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Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack

The first offerings from a merchandise line to accompany Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack (Motown Records) have been unveiled. The line includes a crewneck, short and longsleeve t-shirts, a cutout t-shirt, a photo t-shirt and a tote bag. A digital soundtrack will be delivered via email upon purchase of any item. Additional products will be released in the coming weeks. The soundtrack is available for download / streaming at all DSPs while the CD configuration can be purchased at Amazon and other retailers. Get Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack and merchandise HERE.

The Melody Ehsani flagship store in Los Angeles hosted an intimate Q&A with director Melina Matsoukas, hosted by Melody Ehsani and special guests. The ME. Shop will be selling limited edition Queen & Slim merchandise while supplies last. 

Starring Oscar® nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence. The film, from GRAMMY®-winning director Melina Matsoukas and Emmy®-winning writer Lena Waithe, is in theaters now.
The music in the film serves as an additional voice and showcases the range of talent across Black artists with a compelling blend of genres. The 16-song soundtrack, which was nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media AwardTM, features new tracks by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lil Baby, Vince Staples featuring 6lack X Mereba, Tiana Major 9 & EARTHGANG, Coast Contra featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Syd, plus classic songs by Roy Ayers, Bilal, Mike Jones and others. Blood Orange composed the film’s score and is featured on the soundtrack.

Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, Waithe and Matsoukas served as executive soundtrack producers. AP said, “Together they’re like the perfect aux-cord DJs. They hit play, and they don’t miss…” The Atlantic noted, “The Best Part of Queen & Slim Is the Soundtrack…Music is woven throughout with an impressive ear for black American artists’ complex relationships to the country they inhabit, and to other black people.” Refinery 29 praised it as “a high-octane ride with a tender heart – just like the movie it’s made for.” Variety hailed the album as “a bound-to-be-legendary hip-hop soundtrack.”

Essence called the first single, “Collide,” by Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG, “the perfect introduction to an album that includes incredible names.” Produced by Benny Cassette (Kanye West, John Legend), the track was the #1 Most Added song at Urban AC Radio, topped Spotify’s The Newness playlist and has amassed over three million combined global streams. Watch Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG performing “Collide” at the Soul Train ’19 Awards HERE.

NYLON predicted that “Ride or Die” from Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo “will be bumping in the club for months.” Pitchfork praised Vince Staples’ “Yo Love” feat. 6lack & Mereba as “a charming swerve from Staples that’s only further proof of the rapper’s chameleonic talents.” Rolling Stone said, “‘Guarding the Gates’…is an immersive and sprawling ballad…[Ms. Lauryn] Hill delivers a mesmerizing vocal performance.”
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.
As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.

Waithe wrote the screenplay for Queen & Slim from a story by herself and bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina). The film is produced by Frey, Waithe, Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew Coles, Brad Weston and Pamela Abdy. The executive producers are Pamela Hirsch, Kaluuya, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth. Universal Pictures and Makeready present Queen & Slim in association with 3BlackDot and Bron Creative, a Makeready/De La Revolución Films/Hillman Grad/3BlackDot production.

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Stallion × VickeeLo

Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack, Motown Records released the single “Ride or Die” by Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo. Download / stream “Ride or Die” and view the pseudo video HERE

Megan Thee Stallion said, “I’m really excited to be on the Queen & Slim soundtrack because this movie is going to do big things for the culture. This is the modern day Bonnie and Clyde. Why would I have not wanted to be a part of this? This is amazing! ‘Ride or Die’ is lit!”

Those who pre-order / pre-save the album in digital format will instantly receive “Ride or Die” plus “Collide” by Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG. Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack, scheduled for release on November 15, is available for pre-order / pre-save HERE.

Starring Oscar® nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence. The film, from GRAMMY®-winning director Melina Matsoukas and Emmy®-winning writer Lena Waithe, is due in theaters November 27 following its November 14 premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, where it opens the festival.

The music in the film serves as an additional voice and showcases the range of talent across Black artists with a compelling blend of genres. The 16-song soundtrack also features new tracks by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lil Baby, Vince Staples featuring 6lack x Mereba, Coast Contra featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Syd, plus classic songs by Roy Ayers, Bilal, Mike Jones and others. Blood Orange composed the film’s score and is featured on the soundtrack. See below for the full track listing.

 “Collide” by Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG, was the #1 Most Added song at Urban AC Radio and topped Spotify’s The Newness playlist. The heartfelt duet, which was produced by Benny Cassette (Kanye West, John Legend), amassed over 700,000 global streams in less than a week. View the official video, which was shot in London, HERE.

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.

Waithe wrote the screenplay for Queen & Slim from a story by herself and bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Katerina). The film is produced by Frey, Waithe, Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew Coles, Brad Weston and Pamela Abdy. The executive producers are Pamela Hirsch, Kaluuya, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth. Universal Pictures and Makeready present Queen & Slim in association with 3BlackDot and Bron Creative, a Makeready/De La Revolución Films/Hillman Grad/3BlackDot production.

Track Listing – Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack


1. Ride or Die – Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo

2. Soul Sista Remix – Bilal x Raphael Saadiq

3. Yo Love – Vince Staples featuring 6lack x Mereba

4. Collide – Tiana Major9 x EARTHGANG                                                          

5. Getting Late – Syd                                                                            

6. Still Tippin’ – Mike Jones featuring Slim Thug x Paul Wall

7. Queen & Slim – Coast Contra featuring BJ The Chicago Kid

8. Frame – Choker                                                                              

9. Catch The Sun – Lil Baby

10. Searching – Roy Ayers                                                                                

11. Guarding The Gates – Ms. Lauryn Hill                                                          

12. My Money, My Baby – Burna Boy                                                    

13. Cedes Benz – The-Dream – PA                                                                   

14. Standin’ At Yo Door – Little Freddie King                                          

15. Runnin’ Away– Blood Orange featuring Ian Isiah x Jason Arce                                  

16. Doomed – Moses Sumney

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NE-YO XMAS ALBUM

Purchase Another Kind Of Christmas HERE 

 

Today, NE-YO released Another Kind Of Christmas (Motown Records/Compound Entertainment), his first-ever holiday album. The three-time GRAMMY® winner brings his own unique point-of-view to the season with five newly-penned tracks and reimagined versions of thoughtfully-selected Christmas classics – including “Someday At Christmas,” a plea for peace written by Motown songwriters Ron Miller and Bryan Wells for Stevie Wonder during the Vietnam War, and Marvin Gaye’s “I Want To Come Home For Christmas,” inspired by the plight of prisoners of war.

 

“NE-YO says, of the album “see you this Holiday season and every holiday season after! Think you’re gonna love it that much!”

 

“Just Ain’t Christmas” candidly captures the pain of a Christmas Eve break-up while the playful double entendres of “Open Mine Tonight” celebrate what goes down after the kids go to bed. “Talk About It” evokes childhood Christmas memories, complete with the inevitable family dramas that unfold – “somebody gon’ fight, somebody gon’ cry, somebody gon’ try to leave/Then they gon’ squash it all right before it’s time to eat.” NE-YO, Satori and Dre Island each take a verse on the reggae-influenced “Christmas Vibez,” which imagines a tropical holiday getaway for two. Other guest artists include Candice Boyd on “Carol Of The Bells” and RaVaughn on “Someday At Christmas.”

 

NE-YO puts his stamp on such standards as Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” “Merry Christmas Baby,” originally recorded by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, and “The Christmas Song,” which was written by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé and first recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio. He recorded Another Kind Of Christmas in Montego Bay, Jamaica with longtime collaborator Curtis “Sauce” Wilson producing many of the tracks.

 

NE-YO has sold a cumulative 20+ million adjusted albums worldwide. He has won three GRAMMY® awards and been honored with a total of 14 nominations, His first single, 2005’s “So Sick,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified quadruple Platinum. Since then, he has racked up a collection of hit singles – including “Sexy Love,” “Closer,” “Because of You,” “Miss Independent” and “Push Back” featuring Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don. Three of his albums have entered SoundScan’s Top Current Albums chart at No. 1.

 

He has proven to be as powerful with his pen as he is in the recording studio and on stage. The Las Vegas native quickly became known as a go-to hitmaker, penning bangers like Rihanna’s “Unfaithful,” “Russian Roulette,” and “Take a Bow,” along with Beyoncé’s 2006 breakup anthem “Irreplaceable” and songs for such artists as Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, among others. NE-YO’s film and television credits include “Save the Last Dance,” “World of Dance,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Stomp the Yard,” George Lucas’ “Red Tails,” “Empire,” “The Wiz Live!” and “Step Up: High Water.”

 

Track Listing – Another Kind Of Christmas

 

1.    This Christmas

2.    Talk About It

3.    Carol Of The Bells feat. Candice Boyd

4.    Open Mine Tonight

5.    Just Ain’t Christmas

6.    Christmas Vibez feat. Satori and Dre Island

7.    Merry Christmas Baby

8.    I Want To Come Home For Christmas

9.    The Christmas Song

10. Someday At Christmas feat. RaVaughn

11. It’s For Everybody

 

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Smokey Robinson Returns to Wynn Las Vegas

Smokey Robinson Returns to Wynn Las Vegas for Three-Night Engagement, Sept. 2019 Tickets On Sale Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m.

Following his successful, sold-out debut at Wynn Las Vegas in February, legendary singer-songwriter, record producer and record executive Smokey Robinson will make his return to the Encore Theater for a second headlining engagement of “Live in Vegas!” in Sept. 2019. Robinson will bring his famed hits to the stage for three nights only, Sept. 18, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets for all performances go on sale Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. PDT.

Famous for co-founding Motown Records with Berry Gordy, Robinson has been making and breaking records for more than four decades. In this 90-minute production, fans can enjoy hit after hit like “Cruisin’” and “The Tracks of My Tears,” as well as stories from Robinson’s historical career.

Ticket Information

  • Dates: Sept. 18, 20-21, 2019
  • Public On-Sale: Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. PDT
  • Price: $59.50-$199.50 plus applicable fees
  • Points Of Purchase: Wynn Las Vegas Box Office (702-770-9966) or WynnLasVegas.com

For more information, visit WynnLasVegas.com.

About Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Resorts is the recipient of more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world. Wynn Las Vegas opened on April 28, 2005 and was once again named the best resort in Nevada on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 “Gold List,” a title received for the tenth time. Wynn and Encore Las Vegas feature two luxury hotel towers with a total of 4,750 spacious hotel rooms, suites and villas, approximately 192,000 square feet of casino space, 21 dining experiences featuring signature chefs and 11 bars, two award-winning spas, approximately 290,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, approximately 103,000 square feet of retail space as well as three nightclubs, a beach club and recreation and leisure facilities. In addition to two luxury retail esplanades, a Strip-front expansion, Wynn Plaza, is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. For more information on Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, visit www.wynnpressroom.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram at @WynnLasVegas and www.facebook.com/wynnlasvegas.

Lil Baby Releases Video For “Global”

Lil Baby has shared the video for his track “Global” off his latest mixtape, Street Gossip, out now on Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Capitol Records / Wolfpack Global. Watch it HERE. The video documents his recent travels to Paris, Manchester, Lagos in Nigeria, Freeport in the Bahamas and more as he continues on his path of global stardom. Yesterday Baby announced The New Generation Tour across the US with QC label-mates City Girls, Jordan Hollywood and Marlo, LA rapper Blueface and more. Tickets are on-sale tomorrow HERE, full tour dates below. Lil Baby recently performed Put a Date On It with Yo Gotti on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch it HERE.

It’s a blessing to tour different places and put on shows for my fans around the world, it means a lot to me after grinding like this. Last year I got to tour in France, England, Nigeria, the Bahamas and more and I’m not stopping. Stay humble and keep grinding. #WeGlobalNow.– Lil Baby

Chris Tucker to Host EBONY Power 100 Gala

EBONY Magazine announces the host for its annual EBONY Power 100 Gala and this year’s special award recipients.

Acclaimed actor and comedian Chris Tucker will steer the star-studded event.

Distinguished industry leaders to be recognized with the EBONY Icon Award and Inaugural Chairman’s Award

Following the recent unveiling of its prestigious annual EBONY Power 100 List in celebration those whose work and heroism continue to inspire and influence society, EBONY magazine has announced the host for this year’s highly anticipated EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide, taking place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 30.

EBONY is also pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s coveted special awards which will be presented during Hollywood’s star-studded spectacle.

Helming the celebration of the 2018 EBONY Power 100 list honoring crusaders, innovators, disruptors, business titans, entrepreneurs and MVPs who are making a difference in the community at the EBONY Power 100 Gala is international award-winning actor Chris Tucker. Once a frequent stand-up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, Tucker is best known today for playing Det. James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. Chris is currently returning to the stage on his stand-up comedy tour that has received rave reviews all over the world, while spending much of his spare time traveling and working with his foundation.

EBONY Media Operations CEO Michael Gibson will present the inaugural Chairman’s Award to former BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee. The trailblazing business dynamo joined BET as executive vice president and general counsel in 1986, was promoted to president and COO of the network that reaches approximately 78 million homes in March 1996 and to chairman and CEO in 2005. She guided much of the 38-year-old network’s growth beyond music and into entertainment, news and public affairs programming, including original movies, late-night talk shows and concert specials, with successes such as bringing to cable The Game in 2014 and the miniseries. The New Edition Story in 2017, the launch of BET.com and the acquisition of the television rights to Black Girls Rock!

This year’s prestigious EBONY Icon Award will be presented to Motown Records. There simply isn’t a name in music more synonymous with era-defining hits, star-making, and innovation than Motown. Started in Detroit with a dream and an $800 loan, Berry Gordy’s Hitsville USA became a cultural behemoth that swiftly hooked pop culture with a brand new beat. The unmistakable, irrepressible sound of young America didn’t just dominate the charts–it crossed the racial divide during the social upheaval of the 1960’s. The hits and cultural influence doesn’t stop as Motown and its family of imprints explore new genres in partnerships with labels including Quality Control Music, which set the stage for signings of Migos and Lil Yachty. In recognition of the brand’s iconic relevance and impact, EBONY is pleased to honor Motowns decades of success. The award will be accepted by Motown President, and EVP of Capitol Music Group. Ethiopia Habtemariam, who is also honored in the Women Up category for her outstanding leadership in the music industry.

Habtemariam, whose former title, President of Urban Music & Co-Head of Creative for Universal Music Publishing, is responsible for revitalizing the storied label that boasts hit makers NE-YO and Erykah Badu. Habtemariam has ushered in a new generation of artists with acts like JAMESDAVIS, Lil Baby, City Girls, and BJ The Chicago Kid. Last summer, Billboard magazine recognized her as Universal Music Group’s Most Powerful African-American Woman.

“We are delighted to announce our celebrated host and award recipients for this year’s EBONY Power 100 Gala,” says Gibson. “Since unveiling our 2018 EBONY Power 100 List last month, the anticipation and buzz throughout the country has been very exciting to see. This year’s gala will surely prove to be the most memorable to date, and I would like to personally congratulate all our honorees.”

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List recognizes the most influential and inspiring from the business, philanthropic, entertainment, and social activism communities in the following eight categories: Community Crusaders, Disruptors, Entertainment & Arts, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, MVPs, Power Players and the coveted Women Up.

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama lead the Entertainment & Arts category, with a focus on Mrs. Obama’s book tour for her new memoir, Becoming. Barry Jenkins, director of the Academy Award-wining Moonlight and the upcoming If Beale Street Could Talk, is also being honored in the category for his achievements in the film industry, as Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter is for his role in the television series Pose. Other notables being honored in the Entertainment & Arts category include the cast of Black Pantherand rappers Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott. Athletes being honored in the MVPs category include Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and professional WWE wrestler and superstar Thaddeus Bullard, aka Titus O’Neil.

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List includes politicians and lawmakers who made the news over the past year, such as Stacey Abrams, the first Black Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee (recognized in the Disruptors category); Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and the first Black candidate for governor of the Sunshine State (another Disruptors honoree); Keisha Lance Bottoms, the second Black female mayor of Atlanta (recognized in the Women Up category); and London Breed, the first Black female LGBT mayor of San Francisco (also honored in the Women Up category).

Other honorees run the gamut of industry, community activism and more. Civil rights activist Tarana Burke the Bronx, New York native who achieved global acclaim after starting the MeToo movement will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category. Group President and Chief Operating Officer Rosalind Brewer will be honored in the Women Up category as the first African-American woman to the hold that position as at Starbucks. March of Dimes President Stacey D. Stewart will be recognized in the Disruptors category as the first African-American female president to lead the charitable organization. Junior Flip Kids, honored in the Entrepreneurs category, is a company made up of six schoolchildren aged 7 to 13 years old who met with Oprah Winfrey before starting their business to transform distressed properties into renovated single-family homes in Washington D.C., and Maryland. Cheryl “Action” Jackson will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category as the founder of Minnie’s Pantry, an organization that has provided over 8 million meals to families in need.

Honorees are celebrated each year at the EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide. The event will take place this year in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on November. During the gala, the prestigious EBONY Power 100 special award recipients will be recognized for their contributions to business and industry. The 2018 EBONY Power 100 Gala is hosted by EBONY Foundation and benefits Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Learn more about sickle cell disease and to donate by texting “EBONY” to 91011 and using #SCDHOPEWINS. Follow #EBONYPower100 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The complete EBONY Power 100 List for this year can be viewed here!

Njomza Announces Signing To SinceThe80s/Motown Records

Chicago chameleon, Njomza, has announced her signing to SinceThe80s/Motown Records. The singer/songwriter celebrates the news with a brand new music video for single “Lonely Nights” which comes off her sophomore EP, VACATION, out today via Motown Records. The haunting visuals showcases Njomza’s pension for vibey R&B that compliments her syrupy vocals which coats the track throughout. The video, which first premiered via Billboard, can be seen HERE.

Speaking about the visuals, which was directed by Chad Tennies (Migos, 2 Chainz, Future), Njomza had this to say: “I had a vision for the “Lonely Nights” video and Chad helped amplify that vision. I was playing with the concept of “vacation” and how a vacation can be anywhere or anything. I can take vacation in my mind all from the comfort of my couch. The video really introduces that concept, which is a theme throughout the EP. It’s the beginning of the visual story.”

Njomza gained notoriety after Mac Miller caught one of her uploaded covers, promptly signing her to his Remember Music label. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn” from Miller’s acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. Thereafter, 2017 saw Njomza unveil her acclaimed debut EP, Sad For You, which received early praise from the likes of Noisey, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Office Magazine, and more. Now with a new label and a vigor to create new music, Njomza kicks off her continued rise with all new perspective.

LJay Currie x Free

Today, Entertainment/Motown Records released Ljay Currie‘s new EP, Free, a six-song collection that showcases the Los Angeles-based artist’s inventive, deeply melodic blend of hip-hop and R&B.

Download / stream Free HERE.

“The project is called Free because I’m a free spirit when it comes to my creative process,” says Currie, who names everyone from Lil Wayne to Coldplay among his main inspirations. “I don’t ever try to force anything, I just go with the flow and explore and see what I come up with. If the vibe is right, that’s what I’ll follow.”

Cumulative worldwide streams of lead single “Undercover” ft. Kiana Led, have already surpassed 1.3 million. The slow-burning yet uptempo number, driven by Currie’s graceful piano work, exemplifies the 20-year-old’s free-spirited approach. Singer-songwriter-actress Led provides smoldering vocals on the track, which captures the excitement of pushing the boundaries of a close friendship into something more. Currie and Led shot the official video at Dockweiler State Beach near Los Angeles International Airport. View “Undercover” HERE.

“Shots You Don’t Take,” another song on Free, nods to Currie’s basketball background. He turned down numerous Division I basketball scholarships in order to pursue a career in music and unfolds with a laid-back message of self-empowerment. With its layered rhythms and luminous guitar tones, the feel-good “555” draws inspiration from Currie’s love of numerology.

“When I was recording, I looked down at the clock and the time was 5:55,” he says. “I looked it up to see what that meant, and it’s about how there’s a big change coming, but you shouldn’t be afraid of it. Don’t be scared to try something new.”

Currie grew up in Gardena, California and credits the jazz and classic R&B records his dad played at home with giving him a feel for rhythm and melody. When he was 10, he taught himself to play piano by following along with YouTube tutorials. Within a few years, having also mastered drums and guitar, Currie began making beats and producing his own tracks. His former basketball coach, Derryck “Big Tank” Thornton, a longtime producer who’s worked with artists such as Mary J. Blige and Fabolous, was instrumental in convincing Currie’s parents that their son had as bright a future in the studio as he might have on the court. Thornton told them, “I’ve never heard anything like this before, just give me a year, and if he doesn’t have a record deal by then, I’ll make sure he’s back in school.”

Once Currie had built up a body of work, he and Thornton played his music for a number of major labels, and soon the young artist was signed to EP Entertainment/Motown Records. Currie recently sat down with Young California to talk about a wide range of topics, from his creative process and dream collaboration to the Motown legacy and his fondness for Fortnite. 

Read the article HERE.

Free Track Listing

1. “Undercover” Feat. Kiana Led

2. Shots You Don’t Take

3. On The Way

4. 555

5. Movin’ On Up

6. Elite

MATT OX x CHIEF KEEF

Philadelphia rapper Matt Ox releases his record “Jetlag Ft. Chief Keef” today, right on the heels of his song “Zero Degrees.”The 13-year old recently signed with Motown and will release his album “OX” on October 30, 2018.

This song is full circle moment for Matt Ox and Chief Keef, representing an endorsement, or passing of the torch, moment. Keef himself started rapping before he was in his teens. In 2017 Matt was invited to open for Chief Keef in LA at the tender age of twelve, though fair to say for Matt Ox, twelve was a less than tender age, being very much a streetsmart kid from Philly.

Matt Ox is more than a hyperactive kid who likes fidget spinners and the anime character Death Note. With 46.7 million streams — from just a handful of singles — and a clutch of viral videos, his music caught the attention of the Working On Dying production collective, Motown Records, Chief Keef, PnB Rock, Lil Yachty, Meek Mill, Post Malone and Lil Uzi Vert and festivals such as theMad Decent Block Party, Roots Picnic, Ill Rootsand Day and Night Festival.

Most recently he collaborated with Valee for “Awesome” of which Rolling Stone noted “The real surprise here is that Matt Ox more than keeps up with Valee.”

Hip-hop was embedded into the Philly native at an early age. “I’ve been wanting to be an artist since I was a kid,” he says. A fan of Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, Ox tinkered with the guitar and keyboard. Raised by his mother, Ox’s uncle would take him to concerts and to the studio (himself being a musician), and soon Ox was editing videos and engineering songs.

As a result, Ox caught the attention of notable producers Oogie Mane and Forza and the Working On Dying production collection, who produced Ox’s single Overwhelming (with has 6.58 million soundcloud listens, and its accompanying video boasts 23.7 million views). When Matt earned his first check from his music, he spent it on getting he and his mom an apartment of their own, and then equipment to make a home studio in that apartment.

OX, who freestyles his verses, says that his mood and the vibe in the studio dictates the direction any record. Happy to have a viral hit behind him, Matt Ox looks toward solidifying his place in hip-hop.

NF is #1

While NF was in Los Angeles yesterday for his sold-out show at The Wiltern, Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett surprised him with a plaque to commemorate 1 million global adjusted album sales.

This impressive number includes 125,000 albums, 750,000 track downloads and over 1 million combined streams of the NF Real Music/Caroline U.S. gold Album Perception and the U.S. platinum single Let You Down.

The celebration at the Capitol Records Tower was made sweeter by the simultaneous move of Let You Down to the No. 1 position on the Mediabase Top 40 chart.

“Let You Down” has served as a gateway for countless new fans to experience NF‘s third full-length album,

Perception (Caroline), which bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Upon arrival, it sent shockwaves throughout

the culture at large as chronicled by Forbes, Billboard, New York Times, Rolling Stone, and many more.

CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP

Capitol Music Group (CMG) is comprised of Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Motown Records, Blue Note Records,

Astralwerks, Harvest Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Priority Records, Atom Factory, and Deep Well Records,

as well as Capitol Studios and the company’s independent label services and distribution division, Caroline.

Capitol Music Group is based in Hollywood, California in the iconic Capitol Records Tower.

Capitol Music Group is a division of Universal Music Group, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.