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DEF JAM Lights Up Grammy Week

The Def Jam Recordings pre-Grammy celebration at CATCH LA in West Hollywood, was the place to be on Friday night, as lines stretched around the block outside the exclusive event. Sponsored by Courvoisier, PUMA, Klasse14, TikTok, Heineken and CORE Water – featuring music by DJ Cassidy and DJ MOS – the party was packed with Def Jam artists, celebrities, executives and tastemakers. Seen mingling inside the club were Def Jam superstars 2 Chainz, YG, Pusha-T, Alessia Cara, Jhene Aiko, Jeezy and Jadakiss, Def Jam alumni LL Cool J, superstar rappers Tyga and Nipsy HusSle, Amber Rose, Def Jam up-and-comers Arlissa, Amir Obe, TJ Porter, Dominic Lord, Fetty Luciano, Sneakk, Lul G, Sensi Molly & Lil Brook, Maxo, and Bobby Sessions, and Def Jam chairman and CEO Paul Rosenberg and EVP Steven Victor.

 

New EP by TJ Porter

HARLEM RAPPER TJ PORTER DROPS NEW EP “NO DISTURBANCE”

LISTEN HERE:
https://TJPorter.lnk.to/NoDisturbance

HE WILL BE FEATURED IN DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED COMPILATION, OUT MARCH 8TH!

“NO DISTURBANCE” TRACK LIST:
1. I CAN’T
2. THE DON
3. HARDER THAN EVER (FEAT. JAY GWUAPO & KJ BALLA)
4. CHEATED

“TJ Porter is leading Harlem into the future.” 

“He cuts through beats with ease & takes an approach that most artist don’t.” 

“His rhymes, deft and sharp with Harlem’s natural proclivity for quick wit and bucket drummer cadences, are leavened by a singsong delivery that sounds modern, but anchored in a traditionalist’s slickness.”

ABOUT TJ PORTER:

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…but TJ Porter is shooting to win. The Harlem native is taking his prowess from the basketball court—hunger, drive and hard work—into hip-hop. “This is a mental game,” he says. “I want to be the best.”

Raised in the Robert F. Wagner Housing Projects, the 18-year-old (born Terrence Reaves) grew up on Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. “My uncle would say, ‘I want y’all to listen to this and by the end of the day, tell me what the songs mean.’” Mature for his age, he began rapping at eight and made his first song at 12. “As a kid, I was always chilling with the older guys in the hood. I would always be rapping.” His natural athleticism led him to want to pursue basketball professionally. For several years, music took a back seat to his hoop dreams.

In 2016, TJ’s career—and life—hit a turning point when his best friend, Chico, was fatally shot in a gang-related incident. He questioned his life in the streets and admits, that he was filled with anger. “I ain’t gonna lie. It changed my life.” Through tragedy sprung hope. He took on “We gon’ ball,” the mantra of his slain friend, and the moniker “TJ Porter,” a nod to the debonair Rich Porter from Paid in Full, and set his eyes on rap as the prize.

With the forthcoming Voice of The Trenches, TJ Porter is ready to tell his story. Autobiographical, he hopes to showcase the many facets of New York City—good and bad. He’s slated to hit the road later this year and release a trilogy of projects leading into NBA All -Star Weekend 2019. More than anything, TJ hopes that his success can serve as a motivation, especially to other young people. “I’mma give you the trenches,” he says. “But these are the opportunities you can get.”

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YK Osiris New Single

DEF JAM PHENOM AND RISING STAR YK OSIRIS RELEASES NEW SINGLE

LISTEN TO “WORTH IT” HERE

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

YK OSIRIS FEATURED ON DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED COMPILATION DROPPING MARCH 8

“VALENTINE” AT 70M TOTAL STREAMS

“TIMING” AT 40M TOTAL STREAMS

SIRIUS XM “THE HEAT” DUBS HIM A “FUTURE FIRE ARTIST”

CATCH YK OSIRIS ON THE WORTH IT TOUR

02/21     Indianapolis, MD

02/23     Minneapolis, MN

02/24     Chicago, IL

02/27     Denver, CO

03/01     Portland, OR

03/03     Sacramento, CA

03/07     Oakland, CA

03/09     Los Angeles, CA

03/10     Phoenix, AZ

03/14     Houston, TX

03/15     Dallas, TX

03/22     Norfolk, VA

03/23     Washington, DC

03/25     New York, NY

03/30     Atlanta, GA

DEF JAM PHENOM YK OSIRIS ANNOUNCES HIS HEADLINING “WORTH IT” TOUR

Def Jam phenom YK Osiris announces his Worth It tour today with fellow Def Jam artist YFL Kelvin as direct support. Recently off the road with Lil Baby, YK Osiris was recently hand-picked as Vevo’s newest DSCVR artist for 2018 and will be releasing new music soon. Tickets are on sale now at www.YKOsirismusic.com.

DEF JAM RECORDINGS LAUNCHES 35TH YEAR OF EXPLOSIVE NEW ARTISTS

The ongoing rollout of new music from Def Jam Recordings’ rookie lineup – including the Bay Area’s Sneakk and Lul G of SOBxRBE, Brooklyn MC Fetty Luciano, Cleveland’s YFL Kelvin, Harlem rappers TJ Porter and Dominic Lord, Georgia’s 17-year old Bernard Jabs, Jacksonville’s 18-year old YK Osiris, Minneapolis’ Nimic Revenue and others – comes to a head with the arrival of UNDISPUTED: a new branded compilation and platform designed to introduce Def Jam’s next generation of stars.

UNDISPUTED is set for release on March 8, 2019.

As Def Jam Recordings rolls into its 35th year as the UNDISPUTED greatest brand in hip-hop history, the legendary label has its sights focused squarely on the future. With a new executive team headed up by CEO Paul Rosenberg and EVP Steven Victor, a new in-house creative content team, and a new-look roster comprised of over a two dozen new signings, Def Jam is once again building a foundation and blazing a trail that wholeheartedly embraces the new: amazing new music, bold new content, strong and creative new leadership.

“During the course of the past year, in collaboration with our talented EVP Steven Victor and our incredible team of executives, we have worked diligently to define the label we strive to become,” said Def Jam Recordings chairman & CEO Paul Rosenberg. “One of the most important aspects of our efforts has centered around building a new roster. Together with these incredible new artists we have developed urgent, cutting-edge, and truly great new music and content. As we proudly enter our 35th anniversary year, I’m excited to launch this project, one that I think defines and encapsulates our new direction.”

“I believe in artistry and the idea that great music will find its audience,” said Steven Victor, Def Jam Recordings EVP & head of A&R. “I’m beyond excited about the roster of new artists we’ve built here at Def Jam. Each one of them is making the kind of music I want to listen to now. We’ve brought them together and asked them to buy into something larger, the Def Jam logo and legacy. It’s remarkable to see how much these artists have embraced it. I couldn’t be more proud of the results.”

An exclusive platform for the next-gen artists who are the lifeblood of Def Jam, UNDISPUTED showcases a spirit of collaboration and unity frequently unseen under the banner of a label. The material was recorded during several week-long collaborative “Rap Camp” sessions produced by Victor, Def Jam VP of A&R Anthony “AE” Edwards, and in-house producer Rico Beats. The comp is led by “Spray” from SOBxRBE affiliate Sneakk featuring fellow Cali MCs and Compton natives Tyga and YG, released early in December, 2018.

The release of UNDISPUTED will be accompanied by the 8- part “Undisputed”documentary film series, created by Def Jam’s new in-house creative content team.  The documentary project was spearheaded by Def Jam’s Executive Vice President of Brand Strategy & Content, Noah Callahan-Bever, who served over a decade as Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer of Complex. The documentary series deftly chronicles “Rap Camp,” featuring the cast of UNDISPUTED artists and Def Jam A&R’s as they introduce us to their stories, collaborate creatively, define their sound, and push each other to new levels.

 

DEF JAM CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH COURVOISIER & KLASSE14

Last night at the famed China Chalet in downtown New York City, Def Jam Recordings welcomed a packed house of VIP guests to celebrate the season at the annual Def Jam Holiday PartyDef Jam artists Jeezy, Valee, DaniLeigh, Bibi Bourelly, Arlissa, Bobby Sessions, TJ Porter, Fetty Luciano, Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg, NBA star Chris Bosh, The Breakfast Club’s DJ Envy and more sipped Courvoisier cocktails like the French 75” and were treated to VIP gifting by the luxury accessories brand Klasse14. Partygoers danced to the sounds of DJ Boof and DJ Cassidy until the morning hours.

DEF JAM’S BUZZING VIRAL STAR DANILEIGH

Dominican-American, South Florida native and rising star DaniLeigh announces the November 30th release of her album, The Plan, via Def Jam Recordings. The recent remix of her smash hit “Lil Bebe” featuring Lil Baby, is currently at 1.4 million global streams with the original music video at over 3 million views. Her “Be Yourself” tour kicks off on January 31 in San Francisco, ending on February 26 in Denver. Pre-sale starts today at www.IamDaniLeigh.com.

DaniLeigh’s prominence as an artist started after a life changing encounter with the legendary Prince. After learning of her talents as a dancer, the Purple One reached out to have DaniLeigh direct his video for “Breakfast Can Wait”(view the video here). Prince ultimately took DaniLeigh under his wing, mentoring her budding singing career.

2017 brought the release of her major label debut, Summer with Friends which lead to her viral Shiggy created “In My Feelings” challenge (currently at close to 10 million views). In the Fall of 2018 DaniLeigh tapped into the energy of the global female empowerment movement when she and Spain’s Andalusian superstar Mala Rodriguez were featured on the amped-up remix of “Quero Que Tu Va” by Ananda and Joker Beats – watch the video HERE.

Most recently, DaniLeigh toured with Jeremih and Teyana Taylor on the Later That Night / KTSE on Aisle VII tour and is YouTube’s latest “artist on the rise”. She stars in Footlocker’s “Week of Greatness” global campaign with J. Balvin, DJ Khaled + Asahd, and more (watch the spot here) and also performed the “Lil Bebe” choreography with Aliya Janell from Queens N’ Lettos – watch HERE.

Bobby Sessions Releases New EP “RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance”

“Bobby Sessions has a lot to say and it’s often about the condition of Black America. With an elastic flow and impassioned lyrics, the 20-something Dallas native acts as a self-contained Black Lives Matter rally as he channels the anger and despair that accompany the cycle of systematic racism.” –XXL

“Sessions is not afraid of the reactions that may come from those who feel the content is too much. It’s an audacious attempt but in a genre that glorifies the money and clout, the message that Sessions is spreading is a much needed statement.” – BILLBOARD

“Sessions confronts racism with a captivating flow that’s both acrimonious and awe-inspiring.” –NPR Music

Revolutionary Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions–the firebrand Def Jam MC hot off the title track from the buzzworthy film and soundtrack The Hate U Give–drops his second EP RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance via Def Jam Recordings.

The Art of Renaissance follows RVLTN-Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa (released in July), Sessions’ debut EP, which included his first two Def Jam single and video releases of earlier this year, “Like Me” and “Pick A Side.” With hard-hitting production on The Art of Resistance PicnicTyme, Audio Anthem, and RC Williams, Sessions’ aggressive, authentic, soulful sound harkens back to the roots and origins of classic hip-hop.

On The Art of Resistance, Sessions continues to rip open the ongoing oppression of African-Americans in our society sand gets to the root of race issues in our country. Throughout both EPs, he has worked toward his self-possessed goal of “taking the politically incorrect conversations from the barbershop and expressing them through music.”

“My RVLTN EP series,” Sessions has said, “is about taking the politically incorrect conversations from the barbershop and expressing them through music.” He went on to explain that Chapter 1 highlights the root of race issues in this country. It addresses while supremacy, systematic oppression, as well as introspective realizations about the responsibility of becoming a leader. RVLTN will continue to unfold and evolve throughout upcoming chapters in my quest for viable solutions, black empowerment, and justice.

In October-November, Sessions was part of the powerful roster of next-generation Def Jam stars–also including Beau Young Prince, Casanova, DaniLeigh, Fetty Luciano, and YK Osiris–presented by Def Jam Recordings in collaboration with DTLR VILLA and Levi Strauss & Co., on DTLR’s 5th annual HBCU tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

RVLTN–Chapter 2: The Art of Resistance track list;

  1. On Your Face
  2. Same Oh
  3. Material Lies
  4. Gold Shackles (Interlude)
  5. Dirt On Your Trophies
  6. Lights featuring ZYAH

 

About Bobby Sessions:

On December 31, 2014, Bobby Sessions quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming a recording artist full-time. Exactly one year later, he released his debut indie album the Law of Attraction (LOA), a passionate and fiery project influenced by the artists he grew up on as a kid from Dallas, Texas–from Jay-Z to James Brown to N.E.R.D. The hunger he has for motivating people through his words can’t be ignored: it’s in each and every song, interview, and performance. A blistering, concentrated lyricist and speaker, Sessions is constantly focused and determined to attract the energy of those around him–whether onstage performing for fans or in the studio focused on his craft. LOA was followed by a second album, grateful, a jazzy, self-aware reminder to be thankful. “Every freedom, every privilege, every great thing happening in our lives, down to your eyesight, each breath…we should put 100% of our energy into being grateful for that,” Sessions said.

His 2018 signing to Def Jam Recordings, and the arrival of “Like Me” and “Pick A Side” early in the year, set the stage for RVLTN-Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa (released in July), and RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance (November).

Amir Obé on Seth Meyers + EP Out Now

Rapper and Producer Amir Obé is gearing up for the release of CAN’T BE A _____ HERE: CHAPTER 3, the third and final installment of his three-chapter project. Tonight, Amir makes his late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Listen to Holy Shit HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 1 HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 2 HERE

Watch the 8-minute “Romeo and Juliet” Short Film here!

About Amir Obé:

Branded a “force” by Complex, Amir Obé grew up the so of a father with a PhD in education and a pianist mother. Amir was ready to give up music four years ago when he decided to pour his heart into one final mix tape project: Detrooklyn, named in honor of the two cities that raised him. was the critically acclaimed result. Fellow Detroit native Big Sean called. Drake’s manager reached out, and a song Amir co-produced, “Star 67,” appeared on Drake’s surprise mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (February 2015). Amir’s two subsequent indie mixtapes, Happening in the Grey Area (2015) and Won’t Find Love in the Hills (2016), sent a tremor through the music industry, as XXL commended his commitment to “substance over selling out,” and Fader praised his music as “dreamy, sad and sensuous.” Def Jam reacted swiftly, and Amir’s signing was announced in December 2016. “To continue to a legacy and brand that has created history with some of my favorite artists is a blessing,” he told Billboard“Def Jam prides itself on authenticity and I couldn’t have found a better home.”

Amir’s Def Jam signing was celebrated with the video premiere of his new single, “No Peace” and the track was included on Def Jam’s pre-Xmas compilation, Direct Deposit, Vol. 1. His debut EP, None Of The Clocks Work (March 2017), including “Wish You Well” was sonically rich, awash with dark synths and thunderous drums, brimming with vulnerability and emotional sincerity. Amir’s 6-city U.S. tour in August made stops, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The tandem releases in late-2018 of Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 1, Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 2 (with “Bloodshot,” and the widely praised 8-minute “Romeo & Juliet” short film), and Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 3, have affirmed Amir’s relationship with a devoted legion of fans who’ve felt disconnected from the constant braggadocio and emotional void in mainstream urban music. In being himself, flaws and all, he’s actually given those fans the confidence to do the same.