Another song from N*E*R*D‘s quickly upcoming third album, Seeing Sounds, just leaked. “Yeah You” is classic N*E*R*D: Is it funky? Check. Very danceable? Check. Subtly crazy drums, Pharrell singing falsetto on the hook, and overall giddy, weird pop excellence? Check, check, and check.

I find this song especially refreshing because “Everybody Nose,” the first single from the album, is pretty weak. “Everybody Nose” sounds like N*E*R*D* is trying to be an experimental version of Timbaland. “Yeah You” is much safer, but in this case that’s a good thing, with N*E*R*D in their element.

N*E*R*D* — “Yeah You” (off upcoming Seeing Sounds LP, out Tuesday).

Girl Talk‘s new album Feed the Animals will be coming out sometime in the next few weeks. It will have an online only, choose-your-own-price release in the vein of Radiohead. It sounds like it will be a lot like Night Ripper, with over 300 samples in the 55-minute album. I’m looking forward to it.

Two new songs from Nas‘s upcoming “unnamed” album leaked recently, “Hero” and “Black President.” “Hero” has some pretty incredibly rapping, up there with Nas’s better work. I’m not sold on the production yet though, and it doesn’t really feel enough like a song. Maybe that’s just because I just listened to “A Day in the Life” (see below).

Nas — “Hero” (off upcoming untitled album, out July 15)

In case you were wondering if “Black President” refers to Barack Obama, it opens with a quote from him. Okay, that’s straightforward. Nas has always been a really natural, effortless rapper, which explains why his best work is so great and why his worst is so bad. But the lyrics in this particular song sound so casual, the thoughts so incomplete, the ideas so nonspecific, that I can literally hear him rapping this casually to whoever happens to be next to him at a neighborhood barbecue and then immediately heading to the studio (“But on a postive side/I think Obama provides hope and challenges minds/of all races and colors to erase the hate/and try to love one another” sounds a little bit too much like second-place-finish-in-a-high-school-essay-contest material.). The boringness of this song is especially disheartening given the subject matter, but what are you going to do? Nas is Nas.

Nas — “Black President” (off upcoming untitled album)

Also, Paul McCartney performed Beatles classic “A Day in the Life” live for the first time ever. Check it out:

Pretty awesome. I always forget that that is one of the best-written songs of all time. The structure of that song makes me think of Jethro Tull, or Okkervil River, or… actually, a whole lot of bands.

Oh yeah, and my boy Kyle Kramer rapped over my “Why Did You Have to Leave Me” beat for an English project. I’m going to put the song together tomorrow, at which point I can’t see why I wouldn’t put it up here. If you’re a rapper and you want to spit similarly hot fire over this or any other of my future beats, let me know.

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