Ezra Koenig and Jaden Smith’s animated Netflix series Neo Yokio returned today with a holiday special called Pink Christmas, the series’ first new episode since its first season debuted last year. About halfway through the episode is a brand-new song sung by Ezra Koenig that was co-written by him, iLoveMakonnen, and Bloodpop. The … More »
Young Thug‘s released the highly anticipated On the Rvn EP.
Despite its fair share of setbacks and Thugger’s arrest earlier this year, the rapper’s managed to nab a who’s-who of artists for the work, creating an experimental roster that spans generations and genres while putting diehard fans at ease.
This is Thugger for the radio. With features from 6LACK and Jaden Smith and even a starry-eyed Elton John appearance on the project’s final track “High” — Thugger’s own homage to John’s seminal Honky Château hit “Rocket Man — the EP’s Thugger’s most left-of-field pop star self-positioning to date.
He seamlessly transitions from rapping and singing on the terrifically terrible, and yet beautiful ambient crooning of the EP’s standout “High.” And although the Elton John track initially leaked in August, fans are finally invited to absorb Young Thug’s imperfectly autotuned “I’m a rocket man” croons in full. The rapper’s somewhere out in the stratosphere on “High,” channeling a level of brevity and experimentation that feels grounded solely in its nonexistence, and it’s a theme that runs the entire work.
If you’re wondering where Young Thug gets off giving his new EP basically the same name as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s co-headlining tour: Bey and Jay may have made a fortune playacting the fugitive lifestyle, but Young Thug has been out here actually on the run in recent months. More »
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 »
Kid Cudi interviewing Jaden Smith might be the best thing in hip-hop news all month. Appearing in The New Vanguard Issue of VMAN40, the topic at hand was sparked when Smith congratulated Kid Cudi on his most recent project, Kids See Ghost, and how generally well-received the Kanye-assisted release was. As Cudi begins talking about how much of a dream it was to work with Ye himself, he sneaks in a note on how he and Jaden should collaborate on a project as well. Perhaps the snippet is less an idea in passing and more or a foreshadowing to a future rap collaboration with serious multi-generational appeal.
Cudi offers, “Maybe one day we’ll do an album bro,” to Smith. Of course, the “Icon” rapper is all for it. Smith responds, “I’ll have to get a few more albums under my belt. I’m going to have to grow, but that would be the biggest dream of mine.”
The Man on the Moon crooner continues by praising Smith on how young he started his music career. What’s more — just last year in a Reddit AMA, Jaden Smith revealed his dream collaboration was Kid Cudi. Talk about putting things into existence, fingers crossed for this one.
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HARD Summer is amidst its 2018 takeover of the Auto Club Speedway, and even if fans are unable to make it to the festival itself, the action will be streamed exclusively via LiveXLive. In addition to streaming festival, there will be backstage content, interviews and more.
The festival is known for its bass heavy lineup, and the organizers recently released a compilation in honor of the festival’s kickoff. This year’s lineup is a bit more diverse with acts such as Jaden Smith and Marshmello. The streaming schedule includes sets from Party Favor, Joyryde, Louis The Child, Slushii, and headliner Marshmello among many more for day one. Other notable sets on the livestream schedule include Jauz b2b Zeds Dead and Yellow Mustard, which is Yellow Claw b2b DJ Mustard.
See the full live stream schedule (in EST):
8:05pm- Party Favor
9:00pm- Jaden Smith
11:00pm- Louis the Child
12:50am- Yellow Mustard (Yellow Claw & DJ Mustard)
2:15am- Zeds Dead b2b Jauz
A few months ago, A$AP Rocky released his latest album Testing. Last week, he shared a new single called “Nights Like This.” Tyler, The Creator has been dropping loosies on loosies. Today, the two rappers team up for a joint freestyle they dubbed “Potato Salad.” Rocky and … More »
Christian Smith, a.k.a. Crankdat became a breakout star through remixes for Zeds Dead, Jaden Smith, San Holo, and more. In addition, he’s added some equally successful originals to the portfolio, with his most recent being “Need Somebody.” Now, it seems this positive traction has caught Diplo‘s attention, as the rising producer has officially made his debut on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends.
Fans are in for a big treat here, as the bass-heavy mix features a wide array of fresh IDs from the Cleveland born DJ. He also blends famed remixes with throwbacks, hip-hop — including tracks by Kanye West and Lil Pump — and dance music anthems such as Galantis‘ “Runaway” and Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” (mashed up with some trap-y goodness). The hour long mix is ever-changing and will make listeners wonder where the time went.
Crankdat is currently on his “Outcast” tour, hitting stops all over the globe leading up to an Electric Zoo 2018 performance come Labor Day Weekend.
Featured Image taken from Crankdat’s Facebook
Prime Social Group is back with their biggest unveil to date. Now boasting nine festivals under the Breakaway, Prime, Haunted Fest, and #Fest brands, PSG’s elevating the supreme curation the brand’s been exploring at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Breakaway Music Festival serves as an outright testament to the booking that’s taking the industry by storm.
The festival will return to Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park on August 24 & 25 and Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on August 24–26, expanding into a three-day festival installment for the first time ever.
Columbus’ Breakaway Music Festival Columbus welcomes the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, live electronic innovators ODESZA, the modern 4/4 master Chris Lake, OWSLA’s own bass champion Ekali, Phantoms, Kayzo, and more. Columbus will also invite some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including pop maverick Halsey, Khalid, and Quinn XCII.
As PSG’s booking outreach continues, Breakaway Music Festival will only continue to serve as an emblem of the brand’s coveted understanding of its young audience.
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