JHENE AIKO BRINGS SOUND HEALING ENERGY TO HER MEDITATION REMIX FOR “TRIGGER PROTECTION MANTRA”
2 CHAINZ X LEBRON JAMES SHARE SECOND TRAILER FOR ‘RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE’ INTERVIEW
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
2 CHAINZ’ 5th STUDIO ALBUM ‘RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE’ – A&R’d BY LEBRON JAMES – SET FOR MARCH 1ST RELEASE VIA DEF JAM RECORDINGS
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: WATCH THE FIRST TRAILER FOR THE 2 CHAINZ X LEBRON
2 Chainz, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning MC and “One of the Very Best Rappers Alive” (Noisey), confirms his highly anticipated fifth studio album, RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE, A&R’d by LeBron James, is set for a March 1st release via Def Jam Recordings.
The countdown to March 1st is officially on, as Apple Music rolls out the first two trailers for 2 Chainz x LeBron James RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE, an exclusive in-depth conversation between two of the biggest titans in their respective fields. As long time friends and fans of one another, 2 Chainz and LeBron represent the true intersection of music and sports.
WATCH THE SECOND TRAILER HERE: @2Chainz
The title RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE challenges the notion that the only way out of the inner city is either to become a rapper or a ball player. (In fact, 2 Chainz has done both, earning a full ride to college for basketball and graduating at the top of his class, and becoming a superstar rapper.) Chainz’ new album – easily his most personal, most lyrical, most soulful to date – flips that trope on its head, celebrating black excellence and focusing on the power of education and entrepreneurship.
The eagerly awaited RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE is Chainz’ first official new long-player since his platinum #1 release of 2017, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. That LP has netted over 2 billion streams after spinning off four consecutive multi-platinum hits: “4 AM” featuring Travis Scott; “It’s A Vibe” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhene Aiko; “Big Amount” featuring Drake, and “Good Drank” featuring Quavo and Gucci Mane.
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QUIN Releases New Single “Mushroom Chocolate” feat. 6LACK – LISTEN HERE
Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1
NEW EP LUCID OUT SOON!
READ BILLBOARD INTERVIEW ON SIGNING TO INTERSCOPE HERE
Just in time for Valentines Day, Los Angeles native and creative chanteuse QUIN has today premiered a new loved up single; “Mushroom Chocolate” featuring artist 6LACK. The dulcet tones of both artists play off the shimmering R&B beat – produced by Chuck Inglish – which is fast becoming a signature for QUIN on her quest to crafting her “fantasy soul” lane. The song is off QUIN’s upcoming EP, LUCID, which will be out this Spring officially on Interscope Records; who the singer/songwriter announced her label deal with recently. Read the full signing story with Billboard HERE.
Speaking to the song’s inspiration, QUIN says “‘Mushroom Chocolate’ is the classic tale of a hard loving crush, the beginning of meeting your match, and how we all be acting a little brand new about it.” 6LACK adds: “The song was already perfect without me, but being able to add to it was like filling in the easiest blank. She gave you every word you needed to feel good about love and I’m just a familiar voice in a brand new setting.” The song debuted today as Zane Lowe’s “World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and can be listened to across DSPs here.
California native QUIN is making all the right moves to establish herself as one of music’s next breakout stars. With the release of her two previous EPs GALACTICA and DREAMGIRL; her third EP LUCID, is another strong step in her quest to carve out out a lane in the industry with her unique fantasy soul sound–a term coined by the singer/songwriter herself. Her creative style and songwriting skills are already paying dividends: her first single “Sticky Situation” with Syd from The Internet has already surpassed 1,700,000 streams on Spotify and she has recently been featured on Miguel’s “War and Leisure”and G-Eazy’s “When It’s Dark Out”. A truly multidimensional talent, QUIN is also enjoying a successful modeling career with Wilhelmina Models that has included appearances in ad campaigns from GAP, Jordan Brand, Missguided, and more. Performing with Mos Def and as a featured act at Smokin’ Grooves Festival alongside the likes of Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Jhene Aiko will catapult her career to new heights this summer.
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.
Today Urban Legends/UMe and Def Jam Recordings have released Jeremih’s 2015 album Late Nights: The Album on 2LP standard black vinyl. There is also a limited edition, exclusive translucent blue vinyl only available through Urban Legends. Both can be purchased at: https://UrbanLegends.lnk.to/JeremihLateNights.
Originally released in December of 2015, Late Nights established Jeremih as one of contemporary R&B’s greatest. The album features guest appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, Migos, Juicy J, YG, Twista, Future, Big Sean, J. Cole, and Feather.
“I was traveling, up late nights, recording all the time,” he told XXL before the album release. “It just felt like every record was catering to… I imagined if it was a big bed in the club, everybody would be in one big ass orgy off of all the songs.”
Producers including London on da Track, The Mekanics, Soundz, DJ Mustard, Needlz, Vinylz and Frank Dukes contributed to the now Platinum certified album which includes the singles “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “Planez” featuring J. Cole, and “Oui.”
1 “Planez” feat. J. Cole
2 “Pass Dat”
3 “Impatient” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
2 “Giv No Fucks” feat. Migos
3 “Feel Like Phil”
4 “Royalty” feat. Future & Big Sean
1 “I Did” feat. Feather
2 “Actin’ Up”
3 “Remember Me”
4 “Don’t Tell ‘Em” feat. YG
1 “Woosah” feat. Juicy J & Twista
2 “Worthy” feat. Jhene Aiko
Standard black vinyl and limited edition translucent blue color vinyl.
JHENE AIKO RELEASES “NEVER CALL ME” REMIX FEATURING YG
LISTEN HERE: https://JheneAiko.lnk.to/NeverCallMeRemix
K. ROOSEVELT RELEASES SELF-TITLED EP ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS
“Roosevelt seamlessly captures the exhilaration of budding summer flings.” – FLAUNT MAGAZINE
WATCH VIDEO FOR “ADRENALINE” HERE: https://youtu.be/q37XKPgX7g8
WATCH VIDEO FOR “BLINDING MY VISION” HERE: https://youtu.be/RhV2b_MTveM
ABOUT K. ROOSEVELT:
Born Kevin Roosevelt Moore II and raised in Los Angeles, his evolution as an artist is best articulated by the advice of his father, renowned blues musician Keb’ Mo’, who told his son, “Follow your dharma.” As a child often on tour with his dad, K. Roosevelt frequently found himself in the mist of some of the world’s great musicians and singers.
His formal music education began in middle school and continued at Hamilton Performing Arts High School. He soon began a career as a freelance drummer, gigging for local artists as well as going on tours. After high school, K. Roosevelt attended the Los Angeles Musician’s Institute. His training and influences, and the practical skills he’d picked up from a lifetime around the music industry eventually led him to writing and producing full-time.
In the studio, K. Roosevelt has worked with Jhené Aiko, The Game, OverDoz, Dom Kennedy, Jay 305, Hit-Boy, Casey Veggies, SuperDuper Kyle, and Travis Scott, to name a few.
Fueled by an aggressive slate of new albums and singles and led by a new executive team – has launched into the summer season with ever-increasing heat. Ignited by Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam artists have generated over 1 billion cumulative streams globally in the past month, and new music from Alessia Cara, Logic, YG, 2 Chainz and Jeremihis poised to dominate the charts all summer long.
“We’ve been very fortunate to be treated to this unprecedented schedule of game-changing releases from the inimitable Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music label,” said Paul Rosenberg, chairman and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. “I’m very pleased with how the team has responded and the success we have shared so far.”
With his historic five album run – yielding an unprecedented four consecutive Top 5 chart debuts in as many weeks from Pusha T, Kids See Ghosts, Nas, and his own #1 album ye– Kanye has once again grabbed control of the culture and shifted the paradigm. By releasing five 7-song albums, including the most-recent, critically acclaimed K.T.S.E. from Teyana Taylor – in consecutive weeks, Kanye has changed the concept of the album rollout, at once impossibly shortening the runway and elongating the news cycle, while unspooling the narrative with each release. In effect, the five albums have created a 35-song “playlist” across multiple genres: old school, sample-heavy rap, progressive, melodic hip-hop, R&B, psychedelic rock-rap, and more.
In addition to five albums lodged in the Top 25 on Apple Music, songs by Def Jam artists have also netted 19 debuts on the Billboard Hot 100. Charging headlong for the charts, Alessia Cara’s “Growing Pains,” #1 Most Added at Top 40 radio for two weeks running, and one of six new Def Jam tracks on Shazam’s US Future Hits Top 20 chart, including: “Yikes” and “All Mine” by Kanye West, “Bigger Than You” by 2 Chainz, “The Light”by MihTy (Jeremih & Ty Dolla $), and “Cops Shot The Kid” by Nas.
Def Jam’s seasoned promotion staff has an astonishing 8 tracks going for adds across multiple formats at radio – including “If You Know You Know” by Pusha-T, and “Big Bank” by YG. Propelled by an acclaimed BET Awards performance and the new music video trending at #3 on YouTube, “Big Bank” has exploded at Apple Music, Spotify, and Shazam.
At the same time, multi-platinum, Grammy®-nominated Def Jam artist Logic is headlining a sold-out tour in support of his #1 mixtape Bobby Tarantino II, the follow-up to Everybody, recently certified platinum. The mainstream worldwide success of Logic’s 4x-platinum “1-800-273-8255” is still reverberating more than a year after its release: last week 1-800 was awarded a Gold Lion for Artist as a Cause Ambassador at the annual Cannes Lion global brand conference.
Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko’s life-affirming album TRIP is also on the verge of RIAA gold certification, after spinning off two global hit singles, the gold “While We’re Young,” and platinum “Sativa” featuring Rae Sremmurd, each with over 100 million streams.
Behind the scenes at Def Jam Recordings, the company’s amazing new digital team has implemented new strategies to grow social followers and engagement. Def Jam now boasts the #1 social following of all major record labels, with an Industry-leading 400+K followers on Instagram, over 900+K followers on Twitter and growing. The five G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam releases alone have amassed over 70 million mentions and counting.
In another first for the label, Def Jam has employed an aggressive Direct-To-Consumer strategy to become the#1 D2C label within the Universal Music Group (UMG). This has been driven largely by the new G.O.O.D. Music releases, with creative, robust offerings of merch, vinyl, and special products including lithographs, cassettes and more.
While rolling out new projects from its heavy-hitting roster of stars, Def Jam is bringing a fresh crop of talent into the marketplace, with new music from recent signing like YK Osiris, Bobby Sessions, G.O.O.D. Music’s 070 Shake & Valee, PVRX, Fetty Luciano, and more.