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EarthGang New Release

Atlanta’s own EARTHGANG have today released a new track “Proud of U” with fellow ATLien Young Thug. Coming just under four minutes,  “Proud of U” showcases the two musical vanguards in their element; marrying sharp lyricism with their pension for infectious melodies. The song debuted today as Zane Lowe’s “World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and be listened to across DSPs below:

 

https://dreamville.lnk.to/proudofu

 

“Proud of U” comes off EarthGang’s highly anticipated debut album, Mirrorland, which the duo have been recording over the past year alongside the much talked about Dreamville compilation, Revenge of The Dreamers III. With no rest for the wicked, the energetic live performers have also been tapped to tour with acts like Billie Eilish (on her sold out European tour) and Smino’s Hoopti Tour this Spring. For a taste of what to expect live, check out the group’s enigmatic live performance of “Up” on COLORSHERE. For tour dates and ticketing information, head to http://www.earthgang.net

 

 

ABOUT EARTHGANG

Hailing from Atlanta, GA EarthGang is comprised of Johnny Venus and WowGr8– solidifying a friendship watching their highschool burn down and a love for music that doesn’t follow the rules. Marrying lean, sharp-eyed lyricism with Southern-fried soul, every song arrives fully formed, hitting hard and landing jokes while also delving deep into political issues, especially topics of race and equality. They spent their college days recording in dorm rooms and collaborating with local producers when they were discovered – and then signed – by J Cole to his Interscope imprint; Dreamville. Having released mixtapes and one off singles – the guys hit a stride with their 3-EP project which was inspired by The Wizard of Oz. EPs Rags (Scarecrow), Robots (Tinman) and Royalty (the lion) precedes EarthGang’s debut album Mirrorland out this year. Bursting with energy and having garnered a rabid live following, the ATLiens have been featured by the likes of Pitchfork, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Hot New Hip Hop, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, Pigeons & Planes and more. Known for their enigmatic live energy, Johnny and WowGr8 are a favorite with artists across genres inviting the pair to tour alongside including J Cole, Billie Eilish, Smino and more. Stretching beyond the “indie hip-hop” label they’ve been brandished with, EarthGang are ready to reach a wider audience with their sharp-slick lyrics and an avid interest in never settling or resting on their laurels.

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For more on EarthGang, please contact:

Kasturi Shan (Kaz)

kasturi.shan@umusic.com | O: 310.865.0511

Mereba Releases Visual For “Black Truck”

After stunning fans with her sultry debut single, “Black Truck,” Mereba (Interscope) has returned with an equally gripping visual. The 9th Wonder-produced song is a poetic depiction of the triumphs and trials of life and love; and the video complements the lyric’s abstract quality. Directed by Mereba and renowned photographers Durimel (twin brothers Jalan and Jibril), the video features a collage of raw and soulful shots, staged in Miami, Florida. James Laxton, director of cinematography for Moonlight, contributed to the production as well. You can view the video HERE.

Prior to the release of the “Black Truck,” Mereba was best known for her collaborations with Grammy nominated 6LACK and Dreamville newcomers J.I.D and Earthgang. Mereba’s unique voice and style lends itself to its own distinct genre of alternative R&B, and the rising star is also credited as a songwriter, rapper, guitarist and producer. Having spent her formative years living across the east coast as well as in her father’s native country, Ethiopia, Mereba further developed her artistry after moving to Atlanta. She credits Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Joni Mitchell as her greatest influences.

EarthGang Release Video For “Robots”

ATLANTA RAP DUO EARTHGANG RELEASE VIDEO FOR “ROBOTS”

Atlanta rap duo EarthGang, Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, has released a video for “Robots.” WATCH HERE

EarthGang’s ‘Never Had Sh!t’ co-headlining tour with J.I.D kicks off on November 2nd in Toronto and continues through the end of the month. Lute and Chaz French will be opening on the tour. Tickets are on sale now. Please see below for tour dates.

EarthGang will also join the international leg of J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour this October. Please visit http://dreamville.com/events/ for all European dates.

The Never Had Sh!t Tour dates are as follows:

11/02 Toronto, ON Adelaide Hall
11/03 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
11/04 Detroit, MI El Club
11/05 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
11/07 Boston, MA Sonia
11/08 Philadelphia, PA Foundry
11/09 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
11/10 New York, NY SOB’s
11/12 Washington, DC Songbyrd
11/13 Durham, NC Motorco
11/15 Charlotte, NC The Underground
11/17 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
11/18 Miami, FL Hangar

11/19 Orlando, FL Backbooth
11/21 Atlanta, GA Vinyl

For more about EarthGang:
https://soundcloud.com/earthganghbt

https://twitter.com/EarthGang
https://www.instagram.com/earthgang
https://www.facebook.com/EarthGanghbt/

Dreamville’s Lute

DREAMVILLE’S LUTE RELEASES VISUAL FOR HIS NEW SINGLE “JUGGIN”


Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdUgSxNS8VM

VEVO: http://vevo.ly/bWDWrb

Lute “Juggin’” eSingle

Retail: http://smarturl.it/JugginLute

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About Lute

Born in West Charlotte, North Carolina, Luther “Lute” Nicholson’s hip-hop awakening happened at 7 years old. His older brother was heading off to basic training in the Army and entrusted him to look after his prized CD collection. A budding visual artist who spent all his free time drawing and doodling, young Lute had no interest in his big bro’s stash, but one day, curiosity got the best of him.

​“There was a treasure trove of stuff that I had never heard,” he recalls excitedly. “Outkast, Goodie Mob, Tupac, Biggie, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Pastor Troy, 3-6 Mafia… It wasn’t until I scavenged through all of it that I realized I had been missing out on a lot.”

​The year was 1996, and things were rapidly changing in the historically Black Beatties Ford neighborhood where Lute grew up. From the drugs being sold on the corners to the escalating police violence, the reality of his surroundings was becoming too much to bear. Hip-hop somehow helped the youngster make sense of it all.  

​Lute was 13 when he decided to try his hand at writing some raps. Coaxed into it by his friends Jimmy Kelso and Allan whose older brother was already a popular rapper in high school, the entering freshmen created a crew of their own. “Early on, I was terrible,” he admits, “But the more I did it, the more I really liked this second outlet I had to express myself in ways that I couldn’t through art.”

​The trio practiced religiously; rhyming over instrumentals they downloaded from the J. Armz How To Be An MC series. They eventually recorded their first mixtape, burned a bunch of CDs and distributed them to their friends. “Everybody was feeling it,” says Lute. “We liked the recognition we were getting at school but at the time we weren’t thinking anything bigger than that.”

​It wasn’t until near the end of 12th grade that he began to take things more seriously. Kicked out of school for insubordination and struggling to complete his GED at a local community college, the misunderstood 17-year-old had no choice but to grow up quick. He opted to put his faith in his expanding skills and instead of hitting the books, focused on elevating his lyrical content and flow.

​In 2010, he met up with fellow microphone fiend, SchylerChaise, and discussed forming a Voltron-like collective of likeminded MCs who would support one another on the come up. Lute brought in his old pal Jimmy Kelso and SchylerChaise invited his buddy High I’m Ry. Together they became Forever FC.

​“It was a brotherhood,” Lute explains. “We were all independent artists working on our own projects but we had each other’s backs.” The four-man squad made enough noise during their five-year tenure to grace the cover of Creative Loafing Charlotte and garner national coverage from The Fader, Complex and The Source magazines.

In the midst, Lute dropped his first solo mixtape, West 1996, in early 2012. Recorded in a basement over beats he found on YouTube, the critically acclaimed project swiftly caught the attention of legendary hip-hop producer, Pete Rock, who retweeted it to his followers, and North Carolina rap star J. Cole, who tracked him down after discovering the tape on 2DopeBoyz.com.

“I named the project West 1996 because I’m from the west and I fell in love with hip-hop in 1996,” Lute reveals. “I recreated the Nas cover because I felt like this was gonna be my ’hood’s Illmatic. My perspective was just talking about growing up and the music I loved. I didn’t expect anything from it, but all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it blew up.”

Retweets and likes weren’t paying the bills, though. And with a baby on the way, Lute went underground, taking a menial job at the airport fueling planes to make ends meet. Almost three years went by before fans heard from the promising young rapper again. But when he finally resurfaced, he had the long-awaited follow-up to his debut in hand and ready to go.

“Everybody was asking where the music was so I decided to give people an idea of what I’d been going through the last few years,” he says. “I had a lot of things to write about and started creating songs on the job. I had also decided that this was gonna be my last project ever, so I went all out and poured my heart into it.”

Lute sent raw copies of West 1996 Pt. II to a few of his closest peeps and associates, including Dreamville filmmaker Scott Lazer, who passed it along to the boss. The night before the release date, Lute got a text from J. Cole saying he’d heard and loved the album and wanted to help take it to another level. The two spoke, and much to the dismay of his fans, Lute ended up holding the project.

That summer, J. Cole invited the talented wordsmith to join the Forest Hills Drive Tour for a couple of weeks “to see how things work” behind the scenes. His Dilla-produced head nodder, “Still Slummin’,” was included on the Revenge Of The Dreamers II Dreamville compilation, and by the end of 2015, it was announced that Lute was officially on Dreamville Records.

Although West 1996 Pt. II was already finished when Lute got signed, it was riddled with delays due to sample clearance issues. So the artist went back to the drawing board, tweaking song structures, swapping out instrumentals and redoing hooks to make it feel fresh. “It’s come a long way,” he remarks.

The contemporary throwback album features soulful production contributions from GRAMMY-winner Cam O’bi (“Ford’s Prayer” and “Premonition” feat. Earthgang), alongside Shiggy (“Home” feat. Elevator Jay and “Git Up’ feat. GQ), Elite (“Ambitions”) and Save Allen (“Morning Shift“, “Crabs In A Barrel“ and “Livin’ Life” feat. High I’m Ry). The single “Juggin’,” also produced by Save Allen, serves as a metaphor for how the artist has approached his 28 years on the planet.

“It’s about finessing your way through life,” explains Lute. “My mom was always the one always telling me to watch my circle, don’t get involved with the wrong crowd, and do things the right way,” he recounts. “Meanwhile my dad was like, ‘forget that, you gotta get out there to figure out how life works.’ I’ve always just tried to find that balance.”