Posts tagged with "Wizkid"

Wizkid – No Stress

Today, Nigerian singer-songwriter Wizkid shares his provocative new single “No Stress,” the latest release from the reigning global Afropop superstar. The track will be featured on his eagerly anticipated project Made In Lagos, set for an October 15 release via Starboy/RCA Records/Sony Music International and available for pre-order/pre-save now.

Click here to listen to “No Stress” and pre-order/pre-save Made In Lagos.

Producer P2J provides the swaying rhythm on “No Stress” while Wizkid chronicles a specific type of situationship for a woman that “got her own, but needs some love.” The track is the follow up to previously released gem, “Smile” featuring multi-Grammy Award winner H.E.R., described as “an infusion of Afro, Soul, and reggae to come up with a unique sound” by Daily New Hip Hop.

Both songs are the latest offering from Wizkid’s fourth full-length studio project Made In Lagos, which will not only engulf listeners in the unique sounds, live instrumentation and vibes of Lagos, but will celebrate Wizkid’s appreciation for where he comes from and his inspirational journey.

In addition to music, Wizkid continues to be omnipresent across multiple endeavors. Last October, Wizkid relaunched his indoor Starboy Fest, which sold out the o2 Arena for the second year in a row and included new territories in Europe (Manchester & Paris), and this May he refocused his energy on his Starboy Entertainment imprint in Africa by executive producing the “Afro Series,” the debut EP from Terri, the youngest artist on the roster. With significant partnerships with brands such as Tecno Mobile, CIROC, Nike, and United Bank of Africa, Wizkid has solidified himself as a millennial pioneer for African entertainment and business of lasting global impact.

Stay tuned for more information on Wizkid’s Made In Lagos.

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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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Wizkid illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Wizkid – Smile

Global afropop superstar Wizkid celebrated his birthday yesterday (7/16) with the release of “Smile” featuring multi-Grammy award winner H.E.R., the first official single from Wizkid’s upcoming fourth full-length project Made In Lagos. In addition to his previously released tracks “Joro” and “Ghetto Love,” plus an award winning collaboration with Beyoncé and Blue Ivy on “Brown Skin Girl” from The Lion King: The Gift, Wizkid continues to be omnipresent across multiple endeavors. 

Last October, Wizkid relaunched his indoor Starboy Fest, which sold out the o2 Arena for the second year in a row and included new territories in Europe (Manchester & Paris), and this May he refocused his energy on his Starboy Entertainment imprint in Africa by executive producing the “Afro Series,” the debut EP from Terri, the youngest artist on the roster. With significant partnerships with brands such as Tecno Mobile, CIROC, Nike, and United Bank of Africa, Wizkid has solidified himself as a millennial pioneer for African entertainment and business of lasting global impact. Stay tuned for more information on Wizkid’s eagerly anticipated Made in Lagos, set for release later this year.

Follow Wizkid: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

ONE Musicfest Reveals Lineup

Celebrating 10 YEARS with its biggest, boldest, and best billing yet, ONE Musicfest unveils a blockbuster lineup for 2019.
Set for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA, the two-day festival welcomes legends such as Gucci ManeWu-Tang Clan, and Rick Ross in addition to 21st century superstars including Rae SremmurdTeyana Taylor, and Summer Walker and once-in-lifetime sets from KP The Great & His Superfriends featuring Pharrell Williams, Usher and surprise guests. Tickets on sale NOW
Check out the full list of confirmed artists below.
For ten years, ONE Musicfest has maintained its place at the forefront of the culture as a platform for timeless icons and explosive upstarts alike. It has notably played host to everyone from the Dungeon Family Reunion featuring Outkast’s last performance, Davido, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, Migos, Jill Scott, NasMiguel2 Chainz, and George Clinton. Not to mention, it regularly attracts plaudits from USA TodayBillboardConsequence of SoundRolling Stone, and more in addition to trending across the internet.
“I started the festival with the intent of creating a space where all corners of urban music and subcultures felt welcomed. From Afrobeats to Trap Music. From Alternative to Reggae. A generational oasis of progressive minds and talent. We use music as the catalyst and unity is the outcome. What started as a 2,000 person block party has evolved to a 50,000 person cultural celebration.” – Jason “J” Carter, Founder

Complete List of Currently Announced Performers for ONE Musicfest 2019 (in alphabetical order):
  • 7AM
  • ARI LENNOX
  • BABY ROSE 
  • CHRONIXX  
  • DMX  
  • FLORIDA ALL-STARS FEATURING * T-PAIN * TRINA * TRICK DADDY
  • GUCCI MANE   
  • JAMESDAVIS
  • KEY!
  • KOFFEE
  • KP THE GREAT & HIS SUPERFRIENDS FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS, USHER AND SURPRISE GUESTS
  • LOLO ZOUAI   
  • MUSIQ SOULCHILD
  • PHONY PPL   
  • QUEEN NAIJA  
  • RAE SREMMURD   
  • RAPHAEL SAADIQ    
  • RICK ROSS
  • SNOH AALEGRA  
  • SUMMER WALKER   
  • TAYLA PARX
  • TEYANA TAYLOR    
  • THE BONFYRE  
  • THREE 6 MAFIA REUNION FEATURING JUICY J, DJ PAUL, GANGSTA BOO AND CRUNCHY BLACK
  • TOBE NWIGWE
  • TORY LANEZ
  • WIZKID   
  • WU-TANG CLAN – 25TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE         
  • YUNG BABY TATE 

Yung Fume Releases New Single

Today, Payday Records’ South London rapper Yung Fume releases his latest single “Again,” following the release of his last EP Too Much Wave 2 which dropped in August.

“Again” catches the listener’s ear immediately with an ethereal and echoey choral sound in the background, complimented with stand-out deep bass punches. Fume’s flow highlights the intensity of the instrumentals, opening with the line, “I just made some profit, it’s logic, double again”- the song is an ode to the glory that comes with the guts of the music industry.

Between the bass, fast 808’s, and Fume’s tenacious lyrics, this is the classic baller’s anthem. Titling the song “Again” highlights the importance of consistency in the music game, a proclamation that Fume must keep grinding and getting the bag, time and time again.

“It’s about doing something and being able to do it again,” Fume says about the track, “That’s the only reason I do this!” 

Fume has been grinding nonstop over the past three years releasing projects that include his most recent Payday Records debut EP Level Up in March produced by Atlanta hitmaker Zaytoven along with a trailblazing  iOS arcade-style mobile game called ‘Yung Fume Level Up!’ (soundtracked by two songs from the EP “Zone” and “Life I’m Living”), Too Much Wave 2, Too Much WaveNoughts and CrossesNoughts and Crosses 2 and Noughts and Crosses 3, along with his crossover rap/pop banger “Watch me Flex” being remixed by both Tinie Tempah and Wizkid. He recently went viral with an in-studio clip laying down a new track with Chicago rapper, Lil Durk. Also headlining London’s O2 Academy, and major festival performances at Wireless Festival and Shard Fest, he continues to make big strides in the industry as the years progress.

Check out Yung Fumes Instagram HERE

Future Black History

Fuse and FM commemorate Black History Month with a month-long, multiplatform celebration of Future Black History makers from the worlds of music, entertainment and social influence.

To kick off the month, Fuse, FM and the Fuse digital platforms will premiere exclusive short form video interviews with artists Kyle and Ty Dolla $ign exploring the future of black music history and showcasing the influences and inspirations of African American artists on the rise.

**Check out the Fuse YouTube channel to see what future black history means to rapper Kyle, the legacy he wants to create, and why watching P. Diddy dance empowers him.

Also this month, Fuse and FM will highlight established and emerging artists including Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys and Solange with a Future Black History music block airing on FM on Friday, February 2 at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT and Fuse on Friday, February 9 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

And the Fuse digital platforms keep the celebration going all month long, as Fuse honors superstar and rising musicians, film and TV stars, and creators with spotlight profiles, interviews, playlists, social-focused media and in-depth essays that highlight how and where these individuals are taking black history. This year’s honorees include SZA, Khalid, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert; must-know superstars of tomorrow like Daniel Caesar, Wizkid and Jorja Smith; actors and film stars changing Hollywood including Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, Chadwick Boseman and Marsai Martin; and those creating must-know content and honoring their culture like Jay Versace, Jackie Aina, Amber Whittington, and Ayo & Teo.

This year’s honorees include SZA, Khalid, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert; must-know superstars of tomorrow like Daniel Caesar, Wizkid and Jorja Smith; actors and film stars changing Hollywood including Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, Chadwick Boseman and Marsai Martin; and those creating must-know content and honoring their culture like Jay Versace, Jackie Aina, Amber Whittington, and Ayo & Teo.