And other hip hop news.
Tyler, The Creator is coming back to Australia
There’s a brand new festival on the Aussie circuit called Wildlands and with it comes Tyler, The Creator. The Brisbane festival, taking place on December 28, also boasts the likes of Ella Mai, Lion Babe and Skepta, but the top billing of Tyler, The Creator has stirred a lot of buzz.
The rapper hasn’t been to Australia since 2013 – back in his Odd Future days – one of the crop of rappers the Australian government have toed the hard line with and refused entry. Since then, Tyler’s music has developed, as has his wider brand, with the artist becoming more in-demand than ever thanks to the release of the eclectic and acclaimed IGOR record.
Outside of Wildlands, Tyler has since announced slots at Perth’s Origin Fields and Beyond The Valley. Nevertheless, we’re still holding our breath that nothing will fall through.
Lil Nas’ ‘Old Town Road’ makes Billboard chart history
This track can’t be tamed.
The news in the Lil Nas X blazing road to superstardom is the latest record it has broken, namely the one held by the legendary Mariah Carey. Yep, the remix of ‘Old Town Road’ featuring Billy Ray Cyrus now has the longest-running streak of a #1 single on the Billboard Chart… in history.
Taking the crown from Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 hit ‘One Sweet Day’, which was released in 1995, ‘Old Town Road’ did what Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ couldn’t do, the latter tying with ‘One Sweet Day’ in 2017.
Mariah acknowledged the achievement on social media, saying, “‘One Sweet Day’ will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank everyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.”
Kid Cudi has a new album and Netflix series on the way
The new era of Kid Cudi is here, y’all! The Cleveland rapper is gearing up for some big projects on the way, all under the title of ‘Enter Galactic’. This includes a new album from Cudi and a companion TV show on Netflix of the same name.
The Netflix series is going to be an animated one, with Kid Cudi working alongside Black-ish executive producer Kenya Barris. It has been reported that the plot of the show (and presumably the album) will focus on a young man on his journey to discover love. Cudi himself will write and also star in the series. The Enter Galactic album is expected in 2020.