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LIL WAYNE ft DRAKE Be­lieve Me Young Money

Back in 2008, Lil Wayne was the crown prince of hip-hop, a young rap­per so prodi­giously tal­ented his only recog­nised peers (“Pac, Big­gie and Jay-Z”) were ranked among the gen­res im­mor­tals. Six years and two Tha Carter . . . in­stal­ments later (the lat­est drops later this month), his flow is com­pre­hen­sively bested here by the kid from De­grassi: The Next Gen­er­a­tion. Cough syrup then, chil­dren, is pos­si­bly not the cre­ative elixir you’re look­ing for.


Columbia Yes, Manic Street Preach­ers are still a go­ing con­cern. And their new video, a homage to the film Run Lola Run, harkens back to the last time any­one gave a damn (1998, since you ask). Though their au­di­ences have dwin­dled over the years, the Welsh out­fit still know to pack a sta­dium-sized punch. Their 12th al­bum, called Futurology, is set for re­lease on July 7th.

ELAINE MAI Known/Un­known

Mys­tery is ap­par­ently de rigueur these days. In­deed, last weekend Gerry Adams prob­a­bly vol­un­teered more per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to the PSNI than Elaine Mai di­vulges across a half dozen so­cial me­dia plat­forms. (A re­cent tweet poked fun at a can­di­date for Tuam Town Coun­cil so, at a guess, she’s pos­si­bly from the West some­where.) Ei­ther way, she makes some ex­cel­lent Ir­ish elec­tron­ica in the tUnE-yArDs vein.

ALI­CIA KEYS ft KEN­DRICK LA­MAR, HANS ZIM­MER, JOHNNY MARR It’s On Again (Live on the Tonight Show)

On the face of it, it al­most de­fies be­lief that four such di­verse and tal­ented artists would come to­gether to cre­ate as for­mu­laic a piece of pop dross as this, with lyrics that might have been lifted from the pages of a self-help book. Then again, It’s On Again was recorded for a lu­cra­tive su­per­hero sound­track, so hefty pay­cheques all around may have had some­thing to do with it.

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