Gucci Mane announces 12-date North American ‘Unusual Suspects’ tour featuring Carnage and Smokepurpp

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North American Gucci Mane fans will want to clear their fall calendars as the “I Get The Bag” rapper prepares to embark on a 12-date tour. The “Unusual Suspects” Tour will kick off on November 7 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and will take Gucci through a number of U.S. cities, including Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more.

Carnage and Smokepurpp will provide support for all dates, but attendees can expect some additional fanfare during Gucci’s December 27 stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Duly the one show set in Gucci’s hometown and the tour’s finale, the Atlanta date will see a number of surprise guests join the rapper to close out the “Unusual Suspects” tour, given the show’s “Gucci Mane & Friends” titling. Tickets to the tour will go on sale on September 28 at 10 AM EST, and can be purchased here.

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Don Diablo tags Gucci Mane and Emile Sandé for empowering future bass collab ‘Survive’

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Don Diablo tags Gucci Mane and Emile Sandé for empowering future bass collab ‘Survive’Don Diablo Gucci Mane Emile Sande Survive Single

It may be tough to imagine an EDM crossover collab still raising eyebrows in 2018. Artists ranging from Skrillex to Kygo have made pop-savvy dance tunes featuring radio royalty Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and more. Still, anyone who saw a futuristic meeting of worlds between Don DiabloEmeli Sandé and trap rap icon Gucci Mane likely had a crystal ball. The three of them make future house magic on a new single titled “Survive,” arriving via Diablo’s Hexagon imprint. 

Emile Sandé kicks things off with hair-raising melodrama, her choruses meshing perfectly with the track’s epic atmospherics. Don Diablo lets the stuttering beat worm its way into listeners’ ears before Gucci Mane takes over on what has to be the most unique backdrop for bars the rapper has ever met. Gucci’s verse is sure to surprise those who though the ingredients couldn’t possibly fit, his triumphant brags providing instant swagger.

“It’s just one of those records that needed to be absolutely perfect, from start to finish,” Diablo told Billboard. “I wanted to it to stand out and combine three worlds into one; a Dutch music producer, an incredible British singer songwriter, and one of the biggest U.S. rappers of today. I am more than proud of the final outcome, and hope the music and the message of the song will motivate people to dream big and see beyond the clouds of their personal challenges.”

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All My Friends festival set times have arrived

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All My Friends festival set times have arrivedDestructo Live Dancing Astronaut

With Destructo officially having parted ways with HARD Summer before its July 2018 edition, All My Friends comes in perfect timing as his phoenix project that rises from the ashes. On August 18 and 19, the two-day festival takes over downtown Los Angeles with some of hip-hop and EDM’s biggest names.

With artists like RL Grime, Gucci Mane, Chris Lake, M.I.A., Jamie XX, Anna Lunoe, and Wax Motif (the list goes on), fans can look forward to two days of live music, fun, and everlasting memories. This year serves as the grand opening as All My Friends takes over the ROW DTLA, an outdoor venue typically used as a creative space and shopping destination.

Tucked away on the outskirts of LA’s Arts District, attendees can look forward to three stages with a long list of talent is curated by DJ/producer Destructo himself. With the success of his past endeavors (HARD Summer, Holy Ship), the All My Friends founder stays consistent in bridging the gap between all genres in music.

The main AMFAMFAMF stage will showcase the ‘Big Six’ headliners: RL Grime, Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko on Saturday, and M.I.A., Jamie XX, and Armand Van Helden on Sunday. The entire bill consists of 39 acts total, with plenty of time to celebrate.

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Celebrate 8/08 day with a playlist of 808-inspired trap and bass classics from TNGHT, RL Grime, A$AP Rocky, Aphex Twin and more

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The Roland TR-808 is one of the most innovative machines in the past century of music. Only on sale from 1980 to 1983, this short span of time saw the 808 gain major influence in techno and essentially birth the early hip-hop movement, from the raw sounds of Detroit to Afrika Bambaataa‘s classic “Planet Rock.” As the sound emerged from the underground, the drum machine garnered mainstream attention with it’s use in Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” in 1982, while becoming a mainstay for hip-hop acts like Public Enemy and Run DMC. As pop music in the 80’s drifted towards a more electronic sound, the 808 was eventually adopted by everyone from Whitney Houston to Phil Collins.

Though the machine fell out of the mainstream in the 1990’s due to a lack of availability, an overuse of the sound, and east coast hip-hop’s shift to more soulful, jazzy beats, it stayed strong in US and European rave scenes while America’s burgeoning southern trap scene began to flourish and the end of the millennium. The early 2000’s saw the likes of Gucci Mane, T.I., and Young Jeezy (and their producers) utilizing the TR-808 to form rap music’s now ubiquitous trap genre.

Kanye West modernized the use of the drum machine in the 21st century on his seminal 808s and Heartbreaks, though samples of the 808 are nearly everywhere, and have been for quite some time. Eventually artists like Flosstradamus, Baauer, TNGHT, and Diplo began using the signature percussion of trap music, and a new sub-genre emerged, adding diversity to EDM’s popular dubstep/big room/progressive house dynamics. Suffice it to say the 808 has made a considerable impact on contemporary music production, so, on 8/08, join us in celebrating the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine with our 808 playlist below.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike release Tomorrowland 2018 EP featuring Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, and Bassjackers

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike release Tomorrowland 2018 EP featuring Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, and BassjackersDimitri Vegas Like Mike Tomorrowland 2018 EP

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have released their Tomorrowland 2018 EP, featuring collaborations with Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, W&W, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, and Bassjackers. Celebrating the two-weekend event, the Belgian DJ duo released seven tracks in 10 days.

The EP kicks off with “Unity,” a heavy collaboration with Hardwell. Festival synths and hardstyle rhythms take over, surprising listeners. Nicky Romero’s feature samples The Chemical Brothers‘ “Hey Boy, Hey Girl,” in another hardstyle heater.  “Opa” with KSHMR takes advantage of Greek influences using Bouzouki sounds and electro-house rhythms.

“Arcade Mammoth” is as big and wide as the title suggests. Plucking synths that lead into trance synth melodies is exactly what listeners would expect from this collaboration between Dutch duo, W&W, and the No. 2 DJs on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs list.

There are two Bassjackers alliances on the EP, “All I Need” and “The Jungle.” Both combine elements of trap, electro, and bass music using trap rhythms and eclectic synth whomps.

The project culminates with a calmer verse than previous tracks. Around the two-minute mark, listeners are met with that signature hardstyle fans know and love from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Wiz Khalifa’s vocals add a cooling contrast from the bigger synth play.

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Inside Iceland’s Secret Solstice: five moments that ruled the festival

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Long admired for its picturesque landscapes, Iceland has grown to be a top destination among globetrotters and festivalgoers alike. Beyond landmarks like Blue Lagoon and tours of The Golden Circle, the country’s music culture is deeply embedded across countless genres and generations. The remote island of only 330,000 shares an appreciation for artists like Slayer, Gucci Mane, Dubfire and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, so it’s no wonder the lineup for the country’s largest festival, Secret Solstice, covered a breadth of musicians.

Already in its fourth year, Secret Solstice bathed in endless daylight as nearly 20,000 music fans from 32 countries and all walks of life gathered to celebrate the best and brightest of today’s artists.

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Secret Solstice was produced with the night owl in mind. Just as the curtains were drawn on the main stage, house and techno heads migrated to their very own late-night playground, Hel. Laugardalsholl Sport Center was transformed into a cavernous space as dark as the artists performing, such as Waff B2B Skream, Charlotte de Witte, Holmar, John Acquaviva, RPR Soundsystem and more. While techno is still growing in Iceland, Hel drew just the right amount of locals and travelers seeking a bit more from their festival experience.

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With only 120 spots to fill, Into the Glacier has become a Secret Solstice staple. Accessible even to those not attending the festival, Into the Glacier embodies the quintessential Iceland experience: a deep excursion inside of a man-made ice cave, residing on Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. Resting around 4,000 feet above sea level, the heart of the cave was tinged with rich shades of blue. It’s here – through winding tunnels and slippery slopes – that pulsing beats finally lead us to Dubfire.

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Serving as one of George Clinton & Parliament Funk’s final shows, the group took fans back in time as they performed celebrated hits both old and new, such as “Atomic Dog” and “Backwoods.”Immediately following Iceland rock band Stuðmenn, the Father of Funk graced Iceland with his coveted presence, lending his contagious energy and charm to thousands of fans before him.

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Thrash-metal is still alive and well – especially in Iceland. As one of this year’s major headliners, Slayer’s first and final Iceland performance was received by more than 17,500 fans – by far the largest crowd throughout the four-day festival. The band’s firepower is stronger than ever as they tear through their discography, ranging from “Payback” to “Angel of Death.” As the band prepares for its impending retirement, Secret Solstice attendees come together as history rapidly unfolds, officially marking the end of an era.

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Gucci Mane played host to one of the festival’s rowdiest crowds – a moment in time far exceeding that of any other rapper performing at Secret Solstice. Davis and his sea of fans feed off of one another’s energy as he puffs out every verse with vigor and relentless passion. A true craftsman in his field, the Atlanta rapper demonstrates utmost poise as he strides across the stage. It’s 11pm, and the sun is still shining.

Gucci Mane ‘likes EDM,’ name drops Diplo in ‘The Autobiography of Gucci Mane’

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Although Gucci Mane has cooked up a series of super collabs with fellow rap heavyweights like Migos, Drake, and Lil Wayne over the course of his career, Gucci Mane fans might be surprised to learn that the “Both” rapper’s affinity for music extends beyond the hip hop genre, as The Autobiography of Gucci Mane imparts.

Heralded as being “as wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself” by Complex, Gucci Mane’s autobiography ascended to the top of The New York Times’ bestseller list following its 2017 publication. The book traces Mane’s prolific career, from its earliest moments, Mane’s 2014 incarceration for felony firearm charges, and his 2016 release from prison.

While the work focuses primarily on hip hop and Gucci Mane’s association with the genre, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane details the rapper’s little known liking for electronic music. “I liked EDM,” Mane writes in one of the chapters, “The big beats, the lights at the shows, the way the crowd responded. It was a world away from the hood-ass clubs in Decatur I was used to, but I liked that my music was touching difference audiences. That was cool to me.”

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Gucci Mane goes on to cite Diplo as “One of the DJs who was championing [his] music,” referencing Diplo’s creation of Free Gucci, in Mane’s own words, a “mixtape with EDM remixes of the best songs from the trilogy” that “took off.”

Perhaps one day, fans will see a Gucci Mane/Diplo collab born in the studio.

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Destructo announces debut headliners for inaugural All My Friends Music Festival

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LA is getting a brand new two-day summer music festival, programmed by a man who’s intimately familiar with the live events landscape in Southern California — after all, he helped build it. Destructo‘s new dance and hip-hop event, All My Friends Music Festival, slated for August 18-19 at ROW DTLA, has now announced its first-run of artists, topped this year by RL Grime, Gucci Mane, and Jhené Aiko on the first day, followed by headlining performances from M.I.A.Jamie XX, and house legend Armand Van Helden on day two.

Each headliner brings their own distinct appeal to the bill, from an ultra-rare Armand outing to Gucci Mane’s booming catalog of iconic southern rap hallmarks. Going back to a tried and true festival playbook, Destructo’s first AMFMF is shaping up to look a lot like early editions of HARD Summer with underground dance and rap hybrid bookings rubbing shoulders, matched with a central downtown Los Angeles location as the festival’s backdrop. Some considerable refinements are bound to be announced as the inaugural event nears its debut, and with a stacked first talent phase now announced, expect the rest of the lineup to follow and similarly enticing pattern.

Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

Felix Jaehn releases highly anticipated 25-track LP, ‘I’

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Tropical house overseer Felix Jaehn has released his 25-track debut album, I.

Having teased the project with an effervescent collaboration between Marc E. Bassy and Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane, Jaehn masterfully reels listeners in on “Cool” as he serves up a delectable bassline, jovial trumpet licks, and bouncy chords. There’s something remarkably simple about the lighthearted nature of “Cool,” as Jaehn cuts through the excess of the genre and continues to do so throughout the entirety of his new release.

As carries on, it becomes clear the record’s a compact reflection of Jaehn’s brisk ascension. After securing his status as a young producer in the global dance realm with his remix of OMI’s “Cheerleader,” Jaehn began to create a catalog of dance music for the radio, and yet, his music is equally tailored for club play.

Though the playlist-like track lists continue to run rampant through the industry, Jaehn’s effort remains genuine on I, and even sees that the artist’s working beyond his established style along the way.

Ultimately, I’s leading tracks demonstrate his versatility as a producer and pull from a wide range of vocalist talent. On “Don’t Say Love,” featuring Rothchild, Jaehn moves beyond his established brand and experiments with more club-friendly, deep house elements. “Better” employs gorgeous vocals by Swedish rising star Clara Mae and combines Jaehn’s signature synth stabs with a progressive, electro touch.

is divided into two sections: one with brand new music and the other a collection of Jaehn’s greatest hits, allowing fans to gain a complete understanding of one tropical’s most exciting new stalwarts.