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Music Notes by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Trippie Redd × Playboi Carti—”Miss The Rage”

Today, platinum selling recording artists Trippie Redd and Playboi Carti release their highly anticipated new single “Miss The Rage,” out now via 10K Projects/ Virgin Music. The new single follows the release of Trippie’s first-ever rock album NEON SHARK, produced by close friend and collaborator Travis Barker. NEON SHARK features appearances by Machine Gun Kelly, Chino Moreno (Deftones), Blackbear, and more, and acts as the deluxe edition of Trippie’s October 2020 album, Pegasus, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Listen HERE.

About Trippie Redd

One of the most versatile and creatively daring artists in hip-hop today, Trippie Redd makes music that’s both wildly experimental and massively appealing. Since delivering his debut mixtape A Love Letter to You in 2017, the multi-platinum-selling, chart-topping rapper/singer/songwriter has continually defied genre boundaries, embedding his melodic take on rap with frenetic elements of rock-and-roll and heavy metal. And with his penetrating lyrics and nuanced but hard-hitting vocal performance, the 21-year-old Ohio native matches that endless ingenuity with a powerfully raw emotional impact.

A self-professed workaholic who’s now debuted five consecutive projects in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 chart—Trippie got his start as a teenager “living in a basement with roaches recording music,” as he tells it. Born Michael Lamar White IV and raised in Canton, Ohio, he grew up on hip-hop icons like Tupac Shakur, Nas, and Jay-Z, but later became fascinated with the shock-rock of Slipknot and Rob Zombie. As he recalls, the urge to create his own music arose soon after his older brother (an aspiring rapper who went by the name Dirty Redd) died in a car accident when Trippie was 10. (“I took his dream and did it myself,” Trippie says now.) Drawing much of his inspiration from the free-flowing style and inventive lyricism of Lil Wayne, Trippie began recording in his cousin’s basement and later relocated to Atlanta to further hone his skills, quickly landing a record deal with 10K Projects.

Though 2020 brought its fair share of adjustments for the rapper with the arrival of COVID-19, Trippie used his time in quarantine to make some of his boldest career moves yet. He made his Hollywood acting debut in a cameo during an episode of Lil Dicky’s critically acclaimed DAVE. He also dropped his highly anticipated album, Pegasus, on Halloween. The mythical LP, which debuted at #2, included the intoxicating “Excitement” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and showed Trippie bridging the generational gap with the legendary Busta Rhymes on “I Got You.” The deluxe version of Pegasus comes in the form of NEON SHARK, a collaboration album with production from Travis Barker, due February 19, 2021.

About Playboi Carti

In just a few short years, rapper Playboi Carti has amassed millions of streams worldwide, with a global appeal that has steadily placed him within the upper echelon of new stars. The Atlanta native first started his career in high school under the name Sir Cartier. Raised on a cross-section of soulful Pop greats like Prince and Michael Jackson mixed with Trap stars like Jeezy and Gucci Mane, Carti found his own voice, securing local buzz with tracks like “YUNGXANHOE” and “Lost.” He graduated high school and was bound for the Bronx, where connecting with the A$AP Mob became fortuitous as he later forged a bond with leader A$AP Rocky and became a de-facto Mob affiliate. A series of viral hits followed—from “Broke Boi” to “Fetti”—as Carti later inked a deal with Interscope Records and dropped his eponymous mixtape in 2017.

The project featured the single “Magnolia,” as its meteoric rise garnered over 600 million cumulative streams with cosigns from Beyoncé and features on series like Atlanta. The following year, Carti dropped his debut album Die Lit, debuting at Number 3 on the Billboard 200, boasting collaborations like Lil Uzi Vert on “Shoota,” “Poke It Out” with Nicki Minaj, “Love Hurts” with Travis Scott and many more. In April of 2020, he returned with “@ MEH,” cracking the 80 million mark already in streams. In December 2020, Playboi Carti released his highly anticipated album Whole Lotta Red. The album marked his first #1 album on Billboard’s 200 chart and received 160 Million global streams within its first week. In addition, Whole Lotta Red trended #1 upon its release on Twitter, and tracks from the album held 3 out of the top ten trending spots at YouTube including #1 upon release.  With a constant string of hits, Playboi Carti doesn’t miss.

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Rising Singaporean Artist Yung Raja

RISING SINGAPOREAN ARTIST YUNG RAJA RELEASES NEW FREESTYLE MIXING ENGLISH AND TAMIL — LISTEN NOW

NEW SONG “MAMI” IS YASSER’S TRACK OF THE WEEK ON BBC ASIAN NETWORK — LISTEN HERE

INCLUDED ON ‘NME 100’ LIST — FIRST SINGAPOREAN ARTIST TO APPEAR ON THE LIST

LYRICS + TRANSLATIONS HERE

Praise for Yung Raja:

“Singaporean hip-hop star sparks joy with dizzying Tamil and English raps” — NME

“Yung Raja has flown onto the hip-hop scene over the past year, commanding a riotous audience across South East Asia” — HYPEBEAST

“Within a year, [Yung Raja] has grown to become one of South East Asia’s popular hip-hop artists” — Rolling Stone

Yung Raja has been dubbed as Southeast Asia’s next avant-garde bilingual hip hop artist known for his tasteful unification of English and Tamil lyricism. Over the weekend Yung Raja released another installment of a freestyle that showcases just this. Raja is a master wordsmith and elegantly switches between the languages backed against a trap beat that begs hitting the replay button. The dizzying freestyle comes off the back of his recently released single “Mami” which is also the Track of The Week by Yasser for BBC Asian Network. The video for the song has already surpassed over 100,000 views on YouTube and rising. Check out the song and technicolor video, here.

Alongside the freestyle, Yung Raja also uploaded an informational video “Shtambi Shterminology” where breaks down his everyday slang and Tamil phrases— one of the world’s oldest surviving languages

About Yung Raja:

Named one of NME’s 100 artist of 2021, breakthrough rapper Yung Raja has been dubbed as Southeast Asia’s next avant-garde bilingual hip hop artist. Known for his tasteful unification of English and Tamil culture in his lyrics. He found viral success in Asia after releasing a string of singles including “Poori Gang,” “Mustafa” and “Mad Blessings”  — the latter of which received cosigns by the likes of Lupe Fiasco and M.I.A.. Raja went on to amass over 11 million plays, a record deal with Def Jam SEA and a whirlwind run that saw him play shows across the continent and a stint in India recording for the famous Kollywood industry. His blend of references combined with natural lyrical ability garnered him critical praise with the likes of NME, Hypebeast, ELLE (Singapore), VICE/Noisey, Rolling Stone (India). While his fashion sensibilities and unwavering experimentation with style has landed him the covers of Esquire and ELLE Singapore as well as brand partnerships with BVLGARI, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Adidas. Born and raised in Singapore, Yung Raja aims to reinvent societal views in and out of his homeland, inspire the next generation of cultural conservators, and elevate Southeast Asian hip hop to world class stages through his music. Last year, Yung Raja signed to Alamo Records in hopes to continue confronting the industry with his addictive bilingual delivery and amalgamation of cultural references.

Discover more Yung Raja via:

INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE

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Rémy Martin × Usher

Rémy Martin and Usher team up to celebrate two cultures of excellence:

Music and Cognac

“Team Up For Excellence ‐ The Film” Imagined in collaboration with FRED & FARID New York Brings to Life the History of Harmony Between these Cultural Entities Through a Musical Journey

Rémy Martin announces a collaborative new campaign with multi‐Grammy award winning musical artist, Usher to celebrate the harmonious blending of two cultures of timeless excellence: Music and Cognac. “Team Up For Excellence – The Film” highlights the cultural connection between Cognac and American music since 1917 in France, and how the two have been synonymous ever since.

In the Film imagined in collaboration with FRED &FARID New York, Usher narrates a story spanning the decades from the 1920’s to present day, which pays tribute to the multi‐cultural connections, celebrated styles and rhythms of the past. From Blues to Hip‐Hop, Swing Dancing to Break‐Dancing; Usher and Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal travel through decades in France and the US, to honor these cultural figures; both rooted in a shared philosophy of aiming for the stars.

“Music doesn’t need Cognac to exist, and Cognac doesn’t need Music to exist,” states Usher, “but what is beautiful is that they were meant to meet and when they did, they created cultural harmony.”

Teaming up with Usher and Rémy Martin, are globally recognized creatives including Raphael Saadiq, world‐renowned musical composer; Marci Rodgers, Academy‐Award winning costume stylist; Aakomon Jones, award winning dance choreographer; and director of the production; Jake Nava.

“I was really inspired by creating the historical music scenes in a way that felt true to the spirit of that moment, but also relevant and eye‐catching to a young contemporary audience,” states Jake Nava, “This dual priority informed my direction of all the music, dance and Usher’s performance.”

The heart and soul of cultural movements throughout history paved the way for future artists to innovate, while paying homage to their roots and the musical styles that came before them. The same respect for heritage is honored by Rémy Martin and Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau, who has inherited the savoir‐faire of the House from previous generations of cellar masters. Through this transmission of knowledge, Rémy Martin®1738 Accord Royal continues to encompass the spirit of celebrating depth of character and the excitement of indulging in moments of collective success.

“Rémy Martin has been at the center of celebration for centuries, and the celebratory nature of Music is synonymous with our history of honoring communities and culture,” said Amaury Vinclet, Global Executive Director of Rémy Martin “Acknowledging this collective success has been at the heart of Rémy Martin since 1724.”

Historically, Rémy Martin and Usher teamed up during his 2010 “OMG” world tour, where the Cognac brand was the official sponsor of after parties across the United States, Canada and Europe. Additionally, Usher co‐hosted the launch dinner for Producer Series with Jermaine Dupri in 2018.

“Team Up For Excellence – The Film is a monumental artistic achievement stemming from our collaboration and long‐standing relationship with our trusted creative global agency, FRED & FARID,” said Philippe Farnier, Chief Executive Officer for The House of Rémy Martin. “We celebrate this performance between our brand, creative agency and artist Usher. At Rémy Martin, we team up with those sharing our same quest for excellence, rooted in our values of people, terroir and time.”

For almost 300 years, the story of Rémy Martin has been one of family, partners and collective success. Teamwork has always been at the heart of the brand, passing the spirit of collaboration on to younger generations. The desire to team up with others in a quest for excellence has been a part of the Rémy Martin ethos since 1724, with the constant dedication to creating premium Cognac. To continually go further and aspire to achieve more is a reflection of the Centaur, Rémy Martin’s brand figurehead for 150 years. Following the launch in the United States, the short film will be screened and showcased globally.

CREDITS:

Brand: Rémy Martin

Title of ad: Team Up For Excellence ‐ The Film

Agency: FRED & FARID New York

Music: Raphael Saadiq

Costume stylist: Marci Rodgers

Dance choreographer: Aakomon Jones

Director: Jake Nava

ABOUT RÉMY MARTIN

Since 1724, Rémy Martin has produced premium spirits that consistently appeal to the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. A profound love of the land, a continuity of family ownership and   a passionate commitment to excellence has sustained Rémy Martin for nearly three centuries. As a result of its masterful production and generations of tradition in Cognac, Rémy Martin today produces Fine Champagne Cognacs, including Rémy Martin® XO, Rémy Martin® Tercet, Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal and Rémy Martin® V.S.O.P For additional information, visit the website.

ABOUT USHER

Challenging himself creatively, testing musical boundaries and being on the creative forefront of new and developing trends are characteristics that have defined Usher throughout his 20-year career. Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best‐selling artists in American music history, having sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including 8 Grammy Awards and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits and 18 Hot 100 top‐10 singles. His career in TV and Film includes 2 seasons as a coach on NBC’s The Voice as well as starring roles in films such as “Hands of Stone” and “Burden”. 2021 continues to be a busy year for Usher with an upcoming new album release and the launch of his much-anticipated Las Vegas residency at Caeser’s Palace. In the past year Usher’s two singles “Don’t Waste My Time” and “Bad Habit” both hit #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts. He also released “I Cry”, a powerful and emotional song about the social and racial injustices of our time. Usher is currently in the studio recording his 9th studio album which will be released late 2021.

ABOUT FRED & FARID New York

FRED & FARID is a purpose-driven company producing meaningful ideas, grounding brands into culture. Based in New York, Paris, FRED & FARID New York’s culture is a peculiar mix of the French sense of craft and taste, the Chinese sense of tactic and digital, and the American sense of vision and strategy. The agency focuses on creative consulting, brand strategy, branding, content & social activation, and has produced 1800+ creative campaigns for 250+ brands in 33+ industries, winning 950+ awards and 25+ industry titles – including the AdAge Small Agency 2020 Gold Newcomer of the Year, and Best Integrated Campaign of the Year.

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Moneybagg Yo New Music

MONEYBAGG YO UNVEILS THE TRACKLIST FOR FORTHCOMING ALBUM A GANGSTA’S PAIN

Album Available This Friday, April 23, Featuring
Certified Gold Hit Single “Time Today”

Buzzing Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo reveals the track list of his upcoming fourth studio album, A Gangsta’s Pain today. The 22-track collection will include features from Kaash Paige, BIG 30, Future, TripStar, Polo G, Lil Durk, Jhené Aiko, and Pharrell. Pre-order and pre-save A Gangsta’s Pain – one of the most anticipated hip-hop projects of 2021 to date – HERE. Available on all digital retailers this Friday, April 23rd via CMG/N-less Entertainment/Interscope Records.

This announcement follows Moneybagg’s recent string of singles “GO! (with BIG30),” “Hard for the Next” featuring Grammy award-winning artist Future and “Time Today” which recently achieved Gold status by the RIAA, reached #1 on radio and is currently charting on Billboard’s Hot 100. In addition to plugs from Pitchfork, Complex, Hypebeast, Consequence of Sound, and more, Brooklyn Vegan noted, “Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo continues to rise and remains prolific. The music video has amassed over 28 million YouTube views and counting since its release in late-March.

Additionally, Moneybagg Yo to host ‘First Listen’ Live Stream Listening Party where he will play brand new tracks and chat with Apple Music super fans ahead of the release of massively anticipated album A Gangsta’s Pain. Live-stream event, hosted by Apple Music’s Ebro Darden, begins Thursday, April 22 at 8:45 pm PT / 11:45 pm ET on Apple Music.

PRE-ORDER MONEYBAGG YO’S, A GANGSTA’S PAIN HERE

A GANGSTA’S PAIN TRACKLIST:

1. Memphganistan (Ft. Kaash Paige)

2. Just Say Det

3. GO! (With BIG30)

4. Wockesha 

5. Shottas (Lala)

6. Hard For The Next (With Future) 

7. If Pain Was A Person

8. I Believe U (Ft. TripStar)

9. Time Today 

10. Interlude

11. Free Promo (Ft. Polo G & Lil Durk)

12. Hate It Here

13. Love It Here

14. Clear Da Air

15. Projects

16. One Of Dem Nights (Ft. Jhené Aiko)

17. FR

18. Certified Neptunes (Ft. Pharrell)

19. Change Da Subject

20. Least Ian Lie

21. Bipolar Virgo

22. A Gangsta’s Pain

KEEP UP WITH MONEYBAGG YO:
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LaJune Performs LIVE!

*360 MAGAZINE Presents @IamLaJune ‘Mind’ LIVE Performance via 360TV on YouTube

Hip-Hop songstress LaJune resurrects with new music YA, off her new project Insecure. Available now at iamlajune.com and all streaming platforms. The follow up to Go girl off her debut EP entitled Body. June’s new track is reminiscent of iconic Timbaland and Neptunes tracks. Ears aroused from the beginning, base transitions crescendo in the background of the melodic hook. A true “Party & Bullshit” vibe, witty and wise with her pen combined with textured tones proves she’s far from insecure.

The title of her 2nd EP takes a glimpse at the structure, mind and soul this new artist is comfortable with exploring. Taking her artistry to the next degree, the first female established into 106 & Park Freestyle Friday hall of fame. No stranger to the stage, showcasing her talents opening for R&B legend Joe, Touch ME Tease ME Case and Grammy-winning singer Chrisette Michele.

Set to release her third EP Mind at the top of the New Year. The follow-up to her Insure EP released summer of 2020. A trilogy of transparency reflecting the mind, body and soul expected of a budding artist. Timing is everything, and at 12:21 am Lajune will release her 2nd video to date entitled “What you got”. 

To commemorate the conjunction of the two largest planets Jupiter X Saturn; in Aquarius on 12/21 which seemingly occurs every 200 years. A representation of the planets appearing to touch. Instigating a new cycle, a shift in power and alignment. A befitting release is relevant to an artist who is aware of herself and her destiny. The visual treatment takes you on a  journey of consciousness and self-reflection. If 2020 ironically hasn’t questioned us what you got? 

Cinematography by Tukes productions and directed by Ameer Copper the visual journey depicts the conflict of the higher and lower self. The duality portrayed with care but not to shy away from the harsh realities. Far from second-guessing, Lajune exudes confidence and strength. The opening scene draws you into Lajune’s environment, digesting the recent televised injustices of African Americans. Sporting custom designs of AOHSOA derived from stylist/designer Armon and beauty provided by Tykima

Her performance scene allows a glimpse of the artist’s personality, overflowing with animation. “Life is for the lesson” is an understatement considering the year, LaJune challenges her audience to be equipped with awareness; encouraging mental health and celebratory culture. Therefore the leap to a higher vibration through her thought-provoking in-your-face lyrical content proves this arises toes no lines. 

Challenging social norms without judgment, the Vh100 podcast host exhibits her acting chops in the interrogation scene with actor Jim Shearer. Be sure to check out the BTS of “What you got “ by Amenze Victor for a closer look at the highly anticipated project and artist who needs no explanation.

About LaJune

Currently, she is the Co-host to VH1’s podcast V100 devoted to discussing Pop culture and more. Stick shifting her career, LaJune navigates the release of a new project and motherhood. A year in the making, time only knows the length it takes a Rose to bloom.

As of late, LaJune teamed up with Armon Hayes for creative direction and visuals shot by artist Tony Anderson. Inspired by her love for the hit HBO series Insecure now in its 4th season staring and created by Issa Rae. Join LaJune on her musical journey, an independent artist who’s talent refuses to be shut-in.

LaJune,   360 magazine
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Trippie Redd × Neon Shark Live

Trippie Redd Announces NEON SHARK LIVE, A Virtual Concert Experience with an Exclusive Merch Line

Multi-platinum selling hitmaker Trippie Redd announces NEON SHARK LIVE – a virtual concert experience scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd at 6PM PT / 9PM ET. The concert will see Trippie perform songs from his latest album, NEON SHARK vs. Pegasus [Presented by Travis Barker] as well as hits ranging across his entire discography.

The concert will take place at Trippie Red Live, and will provide concert-goers with exclusive access to 8 brand new merch pieces. Access to this merch will become available to ticket holders once logged in to the website starting Friday April 16th at 10 AM PST / 1 PM ET. This event is powered by Maestro, the interactive streaming platform.

“I’m so excited to partner with Maestro for my first ever live performance of my favorite songs from NEON SHARK,” says Trippie Redd. “I can’t wait for my fans to check out the crazy stuff we’ve got in store for them.”

Trippie’s latest album, NEON SHARK vs. Pegasus, combines his love for hip-hop and rock, and includes features from Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker, Deftones’ Chino Moreno, blackbear and more. Globally recognized for his striking visuals and creative energy, Trippie’s fans can expect a wild ride through the digital world of NEON SHARK where he will perform an eclectic, career-spanning set, from his greatest hits to tracks off the just-released album. The virtual concert will feature cutting-edge audio, visuals and special effects to create immersive experiences and surprise moments for fans around the world.

Early ticket buyers will have exclusive access to Trippie Redd merchandise including a limited-edition hoodie ticket bundle. Additional exclusive merchandise will become available within the experience in the weeks leading up to the show.

FOLLOW TRIPPIE REDD:
INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE / TWITTER / FACEBOOK

About Trippie Redd:

Since delivering his debut mixtape A Love Letter to You in 2017, multi-platinum-selling, chart-topping rapper/singer/songwriter Trippie Redd has continually defied genre boundaries, embedding his melodic take on rap with frenetic elements of rock-and-roll and heavy metal. A self-professed workaholic, Trippie has now debuted five consecutive projects in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 chart.

Born Michael Lamar White IV and raised in Canton, Ohio, he grew up on hip-hop icons like Tupac Shakur, Nas, and Jay-Z, but later became fascinated with the shock-rock of Slipknot and Rob Zombie. As he recalls, the urge to create his own music arose soon after his older brother (an aspiring rapper who went by the name Dirty Redd) died in a car accident when Trippie was 10. “I took his dream and did it myself,” Trippie says now. Drawing much of his inspiration from the free-flowing style and inventive lyricism of Lil Wayne, Trippie began recording in his cousin’s basement and later relocated to Atlanta to further hone his skills, quickly landing a record deal with 10K Projects.

Though 2020 brought its fair share of adjustments for the rapper with the arrival of COVID-19, Trippie used his time in quarantine to make some of his boldest career moves yet. He made his Hollywood acting debut in a cameo during an episode of Lil Dicky’s critically acclaimed DAVE. He also dropped his highly anticipated album, Pegasus, on Halloween. The mythical LP, which debuted at #2, included the intoxicating “Excitement” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and showed Trippie bridging the generational gap with the legendary Busta Rhymes on “I Got You.” The deluxe version of Pegasus comes in the form of NEON SHARK, a collaboration album with production from Travis Barker.

About Maestro

Maestro is a live streaming platform that has hosted critically acclaimed concerts by Billie Eilish, Tim McGraw, Katy Perry, Erykah Badu, Melissa Etheridge, and others. Founded in 2015, the start-up recently expanded streaming offerings for musicians and brands and has quickly positioned itself as a leader in the field.

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TT the Artist × Netflix

TT THE ARTIST’S GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY

“DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT “

LANDS AT NETFLIX

Tedra Wilson A.K.A. TT The Artist Directorial Debut Produced by ColorCreative

Netflix has licensed multi-hyphenate director, Tedra Wilson a.k.a. TT The Artist’s, critically acclaimed debut documentary musical, DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT.  Winner of the Bushwick Film Festival for Best Feature Documentary 2020, the doc takes you on a journey about the rising Baltimore club music and dance culture.

The film is an audiovisual experience that defines the soundscape of Baltimore city. Inspired by an all-original Baltimore club music soundtrack, the film spotlights local club artists, DJs, dancers, producers, and Baltimore’s budding creative community as they are realizing their life dreams. Rhythmic and raw, these stories illustrate the unique characteristics of the city’s landscape and social climate to its creative LGBTQ community and showcases Baltimore club music as a positive subculture in a city overshadowed by trauma, drugs, and violence. 

The film is a noted love letter to Baltimore that uplifts the narrative of the city and is produced by Issa Rae and Deniese Davis through their management production company ColorCreative. In addition to the Netflix premiere, TT will also be dropping its soundtrack through Issa Rae’s Raedio

The soundtrack, titled, Dark City Beneath The Beat Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a fusion of Baltimore club music intermixed with poetry, hip hop, house, and soul. Executive produced by TT The Artist and Baltimore club music hero Mighty Mark, the eighteen track project features local artists on the rise from the “Charm City.”  The soundtrack is available on all digital streaming music platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal among others. The documentary feature will premiere on Netflix April 15, 2021.  

About TT The Artist:

TT The Artist is a multi-hyphenate filmmaker whose work is an intersection of music, art, fashion, and film. Her bold and colorful visual storytelling is influenced by her love for black cinema and narratives that expand the representation of women of color and LGBTQ stories on screen. TT The Artist has worked with influential DJs and producers in the music industry such as Grammy award winning producer Diplo. TT The Artist’s musical success in the television and the film sync world has secured her placements on The Chi, Twenties, Netflix’s Nappily Ever After, HBO’s hit series Insecure, and more. Stepping out of the recording studio and into the director’s chair, TT The Artist was selected as a shadow director for Insecure’ s highly anticipated season 4. TT has directed many of her own videos such as CENTER OF ATTENTIONPAYROLLBLACK HERSTORY, and WOAH. TT The Artist is also a participant in Powderkeg’s 2020 FUSE Program, founded by Paul Feig. Most recently, TT shot WHEW CHILE for Dai Burger, which debuted on Paper Magazine.

TT The Artist is represented by ColorCreative management and the law firm of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.

Tedra Wilson a.k.a. TT The Artist
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DMX

Official Statements from DMX’s Family & White Plains Hospital

“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.” – Earl “DMX” Simmons’ Family

“White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”   

When it comes to DMX, a man blessed with a vicious bark of a voice, there is no such thing as half-stepping. Born Earl Simmons in 1970, the Yonkers-raised MC arrived as the physical embodiment of unbridled energy—a one-man distillation of fellow rugged New York acts like Wu-Tang Clan. With the release of his 1998 debut, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, DMX wrapped himself in musical aggression that enhanced his imposing presence across songs like the minimal, clanging “Get at Me Dog” and rowdy breakout “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.” But X scaled back the pugnacity on that same album’s introspective “How’s It Goin’ Down,” which featured angelic vocals from R&B’s Faith Evans and painted a vivid picture of a complex relationship headed down the wrong path. DMX would revisit that sensitivity on “Slippin’,” a heart-rending track from 1998’s Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood that found him expressing a desire to live a less tumultuous life. As at odds as the rapper’s two sides may seem to be, he’s always thrived most while letting his emotions fly unrestrained. In 2000, he released …And Then There Was X, where even the anthemic “Party Up” served as a prime example of DMX’s uniquely intense take on hardcore hip-hop. But whether ferocious, amped up, or introspective, the MC has remained grounded by his faith, which, especially in the later years of his career, he approaches with nothing short of absolute devotion.

Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX took over as the undisputed reigning king of hardcore rap. He was that rare commodity: a commercial powerhouse with artistic and street credibility to spare. His rapid ascent to stardom was actually almost a decade in the making, which gave him a chance to develop the theatrical image that made him one of rap’s most distinctive personalities during his heyday. Everything about DMX was unremittingly intense, from his muscular, tattooed physique to his gruff, barking delivery, which made a perfect match for his trademark lyrical obsession with dogs. Plus, there was substance behind the style; much of his work was tied together by a fascination with the split between the sacred and the profane. He could move from spiritual anguish one minute to a narrative about the sins of the streets the next yet keep it all part of the same complex character, sort of like a hip-hop Johnny Cash. The results were compelling enough to make DMX the first artist ever to have his first four albums enter the charts at number one.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Mannion

Photo credit: Jonathan Mannion

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Red Bull Batalla

WORLD’S LARGEST SPANISH FREESTYLE RAP BATTLE, RED BULL BATALLA OPENS APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2021 U.S. NATIONAL FINALS

Top MCs who have what it takes will advance to next round and compete in the global rap competition’s 15-anniversary season

The new season of Red Bull Batalla kicks off as the largest Spanish freestyle rap battle in the world announces the application phase is now live for the U.S. National Finals. Seeking to uncover the country’s best Spanish freestyle talent around, any MC interested in applying can upload their freestyle submission video via the official Bull Batalla app. This will give them the chance to compete in a virtual qualifier as part of the 15-anniversary of the biggest international freestyle competition in the world.

Following the application phase, from now until April 30th, the top MCs will be chosen to advance to the next round. Those selected will have the opportunity to showcase their lyrical talents and compete in one of the many virtual, regional qualifier battles broadcasts on Twitch this summer. Top contenders from the virtual qualifier will then travel to U.S. National Finals in September. Later this year, all eyes will be on the top MCs as they battle it out in the International Final where one winner will be crowned.

Red Bull Batalla is a global freestyle rap competition that, since 2005, has provided a platform for the best hip-hop improvisors in the Spanish world to connect, develop and compete. The Red Bull founded project has risen to become the world’s biggest international freestyle battle competition, uniting Spanish speakers across the globe. The roots of this improvised rap scene are as deeply connected to hip-hop as they are to the improvisation styles of traditional folk troubadours. With the competition, Red Bull Batalla gives an opportunity for young MCs to train, perform and improve their improvisation and lyrical skills.

The 2020 Red Bull Batalla competition was won by Mexico’s Rapder who delivered the ultimate mic drop to win the most-watched live music event of the year. For the U.S., the region’s National Final winner Yartzifrom Puerto Rico, advanced to the Quarterfinals but was eliminated by Rapder. To relive 2020 highlights head to the Red Bull Batalla website Red Bull TV Batalla.

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Rob Kenner × Nipsey Hussle

Rob Kenner is one of the most prolific and influential voices in hip hop publishing and a founding editor of Vibe magazine. 

After meeting Nipsey Hussle in the offices of Vibe, Kenner spent the next ten years tracking the life and career of the hip hop mogul, artist, and activist. THE MARATHON DON’T STOP: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle by Rob Kenner (Atria Books; Hardcover; March 23, 2021; $27.00; ISBN: 9781982140298) ​is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down two years ago, on March 31, 2019 in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up.

Combining on-the-ground reporting and candid interviews with Hussle’s friends, family, and peers, THE MARATHON DON’T STOP traces the life and work of an extraordinary artist, placing him in historical context and unpacking his complex legacy.

Some details of Hussle’s life that Kenner can discuss in an interview include:

  • Ermias Asghedom, before he was Nipsey Hussle, was a brilliant, soft-spoken, and underestimated young man who loved hip hop with a passion and was determined to build his own successful music label and clothing business—as well as other businesses that would employ many members of his community.
  • His life in the Crenshaw District starting in 1985, placing Hussle in historical context within the evolution of Hip Hop, Los Angeles, and America.
  • Hussle’s genius as a teenager who built his own computers and went on to push the envelope of technology in growing his businesses as well as innovating new revenue models for independent musicians that have since been adopted by the mainstream music industry
  • Hussle’s life-changing trip to Africa to visit his father’s family in Eritrea, as well as his little-known first meeting with Afeni Shakur, long before he called himself the ‘Tupac of My Generation’ or even took the rap name Nipsey Hussle.
  • Hussle’s impact as an activist, and his efforts to re-align L.A. gang culture with the mission of organizations like the Black Panthers…AND MORE.

Rob Kenner is one of the most prolific and influential voices in hip-hop publishing. A founding editor of Vibe, Kenner joined the start-up team of Quincy Jones’ groundbreaking hip hop monthly in 1992. During a nineteen-year run at Vibe he edited and wrote cover and feature stories on iconic cultural figures ranging from Tupac Shakur to Barack Obama as well as writing the acclaimed column Boomshots. Kenner’s writing has appeared in ComplexGeniusMass AppealPigeons & PlanesEgo TripPoetry magazine, The New York Times, and Billboard. He’s also produced and directed documentary shorts on the likes of De La Soul, Nas, and Post Malone. As an editor at Vibe Books, Kenner worked on the New York Times bestseller Tupac Shakur and contributed to The Vibe History of Hip Hop. He went on to co-author VX: 10 Years of Vibe Photography and produced the book Unbelievable, a biography of The Notorious B.I.G. by Cheo Hodari Coker Jr., which was optioned for the motion picture Notorious.