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BABY CELEBRATES ROMANCE BY RELEASING THE “CLOSE FRIENDS” VIDEO STARRING HIS REAL LIFE GF

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Today Lil Baby shares the DAPS-directed video for his RIAA-certified Platinum song “Close Friends” from his collaborative project with Gunna, Drip Harder, out now on Quality Control Music/Young Stoner Life Records, a 300 Entertainment Label/Wolfpack Global Music/Capitol Records/Motown.

City Girls Video Twerk feat. Cardi B

Today Yung Miami and JT — together known as City Girls — release the highly-anticipated video for Twerk (feat. Cardi B). In it, City Girls own the dance for themselves, rallying their troupe of women to get cheeks flying and take control of their own sexuality. And hell if it doesn’t look like a good time.

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The Broadcast Premier will be on BET Jams and will air every hour on the network. City Girls’ Yung Miami — painted as a zebra — and featured artist Cardi B — painted as a tiger — lead a group of agile ladies on yacht, on a beach, on a pole, even on a muscle car without a man in sight. Ladies are twerkin’ it for themselves, showcasing insanely amazing athleticism, and looking bodaciously fly while doing it. And they can slap their own ass thank you.

With over 215 million overall streams and 39.3 million from Twerk (ft. Cardi B), the world sure seemed ready to listen and dance. Twerk was an immediate track stand-out for fans on City Girls new album, Girl Code (Quality Control Music/Motown/Capitol Records), so the Girls decided to send a challenge to the world. The Goal: To find the world’s greatest twerker. The winner would not only get flewed into Miami on “Flewed Out” airlines and $50k in hard cash, but would be — and now is — featured in their video taking back the twerk.

Refreshingly, JT and Yung Miami bluntly set their own terms on what can be a taboo subject for women. Most recently City Girls’ genuineness caught the ear of Drake, who recruited them for his 10-week chart topping song In My Feelings. And when City Girls rap to a lovelorn Drake, “I’ll show you how to network. F*ck that Netflix and chill; what’s your net worth?” they make it clear they are looking for any broke boys.

JT and Young Miami are uncensored, unapologetic, sharing a commitment to their hood roots and a bold insistence that the culture they come from should stop them from getting a piece of the cash pie. One of the most provocative female hip-hop duo in years, the Miami duo of JT and Yung Miami are the next generation of female speak out as raw and confident — and with as much swagger as the boys.

As Refinery29 states: “This emerging group taps into the same enterprising spirit applauded in male rappers when they wax poetic about selling drugs or pimping to escape bleak financial circumstance. This female version is just as inspiring. The male gaze only succeeds in objectifying women when the sole outcome considered is male gratification. City Girls set the terms of engagement for a payday they’ve orchestrated.”

With JT currently serving her sentence for credit card fraud, City Girls worked hard and banked a lot of material before she went in. As Yung Miami states: “It is a minor setback for a major comeback.”

Coach K and Pierre “Pee” Thomas of the renowned Quality Control Music label discovered the girls and took their first song “Fu*k Dat N****” from a regional hit to a national smash when it appeared on the seminal Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Vol 1 compilation. Recently Quality Control Music released City Girls’ heart-wrenching documentary Point Blank Period. The documentary follows the City Girls as they break into a predominantly male-dominated industry with the release of Period. It features their reactions to hearing Drake shout them out on his record to JT working in the studio until her jail sentence starts.

Exclusive interviews are included with Yung Miami and JT, as well as industry trailblazers Trina, Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas, exposing the complicated road to breaking female artists in the changing music landscape.

LISTEN TO GIRL CODE HERE

City Girls Release “Season” Music Video

City Girls release their music video for Season featuring Lil Baby Watch it HERE. Season comes after Girl Code (Quality Control Music/Motown/Capitol Records). Girl Code includes features from Cardi B, Lil Baby, and Jacquees. They also recently released the new song, TWERK,  with the remix version featuring Cardi B included on Girl Code.
Listen to Girl Code HERE.
One of the most provocative female hip-hop duo in years, the Miami duo of JT and Yung Miami are the next generation of female rappers. On their acclaimed debut project, PERIOD, City Girls speak out as raw and confident — and with as much swagger– as the boys do, ultimately flipping the script on Hip Hop.
And people are listening. With nearly 100 million streams, JT and Young Miami are uncensored, unapologetic, sharing a commitment to their hood roots and a bold insistence that the culture they come from should stop them from getting a piece of the cash pie.
Most recently City Girls caught the ear of Drake, an early fan who recruited them for his 10-week chart topping song In My Feelings. It’s not all about Kiki When the City Girls I’ll show you how to network. F*ck that Netflix and chill; what’s your net worth? They unapologetically rap about sexual and financial empowerment, and they are not looking for any broke boys.
As Refinery29 states: This emerging group taps into the same enterprising spirit applauded in male rappers when they wax poetic about selling drugs or pimping to escape bleak financial circumstance. This female version is just as inspiring. The male gaze only succeeds in objectifying women when the sole outcome considered is male gratification. City Girls set the terms of engagement for a payday they’ve orchestrated.
With JT currently serving her sentence for credit card fraud, City Girls worked hard and banked a lot of material before she went in. As Yung Miami states: It is a minor setback for a major comeback. But perhaps the clearest explanation of the City Girl’s Girl Code is spoken in the album’s earliest moments. During a phone call from JT in prison on Intro (FREE JT), Yung Miami picks up the mic and unleashes a fiery verse that puts to rest any question of what she and her partner are here to accomplish: All my life I’ve been going against the odds/Tryna come up on me, better keep your job/A round of applause for the boss ass bitches/Who made it on their own.Éd; And as the track fades out, JT chimes in with a final message of defiance for any who would stand in their way: Éc;When I come home Period — game over.
Coach K and Pierre “Pee” Thomas of the renowned Quality Control Music label discovered the girls and took their first song “Fu*k Dat N****” from a regional hit to a national smash when it appeared on the seminal Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Vol 1 compilation. This year Quality Control Music released City Girls’ uncensored heart-wrenching documentary Point Blank Period The documentary follows the City Girls as they break into a predominantly male-dominated industry with the release of Period. It features their reactions to hearing Drake shout them out on his record to JT working in the studio until her jail sentence starts. Exclusive interviews are included with Yung Miami and J.T., as well as industry trailblazers Trina, Kevin Coach K; Lee and Pierre Pee Thomas, exposing the complicated road to breaking female artists in the changing music landscape.

Icewear Vezzo Returns With New Track “European”

Just recently, Detroit underground icon Icewear Vezzo returns with a new track European. This is his second release under his recently minted deal with Motown and Capitol Music Group.

Get it here.

Adding to the excitement for his upcoming mix-tape, Icewear Vezzo celebrates this moment with a music video for European–check it out here!

Icewear Vezzo proudly leads a new era of Motor City hip-hop. His explosive discography encompasses the fan favorite Clarity mixtape series and breakout Moonwalken, which boasted beats from heavyweights such as Zaytoven and TM 88. Following a stint in Federal Prison, he ignited 2018 as his biggest year yet. In addition to a triumphant return to the stage at Detroit’s Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz, he dropped the acclaimed 337 EP with Earlly Mac and set the internet abalze with the brash and blunt banger Drank God Back Freestyle. Mass Appeal predicted, Detroit’s best hope at a singular star is Icewear Vezzo, and Hypebeast dubbed him, “The King of Contemporary Detroit Rap.” A pillar of his community, he also owned the local haunt Chicken Talk restaurant.

With his surefire spitting and slick storytelling, he ushers in the next generation of Detroit legends.

Zaytoven to release Trap Holizay

Award-winning multiplatinum super producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven will release his anxiously awaited full-length debut, Trap Holizay, on Friday May 25, 2018.

In addition to What You Think, the full tracklisting promises to bring together some of the gameߣs heaviest heavy hitters behind the production mastery of this game-changing hip-hop maestro. Stay tuned for the full reveal soon.

Increasing anticipation, he just shared Go Get The Money [feat. Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Pusha T, & T.I.]. This posse anthem unites some of the gameߣs most notorious and revered spitters from all over the country. Miami heavyweight Rick Ross drops heat, while the king of Memphis Yo Gotti delivers a knockout verse. Virginia’s own Pusha T sounds as fiery as ever, and Atlanta O.G. T.I. is on fire. Go Get The Money has all the makings of a summer smash! Listen Here

Excitement continues building for the impending arrival of the record. In an in-depth feature, High Snobiety claimed, Trap Holizay, is set to be one of the springߣs standout albums.

Allowing audiences into his world, he recently teamed up with Red Bull Music for a new documentary entitled The Note: Zaytoven. Watch it HERE. The 17-minute film explores his inimitable creative process and story as told by the man himself and those closest to him, including his mom. Additionally, it intercuts archival behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with collaborators and fellow innovators such as Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Young Dolph, Bankroll Fresh, and Cassius Jay. Of the doc, Noisey claimed, The Note goes deep into how Zaytoven became so essential to rap’s most popular format. He also recently spoke to Billboard in detail about The Note

Zaytoven just embarked on his North American headline run: Trap Holizay The Tour. It’s hitting major markets across the country. Check out the remaining dates belo

Trap Holizay season is underway now.

Conversation With Coach K

On April 11th, UMUSIC Experience hosted a Masterclass – a conversation with Hip-Hop cultural icon Coach K, moderated by Spotify’s Artist & Label Marketing Manager Amber Grimes at the historic African-American Morehouse College. The event was held at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center to nearly 400 students.

Watch Here: Event Recap

Grimes asked a series of questions about manifestation, trust, adaptation and continuous progress.

Coach K immediately began dropping gems throughout the conversation. “Everything I do is applied to sports and every team needs a coach?” says the former all-state quarterback
football player and scholarship awarded basketball player Kevin Coach K”. Lee when discussing
his relationship with Quality Control, the label he shares with Pierre Pee Thomas.”

Together they run a record label and recording studio and manage artists Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby,
Trippie Redd and many more.

When Grimes asked Coach K how he instills trust in his artist, he says “I let them dream. We let them be visionaries. We not coming to change anything. We just tighten the loose ends.”Coach K knows a great deal about helping artists become superstars by combining their talent
and work ethic while taking risks.”We built our whole company [by] taking risks! Sometimes you gotta take that risk.” Coach K also added that he focuses heavily on the artists’ brands. “ I also believe in brand-building and luck doesn’t come in brand building.”

Both Atlanta natives, Coach K and Amber Grimes were passionate about bringing this event to the historically black Atlanta University Center.

”I have been wanting to do this event for three years,” says Coach K.

“This is my first time doing something like this.”Coach K hopes he can use his life as masterclass to teach others how to become successful.”

There is no book that can teach you about this business. It’s on-job training. If I can let my story lead somebody’s path, I’m with it,” he says. “The day you come complacent is the day it stops. You have to keep going!”

UMUSIC Experience partnered with Quality Control Music, Motown, Capitol Music Group & Caroline to bring the masterclass to life.

RICH HOMIE QUAN x 34

RICH HOMIE QUAN RELEASES VIDEO FOR « 34″

 

Listen to Rich Homie Quan’s Debut Album, Rich As In Spirit, Here

 

“Quan’s official debut is a triumph of willpower and talent, a detail-oriented collection with immaculate production that rightfully reestablishes his place in rap.”Pitchfork

 

“Iillustrates what it was that made Quan so undeniable in the first place”  –The Ringer

 

“His strongest release to date, sounding very much like the culmination of refining his craft”Complex

 

On March 16th, Following years of anticipation, countless mixtapes, and numerous multiplatinum singles, the rapper delivered his biggest and boldest body of work to date befitting of a storied reputation as one of Atlanta’s preeminent voices. He introduced the record with the one-two punch of singles “Changed” and “The Author.” Most recently, Quan turned up with more masterful melodies on “Understood.” Over production from Nard & B, he delivers pensive and powerful bars like “When my teacher was gone, she said I wouldn’t be shit, but see my teacher was wrong ».

 

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Today, multiplatinum and critically applauded Atlanta trailblazer Rich Homie Quan releases his anxiously awaited full-length debut, Rich As In Spirit, in stores and at all digital retailers via RAIS/Motown. It’s available HERE.

Following years of anticipation, countless mixtapes, and numerous multiplatinum singles, the rapper delivers his biggest and boldest body of work to date befitting of a storied reputation as one of Atlanta’s preeminent voices. He introduced the record with the one-two punch of singles, Changed and The Author. Most recently, Quan turned up with more masterful melodies on Understood. Over production from Nard & B, he delivers pensive and powerful bars like “When my teacher was gone, she said I wouldn’t be shit, but see my teacher was wrong

Immediately, the track garnered critical praise. XXL wrote, Understood finds Rich Homie Quan showcasing his melodic flow as he calls out his haters and brags about his riches, while HotNewHipHop said the, Rich As In Spirit album is shaping up to be an impressive drop.

Throughout a staggering 19 tracks, Quan goes as hard as ever when it comes to the hooks and rhymes from the opener Reflecting to the finale Bossman. Upon release, Changed immediately drew acclaim from THE FADER, Billboard, Stereogum, and XXL. To promote the release, he performed the track on MTV’s Total Request Live HERE. Additionally, he got deep on this episode of Complex’s Droppin’ Cash.
Now, Rich As In Spirit not only represents every side of Quan, but also sees him in top form ready to take flight like never before.

No conversation about 21st century hip-hop would be complete without mentioning the impact of Rich Homie Quan. An unbreakable and unbeatable hot streak of mixtapes culminated on 2012’s I Go In On Every Song and Still Going In Reloaded. He literally became a part of the rap lexicon with the gold Type of Way platinum Lifestyle as part of Rich Gang with Young Thug and Birdman, double-platinum smash Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh), which was so ubiquitous it popped up on Dwayne Johnson‘s playlist, and red-hot feature on YG’s triple-platinum My Hitta Last year, the 2017 mixtape Back To The Basics garnered praise from Noisey who reaffirmed, “He’s still very much in the conversation as one of the most exciting MCs in Atlanta.” The Back To The Basics movie used Quan’s engaging narration to link together official videos for six of the mixtape’s songs.

Rich As In Spirit solidifies his place at the forefront of the conversation yet again.

Track Listing • Rich As In Spirit

1. Reflecting
2. Fuck Wit Me
3. 34
4. The Author
5. Same Year
6. Never Fold
7. Long Enough
8. No No No
9. Perfect Flower
10. Achieving
11. Deep
12. Foot Soldier
13. Let’s Go Up
14. Changed
15. Understood
16. 4rm Me To U
17. Simon Says
18. Think About It
19. Bossman

Benefit Gala for Detroit Children’s Choir

The Motown Mansion is the first event hosted in the former home of Barry Gordy to benefit The Detroit Children’s Choir. The Detroit Children’s Choir is a non-profit, teaching music education to Detroit children that is also putting music programs back in schools.

The event is Saturday, April 28th from 5-10 PM at 918 W Boston Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

Detroit Children’s Choir Website: http://www.detroitchildrenschoir.org/

STEVEN VAN ZANDT

LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL SAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS

WITH VERY SPECIAL NEW SINGLE OUT TODAY

 

LEGENDARY ARTIST UNWRAPS ALL-NEW RENDITION OF THE RAMONES’ CLASSIC,

“MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT TONIGHT)”

 

EPIC “SOULFIRE TOUR 2017” CULMINATES WITH TWO HOMECOMING CONCERTS,

SET FOR BROOKLYN, NY’S BROOKLYN BOWL (DECEMBER 20th)

AND RED BANK, NJ’S COUNT BASIE THEATRE (DECEMBER 23RD)

 

VAN ZANDT TO APPEAR ON WTF WITH MARC MARON DECEMBER 18

Los Angeles – December 15, 2017 – Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul are celebrating the season with a very special holiday single. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight),” is out today, Friday, December 15th, at all digital music retailers and streaming services: https://UMe.lnk.to/LittleStevenMerryChristmas

“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” sees Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to The Ramones’ Yuletide classic, written by Joey Ramone and first found on the B-side to the 1987 single, “I Wanna Live.” The new rendition – arranged and produced by Stevie Van Zandt – was recorded by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul two weeks ago during soundcheck in Utrecht, Netherlands in the midst of their extraordinary “Soulfire Tour 2017,” capturing all the spirit and energy of the 15-piece rock ‘n’ soul revue at the very peak of their formidable onstage power.

Rolling Stone debuted the track and said it “sounds much grander in Van Zandt’s hands,” adding, he “created a Wall of Sound with glockenspiel, chimes, string, organ and sleigh bells, a vocal chorus and saxophone.” Listen at Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-little-stevens-cover-of-ramones-merry-christmas-w513808

“This is our tribute to the Ramones, keeping their music alive,” Van Zandt told Rolling Stone. “I needed a third verse so I channeled Joey and wrote what I feel is the third verse he would have written. His brother Mickey heard the record and gave me his blessing.”

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – who recently rocked NPR’s World Music Café with an exclusive interview and three-song live set – will wrap up the “Soulfire Tour 2017” with a pair of holiday homecoming concerts, set for Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (December 20th) and Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre (December 23rd). For ticket availability and exclusive VIP packages, please visit littlesteven.com.

The “Soulfire Tour 2017” of course marked the acclaimed release of Little Steven’s sensational new solo album, SOULFIRE, available now via Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMe. The album is available as CD, digital download, and 180-gram black vinyl, the latter presented as a double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with the music on Sides 1-3 and a unique etching of Little Steven on Side 4.

SOULFIRE is Stevie Van Zandt’s first solo album in close to two decades and without question his purest and most uniquely personal artistic statement thus far. The album sees the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer revisiting songs that span the length of his career as artist, performer, producer, arranger, and songwriter, focusing directly on the hugely influential “soul horns-meet-rock ‘n’ roll guitars” approach he first pioneered on Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ classic first three albums.

SOULFIRE has quickly drawn rapturous applause from fans and critics alike, with Rolling Stone declaring, “Rock’s ultimate sideman reclaims the Jersey Shore sound he helped invent.” “Cynicism, irony and cultivated hip detachment have taken their toll on rock ‘n’ roll,” raved USA Today. “With SOULFIRE, Van Zandt aims to blow all that out and lead listeners back to its more passionate essence.” “It’s hard to imagine a more joyous and revelatory contemporary blue-eyed soul recording,” enthused American Songwriter.  “The appropriately titled SOULFIRE is a tough, tight and clearly inspired project as well as a most welcome return from the musical shadows for Steven Van Zandt.” SOULFIRE “hearkens back to Van Zandt’s classic first solo album of gritty, greasy, horn-accented ‘60s-style rock and soul,” noted Billboard, while Paste proclaimed, “Rockier than Motown or the Sound of Philadelphia, this a joyous invitation to live and love.”

SOULFIRE was arranged and produced by Van Zandt at his own Renegade Studios in New York City, co-produced and recorded by GRAMMY® Award-winner Geoff Sanoff (Fountains of Wayne, Stephen Colbert) and co-produced and music directed by guitarist Marc Ribler. The album was mixed and mastered by Van Zandt’s career-long collaborators and friends Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Bryan Adams), and Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Band, Sly and the Family Stone).

Little Steven Van Zandt is of course known around the world for his utterly personal songwriting and an ambitious adventurousness that has fueled much of his creative output these past two decades. In addition to his ongoing role as a touring and recording member of The E Street Band, he has also expanded his artistic parameters to include landmark work as an actor on The Sopranos and Lilyhammer as well as host, historian, and rock ‘n’ roll advocate on Sirius XM’s one-and-only “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” (not to mention creator of Sirius XM’s long-running “Outlaw Country” format). Van Zandt has also expanding his musical boundaries to include composing the score for all three seasons of Lilyhammer and additional work as producer and songwriter, lending his distinctive craft to records from an array of international garage rockers.

Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul made their long-awaited live return last October at London’s BluesFest 2016. Van Zandt and the band also crossed the Atlantic this fall for a hugely successful European leg of the “Soulfire Tour 2017,” with multiple stops in England, Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain, highlighted by Paul McCartney sitting in to perform “I Saw Her Standing There” in London, and then the band performing a lunchtime show at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

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