Dr. Dre to be honored by Recording Academy ahead of 2020 Grammys ceremony

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The Recording Academy will honor Dr. Dre for his contributions to the music industry through groundbreaking production work on January 22. The Academy made the announcement on Friday, November 1 that its Producer & Engineers Wing intends on paying tribute to Dre for his numerous musical accomplishments. The event will take place four days before the 2020 Grammys at Village Studios in Los Angeles.

The longtime hip-hop trailblazer has won six Grammys in total—three of which were for his engineering or production work. Since his rise as co-founder of N.W.A., Dre has not only marked his lasting impact on the scene through popularizing West Coast G-Funk, producing for and overseeing the careers of prolific artists, and winning his own accolades, but also expanded into ventures including establishing Aftermath Entertainment, Beats Electronics, and Beats Music. The latter two businesses were then both acquired by Apple in 2014 in a $3 billion deal.

Dre has produced and assisted on projects for some of hip-hop’s most influential acts to date. He has worked on music for Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, and Nas, to name a few. His credits can also be seen on the pop and R&B charts as well, having crafted hits for Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, and more.

H/T: Billboard

Dr. Dre, Who Has His Own Building At USC, Realizes He Shouldn’t Brag About His Daughter Getting Into USC

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Dr. DreOver the weekend, Dr. Dre posted, and then quickly deleted, a photo on his Instagram page of himself and his 18-year-old daughter Truly Young holding up her acceptance letter to USC. The photo was captioned, “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!” … More »

Anderson .Paak previews upcoming ‘Ventura’ LP with lead single, ‘King James’

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Anderson .Paak previews upcoming ‘Ventura’ LP with lead single, ‘King James’Anderson Paak Martinez

After announcing his fourth studio album, Ventura, and an accompanying tour at the end of February, Anderson .Paak is gearing up for a big start to 2019. Now, dropping the first material from his upcoming LP, .Paak has shared his funky new track, “King James.”

A tribute to basketball icon LeBron James, the song highlights James’ charity work along with a variety of social issues and current events. Sonically, shimmering textures and thick bassline showcase .Paak and Dr. Dre‘s ability to blend funky sounds with a modern, soulful twist. With production from Dr. Dre on the entire project and features from Andrè 3000, Smokey Robinson, and more, Ventura is slated to be the quick-paced follow-up to Oxnard that cements .Paak as a true powerhouse artist.

Photo credit: Hollie Fernando for Rolling Stone

.Paak is back: Artist announces new LP on the way, accompanying tour

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Seasoned crooner Anderson .Paak just doesn’t seem to ever run out of steam. Mere months after dropping his highly acclaimed LP, Oxnard, in November 2018, .Paak is back, and eyeing his next album release. The followup to Oxnard bears the name Ventura, and as in the case of Oxnard, Ventura too accredits Dr. Dre as the project’s executive producer. Slated to arrive on April 12, Ventura is the fourth and final installment in .Paak’s narrative series of albums.

“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over, I went further and found my depth,” .Paak said in a release. “The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time, but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number, so welcome to Ventura.”

Post-Ventura release, .Paak will embark on a 21-date tour in support of the album. Thundercat will assist at each stop on the tour, while Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Mac DeMarco, and Jesse Reyez will appear as openers on select dates. The tour, entitled “Anderson .Paak’s Best Teef in the Game Tour,” will take the artist through a myriad of major U.S. cities, spanning New York, Toronto, Chicago, and more. Tickets to the tour will go on sale on March 8. Each ticket purchase comes with either a CD or digital edition of Ventura.

Anderson .Paak’s Best Teef in the Game Tour Dates

May 17 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
May 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 26 – Westbrook, ME (Portland) @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
May 30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 1 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
June 2 – Detroit, MI (Rochester Hills) @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
June 8 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
June 11 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
June 12 – Dallas, TX (Irving) @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
June 14 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
June 19 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
June 20 – Seattle WA @ WaMu Theater
June 22 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre
June 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Don Diablo features West Coast rap legend Nate Dogg in new track

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2018 has been a year of forward-thinking hard work from Don Diablo. Since the release of his sophomore album, Future, there’s been a lot to acknowledge regarding the Dutch producer, including remixes for Martin Garrix, Kygo, Diplo, and more, alongside various original works. Now, he’s decided to pay homage to the late Nate Dogg with his latest single “I Got Love.”

Dogg — who died tragically at the age of 41 — is considered one of the pioneers of West Coast hip-hop, coming up with rap legends such as cousin Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent. It may seem that Diablo is taking things in a unique direction here, but his previous single, “Survive” featured contemporary rapper Gucci Mane — proving his innovative moves to break into hip-hop’s rising popularity.

The track samples Dogg’s vocals from his 2001 release of the same name, which are layered over upbeat piano chords and subtle drum hits to create blissful future house vibes.

Anderson .Paak reveals new album release date and artwork

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The next Anderson .Paak era is officially on its way, with the R&B superstar announcing his forthcoming LP Oxnard will arrive on November 16. .Paak broke the news on Open Late with Peter Rosenberg, and shortly after dropped the album’s official cover art via Twitter.

Anderson .Paak monstered the music scene with his 2016 album Malibu, which won him boatloads of fans and acclaim on the strength of monster tracks like “Come Down” and “Am I Wrong.” Although the singer has had his hands in side projects and features since, Oxnard’s release will mark his first true solo LP in almost three years. Even without that hype-worth distinction, .Paak’s momentum is already juggernaut status. After striking gold early with lead single “Bubblin,” the star followed it up with the groovy Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Tints.” If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Dre himself has reportedly handled extensive production on the album, which will arrive via Dre’s Aftermath imprint. The album’s artwork is pure .Paak, and if the lead singles are any indication, Oxnard is shaping up to a new high bar for the singer.

Photo Credit: Kadeem Ellis

 

Anderson .Paak will collaborate with Kendrick Lamar on upcoming new project

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Recently, Anderson .Paak posted a photo with fellow hip-hop heavyweight Kendrick Lamar to his Instagram page with the caption “October 4th,” and understandably set the internet ablaze.

.Paak recently revealed to Rolling Stone that he will release the follow up to his Grammy-nominated 2016 album Malibu, this time entitled Oxnard, by the end of the year. Paired with this photo, fans can undoubtedly expect a joint project from the upcoming release to be released on of course, October 4. This will be the two artists’ first official collaboration together, barring a feature together on “Deep Water” from Dr. Dre‘s 2015 album Compton.

Speaking of The Doctor, the Instagram Easter egg was later followed by photo confirmation of the hip-hop icon’s involvement in Oxnard. The Aftermath head honcho has been on album mixing duties, but he’s not the only rap veteran getting in on .Paak’s new project. The latest addition here appears to be Q-Tip, though the capacity of his involvement still remains to be confirmed. Paak captioned the photo, “Take a second to appreciate what’s happening around you…” as he sits surrounded by hip-hop greatness.

While a release date for Oxnard has not yet been confirmed, October 4 is right around the corner, and a K. Dot feature seems imminent.

 

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Apple Cancels Dr. Dre Series Vital Signs Because It’s Too Violent

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Dr-DreBack in 2014, Apple made the rap titan and extremely rich man Dr. Dre even richer. That’s when the tech megalith bought Beats, the headphones company that Dre co-founded, for $3 billion. And it seems as though Dre and Apple have had a strong relationship ever since. But it turns out that Apple … More »

Beats by Dre announces new partnership with the NBA, named league’s official headphone

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Beats by Dre is now the official headphone of the National Basketball Association, launching a multi-year, marketing and merchandising partnership that includes the NBA and all its entities (WNBA, USA Basketball, and G League). The Apple-owned powerhouse, founded by Dr. Dre, will add an array of audio equipment and class to the league, looking to put numerous side deals in place with individual NBA teams and of course individual players. Beats already has an extensive roster, including star basketball players LeBron James, Draymond Green, James Harden, Jayson Tatum, and more. Now, the partnership opens additional doors, and Beats will likely become prominent sponsor at All-Star games, the NBA Draft, and other key events.

This is the company’s first official partnership with a sports league and will create an array of crossover opportunities for Apple’s artist roster as well. The value of the deal is unknown, however, the NBA is estimated to earn $1.12 billion for the 2017-2018 season according to an IEG Sponsorship Report. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said,

“Through our partnership, we have an exciting opportunity to merge sports, pop culture, and technology to deliver unparalleled experiences and premium products to our fans.”

Beats by Dre president Luke Wood added, “The NBA and its players have long been significant drivers of global culture. Basketball, music, and style speak as one voice: Julius Erving became a style icon, Allen Iverson cemented hip hop’s place on and off the court and LeBron James is regularly breaking new music… the list goes on and on. This partnership with the NBA is the perfect alignment for Beats. It feels like coming home.” Check out this NBA and Beats YouTube ad (which seems more like a hype video) featuring James, Green, Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, and more.

H/T: Billboard & USA Today

 

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” Video

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Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »