HipHopDX Premeire – As V Don preps his forthcoming album Black Mass, the Harlem-based producer has shared a sliver the project in the form “Since 16” featuring ElCamino and 38 Spesh.
Black Mass is entirely produced by V Don and — in addition to ElCamino and 38 Spesh — boasts appearances from Dave East, Eto, Smoke DZA, Willie The Kid, Rigz and Dark Lo. “Since 16” serves as the project’s second single, following the title track that was released earlier this week.
The 12-track effort is expected to arrive on February 7. Check out “Since 16′ above and the album details below.
- Judas f. Adonis
- Forefathers f. Dark Lo
- Engraved f. Rigz
- Boomerang f. Smoke DZA
- Black Mass f. Eto
- Asolos f. Sauce Heist
- Get Back f. Dave East
- Weather Of March f. D. Polo
- Since 16 f. ElCamino & 38 Spesh
- Whitey Bulge f. Da$h
- Baked Alaska f. Willie The Kid
- Borrowed Time f. Kadeem
With January flying by, Spring Break planning for 2020 is already underway. One event, STFU & Party, has recently announced their lineups for its three weeks of festivities. Cedric Gervais, K Camp, and NOIZU headline week one; Lost Kings, MEDVZA and headline week two; and , Dom Dolla, and Loud Luxury take over headline duties for week three. All three weeks have a ton of support included as well.
STFU & Party takes place on the beautiful island of Bimini, which is just a two-hour ferry ride off the coast of South Florida. The event has become one of the most sought after spring break destinations due to its beautiful, rapidly developing location and the experience. As an added bonus, artists don’t just come for their performances; they stay and party with you the whole week!
There are three separate events which each run Monday through Friday starting on March 2, March 9, and March 16. Tickets and more details are available on STFU & Party’s website!
Los Angeles, CA – Dave Chappelle had a simple reason for not accepting his Best Comedy Album award at the 2020 Grammys on Sunday night (January 26). The Mark Twain Prize winner wasn’t avoiding an acceptance speech or skipping the ceremony — he just couldn’t make it to the Staples Center in time.
“Wish I had a better answer, but it was nothing more than #LATraffic,” the rep noted.
Presenters Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker accepted the award on Chappelle’s behalf since he wasn’t in the audience when the Best Comedy Album winner was announced. Yet some viewers were puzzled by his absence when they noticed him in the crowd later that night.
At one point, Chappelle was even sitting with the aforementioned Carlile (as seen in the above photo). But as it turns out, the former Comedy Central star was nothing more than fashionably late.
Chappelle won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix standup special Sticks & Stones. The win marked his third consecutive victory in the category.
Check out the other 2020 Grammy winners here.
Crystal Skies are well on their way to doing big things and have been absolutely soaring to the top ranks of the electronic music scene over the years. Signed to Seven Lions owned label Ophelia Records and recently dropping their brand new ‘Constellations’ . There is no doubt that this duo is creating an inherently unique path for themselves. Known for their melodic bass-driven tracks like February’s “Never Change” and “Fluorescent Light” featuring KARRA, Crystal Skies is an American electronic duo who’ve developed an ear-catching dubstep sound that is both heavy and emotional.
About a month ago I had the honor of sitting down with both members of the project, Louisiana-native Britian Holcomb and Aaron Dawson of Philadelphia. The interview took place right after their epic set at the Ophelia showcase in Brooklyn, NY. We went over a number of things regarding everything from new music, being signed to Ophelia, touring and much more. They went into depth on every topic and shared some interesting tidbits that you might enjoy!
– What did you think of your set? How was the feel of the crowd?
“The crowd was awesome. Yeah, they were really energetic from the very beginning and it seemed to really fill out. It was pretty full by the time we started and continued to fill up as the set went on. That’s also the thing about Ophelia, they have some really dedicated fans and they always show up, was a really wild crowd.”
– When was the last time you played in NYC?
“Ezoo, this past September, and yeah that was crazy. We played at the Ophelia stage on Sunday the third day of the festival. Everything was sick, the stage was awesome. We played a little earlier around 3 or 4 but there were still a lot of people in attendance, so much fun.”
– So going more into Ophelia, how do you guys like being signed to the label?
“They’re incredible, there’s a big family vibe with everybody which is really cool. We’ve also all known each other for years, we all love hanging out at these shows and having a good time. It’s really fun to be a part of the label and it’s also cool because we’ve been following all these artists for a really long time before we even started this project.”
– And how long have you guys been producing?
“About 6 years or so.”
– Who was the first person you contacted from the label? How did your connection with them initially come about?
“Seven Lions contacted us for a remix on the song ‘Calling You Home’ and that’s kind of how it got started. That’s how we were able to get to know him and the label and yeah it was cool, he’s been so supportive since and we can’t ask for more than that.”
– Were you guys fans of Seven Lions before you made that first connection with him?
“[Aaron] Oh yeah 100%, he was probably one of my favorite artists back in the day before I even got into production. We’ve been following him for a long time, super surreal to be working with him now.”
– Going into the ‘Constellations’ EP, how did that come about? Was everything relatively smooth with it? And how long has the project been in the works?
“We actually worked on it for a solid year, yeah it took longer than we expected and definitely wasn’t smooth in the way you would expect or want. But I think it’s definitely our most solid work to date and it’s something we would say we’re most proud of at this point. I find it interesting cause there’s a track like ‘Feels Right’ that we’ve worked on for over a year and then another track like ‘One More Night’ which only took like a week to make.”
– How long on average does it take you guys to finish a song?
“Depends on the tune because sometimes it’ll just flow and come together just really quickly and sometimes it’s a little more drawn out.”
– Which track is your favorite from the new EP? Which one really ended up resonating with you?
“[Britian] My favorite is ‘One More Night’ I just think it’s a really fun track overall. [Aaron] I like ‘Release Me’, I mean I like them all, but ‘Release Me’ really stands out to me. Obviously we got to work with some great vocalists and I have nothing but good things to say about all of them, but Gallie is definitely one of my favorite vocalists that we’ve ever worked with. Her vocals on that tune in particular I really, really like. I think her vocals definitely helped to bring that whole track together.”
– Yeah, you guys seemed to have a lot of talented artists involved with the project. Were most of those collabs spontaneous or were they planned? Did you guys reach out to all of them yourselves?
“With Gallie, we had a relationship with her before with some other projects we’ve worked on that never got released. I think with another vocalist we worked with, RUNN, we remixed ‘Calling You Home’ and that’s how we initially started talking. Then with Satellite Empire, we’ve been friends with them for years.”
– Where did the inspiration mainly come from for the EP? What were you trying to portray with the project?
“We wanted to put out something unique and different, that’s really how we approached it from the start. We also focused on recording real instruments first and then adding electronic stuff after, which is kind of something we’ve never done before.”
– What instruments do you guys play?
“[Britian] I can play guitar and drums, he [Aaron] plays the trumpet. [Aaron] Yeah, the trumpet is the greatest instrument but actually my wife plays the trombone so I would have to say that’s the best.”
– In general, where do you guys get your inspiration for music? What do you usually draw inspiration from?
“[Aaron] I generally try to draw inspiration from a lot of different areas. I think mainly I played a lot of jazz throughout high school and college so, you know, I do draw some inspiration from that. Although I don’t probably put it all into our music currently but it definitely inspires me, and yeah I’ve been kind of getting into cinematic music and sort of composing music in that kind of style, I think that really fits well with electronic music.”
– So you’re also going on tour soon and doing some shows throughout the winter. Is there one specifically that you’re looking forward to the most?
“[Britian] Yeah I’m just excited to be going on tour. This is the first official tour we’re doing. [Aaron] We’ve opened for Jeff during the ‘Journey Tour’ last fall but it wasn’t like a full-on tour so this will really be the first one and I’m especially looking forward to the Minneapolis show being that I have family from Minneapolis, it’ll be the first time I actually play there.”
– Anything else you guys would like to touch upon regarding what you have coming up in the near future?
“Well we’re thinking about probably, for the second half of this year, putting out an and if we can we’d like to take a week and go somewhere isolated and just write down some ideas with a guitar and try to put something together that’s really cohesive and a little bit longer than what we’ve done previously. We’ve only done two EPs at this point so making an album would be really cool.”
Such a pleasure sitting down with this fast-rising duo. Some really cool guys who are extremely talented and are definitely ready to make a firm imprint on the EDM landscape. Be sure to look out for new music from them soon and also catch them on tour! In the meantime, check out their recently released ‘Constellations’ EP below!
Miami, FL – Rolling Loud has unveiled the lineup for its sixth Miami festival, which is scheduled to take place at the Hard Rock Stadium on May 8-10. The three-day event features some today’s biggest Hip Hop stars with Travis Scott, Post Malone and A$AP Rocky serving as headliners.
Rocky is set to cap f a Friday lineup featuring DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, Trippie Redd and Playboi Carti. Other notables booked for the opening day include Saweetie, Curren$y, Action Bronson, Shoreline Mafia and Pi’erre Bourne.
The Scott-led second day includes additional star power such as Young Thug, Big Sean, Gunna and Swae Lee. The bill also boasts scheduled performances from Chief Keef, Mozzy, T-Pain, Rico Nasty, Soulja Boy, Dave East and G Herbo.
Malone will conclude the star-studded festival on a Sunday lineup featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Ricch, YG, City Girls and many more. The Griselda Records crew, Juicy J, Young Dolph and NLE Choppa are among the other acts booked for the final day.
Tickets for Rolling Loud Miami 2020 go on sale this Friday (January 31) at 10 a.m. Eastern.
Check out the entire list performers below.
Blackalicious MC Gift Gab is finally just weeks away from receiving a kidney after being on the transplant list for the past seven years.
Ahead the surgery, the Bay Area Hip Hop vet has launched a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to fset travel costs to Arizona’s Mayo Clinic and the expenses that will incur while he’s recovering. Those who donate to the GoFundMe campaign will receive a free Gift Of Gab EP called Offering.
“I am reaching out to my fans and people in general with this GoFundMe because once I get the transplant it’s going to be costly,” he wrote in the description. “I will have to pay to put myself up in a hotel close to the clinic for up to 6 weeks.
“I need to bring a caregiver out, rent a car, buy food, and not to mention I can’t work for six weeks and bills and rent at home don’t stop. Reaching out to all to help me get thru this.”
Since 2013, Gab has endured a grueling dialysis regimen that includes four sessions a week, ranging from three to four hours a pop. But even through all his medical challenges, Gab has not only maintained a rigorous touring but also a positive attitude, which he believes was crucial in getting him to this point.
“l’ll get the call any day to get a kidney and I am overwhelming grateful for all the support thus far,” Gab tells HipHopDX. “Being on dialysis for me has been 90 percent mental. It’s all a state mind. Luckily, even though it’s difficult and chaining at times, I’m still able to travel and do shows.
“That in itself has kept me going and kept my spirits up. You reach a point in life and say you something is either going to destroy you or make your stronger. I chose to make myself stronger.”
Gab is getting ready to drop a new solo project this year, which will mark the follow-up to 2017’s Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! Another installment the Blackalicious album Imani is also right around the corner.
In the meantime, donate to the GoFundMe here. The goal is set at $8,000.
New York, NY – Fabolous once had an opportunity to appear on the hit show The Sopranos, but his looks prevented it from happening. In an interview on SiriusXM’s Rock The Bells Radio, Fab recalled how being baby-faced cost him a role on HBO’s critically acclaimed series.
“I was actually losing roles because I wasn’t looking old enough to play … I lost a role on The Sopranos back in the days,” he explained. “They had me playing a role and they just said I just look like I was 17, 18 next to these Italian mob guys. They ended up using somebody else. And I shot it and everything and they said, ‘You just look like a baby compared to them.’”
Fab shared his memory missing out on appearing in The Sopranos, which aired from 1999-2007, while detailing what he’s planning to do in the future. He expressed his desire to do some more acting, noting how he tried it when he was younger but hoped to get back into now that’s he’s older.
The Brooklyn-bred rapper is coming f the release his Summertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever album, which dropped last November. The LP debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
Listen to Fab’s Sopranos story above and revisit Summertime Shootout 3 below.
Following the shocking death the former Los Angeles Lakers star, Boosie called on the NBA to switch its longtime logo featuring a silhouette Basketball Hall Famer Jerry West to a version sporting Bryant’s likeness.
“It’s only right that the NBA take Jerry West f the logo and put Kobe Bryant on the logo,” he said in an Instagram video. “That’s only right, man. Fuck that. You gotta put Kobe Bryant on the NBA logo, man. This shit sad, man.”
Boosie added, “HOW I FEEL FUCK DAT #ripkobe PUT HIM ON THE NBA LOGO NOW #petitionthisshit,” in the post’s caption.
Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers, passed away in a fatal helicopter crash on Sunday (January 26). The group was en route to a youth basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.
West, the basketball legend currently immortalized as the NBA’s logo, played a pivotal role in Bryant’s career. As the general manager the Los Angeles Lakers, West brought Bryant to the iconic franchise in a 1996 draft day trade with the Charlotte Hornets.
In an interview with ABC News, West detailed how he acted like a “surrogate father” to the late NBA star when Bryant began his pro career straight out high school. He also shared how deeply the loss Bryant affected him.
“The only thing I can compare it to is I had a brother killed in Korea,” West said. “I’m just devastated by this news.”
Check out what Boosie had to say above and listen to West’s reflections on Bryant below.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 27, 2020
United Kingdom – The United Kingdom will be getting a heavy dose classic East Coast Hip Hop in April. Nas, DMX, The LOX and Gang Starr have been booked for the upcoming Gods Of Rap II Tour, which kicks f in Manchester on April 23.
Just Blaze will serve as the host for the three-city concert run, which includes dates in London and Birmingham. The tour marks DMX’s first shows in the UK in over 15 years.
Gang Starr’s booking may raise some eyebrows since the late Guru passed away in 2010, but DJ Premier recently outlined his plans to tour under the duo’s name in an interview with Music Week.
“I have loads and loads and loads live performances pretty much our whole catalogue in different cities and the audio from his voice,” he explained. “With technology now, there’s different devices to extract the background music my turntables and get his voice and footage to move when I make a move on the computer. I could actually have him perform and really be saying the lines and he’ll have different clothes on from the different places that we performed.”
Tickets for the Gods Of Rap II Tour go on sale this Friday (January 31). Check out the dates below.
April 23 – Manchester – Manchester Arena
April 24 – London – The O2
April 25 – Birmingham – Arena Birmingham
Los Angeles, CA – Tyler, The Creator won his first Grammy Award on Sunday night (January 26) for IGOR, which earned a trophy in the Best Rap Album category. Despite his victory, the Odd Future mastermind was still outspoken about his mixed feelings toward the Recording Academy.
During a Grammys press conference, Tyler was asked if the recent controversy surrounding the show’s voting process has changed his views. He admitted he was torn.
“I’m half and half on it,” Tyler began. “Um on one side, I’m grateful that what I can make can just be acknowledged in a world like this but also it sucks that, whenever we, and I mean guys that look like me, do anything that’s genre-bending or that’s anything, they always put it in a rap or urban category, which is … and I don’t like that ‘urban’ word. It’s just the politically correct way to say the N-Word to me. So when I hear that I’m just like ‘Why can’t we just be in pop?’”
— 𝕆𝕕𝕕 𝔽𝕦𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖 (@itsOddFuture) January 27, 2020
Tyler continued, “So I felt like half me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment. Like ‘Oh my little cousin wants to play the game. Let’s give him the unplugged controller so he can shut up and feel good about it.’ That’s what it felt like a bit.
“But another half me is very grateful that the art that I made can be acknowledged on a level like this when I don’t do the radio stuff. I’m not playing in Target. I’m in a whole different world than what a lot people here listen to so I’m grateful and like ehh.”
Tyler’s sentiments echoed Diddy’s speech during the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy’s Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday (January 25).
“I say this with love to the Grammys because you really need to know this,” he said. “Every year y’all be killing us, man. Man, you talk about the pain. I’m speaking for all the artists and executives. The amount time that it takes to make these records, to pour your heart out into it and you just want an even playing field.
“In the great words Erykah Badu, we are artists and we are sensitive about our shit. Truth be told, Hip Hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be.”
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While accepting the Industry Icon Award, Sean @diddy Combs called out the Recording Academy and urged black artists to take back their power. “Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys,” he said before dedicating his award to classic black albums that never won a Grammy. They include #Beyonce (Lemonade) @missymisdemeanorelliott (Da Real World) Nas (Illmatic) and @snoopdogg (Doggystyle).
Infamous party-starter Valentino Khan just dropped his full “House Party” remix EP after leaking two tracks this month, Eliminate’s remix “Pony” and Tchami’s remix Valentino Khan & Diplo‘s “JustYourSoul.” As the first two releases demonstrated, the remix EP will satisfy fans everything from future house to electro and bass.
The four new tracks include appearances by rising artists including Drezo, who put a grimy bass spin on Valentino & Chris Lorenzo’s “Flip The Switch,” Born Dirty’s funky “What’s Your Name,” Schade’s minimal bass rendition “BRB,” and Ibranovski’s tech-house inspired “Better.” Following the theme his original album, Khan guarantees a dirty good time from every track. Press play on the “House Party” remix EP and enjoy your favorite anthems in a whole new way.
Kaskade joins forces with the Swedish trio BROHUG for perhaps the most prolific throwback single in electronic music to date, a tribute to one the most significant years in music – 1990. The namesake-titled track is a play on SNAP!’s iconic “The Power,” reworked with snippets the original vocals set to Kaskade and BROHUG’s ingenious production.
Opening with a groovy melody as the backdrop to nostalgia-ridden lyrical riffs, “1990” progressively builds the tension to almost unbearable levels. We all know the moments just before a track this magnitude drops, and the pressure is real right before the bouncy and driving crescendo, on which every old school fan’s favorite line, “I’ve Got the Power!” rides perfectly. “1990” is out on Kaskade’s Arkade imprint and you can check it out below!