DEF JAM RECORDINGS CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF RECORD BREAKING & CULTURE SHAKING
WITH 35TH ANNIVERSARY ‘NIGHT MARKET’ CELEBRATION IN BROOKLYN, SPONSORED BY PUMA, COURVOISIER & SNIPES
2 CHAINZ, FABOLOUS, JADAKISS, TEYANA TAYLOR, SLICK RICK, TJ PORTER & MORE ATTENDED THE STAR-STUDDED BROOKYL BASH
Last night in Brooklyn, the undisputed greatest label in hip-hop history – Def Jam Recordings – officially launched its celebration of 35 years of shaking the culture with the star-studded, blowout Def Jam 35 Night Market.
As VIPs and Def Jam artists past and present – 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Teyana Taylor, TJ Porter, Fetty Luciano, Slick Rick, Suzi Wu, Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg, Joseline Hernandez, DJ Premier – an all-female DJ lineup led by DJ Jazzy Joyce, Nyla Symone and Odalys kept the party rocking. A special pop-up from Scarr’s Pizza fed the masses, Courvoisier and Heineken kept the vibes going, and VIPs enjoyed special activations – a PUMA basketball court and a Snipes bodega hosted by special guests Stretch and Bobbito offering limited edition T-Shirts and the PUMA x Def Jam Clyde Court. A surprise performance from Def Jam’s own Freddy & Jason – Fabolous and Jadakiss – closed out the night.
The Brooklyn Night Market event was the latest salvo in an ongoing Def Jam 35 celebration that includes the co-curated Hip-Hop Classics: Def Jam playlist via Spotify, the newly launched Def Jam: Essentials playlist via Apple Music, the revival of the original signature Def Jam “varsity” jacket and capsule collection via streetwear giant KITH, the forthcoming Tony Touch mixtape documentary feature “From Scratch,” an experiential activation at ComplexCon Long Beach, and much more.
Stay tuned for more on Def Jam 35…
Young Stoner Life Records artist, Lil Duke just dropped his celebrity-filled mixtape, Blue Devil 2. The label’s CEO, Young Thug and label-mates Lil Keed and Gunna are featured, along side Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, Steezy, Trapboy Freddy, and Young Jordan. The 18-track project comes just one day after the release of his latest music video, “N****s It Ain’t Safe.”
Take a listen to Lil Duke’s latest mixtape, Blue Devil 2 out now via 300 Entertainment and Young Stoner Life Records.
BLUE DEVIL 2 MIXTAPE: https://lilduke.ffm.
1. Believe In Me
2. Too Many
3. Niggas It Ain’t Safe
4. To The Moon ft. Young Thug
5. Rosé ft. Young Jordan
6. Wet Like A Boat ft. Lil Keed & Lil Yachty
7. Look In My Eyez
8. Petty ft. Gunna [watch video]
9. Fatigue ft. Trapboy Freddy
10. Out Da Seal
11. Prodigy ft. Lil Durk
12. The One
14. Feel My Pain
15. Wishy Washy
16. She Mine
17. I’m There ft. Steezy
18. Head On My Shoulders
JONAS BLUE SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE, RISE FEATURING JACK & JACK
Rise has all the ingredients of a summer smash. IDOLATOR
Jonas Blue debuts the official video for his latest anthem Rise featuring vocals from Jack & Jack. Quickly dubbed as a summer smash by Idolator, Rise has amassed over 17 million global streams in just three weeks. The video, which was shot in Lisbon and features appearances by Jonas and Jack & Jack, can be viewed HERE.
The breakout U.K. artist/producer began work on the song after hearing the U.S. duo interviewed on a Los Angeles radio station. Jack & Jack are a phenomenon in their own right: having risen to fame on Vine before turning to music, the childhood friends have a combined 85 million followers on social media.
Rise has all the hallmarks of a Jonas Blue summer smash. A breezy flute riff gives way to the signature piano chords, snare rolls and pitched vocal samples, which steer into an exhilarating electronic synth drop. Billboard calls the song a feel-good house-pop tune, while Dancing Astronaut declares it bright and bouncy. Download / stream Rise HERE.
Jonas Blue will kick off a summer residency at Ibiza, the new high tech superclub in Ibiza, on June 24. A four-time BRIT Award nominee, he has amassed over four billion cumulative streams and 25 million single sales globally. Fast Car, his breakthrough single featuring Dakota, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. It went Platinum in the U.S. and has a total of 39 Platinum certifications worldwide. Subsequent singles Perfect Strangers and Mama are both certified Gold in the States. Jonas, who has recently remixed songs for Sigrid and James Bay, is currently setting up his own record label, Blue Future. Debut signings will be announced soon.
Vaughn Lowery: “What advice would you provide to someone trying to start a label or to become a recording artist?”
Birdman: “Study your craft …. Know your business …. Stay focused, stay humble, always put God first …. Try to start the same way you finished …. Be prepared to die for what you believe in. It’s simple.”
Bryan “Baby/Birdman” Williams was in Los Angeles pushing his new biographical documentary during his birthday. Today, it was released exclusively on Apple Music.
The viewing was held on Thursday, February 15th at NeueHouse – a private community of leading entrepreneurs and creative teams. As we sipped on champagne and awaited the ‘Number 1 Stunna’ to introduce the opening instalment of a three-part series during his birthday, we were constantly reminded by the mere presence of security that we could be in for a ride. Over the last 21 years, Birdman has lead an army of hip hop prodigies, including Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. For decades, financial rumors and controversy surrounded Cash Money Records and we were hoping to find some answers. The initial episode delves into the CEO’s dark past from losing his mother at an early age to slanging drugs which in the end leads to incarceration. Throughout, we start to understand the attributes of how one becomes one of the most successful rap moguls of our time. His father was a former military man with a pile of small businesses in some of New Orleans’ seedier areas. He constantly hustled to keep his family fed with a roof over their heads. This boy “any means necessary” mentality trickled down onto his youngest child, which eventually contributed to him selling CDs out of his trunk and helming one of the most prolific indie labels in the world, Cash Money Records.
Before Anythang: The Story Behind The Cash Money Records Empire doesn’t disappoint; however, it may leave some leery as it was created by its star, sprinkled with his personal narratives, which could come across as being slightly contrived.
Nevertheless, this piece of work has earned a spot on our ‘360 Watch List,’ especially since we gain an insightful introspective into the life of Birdman.
METALLICA EARNS TWO GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS FOR ‘BEST ROCK ALBUM’ AND ‘BEST ROCK SONG’
Hardwired…To Self Destruct was originally released on November 18, 2016 on Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The RIAA platinum-certified album is the top selling Rock Album of 2017. It was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations at www.metallica.com.
The 60th annual Grammy®Awards will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 28th and will air on CBS.