ICYMI | January 26, 2015
Catch Up: January 26th, 2015


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Cats, So Many Cats.

Run The Jewels released three audio samples from one of the year’s most anticipated albums, Meow the Jewels, this weekend on Instagram. The masterpiece’s collaborators include Geoff Barrow, The Alchemist, Just Blaze and, most recently, Lil’ Bub – the world-famous cat from Bloomington, Indiana. El-P can’t seem to contain his excitement regarding the work-in-progress, and captioned one of his instas, “Oh my God, what am I doing with my life.” Well, at least his sanity is in tact. Listen to ‘em all right here.

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This Probably Won’t Happen, But…

2 Chainz is fueling rumors that he’s running for mayor in his hometown of College Park, Georgia. Re-phrase: after his heated and ultimately viral debate with Nancy Grace nearly two weeks ago, the rapper has won himself a rather vehement following that is convinced of his political supremacy. 2 Chainz’s gentlemanliness has left him flattered, but conscious that he first must have the “proper qualifications.” So hope remains.

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Let’s Update Those Taters, Shall We?

Virginia is looking for a state song. Evidently, they had one up until 1997, and it even featured Louis Armstrong crooning, “carry me back to old Virginny. There’s where the cotton and the corn and taters grow.” However, after that fateful year in the late ‘90s, the song was retired and years of fretful and existentialist debates ensued regarding its replacement. James Robertson of Richmond has embraced a new initiative to get the land of presidents of Shenandoah back in the musical records, and explained the process to NPR’s Robert Siegal. It seems as though their most recent proposal is weaving through the legislative maze, and has promising potential to make it to the songbooks soon. You go, VA, you go. Read the interview here. (h/t NPR)

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There Continue to be Zero Reasons to Dislike Chet Faker.

Our favorite bearded man reigned supreme in Triple J’s Hottest 100 poll today, which is a big deal, considering it’s the largest fan-based competition of its kind. His track “1998” came in at number 8, then “Gold” at number 7, and finally, “Talk is Cheap” took the big ol’ space at number one. After Faker’s remarkable ascent to fame this past year, he is now only the second artist to put three tracks within Triple J’s top ten, after Powderfinger in 2003. We couldn’t have voted better ourselves. (h/t Billboard)