Asian Da Brat Reveals Her Sister Was Shot

Twitter – Asian Da Brat tweeted that her younger sister was shot the previous evening on Wednesday morning (May 22).

The Dallas rapper, formerly known as Asian Doll, has offered minimal details on the incident.

She tweeted to report what happened and followed it up with a warning:  “If you make it out the hood don’t go back.”

Subsequent tweets discussed the stress and trauma she’s been experiencing.

Fans have been providing plenty of support Twitter. Many have responded with messages of love and prayers.

Asian Da Brat has had a very active year. Shortly after revealing her name change in April, she released a new project, UNFUCCWITABLE, her second with Gucci Mane’s 1017 Eskimo.

She has also been steadily releasing music videos, for singles such as the Smokepurrp-featuring “Draco”  and “Tweakin.”

Koncept Talks Upcoming LP & Revisited Royce Da 5’9” Collaboration: “He Murdered It”

New York City, NY – Having been blessed to spend the past two years on the road — with much of that time spent in Asia — Brown Bag All-Stars alumni Koncept is preparing to drop his new album this summer.

Fresh off of a sold-out tour in South Korea/Japan with Scoop Deville, the Queens (New York) native tells HipHopDX about the first single “Watch The Sky Fall 2” featuring elite MC Royce Da 5’9”.

“Obstacles, problems, and fails … you have to roll with them and use them to better yourself and make you stronger,” Koncept says of the song’s message.

“When The Sky Falls 2” is an updated revisit of the original 2011 version (also featuring Royce) which was produced by Marco Polo. The update, as he explains, was him tapping into where it all started — but with a zest for new life

“Working with Royce was a blessing,” he says of the collaboration. “[He’s] undeniably one of the best and definitely one of my biggest inspirations as a rapper … so to have him on my song is an honor. He murdered it.

The song is the first taste of Champagne Konny, due out this August. Having been able to let the smoke settle after the past few years, he says the album is an evolution of himself as an artist.

“This new album [Champagne Konny] is the new improved better me … after being on the road for so long out of the country, and reflecting on everything leading up to this point,” he says. “I feel recharged and more inspired than ever before.”

Stream “When The Sky Falls 2” by Koncept featuring Royce da 5’9” below.

Swedish Music Sampling Startup Tracklib Raises $1.7 Million From Sony and WndrCo

Tracklib has confirmed a new funding milestone.

The Swedish music sampling startup has raised $1.7 million in a new fundraising round.  Sony Innovation Fund, WndrCo, and private, early-stage investor Jörg Mohaupt joined in.  Mohaupt has previously invested in companies, including Discogs and Amuse.  The funding round comes as a preparation for a Series A funding later this year.

Tracklib provides instant licensing of music samples.  DJ Khaled’s ‘Holy Mountain’ and J. Cole’s ‘Middle Child’ both feature samples licensed through the Swedish music startup.

Licenses can range between $50 and $2,500.  Speaking on the topic of revenue sharing, the company explains,

Depending on how much of the original song you sample, you share a different percentage of your total revenue.  It doesn’t matter for how long you use the sample in your new song – you can loop five seconds for ten minutes and it’s still only five seconds of sample time.  The total sample length is also cumulative – it doesn’t have to be a continuous piece.

More than 99% of Tracklib’s licenses cost $50.

To date, the Swedish music startup has raised $4.4 million, mostly from early-stage equity investors Vinnova and Almi.

The company will use the new funding to aggressively expand both its user base and existing sample licensing catalog.  Tracklib also aims to add music from more producers and artists.

Speaking about the new funding, Pär Almqvist, the startup’s CEO, explained,

This recent investment demonstrates the belief forward-looking investors have in our solution to one of the most complicated challenges in the music business: how to make sampling accessible, legal and affordable to producers and artists in all stages of their careers.  We [created] a new and essential infrastructure in the global music industry, enabling completely new revenues and creative opportunities.

Expressing the company’s “happiness” in supporting the startup’s “innovative product and growth plans,” Gen Tsuchikawa, Sony Innovation Fund’s Chief Investment Officer, added,

Sony Innovation Fund is proud to invest in such early-stage and emerging growth companies to help them develop and scale their technologies.

 


Featured image by Tracklib.

Kawhi Leonard Offered Expensive Penthouse For Staying In Toronto

In just one season, Kawhi Leonard has quickly proven himself to be the best player to ever play for the Toronto Raptors. This summer, the Raptors superstar will become a free agent and is expected to leave the team. Of course, Raptors fans want Leonard to re-sign with the squad, even though it seems unlikely. Regardless, people throughout the city are pulling out all the stops just to keep Kawhi in Toronto. In fact, one Toronto real estate agency is fering the former Finals MVP a free multi-million-dollar penthouse if he stays.

According to Narcity, the Condo Store Realty Inc wants to give the superstar his choice three penthouses at the Four Seasons, St. Regis or Ritz-Carlton hotels in downtown Toronto. Condo Store CEO Simon Mass spoke to Narcity about the fer, saying Kawhi is more than deserving the superstar treatment.

Kawhi Leonard Offered Expensive Penthouse For Staying In Toronto

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“We want to do what we can to ensure that our MVP stays in Toronto,” Mass said. “Where he is loved and respected for being the ‘best the best’ for the basketball-loving public Toronto and Canada. We are throwing everything we have at The Condo Store to show Kawhi how much we appreciate his efforts to date and his future commitment to Canada’s only NBA franchise.”

Leonard is surely more focused on the NBA Playfs right now as the Raptors are tied 2-2 with the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

#DXCLUSIVE: Amon Bodies Adversity In His "Process" Video

San Diego-bred rapper Amon knows all about putting in rap game work (for starters, he released a track a week for one year straight back in 2016).

And he’s proud to share his growth and new material with the masses. For his HipHopDX-premiered “Process” video, he’s dropping lyrical confessionals about dodging haters, adversity and criticism.

“This is a never-ending process,” Amon tells HipHopDX. “Our failures have turned into research and development. We can’t make any more excuses we push ourselves. But that’s the beauty in the process. Pray this visual finds you wanting to take accountability and become your own biggest fan. Go hard as you possibly can with it and then live with the results.”

Watch the “Process” video up above and check in with Amon for more updates on Instagram @amonrahh.

Young Thug & Juice WRLD Working On Joint Project: Report

In this day and age, more than half the collaborative projects that we hear about will never be released. Collaborative work is a given in the hip-hop community. Everybody wants to work with the next big thing. Lil Baby found Gunna. Drake found Future. Jay-Z found Kanye. The next joint project we could be hearing has just been announced in a low-key statement by Juice WRLD, who says he has some work on the way with Young Thug.

Young Thug & Juice WRLD Working On Joint Project: Report
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During a GQ prile that was published today, Juice WRLD spoke about all that he’s gone through in the last year. With the success his music and his seemingly overnight success, the Chicago rapper is a true star and he might already be planning his next chart-topping project. After linking up with Future last year, Juice WRLD announced that he and Young Thug are actually working on a joint project together. “It’s going to happen,” said the artist. “Just whenever we put it out, I don’t know.”

That seems to always be the trickiest thing to figure out. The duo has already completed ten songs and they’re aiming to get back in the studio to perfect a few more. Until we get an ficial release date though, we’ll be keeping this one in the back our heads for now. Hopefully, it does drop. These are two artists that have proven to be pretty innovative so we’re excited to hear more about this.

Young Thug & Juice WRLD Working On Joint Project: Report
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Cardi B’s Rescheduled Concert Ticket Sales Skyrocket

Recent news saw Cardi B having to cancel her headline gig at the 92Q Spring Bling Festival in Baltimore tomorrow, due to cosmetic surgery complications. Organizers the event were worried there would be a backlash and the rescheduled show wouldn’t sell, but TMZ reports that it’s actually done the exact opposite: it’s managed to produce a skyrocket in ticket sales!

The “Money” rapper reported that she had to postpone her appearance so that she could properly recover from her recent liposuction and breast augmentation at the encouragement her doctors. Cardi admittedly had been pushing herself to the limit to honor her commitments, despite having work done, telling a Memphis crowd on May 5 that she should have canceled because “moving too much is going to f*** up my lipo.” 

Cardi B's Rescheduled Concert Ticket Sales Skyrocket

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“But bitch, I’m still gonna get my motherf**king money back, let’s go!” she said, before continuing to perform a couple shows after that. She finally had to postpone her Friday show though, but it seems that the whole ordeal has actually been a blessing in disguise. Event organizers quickly announced a September 8 makeup date, and it’s generated way more buzz, with 5,600 tickets being sold following the cancellation. So it’s looking like the show’s not going to be having any problem selling out its 13k capacity venue.

Nipsey Hussle’s Baby Mama Reportedly Wants to Manage His Estate

Nipsey Hussle’s family is preparing for a showdown over his estate.

Tanisha Foster, the mother of Nipsey’s daughter Emani, will object to the appointment of the rapper’s brother, Sam Asghedom, as administrator of his estate, sources tell TMZ. Foster will reportedly not accept Sam as the manager of Nipsey’s fortune and may even request to be appointed administrator herself.

Since Nipsey died without a will, Sam has filed legal documents to be appointed the administrator of his brother’s estate, which is estimated at $2 million. A judge is set to rule on Sam’s request June 10.

Under California law, Nipsey’s two children, including 10-year-old Emani, and 2-year-old Kross (Nipsey’s son with Lauren London), would split the estate and each get around $1 million.

Meanwhile, Foster continues to fight for custody of Emani. If she’s successful, she would have control over the finances and would likely be entitled to use some of it to provide for her daughter. On Tuesday (May 21), a judge temporarily blocked Foster from having physical custody of Emani, who is living with Nipsey’s sister, Samantha Smith.

Foster has asked the probate judge to continue the custody hearing. According to TMZ, she and Nipsey’s family are not on good terms, and Foster will most likely object to Sam becoming the administrator.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Utility Black” Release Date Announced

Kanye West‘s Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 will be releasing in a “Utility Black” colorway next month, according to sneaker source @YeezyMafia.

The predominately black Yeezys feature the familiar combination leather, mesh and suede throughout the upper, with a timeless gum outsole sitting beneath the silhouette. The Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Utility Black,” priced at $300, will reportedly be available on June 29 at select Yeezy retailers worldwide.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Utility Black” Release Date Announced

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In addition to the “Utility Black” Yeezy 700, Adidas has plans to release an all-black “Vanta” colorway the Yeezy Boost 700 V2. That particular pair is reportedly scheduled to launch at the end May. 

Click here for more details on that colorway and scroll down for another look at the Utility Black rendition. 

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Utility Black” Release Date Announced

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Here’s What’s Coming & Going From Netflix For June 2019

The time has arrived for Netflix to announce its rollout stellar content for the upcoming month, as well as fering a list movies and shows to say goodbye to. The streaming platform has a stacked set movies and new seasons for its beloved shows that are bound to have fans marking their calendars for a reminded when to tune in. 

We’ve already posted about Wanda Sykes’ upcoming stand-up comedy special Not Normal that will see the comedian share her wit “on the opioid crisis, and deliver a sharp-witted and hilarious critique on the state the world.” 

 

We also shared the latest trailer for season five Black Mirror that touches on a fear everyone must have when their Uber takes an unexpected detour. 

 

With both combined, Netflix is gearing up for a strong month content that also includes Batman Begins,  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Dark Knight, Cabaret, Carrie, Magic Mike, Network, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and The Grinch (the new one).

Peep the full list arrivals soon to be recycled – what are you guys most looking forward to?

June 1

Arthdal Chronicles — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Oh, Ramona! — NETFLIX FILM
50/50
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Batman Begins
Cabaret
Carrie
Cat on a Hot Tin Ro
Dynasty: Season 2
Good Night, and Good Luck
Gran Torino
Life in the Doghouse
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Magic Mike
Network
Platoon
Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World Of Ben Ferencz
Satan & Adam
Small Soldiers
The Dark Knight
The Phantom the Opera
The Space Between Us
What a Girl Wants

June 3

Documentary Now!: Season 3
Malibu Rescue: The Series — NETFLIX FAMILY

June 4
Miranda Sings Live…Your Welcome — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 5

A Silent Voice
Black Mirror: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

June 6

Alles ist gut — NETFLIX FILM
Todos lo saben

June 7
3%: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Belmonte
The Black Godfather — NETFLIX FILM
The Chef Show — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Designated Survivor: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Elisa & Marcela — NETFLIX FILM
I Am Mother — NETFLIX FILM
Pachamama — NETFLIX FAMILY
Rock My Heart — NETFLIX FILM
Super Monsters Monster Pets — NETFLIX FAMILY
Tales the City — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 8
Berlin, I Love You

June 11
Ralph Breaks the Internet

June 12
Jo Koy: Comin’ In Hot — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese — NETFLIX FILM

June 13
The 3rd Eye 2 — NETFLIX FILM
Jinn — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kakegurui xx — NETFLIX ANIME

June 14
Aggretsuko: Season 2 — NETFLIX ANIME
The Alcàsser Murders — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Awake: The Million Dollar Game — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Charité at War — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cinderella Pop — NETFLIX FILM
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 5
Leila — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Life Overtakes Me — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marlon: Season 2
Murder Mystery — NETFLIX FILM
Unité 42 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 15
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 15

June 16
Cop Car

June 17
The Missing: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 18
Adam Devine: Best Time Our Lives — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Big Kill

June 19
Beats — NETFLIX FILM
The Edge Democracy — NETFLIX FILM

June 20
Le Chant du Loup — NETFLIX FILM

June 21
Ad Vitam — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bolívar — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Casketeers: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Confession Tapes: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dark: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The End Evangelion
EVANGELION: DEATH (TRUE)²
Girls Incarcerated: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
GO! Live Your Way: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil — NETFLIX FILM
La misma sangre — NETFLIX FILM
Mr. Iglesias — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Shooter: Season 3

June 24
Forest Piano: Season 2 — NETFLIX ANIME

June 25
Mike Epps: Only One Mike — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 26
The Golem
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Zookeeper

June 27
Answer for Heaven — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 28
20th Century Women
7SEEDS — NETFLIX ANIME
Dope: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Exhibit A — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Instant Hotel: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Motown Magic: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Paquita Salas: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Chosen One — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

June 29
Scare Tactics: Seasons 4 & 5

June 30
Madam Secretary: Season 5
Date TBD
Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trinkets — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Last Call

LEAVING

June 1
An Extremely Goy Movie
Apollo 13
Cold in July
101 Dalmatians
The Fox and the Hound 2
The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story
Doom
Freddy vs. Jason
Friday the 13th
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
I Am Legend
In the Army Now
Inspector Gadget 2
Jason X
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
My Bloody Valentine
Playing It Cool
Pretty in Pink
Reindeer Games
Stargate
Terminator Salvation
The Bone Collector
The Constant Gardener

June 4
District 9

June 5
Guardians the Galaxy Vol. 2
Leaving June 6
The Soloist

June 14
Grand Designs: Australia: Season 4
I Own Australia’s Best Home: Season 1
I Own Britain’s Best Home: Season 1
Mother

June 15
Apocalypse Now
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
National Lampoon’s Van Wilder
The Pianist

June 16
Death Race

June 24
Mulan 2

Rae Solomon Files $25 Million Against Live Nation for Allegedly Stealing All-Female Country Music Festival Idea

Rae Solomon has filed a $25 million lawsuit against Live Nation.

Filed at the Davidson Country, Tennessee Circuit Court, the Nashville-based country singer claims the global concert promoter outright stole her idea for an all-female country music festival.

The Zenitheve Music Festival, which would’ve taken place in Chicago on May 19th, would’ve featured Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, and Lindsay Ell.  These artists will instead perform in an all-female opening day of Live Nation’s Country LakeShake Festival in Chicago on June 21st.  The three-day festival will wrap up on June 23rd.

In the lawsuit, the country singer alleges “the opening day of the Country LakeShake is, essentially, a mirror image of Zenitheve.”  She also claims to have created the idea of an all-female country music festival as early as 2017.  Solomon purportedly gave interviews to local media outlets about her idea and even created a website.

In a likely fatal blow to the country singer’s lawsuit, Lambert, Morris, and Ell’s respective management teams said they had never heard about the Zenitheve Music Festival nor had ever been booked to perform.

Lambert’s management team said,

“There was no offer for Miranda, and I am not familiar with the Zenitheve festival.”

Nevertheless, Solomon claims in her lawsuit she had discussed the idea with Live Nation’s Women Nation Fund.  The company then asked her for a list of acts she had “pursued” for Zenitheve.  She had allegedly also secured a venue, contract, and budget proposal for the inaugural event.

Immediately following the all-female opening day lineup, the country singer claims investors quickly backed out.  They “[cited] the direct competition from Live Nation.”  Thus, Solomon had to cancel her Zenitheve Music Festival idea.  She subsequently filed the lawsuit on May 7th over “Live Nation’s fraudulent misrepresentations about the nature of their supporting Zenitheve.”

Douglas S. Johnston, Solomon’s lawyer, has asked for a jury trial for “compensatory damages of $25 million, as well as punitive damages and litigation costs.”

Live Nation has declined to issue a statement over the lawsuit.

 


Featured image by Rae Solomon (Facebook photograph).

Sofar Sounds CEO Defends Poor Artist Payouts as Company Raises $25 Million

Sofar Sounds has reached a new fundraising milestone.

Led by Battery Ventures and Union Square Ventures, the house concerts company has raised $25 million.  Sofar Sounds previously raised $6 million from Octopus Ventures and Virgin Group, who also participated in the recent fundraising round.

The announcement comes just three months after Sofar Sounds hired its new CEO, Jim Lucchese.  He previously served as the Global Head of Creator at Spotify.

The company will use the funding to fuel its global expansion plans.  It aims to become “the de facto way emerging artists play outside of traditional venues.”

Showing the company continues to underpay musicians their fair share, Sofar Sounds pays bands just $100 for a 25-minute set.  The company also doesn’t pay host venues anything, while Sofar pockets around $1,000 to $1,600 per gig.  Defending its practice, the company argues bands receive more exposure.

Sofar now hosts over 600 shows per month across 430 cities around the globe.  These include New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Sydney, and Seoul, among many others.  The company has also claimed 40 of the 25,000 artists who have participated in performances have either received a Grammy nod or a win.

According to a source speaking with TechCrunch, the lack of fair payments to artists likely comes from overhead costs.  Sofar Sounds, a for-profit company, pays full-time employees to focus on venue reservation, artist bookings, and promotion.  The $100 payment artists receive, however, remains only a fraction of what Sofar earns from ticket sales alone.

Speaking about the company’s unfair payments, Joshua McClain, an alternative artist from Oakland, explained,

Sofar…seems to be just fine with leaving out the most integral part: paying the musicians.

Urging people to #BoycottSofarSounds, he adds,

This is where they willingly step onto the same stage as companies like Uber or Lyft – savvy middle-men tech start-ups, with powerful marketing muscle, not-so-delicately wedging themselves in-between the customer and merchant (audience and musician in this case).  In this model, everything but the service-provider is put first: growth, profitability, share-holders, marketers, convenience, and audience members –  all at the cost of the hardworking people that actually provide the service.

Defending the company’s practice, Lucchese said,

$100…for a showcase slot is definitely fair.

He doesn’t think playing “a Sofar [gig] right now is the right move for every type of artist.”   Spinning the poor payouts, Luchesse said shows are “pay-what-you-want” and artists keep “the majority of the money.”

However, in an exposé published two years ago, KQED writer Emma Silvers found most artists don’t know Sofar Sounds is a for-profit company.  They also don’t know the company pockets most of the money earned from gigs.

Speaking with Silvers, Madeline Kenney, another Oakland singer/songwriter, explained,

“I think they talk a lot about supporting local artists, but what they’re actually doing is perpetuating the idea that it’s okay for musicians to get paid s—t.”

 


Featured image by Sofar Sounds Melbourne.

#DXCLUSIVE: Flying Lotus Wants To Do A Whole Album With Tierra Whack

Los Angeles, CA – Somewhere between eclectic and otherworldly, Los Angeles based sound architect Flying Lotus has cultivated a vibe that has become part of the West Coast’s DNA. Meanwhile, genre-bending wonder Tierra Whack has spent the better part of the last year turning the game on its head and reshaping hip-hop and music as a whole.

On his new album Flamagra, FlyLo collaborated with Tierra Whack on the song “Yellow Belly,” but in an exclusive conversation with HipHopDX the artist/producer/director revealed that he’s hoping this is just the beginning of their creative relationship.

“I would like to do an entire album with [Tierra Whack],” FlyLo relays to HipHopDX. “I don’t ever be sending beats to people, but I send her everything, the entire folder like ‘here. You can have whatever you want.’ I don’t know if she’s gonna ever do anything with it but she got the keys. Whatever she wants. There’s only like three people that I can think of that got the all access, the ‘I’ll fly to you or however we gotta do it.’ She’s one of those people,” he added.

The Brainfeeder founder praised Whack’s creativity and even admitted that at times he’s a little jealous.

“When it comes to a lot of rappers and artists that I fall in love with, they’re saying the same things that I wish I said and when it comes to her I find myself always being like ‘God damn I wish I came up with that. Fuck I wish I came up with that. Oh my God, I wish I did that. Why didn’t I do that first? How did she put that word like that? That is so clever.’ I just think of how important her voice is just as a person that exists in the world how important she is, in an iconic sense what she represents,” he exclaimed. “It’s huge. She’s what’s been missing from the story for me. I had MF DOOM, I had all these other people that I love but there was this person that I didn’t know I needed. She’s that person.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Flying Lotus Wants To Do A Whole Album With Tierra Whack

Photo: Winston Hacking

In addition to Whack, FlyLo also collaborates with Denzel Curry (“Black Balloons Reprise”), Solange (Land Of Honey), George Clinton (“Burning Down The House”), Anderson .Paak (“More”), Toro Y Moi (“9 Carrots”), Little Dragon (“Spontaneous”) and Thundercat (“The Climb”). But perhaps the most unlikely feature comes from Mulholland Drive director David Lynch on the song “Fire Is Coming.”

According to FlyLo it’s the realization of a childhood dream.

“I’ve been a fan of his since I was a teenager watching his stuff and watching his trajectory as an artist overall. Not just as a filmmaker but all the things that he’s dabbled in. I’ve been so influenced by his passion and living the art life,” noted FlyLo, who also did a short film for “Fire Is Coming” with Lynch in it. “One thing that I really took from him and his overall influence is the discipline required to do the things that we do. I’ll do whatever he wants anytime. I try to remind him that I’m here.”

One of FlyLo’s greatest talents is being able to fuse his sound with the artists he collaborates with. As he tells it, the foundation for many of these relationships is behind the scenes at music festivals.

“Festivals play a huge part in [collaborations], Coachella especially has been one of those things where a lot of dots are being connected. Where people that, we’re fans of each other and we finally get to put a face to the name like ‘you’re a totally different genre than me but I love your music.’ And they’re like ‘I love your music too,’” said FlyLo. “One of the best things about festivals is it’s a lot of people connecting. Some people wanna stay in the cave and don’t wanna respond to a DM but then you meet them and it’s like ‘oh, you’re real, you’re cool. I vibe with you, we gotta get in the lab.’”

Flamagra drops on Friday (May 23).

Denzel Curry Announces "ZUU" Album

Denzel Curry is planning to close out the month with a new album. The Florida-based rapper has announced his next LP, ZUU, and dropped a new single titled “SPEEDBOAT.”

Curry’s upcoming project is scheduled to drop on May 31. The 12-track album features collaborations with Rick Ross, Ice Billion Berg, Kiddo Marv, Sam Sneak and PlayThatBoiZay.

ZUU will be Curry’s follow-up to 2018’s TA13OO, which dropped last July. The critically acclaimed LP was his first project to chart on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 28.

Check out Curry’s ZUU cover art and tracklist below.

Denzel Curry Announces "ZUU" Album

1. ZUU
2. RICKY
3. WISH f. Kiddo Marv
4. BIRDZ f. Rick Ross
5. AUTOMATIC
6. SPEEDBOAT
7. BUSHY B INTERLUDE
8. YOO
9. CAROLMART f. Ice Billion Berg
10. SHAKE 88 f. Sam Sneak
11. BLACKLAND 66.6
12. P.A.T. f. PlayThatBoiZay

Howard Stern Reveals The One Person He Wishes To Apologize To, But Can’t

Just a few days ago, Howard Stern apologized for his harsh backlash towards Wendy Williams from when he previously called her a “jealous bitch.”

“That was me at my worst,” he said. “I thought she was saying that I was a piece shit and I sucked. But as I hear it] now, I don’t see it as an fense at all. If ‘Hollywood’ means that I’ve evolved in some way and the show has changed, then yeah, she hit the nail on the head.” 

Howard Stern Reveals The One Person He Wishes To Apologize To, But Can't
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While doing even more media rounds for his latest book Howard Stern Comes Again, Howard detailed one apology he wishes he could deliver, but unfortunately, the person is no longer with us. In his latest interview with Rolling Stone, Howard reflected on an interview he did with Robin Williams and how he bashed the actor when he visited his radio show, instead lifting him up and explaining how much he loved him as an actor. 

“I also have a regret about Robin Williams that haunts me. I was so angry at the world. I love Robin Williams, and yet if he came into my studio, I had to act like I didn’t love him. I’d be, “Fuck you,” Howard explained. 

He added: “I was a baby. I want every listener. I want everyone focused on me. You’re not going to be funnier than me. You’re not going to come into my studio and steal the moment from me. This is who I was. Rather than say to Robin Williams, “My God, you’re here,” and celebrate an amazing talent and the beauty that guy’s career, he walks in and I start in, “Hey, you’re fucking your nanny.” Bam, sledgehammer. Sock him right in the fucking head. Asshole. Me, not him. And my audience is cheering me on because who does that? There’s a lunatic loose from the mental asylum.”

Howard further explained how he had planned to give Robin a call and say sorry, but the actor took his life before he could. 

Howard Stern Reveals The One Person He Wishes To Apologize To, But Can't
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