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Dreamville Take Over At NBA All Star Weekend

DREAMVILLE TAKES OVER NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND

Exclusive Merch Pop Up, Secret Brunch & “Overtime” Showcase

Feb 15 – 17th in Charlotte, NC

J Cole To Perform at Official All Star Half-Time Show

Back on home turf, J Cole’s Dreamville collective are taking over NBA All Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.The artists who made noise at the top of the year with the legendary Dreamville sessions, are banding together again for one weekend with a series of activations including a weekend long pop up shop featuring exclusive limited edition merchandise, a Dreamville brunch and a showcase featuring Dreamville acts (and special surprise guests) taking place after the All Star game. Fans might expect a preview of what’s to come from the upcoming Dreamville Revenge of The Dreamers III compilation project.

RAJA KUMARI

Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter and dancer Raja Kumari is a force of nature. She’s a fearless, charismatic personality and natural-born storyteller whose mission is to create art that blends her Indian roots with her American upbringing. Her music is a sonic bridge between East and West that fuses the rhythms she absorbed as a trained classical Indian dancer with her love for hip-hop. Through singles “Mute,” “City Slums” (featuring Mumbai rapper Divine), “Believe In You,” and her latest “I Did It,”as well as her debut EP, The Come Up (the cover features an image of Kumari with her head draped in both a gold tikka and an American flag), Kumari announces that this is the new face of America. “I want my fans to feel one hundred percent seen and to have a safe space to be themselves,” she says. “Because those were the onlydesires I had as a child.”

Born Svetha Rao in Claremont, Calif., to Indian parents who emigrated to the U.S. in the ’70s, Kumari was 13 when she had a vision that she calls “a memory of the future.” “I was in my room and I had this image of me standing on a stage,” she recalls. “I couldn’t see myself. I was looking out from my own eyes at a sea of 100,000 people and I could feel their energy. Suddenly I snapped out of it and said out loud, ‘How do I get there?’ My entire career has been about trying to answer that question, ‘How do I become that woman and how do I touch people?’ That became my life’s purpose.” Her answer is music and dance. “I feel like I’m a seed from the motherland that was sent across the world,” she says. “Culture is part of my identity because we, as Indian-Americans who grew up away from India, have to be the vessels of culture. We have to hold on because it’ll be lost within one generation. That’s why it so heavily influences my music and look. It’s not a gimmick to me. It’s an expression of a lifetime of trying to preserve it.”

Kumari set upon her artistic journey at age five when she began learning classical Indian dance, spending seven hours a day practicing with a dance guru who lived with her family for 10 years. Kumari studied several styles and, at age seven, made her debut in front of an audience that included Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, who declared her a child prodigy. By the time she was ten, Kumari was touring the U.S. and India, performing for massive audiences and raising substantial sums of money for charity, including enough to build a meditation hall and a new wing for a hospital in India.

Kumari listened to nothing but classical Indian music until she was nine, but then her older brother gave her a copy of The Fugees’ The Score, and her love for hip-hop was born. “That was the genesis of me as an artist,” she says. “Indian music is based on the mathematics of rhythm, so very quickly, as a little Indian kid who was not using her brain to be scientist, I used it to decipher the mathematics of hip-hop and realized that the rhythms of rap felt similar to the jathis and taals of Carnatic music. Hip-hop felt like a bridge.” Kumari also noted the large platforms that her favorite pop acts, like Britney Spears and *NSYNC, had to reach fans. “I was like, ‘How do I get my dance on that type of stage?’ And I realized that the only people who have stages like that are pop stars.”

At 14, Kumari recorded her first song professionally, started a hip-hop duo with a friend, and adopted her stage name, which means “princess” in Sanskrit. “That’s when I personified this strong, female goddess character called ‘Raja Kumari,’ the daughter of the king, and the king was God. So in my mind, I was the daughter of God.” She began writing her own songs as an act of rebellion. “I felt that everybody was expecting me to continue dancing and,like every other good Indian girl, marry a doctor,” saysKumari, whose father is a radiation oncologist. “I felt this path being set up for me and music became my way of doing something that was just for me.”

Kumari developed her writing skills and spent every day instudio sessions and attending songwriting camps all over the world. As she tried to crack the music industry code, she realized that the artists she looked up to started out as songwriters. “They had to prove they could sell millions of records, so that became my focus, too,” she says. “I put my artist project aside for two years to concentrate on learning.” As she found herself in in rooms with such heavyweights as Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Tricky Stewart, J.R. Rotem, and, at one point, Dr. Dre, Kumari soaked up everything she could about writing and vocal production. Her first placement came in 2012 when a song she co-wrote called “Change Your Life” wound up on Iggy Azalea’s Grammy-nominated album The New Classic. “Suddenly, I had credibility,” Kumari says.

Kumari signed with Pulse Recordings and went on to co-write hit songs for Fall Out Boy (the 4x-Platinum “Centuries,” which earned her a 2015 BMI Pop Award), Fifth Harmony, Twin Shadow, Knife Party, Dirty South, Lindsey Stirling, and Gwen Stefani (Kumari co-wrote six tracks on Stefani’s most recent album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like). Ironically, it was seeing Iggy Azalea wearing a gold kiritam in her “Bounce” video that fueledKumari’s determination to introduce authentic Indian culture to the masses. “To see my culture being put on as a costume — it woke me up,” she says. “I realized that if I didn’t do it, no one will.” Along the way, Kumari earned a degree in comparative religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.

In 2015, Kumari signed to Epic Records and released her debut single “Mute,” which addressed the challenges she faced when people in the industry advised her to tone down her ethnicity. (In the song’s opening line, she declares: “I had to put ‘em on mute / Thought that the curry was soup / I had to feed these fools / Had to go home and regroup.”)Kumari felt she had hit a roadblock in America and decided to decamp to Mumbai, where she was based for two years.

“I got there and everybody understood me,” says Kumari, who is also signed to Sony Music India. “I didn’t have to explain my bindi. I didn’t have to explain anything, really. People were so open to everything I was doing as an artist.I just wanted to prove that my music is worthy and that there are people who want to hear it. The validation from my people made me no longer crave validation from anyone else. When I walk into a room and someone tells me something can’t happen, I don’t even listen, because I already know what’s possible.”

Kumari wrote her latest single, “I Did It,” about that feeling. “It’s about me taking a leap,” she says. “It’s about how I didn’t do it the way everyone wanted, but I did it with integrity and that can’t be taken away from me. No one can tell me it won’t work, because it is working. I feel that the music is unstoppable now and that’s such a crazy feeling, because even today, my dad will say, ‘You know, you can just go back to medical school.’ They are still waiting for me to take the emergency exit. But I don’t feel like I’m allowed to quit because there are too many people, little girls like me, who didn’t see themselves represented in culture, who need it. I didn’t have anybody like me. I feel like I’m becoming the person I needed when I was growing up.

Lil Baby Valentine Dinner

WILL GIVE A “GIRL’S NIGHT VALENTINE DINNER” TO A LUCKY WINNER IN 4 CITIES

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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.

New Release by Tyga

Tyga – Girls Have Fun (Official Video) ft. Rich The Kid, G-Eazy

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Tyga has decided to continue riding his wave of momentum with yet another bawdy banger. This time, T-Raww has tapped a few likeminded rapscallions, namely Rich The Kid, G-Eazy, and DJ Snake for the endeavor.

The rapper took to Instagram to announce the video, “Girls Have Fun,” set to drop tonight, complete with suggestive, on-brand artwork.” –HotNewHipHop.com

In the midst of all the buzz Tyga has been receiving, Tyga will be dropped newest video, “Girls Have Fun” Today (2/8).

The up-beat party song features Rich The Kid & G-Eazy, and was produced by DJ Snake. Video, which will be released Grammy Weekend, will be directed by Arrad and Tyga.

Hook: “Stick out ya tongue girls wanna have fun, stick out ya tongue can a n-gga have some.”

It’s true – Tyga is having the biggest comeback year – and he is just getting started. Stay tuned for a huge 2019 for mister T-Rawww.

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Dreezy’s New Mind Massage Video

During Super Bowl LIII, millions of fans watching at home experienced the rising popularity of ASMR – as demonstrated by Zoe Kravitz and Cardi B – in brand-new spots that debuted during the big game.  Today on Fuse.tv, rapper, singer, and songwriter Dreezy joins the community of ASMR enthusiasts, as she speaks about her anthemic “Where Them $ @” track, her newly released project Big Dreez, her experience of being from Southside Chicago and her visit to Dreamville’s ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’ recording sessions. The all-new episode of Fuse’s popular digital series Mind Massage posted today on Fuse.tv.

Check out his Mind Massage interview below!

URL: https://www.fuse.tv/videos/2019/2/dreezy-asmr-interview

 Fuse’s Mind Massage features ASMR’s (autonomous sensory meridian responses) by some of your favorite hip hop stars as they chow down on their favorite foods and discuss their career, upbringing and more. Fans can check out new episodes from this digital series every week on fuse.tv. Past episodes include appearances by Lloyd, Mya, Dizzy Wright, Vic Mensa, Kodie Shane, Cipha Sounds, Danileigh, Tierra Whack, Diggy Simons, Madame Gandhi, among others.

Gunna Releases New Single

GUNNA RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO 

“ONE CALL”

+ PRODUCED BY TURBO

+ DRIP OR DROWN 2 COMING SOON!

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Following his cover art reveal, Billboard chart topping artist, Gunna drops his brand new single “One Call.” The track is the first offering from his much anticipated debut album Drip Or Drown 2. The addictive Turbo produced single highlights Gunna’s melodic bars paired with pitched down guitar melody and thumping bass. Maintaining his drip driven signature on “One Call” Gunna proves why he continues to be an exciting addition to hip hop. Listen to “One Call” here!  

Dominated all of 2018, the critically acclaimed Atlanta rapper topped multiple “best of” lists including New York Times, Pitchfork, and Complex and more. Drip Harder, the Gold certified mixtape released with Lil Baby, hit  #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart which included the double platinum single “Drip Too Hard.”  Collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the world including Travis Scott, Mariah Carey, Drake, Usher and more, there seems to be no stopping the new age rapper. 

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Boogie Premieres “Silent Ride”

Eminem-signed, Compton-bred rapper Boogie has shared a new single and video titled “Silent Ride.” With the track released via Shady Records/Interscope Records, the video for “Silent Ride” is directed by Gina Gammell and Malcolm Washington for Vanishing Angle production company.

Check out “Silent Ride” by Boogie HERE.

 

Praised by Pitchfork as “one of the West Coast’s most promising young rappers,” Boogie has also announced a January 25th release date for his forthcoming album, Everything’s For Sale. The album marks his first full-length for Shady Records/Interscope Records.

 

Since making his debut for Shady Records/Interscope Records in December 2017, Boogie has released such acclaimed singles as “Self Destruction” and “Deja Vu.” Arriving last August, the latter was hailed by HotNewHipHop as a “smooth new offering” built on “lush basslines.”

 

Born Anthony Dixson, Boogie got his start in music after joining a church choir at the urging of his mother. He soon started writing lyrics and crafting melodies, and later enrolled in Long Beach City College to study recording. With his debut mixtape Thirst 48 arriving in June 2014, Boogie had his breakthrough with The Reach—a 2015 mixtape that spawned the Jahlil Beats-produced “Oh My,” whose viral success cemented him as one of the most refreshingly honest new voices emerging from the West Coast. Releasing Thirst 48 Pt. II in 2016, Boogie found his raw, unfiltered lyricism earning praise from artists like Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, who signed him to Shady Records in October 2017.

 

Melii Releases Single “HML”

Harlem-based singer/songwriter/rapper Melii continues her run of head-turning singles with “HML,” a new track featuring Bronx rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie. Released today via Rule#1/Interscope Records, “Hit My Line” was Zane Lowe’s World Record this morning on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and is available now through all digital retailers.

 

Listen to “HML” by Melii ft. A Boogie wit da Hoodie HERE

 

On “HML,” Melii faces off against A Boogie in a hot and heavy duet. The track’s bouncy beat makes a perfect backdrop to her magnetic vocals, which slip from delicate to fierce with undeniable command.

 

“HML” follows Melii’s recent single “See Me,” a December release praised by HotNewHipHop as a “baddie anthem” that “serves as a pick me up for those struggling through the dynamics of relationships in the digital era.” The 21-year-old artist’s latest features also include her collaboration with Meek Mill on “Wit the Shits (W.T.S.),” a track from his new album Championships (a #1 hit on the Billboard 200).

 

Recently featured on NYLON’s “15 Up-And-Coming Artists To Watch In 2019” list, Melii is now at work on her debut project Phases: a narrative-based exploration of her past, from the painful memories to the major triumphs that ultimately led to her breakout success.

 

Melii has drawn acclaim for singles like “Icey (Spanish Remix)” (named “one of the year’s starkest rap hits” by Jon Caramanica of the New York Times), “La Envidia Mata” (dubbed a “sledgehammer of a single” by Rolling Stone), and “Como Si Na” (featured on a “5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week” from TIME). She’s also earned admiration from Billboard, who stated that “Every few years, a new artist emerges from Harlem, ready to take on the rap world…In 2018, that spotlight belongs to Melii.”

ZAYTOVEN & DEITRICK HADDON RELEASE HOLIDAY EP

Today, Zaytoven & Deitrick Haddon release their collaborative holiday EP, Greatest Gift, via Familiar Territory/Motown. Get it HERE.

 

GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum super producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven and iconic gospel singer Haddon unwrap seven smooth original Christmas anthems. Powered by piano-driven production, warm R&B and upbeat hip-hop energy punctuate delicate delivery and stunning vocal runs. Holiday Bae-cation warms up the season just as much as a crackling fire does, while Make Love On Christmas brings the seduction with a big bow.

 

Drawing critical applause, The New York Times named it among Holiday Music for the Joyful, the Lonely and the Skeptical, going on to write the gospel singer Deitrick Haddon has over the last decade been one of the genre’s limit pushers, tugging at its musical and ideological boundaries. In the producer Zaytoven, one of the architects of Atlanta trap music and also a church-trained musician he has found a worthy collaborator.

 

2018 remains a landmark year for Zaytoven. He dropped his critically acclaimed full-length debut, Trap Holizay. Among a track listing of bangers, Mo Reala [feat. Future] ignited 6 million-plus Spotify streams.

 

Releasing a bevy of projects, he joined forces with Lecrae for the powerful, passionate, and poetic Let the Trap Say Amen in addition to re-teaming with Future for one of the year’s most-anticipated sequels, Beast Mode 2. Meanwhile, he linked up with Usher for A. Once again extending his influence, Zaytoven also starred in the independent film Birds of a Feather 2, which follows his journey. The film co-starred Kash Doll, Trouble, Al Nuke, OJ Da Juiceman, Josiah McCormick, and other surprise cast members.

 

Everything set the stage for an even bigger, better, and bolder 2019.