By ALEX LYALL

 

Kendrick just released the video of the year, but there’s other music to celebrate the week with like the new tracks from Fazerdaze and Joey Bada$$, and exciting tour news. Let’s have a look!

 

Against the Current are coming!

New York three-piece Against the Current are playing their first New Zealand show this October. The band rose to fame following a string of well thought-out and original cover songs on YouTube. Now they blast through energetic pop-rock tunes like it’s nothing. They’re worth catching live, especially as their show at The Tuning Fork is all ages.

 

Kendrick Lamar releases tune after tune

Not content with only setting the world ablaze with his possible Big Sean diss track The Heart Part IV, this week Kendrick also went on to release Humble and its insane music video. Kendrick’s music warrants a paragraph each though, so let’s talk about it in a bit more detail down here:

 

The Heart Part IV

Ice-cold! “Don’t tell a lie on me/ I won’t tell the truth ’bout you” will now stand as the greatest of all takedown lines in the history of rap. Possibly in the history of anything. It’s not fully known yet who that’s about (it’s probably Big Sean though), but whoever it is, they should take solace in that it can’t get any meaner than that.

 

Humble: The Music Video

The cherry on top of a killer tune. The music video for Humble is simply incredible. It begins with a lone Lamar dressed in – something – and finishes with him walking stern faced, white suited, down some fancy stairs. It’s the madness between these shots that makes this video. In no particular order of greatness: the video has shots of Kendrick riding a bike in extreme fish-eye lens, Kendrick golfing off the roof of his car and Kendrick and his boys with their heads on fire. It’s only March but we’ve got our video of the year, right here.

 

Humble: The Track

But what about the song itself? It’s not deep, nor political, as anything off To Pimp a Butterfly succeeded in being. But it is a tune nonetheless. Plump keys throughout help Kendrick’s swagger as he, rather condescendingly, shuts down an opponent, possibly the same joker targeted on The Heart Part IV. It’s a fun song, and that is in no way a bad thing. Kendrick’s genius is that he’s thoroughly half the life of the party and half politician.

 

Fazerdaze – Take it Slow

The new track from Fazerdaze creeps over you like a Sunday afternoon. It’s slow pace (Take it Slow by name, Take it Slow by nature) allows you to take in the sweet melodies and the warm guitar – especially when the two mix half-way through the track. A song to listen to when you want to pretend it’s still summer.

 

Joey Bada$$ ft. ScHoolboy Q – Rockabye Baby

Even if punk has given up trying to hold politicians to account, hip hop still has a few tricks up its sleeve. In the new song by Joey Bada$$, Trump and the inaction over the lives of Black Americans takes heat as a slow, haunting piano riff plays out. The New York rapper’s new album comes out the same day as Kendrick’s, which can never be easy for anyone but Joey Bada$$ proves he’s got the skill to really compete.

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