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Seun Kuti and Vic Mensa release Badman Lighter via 360 MAGAZINE.

Badman Lighter

As the suffix hints, this is a new and revamped version of “Badman Lighter [Remix],” one of the standout cuts from the groundbreaking African Dreams, released in December 2022. This true meeting of minds united the Grammy-nominated Afrobeat ambassador/sociopolitical powerhouse Seun Kuti and arguably one of the greatest MCs alive today, legendary The Roots frontman/poet laureate Black Thought, over an electrifying synthesis of Afrobeat and hip-hop.

The empowering, socially conscious EP caused a worldwide stir, with significant radio and media support, millions of streams across all platforms, a coveted place on the FIFA 23 game soundtrack, and a dedicated billboard in Times Square, not to mention fulfilling its ultimate purpose: aligning with the powerful Kuti family mantra “music is the weapon” by engaging with and provoking reactions amongst Africans and the African diaspora.

Without a moment of respite, the pair have decided to reignite the flame, continuing the momentum with this release of the fiery “Badman Lighter 2.0,” inviting fellow progressive rapper/activist Vic Mensa to join them on the journey. Fresh off his revolutionary Black Star Line Festival in Ghana, Mensa delivers a scorching verse that serves as the cherry on top of an already formidable composition.

Alongside the incredible vocal performances, every musical element found in this high-energy production has been lifted from Seun Kuti’s critically acclaimed albumBlack Times, carefully spliced, and woven back together. The hybrid Afrobeat/hip-hop formula uses driving beats to tie together the very best of both worlds, from the iconic Egypt 80 horn section and signature call-and-response chorus to a classic saxophone solo that serves as the masterpiece’s finishing touch, underpinning its powerful messages.

So we ask, on March 10, 2023, who’s got the Badman Lighter?

“Badman Lighter 2.0”
Primary Artists: Seun Kuti, Black Thought 
Featuring: Vic Mensa 
Producer: Molotov 
Writers/Authors: Seun Anikulapo Kuti, Tariq Trotter, Alex Jennings, Victor Kwesi Mensah 
Mixed & Mastered by Forest DLG for KMJ45 
Genre: Hip-hop/Afrobeat 
Release Date: March 10, 2023 
Digital Release
Vic Mensa appears courtesy of Roc Nation Records

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 2023 Tour
4/15 – Apollo Theater, New York (US) 
5/23 – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (Denmark) 
5/25 – Afro-Pringsten Festival, Winterthur (Switzerland) 
5/27 – World Village Festival, Suvilahti TBA, Helsinki (Finland) 
5/28 – Les Petites Folies, Théâtre de Verdure, Lampaul-Plouarzel, (France) 
6/23 – Nuits Carreers Festival, Esplanade Du Pré Des Pêcheurs, Antibes Juan-les-Pins (France) 
6/30 – Arsenal Festival, Kragujevac (Serbia) 
7/15 – Sherwood Festival, Park Nord Stadio Euganeo, Padua (Italy) 
7/22 – Colours Of Ostrava, Ostrava – (Repubblica Ceca) 
7/28 – Uppsala Reggae Festival, Uppsala (Sweden) 
8/4 – Festivalle, Valle dei Templi, Agrigento (Italy) 
8/10 – Locus Festival, Masseria Ferragnano, Locorotondo (Italy) 
8/12 – Color Fest, Agriturismo Costantino, Lamezia Terme (Italy) 
8/16 – Overjam Festival, Tolmin (Slovenia)

Nicki Minaj's "RED RUBY DA SLEEZE" via 360 MAGAZINE



Nicki Minaj, formerly Onika Maraj, was born in Trinidad on December 8, 1982. She rose to stardom following the drop of her first album entitled, Pink Friday. This album took the world by storm as her beats and flow helped her to rise to the top of the charts globally.

Pink Friday featured the song ‘Super Bass’, a globally acclaimed release that reached number 3 on the Billboard charts. Her fan base ultimately grew and continued to span cultures and communities. Her versatility in genre and rap style attracts many different loyal fans and has gained the affinity of many. Her most recent single ‘Super Freaky Girl’ was a mega hit across social media and added to her ever-growing stardom.

Nicki Minaj continues to make her mark as a rapper, songwriter, actress, and singer; and this new release of ‘Red Ruby Da Sleeze’ is sure to top the charts and leave fans wanting more.

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BIA, "Sixteen" via 360 MAGAZINE


Boston-born and Los Angeles-based multiplatinum global artist, entrepreneur, and style icon BIA returns with a hard-hitting new single entitled “SIXTEEN” out today via Epic Records.  Fans will also be able to catch BIA performing her new single during her set at Rolling Loud California this Sunday March 4th in Inglewood, CA at the SOFI Stadium.

Produced by Aziz The Shake and Tim Nihan, it might just be her most emotionally charged anthem yet. Immediately, she declares, “I came from a place where there’s nobody to look up to.” She recalls her come up out of Boston without holding back, “I left mama house. I ain’t have nowhere to run to.” Ultimately, she cuts deeper than ever on “SIXTEEN.

Meanwhile, her 2022 single “London” [feat. J. Cole] remains a phenomenon. It has tallied 42.7 million Spotify streams and counting in addition to 21 million YouTube views on the music video. Inspiring tastemaker applause, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “She brings her own flair to the drill rap style of the U.K.,” and HYPEBEAST noted, “After BIA makes mention of copping new Prada, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, Cole enters with a rapid-fire verse of his own.” Following her nod in the category of “Best Hip Hop Artist” at the iHeartRadioMusic Awards, the song garnered a nomination in the category of “Best Hip Hop Video” at the BET Hip Hop Awards. 

“London” recalled BIA’s 2020 platinum single “Whole Lotta Money,” which received a Nicki Minaj remix on the deluxe version of her For Certain EP. The trap&B smash debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted for 17 weeks overall. For Certain (Deluxe) houses “Can’t Touch This,” which netted over 15.5 million Spotify streams.

Last weekend, our favorite “cover girl for certain” BIA performed at the Phililp Plein FW 223 fashion show in Milan and just the week before BIA also co-headlined the AT&T NBA All-Star Pregame Performance with The Kid LAROI, delivering a showstopping set. She also exclusively spoke to People about her love for the Boston Celtics, and the outlet assured, “her fans will be excited to know that the wait for BIA‘s highly-anticipated album is almost over.”

Expanding her growing empire, she also launched her cruelty free cosmetic line, Beauty For Certain By BIA last year. All products are available now on with further plans for retail expansion later this year as well as upcoming partnerships with Boxy Charm and Ipsy. The line consists of lipsticks, cream blushes, and highlights. PAPER raved, “BIA’s collection gives us the baddie energy we’ve been missing from beauty at large.”

Listen to Sixteen HERE.

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Global music icon Daddy Yankee has received a GRAMMY®Award nomination in the category “Best Música Urbana Album” for his chart-topping farewell album, LEGENDADDY. This notably marks his fifth career nomination at the GRAMMY® Awards. 

The ceremony airs live from the Arena in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023.

LEGENDADDY remains a phenomenon, with over 3 billion streams worldwide. It not only became the #1 Latin album in the world, but the album’s global hit “REMIX” vaulted to #1 on the Latin Airplay chart leading radio charts in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, while “RUMBATÓN” reached #1 on the Latin Urban Airplay chart in the US this week.

In addition, the track “HOT” in collaboration with Pitbull, reached No. 25 on the chart.

LEGENDADDY was also the first album of 2022 to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA with over one billion streams and was listed as the mid-year Top Latin Album. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, consecutively achieving his fifth #1 debut on the chart. Additionally, it entered the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 chart at #8, marking his highest chart position to date and his first Top 10 hit in 15 years since 2007’s El Cartel: The Big Boss. It also placed at #1 on the Weekly Top Albums chart on Spotify.

He also sold-out his farewell tour “La Última Vuelta in the U.S. The tour began this past July 25 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado with a completely sold-out show and continued at The Forum in Los Angeles, California where they made history with 5 sold out shows, and Phoenix, AZ. Promoted by Cardenas Marketing Network and Raphy PinaMR Sold Out, the five-month trek includes some of the rapper-songwriters’ biggest headline shows in North America and Latin America to date. In addition, Daddy Yankee announced three tour dates for Puerto Rico on January 6, 7 and 8. Tickets are now available HERE (United States).


As a culture creator, game changer, agent of change, and groundbreaker, Daddy Yankee has consistently inspired, impacted, and influenced generations of creators. An indisputable icon, he remains one of the most influential artists of all time, bringing reggaeton worldwide for the first time. Latin music and culture would not look, sound, or feel the same without him. It’s hard to even imagine the genre itself without “Gasolina,” “Despacito” [with Luis Fonsi], or “Con Calma” [with Snow], and more.

Since 1995, he has consistently conquered charts, toppled records, and made history on his own terms. The magnitude of his accolades proves nearly impossible to match or exceed. Living up to the title of “King of Reggaeton,” he has moved north of 30 million records as “one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all-time.” Out of hundreds of awards, he has scored five Latin GRAMMY® Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, 14 Billboard Latin Music Awards, two Latin American Music Awards (including the Icon Award), eight Lo Nuestro Awards, an MTV VMA, and six ASCAP Awards in addition to earning a spot on the Puerto Rican Walk of Fame and the“Presencia Latina” at Harvard University. He also stands out as “the only Latin Artist with four Spanish-language entries on the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.” He received “Songwriter of the Year” three times at the 2021 ASCAP Latin Music Awards and distinguished himself as “the first urban Latino artist to enter the Billboard Hall of Fame.”

Most importantly, he runs and leads his charity “Daddy’s House,” which Billboard commended with the Spirit of Hope Award.

After changing the face of Latin music forever, he leaves on the highest note possible in 2022 with his twelfth full-length offering and final album, LEGENDADDY, brought to life with his farewell tour, LA ÚLTIMA VUELTA (The Last Round). The album combines the essence of Reggaeton with salsa, dancehall, rap, trap bachata, EDM, and Caribbean music like never before.

Rich the kid via Jamal Peters by 360 Magazine




Rich The Kid is back with the release of his new single and video “Motion” – listen here / watch here. Over a hypnotizing, melodic beat, Rich spits bars and punctuates his return to music. Directed by DREWFILMEDIT, the visual captures Rich in motion during his daily life. Talking about the new single Rich states, “If you not having ‘Motion’ you have nothing.” The latest drop also comes alongside the announcement of his signing to RCA Records. 

Watch “Motion” HERE.

Born in Queens, New York, Rich found himself immersed in the street rap scene, particularly the escalating beef between Jay-Z and Nas. At just nine years old, Rich was taken by their slick wordplay. New York may have given him his penchant for lyrics, but Atlanta gave him his swag, as he was bound for the South at 11 and started listening to artists like T.I. and Outkast thanks to his uncle. Rich started creating his own music and promoted it through social media, but in order to double down on getting his songs played, he networked heavily and built relationships to get his music heard. In March of 2018, he cut the intoxicating track “New Freezer,” Kendrick Lamar hopped on the track shortly thereafter and a star was born. The double platinum track was followed by the triple platinum colossal single “Plug Walk” later in 2018. The World Is Yours album debuted that same year, followed by The World Is Yours 2 in 2019. In March of 2020, he dropped Boss Man just as the pandemic leaned in, boasting collaborations with the likes of Lil Baby, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and several others. “The pandemic allowed me to get my mojo back and build a body of work,” Rich explains. “The next album I’m releasing is from songs I’ve recorded through quarantine up until now.”

For Rich, his motion also includes spreading his wings, as he’s gearing up to release music exploring different genres, collaborating with new artists and more. The motion won’t stop from here.

Check out “Motion” and stay tuned for more coming from Rich The Kid.

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Megan thee Stallon Amazon Music Live Show Photo Jesse Lirola (getty images) via 360 Magazine


Amazon Music Live aired the second episode of their brand new concert series, hosted by Grammy-winning hip-hop icon 2 Chainz. The not-to-be-missed new weekly live-streamed concert series features the biggest artists performing their latest hits live.

Megan Thee Stallion lit up the stage as this week’s headliner with performances of new songs such as “NDA” and “Plan B” off brand new album Traumazine as well as classics like “Thot Shit” and “WAP.”

Coming up on November 10th, country music superstar Kane Brown will treat fans to songs from his new album Different Man and more. Stream the performances via Prime Video following Thursday Night Football. Music and sports fans unite for the hottest new series. 

Today, Amazon Music announced Amazon Music Live, a not-to-be-missed new weekly livestreamed concert series featuring the biggest artists performing their latest hits live, hosted by Grammy-winning hip-hop icon 2 Chainz. Airing on Prime Video following Thursday Night Football, music and sports fans will come together for Thursday night’s new destination for the hottest new releases to come to life. Watch a sneak peek of Amazon Music Live here.

Streamed live from Los Angeles, Amazon Music Live premieres October 27 with musical guest Lil Baby, who will perform cuts off his recently released album, It’s Only Me, as well as fan-favorites and chart-topping hits. On November 3, three-time Grammy winner Megan Thee Stallion will grace the Amazon Music Live stage, and on November 10, country music superstar Kane Brown will treat fans to songs from his new album Different Man and more. Even more epic performances will be announced in the weeks to come.

“Whether you’re a sports fan waiting for the first football game of the week, or a music fan staying up late to hear the latest drop from your favorite artist, Thursday is the biggest night for entertainment,” said Kirdis Postelle, global head of artist marketing of Amazon Music. “With Amazon Music Live, we’ve created a new, can’t-miss series for fans to experience the most exciting new music together. For artists, this show represents a massive new stage to share their music with fans after Thursday Night Football—the biggest game of the week, airing live on Prime Video.”

In addition to hosting Amazon Music Live, 2 Chainz will interview each night’s performing artist during Thursday Night Football shoulder programming, providing fans with unprecedented access to their favorite artists. Each concert will be available for fans to stream live around the world on Prime Video and will also be available to stream on-demand for a limited time.

“Every Thursday night, I’m bringing the biggest and the brightest stars in music to the Amazon Music Live stage in Los Angeles,” said 2 Chainz. “We have the people that are influencing the culture and have carved their own unique path in music, like Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kane Brown. Amazon Music Live is the only place to be for the official Thursday turn up!”

Each week’s performance will be filmed in front of a live audience, and attendance to the show will be facilitated through live events company DICE, by invitation only. Additional Amazon Music Live guests will be revealed periodically throughout the season. For more information visit

About Amazon Music:

Amazon Music is an immersive audio entertainment service that connects fans, artists, and creators through music, podcasts, and culture. Amazon Music brings fans closer to what they love, with curated and personalized playlists, artist livestreams, artist merch, and Amazon Exclusive podcasts. Prime members get access to over 100 million songs in shuffle mode, All-Access playlists, plus the largest catalog of top ad-free podcasts, included with their membership. Customers can upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited for full, on-demand access to 100 million songs in HD and a growing catalog of Ultra HD and Spatial audio. Anyone can listen to Amazon Music by downloading the free Amazon Music app, or wherever they listen to music including Alexa-enabled devices. Learn more at

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Quavo & Takeoff "Only Built For Infinity Links" VIA 360 MAGAZINE


Global sports retailer, Lids has debuted their latest hat collection with rapper, Quavo.

The collection includes three colorways of the New Era 59FIFTH silhouette in navy, off-white, and sky blue colorways. Whether you’re starting your hat collection or adding to your current collection, these hats are the perfect way to complete your look this season and beyond. The hats feature both Quavo and Braves graphics that commemorate the four-time World Series Championships. You can wear these hats casually or for game day, making for a stylish addition to your wardrobe.

·       Atlanta Braves New Era Four-Time World Series Champions x Quavo 59FIFTY Fitted Hat – Off-White ($64.99)

·       Atlanta Braves New Era Four-Time World Series Champions x Quavo 59FIFTY Fitted Hat – Navy ($64.99)

The navy and off-white hats are available in select Atlanta stores, the new Lids Vegas flagship store, and on

Quavo TikTok, IG, Twitter, WIKI





Rustling up a signature style unlike anything in the game, country trap king Jamie Ray serves up his anxiously awaited debut EP, Country Trap [Against Da Grain/Human Resources/Epic Records]. Listen to Country TrapHERE.

The nine-track collection highlights his hypnotic hybrid of country and hip-hop threaded together with the pluck of bluesy guitar and the thump of slick 808s. Among many highlights, Camo Bando” pairs his unrestrained flow with a skittering beat as he namedrops Rambo in between a yeehaw or two. He warns, “Don’t think about taking off with my money. I got it!” Breezy acoustic guitar gives way to trap production on “Buckshot” punctuated by banjo. Then, there’s “Do Si Do” [feat. D Star Dusty Leigh]. He cooks up a honky-tonk banger with no shortage of twerking or twang. The introspective “Country To The City” chronicles his journey, while “Guitar Strings” hinges on six-string fireworks straight out of the Mississippi Delta as he urges, “So let me know if you want to go, over fretboard-burning wailing. Meanwhile, Country Trap also boasts his breakout “MAGIC CITY COWBOY” and “COWBOY GANGSTA.

In advance of Country TrapJamie has impressively gathered over 30 million total global audio streams and 20 million video views. He preceded the EP with “STICKS,” which cracked 234K Spotify streams and 887K YouTube views on the music video. In a symbolic moment of passing the torch, he just joined forces with Southern rap icon Bubba Sparxxx for a Remix of the #1 classic “Deliverance.” Check it out HERE.  

After quietly grinding, Jamie Ray set the game ablaze with a cosign from Young Thug and the release of “MAGIC CITY COWBOY” in 2021, generating over 8.4 million Spotify streams, 2.9 million YouTube views on the music video, and countless TikTok creates. He further defined a showstopping style of his own with the likes of “Broadway Girls REMIX”  and his latest viral hit COWBOY GANGSTA whose visual surpassed over 8.2 Million views on YouTube. Along the way, he tallied tens of millions of streams and views and attracted features from the likes of Lil Baby and YoungBoy Never Broke Again. Now, he’s ready to flip country and rap upside down for good.

Get ready for more from Jamie Ray.

COUNTRY TRAP Tracklisting:






6.“DO-SI-DO” (FEATURING DSTAR & Dusty Leigh)





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Lil Baby × FIFA

Lil Baby Drops New Single “The World Is Yours To Take” To Be Featured on Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack

The Grammy-nominated rapper partners with Budweiser to release inspiring anthem for the upcoming FIFA World Cup

Today, Grammy-nominated rapper, mogul, and philanthropist Lil Baby is partnering with Budweiser to release “The World Is Yours To Take,” a new single that will be featured on the first-ever Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Soundtrack and in campaign content from Budweiser, The Official Beer of the FIFA World Cup. The high-energy anthem samples the iconic chorus from the hit song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears, inspiring fans to begin their journey towards greatness. The pop song transcends generations and geography, punctuating the go-getter energy Budweiser and Lil Baby were after for the collaborative track.

Listen to “The World Is Yours To Take” HERE and watch the lyric music video HERE.

Four years ago, sports fans around the world were gathering for the 2018 FIFA World Cup just as Lil Baby began on his path to superstardom with the release of his first album. Now, the Atlanta native and globally recognized rap phenomenon is using the global stage of the FIFA World Cup and partnership with Budweiser to reflect on his journey and inspire fans to go for it.

“My new track with Budweiser for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack is a special one for me. It is about the journey we’ve all been on over the last few years and celebrating what’s next. When I started in music in 2017, I went all in on a dream that brought me to where I am now, and that’s what I want fans to feel when they hear the song. I hope it makes you feel like you’re walking out onto the pitch at the World Cup making moves toward your own dreams, whatever that means to you,” said Lil Baby.

One of only eight singles featured on the Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack, “The World Is Yours To Take” will be celebrated on Lil Baby’s 28 birthday with a live performance at the Budweiser Hotel at the tournament. Budweiser and Lil Baby aren’t stopping at a global hit single; the pair will team up with amazing artists around the world to release new versions of the song and shoot the music video at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar that will take place from November 20 until December 18, 2022.


Some artists define a genre, but Lil Baby defines a generation. The GRAMMY Award-winning rapper has smashed records, made history, and impacted the course of modern hip-hop with his instantly identifiable and inimitable style. He has garnered dozens of multi platinum certifications and tens of billions of streams as arguably the biggest new rapper to emerge this decade. Following the success of his platinum full-length debut Harder Than Ever in 2018, he seized #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with 2020’s My Turn, becoming “the year’s #1 selling and #1 streaming album in the US.” At first, it cemented him as “2020’s first and only artist to go double-platinum,” but it has since gone quadruple-platinum and has logged 85 weeks in the top 10 of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking the longest top-tier run in the chart’s history.

He notably tied Prince and Paul McCartney for Billboard Hot 100 hits and Taylor Swift for “most weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 in 2020” with a total of 6. Out of eight nominations, he scored his first GRAMMY Award in 2022. He has appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone and the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Issue in addition to receiving honors from VEVO, Rap Caviar, the Apple Music Awards, and more. He teamed up with Lil Durk for The Voice of the Heroes, marking his second #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200. It’s just the beginning though. He’s bound to revolutionize the culture again with his third album in 2022. Most recently, he released “Right On” and “In A Minute” which both songs debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. This feat puts Lil Baby in rare territory, making him the youngest of only 12 artists to have ever landed 100 or more songs on the Hot 100. This generation belongs to Lil Baby.

Nicki Minaj breaks rap record illustration by Nandini Kuppa-Apte announced in 360 MAGAZINE

Minaj Makes History

Diamond-selling hip-hop icon Nicki Minaj makes history this week with her blockbuster new single Super Freaky Girl. It bows at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as she earns “the first solo female rap track to debut at #1 since 1998. It achieves a myriad of milestones. Nicki stands out as “the first female lead artist to debut at #1 in 2022,” “the first female rapper with multiple #1 debuts, and the “first female rapper to reach #1 without a video in over two years. It also conquers TikTok at #1 on Top US Tracks.

Scoring the “Biggest Consumption Debut for a Lead Female Artist in 2022” and “Biggest Sales Week for Any Single of 2022,” this also marks her fourth Digital #1 of 2022—the most of any artist this year—and 12th Digital #1 overall, enshrining her as the fifth artist to do so. She eclipses her own record for “Biggest Digital Sales Week of Any Track in 2022, dethroning her own “Do We Have a Problem?” [feat. Lil Baby]. With 21 now, it also reaffirms her record as the “female artist with the most Top 10 entries on the Hot 100 of all time.