North Coast boasts diverse 2018 lineup featuring Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Jamiroquai & more

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Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival unveiled the diverse lineup for its ninth edition, returning to Union Park August 31–September 2.

This year’s headliners include Jamiroquai, Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, The Revivalists, and Yellow Claw.

Additional artists performing at “Summer’s Last Stand” include Vulfpeck, Snails, RL Grime, Gramatik, and more. This year, North Coast will also debut all-new daily showcases curated by industry collectives, showing off the best sounds in hip-hop, house, rock, and beyond with sets from the likes of The Cool Kids, Lyrical Lemonade, and more.

Tickets and more information are available here.

Featured Photo Credit: Michele D’Amaro

We Are Entering A Golden Age Of Pop Posse Cuts

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Who knew the Moulin Rouge-era “Lady Marmalade,” which pointed to the past in so many ways, would become such a prescient harbinger of the future? The year was 2001, and to promote his long-awaited followup to Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann rounded up a pop-star Avengers of sorts to sing a 27-year-old disco hit that … More »

OVO’s Nineteen85 Explains Why Drake’s Calling ‘More Life’ A Playlist

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(AllHipHop News) One half of the OVO Sound-signed group known as dsvn is giving some details about Drake’s forthcoming project More Life.

Anthony “Nineteen85” Jeffries spoke with Billboard, and the Grammy-nominated producer explained why Drizzy is using the term “playlist” to describe his next body of work.

More Life is interesting because this is [Drake] right on the peak of his biggest project yet [with Views], doing his biggest tour and still having so many good ideas that he just wants to put out without making it a big ordeal,” said Nineteen85. “That’s why he’s trying to call it a playlist because he has a bunch of people in a space, hanging out…. He’s so aware of what everybody else is doing musically that he likes to introduce new music and new artists to the rest of the world.”

Nineteen85 worked with Drake on several of the superstar’s most notable hit records.

“Hold On, We’re Going Home,” “One Dance,” “For Free,” and “Hotline Bling” were produced by the 31-year-old Canadian.

There was some controversy surrounding the creation of that last Nineteen85-assisted song listed.

In 2015, D.R.A.M. publicly expressed that he believed his “Cha Cha” was “jacked” for “Hotline Bling” which was originally labeled “Cha Cha Remix.”

Drake acknowledged he approached the connection between “Cha Cha” and “Hotline Bling” like Jamaican artists performing over the same riddim.

Nineteen85 claimed his involvement with “Hotline Bling” was inspired by hearing Timmy Thomas’ 1972 song “Why Can’t We Live Together.”

“I was in my car, listening to a satellite station that plays a lot of smooth-rock deep cuts, and the original song [“Why Can’t We Live Together”] came on,” stated Nineteen85. “By the time I got home, I had basically made the beat in my head.”