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Vaughn Lowery illustration by Allison Christensen for his book Move Like Water x Be Fluid produced by 360 MAGAZINE

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Move Like Water × Be Fluid

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Vaughn Lowery, founder and publisher of 360 MAGAZINE, is set to release his first book this month. Move Like Water × Be Fluid is a stunning memoir documenting the author’s journey from a childhood in the Detroit projects to a successful career in fashion and media. The arc of this remarkable passage twists and turns in surprising ways, ensuring readers will believe in the concept that this life truly is what you make it. The text will debut as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE and marks the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing.

This provocative coming-of-age story explores the power of branding strategy, a technique the writer developed at an early age and carried with him throughout his lifetime. Lowery, from the time he was a young child, is able to comprehend that one’s innate, individual self is their greatest commodity in life. Through the highs and lows that inform his experience, he stays true to that ideal. Lowery puts forward a raw and compelling narrative of a child, and later a man, who repeatedly picks himself up, reimagines his life, and finds innovative ways to move forward. The self-empowerment so emblematic in Lowery’s character and story promotes readers to adopt the author’s tactics in their own lives.

The influence of prominent civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, the writer’s grandfather, is prevalent in this work. A beacon for both hope and progress during the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Joseph Lowery weighs heavily on the narrator. This, along with his upbringing and existence as a black man in America, make Lowery both introspective and contextually aware when it comes to race. Moreover, draws parallels between the movement his grandfather championed and led, and the Black Lives Matter movement of today, exposing the failures of our system and calling for meaningful, systemic change. Lowery simultaneously considers the work he can do, as a singular human being, to forward social justice causes in his day-to-day life and interactions with others. 

In the year 2020, which has been afflicted with an overwhelming amount of change, there has never been a timelier moment for insight from a man like Lowery. As mentioned, Lowery’s deep ties and connections to racial justice in America feels incredibly relevant, as do his thoughts on digital media, something Lowery pioneered years before COVID-19 forced the world hurriedly online. Constantly at the forefront of social change, Move Like Water × Be Fluid offers an understanding of the current moment, yet looks forward to the possibility of an evolved, cosmopolitan world. One that Lowery aspires to through all his works, including this installation and 360 MAGAZINE.

As we follow the author through grade school, high school and on through Cornell University, we collect advice from a myriad of powerful secondary characters. From all walks of life, these secondary support systems offer Lowery the push he needs to continue on striving towards something better. We watch Lowery model the work ethic of his admired older sister, gain confidence from an encouraging teacher, change the trajectory of his life due to a neighborhood mentor, and learn from the critique of a Residential Advisor. This self-help-book stands apart for never failing to appreciate the importance of an individual’s support system. Fittingly, while the book catalogues Lowery’s journey to success, it inspires and encourages readers in the same way Lowery’s community uplifted him – to take action towards a meaningful life.

Comparable titles to Move Like Water × Be Fluid include other stories of individuals who later turned to publishing their experiences in self-help books. Numerous celebrity examples include Becoming by Michelle Obama, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, or The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. These titles, as well as Lowery’s first book, all feature introspection and explanations regarding the course of the authors’ lives. 

The following descriptions outlines the chapter-by-chapter journey within Move Like Water × Be Fluid.

Chapter 1: The beginning of Lowery’s journey is marked by his complicated childhood in Detroit, distinctly connected to his sense of place and community. Financial struggles and surroundings reminiscent of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” as well as the author’s early experience with assault contextualize the course of Lowery’s life.

Chapter 2: A childhood mood, coupled with the realization of his intelligence, swiftly changed the direction of Lowery’s life. Following a move to New Jersey to live with his older sister, Lowery’s early experiences of racism shine a light on his passion for racial justice today. The opportunity to participate in an honored education program again changes the trajectory Lowery follows.

Chapter 3: This chapter offers insight into the ups and downs of high school, a narrative many are familiar with. Yet, Lowery’s poised observations throughout the chapter reflect his early understanding of the world.

Chapter 4: After a remarkable yet complex journey through high school, Lowery achieves the first of many dreams by gaining the chance to attend Cornell University in New York. At Cornell, he is able to expand his understanding of self and what he hopes to accomplish.

Chapter 5: Saks Fifth Avenue recruits Lowery to work in their corporate office, marking Lowery’s first foray into the world of economics and fashion. The advice he gains from mentors in the field prompts him to shift towards a career in acting and modeling, supplemented by working in the Medicare Department of U.S. Healthcare.

Chapter 6: New York, in all its hectic nature, pointed Lowery west towards California where he could further capitalize on his talents in the entertainment industry.

Chapter 7: This chapter details one of the events in Lowery’s life for which he is best known: his commercials as “Joe Boxer Guy” that overwhelmed the nation. Following ups and downs in Los Angeles, this success cemented Lowery’s understanding of his own talents as well as his ties to L.A.

Chapter 8: Following an offensive home invasion, Lowery pivots to continue embracing what life throws at him with appearances on NBC’s “Scrubs” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

Chapter 9: With plenty of capital and the space to complement his next steps, Lowery founded 360 MAGAZINE in 2008, powering through the tidal wave that was the recession all due to his own brains and the belief in his product and brand.

Chapter 10: After another painful reminder of the inadequacies of the justice system in America due to an unjust prison stay, Lowery’s comprehension of what is truly important is once again realigned. Despite his negative experiences, his magazine is able to be on the cutting edge of the Los Angeles scene.

Chapter 11: The number 360 is ubiquitous to Lowery – one embodies the other. His appreciation for both his own capabilities and expertise, as well as the ones of others, assures his magazine and brand are constantly evolving. 

Chapter 12: Thinking on the future following the tragic death of a friend, Lowery is nowhere near finished and is more than ready to continue is many metamorphoses. He now exists in a space where he strives to empower others, all around the world. 360.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid, by Vaughn Lowery, is available this month exclusively on the 360 MAGAZINE’s website. 360 MAGAZINE has received numerous accolades, and has recently been featured on Dancing with the Stars. Stay in touch by following both Lowery (@vaughnlowery) and 360 (@360magazine)

For additional info on Vaughn Lowery visit Wikipedia and IMDb.

Icona Pop – Feels In My Body

Global chart-topping duo Icona Pop are back following their 2020 smash collaborations with heavyweights Steve Aoki and Hayden James, this time with another banger called “Feels In My Body,” which is out now via RECORD COMPANY TEN/ULTRA Music. The song also comes paired with a music video, shot by director Gustav Stegfors and acclaimed Director of Photography, Crille Forsberg (David Bowie, Adele, ZAYN). Watch HERE

Speaking about their new feel good-summer jam, Icona Pop’s Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo reveal, “Feels In My Body is all about hitting your peak, being so full of energy that you want to burst and share it with everyone around you.”

Listen to “Feels In My Body” HERE. 

“Feels In The Body” follows two massive collaborations this year for Icona Pop, including “Right Time,” with Australian producer and songwriter Hayden James, which Rolling Stone said “captures the feeling of the dance floor during this time of isolation,” and “I Love My Friends,” the lead single off Steve Aoki’s recent album, Neon Future IV.

Swedish chart-topping duo Icona Pop continue to slay since their 2013 full-length debut, This Is… Icona Pop, which garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone as the duo performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and America’s Got Talent in addition to featuring on the iconic HBO series Girls and a popular Saturday Night Live sketch. They canvased the globe on sold out tours with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and One Direction and joined Tiësto for the banger “Let’s Go” in 2014. Along the way, the duo has performed alongside everyone from Avicii to The Chainsmokers as well as gracing the stages of Ultra, Tomorrowland, Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak, and more. Since then, they have consistently filled the gap in music when it comes to upbeat, carefree, quality dance-pop.

Last year, the girls DJ’d across Europe, Asia and North America as well as released a string of bangers including their Yves V and Afrojack collaboration for “We Got That Cool.” In addition, IconaPop continued their message of inclusivity, self-acceptance and positivity on the road for their WorldPride tour, culminating with a show-stopping performance at Stockholm Pride that included a special appearance from Sporty Spice herself, Melanie C.

Stay tuned for more news and music from Icona Pop.

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Brytiago ft. Jon Z – Crush Videoclip

These past weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions for Brytiago, since the release of his new album “Organico”, followed by 3 video clips from the same project, the interpreter has been keeping his fans up to date and today its not the exception.

This time, Brytiago joins the always controversial and irreverent Jon Z. This highly anticipated musical collaboration brings a fresh vibe to the urban atmosphere, perfect for the summer season, and its name is “Crush.” The song, with no explicit content, was produced by Cromo X, Lanalizer and Viti, and was recorded in Puerto Rico. 

“Crush” music video is a visual proposal that mixes unrealistic events with real life. Its director, the filmmaker Letour, had a lot of fun turning both singers into movie-store sales associates, but, with a surprising turn of events, under the wing of Business Music record label. 

“Crush” is part of Brytiago´s new studio album “Organico”, which in less than a week after its release already collects hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. The album consists of 16 original songs and contains musical collaborations with great colleagues from the urban scene, such as: Omy de Oro, Darell, Wisin, Rauw Alejandro, Dalex, Lenny Tavárez, Farruko, Kiko el Crazy, Lunay, Arcángel, Juank, Jhay Cortes, Jon Z and Darkiel.  

Watch the video for “Crush” HERE.

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Nio García × Casper Mágico – “Now or Never” Hits Big

Nio García and Casper Mágico have taken over the Billboard charts with their first album together, “Now or Never,” which premiered this July 24th. The set of eighteen songs debuted on four Billboard charts, including two in the general market.

During its first week on the charts, “Now or Never” placed in the #5 position on Top Latin Albums, #4 on Latin Rhythm albums, #22 on Independent Albums, and #136 on the Billboard 200. It’s important to point out that this is the first time both Puerto Rican artists have conquered the prestigious Billboard charts together with one album.

“Estar posicionado con nuestro álbum entre los mejores del momento es una bendición para nosotros ya que con mucho sacrificio lo logramos. Entrar a los charts de Billboard es una de las mejores recompensas y por eso, le damos las gracias a todos los fanáticos que han apoyando nuestro proyecto y a nuestro equipo de trabajo por hacer todo esto posible,” (“To be positioned with our album among the best of this time is an honor for us that was achieved with much sacrifice. To enter the Billboard charts is one of the biggest rewards, and for this we give thanks to the fans who have supported our project, and to our team for the work they do to make this possible,”) commented Nio and Casper.

“Now or Never” is the materialization of a dream into reality and the work of a team that García y Casper Mágico have attained, accompanied by their record label Flow La Movie INC. The album includes global successes like “Te boté remix” (Nio García, Casper Mágico, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna) and the smash hit “La Jeepeta Remix” by Nio García together with Anuel AA, Myke Towers, Brray, and Juanka, tracks that remain “trending” today on the social media network TikTok. “Sola y vacía” and “Llamé pa´verte” also form part of this successful album, which contains collaborations with both performers together with Anuel AA, Arcángel, De La Ghetto, Rauw Alejandro, Jowell, and Randy, among others.

Listen to “Now or Never” HERE

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Gashi inside 360 MAGAZINE.

Gashi Livestream Event

In celebration of the release of Gashi’s highly anticipated sophomore album 1984, Gashi presents a one-of-a-kind livestream in collaboration with YouTube this Thursday on Gashi’s Official Artist Channel.

The 1 hour event will feature the first livestream performance from Gashi ever as well as the worldwide premiere of his documentary “Gashi: Now You Know.”

The livestream will take place on Thursday, August 6th at 3:00PM PST/6:00PM EST HERE. Net proceeds raised during the livestream event will be donated by Gashi to Global Citizen.

On Friday, August 7th, Gashi will release his sophomore album, 1984 via RCA Records. The 16-track 1984 album sees GASHI exploring and harboring new sounds that will bring you back to GASHI’s favorite time — the 80’s — and features already released tracks, “Paranoid,” “Mr. Ferrari,” “Upset” ft. Pink Sweat$ and Njomza and “Lies.”  A special collaboration with Sting on the track “Mama” will also be featured on the album. 1984 also features Pink Sweat$, Njomza, Rose Gold, Diamond Café and Devault.

Listen to tracks from 1984: “Paranoid” | “Mr. Ferrari” | “Upset” | “Lies

About Gashi:

Born in Libya, Gashi spent much of his young life as a refugee, moving from country to country.  His family eventually settled in Brooklyn, NY, where he was introduced to music at a very young age.

Gashi absorbed a melting pot of musical influences throughout his youth, resulting in the formation of his own unique sonic palette that blends together different genres of music.

His dynamic sound has allowed Gashi to collaborate with a wide range of talents ranging from Chris Brown to Travis Scott.

In the last couple of years, he released his self-titled debut album, sold out venues all across the globe, and has accumulated nearly 550 million streams with over 90 million video views worldwide.

 

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Lil Durk – Watch Yo Homie

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Following the groundbreaking success of Just Cause Y’all Waited II, which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart this May, Lil Durk has released an accompanying visual for the album’s acclaimed single “Watch Yo Homie.”

Already at #8 Trending on YouTube, and climbing still, the dynamic music video follows Lil Durk and his friends as they let loose on four wheelers in the suburban countryside. While the lyrics point to caution when it comes to friendships, warning that, for a celebrity, trust is hard to come by, Lil Durk shows his appreciation for his real friends in front of the camera. The artist’s words are stripped back and clear, documenting the isolation of fame. The video takes the opposite approach, piling on saturated colors and joy-filled action. The result is an undeniably gleeful escape.

View the video for Watch Yo Homie HERE.

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Escape from Iron Gate Board Game

Bring your beloved Escape Room home with The Escape Game: Escape from Iron Gate board game!

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Tired of being stuck at home? Running out of new activities to do with that old stack of cards? There’s no denying we all need a taste of freedom in the middle of this pandemic. Escape rooms are shut down, but your good time shouldn’t have to be! You can now delight in your favorite brain puzzle from the comfort of your home, without sacrificing any of the fun!

Meet The Escape Game: Escape from Iron Gate.

Designed by The Escape Game company and translated into a mass retail opportunity by Goliath’s brilliant publishing team, the new stay-at-home activity will hit shelves this August and instantly revitalize your summer!

Imagine: Trapped behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit, having pleaded your case unsuccessfully to everyone from the judge to the warden, your most logical option is also the most daring… a prison break! Only one inmate from your group will make it to freedom. Which of your friends will prove the most brutal enemy? How clever and cut-throat will you play it to make your escape?

The prison break party game is broken down into four areas of a board. Moving between them, players will offer Gate Card items to the Commissary, treasures collected by completing puzzles, drawing, acting, and trading. Be the first one to pass through the Final Gate, and you’ve got your sweet sweet freedom! You’ll be so thrilled you’ll forget you’re on your couch!

This is no typical boredom fix; you’ll never get tired of playing The Escape Game! Variety in gameplay means you’ve got endless ways to play, and no two nights will feel the same. Designed for 3-8 players, ages 13 and up, this is the perfect activity for a group game night. Round up your family and (socially distanced) friends to play away the quarantine blues.

Watch the Escape from Iron Gate tutorial HERE.

EarthGang Reveals Top Down Video

Atlanta duo EarthGang continues to push the creative boundaries with its visual deliveries. The pair premiered the video for the track “Top Down” on Adult Swim early Sunday morning, featuring Olu and WowGr8 in puppet form, driving through the streets of Atlanta, visiting strip clubs, and diving under the sea to canoodle mermaids. EarthGang partnered up with long time collaborators Chad Tennies and Mac Grant for this video, the same creatives behind the “Night at The Museum” themed “Up” (WATCH HERE). Start your week off right with the “Top Down” video.

WATCH “TOP DOWN” BY EARTHGANG HERE.

About EarthGang

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, EarthGang’s Olu and WowGr8 are the GRAMMY Award-nominated, Platinum-selling pair who embody the best of the new generation in music — and plenty of critics and fans alike have taken note. Marrying lean, sharp-eyed lyricism with Southern-fried soul, every song arrives fully formed, hitting hard and landing jokes while also delving deep into political issues. Signed to J. Cole’s Interscope imprint, Dreamville, EarthGang first hit a stride with a 3-EP project inspired by “The Wiz;” Rags (Scarecrow), Robots (Tinman) and Royalty (the lion). The music saw the duo tour the globe relentlessly supporting J. Cole, Young Thug, Billie Eilish, Mac Miller, Jaden Smith, and more.

In 2019, EarthGang continued their dominance by contributing to the year’s best hip-hop compilation in Revenge of The Dreamers III — which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts is RIAA Platinum certified. It shined a spotlight on the pair as they went into the release of their debut major-label album, Mirrorland. The fourteen-track album debuted in the Top 40s of the Billboard 200 charts and #20 in the Rap Albums charts. Featuring special guests Young Thug, T-Pain, Kehlani, Arin Ray, and more — Mirrorland has cemented EarthGang as one of music’s most dynamic forces. Bursting with energy and having garnered a cult-like live following, the ATLiens have been critically praised by the likes of Pitchfork, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety,  Hot New Hip Hop, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, Pigeons & Planes and more. Stretching beyond the “indie hip-hop” label they’ve been brandished with, EarthGang is ready to reach a wider audience with slick-sharp lyrics that cut through the hazy blur of ratchet rap and an avid interest in never settling, or resting on their laurels.

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The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions 11

The Roots announce the eleventh installment of their The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions, including performances by Khemist and Aja Monet. Khemist is a Philadelphia based MC, Poet, songwriter, and musician, whose latest EP, Khemtrails, was just released June 19th this summer, in honor of Juneteenth. Aja Monet is a poet whose work explores gender, race, migration, and spirituality, and she follows in the long legacy and tradition of poets participating in social movements. She is currently working on her next full collection of poems entitled Florida Water.

The episode is hosted by Captain Kirk of the legendary Roots crew and will be available on Monday, August 3rd at 6pm EST. This series is part of the custom content being delivered to fans during this time via The Roots YouTube Channel. All content is created by The Roots and produced by their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, in partnership with Live Nation Urban and available HERE

The Roots Jam Presents Solo Sessions is an artist performance series highlighting emerging talent. In the spirit of the legendary Roots Jam Sessions, the band is opening up its platform to feature one song performances from music artists that are handpicked and curated by the band; artists that The Roots feel you should know. The pillars for The Roots Jam sessions are creativity and discovery and it is these same tenants that fueled the creation of Solo Sessions. Click HERE to view episode 10.

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