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Blacc Zacc – Dirty Money

The self-anointed 803 Legend Blacc Zacc zips back into the forefront with his truck-rattling anthem “Dirty Money.” In his newest clip directed by Rook, Zacc heads to the Laundromat to show listeners how he and his team clean up money after a long day of work. With washing machines in tow, Zacc takes the proper precaution to ensure his earnings aren’t gone to waste. Zacc’s motor remains intact as he slings punchy bars about his moneymaking efforts, supplied with a slick hook. Watch HERE.  

“Dirty Money” comes on the heels of Zacc’s 2020 album 803 Legend. Released in October 2020, the Carolina Narcos MC tightens his grip on the trap world with his 13-track collection. With features by Kevin Gates, 42 Dugg, Foogiano, Fat Loc, and more, 803 Legend includes a flurry of highlights, ranging from “Tennis” to his bombastic tune “Knew Dat.” 

Since his 11-track debut album Carolina Narcos’ release, Blacc Zacc has emerged from the trenches with his trap-infused raps. Featuring his rap compatriots DaBaby, Moneybagg Yo, Yo Gotti, Stunna 4Vegas, fans have gravitated towards Zacc’s street appeal. The album also boasted production by Young Kio, OG Parker, Romano, and more.

About Blacc Zacc

Blacc Zacc is an up-and-coming rapper from South Carolina. Growing up, his step-father had a studio in his house, and at age 13 Zacc recorded his first song, dedicated to his mother. Zacc will be on MoneyBagg Yo’s tour, A Gangsta’s Pain, where he has opened up for the Memphis superstar.

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Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub September Lineup

As the summer winds down, Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub is heating up. The iconic rooftop, which holds rank as the #1 most Instagrammed rooftop bar in the world, is also host to some of the biggest music headliners and events this September. Superstars including Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Big Sean top the Drai’s LIVE line-up, while Drai’s partnership with Pollen sets the stage for experiential parties including a takeover by NFL superstar and former Vegas Raider Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch featuring a special performance by rapper A$AP Ferg, as well as concerts by Jay Wheeler, Rauw Alejandro and more.

Nightclub Lineup

  • Friday, September 3 – Gucci Mane
    • Gucci Mane, a frequent Drai’s performer, recently released his album “Woptober II,” which includes electrifying collaborations with Lil Baby, Quavo and DaBaby.
  • Saturday, September 4 – Lil Wayne
    • Lil Wayne, known as “Weezy” to his fans, is known for hits like “A Milli” and “Go DJ.” His newest album “Funeral” debuted at No. 1 on the 2020 Billboard charts, becoming Lil Wayne’s fifth chart-topping album.
  • Sunday, September 5 – Wiz Khalifa 
    • A multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist, Wiz Khalifa is known for hits such as “We Dem Boyz” and “Black and Yellow.”
  • Friday, September 10 – BEASTMODE Experience- Marshawn Lynch Takeover
    • Lynch will host the Pollen BEASTMODE Experience starting with a Drai’s Nightclub takeover. BET award-winning rapper A$AP Ferg will perform at Drai’s during the takeover.
  • Saturday, September 11 – 2 Chainz’s Birthday Celebration
    • 2 Chainz will be celebrating his birthday on the Drai’s LIVE stage. The Grammy Award winner is known for megahits including “No Lie,” “Birthday Song” and “I’m Different.”
  • Sunday, September 12 – SunDrais with DJ Franzen
    • Sunday at Drai’s Nightclub, Drai’s resident and legendary DJ and producer, DJ Franzen, closes out the weekend with his epic SunDrais experience.
  • Friday, September 17 – Gucci Mane
  • Saturday, September 18 – DaBaby
    • BET and Billboard Music Award- winning rapper, DaBaby, is known for his popular song featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar,” and collaborations with some of today’s hottest artist, such as Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow and DJ Khalid.
  • Sunday, September 19 – SunDrais with DJ Franzen
  • Friday, September 24 – Special Guest
  • Saturday, September 25 – Big Sean
    • Multi-platinum artist, Big Sean is best known for smash hits such as “I Don’t F**k with You” and “My Last.” Big Sean has collaborated with world-renowned artists including Calvin Harris, Wiz Khalifa and Travis Scott.
  • Sunday, September 26 – Special Guest

Swim Night Lineup

  • Thursday, September 2 – Patrick Cornett
  • Thursday, September 9 – Jordan Nold
  • Thursday, September 16 – Chase B
    • The official DJ to the incomparable Travis Scott, Chase B, is also a talented DJ and producer. In addition to Scott, he has collaborated on projects with popular artists such as Gunna, Sheck Wes and Ashton Travis.
  • Thursday, September 23 – Drai’s Swim Night Closing Party: Neon Edition

Beachclub lineup

  • Friday, September 3 – Patrick Cornett
  • Saturday, September 4 – Gucci Mane
  • Sunday, September 5 – NEON Experience with Jay Wheeler
    • Puerto Rican music artist Jay Wheeler will headline the party alongside other talented musicians and DJs including Alex Sensation, Sita Abellán and La Gabi
  • Monday, September 6 – Blueprint Sound Takeover
    • Blueprint Sound will take over Drai’s Beachclub for Labor Day with an incredible lineup of high-energy DJs like DJ Direct, DJ Bonics, DJ CLA and more!
  • Friday, September 10 – Maria Romano
  • Saturday, September 11 – DJ Irie
  • Sunday, September 12 – NEON Experience with Rauw Alejandro
    • Drai’s will host Latin-themed Pollen parties with Puerto Rican music sensation,  Rauw Alejandro, as the headliner
  • Friday, September 17 – Maria Romano
  • Saturday, September 18 – NEON Experience with Rauw Alejandro
  • Sunday, September 19 – DJ Spinking
  • Friday, September 24 – Cyberkid
  • Saturday, September 25 – DJ Irie
  • Sunday, September 26 – Special Guest 

Drai’s Beachclub is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Drai’s Nightclub is open Friday through Sunday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m, in addition to Thursdays for Swim Night throughout the summer. Tickets and VIP table reservations are available on their website.

About Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub

Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub takes entertainment and nightlife to new heights in an unmatched setting – 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip. Drai’s Beachclub is a 30,000-square-foot oasis with multiple pools shaded by 10 towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, and two full-service bars. Inside, Drai’s Nightclub is a 25,000 square-foot palatial, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 7,000 square feet of the most state-of-the-art high-definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball—the only one of its kind. Drai’s Nightclub is home to Drai’s LIVE, an unprecedented concert series that provides fans with the opportunity to see full-length performances by top performers like Wiz Khalifa, Future and 2 Chainz in an up-close setting unlike anything else in the world. Drai’s is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. More information, including reservations, tickets and hours, is available at their website. Follow Drai’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

About The Cromwell

The Cromwell, named a Top 10 “Best U.S. Casino” by USA TODAY, recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award and the first standalone boutique hotel on the famed Strip, brings an exclusive, luxury lifestyle hotel experience to the Las Vegas Strip, focusing on hospitality, amenities and personalized service. The Cromwell is the first hotel in Las Vegas to offer mobile key technology for digital, keyless entry to rooms via the guests’ iOS devices. Located on the bustling corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road–directly across from Caesars Palace–The Cromwell keeps it intimate with 188 rooms including 19 suites, a personalized virtual concierge service named Ivy, a 40,000 square-foot casino, Bound—the elevated hotel lobby bar, Interlude—a casino lounge featuring live entertainment, award-winning GIADA—the first-ever restaurant by celebrity chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis, Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub: a 65,000 square-foot rooftop pool and nightclub with day and nightlife experiences boasting open-air, panoramic views from 11 stories above the iconic Las Vegas skyline, and Drai’s After Hours—located at its original home beneath the boutique hotel. The Cromwell is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR). For more information, please visit thecromwell.com  or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find The Cromwell on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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Can’t Wait Live: A Concert For Jobs, Climate and Care

On Friday, August 13, 2021 DaBaby, Saweetie and Wyclef Jean will perform at Can’t Wait Live: A Concert for Jobs, Climate and Care with additional performances by Mavis Staples, Snow Tha Product and Beach Bunny in Philadelphia at the Mann.

 

The artists and organizers of the conference will call on Congress to pass a legislative package that makes meaningful investments in jobs, climate, care, housing, and immigration, and demand members of Congress stay in session until the package is passed.

 

Throughout the concert, artists, activists and other speakers will uplift a core message: Americans can’t wait for our communities to have a rightful path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Coming off a year of historic suffering, speakers will highlight the urgency of the intersecting crises Americans face, including climate disasters and unemployment, and remind Democrats in Congress that voters expect them to deliver on their commitments to bold, popular policies that will tackle decades of disinvestment and improve the post-pandemic lives of working people.

 

The concert will be livestreamed on via the Working Families YouTube and Facebook pages. DJ sets by Philly legend DJ Jazzy Jeff and Philly star DJ Diamond Kuts and appearances by political figures and activists.

 

The concert is organized and sponsored by the Working Families Party, MoveOn, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Green New Deal Network, Patriotic Millionaires and more. The coalition includes local Philadelphia organizations such as PA Working Families Party, 215 People’s Alliance, Unite Here Local 274, Abolitionist Law Center & Straight Ahead, Union of Musicians and Allied Workers – Philadelphia Chapter.

Get tickets here:  VIA EVENTBRITE HERE

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DABABY, HOMOPHOBIA × CANCEL CULTURE

By: Andrew Shibuya

No one thought that the return to normalcy – or at least the path towards it – would be without hurdles. Indeed, the past six months have proven similarly difficult to the previous twelve, and the coming few seem to promise no respite. And so, in the now past and brief interlude in mask mandates and lockdowns in the United States, surely one would think that crowded events such as music festivals would be about celebrating reunion and unity.

Unfortunately, with the precedent of a certain performer at Rolling Loud, it is clear that unity was not the first thing on everyone’s mind. No one has made this more clear than rapper DaBaby. During his performance at the festival, the rapper is reported to have said several homophobic comments including, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” as well as the peculiar, “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.”

Of course, the Internet had something to say, and the deserved virtual tirade against DaBaby began. Twitter users in particular took up arms against DaBaby’s comments, lambasting the rapper for what they deemed to be some mixture of idiocy and ignorance.

And while fools’ remarks should hardly be considered worth coverage alone, the following onslaught and festivals’ responses are worth discussing. In the past week, numerous notable festivals have pulled DaBaby from their lineups, including Lollapalooza, New York’s Governors Ball, and Day N Vegas. The festivals all shared similar messages to their social media channels regarding the change, citing the need for and value of inclusion and diversity. The former’s message read: “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect. And love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.” Read our coverage of Lollapalooza and its implications with COVID HERE.

These festival changes seemed to have induced an apology from DaBaby, who, at first, was reluctant to apologize or recognize any wrongdoing. In response to the first wave of criticism, the rapper responded on his Instagram Story, stating, “What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show. It’ll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. Because, regardless of what y’all motherfuckers are talking about and how the internet twisted up my motherfucking words, me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the fuck up.”

This was just the first response of many, with each becoming increasingly apologetic as more of his shows were cancelled. The most recent of his apologies, which many on Twitter have dubbed “DaApology,” reads: “I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I knew education on this is important.” And while some fans online deemed his response to be acceptable, many did not see it as adequate.

Celebrities similarly took to Twitter and other social media platforms to offer their two cents on the situation. Many decried DaBaby’s words, such as his recent collaborator Dua Lipa, who claims to be incredibly taken aback by this side of DaBaby. Other big names in the music industry such as singer-songwriter Elton John and pop legend Madonna have similarly criticized the ignorance and inaccuracy of DaBaby’s comments on HIV and AIDS. Most recently, Miley Cyrus has shared on social media that she has reached out to DaBaby to “learn from each other” in the wake of this incident.

And still, some rappers and other industry names have come to DaBaby’s defense. Some, like rapper NLE Choppa, insist that this is just a slight hiccup in DaBaby’s career, with NLE Choppa recently tweeting, “Dababy Gone Come Out Bigger Than Ever While Y’all Tryna Down Play The Man.” Rapper T.I. similarly called for more equality and fair treatment for DaBaby, seeming to suggest the praise Lil Nas X has recently received. In an Instagram comment, T.I. wrote, “If Lil Nas X can kick his s**t in peace… so should DaBaby.”

DaBaby’s comments come after a recent onslaught of homophobic vitriol directed toward Nas X this past summer. Following the release of the rapper’s successful singles “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” and brazen accompanying videos, many – both fans and other rappers – took to Twitter. And while many people did support Nas X as T.I. seems to allude to, the openly gay rapper received far from unanimous praise.

In addition to spurring an inundation of homophobic sentiment online from quotidian users, Nas X proved to be similarly divisive amongst other rappers in the hip hop industry. While some voiced their support and praised the rapper’s bravery and bold works, some were similarly quick to voice their disproval. Many condemned the rapper for what seemed to them to be brazen lewdness, though many Twitter users thinly veiled homophobia.

The discourse over “cancelling” is rather interesting in light of so much present discussion over the actual existence of cancel culture and its implications. Especially in the music industry, where the effects of “cancelling” someone seem to be diminished – Chris Brown still plays on the radio, Dr. Luke still produces number-one hits, and most recently “cancelled” country singer Morgan Wallen has seen his popularity grow tremendously despite this year’s earlier controversy. This is in contrast with the film industry, where, although far from free from offenders, certain players have been blackballed far more effectively and efficiently.

Surely, all those people could be an argument against the existence of cancel culture. The consequences to their actions seem to have faded as quickly as people’s memories of their wrongdoings. And so, as to the question of whether or not DaBaby has been “cancelled” is unclear. The action against him – at least at the level of cancelling his headlining performances and shows – has so far managed to induce at least a single apology from the rapper. And while what lies in store for DaBaby remains unclear, one certainty remains – the Internet has at least some power to affect change in the real world.

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LOLLAPALOOZA × DELTA VARIANT

By: Clara Guthrie

Public health experts are warning that the crowded Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago this past weekend may lead to a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases, especially given the increasing risk of the Delta variant. Festival organizers estimate 100,000 people attended the event each of the four days, and neither social distancing nor mask wearing (for vaccinated attendees) was enforced.

Despite concerns from medical professionals and a steady rise in Delta variant cases leading up the festival, both the Chicago Department of Public Health and Lollapalooza’s health experts approved the production of the festival as planned ahead of time.

Although operating at full capacity, the festival did have certain security measures in place in order to protect its guests; to enter, people had to show either their Covid-19 vaccination card or proof of a negative Covid-19 test from the preceding 72 hours. According to the festival’s website, they also required those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask.

In a statement released Monday by festival organizers, it was revealed that 91% of the attendees showed proof of vaccination, and 8% showed negative Covid-19 tests. The last 1% were denied entry due to a lack of proper documentation.

These statistics are complicated, however, by a claim from a Chicago Tribune photo intern, Vashon Jordan Jr., that fake vaccination cards were being used at the event. On August 1st, he tweeted, “Fake Covid-19 vaccination cards are 100% a thing at Lollapalooza in Chicago. You can get it with a single-day wristband for $50. I have confirmed that it does work.” In a separate tweet he clarified, “And by ‘fake’ I mean it doesn’t belong to the holder.” Jordan Jr. also recorded maskless concert goers dancing in large crowds and boarding public transportation—where masks are explicitly required—after the day’s events.

According to Dr. Tina Tan, a professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who specializes in infectious diseases, the precautions taken by Lollapalooza were simply insufficient given the prevalence of the Delta variant. Tan said that a safer event would have maintained smaller crowds, enforced social distancing and masks, and only allowed vaccinated individuals to attend. “When you have 100,000 or more people who are in a fairly enclosed space and there’s no social distancing, the vast majority are not wearing masks, you are going to get some transmission of the Covid-19 Delta variant,” she said.

As of August 2nd, Chicago was reporting an average of 206 new cases each day, and many of those who are being hospitalized for Covid-19 are not vaccinated. These data reflect a recent and definite uptick in cases as the Delta variant poses a serious threat across the globe. Given the roughly two to 14 day incubation period for Covid-19, it is currently unclear just how Lollapalooza will affect these numbers in Chicago and its surrounding areas. According to Dr. Robert Citronberg, an infectious disease physician with Advocate Aurora Health, “The next couple of days you could potentially see cases. I think by next weekend we’re probably going to be having a good idea about how much transmission occurred because of Lollapalooza.”

What experts already know with certainty is that any transmission from Lollapalooza will not only affect Chicago and its suburbs but also the areas that people return home to after the festival, seeing as thousands of people travelled to Chicago just for the weekend. “The real problem is not so much that a bunch of young people who come into Chicago getting COVID at this event. The real problem is them taking it back to places that have very low vaccination rates,” Dr. Emily Landon, executive director for infection prevention and control at the University of Chicago Medical Center, said.

According to the New York Times, roughly 70% of American adults have received at least one shot: a goal that President Biden set for the country to hit by July 4th but that took almost an extra month to achieve. And many individual states are struggling to vaccinate their population and thus are grappling with new Covid-19 cases and Covid-related hospitalizations. Alabama and Mississippi have the lowest vaccination rates in the country, at 43.2% and 44% respectively. Illinois falls somewhere in the middle with 59% of its adults being fully vaccinated.

Lollapalooza’s controversy did not stop at Covid-19 concerns. On Sunday, the final day of performances, rapper DaBaby was pulled from his headlining spot after festival organizer caught wind of his previous homophobic comments. While performing at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami on July 25, DaBaby made discriminatory and incorrect comments about gay men and HIV, which he later defended in a series of 19 videos on his Instagram stories. “What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show,” he said. “It’ll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. […] Me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the fuck up.”

Lollapalooza officials tweeted to announce DaBaby’s removal, saying, “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.” Fellow rappers Young Thug and G Herbo took his place. On Monday, DaBaby took to Instagram to apologize “for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important.”

Looking beyond the festival’s drama, Rolling Stone took a moment to celebrate the most positive and powerful moments from Lollapalooza, saying, “it was full of life-affirming musical moments.”

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DaBaby × Red Light Green Light

After flexing his directorial muscles with his dazzling new video “Ball If I Want To,” Baby returns to helm his entertaining visual “Red Light, Green Light.” For a second consecutive week, Baby’s fiery rhymes and comedic banter are on display for his eager devotees. Donning a Jheri curl and an Oakland Raiders fitted, Baby skates back to the West Coast with this 1990s-esque style of video. Not only does he sprinkle traces of the classic film Boyz in the Hood, but he makes sure to incorporate his wacky theatrics to keep the fun alive. Watch HERE
Earlier this week, Baby announced his partnership with the popular clothing brand boohooMan. Set to release a 100-piece limited edition collection that embodies Baby’s bold and creative style, the Charlotte MC is ready to dominate the fashion world. Boom! The news is out. I’ve officially partnered with boohooMAN on a fashion collection, and it is dropping real soon! I can’t wait for y’all to see it – stay tuned,” said Baby in the press release. “Set your alarms and go cop it before it sells out!” With price points ranging from $8- $80, the boohooMAN x DaBaby collection will be available on boohooMAN.com and boohoo.com on Wednesday 30 June 2021.
Last Friday, Baby released his newest video, “Ball If I Want To.” Sitting in the director’s chair, Baby’s latest visual earned a whopping 4.2 million views in under three days. With seven nominations in tow, Baby will perform at the 2021 BET Awards this Sunday night. Last month, Baby won two Billboard Awards for “ROCKSTAR,” including top rap song.
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DaBaby – Ball If I Want To

With the summer officially back in action, DaBaby is ready to heat things with his new anthem, “Ball If I Want To.” For his directorial debut, Baby pieces together a larger-than-life visual with video producer Gemini Vision. From the classroom to the playground, Baby proves once again why he remains rap’s most prolific force. Watch here.

After taking home two Billboard Awards (Rap Song and Top Streaming Song for his 5X Platinum smash “ROCKSTAR”) and seven BET Awards nominations, DaBaby’s year-long dominance showcases why he remains pandemic proof and one of music’s biggest superstars. Not only did he conquer the Billboard Hot 100 with his chart-topping single “ROCKSTAR,” but he remained atop of the elusive summit for a smoldering seven weeks. His 2020 proved to be a momentous one, as he secured 32 Hot 100 hits along with his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Blame It on BabyDua Lipa and DaBaby’s smash collaboration “Levitating” remains an active player on the Billboard’s Hot 100, as it currently sits at No. 3 on the charts.

He recently landed a slew of certifications by South Coast Music Group’s CEO Arnold Taylor for several songs that span his career. He is now the proud owner of plaques for “ROCKSTAR” (5X Platinum), “Suge” (4X Platinum), “BOP” (3X Platinum), “VIBEZ” (2X Platinum), “TOES” (2X Platinum), “INTRO” (Platinum), “Goin Baby” (Platinum), and ‘Baby Sitter” (Platinum). The megastar also gained 14 new gold plaques for “Find My Way,” “Walking Texas Ranger, “NASTY,” and “BLIND.”

You can catch him live at Rolling Loud, Lollapalooza, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Governors Ball, Day N Vegas, and more.

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TOOSII – WHAT IT COST

Toosii Shares New Single And Video for “what it cost”

Track Is From Thank You For Believing, Set For May 7 Release

Combined Global Streams Of Toosii’s Songs Near One Billion

Pre-Save / Pre-Order Thank You For Believing HERE

View “what it cost” Video HERE

On his powerful new single, ”what it cost,” Toosii reflects on his roots and his current reality. The Syracuse-born, Raleigh-based artist, who is closing in on one billion combined global streams across all of his songs, details his journey from a lost kid surrounded by tragedy to a national sensation full of promise on the introspective, stripped-down track. Download/stream ”what it cost” HERE. The song is from his new mixtape, Thank You For Believing, set for May 7 release via South Coast Music Group/Capitol Records.

My mom is a real hard worker. That’s where my hustle comes from. She taught me to never quit,” says Toosii.

While many rags-to-riches stories have been told, the official video for “what it cost” is a rags-versus-riches story, following Toosii as he transverses two starkly different worlds. Directed by Joan Pabon, who helmed the official videos for ”back together” and ”Reminiscing,” the clip shines a light on inequalities and economic disparities and the tangible and intangible costs of living in a poverty-stricken home versus a wealthy household. The video is bookended by real talk from Toosii about his life, touching on the loss of his grandfather, the times he’s nearly died himself and his drive to be there for the loved ones that are depending on him. “Everyday bro, I wake up, I gotta go hard bro. Can’t go back to being homeless,” says Toosii. View the video HERE.

Earlier this month, Toosii earned widespread praise for ”back together,” which also appears on Thank You For Believing. XXL named it one of the “best new songs” of the week. “Toosii skyrocketed into the mainstream in 2020. Now, he’s looking to continue this ascension with “back together,” observed Complex. ”Toosii [is] looking to own 2021,The harmonic love fest [‘back together’] taps into [Toosii’s] R&B sensibilities while still showcasing his penchant for nimble bars,” said HipHopDXHotNewHipHop noted, ”[‘back together’] plays much more like a ballad than anything else and it works to perfection, it’s a nice piece of self-reflection that will make any fan want to tap in for more.” View the official video for ”back together” HERE. Fans who pre-save / pre-order Thank You For Believing HERE will instantly receive ”what it cost” and “back together.”

Propelled by his gift for drenching real lyrics in rich emotion, Toosii has proven himself to be one of rap’s most relatable rising stars. Naming him an artist to watch, Billboard said, “Toosii is coming for the crown.” On Thank You For Believing, he tells jarringly honest tales of street life and lost love, addressing the good times and the bad, the glow-up and the dark days that came before. Toosii’s career has been percolating in North Carolina for years, but he found immediate, staggering success in February 2020 on the strength of Platinum Heart. The album hit No. 1 on Billboards Heatseekers Albums chart and launched Toosii into the top 10 of Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 chart.

Toosii quickly followed up those achievements with Poetic Pain in September 2020, which debuted in the top 20 of the Billboard 200. He recently earned a Gold record for his top 10 Urban radio hit, “Love Cycle.” Toosii has earned a devoted audience, including 2.4 million Instagram followers. In 2020, Toosii collaborated with DaBaby, who’s tipped him as “the hottest new emerging artist.”

Grammy Awards Wine and Cocktail Pairings

*Congrats to ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy Winner Megan Thee Stallion

With the 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards rapidly approaching, it is time to start thinking about accolade-worthy wine and cocktail pairings to savor during the broadcast on March 14. Here are our picks for Best Beverages paired perfectly with each Record of the Year nominee.

BLACK PARADE (Beyoncé)

Trivento Reserve Maximum Red Blend ($10.99)

Beyoncé has been known to enjoy a glass of red wine and we can think of no better way than to toast this accolade than with a wine named after Trivento Reserve’s charismatic and charming winemaker – Maximiliano Ortiz. This deep ruby-red Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, presents an aromatic complexity given by blackcurrants, red and black berries, black pepper, cinnamon, tobacco and smoky notes from the oak. In the mouth, the wine is round and sweet with good structure, persistent and pleasant tannins. The long finish is accompanied by oaky notes.

COLORS (Black Pumas)

Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot ($6.99)

Given Adrian Quesada’s impressive career spanning multiple genres, we’re thinking he might appreciate a wine brand that annually supports the Latin Grammys…this bright and intense ruby red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend presents with dark berries and cocoa which carry over to the palate and are rounded out with mild but sexy tannins.

ROCKSTAR (DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch)

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc ($6.99)

DaBaby has been spotted enjoying a glass of white during his travels. Frontera Sauvignon Blanc is fruity in character with citric and peach aromas. Light in flavor, this fresh and well-balanced sauvignon blanc is the perfect white for DaBaby and his crew.

SAY SO (Doja Cat)

Doja Cat has not been shy about sharing her tips on making a delicious cocktail. Perhaps she’ll like this one created by Cristóbal Srokowski, Ron Abuelo Global Brand Ambassador.

VERACRUZ

1 1/2 oz. Ron Abuelo 7 Años

3/4 oz. Orange juice

3/4 oz. Lime juice

1/3 oz. Honey syrup 2:1

1/2 oz. Cinnamon syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

3/4 oz. Egg white

Technique: Add all the ingredients in the shaker and dry shake so the egg white is emulsified. Then shake again with ice added. Double strain into a coupette or a martini glass and garnish with an orange peel.

EVERYTHING I WANTED (Billie Eilish)

Trivento Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($10.99)

While Billie Eilish is not quite old enough to legally enjoy wine in the US, we do think she would appreciate a brand that has been implementing environmental and social policies for more than 12 years. Since 2008, Trivento embarked on one of the company’s most important educational and inclusive initiatives by bringing in a CENS satellite classroom for their employees to complete their secondary studies. And each year, Trivento has added social and environmental actions to become one of the industry brand’s most committed to society and the environment. Through strong alliances with the United Nations Global Compact , the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) , the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) through the Argentine Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEADS) and the Network of companies for diversity., Trivento is committed to giving back in each bottle what nature has given them.

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza has an intense ruby red color, with violet notes that trend towards dark orange with time. In the nose, aromas of black pepper, tobacco, candied wild berries such as redcurrants and blackberries are perceived. In the mouth, the wine is powerful with persisting tannins and well-structured body.

DON’T START NOW (Dua Lipa)

Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon ($6.99)

Dua Lipa is a fan of a glass of red. We also think she’ll love that this wine sports a QR code on its bottle that will lead one to a “Frontera Big and Bold Reds. Drink Them with Attitude” playlist. From Chile’s Central Valley, this bright and intense ruby red wine with violet reflections has aromas of fresh red fruits, together with toasted notes, highlighting coffee and chocolate. The palate offers harmonic tannins, medium body, good aftertaste. Think of it as the ideal wine to serve with red meats, cheese, spicy stews and pasta with spicy sauces.

CIRCLES (Post Malone)

Les Cadrans de Lassègue ($30)

Post Malone has shared a preference for a nice Bordeaux. Les Cadrans, named after the sundials on the facade of the château, in honor of the incredible sun exposure that Château Lassègue enjoys, is the estate’s second label. It is meticulously produced by sixth and seventh generation Vignerons Pierre and Nicolas Seillan at the Saint-Émilion estate the family jointly owns with the Jackson Family.

SAVAGE (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé) 🏆

When two superstars collaborate, they should be toasted with an aptly named beverage…

CRITIC PASSION

60 ml Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon

30 ml orange juice

30 ml passion fruit

10 ml simple syrup

Ice

Orange peel and mint garnish

Shake all ingredients together (except for the orange peel and mint for garnish). Strain into wine glass over ice. Garnish with orange peel and mint leaf.

BRS Kash Releases “Throat Baby Remix Ft. DaBaby & City Girls + “Kash App ft. Mulatto”

Atlanta’s rising star, BRS Kash returns to the spotlight today with the release of “Throat Baby ft. DaBaby and City Girls” and “Kash App ft. Mulatto” via Team Litty/ LVRN/Interscope Records. Both tracks are off his label debut mixtape, KASH ONLY, out tomorrow, January 22. The viral single, “Throat Baby (Go Baby),” initially released last year has helped Kash reach massive heights in his sky-rocketing career. The slick-talking anthem first started to organically grow out of Atlanta’s nightlife and as the rapid success progressed it went on to spark a dance craze on TikTok(nearly a million creates). The sudden rise helped him land spots on Rolling Stone’sBreakthrough 25 and Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart. Since then, the viral song has achieved RIAA Certified Gold status, and continues to chart Top 10 spot on Urban Radioas well as chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. It also received critical acclaim from XXL, Complex, NPR, Noisey, GQ, and more, as well as recognition from Chris Brown, Trippie Redd, Fredo Bang, amongst others. The rising artist is paving his way to prove he is indeed a force to be reckoned with: “Throat Baby (Go Baby)” has logged nearly 250 million streams globally since its debut in March.

On the remix, LVRN’s newest signee teams up with City Girls and DaBaby to take the hit song to another level as each artist delivers exceptional verses. Together, over the famed poignant piano they elevate the wild bop effortlessly showcasing the groups rambunctious essence. Listen to “Throat Baby (Remix) ft. DaBaby and City Girls” HERE.

On “Kash App” Kash recruits rising rapper, Mulatto. They spit their rapid-fire flows creating a nostalgic sound rooting in early 90’s and 00’s southern rap – quickly we hear their natural chemistry shine through. Of working with Mulatto Kash shares “we have a genuine friendship outside the music, we barely talk about business when we hang we just like having fun living the life we always dreamed of.” The fast-paced beat paired with their blustering yet charming smack-talk radiates an intense energy that will leave you wanting to make a quick trip to the club. Listen to “Kash App ft. Mulatto” HERE.

ABOUT BRS KASH

Rapping since the age of 12, BRS Kash draws inspiration from Southern legends like Juvenile and Big Boi, blending the gangsta drawl of the region’s greats with the charming sensuality of a modern R&B star. As Kash’s career has taken off, the melodically blessed Atlanta rapper has strutted into the spotlight with confidence—a sense that his star is rising and you can either jump on or fall off. His voice is silky-toned, his bars are always diamond-sharp, and he’s hellbent on proving his versatility as a songwriter. Regardless of what topics he touches, BRS Kash does it with a natural ear for hooks and remarkable ease. With each song, he earns that assured swagger, but there’s also something else at work. The man makes moves like he’s fulfilling his destiny. To be sure, rap is in Kash’s blood. Many Atlanta MC’s began freestyling on street corners long before they hit a studio, but few can claim to have been nourished on beats, rhymes, and the creative process while in the womb. His mother once rapped in the girl group Leather & Lace and his motivation is familial too. Kash’s father was incarcerated when he was just 6 years old, and their relationship informs the style and substance of his music. “As a kid I would do everything with him,” the rapper recalls. “For him to just up and leave was traumatizing.” The young Kash vowed to stay away from the streets despite knowing that so many of his local heroes got by on sidewalk hustles before they were famous. Ultimately, though, he found solace, catharsis, and—as “Throat Baby” proves—joy in music. “Music is a way for me to express myself,” he says. “It’s a way for me to vent. It’s a way for me to talk.” And, now, others are listening.

PRAISE FOR BRS KASH

“we expect BRS Kash to build on all the “Throat Baby” momentum in 2021, establishing himself as a breakout star.”COMPLEX 

“BRS Kash Is The Next Atlanta Original”DJBooth 

“’Throat Baby’…you’ll remember for decades to come.” – NOISEY

most impossible to forget the hook after one listen…”XXL

“absolute banger, it’s fun, infectious, and it holds a high replay value” HipHopNMore

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