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XXXTENTACION’S ESTATE LAUNCHES ANIMATOR CONTEST

Today, Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE launches an animated video contest for XXXTentacion’s latest single “BAD.” At 5pm PT, fans may visit his official site to choose one of seven animators to bring the music video to life. As XXXTentacion was a lifelong animation fanatic, the contest holds a special significance to the estate and his memory.

Speaking to that passion, seven animators—some of whom the artist professed his fandom for—contributed 15-second clips of which fans may view and cast votes in support of. Voting goes live on the site at 5pm PT. Watch the clips and vote now!

At the close of polling on November 19, the winner will receive $10,000 to deliver the full-length animated visual hosted on the official XXXTentacion YouTube page. Speaking to his global renown, these animators—Gabriel ChaignonDarin VartanianJay KzapaAnhia SantanaAyan IssinDugan Warmoth, and Tristan Zammit—represent nearly every corner of the globe, ranging from Ohio to Kazakhstan.

These artists have notably worked on projects for everyone from alt-J, Wiz Khalifa, and Famous Dex to French Montana, A$AP Rocky, Waka Flocka Flame, and more. They were honored to contribute to “BAD” and X’s legacy and addressed his mysterious and metaphysical leanings by crafting dark, thought-provoking, and pure art.

You can find detailed statements from the respective artists about their clips enclosed below.

Bad” heralds the release of his anxiously awaited first official posthumous album, SKINS—arriving Friday, December 7 via the newly erupted partnership between his own imprint Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE. Notably, EMPIRE—headed by Ghazi Shami—ignited the explosion of his 2017 debut 17, which bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and went RIAA platinum. Pre-order the album here and receive a free download of “BAD.”

Upon impacting Friday, “BAD” trended worldwide at #1 and scored over 40 million cumulative streams. It also ignited a flurry of internet chatter and critical praise. XXL claimed, “The brief banger is a snapshot of what we can expect from the rapper’s *Skins* album,” while HotNewHipHop enthused, X’s syrupy vocals melt over the hypnotic drums.” Billboard highlighted the “crooning in hopes of luring the attention of his love interest.”

There’s no good without bad, or bad without good. Skins marks the next evolution of XXXTentacion and his most powerful, poetic, and personal expression yet

Be prepared for more soon!

XXXTentacion remains the voice of his generation. His second album, ?, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, went platinum, yielded 5.2 billion global streams, and achieved sales of 3.2 million global equivalent albums. Among its stacked track listing, the record boasted “SAD!” (4x-platinum), “MOONLIGHT” (2x-platinum), and “CHANGES”(2x-platinum). In 2018, the BET Hip Hop Awards crowned him “Best New Hip Hop Artist” as 17 earned “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B” at the American Music Awards. He can count Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello, and Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx amongst his supporters and admirers as well. His influence and impact only continue to grow.

Marc E. Bassy Reveals New Video

Today, Bay-area pop/R&B powerhouse Marc E. Bassy releases the video for his latest single, “Love Her Too” featuring fellow Bay-area rapper G-Eazy—watch and share HERE. The song is taken from his recently released EP Postmodern Depression, and the video premiered earlier today on MTV Live and MTV U.

Bassy is currently supporting KYLE on his North American tour. See the remaining list of dates below. Tickets are available now at www.marcebassy.com/tour.

Singer, songwriter and producer Marc E. Bassy made waves with his critically acclaimed 2016 debut Groovy People EP. Among a track-listing of hits such as “Morning” and “Dirty Water,” it vaulted “You & Me” [feat. G-Eazy] onto the Billboard Hot 100 as the track generated 260 million-plus Spotify streams and achieved a platinum certification from the RIAA within two years. Hot on its heels, he dropped his first full-length, Gossip Columns, and landed yet another smash in the form of “Plot Twist” featuring Kyle. In the album’s wake, he co-headlined the Bebe & Bassy Tour alongside Bebe Rexha and launched his Gossip Columns Tour, selling out venues coast to coast. Along the way, the artist received widespread praise from BillboardComplexHypebeastXXLHot New Hip Hop, The FADER, Spin and many more. Positioned for pop supremacy with his forthcoming second full-length set for 2019, Bassy’s rise to the top is just beginning.

Check out Marc E. Bassy’s Instagram HERE

City Girls Release New Video

CITY GIRLS RELEASE PERIOD VIDEO

DOCUMENTARY TRAILER REVEALED

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“A synthesis of perspective reminiscent of Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa” – PITCHFORK

“Raunchy, in-your-face songs for the independent women of the world.” – XXL

“The heist-level bars feel like something rap has been missing for the better part of a decade.” – NOISEY

August 06, Miami Today you will have a chance to get to know J.T. and Yung Miami of the most provocative female hip-hop duo in years, City Girls, as they share a new video for “Period” from their recent project of the same name (Quality Control Music). The duo are the next generation of female rappers out of Miami, and you get to run on their turf when you WATCH HERE.

A trailer for a City Girls’ documentary (Quality Control / Mass Appeal) also surfaced today. Watch HERE.

Set to premiere later this month, and directed by Marcus Clarke, the documentary Point Blank Period follows Quality Control’s newly signed artists as they break into a predominantly male-dominated industry with their debut album. Exclusive interviews with City Girls’ Yung Miami and J.T., as well as industry trailblazers Trina, Kevin Coach K Lee and Pierre Pee Thomas, expose the complicated road to breaking female artists in the changing music landscape. While the girls’ collaboration with Drake on In My Feelings rendered the #1 chart topping song in the country, the girls’ quick ascension from local Miami artists to viral sensations has presented a whole new set of challenges as City Girl J.T. prepares for a looming jail sentence. The documentary covers their struggle to the top as Quality Control’s first female artists and how they plan on coming back stronger than ever after surviving the incarceration of one half of the duo at such a pivotal moment in their career.

J.T. and Young Miami are brash, raw, uncensored with a swagger rooted in the queens who came before them. Their empowered themes were originally put forth by Foxy Brown, Salt N’ Pepa, Khia and friend/Miami-based and mentor Trinawhose own influential career help spawn and revolutionize female music and rap.

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. Period has been covered by the likes of Pitchfork, Noisey, XXL, COMPLEX, FADER and more. Honorable descendants in the lineage of Miami’s legendary music culture, akin to a long history of powerful women in the rap game, City Girls are the next queens to claim the throne.

LISTEN TO PERIOD HERE.

Chaz French Releases New Single “Can’t Stop Us”

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Critically acclaimed Washington, D.C. rapper Chaz French releases his new single “Can’t Stop Us” at all digital retailers via Motown Records. Get it HERE.

The song recently soundtracked the new trailer for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which ignited 25 million-plus views in less than three weeks.

Can’t Stop Us“illuminates the dynamics and diversity at the heart of Chaz’s signature sound. Piano simmers in the background as a horn section pipes up in the foreground. Over this boisterous musical palette, he raps with flavor and finesse, delivering admissions like “I love my wrongs, and I neglect my rights, but I turned all my doubts into dollar signs”; before the final declaration, “We comin’ for the top who gonna stop us now?”

The single also precedes the arrival of brand new music coming very soon from the artist.

Photo Credit: Hannah Sider

With lyrical dexterity on point and a knack for a hook, Chaz French has quietly paved his own lane in hip-hop. 2015’s These Things Take Time mixtape yielded a viral smash in the form of “Ready” while his 2017 major label debut True Colors earned tastemaker and fan applause. The latter boasts collaborations with everyone from Curren$y to BJ The Chicago Kid. Along the way, he received acclaim from Time, High Snobiety, Paper, Noisey, XXL, and more.

Keep Up With Chaz French:

https://www.instagram.com/chazfrenchmusic/

https://twitter.com/chazfrenchmusic

https://www.facebook.com/chazfrenchmusic

https://soundcloud.com/chazfrench

NIGOS Release MV for Narcos

Straight off the heels of winning the BET Award as Best Group, superstar multi-platinum hip-hop trio Migos today release the video for their chart-topping song Narcos. This marks Quavo’s directorial debut, with co-direction by Joseph Desrosiers.
WATCH HERE.
Narcos already has more than 153 million streams and was recently performed by the group on Saturday Night Live. Migos take the music on the road this summer on Aubrey and the Three Migos tour with Drake (full dates below).
The GRAMMY-nominated trio of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff released their second consecutive album to land at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, CULTURE II (Quality Control Music Motown Records / Capitol), in January of 2018. Sunday at the 2018 BET Awards Migos were recognized as the Best Group, the award given to the overall best R&B, hip hop or gospel group who has release an album in the previous or same year. Migos has hit another milestone this year being honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award from the 31stAnnual ASACAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.
Recently Migos made history by tying The Beatles for the most simultaneous entries on the Billboard Hot 100 song chart among groups (with 14 songs on the chart) according to Nielsen Music. CULTURE II has been streamed over 1 billion times and is RIAA Certified Platinum. Migos is now one of only five rap groups with multiple No. 1 albums. CULTURE II topped the iTunes albums charts in 60 countries and debuted at No. 1 in 62 countries on Apple Music, achieving one of the largest streaming debut weeks in Apple Music’s history.
In a cover story, Rolling Stone said, Migos aren’t big. They’re gigantic. Twenty-six-year-old Offset, his 26-year-old cousin Quavo and Quavo’s 23-year-old nephew Takeoff have transcended hip-hop to become shapers of the culture.
Their blockbuster single MotorSport, featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, earned Double Platinum status in Canada, and RIAA Certified Platinum status in the US. Their second single, Stir Fry, produced by Pharrell Williams, was the official song for NBA’s All-Star weekend. This year alone the group performed on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, graced the covers of Rolling Stone and Complex and was nominated for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
(They) knock the meringue trap ballad beat out of the bando. -XXL
Narcos beat (is) just staggering. -Stereogum
It’s a standout track for its display of technical rapping ability alone. -Hypebeast
“Arguably the most influential group – in any genre – of the past few years.”Rolling Stone

Tour Dates

07-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
07-28 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
07-29 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
07-31 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
08-01 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
08-10 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-11 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-12 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-14 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
08-15 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
08-17 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-18 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-20 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-24 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-25 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-27 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-28 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-30 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08-31 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
09-01 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
09-04 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
09-05 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
09-07 Boston, MA – TD Garden
09-08 Boston, MA – TD Garden
09-09 Boston, MA – TD Garden
09-12 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
09-13 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
09-15 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
09-16 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
09-18 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
09-21 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
09-22 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
09-24 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
09-26 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09-27 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09-29 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
09-30 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
10-02 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
10-05 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
10-06 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
10-08 Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
10-12 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-13 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-14 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-16 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-17 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-19 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-26 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10-27 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10-29 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
11-01 Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome
11-03 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
11-04 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
11-06 Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place
11-07 Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place
11-16 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
11-17 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
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STEFFLON DON x Sensless Video

London-born rapper STEFFLON DON today releases the brand-new video for her single Senseless. The video is available to watch here.

The video for Senseless which was shot in Jamaica and co-directed by Steff is classic Stefflon Don – incredible outfits, exotic locations and Steff being her usual bombastic-self. The track, which stands as another strong female point of view and which has already topped over 3m plays on streaming platforms alone is already a live favorite and adds to her catalogue of over 250m streams across DSPs.

Hot off the back of her performances at BBC Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend and Capital’s Summertime Ball, Steff is set for a summer of festival appearances across Europe as well her first headline US tour starting in San Francisco. Stefflon Don has also just been announced as the first ever British Female to be a part of XXL’s iconic ߢ2018 Freshman Class alongside Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, J.I.D, Blocboy JB, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral & Trippie Redd.

Last year, Steff went from strength-to-strength to cement her reputation as London’s most formidable young talent. From winning Best Female at the MOBO Awardsto Best Newcomer at this yearߣs NME, the Clapton-raised star continued to defy expectations, managing to release both the gritty Skepta-featured track Ding-A-Ling as well as the anthemic dancehall of her debut single Hurtin’ Me (which saw the artist land her first top 10 single). Less than six months later and Steff has world domination in her sights; having recently covered both ES Magazine as well as the last ever issue of NME, gone platinum on Hurtin’ Me (1.5M+ singles sold), amassed a monstrous 298M+ worldwide streams. With recent collaborations with the likes of Future, Quavo, Big Sean, Halsey, MC Fioti, Niska and CalvinHarris, there seems to be nowhere Steff can’t go.

Upcoming live dates:

July 10 – Slim’s, San Francisco, USA

July 12 – Echoplex, Los Angeles, USA

July 14 – The Greatest Day Ever! Festival, The Bronx, USA

Aug 2 – Bestival, Dorset, UK

Aug 17 – Kylesaari, Helsinki, Finland

Aug 26 – SW4 Festival, London, UK

STEFFLON DON ONLINE

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SAWEETIE

SAWEETIE RELEASES HER DEBUT EP HIGH MAINTENANCE ON ICY/ARTISTRY RECORDS/WARNER BROS. RECORDS

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Building on widespread anticipation from fans everywhere, California rapper SAWEETIE uncovers her debut EP High Maintenance today via her own ICY label imprint in partnership with Artistry Worldwide and Warner Bros. Records. Not only does it include the runaway breakout hit ICY but it also boasts a total of eight new bangers from the MC. Get it HERE.

Check out the full track listing below.

Last week, SAWEETIE turned up with a fiery ANTIÉd; (Freestyle) music videoߞoriginally premiered by Rap-Up. Cruising in a classic car, she unloads a barrage of rhyme fury in the grainy seventies-style clip. Prior to the arrival of the EP, she appeared in CR Fashion Book, and VIBE claimed, The fierce competitor is out to show listeners that women in rap don’t need to follow anyone’s blueprint. She’s living up to those words!

Featuring production from heavy hitters like Zaytoven and Cash Money AP, High Maintenance properly introduces SAWEETIE. From the infectious energy and deft wordplay of B.A.N. to a wavy send-offon the lush and lively Too Many, it highlights every facet of this formidable force.

To celebrate High Maintenance’s impact, SAWEETIE took the stage at The FADER Fort and both the Pandora and HipHopDX showcases at SXSW in Austin, TX and brought the house down.

High Maintenance and SAWEETIE are here to stay.

High Maintenance EP Tracklist:

1. B.A.N.

2. AGUA

3. Good Good

4. Icy Grl

5. High Maintenance

6. 23

7. Respect

8. Too Many

Flaunting nineties rhyme reverence, fashion-forward fire, and endless charisma, SAWEETIE born Diamont Harper can go bar-for-bar with the best of em. Drawing on a passion for poetry and numerous years of rapping in the car, she turned her love for words into vivid verses. Born in Santa Clara and raised in Sacramento, the California native attended USC. Initially, she deferred her rap dreams to achieve a degree in Communications before being discovered at a Downtown Los Angeles Puma event by current manager Max Gousse [Beyonce, YG, Ty Dolla $ign]. At Artistry Studios, she produced and recorded her 2017 knockout viral smash ICY GRL. Driven by a bulletproof flow and one clever line after another, it has racked up more than 18 million YouTube views and over 9 million Spotify streams and soared to #1 on Musical.ly. She also earned the early endorsement of gatekeepers such as Vibe, XXL, HipHopDX, and MTV. With a new partnership with Warner Bros. Records and Artistry Records for her label Icy, sheߣs rewriting the rule book and breaking the stereotype of the female emcee. Her forthcoming debut EP, features production courtesy of Zaytoven, Hassan, Saweetie, Cash Money AP, and Gousse. As a new CAA signee, she’ll be touring nationally throughout 2018.

Rich Homie Quan

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

SXSW 2018 – Artist Takeover

REPUBLIC RECORDS‘ ARTISTS TAKEOVER SXSW 2018

FULL SCHEDULES

DUCKWRTH

A multi-faceted creative, Duckwrth’s artistic outlets extend outside of music and into design, fashion and video. Along with creating unique artwork for his most ambitious body of work yet, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape ,Duckwrth’s gender-fluid clothing designs have been featured everywhere from LA Weekly to Nylon. His music videos have earned placements from the likes of The Fader, NOWNESS, and Hypebeast, to name a few. Bringing a unique identity of masculinity and femininity to his music, Duckwrth’s vivacious and free-spirited approach has earned him comparisons to a millennial Prince or Jimi Hendrix.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH
TUMBLR // 9PM-12AM show time //Venue: Mohawk – 912 Red River Rd. Austin, TX 78701

MONDAY, MARCH 12th
CONSENSYS // Set time: TBD Event Time: 9:30 – 11:30 PM // Venue: Ethereal Lounge – 87 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701

TUESDAY, MARCH 13TH
PANDORA // Set Time: 5:20-6:00PM // Venue: Gatsby – 708 E. 6th St. Austin, TX 78701
VEVO // Set Time: 9:00PM // Venue: Pelons – 802 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701
TWITTER // Set Time: 10:45PM -Event Time: 9PM-12AM // Venue: Lustre Pearl – 4 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH
SECRET SOUNDS // Set Time: 3:30PM // Venue: Sidewinder – 715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
REVOLT // Set Time: 7:20-7:35PM Event Time: 4PM-1AM – // Venue: Vulcan Gas Company – 418 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
TOMMY HILFIGER HOUSE // private // Venue: TBD

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
CLASH MAGAZINE // Set Time: 12:40-1:10AM //Venue: Empire Control Room – 606 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH
C3 PRESENTS // Set Time: TBD – Event Time: 3 PM – 6 PM // Venue: Historic Scoot Inn – 1308 E 4th St., Austin, TX 78702

THUNDERPUSSY

If Thor’s Hammer of the Gods from “Immigrant Song” landed in the hands of four wise, willful, and wild women? Well, it would sound something like Thunderpussy. The quartet—Molly Sides [vocals], Whitney Petty [guitar], Leah Julius [bass], and Ruby Dunphy [drums]—do the most rock ‘n’ roll thing possible and quite literally fuck up every rock ‘n’ roll stereotype you know to be true, piercing the halls of Valhalla in the process. The Seattle-based group turned into a quiet phenomenon with the endorsement of Rolling Stone and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready as well as a string of already legendary performances under their high-waisted belts.

Tuesday, March 13th
SXSW Official Showcase // Set Time: 1:00AM(Wednesday morning) // Venue: BD Rileys- 204 E. 6th St., Austin, TX

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH
C3 Party // Set Time 1:45PM-2:30PM // Venue: Lambert’s 401 W 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

FRIDAY, March 15th
Play Hooky At St. Elmo // Set Time: 3:45PM-4:30PM // Venue: St. Elmo Brewing- 440 E. St. Elmo Rd G-2, Austin TX 78745

BANDHUNTA IZZY

In 2017, Bandhunta Izzy blasted out of Baltimore, MD with the fieriest bars on the Mid-Atlantic. Songs like “BBB” [feat. Benjamin Blue Sleepy] amassed over 1.9 million YouTube views as his recent “Gummo Freestyle” (6IX9INE Remix) scored over 1.3 million views and earned widespread fan praise. His prolific output garnered the attention of Republic Records who signed him early last year.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
FREE CULTURE // Set Time: within 5pm hour // Venue: TBD
WE THE PLUG // Set Time bet 6-8pm // Venue: Rainy Lounge 217 W 4th ST.
LEGALLY LOUD // Show Time 7pm-2am // Venue: Bat Bar 218 E 6th St

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
RAP CITY 2018 // Show Time: 7-8pm // Venue: 809 east 6th St (tentative)
DGB // SET TIME: 7:30-9pm (D1 block 30 minutes) // Venue: Texas Music Ranch 5220 FM973, Austin
WORLDSTAR // Show Time 8pm // Set Time TBD // Venue: Summit Rooftop 120 W 5th St

SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH
LVLUP MANSION PARTY // PRIVATE (Time: 9pm-3am) // Venue: TBD

WILLTHARAPPER

In 2013, WillThaRapper confidently stepped into the hip-hop ring sporting a controlled intensity matched only by his tireless quiet grind. The 20-year-old Southeast Washington, D.C. rapper carved out a burgeoning following with his breakout “Hang Wit Me” and a string of buzzing mixtapes: 17 N Savage and Beat Bully Vol. 1 in 2014 and 2015’s Street Runner, On Site, and Beat Bully Vol. 2. Glowing praise would come from XXL, Vibe,The Fader, and Noisey who dubbed him “one of [the DMV’s] newest rising stars.” 2017 saw him ink a major label deal with Republic Records as his fiery single “Pull Up Hop Out” racked up 5.4 million Spotify streams in under a month’s time.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
WE THE PLUG // Set Time bet 6-8pm // Venue: Rainy Lounge 217 W 4th St

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
SKUMBAG SEASON // Set Time: TBD // Venue: Peckerheads on 6th – 402 E 6th St
DGB // SET TIME: 7:30-9pm (D1 block 30 minutes) // Venue: Texas Music Ranch 5220 FM973, Austin

D SAVAGE

D Savage quietly crawled from an underground phenomenon to the brink of mainstream disruption within the span of just two years, igniting a cult-like following in the process. Lighting Soundcloud up with no upload less than a million plays, his 2017 banger “I Know II” generated over 16 million streams in under six months, while his very first song “30 Round Clip” cracked 7.8 million and counting. Signed to Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records by industry leader Steven Victor, he undoubtedly will turn heads with every bar throughout 2018 and beyond.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
THE FLEX FEST // 8PM – 2AM // Venue: 84 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin, TX, 78701

TWO FEET

Rising vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Two Feet is responsible for the viral track, “I Feel Like I’m Drowning.”Hailed by BAEBLE as “sultry,” and praised by Hillydilly as “one of his strongest tracks” watch and share the video here. The song follows the success of viral hit “Go Fuck Yourself,” streamed more than 80 million times to date. The video is Two Feet’s response to the organic spread of the track within the pole arts community, which has generated hundreds of videos sound tracked by the song—watch it here. After selling out all of his North American Tour Dates including Los Angeles’ El Rey and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg he is set to perform on numerous festival stages this summer including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lighting in a Bottle and makes his SXSW debut this year. Two Feet signed to Republic Records soon after and released First Steps, followed by another EP, Momentum, in June 2017.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH
StubHub // 11PM // Venue: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden – 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

MARCO MCKINNIS

Marco first hit the scene when he released the single, “My Own” which premiered on Solange’s digital platform Saint Heron garnering wide tastemaker attention. As his buzz grew, he quit his day job and relocated from Virginia to Los Angeles where he began collaborating with various artists. He recently teamed up with Rex Orange County on the song “Nothing” off of his recent project “Apricot Princess” and with “Life of Pablo” producers DJDS on the track “Tree’s on Fire”. Marco is currently in the studio working on his highly anticipated debut EP.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
FUTURE CLASSIC // Set Time: 12:00AM (Friday morning) – Event Time 7:00PM-1:30AM // Venue: Australia House @ SXSW- Lucille’s Patio Lounge- 77 Rainey St, Austin TX 78701

KAMILLION

KaMillion initially made her mark behind-the-scenes by co-writing Diddy Dirty Money’s “Your Love” [feat. Trey Songz & Rick Ross], Trey Songz “Already Taken”, Jordin Sparks’ “1000”, Rihanna’s “Watch N’ Learn”, and more. While working for FEMA in 2016, she quietly turned her attention towards solo music. In the midst of shaping her style, iconic Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels reached out to cast her in his series STAR. Meanwhile, she starred in the TV One movie When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story. With her star rising across media, she inked a deal with Protect The Culture/LAVA personally signed by Philadelphia industry veteran Marc Byers and Jason Flom C.E.O. of LAVA. She’s just starting to show her true colors.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
ICM Partners // 12:55 to 1:05 AM (Friday morning) // Venue; The Belmont – 305 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

LIL YACHTY x LIL BOAT 2

Today Lil Yachty drops Lil Boat 2. The mixtape hits on the 2nd anniversary of his debut, Lil Boat. Stream/Download it on all digital providers HERE. Clocking in at 17 tracks, the mixtape features appearances from 2 Chainz, Quavo, Lil Pump, Ugly God, PnB Rock, Tee Grizzley, JBan, 2Turnt, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Baby, and Trippie Redd . Offset is featured on the album twice, making appearances on the songs “Mickey” and “Baby Daddy.” Full track-listing below.
Lil Yachty, aka Lil Boat, aka King of the Youth; is a 20-year old Atlanta native, a Grammy-nominated singer, rapper, producer, creative designer, branding genius and fashion icon who smashed onto the scene two years ago with his debut mixtape, Lil Boat. In May, 2017, he released Teenage Emotions, which entered the Billboard Top 200 at #5 and remained on the charts more than four months. Since then he has accumulated nearly 3 billion streams, found himself on the cover of magazines, as well as landing the cover The New York Times, Men’s Style section and XXL, Freshman cover. Rolling Stone said his album Teenage Emotions is a landmark moment that may change the way people rap,  while The New York Times Magazine dubbed him as an artist that tells us where music is going. Lil Yachty reflects young lives right now: from social media-saturated heartbreak to self-acceptance to the dance floor. Lil Yachty unleashes a sound that effortlessly and constantly bounces between rap to pop creating something entirely his own.