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kanye west, jesus is king, 360 MAGAZINE

Kanye is King

Billionaire Kanye West returns to the top of the album charts in historic fashion again this week, as his ninth solo studio album, JESUS IS KING, debuts at #1 on the US album chart, surpassing the Beatles and once again tying Eminem for the most consecutive #1 album debuts in chart history, with nine.
 
JESUS IS KING, which arrived in stores on October 25th via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings, immediately went to #1 on Apple Music in more than 90 countries, #1 on Spotify, #1 on Amazon, and was the #1 Trending Album on Twitter. JESUS IS KING becomes the most streamed first week in Kanye’s entire career in the US and the UK. 

This week, JESUS IS KING tops the Rap Albums chart, the Christian Albums chart, and the Gospel Albums chart simultaneously. In addition, all eleven tracks on JESUS IS KING debuted on the Hot 100, led by “Follow God” at #7 – giving Kanye over 100 career entries on the Hot 100 songs chart.
 
The October 25th release of JESUS IS KING coincided with the global opening of the IMAX film of the same name. Kanye premiered the album and film experience at a special listening and screening event at the Los Angeles Forum. 
 
The onslaught of release-week activities included JESUS IS KING merch pop-up, a live-streamed JESUS IS KING Sunday Service Experoence at the Forum in LA, and a special performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live from the Oculus in New York City. Kanye also joined CBS Late Late Show host James Corden for a 20-minute episode of ‘Airpool Karaoke’ that trended at #2 on YouTube and has been viewed over 11 million times in less than a week. 
 
JESUS IS KING is available in a variety of formats, including limited edition blue vinyl and cassette, along with exclusive merchandise offerings at shop.kanyewest.com.

Teyana Taylor, Kehlani, 360 MAGAZINE

Teyana Taylor × Kehlani

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Teyana Taylor – multi-hyphenate R&B superstar singer, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreo­grapher, actor, fitness guru, model, mother and Harlem native  – announces the release of “Morning” featuring Kehlani, the brand new single and steamy video, both available today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.  “Morning” is the second advance track from THE ALBUM, following up the R&B smash “How You Want It? (HYWI?)” featuring King Combs.
 
THE ALBUM is the long-awaited follow-up to Teyana’s KTSE, one of the five G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Released in June, KTSE (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime RIAA- certified Gold smash “Gonna Love Me.”  Teyana performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley with “Rose In Harlem,” also from KTSE) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Hip-hop audiences embraced the Gonna Love Me” remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface KillahMethod Man and Raekwon, whose video was directed by Teyana herself.
 
KTSE spun off a hot new single and video for Teyana in early 2019, the explicit “WTP (Work This P***y).”  The video was nominated last week for “Best Dance Perform­ance” at the upcoming BET Soul Train Awards, airing live from Las Vegas on November 17. The third single from KTSE was the evocative “Issues/Hold On.”  After slaying the audience with the song live on Ellen in April 2019, Teyana was surprised on-air when Ellen presented her with the RIAA gold award plaque for “Gonna Love Me,” bringing it all full circle.
 
As she continues to direct her own videos, Teyana – aka ‘Spike Tee’ – was again at the helm of the clip for her recent single, How You Want It? (HYWI?) featuring King Combs, released in August. 
 
About TEYANA TAYLOR:
Being a jack of trades has allowed Teyana Taylor to become a master of all. From her smoky melodic vocals to her dynamic dance moves, the entertainer dips in dives between her talents that also include producing, songwriting, acting, directing and everything in between. When it comes to describing herself, the Harlem native can only think of one word: Everything.
 
“I literally can do everything. I never look at anything as being impossible,” she explains. “I exhaust all options to make what happen when I need to make happen.” Her mantra made her an early favorite to artists like Pharrell, who she signed her first deal with, and later choreographed videos for artists like Beyonce and Jay-Z. Her love for the arts and R&B later earned her the title of the first woman signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.
 
Between R&B’s identity crisis in the 2010s, Teyana dropped her debut album VII, with tracks like “Maybe” (featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T) and the sultry “Just Different” shaping her musical persona. The critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her position in today modern R&B field. “I fought for that raw, hood necessary R&B and now I feel like it’s better than ever,” she says.
 
After spicing up the R&B charts, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert in 2015. “I do all of this for my baby. She’s who I do it for,” she says about Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration. “I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she’s a female doing it all.” Soon after, Teyana went on to star in the internet-breaking video for Kanye West’s “Fade,” and scored her first MTV Moonman for “Best Choreography” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
 
But it wasn’t until the release of her sophomore project K.T.S.E. in June 2018 that the world experienced Teyana’s talents. With her all-female production company The Aunties, Teyana self-directed videos for “WTP,” the Gold-selling single “Gonna Love Me,” and recently, “Issues/Hold On.” She has also directed videos for her peers like T.I. (“You”), Monica (“Commitment”) and Lil Duval (“Pull Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign) with fans like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Elton John praising her boss moves.
 
Part of what makes Teyana stand out from the rest is her ability to move with precision and poise in everything she does. From the studio to the stage, every idea is a project with the singer front and center with a vision all her own. With her musical inspirations like Aaliyah, Teena Marie, Mint Condition and Janet Jackson speaking to her soul, Teyana is aware her mission is larger than life. “I’m working on me every day and I think that’s my purpose,” she says, comparing her life to a never-ending book. “I’m still going, still mastering and being a better me.”
 

JBL FEST, RUN DMC, 360 MAGAZINE, LAS VEGAS

3rd Annual JBL Fest


The 3rd annual JBL Fest kicked off last night in Vegas with JBL REMIX, hosted by legendary NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal (AKA DJ Diesel) and featuring an iconic throwback performance from Run DMC on the rooftop of Caesars Palace.

 
Just before Run DMC took the stage, DJ Diesel was seen catching up with fellow “Inside the NBA” co-host Kenny Smith in the VIP lounge.

 
Artist Cey Adams, who designed some of RUN DMC’s most iconic album covers, created an immersive experience with authentic graffiti tags, streetlamps and JBL-branded subway signs to transport guests back into New York City’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s.

 
*Note: The party continues tonight for CLUB JBL!, hosted by JBL ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas and featuring even more electrifying performances from Bebe Rexha, as well as fellow JBL ambassadors Armin van Buuren and DJ Tigerlily. Plus, the cast of “Vanderpump Rules” will walk the star-studded red carpet with a surprise guest you can’t miss.   
 
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*photo credit: Kevin Mazur

Teyana Taylor, Dej Jam Recordings, 360 MAGAZINE


DEF JAM RECORDINGS CELEBRATES 35 YEARS


DEF JAM RECORDINGS CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF RECORD BREAKING & CULTURE SHAKING

WITH 35TH ANNIVERSARY ‘NIGHT MARKET’ CELEBRATION IN BROOKLYN, SPONSORED BY PUMA, COURVOISIER & SNIPES
 
2 CHAINZ, FABOLOUS, JADAKISS, TEYANA TAYLOR, SLICK RICK, TJ PORTER & MORE ATTENDED THE STAR-STUDDED BROOKYL BASH
 

Last night in Brooklyn, the undisputed greatest label in hip-hop history – Def Jam Recordings – officially launched its celebration of 35 years of shaking the culture with the star-studded, blowout Def Jam 35 Night Market.
 
As VIPs and Def Jam artists past and present – 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Teyana Taylor, TJ Porter, Fetty Luciano, Slick Rick, Suzi Wu, Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg, Joseline Hernandez, DJ Premier – an all-female DJ lineup led by DJ Jazzy Joyce, Nyla Symone and Odalys kept the party rocking. A special pop-up from Scarr’s Pizza fed the masses, Courvoisier and Heineken kept the vibes going, and VIPs enjoyed special activations – a PUMA basketball court and a Snipes bodega hosted by special guests Stretch and Bobbito offering limited edition T-Shirts and the PUMA x Def Jam Clyde Court. A surprise performance from Def Jam’s own Freddy & Jason – Fabolous and Jadakiss – closed out the night.
 
The Brooklyn Night Market event was the latest salvo in an ongoing Def Jam 35 celebration that includes the co-curated Hip-Hop Classics: Def Jam playlist via Spotify, the newly launched Def Jam: Essentials playlist via Apple Music, the revival of the original signature Def Jam “varsity” jacket and capsule collection via streetwear giant KITH, the forthcoming Tony Touch mixtape documentary feature “From Scratch,” an experiential activation at ComplexCon Long Beach, and much more.
 
Stay tuned for more on Def Jam 35…

 

ALESSIA CARA, 360 MAGAZINE, Photo credit – Olivia Aita

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WATCH ALESSIA CARA GET NOSTALGIC IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO “OCTOBER”

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ALESSIA CARA RECEIVES TWO LATIN GRAMMY NOMINATIONS ON HER SPANISH LANGUAGE DEBUT WITH JUANES “QUERER MEJOR”

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR HER SINGLE “ROOTING FOR YOU” HERE

ALESSIA CARA RECENTLY RELEASED HER EP THIS SUMMER

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Dave East “Everyday” feat. Gunna Visual is Out

Today, meteoric Harlem rapper, model and actor Dave East – whose legendary mixtapes have amassed over one billion global streams –released the music video for “Everyday” featuring Gunna. Directed by Andrew Sandler, the menacing visual features Dave East in the midst of a high stakes poker game while switching to shots of Gunna exchanging bars with East in a dimly lit room. Watch the visual here.

“Everyday” was a part of Dave East’s two-song summer release ‘Survival Pacc,’ which also included “Wanna be a G” featuring Max B. Released via Def Jam Recordings/Mass Appeal Records, you can listen to ‘Survival Pacc’ here. Dave’s long-awaited debut album, SURVIVAL, is slated to arrive this fall.

Leading up to the highly anticipated release of SURVIVAL, Dave East will be portraying Method Man in Wu-Tang: An American Saga, the upcoming HULU limited mini-series whose 10 episodes will premiere on September 4th. A fictionalized drama, An American Saga was created by Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA and Alex Tse (Watchmen, Superfly 2018). Executive producers include Brian Grazer and Method Man. View trailers for An American Saga here.

Dave East’s Def Jam/Mass Appeal saga took off in August 2017 with the release of his lauded mixtape,Paranoia: A True Story. The 13-track mixtape gained traction behind Dave’s Def Jam debut single“Perfect” featuring Chris Brown, whose video boasts more than 40 million combined YouTube views of to date.

Paranoia: A True Story was followed up by the Paranoia 2 mixtape (January 2018), which was supported by a 10-minute short film, “The Hated.” The gritty drama centered on two childhood friends who get caught up in the street hustle that eventually lands one of them in the Rikers Island jail. Dave’s profile was amped considerably on his 23-city cross-country “Paranoia 2 Tour” of the U.S. in January-February 2018.

Dave East then jumped into the ring for BELOVED (October 2018), a mixtape collabo with invincible Yonkers MC Styles P. The project spun off a single, “We Got Everything”; watch the video here starring Dave East and Styles P. Dave segued into headlining his 23-city “Get It How I Live Tour” of the U.S. in November-December 2018.

ABOUT DAVE EAST:
Praised for his lyricism and raw storytelling, and blessed with a loyal New York following, Dave East is one of the most promising rappers on the scene today. Born and raised in Harlem, he was inspired by older generation East Coast rappers ranging from Notorious B.I.G. to Styles P, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, and Big Pun. After a college basket­ball stint, Dave’s attention gravitated full time to music. Starting in 2010, he released an array of critically acclaimed mixtapes that earned him widespread recognition in the hip-hop community. His 7th mixtape, 2014’s Black Rose caught Nas by surprise, and resulted in Dave’s signing to Nas’ Mass Appeal imprint. Subsequent mixtapes Hate Me Now (2015) and Kairi Chanel (2016, named for Dave’s daughter), boasted a collective guest list topped by Nas, Styles P, Pusha T, Jadakiss, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Cam’ron, Beanie Sigel, Rico Love, and The Game, to name just a few. Kairi Chanel led off with the storytelling visual for “Keisha” followed by “Type Of Time”, with over 12 million combined YouTube views to date. After nabbing a spot on the notorious XXL Freshman Class in 2016, he jumped onto the Def Jam roster late that year. He was first heard on “Gold Digger” featuring A-Boogie, from Def Jam’s Direct Deposit Vol. 2 compilation (February 2017). Paranoia: A True Story marked Dave’s official Def Jam debut EP in August 2017 (with “Perfect” featuring Chris Brown; and “The Hated”). The Paranoia 2 mixtape followed in January 2018.

Jeezy Releases Tracklist for “TM 104”

Fifteen years after Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum rap superstar JEEZY signed with Def Jam Recordings, and emerged from Atlanta as the singular pioneer of what would become hip-hop’s dominant trap genre with his trio of Thug Motivation albums, he has announced this week via Twitter and Billboard magazine that TM 104: THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN, arriving in stores August 23rd via Def Jam Recordings, will be the final album of the career-spanning series.

To mark this historic milestone, JEEZY will host the JEEZY Unplugged -TM 104 All White Concert in Atlanta at the Coca-Cola Roxy. Thusfar, Jeezy has dropped two scorching tacks from the album, “1 Time” and “MLK BLVD” feat. Meek Mill. Today, Jeezy announces the star-studded tracklist to the final installment of the legendary series, featuring guest spots from John Legend, CeeLo Green, Rick Ross, Gunna and many more.

WATCH THE “1 TIME” VIDEO HERE.

LISTEN TO “MLK BLVD” HERE.

In advance of the release of TM 104: THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN, JEEZY’s fan store is working overtime on its extensive selection of Thug Motivation, Snowman, and TM 104 merch. Check the store for news of special limited-edition physical CD bundles to be available in celebration of the new album.  

“We’re graduating together,” JEEZY told Billboard this week in an expansive, wide-ranging exclusive interview.  “We got through a whole series. This isn’t about me, it’s about speaking for those that are oppressed and demonized that they can’t speak for themselves and they can’t fight for themselves. I just feel like this is their album. This is their talk and I feel like it’s a celebration… it’s like the kid that graduated from high school last year. Now it’s a nice time for the real world. Now it’s time for the real goal — the real accolades. You already put in the work and you pass with flying colors. So this is the celebration.”

Over the course of his legendary career, JEEZY has sold over 11 million albums worldwide, accumulated over 5 billion global streams, and has had multiple chart-topping hits.  2020 will mark the 15th anniversary of his seminal debut album via Def Jam, the multi-platinum Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which entered the Rap and R&B charts at #1 (#2 on the overall), and pioneered the trap music genre with the double-platinum #1 hit “Soul Survivor” featuring Akon.

Recent entrepreneurial business ventures for JEEZY include his fitness water Defiance Fuel; his partnership in the Atlanta location of American Cut Steakhouse; and his ongoing incentivized partnership with Tequila Avion. Additionally, last month JEEZY announced a new partnership with Figgers Wireless to bring high quality technology to market at a more attainable price. The first products released under this new partnership were the F3 cellular phone and the F-Buds ear pods.

PVRX DROPS 3.14, LONG-AWAITED DEBUT EP

the young singer who has put the Toronto urban community of Rexdale in the sights of hip-hop culture with his initial singles “Make It,” “Mixed By 40,” “Know Me,” and most recent “Is U Down” feat­uring Dave East, has released his debut EP, titled 3.14, via Def Jam Recordings. In addition to “Make It” and “Is U Down,” the EP contains five new previously unreleased tracks. Along with the release of the 3.14 EP, a documentary film will have its premiere, looking at the circumstances of growing up on the streets of Toronto’s notorious Rexdale projects.

LISTEN TO THE 3.14 EP HERE
WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY FILM HERE
WATCH “IS U DOWN” VIDEO HERE

Complex hosted the August 2018 video premiere of “Mixed By 40,” whose title paid homage to the song’s mixer Noah “40” Shebib, the Toronto studio wonder who helped Drake create his sound. Shebib’s own support of PVRX is clear. “PVRX is one of my favorites out because he has the ability to make incredible music amongst the chaos he’s gone through. He’s one of the most talented in our city. I’ve been watching him grow over the years and excited to see where he takes it.”

WATCH “MIXED BY 40” VIDEO HERE

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DETROIT RAP PROGENY NASAAN DROPS FINAL CHAPTER OF VIDEO SERIES TRILOGY WITH “LIL BOY” FEATURING BERNARD JABS!

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

WATCH CHAPTER ONE: “DIRTY SOAP” VIDEO HERE

WATCH CHAPTER TWO: “BEN/FRANK” VIDEO HERE

PART 1 OF 2 IN EP SERIES | LISTEN TO “KISS OF KARMA” HERE