetic electronic sample alongside sharp percussion work for a nice blast of energy. Vocally, you’ll probably find yourself waiting on the Andre 3000 section, and he doesn’t disappoint with a mixture of singing and rapping that synergises brilliantly with the speedy production. Free grab courtesy of Converse below.

Gorillaz, Andre 3000 and James Murphy-Do Ya Thing

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R&B Fridays: Episode 131

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Young Jeezy, Jay-Z and Andre 3000-I Do

Thug Motivation 103 is seemingly just around the corner, and the most anticipated track from the project emerges, as the Snowman grabs two of the game’s icons for one of the year’s better hip-hop lineups.

A very bright, perky sample sets a tone of positivity from the offset, with luscious bass amply supporting it throughout. Whilst it’s an uplifting production, it doesn’t overshadow the vocal work as many of these sort of productions can, and that’s just as well with three very enjoyable verses from each rapper. Each artist takes turns rapping about their siginifcant other, with Jeezy’s slow, husky raps opening things up in style, whilst Jay follows up and really throws back to the early 00′s, as his lady-centric raps effortlessly take to this soulful production. 3 Stacks closes the affair out and much like Jay, the throwback vibe is stamped all over his verse, as Dre’s subject and style slide onto this beat smoothly throughout. A very likeable slice of rap.

Young Jeezy-I Do ft. Jay-Z and Andre 3000

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R&B Fridays: Episode 104

The last 48 hours are a bit of a rapid blur, so to me it’s still Friday. Very solid new material this week, with some of the bigger names in the R&B, pop and even hip-hop world making appearances.

Only the three relevant posts to recap on, with the announcement of the Future Hits Live tour, solid new music from Drake, and a brand new EP from the talented Rocki Evans which is probably going to be worth a listen.

Click, read, download, enjoy.
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Patrick Stump Covers John Legend’s Green Light

I seriously love this guy’s voice. Timed beautifully with my recent praise of one of Fall Out Boy’s better tracks, lead singer Patrick comes through with a fantastic acapella rendition of John Legend and Andre 3000′s 2008 hit single.

Everything about this suits Stump’s style, with his alternative/pop/soul hybrid vocals being put to very good use in this high tempo, vocally demanding track. Definitely worth a listen, and I’m very excited about his upcoming Soul Punk album.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 84

No recap this week thanks to a temperamental hard drive, but R&B Fridays actually makes it out on a Friday for the second consecutive week, which is a pretty big victory.

Lots of remixes and rappers popping up this week, with some huge names coming through with some very unexpected pop and R&B remixes. More than enough original material too though, making this a very diverse episode that’ll satisfy the vast majority of you grubby little folk.

Click on and let me be the Snoop to your Cameron, though R&B/pop probably isn’t the same as marijuana…probably.
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Chris Brown, Drake, Kanye, Andre 3000, T.I. and Fabolous-Deuces Remix

First off, a notice from me: I don’t have a laptop any more as mine pretty much gave up on life today, so don’t expect to hear much from me until a permanent solution is found. On the occasions I do get to one (now), I’ll try and pop in!

Right, so let’s get this remix out there. I’ve been hugely looking forward to this since the news was broken, specifically that Andre verse. That’s all I’ve got for you sadly, as my laptop issues have obvious curtailed my access to music somewhat!

Edit (Indi): Thought I’d give some of my thoughts (due to previously mentioned laptop issues, Ajay was unable to finish this post!). Drake kicks off this track by flipping it with something that sounds lifted straight from his classic So Far Gone mixtape, the rest of them pick up the original beat with their raps. Always exciting to hear a new Andre 3000 verse, I’m not sure who I’d credit with the best verse though, possibly Kanye, need to listen to this some more still. Clean version (just below) for you now folks.

Chris Brown-Deuces Remix ft. Drake, Kanye, Andre 3000, T.I. and Fabolous

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Random Music News

-The official remix to Chris Brown’s Deuces will feature Fabolous, T.I., Drake, Kanye West, and Andre 3000.

-Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is working on a collaboration with RZA.

-Mos Def has signed with G.O.O.D. Music

-Nick Cannon has challenged Eminem to a boxing match

-Kanye’s album is set to be released on November 23rd

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Remember Outkast/Andre 3000's Prototype?

You should do, because it was the standout song from The Love Below. It really shot to prominence (if I recall correctly) when Andre performed it on an MTV awards show, and upon that performance the legendary track built its reputation. It’s upon a new version that it may cement its legacy.

I wanted to leave this for R&B Friday, but caved in. Understandably, Jesse Boykins III may not be a familiar name: my only exposure to him was through Mickey Factz mixtapes, as they’ve collaborated several times to good effect. He takes a swing at this track, and does a monumentally good job in not only retaining the beauty of the original, but stamping his own indelible mark on the song. Vocally, the work is very different to the original, being a lot more relaxed and rooted in vintage soul, whilst the production follows suit and drops the sharp guitar notes of the original in favour of a lighter, vocal-boosting sound.

They’re differences that allow this version to stand alongside the original without being hindered by direct comparisons due to the nature of the changes: it’s not about which ones better, but being able to enjoy them both for their respective merits. For me this absolutely consitutes unmissable music, and makes you truly appreciate how there are very few things better than a perfect soul track.
Jesse Boykins III-Prototype ft. MeLo-X and Trae Harris

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Andre 3000-I Do

Is it me, or is 3 Stacks actually putting out a bit of music these days?!

Although this clearly isn’t an official leak, but it’s still new music from Andre and suggests that he must be working on something. Really liking this too, as Andre delivers some raps over a beat that has a real vintage sound, giving it a nice rap/soul hybrid feel. I’ll update with the full/tag-free if it ever makes its way out. Updated with tag-free version.

Andre 3000-I Do

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Andre 3000 Covers 'The Beatles'

Quickly, quickly. Football is calling.

Andre 3000 covers The Beatles All Together Now.

Originally recorded for a Nike commercial (as you may see from the artwork) All Together Now mainly keeps the traditional acoustics, but we are treated with a jazzy piano in the background which helps update its appeal.

Andre 3000 – All Together Now (The Beatles Cover)

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R&B Fridays: Episode 54

Here it is: my last R&B Friday for around a month. Don’t you worry though, we’ve got plenty planned to keep you supplied and satisfied.

This week has material from a really wide range of artists and styles, from established artists like Timbaland to newcomers such as Sammie. Good stuff to keep you going until the surprises in store for you next week, be sure to click on and enjoy some R&B.

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Sunday's Classic Collabo: Lloyd, Andre 3000 and Nas

It’s not often that someone can brag that they managed to get Nas and Andre 3000 on one track, but Lloyd managed it with the remix to his breakout single You. The original version is unquestionably my favourite R&B song ever (and the pinnacle of Lloyd’s career to date), but this remix runs that very close.

The original version featured a really likeable interpolation of Spandau Ballet’s True, whereas the remix seems to sample it more directly. Probably prefer the interpolated production, but having verses from 2 of the all-time greats (Andre’s verse in particular is superb) more than compensates. A remix that fans of the original, and R&B generally, can really get down with, as well as being one the hip-hop heads can surely appreciate.

Lloyd-You Remix ft. Andre 3000 & Nas

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Ciara, Andre 3000 and Bei Maejor-Ride Remix

Two Andre verses in a week?! It’s like Christmas, my birthday, and every other rapper’s funeral rolled into one (quotable of the week?).

The beat has been retooled for this remix (which I’m going to claim is the official remix), and keeps you waiting for that 3 Stacks verse which tacks on right at the end. Good verse as ever, with that trademark speedy delivery. Hopefully the re-emergence of Andre means his solo album is in the pipeline!

Ciara-Ride Remix ft. Bei Maejor and Andre 3000

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Big Boi, Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown-Lookin’ For Ya

I’ve been pretty on-the-ball this evening for music, so forgive me for completely forgetting I had this one sitting around! According to Big Boi’s Twitter, there’s a label problem and they won’t let Andre 3000 appear on this album-utterly, utterly ridiculous! Hence, this track may or may not end up on the album. It would be a massive shame if it didn’t, as it’s a very good one.

The percussion is uptempo and complimented brilliantly by some pretty relaxed production elements throughout. It’s awesome to hear from 3 Stacks again, and as ever he does a fantastic job with his verse. Big Boi does precisely the same, and with Sleepy delivering a great mellow chorus, this is without question my favourite track from (or cut from) this album so far. Unmissable music, absolutely fantastic stuff.

Big Boi-Lookin’ For Ya ft. Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown

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