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
24KGOLDN AND IANN DIOR PLAY IT COOL IN NEW SONG“MOOD”
West Coast rapper/singer 24kGoldn has teamed up with Iann Dior to release their new collaboration, “Mood” Bending fresh guitar licks around a pumping bass line, the power duo play it cool as they each lend their melodic voices to the fun new track.
“Mood” ft. Iann Dior follows Goldn’s previous singles “Unbelievable” ft. Kaash Paige and “City Of Angels,” which is featured on his Dropped Outta College EP. The eight tracks collectively demonstrate his breadth of talent and tells the story of his life as a budding artist and a college student at USC – exploring the emotions, relationships, and desires he felt at the time. Listen to Dropped Outta College in full HERE.
The story of Goldkimono begins in Venice, California in a short-term lease just steps from the beach. With a rental guitar and his laptop in tow, Dutch songwriter and producer, Tienus Konijnenburg developed his eclectic sound inspired by the California coastline. His debut single, “To Tomorrow” encompasses a laid-back story filled with punchy beat textures and wavy acoustics to keep you hopeful for days to come.
Available today on all streaming platforms, the introductory single is accompanied by a vibrant official music video that transports listeners to a carefree sunny day on the West Coast, soaking up the sunshine. “To Tomorrow” is a testament to time and how it just keeps flowing. It’s this ever-evolving thing that changes us, but time makes us who we are and gives us opportunities to grow.
Tienus’ animated lyric composition offers hints of 90s hip-hop blended with an island pop style, with a crunch of a Dutch stroopwafel. Known for writing the iconic Kygo single, “Firestone”, Goldkimono describes his sound a lot like his clothing style, “Take a handful of sunshine and throw it into a boardwalk thrift shop, walk out with some comfy colorful pants and a LEVI’s Sherpa jacket and don’t turn back.”
“To Tomorrow” describes the feeling of carrying on the careless feeling you had when you were young on to the next day and into the future. It’s about being present when you feel the sunlight shine down on your life, and bringing that feeling into tomorrow.
With warmer weather and brighter days on the horizon, there’s no better time to stream Goldkimono’s “To Tomorrow” on your favorite streaming platform.
BLUEFACE TO HOST HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY AT WORLD ON WHEELS SKATING RINK DECEMBER 21, 2019
Not only does Cash Money West recording artist Blueface stand out as the hottest breakout multi-platinum hip-hop superstar of 2019, but he also aims to uplift those in need whenever possible.
On Saturday December 21, 2019, Blueface will host his first-ever Holiday Giveaway Event at World On Wheels Skating Rink in an effort to support the community at large. The event goes from 10am to 3pm at 4645 Venice Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90019.
Enlisting key partners to spread holiday cheer, Blueface teamed up with Shoe Palace to give away 1,000 pairs of sneakers to youth in attendance, covering an age range of 4-18-years-old; with sizes for 9-11y, 12-3y, 4-6y, 7-9 men, and 10-12 men. Other participants include, Fashion Nova who will be suppling 10K in merchandise, and NBA Hall of Famer and Papa John’s Board of Director Member Shaquille O’Neal will donate pizza. iHeart Media VP of Urban/Hip-Hop Strategy Doc Wynter will be promoting the event on 92.3 Real. There will also be digital screens and a step-and-repeat welcoming everyone.
About the event, Blueface said, “I grew up just down the street from World On Wheels. This is my home. Christmas is coming, and I’ve been blessed with so much. So, like that, I decided, boom, I’ve got to do something for everybody in my neighborhood. We’re going to give out some shoes. We’re going to have some pizza. It’s going to be the best day of the year!”
Blueface endeavors to do even more for his hometown and beyond in 2020. Stay tuned.
West Coast rapper/alt-pop artist Wes Period returns today with a new song “NU SHOES”, along with an accompanying video shot by Logan Meis (Trippie Red, NLE Choppa, Lil Tecca). “NU SHOES” is the third release this year from the Orange County-born and bred artist-songwriter-producer, following, “Beautifully Broken,” and “My Benz”, which was released in September and whose video has over 600,000 views. A full-length album will follow in 2020. Check out the video for “NU SHOES” HERE.
In 2017, Wes caught the attention of GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter (Imagine Dragons, Yungblud, Camila Cabello) who saw a video of Wes performing at a pizza shop. Justin quickly signed Wes to his label Facet Records. Last year, Wes toured arenas across North America in support of Kesha and Macklemore, and released his debut album Pretty Words on Facet Records / Interscope Records.
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS REVEAL STUNNING REWORK OF 1999 CLASSIC “OUT OF CONTROL” FROM AUSTRALIAN ELECTRONIC PIONEERS,THE AVALANCHES LEGENDARY ELECTRONIC DUO NOMINATED FOR THREE GRAMMY® AWARDS FOR ACCLAIMED ALBUM NO GEOGRAPHY
Listen To “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” Here.
Having supported The Chemical Brothers on their recent Australian tour, The Avalanches have produced a special remix tribute to the 20th anniversary of the classic album, Surrender. “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” is a revelation. The Avalanches take the track on a trip towards a West Coast sunset. Along the way, they manage to tilt the claustrophobic electronic drive of the original off its axis, creating a gorgeous, pulsating drift of celestial house music in the process. Listen to “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” via Astralwerks HERE.
This remix of “Out Of Control” is an edit taken from a longer Surrender-inspired piece The Avalanches created that is due for release in the future.
“Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” is accompanied by a brand-new screen print from original Surrender artwork designer Kate Gibb using the original film from 1999. Gibb has also helped to create a truly stunning visualizer for the track alongside graphic artist Jimmy Turrell – watch it HERE.
“Out Of Control” was the third single taken from Surrender and featured vocals by New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie. The deluxe reissue of Surrender – featuring hours of unreleased material and a blu-ray of the band’s Glastonbury 2000 Pyramid Stage headline set – is out now HERE.
The Avalanches latest album, Wildflower, was released to critical acclaim in 2016 via Astralwerks. Pitchfork called the album “better than just about any music ever made.” “Out Of Control” is the duo’s first official remix since 2013.
Just last week, The Chemical Brothers received three GRAMMY® Award nominations, rounding the duo’s total nomination count to a staggering 14. Their hugely acclaimed ninth album, No Geography, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, while single “Got To Keep On” received a nod for Best Dance Recording and the video for “We’ve Got To Try,” which was created in partnership with premiere auto racing group Formula 1, was nominated for Best Music Video. Of the clip, Rolling Stone said, “The electronic duo’s pulsating new song is intensified by its video.” The Chemical Brothers have won four GRAMMY® Awards. The 62nd GRAMMY® Awards will take place on January 26, 2020.
Surrender 20th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue available now HERE.
The hottest breakout multi-platinum hip-hop superstar of 2019 and Cash Money West recording artist Blueface releases new single “Close Up” featuring Jeremih today. Get it HERE.
The track illuminates another side of Blueface, showcasing his diverse talents as he delivers a West Coast love song.
On the heels of the stratospheric success of his debut EP, Dirt Bag, Blueface is putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated full-length album—coming very soon.
Blueface flipped rap upside down in 2019 with his own flow, flare, and fire. Dirt Bag yielded one banger after another with “Bleed It” [68 million Spotify streams], “Daddy” featuring Rich The Kid [49 million Spotify streams], “Bussdown” featuring Offset [14 million Spotify streams], and “Bussin” featuring Lil Pump [9.7 million Spotify streams], to name a few. As part of his recent inclusion on the XXL “Freshman Cover,” the outlet proclaimed him “one of the hottest new acts in the game” and claimed “the 22-year-old rapper has drawn comparisons to legends like E-40 and Juvenile due to the off-kilter flow that finds him rapping against the current of whatever beat he’s on.” Echoing this sentiment, Complex wrote, “his cadence—skittering and almost comical—doesn’t fit neatly into the current (or past) landscape of hip-hop. But that’s exactly what makes him so interesting.”
“Welcome To The West” Returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena for 2nd Annual Music Festival
Stage Tribute Planned to Honor Last Year’s Headliner Nipsey Hussle
After its sold-out inaugural year, Cabana Life Concerts is revving up for their second annual “Welcome To The West” music festival set for Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Friday, September 20, 2019, with tickets on sale to the public on June 7, 2019 available at http://thewestfestival.com.
The sophomore year continues to embody the full essence of being on the west coast; it is for the west, by the west, in the west. Last year the event hit capacity after selling 5,500 tickets – a stellar achievement for a first-year festival.
It was just one year ago when Nipsey Hussle headlined the first ever “Welcome To The West” music festival. After his tragic death in early 2019, producers are planning a main stage tribute in his memory stating, “It was truly an honor to have had such an inspirational and socially impactful artist play as our first headliner. We look forward to celebrating Nipsey Hussle’s legendary musicianship and remembering his positive influence on others, as the music community and beyond continue in mourning his passing.”
“Welcome To The West” exclusively embraces west coast culture and lifestyle. Everything present at the festival is homegrown and strictly related to the west coast—this includes the lineup. Every artist, product and vendor at this festival is from the west coast—it’s the only premium, all-inclusive west coast music experience on the market. Ice Cube, Los Angeles resident, will be headlining the event. Other artists on the lineup include: Roddy Rich, Dom Kennedy, Too Short, DJ Quik, King Lil G, and Malaynah, among others.
Cabana Life Concerts has been in operation for 3 years, hosting over 70 shows in that timeframe. Cabana has worked with multiple arenas and nightclubs on both a domestic and international scale. They have worked with the likes of Gucci Mane and Ty Dolla $ign; if they’re in hip hop, Cabana Life has worked with them.
From legends past, present, and future, fans can catch them performing LIVE at the 2nd annual “Welcome To The West” Music Festival. It’s more than music—it’s a brand, a culture, and a lifestyle.
TEEN CHOICE 2019 will be broadcast for the first time from Hermosa Beach on Sunday, August 11, featuring performances by stars from TV, music, film and social media. This will be the first time the popular awards show, which gives teens the power to select the winners, will be broadcast live from a beach.
We are so thrilled to host TEEN CHOICE 2019 in Hermosa Beach, said Hermosa Beach Mayor Stacey Armato. This awards show will be a great opportunity to showcase Hermosa Beach to audiences around the country and, even more importantly, provide our teens with an exciting and free musical event on their own hometown sand. The City of Hermosa Beach is working with the producers to ensure the security of the event and will be encouraging parents and teens to visit our restaurants and businesses while in Hermosa for TEEN CHOICE 2019 so that our businesses will benefit from the event.
TEEN CHOICE 2019 will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 11 on the East Coast and via tape delay from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the West Coast on FOX. The awards show will feature a surf-and-sand dance number that will set the stage for performances, surprise viral moments and more. For over two decades, the show has presented performances and appearances by some of pop culture’s brightest stars. TEEN CHOICE 2018 featured a special medley of hit songs by Khalid, as well as performances by Meghan Trainor, Lauv, Bebe Rexha and Foster the People.
In addition to the awards show, Hermosa Beach will once again host concerts on the beach in August, as it has for about 20 years. This will be the first year for 5B Artists + Media, a global music management and events company, to produce the Hermosa Beach Summer Series. The company is planning an enhanced program that will include comedy, movies by the beach, beach cleanups and more on the three other weekends in August: August 3-4, August 17-18 and August 24-25.
With TEEN CHOICE 2019 coming to Hermosa for the first time and 5B Artists + Media launching its enhanced concert series with more entertainment and community activities, the summer of 2019 is sure to be exciting and entertaining for all our residents in Hermosa Beach, said Mayor Armato.
About Hermosa Beach
Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents. Located on the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, with beaches ranked among the best in the world, Hermosa Beach has been recognized for its work to highlight Southern California beach culture, foster a vibrant local economy and protect coastal and environmental resources. To learn more, please visit www.hermosabch.org.
About TEEN CHOICE 2019 Awards Show
For more information, please visit facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwards or follow the action on Twitter @TeenChoiceFox and join the discussion at #teenchoice. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @teenchoicefox. Fans may also follow @TeenChoiceFox on Twitter for the latest TEEN CHOICE 2019 news, including voting and announcements of the host(s), performers, presenters and nominees.
”Every now and then an automobile manufacturer shocks us with a treasure. Something that snatches the air right out of our lungs. This time around Cadillac breathes life into its newest family member and all she does is turn heads and causes jaws to drop.” -Vaughn Lowery
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, maybe you should consider the 2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover for one of your very own urban excursions. We decided to venture downtown LA to Chinatown in our test model. Just like this vehicle, there’s an unprecedented reaction to Howlin’ Rays (Tennessee style hot chicken) as it’s one of the first establishments of its kind within the metropolitan area.
Launched in 2018, it’s their smallest crossover and a hopeful competitor in its segment. It sustains its own against the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Design: The aim of this model is v-shape inspired by crisp lines, sweeping arcs, and high-end appointments. Factory tinted windows allow for added privacy and UV protection against the harsh LA sun rays. But you also get a 360 view under the car, insignia displayed on the front, and a backup camera to view more of what’s behind you. Above you, is a dual panel retractable Sunroof/Moonroof, which allows more light to come in, making the vehicle feel roomier. Compared to its predecessor, the 2018 XT4, this new variation has more room for you and four other people.
Technology: Loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable with many luxury manufacturers: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability, rotary dials, and 8″ infotainment touchscreen. The 8-way driver and 6-way passenger seat controls made perfect sense after we shoved our faces and felt our sides begin to split. After all, who needs pants when you have an XT4?! Thanks to their elegant Bose audio system, with 13 speakers and tweeters, we were able to bounce some of the calories off from those extremely spicy french fries from Howlin’ Rays that brought us to tears. My dear Lord!
Performance: Just as significant as the aesthetic and feel of the car is its agility. Its 2.0L 4-cylinder engines are peppy, to say the least, cranking 237hp with 258 pound-ft of torque. Clocking in at an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on highways, this model is a front wheel drive with an all-wheel-drive option. This is also an advantage over the previous year’s XT4 model which weighed 15lbs more. Moreover, on that point are also selectable driving modes with paddle shifters. This new model possesses 4-wheel independent suspension easily, offering a high-quality smooth ride which grips most terrains with ease. On an urban excursion to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles, we accidentally climbed up onto the sidewalk rushing to pick up our mouthwatering Howlin Rays Nashville style chicken. We weren’t only stunned by the 2 hr wait in a block-long line, but the fact that we were perched off road. This vehicle may just be Pismo Beach worthy.
Safety: Now, of course, the honorable people at Cadillac care about your safety. Thus, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot (the front seat passenger). You also incur a head curtain for all outboard seating positions. In addition, this car has multiple alerts. Whether it’s for lane changing, the side blind zone, or rear cross traffic. This comes in handy to avoid dings and scratches to its beautiful 18″ 10-spoke alloy wheels. Overall, the braking was decent, but not as sharp as other competing models at this price point.
Other specs: Fuel tank capacity for the 2019 XT4 sits at 15.9 gals. This car’s carbon emission is at 6.8 gals per year at 15,000 miles per year. It too has an air filtration system in the cabin and a powered universal tablet holder.
In short, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport is a match made in heaven for an emerging influencer, a youthful mid-level executive and/or an adventurous individual on the prowl for some of the best eats in a major metropolis area. Of course with a few friends in tow. The model we tested was $55,735 and it was worth every cent.