Nitti Gritti & Wuki Deliver High-Octane 4-Track EP “Ro Sham Bo”!

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Nitti Gritti and Wuki team up for a high-octane 4-track EP ‘Ro Sham Bo’. Igniting the EP with first track ‘The Greatest EDM Intro’, Nitti Gritti and Wuki sound f in a playful 42-second skit – a comedic parody the best EDM campfire sing-along. This track serves as the perfect transition into the second single ‘We Don’t Stop’. Rhythmically textured with striking horn samples and wonky basslines, the track weaves bouncing drum patterns with anthemic trap beats to create the perfect multi-genre single. 

Next is ‘Swet’, a high-energy club tune consisting heavily Wuki’s signature booty-breaks and luscious chord samples. Wrapping up the EP with ‘Ro Sham Bo’, the producers add a funky spin on a school-yard game favorite featuring poignant rave sirens, chopping bass and raunchy chord notes. 

‘Ro Sham Bo’ showcases Wuki and Nitti Gritti’s ability to effortlessly cross genres and the overall innovation in their sound designs. Creating the perfect collection club-ready singles on this new EP, the powerhouse producers prove why they are the most versatile artists in the game. 


MR. BLACK and Teamworx Join Forces for Minimalistic Progressive House Track “We Are Lost”!

Filed by Elsa MajewskiElsa Majewski

The newest release from the Protocol Recordings camp comes from veterans Teamworx and debutant on the label MR.BLACK. Their collaboration “We Are Lost” rides high on minimalistic progressive melodies and a steadily grooving bassline, allowing the soulful and slightly ethereal vocals to add emotional meat to its sonic experience. Feeling just as at home played through your headphones, “We Are Lost” carries both radio and dancefloor appeal.

The collaboration is the first between the Israeli artists; Teamworx is known for their collaborations with Nicky Romero and some high prile remixes. MR.BLACK has previously released on Revealed RecordingsSpinnin’ RecordsMusical Freedom, and Dharma and did an ficial remix for Tiësto’s “Boom.” Listen to “we Are Lost” below! You will love it!


R3HAB Teams Up with Clara Mae and Frank Walker for Heartfelt New Single “More Than OK”!

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

R3HAB kicks f the new decade with “More Than OK” in collaboration with singer/songwriter Clara Mae and producer Frank Walker – a melodic and vibey tune that’s full hope as much as heartache. The track opens with dreamy, organic instrumentals that create a sumptuous backdrop for Clara Mae’s stunning vocals as she performs lyrics about a couple losing the magic in their relationship.

More Than OK” is a song about never settling for love or life that doesn’t set your soul on fire every day, a message that many will relate to as they move into a new year goals and resolutions. The new single is R3HAB’s first collaboration with Clara Mae, and the second time he works with Frank Walker, who enlisted R3HAB as a remixer his “Heartbreak Back” in 2018, which went gold in Canada. Check out the single down below!!


Nicki Minaj's Brother Sentenced For Raping 11-Year-Old Former Stepdaughter

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Long Island, NY – Nicki Minaj’s older brother Jelani Maraj has reportedly been sentenced in his sexual assault case.

According to TMZ, Judge Robert McDonald sentenced Maraj to 25 years to life in a New York court on Monday morning (January 27) after he was found guilty  predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare a child in 2017.

Maraj was convicted raping his 11-year-old former stepdaughter. During the trial, the victim took the stand and testified Maraj would occasionally assault her up to four times a day. The victim’s younger brother also testified he caught Maraj in the act and saw his sister’s underpants around her ankles.

Nicki didn’t testify nor did she attend the trial. Her brother also didn’t take the stand in his defense.

This article has been updated. The following was published on November 9, 2017.]

After a nearly three-week trial in a Long Island courtroom and two days deliberation, Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, has been found guilty predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare a child, according to multiple outlets.

The 38-year-old New York native faces up to life in prison for raping his 11-year-old former stepdaughter. His sentencing is expected on December 14.

The victim took the stand last week and testified that Maraj would sometimes assault her up to four times a day. The victim’s younger brother also testified that he caught Maraj in the act and saw his sister’s underpants around her ankles.

Minaj didn’t testify nor did she attend the trial. Her brother also didn’t take the stand in his defense.

Maraj’s defense attorney, David Schwartz, said the accusations were part  an elaborate attempt to extort money from Maraj’s famous sister.

An alternate juror who was released from the case believed there was “not enough” evidence to convict Maraj.

Nassau County D.A. Madeline Singas told TMZ, “We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process.”


All 9 Victims Of Kobe Bryant's Fatal Helicopter Crash Identified

Filed by Alvera CastaldoAlvera Castaldo

Calabasas, CA – The world appeared to be in collective mourning on Sunday (January 26) after retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Seven other passengers perished in the accident and now, they’ve all been identified.  All 9 Victims Of Kobe Bryant’s Fatal Helicopter Crash Identified

According to CBS This Morning, the remaining seven victims are Gianna’s teammate Alyssa Altobeli and her parents John and Keri Altobeli, another teammate Payton Chester and her mother Sarah Chester, pilot Ara Zobayan and Gianna’s former coach Christina Mauser.

Los Angeles County’s chief medical examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas said due to the rough terrain the Calabasas hillside where the crash occurred, it could take days for the bodies to be recovered and ficially identified.

Foggy weather is expected to play a role in what caused the crash. Audio posted from air traffic control to ATC.com reportedly indicated conditions were steadily getting worse as the flight went on.

The 41-year-old former L.A. Laker and his daughter were on their way to a youth basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The helicopter departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 9:06 a.m. local time. The first 911 call reporting the crash came in at 9:47 a.m.

The news Bryant’s shocking death is still sinking in. During the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, which were held Sunday evening at the Los Angeles Staples Center where Bryant led his team to victory countless times, several artists paid tribute to the fallen athlete.

Host Alicia Keys opened the ceremony with an emotional tribute to Bryant, singing the 1991 Boyz II Men hit “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” alongside three members the celebrated ’90s R&B group, while his #8 and #24 Lakers jerseys were illuminated in the background.

Seemingly endless tributes also went up on social media, with Drake, Chuck D, Lil Wayne, Shaquille O’Neal, Kanye West and DJ Jazzy Jeff among the thousands who expressed their condolences.


BT revisits the sounds of old with new single: ‘Atari’s Lantern’!

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Throughout his decades-long reign as one Trance music’s founding fathers, BT has been an undisputed progenitor the sound. This frequently requires exploring where few dare to venture, and in this case, harvesting sounds from Trance’s glory days to breathe new life into them. That’s exactly what inspired BT to join up with Ferry Corsten for last year’s collab ‘1997’, and that in turn paved the way for ‘Atari’s Lantern’, another inspired single from the hand the Grammy-nominated film composer, recording artist and Godfather Trance.

Oozing with nostalgic musicality and elegant production glow, ‘Atari’s Lantern’ is a stellar example Trance music done right. Shimmering in ethereal vocal breaths, gorgeous chords and swirling arpeggios, this track shows exactly how BT managed to remain one the scene’s most illustrious taste-makers. Check out the single below and let us know what you think!


Playlist Of The Week (Week 3) : Deep House 2020 By Ortico

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

Welcome to Week 3 of EDM Sauce’s “Playlist Of The Week” feature! Each week we will highlight a different independently curated playlist that we think should be in your playlist rotation!

Week 3 Playlist Of The Week – Ortico’s Deep House 2020 

Created: 2019
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Updates: Every Friday
Genres: Deep House, Piano House, Vocal House
Amount Of Tracks: 75-90

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Tyler, The Creator Accepts Best Rap Album Grammy For 'IGOR' Alongside His Tearful Mother

Filed by Yun PinkertonYun Pinkerton

Los Angeles, CA – Tyler, The Creator won his first Grammy Award at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (January 26). The Odd Future mastermind accepted the award in the Best Rap Album category for his fifth studio album IGOR, which was released last May.

The former Billboard 200 chart-topper beat out Meek Mill’s Championships, 21 Savage’s i am > i was, YBN Cordae’s The Lost Boy and J. Cole’s Revenge The Dreamers III. 

Tyler was previously nominated in the Best Rap Album category for 2017’s Flower Boy and Album the Year for his contributions to Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange.

As Tyler got up to give his acceptance speech, he brought along his mother Jasper Dolphin who was shedding tears joy for her “baby.”

“That’s my mom if y’all wondering, “he says. “Hello. I don’t know if I’m gonna be up here again so bare with me. Damn, I don’t got nothing prepared. One, to my mother, you did a great job raising this guy.”

Prior to the win, Tyler was asked by a Rolling Stone reporter about the controversy swirling around the Recording Academy. Ousted President/CEO Deborah Dugan filed a discrimination complaint last week and accused the awards show being “ripe with corruption.”

“I’m half and half on it,” Tyler said. “On one side I’m very grateful that what I made can be acknowledged in a world like this. But also — it sucks that whenever we—and I mean guys that look up to me—do anything that’s genre-bending or anything—they put it in a rap or urban category.”

Read Tyler’s full comments below.


Nas Joins Lil Nas X, BTS & More For 'Old Town Road' & 'Rodeo' At 2020 Grammys

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Nas and Lil Nas X connected at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26), teaming up as part a medley the latter’s singles “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo.”

Lil Nas X’s star-studded performance also featured contributions from K-pop stars BTS, “Old Town Road” collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo and viral sensation Mason Ramsey. Nas emerged at the end the set, adding a new verse to “Rodeo” for a Grammy remix.

Earlier in the night, Lil Nas X and Cyrus’ hit single won awards for Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Both men had never won a Grammy prior to Sunday.

Watch Lil Nas X, Nas and more’s performance “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo” above.


Hip Hop Week In Review: Trick Trick Joins Royce Da 5'9's Beef With Yelawolf

Filed by tr21ktr21k

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Beyoncé sent Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo freshly boxed Ivy Park threads. Also, Trick Trick stepped into Royce Da 5’9’s rap beef with Yelawolf. And lastly, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood personality Apryl Jones expressed regret for passing up the opportunity to have sex with A$AP Rocky and The Game.

Megan Thee Stallion & Lizzo Flaunt Ivy Park Gifts From Beyoncé

Beyoncé has been shipping bright orange boxes to celebrities all week in celebration her Ivy Park line with adidas. Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo are two the latest to receive a shipment from Ivy Park filled with clothes from Bey’s latest collection.

When Meg received her box, she twerked with glee and Lizzo did the same.

Their gifts come as the clothing line has been the recipient backlash for the lack plus-size options, as previously pointed out by essayist Candice Marie Benbow and blogger LaToya T. Wright.

Read more about Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo’s Ivy Park shipments here.

Trick Trick Steps Into Yelawolf Beef

Last week, Royce Da 5’9 went after Yelawolf on his song “Overcomer. This week, Detroit’s own Trick Trick also took aim at the southern rapper.

“Sell out another one…ASAP.And PLEASE Bring ALL your wolves,” Trick Trick responded in reference to Yelawolf’s quickly deleted Instagram post aimed at Royce, which urged Eminem to “get your hypeman before the wolves do.”

Read more about Trick Trick’s message for Yelawolf here.

Apryl Jones Regrets Not Hooking Up With Other Rappers

If Apryl Jones could have it her way, she would have already hooked up with A$AP Rocky, The Game and NBA great Shaquille O’Neal.

“I’m on my live like normal, talking to my fans,” she explained during an interview on Tiffany Pollard’s show Breakfast With Tiffany. “And then people are under there saying, ‘You fucked The Game’ or You fucked Lil Fizz.’ At this point, you’re right – I fucked every single one them. Because that’s what y’all wanna hear.

“Not that I have. I mean, I should have. I should’ve fucked The Game when I had the opportunity. I didn’t..And y’know A$AP, they said A$AP in there…Shaquille O’Neal.”

The comments surfaced in the aftermath he break up with Lil Fizz. While they were together, Apryl said Fizz-o gave her “the best dick” ever.

Read more about Apryl Jones’ wanting to be with other rappers here.

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#DXCLUSIVE: Moneybagg Yo, DJ Lord Jazz & Safaree

Moneybagg Yo Talks ‘Time Served,’ Roc Nation Deal & Being Transparent

HipHopDX caught up with Moneybagg Yo and got all the details on his recent deal with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation.

“It was just a blessing,” he told DX. “Yo Gotti kind put the play together and it’s been planned for a minute. But I look at it like it’s time served like it’s just perfect timing. This is a dream and this is the stuff that people like want to do every day. This is what they dream every day. I’m just excited to be with it and I’m excited to see the new levels I’m going to reach with Roc Nation.”

Read the full Moneybagg Yo interview here.

DJ Lord Jazz Talks Upcoming Lords Of The Underground Album

As Lords Of The Underground prep their first album in over a decade, DJ Lord Jazz shared insight on the project in a conversation with DX.

“We love and are always recording,” Jazz said. “So Legendary is produced entirely by German production team The Snowgoons, who’ve developed a reputation in recent years for putting golden era heavyweights back on the map.”

Check out the entire DJ Lord Jazz interview here.

Safaree Details Creating The ‘Perfect’ Wedding Song For Erica Mena

Safaree wrote a song with his now-wife Erica Mena titled “Purpose Of Love” and explained to DX what creating it eant.

“This song is a feeling that I want everyone In the world to experience,” Safaree noted. “This isn’t just a song to listen to, it is a feeling. It is love. My goal for ‘Purpose Love’ is to be the new wedding song for the new decade.”

Read the full Safaree interview here.


Alicia Keys Brings Out Boyz II Men At 2020 Grammys For Emotional Kobe Bryant Tribute

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Los Angeles, CA – Kobe Bryant’s #8 and #24 jerseys were illuminated inside the Los Angeles Staples Center as the 2020 Grammy Awards kicked f on Sunday night (January 26). The sadness that permeated the building was hard to ignore considering Bryant helped take the L.A. Lakers to glory inside the famous venue numerous times.

Following an electric opening performance from Lizzo, who dedicated her set to the late NBA superstar, host Alicia Keys took the stage and couldn’t hide her emotions.

“To be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero,” she said. “We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built. Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all those who have been tragically lost today are in our hearts.”

In order to pay tribute to Bryant, she started singing an acapella version the 1991 Boyz II Men hit “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.” As she sang, three out four Boyz II Men members joined her onstage and began to harmonize, providing an emotional moment for the entire crowd and those watching from home.

Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. He was 41 years old.


Lizzo, Rick Ross, Anderson .Paak & More Hit The 2020 Grammys Red Carpet

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Los Angeles, CA – The shocking death Kobe Bryant has cast a shadow on the 2020 Grammy Awards, which are being held in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26).

The late NBA star played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers, making their arena — the Staples Center — a surreal venue to be holding a festive ceremony in light his passing.

Yet the show will go on as artists from around the world have come to L.A. for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Some Hip Hop’s biggest stars, including Lizzo and Rick Ross, are among the notable names to grace the red carpet at this year’s event.

Check out Hip Hop on the 2020 Grammys red carpet below.

Rick Ross

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Anderson .Paak

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Lizzo

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Tyler, The Creator

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Questlove

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J.I.D

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Dreezy

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EarthGang & YBN Cordae

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Ty Dolla $ign

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Jetsonmade

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Guapdad 4000

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Lauren London & Nipsey Hussle’s Family

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Lil Nas X

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Hit-Boy

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Lute

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Cozz

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Omen

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Chris Brown & His Daughter Royalty

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J. White Did It

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Mustard & His Wife Chanel

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Pooh Beatz

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Karen Civil

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Georgia Anne Muldrow

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Daniel Caesar

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Mereba

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Jozzy

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Steve Lacy

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Calmatic

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