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ELHAE and MASEGO "My City" Cover Artwork by Motown Records for use by 360 Magazine

ELHAE × MASEGO – MY CITY

R&B COOL KIDS ELHAE & MASEGO ARE THE ULTIMATE GENTLEMEN ON NEW GROOVE SINGLE AND VISUAL, “MY CITY.” 

Listen to “My City” (feat. Masego) HERE.

Watch the new visual for “My City” HERE.

Known for his melodic sound and hypnotizing harmonies, Georgia-raised singer/songwriter Elhae channels his love for women, cars, and the always present pursuit of prosperity on his latest single “My City” featuring Masego. The C-Gutta produced record showcases both Elhae & Masego in rare form as they take turns showcasing their signature sounds, reminding listeners and critics alike that not only are they hometown heroes, but that they’re also next in line to rule the R&B throne. Listen HERE.

“I called Masego on FaceTime one day asking if he wanted to be a part of this next project. We’ve always talked about working but never got a chance to really make it happen due to scheduling and what not.” Elhae says. “Fortunately, and unfortunately due to COVID, time was all we had. Masego had the beat and the hook done already so it was up to me to provide the rest. I reached out to my good friend Ari to help as well and it was done. I’m really happy with how this song came out and I hope people enjoy it.”

My City (feat. Masego)” comes on the heels of Elhae’s critically acclaimed “Separated” and the Rick Ross assisted record “Fun Fact.” Praised by XXL as being “the next R&B sensation that’s about to make a huge wave in the industry,” Elhae is currently in the studio putting the final touches on his highly anticipated Motown debut which is slated to be released later this year.

About Elhae

North Dakota-born and Georgia-raised singer, artist, and visionary Elhae approaches R&B like a film director would, choosing every element carefully, ensuring an intricate level of cohesion, and building his own world. Since catching fire in 2015 on the independent Aura EP, he worked towards eventually architecting such a world. The follow-up All Have Fallen yielded fan favorites such as “Doesn’t Matter” [feat Kehlani] and “Needs,” which clocked 19 million-plus Spotify streams. In between, he garnered glowing praise from the likes of The Fader, Billboard, Vibe, The Source, and more as Sprite named him among its P.O.U.R. (Purveyors of Urban Reality) program. The 2017 sequel to Aura, the Aura II EP, boasted “Drama,” “Something,” and the popular “Bang Your Line” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. The latter ignited 24 million Spotify streams and counting. Meanwhile, he lent his voice to high-profile collaborations with Lecrae, Eric Bellinger, and many others in addition to supporting blackbear on tour.

2018 saw him grace the stage of Coachella for the first time in front of 40,000 fans as he diligently worked on new tunes in Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta. Inspired by childhood favorite albums such as Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, and Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, he developed an airtight vision with a detailed plotline for his next release. In 2019, the vision unfolds over the course of his twelve-track conceptual project, Trouble In Paradise [Atlantic Records], introduced by the intoxicating first single “Hennessy.” His sound is about to blow up on the biggest canvas possible now.

About Masego

Masego is a self-taught singer, rapper, songwriter, comedian, producer, DJ, and more, all skills that he fuses into his self-described genre “TrapHouseJazz.” He has toured around the world and has performed with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, J. Cole, Ari Lennox, and more. His debut album, Lady Lady, landed on several Billboard charts, including No. 4 on Top New Artist Albums Consumption, No. 13 on R&B Album Sales, No. 22 on Heatseekers Albums, No. 40 on R&B/ Hip Hop Album Sales charts. The 13-song collection featured collaborations with SiR, FKJ, Tiffany Gouche, Kehlani, and De’Wayne Jackson. Born in Jamaica, he took on the stage name Masego meaning “Blessing” and “Prosperity” in the Tswana language that also comes from his South African heritage.

Elhae and Masego "My City" image by Motown Records for use by 360 Magazine

Heat Waves feat. iann dior Artwork by Nicole Hajjar for use by 360 Magazine

GLASS ANIMALS FEAT. IANN DIOR – HEATWAVES

GLASS ANIMALS RELEASES NEW VERSION OF “HEAT WAVES” FEATURING IANN DIOR

“HEAT WAVES” HOLDS #1 AT ALTERNATIVE RADIO AND #1 ON BILLBOARD ALTERNATIVE CHART FOR SECOND WEEK

“HEAT WAVES” CONTINUES TO CLIMB SINGLES CHARTS – HOLDS #1 IN AUSTRALIA AND #36 ON SPOTIFY GLOBAL TOP 50

LISTEN TO “HEAT WAVES” FEATURING IANN DIOR HERE

Heat Waves” by UK band Glass Animals was first released in June 2020, ahead of their third album Dreamland, which was put out later that summer. An instant hit with the established fan base, “Heat Waves” paved the way for the album. But this new version, which features rap star iann dior, is the tipping point of a song that has been on a serious journey of growth these last eight months. Listen to “Heat Waves” featuring iann dior HERE.

Since its initial release, “Heat Waves” has experienced a global rise in support that shows no signs of stopping. Having originally resonated with their fans, word of the song quickly spread, and the track started getting healthy traction on radio stations globally. Next came a sync placement on FIFA, which opened up a whole new audience for the band and helped the track begin to climb charts all over the world. “Heat Waves” was then notably crowned number 1 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 – an accolade not given to a UK band since 2009, with previous winners including Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish. A third surge in attention came more recently with an organic Minecraft affiliation. YouTuber LoverFella (2.3M subscribers) rebuilt a Glass Animals fan’s base and surprised her with a meet-and-greet with the band, who were waiting inside. Watch it HERE and the Extended BTS HERE. Dave Bayley recently sat down to chat about the track’s creation with Hrishikesh Hirway on the coveted Song Exploder Podcast. Listen to the interview HERE.

“Heat Waves” currently sits at #1 on the Alternative Radio Chart for the second consecutive week, a first for the band in their career. The song also climbed to #1 on Mediabase, #1 on Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart and #1 on Apple Music’s Alternative Genre Chart. The track continues to grow in popularity on the Top 40 Radio Chart (currently sitting at #23) and made its debut on Apple Music All Genres Chart.

Currently “Heat Waves” holds the #1 spot on the ARIA Official Singles Chart in Australia for the fourth consecutive week (the second longest positioned #1 song in 2021 for Australia after Olivia Rodrigo) and is holding strong on Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart. It has over 2 million global adjusted single sales and 310 million global combined streams (200M on Spotify / 80M in the US). To date, “Heat Waves” peaked at 1.88 million daily streams and has received 14 million views of the video on YouTube. Glass Animals recently hit a new Spotify monthly listener peak of 16.3 million, surpassing the likes of Tame Impala, Gorillaz, The 1975 and The Strokes.

Bursting with all the wonderful tricks that we have come to expect from Glass Animals’ enigmatic front man and producer Dave Bayley, “Heat Waves” is a scorching, bass-heavy pop-trip hit, and the addition of iann dior brings a refreshing new dynamic to the track.

iann dior was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas. He found instant success with the first song he ever wrote. In early 2019, he signed a deal with Elliot Grainge’s 10K Projects and established himself as a lo-fi hip hop artist to watch, with early songs like “cutthroat” and “emotions.” iann went on to release “gone girl,” featuring fellow 10K Projects signee Trippie Redd, which provided a perfect lead up to his debut album Industry Plant. In mid-2020, iann dior featured on 24KGoldn’s “Mood,” and the single immediately began to climb the charts, becoming both 24KGoldn and iann dior’s first #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart.

Glass Animals’ album Dreamland entered UK charts on its opening week at #2 (their highest ever scoring chart position, a massive 21 spots above their last album, the Mercury Prize-nominated How To Be A Human Being) and charted inside the top 10 in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. The album clocked up 160 million streams in its first week of release.

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

 

BONGO BYTHEWAY

BONGO BYTHEWAY’S LATEST WINS

No stranger to prodigious acclaim across music genres spanning from Hip-Hop to Gospel and R&B to Afrobeat, Grammy Award-winning super-producer, songwriter, entertainer Bongo ByTheWay makes significant Q4 wins with his most recent productions on Ty Dolla $ign’s Billboard-charting project Featuring Ty Dolla $ign with “Status” and “Everywhere;” R&B sensation DaniLeigh’s My Terms” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and “Last Night” off her recently released album, Movie; Sevyn Streeters sultry, tropical banger “Kissez” featuring Davido and the heavy-hitting, chart-topping single “Gifted” by Cordae featuring Roddy Ricch.

Bongo has aided in creating an array of the most regarded music we have received in this generation — creating a track record for seamlessly fusing genres, styles and proficiencies that have remained unparalleled since his emergence on the music scene. What is the key to his refined talent, an ear for music excellence and budding legacy, you may ask? His dynamic upbringing; being of Nigerian descent and more. Bongo has seen a multitude of successes creating profuse amounts of hits, working alongside industry leaders and creating sonic-excellence only he is capable of producing. Consistently creating bangers across all genres of music that separates him from your standard creatives, this is only the start to his budding legacy as he continues to forge a blueprint for future producers following his path.

Bongo has aided in creating an array of the most regarded music we have received in this generation — creating a track record for seamlessly fusing genres, styles and proficiencies that have remained unparalleled since his emergence on the music scene. What is the key to his refined talent, an ear for music excellence and budding legacy, you may ask? His dynamic upbringing; being of Nigerian descent and more. Bongo has seen a multitude of successes creating profuse amounts of hits, working alongside industry leaders and creating sonic-excellence only he is capable of producing. Consistently creating bangers across all genres of music that separates him from your standard creatives, this is only the start to his budding legacy as he continues to forge a blueprint for future producers following his path.

Keep up with Bongo ByTheWay

WEBSITE: https://www.bongobytheway.com

IG: @BongoByTheWay 

About Bongo ByTheWay

Uforo “Bongo” Ebong, better known as Bongo ByTheWay, is a Grammy-winning platinum record producer originally from Nigeria and raised in both Florida and Rhode Island (currently residing in Los Angeles, CA). Bongo became known for his unparalleled talent with production; he also plays bass, piano and a multitude of other percussion instruments. As a child who grew up in the church, Bongo took to music as an outlet early on and received teaching from his musically inclined older brother beginning at age eight. By the time he was eleven Bongo began creating his own beats and got his first major placement on a Musiq Soulchild track when he was only 18. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Florida, Bongo relocated to the entertainment epicenter of Los Angeles to focus on his music full-time. But despite his early expression of talent and validation from big names in the industry, Bongo ByTheWay never stopped striving to get better and better and merge his instrumentalist background with the wave of new technology available. As the rising super-producer has explained, I grew up appreciating organic sounds. I played in the church, I grew up listening to Erykah Badu and The Roots, people that really have that feel of the instrumentation. But at the same time, I do appreciate the nuances of technology because they allow you to express yourself in a new way and have different soundscapes that are cutting edge.” 

As his career was taking off majorly beginning in 2013, Bongo became widely known for his production on Big Sean’s number one album Dark Sky Paradise and Documentary 2 by The Game. Bongo’s unique high-caliber production turned heads throughout the industry and has since led him to producing tracks for Roddy Ricch, Nipsey Hussle, Jeremih, Eric Bellinger, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, Snoop Dogg and Future among many others. He’s a 4-time Grammy nominated producer for songs with YBN Cordae and BJ the Chicago Kid and his landmark Grammy Award winning production on “Free From It All” by Hip Hop – Gospel crossover star Lecrae and his extensive discography has cemented him as one of THE most sought-after producers for popular urban music. In the summer of 2020, even amidst a global pandemic, Bongo ByTheWay secured two Billboard number ones for his chart-topping production on Teyana Taylor’s The Album and Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. A high-achieving person by nature, there’s no doubt that BongoByTheWay won’t stop his grind, no matter how many accolades he earns. As this super-producer says himself, If you’re not truly passionate about it, you’re not going to go the extra mile.”

Lil Wayne – NFL

Lil Wayne released a brand new single Monday titled “NFL,” which features Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby.

The new song is produced by Boi-1da and !llmind and will be the featured song as Amazon Prime takes over Thursday Night Football beginning this week when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Chicago Bears.

You can listen to “NFL” by clicking right here.

With the song comes a playlist for game days curated by Lil Wayne. It’s composed of 28 songs and includes his own music as well as songs from Roddy Ricch, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby and others. To hear the playlist, you can tell Alexa to, “Play Handpicked with Lil Wayne.”

Lil Wayne is coming off the release of the deluxe edition of “Tha Carter V“, a 33-song album which dropped Sept. 25. The album includes features from artists like Raekwon, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and more. He also released a brand new album in Jan. titled “Funeral.”

He recently hosted the highly-successful show “Young Money Radio” on Apple Music, which can be seen by clicking right here. Guests on the show included Dr. Dre, Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Kevin Hart and more. You can see the show by clicking right here.

Lil Wayne is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner. He founded Young Money Entertainment and is widely recognized, not just as a rapper, but as an author, a skater and a philanthropist.

With 15 million album sales and 37 million digital track sales in the United States alone, he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. His 2008 album “Tha Carter III” went triple platinum and won three GRAMMY Awards. He followed it up in 2011 with “Tha Carter IV,” which went double platinum. Both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

He still owns and operates Young Money Entertainment, the label credited with the explosive careers of Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Baby Keem – hooligan and sons & critics freestyle

LISTEN AND WATCH THE VISUAL HERE
Today, Baby Keem releases two new songs titled ‘hooligan’ and ‘sons & critics freestyle,’ with a striking visual for ‘hooligan’ directed by Jake Schreier and filmed in Los Angeles. Listen to both tracks and watch the visual here.

The tracks precede a new project from the nineteen-year old artist dropping soon. ‘hooligan’ and ‘sons & critics freestyle’ are the first release since Baby Keem’s 2019 album ‘Die for My Bitch,’  which earned him critical acclaim including being honored on XXL’s Freshman List.

The tracks are released on pgLang, in partnership with Columbia Records. Baby Keem is the first artist to partner with pgLang, a new multi-lingual, at service company founded by Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free, which launched in March 2020. A visual mission statement titled ‘welcome to pgLang’ starring Baby Keem can be seen here.

BLXST RELEASES NEW EP

By Armon Hayes

In celebration, BLXST held a properly social distanced and invite-only listening forum last night in Santa Monica. During the friend & family event, the artist and producer shared his highly anticipated release, No Love Lost, out now! The EP, from the West Coast rapper-singer-songwriter under Red Bull Records, is an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown, LA. The EP is filled with instrumentation that fills the track with raw emotion—a vibe reminiscent of the legendary Nate Dog, and is accompanied by a four-part cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life.

No Love Lost’s quintessential West Coast vibe will be perfect to cruise to for a long time to come.

Imagine your windows rolled down, the sun shining while your speakers are on blast. Blxst’s sound fits right in—fluid musicality slides through the pocket between R&B and Hip-Hop seamlessly, complimented with just the right amount of swagger.

The EP has an edgy attitude and slick soul lyrics that will appeal to all ears and generations. Starting with the release of his latest single, “Overrated,” Blxst speaks on love’s risk and the expectations that we and society place on relationships unexpectedly not living up to our idealized expectations.  “Hurt,” on the other hand, is a mirror of life experiences, and specifically the processes of overcoming obstacles and what we learn from said trials. 

Blxst is a multi-hyphenated, multi-threat talent. He initially earned notoriety for his production work and collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar, YG, Mozzy, G Perico, Eric Bellinger, Bino Rideaux, and more. His recent singles, including “My Emotions” and “Slip & Slide (feat. 1takejay)”, garnered praise from DJ Akademiks, Bibi Bourelly, TIDAL’s Elliott Wilson, and more

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Beyoncé - Black is King illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

A Gift From Beyoncé

‘Superb. Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time!’Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine

By Mina Tocalini

Beyoncé’s new film “Black is King,” a celebration of the “breadth and beauty of Black ancestry”, released on Disney+ today. Similar to Beyoncé’s 2016 film, “Lemonade,” “Black is King” acts as a visual album to her soundtrack, “The Lion King: The Gift.” Black Is King” explores the “timeless lessons” from Lion King in a visually rich modern journey of Black empowerment and resilience.

Beyoncé announced her excitement for the film’s release via Instagram, while further acknowledging the impact of its release and message: “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey… I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history.”

Beyoncé’s prideful film explores the Black experience and history through a young king’s story of “betrayal, love and self-identity.” Additionally, given the timing of its release, the film presents the necessity of honoring and telling stories from the Black perspective and that of any underrepresented community.

Simply put, the film is a celebratory visual journey of the Black experience. Initially the flow of the story seems interrupted and fast paced, but further on, it becomes clear that instead of following a linear narrative, it challenges the audience to find the connections within the short moments that frame each message.

Reiterating the same story we know and love is unnecessary, so rather, “Black is King” reinvents the Lion King through thematic experimentation intended to ignite pride in the Black identity. In a stunning collage of Afro-Soul music, narrative driven reflections and strikingly beautiful imagery, the film successfully expresses inspirational messages of hope, growth, love and community.

Some have critiqued the lavish presentation of Blackness via art, dance and fashion to be excessive and fast paced. Yet, this film’s message is focused on individuality and self love derived from the appreciation of Black culture. A culture of an entire continent and of Black communities around the world, it is anything but simple.

The immense detail in this film celebrates the complexity of Black beauty and the fast paced editing can not only be considered a reference to music video styles. It may originate from there, but can we not interpret it as being part of the overwhelming journey of defining your identity while struggling with the racial tensions in society.

Beyoncé did not create this to simply further enhance her image in a display of wealth, popular culture already associates her persona this way, we expect it and should not disregard the artistry for embracing it. She is simply using her power as a superstar to lead the unifying celebration, as should be done by those who can.

Additionally, Beyoncé is not the only star in “Black is King”, although American audiences may mainly recognize her. Emerging African artists such as Wizkid, Busiswa, Shatta Wale, Salatiel, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Tekno, Moonchild Sanelly and Lord Afrixana were part of the album and in some in the film. Black American artists also include Kelly Rowland, 070 Shake, Childish Gambino, Jessie Reyez, Pharrell Williams, Nija, and Tierra Whack. The presence of these Black American legends establishes the familiarity necessary to create an alliance between both Black cultures and induce a movement of African diaspora celebration.

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Pressure225 Q&A for 360 Magazine

Pressure225 Q&A

By Armon Hayes

Pressure225 offers refreshing perspective and a  distinctive voice. Emerging thru the rubble of battle rap, the sound of no regrets, leaving it all on every track. 

Rapper Pressure225 released his visual debut for his song “I give you everything,” has an upcoming EP To Die For, and is just coming off of a monumental win in a freestyle rap battle.

The Bronx native’s career is growing with the momentum of his victory as HOT97’s Top shelf freestyle winner. Pressure spits his way to the top of rap battles and music charts with the wit and cadences of a budding force in Hip Hop. My first encounter with Pressure225 was at SOBS where I worked closely with the new artist as he prepared for his performance. Today, I caught up with the lyricist for a Q&A for 360 Magazine and learned how his charm translates from the stage and into real life.

What new projects are you working?

I’m currently finishing my new EP titled “To Die For.” Every time I say the title it feels off, to be real. But it’s a story. You would have to tune in to understand the concept behind it.

I try to make all my projects based on a theme and this one made me dig deeper than any of the other projects I worked on. To try and summarize, it’s about letting go of what you love. In my eyes, that is music. “Is this something I love where the sacrifice is worth the reward?” I’ve been working on this so long, the stress of the independent grind I just had to ask myself, is it to die for? Listen in and it will translate deeper.

What inspired your new music and video for “I give you everything?”

“I give you everything” goes back to the theme in the music. It’s a revolving door behind the questions I have for my passion. It’s almost like my insecurities speaking. I also felt like many people can relate. How much of myself can I give to the craft before I fall down? I wrote the song in 20 minutes and it was the first song I recorded with the homie @madamixes. I’ve always recorded my own projects but this time I felt that I needed to give that responsibility to another ear. It worked out and by taking the opportunity I learned so much about recording in the new streaming era.

The video was shot by @ezrugonalez, and, to be honest we had no big plan. It was like a run and gun video that he made work. His vision behind the camera is crazy. We shot it in Dumbo, Brooklyn and Ezru gave the direction and I gave the performance.

How do you respond to critics who treat battle rap not as a mainstream vehicle?

I love battle rap. Battle rap is the purest form of rap. It’s raw and performed in one shot as a 9-minute performance done in three rounds. It doesn’t get more real than that. There are big time battlers who make $70-80k a battle. I wouldn’t say battle rap is not mainstream but big leagues like @urltv, who are backed by the likes of Drake, are definitely taking it there. If you come up in battle rap it can open gates to new opportunities for sure.

Describe your music in one word?

Unpredictable.

As the winner of episode 4 of Hot 97’s Top shelf, what are your biggest takeaways?

Networking is key. Listen and learn from the people you meet, take advantage of the rooms you are in. I met some good people behind the scenes who handed me game that I hold on to till this day. When I get my shot for @funkflex freestyle, I will show out for sure lol.

Artist you hope to collaborate with?

My dream list is very New York. Jadakiss, Fab, Nas, but if we are talking more active I’d say J. Cole, Kendrick. I also really like Griselda Records, Westside Gunn, Conway, and Benny for bringing rap back to New York.

How has quarantine life been for you as a new independent artist?

As for independent artists, all we ask for is free time to work on the craft. We as a whole have never been in this predicament. For myself, I can say I took advantage of that time. I am more aware of the steps I need to take on my journey. I made some investments and now I am looking to drop the projects I worked on during quarantine.

What are your thoughts on rap culture seemly more inclusive?

Its a love-hate thing. I love the fact that rap culture has come this far. I hate the moments I step back and know when it’s being patronized. I’m a guest in Hip Hop and it saved me; I will always be on the front lines to keep this culture growing.

Who are your top five rappers?

I don’t have a top five. It’s the age old question and I’m so deep into rap that my mood changes too much to pick five. But, I do have three that will always remain, that’s Jay Z, Big, and Nas. But, I may change that later.

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The Fader – Digital FORT 2.0 × Dolby

Earlier this week, The FADER announced its line-up for their Digital FORT 2.0, with over 30 + exclusive performances from both acclaimed and emerging artists in support of several charities, including Trap Heals, the NAACP, For The Gworls, Arts & Parts, Gideon’s Army United and more.

In addition to the set times, today the FADER is excited to announce their new partnership with Dolby.  

New to Digital FORT is a short film featuring acclaimed jazz artist and producer Terrace Martin as Dolby and The FADER explore the places, the process, and the people that inspire his creative hustle. The film kicks off the “Inspired to Inspire” Artist Spotlight Talent Search.  Additionally, The FADER, in collaboration with Dolby, will host a social media talent search, encouraging artists to create and submit a performance using the free Dolby On recording app for a chance to win an Artist Spotlight interview and video premiere on The FADER, written by our award winning editorial team.  

The submission contest aims to champion creatives to use their voice by giving them a once-in-a-career opportunity to align with some of the biggest names in music. All entries must be of original material up to five minutes in length and entered through the submission form HERE. Submissions must be made using Dolby On, a free app, available HERE. Entrants are also encouraged to post their submissions to social media using the hashtag #DolbyInspiredToInspire. The entry period begins July 25th at 5:00 PM EST and ends on August 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The winner will be announced on TheFADER.com by August 31, 2020.  

Digital FORT 2.0 is set to take place on Saturday, July 25th, beginning at 5 PM EST, and will host a mix of performance pieces and exclusive content from both acclaimed and emerging artists.  

The broadcast will be embedded for viewing on The FADER’s website and live on The FADER’s Official YouTube Channel, with select content remaining available on VOD for one week following the event.  

“As much as we miss interacting in person with our audience and the artist community at FADER FORT and The FADER events, the response to our first Digital FORT was truly incredible,” says Jon Cohen, co-founder and co-CEO of The FADER. “It really captured the community that we have built around FADER FORT. We are honored to have a platform in FADER FORT that artists continue to want to use to showcase their talent and creativity. With Digital FORT 2.0, we have expanded our partnerships to not only elevate the quality of our production, but give our audience an even better experience.”  

Sponsors to Digital FORT 2.0 include Dolby, D’usse Cognac, and YouTube.  

Digital FORT 2.0 will also continue to hold a charitable element as a call to action, as the world continues to cope with the current musical, social, and political landscape. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, worldwide demonstrations have shed light on police violence, racial injustice and political indifference.  

Visitors to the Digital FORT 2.0 will be encouraged to donate to Trap Heals, among others.  

Trap Heals is a creative agency and collective of artists based in South Central Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA that focus on the intersection of art, culture and activism to cultivate community engagement and social equity. Through the use of visual art, brand development and creative strategy, Trap Heals has collaborated with numerous non-profits, political movements and brands to reimagine culture and community healing.  

“For an entire generation, The FADER has represented the highest levels of boundless creativity, genre-bending sonic landscapes, and awe-inspiring artistic vision, says Damon Turner, CEO and Founder of Trap Heals.  

“We at Trap Heals are honored to be a part of that vision. We believe in healing for our community through music and creativity. And with our shared visions will create an opportunity for ultimate transformation – personally, politically and artistically.”  

In addition to Trap Heals, Digital FORT 2.0 will lend its platform to a variety of organizations such as The NAACP, For The Gworls, Arts & Parts, Gideon’s Army United, and more curated by the artists of the Digital FORT 2.0 lineup.  

“Music has always had the ability to inspire and uplift during challenging times,” says Rob Stone, co-founder of The FADER. “We’re humbled by the great talent that chose not only to participate in the first Digital FORT in March, but who are open to sharing their work at a time when the music community needs it most this July.”  

D’USSE

D’USSE [dew-say] is a bold new expression of Cognac that dares the palate like never before. Born from the prestigious Chateau de Cognac, France, D’USSE blends over 200 years of tradition with the inspiration of a passionate Cellar Master who set out to create his own legacy. The result is a uniquely powerful, authentic Cognac that starts off with distinguished intensity which gives way to a pleasantly smooth, balanced finish. The D’USSE Cognac range consists of VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) and XO (Extra Old) qualities. For more information please visit the D’USSE website.  

TRAP HEALS

Trap Heals is an Incubator and Accelerator program based in South Central Los Angeles that is focused on building the work and life skills, economic literacy, and professional development for creatives and artists who have been historically disenfranchised in order to promote community healing and economic equity.  

YouTube is a video-sharing website whose mission and vision statements have not only revolutionized entertainment but also related businesses. With over 2 Billion users worldwide, YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. In 2018, YouTube announced YouTube Giving, a fundraising platform which enables creators to raise awareness, and money, for their chosen organizations via the video platform.  

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More about FADER FORT Digital

Each year, Austin’s SXSW draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe – and many share the same goal: Score a pass to get into the invite only FADER FORT. Due to the spread of the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, Austin cancelled SXSW and all other live music events followed suit. Devastated by the festival’s cancellation along with the nation on lockdown, globally renowned brand, The FADER, along with 100 musicians came together to bring FADER FORT to their fans living room with a one-time digital broadcast event. Tagged as “Your Online Music Care Package”, The FADER Fort Digital Broadcast launched as a collaborative incentive for artists and The FADER to raise money for various charities hit the hardest in the music and entertainment industries.  

Initially announced as a nine hour event, due to an overwhelming response from the music community, The FADER extended to two days, March 31 and April 1.  

The Eighteen hour broadcast event featured original performances and a mixed bag of exclusive content from both acclaimed and emerging artists. Participants included DJ Shadow, Phantogram, RMR, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter- Patrisse Cullors, Ari Lennox, TOKiMONSTA, Childish Major and many others.  

FADER FORT’s digital debut amassed over 150 million impressions on social media and raised over $25,000 for charity. Due to popular demand and the success of The FADER Fort’s Digital Broadcast debut, The FADER announces DIGITAL FORT 2.0 in July.  

The FADER FORT has been a platform for musical discovery, often launching the careers of artists who perform at the event. In previous years, The FADER FORT has hosted surprise and scheduled performances by Drake, Cardi B, Kanye West, Diddy, Lil’ Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and other notable acts – often before they became household names.

Peter Manos Debut EP

Peter Manos’ debut EP – Do You Turn Red? – will be released by Capitol Records on June 10. The set will include his new single, “Tennessee,” and five other tracks he recently recorded in his L.A. home studio, plus Manos’ 2017 debut single, “In My Head.” View the trailer for Do You Turn Red? HERE. See below for track listing. Fans who pre-order the digital EP will instantly receive “Tennessee.” Do You Turn Red? is also available for pre-order in CD, cassette and opaque blue vinyl editions. The New York Times said, “Peter Manos is from Texas,but ‘Tennessee’ is no country song. It’s an electronic lament, Auto-Tuned and steeped in James Blake and Frank Ocean; it also hints at the Beatles’ chromatic chord progressions…even as programmed arpeggios swell to support him, he’s left uncomprehending and alone, pure male angst.” Idolator observed, “this is the kind of song that casts an uneasy spell on the listener – commanding a spot on any respectable late-night playlist.” Variance praised the “tender yet moody cut.”

Released earlier this month, “Tennessee” has already amassed nearly one million combined streams. View Do You Turn Red? is both a guidepost pointing toward what may come and a snapshot of this moment. Here is Manos at the front of his career, full of ideas, and all of them tangibly intimate. Despite joining Capitol in 2019, and relocating from the outskirts of Dallas to the heart of Los Angeles, Manos still makes music in a vacuum of sorts. He works almost exclusively solo out of his downtown apartment, in a bedroom-turned- recording-den. Manos has a knack for carving out his own space within something familiar, as these songs make clear. His taste dovetails perfectly with his skills as a one-stop shop singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and producer. There’s the slyly sexy groove topped by his delicate falsetto on “You Don’t Know Me.” There’s the hypnotic cascade of guitar and odd samples that underpin “Zach’s Ballad.” And the way that “At Night” starts as a solitary psych-soul excursion but ends in a hail of live drums and ghostly oohs. “Do You Turn Red?” arrives after five songs of blue mood like a sudden rush of blood. It plays like a confession and feels as raw. Taken with his lyrics – equal parts diaristic share and poetic scrawl – it all feels deeply personal. “If it feels like looking in on something private, it is,” says Manos. “Growing up, no one knew I was playing music. I did sports, went to parties, and had great friends, but it was a secret.”

Manos wound up at Nashville’s Belmont University with the goal of studying music until music allowed him to drop out. That happened during his second year, when over a couple days in the moments between classes and coursework, Manos made “In My Head” in his dorm room – the same fully realized version that appears on Do You Turn Red? A buddy who helped him record warned him, “Remember, people’s first songs don’t usually do anything.” Yet “In My Head” found its way onto numerous playlists, from Spotify’s Pop Rising all the way to Today’s Top Hits.

Combined global streams of the track now top 300 million. Hailing “In My Head” as a “Song You Need to Know,” Rolling Stone observed, “In aworld largely ruled by speedy trap tempos, ‘In My Head’ proves that ballads can still surprise.” Ones To Watch praised “You Don’t Know Me,” one of Manos’ follow-up tracks, as “truly breathtaking.” Manos produced the EP’s six new tracks with Sam Ricci (SZA, Kendrick Lamar). Do You Turn Red? was mixed by Jeff Ellis (Frank Ocean) and mastered by Dale Becker (Khalid). “There’s a lot of emotion and thought in these songs,” says Manos. “I’m completely obsessive about making music and getting it right — having every piece sound exactly the way I want it.”

Track Listing – Do You Turn Red?

1. My Mind

2. You Don’t Know Me

3. At Night

4. Tennessee

5. Zach’s Ballad

6. Do You Turn Red?

7. In My Head