When news first broke that Don Diablo was working with Gucci Mane on a new single, I honestly thought it was a troll. Lucky for me, and gut feeling was totally wrong because ‘Survive’ turned out to be one of Don’s best releases of 2018. Now as the year begins to come to a close,
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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.
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 Diablo, Emeli 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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Don Diablo and Hexagon have been on an absolute roll lately, and it’s not stopping today. Diablo has released a massive collab titled “Survive” featuring UK singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé and superstar rapper Gucci Mane. “Survive” isn’t the typical upbeat future house festival track you would expect from Don. “Survive” is laced with an absolutely magnificent
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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.
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.