Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Anderson .Paak, and Meek Mill announced as TIDAL X headliners

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Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Anderson .Paak, and Meek Mill announced as TIDAL X headlinersLil Wayne Carter V Release Date

TIDAL has announced the headliners for its annual charity concert, TIDAL X. After announcing earlier this year that the proceeds of the show will support criminal justice reform non-profits, the streaming platform has announced its stacked lineup of performers for its return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 23.

Headliners will include Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Anderson .Paak and the return of Ms. Lauryn Hill. Kaskade will return to the event as well. This year’s lineup also features Vic Mensa, Black Thought, Teyana Taylor and more. Tickets for TIDAL X and livestream information can be found here. 

One hundred percent of net ticket proceeds and donations at TIDAL X will support non-profit organizations including #Cut50,  Equal Justice Initiative and Innocence Project and REFORM.

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Premiere: Benzi drops ‘EDAT PACK VOL. 2’ stocked with remixes of Skrillex, Drake, Lil Wayne and more [Free Download]

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Premiere: Benzi drops ‘EDAT PACK VOL. 2’ stocked with remixes of Skrillex, Drake, Lil Wayne and more [Free Download]Edat Pack Volume 2 Artwork

Your stepdad’s favorite DJ is back at it. Benzi returns with another one of his stacked periodic drops, giving away EDAT PACK VOL. 2 completely free of charge, as per usual, loaded with a grip of his famous personal edits. Between deliveries, the legendary remixer’s personal cuts get passed around like clout trading cards. Now he has officially dropped off his summer batch, featuring stacked edits and mashes that include Skrillex, Drake, Lil Wayne, ATLiens, Travis Scott, and more.

Download EDAT PACK Vol. 2 here

Enlisting fellow producers CRNKN, New York’s DJ CHUWE, and others for some added firepower, Benzi orchestrates a ten-track collection of certified set list weapons, packed with bridge-gapping edits that stitch together dub, hip-hop, drum n’ bass, and trap. Find the full EDAT PACK VOL. 2 track list here and grab the free download below.

EDAT PACK VOL. 2 Track list:

6ix9ine x Doreus – Stoopid (BENZI x CHUWE EDAT)
Cardi B x Rickyxsan & Hydraulix – Bickenhead (BENZI EDAT)
Drake x Skrillex – Mob Ties UK (BENZI x GENTZ EDAT)
Flipp Dinero x GRAVEDGR – Leave Me Alone (BENZI x CHUWE EDAT)
French Montana x ATLiens – No Stylist (BENZI x CAZES EDAT)
Lil Baby x Badrapper – Drip Too Hard (BENZI x GENTZ EDAT)
Lil Wayne x Kompany – Make It Rain (BENZI x CRNKN 2k19 EDAT)
Smokepurpp x Estremo – Nephew (BENZI EDAT)
Travis Scott x TYNAN & Disto – STARGAZING (NvrLeft x BENZI EDAT)
Young Thug x UNKWN – Chanel (Go Get It) (BENZI x CAZES EDAT)

Download EDAT PACK Vol. 2 here

Lil Wayne holds 16 tracks on Spotify’s Top 50 chart following ‘Tha Carter V’ release

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Lil Wayne holds 16 tracks on Spotify’s Top 50 chart following ‘Tha Carter V’ releaseLil Wayne Tha Carter V Release

Lil Wayne commands a sweet 16 tracks on Spotify’s Top 50 chart following the release of Tha Carter V, the first installment in the rapper’s Tha Carter series in seven years, and notably the final addition to Tha Carter legacy. Sixteen inclusions from the long-awaited album provide the introduction to the chart, with Kendrick Lamar collaboration “Mona Lisa” sitting pretty in the No. 1 spot, and the XXXTentacion-assisted “Don’t Cry” cozying up right behind “Mona Lisa” at No. 2. “Let It Fly,” “Uproar,” and several other Tha Carter V constituents follow suit before Lil Wayne’s dominancy gives way to Kanye West and Lil Pump‘s catchy drop-off, “I Love It.”

Tha Carter V brought a slew of blockbuster features to listeners’ headphones, with Snoop Dogg, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Ashanti, and more making cameos. “With this album… I’m giving you more than me,” Wayne said. “You gotta always remember that. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to, and I hope you enjoy it. You don’t have to love it, you don’t even have to like it. Just hope you enjoy every time you put it on.” As Spotify’s Top 50 chart affirms, Tha Carter series now enjoys the vigorous finale that it rightfully deserves.

H/T: Complex

Lil Wayne announced to replace Childish Gambino at Austin City Limits festival

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After adding Phoenix to join its lineup just yesterday, the Austin City Limits festival announced today that indeed Lil Wayne will join Justice, Metallica, Travis Scott and Arctic Monkeys to headline the festival this weekend.

Wayne’s arrival comes immediately after the announcement that, due to a newly obtained foot injury, Childish Gambino needed to postpone the remaining dates on his This Is America tour until later in the year — effectively cancelling his top billing at the Texas festival. It is a timely arrival for Lil Wayne, as the rapper celebrates his 36th birthday with the release of his long-awaited Tha Carter V album drop on the same day.

Lil Wayne releases the long-awaited ‘Tha Carter V’ album, the final in his Carter series

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Tha Carter V is here. Production credits are with Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Ben Billions and more. Lil Wayne starts the album off with a heartfelt, touching message from his mom, just so listeners know who the project is for. The next song features the late Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy or his more widely known stage name, XXXTENTATION.

After odes to his mother and the late rapper, “Dedicate” jumps into Tunechi’s recognizable flow with rhyme schemes that bounce like drums. He credits himself as the guy who started the face tattoo trend, reminding those who might have forgot about Wayne, after seven years since the album’s predecessor. The song ends with Barack Obama praising the rap icon next to the likes of LeBron James.

Wayne takes the high energy down a notch on “Let It Fly,” the first feature track. It’s with Travis Scott and touts the ASTROWORLD creators’ melodic, ambient soundscape while giving Weezy room to roll towards the end.

“Dark Side of the Moon” has Wayne’s singing, R&B side, featuring his attributed discovery and the lyrical hall-of-fame bound, Nicki Minaj. The track shows a softer side to Minaj as well.

“Mona Lisa” follows, featuring another lyrical trendsetter, Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s verse is a Mona Lisa of verses, practically guaranteeing the song’s success right from the starting gate. “What About Me” features Wiz Khalifa‘s Taylor Gang signee, Sosamann and flaunts a laid-back, auto-tuned atmosphere with no rush. It’s a bit of a break from Lamar’s last tirade.

“Open Letter” is a declamation to anyone listening. Discussing about the rappers’ internal struggles with lines such as, “What’s the life expectancy if you don’t expect it.” The track is riddled with lines like this as an open letter to life. He gives a shout-out to the readers, which in this metaphor are the listeners.

“Famous” features Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter on the hook. It’s about being famous, something Birdman Jr. has become accustomed to since the young age of 14.

Snoop Dogg lends recognizable melodies to his collaboration on Tha Carter V. This one again has the makings of a hit as well, as Wayne fluidly bounces along Broadus Jr.’s guitar.

Lil Wayne uses his mother’s vocals as a transition in “Took His Time,” which has a similar timbre to an artist Wayne was the first to sign to his Young Money Entertainment label, Drake. The next track, “Open Safe,” has that clap-clap-clap-clap atmosphere.

“Start This Shit Off Right” features Ashanti and Young Money Entertainment signee, Mack Maine. Ashanti brings those 2000 vocals back into the frame, proving Lil Wayne and R&B should hang out more.

Wayne gets soulful on “Demon,” showcasing his lyrical prowess with a contrast into soul. “Mess” is another blissfully melodic and vocally deliberate track.”Dope New Gospel” features Nivea, who was nominated for a Grammy for her collaboration with YoungbloodZ & Lil’ Jon‘s “Okay.”

“Used 2,” toward the end of the Carter V album, is an late Easter egg for those fending more poetry in modern rap. Another transition featuring his mother leads into Wayne’s final song, which starts off with sparking what one could presume to be a blunt.

Tha Carter V was meant to be enjoyed, according to Lil Wayne’s announcement of the drop earlier this week. After seven years of material, targeted features, and a nostalgic flow; it’s hard not to enjoy and feel some type of way.

“With this album… I’m giving you more than me,” the rapper said in his announcement earlier this week. “You gotta always remember that. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to, and I hope you enjoy it. You don’t have to love it, you don’t even have to like it. Just hope you enjoy every time you put it on.”

Happy birthday, Dwayne.

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V is finally here, rapper announces long lost album’s September 27 release

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Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V is finally here, rapper announces long lost album’s September 27 releaseLil Wayne Carter V Release Date

Lil Wayne‘s years-long Tha Carter V saga is finally over, with the rapper’s ill-fated fifth album officially slated for release on his birthday, September 27. The long-awaited forthcoming installment in Weezy’s Tha Carter LP series was able to move forward following a settlement with Cash Money records boss Birdman. The album, tied up in legal red tape for years, has gained a notoriety similar to Dr. Dre’s famously never-going-to-land Detox. All that is over now.

As a byproduct of the legal closure, Lil Wayne was able to sever ties with his former co-home, putting his own Young Money records imprint back under his sole control. The falling out started all the way in 2014, with Wayne addressing Tha Carter V‘s consistent delays in a a new video announcing the album. Wayne thanks his fans for unwavering support and promises something special, something “more than him,” on the LP to come. Two separate 50 million dollar lawsuits, one shot up tour bus, and too many online spats to mention later, Weezy’s project will finally land on Thursday.

Premiere: Montana Tucker stars in Thomas Gold’s music video for hit track ‘Begin Again’

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Instagram celebrity and singer Montana Tucker has opened for the likes of Pitbull, Flo Rida, and Lil Wayne, but her next booking takes a different turn as the star of Thomas Gold‘s music video for hit track “Begin Again.” Tucker dances the viewer through the video, first on a neighborhood street, and next in a pink wonderland of a bedroom. She also lip syncs the male vocals, giving the video an interesting twist.

Gold makes a cameo a minute in, handing off car keys to Tucker who dances the video away from there. Gold spoke with DA about “Begin Again,” as well as working with Tucker for the video.

“‘Begin Again’ marks kind of a milestone for me. I went back from the downtempo stuff (like ‘Magic’ and ‘Dreamer’) to a more uptempo vibe, but the production still has a crossover approach. To me, this kind of defines the 2018 summer sound, and I am super excited about the video we did – it features Montana Tucker all throughout, in different scenes and places. I met her when we shot the video, and apart from her super cool acting,  it was a lot of fun to work with her!”

Gold released the track on Armada Music, and it showcases his diverse production abilities as he goes in a different direction with his sound. Gold is kicking off his summer with an Asia tour, and will certainly be dropping the catchy track throughout.

Photo Credit: Thomas Gold Instagram

Lil Wayne surprises fans with future bass feature, ‘Til She Lose Her Voice’

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One of America’s most well known rappers, Lil Wayne established his fame via infectious features on single after single during the late aughts. His own highly impressive and extensive discography includes twelve studio albums, two EPs, and twenty-five mixtapes.

Although he is one of the most versatile rappers in the game, Lil Wayne has never before experimented with dance music. However, after teaming up with DJ Spin and Whiiite, Lil Wayne proves he can spit bars over just about anything.

DJ Spin and Whiiite have produced a vibrant original titled, “Til She Lose Her Voice,” and Lil Wayne has made a shocking cameo on the future bass track. With glowing, oscillating synths, easy flowing beats, and enthralling builds, DJ Spin and Whiiite engineer a stunning sound that Lil Wayne effortlessly raps over, creating a blissful combination of dance elements with hip-hop.

With his latest feature, dance music and hip-hop fans alike will eagerly awai more from the genre-bending rapper.

Oshi samples M.I.A. on new trap beat ‘Swagger’ [STREAM]

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Touted as one of dance music’s brightest up-and-comers, Oshi is already a force to be reckoned with, and many would contend that he hasn’t even really reached his full breakthrough moment yet. The young UK-bred beat maker displays a wealth of potential with a steady schedule of releases and he’s already caught the attention, and support, of major players in the game including Baauer, Mr. Carmack, and Skrillex to name a few. From common bedroom producer to certified production prodigy, Oshi’s catalog of official releases continues to grow, though some of his best work comes by way of personal stash bootlegs and disposable remixes uploaded to Soundcloud.

For his latest delivery, “Swagger,” Oshi drops off an inventive take on T.I’s 2008 powerhouse collaboration with Jay Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, “Swagger Like Us,” derived from Diplo and M.I.A.’s seminal “Paper Planes.” Building a bouncy, percussive trap beat around the original track’s iconic “no one on the corner has swagger like us” hook from M.I.A., Oshi pieces together a short and sweet syncopated transition tool for DJ sets that’s worth repeated listens to make up for the tune’s tantalizing length.

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Legendary production duo release new track under moniker BLVK JVCK [Watch]

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Producer duo The Runners are legendary in the hip-hop scene, having been the forces behind singles from Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Lil’ Wayne, among many others. Andrew “Dru Brett” Harr and Jermaine “Mayne Zayne” Jackson have now rebranded themselves to try their hand within the electronic scene under new moniker BLVK JVCK, and their first single featuring Dyo is now out via Big Beat Records. BLVK JVCK does not mark the end of The Runners, who will continue to produce enduring hip-hop classics, but rather an exciting fresh start for the producers.

“Mind Games” masterfully blends hip hop with subtle electronic undertones while Dyo’s sensual vocals draws the listener in. The catchy track is sure to be a radio hit that the duo will be able to add to their long list of past successes. Watch the full music video for “Mind Games.”

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