TEYANA TAYLOR DEBUTS STAR-STUDDED, SELF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR “ISSUES/HOLD ON”
Guest stars include ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg, Tyler The Creator, Kristen Crawley and Lori Harvey
Listen to K.T.S.E. HERE
Today, Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE launches an animated video contest for XXXTentacion’s latest single “BAD.” At 5pm PT, fans may visit his official site to choose one of seven animators to bring the music video to life. As XXXTentacion was a lifelong animation fanatic, the contest holds a special significance to the estate and his memory.
Speaking to that passion, seven animators—some of whom the artist professed his fandom for—contributed 15-second clips of which fans may view and cast votes in support of. Voting goes live on the site at 5pm PT. Watch the clips and vote now!
At the close of polling on November 19, the winner will receive $10,000 to deliver the full-length animated visual hosted on the official XXXTentacion YouTube page. Speaking to his global renown, these animators—Gabriel Chaignon, Darin Vartanian, Jay Kzapa, Anhia Santana, Ayan Issin, Dugan Warmoth, and Tristan Zammit—represent nearly every corner of the globe, ranging from Ohio to Kazakhstan.
These artists have notably worked on projects for everyone from alt-J, Wiz Khalifa, and Famous Dex to French Montana, A$AP Rocky, Waka Flocka Flame, and more. They were honored to contribute to “BAD” and X’s legacy and addressed his mysterious and metaphysical leanings by crafting dark, thought-provoking, and pure art.
You can find detailed statements from the respective artists about their clips enclosed below.
“Bad” heralds the release of his anxiously awaited first official posthumous album, SKINS—arriving Friday, December 7 via the newly erupted partnership between his own imprint Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE. Notably, EMPIRE—headed by Ghazi Shami—ignited the explosion of his 2017 debut 17, which bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and went RIAA platinum. Pre-order the album here and receive a free download of “BAD.”
Upon impacting Friday, “BAD” trended worldwide at #1 and scored over 40 million cumulative streams. It also ignited a flurry of internet chatter and critical praise. XXL claimed, “The brief banger is a snapshot of what we can expect from the rapper’s *Skins* album,” while HotNewHipHop enthused, “X’s syrupy vocals melt over the hypnotic drums.” Billboard highlighted the “crooning in hopes of luring the attention of his love interest.”
There’s no good without bad, or bad without good. Skins marks the next evolution of XXXTentacion and his most powerful, poetic, and personal expression yet
Be prepared for more soon!
XXXTentacion remains the voice of his generation. His second album, ?, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, went platinum, yielded 5.2 billion global streams, and achieved sales of 3.2 million global equivalent albums. Among its stacked track listing, the record boasted “SAD!” (4x-platinum), “MOONLIGHT” (2x-platinum), and “CHANGES”(2x-platinum). In 2018, the BET Hip Hop Awards crowned him “Best New Hip Hop Artist” as 17 earned “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B” at the American Music Awards. He can count Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello, and Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx amongst his supporters and admirers as well. His influence and impact only continue to grow.
Famous Dex kicks off the fall with his newest single, “Nervous” featuring hip-hop heavy weights, Lil Baby, Rich the Kid, and Jay Critch. The high energy record is produced by Take A Daytrip, one of the producers for Sheck Wes’s viral “Mo Bamba” record.
“Nervous” comes shortly after the TRL premiere of Dex’s “Light” music video featuring Drax Project. Earlier this year the Chicago artist released his debut album, Dex Meets Dexter, which included the smash hit records, “Pick It Up” and “Japan,” both of records have gone platinum in the U.S. Appearances on the album include: A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, and Diplo.
With lyrics spiralling through an rnb-infused bass line that is tangled over a re-worked guitar riff, the song is about “disassociation,” and explores her own personal journey with addiction and struggles with mental health. She went on to explain to NYLON how the song speaks of “isolating yourself from everyone, so you don’t have to deal with the pain you’re causing them when you hurt yourself, because that shit gets to be unbearable. [It] just sort of takes you through blurry moments of my life, from the time I had seizures in front of my parents at home, to driving off oxys, to getting locked into hospital rooms and being forced into residential treatment.” The release follows the genre-bending and stripped-down, “Bored“, which was her first release in 3 years.
It’s always been about music. Born in South Bend, Indiana, the 21-year old Dev09 sang before she could talk. Sing-alongs to Frank Sinatra on car rides, to Verdi at dinner, and to all of the Nina Simone and Wilco, New Order, Nirvana, English Beat, Libertines, and Charlie Parker that played when her mom was cooking are among Dev’s best childhood memories. Her favorite toy was a microphone. A decade of cello lessons began at age three.
Trading her cello for a guitar in middle school, things changed for Dev even as they stayed the same. A$AP Rocky replaced Sinatra, but Dev kept writing and singing. Excited by new hip hop idols, she reached beyond Indiana for collaborators without ever leaving South Bend. In fact – she tweeted at A$AP Yams, the founder of the A$AP Mob, how many retweets she would need for him to escort her to senior prom. His response, “1K boo” is now one of her several tattoos. Unfortunately, Yams died shortly after their exchange, but the experience connected the teen vocalist with A$AP Ferg’s producer, Stelios Phili.
Dev collaborated long distance with Phili, and released her breakout single, “You Made Me.” Called “sparse and stylish,” this mashup of hip hop and club pop was named one of 2015’s best songs by Pigeons and Planes.
Seizing the moment, Dev followed the success of “You Made Me” with a move to Los Angeles—a fast and furious beginning cut short by her bi-polar II diagnosis and rehabilitation in 2016. Fully recovered, Dev signed with 300 and is already back to doing what she loves. Her forthcoming EP sees Dev navigate her journey with mental health – touching on things like addiction.
Famous Dex & YoungBoy Never Broke Again Link Up for “In The Bank”
Hip-hop’s most exciting newcomers, Famous Dex and YoungBoy Never Broke Again came together for a hot new record, “In The Bank.” The energetic track is an undeniable club banger, sure to please both artists’ fan bases. “In The Bank” comes shortly after Dex dropped some incredible visuals his Billboard topping single, “Pick It Up Ft. A$AP Rocky,” which is also RIAA certified Gold and has a total of 100+ million streams. It’s clear that the animated rapper is on a roll with head turning records and surprise collaborations. Take a listen to Famous Dex’s “Money In The Bank” below!
Listen to “In The Bank Ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again”: https://ffm.to/inthebank
Watch & Share the Lyric Video: https://youtu.be/898t6Cpo8mU
Famous Dex’s “Pick It Up Ft. A$AP Rocky”: https://youtu.be/X6SaVOLRcF4
LEVEN KALI RELEASES NEW SONG “DO U WRONG” FEATURING SYD
Santa Monica bred singer, songwriter and producer Leven Kali releases his new single, “Do U Wrong” featuring Syd. Co-produced by Leven and Zack Sekoff (Vince Staples, Thundercat) and with a writing contribution from Snoh Allegra, “Do U Wrong” is out today via Palm Studios and available on all digital platforms.
Leven – “Me, Sekoff and Syd had a lot of fun making this…. its a long story but this song died, came back to life, and learned how to swim. thank you for listening”
Leven Kali was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Santa Monica. He is one of the three featured artists on Playboi Carti’s widely celebrated 2017 mixtape, alongside Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky, and is also credited for a contribution to Drake’s More Life. Leven is confirmed to perform at this year’s Bonnaroo festival and will release his full-length debut project on his Palm Studios.
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LONG-AWAITED JADEN SMITH ALBUM SYRE OUT NOW
“Icon” Video Premiered Today On Complex
Eclectic Rapper Opening For Fall Out Boy On North American Tour
Los Angeles, CA (November 17, 2017) — Multitalented actor, model and musician, Jaden Smith released his debut album SYRE today via the artist’s own MSFTS Music/Roc Nation label through their Interscope Records partnership. A brand-new video for the song “Icon” premiered exclusively on Complex, you can check out the self-directed video HERE.
This past summer, Smith teased the forthcoming project by putting out back-to-back singles: “Watch Me,” a rock-tinged rap ditty, which showcases the 18-year-old’s growing agility as a master rhymesayer and “Batman,” a tribute to the late Adam West that resurrects Smith’s superhero alter ego, first introduced at the West-Kardashian nuptials three-and-a-half years ago.
Both songs and their accompanying music videos have been well received with nearly ten million collective views to date on VEVO alone. An all around performance artist, Smith will simultaneously release a complete visual work to supplement the project, which he says has been three years in the making. The artist leaked a third song, “Falcon” featuring Raury, earlier this week.
“This album is a love letter to the world,” says Jaden.
A follow-up to his mixtapes, The Cool Café and Cool Tapes Vol. 2, SYRE is Smith’s first full-length made available to a wide audience. Rock star Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy recently called Jaden Smith “the future of music” and tapped the eclectic, young rapper to open up for his band on a string of dates during their current Mania tour.
Smith also made a memorable appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday. SYRE is now available worldwide on all digital platforms.
Jaden Smith SYRE eAlbum
Aly Ryan was born September 25, 1995 to German parents who at the time were war correspondents in Moscow, Russia.
Traveling from one place to another at a very young age she learned several languages and eventually moved back to Germany where she developed a love for the music her father would play for her. Inspired by songwriters like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd, she soon started writing her own music. At the age of 16, shortly after her handicapped brother passed away, she packed her bags and made the move all the way to Los Angeles on her own.
She has since been working with her favorite producers including legends like Babyface, Red One and Toby Gad, recently releasing her debut single ‘No Parachute’ which has been charting on the Soundcloud top 50 pop chart worldwide since its release with currently over 1 million streams.
Head Of Pop at Spotify Mike Biggane included “No Parachute” on New Music Friday U.S and Major tastemaker Ebro Darden from Hot 97 talked about Aly Ryan on Beats 1 (Apple Music’a Radio station) and introduced the single to the world.
Single #2 “Donate A Dollar” was released September 8th, 2017 and is already at over 100k streams on Soundcloud.
This year Aly also opened for infamous Zane Carney ( who is the lead guitarist for John Mayer) at the El Rey theater and she has collaborated with Post Modern Jukebox (youtube cover band with 3 million subscribers and who tours worldwide} on a cover of “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga which has garnered a lot of attention on Youtube.
(Los Angeles, CA- June 25, 2017) Last night, Interscope Records hosted their annual BET Awards Pre Party at ROKU/Blind Dragon in West Hollywood. Musicians, tastemakers and industry professionals alike gathered to celebrate a night of music to remember. The soiree, sponsored by Martell Cognac, Clairol Professional and PRG brought out some of the industry’s biggest names including Playboi Carti, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Steve Rifkind, Big Baby D.R.A.M and Tina Knowles. DJ Reflex and DJ A-OH spun the hits and kept the dance floor going until 2AM. Additional party sponsorship was provided by Finish Line, Fanta and MEZZ. See all the photos from the A-list affair below.
(All Photos by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Interscope Records)