Must-See Places in DC via Bike

By Lia Summers

Loop of the National Mall

The National Mall is the most popular attraction in Washington, DC for good reason. The iconic buildings, memorials, and greenery are breathtaking. Biking is one of the best ways to see the glory of the National Mall. Start at the 15th Street bike trail on the Northeast Side of the White House and follow 15th street past the Washington Monument. Stay on the sidewalk and go clockwise to view the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Capitol, the Holocaust Museum, the Jefferson Memorial, and the George Mason Memorial to Ohio Drive. Continue on Ohio Drive and view the Potomac River, the Arlington Memorial Bridge and Arlington National Cemetery in the distance. Hang a right on West Basin Drive to see the FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial and the DC World War I Memorial. Hang a left onto Independence Ave to see the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool and the Vietnam Memorial. Take Constitution Ave East and view the Federal Reserve, Constitution Gardens and the Lock-keeper’s House. Hang a Right onto 17th Street to get a close up view of the WW2 Memorial, the John Paul Jones Memorial and the Tidal Basin.

If you are feeling adventurous, cross the Arlington Memorial bridge on the North side into Virginia and cross to the West side of Jefferson Davis Highway to follow the trail to the Netherlands Carillon and a recently restored Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima).

Another option is to take the South side path on the Arlington Memorial Bridge and merge onto the Mount Vernon trail. Take the scenic ride along the Potomac River to the 14th Street Bridge and ride East to land back in DC at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Hains Point

Hains Point is the location where the Potomac and Anacostia rivers meet and the location of East Potomac Park. Now that the SW Waterfront has been redeveloped, there are beautiful views along the road that hugs the perimeter of the park. There are trees along the route including Weeping Willows, Horse Chestnuts, Buckeyes and the oldest section of surviving Yoshino Cherry trees on the National Mall. There are also several recreational activities in East Potomac Park including swimming, tennis and mini golf.

Pennsylvania Ave Capitol/LOC/SC

Head East from South Side of the White house to the center bike lane on Pennsylvania Ave to see the historic buildings on Federal Triangle, City Hall, the Old Post Office, the National Gallery of Art and the Capitol Building. Bike up the walkway around the Capitol to the see the East side, which is the front of the Capitol and where every presidential inauguration has been held until Ronald Reagan’s in 1981. Behold the beautiful views of the Capitol visitor center, the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Library of Congress on First Street. Bike North on First past the Senate Buildings to view Union Station.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens – Formerly known as Shaw Gardens, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a historic water lily farm started by Walter and Helen Shaw Fowler. It is set in the Anacostia River Tidal Wetlands and is easily accessible on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail North bicycle Trail. Water lilies bloom from early May to mid-September and enjoy the lotus seed pod heads for three seasons. Enjoy the beautiful marshes, bird watch, or have a picnic!

Anacostia River Trail South and Kingman Island

Starting at RFK Stadium there is a lovely bike trail that hugs both sides of the Anacostia River. This trail passes Kingman Island, several boating clubs, fishermen, and beautiful views on the West Side of the Anacostia River. Cross the Philip Souza bridge and go North on the West side of the river for a complete loop, or continue South on the East side to the Navy Yard.

Navy Yard/Nats Stadium

The Anacostia river trail ends on 11th St SE. You can then cross the highway to the Navy Yard boardwalk and continue along the Potomac River and several historic military memorials to the boardwalk at Yards Park which hosts several restaurants and Nats Stadium.

Mt Olivet Cemetery and the National Arboretum

Mt. Olivet Cemetery is an underrated attraction that features some of the oldest graves in the city. Most importantly, they allow bikes on their main roads! This iconic cemetery is one of the oldest in Washington, DC and features rolling hills, ancient marble headstones and elaborate family vaults. It’s also the final resting place of Lincoln Conspirator, Mary Surratt and White House Architect, James Hoban.

This is a challenging ride with many hills, so it’s ideal for an electric bicycle. Mt. Olivet Cemetery is located in Northeast Washington, DC off of Bladensburg Road. It’s best to drive and park at the cemetery before you ride. The National Arboretum is across the street from Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Enjoy 400 acres of gardens, a world-class Bonsai collection, and a stunning display of the Old sandstone Capitol columns.

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Zach Gill – Cocktail Yoga

ZACH GILL FLEXES HIS MUSICAL MUSCLES LIKE NEVER BEFORE ON GROUNDBREAKING NEW SOLO ALBUM COCKTAIL YOGA

Watch Lyric video for “Playground In Your Soul” HERE!

Acclaimed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist ZACH GILL unveils his third full-length solo album, Cocktail Yoga, today.

Stream Cocktail Yoga HEREvia Brushfire/Republic Records and view the lyric video for “Playground In Your Soul” HERE!

Zach Gill, who over the course of his career has accumulated over 18 million global streams, heralds the nine-track instrumental new album with the single “King Dancer’s Delight.” Punctuated by nature sounds, immersive production, and artful sonic transmissions, Cocktail Yoga also drew critical attention right out of the gate. In addition to features from JamBase and more, Santa Barbara Independent enthusiastically wrote, “To me, it sounds like that ‘space-age bachelor-pad music’ made famous by Mexican legend Esquivel!”

He bends genres on Cocktail Yoga and twists up instrumental escapism unlike anything else out there.

While quarantined at home this year, Zach locked himself in the “Creativity Lounge, i.e. his garage, and escaped. Tinkering and toying with instruments and gear accrued over decades, he tuned out the noise of the news and stress of a world under duress and simply played. Without words, he unassumingly conjured what he refers to as “sound spaces.

By happenstance he manifested an album that provides sonic respite and relief with fluid laidback performances straight from the heart right when we need it most. “King Dancer’s Delight” introduces his vision with its analog synths and ethereal keys, inviting audiences to breathe in the beat and exhale bliss.

In a time where we all feel like we all need a cocktail, or to do some yoga, Zach Gill asks the question… “Why not both?” Cocktail Yoga stretches the bounds of his creativity yet again. See a note from Zach below on the album.

What is Cocktail Yoga by Zach Gill?

At the start of the 2020 global lockdown, as a traveling musician, I found myself with a sudden plethora of time at home, surrounded by ideas and inspiring instruments. Over the last decade, I’ve created a small and always evolving music studio in my garage. I call it the Creativity Lounge. Each time I get a new instrument or piece of recording gear, I spend a little time exploring musical possibilities with it. These aren’t songs in the traditional sense but more like “sound spaces” and as time has gone on I’ve ended up with quite a few of these exploratory, instrumental tracks. Each one unique, like an alien planet with its own inhabitants, climates, and landscapes. When the news of the day was stressful and life felt chaotic with too many voices in my head, I’d put on my headphones, fire up the recording gear and escape to these sonic planets without words, each time adding new elements and whittling away old, until one day I realized I’d accidentally made an album. An album called Cocktail Yoga.

Cocktail Yoga is music for unwinding the mind, the body and the soul. It’s music meant for dreaming, for painting, for cooking and for crafting. It might inspire you to stretch your hammys and roll your shoulders, or it might inspire you to make a hot toddy and curl up with a good book or call an old friend. It’s playful and seamless and doesn’t require anything from you. Inspired by composers like Esquivel, Martin Denny, and The Three Suns, Cocktail Yoga is fresh, yet rooted in an older, seemingly simpler time. It’s a portal out of the realms of opinion and decision and into the spaces between, where time is infinite and all endings are also beginnings.

Enjoy responsibly,

Love
Zach

Zach Gill
A true musical journeyman, ZACH GILL can be heard throughout seminal records from Jack Johnson, Animal Liberation Orchestra, and more. In 2008, he released his solo debut, ZACHGILL’sStuff. In 2018, he delivered the engaging and expansive, Life In The Multiverse, generating over 3 million streams and receiving enthusiastic acclaim.

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

Labrinth Wins Emmy Award

GRAMMY NOMINATED PRODUCER, SINGER, SONGWRITER AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST LABRINTH WINS HIS FIRST EMMY AWARD FOR
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC & LYRICS FOR HIS WORK ON HBO’S EUPHORIA

Labrinth today wakes up an Emmy Award winner. Nominated for two Emmys this year as lead composer, Labrinth has won the first category for ‘Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics’ for his work on the official soundtrack for HBO’s hit series Euphoria.

The results for his second nomination for ‘Outstanding Music Composition For A Series’ will be announced on Saturday, September 19th from 8PM to 10PM EST.

For over 70 years The Emmy Awards recognize excellence in various areas of television and emerging media and are widely recognized as one of the most coveted awards of all time. The win signifies a pivotal moment in Labrinth’s career, as it celebrates his first-ever project as lead composer.

Following a year of multiple Grammy nominations (The Lion King), Labrinth says, “I came across something that read ‘are you brave enough to trust your instincts? Are you brave enough to let go of your worries’, this Emmy is a milestone for my creative expression and freedom, and I’m going to enjoy it for that. Thanks to Sam and the rest of the inspiring Euphoria universe.”

Written and recorded in close collaboration with the show’s writer Sam Levinson, Labrinth’s original compositions to ‘Euphoria’ feature prominently throughout the series as a sonic companion to the show’s angst-driven narrative. The resulting 26-track collection is a genre blending mix of gospel, soul and electronic influences, indicative both of Labrinth’s imitable style as well as the show’s deeply moving storyline.

Labrinth adds, “My experience with Euphoria has made me a better musician. It was a dream come true to give wings and add magic to the different storylines. It was a collaborative effort among Sam Levinson, the crew and the cast – I only added texture to an already phenomenal show. I hope that anyone who listens to the music embraces feeling something.”

Executive produced by Drake, along with manager Future the Prince, the ensemble cast of Euphoria includes actor and singer Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney.

With over 400 million streams to date, Labrinth’s award-winning album is a standalone work of art. In particular the track, ‘Still Don’t Know My Name’ which is listened to more than a million times a day, amassing over 100 million streams to date, trending on Shazam and TikTok, and is rising through the charts rapidly across the world as one of this Autumn’s key tracks to watch.

Labrinth’s recent live-streamed performance of music from ‘Euphoria’ is swiftly approaching 1.5 million views, showcasing his unique, creative and acclaimed artistry. Watch Labrinth’s performance of Euphoria Live HERE and “Still Don’t Know My Name” HERE.

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Saint Motel – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 2

Elektra recording group Saint Motel have released THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: PART 2, the second installment of a three-part album, available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE.

The five-song collection is highlighted by lead single Preach whose official music video is available to stream on the band’s YouTube channel. Part 2 also features the previously released track, A Good Song Never Dies which debuted in PlayStation’s MLB The Show 20. Keep on the lookout for accompanying visualizers and acoustic videos which are currently in pre-production. Conceptually, THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK is modeled after a three-act movie, sometimes referred to as the Hero’s Journey storyline, manifested as three Parts that eventually combine to form a single album.

PART 1 was heralded by the infectious lead single Van Horn. Known for their cinematic aesthetic, the band brought the western-themed official music video for track directed by Saint Motel frontman A/J Jackson to life with an inventive performance on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!. Earlier this year, the band sold out their entire North American headline tour in support of PART 1, culminating with hometown finale in Los Angeles, days before the country went into quarantine due to Covid-19.

Remaining on the cutting edge of innovation, Saint Motel make history as “the first band to open their own virtual world” powered by Mozilla Hubs. The virtual world is designed as a motel with each room dedicated to a song on the band’s three-part album, THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK. Last month, the quartet’s launch of New World welcomed fans to the virtual space where Jackson performed a live acoustic set. In this 3D VR chatroom enabled for all headsets and browsers, audiences can enter an exclusive, immersive environment to engage directly with the band through virtual meet-and-greets and intimate, live performances, consume exclusive video content, and much more. Additionally, it doubles as a space for fans to congregate and get to know each other. Saint Motel’s New World upholds what has become a tradition of engaging with groundbreaking technology for the guys. Visit here to explore the New World. In 2016, they dropped their Elektra full length debut saintmotelevision as the first-ever Virtual Reality album and first-ever Augmented Reality album and accompanied the record with the free saintmotel AR/VR app.

In recent months, Saint Motel has made a concerted effort to mobilize their fans to join them on a pair of philanthropic causes through special, limited edition merchandise. With blood donations needed now more than ever, the band has partnered with The American Red Cross to offer a Just My Blood Type enamel pin, available for free to those who donate blood. Named for their breakout hit Just My Type, the pins are also available for purchase with 100% of net profits going to The American Red Cross. Likewise, Saint Motel has joined with the National Independent Venue Association’s #SaveOurStages campaign to ask Congress to provide aid to their network of nearly 2,000 independent live music venues across the countrymany of which the band has performed in ߝ that have been 100% shut down with zero revenue due to the pandemic. All profits from a special Saint Motel X Save Our Stages tour t-shirt will go directly to NIVA’s efforts. Both items are available in the Saint Motel Gift Shop.

Stay tuned for more from Saint Motel soon.

Baby Keem – hooligan and sons & critics freestyle

LISTEN AND WATCH THE VISUAL HERE
Today, Baby Keem releases two new songs titled ‘hooligan’ and ‘sons & critics freestyle,’ with a striking visual for ‘hooligan’ directed by Jake Schreier and filmed in Los Angeles. Listen to both tracks and watch the visual here.

The tracks precede a new project from the nineteen-year old artist dropping soon. ‘hooligan’ and ‘sons & critics freestyle’ are the first release since Baby Keem’s 2019 album ‘Die for My Bitch,’  which earned him critical acclaim including being honored on XXL’s Freshman List.

The tracks are released on pgLang, in partnership with Columbia Records. Baby Keem is the first artist to partner with pgLang, a new multi-lingual, at service company founded by Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free, which launched in March 2020. A visual mission statement titled ‘welcome to pgLang’ starring Baby Keem can be seen here.

220 Kid x JC Stewart

220 KID JOINS FORCES WITH JC STEWART TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE TOO MANY NIGHTS


Stream Too Many Nights HERE

Watch the Too Many Nights Lyric Video HERE

Following the stellar success of his Don’t Need Love featuring GRACEY, 220 Kid returns with his latest single Too Many Nights alongside close friend and collaborator JC Stewart. Too Many Nights is out now via Astralwerks. Listen HERE and watch the LA road trip themed lyric video featuring 220 KID & JC Stewart HERE.

Too Many Nights encompasses the instantly anthemic melodies and bold, infectious beats 220 Kid is fast becoming synonymous for. A producer, DJ and writer that centers powerful and emotive songwriting at the forefront of all of his music, Too Many Nights was written alongside Joe Janiak (Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, Snakehips, Britney Spears) and features an impassioned and uplifting vocal from rising pop powerhouse, JC Stewart.

Speaking of the single, 220 Kid said “this is a special single to me, written at a pretty wild time in my life when I was very torn and trying to find answers. I remember going to the studio and texting Joe on the way saying I thought we’d had too many nights in LA and it was taking its toll on my personal life and dream chasing. It has emotional value to me, but it’s also special because it’s a completely different step to what people will expect; they will be thinking we are coming with a copy of Don’t Need Love, but we’re going with something fresh, it doesn’t sound like anything out there, its dramatic and emotional but fun and playful, it’ll have you in your feels but also singing and dancing about.

Combining bold riffs and a progressive dance sound, Too Many Nights brings both a chill house Balearic vibe underpinned by pop lyrics that have potent hit potential. This fusion builds to a harder dance beat and bassline drops making for a record that is truly multifaceted both sonically and lyrically.Too Many Nights follows a string of 220 Kid remixes that recently just dropped, reimagining both the hit Anne Marie single To Be Young featuring Doja Cat as well the latest Little Mix track Holiday. Amassing over 80 million streams across all platforms alongside a top ten spot for his first release, 220 Kid’s musical ascent has been somewhat stratospheric with his breakthrough single peaking at #1 in the US Dance Radio Chart as well as earning gold BRIT certification.

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum Happier by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s Losing It.

BUNT. – Crocodile Tears

Today, German duo BUNT. release their brand-new single “Crocodile Tears” featuring singer-songwriter and Swedish Idol alumni Jens Hult. The song was penned by Swedish hit-writers Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontair who were frequent collaborators of the late Avicii as well as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John and more. The track will be featured on the pair’s upcoming EP due out later this year and is available now at all digital retail providers via Interscope Records.

Click HERE to listen.

“Crocodile Tears” Feat. Jens Hult follows BUNT.’s most recent singles entitled “Nights Like That” Feat. Georgia Ku and “Unbreakable,” which features Grammy nominated songwriter Clarence Coffee Jr. (Halsey, Maroon 5, Dua Lipa). The duo also released the music video for “Unbreakable” Feat. Clarence Coffee Jr., which was directed directed by Alexander Alexandrov and was inspired by the Maxime Legace quote, “By discovering nature, you discover yourself.” The video follows a man played by Kevin Dalit on his journey to finding happiness through the California countryside (Click HERE to watch). The track, which was five years in the making,has amassed over 2.5M streams globally and also sits on major U.S. Spotify playlists including Motivation Mix (5.2M), Teen Party (3.8M), and Dance Rising (1.9M).

About BUNT.

BUNT. is a multi-instrumentalist duo from Stuttgart, Germany composed of Nicolas Crispin and Levi Wijk. True to their name – a word that means colorful in their native language – their sound is a vivid combination of genres, including folk, Americana, soul, jazz and pop. With over 55M streams worldwide to date, BUNT. is one of the most successful and streamed artists from their hometown and is attracting a global following. Their previous single “Sure Don’t Miss You” follows the duo’s early-2019 track, “Oh My Other,” a sweetly lilting track threaded with whistled melodies, stomping rhythms, and high-powered acoustic strumming.

Rolling Stone hailed BUNT. as “the next generation of folk-house” following the release of the single “Harmonica.” Idolator said, “[BUNT.] hits the sweet spot between pop and folk” and Billboard praised their “unabashedly upbeat amalgam of electronic dance music and folksy Americana.” In 2016, BUNT. was selected to co-star alongside Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, as well as produce the music bed, for the Kia Motorsport ‘Soul’ campaign following the duo’s critically acclaimed  single “Old Guitar.” “Old Guitar” reached # 4 on the US Viral chart and #8 on the Global Viral Spotify.

BUNT.’s songs have since been heard in advertising campaigns for ABC, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Spotify and Fujifilm, among others. Their mixtape series, “Folk-House Chapters,” featuring remixes of popular songs from artists including Vance Joy, Mumford & Sons, Lumineers, Elle King and more, has won the support of major YouTube channel Proximity, which has hosted all five parts of the series to date.

The duo’s official remixes for OneRepublic’s “Let’s Hurt Tonight,” Avicii’s “Without You,” Gryffin’s “Nobody Compares To You” and Spanish singer Alvaro Soler’s “El Mismo Sol” have charted around the world. Their remix of “El Mismo Sol” hit the #1 slot on the Spotify Viral Chart in Spain upon release.  BUNT. will release their upcoming EP later this year via Interscope Records.

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Day Lee x “Jenny”

DAY LEE BACK WITH NEW SINGLE “JENNY”

DEBUT EP WAY OF VOL. 2 DUE THIS FALL
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Buzzing Trap&B phenomenon Day Lee shares a new single entitled “Jenny” today and announces his debut EP, Way Of Vol. 2, arriving soon.

Get it HERE via Republic Records.

Amped up by acoustic guitar, finger-snaps, and wild whistling, this melodic anthem threads together nimble rhyme schemes and a fluttering refrain. A rapid-fire ode to “Jenny,” Day Lee admits, “She giving me inspo to go to the studio” before getting into the details of this unforgettable affair.

It arrives on the heels of his latest banger “Bad Vibes.” Upon release, it garnered plugs from KAZI Magazine, 360 Magazine, and Fresh! Hip-Hop R&B who dubbed it a “Diamond in the Rough” and described it “as smooth as it gets.”

“Bad Vibes” is quickly nearing 1 million total streams and views thus far as New York’s Hot 97 and Power 105.1 continue to spin it.

Everything sets the stage for Day Lee’s debut EP, Way Of Vol. 2, coming very soon.

Get ready. Much like kung fu, rap requires discipline. Wordplay expands through practice, melodies levitate via concentration, and rhymes sharpen with repetition. As if practicing a martial art, Day Lee consistently puts in the work. His 2017 single “Mattress” caught the attention of multi platinum phenomenon PnB Rock who paved the way for Day Lee to sign to Republic Records a year later. In the aftermath, he popped off with “Two” [feat. OhGeesy] and “Right There” [feat. PnB Rock], drumming up millions of streams between them. After posting up three million streams independently and receiving plugs from gatekeepers such as Lyrical Lemonade, WorldStarHipHop, Karen Civil, and more, he kicks off what promises to be his biggest and boldest chapter in 2020 yet with the single “Bad Vibes” and more to come. 

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

WizTheMc – WhoWho

Today, WizTheMc releases his new single “WhoWho,” out now via 10K Projects/Homemade Projects. His latest single shows the South African/German artist moving between singing and rapping as he talks unrequited love. “WhoWho” arrives shortly after the release of singles “For a Minute” and “Lied,” garnering over 9 million streams on Spotify combined.

LISTEN TO “WHOWHO” HERE

Born in Cape Town but raised in Germany, gifted in multiple languages and able to move between genres, from reflective hip-hop to the brightest iteration of pop, 21-year-old WizTheMc is poised to be a global superstar. His breakout single, “For a Minute,” was recorded during quarantine and has already been streamed millions of times. Built around an acoustic guitar loop, the self-produced track has a sweetly sung chorus and a rapped verse, encapsulating Wiz’s dynamic sensibility and skillset. “It’s such a vibe that you don’t realize it’s such a sexual song,” Wiz says. The experience gets deeper with repeated plays.

There’s an ease to Wiz’s latest material—he’s in the midst of recording an album right now—that elides the years of grinding and uncertainty that led him here, to a new deal with Elliot Grainge’s 10K Projects and Homemade Projects. Just days after completing high school in Germany, Wiz flew to Toronto, where he knew no one, to immerse himself in the city’s music scene. Though he initially wrote music in German, he realized he wanted to write in English, both because he wanted to reach more listeners and because he loves the possibilities of the language. Toronto seemed like a good bet—not unlike Germans, Canadians are known to be kind, not as imposing as, say, New Yorkers to a stranger. What was meant to be a short stay turned into a six-month-long trip. It made him realize how much opportunity is waiting for you, if you leave your comfort zone. “Being open can be the most important trait,” he says.

In Toronto, he sharpened his production skills and met close collaborators, like the producer and songwriter Jeff Hazin. Hazin is a crucial part of the team in this new chapter of Wiz’s career. His goal now is to showcase his abilities in full. “I want to change how people think about what a rapper can be. I started rapping on Tyga-type beats and now I’m making pop songs and still staying authentic. I want to have a catalogue where any person in the world could find at least one song to connect to on emotional and musical level.”

A perfect figure for a post-genre world of unbridled expression, Wiz is a globe-trotting singer-songwriter-rapper who learned how to make music with YouTube and who sees borders as arbitrary lines that are easily crossed. “I want people to think and live free,” he says, “and music helps us do that.”

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