YouTube Music App Can Now Displays Lyrics on iOS and Android

YouTube Music now displays lyrics to listeners on the iOS and Android apps.

Users can tap the “i” button while a song is playing to see the lyrics. YouTube Music finally joins the ranks of Apple Music and Spotify, showcasing lyrics to listeners. The only downside – all lyrics are static, you have to scroll through manually.

While YouTube Music lyrics are available for some songs, not all songs have the option.

LyricFind is still the main partner for powering YouTube Music’s lyrics – despite being caught stealing lyrics from Genius. That revelation ended up with Genius suing Google over the stolen lyrics.
Apple made its Genius partnership official last year – complete with original content.

Recent albums like Childish Gambino’s 3.15.20 and Jay Electronica’s A Written Testimony are missing lyrics. YouTube says they receive lyrics daily from LyricFind, but there’s no timeframe for when a song will get its lyrics.

This new feature is only available in the YouTube Music mobile app – not the web player.

Sorry, desktop listeners. YouTube says the feature will come to the web player “soon.” YouTube seems to be prioritizing those who use the mobile app. Just recently, YouTube Music finally got a long-awaited feature – the ability to . Many Google Play Music users have been hesitant to switch, thanks to YouTube Music’s lack of features.

YouTube Music supports FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, and WMA files and metadata. One neat feature, YouTube Music removes duplicates from your library automatically. Despite the ability to upload files to YouTube Music, there is still no ability to migrate Play Music libraries easily.

GPM users are being told to “stay tuned” for a way to transfer music between the two seamlessly. The music upload feature also seems to be a selective rollout – some accounts have it, and some don’t.

Twitch 'Stream Aid 2020' Live to Support World Health Organization

Twitch’s live event, ‘Stream Aid 2020’, is helping raise money for the World Health Organization.

The 12-hour stream features celebrity guests, music, and games like Fortnite. The event went live on the main Twitch website at noon EST. Twitch hopes to raise as much money as possible to help the WHO fight COVID-19.

Diplo, Die Antwoord, and Charlie Puth are just a few of the music stars stopping by.

Gaming streamers on the platform are also headlining a tournament. Those streamers are participating in doing their part to help raise funds to fight coronavirus.

“Literally, every single person who’s in my live stream has someone who’s affected,” one streamer said. “A lot of people are a little nervous. They don’t know how long they’re going to be out from work, out from school, and they realize how serious it is.”

Twitch is rapidly growing as more and more people are forced to stay home. While the site is geared primarily toward gamers, it has seen an during this crisis.

The site even partnered with SoundCloud to help to affiliate status. Twitch affiliate status allows users to monetize their channels and collect donations from the audience. Twitch itself is no stranger to live streams to benefit causes.

Last year, a game streamer raised more than $2 million in 24 hours for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Other charity organizations like Awesome Games Done Quick also use the platform to reach its audience to benefit their chosen charities.

Some users have concerns about Twitch’s ability to keep the show rolling, though.

Last year during the Fortnite event, Twitch went offline with 3.4 million concurrent viewers. Since the coronavirus outbreak, Twitch has seen numbers rise drastically. So far, the stream seems to be staying up – Amazon probably learned a lesson last year in catering to more massive crowds.

Thundercat Confirms He Contributed To Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has contributed to a few of Kendrick Lamar albums over the years, including the 2015 masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly and 2017’s Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. So it comes as no surprise the talented bassist has worked on K. Dot’s forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled album.

During a video interview with Japanese fashion brand Neet Tokyo, Thundercat confirmed his involvement, saying, “I think I worked on the new one a little bit. But not as much.” From there, he pivoted to Kendrick’s overall career.

“I feel like Kendrick is and will be a beacon of what it means to be one of the more creative artists of our generation through the way the albums have twisted and turned,” he continues. “It speaks beyond its years. Him as an artist, he inspired me a lot. A lot.

“I wish I could spend more time around him creating just because he gives off such energy and he knows what he wants a lot of time. Some of my favorite moments of recording are with Kendrick.”

Thundercat is preparing to release his next album, It Is What It Is, which is expected to arrive on Friday (April 3). Ahead of the release, he’s already shared three singles — “Black Qualls” featuring The Internet’s Steve Lacy and Slave icon Steve Arrington, “Dragonball Durag” and the title track, a tribute to the late Mac Miller.

Thundercat Confirms He Contributed To Kendrick Lamar's New Album

Thundercat Shines In Hilarious ‘Dragonball Durag’ Video

The project also features contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino and Lil B, among others. It marks Thundercat’s follow-up to 2017’s DRUNK. 

The Los Angeles-bred musician was in the middle of an extensive tour when it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Rumored Nike Zoom Freak 2 Revealed

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been one the most consistent players in the NBA over the last couple years although unfortunately, he and the rest the NBA have been sidelined due to the Coronavirus. Despite this, Giannis is still releasing new colorways his ultra-popular Nike Zoom Freak 1The shoe has been out for close to a year now which means a second silhouette should be on the way very soon.

Well, according to the Instagram account @kix.r_us, the Nike Zoom Freak 2 silhouette has been leaked. As you can see from the post below, the rumored silhouette is a huge departure from the first model. This bulky shoe is being previewed in a green, black, and white colorway that features a huge swoosh on the side. Unlike the first shoe, the swoosh is facing the proper side. You can even see that there are patterns throughout the upper which adds to the overall look.

It remains to be seen whether or not this is the actual silhouette so stay tuned for updates as we will be sure to bring them to you. In the meantime, let us know in the comments below what you think these. Are they a must-cop or a skip?

Nike KD 13 "The Planet Of Hoops" Revealed: First Look

Kevin Durant is one the best basketball players in the entire world and his efforts out on the court have awarded him his very own signature shoe with Nike. Durant is one the few players who has had his own shoe ever since he entered the league. In 2020, Durant is poised to release the Nike KD 13 which was recently revealed in a plain black and white colorway just a few days ago.

Now, the KD 13 is being previewed in a peculiar new colorway dubbed “The Planet Of Hoops.” This fering lives up to its name as it features a space-like aesthetic. The upper is navy blue with black planetary patterns that feature basketballs. The midsole is black with a splash neon green that helps add some much-needed contrast. There is an Air Zoom midsole which enhances comfortability and will make this a dope shoe to use out on the court. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, it might take a while before you’re able to get out there.

A release date has not been determined for these so stay tuned for details as we will be sure to bring you all the latest information.

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2 Chainz & Lil Wayne Dropping "Collegrove 2" This Year

It’s only the first quarter 2020 and Lil Wayne‘s loyal fans can likely consider themselves well-fed, what with the release  Funeral in late January. Likewise for 2 Chainz‘s fans, though they might not be as full, given that Tity’s lone album thus far was a T.R.U University compilation. Still, there’s plenty time for that to change, and change it shall. Last night, 2 Chainz hit up Instagram Live to stream some unreleased music, not to mention dropping a major bombshell regarding Collegrove 2. 

2 Chainz & Lil Wayne Dropping "Collegrove 2" This Year

Ever since Collegrove arrived four years ago, many have been eager to see whether 2 Chainz and Lil Weezy would unite for a sequel. Luckily, it would appear that’s the game plan. “I’m also dropping Collegrove 2 this year,” confirms 2 Chainz. “Just know that gon drop, all that secret surprise shit.” Though he doesn’t provide much else in the way a release window, it’s good to know that the Lil Wayne collaboration album remains in the pipeline, though it’s likely we’ll see a 2 Chainz solo album before it hits. 

If the snippets are any indication, we’re in for a treat. 2 Chainz took a moment to preview one the tracks, which features an absolutely savage verse from a snapping Wayne. “Give my people power now we power fiends,” spits Wayne, deep in his bag. “This addiction feeling like a boxer stepping out the ring / you swing and miss, we critically thinking about the critics up in critical condition.” All the while, a jol Tity bops like he knows exactly what he’s got in the stash. Stay tuned for more news on Collegrove 2, which is ficially arriving this year. 

Joyner Lucas Drops ‘ADHD’ Album

Joyner Lucas keeps the momentum rolling from his well-received “Will” video by releasing his long-awaited ADHD album. The LP is his first full-length project since 2017’s 508-507-2209.

The 18-track album features collaborations with Young Thug, Logic, Chris Brown, Fabolous and King OSF. The Massachusetts-bred lyricist dropped the LP through his Twenty Nine Music Group imprint following his departure from Atlantic Records.

View Lucas’ ADHD stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Joyner Lucas Drops 'ADHD' Album

1. Screening Evaluation (Skit)
2. I Lied (Intro)
3. ISIS f. Logic
4. The War f. Young Thug
5. Chris (Skit)
6. I Love
7. Devil’s Work
8. Lotto
9. Kevin (Skit)
10. Gold Mine
11. Finally f. Chris Brown
12. 10 Bands
13. Revenge
14. Comprehensive Evaluation (Skit)
15. ADHD
16. Still Can’t Love f. King OSF & Fabolous
17. Will
18. Broke & Stupid

Joyner Lucas Drops 'ADHD' Album

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Nike’s Auto-Lacing Air Max Officially Unveiled: Photos

Today is Nike Air Max Day which means Nike is dropping a bunch , you guessed it, Air Max sneakers. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Air Max celebration doesn’t feel as joyous as years passed but regardless, the show must go on. While the Air Max 90 has been a big focus this year’s Air Max celebration, Nike has been hinting at some other plans over the past few weeks. We had been reporting on an auto-lacing version the Air Max called the Adapt LE 01. Today, the shoe dropped in Asia and ficial images the “Grey Gum” colorways have surfaced.

As you can see, the shoe features a grey upper with an orange bottom and back heel. Overall, the shoe is quite bulky which makes sense when you consider how there is auto-lacing technology placed inside the midsole. This shoe will function with either manually or through the App that has been created specifically for Nike’s auto-lacing range.

For now, there is no information on when these will release in North America so stay tuned as we will be sure to bring you all the latest information.

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Big Sean Announces New Album ‘Detroit 2’

Big Sean is about to drop the sequel.

In honor of his 32nd birthday, the rapper has finally announced his fifth studio album Detroit 2. He made the announcement in a nearly three-minute-long trailer, which finds him reflecting on the city that made him.

“Detroit to me is home, but I feel like it’s more than just a city,” he says while watching fireworks. “It’s for real, a mentality.”

The clip features snippets of new music including one track that samples Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” “Gettin’ to the paper like it’s human nature,” raps Sean Don alongside footage of his hometown and family.

He also hits the studio with Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, and Hit-Boy, and hints at potential appearances from Post Malone, Jhené Aiko, Wiz Khalifa, and A$AP Rocky, who all make cameos.

“It feel like a whole new energy in the city,” says Sean. “It’s inspiring to watch to the point that it inspired me to go harder than ever. It’s like the phoenix rising out the ashes.”

Detroit 2, which is billed as “coming soon,” is the sequel to Sean’s 2012 mixtape Detroit. He first teased the project on last year’s “Overtime” freestyle. “I know which ones that’s been rockin’ with me since the prequel,” he raps. “Just be cool / I know your favorite one, dawg / I’m ’bout to drop the sequel / Ni**a, this just the preview, Don.”

Sean was set to perform new music at Coachella next month, but the festival has now been delayed until October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Detroit 2 marks the follow-up to 2017’s I Decided. “I took some time to work on myself and I was able to have a good therapist, good mentors,” he told Beats 1. “I truthfully feel like it’ll really shine through on the full album.”

Kehlani Directs Her ‘TOXIC’ Video With Quarantined Resourcefulness

Kehlani isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic stop her from shooting new videos. While stuck inside following the calls for social distancing, the Atlantic Records singer put together some simple yet effective visuals for her latest single “TOXIC.”

The “quarantine style” video features some grainy footage while relying on Kehlani’s seductive moves and poses to do the heavy lifting. The R&B songstress makes use of her own crib and wardrobe to get the job done, proving she doesn’t need a big budget or top-of-the-line director to captivate the attention of viewers.

Watch Kehlani’s “TOXIC” video above and download/stream the single here.

Kehlani Directs Her 'TOXIC' Video With Quarantined Resourcefulness

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IMPALA Unveils 10-Point COVID-19 Coronavirus Management Plan

The Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) has created a 10-point COVID-19 crisis-management plan, which features relief-minded recommendations for governments, the European Union, and the independent music industry itself.

The promptly issued response strategy comes less than one week after its COVID-19 Task Force. The first of the guide’s 10 steps calls for a “Joined-up approach across Europe”; IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith previously signaled that the lack of coordination among European governments and companies was negatively affecting the independent music community.

Steps two, three, and four pertain to national governments. Specifically, step two requests “clear rules on event cancellations and lockdowns,” step three asks for financial aid for affected artists and businesses, and the fourth step centers on “sector-specific compensation plans”

The IMPALA COVID-19 Task Force’s next three recommendations apply to the European Union: enhanced loan guarantees for “cultural sectors,” additional crisis-prevention measures, and an amplified awareness of and response to governments’ actions.

The European Union has taken some steps to curb the coronavirus’s spread and minimize its impact, but has left specific prevention policies—including large-gathering bans and lockdowns—to member states. Italy has instituted a full lockdown, for instance, while Sweden hasn’t closed its businesses or its schools.

IMPALA’s final three crisis-management steps focus on the music sector. Bolstered collecting efforts, better digital services (including faster payments), and increased independent-music radio airtime and promotion, respectively, constitute these latter three steps.

Speaking of the 10-point plan, IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith said: “This is a call for urgent action…No one should get left behind.”

Also, Francesca Trainini, who is the Chair of the Task Force, said, “The EU should monitor what is happening at national level. We also need to map the results. Italy is just one example where the music sector is crumbling.”

Italy, Spain, Germany, and France have reported over 180,000 coronavirus infections, or nearly 40 percent of worldwide cases to date. Moreover, COVID-19 has hit Italy and Spain particularly hard; the countries’ approximately 11,000 coronavirus deaths account for more than half of the global death toll.

These unfortunate points, along with a correspondingly significant economic impact, prompted IMPALA to call for a unified, calculated response.

 

BrvndonP & Mission Venture Through Tahoe For ‘Seasons’ Video

Lake Tahoe – Creating a video that matches the vibe to a track isn’t too hard to do nowadays. And with the varieties of videos that have been put out over the years, fans just want to see artists having fun. That’s exactly what BrvndonP and Mission did while shooting their “Seasons” video.

“Seasons” — which dropped last week — features BrvndonP and Mission encouraging listeners to stay true to themselves no matter the battle ahead of them and reminding them that is the key to get ahead. The song is important during these tough times but also has a lighthearted sound to it that fans can enjoy. And the video has the same feel to it.

“We shot the video in Tahoe,” Mission explains to HipHopDX. “We felt Tahoe was the perfect scenery for this video. We wanted to be in a place where people would wonder “Where are they?” The most important part of the video to me is the cameo from my kids. I said a line in the song “It’s some folks depending on me now I gotta get the gwop” and I feel their cameo brought that line to life.”

BrvndonP agrees, admitting “I’m actually surprised we pulled the whole thing off. I called Mission with the idea of shooting in the snow, then like a week later we shot it! We knew we wanted to shoot it in Tahoe but had no legit location. So we just drove around until we found one. I think the important thing I got from it, is that everything doesn’t HAVE to go as planned.

“Give room for things to change & mess up. Maybe there’s a reason why it didn’t go how it was planned? Made the best out of everything. And that’s what we did.”

BrvndonP & Mission Venture Through Tahoe For 'Seasons' Video

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The “Seasons” visual matches the message of the song and it shows viewers to be yourself and have fun while being yourself. Check out the HipHopDX-premiered video down below.

Pusha T Teases "Filthy" Tyler, The Creator Collaborations

Pusha T isn’t about to let an ongoing coronavirus pandemic stymie his creativity. Instead, the Clipse legend has decided to use the self-imposed downtime to ramp up the productivity, to the point where we may very well be looking at three new albums when all this dust finally settles. At least, that seems to be where Pusha is heading, as evidenced by a recent Ask Me Anything he staged on Discord last night. 

“I’m actually working on three projects right now,” he explains, upon being asked about his current game plan. “So, you know, with everything that’s going on in the world right now, course we’re not all together. But I’m well in on my next project. It’s looking kind selfish right now, to be honest. I got a lot to say, man. A lot’s went on. A lot to address.” 

Pusha T Teases "Filthy" Tyler, The Creator Collaborations

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Despite the allusion to a lack features, Pusha hasn’t been flying entirely solo. As he tells it, he’s been obliterating a beat tape sent by none other than his old “Trouble On My Mind” collaborator Tyler, The Creator. And not Igor Tyler, either. “Tyler gave me a pack like nine instrumentals]. I think I did like four em. And I don’t know where they’re gonna end up at, but I got em,” he teases. “I make him go straight hip-hop, like, full-fledged. It’s full ignorance with me. I don’t want to experiment. I want to do only the filthiest hip-hop these days.”

While many have come to appreciate Tyler’s creative growth, there remain a core group that desires to see him go back to his BS — the fuckin’ walking paradox days. From the sound it, Pusha has Tyler coming through with some grimy beats; no doubt his rhymes will be matching the tone in kind. Look for more news on these mysterious quarantine albums as it surfaces. 

Lil Gotit "Hood Baby 2" Includes Future, Gunna, Lil Yachty, & More

Starting f his career with countless doubters, Atlanta star Lil Gotit managed to change people’s opinions rather quickly. Switching his style up and listening to his detractors, the 20-year-old is now viewed as one the most promising young talents coming out the hip-hop hub. Fresh f his collaborative album with London On Da Track, Superstar Creature, Lil Gotit will return next month with the release Hood Baby 2, the long-awaited sequel to his celebrated HB project.

Revealing the drop date and tracklist for the upcoming body work, Lil Gotit strayed away from his previous promise to make the collection 35-songs long. Thankfully, Hood Baby 2 will only contain 19 tracks, which is a significant drop-f from his prior reveal. Features include Future, Guap Tarantino, Gunna, Lil Yachty, Lil Duke, Dae Dae, and more. His blood brother Lil Keed makes several appearances, as well.

After the success his last compilation, this serves as another opportunity for the young up-and-comer to continue opening new eyes to his product, convincing the haters as he grows.

Lil Gotit will be unleashing HB2 on April 10. Take a look at the full tracklist below and let us know if you’re keeping an eye out for it.

Kooley High’s Tab-One Drops ‘Balancing Act’ Album

Kooley High member Tab-One has returned with a new solo album titled Balancing Act. The eight-track LP features him rapping over beats by Tecknowledgy, The Other Guys, KON SCI and VRY SNKY.

“We all face the daily grind of nine to five’s and the inner struggle between doing what’s needed to earn a living and finding time to do the things we’re truly passionate about,” Tab-One tells HipHopDX. “I became a father four years ago and now have two kids. This album is about my attempts to find balance with family, marriage, work and music.”

View Tab-One’s Balancing Act stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Kooley High's Tab-One Drops 'Balancing Act' Album

1. Birthday
2. Balancing Act
3. Do Better
4. Night Shift
5. Dadoo Interlude
6. Daily Opp-eration
7. Get the Dough
8. Ain’t Changed

Kooley High's Tab-One Drops 'Balancing Act' Album

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