PROMISE LAND TEAM UP WITH GLDN FOR ASTOUNDING NEW SINGLE ‘BLOW YA MIND’!

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Following The Love released on AFTR:HRS earlier this year which racked up over 1 million plays across all platforms, Promise Land now release on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom imprint alongside rising Italian star GLDN for astounding new single Blow Ya Mind.

Their collaborative efforts on latest fering Blow Ya Mind demonstrates double the skill with Promise Land and GLDN’s undeniable talent. Boasting a captivating vocal hook that soars over a throttling, yet vivacious breakdown Blow Ya Mind is sure to blow minds globally this summer. You can have a listen down below!


Sander van Doorn & Firebeatz reunite for massive electro house collaboration ‘Blowback’!

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

Less than two weeks removed from a release from Sander van Doorn’s alter-ego Purple Haze, the trance visionary is reappearing in full force as he reunites with fellow Dutchmen Firebeatz for the first time following their 2014 smash, ‘Guitar Track’. The dance music veterans have ficially arrived with an enormous track that is primed for heavy rotation on this summer’s festival circuit as ‘Blowback’ is out now Doorn Records.

This no-frills heater a creation utilizes every ounce impassioned energy that have enabled Sander van Doorn and Firebeatz to reach an exclusive group the Netherland’s most respected artists. The trance-inspired buildup crescendos to a colossal chorus featuring euphoria-inducing electro synths over punch-packing kicks. In the latter half the production, Sander van Doorn returns to the sound that allowed him to build such a widespread audience, as he crafts the deepest trance drops before seamlessly transitioning back into a riveting electro house blend. You can press play on “Blowback” below!


Prophets Of Rage Tackles Fascism With "Made With Hate" Single

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

Prophets Of Rage — the supergroup comprised Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morrello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk — has returned with “Made With Hate,” their first new single since 2018’s “Heart Afire.”

The bold track takes aim at fascism, which the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as, “a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and ten race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression opposition.”

“As with many songs, this ‘Made With Hate’ was formed out a conversation amongst ourselves about the level passion fuel it takes to create,” Chuck tells HipHopDX. “Especially when attacking something hate, you must create the energy to hate ‘hate.’

“To have peace, you have to despise hatred with a passion for peace and attack it. You can’t have hate take over anything especially history, so you have to fuel yourself to attack in thought word and deed with equal passion.”

Chuck issues a warning at the end the track.

“This is not a drill, this is fascism,” he spits. “It is here, poised as a government takeover threat/Your region the world, it is not alarmist to say these things/It is simple, truth.”

PoR is actively working on the follow-up to 2017’s self-titled debut EP, which is expected to arrive in 2020.

Check out the “Made With Hate” single above.


Urban Legend: Anthony Bourdain Loved The Hood & The Hood Loved Him Back

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

The news of Anthony Bourdain’s death last year shocked food lovers and fans everywhere.

 

But Bourdain’s brand is so brolic that his Black fan base was probably larger than any other White American chef.

Let’s be real — you would never catch Gordon Ramsay or Paula Dean in the Bronx with Desus & Mero, eating at hole in the wall spots while talking about hip hop.

Remember when he pulled up in H-Town to look at whips with Slim Thug:

Or how about the time he made himself a household name with kids when he played Dr. Tony on Yo Gabba Gabba.

 

And you know what they say about Yo Gabba Gabba:

@Sweentck: “Best hood show for toddlers lol RT @therealbuckwild: Laughing at my son doin biz’ beat of the day on yo gabba gabba. Smh”

Let’s not forget when Anthony taught Obama the art of the noodle slurp after having a $6 meal in Vietnam:

 

That moment was so special that the restaurant framed the tables:

Anthony allowed us to travel the world with him and to see things most of us probably wouldn’t have if it weren’t for him.

 

Happy Birthday to the King of food and travel. Rest in peace to the legend. 

 


Drake’s Dad Says He Won $300K Betting On The Toronto Raptors

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Hollywood, CA – Drake’s father Dennis Graham had an extra incentive for hoping his son’s hometown team would win the NBA Championship — a $300,000 incentive, in fact.

Drizzy’s dad won three grand after betting on the Toronto Raptors to beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 the 2019 NBA Finals.

“I bet $100,000 on the game and I won $300,000,” he told TMZ. “I am the happiest guy in the world.”

When asked if the new NBA Champions should visit the President the United States or the Canadian Prime Minister, Graham made his suggestion clear cut.

“The Prime Minister,” he said. “Justin Trudeau is a much classier guy than that idiot Donald Trump.”

The Memphis-bred musician also revealed he wasn’t at the Raptors’ historic victory parade with Drizzy because he was busy filming his new television show Fame & Family in California. The premise the show is Graham interviewing the parents superstars.


L.A. City Council Blesses Mustard With His Own Day

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles City Council has declared June 19 as “Mustard Day” in honor the famed producer’s tireless dedication to his community.

A ceremony was held last Wednesday (June 19) at the City Hall chambers where ficials made the announcement and helped celebrate Mustard’s newly-filled role as an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Club Metro Los Angeles.

“I never would have imagined having a day in the city I was born and raised in,” Mustard said during the ceremony. “I am just super grateful and happy that I could even be named, or have a day in this city, because everything I do is for the city.”

Mustard continued by elaborating on his role and excitement for his new position as a Boys & Girls Club ambassador.

“I am truly excited to support the Boys & Girls Clubs Metro Los Angeles,” he noted. “They are truly doing the important work to prepare youth to graduate from high school with a plan to support them in becoming the next generation leaders in our community. Mentors, like my Uncle Tyrei, helped me see the possibilities a career in music and production — I want to do the same for thousands youth at the Clubs and help them fulfill their own personal dreams.”

On the music side, Mustard is coming f the release two singles, “On GOD” and “100 Bands.” The former features YG, Tyga, A$AP Rocky and Ferg while the latter includes the lineup Quavo, 21 Savage, YG and Meek Mill.

Mustard is scheduled to release his next album, Perfect 10, on June 28.


Beyoncé, Pharrell, Childish Gambino & More Featured On “The Lion King” Soundtrack

Filed by Elsa MajewskiElsa Majewski

Disney has unveiled the tracklist for its star-studded Lion King soundtrack. Beyoncé and Childish Gambino, who play Nala and Simba in the live action remake, have connected for a rendition “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” which was previously teased in the upcoming film’s trailer.

The soundtrack features new recordings nostalgic classics from the original 1994 animated version, which was written by Elton John and Tim Rice and composed by Hans Zimmer. Pharrell handles production on “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Mbube.”

The film also includes a new song, “Never Too Late,” sung by Elton John and an African choir, as well as appearances by Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Chiwetel Ejior as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu and Billy Eichner as Timon.

The Lion King remake will be out in theaters July 19. The soundtrack will be available to stream July 11.

Check out the 19-song tracklist below, except for song No. 14, which has yet to be announced.

Beyoncé, Pharrell, Childish Gambino & More Featured On “The Lion King” Soundtrack

1. “Circle Life”/“Nants’ Ingonyama” – Lindiwe Mkhize & Lebo M
2. “Life’s Not Fair” – Hans Zimmer
3. “Rafiki’s Fireflies” – Hans Zimmer
4. “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” – JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph & John Oliver
5. “Elephant Graveyard” – Hans Zimmer
6. “Be Prepared” (2019 Version) – Chiwetel Ejior
7. “Stampede” – Hans Zimmer
8. “Scar Takes The Throne” – Hans Zimmer
9. “Hakuna Matata” – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary & Childish Gambino
10. “Simba is Alive!” – Hans Zimmer
11. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen
12. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” – Beyoncé, Childish Gambino, Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen
13. “Reflections Mufasa” – Hans Zimmer
14. TBA
15. “Battle For Pride Rock” – Hans Zimmer
16. “Remember” – Hans Zimmer
17. “Never Too Late” – Elton John & Lebo M
18. “He Lives In You” – Lebo M
19. “Mbube” – Lebo M


Future, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert & G-Eazy To Headline Rolling Loud Bay Area 2019

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Oakland, CA – Rolling Loud Festival organizers have announced the lineup for the event’s return to Northern California after celebrating their fifth-anniversary in Miami last month. Rolling Loud Bay Area 2019 will be headlined by Future, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert and the Bay Area’s own G-Eazy.

“The Bay Area always shows Rolling Loud so much love,” Rolling Loud co-founders Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif said in a press release. “We are excited to come back for a third time with a stacked lineup and an improved layout and fan experience. Yee!”

Additional performers booked for the festival include 21 Savage, Young Thug, Kodak Black, Megan Thee Stallion and Curren$y. The Bay Area will also be well represented with acts such as SOB x RBE, Kamaiyah, Saweetie and Philthy Rich.

Rolling Loud Bay Area 2019 is scheduled to take place September 28-29 at the Oakland Coliseum Grounds. Tickets go on sale this Friday (June 28) at 10 a.m. PST.

Check out the entire lineup below.


The Pharcyde’s “Runnin” Is Revived For “Queen & Slim” Trailer

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

The 2019 BET Awards aired on Sunday night (June 23) and viewers got a sneak peek at the upcoming film Queen & Slim. The intriguing clip tells the tale a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde who are on the run after Slim, played by Daniel Kaluuya Get Out fame, is forced to shoot a police ficer in self-defense.

The brief preview is set to a carefully curated soundtrack, which includes The Pharcyde’s iconic hit, “Runnin,” breathing new life into the classic cut.

Slimkid3, one the original members the veteran Hip Hop group, was shocked to hear the song in the trailer.

“That was huge,” he told HipHopDX. “I can’t wait to see that. It’s amazing to see how much light is being brought to the subject what we experience in the black community. It’s feeling like more and more, we are growing closer to a them verses us scenario.

“When I watched the this trailer, it made me anxious to see how this movie plays out. I like how it is bringing more attention to the subject police brutality issue. To hear our music in the trailer was amazing, and to think someone thought to use it to push forward such a controversial message is awesome.”

Helmed by Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (Netflix’s Master None) and director Melina Matsoukas, the film begins in Ohio with a couple on a first date.

According to the YouTube description, “a black man Kaluuya] and a black woman newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith] are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police ficer in self-defense.

“Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.”

Queen & Slim is expected to hit theaters on November 27.  Until then, check out the trailer above.


Hip Hop Album Sales: Future's "SAVE ME" Plummets Out Of Top 40

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Hip Hop’s chart dominance took a dip in the latest Billboard 200. New albums from Madonna (No. 1), Bruce Springsteen (No. 2) and Bastille (No. 5) ruled the week while no rapper was able to debut in the Top 25.

Lil Keed’s Long Live Mexico ended up being Hip Hop’s best debut the week, coming in at No. 26. Further down, GoldLink’s Diaspora cracked the Top 80 at No. 77.

Arguably the biggest development the week was Future’s SAVE ME experiencing a dramatic drop. After entering the chart at No. 5, the EP fell out the Top 40 to No. 41. Meanwhile, Polo G’s Die A Legend continued to be a surprisingly strong performer by maintaining its spot in the Top 10.

Future’s EP Drastically Falls

Last week, Future had the best-charting Hip Hop release on the Billboard 200. But this time around, the Freebandz leader’s SAVE ME EP tumbled all the way down out the Top 40.

Future’s latest work fell to No. 41 after moving 13,665 total album equivalent units. The seven-track project previously debuted at No. 5 f the strength 41,529 units sold.

Polo G Proves He’s No Fluke

Polo G’s first studio album Die A Legend followed up its No. 6 debut with another good performance. The Columbia Records artist settled in at No. 7 in his second week on the chart.

Once again, the “Pop Out” creator leaned heavily on the strength his streaming numbers. Polo G only sold 218 copies in terms pure album sales but ended up with a tally 28,683 total units.

Lil Keed Earns Hip Hop’s Top Debut Of The Week

A relatively quiet release schedule allowed Lil Keed to secure the top-charting debut among rappers this week. The 300 Entertainment signee reached No. 26 after racking up 17,486 total units.

The Young Thug protege’s closest competition was GoldLink, whose Diaspora album entered the chart at No. 77. Keed’s LP marks another example the increased emphasis on streaming, selling just 267 copies in pure album sales.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 06/13/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

1. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 6 — 37,061 (5,726) 40,135,186]
2. Polo G — Die A Legend — No. 7 — 28,683 (218) 43,126,130]
3. DaBaby — Baby On Baby — No. 8 — 28,316 (448) 39,837,274]
4. Lizzo — Cuz I Love You — No. 9 — 27,203 (3,358) 27,978,896]
5. Drake — Scorpion — No. 11 — 25,554 (807) 32,859,060]
6. DJ Khaled — Father Of Asahd — No. 14 — 24,426 (1,814) 28,182,628]
7. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 15 — 24,016 (1,194) 30,983,412]
8. Tyler, The Creator — IGOR — No. 17 — 21,565 (600) 29,557,796]
9. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 20 — 19,533 (149) 28,463,853]
10. Travis Scott — Astroworld — No. 22 — 18,965 (877) 24,257,078]


Shabaam Sahdeeq Talks Career Motivation & Upcoming LP With J57

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

Conyers, ga – Though it may get lost in the timeline shuffle contemporary Hip Hop, largely driven by social media and viral news bits, there is still a cohort artists from the genre’s golden era who are still actively making music.

Shabaam Sahdeeq is one such MC.

A Nervous Records and Rawkus Records alumni who rose to underground prominence appearing on both the Soundbombing and Lyricist Lounge series, as well as a member the Polyrhythm Addicts collectives (with DJ Spinna, Mr. Complex and Apani B), he’s remained remarkably consistent over the years.

”Over the years I’ve paid dues and learned the business,” Shabaam tells HipHopDX history in the game. ”I’ve dealt with many labels and distribution companies and gained a grasp releasing music independently. ”I hit the scene mid to late 90s, went to prison early 2000s, and came home in 2005 … I’ve been releasing music every year since to catch a new buzz and stay on the road in Europe and the U.S.”

The continued support he’s received has kept him going, as he explains. His music serves a forgotten niche that today’s generation artists ten fails to connect with properly.

”I feel that there is no age limitations to creativity in rap music and the use language and music. The genre Hip Hop is only 40+ years old. Ive been in the game since a baby, so demographically who going to represent for the grown folks who still want to hear new hip hop but are not connecting with the new wave style?”

Next up for the veteran rhyme spitter is a collaborative LP with producer J57 — which he notes, has been a longtime coming.

“Me and J57 met at the Fat Beats flagship store In NY years ago and we always stayed cool,” he says. “I went to events their frequently and did buisness with Fat Beats on some independant records that I put out over the years. We finally got to work together on song called ‘GMR,’ which I put out as a one f single … it did very well.”

”GMR,” an acronym for Grown Man Rap, was a nod to the final tour he completed with the late Sean Price. “We did a east coast run shows. It was a great time my life.”

After the feedback they received from track they decided to do a EP, which blossomed to a whole LP that the duo plan to drop this summer (or early fall).

“So far this project features Planet Asia, Casual, Nems, Rim, Tri state, El Da Sensei, J Hood, Dv Alias Kryst, Born Unique, Recognize Ali, and more entirely produced by J57,” Shabaam reveals.

Aside from music, Shabaam also had another major accomplishment this year, opening up his new barbershop. “I got back from touring Europe with ED O.G and had it open January 2, 2019. After being a barber for 15 years it was a great accomplishment for me … working for my self was always important,” he notes.

“I always wanted to open a business and barbering always gave me the freedom and flexibility to still tour and do other things.”

Check out Shabaam’s latest single/visual, “Get Up & Get It,” featuring vocals and guitar from BB King protégé Jamell Richardson, below. Be sure to follow Shabaam Sahdeeq on Instagram.


Aaron Cohen Talks Independence, “Raw Meat,” & Collaborative EP With Jerron Benton

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New York City, ny – Queens rapper Aaron Cohen knows a thing or two about the independent grind. He’s been on a steady and impressive incline since the release 2013’s Potential Fans, but over the past year he’s begun to see the fruits his labour really start to ripen — rocking 50 shows on tour with Roc Nation artist Jarren Benton, dropping an album (See Red), and snagging two major placements.

“I had a song placed in the Showtime series The Chi and got a track placed in a Hennessy commercial … me and my team are working hard and getting things done,” Cohen tells HipHopDX.

Cohen is now preparing to release his first project 2019, Raw Every Day (R.E.D.) — a body work he says contains a blend really aggressive, violent songs, and extremely personal, introspective songs. 

“I didn’t approach the project with a specific concept in mind. I wanted to just be as real as possible” Cohen explains. “I wanted to tell the truth. If I felt angry, I made an angry song. If I felt sad, I made a sad song. If I was feeling like the man, I wrote a song about being the man.

He continues, “I have a full range emotions, I never want to make music to fit just one feeling. Maybe it would be easier to market myself if I kept it more one dimensional. But fuck that.”

The album was recorded in New York, Atlanta, Seattle, London, Paris and Belgium. “I’ve been running around the world so much this past year, it’s hard to keep track what’s going on … honestly, it might have been more places.”

Another project on the horizon is a collaborative EP with Jarren Benton. The two have a number songs already out in the world and having spent so much time on the road together, the project seems intuitive.

“Working with Jarren comes really naturally,” Cohen admits. “We both have aggressive styles. We both have bars. We both don’t really give a shit about trends.

“We also just get along well as human beings,” he adds. “We’re both dedicated to our craft, and neither us are pretentious egomaniacs. So it’s easier than working with most rappers. Jarren and I actually share a manager now, Max Alcabes, which makes working together even easier.”

One Cohen strongest suits is his ability to stay on top his brand, reaching out to fans — many whom are artists themselves. Always willing to fer feedback and advice he recently launched a live series on Instagram dedicated to sharing his platform with emerging talent.

“Monday Night Raw] is really an opportunity for me to give back,” he explains. “I wasn’t raised to be selfish. My inbox is always full links from rappers asking for feedback … I realized it would be a better use everyone’s time if I responded publicly while giving them some type exposure.

“So far it’s going great, I’ve discovered a lot good artists and they’ve got the opportunity to network and build with my fan-base. I see it continuing to grow. I’m flattered that people give a shit what I think,” he adds with a laugh.

Remaining independent is something that Cohen has been preaching in interviews for years, and it appears to have been a mantra that’s paid f. Albeit, he notes that it’s not easy — or for the weakhearted.

“Being an indie artist is a fucking adventure. You have complete artistic freedom, which is an unbelievable blessing. On the other hand, you’re putting up your own money, and all the risk is on you. It takes a lot more strategy and planning than a lot people realize.”

Cohen and his manager are both self-pressed workaholics — and even together they still can’t find enough time to do everything they want to do. “People see the end result, but they don’t realize we have to function as social media gurus, graphic designers, booking agents, PR experts and so much more,” he notes.

“People see rappers and think it’s a glamorous job. It can be … but being an independent rapper has got to be one the most demanding jobs imaginable. I love it more than anything, but if you don’t, it’s not a good job.”

Aaron Cohen’s Raw Everyday North American Tour — in support his upcoming LP — kicks f Monday (June 24) in Portland, Maine.