LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE
WATCH NAS’ INTERVIEW ON THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH HERE
NAS AND MARY J. BLIGE’S “ROYALTY TOUR”, OPENED JULY 11TH IN WEST PALM BEACH
Art by Daniel Arsham
The tattoo on the front of Nasaan’s neck is subtle, but its message is loud and clear: “LONER” it reads in all caps. He knows himself well. Unlike many his age, the 20-year-old rapper is reserved, finding comfort in close friends and making music over going to parties or being overly social.
Though he was born to hip-hop legacy (his father is the late Proof from D12), growing up it wasn’t obvious to Nasaan that music would be his life. He was seven when his father died and his mother moved the family around for a few years before settling in Atlanta, where he grew up listening to whatever was on the radio. It was in the back of school buses in middle school, where he and his peers would joke and freestyle, that Nasaan discovered a natural talent for rapping and a passion for hip-hop.
“Around that time Lil’ Wayne had dropped Dedication 4, and it was full of crazy ass metaphors and I thought that was how you were supposed to rap,” he says, reflecting on the moment he decided to start writing rhymes in notebooks. In high school, Nasaan mostly stayed out of trouble and focused on music, eventually choosing to quit the basketball team and his job at Six Flags in order to hone his craft. “I had a phone call with one of my father’s friends, and he told me not to half-ass shit,” he says. When he released his first freestyle “Apple” in high school, a popular fellow student, the now-famed Lil Yachty, shared his praise and boosted Nasaan’s drive. “I fell in love with making music because of the reactions and the emotions I can evoke out of people,” he says. Today, he looks up to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott: “I make music with a purpose, so I want to do that for others. That feeling is just euphoric.”
Growing up, Nasaan spent his summers in Detroit at his grandmother’s house, an environment candidly depicted on the intro track to his Def Jam debut, Kiss of Karma. Detroit, he says, has always welcomed him, and his ties to the city run deep. His father’s old friends Mr. Porter, Eminem and Royce da 5’9” act as mentors to him today: “I pick their brains and learn as much as I can just to stay a step ahead or above the competition. They always stress working hard on me.”
An introvert, Nasaan makes music that is personal without giving too much away. Metaphors abound and his songs take on a narrative structure. He says he studied everything to be the best (specifically Complex’s best albums lists), and it’s clear. Today, Nasaan is focused on “conjuring and solidifying” a sound unique to him, and making his mark on the culture. “I don’t want anyone to blame lineage or relationships for my accolades or success because I took time out, I studied this shit, I really practice my craft on the daily. I want me to be the reason for everything.”
Highly-coveted Los Angeles fashion label, RtA Brand partners with hip-hop star Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) to celebrate the launch of his new album Hotel Diablo.
To help kick off the launch, MGK will be doing a personal appearance at RtA’s flagship store in West Hollywood Ca, this Sunday, July 14 at 4:00pm. Additionally, the Barneys New York and Beverly Hills locations will unveil the capsule collection on the same day.
The RtA X MGK capsule collection will consist of three limited-edition styles and artwork all inspired by his new album, lyrics, and world tour Hotel Diablo. The celebrated rapper spent the past two month faithfully teasing the project with records, “Hollywood Whore,” “el diablo” and the standout single “I Think I’m OKAY” featuring newcomer Yungblud and Blink 182’s Travis Barker.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Machine Gun Kelly has been hard at work showing off his acting chops in two major Netflix releases, Bird Box and the Motley Crue biopic, The Dirt. MGK was also featured on the Motley Crue’s track “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” which appears on the film’s soundtrack. Fans can catch MGK live when he resumes Hotel Diablo World Tour in August following his annual EST Fest in Butler, OH on August 2-3.
The goal of the collaboration was to create items that had both the RTA and MGK signature feel to it. The jeans are embroidered with lyrics from the album, while the tops are a modern take on vintage rock t-shirts. There is a large white box on the bottom of each top, so MGK can personally sign them for his fans. The goal was to create elevated vintage rock and roll pieces that can essentially be personalized memorabilia.
The RtA X MGK “Hotel Diablo” collaboration will be available in limited released quantities at www.rtabrand.com, the Barneys New York and Beverly Hills stores, and the RtA West Hollywood flagship store. Retail price range: $145-$325.
Justin Love & GASHI have joined forces for one of the standout feel-good tracks of the summer: Get Out. Sitting in the sweet-spot of R&B and hip-hop, Justin and GASHI trade verses over a bouncy, sunshine-soaked beat. The playful production allows Love’s sultry vocals to take center stage, serenading his love interest throughout. GASHI’s verse adds additional energy and rounds out the infectious tune with his luscious vocals and raunchy lyrics.
Justin & GASHI had some words to share about the song:
“I wanted to create a song that made people feel good for the summer and when I heard this beat, I knew exactly what it took and who needed to be on it with me. Gashi was the perfect fit and the energy he brought was amazing; I’m happy we get to share it with the world!” – Justin
“This record is one of the greatest songs I’ve ever been a part of and I’m very excited for the world to hear this.” – GASHI
Justin Love is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, earning a nomination in the Best R&B Song category at this years’ awards for his writing credits on H.E.R.’s smash hit “Focus”. Love has earned a captivated fanbase with his heartfelt songwriting, flawless vocals and charismatic personality. Get Out is Justin’s third release of the year; following up Runaway and Bad Mind. With a slew of singles ready to roll out in the coming months, Love is slated for a big second half of 2019.
GASHI has had a huge year himself in 2019. The Africa-born, New York-based artist released My Year featuring G-Eazy in February, his second top 20 record (after Creep On Me feat French Montana & DJ Snake), later performing the song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel. Having racked up millions of streams and show dates across the globe over the past decade, it’s fair to say GASHI has established himself at the forefront of the new generation of multi-purpose artists.
Get Out is available everywhere on streaming platforms.
Young Stoner Life Records artist, Lil Duke just dropped his celebrity-filled mixtape, Blue Devil 2. The label’s CEO, Young Thug and label-mates Lil Keed and Gunna are featured, along side Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, Steezy, Trapboy Freddy, and Young Jordan. The 18-track project comes just one day after the release of his latest music video, “N****s It Ain’t Safe.”
Take a listen to Lil Duke’s latest mixtape, Blue Devil 2 out now via 300 Entertainment and Young Stoner Life Records.
BLUE DEVIL 2 MIXTAPE: https://lilduke.ffm.
1. Believe In Me
2. Too Many
3. Niggas It Ain’t Safe
4. To The Moon ft. Young Thug
5. Rosé ft. Young Jordan
6. Wet Like A Boat ft. Lil Keed & Lil Yachty
7. Look In My Eyez
8. Petty ft. Gunna [watch video]
9. Fatigue ft. Trapboy Freddy
10. Out Da Seal
11. Prodigy ft. Lil Durk
12. The One
14. Feel My Pain
15. Wishy Washy
16. She Mine
17. I’m There ft. Steezy
18. Head On My Shoulders
Record-shattering artists Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus have unveiled a new version of their global No.1 hit today. The new official remix of “Old Town Road” features viral singer/yodeler Mason Ramsey and hip-hop heavyweight Young Thug, alongside Nas and Cyrus. CLICK HERE to stream.
The cultural phenomenon that is “Old Town Road” feat. Cyrus has achieved RIAA© Diamond status of more than 10 million units and continues to lead the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 for the 14th consecutive week.
“Old Town Road” is now officially the longest running Hot 100 hip-hop single of all time and the first song in history to sell 10,000,000 copies while remaining No.1 on Billboard. The star-studded music video for the track has exceeded 200 Million views since released in May.
Recently, Lionsgate unleashed a trailer featuring “Old Town Road” to promote the September 20 release of “Rambo: Last Blood,” starring Sylvester Stallone. CLICK HERE to watch.
WATCH THE NEW TRAILER HERE
CATCH BERNARD ON TOUR WITH IANN DIOR STARTING JULY 12 IN ATLANTA! BUY TICKETS HERE
LISTEN TO COLDHEARTED EP HERE
In an era where there seems to be a side-story of viral fame or leveraging online connections to rise to the top, 18-year-old high school student Bernard Jabs has carved his budding career out from pure authenticity. In Bernard Jabs’ first uploaded track, Gotta Get It, there is the obvious sound of his younger teenage voice, but within that sound is also the raw skill Bernard holds. His ability to channel the charisma of the music he grew up on and blend it with more current rap trends keeps Bernard circulating as one of the brightest new talents of a generation.
Growing up in Tifton, Georgia during part of the height of Southern rap, Bernard gravitated towards the star power of Lil Wayne. After seeing Wayne in the music video for “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy,” Bernard was entranced in the lifestyle – the cars, the girls, the money, the confidence. Bernard Jabs took to the culture surrounding southern rap and used that history to guide him towards the future.
Young Thug’s artist, Strick released his new project, The Machine, Vol. 1. The 16 tracks has amazing guest features from Young Thug, T-Shyne, HiDoraah, Young Jordan, and Zelly Vibes. Ahead of the project’s release, Strick dropped stunning visuals to the singles, “Vevo” and “Whoa Whoa” which premiered via Hypebeast.
“The Machine Vol 1 is a compilation that embodies my work ethic. I got the nickname The Machine from my cousin, Az, because he noticed I’d make 6-7 songs each recording session and that I recorded everyday without fail. I decided to title a mixtape series after that name and give fans a variety of records that I’ve been working on leading up to my album,” said the rapper.
The Machine is undoubtedly one of the North Carolina’s best releases to date. He rides the elevator to the top of each song’s production with candid lyrics and addictive ad-lids
There is no stopping the now Las Vegas resident, as his first label release, See You When I Land debuted this past December with powerful guest appearances from Gunna, Young Thug, and Duke.
Strick is a robust and multifaceted recording artist hailing from North Carolina and currently splitting his time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Best known for honing his skills as a clever wordsmith and adept songwriter, Strick has garnered a reputation for tapping into his diverse professional background both in business and in the U.S. Air Force to elevate both his business acumen and genuine creative output alike.
After relocating to Atlanta in 2012 and founding his own branding agency for aspiring musicians Foundation 86, Strick moved to Los Angeles to pursue his own career as an artist. He then landed his first official placement on Kanye West and Juicy J’s “Ballin’,”leading him to work with artists such as Travis Scott, Jeremih, K. Michelle and Wiz Khalifa. In 2016, Strick earned his first platinum record “coordinate” off Scott’s Birds in the TrapSing McKnight album, further igniting his hunger to continue developing his skills as a songwriter. That same year, he went on to join Young Thug on several tours, including the Hi-Tunes tour (2016) and the Hi Horse’D tour (2016/2017). Most recently, he was invited to join Young Thug and J. Cole on the K.O.D tour (2018).
In July 2017, Strick dropped his debut EP, Risk=Reward. In 2018, he released January’sRisk=Reward 2 and April’s Pairadice, going on to ink a deal with Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment. He appeared on Young Thug’s 2018 Slime Language compilation, with their collaboration “STS” going on to be streamed in the millions. Strick’s talent for creating songs with deeper meaning that don’t sacrifice their radio replay value is propelling him to the forefront of the ever-evolving hip-hop landscape.
THE MACHINE, VOL. 1 TRACK LIST