How Playboi Carti Became One of the Hottest Artists Out Right Now

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From bagging groceries and working at H&M to selling out festival venues with a deal from Interscope Records, this SoundCloud artist has become one of the hottest headliners of the era.

Unlike most of these new artists that have been popping up out of nowhere, 20-year-old Atlanta rapper Playboy Carti isn’t just some overnight success. Carti began from dropping his first mixtape, Young Mi$Fit under the name Sir Cartier, to landing rapper Key! and Awful records as mentors while still in high school. Since 2014, Carti’s been building his fan base from songs on the internet to eventually landing himself a meeting with A$AP Rocky at SXSW in 2015.

What gave Carti his first breakout moment was his song “Broke Boi” which now has over 25 million plays. Stardom truly fell upon Carti later in 2016, with features on a few of Lil Uzi’s tracks along with a feature on “Telephone Calls” from A$AP Mob’s album Cozy Tapes. By 2017 Carti had already toured the country with some of the hottest names in Rap, and since became the popular yet mysterious phenomenon he is known by today.

Carti dropped his debut album Playboi Carti back in April, getting major buzz from fans, to fellow artists, to media outlets. Singles off the album have broken into the Billboard Top 100 like “Magnolia” receiving attention as a memeable anthem. With a new mentorship from A$AP Rocky and the success he’s already gotten from music to breaking into fashion and acting, Carti is in an atmosphere of success right now.

Maybe SoundCloud artists do have a future in the industry, if they work as hard as Playboi Carti that is.

Check out Playboi Carti below:

 

 

 

Nyck Caution Puts Out Remixes Over Kendrick Lamar’s “Element” & “DNA”

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Pro Era’s Nyck Caution drops some heat just yesterday to keep the fans entertained.

About a month ago, Caution remixed XXXTENTACION’s single “Look At Me” as a teaser for what’s about to come. Turns out according to OnSmash, He plans to drop his new album Nyck @ Night along with fellow Pro Era member, Kirk Knight, sometime next month.

In the mean time, Caution has left us with some remixes over a few of Kendrick Lamar’s tracks off DAMN. From both you can expect serious word play as Caution bodies his verses with sick rhymes to keep the fans anticipated. for what he has in store with his album. If it’s going to be anything like his previous album Disguise The Limit, then we won’t be disappointed.

You can listen to the “Element x DNA” Remix below.

Along with Caution’s “Look At Me” Remix here.

Gorillaz Long-Awaited New Album “Humanz” To Be Released This Friday

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The wait has been crucial, but the time is finally here, well, almost at least.

It was on March 23rd when Gorillaz announced their new album to be released through Parlophone and Warner Bros. on the band’s official Instagram. Ever since then, material has been dropped. Maybe to keep the public satisfied, but what it’s really done is make everyone anticipate “Humanz” even more.

Singles from the album have been released over the course of a few weeks with features like D.R.A.M. and Vince Staples on “Andromeda” and “Ascension“. “Saturnz Barz” ft. Popcaan and “We Got The Power” ft. Jehnny Beth sum up all four tracks that were released on March 23rd along with the Instagram post.

Other tracks that are already out for pre-order on iTunes are “Let Me Out” ft. Pusha T & Mavis Staples, as of April 6th; “The Apprentice” ft. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK released today; and “Hallelujah Money” ft. Benjamin Clementine which was released back in January with an official video.

The biggest so far is the announcement of their North American Tour. Taking place in July through October with shows in Boston, Washington, Toronto, Los Angeles, and many more. Big names from their album are expected to make guest appearances in different cities as well.

Once again, “Humanz” is expected to be released this coming Friday on April 28th. Hope you’re as excited as I am.

You can now pre-order the Deluxe Edition through iTunes!

Here’s the track list below in alphabetical order:

Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
Busted And Blue Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
Circle of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)
Halfway to the Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
Interlude: Elevator Going Up
Interlude: New World
Interlude: Penthouse
Interlude: Talk Radio
Interlude: The Elephant
Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Voshana)
Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
She’s My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
The Apprentice (feat. Rag’n’bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray BLK)
Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
We Got the Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

Artists Unite and Concur at SXSW

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During the course of this past week, Austin, Texas hosted yet another blow-out experience of the annual SXSW.

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of music, film, and interactive media conferences and festivals usually taking place during the middle of March on Spring Break. It is a chance to come out and see your favorite artists perform and even get the chance to take a pic with them on the streets of Austin, but for those looking to network in the industry, SXSW would be right up your alley.

SXSW may be able to attract many heads with its headline artists, but the best thing about the festival in my experience is the opportunities it gives up-and-coming artists to perform, connect, or even sign to a label if the time is right (Palm Beach rapper Wifisfuneral signed to Interscope/Alamo Records at SXSW)!

Throughout the week you can see different artists from every genre coming out to the city using the excitement to promote their art, networking with others doing the same. Countless billboards and posters are placed all over the city, live performances on the street can be heard just walking by, promotional gifts handed out for completing social following tasks, interviews are held from bloggers and freelance writers; the whole thing makes you wonder why you’ve never attended sooner.

So if your an industry cat, or an artist looking for a chance at that next step in your career, I’d recommend to make sure your present for the festival next year. You can find the link to the SXSW website along with their complete Music Bloggers Guide below.

Official SXSW Website.

Music Bloggers guide here.

EMP Drops Video for “Pink Nights”

Toronto trio EMP got their latest single “Pink Nights” featured on Noisey’s Beats 1 radio show, and now the video’s been released for public.

Consisting of Eestbound as the producer, Milly Manson as the rapper, and Pree as the vocalist, EMP is on their way to becoming a well recognized name in the underground scene of Toronto. According to Highsnobiety , work that’s already gained attention from Eestbound is his production of Young Thug’s “Freaky” and Travis Scott’s “Antidote“.

EMP’s currently prepping for their debut EP which is set to release in late 2017. You can visit their website to check out more of their work, along with the video posted above.