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|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 7:51 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Starrah has returned with her brand new single "Keep Calm," which recently saw a world premiere on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio. With James Blake handling production, the track immediately captures attention with a mysterious and melancholic piano progression. From there, Starrah's faint, haunting vocals transform into an autotuned melody, far more contemporary than the song might have initially led on. It doesn't take long for Starrah's intention to become clear, painting a picture of a fractured and undeniably strained relationship.
Yet what it lacks in compatibility it makes up for in passion, as Starrah lines her lyrics with evocative and sensual imagery. "Slippery when wet, watch where you step, put to the test, put some calm in your step," she sings, as Blake brings new percussive elements in the mix. One of the track's most intriguing components come by way of the backing vocals, pained, lovely wails that suggest what lies beneath. It's a shame the song ends when it does, as it feels like there might have been additional directions to explore -- either way, "Keep Calm" is worth a listen.
QUOTABLE LYRICSSlippery when wet, watch where you step,
Put to the test, put some calm in your step
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 7:49 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Youngboy Never Broke Again is not unaccustomed to throwing hands when it needs to be done. The listener gets that sort of impression from his music. Generally a pretty menacing character, YB has been opening up with his supporters more and more as he grows up, letting the world see parts of his personal life and showing off his kids, the inside of his home, and more.
It's been nice to learn more about the 20-year-old, who seems to always be wrapped up in some crazy shit.
This week, a video started circulating of the rapper during a trip to the mall, with his crew getting into a scuffle. NBA Youngboy was seemingly unbothered by it all, keeping it moving, but his fans have been begging for an explanation of what went down after the clip was reposted by DJ Akademiks.
He obliged with a quick clarification on Twitter.
"Idk what happened all I seen was a n***a get they ass whooped 'leave me out that' my friend," wrote Never Broke Again. Deciphering his words, it looks like the fight was just around him, not exactly involving him or his crew. That may explain why he was so care-free, keeping his headphones on and just walking by. He must have just been walking through the mall trying to see what the hype was about.
What do you think went down?
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 7:32 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
September has been good to The Weeknd.
Only a couple of days after breaking a Billboard record for the most weeks spent in the Top 5 of the Hot 100, the singer was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2020.
He is joined by Megan Thee Stallion as one of eight cover stars for the magazine's annual issue, which compiles a list of people responsible for changing the world in some way, whether good or bad.
He was celebrated in a tribute written by legendary singer Elton John, who wrote that he was struck by the singer's "incredible imagination" and laconic personality, hailing "Blinding Lights" as "2020's best pop single."
"This year, I met Abel Tesfaye, who performs as the Weeknd, at an Oscars party," he wrote. "He said I would be excited when I heard his new album, After Hours, but didn’t tell me why. That seemed to sum him up. He’s a mysterious figure in an era when mystery is rare in pop."
He praised the Toronto singer's versatility, willingness to experiment, and ability to translate that experimentation into commercial success, comparing him to Prince.
"He has so many different types of music tucked up his sleeve that he incorporates into his vision. He’s not interested in commerciality for commerciality’s sake, but he’s one of the biggest-streaming artists on Spotify," John's piece read. "Like Prince, he marches to his own beat. That’s an exemplary way for an artist to be."
The singer celebrated the news on Instagram, thanking John for his words.
In addition to Megan and The Weeknd, the list also features Giannis Antetokounmpo, Michael B. Jordan, and Dwyane Wade. You can check out Elton John's piece on The Weeknd here.
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 7:25 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
With the ongoing pandemic rendering touring -- and revenue from any such business ventures -- all but obsolete, artists have been forced to think outside the box when it comes to performance. As such, many have turned to digital live stream performances, available to watch from the comfort of one's own home. Though arguably the antithesis of the live music experience, some have welcomed the ability to tune into a concert from their living room -- perhaps we're looking at a future innovation, the remnants of which might remain long after things return to "normal."
Daniel Boczarski/Getty ImagesIn any case, Machine Gun Kelly is not about to miss out on his rockstar indulgences, especially not after the release of his upcoming pop-punk album Tickets To My Downfall. Set to arrive this Friday, September 25th, MGK has decided to take his show on the road -- sort of, at least. On October 1st, Kelly will be performing the entirety of Tickets from the iconic Roxy venue. On October 8th, Kelly will be returning with another complete performance, this time of Hotel Diablo.
"Two albums played in full," announces Kelly. "Two shows. Live at the Roxy on sunset strip. Tix to watch from home on sale this Friday." Should you be interested in seeing Kelly bring his two latest projects to life, be sure to check out the website included in his tweet below. Though some have drifted away following Gunner's major stylistic change, it goes without saying that he'll bring plenty of energy and passion to each performance, a testament to his dedication to his craft. Are you excited for MGK's upcoming foray into pop-punk?
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 7:24 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
FXXXXY, a Freebandz-signed artist from Dallas, Texas, passed away last week at the age of 25 following complications from a routine medical procedure.
The rapper's death was confirmed by Interscope Geffen A&M, who revealed his cause of death.
"The family of Maudell Watkins, aka FXXXXY, aka FBG Fox, are totally shocked and devastated at his unexpected and unforeseen passing," said the rapper's family in a statement to Variety. "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to his many friends and acquaintances who’ve reached out to us in this extremely difficult time. He lived music with every breath he took and his focus and drive were unmatched. May his contributions to the music industry live forever. CC 4 Life!"
FXXXXY was best-known for contributing to Future's High Off Life album, as well as his collaborations with Gunna, Lil Durk, and more.
IGA Executive Vice President Joie Manda added: "We are all deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of FXXXXY and offer our sincerest condolences to his family, his team, friends and thousands of fans. Everyone who came into FXXXXY’s orbit was moved by his positive energy and spirit. His talent was undeniable. He was an important member of our IGA family and it’s heartbreaking that he was taken from all of us too soon."
Services are being planned in FXXXXY's hometown of Dallas to remember him.
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 6:07 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
After being shot nine times in 2000, 50 Cent required surgery to remove the bullet fragments. After finding some fame a few years later though, he was visited by an old friend who came knocking at his door asking for money.
Recalling his infamous shooting twenty years ago, 50 Cent shared a story about how his surgeon got at him three years after the fact and asked for $32,000, alleging that he had skipped out on the bill. Fif clarified his side of the story.
"See how they make me out to be the bad guy no matter what," said the rap legend, who was up early this morning to train for a secret project. "Boy it’s a good thing i learned not to care what people think of me. I didn’t get on till 03, the doctor came back looking for 32G’s. I said man, get the fuck outta here before you get shot. LOL."
Clearly, Fif wasn't interested in paying up. At that point, he had already healed up and was buzzing across the country. In his mind, there was no reason why he would send over his hard-earned dollars.
Scott Gries/Getty ImagesRecently, 50 Cent has had his blessings on point. He's been working his ass off during the pandemic, developing multiple shows for television, including the hit Power Book II: Ghost and several other spin-offs of the famous series.
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 6:05 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
When you have classics to your name and a tenure in the game as long as Mary J. Blige, you're bound to meet lots of interesting people and have plenty of interesting memories to match.
The singer appeared on Naomi Campbell's quarantinee talk show No Filter with Naomi, where guests join the supermodel via webcam to chat about life and work.
The two caught up and touched on career milestones, namely meeting the late rapper in a recording session for his "What's the 411" remix.
"He was sweet and fun," she fondly recalled.
The singer reminisced that Big mostly kept to himself, preferring to "[lean] on the wall, smoking, and quiet" while waiting to enter the booth. She smiled remembering the rapper's nickname for her.
"When he came out [of the studio], he was like, ‘You feeling that, mom?’ and I was like “Yeah! Of course I’m feeling that!'" she said. "He was always humble and quiet and sweet. And fun, just a lot of fun."
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesLater in the interview, Campbell implored the singer to share the story of how she was first discovered.
After recording a tape in a shopping mall, Blige's stepfather passed the tape to a singer, who then passed the tape along to late Motown CEO and Diddy mentor Andre Harrell. The exec was so impressed by the tape, he pulled up to Blige's house to sign her.
"Andre looked at me and was like 'Oh my God, you’re a star,'" she remembered. "He came to my hood, and heard this young girl sing, and gave me a chance. Everything else was history."
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 5:51 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
When director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested in March that somewhere between 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die due to COVID-19, the grim prediction was brushed off as alarmist and unrealistic. Much to the former disbelief of many Americans, who largely underestimated the ravaging effects the virus would have on the nation, Fauci’s prediction came true in May, when the U.S. surpassed 100,000 Coronavirus deaths. Just four months later, the number of fatalities has doubled, reaching over 200,000.
Not only has Dr. Fauci’s prediction came true, but the once-bleak forecast actually fell short of what is likely to happen, with experts now believing almost another 180,000 will die by New Year’s time. The clock is ticking as scientists rush to get a vaccine approved and distributed to the public, a process that is estimated to take somewhere between 12 to 18 months before an adequate enough amount of testing is done for it to be deemed safe.
According to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Covid-19 is now the second-leading cause of death in the US, trailing only behind heart disease. Experts urge the public to continue practicing social distancing when possible, and wear masks when it isn’t.
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 5:37 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Comethazine's aggresive delivery, coupled with his bulging eyes, is legitimately terrifying. The 22-year-old rapper has truly found a lane for himself, attracting a more angsty fanbase with his Bawskee series. Over the years, the 2019 XXL Freshman has dabbled in a few different styles, but his menacing approach to music seems to have worked wonders for him.
With B4 on the way, Comethazine is releasing another new single, complementing "Air Max" with a more melodic single.
"We Gone Win" is out now and, while Co goes for a much softer approach in his delivery, his lyrics are still similar to anything else he's brought recently. However, he harmonizes with himself at stages, bringing his musicality to the forefront and suggesting a different experience with B4.
Watch the music video for "We Gone Win" below and stay tuned for Comethazine's new project.
Fuck these n***as, I be movin' on my own
Slip 10 up in that chrome, then I put 10 straight to your dome
Voices telling me I gotta do 'em in
Gotta be the first to spin, bitch, if it's war then we gon' win
My favorite recipe this double cup it's in
Not Hen', not no Gin, I sip mud, not no Xan
|Wed, September 23, 2020 at 5:35 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Two months after her suicide attempt, Tamar Braxton has logged onto Instagram to update her fans on her new found love for life. The singer and TV personality wrote, “God thank you for saving me! You know my true heart. Despite what the world may think of me, you kept me here for a reason. You are a God of second chances, and this second chance I won’t take for granted. The world can often be a dark place but I must resort to you for my light.” She also included a photo of herself in a mirror, possibly reflecting on her life.
On July 16, it was reported that the R&B singer had overdosed on pills. Braxton, 43, was found unresponsive by her boyfriend, David Adefeso. Throwing possible jabs at WeTV, where she had her own reality TV show, she wrote “I’ve allowed my talents to be used for the wrong reasons. I have allowed myself to be used in too many “angry black girl” narratives. I’m not angry at all.” Braxton and the network have since parted ways.
In her post she continued with a direct message to Black women struggling everywhere, “I have been battling mental health for some time now, and Let me tell y’all is not a joke... I’ve realized in this time that the only thing I can control is the things I own. I want to personally fight for brown girls to have more ownership and not just be a slave to the industry. Black women are the unvalued and unprotected.”
She ended her post on a positive note letting everyone know, “I am on a never ending battle to be the best Tamar Braxton I can be. God has brought me through alot so I would like to pass it on to use my voice to help brown women and ALL women in these similar situations. We all have the opportunity to evolve. For now on it’s me vs me.”
She was met with support from a variety of stars including Taraji P. Henson and Trina. We hope the best for her singer in her journey to self love and mental health.