Good Morning Mix: Rock with A-Trak’s Holy Ship! Rap Party Mix

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Good Morning Mix: Rock with A-Trak’s Holy Ship! Rap Party MixA Trak Holy Ship Hip Hop

Party master and scratch luminary, A-Trak shows his versatility and relevance in this lava “Holy Ship Rap Party 2019” mix of turn-of-the-millennium rap mixed with newer hip-hop and electronic goodies. For example, the Fools Gold head honcho hits a groove towards the beginning with Clipse’s “Grinding,” Jay-Z‘s “La La La,” a bootleg of Missy Elliot‘s “Work It,” an edit of J-Kwon’s “Tipsy,” Mary J. Blige‘s “Real One,” and Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z’s “Beware.” That groove is continued and further expanded on; however, those tracks set the tone for a modern-day dose of nostalgia.

While listening through some of hip-hop’s finest products, A-Trak adds more modern elements with Kodak BlackChildish GambinoLil Uzi Vert, and more while mixing electronic elements from Daft Punk, GesaffelsteinJusticeYehme2, TroyBoi and others. This is a certified must-listen for fans of hip-hop and music in general, directly from one of the best improv party DJs to grace the stage.

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Chance The Rapper announces new album due this summer

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Chance The Rapper announces new album due this summerChance The Rapper Live Lost Lake Lineup

On this third mixtape, 2016’s critically lauded Coloring BookChance The Rapper rewrote the rules at the Grammy’s, grabbing seven total nominations and taking home three gramophones, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album, without technically moving a single unit. Now, he has officially confirmed the delivery of his next studio project, and if his third was the charm, his fourth might just be an instant-classic waiting to be heard.

A hard release date has not yet been revealed, though Chano and his manager both confirmed a July release on social media. In a video posted to Instagram, Chance, beaming, gives fans a quick look at the busy life of a budding star—he’s preparing for his wedding, actively involved in Chicago’s politics, his non-profit’s work, and of course studio time, all accounting for the three year gap between LPs.

“Life is good, you can get that sh*t when I’m ready,”

“…July, though.”

In those three years, Chance has logged studio time with Anderson .Paak, Kanye West and more, though it is currently unclear if July’s release will be the Chicago emcees’ highly anticipated joint project Good Ass Job. Interestingly though, in 2017 Chance was quick to publicly clarify after winning his Grammy Awards that his first three projects would more accurately be described as mixtapes, not albums.

 

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Update: Now Chance has confirmed on social media this is in fact his first album, and not a mixtape as his previous three projects were designated.

J. Cole drops first single of 2019, menacing T-Minus produced, ‘MIDDLE CHILD’

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J. Cole drops first single of 2019, menacing T-Minus produced, ‘MIDDLE CHILD’J Cole Live 2018

J. Cole has released his first track of 2019. In typical Cole fashion, fans were bombarded with the announcement of “MIDDLE CHILD” with a seemingly out of nowhere clearing of his Instagram feed, replaced with posts promoting his new song. Produced by T-Minus, the track follows the release of the North Carolina rapper’s highly anticipated album K.O.D. in 2018.

“MIDDLE CHILD” addresses common themes that have arisen throughout J. Cole’s career, including his quitting the rap game (which, through this single’s exercise it becomes clear he’s not quite ready to stop rapping just yet). Cole also explores impressively beautiful metaphors—a trait that has become integral in his brand—this time, comparing his own rap career to being an awkward middle child between two generations of rhymers. The new track is Cole’s first solo single since 2013. While it’s unclear if “MIDDLE CHILD” is a signal for more music down the line from the famously platinum-with-no-features rapper, if this was in fact the first single from a larger project, this would be the beginning of J. Cole’s first traditional album roll out since Born Sinner. 

Party Favor Brings Us Back To “2012” With Latest Single

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Back in the Tomorrowworld days, I stumbled across a stage in the woods and was taken aback by a sound that I had not yet been exposed to. I sat on a small hill beside the stage and felt a tingling sensation sent from my nose to my eardrums. Weird description I know. I’m not

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EDM & Hip-Hop Collide On “One Shot” by Dehko & Young Roc

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Gameroom Records is kicking off 2019 with some Detroit swag on ‘One Shot’, an uplifting festival house anthem by the upcoming dynamic duo of Dehko featuring the budding superstar lyricist Young Roc. ‘One Shot’ brings back the vibes of the golden years of EDM with a roof-raising festival house drop and lyrics that bring a

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Hip-hop is America’s genre — accounts for nearly a quarter of all U.S. music streams in 2018

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Hip-hop is America’s genre — accounts for nearly a quarter of all U.S. music streams in 2018Travis Scott Live 2

Hip-hop is indisputably America’s genre.

The designation is affirmed by a comprehensive year-end report published by market monitor BuzzAngle, which tracks music consumption data. Far from a fad, hip-hop comes out on top again as the most streamed genre this year, with rap singles consuming 24.7 percent of the streaming market in 2018, or a quarter of all streamed tracks for the year. 2018 shows continued year over year growth for the genre, which previously consumed 20.9 percent of single streams in 2017. The report categorizes urban songs as a combination of rap, hip-hop, and R&B, all amounting to the country’s most streamed genre, beating out pop music three years in a row.

Other trends that have emerged are the rise of pop and the decline of rock. In 2017, rock was right behind hip-hop with a 19.8 percent consumption share, while in 2018, pop overtook rock to take a 19 percent market share. Rock precipitously declined to only a 11.7 percent market share in 2018, even in a year when highly marketable albums from Greta Van Fleet, Smashing Pumpkins, and Stone Temple Pilots among others saw major label releases.

These trends are similarly reflected in album streaming patterns for 2017 and 2018. Although rock album streams superseded rap album streams in 2017, 2018 was a year of major growth for hip-hop and a considerable decline for rock. In a year when everyone from Travis Scott to The Carters, Drake to Anderson .Paak dropped full-length projects, it comes as no surprise that hip-hop dominated nearly a quarter of the streaming market in 2018.

Via Rolling Stone

Hakkasan pairs Steve Aoki with Lil Uzi Vert for co-headline performance

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Hakkasan pairs Steve Aoki with Lil Uzi Vert for co-headline performanceSteve Aoki Hakkasan Credit Joe Janet

Las Vegas nightlife hub, Hakkasan, has a proven knack for pairing top EDM talent with the most in-demand hip-hop acts in the game right now, but they’re one-upping themselves with their latest booking. Dim Mak kingpin Steve Aoki is primed to take over the club on November 15 with one of rap’s most sought-after performers of the moment, Lil Uzi Vert, for the duo’s first ever co-headlining performance. While Uzi and Aoki have yet to officially collaborate, a shared stage in Las Vegas this month could give way to a studio link sometime down the line.

Lil Uzi Vert and Steve Aoki’s shared headline performance comes amid a packed month of entertainment on the Las Vegas strip. Heavy hitters like NGHTMRE, Kaskade, Tiësto, and Matoma are all also slated to perform at Hakkasan and the club’s affiliated properties across the month of November. Find Hakkasan’s full November lineup below.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Hakkasan’s website here. 

Hakkasan

Thursday, Nov. 1

Main Club: Lil Jon

Friday, Nov. 2

Main Club: NGHTMRE

Saturday, Nov. 3

Main Club: Loud Luxury

Sunday, Nov. 4

Main Club: Salvatore Ganacci

Thursday, Nov. 8

Main Club: Borgore

Friday, Nov. 9

Main Club: NGHTMRE

Saturday, Nov. 10

Main Club: Tiësto

Ling Ling Club: Phoreyz

Sunday, Nov. 11 | “Rock with Me”

Main Club: Jeff Retro

Thursday, Nov. 15

Main Club: Steve Aoki with Lil Uzi Vert

Ling Ling Club: DJ Dash

Friday, Nov. 16

Main Club: Gryffin

Saturday, Nov. 17

Main Club: Kaskade

Sunday, Nov. 18

Main Club: Crankdat

Thursday, Nov. 22

Main Club: Fergie DJ

Friday, Nov. 23

Main Club: Borgeous

Saturday, Nov. 24

Main Club: Matoma

Sunday, Nov. 25

Main Club: Jeff Retro

Thursday, Nov. 29

Main Club: DJ Shift

Friday, Nov. 30

Main Club: Matoma

JEWEL Nightclub

Friday, Nov. 2

IRIE

Saturday, Nov. 3

DJ Karma

Monday, Nov. 5

FAED

Friday, Nov. 9

Brody Jenner

Saturday, Nov. 10

DJ Sourmilk with Dzeko

Monday, Nov.12

DJ E-Rock

Friday, Nov. 16

blackbear

Saturday, Nov. 17

DJ Drama

Monday, Nov. 19

DJ Shift

Friday, Nov. 23

DJ Turbulence

Saturday, Nov. 24

Scooter

Monday, Nov. 26

DJ Karma

Friday, Nov. 30

Just Blaze

Omnia Nightclub

Thursday, Nov. 1

Heart of OMNIA: Maria Romano

Friday, Nov. 2

Main Club: Party Favor

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Nova

Saturday, Nov. 3

Main Club: Zedd

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Lucky Lou

Terrace: Pedi

Sunday, Nov. 4

Heart of OMNIA: Phoreyz

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Main Club: Fergie DJ

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Crooked

Thursday, Nov. 8

Heart of OMNIA: Mikey Francis

Friday, Nov. 9

Main Club: Kaskade

Heart of OMNIA: Kid Conrad

Terrace: Fabian

Saturday, Nov. 10

Main Club: Zedd

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Nova

Terrace: Mikey Francis

Sunday, Nov. 11

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Dash

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Main Club: Zedd

Heart of OMNIA: Wild DESEO – hosted by AJ Kallejero with DJ Exile

Thursday, Nov. 15

Heart of OMNIA: Mondo

Friday, Nov. 16

Main Club: Steve Aoki

Heart of OMNIA: Maria Romano

Saturday, Nov. 17

Main Club: Matoma

Heart of OMNIA: NVM

Sunday, Nov. 18

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Stretch

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Main Club: Burns

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Lucky Lou

Thursday, Nov. 22

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Dash

Friday, Nov. 23

Main Club: Gryffin

Heart of OMNIA: OB One

Saturday, Nov. 24

Main Club: Steve Aoki Birthday Celebration

Heart of OMNIA: Phoreyz

Sunday, Nov. 25

Heart of OMNIA: Pedi

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Main Club: Fergie DJ

Heart of OMNIA: DJ OB One

Thursday, Nov. 29

Heart of OMNIA: DJ D-Miles

Friday, Nov. 30

Main Club: Loud Luxury

Heart of OMNIA: DJ Shift

RL Grime Drops Halloween Mix ‘Halloween VII’

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AND NOW THE MOMENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! Fresh off the drop of his banger of an album “NOVA” RL Grime has taken to the mix table for his annual Halloween Mix, Halloween VII. Year after year, this mix has held a special place in our hearts. I remember last year almost going

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Gangsta rap pioneer and Law & Order star Ice-T dips into dance music with launch of “serious techno music record label”

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Gangsta rap pioneer and Law & Order star Ice-T dips into dance music with launch of “serious techno music record label”Ice T Mr Press Shot Credit Roling Stone

Ice-T knows where there’s a bag to be secured, and his latest venture is bringing him into the EDM game. The Grandfather of Gangsta Rap is perhaps nowadays best known for his 18 year and counting stint on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, along with a wealth of other TV gigs and acting credits. Now, he’s adding A&R to his credentials with the launch of Electronic Beat Empire, described by Ice as, “a serious techno music record label.”

Electronic Beat Empire’s debut release, Hip-Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno features the label’s in-house producer, masked hip-hop stalwart Afrika Islam, under electronic alias Mr. X across 12 new tracks. While Ice-T’s newfound electronic sensibilities may seem like a money grab, the venerated rapper is well ahead of the purists, admitting outright to Rolling Stone, “I am not gonna act like I’m a techno wizard or know anything about it.” In any case, the “OG Original Gangster” is dipping into a genre that famously already takes itself pretty seriously to begin with, but who knows? Maybe Ice-T is the techno savior we didn’t know we needed. Listen to Hip-Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno below.

H/T: Rolling Stone

BLAISE Creates Pure Hip Hop Artistry With New Single “No More”

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LA based artist BLAISE just recently came out with a new single along with a brand new music video. Entitled “No More”, the track is a seamless and engaging hip hop, alternative piece that will have you floating from the beginning up until the very end. The song is a captivating work full of intriguing

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