On August 4, 2022, Kelow LaTesha has announced the forthcoming release of her eagerly-awaited new EP, TURBO due out in partnership with SoundCloud. Arriving on August 19, TURBO, in short for turbulence, takes listeners on a ride that provides a front-and-center look at Kelow‘s trials, triumphs and transformative experiences that have led her to stand tall as the woman she is today.
In addition to being named part of First on SoundCloud‘s 2022 artist class, earlier this year Kelow LaTesha launched a partnership with SoundCloud to bring her career to the next level. She shared the news with fans today on her social channels.
Since launching the partnership, Kelow is rapidly on the rise – she’s been featured in Vibe, HipHopDX, Earmilk, and XXL‘s “Best New Hip-Hop Songs,” and recently released tracks have earned placements on coveted playlists across major platforms, including Apple Music‘s “New in Hip-Hop,” Spotify’s “New Joints,” Tidal’s “Rising” and others.
Taking an all gas no breaks approach on the road to TURBO, Kelow‘s latest singles “He Ain’t Mine” featuring Asian Doll, “Titanic” featuring Goonew, and “Genius” all, in their own right, have quickly become stand-out releases for the DMV-bred artist. Released last month, “He Ain’t Mine” received co-signs as the ‘Best in Hip Hop’ for the week from outlets such as XXL, UPROXX, SOHH and more
Kelow continues her triumphant run as she paves the way to deliver what is set to be one of the most discussed projects of the year.
Forget about the stigmas, labels, ideologies and pre-determinations of today’s hip-hop artists, because when you meet Kelow LaTesha, none of the industry standards apply. Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the imaginative artist has had the desire to create since she was a child, where she often expressed herself through painting and music. Since then, Kelow has ascended to become a dynamic fixture on the rap scene with the uncanny ability to transport her fans both sonically and visually with a thoughtfully crafted aesthetic.
Kelow garnered acclaim and a range of fans thanks to her definitive album TSA which was released in 2019 followed closely by TSA Deluxe in 2020. Songs like “PowerPuff Girls,” “Hammer Time,” and “The Real Deal,” showed off her ability to transcend genres and consistently innovate.
Prior to the release of TSA, Kelow delivered singles and visuals as a creative director under the name BUTTA, opening up for acts like Metro Boomin. She also built buzz with the success of her EP Amethyst Stoner and its adrenaline-fuelled tune “Finna” that became a viral hit on SoundCloud. “Finna” was later transformed into a charismatic remix featuring Lil Uzi Vert.
Kelow is in the business of making music that moves you, makes you feel good and connects people. Her upcoming project Turbo is set for release in 2022. This is just the beginning.
There is a special energy created when a rapper and stellar producer have an undeniable synergy. Sydney/Eora based Young Franco and US based rapper Pellare becoming an international duo that perfectly tap into and reflect the power of collaboration, now releasing their 4th collaborative effort “Like That” alongside fellow Perth raised, Berlin producer Jafunk. Listen HERE.
Sonically, Young Franco and Jafunkcombine to create a track that reflects the golden era of club driven rap music, pioneered in Virginia by production greats including Pharrell, The Neptunesand Timbaland. Its bounce-ready percussion runs perfectly with quickly strummed guitars and a slapping bass line. On the top line front, Pellis in no rush to get his slick bars off, gliding over the beat with an elegance and class before riding it out with an infectious hook its final third.
Young Franco and Pellhave a track record of creating successful musical outings. Their first outing, Juice spent 9 weeks at the #1 position on Spotify’s flagship indie playlist Front Left, BBC Radio 1 Spins from Annie Mac and Molly King, as well as featuring as Zane Lowe‘s ‘Next Wave’ artist on Beats1. Then followed Fallin’ Apart alongside Denzel Curry, which featured as the soundtrack for an Apple Airpods campaign, which was viewed over 4 million times. It also sat at #1 on the US Shazam discovery Chart for 4 weeks and has seen over 5 million likes on TikTok and 700 million views.
Jafunkenters the equation with distinct swagger and energy. The Perth raised; Berlin based producer has become renowned in local circles for his funky & soulful take on traditional house music. His remix of Set Mo‘s Chasing Forever has achieved over 5 million streams, with his follow up songs receiving millions on plays being hosted on tastemaker channels including Majestic Casual, The Sound You Need and Selected.
Young Franco‘s past two years have been his biggest yet. He’s currently sitting on over 135 million streams across all singles to date, with over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. In that period of time he sound tracked the new-look Australian Football League, and has received global sync’s for brands including Apple, Starbucks, Topshop and Kia. Currently, he’s touring the United States and has locked in massive festival slots at Lollapalooza, Falls Festival, Spilt Milk & Lost Paradise.
Beyond showcasing CMG’s heavyweight talent, “Gangsta Art” also highlights the rising stars of the label, with new music from GloRilla on the song “Tomorrow” as well as R&B songstress Lehla Samia’s collaboration with EST Gee on “Hood Rich.” Additionally, Big Boogie shines on “Keke” and “Meant Dat” while 10Percent showcases his skills alongside Moneybagg Yo on “Major Pain.”
The new release also coincides with the long-awaited return of “Yo Gotti & Friends Birthday Bash 8” that will take place tonight, July 15th at FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN. Earlier this week, Gotti announced that Lil Uzi Vert would serve as one of the special guest performers at the show.
Fans can stream the show at 8 pm CT on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, where Gotti and a surprise array of counterparts and collaborators will perform at the 8th installment of his acclaimed celebration.
Hot on the heels of her recent debut EP Red In Revenge, 17 year old hyper-punk pop artist Sophie Powers has shared a music video for the track “See Me!!” Sophie remains as hands-on as ever, acting as the creative director and clothing designer for the new video. Fans can watch the music video for “See Me!!” now here.
“Filming this video was a super fun project for me! I designed an outfit and creative directed it with the intention of embodying a 90s MTV blink-182 or Avril lavinge style music video,” shares Sophie. “Of course, I wanted my own modern twist and I credit Cayenne for editing the video with me to look exactly like that. It’s very nostalgic but still modern and very chaotic! I literally got to smash a car and spray paint billboards for this. It was one of the most fun music videos I filmed.“
Spending the last year cultivating a unique blend of punk and hyper pop, 17-year-old star Sophie Powers recently released her highly anticipated debut EP Red in Revenge, available today via Set Records. Brimming with the spellbinding energy of her unique “hyper-punk” hybrid and unique artistic vision, the EP follows Sophie’s adolescent exploits; from ending relationships and friendships, to finding your confidence and dealing with the challenges growing up.
At just 17 years old, Sophie Powers is a bold voice beyond her years. She understands the unique pressures of modern girlhood and uses her experience to write unfiltered, devil-may-care anthems about the ups and downs of being yourself. One minute she’s confident and cool, with the sneering attitude of a punk rock front woman, and the next she’s vulnerable and raw, channeling the loneliness of contemporary life in a stirring ballad. Combining the crunchy sound of punk with today’s hip-hop and pop, Powers is the sound of the future.
With over 2.5 million streams since her debut “Loney Army” in 2021, Sophie has found her music on popular editorial playlists such as SALT, the cover of New Punk Tracks, Punks Not Dead, It’s a Bop, Rock Favorites, Punk Unleashed, and many others. Her recent collaboration with Kellin Quinn on “1 Thing” continued Sophie’s on-going conversation surrounding youth mental health, while her recent track “Life Goes On!!” reminds her peers the importance of moving on from heartbreak. Sophie has alos recently teamed up with fast-rising alternative singer/rapper DE’WAYNE on single “Greed,” a rock anthem focused on the destructive results that come from one of the most deadly sins of all. Most recently, Sophie has collabed with online sensation NOAHFINNCE on the fast-paced “Clearview“. Quickly making a name for herself, Sophie has received praise from the likes of The FADER, American Songwriter, Alternative Press, The Noise, Exclaim and CelebMixfor her unfiltered and uncompromising voice.
Unloading an unbreakable cadence of rapid-fire bars, Kur uses his lyrics as an opportunity to peel back the layers of the different seasons he’s endured in life. Staying true to himself, his confessional lyrics start with detailing his humble beginnings and then catch up to his present-day luxuries. The vivid wordplay jumps through the screen of the music video directed by Terrius Mykel with their grimy storytelling.
Drumming up palpable buzz, this release follows Kur’s bundle of songs entitled The Hold Over, which included the single “For My Fam.” Watch the music video for “For My Fam”—HERE. Receiving critical acclaim, another standout was “Road To The Riches.” HotNewHipHopdescribed him as a “talented lyricist,“Essence highlighted it among “New Music This Week.“ The project also boasts previously released “Sheist,” “Let’s Talk,” and “Play It Cool.” About the bundle, Passion of the Weiss noted, “Kur has leveraged his natural ability to think as a buffer between the things that could be and the things that are.” Raydar Magazine further applauded Kur as “Philadelphia’s Beacon of Possibility In Hip-Hop.”
To kick off the summer, Kur delivered a hometown performance at the Roots Picnic on June 4th. About the performance, he told REVOLT, “performing at this event was a dream come true and represents a stepping stone for what’s to come in his career.”
As the story goes, Kur first cut his teeth by leaving the competition speechless during lunchtime ciphers at W.B. Saul High School. Projects such as the Straight From The Kur mixtape and Upside Down Cake EP (where he murdered the beat for Drake’s “Poundcake” in multiple ways) led to the most significant hometown endorsement possible…Meek Mill shared lyrics from “33 Shots” on Twitter as Kur went on to participate in the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards cipher with Sam Black, Ms. Jade, Dave East, and Young M.A. Around the same time, he joined forces with New York phenomenon Dave East for the EP, Born Broke, Die Rich. 2019 saw him approach critical mass. His projectShakurspawned the infectious “Crack” and powerful “Soul” [feat. Mozzy], eclipsing 10 million cumulative global streams. On its heels, “Spare Me” vaulted to #14 on the Apple Music Hip-Hop and Rap Chart and #20 on the All Genres Chart. This prompted Meek Mill to proclaim Kur as “the soul of Philly.” Signed to DreamChasers in partnership with Roc Nation and Republic, the 2021 LP It Shouldn’t Be Like This elevated his total streams past 77 million.
Listen to Young Dylan’s 360 MAG Podcast with VaughnHERE.
Rapper/actor Dylan Gilmer has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Known by his stage name of “Young Dylan,” at the mere age of thirteen years old he has accomplished triumphs that resembles that of long-term professionals in the business. 360 sat down to chat with Dylan about his rapping and acting career, and what exactly we can expect to see from him in the future.
Young Dylan was first noticed at six-years-old when a video of his rapping skills went viral. Soon after, he was brought to ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ at age seven to showcase his rapping talent on a widespread scale. At such a young age, Young Dylan captivated his audience and drew them in with his charming rap talent while performing DJ Khaled’s “For Free.”
His later amassed fame came from his performances on Season 14 of ‘America’s Got Talent.’ At only ten years old, Young Dylan rapped advanced tracks from popular rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar that allowed him to display his impeccable musical rhythm and flow. Since he gained widespread critical acclaim, Young Dylan has made several appearances back where he got his early beginning into the industry on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’
He attributes his rapping skills back to cherished moments with his father growing up. “Ever since I was a baby, he’d be playing music in the car… I have great memorization, I remembered the beats, the lyrics, just like I do with my lines.”
Young Dylan’s apparent natural confidence in performing is one of his most recognizable and admirable traits. When asked about how he transforms himself to become Young Dylan on stage, he attributes everything to energy.
Dylan gets his pre- nerve jitters out by stepping on stage confidently and giving each performance his all. Once the curtains open and he starts performing, “Voila! The butterflies are gone, my heart is pumping, a good pumping, I’m getting the crowd lit, everything like that!” He explains the energy that the crowd gives him is his fuel for his vibe while taking the stage.
Continuing his career with such early success, Dylan has only continued to blossom into a well-versed working young professional. Popularly starring on ‘Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan’ on Nickelodeon as Young Dylan, the show follows the story of the Young Dylan character’s hip-hop career and personal life.
Immersed in the Nickelodeon world, Young Dylan also co-hosts Nickelodeon’s ‘NFL Slimetime’ with Nate Burleson. Young Dylan spoke about how much he’s learned from Nate while working together on the project and how it’s been “great working with him, on set and off of set.”
Young Dylan launched his career into new heights after landing his co-host spot on ‘The Kids Tonight Show,’ which just so happens to be executively produced by the host of the original tonight show, Jimmy Fallon. Dylan recalls the leadup to this experience and how he landed such a stellar roll. “It was my last day of school, I was laying on my floor just watching TikTok’s, stuff like that, and my father calls me out of nowhere and says, ‘You need to get on the Zoom! I forgot all about it, you need to get on the Zoom!’”
On this Zoom call, Young Dylan got to chat with his future kid co-stars and the rest of the team with the show. The producers absolutely fell in love with the relatability and transparency that allows viewers to connect with Dylan. “I felt like I was supposed to be on that show,” Young Dylan says about ‘The Kid Tonight Show,’ and we couldn’t agree more.
Dylan made sure to mention how all the kids working on the project possess innovative qualities that contribute to the success of the show. “I think we all bring something different to the show, and that’s what I really like about them, and that’s what I really liked about the show.” Working alongside his co-hosts Mykal-Michelle Harris, Olivia Perez and Recker Eans, Young Dylan raved about the chemistry that they all had working together. Stepping into some big shoes to fill from the acclaimed Jimmy Fallon, Young Dylan and his co-hosts are swiftly keeping up with the kid-friendly spin off just fine.
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, he still resides in the city with big dreams to move to a major city in the new few years. “I travel a lot to Atlanta, New York, Cali. So, I’m hoping to move to one of those states by 15.”
At the forefront of Young Dylan’s mission is giving back to the community. “I just want to be there for my community, and I always want to have Annapolis, Maryland in my heart… most people don’t know what Annapolis is… I want to be the person to make Annapolis well-known, and I feel like I can do that.”
Amidst the ongoing duration of the pandemic, Young Dylan has been able to appreciate the blessings that he has received regarding the advancement of his career. While going through quarantine, he recalls how he had the time to analyze how strained he was, and how he got through this with help from his support system.
“Quarantine, for me, taught me a lot of things. I was really stressed out at one point balancing school, acting, rapping; all of that. You know, you just have to have a great support system.”
Young Dylan credits his success and motivation to the help he receives from his strong support system. He explains how without having the support of the people around him, he wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what he has thus far. He encourages fans that are going through tough times to find those people around them that they feel comfortable to talk to and can confide in.
In terms of giving back, Young Dylan has never been shied to fighting for causes that he believes in. Throughout the duration of the pandemic and the first quarantine, Young Dylan made it one of his priorities to help out where he could.
“During quarantine I was giving food to hospitals, people that were still working during the pandemic.” Having found joy in helping those who needed it most during the pandemic, giving back is now at the heart of Young Dylan’s mission.
We can expect a lot more to come from Young Dylan in the next few years. Aside from recently landing a spot as a host on ‘The Kids Tonight Show,’ Young Dylan has recently signed with Puma and is planning to release his very own mixtape this summer.
His partnership with Puma has allowed him to grow and see new sides to business endeavors he hasn’t witnessed thus far. Concerning the excitement around his new deal with Puma, Young Dylan raved, “I was like, ‘WOW, I’m getting a deal with Puma? PUMA?’”
In regards to his highly anticipated mixtape, Young Dylan told 360 that it would consist of eight clean tracks that kids will be able to admire. He aims to make kid-friendly hip-hop/rap inspired pieces that are still as hype and innovative as modern-day explicit pieces we see from older rap stars.
“We can bring clean music but also be as lit as the other songs that have cursing, but just clean!” Young Dylan has been working on this project for quite some time and has made sure that each track is perfected to his standards. “You can definitely see we put a lot of work in on this mixtape that is coming out this summer. It’s gonna be lit!”
As such a prominent child star, Young Dylan has some advice to give to younger children, or anyone that has a dream to have a career just like him: “never give up, if you have a dream, chase it man, don’t let anyone stop you.”
Young Dylan preaches to maintain a humble mindset, and never get too cocky with yourself. He encourages us all to “always be yourself, always be dripped out, and when you step in a room, shine your light.”
This or That with Young Dylan
Football or basketball…basketball, because of the rich cultural influence and abundance of fans that the game has over football.
Hamburgers or hotdogs… hamburgers.
Pizza or hot wings… hot wings, they’re one of Young Dylan’s top ten favorite foods!
Rapping or singing… rapping, Young Dylan indulges in rapping more than singing.
Television or film… television.
Scripted or improv pieces… scripted pieces allow Young Dylan to pick up scripts quicker and add his personal flare to them.
Before offering to the general public, the Good Morning Gorgeous tour tickets go on presale today with The American Express Card Members beginning June 15 at 10 am local time through June 16 at 10 pm local time. Tickets will be available to the general public on June 17 at 10 am local and range from $69.50 to $189.50. Tickets can be purchased here.
“Mary J. Blige has been one of a select handful of artists at the top of our desired list to partner with since the initial construction of The BPC. Having her support in our mission so early in the process is a testament to the hard work we have put in to bring superior cultural experiences powered by black business to the masses. We firmly believe this is a match made in heaven and are honored to partner with the Queen,” states The BPC Co-Founder and President Shelby Joyner.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Mary J. Blige as the presenting sponsor for her Good Morning Gorgeoustour,” said Steve MacMillan, Hologic’s Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “As a global leader in women’s health, we’re committed to emphasizing the lifesaving importance of preventive screenings and the annual Well Woman exam, and Mary’s voice is a powerful way to reach millions of women.”
In addition to the previously stated accolades, the tour follows Blige’s early 2022 album release of Good Morning Gorgeous. The album was released leading into her energetic Super Bowl Halftime performance. The title track rose to #1 at R&B radio for 9 weeks and the song became a viral backdrop for many expressing self-love, with over 40,000 users creating videos using the song on TikTok. A deluxe version was dropped just ahead of her wildly successful Strength of a Woman Woman festival that took place last month in Atlanta.
Kaash Paige is an 18 year old buzzing artist from Dallas, Texas, making waves with dreamy viral hit, “Love Songs.” “Love Songs” reached #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart and US Viral Chart and reached #3 on Rolling Stone’s Top 25 Trending Chart. Kaash is an acronym for Kill All Arrogance Stop Hatred.
WATCH KAASH PAIGE BREAK DOWN THE MEANING OF “LOVE SONGS” ON GENIUS
LIL NAS X ENLISTS BILLY RAY CYRUS FOR ‘OLD TOWN ROAD’ REMIX
Always one to be inspired by originality, Billy Ray Cyrus is lending his distinctive vocal style and clever lyrics to Lil Nas X’s already viral sensation, “Old Town Road.” In a just-released remix, Cyrus adds ‘a throaty verse that emphasizes the triumphant aspects of Lil Nas X’s hit: fancy jewelry, expensive cars and living a stress-free life (Rolling Stone).’
“I loved the song the first time I heard it. Country music fans decide what they like. Not critics or anyone else. Waylon Jennings once told me every once in a while the industry outlaws someone because they’re different. Country music fans don’t need to be defined by critics. I’ve always said, don’t think inside the box, don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box. So, I’m honored to collaborate with Lil Nas X on Old Town Road,” said Cyrus.
The song featuring Cyrus is available on all streaming services now. As Rolling Stone notes, “Cyrus announces himself immediately by singing the first hook: “I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road/ I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more.” He shows up again towards the end of the banjo-heavy hip-pop single.”
The multi-media entertainment icon will release his own studio album, The SnakeDoctor Circus, via BMG this spring (release date to be announced soon).
About Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley Cyrus.
Double Or Nothing unites game-changing producer METRO BOOMIN with one of rap’s hottest multiplatinum superstars BIG SEAN for a powerhouse body of work. Last month, they introduced the album with “Pull Up N Wreck” [feat. 21 Savage], igniting excitement for its impending arrival.
METRO BOOMIN upholds the hottest hot streak of 2017 with Double Or Nothing. On Halloween, he teamed up with 21 Savage and Offset for the surprise mixtape, Without Warning, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. Earlier this year, he unleashed his 2017 debut solo single “No Complaints” [feat. Offset & Drake]. To date, the track has impressively amassed over 65 million Spotify streams and counting and been a mainstay at the top of Urban Radio. Right now, he’s in the midst of working on his forthcoming full-length debut—out soon.
Earlier this year, 7-time BET Award-winning and GRAMMY® Award-nominated superstar BIG SEAN landed his second consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 with the platinum-certified I Decided powered by the triple-platinum smash “Bounce Back” and platinum “Moves.” It follows up his now-classic 2015 opus Dark Sky Paradise, which marked his first #1 debut on the Top 200 and featured the triple-platinum “IDFWU” [feat. E-40], double-platinum “Blessings” [feat. Drake & Kanye West], and gold “One Man Can Change The World” [feat. Kanye West & John Legend]. Since 2011, he has remained one of hip-hop’s most consistent, omnipresent, and overpowering forces.
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