#DXCLUSIVE: Slug Describes How A Proposed Soundtrack Became His Own Movie: 'Whenever'

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

Minneapolis, MN – As an artist, and in Hip Hop particularly, the most poignant expression ten comes in the form catharsis. Expressions from within. Sometimes, however, inspiration derives from applying a different lens to your own point view. JAY-Z found this to be true when he conjured the American Gangster album out the visual interpretation Frank Lucas, and it turned out to be one his most critically acclaimed projects.

Back on November 8th, Atmosphere dropped a video for “Bde Make Ska,” but did not announce an accompanying project. Then on Friday (December 13) the group just sneak attacked fans with another new video “Lovely” featuring Nikki Jean.

Oh, and a surprise album, Whenever.

Surprise not only describes the group’s unannounced release but also their 15th album’s content, which is notably different from the Minnesota-based duo’s previous two-plus decades work. The reason? As it turns out, most the songs were initially meant to be part a television show, which inspired Slug to switch things up a bit.

“We initially set out to make a soundtrack for a television show,” Slug tells HipHopDX in an exclusive interview. “We were approached by a writer, who’s kind known, who was making a show with a well-known producer. The writer is from Minnesota] originally and he was like, ‘hey, I grew up on you guys’ shit. I would love to commission some music for this television show that we’re working on. I immediately was like ‘fuck yes, this gives me an excuse to go write shit that I would never normally, necessarily write,” he added.

But as the age-old story goes, the music itself is only a part the music business. And for a group that has steered their own ship from the time it was a lifeboat until it became a yacht, giving up ownership was not an option.

“As I was wrapping it up, I was pretty happy with it, and then it was time for all the legal teams and the label and everybody to start talking and we couldn’t make it work, which is unfortunate, cause all the creative people who were involved were like, ‘what the fuck?’ We were all just kind miffed,” said Slug. “It wasn’t even really a money thing, it was an ownership thing. And I’m trying to be careful what I say cause I don’t wanna throw anybody under the bus. It was really nobody’s fault. It’s basically one those things I think, where at the end the day, everybody’s just trying to protect themselves. But me, I own all my shit: I own my masters, I own everything, and so the concept giving that up was just too much for me,” he added.

To many people, the idea eschewing such a large platform might seem crazy, but there are perks that come along with having a loyal fanbase built over three different decades.

“The company that bought and was televising the show] were like ‘look at all the exposure you’re giving up.’ I was kinda like, ‘exposure? I’m beyond that. I’m at a point now where either you know about us or you don’t,” said Slug. “If you don’t, that’s okay, and if you do you’ve already decided whether you like us or not. I’m not a new artist trying to break myself,” he added.

Though things didn’t work out with the show, per the Rhymesayers MC’s own advice from the past, when life gave him lemons, he painted that shit gold, and a collection songs that were meant to be a piece someone else’s cinematic vision became a larger part his own.

“The creative people were all amicable. We all understood that this was out our hands, and so I just decided, well fuck it, I added some pieces to it and said, ‘let’s just drop it as a project.’ I left it alone for a minute because I had to focus on Mi Vida Local. We were getting ready to go on tour for that,” Slug recalled. “I went out for the first couple legs that and then when I got back around Christmas last year I started looking at the songs that were there and thinking, ‘there’s kind a theme here that, again maybe nobody but me will see, but at least this time the theme’s not me,” he added.

#DXCLUSIVE: Slug Describes How A Proposed Soundtrack Became His Own Movie: 'Whenever'

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The vision was coming together as Atmosphere headed overseas, and as it turns out it was the road that provided Slug with the concept’s finishing touch.

“When we hit Europe, everything was speaking to me. I was listening to these songs while I was walking around Norway and the other European cities] and again, I was like, ‘this is an album and I think I like it because I think I hear a theme which, at least in my head is reclamation,” said Slug. “A lot these songs deal with capturing something that’s been there next to you, that you lost, and reclaiming it. It gave me ideas for visuals, but then also I’m in these different spaces, going through these different territories, and I started talking to different people throughout Europe, getting them to record their voices for me on my phone. They emailed me the English translation. I would just give them the idea and they would say something. Some that wound up on the album. Those were fitting right in with the reclamation concept”

For many fans and artists alike, change is not always so easily embraced, but for this particular project, a new process turned out to serve as a “refresh” button for Slug.

When I’m digging through beats, or looking at what Ant is prescribing for me, I can come at it like, ‘how would this feel if this was the opening scene, or if this was the credits when the credits start to roll after you just got the reveal the show? And it was one these kinda Twilight Zone type shows, so I was like that’s cool that allows us to get a more, I don’t wanna say experimental, but it allows us to not have to focus on making something that’s catchy. I like catchy, I make catchy in my head. I make choruses, but this gives me a chance to get away from that and focus more on making something that’s cinematic.”


Interview: Rockie Fresh Details 'Destination,' Chicago Inspiration & Favorite Rap Albums Of The Decade

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

Los Angeles, CA – Most casual Hip Hop fans would know Chicago’s very own Rockie Fresh from his work with Rick Ross and the Maybach Music Group imprint back in 2012. Rockie dropped a few solid mixtapes under the Bawse-run label and made some seriously impressive contributions to the Self Made album series. 

Those who’ve stuck it out with him though would know that he’s been quietly yet purposely been crafting his debut album, Destination. MMG might have taught the 28-year-old MC the value hard work and an entrepreneurial mindset but his true colors shine through as his most recent release. The 12-track LP aimed to bring his full musical prowess to life with a Rolodex sounds and styles that will hopefully propel him back into the hearts and minds the mainstream. “Must Be” with Chris Brown (the album’s lead single) has been helping raise his stock over the past few months but the album as a whole is what Rockie is focused most on. 

He took time to talk to HipHopDX about not only the album and its concept but also his departure from MMG, his new home at Rostrum Records and his plans for a 2020 takeover. Not to mention his favorite albums the decade. 

HipHopDX: How does it feel to finally have the album out. Destination is here!

Rockie Fresh: I feel pretty regular. I got a lot more shit that I plan on doing but I’m happy that we got this out right now. I’m just ready to keep the ball rolling. This is a good feeling, though.

HipHopDX: This album has been a long time coming. It seems like it’s the project you’ve been preparing your whole life to release. What made now the right time to drop it?

Rockie Fresh: I think really I was transitioning between different business situations and through that, I was still making music. But also still trying to find a home and to find the right team to get my music out to the fans the way I wanted to. I think we finally got a good majority those resources down pat, leading it to this date that we decided to drop the album at this time. 

HipHopDX: You’ve been with Rostrum Records for just over a year, right?

Rockie Fresh: Yup.

HipHopDX: What made that the right place to drop the album and to start the next part your career?

Rockie Fresh: I had a good relationship with Benjy Grinberg]. Me and him we were able to vibe. There was a lot other mutual components that worked with him and we were real cool with. But I also think on top that I’m a lot smarter. When I was in my last deal I signed right when I turned 21 – now I’m 28. So I’ve got a lot better understanding the game and where I want to go. Even with being signed to Rick Ross he trained us all to be bosses. Everyone has their own label now and their own leadership they’re working out . It was my time to do the same thing and Rostrum gave me the best opportunity to do that.

HipHopDX: What was one the best lessons you learned from Ross while on MMG?

Rockie Fresh: He always told us “The game ain’t based on sympathy” and any time you go through something, any Ls you take you just take that on the chin and keep it moving and not get you your feelings. I think that helped me out a lot in the game because any ups or downs I went through I was able to take as a part the game and keep it moving. That’s one the best things I learned from Rozay for sure. 

Interview: Rockie Fresh Details 'Destination,' Chicago Inspiration & Favorite Rap Albums Of The Decade

HipHopDX: Absolutely. Even on the last track on the album, you said: “We know the label fucked up on my last shit, still we got past it.” It’s good to see that even though you went your separate ways with Ross you managed to keep it all love.

Rockie Fresh: 100 percent. At the end the day we all trying to win. With that as a common goal, there could never be any negative shit.

HipHopDX: That’s how the album feels – it sounds like you’re in a good place. It’s triumphant, it’s got hits with melodies and serious bars too. It’s different vibes for everyone. What was the process putting all those sides you together on one album?

Rockie Fresh: I think that was the upside having so much time to work on the album. I was able to get songs from different pieces and timeframes my life. I’m 28, so I’m still growing and going through things and learning how to navigate. Some things I have are super fun and that’s when the turn-up records get made and some days it’s super low and that’s when songs like “Falling,” “Take A Second” and certain records like that get made. With that, it was me constantly staying in the studio, I was able to tap into whatever emotions I was feeling that day and make the necessary records to really connect with everybody else’s emotions.

HipHopDX: You’ve got some great features on this album but I want to talk especially about your relationship with Casey Veggies. He’s been one your most consistent collaborators since you first came out. What’s that relationship like?

Rockie Fresh: That’s like my brother. I be hanging out with him at his house when I’m in L.A. I’m cool with his parents — that’s like my real brother. We linked up in 2010 and we’ve been super close ever since. That’s real family. That’s why we make so much music together – because we always hang out, so we’re working constantly, nonstop. We probably have at least 100 songs together. We about to go crazy!

HipHopDX: I want to pivot and talk about your hometown Chicago. Did you spend time in the city while recording? Did it play a role in the creation the album?

Rockie Fresh: I did record a lot the album in Chicago but also the concept behind the album cover: I go out on my balcony – I live in downtown Chicago so I go out on my balcony a lot and listen to beats, smoke out, listen to songs I’ve made in the studio. A lot times it’s super late night when I’m out there and that’s how my view looks. I wanted to give people the feeling what it’s like to be on my balcony looking out at night and just vibing to the music. 

With the Delorean, that’s always a big theme in my projects: time travel and going to different places in my life – that was the whole concept. But yeah I recorded a lot the album in Chicago. Mostly Chicago and L.A.

HipHopDX: Are those the two cities you’re based out now?

Rockie Fresh: Yeah! It’s summertime Chi – it’s the best. But I love being in L.A. when it’s wintertime and cold in Chicago. It all works out.

HipHopDX: You did a pop-up in Chicago the day before the album dropped. How did that feel to release the album with the people Chicago?

Rockie Fresh: Oh, that was awesome. Being around my friends, family and the fans that found out about my music first. You know, I always love doing stuff in Chicago. It was also a very peaceful event with no violence. I appreciate everyone who pulled up. It was awesome. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 

HipHopDX: Now, we are coming close to the end the year – it’s only a month away. What do you think about Hip Hop moving into 2020? Are you optimistic on where the genre is going? 

Rockie Fresh: I’m very optimistic, we’ve got a lot artists. So you can focus on what, like, you fuck with. When you find something you like there are couple artists that can really satisfy that need. And then there are so many other options when you want to veer f into other things.  I’m always optimistic – there is a lot stuff to sift through – sometimes it might get hard as a listener but I feel like whatever you’re looking for there is an artist for that somewhere in the world. I just want to be one those artists that captures a lot vibes. I want to be a one stop shop for my fans over the next few years. 

HipHopDX: You know as well as I do that over the past year or 18 months rap has really crossed over and mixed with pop-punk, country and rock sounds and aesthetics. As someone who was early on absorbing the likes Fall Out Boy and Good Charlotte, what do you think about Hip Hop embracing these other genres?

Rockie Fresh: I think it’s dope. That’s what we were really working for – for rap to considered deeper than that. But also real music. I think when music can come together in different ways it’s only a good look for Hip Hop because it shows how far we came. I’m with it 100%.

HipHopDX: Looking to next summer and warmer weather  – do you have plans to hit the festival circuit?

Rockie Fresh: That’s definitely something I want to do. We’re working on setting that up right now and on top that I’m going to be dropping more music – so we’re going to flood. I definitely want to hit a lot these festivals this year. Hopefully, we have big announcements for y’all at the top 2020 letting you know where you can catch the Rockie Fresh live show. Because we definitely going crazy with it. 

HipHopDX: For those who haven’t been yet – what can people expect at one your live shows?

Rockie Fresh:  They are going to see a lot energy but also they will get a nice experience with the lights and the digitals. We’re going to give them a one a kind show for sure. 

HipHopDX: Since we are at the end the decade, I gotta know – what are some your favorite albums the past 10 years? Excluding your own. 

Rockie Fresh: The decade? Damn. Let me see. I would put JAY-Z’s American Gangster – I think that makes the cut. I would put My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in there. I would put Take Care in there. good kid, m.A.A.d. city too.  That’s four, right? I would also throw Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t in there.

HipHopDX: I think that’s my favorite Ross album. 

Rockie Fresh: For me, it’s between that one and the one I really fuck with: Deeper Than Rap. That’s my shit. Teflon Don hard too, though. 

HipHopDX: What else should the fans be looking out for from you next year?

Rockie Fresh: For right now, go stream that Destination album and then we’re coming to a city near you real soon.

Follow Rockie Fresh on Instagram @rockiefresh for more updates.


’The Resort’: Quavo Reveals He Produced A Horror Film

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Quavo is ficially a movie producer. In a tweet posted on Wednesday (December 11), the Migos rapper announced the upcoming release a horror film titled The Resort.

Expressing his excitement, he tweeted, “Wow Jus WATCH MY FIRST HORROR FILM I PRODUCED. The Resort Coming Soon. thanks @willmeldman.” 

While Quavo’s tweet was scarce on the film’s details, he did thank and tag Will Meldman, the Founder and CEO Double Down Pictures.

In March, Meldman posted what appears to be a picture from an editing session for the The Resort. The caption reads, “Having a blast in the editing bay with the squad today #TheResortMovie #ComingSoon #Casamigos in the studio.” 

While this marks Quavo’s entry into the film industry, it was previously reported he was writing a script for a movie produced by all three the Migos.

In a 2017 interview with Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, Quavo said, “They used to really do that a lot in the ’90s. I’m a ’90s baby and all my favorite movies got all my dope artists in them … JuiceMenace II Society. Even Ice Cube; Cube killed it! That’s what we’re trying to do right now and we’re looking into the script.”


Fat Joe Speaks On '90s Crack Era While Remembering Juice Wrld

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

New York, NY – In the wake Juice Wrld‘s tragic passing, Fat Joe has joined the Hip Hop community’s outcry against drug abuse.

During a recent interview with Wendy Williams, Joey Crack was asked whether he knew the 21-year-old rapper.

“I only met him one time,” he said. “He was such a beautiful kid. He was so respectful when I met him, and I was just like, ‘Yo, this is a real good kid.’ So, rest in peace, Juice Wrld.”

He then seized the moment to speak out on pill addiction. 

“But they gotta stop!” he exclaimed, before delving into how the perception was different back then. “When we was younger, we would go smoke crack. But you knew you was copping rock cocaine, or you knew you was copping heroin – you knew it was disgusting!”

Speaking on today’s perception drugs, he adds, “So now, what happens with these pills, being that there prescribed, these kids don’t think they’re pill-heads or crackheads, or they’re nothing.

“Nowadays they think] ‘It’s legal; it’s cool! We can do as much it as we want.’ And that’s a big understatement because all these kids are dying.”

Joe continues describing the bleak reality the situation and the need to especially protect those living in poorer circumstances.

“Everyday in the Bronx, all these kids are dying – overdosing f pills,” he says. “We gotta try watch these kids as much as we can, ’cause it’s sad … This kid was filthy rich and died at 21 years old, on a private plane!”

Joyner Lucas also recently spoke out, criticizing “rappers who glorified taking drugs and made it cool,” while Trippie Redd said, “If it ain’t weed, we ain’t doing it no more.”

Although Juice Wrld’s ficial cause death is yet to be confirmed, he reportedly swallowed several Percocet pills prior to the fatal seizure.


J. Period Drops Anniversary Edition Of "The Best Of Nas" Mixtape Via Apple Music

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

J. Period has teamed up with Apple Music to exclusively premiere The Best Of Nas mixtape for the project’s 15th anniversary. Originally released in 2004, the 40-track effort set him on a path to Hip Hop greatness.

“The moment this picture was taken, my fate was already sealed,” he captioned an Instagram photo himself and Nas. “It was 2005. A year earlier, my ‘Best Of Nas’ tape had dropped, and set f a chain reaction: first, bootlegged on Fulton St. (the ultimate sign your tape was fire), then featured in The Source ‘Hottest Mixtapes] (back when it was The Bible), then co-signed by Nas himself.”

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The moment this picture was taken, my fate was already sealed. It was 2005. A year earlier, my “Best Of Nas” tape had dropped, and set f a chain reaction: first, bootlegged on Fulton St. (the ultimate sign your tape was 🔥), then featured in The Source “Hottest Mixtapes” (back when it was The Bible), then co-signed by Nas himself. By the time this photo was taken, I had already convinced myself: I could DO THIS, and there was no looking back. Poolside at Mixshow Power Summit (salute @renemclean @iamlylette @djbri_g), I finally got to talk to Nas (it mostly consisted me saying “thank you”), and he told me his crew had played him the tape, and he loved it. The story could stop right there, and it would be amazing. But the truth is, it was only the beginning… Tonight at midnight, a new chapter unfolds. #BestOfNas Salute God’s Son @Nas forever. 🙏🏼

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Fast-forward to 2019 and J. Period has roughly 40 mixtapes under his belt and crafted a career beyond his imagination.

“The mixtape game has changed a lot since the days hustling tapes on Canal Street,” J. Period tells HipHopDX. “Back then, we could never dream a scenario where a tape like this could be cleared for commercial release by an entity like Apple Music, so today is crazy. I’ve poured so much love into these mixtapes over the years and it’s very exciting to share my first — the tape that birthed my style and launched my career  — for a new audience to discover.

“In 2019, these tapes are like cultural artifacts a lost era in Hip Hop, when mixtapes defied the rules and defined the game. Premiering The Best Nas on Apple Music helps shatter the glass ceiling what’s possible for a mixtape, and I’m honored to help pave the way for a new generation DJ’s to keep this artform alive in the streaming era.”

J. Period, who is also Black Thought’s tour DJ, partnered with Dubset Media to clear the mixtape, a rarity these days. The project boasts three bonus tracks, including “Street Dreams,” “One Love” with Q-Tip and “Ill Street Blues” featuring Kool G. Rap

In a July interview with DX, J. Period revealed he also has a solo album on the way, explaining, “I got really inspired by my experiences at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s] Playlist Retreat. That really has pushed me to want to extend my repertoire and be as serious about it as I am about the mixtapes.

“So, it’s taken me a while, but I feel like a style has started to evolve and it’s a lot improvisation based f the vibe that’s created by these incredible musicians.”

Until that materializes, check out The Best Of Nas (Anniversary Edition) below. 

J. Period Drops Anniversary Edition Of "The Best Of Nas" Mixtape Via Apple Music

1. Intro (’91 Freestyle)
2. Live At The Barbeque f. Nas
3. Made You Look f. Jadakiss & Ludacris
4. Made You Shook J. Period Exclusive]
5. Righteous Records (Interview Interlude)
6. Nas Is Like
7. Represent
8. Halftime
9. If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) f. Lauryn Hill
10. It Was Written Freestyle
11. Dr. Knockboot
12. The Ultimate High
13. Street Dreams
14. Silent Murder
15. You’re Da Man
16. Doo Rags
17. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
18. The Message (Mafioso Remix)

19. Lifes a Bitch f. AZ
20. What Goes Around (Poison)
21. One Mic
22. I Gave You Power
23. NY State Mind
24. NY State Mind Part 2
25. Eye for an Eye
26. Get Down
27. No Idea’s Original
28. White Label Freestyle
29. One Love
30. One Love b/w Hell on Earth (J.PERIOD Remix)
31. Affirmative Action (St. Denis Style Remix)
32. The Second Coming
33. It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)
34. It Ain’t Hard to Tell
35. The World is Yours
36. Nas vs. Jay-Z (Interlude)
37. Ether (Outtro)
 
Bonus Tracks:
38. Street Dreams J.PERIOD Remix]
39. One Love J.PERIOD Abstract Remix] f. Q-Tip
40. Ill Street Blues J.PERIOD Remix] f. Kool G. Rap

 


Fat Joe Admits He Used To Smoke Crack While Remembering Juice Wrld

Filed by Elsa MajewskiElsa Majewski

New York, NY – In the wake Juice Wrld‘s tragic passing, Fat Joe has joined the Hip Hop community’s outcry against drug abuse.

During a recent interview with Wendy Williams, Joey Crack was asked whether he knew the 21-year-old rapper.

“I only met him one time,” he said. “He was such a beautiful kid. He was so respectful when I met him, and I was just like, ‘Yo, this is a real good kid.’ So, rest in peace, Juice Wrld.”

He then seized the moment to speak out on pill addiction. 

“But they gotta stop!” he exclaimed, before delving into his own drug history and how the perception was different back then. “When we was younger, we would go smoke crack. But you knew you was copping rock cocaine, or you knew you was copping heroin – you knew it was disgusting!”

Speaking on today’s perception drugs, he adds, “So now, what happens with these pills, being that there prescribed, these kids don’t think they’re pill-heads or crackheads, or they’re nothing.

“Nowadays they think] ‘It’s legal; it’s cool! We can do as much it as we want.’ And that’s a big understatement because all these kids are dying.”

Joe continues describing the bleak reality the situation and the need to especially protect those living in poorer circumstances.

“Everyday in the Bronx, all these kids are dying – overdosing f pills,” he says. “We gotta try watch these kids as much as we can, ’cause it’s sad … This kid was filthy rich and died at 21 years old, on a private plane!”

Joyner Lucas also recently spoke out, criticizing “rappers who glorified taking drugs and made it cool,” while Trippie Redd said, “If it ain’t weed, we ain’t doing it no more.”

Although Juice Wrld’s ficial cause death is yet to be confirmed, he reportedly swallowed several Percocet pills prior to the fatal seizure.


Sting Reacts To Juice Wrld's Death & Denies 'Lucid Dreams' Lawsuit

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Juice Wrld used Sting’s “Shape Of My Heart” for his massive hit “Lucid Dreams,” introducing The Police frontman’s music to an entirely new audience. In an exclusive statement to Billboard, Sting spoke on the 21-year-old’s recent death and heavily praised the song.

“This is such a tragic loss for the world music, a young life with so much potential and a unique and precious talent,” he said. “‘Lucid Dreams’ was my favorite all the many interpolations ‘Shape My Heart,’ it will resonate for many years to come. My sincere condolences to the family.” 

Through his reps, Sting also confirmed the lawsuit rumors surrounding “Lucid Dreams” were “simply untrue.”

Upon its release last year, “Lucid Dreams” reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 100 chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. At the time, Sting called the song a “beautiful interpretation that is faithful to the original song’s form,” while joking the royalties will “put my grandkids through college.”

Juice Wrld passed away on Sunday (December 8) after suffering a fatal seizure. Prior to his death, he reportedly swallowed several Percocets. 

Check out the “Shape Of My Heart” mashup featuring Shaggy below.


Juice Wrld's Crew Reportedly "Unlikely" To Be Charged With 70 LBS. Marijuana Found On Jet

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Chicago, IL – Following Juice Wrld’s death last Sunday (December 8), the FBI uncovered 70 pounds marijuana, three guns and a bottle codeine in the private jet carrying the multi-platinum selling rapper and his entourage.

According to TMZ, it’s “unlikely” the members his crew will be charged with possession the monster weed load. Law enforcement sources reportedly said it’s “next to impossible” to figure out who the weed belonged to considering nobody would cop to the multiple vacuum-sealed bags found onboard. Plus, there were no identification tags on any the suitcases.

Sources add the Chicago Police Department is combing through every suitcase and weed bag searching for DNA and fingerprints, however they say there’s no way to prove who really packed the weed and/or owned the suitcases. Feds have essentially deemed it a “non-case,” which is why they turned it over to local authorities.

Two Juice Wrld’s security guards, Henry Dean and Christopher Dean, were arrested on weapons charges as a result the search but have since been released.

While there has been no word on an ficial cause death, Juice Wrld reportedly swallowed multiple Percocet pills prior to the fatal seizure in an effort to evade police. He was 21.


A State Of Trance 2019 (Mixed by Armin van Buuren)

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

2019, a year to never forget. Those words hold a certain truth for both and Trance fans from all over the world. With an eight-hour broadcast of A State Of Trance during Amsterdam Dance Event, sold-out events in Utrecht, Madrid, Kiev, Miami, Mexico, Bay Area and Tomorrowland to celebrate the 900th episode with tens of thousands of people at each location, and the release of two from Armin van Buuren himself (‘Balance’ and ‘Moons Of Jupiter’ under his GAIA alias), the year of 2019 managed to exceed all expectations. And it’s bound to become even better with the highly anticipated release of his ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2019’.

For the sixteenth time in a row, Armin van Buuren locked himself in the studio to select the right tracks for this seminal mix . Based on the standings of the Tune Of The Year voting as well as some of Armin van Buuren’s personal favorites, the mix album features more than a hundred phenomenal tracks from Trance music’s true tastemakers, including Ferry Corsten’s Gouryella track ‘Surga’, Andrew Bayer’s ‘Magiktek’, Roman Messer’s ‘Serenity’, Chris Schweizer’s ‘Near The End’, MaRLo & Feenixpawl’s ‘Lighter Than Air’, and so many more.

The A State Of Trance Year Mix reflects the evolution of the scene and all of the exciting moments it has brought to fans worldwide. And judging by the sheer magnitude of this mix album’s tracklist, Trance music is bigger and better than ever before.

‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2019 (Mixed by Armin van Buuren)


Russell Simmons Calls Out Oprah For Including Accuser In Documentary — & 50 Cent Weighs In

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Russell Simmons has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show five times over the years and as a result, the two moguls developed a “very close” relationship, as Simmons explains to HipHopDX.

So, when the news broke the illustrious talk show host was producing a documentary that focuses on sexual assault accuser Drew Dixon, it understandably blinded-sided the Def Jam Recordings co-founder. “I want to stay out the mud,” he tells DX. “I love Oprah. I’m disappointed.”

On Friday (December 13), Simmons shared a photo himself sitting with Oprah and questioned why she believes there’s any truth to the allegations. At the same time, he admitted to being a “womanizer” back in the day.

“Dearest OPRAH, you have been a shining light to my family and my community,” he began. “Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction it in this blog. I have given you the gift meditation and the groundbreaking book ”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary. 

“I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today ‘womanizer’) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection the same experiences.”

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Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection the same experiences. Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT / (all the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case pro exists what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case 2 your 3 accusers, their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. Maybe you should name your documentary “FLAVOR OF LOVE”!? In closing, I am guilty exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind

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Simmons then reminds Oprah he took — and passed — nine lie detector tests for his daughters Aoki Lee and Ming Lee. 

“Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women,” he continued. “I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that ‘hurt people hurt people.’”

He also insists he never had to use force to have sex with any women.

“Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT / (all the claims are 25 to 40 years old),” he concluded. “It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case pro exists what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case 2 your 3 accusers, their own words in their books.

“Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. Maybe you should name your documentary ‘FLAVOR OF LOVE!?’ In closing, I am guilty exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone.”

Simmons adds, “Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind.”

50 Cent, who evidently caught wind Simmons’ Instagram post, shared a similar photo Simmons with Oprah and questioned why she seemed to only target black men — in true 50 Cent fashion.

“I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men,” he captioned the post. “No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons. this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal Jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts. These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent.”

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times reported Oprah is serving as the executive producer for a new documentary focusing on “a brilliant former music executive who grapples with whether to go public with her story assault and abuse by a notable figure in the music industry.”

The film reportedly centers on Dixon who accused Simmons raping her in his Manhattan apartment in 1995.


Nick Cannon Declares Victory In Eminem Battle

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Nick Cannon has deemed himself the winner in his recent (mostly one-sided) battle with Eminem. On Thursday (December 12), The Masked Singer and Wild ‘N Out host claimed the proverbial crown Twitter.

“@Eminem I won!!!” he wrote. “This has been fun. Now back to your regularly scheduled programs.” 

Nick Cannon Declares Victory In Eminem Battle

Shady reignited his long-running beef with Cannon last week on Fat Joe’s song “Lord Above” featuring Mary J. Blige.

“I know me and Mariah didn’t end on a high note,” he rapped. “But that other dude’s whipped, that pussy got him neutered/Tryna tell him his chicks a nut ‘fore he got his jewels clipped/Almost got my caboose kicked/Fool, quit, you not gon’ do shit/I let her chop my balls f too before I lost to you, Nick.”

The current Power 106 radio personality fired back on the show, claiming he was going to change Em’s name to “Cialis.”

On Monday (December 9), Cannon returned with a diss track aimed at Shady called “The Invitation” featuring Suge Knight. Rather than wait for Shady to respond on wax, he quickly followed up with a second diss track called “Pray For Me” with The Black Squad.

Em has been relatively quiet throughout the whole ordeal. On Monday night, he told Cannon to “stop lying” on his dick and demanded an apology from “Nicholas” Twitter for claiming there’s video Em giving another man oral sex.

Revisit the tweets below.


Progressive is back with H3nry Thr!ll’s brand new release !

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

H3nry Thr!ll is a DJ/Producer from Washington D.C. who is fast becoming known for his hard-hitting but melodic G-House. Still only sixteen years old, H3nry has already been DJing at both festivals and clubs for two years, and has been writing music since he was twelve years old!

His newest release comes in the shape ambiental and slightly strange progressive track called “How Does It Feel”. This track reminds me the pure progressive genre, who was easily neglected this year and H3nry ‘s release just at the right time for us, so we can save this jewel to our Holidays personal playlists.

Regarding the track itself, it brings a perfect blend between sample vocals, solid and grooving drumwork, balanced by ambiental synth melodies and dreamy lead arpeggios. Undoubtable this is a really good track which i highly recommend ! Stay close to H3nry latest music by following on his Instagram and Twitter.