Spotify Is Actively Testing Realtime Lyrics in Certain Markets

Spotify is testing a new feature in its mobile app that provides real-time lyrics in sync with the music it is playing.

The feature, which is powered by something called Musixmatch, scrolls a song’s lyrics in time with the music. The company is testing it in select, yet unnamed international markets, which are said to include Canada, Mexico and Indonesia.

Spotify confirmed the testing of the feature in a statement to TechCrunch. A spokesperson for the company said, “We can confirm we are testing this feature in a small number of markets. At Spotify, we are always testing new products and experiences but have no further news to share at this time.”

On enabled devices, the lyrics appear in their own box underneath the playback controls, where both Behind the Lyrics and Storyline currently exist. The lyrics further display in full-screen mode as well.

A number of years ago, Spotify briefly had a similar feature in the desktop version of their app. After it was removed, many users requested its return. In fact, one such request, which was posted on the company’s user feedback community board, was upvoted more than 14,000 times.

But the company, at least until now, has refused to grant the request. It is not even certain that the feature will remain after testing has been completed, as the company often tests features that are eventually withdrawn.

The move comes in the wake of Apple adding real-time lyrics to its Apple Music app along with the launch of iOS 13.

While the feature in and of itself may not get users to switch from Spotify to Apple as the latter tries to make up the nearly 2-1 advantage the former has in the number of users, it can only help its case by giving it a distinct competitive advantage.

Amazon, too, has added real-time lyrics when music plays on Alexa-enabled devices.

Snoop Dogg "Replaces" John Legend As Sexiest Man Alive: "How A Crip Took Your Chick"

John Legend is celebrating quite the achievement, being named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine this week and earning tons media coverage as a result. He’s been cracking jokes about the title and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, is also pretty excited about the honor sleeping next to him every night. One person who isn’t satisfied with Legend’s selection is Snoop Dogg. In fact, he made his own little alterations to the magazine cover to better reflect the truth.

In case you didn’t agree with People Magazine’s choice to crown John Legend as the iest man in the world, Snoop Dogg has a nice-looking substitution: himself. With a blunt in his mouth and a dapper suit on his body, the Doggfather joked that he should actually have been honored with the prize. The new cover features an explanation why Snoop is ier than Legend and it all has to do with gang allegiance. “How a crip took your chick,” reads the byline.

The joke issue will never be on newsstands. John Legend’s copy will be available this month but, unfortunately for fans the West Coast icon, you’ll have to get creative to hang up the Snoop cover in your room.

Lauryn Hill Returns With 1st Solo Song In 5 Years ‘Guarding The Gates’

While Lauryn Hill has stayed busy touring for the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, she hasn’t released a proper solo album since, well, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. 

But on Friday (November 15), the ex-Fugees member dropped ” Guarding The Gates,” her first solo single since 2014’s “Black Rage,” which she dedicated to the people of Ferguson, Missouri after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.

“Guarding The Gates” comes from the soundtrack for the Lena Waithe-scripted film Queen & Slim, which features the breakout star from Get Out Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith.

The trailer for the film featured music from The Pharcyde and the soundtrack itself boasts music from Vince Staples, Megan Thee Stallion and Blood Orange, among others.

Queen & Slim hit theaters nationwide on November 27.

Revisit the trailer below and check out Hill’s song above.

 

Tory Lanez’s "Chixtape 5": Full Production Credits Revealed

Tory Lanez’ Chixtape 5 is only mere hours old, but given its nostalgic tone, it feels like it’s been in our lives far longer. Anyone who grew up in an era where Big Tigger was the game’s best interviewer will likely find much to enjoy on Tory’s latest, a love letter to a bygone era. With features from The-Dream, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Ludacris, T-Pain, Mario, Ashanti, and more, it’s clear that Tory had a specific vision in mind, one that would require a partner in crime to deliver. As it happens, Tory found that in Play Picasso, who held it down in the co-pilot’s seat for the album in its near-entirety.

Tory Lanez's "Chixtape 5": Full Production Credits Revealed

HipHopNMore assembled the credits in their entirety, as detailed below. While the majority the production was handled by Tory and Picasso, contributors Kxhris, Halfway, Serious Romero, Alo905, Papi Yerr, Dr. Zeus, and Adam Mouttet. To further enforce the notion that Tory made this one with a specific goal, consider that his name is all over this one, suggesting a more hands-on approach from the Canadian artist.

What do you think  Chixtape 5 so far? Did Tory deliver his best album yet? If so, sound f below, and be sure to check those production credits right here. 

1) Jalissa’s Back! (SKIT)
Prod. by Tory Lanez

2) The Trade (Feat. Jagged Edge & Jermaine Dupri)
Prod. by Tory Lanez, Halfway & Play Picasso

3) Jerry Sprunger (Feat. T-Pain)
Prod. by Play Picasso, Papi Yerr & Tory Lanez

4) Beauty in the Benz (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
Prod. by Tory Lanez & Play Picasso

5) Blowin’ Mine’s // Leah’s Introduction (SKIT)’
Prod. by Tory Lanez, Play Picasso & Kxhris

6) The Take’(Feat. Chris Brown)
Prod. by Rajah, Tory Lanez, Sergio Romero, Play Picasso, Alo905 & Papi Yerr

7) Broken Promises
Prod. by Tory Lanez, Daniel Gonzalez, Sergio Romero & Play Picasso

8) The Fargo Splash (Feat. Ludacris)
Prod. by Saox, DR ZEUS, Tory Lanez & Play Picasso

9) Luv Ya Gyal // Love Sounds (Feat. The-Dream)
Prod. by Papi Yerr, Tory Lanez & Play Picasso

10) Yessirr
Prod. by Play Picasso, Todd Pritchard & Tory Lanez

11) Best You (Feat. Mya) // ‘Busted (SKIT)’
Prod. by Play Picasso, Tory Lanez & Sergio Romero

12) The Cry (Feat. Mario)
Prod. by Tory Lanez & Play Picasso

13) Still Waiting (Feat. Trey Songz)
Prod. by Play Picasso, Tory Lanez & Sergio Romero

14) A Fools Tale (Running Back) (Feat. Ashanti)
Prod. by Tory Lanez & Play Picasso

15) Thoughts (Feat. Lloyd & Lil Wayne)
Prod. by DR ZEUS, Adam Mouttet, Tory Lanez, Play Picasso & Kxhris

16) If You Gotta… (Feat. Fabolous)
Prod. by Tory Lanez & Play Picasso

17) Room 112 (Feat. Slim & Nyce)
Prod. by Play Picasso & Tory Lanez

18) Last Love Letter (SKIT)
Prod. by Tory Lanez & Play Picasso

Run The Jewels & Shaq Team Up With Volcom For Wild Snowboard Ad

Killer Mike and El-P — the colorful Hip Hop duo better known as Run The Jewels — have teamed up with Volcom and the U.S. Snowboard Team for a new ad. The purpose is to announce the clothing brand is the U.S. Snowboard Team’s official apparel partner through the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games.

Written by comedian/musician and El Producto’s wife Emily Panic, the ad features a phony press conference starring Killer Mike as a coach and El-P as an overconfident “snowboarder” who actually has no idea how to shred but is determined to be on the team.

Shaquille O’Neal and comedian Tim Robinson also make appearances — with the former starring as a skeptical fan and the latter playing the “United States Commissioner of Snowboard” whose scene ends with his signature line, “I am Kazaam!”

“I just know the guys really well and I’m familiar with their comedy dynamic so I wrote for that,” Panic tells HipHopDX. “I thought it would be funny to have Mike speaking in platitudes and Jaime [El-P] being overly confident about competing in a sport that he has no experience with.

“I’m a big fan of Tim and Shaq too, so I just wrote something I thought would be fun for them and overall funny and surreal. And Volcom was cool and ran with my weird script.”

The 2020 Winter Games begin on February 4, 2020 and wrap up on February 20.

Watch the ad above.

G-Eazy Drops ‘K I D S’ Video

G-Eazy hits the streets in the throwback video for “K I D S” off his recent EP Scary Nights.

Inspired by the 1995 film Kids, the gritty clip features VHS-style footage of the Bay Area rapper and Dex Lauper, son of music icon Cyndi Lauper, as they make their way around NYC—from the skate park to the bodega to the subway. Gerald rocks throwback looks, while his model girlfriend Yasmin Wijnaldum also makes a cameo.

“Got me thinking about my life / If I could do it all again, I’d do it twice / If I could do it all again / Lord forgive me for my sins,” he raps.

Last month, G-Eazy dropped his 8-track EP Scary Nights featuring appearances from Gunna, Miguel, The Game, French Montana, and Moneybagg Yo.

Tory Lanez Talks ‘Chixtape 5’ Features, Lil Wayne Verse, & Chris Brown Joint Project

Chixtape 5 is almost here.

Just hours before he drops the fifth installment in his Chixtape series, Tory Lanez sat down with Rap-Up where he revealed the star-studded guest list including Snoop Dogg, Jagged Edge, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, The-Dream, Mýa, Trey Songz, Lloyd, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, and Ashanti.

The Toronto native flipped some of his favorite R&B songs from the early 2000s including Chris Brown’s “Take You Down” for “The Take,” which features Breezy himself.

“When me and Chris work, we just work mad fast. I didn’t think that would make the project because I didn’t think he would do it,” he said. “I didn’t think he would do it honestly and he just came out the clutch and sent it one day.”

He also assured fans that a joint project with Breezy is still on the way. They have recoded 9-10 tracks and plan to return to the studio to finish. “We could damn near put out a project right now if we wanted to,” said Tory, who toured with Chris earlier this year.

Lil Wayne and Lloyd also guest on “Thoughts,” a remake of their 2006 hit “You.” “Anytime you get a Lil Wayne verse, you always gotta just do a happy dance,” said Tory. “I didn’t even ask for that one, but it flowed in a way that it made too much sense. Culturally, it’s to an extent that I feel incredible about. I feel like this is about to be a culture shock to a lot of people.”

And there may be more Chixtapes in the future. “I definitely got enough material to keep going if I wanted to, and hopefully I will.”

Tory Lanez’ "Chixtape 5" Ends The Decade With Hella Nostalgia

As we near the end the year, there are only a handful albums that stand out as true contenders for the highest-quality pieces work in 2019. We’re still waiting on a few key artists to drop but one them, Tory Lanez, just came through with his highly-anticipated project Chixtape 5. 

Throughout his career, the Canadian rapper has marked his territory with the Chixtape series, growing into the man and artist he is today as a direct result. Teasing the fifth iteration for damn-near the last twelve months, it’s finally here and it definitely does not disappoint. Right f the bat, we’re thrown back into the early 2000s with features from Jagged Edge, Jermaine Dupri, Ashanti, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, The-Dream, and many more. Using some classic samples and re-purposing them to give them a modern vibe, Tory Lanez truly does something we haven’t heard in a while. You can see how much work was put into the creation the fifth Chixtape.

Tory Lanez' "Chixtape 5" Ends The Decade With Hella Nostalgia
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Spanning eighteen songs, early reviews are incredibly positive for Lanez’ latest effort. Fans are feeling the nostalgic vibes, looking forward to seeing how the body work sits over the weekend. 

Listen to Chixtape 5 below and let us know what you think it in the comments.

Cuban Doll Shares ‘Savage Life’ EP

Cuban Doll a.k.a. Cuban Da Savage has dropped a new EP titled Savage Life. The nine-track project features collaborations with Yella Beezy, Trippie Redd, Lil Yachty, Molly Brazy and Lil Duke.

“I’m still giving them ‘the old Cuban tha Savage’ but also trying new things creatively,” she tells HipHopDX. “It’s fun and edgy but still true to my classic hard-hitting anthems for the ladies.”

View Cuban’s Savage Life stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Cuban Doll Shares 'Savage Life' EP

1. Cupac
2. Money Talk
3. Amazin f. Lil Duke, Lil Yachty & Yella Beezy
4. Moves
5. On Gang f. Molly Brazy
6. Ohchee Walla
7. My Ex
8. Oh Wow f. Trippie Redd
9. A. G. F.

Styles P Drops ‘Presence’ Album

The LOX are closing out 2019 with a string of solo projects. With Sheek Louch’s Gorillaween Vol. 2 mixtape arriving on Halloween and Jadakiss’ IGNATIUS LP due out later this year, Styles P emerges between his fellow members’ respective releases with a new album titled Presence.

The project is the veteran MC’s second LP of the year, preceded by May’s S.P. The GOAT: Ghost Of All Time.

The 10-track album features appearances by Griselda Records artists Conway The Machine and Benny The Butcher as well as Big Pun’s son Chris Rivers.

Check out Styles’ Presence stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Styles P Drops 'Presence' Album

1. Bad Man f. Butta
2. Blam, Blam, Blam f. Conway The Machine & Benny The Butcher
3. Blood, Sweat & Tears
4. Golden f. Xander
5. Either, Or
6. Brand New
7. Yes, Lord! f. I-Man
8. Roll Up f. Chris Rivers & Cris Streetz
9. Numbers Don’t Lie
10. Gotta Know

Jay Park Teams With Hit-Boy For ‘This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen’ EP

Roc Nation’s Jay Park has joined forces with Grammy-winning producer Hit-Boy for an EP titled This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen. The six-track project features the singles “K-Town” and “20/20” along with four other cuts.

“Jay Park and Hit-Boy is not something people would expect,” Park told Billboard. “It’s not something you see everyday, it happened very organically. One session turned into two sessions, then three sessions turned into an EP. So, it was unexpected for me as well.”

Check out Park and Hit-Boy’s This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Jay Park Teams With Hit-Boy For 'This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen' EP

1. 20/20
2. Renaissance Man
3. K-Town
4. Fade Away
5. Call You Bae
6. Killa

LeBron James’ "Red Carpet" Nike LeBron 17 Drops Tomorrow: Release Details

LeBron James’ 17th signature sneaker, the Nike LeBron 17, will soon be releasing in a plethora  different colorways as we get into the thick the NBA season, which will include the eye-catching “Red Carpet” iteration.

The kicks, priced at $200, will also be available in big kid’s ($160) and little kid’s ($95) sizes when they make their way to retailers this Friday, November 15.

LeBron James' "Red Carpet" Nike LeBron 17 Drops Tomorrow: Release Details

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The only form contrast on these all-red LeBron 17s comes the dashes white mixed into the knit upper. Everything else – the tongue, laces, logos, midsole and outsole – is drenched in university red. As a further nod to the Red Carpet theme, special edition insoles mimicking a film’s rating box reads, “LJ-17 This Shoe Has Been Created For The Chosen One.”

Per Nike:

“Red carpets are a staple in LA and LeBron’s game is always worthy a blockbuster opening. In true Hollywood fashion, the LeBron 17 ‘Red Carpet’ serves as an unmissable sequel to a previous hit. Treated with a flooded red upper and accents inspired by the movies, the shoe pays homage to the LeBron VII ‘Red Carpet’ while continuing to elevate the King’s signature style.”

The LeBron 17 features an ultra lightweight knitposite upper that allows for ultimate movement and flexibility. Additionally, the LeBron 17 combines the largest heel Max Air unit featured in a basketball shoe with two Zoom Air pods in the forefoot.

Keep scrolling for the ficial photos.

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LeBron James' "Red Carpet" Nike LeBron 17 Drops Tomorrow: Release Details

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Tory Lanez Clowned Drake After Being Booed Off Stage At Camp Flog Gnaw

Tory Lanez and Drake haven’t always been the closest friends. In fact, there was a time when they were mortal enemies. During his come-up, Lanez had taken aim at his fellow Torontonian, attempting to prove to the world that he had the 6ix on lock. The two global recording artists have since patched up their differences, making up a few years ago and uniting the city through their newfound bromance. If you’ve had your eye on the news this week, you surely know about what happened with Drake at Tyler, The Creator‘s annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival this weekend. The audience was waiting on a mystery performer, convinced that Frank Ocean would be performing a set. When Drake appeared in his place, he was booed f stage promptly. It turns out that, after the incident, Tory Lanez felt the need to clown his homie over text message, telling him it was a bad idea from the jump.

Tory Lanez Clowned Drake After Being Booed Off Stage At Camp Flog Gnaw
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During a recent appearance on Real 92.3 Los Angeles, Tory Lanez promoted his upcoming album Chixtape 5, also touching on the Drake situation with Big Boy. “I think personally if the people weren’t waiting on somebody else, I don’t think that it would have been that,” said Tory during the interview. “You know, me and Drake laughed about it. We was deadass on text laughing about it. But it’s just like ‘boy, you know you had no business being at Camp Flog Gnaw.’ He was just laughing like, ‘yo that’s one for the books bro.’ It just didn’t matter to him.”

Tory Lanez’ new project arrives tomorrow. Are you checking for it?

Dave East Lines Up Pure Bars Over ODB’s "Brooklyn Zoo"

Following the release his ficial debut album, Dave East continues his press run with some bars for the LA Leakers. Hoodied up in blue, Dave East wastes little time in exuding pure New York lyricist energy. Opting to hold it down on an Ol’ Dirty Bastard classic, the Survival rapper makes sure to shout out the fallen Wu-Tang legend. As “Brooklyn Zoo” kicks f, Dave East sets up a flawless scheme from the jump.

Dave East Lines Up Pure Bars Over ODB's "Brooklyn Zoo"

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“I’m the spliff holder, grip holder on big posters, Billboard showing my features I’m for the culture,” he raps, proving that the LA Leakers don’t miss when lining up lyricists. He takes a moment to scowl, a scowl so intense it’s basically a bar. And then he’s back at it again. “No time to act cute, mafia pull up in black suits,” warns Dave. “We ain’t flashing guns, these gats shoot.” As he hits his second wind, he queues up another crazy scheme. “Saved a bunch my n***as they look at me like Harriet,” he raps. “Broke was so embarrassing I cleared it up like Claritin.” Suffice it to say, the man snaps, effectively bringing pure East Coast swagger to the west coast. 

Be sure to support Dave East and show some love to Survival right here

LeBron James Gifts Sierra Canyon Exclusive Nike LeBron 17 PE: First Look

Throughout the years, LeBron James and Nike have blessed several prolific high school basketball teams with exclusive Nike LeBron PEs, including his alma mater Saint Vincent-Saint Mary, Queens-based High School Chris The King and Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. 

With LeBron’s own son Bronny now playing at Sierra Canyon, it’s only right that he hooks up the boy’s basketball team with some special edition Nike LeBron 17s. Dwyane Wade’s son, Zaire, who also plays for Sierra Canyon, took to instagram on Wednesday night to share a glimpse the team’s new kicks.

The LeBron 17 features an ultra lightweight knitposite upper that allows for ultimate movement and flexibility. This particular coorway combines Sierra Canyon’s white and navy color scheme with a bold “SC” branding on the tongue. Additionally, the LeBron 17 combines the largest heel Max Air unit featured in a basketball shoe with two Zoom Air pods in the forefoot.

While this LeBron 17 PE won’t be available to the public, Nike has announced that the “Red Carpet” colorway will hit retailers this Friday, November 15. Click here for more on that.