On Thursday, September 2nd, 360 Magazine attended the Ellaè Lisquè’s fashion show in Los Angeles for the debut of their “Birthday Collection.” Designer Maxie J. chose a desert inspired theme for the models to walk through wearing her latest designs. The melanated event was filled with stars such as Christian Combs, Sevyn Streeter (who performed), Chris Brown, Slick Woods, Amber Riley, Clermont Twins (who opened the show), and many more to celebrate the Black designer and her latest collection.
While many fashion enthusiasts continue to have conversations about inclusion in the fashion industry, the Los Angeles native took matters into her own hands and built a table of her own. With uncompromising ambition & talent, Maxie J. first gave birth to her love child Ellaè Lisquè in 2014-a line intentionally created to make women feel sexy, bossy and sophisticated.
The fashion show took place at LA’s premier nightclub, Exchange LA, with decor by Wright Productions. 360 degree cameras were setup around the event for guests to shoot interactive videos in their outfits and share to their social media platforms. The “Birthday Collection” was elegant and chic for women of all sizes and ethnicities.
Rapper, singer, ex-basketball star, and – quite possibly – America’s next great hitmaker. 17-year-old senior GirlzLuhDev from California’s Inland Empire has already landed a viral hit, the raunchy but blissed out “Tooka.” With over two million streams and a Tooka TikTok challenge formed, the song is supported by simple beats and rich keys, and we get a glimpse of his youthful energy in this bright blend of bars, warbled melodies, and ad libs that sound like smack talk beamed down from a distant planet.
Dev was born in Inglewood amid tragedy – his father was shot and killed in a liquor store while his mother was pregnant with him – but as a kid he found diversion and direction in sports. While he has fond memories of playing pickup basketball in Rogers Park and football for the Inglewood Jets, Dev’s interests broadened as he found Vine and Musical.ly growing up. And while he was a dynamic point guard being groomed by his coaches for a future pro career well into high school, his rap obsession took over, citing Lil Uzi Vert as his first musical love (alongside established artists like Drake, Future, and Chris Brown).
Sophomore year, Dev was cut from the JV basketball team for missing a game. But that loss would lead to something new. Dev was bored, “So one day in P.E.,” he says, “I just started singing this hook. I made it into a freestyle video, and it got, like, 7,000 views in three days.” Naturally, he kept making videos. The second one did just as well, and then, while plotting his third, he decided to make full songs. “Rover” and “We Can Go” were his first two – recorded in his friend’s garage studio – and they took off locally, cranking at high school rallies. You can hear why: Dev’s voice was like water, swishing and swirling over West Coast production. He twisted words into new shapes, and the Auto-Tune made his notes sound like sunbeams.
With his mind fully in music and posting up north of nearly 25 million streams in the U.S. alone, GirlzLuhDev drops his debut, Day 1 Starter on Capitol Records. He paved the way for the project with “Dead Bro” that quickly racked 100K streams, and it also received praise from HotNewHipHop dubbing it “equally funny as it is infectious, and GirlzLuhDev’s charm is the cherry on top.” Between “Day 1 Starter (feat. Remble),” “Mario Chalmers,” and the viral single “Tooka,” tracks from the EP have already impressively amassed over 17 million total streams prior to release.
Last week, I got the chance to speak with Dev about his life prior to music, what has changed for him since, and about his Day 1 Starter project release.
With Tooka blowing up on TikTok, how do you feel about the support and reactions to the song? What has this changed for you?
“The support was good, very good, and still good to this day. Overall, it was a good song, and they love it. Till’ this day, I still find thousands of videos playing it. A hundred different [TikTok] sounds were added to the song like slow reverb, and it’s a pretty big shot. Every day I still find myself thinking oh damn, they did that to my song?”
You talk about giving up sports (hoop sauce) for music. Was this a difficult decision to make?
“Let me tell you… It was a difficult decision to make. I love basketball! When I was a kid in L.A., it was strictly sports. But it was like I made a song, and it did good, and I wanted to take a break because this culture is weird. And then I just fell in love with the love I was getting from the music I was making, and people were telling me I got what it takes. Giving up hoop hurt, but it was the best decision ever. I’m glad I’m here and the bars are in me.”
Is there a story behind your rapper name you’d like to share with anyone just getting into your music?
“One of my homies gamer names was GirlzLuhJohnny, and that name was hard to me. And we made a little clan, and I just had to be GirlzLuhDev and ran with it.”
Can you talk about your inspirations? Or anything you’d like to tell us about your visual for Day 1 Starter?
“My visuals for my new songs are actually gonna be my biggest visuals. My thing now is that I wanna make strictly movies, I want all my songs to have the visual and meaning. I actually got two videos stored up right now, by far my best visuals ever. Better than Tooka and Dead Bro. Even though those were all fire. This new stuff though… I’m prepared to come up like a young superstar, so they view my music how I want it to be viewed.
Dev spoils the unreleased tracks for us, and the opener “BNB” pairs his melodic verses with piano and a glitchy beat. Finger-snaps maintain the tempo of “Dangerously N Love” as his hummable bars melt into the production with smooth energy. He leans into an off kilter bounce on “Used To” with one final hypnotic chorus. GirlzLuhDev asserts himself as a rapper to watch in 2021 and, of course, a Day 1 Starter.
Last week, genre-bending artist GASHI announced his 2022 Out The Door North American tour. The 24-date tour will start in Oakland, CA on March 18th and end in San Diego on April 21st. Excited to get back on the road, GASHI will bring his live energy to the stage this summer at E11EVN Miami on July 16th and joining Wiz Khalifa in Chicago on July 17th.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public on July 23rd at 10:00 AM Local Time with various pre-sales starting as early as July 20th. For artist and partner pre-sales and more information please click HERE.
Just last month, GASHI released his new single and music video for, “Don’t Pass On Love.”You can listen to his new single HERE. You can watch the accompanying music video HERE. Look out for more music from GASHI coming soon.
North American Tour 2022:
March 18, 2022 Oakland, CA New Parish
March 19, 2022 Sacramento, CA Harlows
March 21, 2022 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
March 22, 2022 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Ballroom
March 23, 2022 Portland, OR Hawthorne
March 25, 2022 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
March 26, 2022 Denver, CO Cervantes Otherside
March 28, 2022 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
March 29, 2022 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
March 30, 2022 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
April 1, 2022 Detroit, MI Majestic
April 2, 2022 Toronto, ON Mod Club
April 3, 2022 Montreal, QC L’Astral
April 5, 2022 Boston, MA Sinclair
April 6, 2022 Philadelphia, PA Foundry
April 8, 2022 Washington, DC Union Stage
April 9, 2022 New York, NY Irving Plaza
April 11, 2022 Durham, NC Motorco
April 12, 2022 Atlanta, GA Masquerade – Hell Stage
April 14, 2022 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
April 15, 2022 Dallas, TX Trees
April 16, 2022 Austin, TX Empire Control Room & Garage
April 19, 2022 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
April 21, 2022 San Diego, CA Music Box
Born in Libya, GASHI spent much of his young life as a refugee, moving from country to country. His family eventually settled in Brooklyn, NY, where he was introduced to music at a very young age. GASHI absorbed a melting pot of musical influences throughout his youth, resulting in the formation of his own unique sonic palette that blends together different genres of music. His dynamic sound has allowed GASHI to collaborate with a wide range of talents ranging from Chris Brown to Travis Scott. In the last couple of years, he released two studio albums album, sold out venues across the globe, and has accumulated over 720 million streams with over 130 million video views worldwide.
Last summer, GASHI released his sophomore album 1984 which sawGASHI exploring and harboring new sounds that brought you back to his favorite time—the ’80s and featured his breakout hit “Mama” with the legendary Sting. He also released his documentary GASHI: Now You Know (watch HERE) and performed his first ever livestream performance featuring tracks from the 1984 album (watch the performance HERE).
Following the incredible success of the critically acclaimed Made In Lagos album, today Wizkid announces his North American tour dates. Kicking off a run of Fall dates September 10th in Boston, the 17-date tour will give fans the chance to celebrate and see the Made In Lagos album live. Tickets go on sale Friday 9th July, 10am local time. Tickets can be purchased here.
Released October 2020 via Starboy/Sony Music International, Made in Lagos is the longest charting album by a Nigerian artist on the Billboard World Albums chart for the new decade (2020) at 20 weeks and counting. The album is also the longest charting album by an African artist on the Worldwide and European Apple Music albums charts. The 14-track project includes features from an incredible group of chart-topping artists – Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Starboy Entertainment’s youngest signee Terri.
In the US, Wizkid came to prominence in 2016 through his collaboration with Drake on the #1 hit song “One Dance.” Over the years, Wizkid has worked with several chart-topping, multi-platinum selling artists such as Future, Chris Brown, Wale, French Montana, Ty Dolla $ign, Major Lazer and more. His most recent collaboration with Beyoncé, Blue Ivy and SAINt JHN “Brown Skin Girl” earned him his first Grammy Award win for Best Music Video this year.
Wizkid most recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his debut album Superstar. The Made In Lagos tour will see Wizkid perform his illustrious discography, which has collectively garnered over 3 billion streams. For the full routing of the North American tour please see below.
Wizkid Made In Lagos Tour Dates
10th Sep – Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
11th Sep – Brooklyn, NY, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn
13th Sep – Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring
17th Sep – Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
18th Sep – Chicago, IL, The Riviera Theatre
19th Sep – Minneapolis, MN, The Fillmore
22nd Sep – Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
24th Sep – Las Vegas, NV, Chop Vegas*
25th Sep – Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
28th Sep – Seattle, WA, Neptune
2nd Oct – Sacramento, CA, TBA*
9th Oct – Dallas, TX, Southside Ballroom
10th Oct – Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
12th Oct – Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
16th Oct – Miami, FL, The Oasis
21st Jan – Toronto, ON, HISTORY
22nd Jan – Montreal, QC, MTelus
Tickets available for purchase here on Friday July 9th, 10am local time
We’re halfway through 2021, and H.E.R. (who is halfway to EGOT status), has not let her foot off the gas! Today, the Grammy and Academy Award winner releases her highly-anticipated full-length album, Back of My Mind, via MBK Entertainment/RCA Records. Click here to listen.
“This collection of songs comes from feelings and thoughts that I’ve had in the back of mind,” says H.E.R. “That’s where I live sometimes. Some things I talk about in my music and other things I may have been afraid to say or admit. I’m finding freedom in being truthful with expression.”
Currently gracing the cover of Variety, H.E.R. is starring in her own special episode of Amazon’s Prime Day Show, featuring music from the new album. On June 21, iHeartMedia will host the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with H.E.R. featuring an exclusive performance and an intimate conversation with Angie Martinez. The event will stream on the FOXSOUL YouTube channel and FOXSOUL.tv., and broadcast across iHeartMedia’s R&B, Rhythm and select Hip Hop radio stations at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
The dynamic performer will return to NYC’s Rockefeller Center on June 25 for her second Today Show summer concert, followed by performances at the BET Awards on June 27, and her first-ever concert with the LA Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl on August 13 & 14.
Listen to Back Of My Mind and stay tuned for more exciting news from H.E.R.
Back Of My Mind track list:
01 We Made It
02 Back of My Mind feat. Ty Dolla $ign
03 Trauma feat. Cordae
05 Find A Way feat. Lil Baby
06 Bloody Waters feat. Thundercat
07 Closer To Me
08 Come Through feat. Chris Brown
09 My Own
11 Cheat Code
12 Mean It
13 Paradise feat. Yung Bleu
15 Hold On
18 Hard To Love
19 For Anyone
20 I Can Have It All feat. DJ Khaled & Bryson Tiller
Cash Money Records and NCREDIBLE is readying the She Ball Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The music will be inspired by or featured in the forthcoming film She Ball produced by Cash Money Films and NCREDIBLE, arriving on-demand and in theaters Summer 2021.
The first single from the movie, “STUNNAMAN” with Birdman, Roddy Ricch, and Lil Wayne drops today with a cinematic music video. The song will also be immediately serviced to radio. “STUNNAMAN” fuses a jagged beat to a signature melodic flow from Roddy Ricch. Meanwhile, Birdman and Lil Wayne pull up with old-school Like Father, Like Son-style interplay. Three generations of rap shine on this bold and bright banger.
The “STUNNAMAN” video will make its broadcast premiere on MTV and BET on May 21.
“If anything, the soundtrack will be a driving force of She Ball,” said Nick Cannon. “The music is truly the heartbeat of the film. To have my producing partners Birdman and Chris Brown on the album as well is an honor. We’ve got legends and all of the people who are really popping right now on the track-list. It references those soundtracks we all grew up on that meant something from a generational standpoint. When you hear the music or watch the movie, I want you to feel embedded in the culture. I saw Do the Right thing, Love and Basketball, and Above The Rim as a kid. We cherish those as national treasures now. That’s our goal.”
Birdman added, “I said to Nick, if we’re going to do this, we’ve got to do it as big as possible. As important as the movie was, the Soundtrack was just as important. We were able to put together some powerful records and collaborations worthy of this film. It takes everything to the next level.”
The movie and soundtrack represent a union between Nick Cannon who wrote, produced, and directed She Ball and Multi-Platinum icons Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams & Chris Brown. All three serve as producers and are starring alongside some of the most influential entertainers today including Cedric The Entertainer, DC Young Fly, Evan Ross, and Faizon Love in the movie.
This film is an important community-focused project dealing with race, gentrification, criminal justice and women’s empowerment. The movie tells a story of triumph against all odds as a young female athlete played by Melody Rae Kandil faces trials, tribulations, and triumphs on and off the basketball court.
CHRIS BROWN PRODUCER RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM, AfroBeats Star KDDO Unveils Debut EP – Too Late Too Lit
Known for infectious musical collaborations with Billboard chart-topping artists like Chris Brown, Walé, Summer Walker and Ari Lennox, Afrobeats writer and producer KDDO, formerly known as Kiddominant, will release his debut extended play album entitled Too Late Too Lit on Friday, May 14, 2021. The EP will be distributed via Pentlife Music and Sony Music Entertainment on all digital platforms.
Created to be a feel-good body of work for fans, according to KDDO, it was at the height of the pandemic, having been locked down for several weeks that the hugely celebrated writer and producer realized the importance of cherishing every moment and creating good memories every chance we get, and decided to write and produce this album. This is one of the main reasons I put this album together. I want people to be able to create great memories with my music, as I want my music to be the soundtrack of people’s lives, says KDDO.
Too Late Too Lit is an 8-track project that spotlights Africa’s basking sound templates with features from some of the world’s best artists across various musical genres, including Afrobeats superstar Davido, R&B sensation Jidenna, and Sudanese-American rapper Bas, just to name a few!
The road to the EP began with the premiere of eWallet, a stellar Amapiano production with now over 5 million streams across DSPs and 6000+ spins on African radio. The commercial success of eWallet set the tone right for a sequel release entitled Beamer Body, the lead single from Too Late Too Lit, featuring KDDO frequent collaborator Davido on a record that affirms body positivity.
Noteworthy too, is KDDO’s appreciable vocal effort on the project as he settles into his own element. Having written and produced some of the biggest music hits in Afrobeats history, KDDO is now confidently honing his singing prowess, and, at the same time, offering a spice of variety with super talents featured on his new body of work.
360 Magazine had the opportunity to ask rising star, Gigi Vega, questions that her fans would want to know. Gigi Vega debuted her hit song “Mistletoe Kiss” taking the holiday music charts by storm. She went viral on TikTok with 10 million views and 15k videos. In addition to writing and producing, GiGi is a dancer and choreographer. Read on to learn more about Gigi!
GIGI VEGA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
1. How has your family inspired you and your music?
GV: I would always do little shows and auditions. My father is a jazz musician. He would play the piano, so I was always surrounded by music, and theater as well.
GV: It just happened. Actually, had it for a while, but was finally able to come back to it. Originally, the lyrics were supposed to be “in the club”, instead of “in the crib”. But I had to make adjustments due to COVID 19
GV: Melodies just come to me. Melodies come first for me. Lyrics come from everyday life experiences. I’ve always been into dancing and singing. It’s something that just clicked for me, but I got more into it once I started composing my own songs.
5. What charities are you aligned with and why?
GV: Anti-bullying programs.
6. What acting projects will you be involved with in the future?
GV: Janet Jackson. Definitely into anyone who is super full out, and she is one of them.
8. What advice would you give to a singer starting out?
GV: Don’t let anyone steer you in the direction of what they want you to be – it is not worth it, ever.
9. Talk about your training as a triple threat, what do you do to stay on top?
GV: Just take a look at my Music video, it is all there. Acting, dancing, singing. I have trained in all three disciplines since I was very young. My dance training was focused on modern dance, but I am schooled in all disciplines. I have always been on stage or behind the camera, so it is second nature.
10. How do you take care of your voice?
GV: Regular training, like an athlete. Lots of lemon and pineapple juice, as well.
11. If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
14. When did you know you wanted to be an entertainer?
GV: Never thought about anything else. I was on stage from an early age. I made the move from stage to commercial work in my teens. Once I learned how to write solid music, I knew I wanted to record music. It was a process. I spent hundreds of hours in the studio as a kid.
15. What artist did you admire as a child?
GV: I loved watching Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson is my absolute favorite.
16. Do you play any instruments?
GV: I pluck out notes on the piano and guitar to help my melodies. Had many lessons and music theory, but I won’t be accompanying myself just yet.
17. What’s your fashion style?
GV: I like more tropical vibes, or casual, put-together vibes, but I always like to switch it up. I can be glam or a Tomboy. Get a girl who can do both.
18. What do you do to relax?
GV: I love fashion, always putting fashion pieces together. I learned to sew as a child, went to classes and camps for years. I was one of those kids who got a new shirt, and then I would go to my room and change the shape and design. I love listening to music and writing. Honestly, writing is my happy space.
19. What other businesses do you plan on starting to promote your brand?
GV: I am very into sneakers and shoes. I have so many different designs in my head that need to come out.
20. What’s the one thing you think everyone could do to make the world a more positive place?
GV: Less judgment of others, especially strangers.
Nigerian Afropop sensation Davido has officially released his eagerly anticipated third studio albumA BETTER TIMEout now via Davido Worldwide Entertainment/ Sony Music U.K. /RCA Records. The 17-track album is available on all DSPs and streaming services – LISTEN HERE.
A BETTER TIME sees the two-time MTV European Music Award winner call for unity at a time of civil unrest across Nigeria and other African nations as he pulls together sounds from all corners of his beloved continent, Africa.A BETTER TIME features African talent from across Nigeria (Tiwa Savage, Mayorkun, Bella Shmurda & C Kay) Ghana (Mugeez), Kenya (Sauti Sol) and South Africa (Sho Madjozi). Davido also reconnects with frequent collaborators Fresh VDM, Peruzzi and Speroach Beatz. Across the waters in the United States, Davido connects with a stellar line up of notable features. On “Birthday Cake” he collaborates with rap legend Nas and Grammy Award winning producer Hit-Boy. “Shopping Spree” sees Davido reunite once again with Chris Brown and Young Thug. Additional appearances from Atlanta’s finest Lil Baby on“So Crazy”and pop superstar Nicki Minaj.
The album’s first single “FEM” (produced by Napji) earned widespread praise and shot straight to the No.1 spot in the Apple Music charts in over 8 countries including Nigeria, where it held the top position for 4 weeks.“FEM” became the unofficial protest song embraced by the #ENDSARS movement against police brutality in Nigeria. The track has since enjoyed over 40 million streams globally, viewed over 11m times on YouTube and reached #19 on US iTunes chart.
“One thing about Africans – rich or poor, happy or sad, is that no matter what the situation going on in your country, you always find a reason to smile and just be happy. We (African people) always like to celebrate and A BETTER TIME is that outlet to be free, be happy and hopeful for a better future.”Davido commented.
A BETTER TIME is executive-produced by Davido and his son Ifeanyi Adeleke andfollows the highly praised 2019 sophomore album A Good Time which has achieved over 1.2 billion streams to date globally.
A BETTER TIME – TRACKLIST
HOLY GROUND ft. NICKI MINAJ
THE BEST ft. MAYORKUN
SHOPPING SPREE ft. CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG
TANANA ft. TIWA SAVAGE
MEBE ft. MUGEEZ
LA LA ft. CKAY
SO CRAZY ft. LIL BABY
BIRTHDAY CAKE ft. NAS & HIT-BOY
I GOT A FRIEND ft. MAYORKUN & SHO MADJOZI
FADE ft. BELLA SHMURDA
ON MY WAY ft. SAUTI SOL
DAVIDO – SHOPPING SPREE
DAVIDO RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FT. YOUNG THUG & CHRIS BROWN, DIRECTED BY DES GREY
“SHOPPING SPREE” FT. YOUNG THUG AND CHRIS BROWN IS FEATURED ON DAVIDO’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM A BETTER TIME – LISTEN HERE
WATCH “SHOPPING SPREE” FT. YOUNG THUG & CHRIS BROWN HERE
Today, multi-award-winning Nigerian superstar Davido releases the accompanying video to hit single “Shopping Spree” ft. Young Thug & Chris Brown, taken from his critically acclaimed third studio album A BETTER TIMEreleased through Davido Worldwide Entertainment/ Sony Music U.K. / RCA Records. Taking it back to high school, we find Davido, Young Thug and Chris Brown kicking off their summer break. Watch all three star in the slick, summery visuals directed by Des Grey here.
Closing 2020 with the momentous release of A BETTER TIME–which is fast approaching a staggering 400M combined streams across all platforms and 32 million views across the official videos– Davido continues to cement himself as one of the biggest artists in Africa. The album dominated the No.1 position in the Apple Music charts across 8 territories, including Nigeria, where it maintained this spot for 4 consecutive weeks.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Nigeria, 27-year-old Davido (real name David Adedeji Adeleke) has been a champion for the continent of Africa. He chose to chase his music dreams and whilst doing so earned over 30 awards including a MOBO for Best African Act, MTV EMA for Best International Act, three MTV Africa Music Awards, two BET Awards and two Nigerian Teen Choice Awards for “Top Featured Artist” and “Choice Male Artist.”
With an unmatched work rate, Davido has delivered back-to-back hits since his musical debut in 2011. Breaking out with successive singles “Back When,” “Dami Duro,” “Gobe,” “Aye” and “Skelewu,”the latter would enjoy attention from Major Lazer and Wiwek who went on to remix the single. His musical elevation would see further global collaborations with Chris Brown, Pop Smoke, Summer Walker, Young Thug, Mayorkun and more. Davido kick-started last year with a sold-out date at London’s prestigious O2 Arena, becoming the first solo African artist to do this. He created waves across America with his smash hit single“Fall“ which is certified gold in the US and in Canada.
With a discography attesting to over a billion global streams and over a billion video views, the Afrobeats forerunner has very much established himself as a force to be reckoned with.