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Fetty Wap‘s self-titled debut album is due out this Friday, via Lyor Cohen‘s 300 Entertainment, but that will likely be a blip on his radar as far as 2015 accomplishments go. The Patterson native dominated radio and the charts this year, tied Billboard records, and became a force to be reckoned with in the pop world.
This song, “My Way”–the follow-up to his breakthrough hit “Trap Queen”–has got a lot to do with that. The song could’ve been found on Fetty’s Soundcloud as early as late 2014, but with Drake‘s help, it took off, and it didn’t need a music video to help it skyrocket to the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, where it would bow at #7.
Still, with Friday looming, Fetty links with Monty, his most frequent collaborator and the artist originally featured on “My Way,” for the official video, which you can watch above.
In terms of Hip-Hop, the New York City borough of Staten Island has not had many new faces emerge into the spotlight. With that said, Shoalin native Sha has been changing the narrative. Having collaborated with several notable talents and making his rounds in the club circuit with major DJs spinning his tunes in the nightclubs, The Park Hill area native reveals the visual for his breakthrough single “Patrick Ewing.” Named after the New York Knicks basketball legend, Sha likens his prowess in music and on the street to that of the NBA Hall of Famer. Be sure to pick up the single on iTunes and follow Sha on Instagram & Twitter @Sha225si.
Chris Brown has finally liberated his newest music video, a 9-minute short film for his latest single, “Liquor,” and a new record, “Zero.”
The video starts off with Brown in a bar having a drink alone, but he’s later given a drink by a beautiful woman that changes his entire night. Brown returns home, but before he can reach his door his clothes and personal belongings are being thrown out onto the street, which seamlessly takes you into “Zero,” a brand new record from Brown, who just wrapped up his star-studded One Hell Of a Nite tour this weekend, and is prepping his new album, Royalty, for a 4th quarter release.
Big Brother is everywhere
Video of Azealia Banks losing her cool on a Delta flight has surfaced. The incident took place Monday night on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, during which Banks reportedly called the flight attendant a “f***ing f***ot” while trying to exit the plane.
According to TMZ, her meltdown was triggered by not being able to quickly disembark the plane, due to blockage from a male flight attendant who she claims got physical after it landed early Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning. Banks, as usual, took to Twitter to try and “explain” the situation.
Everyone reports when I rant. No one reports when I sing or freestyle. They wanna keep me down. Point Blank Period.
— AZEALIABANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) September 21, 2015
The eyewitness said that the “Ice Princess” rapper reacted by spitting in the man’s face, punching him in the face and clawing at his shirt.
No word yet if the 24-year-old rapper will face any criminal charges.
King Jut (@KingJut92)
St. Louis based newcomer Doughboy has been enjoying massive success as of late as a result of his breakthrough single “Break Da Knob,” which has taken him from the streets of the midwest to the major platforms such as MTV and terrestrial radio throughout the nation. As the single continues to climb, Doughboy partners up with video director Gabriel Hart for the glitzy video for “Break Da Knob.” The single, which has a bouncy tempo and cheerful vibe, is matched by the equally exuberant video which finds him parlaying in some of the most scenic locations the world has to offer. Doughboy is not all fun and games though, as he has recently launched a “Stop The Violence” essay contest in his native St. Louis in order for the youth of his community to share their stories as well as offer solutions to the city’s high crime rate.
Day In The Life Of A Hotboy is a Vlog presented by #MeetTheCulture. Watch as BIGNOAH & SpencerClements tag along with one of Atlanta’s hottest rappers Bankroll Fresh and his ‘Street Money Worldwide’ family. In a 24 hour period, bankroll returns from performing at a sold out crowd in Indiana, pays a visit to his billboard in his old Atlanta hood, then Sound checks for Fools Gold ATL. After that, Bankroll performs at the yearly Atlanta Ludaday Weekend block party, before returning to Fools Gold to steal the show.
Checkout Bankroll Fresh & #MeetTheCulture “Day In The Life Of A HotBoy” above and make sure to tweet #MeetTheCulture when discussing with your peeps on twitter!
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It’s time to get “Serious” about not taking everything so seriously. That’s the theme of “Serious,” the latest offering from E-Reign.
E-Reign is a New York-based a hip-hop artist whom critics are hailing as, “A star in the making.” The single is an introspective, mid-tempo composition with meaning, message, and mantra. It is also a prime example of what sets E-Reign miles apart from the typical hip-hop artist. Most hip-hop artists compete among each other; however, E-Reign competes against himself. “I’m only as good as my last release,” he explains. While “Serious” is a song about not taking everything too seriously, E-Reign is nose-to-the-grindstone about his artistry. He offers, “You always win when you push harder and take on your last best effort.” This recipe for success is what has sharpened his artistic skills as he continues to rise to the top of the hip-hop scene in New York City. “Serious” contains E-Reign’s typically well-crafted lyrical lines, hooky riffs, and top-notch instrumentation. The real action in this tune is not in “beats-per-minute,” but rather “beats-per- mantra.
With his new single, “Do You Love Me”, causing quite the stir this summer, and garnering strong support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, Bang Radio and Beat FM among leading tastemakers, UK-based Afrobeats star and 2015 NEA Awards nominee Moelogo has just unveiled the highly anticipated music video for the Maleek Berry-produced single, premiered via VEVO.
Directed by Ini (InneX Pictures) and Chas Appeti (Krept & Konan, Ghetts, Lethal B), with cameo appearances from Capital Xtra’s DJ Abrantee and Maleek Berry, the ‘Do You Love Me’ visuals tell a gripping and rather poignant story about betrayal, jealousy, revenge, but most importantly love, using the infamous H. Jackson Brown Jr. quote “sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eyes” as its inspiration.
Along with the release of new visuals for ‘Do You Love Me’, Moelogo has also announced the first leg of his UK nationwide autumn tour, taking place this October, with dates in Glasgow, Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester. The British Nigerian singer, songwriter and musician has also promised two new singles, which will coincide with the start of his string of October shows.
From his last single ‘My Sweetie’ released via Island Records, to his breakthrough track ‘Pangolo’, to last year’s underground hit ‘The Baddest’ featuring UK Rap veteran Giggs, Moelogo has continued to push the envelope for Afrobeats music in the UK, and is one of the leading British artists at the cutting edge of the genre.
Hit the play button above to enjoy the visuals for his latest offering ‘Do You Love Me’ below.
With the release of The Source Magazine’s annual Power 30 issue, which highlights the most impactful personalities and entities in and around Hip-Hop culture within the past year, once again there is much debate regarding who has been included, excluded as well as the ranking order. Categorizing each list in terms of business, radio and digital, there is always much talk, both positive and negative when it comes to creating lists such as this one.
The publisher of The Source Magazine and famed entertainment attorney Londell McMillan paid a visit to Hot 97’s “Ebro In The Morning” along with Brooklyn emcee Maino to discuss this year’s list, and to help promote #Source360 weekend–a celebration of the 7 pillars of Hip-Hop culture–which just took place this past weekend in Brooklyn’s Cultural District. Things got a tad bit heated as the show’s co-host Peter Rosenberg took exception to being ranked 24th on the Power 30 radio list, citing his overall influence compared to some of the jocks that we’re listed ahead of him, leading to a big picture discussion on Hip-Hop culture, and how it relates to DJs, breaking records, and different radio markets. Breaking down the criteria, McMillan shared how important it is to highlight radio jocks who may be in smaller markets but are the undisputed leaders of the culture in their respective regions. Thus grading them on a curve compared to jocks who are in much larger markets but not the unquestioned leader in said region.
As the conversation turned, Ebro and company lamented on some of the controversial incidents surrounding The Source Magazine over a decade ago when the brand was under old ownership. While acknowledging the misdeeds of his predecessors at The Source, McMillan staunchly pointed out that the brand has been on an upward trajectory since he took over as publisher years ago and intends to provide a voice to all curators of the culture whether it be as an MC, visual artist, DJ and more.
Each year, the passionate and sometimes heated debates which occur surrounding the Power 30 list is encouraged, further proving that The Source Magazine remains one of the most valued and respected brands in Hip-Hop culture. Watch the full interview in the video above and pick up the new issue which is on newsstands now.
“This was a fun and healthy debate on Hip-Hop,” said McMillan as he reflected on the interview during #Soruce360 weekend, “I look forward to more discussions to raise important issues in the culture. I did let Ebro off the hook, given I was in his house, LOL.”