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
HARLEM RAPPER TJ PORTER DROPS NEW EP “NO DISTURBANCE”
HE WILL BE FEATURED IN DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED COMPILATION,
“NO DISTURBANCE” TRACK LIST:
1. I CAN’T
2. THE DON
3. HARDER THAN EVER (FEAT. JAY GWUAPO & KJ BALLA)
“TJ Porter is leading Harlem into the future.”
“He cuts through beats with ease & takes an approach that most artist don’t.”
“His rhymes, deft and sharp with Harlem’s natural proclivity for quick wit and bucket drummer cadences, are leavened by a singsong delivery that sounds modern, but anchored in a traditionalist’s slickness.”
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…but TJ Porter is shooting to win. The Harlem native is taking his prowess from the basketball court—hunger, drive and hard work—into hip-hop. “This is a mental game,” he says. “I want to be the best.”
Raised in the Robert F. Wagner Housing Projects, the 18-year-old (born Terrence Reaves) grew up on Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. “My uncle would say, ‘I want y’all to listen to this and by the end of the day, tell me what the songs mean.’” Mature for his age, he began rapping at eight and made his first song at 12. “As a kid, I was always chilling with the older guys in the hood. I would always be rapping.” His natural athleticism led him to want to pursue basketball professionally. For several years, music took a back seat to his hoop dreams.
In 2016, TJ’s career—and life—hit a turning point when his best friend, Chico, was fatally shot in a gang-related incident. He questioned his life in the streets and admits, that he was filled with anger. “I ain’t gonna lie. It changed my life.” Through tragedy sprung hope. He took on “We gon’ ball,” the mantra of his slain friend, and the moniker “TJ Porter,” a nod to the debonair Rich Porter from Paid in Full, and set his eyes on rap as the prize.
With the forthcoming Voice of The Trenches, TJ Porter is ready to tell his story. Autobiographical, he hopes to showcase the many facets of New York City—good and bad. He’s slated to hit the road later this year and release a trilogy of projects leading into NBA All -Star Weekend 2019. More than anything, TJ hopes that his success can serve as a motivation, especially to other young people. “I’mma give you the trenches,” he says. “But these are the opportunities you can get.”
Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the short film touches on the many social issues currently and historically ingrained into his local community of Queens, New York, such as racism and police brutality.
Interscope Records is thrilled to announce the release of Creed II: The Album— the original motion picture soundtrack for the latest installment in the legendary Rocky saga. Executive-produced by Grammy-Award-winning producer/songwriter Mike WiLL Made-It, Creed II: The Album features appearances by more than two dozen of the biggest names in hip-hop.
Listen to Creed II: The Album here!
Creed II: The Album includes two previously released singles: “Kill ‘Em With Success” by Eearz, ScHoolboy Q & 2 Chainz, and “The Mantra” by Pharrell & Kendrick Lamar. In addition, the soundtrack features J. Cole, Rae Sremmurd, Trouble, Lil Wayne, Nas, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Vince Staples, Young Thug, and more. See the full track listing below.
Due out November 21 and directed by Steven Caple Jr., Creed II stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. In creating Creed II: The Album, Mike WiLL collaborated directly with Jordan and Caple Jr., as well as with composer Ludwig Göransson and music supervisors Fam Rothstein and Jen Malone.
“There was a time where movie soundtracks had people just as excited as am artist’s album, and that’s the feeling I was going for when creating this project,” says Mike WiLL. “After people hear the music, I want them to say movie soundtracks are back.”
The founder of Ear Drummer Records, Mike WiLL is the mastermind behind such massive hits as Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy Award-winning and seven-times-platinum “HUMBLE.,” and Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” which spent seven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Track listing for Creed II: The Album:
About Creed II:
Creed II will be distributed theatrically in the U.S. by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM), while Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film internationally. The film arrives as the sequel to the Academy Award-nominated Creed, a 2015 release directed by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler. The next chapter in the Adonis Creed story follows his life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with newfound fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion. Creed II also starts Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, and Phylicia Rashad.
About Mike WiLL Made-It:
Born in 1989 in Atlanta, Mike WiLL Made-It began making beats at age 14 and soon found his first production client in Gucci Mane. In 2006, he founded EarDrummers Entertainment, then later established Ear Drummer Records (a label and production company known for signing breakout hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd). Having produced platinum-certified singles for iconic artists like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, Mike WiLL is now widely recognized as a cultural heavyweight in hip-hop, pop, and beyond.
The PUMA Galleria saw sneakerheads excited to check out the 90’s vibes in the Toys, Tech, Tracks and Trophies sections with line ups for the limited RS-X Toys custom sneaker works by JBF Customs and Alexander John inspired by 90s Tech and Mix Tapes respectively. The artists also did live custom designing demos at the courtyard. All pairs were sold out in minutes. PUMA also unveiled the upcoming collaboration pack with Hot Wheels – the RS-X Toys Hot Wheels that release on December 1st.
Special guests Kali Uchis, A Boogie Wit a Hoodie, Yo Gotti and Nipsey Hustle all came out to promote and sign the limited-quantity bootleg tees designed by Chinatown Market. Each tee design were inspired by each artist. YesJulz and her 1AM radio crew continued with their live broadcast from the PUMA Galleria and interviewed the artists mentioned above plus a whole lot more. Also seen were Emory Jones, Upscale Vandal, Karrueche and Victor Cruz, among the many celebrities who dropped by.
To celebrate the launch of Cadillac’s newest vehicle, the XT4, Cadillac & Nas dropped a one-of-a-kind Cadillac crest piece and gold chain filled with yellow diamonds, black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. While Nas was signing custom Cadillac/Nas/Complex Merch he surprised a lucky fan by giving the chain to them, creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the most coveted drop at the event.
DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode taping of “On the Sticks,” the new interactive gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19 with A Boogie wit da Hoodie emerging as the champion. The series launches Friday, November 9 on Complex’s YouTube channel.
Virgil Abloh headlined ComplexCon(versations) to a packed house of 700 fans. He was joined on stage by emerging designers (b).stroy, comprised of Brick Owens & Dieter Grams, as well as Ev Bravado and Rhuigi.
Nas, Big Boy, Jeff Staple and Tinashe stopped by the HBO barbershop experience that was promoting the new series “The Shop.” Capitol Records’ James Davis, Njomza, BJ The Chicago Kid and Marc Byers joined artists Nick Grant and A Boogie wit da Hoodie for panel discussions at the booth.
Balvinhit the floor checking out the booths, posing for photos with fans, copping exclusive merch and more.
As part of Adidas Originals main event at ComplexCon, the brand joined forces with creative partner Pusha T to present a journey through three connected environments, reimagining a retro bank vault and penthouse office, to unveil a limited edition EQT Cushion 2 collaboration. Answering the popular demand for more cultural experiences, the mogul sat with 12 aspiring artists from Los Angeles for an opportunity at the adidas Originals Sound Labs Grant for musical development. Only five musicians made the cut after two days of listening sessions and now local LA semi-finalists Sareal, Lorine Chia, Ice Cold Bishop, Indiigo and Rugby Wild will continue the application process for the grant that will result in a winner in the first days of 2019. Also, King Push was joined by adidas Originals partner Pharrell Williams, who released pairs of the elusive adidas Originals N.E.R.D HU NMD and 50 pairs of never-seen-before PW HU P.O.D. System exclusive for the conference. Winners of the Friends and Family HU P.O.D. System pairs got to meet Pharrell as a special treat from the icon and Adidas Originals. And finally, Adidas Originals launched its new Los Angeles-focused social identity @AdidasLA alongside rap legend and creative ambassador Snoop Dogg. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle, the brand partnered with Snoop and LA’s World Famous VIP Records for a special pop-up experience. Snoop himself made a special appearance and signed 25 pairs of adidas Originals P.O.D. System sneakers that had been customized by LA artist Gregory Siffs.
Reebok closed out the weekend with its limited-edition Futsal Fusion R58 drop and the final silhouette of the the R58 Series, the Sole Fury Floatride. Lil Baby stopped by in celebration of the drop, purchasing the first ten pairs for lucky customers in line before customizing shirts for his whole crew.
Karen Civil introduced film narrator Pharrell Williams at Universal Pictures’ special screening of THE GRINCH Saturday night ahead of of its upcoming release.
GUESS JEANS U.S.A. x PLACES+FACES debuted at ComplexCon ahead of its global launch. Unique items such as reflective tees, photo-vests, cargo pant and tracksuits were the first to go. J.Balvin, Teyana Taylor, Made in Tyo (Tyoko), Olan Prenatt, Trill Sammy, Christian BULL1TRC, and Premium Pete all stopped by GUESS Jeans U.S.A. to pick up the goods.
Zen, a new e-commerce experience celebrating sneaker culture with a unique blend of commerce, storytelling, community, and events that launched at ComplexCon, gave away to lucky winners hundreds of pairs of rare kicks including Nike Air Mags seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ Undefeated Jordan IV, Nike Dunk SB Low Diamond Supply Co. “Tiffany,” all Supreme Nike SB Blazers and Dunks, and Adidas Chanel Pharrell Hu NMD.
Becky G bounced around on the giant inflatable art installation from FriendsWithYou Art Collective at the POPSockets booth.
Steve Aoki joined Kim Jung Gi for selfies in the Find Your Grind infinity room.
At McDonald’s Project Connect booth, exclusive designs by influencers Joe FreshGoods, Elise Swopes and Richie Lewere added to jean jackets, jerseys, long sleeve tees and book bags. Also at the booth, Teyana Taylor hosted a first-ever tasting of the new Triple Breakfast Stack for a lucky winner. Hosted by Kenny Burns, Lena Waithe, Don Benjamin and Marcellus Bennett dropped in to enjoy the drops, live DJs, McDonald’s McNuggets, world famous fries and soft drinks.
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NEW ARKONIK DEFENDER: A Timeless Classic Enhanced for Adventure
Every inch of this D110 is enhanced for adventure. At first glance, this station wagon emanates a classic look with Fungus green bodywork, satin black chequer plate and traditional steels. However, the off-roading aficionados amongst you will notice that everything about this Defender is there for a reason. The OEM steering wheel, powerful V8 engine and BFGoodrich® AT tyres are perfectly suited to provide superior leverage and handling.
The designer of this truck knows Defenders inside and out and plans to use it for what it was built for. Aided by a NAS exterior roll cage and WARN® winch, this station wagon will hold its own on the Florida trails, just like its Native American namesake.
1) Exterior: Fungus Green body with Satin Black chequer plate | Raptor Black Safety Devices® NAS roll cage | Original Land Rover grille & wing-top vents | Front and rear light guards | A-bar with twin LED spotlights | Front bumper DRLs |WARN Zeon 12-S winch | Gloss Black Heritage steel wheels | BFGoodrich AT KO2 tyres | Ebony Fire & Ice side steps | Rear LED work lamp | Raptor Black steering & front differential guard | NAS rear step
2) Interior: Nutmeg Brown leather trim | Modular heated front seats | 2 Premium heated high-back centre row seats | Matching leather door cards | Lock boxes in front & centre rows | Bench seats in load area | Grey suede headlining & side panels | Black anodized gear knobs & door furniture | Land Rover leather steering wheel | Ice White LED lighting package | Deluxe sound system | Air conditioning
This Defender stands proudly in Arles Blue with shining silver accents. Its glimmering Sawtooth alloys, chequerplate and wing-top vents, complemented by twin HELLA® spotlights, make it the star of the show. The interior is finished in sumptuous Vintage Tapestry brown leather for a classic look, loyal to its countryside roots.
PATRIOT D110 allows the brave to explore the land of the free.
Interior: 18″ Silver Sawtooth alloys | BFGoodrich AT KO2 tyres | Zambezi Silver chequer plate & KBX wing-top vents | Puma Bonnet | A-bar with winch bumper & twin HELLA® xenon spotlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch | Brushed alloy Fire & Ice side steps | Silver steering & front differential guard | NAS rear step | Alpine white NAS rear step
Exterior: Ruskin Inside™ bespoke leather trim in Vintage Tapestry | Modular Front Seats | 3 Premium high-back centre row seats | Matching door cards & Lockbox | Bench seats in load area | Brushed aluminium gear knobs & door furniture | Arkon X leather rimmed steering wheel | Alpine® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display | Air conditioning
CERTIFIED CLASSICS RELEASES NEW PICTURE DISC TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIG PUN’S CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
2-LP PICTURE DISC VINYL FEATURING ICONIC ALBUM ARTWORK AVAILABLE HERE
CERTIFIED CLASSICS ALONG WITH THE THREAD SHOP & BIG PUN’S ESTATE RELEASED NEW MERCHANDISE WHICH IS AVAILABLE HERE
Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, honors the legacy of the late great Bronx emcee Big Pun with the release of a special 20th Anniversary Picture Disc Vinyl edition of Capital Punishment which is available now. Click HERE to purchase.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that cleanup work will begin this summer to address soil and sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site in the town of Nassau, N.Y. The General Electric Company (GE) will remove contaminated soil and sediment, replace it with clean backfill, restore the stream channel, and re-plant trees and shrubs. The work will begin this summer and will be completed this fall.
“Superfund is at the very core of EPA’s mission and this important cleanup work will address one potential source of contamination at the Dewey Loeffel site,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “EPA is working closely with the community and is expanding its efforts to involve stakeholders as we advance this cleanup forward working closely with our state and local government partners.”
EPA will hold a public information session on July 17 in Nassau to provide an overview of the recently completed field investigation activities and the upcoming cleanup. EPA will also discuss the opportunity for the formation of a community advisory group (CAG) for the site. A CAG is made up of members of the community and is designed to serve as the focal point for the exchange of information among the local community and EPA, the state regulatory agency, and other pertinent federal agencies involved in cleanup of the Superfund site.
A public information session will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 7:00 p.m. Members of the project team will be available to answer questions about current and planned project activities.
Public Information Session:
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Open House: 6 – 7 p.m., Presentation: 7 p.m.
St. Mary’s Church
Parish Hall (behind the church)
26 Church Street, Nassau, N.Y.
The stream to be addressed, technically known as Tributary T11A, is a 1,900-foot stream which flows into the Valatie Kill. The sediment and adjacent shoreline soil of Tributary T11A is contaminated with elevated levels of PCBs, which serve as a potential ongoing source of contamination to downstream areas, such as Nassau Lake. In September 2017, the EPA, working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), reached an agreement with GE to conduct the T11A cleanup.
Between 1952 and 1968, an estimated 46,000 tons of industrial waste material generated by several Capital District companies was sent to the Dewey Loeffel Landfill site. The waste included industrial solvents, waste oil, PCBs, scrap materials, sludge and solids. From 1980 until the site was added to the federal Superfund list in 2011, numerous investigations and cleanup actions were performed at the site by GE and the NYSDEC. The cleanup work in Tributary T11A is an immediate action that is being taken to address contaminated soil and sediment in the tributary while the EPA’s long-term comprehensive study of the site continues.
For more information about the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site, please visit www.epa.gov/superfund/dewey-loeffel-landfill.
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.