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Tokyo's Revenge Press Image by Kevin Maya Used By 360 Magazine

Tokyo’s Revenge Q&A

By Sabrina Weiss

Under the alias Tokyo’s Revenge, this youthful rapper’s prestige supersedes his TikTok fame. The anonymous musician’s track “GOODMORNINGTOKYO” blew up on TikTok and topped music charts, but his raw talent and earnest personality translate beyond the app. With his new song and music video “GOTHAM” and new album 7VEN, Tokyo continues to maintain his unique style with anime and comic-book inspiration. 

With humility and honesty, Tokyo navigates his quick rise to fame with his friends, who double as his musical team, by his side. The young talent spoke equally as transparently about his previous struggles with homelessness, personal approach to mental health, and favorite flavor of Starbursts (pink). All the while, Tokyo giggled and challenged us to video game battles. Even beyond his musical talent, Tokyo’s personality gravitates listeners and a loyal following.

When did you begin your music career?

Well, I did some free-style rapping in high school a bit, but that was mostly to fit into different friend groups. Then, for awhile after high school, I was homeless and ended up couch hopping at different friends’ houses. At one point I stayed with some friends who were constantly making music but didn’t know how to engineer it. It was from these friends that I got the inspiration to learn how to engineer the music. At first, I just engineered their music. But, I only started posting my stuff on Soundcloud about two months into me learning how to mix music. I’m not sure why it took that amount of time, something just clicked at that point.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, you were on your As Good as Dead Tour. We saw all the love you give your fans, particularly when you surf the crowd and jump in the mosh pit with your listeners. What was your most memorable moment of the tour? 

Oh man there were a lot of good moments. One of the most memorable times would be when I had to lie to security about whether I was going to get in the crowd. If I were to say yes then they would chase me in there. They go in and grab me as quickly as they can when I tell them I’m going to crowd surf. But, lowkey, I hate when they do that. The crowd is where I get my energy from. So I lied so I could be in there with my fans for longer.

There is a Discord ping in your new song “Gotham.” Do you actually use the chat app?

Well, it’s funny you ask that because I have my Discord open right now. I am constantly in my Discord with thousands and thousands of my supporters. I’ll hop in there and play video games with everyone and chat with all of you. I was actually just in one right before this interview and my buddy knocked on my door and said, “Hey man, you’ve got that interview right now, hop off real quick.”

After you blew up on TikTok, we are all wondering what you will do next. How do you plan on maintaining long-term relevance?

By doing whatever I feel like. I learned early on that I am not striving to have fans and followers based on trends. I want fans, followers, and family who support me through any medium I choose because I feel like I am connected to them more than just musically. Whether it be through YouTube videos or making music, I just want to continue to be connected to my fans. My fans are one of my major support systems.

What made you decide to be anonymous?

The idea of no one really knowing about me and trying to figure me and my personality out through clues in my music, rather than social media, is really appealing to me. I am not super attached to social media because if you try to over present yourself through social media, then people won’t be into your art. I want my music to get my face out, not my social media. Some artists are more focused on being social media influencers rather than their art and I’m just the opposite. I don’t talk much about me, I just talk through my music and let my listeners figure me out.

Along the topic of the modern musician, what do you think the industry is missing right now?

Actually, I don’t think the music industry is missing anything right now. If anything, I think there is too much of everything. A little while ago, I had an epiphany and thought to myself, “The biggest problem we have right now is that we are overexposed to everything.” And I feel the same way about the music industry. 

Only two years ago, you were couch-hopping at friends’ houses and now you have quickly risen to fame. How have the struggles of homelessness made you successful in your career?

It taught me not to get comfortable, ever. Being homeless gave me this huge hunger to never stop doing something, because back then I wasn’t focused on music immediately. I was focused on finding a place to work and to sleep. But, if I was comfortable just living like that, then I would probably still be doing just that.

I always wanted to do something bigger and better than couch-crashing, bigger and better than finding a shitty apartment to stay in and just making enough money to survive. I wanted to level-up to a point that my friends and I can be comfortable forever, and that’s how I got here.

You’ve spoken honestly about your mental health in the past. What do you do to get your head right?

I wake up and take a super long, burning hot shower. And then I think of everything but music. I don’t try to force myself into the music. I wake up and remind myself that I am a regular person who came from one place to this place with my best friends. 

We all focus on each others’ mental health more than anything else, and the music is tied into that. I try not to think of music as a job, because it wasn’t a job to us prior it was an outlet for all of our feelings. We play Smash Bros, go out and do something, and then if we are in the zone to make music, then we make music. If not, then maybe tomorrow! There’s no pressure.

K Camp RARE Family visual

K Camp – RARE Family

Friday July 3rd, multi-platinum rapper, entrepreneur, executive, and RARE Sound C.E.O. K Camp presented the brand new RARE Sound compilation album, RARE Family. Get it HERE via RARE Sound. The twelve-track surprise project pops off with verbal fireworks from K Camp as well as RARE Sound artists, including True Story Gee, Lil Bird, and more. Among various highlights, the crew trades rhymes with Yella Beezy on the celebratory and slick “Birthday” before delivering hard-hitting bars all around on “Stack N Pray” alongside West Coast phenomenon Mozzy.

Check out the full tracklisting below. Right out of the gate, HipHopDX wrote “K Camp gives his RARE Sound roster a chance to bask in the spotlight,” and RhymeHipHop claimed, “K delivers and displays a cohesive nature to his entire roster, to which each artist flows seamlessly in a shared sound.” Once again, K Camp quietly affirms himself as one of the most impactful talents and bosses in the game through a combination of dynamic rapping and just as dynamic business moves.

The RARE Family release was celebrated at the “RARE Family Cookout” this 4th of July Weekend at the RARE Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA. Stay tuned for a lot more from K Camp very soon.

About K CAMP

It takes a rare talent to elevate the game from multiple angles all at once. As a rapper, entrepreneur, and executive, K CAMP personifies rarity across the board.

Establishing himself as a titan in the Atlanta scene through a knockout combo of clever rhymes and chantable hooks, the multiplatinum star quietly maintains a position amidst hip-hop’s most influential forces. This status remains evidenced by nearly four-billion cumulative streams as well as four gold singles and three platinum singles— “Cut Her Off,” “Money Baby,” and “Comfortable”—since emerging in 2009. Among many accolades, he holds the endorsement of everyone from BET who nominated him for “Best Club Banger” at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards and XXL who included him in its 2015 “Freshman Class” as well as Rolling Stone, Spin, and many others. The MC’s discography spans the full-length debut Only Way Is Up and 2018’s RARE Sound, which HotNewHipHop dubbed “16 tracks of precious melodies.” Not to mention, he leads a movement as the C.E.O. of his own RARE SOUND label and RARE Studio, office, and headquarters. He continued to light rap up with Wayy 2 Kritical [2019] and Kiss 5 [2020] with more to come.

Follow K Camp: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook

Carl Reiner Honored and Remembered

People For the American Way extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fans of comic genius Carl Reiner, who died Monday night at the age of 98. Reiner was an award-winning producer, director, and actor who took the responsibilities of citizenship seriously.

“Reiner served in World War II to defeat fascism. He was grieved by the election of Donald Trump and encouraged Americans who felt the same way to vote in 2018 and in 2020.

“‘In my 96 and a half years, I have seen a lot of things,’ Reiner said in an October 2018 video encouraging people to vote. ‘But the one thing I cannot bear to see is America being destroyed by racism, fear-mongering and lies. Fortunately, there is something we can do about that.’

“‘On November 6, we can vote for elected officials who will hold this president accountable,’ he continued. ‘And after we’ve done that, my personal goal will be to stick around until 2020, and vote to make sure we have a decent, moral, law-abiding citizen in Washington who will make us all proud again to live in America.’

“Carl Reiner did not quite make that goal of sticking around long enough to cast his vote to replace President Donald Trump. But his determination to do so will add to our own determination to mobilize Americans who share his disgust at the ‘racism, fear-mongering and lies’ that he feared were destroying the country he loved.

“Reiner was a longtime friend of People For founder Norman Lear and supporter of the organization. He and his son Rob frequently attended People For the American Way events.”

About People For the American Way

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.

The Boyboy West Coast Releases Single

THE BOYBOY WEST COAST OFFICIALLY RELEASES ANTICIPATED SINGLE

“U WAS AT THE CLUB (BOTTOMS UP)”

Already solidified as a viral smash, The Boyboy West Coast officially releases verse by verse his debut single “U Was At The Club (Bottoms Up)” today.

Listen to “U Was At The Club (Bottoms Up)”: HERE

After exploding on Instagram with over 2.7 million views, a video with the track made its way to TikTok where countless fan videos and memes mimicking the style of The Boyboy West Coast were created. The track then made its way to YouTube, netting over 13.5 million views. It also spawned think pieces on The FADER, Genius, and Medium to name a few. His ‘Verified’ video on Genius is in the outlet’s top 10 most viewed videos of all time with over 6.5 million views in 3 weeks. He has received praise from various celebs including Charlie Puth and Diplo, before the song was even out.

Rising up from Santa Barbara and emerging as a phenomenon across the culture, The Boyboy West Coast first teased his breakout single “U Was At The Club (Bottoms Up)” on Instagram towards the end of 2018 and it then leapt to become a bona fide meme on TikTok, inciting widespread acclaim and millions of views in the process.

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10.KCAASH: CREATOR OF THE WOAH DANCE

INTRODUCING 10.KCAASH: CREATOR OF THE WOAH DANCE RELEASES “ALOHA” FEATURING G.U.N.

LISTEN HERE

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WATCH 10K.CAASH TAKE OVER SXSW 2019

“10k.Caash’s latest viral dance challenge is turning his song “Aloha” into a hit.” – Genius

“10k.Caash is helping ‘The Woah’ go viral and putting Texas dance rap on the map.” – Pitchfork

20 RAPPERS TO WATCH IN 2019

“10.K Caash is a prime example of what’s possible for a new rapper with good connections, great producers, and enough energy to turn the most popping Texas club inside out.” – Complex

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We All Shine EP Tracklist

YNW Melly latest project, WE ALL SHINE features Kanye West and Fredo Bang, the project is due out this Friday, January 18, 2019.
Melly is the exciting Florida rapper, who captivated music lovers everywhere with his massive single, “Murder On My Mind” and popular documentary, MELLY. YNW Melly’s critically-acclaimed EP, I Am You, dropped in September of 2018. Less than a year into music, the 19 year-old has accumulated over 165 million views on YouTube. Stands out tracks such as: “Murder On My Mind,” “Virtual,” and “Melly the Menace” has shot Melly to the forefront of Florida rap and caught the attention of The Fader, Forbes, Pitchfork, Complex, Genius, Hypebeast, Hot New Hip-Hop, Elevator, and many more.
WE ALL SHINE will be available on all streaming platforms Friday, January 18th.
TRACKLIST – WE ALL SHINE:
1. City Girls
2. No Heart (Love No More)
3. Rolling Loud
4. Robbery
5. Beat A N*gga Block
6. Hold Up (Wait 1 Min)
7. No More
8. No Holidays
9. Mixed Personalities Ft. Kanye West
10. Why You Gotta Walk Like That???
11. F*ck PNC Bank
12. Ingridientz Ft. Fredo Bang
13. Curtains (Burtains)
14. Control Me
15. Alarm
Bonus Track: Butter Pecan
DOCUMENTARY – MELLYhttp://youtu.be/TGIp4H_JvZg
EP – I Am YouTidal Spotify Apple Music | YouTube Soundcloud
MUSIC VIDEO – Murder On My Mindhttp://youtu.be/hqDinxaPUK4
MUSIC VIDEO – Freddy Krueger: http://youtu.be/FWC9pBfrUwg

YNW Melly Announces New Project & Tour

YNW Melly is the exciting Florida rapper, who captivated music lovers everywhere with his massive single, “Murder On My Mind.” After releasing his popular documentary, MELLY, the Gifford native is now announcing his newest project, WE ALL SHINE, due out January 18th. Starting the year off strong, Melly hits the road for his first headlining tour,WE ALL SHINE TOUR January 27th, which begins in Atlanta, GA.
YNW Melly’s critically-acclaimed EP, I Am You, which dropped in September of 2018. The juxtaposition of misery stricken lyrics and beautifully exuberant production has YNW Melly delivering a remarkable body of work to both loyal fans and curious music lovers around the world. Less than a year into music, the 19 year-old has accumulated over 165 million views on YouTube. Stands out tracks such as: “Murder On My Mind,” “Virtual,” and “Melly the Menace” has shot Melly to the forefront of Florida rap and caught the attention of The Fader, Forbes, Pitchfork, Complex, Genius, Hypebeast, Hot New Hip-Hop, Elevator, and many more.
The attention on Melly transcends music. He’s uniquely fashion-forward and delivers the most compelling visuals to bring his words to life. When talking to The Fader, Melly said “When you into fashion and dressing, people are gonna judge you and try to test you.” At only 19 years old, and having been in and out of jail – Melly isn’t concerned with people’s assumptions. Given the opportunity to make waves in music, he’s living in the present and laboring beautiful rap ballads.
Tickets for the WE ALL SHINE TOUR are available now. Be sure to keep a look out for Melly’s next project, WE ALL SHINE January 18th.

JUSTINE SKYE REVEALS DATES FOR 2018 ULTRAVIOLET SPRING

JUSTINE SKYE REVEALS DATES FOR 2018 ULTRAVIOLET SPRING TOUR

FULL-LENGTH DEBUT ULTRAVIOLET OUT NOW

“Starting this month you’ll know her as your new playlist obsession.” – Marie Claire

“The tracks on Justine Skye’s first album, ULTRAVIOLET, are as infectious as her Brooklyn swagger.”  – Cosmopolitan 

ULTRAVIOLET finds the singer at her most confident.” – Elle.com

Today, singer, songwriter, fashionista, and actress JUSTINE SKYE announces the dates for her first headlining North American Tour this spring. Tickets go on-sale HERE beginning March 1st.

Check out the full confirmed itinerary below.

JUSTINE is on the road in support of her full-length debut ULTRAVIOLET [Roc Nation]—available in stores and at all digital retailers now. Get it HERE.

This past week, she brought the house down at an Apple in-store event in Brooklyn, giving fans a taste of what to expect on the road. Just prior, she led the return of the TUMBLR IRL series in New York City. Simultaneously, she garnered praise from the likes of Billboard.com, Allure.com, HapersBazaar.com, Elle.com, and more.

Additionally, her cinematic and high-energy video for  “Don’t Think About It” is quickly closing in on 1 million YouTube/VEVO views in under a month, while “Back For More” also recently eclipsed that milestone.

As she’s becoming known for knockout performances, don’t miss her on this upcoming tour!

JUSTINE SKYE has been quietly and diligently working on her craft since 2014. Produced exclusively by GRAMMY® Award-winning visionary The Dream, her 2016 EP8 Ounces earned praise from the likes of BillboardThe Fader, Genius, and more as Wonderland Magazine proclaimed her a “musical prodigy on the rise.” Her sphere of influence dramatically expanded yet again in 2017 as she became an ambassador for both True Religion and Forever 21 in addition to making her big screen debut in Green Dolphin.

TOUR DATES:

3/1       Washington, D.C.

3/22     Philadelphia, PA

3/23     Boston, MA

3/24     New York, NY

3/26     Chicago, IL

3/27     Toronto, ON

3/29     Detroit, MI

4/1       Atlanta, GA

4/3       Dallas, TX

4/4       Houston, TX

4/7       Los Angeles, CA

4/8       San Francisco, CA*

*Supporting Marc E. Bassy

ULTRAVIOLET

1 “Wasteland”

2 “Goodlove”

3 “U Don’t Know” [feat. WizKid]

4 “Back For More” [feat. Jeremih]

5 “Don’t Think About It”

6 “You Got Me”

7 “Heaven”

8 “Push Ya”

9 “Lil’ Boy”

10 “Best For Last”

Justine Skye Releases Ultraviolet

NEW YORK, NY (January 19, 2018) —Today, singer, songwriter, fashionista, and actress JUSTINE SKYE releases her anxiously awaited full-length debut, ULTRAVIOLET [Roc Nation] in stores and at all digital retailers. Get it HERE.

ULTRAVIOLET features fan favorites “Back For More” [2.5 million-plus streams] and “Don’t Think About It” [1.1 million-plus streams]. Watch the video HERE. Additionally, JUSTINE served up the record’s latest song “Heaven”, released last week.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

Everything turns ULTRAVIOLET today! It’s just the beginning for JUSTINE. Be on the lookout for a whole lot more soon.

JUSTINE SKYE has been quietly and diligently working on her craft since 2014. Produced exclusively by GRAMMY® Award-winning visionary The Dream, her 2016 EP 8 Ounces earned praise from the likes of BillboardThe FaderGenius, and more as Wonderland Magazine proclaimed her a “musical prodigy on the rise.” Her sphere of influence dramatically expanded yet again in 2017 as she became an ambassador for both True Religion and Forever 21 in addition to making her big screen debut in Green Dolphin.

JUSTINE SKYE RELEASES NEW SINGLE

Singer, songwriter, fashionista, and actress JUSTINE SKYE reveals her new single “Heaven” at all digital retailers.

Get it HERE.

Increasing excitement among fans, it lands just one week prior to the arrival of her hotly anticipated full-length debut, ULTRAVIOLET [Roc Nation/Republic Records], out next Friday January 19, 2018. Pre-order HERE.

“Heaven” shows yet another side of JUSTINE. Carried by her expansive vocal range and magnetic charisma, it lives up to its title with a definitive and divine energy.

Notably, it follows up a string of buzzing singles from ULTRAVIOLET“Back For More” generated over 2.5 million Spotify streams and counting, while “Don’t Think About It” clocked more than 1.1 million Spotify streams. Check out the high energy, nineties dance-inspired music video for “Don’t Think About It” HERE.

Get ready for ULTRAVIOLET!

JUSTINE SKYE has been quietly and diligently inching towards the top of pop since 2014. Produced exclusively by GRAMMY® Award-winning visionary The Dream, her 2016 EP 8 Ounces earned praise from the likes of BillboardThe FaderGenius, and more as Wonderland Magazine proclaimed her a “musical prodigy on the rise.” Her sphere of influence dramatically expanded yet again in 2017 as she became an ambassador for both True Religion and Forever 21 in addition to making her big screen debut in Green Dolphin.

ULTRAVIOLET

  1. “Wasteland”
  2. “Goodlove” [feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR]
  3. “U Don’t Know” [feat. WizKid]
  4. “Back For More” [feat. Jeremih]
  5. “Don’t Think About It”
  6. “You Got Me”
  7. “Heaven”
  8. “Push Ya”
  9. “Lil’ Boy”
  10. “Best For Last”