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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.

Tate McRae x Khalid — "working" music video from Meghan Kehoe at RCA Records for use by 360 Magazine

TATE MCRAE × KHALID — “WORKING” MUSIC VIDEO

You can watch Tate McRae and Khalid’s music video for their new collaboration, “working,” directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen, HERE.

“working” is the #1 most added song at Top 40 radio with 144 adds.

McRae has been confirmed for Lollapolooza, Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits and more!

Tate McRae On The Road:

July 24, 2021               Wonderstruck Music Festival

July 31, 2021               Lollapolooza

August 27, 2021          Leeds Festival 2021

August 29, 2021          Reading Music Festival

September 4, 2021      Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

September 19, 2021    Music Midtown

September 23, 2021    Firefly Music Festival 2021

September 24, 2021    The Governor’s Ball

October 1, 2021          Austin City Limits

October 8, 2021          Austin City Limits

About Tate McRae:

Singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae has become the artist on the rise.  She currently has over 2 billion career streams with over 3.3 million subscribers and over 500 million video views on YouTube. She was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021 as the youngest musician on the list as well as Apple’s Up Next Artist for 2021, Amazon’s Artist to Watch in 2021, Pandora’s Artists To Watch 2021 list and included on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 One’s To Watch list. She was also named one of YouTube’s Artist on the Rise, and MTV’s Push Artist for July 2020.

Tate’s breakout single, “you broke me first” reached #1 at Top 40 radio and has over 1 billion stream worldwide. The track is currently top 5 at Hot AC, helped Tate to secure her spot in the #1 spot for 5 weeks on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart and was #1 at dance radio last year. The track is not only double platinum in the US, but 4x PLATINUM in Ireland, 3x PLATINUM in Australia and Singapore, 2x PLATINUM in Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway and Sweden, PLATINUM in the Austria, Netherlands, South Africa, Taiwan and the UK, and GOLD in Denmark, Germany and Indonesia.

Tate is currently featured on DJ Regard’s latest track with Troye Sivan (listen HERE) which is currently rising up the Top 40 chart. She is also featured on blackbear’s recent track “u love u.”  Her TOO YOUNG TO BE SAD EP is also available HERE.

Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada after living in Oman until she was 6 years old. She made a name for herself as a competitive dancer placing second runner up on Season 13 of the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance, achieved the “The Best Dancer” honor three times at the prestigious Dance Awards, and hit the stage for performances on EllenThe Teen Choice Awards and beyond. Not to mention, she lent her voice to NETFLIX’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash. Tate launched her YouTube channel and her “Create with Tate” music series where she has been consistently releasing original music (check out some HERE).

About Khalid:

Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the 5x platinum “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the double platinum certified, American Teen. His sophomore album Free Spirit, released to critical acclaim in 2019, was declared a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and was called “superb” by the Associated Press. The album, which has been certified platinum by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and features the Grammy nominated multi-format #1 single “Talk”. Free Spirit has garnered over 5 billion worldwide streams. Khalid, who has been called a “pop prodigy” by Rolling Stone has been streamed over 16 billion times worldwide across all partners, has been nominated for 6 Grammys and has won numerous awards including 6 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, a Teen Choice Award, a MTV Video Music Award and a MTV Woodie Award. Khalid has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including his #1 singles “Love Lies” (with Normani), “Eastside” (with Halsey and Benny Blanco) as well as hits with artists Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Marshmello and more. The Mayor and Council of the City of El Paso honored Khalid with a “Key To The City” marking September 13th, 2018 “Khalid Day.” Khalid, alongside his mother, launched The Great Khalid Foundation, which is committed to helping families by alleviating a burden of need. Khalid recently wrapped up his “Free Spirit World Tour” which took him to arenas all over the globe in 2019. Khalid kicked off 2020 by releasing his critically acclaimed track “Eleven” and his smash “Know Your Worth” with Disclosure. Khalid was recently named the youngest artist to reach 15 billion streams on Spotify alone and was just named BMI’s Songwriter of the Year (alongside Post Malone).

DaBaby Ball If I Want To Single Artwork from Randy Henderson from Interscope Records for use by 360 Magazine

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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10 Artists You Need To Know: Suzi Wu

You made it. You survived all the transportation nightmares, fashion crises and weather scares that accompany just about every major music festival, and now you’re scoping out the grounds with your friends, ready to absorb hour after hour of epic live performances.

The hard part is over, right? Wrong. You paid a boatload of cash to attend Coachella or Bonnaroo or Woodstock 50, but hours of your day can be wasted wandering from stage to stage if you don’t know which undercard bands and artists are actually worth your time.

Suzi Wu

From: London

Formed in: 2017

Signed to: Def Jam Records

Listen if you love: Halsey, Lorde, Charli XCX

See her at: Governor’s Ball (May 31-June 2, Randall’s Island Park, New York)

“I’m too scared to live, too stoned to die,” sings Suzi Wu, a daring U.K. newcomer who merges classic British punk attitudes with gloomy modern soundscapes — imagine if Joe Strummer was a 20-year-old woman writing about how the world sucks as she blasts skittering hip-hop beats from her basement. Wu’s new EP, Error 404, was just released last month, and it’s a striking follow-up to her brash introduction, 2017’s Teenage Witch EP, which scored the stone-faced singer a deal with Def Jam Records and earned her a heap of buzz in pop circles. Find her on Randall’s Island this year.

Njomza Kicks off “Vacation Tour”

RISING SONGSTRESS NJOMZA KICKS OFF THE “VACATION TOUR” LAST NIGHT

Performing At The Mint In Los Angeles On February 21 & SOB’s In New York City On March 4

Playing NYC’s Governor’s Ball

“Njomza sets the tone of romanticized escapism that can be heard throughout Vacation.” – Billboard

“Njomza’s voice enchants the listener” – Study Breaks

Last night, Njomza launched her very first North American headliner, “Vacation Tour” at Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA. Nearly sold out, the kickoff sets the tone for what promises to be an unforgettable tour as she performs in major cities coast-to-coast through March 7 at Troc Balcony in Philadelphia, PA before gracing the stage at Governors Ball in New York at the top of the summer. Check out the full itinerary below and get tickets HERE.

The Chicago singer, songwriter, and genre-shifter has quietly become a hot topic of conversation. Her global streams just exceeded 40 million and counting as recent singles “Me & You” [1.4 million Spotify streams] and “Lonely Nights” [1.44 million Spotify streams] continue heating up. Her voice has also resounded from behind-the-scenes as a sought-after collaborator in the studio and from the stage as a true pop maverick. Recently, she spoke to both NPR and Rolling Stone regarding her contributions to Ariana Grande’s latest release thank u, next, and she sat down with ET Live for an extensive interview about her own artistry.

Last week, Njomza launched a fun video called ”What’s My Name?” In the hilarious clip, Njomza hits the streets of Hollywood to quiz bystanders on how to pronounce her unique name. View “What’s My Name?” here.

Her sophomore EP, VACATION, is out now via Since The 80s/Motown Records. It has already received acclaim from Hypebae, StudyBreaks, Billboard, and more. Experience its songs live on the “Vacation Tour.”

Njomza gained notoriety after Mac Miller caught one of her uploaded covers, promptly signing her to his Remember Music label. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn”; from Millerߣs acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. Thereafter, 2017 saw Njomza unveil her acclaimed debut EP, Sad For You, which received early praise from the likes of Noisey, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Office Magazine, and more. Now with a new label and a vigor to create new music, Njomza kicks off her continued rise with all new perspective.

NJOMZA VACATION TOUR DATES

Tickets here

19-Feb      Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room

20-Feb      San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord

21-Feb      Los Angeles, CA The Mint

28-Feb      Chicago, IL Avondale

04-Mar      New York, NY SOB’s

05-Mar      Boston, MA Middle East

06-Mar      Washington, DC Songbyrd

07-Mar      Philadelphia, PA Troc Balcony

31-May-2 Jun New York, NY Governor’s Ball

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Mondo Cozmo Announces New EP

NEW YORK, NY-Summer is finally underway now that Mondo Cozmo has returned with brand new music… The critically acclaimed Philly-born and Los Angeles-based mohawked rock ‘n’ roll prophet will release his new Your Motherfucker EP on June 29 via Republic Records.

The EP follows up Mondo Cozmo’s critically acclaimed 2017 full-length debut, Plastic Soul—which housed the hits “Shine,” “Hold On To Me, and “Automatic.” It saw him perform across the country to sold out shows and even made his television debut onJimmy Kimmel Live!.

The four-track EP shows an elevated sound for Mondo Cozmo. “Tonight Tonight”(produced by John Hill (Portugal The Man), kicks off with rustling guitar that pick up into an infectious percussion. Soon, his voice takes hold, spinning a cinematic scene about “city boy blues” and “suicide queens” before the festival-ready chant, “Tonight, tonight, tonight. Elsewhere on the EP, “Your Motherfucker” sounds like the bastard child of LCD Soundsystem and Jeff Buckley, marrying glitchy dancefloor beats and evocative lyricism. That’s just the half of it though. Check out the full tracklisting below!

Your Motherfucker EP comes right in the middle of his tour with Vance Joy. The sold-out dates have run across the country and continue into mid-July- see full tour dates atwww.mondocozmo.com/tour

With this new music and a ton of touring, Mondo Cozmo is back motherfuckers…

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Your Motherfucker
  2. Tonight Tonight
  3. Hey Stephen
  4. Sold

Mondo Cozmo
A disciple of Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, and The Verve, thus the Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based Mohawk-ed and tattooed troubadour Mondo Cozmo was born. Think Dylan fronting Oasis with Beck making the beats. Mondo Cozmo took over the rock world with his debut album Plastic Soul, which featured his #1 song
“Shine.” He made his television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performed at (almost) EVERY single music festival last summer, toured with Bastille, opened for MUSE (to a crowd of over 10,000) and with Spoon. From the music industry to Hollywood – everyone has become a fan of Mondo Cozmo: Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons crashed his stage in Las Vegas and the two of them did a cover of “Bittersweet Symphony” together, and his music videos have starred actresses Anna Faris(“Hold On To Me”),and Paz de La Huerta“Higher”. He was named top festival performer at Governors Ball (Consequence of Sound & Billboard), Bonnaroo (Entertainment Weekly), Boston Calling (Boston Music), Shakey Knees (Atlanta Music Guide), Forecastle Festival (Courier- Journal), Austin City Limits (Consequence of Sound) and Summerfest (Milwaukee Journal- Sentinal). In response to last year’s shootings in Las Vegas he penned “The Ballad of Vegas” a moving song discussing the heartbreak of the recent violence across the country- Listen Here. In addition, he was recently selected to speak at Grammy’s on the Hill in support of the Music Modernization Act where he spoke to Congressmen and women. Be ready for more Mondo Cozmo music in 2018.
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

Maggie Rogers Premieres Video for Fallingwater

Maggie Rogers premieres the video for her new track,”Fallingwater” today on Vevo. Filmed at California’s Imperial Sand Dunes, the video was directed by Rogers’ frequent collaborator Zia Anger- watch it HERE. 

“Fallingwater” is Rogers’ first new music of 2018 and available to stream / download HERE. The song was produced by Rostam Batmanglij and RogersPigeons & Planes names “Fallingwater” one of the Best New Songs of the Month and NPR deems it a powerful, mesmerizing depiction of Rogers’ transition over the last two years- a celebration of the terrifying yet thrilling process of change.

Fresh off performances at Boston Calling and Colorado’s Red Rocks with HAIM, Rogers will play at numerous festivals including Governors Ball on Friday, June 1, the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds festival (August 24 + 25) and the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival (September 22 + 23). Rogers will also co-headline the 2018 All Things Go Fall Classic, in Washington DC, the lineup which she and LPX (Lizzy Plapinger) curated for the festivalߣs opening day, October 6. Please visit http://www.maggierogers.com/live/ for all dates. The upcoming tour is Rogers’ first since her summer 2017 headline run, which sold out in minutes, including two shows at Brooklyn Steel and Los Angeles’Teragram Ballroom and Fonda Theatre.

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The Spencer Lee Band

The Spencer Lee Band reveals a live rendition of the classic “With a Little Help From My Friends” (Live In Studio) via SB Projects/Republic Records.

Get the song HERE and video for the song HERE.

The group teamed up with Fader to give the song a first look and share the soulful cover this morning. Of the song, the outlet wrote, “Spencer Lee’s voice is already a classic.” Known for their unbelievable live chemistry, the song is a perfect representation of their unparalleled live energy. Read full interview here.

Led by Kansas-born and Los Angeles-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Spencer Lee, the group has quietly become a burgeoning phenomenon. They contributed “The Wolf” to the chart-topping 50 Shades Freed Official Soundtrack Album, and it’s already generated nearly 7 million Spotify streams and counting while their debut single “Kissing Tree” continues to climb the charts.

Next up, The Spencer Lee Band storms the festival circuit this summer with performances at Governors Ball,BonnarooFirefly, and more.

Be on the lookout for more news on The Spencer Lee Band soon!