Today, mike. released his new single “been thinking,” showcasing the transition from his successful college rapping days as mike stud to a newer sound that he has spent the past few years developing.
“been thinking,” produced by Charlie Handsome (Drake, Post Malone, Juice WRLD) puts mike.’s singing voice as well as his undeniable lyricism.
“With over 500 million streams on Spotify thus far, he wanted to make something new and completely unique to him… mike. combined his love for catchy melodies and feel-good song writing with modern pop bounces to make something that feels nostalgic and new at the same time,” a press release reads.
mike.’s musical journey began in 2012 while he was recovering from surgery at Duke University, where he was an all-American pitcher. He went from making songs in his dorm room to building a loyal fan base independently. After playing nearly 500 shows as mike stud over the past 7 years, mike. has spent the last two building a new sound.
Listen to “been thinking” here.
The Kid Laroi releases tracklist for debut mixtape F*ck Love:
Out Friday July 24th
1. BOOTY CALL (skit)
3. WRONG (feat. Lil Mosey)
4. I WISH
5. NOT FAIR (feat. Corbin)
6. BATHROOM (skit)
7. GO (feat. Juice WRLD)
8. TELL ME WHY
9. SAME THING
10. NEW GUY (skit)
11. ERASE U
13. WISH YOU WELL (skit)
14. NEED YOU MOST (So Sick)
Grade A Productions/Interscope Records artist, Juice WRLD’s powerful legacy reverberated around the world with the release of Legends Never Die, which has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with the biggest week of 2020 earning 497,000 in sales eclipsing The Weeknd’s After Hours.
Legends Never Die makes history as the most successful posthumous dewbut since Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death (690K) and Tupac’s R U Still Down (549K) in 1997. The critically acclaimed and universally beloved artist’s album makes the biggest album debut, total consumption, since Taylor Swift’s Lover.
In addition, Juice WRLD’s Legends scores the biggest audio streaming week of the year and the fourth biggest streaming week ever for an album surpassing Lil Uzi Vert’s album Eternal Atake and secures the biggest video streaming week of the year for any album besting Lil Baby’s My Turn. Legends Never Die is the fourth biggest streaming debut ever with 422 million streams behind Drake Scorpion [746M], Lil Wayne Tha Carter V [433M], and Post Malone Beerbongs and Bentleys [431M].
The album has dominated charts around the world landing at #1 in the UK, Canada, and Ireland where Juice WRLD out-sold the #2, #3, and #4 albums combined, and additional territories.
Released on July 10, Legends Never Die has also garnered critical acclaim from Rolling Stone (who noted that the album “solidifies his legacy”), Pitchfork (who hailed it as “bleak and beautiful”), and Variety (who praised Legends Never Die as “positively lush” with moments of “pure magnificence”).
“The overwhelming love that millions of music fans clearly have for Jarad reminds us how much his poetic words, creativity, and bright light continues to shine throughout the world,” says Jarad “Juice WRLD” Higgins’ mother Carmela Wallace and his Grade A family. “This first collection of songs is a poignant reminder of his great artistic talent and emotional honesty. Music was his passion and recording gave him the outlet to share everything he was going through. In addition to his music, Jarad’s legacy will continue to provide help to young people through his Live Free 999 Foundation. We are incredibly grateful to the fans who continue to uplift him every single day and our hope is that his words touch your life in a way that helps you through any challenges you may be facing.”
In April, Juice’s mother Carmela Wallace announced the establishment of the Live Free 999 Foundation, which will receive additional support via Grade A and Interscope Records. The Live Free 999 Fund will honor the legacy of her son by supporting young people in their battles and to do so with love, joy, and emotional honesty.
The Kid LAROI pens an open letter and final goodbye to Juice WRLD in the emotionally stirring new song “Tell Me Why“. In this moving soliloquy, LAROI opens up about heartbreak and battles with saying his final goodbyes to lost loved ones. The accompanying Cole Bennett directed video premiered live on Lyrical Lemonade.
The Kid LAROI gears up for the release of his debut project F*ck Love releasing July 24th, via Columbia Records and Grade A. In one of his most recent releases, LAROI shared “Go” featuring his late former mentor Juice WRLD, truly embodying the relationship they held as friends and brothers. The Kid LAROI’s ongoing momentum amassing millions of views across videos as well as surpassing over a hundred million streams worldwide is just the beginning of his journey. With the release of his upcoming mixtape, The Kid LAROI is predicted to be one of this decades youngest artists to watch.
Maj, the Dallas-based singer–songwriter–producer whose grunge-inflected production, nocturnal hip-hop, and soulful confessional storytelling has earned him nearly 10 million total global streams in less than two years, releases “Supreme,” his brand new single + lyric video (directed by Ice The Endless), available at all DSPs today via Def Jam Recordings.
“Supreme” is the first new music from Maj since the release of Majestic, his Def Jam label debut EP released in March. The eight track EP comprised five previously released songs (“Sloppy Seconds,” “Come Here,” “Trial & Error,” “Tesla,” and “2drunk” featuring 24kGoldn); plus three previously unreleased titles (“Love Always,” “Start A War,” and “Fucked Me Over”).
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and raised in Dallas, Maj turned to music as a creative outlet after his parents divorced, and soon developed a diverse palette that ranged from Tyler, The Creator’s Bastard and Goblin, to Nirvana’s In Utero and Bleach among other influences. Maj conceived and launched a YouTube channel on which he posted commentary and analysis reaction videos to songs and albums that interested him. He piled up over 4 million views but his days as an “analyst” were numbered, as he began making low-key recordings of his own original material. “I didn’t even let my family know.”
His first upload out the gate, “Leave Me Alone” racked up over 100,000 streams. Collaborating with producer Nick Mira [XXXTentacion, Juice WRLD], “You and I” and “Sloppy Seconds” each surpassed one million mark, while “The Heartbreak” (produced by Nimbus Beats) neared 1.5 million Soundcloud plays alone. Into 2019, “Come Here” and “Trial & Error” showed his artistic progression, and ultimately caught the attention of Def Jam, the world’s most important hip-hop destination.
Maj strikes a working balance between listening and speaking, and his growing legion of fans seem to appreciate that he is out there listening and, most importantly, singing. “You might feel lost,” he sums up, “but you could also be happy as hell and still fuck with what I’m doing. This is meant to be a place for everybody.”
Juice WRLD’s new album, Legends Never Die, drops on July 10
Grade A and Interscope Records announce that Juice WRLD’s highly anticipated new album, Legends Never Die, will arrive on July 10th. In anticipation for the new album, a trailer was released on Instagram. Today, the latest song from Legends Never Die has been revealed: “Life’s a Mess” by Juice WRLD and Halsey.
Alongside today’s album announcement comes a special commemorative collaboration with gaming organization FaZe Clan. FaZe Adapt and many members of FaZe were close friends with Juice WRLD. Marked by a tribute game of “Team 999 vs Team FaZe Clan” last week, the limited-edition collection is available at www.juicewrldxfazeclan.com.
In other news, in April, Juice’s mother Carmela Wallace announced the establishment of the Live Free 999 Fund. The Live Free 999 Fund will honor the legacy of her son by supporting young people in their battles and to do so with love, joy, and emotional honesty. With new music and caring dedications like these, Juice WRLD’s legacy continues.
Aminé drops co-directed music video for “Riri”
Portland-based rapper, artist, director, culture shaker and innovative ingenue Aminé delivers his video for “Riri” which he co-directed with longtime visual collaborator Jack Bergert. The video was filmed in quarantine around LA mansions with cameos from the likes of beloved sports broadcaster Taylor Rooks. Aminé even locked writer/comedian Jak Knight, from ABC’s Black-ish, for a closing skit in the “RiRi” video.
“We shot this video before the murder of George Floyd & my knowledge of the Breonna Taylor case,” Aminé writes “but I felt compelled to delay its release for obvious reasons. Activism is essential right now so I put my focus there for the past few weeks. We skipped editing sessions to march in the Black Lives Matter protests. I’m dropping the ‘Riri’ video today because it’s important to show black joy in a time where we’re constantly seeing imagery of pain and suffering.”
Pegged “one of the most creative voices in hip-hop, Aminé shakes the culture every time he releases a new song” (Hot New Hip Hop) and “Riri” is no different. Complex Magazine reportedly “wouldn’t be surpris[ed] if the real Rihanna was caught on Instagram enjoying the new tune.” Hypebeast cosigns that “the centerpiece of ‘Riri’ is Aminé’s soulful hook and reflective lyrics buoyed by bassrich production from frequent collaborator Pasqué.”
In addition to the excitement of the new music video, Aminé has also joined forces with former YEEZY designer Sara Jaramillo and Alice Wang’s ILYSM to offer a $500 grant this week for an artist impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns. Applications for this round of #ILYSM4Artists are due by noon EST on Thursday 6/25 at ILYSM.COM .
Artists who move culture forward create their own. Aminé’s debut LP, “Good For You” did just that for Portland’s music scene, hiphop and the culture at large — buoyed by his 5x platinum RIAA certified breakout smash “Caroline,” “REDMERCEDES” and “Wedding Crashers” [feat. Offset]. The album which displayed mosaic influence from his parents’ Ethiopian heritage to trailblazers like Kanye West and André 3000, made an instantly indelible impact — scoring a RIAA gold certification, millions of singles streams, Spotify #1s, and 21 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs Chart, peaking at #11. Aminé further solidified himself as a force of nature between explosive festival sets and show-stopping late nights. Maintaining this momentum, while owning his subdued profile and preference for an AirBNB wilderness cabin over a posh studio for recording, Aminé released his self-described 2018 EP/LP/MIXTAPE/ ALBUM “ONEPOINTFIVE.”
Earlier this year, Aminé continued on his promise to change perceptions and defy expectations with “Shimmy” paying homage to his past, while declaring 2020 as his. Accompanied by a co-directed music video love letter to Portland, the song garnered 20 Million streams globally and the gamut of fanfare which you can watch here. Continuing to expand his influence, Aminé also recently appeared on HBO’s Insecure this month.
Trippie Redd is keeping busy this quarantine; in May he released the single “Excitement” ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR and also featured on the late Juice WRLD’s postmortem single “Tell Me U Luv Me”. Today, theprolific rapper and singer shares his latest single “Dreamer” in honor of his 21st birthday, out now on 10K Projects/ Caroline. Zane Lowe aired “Dreamer” on his New Music Daily Beats 1 show this morning and caught up with Trippie via FaceTime.
One of the most versatile and creatively daring artists in hip-hop today, platinum-selling rapper, singer and songwriter Trippie Redd has landed four consecutive albums in the top 10 in just three years’ time. With the November 2019 release of A Love Letter To You 4—his first-ever album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart—Trippie offered up his most dynamic body of work to date, delivering a 21-track effort that amassed over 125.9 million streams in its first week alone. With his penetrating lyrics and nuanced but hard-hitting vocal performance, the 21-year-old Ohio native continually defies genre boundaries, embedding his melodic take on rap with elements of rock-and-roll and heavy metal to ultimately create a sound that’s wildly experimental yet massively appealing.
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. 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 in 2017. Since then, he has had a deep commitment to evolving his sound and to constantly create new music, but despite his desire to continually evolve, there are certain qualities that endure across all of Trippie’s music—most notably, his penchant for crafting songs that hit on a visceral level. “I like making timeless music,” says Trippie. “You’ve got to think of a timeless concept—love, hate, anger, sadness—all that shit is timeless. And if you can make something without it just meaning one thing, people can feel it and turn it into their own. That’s what makes it timeless.”
Today, Trippie Redd and the late rapper Juice WRLD released new track “Tell Me U Luv Me” produced by Nick Mira and OK Tanner of Internet Money. The track features an accompanying music video directed by Cole Bennett.
“Tell Me U Luv Me [feat. Trippie Redd]” the release of “Righteous” in April. On the track, Juice WRLD raps about his two vices; drugs and love. The video combines animated clips and video of Trippie Redd with old videos of Juice WRLD and his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, who is also shown singing along to the lyrics. It ends with the title cards “In loving memory of Jarad ‘Juice WRLD” Higgins'” and “Legends never die.” Speaking on the video, Cole Bennett said “I included footage and aspects from all of mine and Juice’s videos. Also wanted to make something special for Ally that she can hold on to forever.”
In April, Juice’s mother, Carmela Wallace announced the establishment of the Live Free 999 Fund in Juice WRLD’s honor which will receive additional support via Grade A and Interscope Records. The fund aims to support young people in their battles with anxiety, addiction, and depression.