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DJ Scandalous

In an age where boundaries and barriers increasingly divide us, DJ Scandalous is an artist whose diverse musical influences inspire and bring us together. As he likes to explain it, “I’m a fan of all genres, but a prisoner of no single one.” His following around the world attests to his Pop Without Limits tapestry that includes Hip Hop, R&B, EDM, and Pop, infused with subtle classical influences – from rock to the great international masters. Expect a musical journey where each track is an opportunity to explore our hearts and minds, uniting us and inspiring us, with a heart-to-heart conversation reminding us how art tears down barriers and rejects limits. His Pop without Limits approach shines ever-brighter in his latest track Move On, a song defying labels and refusing to be pigeon-holed.

Born and raised in Chicago, his family’s musical heritage shaped his musical journey at an early age. For over a decade he’s honed his craft writing, producing, and promoting the work of both independent and major artists in Europe and United States worldwide, Stevie Wonder and Raynard Miner, Cyndi Lauper, Matt Houston (Sony Music France), Fabrice Sioul (Sony Music UK), the LOX, Trina and Red Cafe to name a few.  Always pushing limits at each stop along the way, creating his own unique style that honors the best of our musical past and incorporates today’s innovation, with a creative vision of great musical discovery yet to come. Today, the Windy City is home, but the musical art of DJ Scandalous is a track-by-track journey of discovery where a unique heart-to-heart musical conversation awaits each of us, everywhere, as part of the soundtracks of our lives.

Justin Love Drops the Music Video For New Single: Bad Mind

Watch the Bad Mind Music Video HERE

Justin Love dropped a new single back in April, Bad Mind, his 2nd release of the year following up Runaway. Today, he’s unveiled the music video for Bad Mind, which shows Love and his significant other argue relentlessly in the midst of a toxic relationship.

The Bad Mind music video was shot in Brooklyn, capturing the essence of a classic NYC break-up story. The sentiments conveyed in the video are all too familiar for many: trying to make it through a downpoint of a relationship when the end is inevitable. Love shows off his acting chops in the narrative video, demonstrating his multi-dimensional talents outside of music.

The video was directed by Ronald Reid and also features actress/model Indy Santana.

Love earned a Grammy nomination earlier this year, for songwriting credits on H.E.R.’s breakout single – Focus – which was nominated in the Best R&B Song category. The self-taught singer/producer is slated for a big second half of 2019, with a couple singles slated for release in the summer months ahead.

ABOUT JUSTIN LOVE

Justin Love is a singer, songwriter and producer from Cliffside Park, NJ. His work has been praised by the like of notable musicians & producers such as, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri and more. Along Justin’s quick rise to fame, he has excelled in co-writing for many of the world’s top acts including the 2016 smash hit “Focus” by H.E.R.

Justin’s sound can be described as trap/hip-hop meets R&B Soul. Justin recently opened for A Boogie Wit A Hoodie and is set to release new music throughout 2019. The self-taught, 22-year-old musicians honed his performance skills the same way he built his large following: “I build my sound and my following on my voice and a bluetooth speaker while singing to onlookers at malls in my hometown”. It’s clear the future is bright for one of the most promising emerging talents in R&B.

 

KATORI WALKER SHARES “DOLLA SAVE ME” MUSIC VIDEO

On May 13th, 2019 Los Angeles rapper Katori Walker revealed his new music video for his latest single Dolla Save Me, watch it HERE.

The song can be found on his recently released, Stubborn EP. Get it HERE via Capitol Music Group.

Once again, the artist delivers a captivating visual befitting of the music. This time around, he takes over a different kind of church. As the congregation takes turns spitting his rhymes, collection plates of stacks bounce across the pews. However, tithing goes the other way in this case! Highlighted by a gospel-style chant, his signature storytelling, and nimble flows, the clip mirrors the song’s dynamic spirit and soul. It also illuminates just how much he stands out from the pack, merging old school word-craft and modern experimentation for a sharp style of his own.

Stubborn attracted unanimous praise straight out of the gate. Hypebeast named the project among its Best New Tracks and described it as a well-balanced showcase of his storytelling talents Earmilk posited, The tracks on Stubborn incite the kind of emotions only hip hop titans like J. Cole can tap into. Highlighting Dolla Save Me HipHopDX said, Katori works the keys like a locksmith to create everyman music to dance to. Putting it best, Billboard called the EP, his strongest and most vulnerable work to date.
 
After closing out a successful run supporting Vince Staples, Katori hit the studio to finish up his debut album coming very soon.
The 2019 West Coast revival begins with Katori Walker.
 
Rap music can affect more than the culture; it has the power to change the world. Just ask Katori Walker. He picked up a mic with a purpose in 2017. Clocking in at barely 10 minutes, his independent five-song Ignorance EP offered a powerful portrait of gang-related gun violence following the murder of his brother Ormoni. The video Ormoni generated 4.2 million views as it surpassed 1 million Spotify streams in addition to being featured in Eminem’s Untouchable lyric video. It topped Spotify’s Most Necessary Playlist for four weeks in a row. Watch him make a difference in hip-hop and the world.
 
TRACKLISTING:
1.Run
2.Too Many Foes
3. Sometimes[feat. Elijah James]
4. Dollar Save Me
5.Hometown
6.Roll On
7.Anxiety
 
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SAWEETIE × ROLLING LOUD

Saweetie played to a packed crowd at The 5th Anniversary of Rolling Loud Miami, Saturday, May 11th wearing a red jeweled bikini top, red cargo pants and red half finger gloves. Her boyfriend Migos member Quavo watched his love from the side of the stage. The duo just released their song “Emotional” from her EP “Icy.”


*All photos courtesy of Strategic Public Relations.

4.20 Mumu Fresh Live in L.A

Come enjoy Grammy award nominated Singer/Song writer Mumu Fresh Live at The Gypsy Palace known as Awa Oasia in Downtown Los Angeles.

Mumu Fresh is a refreshing taste to today’s music scene. Mumu Fresh is a rare breed multifaceted artist serving Jazz, Hip hop, R&B with a powerful voice filled with pure soul. Joining her to move the crowd on the turntables none other than DJ Dummy her collab partner from “The Vintage Babies” & J.Cole’s Tour DJ.

The show opener is the Majestic Kalibri Music & this event will be hosted by Baltimore Rapper & native E Reece. Make plans to close out the evening with us by staying for A Special DJ Set from Shafiq Husayn of Sa Ra spinning his new Album The Loop. The Resident DJ is L.A Legend Dj  Monalisa. This event is going to be smokin hot for 4.20!

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Doors open at 8pm | Showtime 9pm

MUMU FRESH IS THE TRUTH.

VALEE “YOU AND ME BOTH”

VALEE SHARES THE WEALTH ON NEW RECORD “YOU AND ME BOTH” 

LISTEN HERE

WATCH THE KALEIDOSCOPIC LYRIC VIDEO HERE

“Valee is changing the sound of hip-hop in 2018, one unpredictable verse at a time.”RollingStone

Valee’s innovative style makes it impossible to predict what might come next.”Pitchfork

“Valee doesn’t sound like anything happening in Chicago hip-hop right now.” – Noisey

 

ABOUT VALEE:
In an era when aspiring public figures broadcast constantly in an effort to maximize their brand value, Valee’s coolly laconic stands apart. With short songs and a soft-spoken style, his unpredictable raps sketch subjects with a droll eye for detail over a bass-heavy canvas. This is trap music for the connoisseur, for fans of clever lyrics and effortless style. Valee grew up on Chicago’s South Side. When he received toys as a child, he would break them apart to figure out how they worked, a method he applies to his own process with music today:  “Sometimes I rap and cut and copy and paste and move parts around and it changes the whole song, for the better.” His music career began when, intent on buying a gaming system, he stopped at Guitar Center instead. “I just wanted to make beats better than what I hear on my mixtapes or on the radio, and I wanted to rap on it. I wasn’t thinking about anyone else at all.” His counterintuitive approach across five mixtapes and his G.O.O.D. Music debut EP, GOOD job, You Found Me, has captured the ears of artists and music aficionados alike, drawn to his unorthodox approach.

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CONTACT:
Renata Muniz
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Adé

Adé (formally Phil Ade) recently released his brand new EP Always Something.

In case you are unfamiliar, Adé is a Nigerian/Grenadian-American artist known for effortless lyrics and ability to smoothly transition between rapping and singing. He has previously worked with artists such as Logic and Mac Miller, and his new six-track EP features collaborations with Lil Baby, Rich The Kidand Wale. Adé has previously caught the attention of publications such as Billboard, Complex, XXL, HypeBeast, Hot New Hip Hop and more. Beginning a new chapter in his career with a new name and unique sound, Adé is on his way to rap stardom and a chance for his reinvention to inspire on a massive scale. He recently freestyled over Jay-Z’s “Threat” on L.A. Leakers which can be seen HERE.

Adé is the true voice of the DMV hip-hop scene and has fueled a new wave of D.C. rap. His global perspective can be seen on his diverse new EP featuring undeniable anthems and powerful lyrics. As an artist, he is able to deliver music with something for everyone as he combines live instrumentation, hip-hop, rapping, and singing. Ade’s songs focus on the positives in his life and showcase the newfound confidence he has achieved while introducing himself as a new leader in the DMV hip-hop movement.

More about Adé

In between, growth occurs. Silver Spring, Maryland rapper, producer, and artist Adé (born Phil Adetumbi) underwent such evolution. Under the name Phil Adé, he delivered a string of independent mixtapes, singles, and appearances in addition to collaborations with everyone from Logic and Mac Miller to Raekwon and Bootsy Collins. Starting in 2013, he dove into honing his craft, writing in the studio with a variety of artists, perfecting his own sound as well as his live performance. He ultimately developed his voice immensely. During this time, he made extensive contributions as a writer and featured act to Wale’s #1 opus The Album About Nothing [2015] and Shine [2017], in addition to working with Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, Mýa, Trevor Jackson, Serayah, 9th Wonder and Bink , while gracing the stage on the sold out SHIN3 Tour. In 2017, he shared the solo single “No Fear” [feat. Tate Kobang and Saba Abraha], which soundtracked WWE NXT and clocked half-a-million streams. Upon the latter’s arrival,Billboard described him as “ready to seize his opportunity at rap stardom.”

However, he changed everything for 2019. He opted to go by simply Adé, signed to Epic Records, and cooked up his first EP of the label, Always Something.

“I spent a long time recording and figuring out what I wanted my sound to be like,” he admits. “I feel like I’m there now. I was able to watch Wale and see a lot of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of being an artist on a major label and how to behave in different situations. Everything got me to my comfort zone. I’ve found a happy medium between singing and rapping. It’s a new era in my life. That’s why I felt the need to reintroduce myself. I’m definitely more experienced. I’m more comfortable with what I’m doing. Since I wanted to start fresh, I changed my name. This is a clean slate. I’m a new artist.”

At the same time, he still kept his heritage and hometown close. Born to a Nigerian father and Grenadian mother, he grew up with a global mindset when it came to music, going from singing in church to rapping in high school. Coming up in the DMV scene, he also developed an appreciation for the live instrumentation intrinsic to the region’s “Go-go” movement before eventually galvanizing the first wave of D.C. rap.

His perspective informs the diversity of Always Something. The six-track project kicks off with the sharp and fiery flow of “Play Something.” Backed by live drums and wailing synths, he properly makes his introduction by “rapping continuously in freestyle fashion about who I am, where I’m from, and where I’m at,” as he puts it.

Immediately after, “Something New” [feat. Lil Baby] coasts along on an airy beat as he locks into a laidback and confident cadence punctuated by a magnetic turn from Lil Baby.

“I made the song one night after coming home from the club,” he goes on. “My art always needs to be fun. It’s all about seeing what’s going on around me, how people move, and staying focused. Lil Baby killed it.”

Elsewhere, “Something from Nothing” [feat. Rich The Kid] stretches from hypnotic verses into a hard-hitting hook. Another highlight, “Something Real” [feat. GoldLink & Wale], unites three DMV titans on one seismic collaboration. As all of the songs feature “Something” in their titles, the project maintains a true cohesion.

“As I was recording, I kept thinking about the phrase ‘Always Something’,” he elaborates. “I found a deeper meaning. In life, you’re met with negatives, and you’re met with positives. From my experience, I’ve always been able to have more peace and progress when I am focused on whatever good is going on in my life. When it seems like everything going on is negative, it’s easier to move forward when you are focused on the upside. There’s Always Something to remain positive about.”

In the end, Adé’s reinvention paves the way to inspire on a massive scale.

“No matter what’s happening, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” he leaves off. “Stay positive. I want everyone to know that.”

Travis Scott × New Era

New Era has partnered with music sensation Travis Scott to create the New Era x Travis Scott x Houston Astros Collection, a limited-edition cap collection for his hometown MLB team.

Above is an all-new picture of Travis in the collection (credit: Gunner Stahl).

Available in blue, black, and brown, the caps feature the Astros’ team logo, emblazoned on the front alongside three orange stars in the iconic style of Travis Scott’s popular Astroworld collection. In keeping with the Astroworld mash-up, the back of the cap features the “Wish You Were Here” slogan from Travis Scott, featured in bold hand-drawn print.

The collection is available for purchase at NewEraCap.com, TravisScott.com, MLB.com and Astros’ team stores for $40.

Maxo Releases New Album

“GRITTY, STYLISH, AND LOW-KEY COOL”: MAXO RELEASES HIS CRITICALLY HERALDED NEW ALBUM LIL BIG MAN

LISTEN HERE

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “IN MY PENNY’s” HERE

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “TIME” HERE

TRACKLIST

  1. Time
  2. Strongside
  3. Kinfolk
  4. No Love (feat. Lojii)
  5. In My Penny’s
  6. Lucky
  7. Headphones
  8. 605
  9. Crown Heights
  10. Quiktoldme

“The rising LA rapper started his rap career just a few short years ago, but he already raps with the kind of wise, world-weary delivery that some artists don’t develop until they’ve been at it for twice as long….He raps his ass off, he tells introspective stories and tackles some heavy topics, and his words and delivery are both sharp.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Maxo’s music showcases an underlying grittiness that effortlessly matches his stylish sound: a balance of low-key cool with a weariness that only comes from having to grow up too soon.” – Pitchfork

“The video suits the textured track wonderfully, complimenting its inviting sounds. With the swirling camera and gentle color pallette, it’s the perfect introduction to Maxo’s music.” – Complex

ABOUT MAXO

Maxo, 23, started recording his musings just a few years ago, inspired by his older brother’s struggles in coping with the world around him.  

“That was around the time of Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin,” Maxo recalls clearly. “Just being a Black man will take a toll on you, whether you recognize it or not. That, in combination with trying to find yourself. It will drive you crazy. He lost his shit.” A middle child (he has a younger brother), it was tough to see his older bro—who loved to rap—hit a rough patch. When society stressed him out of his love of music, Maxo picked it up for him.

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