Hip hop this week: Childish Gambino’s new single, a Destiny’s Child musical and more

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Hip hop this week: Childish Gambino’s new single, a Destiny’s Child musical and more

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Childish Gambino makes new single ‘Algorythm’ available on Pharos AR app

Now the dust has settled on his Coachella headline appearances, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) is eyeing off more touring, an Adidas shoe line and, of course, his return to Australia for Splendour in the Grass. Continuing to build hype around his apparent final shows, Glover has made a new single, ‘Algorythm’, available for fans to check out on his own app, Pharos AR. Currently only available on Android, the app takes the user on a “trip to Pharos,” where the song meets them at the end of a visual trip. Many Gambino fans will already be familiar with ‘Algorythm’, but while it previously leaked online, the single is yet to see official release. So its debut on the app makes the augmented reality experience even more enticing. Childish Gambino returns to Melbourne for his Splendour in the Grass sideshow at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday July 17.

Is a Destiny’s Child musical on the way?

Apparently so, if Beyoncé’s dad, Mathew Knowles, has anything to do with it. Fans have been reminded of Destiny’s Child’s popularity most recently via Beyoncé’s Homecoming Netflix film and accompanying live album, which chronicles her 2018 Coachella performance. Now it looks like the iconic R&B group’s story is coming to the stage. Mathew Knowles, also the group’s manager, has indicated the musical will premiere sometime in 2020 in the group’s hometown of Houston, Texas. According to Broadway World, the musical will address “the layers of evolution – good and bad – that Knowles faced during his pioneering climb into the music industry,” as well as the development and rise to fame of Destiny’s Child. Meanwhile, there’s more Netflix-related content to come from Beyoncé, after she reportedly signed a three-project, US$60m deal with the streaming platform.

Kevin Abstract finally unveils ‘ARIZONA BABY’ project

After weeks of teasing new music and drip feeding singles, BROCKHAMPTON’s Kevin Abstract has finally unveiled his new solo album, ARIZONA BABY. Produced by Jack Antonoff and fellow BROCKHAMPTON member Romil Hermani, the album is Abstract’s first solo release since 2016’s American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story. A new video for the album track ‘Peach’ is out now with Abstract recruiting fellow BROCKHAMPTON members Bearface and Joba, as well as Dominic Fike, for the final result. It’s been a great time for BROCKHAMPTON fans, riding high off the release and success of their 2018 album, Iridescence.

Rico Nasty drops anticipated mixtape ‘Anger Management’

She’s definitely an up and comer in the hip hop scene and with the release of Anger Management, rapper Rico Nasty is making her mark. Anger Management is a step up for Nasty, delivering the same relentless fury fans saw on her 2018 mixtape, Nasty. The new tape is nine tracks long and marks another collaborative project between Rico Nasty and producer Kenny Beats. Anger Management also features guest spots from Bauuer, Texan teenager Splurge and duo EarthGang. Nasty had a huge 2018 and after being picked up by a major label (Atlantic), she’s going from strength to strength.

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