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BLXST × BINO RIDEAUX — SIXTAPE 2

On Friday, rising LA hip-hop artists Blxst and Bino Rideaux teamed up for the release of their collaborative project, Sixtape 2. Out now via Red Bull Records, the project serves as the highly anticipated sequel to the 2019 release of Sixtape, which helped to catapult both artists’ careers and establish them as two of the West Coast’s most exciting new acts. You can stream Sixtape 2 HERE.

Spanning across twelve tracks, including the hit single “Movie,” Sixtape 2 showcases the palpable chemistry between the South Central artists, flexing their smooth, stylistic lyricism and penchant for catchy hooks. Serving as songwriters on the project, in addition to Blxst producing several of the tracks, Sixtape 2 allows both artists to highlight their individual talents while maintaining an effortless sense of collaboration, making for one of the must-listen projects of the summer.

The release of Sixtape 2 is also accompanied by the music video for the single “One Of Them Ones,” which finds both artists at a late-night casino. Featuring a motivational opening narration by DJ Drama, the visual features XXL Freshman class member Blxst and Def Jam signee Bino as they celebrate their rise to success, surrounded by their crew as they gamble and commemorate how far they’ve come. You can watch the music video HERE.

Sixtape 2 is out now, full tracklist is below and is available to stream on all platforms HERE.

Sixtape 2 Tracklist

1. Pop Out

2. Movie

3. Might Do Well

4. Program

5. One Of Them Ones

6. Accountable

7. Hate How Much

8. She Perfect

9. What Is It

10. Stressful

11. Time Will Only Tell

12. Beginning To The Ending

About Blxst

Blxst began his solo music career in Los Angeles in 2015, rapping, singing, writing and producing. From self-editing his videos and artwork to mixing and mastering his sound, he’s been on an unstoppable run, gaining notoriety for his productions and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, YG, Eric Bellinger, Mustard, G Perico, Mozzy and Kalan.FrFr.

Last year saw the release of his highly anticipated debut EP, No Love Lost, an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown of Los Angeles. Paired with a four-part cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life, its quintessential West Coast vibe received acclaim from fans, press and tastemakers, cited by Pigeons & Planes as “one of the best projects of 2020.” Following this up with his first release of 2021, the two-track project Just For Clarity featuring Drakeo the Ruler and Russ, Blxst has solidified his position as the next must-watch musician out of LA. Receiving praise from Billboard, BET, Complex, Pitchfork and more, in 2021, Blxst was announced as a XXL Freshman Class member and an Amazon Breakthrough artist. This fall also sees Blxst headline his first ever North American tour, which sold out in less than an hour.

About Bino Rideaux

With a one-two punch of laidback flows and hypnotic melodies, Bino Rideaux has quietly shaped the next era of West Coast hip-hop. Growing up in South Central, he crafted his 2015 independent project, Life Is Like A Movie, out of a D.I.Y. studio in his grandmother’s house. Gaining traction around L.A., he co-founded Out The Blue Records and dropped music at a prolific pace. Penned in the wake of his homie KP’s death, “100 Days 100 Nights” caught the attention of the late Nipsey Hussle. He featured on Nipsey’s tracks “Clarity” and “The Field” before they teamed up on the 2017 joint project No Pressure.

As his profile rose, Bino linked with Blxst on Sixtape in 2019 before unleashing his full-length debut, Outside, which boasted appearances by heavyweights such as Ty Dolla $ign, Fredo Bang, Mozzy, and BlueBucksClan. In addition to praise from ComplexLA WeeklyVICE and more, UPROXX named it one of the “100 Best Albums of 2020.” Signing to Def Jam in partnership with Out The Blue, he only perfected his signature style on the likes of “Pride 2 The Side” and “BET” before igniting 2021 with the entrancing guitar-laden trip of “Incredible” [feat. Drakeo The Ruler]. Pegged as one of Rolling Stone’s “Breakthrough 25,” Billboard championed him among “6 LA Rappers to Watch in 2021” and went on to describe him as “the brightest star to emerge from that orbit.” Meanwhile, KAZI christened him “one of the West Coast’s most exciting new talents.

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THE ROSE FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

“THE ROSE FEST” MUSIC FESTIVAL MAKES HISTORY AS THE FIRST COVID-COMPLIANT STATE-OF-THE-ART FESTIVAL OF  2021 WITH INAUGURAL ORANGE COUNTY, CA BENEFIT EVENT

MOZZY, RUBI ROSE, RY, ERIC BELLINGER, KENDYX, DAY SULAN, STUNNA GIRL, KALAN. FRFR, 1TAKEJAY& MORE GRACES STAGE WITH UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES

THE ROSE FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL kicked off an inaugural debut this past Saturday on April 24, in Orange County, CA, with one of the first covid-complaint, state-of-the-art music festival experiences to take place in North America in over one year. An important moment for the community of California, and those who are eagerly awaiting to resume attending in-person functions, the event-filled day brought a blissful beam of light and upliftment for everyone in attendance with the perfect mix of performances from music’s biggest names and indisputable artists on the rise.

“It’s an amazing feeling to see the results of something that at some points felt like the impossible to make happen during this pandemic,” says Phillip Riian, Co-Founder of The Rose Music Festival. “What feels even more special is that I was able to create something of this magnitude with my team, my girls, KendyX and RY. I’m beyond happy that we were able to not only put together a great event but also build bridges for voices that needed to be heard while supporting a special initiative that’s dear to us all. Even though this music world is very new to me, good work is good work and we have so much to celebrate.”

The Rose Fest featured some of the biggest names and in Hip Hop and R&B mixed with powerhouse artist on-the-rise with exquisite performances from Mozzy, Rubi Rose, RY, Eric Bellinger, KendyX, Day Sulan, 1TakeJay, Stunna Girl, Kalan FRFR, Black Fortune, TMG Fre$h, Marissa Ford, SingerSlime, DW Flame, Float Lord, Whitney Reign, ASH10, Audemar, B Lytrece, HTTH, Yoppa Bam, 3LetterzNUK, J.LeGras, Jimmy Bolt, Mariana Velletto and more! Hosted by Abby NicoleManuel Antonio and Philon, the benefit event also saw guest appearances from YG and J Mulan, while DJ Asia Shabazz and DJ Carisma of Power 106 FM provided music and sounds for the night.

The Rose Fest founders Phillip Riian, KendyX and RY all had sight set with creating a special moment to bring worlds together and create impact; that goal was achieved in a game-shifting way from the array of praise received from attendees, rising stars who were able to amplify their voices and showcases the value of their brilliance and The Avalon Center—the non-profit organization selected by The Rose Fest to donate 100% of proceeds raised for the festival.

A total of $21,797 was raised from The Rose Fest and will be donated to The Avalon Center, a network center located in South Los Angeles that provides education services, home improvement services, and substance abuse services for people who live in Los Angeles County.

Our staff and young people were given the ultimate VIP experience with the best seats in the house! The organizers created lifelong memories for us all, said Jamico Elder, Executive Director of The Avalon CenterTheir professionalism and hospitality are only matched by their generosity and sincere desire to help our families recover during these perilous times. We are encouraged and elated to know Avalon Carver is a part of the Rose Fest family!”

For more information about the festival, visit the Rose Fest website.

FIRST COVID-COMPLIANT STATE-OF-THE-ART FESTIVAL OF 2021 BENEFIT EVENT ON SATURDAY, APRIL 24th

THE ROSE FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL” ORANGE COUNTY, CA ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED LINEUP: MOZZYASIAN DOLLERIC BELLINGERDAY SULANSTUNNA GIRL1TAKEJAY,  & MORE SET TO PERFORM, SOUNDS BY DJ CARISMA & MORE

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The Rose Music Festival makes an official unveil with the announcement of its massive, inaugural lineup for the first covid-compliant state-of-the-art festival of 2021, taking place in Orange County, California, on April 24, 2021. Set to be a momentous experience with the perfect mix of star-studded performances from established artists and up-and-coming artists who are set to be next, attenders will have the chance to enjoy entertainment from some of their favorite artists while discovering music from soon-to-be-favorite rising stars. “The Rose Music Festival” originally came into fruition over one year ago by founder’s creative director Phillip Riaan and rising artists, entertainers Ry & Kendyx to create a platform for emerging musicians to showcase their bubbling stardom on a main stage with appeal compared to music festivals alike. Today, the experience now includes some of the hottest entertainers in music now making it the most unparalleled music festival that caters to something for everyone.

Featuring some of the biggest names in music and next up emerging acts, attenders will see performances from Mozzy, Stunna Girl, Eric Bellinger, Day Sulan, 1TakeJay, Asian Doll, Black Fortuna, Jaddah Blue, 777 God, Kendyx, Ry, Abbey Nicole, Float Lord, Rizz, and more special guests! Hosted by Philon, the benefit event will also see guest appearances from J Mulan and Manuel Antonio with music/ sounds by DJ Skyhighbaby & Power 106 FM’s own DJ Carisma.

100% of proceeds from “The Rose Festival will the donated to Avalon Carver Community Center, a network center located in South Los Angeles that provides education services, home improvement services, and substance abuse services for people who live in Los Angeles County. Built on the vision of community leader Mary B. Henry, the agency has become a centerpiece of the diverse community fabric of the neighborhood and met the needs of its growing and ever-changing community.

“We’re really excited to create this moment for California because our community needs this beam of light during these unusual times,” says Phillip Riaan, Co-Founder of The Rose Music Festival. It has been a tough year, a year that has shed light on the health and economic disparities in Black and Brown communities, so I’m happy we’re able to make this experience that looks out for many communities. Not only was the concert essential to us because of the cause, but it also provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to be able to see their name in lights and not have to wait on someone to allow them to because they are trending on social media.”

Kendyx, Co-Founder of “The Rose Music Festival,” shared, “music is healing, and it’s a beautiful moment to see emerging musicians, like myself, have this moment of coming together in a unique way that gives back to the community that has supported us all in more ways than one.”

Ry, p.k.a. Rydope, Co-Founder of “The Rose Music Festival and a rising artist herself, echoed similar sentiments by saying, “This festival will show that betters days is approaching for the world, not only for our community here in California.”

The Rose Festival marks one of the first live music events in the United States in over a year.
 
For more information about the festival, visit this website

About The Rose Music Festival

Rose Fest is a music festival that gives back to the community, shines the light on emerging artists and collaborates with established artists to give fans across the world exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content and live performances. Proceeds from the Fest’s revenues will benefit Avalon Carver Community Center. Avalon Carver works to care for youth and through education, community outreach and empowerment throughout Los Angeles, CA. The inaugural festival will take place in Orange County on April 24, 2021

For more information, visit this website.

About Avalon Carver

Avalon Carver works to care for the physical, mental and spiritual needs of individuals and families through education, community outreach and empowerment.

Since 1940, Avalon Carver in South Los Angeles has been a place for people from diverse backgrounds to join together in one space and work to make their community thrive. Built on the vision of community leader Mary B. Henry, it has strived to become a place of growth, unity, family, and positive change for South Los Angeles. It has grown to become a centerpiece of the diverse community fabric of the neighborhood.
Throughout the years, Avalon Carver has met the needs of its growing and ever-changing community. Through hard times and good, through struggles and triumphs, bringing up inspiring community leaders and strengthening families.

Avalon Carver is now stepping into the next chapter of our story, keeping an eye towards the future of our community through a refresh of our space, an expansion of our services, and a progressive take on the education of the community.

For more information, visit Avalon Carver’s website.

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ELHAE – SEPARATED

WATCH THE VISUAL FOR “SEPARATED” HERE

STREAM “SEPARATED” HERE

Emerging as a melodic force of nature, rare groove enthusiast, singer and lyricist, Elhae releases his music video for “Separated“ out now. A follow up to his infectious “Fun Fact“ single featuring Rick Ross, “Separated” showcases a more complex side of Elhae that his fans have yet to experience. The beautifully shot visual, directed by Loris Russier, captures the emotional dynamic between two lovers who are desperately trying to hold on to their union, but ultimately realize that they’re better off apart. The visual portrays raw imagery with emotional highs and lows as Elhae painfully sings of heartbreak and love lost. Watch it HERE.

Praised by XXL as being “the next R&B sensation that’s about to make a huge wave in the industry,” the visual encompasses all the elements of a classic period piece tied into a modern-day love story, proving that Elhae’s creativity and talent are both layered and timeless. “Choosing “Separated” as a single was a no-brainer for me. I just think it’s such a relatable song in the sense that everyone’s been there before, in that heartbroken space, that disappointed space.” Elhae continues, “It’s not an easy topic for most, but on the other side of it usually comes growth and wisdom.”

“I was really stoked to have Loris Russier direct the video. My creative director Siwoo Lee really put me on to his work and I just loved the colors he was using, the shots and angles he used to convey emotion.” Elhae continues “I knew he’d be the right guy for the job. Although it’s impossible to show a whole relationship in 3 minutes, the goal was to try to show how good things can be and then instantly not be with someone you love. The song is really emotional, and I just wanted to pair that with something just as emotional visually. I love how everything came out and excited to work on more projects with Loris in the future.”

Known for his creativity and incredible attention to detail, Elhae’s vision for the single’s cover art was inspired by the parable of Samson & Delilah, a story of man who lost his strength due to putting his trust into the wrong woman. Produced by P2J (Beyonce’s Brown Skin Girl) and co-written by Ari PenSmith (Doja Cat, Snoh Aalegra) “Separated” showcases Elhae in rare form as he boldly sings “I’m man enough to take the blame for my mistakes, it’s unfortunate you wanna try again, I can’t relate.”

In addition to XXL, Elhae has garnered glowing praise from The FaderBillboardVibeThe Source, and more. His 2016 album All Have Fallen produced hits like “Doesn’t Matter” (feat. Kehlani) and “Needs,” which has over 19M Spotify streams. 2017’s Aura II EP boasted the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Bang Your Line,” which adds to its 24M Spotify streams every day. Outside his solo work, Elhae has collaborated with stars like Lecrae and Eric Bellinger. Following his 2018 Coachella performance, he released his conceptual album Trouble in Paradise (2019).

About Elhae:

North Dakota-born and Georgia-raised singer, artist, and visionary ELHAE approaches R&B like a film director would, choosing every element carefully, ensuring an intricate level of cohesion, and building his own world. Since catching fire in 2015 on the independent Aura EP, he worked towards eventually architecting such a world. The follow-up All Have Fallen yielded fan favorites such as “Doesn’t Matter” [feat Kehlani] and “Needs,” which clocked 19 million-plus Spotify streams. In between, he garnered glowing praise from the likes of The FaderBillboardVibeThe Source, and more as Sprite named him among its P.O.U.R. (Purveyors of Urban Reality) program. The 2017 sequel to Aura, the Aura II EP, boasted “Drama,” “Something,” and the popular “Bang Your Line” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. The latter ignited 24 million Spotify streams and counting. Meanwhile, he lent his voice to high-profile collaborations with Lecrae, Eric Bellinger, and many others in addition to supporting blackbear on tour.

2018 saw him grace the stage of Coachella for the first time in front of 40,000 fans as he diligently worked on new tunes in Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta. Inspired by childhood favorite albums such as Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, and Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, he developed an airtight vision with a detailed plotline for his next release. In 2019, the vision unfolds over the course of his twelve-track conceptual project, Trouble In Paradise [Atlantic Records], introduced by the intoxicating first single “Hennessy.” His sound is about to blow up on the biggest canvas possible now.

ELHAE image Siwoo Lee by Motown Records for 360 Magazine

ELHAE still image by Loris Russier and by Motown Records for 360 Magazine

Eric Bellinger – SOLO’N

Today, Grammy-winning songwriter and R&B artist Eric Bellinger releases his catchy second single SOLO’N from his upcoming album Eric B for President: Term 3 releasing via YFS Music/EMPIRE on October 30. Produced by Smash David and Lowky, the magnetic new track shows Bellinger as he falls in love with a strong, independent woman and strives to give her the luxurious life she deserves.

The music video, inspired by his real-life relationship with his wife, gives fans a peek into the start of their romance. SOLO’N follows last week’s release GODLY and he will continue with weekly song and video releases telling a continuous story.

“SOLO’N is definitely one of my personal favorites on the album,” explains Bellinger. “Nursery rhyme melody vibes on the hook make sure you know the words by the time the 2nd chorus comes around, and it’s stuck in your head after the song is done playing! The entire project is in chronological order and is based off the back story of me meeting and solidifying the relationship between me & my 1st lady. The album starts with GODLY, a record where I’m showcasing that I got all my shit together. I’m in position. I’m up at this point and I’ve worked on myself so I can be ready for that special someone. SOLO’N sets the scene. Introducing those first passages of convo from text messages to FaceTimes giving listeners an inside look at the moments that brought us together throughout our timeline of love.”

Eric B For President: Term 3 follows Optimal Music, an album collaboration with longtime business partner Nieman Johnson. The project debuted in April and features Young Thug, Jeremih, Joe Moses, and more. This year, Bellinger also shared another album Scenarios a collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Chase-N-Cash and the thoughtful single Enough written about police brutality and released during the BLM protests.

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Spotlight – Don Benjamin

Multi-talented Don Benjamin transitions from modeling to music

→ Los Angeles, California June 2020 – After a successful modeling career and placing in the top three of hit modeling competition show, America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), Don Benjamin takes aim at the music industry.

Benjamin’s music isn’t the traditional mainstream rap we’re used to hearing. He hopes his music influences our society in a positive way. “I’m a fan of Drake and J Cole. Lately, I’ve been listening to more gospel rap, artists like Bizzle, Eshon Burgundy, and Lecrae [noted Christian rappers]. Music lately feels so negative. It’s all about doing drugs and degrading women. I need something that is gonna feed my spirit and motivate me to be a better person,”

Don Benjamin on distinguishing himself from the direction of current mainstream rap artists:  “I don’t feel like much rap nowadays spreads positivity. Most songs that take off aren’t really saying much of anything. I want to spread a good message.”

During this time of unrest, Benjamin has taken a stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and joined the music industries Blackout Tuesday. Other celebrities, including Beyoncé have used their social media platforms to demand justice for George Floyd and encourage their followers to take action.

→ PUMA × The Hundreds – California streetwear brand The Hundreds joins PUMA to debut a new line of footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the last three decades, called “The ‘90s Cliques”.

→ Shaggy – Grammy award winning artist Shaggy, known for top hits “It Wasn’t Me” and “Boombastic,” discusses the variety of  his music and how he remains grounded. 

→ YaVe Tequila by Joe Cruz – Motivated by his passion for family and community, Joe Cruz creates YaVe Tequila. After many attempts to get the right formulation and an incredible shift to a team of female chemists, the world’s first naturally flavored tequila was born. Although this tequila was introduced shortly before a world-wide pandemic hit and YaVe’s original plan of having a large presence in bars is impossible, they’ve managed to grow their online presence with partnerships and influencers. YaVe has angled themselves as an essential for a stay at home happy hour. 

→ Michael B. Jordan × BODYARMOR –  BODYARMOR’s largest campaign to date, voiced-over by award winning actor Michael B. Jordan, is rooted in the belief that no matter who you are, only you can make you better. 

To delve into this provocative award-winning magazine issue, go HERE.

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Eric Bellinger – Blessed

Today, Grammy-winning songwriter and R&B artist Eric Bellinger and Nieman Johnson debut “Blessed,” the second song available from Optimal Music, a collaborative project releasing via YFS Music/Empire Records on April 24.

On the smooth and soulful J. Gramm produced track, Eric Bellinger joins Wale, RJ and Joe Moses to sing and rap about their affection for women and how they feel blessed that the love is reciprocated right back.

LISTEN TO “BLESSED”

“R&B savior Eric Bellinger knows rhythm and blues, and his expertise has landed him songwriting credits for some of the biggest names in the music industry” – UPROXX

“With everything that’s going on we want people to know that they are still blessed to have life and family and friends that love them. Our job is to continue to make music that inspires and provides an escape from this difficult time that everyone is experiencing. We will overcome this moment together,” says Nieman Johnson.

“Blessed” follows the new album’s sensual lead single “Say Less” that’s gained over 3 Million combined streams since its release earlier this month. Both songs are featured on Optimal Music, a joint project curated by Eric Bellinger’s longtime friend and YFS Music business partner Nieman Johnson who handpicked an organized the album’s production, songwriters, artwork and guest features that include Young Thug, Jeremih, Wale, RJ, Joe Moses and Nieman Johnson himself.

LISTEN TO “SAY LESS”

During this time while people are self-quarantined, Eric Bellinger continues to stay in touch with his fans in new ways via social media. Last weekend, he live-streamed the process of recording a new song via YouTube while he looked to viewers to give their input on selecting the beat and suggesting song lyrics. This week he went on IG Live alongside fellow songwriter and producer Chrishan to record new music and have viewers experience the process with them. He’s also currently running a contest for producers to submit their beats and win a chance for Eric to record over one of their tracks that could appear on a new album. Previous campaigns on Instagram include winning a guest verse from him and having the chance to open at one of his shows.

Also, check out Neiman Johnson and Eric Bellinger’s newly launched YouTube series where they tackle their independent journey and discuss other hot music industry topics with special guests.

ABOUT ERIC BELLINGER:

Born and raised in Compton, CA, Eric Bellinger is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and critically-acclaimed R&B star with sinfully smooth vocals and an affinity for soulful melodies. The grandson of Jackson 5 songwriter Bobby Day who wrote the hit “Rockin Robin”, Bellinger has been engulfed with music his entire life. He’s racked up over 100 song placements and co-penned hits for pop and R&B stars including Usher (“Lemme See”), Justin Bieber (“Right Here”) and Chris Brown (“Fine China”), Wale (“On Chill”) and won his first Grammy Award as a songwriter on Brown’s best R&B-crowned album, F.A.M.E.

“…This Grammy-Award winning songwriter has been able to establish a reputation for himself that has him working alongside the likes of Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Tank and Justin Bieber to name a few.” – Billboard

Bellinger’s extensive writing discography spans to R&B royalty like Jennifer Hudson, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae, Boyz II Men to pop superstars Selena Gomez and Jojo to hip-hop chart-toppers Wale, Kid Ink, The Game and Nelly. Not only a skillful songwriter, Bellinger is also an equally talented singer/rapper. He has a prolific catalog of music that has amounted to over 1 Billion Combined Streams.

Starting in 2013, he made his solo artist debut with In The Meantime and Born To Sing volumes 1-3. 2014 brought his critically-acclaimed official full-length album The ReBirth. In 2015 the R&B hitmaker released the first installment of his signature mixtape series Cuffing Season, Cuffing Season Part 2 and In The Meantime Part 2. 2016 he debuted Choose Up Season, Eventually and Eric B for President: Term 1. 2017 was Eric B for President: Term 2, Eazy Call and Nine. Last year, his anticipated debut album follow-up The ReBirth 2, Saved By The Bellinger and Cuffing Season 3. This year, Eric has released his themed album Scenarios with Grammy-winning producer Chase-N-Cashe [Lil Wayne, Drake].

On April 24th, 2020, Eric will release Optimal Music, a collaboration with YFS Music and career-long business partner Nieman Johnson. The album curated from top to bottom by Nieman includes guests vocals from Wale, Young Thug, Jeremih, RJ, Joe Moses, and Nieman Johnson.

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Austin Eldred

With over 230,000 Spotify streams on his single, ‘Are You Down,’ the people of Los Angeles keep buzzing around a fresh urban vibe named Austin Eldred.

The Orange County native is a show-stopping recording artist paving a name in the music world. Eldred has officially been releasing music for two years with hits featuring the noteworthy likes of Eric Bellinger and Problem. Eldred draws inspiration from his eclectic childhood upbringing in Southern California where he infuses R&B and Hip-Hop into a unique sound. His upcoming debut album, “1997” (executively produced by Ned Cameron) is soon to release and will showcase new sides of the performer. With ten new hand-written tracks, Eldred looks to put a permanent imprint on the industry.

ComplexCon Day-2

The PUMA Galleria saw sneakerheads excited to check out the 90’s vibes in the Toys, Tech, Tracks and Trophies sections with line ups for the limited RS-X Toys custom sneaker works by JBF Customs and Alexander John inspired by 90s Tech and Mix Tapes respectively. The artists also did live custom designing demos at the courtyard. All pairs were sold out in minutes. PUMA also unveiled the upcoming collaboration pack with Hot Wheels – the RS-X Toys Hot Wheels that release on December 1st.

Special guests Kali Uchis, A Boogie Wit a Hoodie, Yo Gotti and Nipsey Hustle all came out to promote and sign the limited-quantity bootleg tees designed by Chinatown Market. Each tee design were inspired by each artist. YesJulz and her 1AM radio crew continued with their live broadcast from the PUMA Galleria and interviewed the artists mentioned above plus a whole lot more. Also seen were Emory Jones, Upscale Vandal, Karrueche and Victor Cruz, among the many celebrities who dropped by.

To celebrate the launch of Cadillac’s newest vehicle, the XT4, Cadillac & Nas dropped a one-of-a-kind Cadillac crest piece and gold chain filled with yellow diamonds, black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. While Nas was signing custom Cadillac/Nas/Complex Merch he surprised a lucky fan by giving the chain to them, creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the most coveted drop at the event.

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DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode taping of “On the Sticks,” the new interactive gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19 with A Boogie wit da Hoodie emerging as the champion. The series launches Friday, November 9 on Complex’s YouTube channel.

Virgil Abloh headlined ComplexCon(versations) to a packed house of 700 fans. He was joined on stage by emerging designers (b).stroy, comprised of Brick Owens & Dieter Grams, as well as Ev Bravado and Rhuigi.

Nas, Big Boy, Jeff Staple and Tinashe stopped by the HBO barbershop experience that was promoting the new series “The Shop.” Capitol Records’ James Davis, Njomza, BJ The Chicago Kid and Marc Byers joined artists Nick Grant and A Boogie wit da Hoodie for panel discussions at the booth.

Balvinhit the floor checking out the booths, posing for photos with fans, copping exclusive merch and more.

As part of Adidas Originals main event at ComplexCon, the brand joined forces with creative partner Pusha T to present a journey through three connected environments, reimagining a retro bank vault and penthouse office, to unveil a limited edition EQT Cushion 2 collaboration. Answering the popular demand for more cultural experiences, the mogul sat with 12 aspiring artists from Los Angeles for an opportunity at the adidas Originals Sound Labs Grant for musical development. Only five musicians made the cut after two days of listening sessions and now local LA semi-finalists Sareal, Lorine Chia, Ice Cold Bishop, Indiigo and Rugby Wild will continue the application process for the grant that will result in a winner in the first days of 2019. Also, King Push was joined by adidas Originals partner Pharrell Williams, who released pairs of the elusive adidas Originals N.E.R.D HU NMD and 50 pairs of never-seen-before PW HU P.O.D. System exclusive for the conference. Winners of the Friends and Family HU P.O.D. System pairs got to meet Pharrell as a special treat from the icon and Adidas Originals. And finally, Adidas Originals launched its new Los Angeles-focused social identity @AdidasLA alongside rap legend and creative ambassador Snoop Dogg. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle, the brand partnered with Snoop and LA’s World Famous VIP Records for a special pop-up experience. Snoop himself made a special appearance and signed 25 pairs of adidas Originals P.O.D. System sneakers that had been customized by LA artist Gregory Siffs.

Reebok closed out the weekend with its limited-edition Futsal Fusion R58 drop and the final silhouette of the the R58 Series, the Sole Fury Floatride. Lil Baby stopped by in celebration of the drop, purchasing the first ten pairs for lucky customers in line before customizing shirts for his whole crew.

Karen Civil introduced film narrator Pharrell Williams at Universal Pictures’ special screening of THE GRINCH Saturday night ahead of of its upcoming release.

GUESS JEANS U.S.A. x PLACES+FACES debuted at ComplexCon ahead of its global launch. Unique items such as reflective tees, photo-vests, cargo pant and tracksuits were the first to go. J.Balvin, Teyana Taylor, Made in Tyo (Tyoko), Olan Prenatt, Trill Sammy, Christian BULL1TRC, and Premium Pete all stopped by GUESS Jeans U.S.A. to pick up the goods.

Zen, a new e-commerce experience celebrating sneaker culture with a unique blend of commerce, storytelling, community, and events that launched at ComplexCon, gave away to lucky winners hundreds of pairs of rare kicks including Nike Air Mags seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ Undefeated Jordan IV, Nike Dunk SB Low Diamond Supply Co. “Tiffany,” all Supreme Nike SB Blazers and Dunks, and Adidas Chanel Pharrell Hu NMD.

Becky G bounced around on the giant inflatable art installation from FriendsWithYou Art Collective at the POPSockets booth.

Steve Aoki joined Kim Jung Gi for selfies in the Find Your Grind infinity room.

At McDonald’s Project Connect booth, exclusive designs by influencers Joe FreshGoods, Elise Swopes and Richie Lewere added to jean jackets, jerseys, long sleeve tees and book bags. Also at the booth, Teyana Taylor hosted a first-ever tasting of the new Triple Breakfast Stack for a lucky winner. Hosted by Kenny Burns, Lena Waithe, Don Benjamin and Marcellus Bennett dropped in to enjoy the drops, live DJs, McDonald’s McNuggets, world famous fries and soft drinks.

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New Album “Woman” x Angel

Angel, the dynamic UK R&B singer, has announced the date of his highly anticipated forthcoming album WOMAN. Set for release on June 8th and available for pre-order on April 27th, the new album which is a celebration of the women in Angelߣs life from over the years, features 14 addictive R&B tracks and explosive collaborations with the likes of Giggs, Eric Bellinger, Haile from WSTRN and Swizz Beatz.
The lead track taken from WOMAN is Nothing Wrong which alongside 6 other brand new tracks is released today as Part 1 of the forthcoming album and was written by Kassa Alexander (aka artist and producer PRGRSHN) and Angel, produced by Angel and follows a stand-out support slot for US R&B singer August Alsina and string of sold-out headline live dates, including two dates at Londonߣs Bush Hall. The new music also follows the launch of Angel’s More of HER playlist which featured tracks such as Hi Grade ft Protoje, Road Closed, Crud and No Days Off and his HER EP which featured rapidly rising UK rapper Steff London on the track Hop On and Atlanta, Georgia’s Rich Homie Quan on the Harmony Samuels produced Fvxk With You which made a huge splash across both sides of the Atlantic.
Signed in the US by Motown records VP, Ezekiel Lewis (also responsible for forming the group The Clutch who have gone on to write and produce hits for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Neyo and more), alongside Island Records, Angel continues to reinforce his position as one of the UK’s hottest R&B talents. With Kehlani, Mila J, Pop and Oak (known for their work with the likes of Chris Brown, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj), Grammy award winning producer Swiss Beatz, Neff U and Prince Charlez (who recently collaborated with Rihanna’s Anti) on the list as just some of the credible names Angel has recently worked with and with his much-awaited new album WOMAN and live shows coming, there is no doubt that Angel’s new music is going to rock both sides of the shores, making 2018 and beyond his for the taking.
WOMAN Part 1 track-list
Woman Intro
No Flutes ft Eric Bellinger
Fly ft Giggs and Haile WSTRN
Nothing Wrong
Woman
Return of the Mackin
Making Up