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Gunna Releases Debut Album

GUNNA RELEASES HIS DEBUT ALBUM DRIP OR DROWN 2

Features Include: Young Thug, Lil Baby, and Playboi Carti

“Drip Or Drown 2” Tour Kicks Off March 31st!

Tickets Available On here 

Recently dubbed YouTube’s Artist On The Rise, Billboard chart-topping rapper Gunna returns with the official release of his debut studio album, Drip Or Drown 2 available everywhere via Young Stoner Life Records/300 Entertainment. Drip Or Drown 2 is Gunna’s official album return since the immense success of projects such as  “Drip Season 3” and the gold-certified collaborative mixtape with Lil Baby titled Drip Harder. The project exceed it’s first week sales with an astounding 130,000 equivalent album units to take the #4 spot on the Billboard’s Top 200 chart, which included the double platinum single “Drip Too Hard.”

The 16-track album offers features from Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, and Young Thug who is also credited as one of the album’s executive producers (Jeffery Williams) alongside Turbo and  Wheezy. When asked about the album, the longtime friend and Young Stoner Life Records founder says:

“I’m extremely proud of my brother, his debut album is going to change the scope of  music for the rest of the year. I watched him put his everything into making this masterpiece and that’s the beauty of it.” – Young Thug

Drip Or Drown 2 was introduced with two bubbling singles “One Call,” which peaked at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and “Speed It Up.”

Listen to Drip Or Drown 2 here!

DRIP OR DROWN 2 TRACK LIST

  1. WIT IT
  2. OUTSTANDING
  3. ONE CALL
  4. CASH WAR
  5. RICHARD MILLIE PLAIN
  6. YAO MING
  7. IDK WHY
  8. DEREK FISHER FEAT. LIL BABY
  9. BABY BIRKIN
  10. SPEED IT UP
  11. HEADED SNAKE FEAT. YOUNG THUG
  12. BIG SHOT
  13. ON A MOUNTAIN
  14. OUT THE HOOD
  15. SAME YUNG N*GGA FEAT. PLAYBOI CARTI
  16. WHO YOU FOOLIN

Following his album release, Gunna is teaming up with Tidal to give his fans a release show experience in NYC, to be exclusively live streamed via TIDAL on February 26, you can purchase your tickets. Additionally, Gunna will embark on his “Drip Or Drown 2” tour following the performance, kicking off at Anaheim, CA on March 31st  and will trek through cities including Chicago, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Houston and more through end of May. Purchase your tickets here!

Drip Or Drown 2 Tour Dates

31-Mar  – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

1-Apr – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

2-Apr – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

3-Apr – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

6-Apr – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

7-Apr – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

8-Apr – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

10-Apr – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

11-Apr – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

13-Apr – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

14-Apr – Denver, CO – Summit

16-Apr – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

17-Apr – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix

18-Apr – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

22-Apr – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

23-Apr – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

24-Apr – Boston, MA – House of Blues

25-Apr – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

26-Apr – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

27-Apr – Washington, DC – Broccoli City Festival

30-Apr – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

1-May – Charlotte, NC  – The Fillmore

2-May – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

6-May – Houston, TX – House of Blues

7-May – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater

9-May – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall

11-May – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud

14-May – Tampa, FL  – The Ritz Ybor

15-May – Orlando, FL – The Beacham

16-May – Atlanta, GA  – Tabernacle

About Gunna

When the history books open up, “Drip” will forever be associated with the meteoric and platinum rise of Gunna. Dubbed “The King of Drip” and pegged “to take over the rap world” by Interview, he generated over one billion cumulative streams and achieved one platinum and two gold certifications within a year. Now, he submerges the whole game in “Drip” on his 2019 full-length debut, Drip or Drown 2 [Young Stoner Life Records/300 Entertainment], and singles “One Call” and “Speed It Up.”

Born and raised in College Park, GA, he immediately gravitated towards innovative hip-hop from the likes of OutKast, Cam’Ron, and Future. Signed to YSL Records, he famously teamed up with label boss Young Thug and Travis Scott on “Floyd Mayweather” from 2016’s Jeffery. Shortly after, he dropped the seminal mixtape Drip Season. 2017 saw him serve up the sequel Drip Season 2 and Drip or Drown. He ascended to superstardom during 2018. Drip Season 3 put up unbelievable numbers, earned Drake’s fandom, and garnered looks from Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Complex, and more. Not to mention, he joined forces with frequent collaborator Lil Baby for the collaborative Drip Harder, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. The project yielded the platinum Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit “Drip Too Hard” and gold “Never Recover” [with Drake]. He teamed up with Travis Scott and NAV for the ASTROWORLD favorite “Yosemite,” Mariah Carey for “Stay Long Love You,” and Metro Boomin for “Space Cadet,” which they performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Plus, he participated in fashion shows for  Pyer Moss, Off-White, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Now that Drip Season is underway, it’s never going to end.

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Young Thug Wins “Song of the Year”

Young Thug won his first GRAMMY for “Song of the Year” – one of the awards top honors- at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, for his songwriting work on Childish Gambino’s “This is America”.

Released in May last year, the song and it’s accompanying visual quickly went viral, with subject matter that touches on gun violence, racism and discrimination within America. The song has racked up nearly 500 million views on YouTube, and makes history as the first rap song to ever win the award.

“This is America” was nominated alongside other hits like Drake’s “God’s Plan”, Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up”, Black Panther single, “All The Stars”, Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood”, “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile, A Star Was Born’s “Shallow,” and Zedd’s “The Middle.”

Young Thug also performed alongside Camila Cabello at the ceremony, performing their record breaking song, “Havana” for the broadcast’s cold open. The song, which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, was also nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Pop Solo Performance.” The live performance also included appearances from Jay Balvin, Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval.

“Performing on the GRAMMY stage was such an honor.” – Young Thug

Young Thug also walked the carpet at the event, spending time with Bebe Rexha and interviewing with GRAMMY winning rapper, Eve for CBS.

EarthGang New Release

Atlanta’s own EARTHGANG have today released a new track “Proud of U” with fellow ATLien Young Thug. Coming just under four minutes,  “Proud of U” showcases the two musical vanguards in their element; marrying sharp lyricism with their pension for infectious melodies. The song debuted today as Zane Lowe’s “World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and be listened to across DSPs below:

 

https://dreamville.lnk.to/proudofu

 

“Proud of U” comes off EarthGang’s highly anticipated debut album, Mirrorland, which the duo have been recording over the past year alongside the much talked about Dreamville compilation, Revenge of The Dreamers III. With no rest for the wicked, the energetic live performers have also been tapped to tour with acts like Billie Eilish (on her sold out European tour) and Smino’s Hoopti Tour this Spring. For a taste of what to expect live, check out the group’s enigmatic live performance of “Up” on COLORSHERE. For tour dates and ticketing information, head to http://www.earthgang.net

 

 

ABOUT EARTHGANG

Hailing from Atlanta, GA EarthGang is comprised of Johnny Venus and WowGr8– solidifying a friendship watching their highschool burn down and a love for music that doesn’t follow the rules. Marrying lean, sharp-eyed lyricism with Southern-fried soul, every song arrives fully formed, hitting hard and landing jokes while also delving deep into political issues, especially topics of race and equality. They spent their college days recording in dorm rooms and collaborating with local producers when they were discovered – and then signed – by J Cole to his Interscope imprint; Dreamville. Having released mixtapes and one off singles – the guys hit a stride with their 3-EP project which was inspired by The Wizard of Oz. EPs Rags (Scarecrow), Robots (Tinman) and Royalty (the lion) precedes EarthGang’s debut album Mirrorland out this year. Bursting with energy and having garnered a rabid live following, the ATLiens have been featured by the likes of Pitchfork, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Hot New Hip Hop, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, Pigeons & Planes and more. Known for their enigmatic live energy, Johnny and WowGr8 are a favorite with artists across genres inviting the pair to tour alongside including J Cole, Billie Eilish, Smino and more. Stretching beyond the “indie hip-hop” label they’ve been brandished with, EarthGang are ready to reach a wider audience with their sharp-slick lyrics and an avid interest in never settling or resting on their laurels.

KEEP UP WITH EARTHGANG
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https://www.facebook.com/EarthGanghbt
https://www.instagram.com/earthgang/
https://soundcloud.com/earthganghbt
https://twitter.com/earthgang

 

For more on EarthGang, please contact:

Kasturi Shan (Kaz)

kasturi.shan@umusic.com | O: 310.865.0511

ROLLING LOUD FESTIVAL MIAMI 2019

TRAVIS SCOTT, KID CUDI, MIGOS, CARDI B, LIL WAYNE & MORE TO HEADLINE

Iconic Festival To Celebrate Fifth Anniversary

Rolling Loud, the World’s Largest Hip-Hop Festival, has announced today that Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Migos, Cardi B, & Lil Wayne will be the top headliners for the three day music festival’s fifth anniversary celebration in May. Other performing acts include Lil Uzi Vert, Rae Sremmurd, 21 Savage, Wiz Khalifa, Playboi Carti, Lil Pump, Kodak Black, Gucci Mane, YG, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Rick Ross, Juice Wrld, Young Thug, Kevin Gates, Sheck Wes, Trippie Red, Lil Skies, Tyga, and over 100 more artists. The festival will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium festival grounds in Miami Gardens, Florida on May 10 – 12. Tickets will be going on sale on Friday, February 1st and are available here.

Rolling Loud was all just a dream, the fans made it into a reality. Thank you so much for all the support and helping create a brand that will live on forever. Can’t wait to show you what we have in store for you on site this year in Miami” said co-founder Matt Zingler.Co-founder Tariq Cherif stated, “After a year of touring the festival around the country and world, we are excited to return home to Miami to produce what will be our biggest and best show to date.”

About Rolling Loud:

Rolling Loud was launched by co-founders, Matthew Zingler and Tariq Cherif five years ago in Miami, Florida. Rolling Loud is the World’s Largest Hip-Hop Festival and is one of the premier destinations for hip-hop and music fans in the United States and abroad. Since organizing its inaugural event as a single-day festival in 2015, Rolling Loud has expanded into an annual world-class festival in Miami (2015), as well as culturally rich countries and cities, both domestically and abroad, including Oakland, California (2017), Los Angeles, California (2017), and Sydney, Australia (2018). In 2018, Rolling Loud’s flagship event, Rolling Loud Miami, hosted 180,000 attendees over three days with more than 120 artists performing on three stages. Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2019, Rolling Loud Miami will, as always, feature the biggest names and up-and-coming superstars fans have come to expect, with an extraordinary and diverse array of hiphop artists performing across the three-day event. Rolling Loud will continue its worldwide expansion in 2019 with new locations to be announced later this year.

About The Founders:

Matthew Zingler and Tariq Cherif are the co-founders of Rolling Loud and have been booking premier hip-hop shows throughout the State of Florida since 2010 and have been featured in Billboard Magazine’s annual list of the Who’s Who in Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop Power Players Edition consecutively since the inaugural list in 2017.

Strick Release EP “See You When I Land”

After the release of “Slime Neighbors,” Young Thug‘s right hand man and artist, Strick returns with his latest latest EP, See You When I Land, available on all streaming platforms with appearances from Gunna, Young Thug, and Duke.

Exclusively premiering with Complex, Strick spoke about his work stating, “I wanted to create an experience that was just as creative and unique as my style of music and felt that giving the listener a visual trailer that embodied the conceptual theme of See You When I Land was important. I’m thankful my team and the directors believed in my vision and were able to highlight it on screen.” 

Strick is a promising new artist from North Carolina, who resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. With a professional background both in business and in the U.S. Air Force, The Young Stoner Life signee has set his eyes on the music industry. Building his career behind the scenes, he landed a placement on Kanye Westand Juicy J’s “Ballin‘,” and went on to work with artists such as Travis Scott, Jeremih, and Wiz Khalifa. In 2016, Strick earned his first platinum record “Coordinate” off Scott’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight album. In July 2017, Strick dropped his debut EP,Risk=Reward. In 2018, he released January’s Risk=Reward 2. Most notable was his smooth contributions on Young Thug’s 2018 Slime Languagecompilation, their collaboration “STS” was well-received and continued to build fans interests in the previously reserved musical curator.

Take a look at the video for “Slime Neighborhoods” and listen to Strick’s label debut EP, See You When I Land

CREED II: The Album Is Out Now Soundtrack Feat. Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and More

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:

  1. Lil Wayne– “Amen (Pre Fight Prayer)”
  2. Bon Iver— “Do You Need Power? (Walk Out Music)”
  3. Crime Mobb & Slim Jxmmi– “We Can Hit (Round 1)”
  4. Eearz, ScHoolboy Q & 2 Chainz– “Kill ‘Em With Success”
  5. Nas & Rick Ross– “Check”
  6. Young Thug & Swae Lee– “Fate”
  7. Ari Lennox & J. Cole– “Shea Butter Baby”
  8. Pharrell & Kendrick Lamar– “The Mantra”
  9. Rae Sremmurd & Kodak Black— “Watching Me”
  10. Eearz, Gucci Mane, YG, Trouble, Quavo & Juicy J— “F.I.G.H.T”
  11. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg & Nicki Minaj– “Runnin”
  12. Tessa Thompson & Gunna— “Midnight”
  13. Ama Lou— “Bless Me (Demo)”
  14. Vince Staples– “Ice Cold (Final Round)”
  15. Ella Mai— “Love Me Like That (Champion Love)”

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.

“YOUNG THUG AS PAINTINGS” EXHIBIT

During Miami Art Basel, Young Thug is teaming up with Netherlands-based artist, Hajar Benjida for their SCOPE Miami Beach installation, “Young Thug As Paintings,” an iteration that Benjida originated on Instagram (@YoungThugAsPaintings).
Originally a school project, Benjida’s “Young Thug As Paintings” pays homage to the cultural capital of Thug, by juxtaposing him with some of history’s most revered works of art. Each combination offers a glimpse into Young Thug’s fluid sense of style and musicality. “I jokingly answered an interview question with “I hope to discuss renaissance paintings with Thug someday.” 1.5 years later and I’m bringing my project to life together with Young Thug himself,” stated Benjida.
The exhibit will be available for viewing December 4th through December 9th at the 18th Annual SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair. SCOPE is one of the most important satellite art fairs that takes place during Miami Art Basel. The exhibit is sponsored by Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment. “Young Thug is one of the most profound artists of this generation and we’re going to continue to celebrate him in the most innovative ways. Hajar Benjida’s display of Thug’s influence through art disruption is incredible. This is also a celebration of Hajar’s talent and her appreciation of the culture,” says Rayna Bass, Head of Cultural Marketing at 300 Entertainment.
Thug’s exhibit comes shortly after the release of his latest EP, On the Rvn, which featured surprise appearances from Elton John, Jaden Smith, 6lack, and Offset.
Check out his INSTAGRAM HERE

Lil Keed Drops “Wop” Music Video

With Halloween approaching, Young Thug‘s new artist, Lil Keed drops his haunted house “Wop” music video via The Fader.

The Young Stoner Life signee just released his mixtape, Trapped On Cleveland 2 this past summer and sparked attention with records like “Blicky Blicky” and “Fetish” featuring Young Thug. He was also featured on the Young Stoner Life’s 2018 compilation mixtape, Slime Language. Recently, Keed partnered with Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Gotit for their record, “Heavy Metal.” Keed’s sound has been recognized by Pitchfork, ComplexThe Fader, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Hot New Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop Wired, and more.

Rolling Loud

Fresh off a massively successful festival in the Bay Area, Rolling Loud heads down I-5 to Los Angeles to host another carnival for the culture. Bringing out hip-hop’s best and brightest to the City of Stars for a nonstop two-day event, Rolling Loud Los Angeles proudly unveils the lineup for its 2018 edition. Headlined by Billboard chart dominators Cardi B and Post Malone, Rolling Loud L.A. gathers an unbeatable variety of artists from across the rap spectrum, from established stars like Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Wiz Khalifa, and Young Thug, to meteoric risers like Gunna, Juice WRLD, Lil Skies and Trippie Redd, to promising newcomers like Flipp Dinero, YBW Melly, wifisfuneral, Yung Bans, and Lil Mosey, to West Coast heroes like Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, Nipsey Hussle, Shoreline Mafia, Yung Pinch, and Roddy Ricch, plus many others. Occurring on December 14th and 15th at the Banc of California Stadium Grounds in Downtown L.A., Rolling Loud Los Angeles is the perfect opportunity for rap fans to send off the year in style. Buy tickets exclusively at www.rollingloud.com.

Growing from a single day Miami-based festival into a global company and the biggest live brand in rap music, Rolling Loud’s success embodies the spirit of Hip-Hop. In September, Rolling Loud founders Matt Zingler & Tariq Cherif hosted Rolling Loud Bay Area 2018. Headlined by turn-up titan Travis Scott and Taylor Gang ringleader Wiz Khalifa, the artist roster for Rolling Loud Bay Area was as star-studded as they come, boasting Hip-Hop heavy hitters like Rae Sremmurd, Pusha T, Gucci Mane, and Kevin Gates, local heroes like E-40, IAMSU!, Kamaiyah, Mozzy, and P-Lo, XXL Freshmen like Trippie Redd, wifisfuneral and BlocBoy JB, and other rapidly rising stars, including Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, Yung Bans, Lil Skies, and Saweetie. Occurring over two days on the grounds of Oakland Coliseum, Rolling Loud Bay Area brought a blast of hyphy local energy that the rap game desperately needs.

Buy Tickets for Rolling Loud Los Angeles: rollingloud.com/losangeles

Watch the Rolling Loud Los Angeles trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5apN3cvQKFk

Featuring a three day lineup and moving from Bayfront Park to Hard Rock Stadium, Rolling Loud Miami proved that bigger is better in 2018. With over 140 artists performing during an action-packed weekend, Rolling Loud Miami 2018 brought capacity crowds each day to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens earlier this month. Headlined by J. Cole, Travis Scott & Future, Rolling Loud 2018 boasted performances from heavy-hitters like Migos and Lil Uzi Vert, veterans like N*E*R*D, The Diplomats and Juicy J, established names such as Young Thug, Big K.R.I.T., Young Dolph and Rick Ross, and risers like Playboi Carti, Lil Skies, Ski Mask The Slump God, Trippie Redd and many more. Founded by Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif, recently the new subject of a feature in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Loud continues to expand its profile as one of the most successful and valuable festival brands in the music business.

Be sure to check out Rolling Loud’s Instagram for the latest updates: Instagram.com/rollingloud

Listen to the Rolling Loud playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0DWU77onMykmFpoSfedN1A?si=1Fb7f4IESYW5oE4FuO2ubg

Check out the Rolling Loud Miami Aftermovie:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXiwF7NW4DM

“Rolling Loud — which has rapidly become the most essential annual hip-hop festival — was the fire-hot center of the SoundCloud rap explosion last year” The New York Times

“One of hip-hop’s biggest festivals” The Wall Street Journal

“The country’s premier hip-hop festival” Billboard

The Background:
Rolling Loud Festival is one of rap’s premier music festival experiences. The festival was the brainchild of co-founders Tariq Cherif and Matthew Zingler, who began organizing shows in 2010. The two created Rolling Loud Festival in 2015 as a one-day festival for 6,000 attendees. Three years later, the festival’s Miami chapter has expanded into a three-day event, with the festival expanding worldwide in the coming year.

About Banc of California Stadium
Located in the heart of Los Angeles in Exposition Park, next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California African American Museum, and close to the University of Southern California, Banc of California Stadium is the first open-air stadium built in Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962. The stadium is a $350 million, state-of-the-art, world-class venue specifically designed to present all types of star-studded live entertainment and creates an unparalleled fan experience for music, sports, and more. At a capacity of 23,500 for concerts (22,000 for soccer), the venue’s unique design provides for an intimate experience with excellent sightlines of the stage from every seat and superior quality sound throughout the house. Banc of California Stadium sits atop the hallowed grounds of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which hosted some of the most legendary music artists of all time — befitting its history, the new stadium will continue the tradition of hosting the very best in live entertainment.

Niykee Heaton EP “Starting Over”

Niykee Heaton returns with a new, three-song EP, Starting Over (Capitol Records), which – as the title suggests – marks a turning point for the young Chicago-born artist. Recorded with such producers as Charlie Handsome (Post Malone, Mac Miller, Young Thug), the EP’s hypnotic, sophisticated sound is perfectly suited to Niykee’s intimate lyrics. Download /stream Starting Over HERE.

Amid soulful guitar tones and smoldering R&B grooves, the emotional title track/lead single underscores the realization that a fresh start isn’t possible without putting an end to a relationship that’s been one long loop of break-ups and make-ups.

“Most of the time I sing in a sort of growl, but I wanted to make ‘Starting Over’ a full-on power ballad,” says Niykee. “I really pushed the boundaries of what I usually do and sang it in a totally different way.”

In the past, Niykee was quick to accept the blame, as she details in the dreamy slow-burner  “Bad Guy.” “It has been a theme in my life – accepting the role of being the bad guy, just because it makes it easier for other people,” she explains.

While “Bad Guy” unfolds with a heartfelt intensity, laying the song down made Niykee realize that she had finally moved on from that role. Recording the song was so cathartic, she decided to make a last-minute change to the name of the EP, originally titled Bad Guy. By naming it Starting Over, Niykee has marked a new era in her music and life, one that’s defined by true vulnerability and self-love.

She penned her first song at age 5 and soon discovered that music offered an escape from the difficulties she faced in childhood, including bullying at school, being taught to hate herself, abuse and the loss of an older sibling. Not long after teaching herself to play guitar – and giving herself vocal training by singing along to a Diana Ross greatest-hits CD – Niykee began creating her own material and posting covers on YouTube. Her acoustic rendition of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” wound up on WorldstarHipHop, and instantly drew interest from a host of record labels.

Niykee made her major label debut with the single “Bad Intentions,” which has since been certified Gold by the RIAA. Migos’ remix of the track appeared on her mixtape, The Bedroom Tour Playlist. Success has not made her immune to adversity, but she’s found a way to cope.

“When I feel like something might break me, it keeps me going to remind myself why I started making music in the first place – just remembering all the girls out there who had tough childhoods, too, and relate to what I’ve been through,” says Niykee. “I want to keep writing songs for those girls, so that they know that someone else understands exactly what they’re feeling.”

Track Listing – Starting Over
1. Mascara
2. Bad Guy
3. Starting Over