Excision Uploads Full Two Hour Lost Lands Set [LISTEN HERE]

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Lost Lands 2019 was hands down the best Lost Lands to date. With revamped operations and festival design, Lost Lands was smooth sailing for everyone. It was five days of pure bass bliss. If you’re finding yourself missing the dinosaurs and the beauty of Legend Valley, fear no more! We’re slowly getting recorded sets so we can relive the magic.

Now, you can relive one of the most epic sets of the weekend!  has uploaded his full, two hour set to YouTube for you to listen to over and over again. This video has some epic aerial shots of the main stage during his set, so you can really take in just how huge Legend Valley is.

Watch Excision’s full set below:

Rich The Kid Featured On 1st Song Using Cannabis-Extracted Sounds

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Toronto, Canada – Rich The Kid, Toronto based R&B singer anders and producer FrancisGotHeat have ficially become the first recording artists to collaborate on a song utilizing sounds extracted from cannabis.

According to a press release from Entertainment One (eOne), MERRY JANE, an “innovation-based cannabis lifestyle content company,” in partnership with eOne, shared their debut release “Sticky Situation” on Thursday (October 17), in commemoration the first anniversary the legalization marijuana in Canada (Canada 2.0).

Kai Henry, Cheif Strategy Officer at MERRY JANE, briefly explained the innovation behind the song stating, “We extracted something entirely different than what most people on the planet extract from cannabis plants (i.e. THC/CBD) by extracting vibrations and bio-rhythmic sounds from our own Sticky Situation strain to create this song.”

“MERRY JANE is proud to be the first media company in the world to release music from a cannabis plant,” Henry concluded.

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In addition to the release the single, MERRY JANE shared an accompanying video featuring futuristic animated visuals.

Rich The Kid commented on the creation the track saying, “I talk about weed in a lot my songs, so when they told me they wanted FrancisGotHeat to make the beat out sounds from their weed plant, I was with it for sure.”

“It was dope working with Snoop, MERRY JANE and anders on making this record,” He concluded.

Check out the video for “Sticky Situation” below.

Mel Murda Sentenced In Tekashi 6ix9ine & Nine Trey Blood Case

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New York, NY – Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones was reportedly sentenced to 135 months (or 11.25 years) in federal prison.

Complex reports Judge Paul Engelmayer handed down the decision on Thursday (October 16) during a hearing at Manhattan’s Thurgood Marshall Courthouse. Upon completion his sentence, Mel will also have five years probation and have to pay $10,000 in forfeiture.

The government says Mel had reached “Godfather” status among the “street lineup” Nine Trey. He also part Jim Jones’ Byrdgang rap collective and is featured on several Dipset tracks.

During Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack’s trial last month, The Diplomats MC was identified as “Individual-1” during an wiretapped phone call with Mel. During the conversation, Mel said 6ix9ine had to be “super-violated” for disavowing the gang when speaking with The Breakfast Club last November.

In April, Mel pleaded guilty to racketeering and narcotics fenses for being a part Nine Trey and transporting heroin and fentanyl. Last November, Mel sold heroin to an undercover New York Police Department ficer and he was arrested shortly after.

Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones was reportedly sentenced to 135 months (or 11.25 years) in federal prison.

Mel reportedly wrote a letter to Judge Engelmayer asking for a “second chance” prior to his sentencing hearing. He also revealed he became a member the United Blood Nation — the parent organization Nine Trey — at 15 years old because the older men in his neighborhood who were “thugs f the corner … involved in illegal activities like drugs and violence.”

The first defendant in the 6ix9ine federal racketeering case, Jesnel “Ish” Butler, was sentenced to 60 months in July. 6ix9ine is expected to be sentenced on December 18. Due to his cooperation with the federal government, he could be out as early as the top 2020.

Nipsey Hussle's Family Granted Guardianship Of His Daughter

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Los Angeles, CA – Nipsey Hussle’s family was reportedly granted guardianship his 10-year-old daughter Emani. According to TMZ, a judge signed f on the decision earlier this week.

The judge evidently decided not to grant guardianship to the birth mother Tenisha Foster, who has been described by Hussle’s family as “unfit.”

The court said Nip’s family provided sufficient evidence for their petition. Subsequently, the late MC’s siblings — Samantha Smith and Sam Asghedom — and his mother Angelique Smith are now Emani’s guardians.

Lauren London, who has a 3-year-old son named Kross with the slain rapper, was also in court on Tuesday (October 15) to ask for guardianship over their son’s estate.

Although London and Nip’s family have clashed when it comes to Kross, a judge ultimately determined London will be in charge his finances. The child is reportedly expected to inherit roughly $1 million with another $1 million going to Emani.

The Grammy Award-nominated artist was shot and killed on March 31 in front his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. He was 33.

Rihanna Simply Walking Is Good For 10M Instagram Views … & Counting

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Rihanna doesn’t need theatrics to rack up the views on Instagram.

In a new video shared to her 76.1 million followers, the superstar singer and business mogul brought the heat by merely walking across the screen.

Dressed in a simple black bikini, dark shades and a sheer black robe, the showstopper walks gracefully in catwalk-like fashion before turning to face the camera. She’s also carrying a light-colored handbag, with a cigarello between her lips.

To top it f, the sequence unfolds in slow-motion, giving admirers the chance to appreciate the statuesque beauty’s curvaceous body with every step.

The video has hit over ten million views so far, garnering widespread internet reaction. Reality television personality Tiffany Pollard reacted with a series  ? fire emojis and a crown, while actress Zoe Saldana exclaimed, “You are beautiful!”

Aside from turning up the heat on Instagram and making waves in fashion with Fenty, Riri is rumoured to also be dropping a new album in December this year. In a recent conversation with Interview Magazine, she touched on how juggling it all affects her music career.

“It’s the reason why an album isn’t being spat out like it used to. I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out.

Now, it’s like a carousel. I do fashion one day, lingerie the next, beauty the next, then music the next. It’s like having a bunch kids and you need to take care them all.”

How The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund Helps Non-Featured Artists Get Paid

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Los Angeles, CA – There’s a whole team people behind every illustrious artist making sure they sound their best — from background singers to session musicians. But what happens when the featured artist collects their royalties?

With the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund, non-featured artists are starting to collect their well-deserved royalties. As described in a press release, the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund “collects and distributes royalties for non-featured artists for their performance on songs played on satellite radio, webcasting, non-interactive streaming services and other digital formats.”

The Fund was established with the passage the Digital Performance Royalty Act (DPRA) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Now, with the passage the Music Modernization Act — which was signed into law on October 11 — pre-1972 songs will be included, which translates to even more artists receiving royalties for their musical contributions.

The Fund distributed more than $60 million in royalties in 2019 and over $300 million to date on thousands titles. It pays a considerable amount to non-featured artists on a slew Hip Hop, Pop and R&B titles.

If you have performed on a song as a background vocalist or session musician, please visit “Unclaimed Royalties” on The Fund’s website to see if you’re owed. You can look up a song by artist or song title. You can also contact their Participant Services Department if you feel that you have not been credited on a song you have performed on.

2 Members Of Machine Gun Kelly's Crew Arrested For 2018 Beatdown

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Atlanta, GA – Two members Machine Gun Kelly’s entourage were reportedly arrested for the 2018 beatdown Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez.

According to TMZ, Brandon Allen and John Cappelletty were taken into custody by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday (October 15) and charged with misdemeanor battery causing substantial physical harm. They both posted a $2,000 bond and were released.

2 Members Of Machine Gun Kelly's Crew Arrested For 2018 Beatdown

In August 2018, Cappelletty (MGK’s drummer) and Allen allegedly punched, kicked and stomped on Rodriguez in the lobby an Atlanta Hampton Inn shortly after another crew member body slammed him.

Consequently, Rodriguez sued both the hotel for negligence and MGK, who he claims ordered his crew to jump him. MGK wasn’t charged in the incident.

This article has been updated. The following was published on October 17, 2018.]

A judge has reportedly issued a warrant for the members Machine Gun Kelly’s crew who assaulted actor Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez last month.

TMZ reports Atlanta police has identified at least three men involved in G-Rod’s beatdown. They’ve each been charged with misdemeanor battery.

Some the crew members live out–state and Atlanta police won’t extradite them back to Georgia. However, if they return to the state, they face a potential arrest.

MGK won’t face any charges since G-Rod instigated the fight.

Revisit footage the incident above.

This article has been updated. The latest version was published on October 3, 2018 and can be found below.]

Machine Gun Kelly’s crew was accused brutally assaulting actor Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez last month and now, there’s pro. In new video footage obtained by TMZ, a man body slams G-Rod to the ground as three others begin to stomp on him.

The attack took place inside the lobby an Atlanta Hampton Inn where G-Rod was staying. While MGK isn’t in the video, the altercation stemmed from an interaction G-Rod had with him at a Twin Peaks restaurant earlier that night.

G-Rod walked up to MGK and called him a “pussy” for his taking aim at Eminem’s family in the “Rap Devil” diss track.

The actor was taken to a local ER with severe facial injuries. He vows to sue if he doesn’t get a chance to fight MGK one-on-one.

This article has been updated. The original version was published on September 15, 2018 and can be found below.]

Actor Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez — who has appeared in television shows like The Walking Dead and Power — reportedly found himself on the other end Machine Gun Kelly’s wrath on Friday night (September 14).

According to TMZ, things took a violent turn after G-Rod confronted MGK at an Atlanta Twin Peaks restaurant and told him was “a pussy” for going after family in his Eminem diss track “Rap Devil.” 

Cell phone video footage shows G-Rod approach MGK and his crew before MGK starts yelling, “Get the fuck out my face, bro.”

In another video, G-Rod said he was suddenly surrounded by multiple men and MGK got up with “the balls steel that he didn’t have before” and gave him a “little shove.”

“He comes up to me and points in my face, ‘You little pussy as muthafucka.’ I said, ‘Whoa, man, why you screaming? I just wanted to share with you my opinion. You go after people’s families, that’s cowardly.’”

G-Rod goes on to explain there were five MGK’s “goons” standing around the Cleveland-bred rapper before the manager the restaurant kicks G-Rod out.

Two hours later, G-Rod says he sees the manager at the door and tells him he was wrong for kicking him out. He says the manager replied, “What am I supposed to do? It’s MGK.”

Then, G-Rod says he hears MGK continuing to insult him from across the street but decides to walk away. Before he knew it, MGK’s “goons started to descend from everywhere.” As MGK and his entourage try to go back into the restaurant, a police ficer stops them at the door, refusing to let them back in.

“He gets in the cop’s face and calls him a ‘punk bitch pig,’” G-Rod explains. “‘Get out my fuckin’ way you pussy ass, punk bitch. Get out my way you stupid pig.’ Imagine if that would have been me or any other person color.”

Later, G-Rod says he was jumped by five MGK’s bodyguards outside the Hampton Inn where he was staying.

According to police, who’ve seen surveillance video, one man body slammed G-Rod and three others started punching and kicking him in the face.

G-Rod was taken to a local ER with severe facial injuries. He’s hired an attorney and vows to file a lawsuit if MGK doesn’t fight him one-on-one.

“I will drop the lawsuit if we both sign waivers and meet in an octagon and go man-to-man without goons or weapons,” he says.

Watch the videos above. 

#DXCLUSIVE: Black Moon Preps "Rise Of Da Moon" Album With "Look At Them" Single

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HipHopDX Premiere – Following the recent 25th anniversary Black Moon’s landmark debut Enta da Stage, the group’s evolution has come full circle.

This week, they take it back to their origins with their fully realized reunion album, Rise Of Da Moon, which finds Buckshot, 5 FT and Da Beatminerz’s DJ Evil Dee in top form. Ahead Friday’s release (October 18), they’ve shared another snippet the album in the form “Look At Them.”

The track follows the previously released singles “Black Moon Rise” and “Creep Wit Me.”

“It’s all thanks to my Duck Down family and everybody that participated in making this project come to light,” Buckshot said in a statement, while 5 added, “I would like to salute and thank all my champions for all their support and energy for all this time and for sparking the motivation to what we bring y’all today.”

Black Moon’s Rise Of Da Moon includes appearances from Smif N Wessun, Rock ( Heltah Skeltah) and Method Man.

Check out “Look At Them Above.”

#DXCLUSIVE: The Grouch & Murs Announce New Super Duo Thees Handz

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Living Legends MCs The Grouch and Murs have joined lyrical forces for a new super duo they’ve dubbed Thees Handz.

To commemorate the special occasion, the West Coast Hip Hop OGs have shared two singles from their forthcoming album — the title track and “Be Nice” featuring Brady Watt.

Clocking in at 10 tracks, Thees Handz boasts production from Ant Atmosphere, fellow Living Legend Eligh, DJ Fresh, DJ Rek, Brady Watt and The Grouch himself. Guest vocalists include Reverie, Rabbitt and Brady Watt as well as scratches from DJ Abilities.

“Murs and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye,” The Grouch tells HipHopDX. “During our time in the Living Legends, we butted heads when it came to creative and business decisions. As time has gone on, our love for each other as brothers has grown.

“We recorded this album from a real place and I’m very proud how far we’ve come. We built this shit from the ground up with our bare hands, so to speak, and the title track embodies that. We included the ‘Be Nice’ track because every motherfucker needs to be nice. Enjoy!”

The Grouch and Murs head out on the twelfth and final How The Grouch Stole Christmas (or ChristMURS in this case) Tour on November 12.

Thees Handz will be available on November 8 Thees Handz/EMPIRE. Pre-orders are available here.

Check out tour dates, the Thees Handz tracklist and cover art below.

#DXCLUSIVE: The Grouch & Murs Announce New Super Duo Thees Handz
  1. Carpe Diem f. Reverie
  2. Murs N Corey
  3. Born & Raised
  4. Thees Handz
  6. Light Up The Sage f. Rabbitt
  7. All Day’
  8. Bleed Out’ f. DJ Abilities
  9. Be Nice f. Brady Watt
  10. Play Freebird f. Brady Watt

11/12/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
11/13/19 – Flagstaff, NM @ The Green Room*
11/14/19 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf*
11/15/19 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom*
11/16/19 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre*
11/18/19 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre*
11/20/19 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Theater*
11/21/19 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up*
11/22/19 – Durango, CO @ Animas City Theatre*
11/23/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro M Hall*
12/05/19 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
12/06/19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst**
12/08/19 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre**
12/09/19 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone**
12/10/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Spades**
12/12/19 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre***
12/13/19 – Bend, OR @ Domino Room***
12/14/19 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater***
12/15/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos***
12/16/19 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo***
12/18/19 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Crystal Bay Casino**
12/20/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
12/21/19 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box

* with DJ Abilities
** with Pure Powers
*** with Daniyel

#DXCLUSIVE: Homeboy Sandman Jots Down His Thoughts In "Noteworthy" Video

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

HipHopDX Premiere – Pablo Picasso once said the purpose art is to wash the “dust daily life f our souls.” On Homeboy Sandman’s forthcoming album Dusty, he asks, “Why would I complain when I’m alive making art?”

For the Mello Music Group debut, the Queens MC answers that question with several confessionals that “sweep the entropy and daily static, the distortion and psychic silt modern life onto wax,” as described in the press release.

Ahead the project’s arrival, Homeboy has shared a new visual for “Noteworthy,” one the 15 tracks on the Mono En Stereo-produced album. The song finds Homebody suffering from insomnia as he tries to figure out which rules to break and risks to take. He proposes toasts for the spirits and ghosts while flipping old MC Lyte lyrics into modern-day koans.

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Homeboy spoke about making the album in a recent interview with HipHopDX.

“I was in a great place when I made Dusty] — I felt a lot contentment and a lot joy,” he said. “Earlier in my career there was a ‘This dude is a very bizarre person’ aura that surrounded me … I was comfortable with it. But over time, I have felt like that I’m a little too out there.

“On a personal level — not that I’m too out there for people listening to my music. I’d be like, ‘Is this healthy?’ There are parts me, parts my psyche and my identity — my id — that I kept in check for a long time, you know. I’m allowing those to flourish and surface.”

Dusty is expected to arrive on Friday (October 18). Until then, check out the “Noteworthy” video up top and pre-order the album here.

Anderson .Paak Teams Up With Modelo & iHeartRadio For Benefit Concerts

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Chicago, IL – Anderson .Paak will be performing with a purpose this November as he joins forces with Modelo and iHeartRadio for The Modelo Fighting Chance Concert Series.

Proceeds from the three-show series will support the International Rescue Committee and its programs benefitting immigrants, refugees and Americans in need.

Paak is no stranger to facing the struggles homelessness, having had to couch-surf before he found fame. Now, the Interscope Records artist is using his platform to give back to the less fortunate.

“As someone who’s struggled, who not too long ago had no job or place to call home, I know the importance being given a fighting chance,” Paak said in a press release. “Music was my fighting chance. Now, I’m thankful to team up with Modelo to give those in need a shot at proving what they’re made .”

Paak’s benefit concerts kick f at August Hall in San Francisco on November 13 before making a cross-country trek to Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on November 15. The series wraps up at Brooklyn Steel in New York on November 17.

Tickets can be purchased here. Fans can also enter for a chance to win a VIP trip to the New York show.

Ludacris Becomes Artist-In-Residence At Georgia State University

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Atlanta, GA – Ludacris is returning to his old college stomping grounds. The multi-platinum selling artist has joined Georgia State University’s Creative Media Industries Institute as an artist-in-residence for the fall semester.

The Fast & The Furious franchise star, whose real name is Chris Bridges, attended Georgia State in the late ’90s. As part his new gig, the veteran rapper/actor will work with CMII pressors and mentor students.

“Chris is an incredibly talented artist and has so much industry knowledge to share,” CMII executive director Brennen Dicker said in a press release. “We are excited to see how our students, and really the entire institute, will benefit from this great new partnership.”

Luda added, “Georgia State is one the most innovative and diverse universities in the country. I couldn’t imagine a better place to work with students than CMII.”

Earlier this year, Luda began working on his 10th studio album. The project will be his first LP since 2015’s Ludaversal.

In addition to his music, the Atlanta Hip Hop staple is also set to return for Fast & Furious 9. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2020.