The track is the soundtrack to one of this year’s biggest TikTok dance trends yet. With over one million TikTok dance videos created to the song by some of pop culture’s biggest talent including Lizzo, Charli D’amelio and more, KyleYouMadeThat added budding pop star Coi Leray and the buzzing R&B singer Kaash Paige to the track to trade bag chasing bars on the beat.
In the visualizer, a bikini-clad girl gang armed with super soakers wilds out by a pool, chowing down on cake and, inevitably, getting into a confectionary ingredient everywhere. You need to see it to believe it.
It arrives hot on the heels of “HOOPLA”—the collaboration between KyleYouMadeThat and NLE Choppa, It has already racked up over 1.3 million streams and earned critical acclaim. HotNewHipHop enthusiastically described it as “a bouncy banger.”
“HOOPLA” initially exploded on Tik Tok when KyleYouMadeThat shared nothing more than the beat on his page. Dance influencer Karaleigh Cannella shared a viral dance soundtracked by the production, and Seventeen praised it among “The Hottest TikTok Dances You Can’t Stop Doing.”
KyleYouMadeThat already moved the internet, and now he’s set to move the culture. Soundtracking 16 million-plus videos on Tik Tok and generating views in the billions by 2021, the Toronto-born artist, producer, and creative cooks up genre-defiant anthems and curates’ viral moods. After years producing for the likes of Trey Songz, Ryan Leslie, and Tinashe, he found himself stuck at home at the onset of the Global Pandemic. He leveled up all-around, becoming more proficient at graphic design, photo editing, and video editing. He also studied Tik Tok and pledged to “get a viral hit.” He didn’t just go viral; he practically broke the platform. “Crystal Dolphin” incited videos by dozens of influencers such as Charli D’Amelio [102 million followers], Addison Rae [71 million followers], SpencerX [50 million followers], and Loren Gray [50 million followers] as well as superstar Jason Derulo. Not to mention, the success translated to other platforms with 56 million streams on Spotify. Meanwhile, “All About Cake” inspired videos by everyone Kimberlyloazia [31.8 million followers] and Tony Lopez [23 million] to three posts from Lizzo. It would be his off-kilter sonic sensibility that shined through the loudest though, defining a whole wave in the process under the radar. Now, he asserts himself as both a trend architect and precise hitmaker on a series of 2021 singles for The Heavy Group/Republic Records, tipped off by “HOOPLA” with NLE Choppa.
2021 breakout artist, rapper and lyricist Yung Pooda raises the bar today with the official release of his “Chicken ‘N Grits” remix with multi-platinum R&B superstar Trey Songzand heavy-hitter Dreamdoll. The Cool & Dre produced track magnifies Yung Pooda’s undisputable versatility as an artist, with a brand-new verse, amplified by infectious melodies from Trey Songz and rapturous rhymes from Dreamdoll. The “Chicken ‘N Grits” remix is assisted by a mind-bending, electrifying visual with all three powerhouse stars, and is available today via It’s A 10 Records on all streaming service platforms.
On the hit-after-hit new remix, Yung Pooda says, “We got the best of the best with Trey and Dreamdoll on the track. They both bring some heat that can’t be topped. Just when you think it can’t get any better, we drop the remix. Run it up!”
WATCH OFFICIAL ‘CHICKEN ‘N GRITS’ REMIX VISUAL HERE
LISTEN TO ‘CHICKEN ‘N GRITS’ OFFICIAL REMIX HERE
Trey Songz shares “Jumping on this remix was a easy call, I love the energy of the original record, it’s crazy. A friend of a friend linked me and Pooda, I jumped on it and we did a video same night.”
Last month “Chicken ‘N Grits” was the #4 most added record at Urban Radio and currently ranks in the Top 35 on Mediabase’s Urban radio chart. And the song continues to catch success across radio, streaming and social media platforms, Yung Pooda continues to garner new fans and accolades as he prepares his debut project, Vivid Pictures.
ABOUT YUNG POODA
“Yung Pooda is winning the battle between life and art…” -Rolling Out
Nothing holds more weight than a promise.
In 2019, Yung Pooda found himself at a crossroads between the streets and the studio. After performing alongside legends such as Boosie Badazz, Slim Thug, and Z-Ro, recording with platinum icon Paul Wall, and igniting a buzz of his own throughout the country, the Houston rapper made an important pledge to himself. His pledge changed the course of everything to follow in its wake.
“In the middle of recording and getting in all kinds trouble, I promised God I would get out of the streets and just do music,” he admits. “I stuck to my word.”
Long before this vow, hip-hop called to him as a kid in Orange, TX. Pooda’s mother bumped Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” throughout the one-bedroom and one-bathroom house built by his grandfather that he and his mom shared with his grandma. As he puts it, “I used to go nuts to that song!” He used to listen to classics from OutKast, JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Master P, Ludacris, DJ Screw, and more. When Pooda visited dad, pops actually built a home studio at his spot to cook up beats and DJ. Growing up, Pooda practiced his skills on the mic and sharpened the wordplay, developing a signature style. He sent shockwaves through the city after a successful showcase, earning endorsements from the likes of DJ Hi-C of Houston’s 97.9 The BOX who said, “He’s always been a lyricist.” Inciting local excitement, he performed multiple tour dates with Boosie Badazz and teamed up with Paul Wall for the single “Beat Up The Block.”
Relocating to Prairie View, he moved into a two-story house with his cousin and two friends where they “were trapping and getting money, but shit got too hectic.” At this point, he reset everything. “There were fights, threats, and all types of shit,” he recalls. “I ended up saying that prayer.”
His music made its way to Jeff Aronson, CEO of It’s A 10 Records, a boutique label with a distribution deal with Empire, who immediately signed him in 2019. Now, he properly introduces his signature sound and vibes on his upcoming LP, Vivid Pictures. In 2020, Pooda made waves on Tik Tok and mix show radio with the release of his first single, “Repeat Dat” which was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning duo Cool & Dre [JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Nas] along with a reflective song, “Lies Told”- his thoughtful response to social unrest and police brutality. This year, his critically acclaimed newest single, “Chicken N Grits” is bringing him to the forefront. C&G has earned over 30 million Tik Tok views, was the #4 “Most Added” song at urban radio and is in rotation at BET Jams, Revolt and YO! MTV Raps.
The title track “Vivid Pictures” places cinematic verses in between soulful samples and is at the heart of Pooda’s approach to music and life. “There’s a deep meaning,” he explains. “I aspire to be an artist and more than a rapper. I’m inspired by Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci. When I listen to a beat in my head, I’m putting art together. The eyes are the windows to the soul. Everything is clear. Each song gives you a visual like a movie. That’s Vivid Pictures to me. It’s the frequency I want to be on.”
In the end, Pooda fulfills every promise and leaves his mark on the culture in the process. “When you listen to me, I want you to feel enlightened and great,” he leaves off. “I hope you relate to the emotion and know you’re not alone. I’m young enough to make mistakes and old enough to know better. I’m telling my story. I’m human.”
2 Chainz, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning MC returns with “Money Maker” feat. Lil Wayne, the first new single from his forthcoming sixth studio album via Def Jam Recordings. The song samples Louisiana’s HBCU Southern University world-renowned marching band, Human Jukebox, which are also featured in the artwork. 2 Chainz previewed the song last night during his Verzuz battle with Rick Ross where the King’s of the South celebrated their legacies and iconic catalogs. “Money Maker”is the first new music from 2 Chainz since his January single + video “Dead Man Walking” featuring Future.
2 Chainz’ most recent Def Jam album, Rap Or Go To The League (released March 2019), was described as his most personal, most lyrical, most soulful record to date. It challenged the notion that the only way out of the inner city is either to become a rapper or a ball player. The album flipped that trope, celebrating themes of black excellence, the power of education, and entrepreneurship. A&R’d by LeBron James, Rap Or Go To The League spun off two smashes: the MTV VMA-nominated “Rule The World” featuring Ariana Grande, which boasts nearly 22 million YouTube views to date; and the RIAA platinum “Bigger Than You” featuring Drake and Quavo which has amassed over 62 million combined YouTube views to date.
Rap Or Go To The League was 2 Chainz’ first new studio album since Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, his RIAA gold #1 release of 2017. That LP netted over 2 billion streams after racking up three consecutive RIAA multi-platinum hits: “4 AM”featuring Travis Scott; “It’s A Vibe” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhené Aiko; and “Good Drank” featuring Quavo and Gucci Mane.
In addition to music, his wildly popular tv show Most Expensivest on VICELAND wrapped up its third season in 2019 with 20 new episodes; view the series trailerHERE. His “Chain Reaction” sneaker collaboration with Versace hit stores in the spring 2018, and was their most popular shoe of the year. His cannabis brand, GAS Cannabis Co. is available throughout California HERE. And he starred with Adam Scott in the 2019 Super Bowl LIII Expensify tv spot, “the world’s first Super Bowl commercial you can expense.”
Following his run as a founding member of Def Jam duo Playaz Circle from his native Atlanta, 2 Chainz’ name was on everyone’s lips in 2012, when he stole a verse on “Mercy,” fellow Def Jam artist Kanye West/G.O.O.D. Music’s RIAA triple-platinum #1 R&B/#1 Rap hit (from Cruel Summer). In August 2012, Chainz arrived as a Def Jam solo artist with Based On A T.R.U. Story, his debut album. B.O.A.T.S. entered Soundscan at #1 and was certified RIAA gold. Its success was fueled by the RIAA platinum #1 “No Lie” featuring Drake, the double-platinum “Birthday Song” featuring Kanye West, and double-platinum “I’m Different.”“Mercy” was subsequently a Grammy® nominee for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, while B.O.A.T.S. was nominated for Best Rap Album. Chainz’ dominance was extended when the sequel, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Timeentered the Soundscan hip-hop chart at #1 in September 2013, and spun off the RIAA gold single, “Feds Watching” featuring Pharrell.
In 2016, Chainz brought it back to his essence with a series of mixtapes that dominated the streets: Felt Like Cappin, Daniel Son; Necklace Don, and Hibachi For Lunch. Also in 2016, he released the lauded collaborative album ColleGrove with New Orleans hip-hop luminary Lil Wayne. Critics agreed that 2 Chainz conquered 2016, with the New York Times proclaiming “all hail our greatest punch line rapper, 2 Chainz.” The year was capped off with his first Grammy Award, Best Rap Performance for his verse on Chance The Rapper’s hit song “No Problem.”
With momentum on his side, 2 Chainz released his first solo album since 2013: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (June 2017) was accompanied by a 35-city tour of North America through September. Chainz’ TV appearances included visits with Jimmy Kimmel (HERE), Jimmy Fallon (HERE), and Trevor Noah (HERE). 2018 brought the EP releases The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It(February, with the RIAA gold “Proud” featuring YG and Offset), and Hot Wings Are A Girl’s Best Friend (November), pointing to the March 2019 release of Chainz’ fourth solo album, Rap Or Go To The League. Chainz’ impact on popular culture encompasses not only music but his Most Expensivest cable tv series on VICELAND, his “Chain Reaction” sneaker collaboration with Versace, his GAS Cannabis Co. brand, and his 2019 Super Bowl LIII Expensify tv spot with Adam Scott. TheRinger.comwas inspired to write: “Forget Mount Rushmore – 2 Chainz deserves his own national monument. This year dude is top five humans of all time.”
Today, Grammy-winning songwriter and R&B artist Eric Bellinger and Nieman Johnson debut “Blessed,” the second song available from Optimal Music, a collaborative project releasing via YFS Music/Empire Records on April 24.
On the smooth and soulful J. Gramm produced track, Eric Bellinger joins Wale, RJ and Joe Moses to sing and rap about their affection for women and how they feel blessed that the love is reciprocated right back.
“R&B savior Eric Bellinger knows rhythm and blues, and his expertise has landed him songwriting credits for some of the biggest names in the music industry” – UPROXX
“With everything that’s going on we want people to know that they are still blessed to have life and family and friends that love them. Our job is to continue to make music that inspires and provides an escape from this difficult time that everyone is experiencing. We will overcome this moment together,” says Nieman Johnson.
“Blessed” follows the new album’s sensual lead single “Say Less” that’s gained over 3 Million combined streams since its release earlier this month. Both songs are featured on Optimal Music, a joint project curated by Eric Bellinger’s longtime friend and YFS Music business partner Nieman Johnson who handpicked an organized the album’s production, songwriters, artwork and guest features that include Young Thug, Jeremih, Wale, RJ, Joe Moses and Nieman Johnson himself.
During this time while people are self-quarantined, Eric Bellinger continues to stay in touch with his fans in new ways via social media. Last weekend, he live-streamed the process of recording a new song via YouTube while he looked to viewers to give their input on selecting the beat and suggesting song lyrics. This week he went on IG Live alongside fellow songwriter and producer Chrishan to record new music and have viewers experience the process with them. He’s also currently running a contest for producers to submit their beats and win a chance for Eric to record over one of their tracks that could appear on a new album. Previous campaigns on Instagram include winning a guest verse from him and having the chance to open at one of his shows.
Also, check out Neiman Johnson and Eric Bellinger’s newly launched YouTube series where they tackle their independent journey and discuss other hot music industry topics with special guests.
ABOUT ERIC BELLINGER:
Born and raised in Compton, CA, Eric Bellinger is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and critically-acclaimed R&B star with sinfully smooth vocals and an affinity for soulful melodies. The grandson of Jackson 5 songwriter Bobby Day who wrote the hit “Rockin Robin”, Bellinger has been engulfed with music his entire life. He’s racked up over 100 song placements and co-penned hits for pop and R&B stars including Usher (“Lemme See”), Justin Bieber (“Right Here”) and Chris Brown (“Fine China”), Wale (“On Chill”) and won his first Grammy Award as a songwriter on Brown’s best R&B-crowned album, F.A.M.E.
“…This Grammy-Award winning songwriter has been able to establish a reputation for himself that has him working alongside the likes of Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Tank and Justin Bieber to name a few.” – Billboard
Bellinger’s extensive writing discography spans to R&B royalty like Jennifer Hudson, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae, Boyz II Men to pop superstars Selena Gomez and Jojo to hip-hop chart-toppers Wale, Kid Ink, The Game and Nelly. Not only a skillful songwriter, Bellinger is also an equally talented singer/rapper. He has a prolific catalog of music that has amounted to over 1 Billion Combined Streams.
Starting in 2013, he made his solo artist debut with In The Meantime and Born To Sing volumes 1-3. 2014 brought his critically-acclaimed official full-length album The ReBirth. In 2015 the R&B hitmaker released the first installment of his signature mixtape series Cuffing Season, Cuffing Season Part 2 and In The Meantime Part 2. 2016 he debuted Choose Up Season, Eventually and Eric B for President: Term 1. 2017 was Eric B for President: Term 2, Eazy Call and Nine. Last year, his anticipated debut album follow-up The ReBirth 2, Saved By The Bellinger and Cuffing Season 3. This year, Eric has released his themed album Scenarios with Grammy-winning producer Chase-N-Cashe [Lil Wayne, Drake].
On April 24th, 2020, Eric will release Optimal Music, a collaboration with YFS Music and career-long business partner Nieman Johnson. The album curated from top to bottom by Nieman includes guests vocals from Wale, Young Thug, Jeremih, RJ, Joe Moses, and Nieman Johnson.
Live Nation Urban presents Lil Wayne’s5th annual artist-curated festival, Lil WeezyAna Fest in his hometown of New Orleans taking place on September 7th. This year, the festival intends to double the attendance and moves to a new location, UNO Lakefront Arena Festival Grounds, expanding the footprint overall.
Tickets will be available everywhere beginning Friday, May 31 at 10 am local time. For more details, click HERE. The full confirmed lineup can be found below.
Presale information below:
VIP Presale 5/29 @ 10am and 5/30 @ 10pm
WQUE Presale 5/29 @ 10am and 5/30 @ 10pm
UNO Student Discount Presale 5/29 @ 10am and 5/30 @ 10pm
Live Nation Presale 5/30 10am and 5/30 @ 10pm
Live Nation Mobile App Presale 5/30 @ 10am and 5/30 @ 10pm
Venue Presale 5/30 @ 10am and 5/30 @ 10pm
Celebrating its fifth-year anniversary, the festival expands to a larger location using the UNO Lakefront Arena Festival Grounds as its hub. The one-day event unites some of music’s hottest acts on two stages and this year will remain just as unique and unpredictable as ever. The day includes performances from artists such as Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Trey Songz, Megan Thee Stallion, and more, plus a headlining set by Wayne himself with surprise guests.
“Lil Wayne is ubiquitous with New Orleans, and Lil WeezyAna Fest is an incredible representation of the city’s vibrant and thriving music culture. In its 5th year, the festival has become a New Orleans tradition and Live Nation Urban is beyond ecstatic to bear witness to such an impactful event,” Says Brandon Pankey, Vice President of Business Development & Operations at Live Nation Urban.
‘We’re so blessed to be celebrating our 5th year of Lil Weezyana Fest and grateful to all of the fans who have been with us since the beginning. It’s only right that we made it bigger and better this year to commemorate such a milestone in Wayne’s hometown,” says Cortez Bryant, Partner Maverick & COO Young Money Entertainment.
Over the last four years, Lil Wayne has hosted one of the most dynamic events for his hometown of New Orleans, LA. Lil WeezyAna Fest has cemented itself as an annual homecoming for Wayne that celebrates the city’s musical history and is a way for him to give back to the community. This year, $0.50 of every ticket sold from the event will be donated to support educational initiatives for young people in New Orleans.
Its dynamic lineup has included everyone from Jeezy, Gucci Mane, NBA Youngboy, Master P, Tory Laneez, Migos, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, the Hot Boyz and a host of others with surprise guests including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Birdmanand more.
This is one of several festivals and events that Live Nation Urbanis presenting this summer including the 12th annual Roots Picnic, the inaugural Femme It Forward concert series, the 5thannual Summer Block Party Series and more.
Megan Thee Stallion
+ Surprise Guests
About Live Nation Entertainment
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2 CHAINZ’ 5th STUDIO ALBUM ‘RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE’ – A&R’d BY LEBRON JAMES – SET FOR MARCH 1ST RELEASE VIA DEF JAM RECORDINGS
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: WATCH THE FIRST TRAILER FOR THE 2 CHAINZ X LEBRON
2 Chainz, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning MC and “One of the Very Best Rappers Alive” (Noisey), confirms his highly anticipated fifth studio album, RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE, A&R’d by LeBron James, is set for a March 1st release via Def Jam Recordings.
The countdown to March 1st is officially on, as Apple Music rolls out the first two trailers for 2 Chainz x LeBron James RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE, an exclusive in-depth conversation between two of the biggest titans in their respective fields. As long time friends and fans of one another, 2 Chainz and LeBron represent the true intersection of music and sports.
The title RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE challenges the notion that the only way out of the inner city is either to become a rapper or a ball player. (In fact, 2 Chainz has done both, earning a full ride to college for basketball and graduating at the top of his class, and becoming a superstar rapper.) Chainz’ new album – easily his most personal, most lyrical, most soulful to date – flips that trope on its head, celebrating black excellence and focusing on the power of education and entrepreneurship.
The eagerly awaited RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE is Chainz’ first official new long-player since his platinum #1 release of 2017, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. That LP has netted over 2 billion streams after spinning off four consecutive multi-platinum hits: “4 AM” featuring Travis Scott; “It’s A Vibe” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhene Aiko; “Big Amount” featuring Drake, and “Good Drank” featuring Quavo and Gucci Mane.
Buzzing Jacksonville, FL rapper, singer, songwriter, and actress KAMILLION just dropped an electric music video for her buzzing single “I Heart Banana.”
Watch the video HEREwhich premiered earlier via Complex.
Get it HERE via Protect The Culture/LAVA/Republic Records.
In the music video, KAMILLION cruises in a smoked-out vintage ride with her girls before taking over a nineties-esque set clad in an eye-popping ensemble and carrying the chorus with swagger and style. It’s as wild as the track itself!
Already, “I Heart Banana” has racked up over 253K Spotify streams. It’s just starting to take off at radio too.
KAMILLION initially made her mark behind-the-scenes by co-writing Diddy Dirty Money’s “Your Love” [feat. Trey Songz & Rick Ross], Trey Songz “Already Taken”, Jordin Sparks’ “1000”, Rihanna’s “Watch N’ Learn”, and more. While working for FEMA in 2016, she quietly turned her attention towards solo music. In the midst of shaping her style, iconic Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels reached out to cast her in his series STAR. Meanwhile, she starred in the TV One movie When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story. With her star rising across media, she inked a deal with Protect The Culture/LAVA personally signed by Philadelphia industry veteran Marc Byers and Jason Flom C.E.O. of LAVA. She’s just starting to show her true colors.
A multi-faceted creative, Duckwrth’s artistic outlets extend outside of music and into design, fashion and video. Along with creating unique artwork for his most ambitious body of work yet, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape ,Duckwrth’s gender-fluid clothing designs have been featured everywhere from LA Weekly to Nylon. His music videos have earned placements from the likes of The Fader, NOWNESS, and Hypebeast, to name a few. Bringing a unique identity of masculinity and femininity to his music, Duckwrth’s vivacious and free-spirited approach has earned him comparisons to a millennial Prince or Jimi Hendrix.
SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH
TUMBLR // 9PM-12AM show time //Venue: Mohawk – 912 Red River Rd. Austin, TX 78701
If Thor’s Hammer of the Gods from “Immigrant Song” landed in the hands of four wise, willful, and wild women? Well, it would sound something like Thunderpussy. The quartet—Molly Sides [vocals], Whitney Petty [guitar], Leah Julius [bass], and Ruby Dunphy [drums]—do the most rock ‘n’ roll thing possible and quite literally fuck up every rock ‘n’ roll stereotype you know to be true, piercing the halls of Valhalla in the process. The Seattle-based group turned into a quiet phenomenon with the endorsement of Rolling Stone and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready as well as a string of already legendary performances under their high-waisted belts.
Tuesday, March 13th
SXSW Official Showcase // Set Time: 1:00AM(Wednesday morning) // Venue: BD Rileys- 204 E. 6th St., Austin, TX
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH
C3 Party // Set Time 1:45PM-2:30PM // Venue: Lambert’s 401 W 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701
FRIDAY, March 15th
Play Hooky At St. Elmo // Set Time: 3:45PM-4:30PM // Venue: St. Elmo Brewing- 440 E. St. Elmo Rd G-2, Austin TX 78745
In 2017, Bandhunta Izzy blasted out of Baltimore, MD with the fieriest bars on the Mid-Atlantic. Songs like “BBB” [feat. Benjamin Blue Sleepy] amassed over 1.9 million YouTube views as his recent “Gummo Freestyle” (6IX9INE Remix) scored over 1.3 million views and earned widespread fan praise. His prolific output garnered the attention of Republic Records who signed him early last year.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
FREE CULTURE // Set Time: within 5pm hour // Venue: TBD
WE THE PLUG // Set Time bet 6-8pm // Venue: Rainy Lounge 217 W 4th ST.
LEGALLY LOUD // Show Time 7pm-2am // Venue: Bat Bar 218 E 6th St
FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
RAP CITY 2018 // Show Time: 7-8pm // Venue: 809 east 6th St (tentative)
DGB // SET TIME: 7:30-9pm (D1 block 30 minutes) // Venue: Texas Music Ranch 5220 FM973, Austin
WORLDSTAR // Show Time 8pm // Set Time TBD // Venue: Summit Rooftop 120 W 5th St
SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH
LVLUP MANSION PARTY // PRIVATE (Time: 9pm-3am) // Venue: TBD
In 2013, WillThaRapper confidently stepped into the hip-hop ring sporting a controlled intensity matched only by his tireless quiet grind. The 20-year-old Southeast Washington, D.C. rapper carved out a burgeoning following with his breakout “Hang Wit Me” and a string of buzzing mixtapes: 17 N Savage and Beat Bully Vol. 1 in 2014 and 2015’s Street Runner, On Site, and Beat Bully Vol. 2. Glowing praise would come from XXL, Vibe,The Fader, and Noisey who dubbed him “one of [the DMV’s] newest rising stars.” 2017 saw him ink a major label deal with Republic Records as his fiery single “Pull Up Hop Out” racked up 5.4 million Spotify streams in under a month’s time.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
WE THE PLUG // Set Time bet 6-8pm // Venue: Rainy Lounge 217 W 4th St
FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
SKUMBAG SEASON // Set Time: TBD // Venue: Peckerheads on 6th – 402 E 6th St
DGB // SET TIME: 7:30-9pm (D1 block 30 minutes) // Venue: Texas Music Ranch 5220 FM973, Austin
D Savage quietly crawled from an underground phenomenon to the brink of mainstream disruption within the span of just two years, igniting a cult-like following in the process. Lighting Soundcloud up with no upload less than a million plays, his 2017 banger “I Know II” generated over 16 million streams in under six months, while his very first song “30 Round Clip” cracked 7.8 million and counting. Signed to Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records by industry leader Steven Victor, he undoubtedly will turn heads with every bar throughout 2018 and beyond.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
THE FLEX FEST // 8PM – 2AM // Venue: 84 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin, TX, 78701
Rising vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Two Feet is responsible for the viral track, “I Feel Like I’m Drowning.”Hailed by BAEBLE as “sultry,” and praised by Hillydilly as “one of his strongest tracks” watch and share the video here. The song follows the success of viral hit “Go Fuck Yourself,” streamed more than 80 million times to date. The video is Two Feet’s response to the organic spread of the track within the pole arts community, which has generated hundreds of videos sound tracked by the song—watch it here. After selling out all of his North American Tour Dates including Los Angeles’ El Rey and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg he is set to perform on numerous festival stages this summer including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lighting in a Bottle and makes his SXSW debut this year. Two Feet signed to Republic Records soon after and released First Steps, followed by another EP, Momentum, in June 2017.
Marco first hit the scene when he released the single, “My Own” which premiered on Solange’s digital platform Saint Heron garnering wide tastemaker attention. As his buzz grew, he quit his day job and relocated from Virginia to Los Angeles where he began collaborating with various artists. He recently teamed up with Rex Orange County on the song “Nothing” off of his recent project “Apricot Princess” and with “Life of Pablo” producers DJDS on the track “Tree’s on Fire”. Marco is currently in the studio working on his highly anticipated debut EP.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
FUTURE CLASSIC // Set Time: 12:00AM (Friday morning) – Event Time 7:00PM-1:30AM // Venue: Australia House @ SXSW- Lucille’s Patio Lounge- 77 Rainey St, Austin TX 78701
KaMillion initially made her mark behind-the-scenes by co-writing Diddy Dirty Money’s “Your Love” [feat. Trey Songz & Rick Ross], Trey Songz “Already Taken”, Jordin Sparks’ “1000”, Rihanna’s “Watch N’ Learn”, and more. While working for FEMA in 2016, she quietly turned her attention towards solo music. In the midst of shaping her style, iconic Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels reached out to cast her in his series STAR. Meanwhile, she starred in the TV One movie When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story. With her star rising across media, she inked a deal with Protect The Culture/LAVA personally signed by Philadelphia industry veteran Marc Byers and Jason Flom C.E.O. of LAVA. She’s just starting to show her true colors.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
ICM Partners // 12:55 to 1:05 AM (Friday morning) // Venue; The Belmont – 305 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
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, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.
East coast born and bred, Tyler Jacob is a singer/songwriter who got his start in the industry after being discovered singing on the trains of NYC.
At the age of 5 years old, Tyler Jacob started singing and performing in school plays. Tyler says that “I’ve always wanted to sing. It was a natural thing for me.” His family recalls little Tyler putting on shows in the family living room.
“I don’t come from a family of singers. I’m the only one.”
But it wasn’t until his freshmen year in high school did he realize others thought he had a gift, when he was accidentally placed in a choir class. “The choir teacher asked me to sing, so she could classify my voice.” The rest is history. After the choir teacher heard Tyler’s voice, she had him transferred to Creative Arts High School (CAHS) in Camden, New Jersey.
Tyler’s passion to sing, write and perform his own music, in English and Spanish, pushed him after he graduated from CAHS to move to the big Apple to pursue his singing career. Since then he has gone on to win numerous talent shows , performed on many stages across the US, opened up for Grammy Award winner, Brandy Norwood, and logged studio time with Carvin & Ivan (Chris Brown, Musiq Soulchild, Mario), and Andrea Martin (Leona Lewis, Monica, Mary J. Blige).
Tyler credits artists like Brandy, Eryka Badu, Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Jon B, Marc Anthony, Tank, Maxwell, as some of his influences.
Nika Card has been a master stylist in Detroit for 20+ years. She is committed to continuing education and the importance of creativity and innovation. She offers a range of techniques in cutting, weaving and styling.
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