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SHEFF G “Proud of Me Now”

Sheff G, the leader of Brooklyn’s premier crew and label, Winners Circle Entertainment, closes out 2020 with the release of his debut album Proud of Me Now (Winners Circle Entertainment/RCA Records).  With Great John (“on the beat by the way”) helming production, Proud of Me Now is a coming-of-age lyrical journey where Sheff details his evolution – from his slip-ups to his come ups. Click here to listen.

Sheff kicked off Proud Of Me Now with the release of two singles, “No Negotiations and Lights On,” both of which further exemplified why Vulture named him as part of “NY’s Next Rap Generation.” Throughout the album, Sheff continues to play between a smooth flow and guttural style, leading beyond the Brooklyn drill movement.

“‘Proud of Me Now’ is my first album in partnership with RCA and my label Winners Circle. A lot of hard work went into making this album. I’m proud of the music I’m making. I’m proud of my team. I’m proud of being a CEO. I’m proud of me, now!!!,” says Sheff G.

Sheff G has also gained positive attention from the media. “When Flatbush drill rapper Sheff G is at the peak of his powers, his songs are exhilarating…His raps feel like wind sprints,” said Pitchfork.

Sheff G is also proud to have been chosen as Audiomack’s latest UpNow artist, their signature program dedicated to spotlighting and promoting the next generation of global music superstars. Announced earlier today by the streaming platform, Sheff G currently graces the cover of their popular UpNow Playlist and will be prominently featured across their channels with specialized marketing, editorial, social support, playlisting, custom videos, and more.

Over the past two years, and particularly throughout this summer, Sheff G kept the streets of Brooklyn and beyond ablaze with several drops, including his previous mixtape Just For Y’all, which garnered over 9.6M streams across all platforms, and the One and Only EP, ranked #21 on Complex’s list of 2020’s best albums so far.

Sheff G’s rise to stardom began in 2016 creating a local hit, “Nightmare,” produced by Great John in his living room. The following year, he released his breakout hit “No Suburban,” followed by the acclaimed 2019 project, The Unluccy Luccy Kid. Sheff showed no signs of slowing down dropping “No Suburban Pt. 2” which received over 21.2M streams. With each release, Sheff G displays a raw style addressing blunt realities with authenticity.

Listen to Proud of Me Now here. You can also watch “Lights On” here.

ABOUT WINNERS CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT

Incorporated in 2019, Winners Circle Entertainment includes label co-owner Sheff G, Sleepy Hallow, Eli-Fross and producer Great John, who handles a majority of the label’s music production. Co-owned and operated by a solid management conglomerate which is made up of Jeremy “Jerm” Soto and Karel “White” Jorge.

On the heels of the partnership with RCA Records and Winners Circle Entertainment co-led by Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow, the collective is on a mission to create a culture-defining legacy and sound.  Winners Circle kicked off the partnership with a Sleepy Hallow single, “Tip Toe,” featuring Sheff G. The track delivered gritty verses while juxtaposing a playful sample popularized by Tiny Tim’s ukulele driven hit, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”

Be sure to keep up with Sheff G on Instagram and Twitter.

Kid Cudi illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Kid Cudi “Man on The Moon III” Now Available

After ten years, one of the greatest trilogies in hip-hop gets its final chapter today…Kid Cudi unveils his anxiously awaited seventh full-length studio album and the third installment of his legendary Man On The Moon series, Man On The Moon III: The Chosen. The album will be released via Republic Records. You can get Man On The Moon III: The Chosen HERE.

On the heels of last night’s release and as one of YouTube’s newest Spotlight Artists, Cudi premiered “She Knows This,” the first of a two-part narrative short film including music from the album, directed by the incomparable Nabil [Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa]. Watch Part 1 of Cudi’s Spotlight Series live on YouTube now. Stay tuned for Part 2, dropping next week on his Official YouTube Channel. The “She Knows This” Video can be found HERE.

Man On The Moon III: The Chosen proudly lives up to the legacy of the series, raising the bar even further for Cudi.

It stands out as the most anticipated sequel of 2020 and a blockbuster befitting of the Man On The Moon legend. Cudi has returned with 18 new songs, inviting a cast of A-list collaborators to join him in space. These include anthems such as “Show Out” [feat. Pop Smoke and Skepta], “Lovin’ Me” [feat. Phoebe Bridgers], and “Rockstar Knights” [feat. Trippie Redd]. Check out the full tracklisting below.

In other big news, Cudi recently co-founded his own production and music management company Mad Solar backed by none other than Bron.

Cudi blasted off into history with Man on the Moon: The End of Day in 2009. It has since gone double-platinum, garnered three GRAMMY® Award nominations, and seized a spot on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” A year later, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager claimed #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum. Audiences worldwide have clamored for the next chapter of this trilogy for a decade now. Cudi delivers with Man on the Moon III: The Chosen now.

Take flight higher than ever with Kid Cudi again.

TRACKLISTING
1. Beautiful Trip
2. Tequila Shots
3. Another Day
4. She Knows This
5. Dive
6. Damaged
7. Heaven On Earth
8. Show Out Featuring Pop Smoke and Skepta
9. Solo Dolo, Pt. III
10. Sad People
11. Elsie’s Baby Boy (flashback)
12. Sept. 16
13. The Void
14. Lovin’ Me Featuring Phoebe Bridgers
15. The Pale Moonlight
16. Rockstar Knights Featuring Trippie Redd
17. 4 Da Kidz
18. Lord I Know

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, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more.

Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records.

In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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Hotboii- “Double O Baby”

One of 2020s most phenomenal breakout stars, Hotboii has released his eagerly awaited new project Double O Baby. With guest spots from Lil Mosey and Toosii, Double O Baby is the Orlando rapper’s first full-length since his acclaimed debut project Kut Da Fan On featuring hit tracks like “Don’t Need Time” and “Goat Talk”. Go HERE to stream/download Double O Baby, available now via all digital retailers.

Also today, Hotboii premieres his soulful new single “Out The Mud” ft. Lil Mosey. Built on a backdrop of dreamy guitar tones and energetic beats, the track unfolds in heart-melting melodies as each rapper lays down an emotionally raw, high-powered performance.

“I put blood, sweat, and tears into every song,” said Hotboii on the creation of Double O Baby. “This project means a lot to me, and y’all are going to love it”.

Along with “Out The Mud,” Double O Baby features Hotboii’s previously released singles including the street anthem “Menace,” “No Limit,” “Police Brutality,” and “Left Lonely.” The 16-track project perfectly spotlights the 20-year-old artist’s masterful flow and soul-baring storytelling, which Pitchfork recently praised as a “blend of painful street tales and witty punchlines.”

Hotboii has been called “One of the hottest upcoming rappers in the game” by The Knockturnal. Complex has said he “is next up from Florida” and Pitchfork said, “The 20-year old continues to flourish.”

Track listing for Double O Baby by Hotboii: 

  1. The One
  2. I Don’t Want
  3. Out The Mud ft. Lil Mosey
  4. Menace
  5. No Limit
  6. Out My Reach
  7. All Of Your Love ft. Toosii
  8. Gotta Question
  9. Picture This
  10. 5 Steps Back
  11. Left Lonely
  12. Malcolm X
  13. Problems (No Rights)
  14. Can’t You See
  15. Crazy Thoughts
  16. Police Brutality

ABOUT HOTBOII

Hailing from West Orlando, Hotboii is one of the most exciting new rappers to emerge from his hometown’s scene. After getting his start at age 15, he discovered a natural musical talent and began using his songs as an emotional outlet.

Although he was briefly held back by jail time, Hotboii moved forward with laying the groundwork for a long-lasting career as soon as he was released, driven by an overwhelming urge to establish himself as an industry heavyweight. Earlier this year, he achieved breakout success with his full-length debut Kut da Fan On — a powerhouse 17-track album that accumulated millions of streams within the first month of its release. Arriving in May, Kut da Fan On features hit tracks like “Goat Talk.”

For more information on Hotboii, visit his Instagram and YouTube.

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BLXST- NO LOVE LOST DELUXE

Fully solidifying his position as one of the must-watch artists out of Los Angeles, hip-hop phenom Blxst has released the heavily anticipated deluxe release of his acclaimed debut EP, No Love Lost.

Out today via Red Bull Records, the multi-hyphenate continues his unstoppable run of hits with six new tracks, each showcasing his signature finesse, nimble lyricism, and soulful melodies. Tapping fellow West Coast heavyweights Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, Dom Kennedy, and Bino Rideaux, the deluxe release of No Love Lost continues to explore the themes that laid the groundwork for its predecessor – loyalty, love, and life in the streets of Los Angeles.

Blxst has gathered raving reviews from many notable places. Pigeons & Planes said he is “A multi-dimensional artist who has a firm grasp on all facets of his solo work,” and LA Weekly it’s Blxst’s time to shine.

Still riding high off its success since its September release, No Love Lost has amassed over 30 million streams, debuting at #14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums Chart and #8 on iTunes Top Albums for Hip-Hop/Rap, along with reaching #6 on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 and #11 on Rolling Stone’s Trending 25 Charts for September. Paired with a cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life – with the final chapter, “Pressure,” out today – No Love Lost received praise from artists, tastemakers, and press alike.

No Love Lost (Deluxe) Track Listing

  1. No Love Lost
  2. Overrated
  3. Wrong or Right
  4. Gang Slide
  5. Be Alone
  6. Just Say’n
  7. Searching
  8. Hurt
  9. Pressure
  10.  Forever Humble
  11.  Got It All (feat. Dom Kennedy)
  12.  Chosen (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga)
  13.  Wrong or Right (feat. Bino Rideaux)
  14.  Change Up

Blxst began his solo music career in 2015 after writing, producing, and honing his sound. He’s been unstoppable ever since, releasing his first single “Who Would’ve Thought” in 2016, and his breakout hit “Hurt” in 2019, which surpassed four million streams at the time of release.

As an artist and producer, respect for Blxst’s musical ability continues to grow. From self-editing his music videos and artwork to mixing and mastering his sound, these tools are what positions Blxst as an artist on the rise.

Blxst has recently shared his talent on Mozzy’s singles “I Ain’t Perfect”and “Streets Ain’t Safe,”as well as Bino Rideaux’s “Brand New.”The successful West Coast native has already gained notoriety from working with and producing for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, YG, Eric Bellinger, DJ Mustard, G Perico, Kalan. FrFr, and more.

Releasing No Love Lost earlier this year, the project is an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown of Los Angeles, paired with a cinematic series of music videos that brought the project’s overarching narrative to life.

Make sure to keep up with Blxst on Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. Stream the album here.

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TheHxliday- “Thank U”

Up-and-coming rapper, singer and songwriter, TheHxliday, has shared his latest single, a painfully honest and powerful track called “Thank U.” Showcasing his moody hybrid of dark pop, hip-hop, and alt-R&B, “Thank U” is the Baltimore native’s first new music since signing to Motown Records earlier this year and is the lead single off his forthcoming BatBoy EP coming in 2021. You can download and stream “Thank U” HERE.

“Kids these days feel the urge to take drugs to help cope with their emotions,”  said TheHxliday. “With ‘Thank U’ it’s a message saying ‘You can take drugs. You can take anything you want but it’s only going to make things worse.’ You don’t need that to heal they’re better things to do.”

Propelled by potent trap beats and dreamy guitar tones, “Thank U” is a vulnerable yet urgent meditation on turning to drugs as a coping mechanism for problems like depression. With his vocals shifting from soulful to raw, TheHxliday created the song in order to shed light on the mental health issues at the root of drug abuse for so many of his peers.

At just 18-years-old, TheHxliday has already made waves with hits like “Save Me,” an independently released track whose Cole Bennett-directed video has amassed over 5 million views to date. Soon after signing to Motown Records, he re-released his breakout EP Broken Halls with the addition of new tracks  “Late Night Feelings” and “Make A Move.” Check out Broken Halls here.

TheHxliday is at the forefront of a new wave of rock stars inspired by rappers, pop idols, and rock bands of the past. With his work already championed by major outlets like Complex and Lyrical Lemonade, he’s also featured on  Familiar and Let You Down from Internet Money’s 2020 debut album B4 the Storm.

An ace at only 18-years-old, TheHxliday mixes his melodic flow and thumping trap beats to forge his sad boy sound. The rapper, singer and songwriter is a Baltimore native who creates hits straight out of his bedroom, expressing his singular and centric ideas to separate himself from the norm.

Inspired by the likes of Trippie Redd, XXXTentacion, Justin Bieber, Linkin Park, and My Chemical Romance, TheHxliday is paving his own path with the dynamic palette of dark pop, R&B, and hip-hop showcased on his EP Broken Halls. His biggest hit to date “Save Me”  is a banger, and just one of over 1,000 songs created so far. According to TheHxliday,  Save Me is a  firecracker compared to the bombs forthcoming.

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pineappleCITI- “Dance”

Rising hip-hop artist pineappleCITI returns with visuals to her single “Dance,” out today. Flipping the script on Dancing with The Stars, CITI’s latest video offers a clever play on the popular dance competition, adding a unique and comedic hip-hop flair. Featuring slick lyricism alongside an upbeat tempo, “Dance” blends melodic rhythms with Latin-influenced guitar and percussions, making an irresistible track that lives up to its name. 

One of TIDAL’s Rising Hip-Hop cover artists this year and featured on NBA2K20, NBA2K21, and Netflix’s Sneakerheads, pineappleCITI is equal parts rapper, singer, and acclaimed songwriter. Named one of Okayplayer’s 25 Underrated Female Rappers, she has penned works for Twista and Kelly Rowland. In the same year, she celebrated the release of her viral hit “Rose Colored” and suffered a near-fatal car crash, causing her to learn how to walk again over the course of two years. 

With a focus on songs that feature motivational lyricism and powerful messages, she has released a number of recent singles, including “Recognize,” “Believe,” and “Lift Me Up,” the latter of which was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of police brutality.

For pineappleCITI, rhymes and raps spring right from the heart as she approaches each song, project, album, and show with equal reverence for nineties East Coast storytelling and old-school Motown catharsis. Endorsed early on by The FADER, PAPER, Complex, and Billboard and streamed over 2 million times as of 2019, the New Jersey-born MC provides a simultaneously unique and universal perspective to her music.

To keep up with pineappleCITI visit her Website or follow her on Instagram,  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Rod Wave – “Pray 4 Love”

ROD WAVE’S PRAY 4 LOVE IS THE #1 RAP ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY

Most Streamed Album Of The Week Debuts At #2 On Billboard Top 200 

The captivating debut album, Pray 4 Love, by rapper-singer Rod Wave (Alamo/Geffen Records) has lived up to its anticipation, securing the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart and debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Pray 4 Love also snagged the title for most streamed album of the week, with 105.8 million on-demand streams. On the week following its debut, Rod Wave, who was described by the New York Times as an “anomaly among his peers,” received the #2 spot on YouTube US’ Top 10 Artists list this week. The 14-track album is home to its title single, “Pray 4 Love” as well as, “Thief in the Night,” whose Cole Bennett-directed video has now exceeded 13 MM views on YouTube. Rod Wave served up the video for yet another song, “The Greatest” days prior to the album’s release. Pray 4 Love includes production by TnTXD, SpeakerBangerz and Drum Dummie.

The success is an amazing feat by the 21-year-old, St. Petersburg, FL native who released his first project, Ghetto Gospel in November 2019. The effort set an impressive benchmark for the young artist, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. The project spawned the platinum single, “Heart On Ice” and paved the way for the sold out Ghetto Gospel Tour which is postponed due to the current global pandemic. Most recently, Rod Wave was announced as one of YouTube Music’s Artists on the Rise. As part of the campaign, Rod Wave will collaborate with YouTube Music on a unique content series which will live on his official channel; giving fans an opportunity to engage with him on a more intimate level.

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$uicideboy$ New Single

$uicideboy$ are back with their second single of 2018 Either Hated Or Ignored, and haters, they ain’t trying to be your fuckin’ friend. Against a hauntingly melodic electronic backdrop, the New Orleans-based rap duo delivers a raw message to its detractors. Released today by G59 Records/Caroline, Either Hated Or Ignored; is available for download/streaming HERE.

Ruby da Cherry of $uicideboy$ explains, “Either Hated Or Ignored is our favorite track from a batch of songs we recorded in late 2017 when we were starting to work on the new album. While our success has brought us respect from our fans and a lot of material rewards, that doesn’t automatically translate into happiness. We’re still looking to gain respect in the industry, but we also realize our happiness isn’t going to come out of what other people think of us. It’s something we can only find by digging deeper inside ourselves.”

The duo’s new album will be out this summer. Featured artists include Lil Wayne. $uicideboy$ have racked up more than one billion streams worldwide across their entire catalog and have more than 3.5 million followers across social media.

The duo founded by $crim and his cousin, Ruby da Cherry, in 2014 is from Louisiana’s Seventh Ward, a violent, neglected, crime-ridden section of New Orleans. Their name is a reference to a pact the cousins made: if they didn’t make it by age 30, they would end their lives. Hailed by XXL Magazine as “one of the fastest growing acts in hip-hop right now”; $uicideboy$ have played Lollapalooza and completed sold-out tours of the U.S., Europe and Asia.

$uicideboy$ make the kind of music parents just don’t get a point that the Beastie Boy Mike D recently brought home when he told Vulture, “It was weird to me that I wasn’t hearing things that my kids related to that I couldn’t embrace. When they did hit on something,I was like, Finally! When they started listening to $uicideboy$ I was like that is it. That checks the boxes. It is really loud, I can’t really relate, I don’t really want to listen to it. I understand exactly why it’s good and I see exactly the music it is combining, but I don’t need to participate and I’m good with that.”

The single FUCKALLOFYOU2K18, released in February, has more than two million streams worldwide. Video views on For The Last Time surpassed four million in less than a month. The song is part of the; Kill Yourself Part XX: The Infinity Saga, a five-EP collection released on September 11, 2017. Combined views of $uicideboy$ videos average 30 million a month.

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