Artists to Look Out For

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Artists to Look Out For

Some of our favorite up-and-coming artists that you should keep an eye on.

Gus Dapperton

Just after the release of his dreamy new EP titled Yellow and Such, rising self-produced artist Gus Dapperton continues to scream natural brilliance. At just 20-years-old, Dapperton started writing music in the eighth grade when he entered a songwriting contest with his friends, and he has been making music ever since. However, the Warwick, New York-based singer song-writer only has a handful of tracks on both Spotify and SoundCloud—four of them being those included on Yellow and Such. Stand-out tracks from the artist include “I’m Just Snacking,” “Moodna, Once with Grace,” and “Miss Glum & the Pursuit of Falling.” Dapperton’s incredible, persuasive voice on these enthralling tracks proves that the quality of work always takes prestige over quantity. In addition to the dreamy mood that Dapperton generates, the 4-song EP touches on the expressive theme of heartache, which continues to resonate with fans as they listen. Along with his passion for producing music, Dapperton shares an interest in world class cinema, which can be seen in the visuals for his most popular song “I’m Just Snacking.” The music video-turned-mini-movie was directed by Matthew Dillion Cohen and incorporates a ‘90s vibe that’ll make you want to dance. While his interest remains in producing and structuring music, Dapperton’s irresistible sound leaves fans waiting for more from the gifted artist.


Khary

Fresh off the release of his latest EP, Tidal Graves, Providence rapper Khary shows nothing but raw talent and promise. The young artist shows strong dedication to his craft, releasing projects that are meticulously arranged sonically and lyrically, crafted to perfectly transmit the MC’s message. His 2016 project Intern Aquarium projects the all-too-relatable story of an intelligent, creative individual thrown into a degrading and identity-stripping corporate environment. Tidal Graves, produced by Lege Kale, is Khary’s most thoughtful and lyrically complex release to date, with stand-out tracks “Too Fast” and “Fujiko.”Supported by a superstar group of producers including Swell, Lege Kale, and Mike Irish, Khary’s poetic lyrics and calculated flow sit atop smooth, eclectic beats. Under the care of record label/management company As We Arrive, Khary sits confidently and hungrily in a place of imminent success.


Rex Orange County

Just after the release of Tyler, The Creator’s album Flower Boy, the amount of people streaming Rex Orange County increased significantly, as he is featured in two of the tracks: “Foreword” and “Boredom.” The 19-year-old singer/songwriter, formally known as Alex O’Connor, came from a small town in southeast England just before moving to South London, where he currently resides with his girlfriend—singer Thea. While growing up, friends of O’Connor began to form their own bands- however, O’Connor couldn’t accept just one role within a group. His passion and independence led him on a path to creating his own music. ROC's most recent release is a 10-track album titled Apricot Princess, in which he continually crafts and redefines melody while simultaneously holding a steady theme of adolescent love. His youthful, sweet, and light-hearted tunes will make you want to sink into his music over and over again. While his music in general is highly instrumental, O’Connor doesn’t stick to one genre. Instead, he crosses between pop, indie, jazz, and alternative styles. O’Connor’s stand-out tracks include “Best Friend,” “UNO,” and “Television/So Far So Good.” Be careful listening to Rex Orange County, you might be singing his songs in your head all day.


BROCKHAMPTON

In a time where music is being produced, distributed, and consumed at the higher rates than ever, we have yet to see a group as innovative and progressive as up-and-coming Los Angeles based collective, Brockhampton. The multi-faceted group consists of 15 members, including writers, producers, and artistic directors. Led by head creative Kevin Abstract, the group never holds back in expression of content and diversity of sound. In 2016, they released their debut album, All-American Trash, which broke through the crowded urban genre by spanning a range of topics, themes, and sounds broader than many other artists. Following the release of a handful of low budget, high caliber music videos, BH released Saturation in June. The album highlights some of their greatest assets: effective lyricism, unique sound, and diverse means of expressing their music. Before the water even settled after the release, they announced (and put out) Saturation II, pushing the boundaries that its predecessor set. Two weeks ago, the collective announced Saturation III, which we can expect to have soon. Their bad-boy reputation does not come from the standard images we are prone to think of- men with sunglasses and leather jackets, driving blacked out cars, surrounded by half-dressed women. They are the bad-boys pioneering a revolution of music and American culture; Brockhampton is telling their story and only their story, for whoever wants to listen. Without regard to any societal or musical expectation, Brockhampton is redefining what it means to truly be an American boy band.


Daniel Caesar

At just twenty-two years old, Toronto native Daniel Caesar is responsible for some of the best music of 2017. Combining elements of R&B and soul with tasteful doses of electronic influence, Caesar is constantly building his own unique sound that is dreamy, light, and intimate. In 2015, he released his debut project, Pilgrim’s Paradise, a compelling EP that showcases his strong and esoteric sense of self. Pilgrims boasts songs that are both personal and worldly, and even includes a dramatic rendition of Kanye West’s “Streetlights.” On August 25th, he released his freshman album, Freudian, that uses gospel, soul, and new age R&B to focus on the themes of relationships and love. The project thus far has received high praise from outlets such as Pitchfork, Vibe, and DJ Booth as an album that will “make you believe in love.” Separate from the music, Caesar has an upcoming partnership with Canadian clothing line, Roots, which has helped boost the careers of other Toronto artists such as Jazz Cartier. Independent from major record labels and relentlessly true to self, Daniel Caesar shows no sign of stopping his endeavor of reaffirming the meanings of love and soul.


Sabrina Claudio

At the end of July, rising R&B singer Sabrina Claudio followed up her March 2017 EP, Confidently Lost, with a compelling, pure new single “Belong To You.” Overall, the seven tracks on Confidently Lost radiate alluring vibes through common narratives of adolescent life. Although it sounds as if these experiences belong to Claudio, the 20-year-old admitted that the stories are not personal experiences of her own, but, rather, are experiences of close friends and other people that surround her. Originally from Miami, Claudio recently moved to Los Angeles in order to launch her career as a young creative. However, Miami’s latin influences have found their way into Claudio’s music in many ways. Of all her tracks, “Unravel Me” and “Belong To You”—both produced by herself and STINT—continue to grab the most attention from listeners, perhaps due to the familiar pop and R&B structure of the tracks. Other stand-out tracks on her March 2017 EP include “Orion’s Belt” and “Confidently Lost.” Both scream heartbreak while simultaneously drawing you in with Claudio’s dreamy voice. In two short months, Claudio will join 6LACK on his first headlining tour.

by PJ Walshe & Sabrina Ghantous

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Songs You Need to Hear This Week

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Songs You Need to Hear This Week

No genre, no rules. Songs we love that you will too. 

"Nostalgia" // NAO: London based singer/songwriter NAO is back with a new track, and we can't stop listening. She brings her soul, R&B vocal style over a funky, 80's-esque beat produced by John Colvert. This uplifting song is a vibe and a half. 

"Homemade Dynamite" // Lorde (ft. SZA, Post Malone, Khalid): Following the release of her incredible sophomore album, Melodrama, Lorde is back with a star-studded remix that seems too good to be true. Khalid provides us with a thoughtful verse, followed by a verse and hook from SZA, leading to a bridge led by Syracuse native Post Malone. The blend of voices is elegant, light, and addictive. 

"rockstar" // Post Malone (ft. 21 Savage): The first song off of his anticipated album Beerbongs and Bentleys, this collab is one of Post's strongest tracks to date, boasting quotable lyrics and a smooth feature from Atlanta native 21 Savage. Get ready for this song to play all over campus for the rest of the semester. 

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"I Still See Your Face" // San Holo: San Holo is back with an infectious ballad in "I Still See Your Face." Following a light verse and hook, electronic and metallic sounds blend with uplifting chords and melodies reminiscent of childhood memories. 

"Curve" // Gucci Mane (ft. The Weeknd): From Gucci Mane's impending album Mr. Davis, "Curve" is a perfect blend between the Toronto star and Atlanta kingpin. Gucci's unapologetic lyrics are seen throughout the song; "You look like a model, but a devil in disguise / Bum, bum, bum, bum, I feel like Rocky in his prime." 

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"Bless Yo Trap" // Smokepurpp: In true Smokepurpp fashion, the Florida rapper flexes as much as possible in less than 2 minutes, over 808's that are perfectly distorted. Lil Purp also announced a release date for his upcoming project, DEADSTAR: September 29th. 

"Dum Surfer" // King Krule: In "Dum Surfer," King Krule pushes the envelope on how dark and demonic he can get. His trippy, jazz-influenced instrumentals hang devilishly under his gritty vocal; this song sounds like a party for the end of the world. 

"Bust Down" // Trippie Redd: "Bust Down" is a follow up to the huge feature slot Redd helf on XXXTENTACION's recent smash, "Fuck Love." The Ohio urban artist takes influence from Young Thug, filling up empty space with melodic ad-libs and harmonies.  

"We Go Home Together" // Mount Kimbie (ft. James Blake): This song, both haunting and enchanting, boasts both an eclectic range of sounds, and a distinct balance of major and minor themes. The sharp tension throughout "We Go Home Together" makes its' releases even more satisfying, and its' delicate moments all the more fragile. 

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"WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE" // Marilyn Manson: Hot off of Manson's impending album Heaven Upside Down, WKWYFL is a dark and aggressive anthem for the underground. 

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Relive the Day: Your Full Juice Jam Recap

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Relive the Day: Your Full Juice Jam Recap

The music was as great as the weather, and the energy reached an all time high.

As the final pre-show soundcheck concluded, doors opened for Juice Jam 2017. Students gradually began to trickle into the Skytop Field-turned festival grounds, as all threats of bad weather subsided.

While students made their way to the main stage, I was able to sit down with Juice Jam’s first act of the day, indie-electronic artist Jeremy Zucker. The young college student seemed calm and collected, with no sign of concern before his first festival appearance. He humbly admitted that this was the largest crowd he ever played, and that he was skipping classes the next day to do it. Taking the stage in front of hundreds of fans, Zucker brought his signature pop electronic sound using guitar, vocals, and electronic pads to perform his music. Students screamed as he entered, singing along to Motions tracks such as “Man Down” and set-opener “Shut Your Mouth.” During his performance of the newly released track “Talk is Overrated,” featuring a verse from his “idol” Blackbear, Zucker jumped down into the pit to greet and take pictures with exulting fans. During his last song, “Bout It,” Jeremy shared the microphone with featured rappers Daniel James and Benjamin O. Zucker’s youthful energy provided an honest, raw performance that captured and satisfied viewers.

Photo by PRINCE DUDLEY

Photo by PRINCE DUDLEY

As Jeremy’s set concluded, students rushed to the indie stage to see Los Angeles based band Smallpools. The group walked out and played “Passenger Side” off of their 2017 EP THE SCIENCE OF LETTING GO, immediately providing the crowd with uplifting, positive energy. Students were so engaged in the set that even when the sound cut out briefly, they begged for (and received) a ripping drum solo from Beau Kuther. Other highlights of the set included an inflatable killer whale, student crowdsurfers during “Million Bucks,” and an admirable cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” The group closed with their most famous hit, the anthemic song “Dreaming,” igniting students for the following acts.

Photo by COLIN DAVY

Photo by COLIN DAVY

Just after Smallpools finished their set on the Indie Stage,  took control of the main stage. From the moment she emerged on stage, MØ brought an electric energy that translated well into the crowd. Opening with Cold Water, the Major Lazer track that features MØ’s intense vocals, MØ captured the full attention of the audience while simultaneously hyping up the crowd for Diplo’s anticipated performance. With the bass consistently pushing her electropop beats, MØ went on to deliver her new track, “Nights With You,” along with other stand-out tracks including “Kamikaze,” “Don’t Leave,” and “Final Song”—all while executing her intriguing, loose-limbed choreography on stage. But MØ didn’t spend all her time on stage; in fact, some could say she spent just as much time down in the crowd. After repeatedly taking the stage as her own, MØ then went on to take the crowd as her own. The Danish singer went from merely hopping on the fence to fully jumping over the fence and crowdsurfing through the right side of the crowd. Closing with “Lean On,” it’s safe to say that MØ rallied the crowd while keeping anticipation high for Diplo.

Photo by LIAM SHEEHAN

Photo by LIAM SHEEHAN

As Ugly God took the stage yesterday, flexing Supreme gear and a Louis Vuitton crossbody, the crowd surrounding the Indie Stage erupted with excitement. Opening with “No Lies” (feat. Wiz Khalifa), Ugly God made sure the audience acknowledged Khalifa’s recent birthday while delivering the intriguing track with a steady beat. Shortly after, the crowd began to absorb the rhythmic influences that accompany most of the tracks on Ugly God’s most recent project, The Booty Tape. Of these tracks, Ugly God delivered memorable performances of “Bitch,” “Fuck Ugly God,” “Booty,” and “Stop Smoking Black & Milds,” while intermittently stopping to let people know that he personally doesn’t like anyone that smokes Black & Milds and that Pokemon Yellow is the best color to play. It didn’t take long for Ugly God to deliver his authentic mantra that the crowd repeatedly shouted back after each track—“Thanks Ugly God.” When asked later on about how he adopted his tagline, Ugly God said that it was something that just came to him via fans on different social media platforms. Just before leaving the stage, Ugly God played his anthem, “Water,” while soaking the crowd with bottles of water.

Photo by LIAM SHEEHAN

Photo by LIAM SHEEHAN

As Ugly God’s performance came to a close, students flocked over to the main stage, waiting to see JJ 2017 headliner, Diplo, touch foot at Syracuse University for the first time. Students screamed as he came on stage to his signature opening mix, and immediately Skytop began to shake. Playing hits such as “Febreeze,” “Mind,” and “Where Are Ü Now,” Diplo kept the energy high throughout the whole show. He paid his respects to Kanye West by putting on a bear mask toward the end, honoring the 10th birthday of Graduation. Confetti burst in the air and University Union beach balls floated all around the crowd. As his set came to an end, Diplo left us with a brief remark: “Shout out Ugly God, shout out MØ. I love you guys, but I gotta go.” According to his Snap Story, he boarded a helicopter bound to New York City upon the conclusion of his set. The life in his 70 minute set encapsulated the energy from the day as a whole, the perfect climax to conclude an outstanding day.

Photo by COLIN DAVY

Photo by COLIN DAVY

With thousands of students and five immensely talented acts gracing Skytop Field, this semester’s Juice Jam proved to be one of the most lively of it’s kind in years.

by PJ Walshe & Sabrina Ghantous

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The Sounds of Juice Jam 2017

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The Sounds of Juice Jam 2017

With five talented acts taking the stage this Sunday, we wanted to provide you with the essential tunes by each artist.

 

“Idk Love” // Jeremy Zucker: One of the standout tracks from 2017 EP Motions, “Idk Love” is an uplifting song about youth and separation. The song captures Jeremy’s light songwriting and production styles perfectly.

 

“‘Bout It” // Jeremy Zucker (ft. Daniel James, Benjamin O): One of Jeremy’s most well-known tracks, the song exhibits a cool and simple bass line under a pleasantly catchy hook. The song also features two guest verses from rappers Daniel James and Benjamin O.

 

“Talk is Overrated” // Jeremy Zucker (ft. Blackbear): Jeremy’s debut track as a Republic Record signee certainly did not disappoint. The thoughtful single features a finishing verse from R&B/indie-pop legend Blackbear, a perfectly smooth collaboration.

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“Million Bucks” // Smallpools: Released this July, “Million Bucks” is a feel good, windows down track that is sure to make your day better.

 

“Dreaming” // Smallpools: Perhaps Smallpools most recognized song, “Dreaming” is an anthem that boasts millions of streams - especially the remix done by Block Party performers The Chainsmokers.

 

“Street Fight” // Smallpools: This LOVETAP! stand-out perfectly captures Smallpools unique way of creating irresistibly uplifting music.

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“Water” // Ugly God: “Water” is Ugly God’s most well known song to date. Released at the end of 2016, this is one of the songs responsible for his rise to stardom.

 

“No Lies” // Ugly God (ft. Wiz Khalifa): “No Lies” sits just past the middle fo Ugly’s new album, The Booty Tape. Featuring a surefire verse from Pittsburgh veteran Wiz Khalifa, this is certainly one of Ugly God’s best tracks to date.

 

“Glock” // Ugly God & Famous Dex: “Glock” is a perfect collaboration by two young rappers who share a unique, novel approach to rap. “I came up off of water, now I’m chillin' on the dock” is a proud reference to Ugly’s hit, “Water.”

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“Final Song” // MØ: This 2016 hit has over 300 million streams on Spotify, boasting a light, trop house vibe.

 

“Don’t Leave” // Snakehips (ft. MØ): In “Don’t Leave,” MØ sings a passionate ballad about keeping a relationship together. Snakehips provides a dramatic production beneath her compelling vocal.

 

“Nights With You” // MØ: “Nights With You” is a catchy, laid back track that highlights MØ’s unique tone and vocal range.

“Lean On” // Major Lazer (ft. MØ): Once the most streamed song in the world, this smash hit has aggregated over a billion streams on Spotify alone. The song captures key characteristics of Major Lazer’s production habits and MØ’s vocal styles.

 

“Where Are Ü Now” // Jack Ü (ft. Justin Bieber): Diplo teamed up with Skrillex and Justin Bieber to bring us one of the biggest songs of 2015.


“Be Right There” // Diplo, Sleepy Tom: This song is notorious for playing at parties and events all over college campus. Listen to this remake of the classic by Jade.

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University Union Welcomes Diplo, Ugly God, MØ, and more to Juice Jam 2017

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University Union Welcomes Diplo, Ugly God, MØ, and more to Juice Jam 2017

With the recent announce of Juice Jam 2017’s lineup, we wanted to provide readers with all the info they need for the five acts set to perform.

 

Diplo

This year’s headliner, Diplo, is one of the most talented and talked about producers in the music industry. The legendary DJ has seen success unparalleled by many, with standout tracks such as "Revolution," "Express Yourself," and dance smash “Be Right There.” He is one of the most followed electronic artists in the game, boasting millions of followers on all of his platforms. His bad-boy, larger than life attitude and rigorous worldwide touring schedule make him one of the most entertaining artists outside of the studio. Working with Skrillex in production duo Jack Ü, he has produced hits like “Mind,” “To Ü,” and 2015 anthem “Where Are Ü Now?” with Justin Bieber. As a member of trio Major Lazer, and with the help of fellow JJ performer MØ, he brought to life one of most successful songs of the decade, “Lean On.” With production credits including “Climax” by Usher, “Paper Planes” by M.I.A., and “Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown, Diplo continues to celebrate one of the most decorated careers for 21st century artists/producers.

Notorious for playing some of the most wild shows in the game, we’re excited to see Diplo light up the Juice Jam stage this Sunday.

 

Ugly God

At just 20 years of age, Indiana based rapper Ugly God has already seen the successes of a veteran. The young artist has aggregated SoundCloud and Spotify streams in the hundreds of millions- Ugly’s most famous hit is the unapologetic banger, “Water.” His novel approach to rapping and strong branding has garnered him a large, organic fanbase that continues to expand. His debut studio album, The Booty Tape, released just under a month ago and has received lots of attention and praise for capturing the young artists youthful sound effectively. He is a member of XXL’s 2017 Freshman Class, alongside artists such as Playboi Carti, Aminé, and Kyle. He continues to excite audiences all over the country with his energetic performances.

 

Danish singer Karen Marie Ørsted, also known as MØ, will be bringing her smooth electropop to the stage this Sunday. Most notably known for her part in Major Lazer’s record-breaking hit “Lean On,” Ørsted, along with her two other band members, have continued to relentlessly push through lull that usually follows a smash hit from a smaller-scale artist. Despite the fact that “Lean On” curbed the production of MØ’s sophomore album, the 29-year-old has released a series of singles since her 2014 album including “Kamikaze,” “Final Song,” “Don’t Leave,” and “Nights With You.” With her sharp voice, electric melodies, and intriguing energy, MØ’s future remains promising and optimistic as fans await her anticipated second album.

 

Smallpools

Smallpools is a veteran band from Los Angeles that is ready to touch down at Syracuse University for the first time. Their discography spans back to 2013, with strands of bouncy singles and an acclaimed debut album in LOVETAP!. This past summer, they released a short project titled THE SCIENCE OF LETTING GO. The new EP seamlessly blends the band's’ distinct, uplifting sound with modern electronic elements. The broad spectrum of sound will make for an exciting, energetic performance.

 

Jeremy Zucker

Up and coming indie pop artist Jeremy Zucker has made exceptional strides forward in the past year. In 2017 alone, the NJ artist has released the acclaimed Motions EP, signed to Republic Records, and sold out a Summer mini-tour hitting cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles. His songs are introspective and thoughtful, often focusing on the themes of youth and relationships, layered over productions that are light and compelling. The young singer/songwriter/producer shows immense promise, with a major record label deal and hundreds of thousands of listeners at just the age of 21.  

Tickets are on sale at Gate E of the Carrier Dome, 10AM - 6PM until the day of show!

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Your Syllabus Week Playlist

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Your Syllabus Week Playlist

At long last, it’s finally here- it’s syllabus week at Syracuse University. The notorious first week of classes at any college campus is a period of excitement and anticipation. For our weekly playlist, we’ve put together a collection of songs that is sure to keep the energy going for you and your friends all week long.

444+222 // Lil Uzi Vert: The new Uzi track will have everyone in the room chanting the chorus.

Jungle Waters // Sam Gellaitry: A part of his 2017 release Escapism III, Jungle Waters is a beautiful combination of organic and electronic sounds.

Grove St. Party // Waka Flocka Flame (ft. Kebo Gotti): This undeniable throwback from Flocka himself should be the anthem every night this week.

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Party People // Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory was one of the most experimental and creative major releases of the Summer. Blending Staples energetic rapping patterns with the heavy production of Zack Sekoff, this track goes very hard.

I Ain’t Got Time! // Tyler, The Creator: Channeling his darker and grimier side, Tyler, The Creator goes IN on this standout Flower Boy track.

Gospel // Rich Chigga (ft. Keith Ape, XXXTENTACION): Dirty, distorted, and diabolical.

Drip From My Walk // Famous Dex: This catchy track certified Famous Dex as someone to look to for heat.

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Met Gala // Gucci Mane (ft. Offset): One of Gucci Mane’s biggest songs of 2017, Guwop and Offset will have the crowd moving.

BabyWipe // Ski Mask The Slump God: Featured on one of our Summer editions of Songs You Need to Hear This Week, this banger is arguably the Slump God’s most hype song to date.

High Without Your Love // Loote: This pop-house hit from powerhouse duo Loote

Rock With Us // Yung Pinch: Pinch brings a classic west coast bounce to this 2016 heater.

Love N Hennessy // A.CHAL: From Peru, the urban up-and-comer has a unique sound perfect for late nights.

Ooo // Croosh: LA rapper Croosh has lit up SoundCloud for two years now- the summer release “Ooo” boasts a simple beat that goes hard under a smooth Croosh delivery.

Sweet // BROCKHAMPTON: Coming off one of the best summers of 2017 for any artist, BROCKHAMPTON blessed us with this track.

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4 AM // 2 Chainz (ft. Travis Scott): The two hip-hop legends came together on 2 Chainz 2017 album to provide us with a perfect late-night heater.

1 Night // Mura Masa (ft. Charli XCX): Mura Masa conquered this Summer with hits like Love$ick and Nuggets- 1 Night is another hit, a bouncy, tropical pop tune with Charlie XCX on the mic.

Laptop // Johnny Yukon: Part of a string of 2017 releases, up and coming artist Johnny Yukon provides a perfect vibe for your night.

Blast this playlist all week here: 

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Our Songs of the Summer

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Our Songs of the Summer

Closing in on Autumn, classes, and the end of Summer, it's no secret that 2017 has been an exceptional year for music. Classics were dropped, bangers were blasted, and it seems like a new artist emerged almost every day. From Calvin Harris to Young Thug, these are the songs we had on repeat all Summer long. 

Girl Like You // Toro y Moi

BabyWipe // Ski Mask the Slump God

South of the River // Tom Misch

Love N Hennessy // A.CHAL

Bodak Yellow // Cardi B

Get You (ft. Kali Uchis) // Daniel Caesar

Redbone // Childish Gambino

Feel it Still // Portugal. The Man

Dark Red // Steve Lacy

Want You Back // HAIM

Wicked (ft. G-Eazy) // mansionz

Despacito (Remix) // Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber

Wild Thoughts (ft. Bryson Tiller) // DJ Khaled, Rihanna

She Wanna Party (ft. Millie Go Lightly) // Young Thug

GOLD // BROCKHAMPTON

See You Again // Tyler, the Creator

Slide (ft. Frank Ocean, Migos) // Calvin Harris

Fly // Isaac Lewis

Did You See // J HUS

Biking (ft. Jay-Z) // Frank Ocean

Listen to our playlist here 

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SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK

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SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK

Songs You Need to Hear This Week

 

No genre, no rules. Songs we love that we think you will too. 

 

“See You Again” / Tyler, The Creator: After a long hiatus from making music, Tyler, The Creator has blessed us with an incredibly crafted album, Flower Boy. See You Again blends soft synths and smooth strings to create a lifted mood, perfect for your ears. 

 

“Fuck That Check Up” (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) / Meek Mill: Wins & Losses, Meek Mill’s latest album release, is certainly filled with highs & lows. One of those high points is “Fuck That Check Up”, featuring Lil Uzi Vert. Meek rings, “Back in this b*tch and we litty again”, while Uzi spits an aggressive verse about life on top. 

 

“Lust for Life” (ft. The Weeknd) / Lana Del Rey:  In what may be Lana Del Rey’s best album since Born to Die, Lust for Life encapsulates a wide variety of different sounds and attitudes. The album-titled slow jam highlights the enchanting aura of Lana Del Rey, and the vocal perfectionism of The Weeknd.

“Less Than” / Nine Inch Nails: In anticipation of a headlining spot at New York's Panorama Music Festival, Nine Inch Nails is back with their first music since 2014. This postmodern alternative track is dark and cold, aligning perfectly with the groups catalog. 

 

“No Friends” (ft. ILoveMakonnen) / Chase Atlantic: Australian Chase Atlantic has been bringing us an eclectic mix of great music over the past few months in what has been a staggered three-part album release. The final track on Part Three, “No Friends” is a trap inspired banger that features a surpassingly tasteful verse from urban artist ILoveMakonnen. The bitter and bold chorus rings, “I ain’t got no friends, f-ck a guest list.”

“Wild Thoughts” / DJ Khaled (Medasin Remix): After a string of self released singles and a handful of remixes, Medasin has made a name for himself as one of the most unique electronic artists on the come-up. Remixes for JAHKOY, Martin Garrix, and Portugal. The Man have all blown up to be successful releases for the young producer. Medasin put together a weird but diabolically groovy beat to back vocals by Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. 

 

“Overgrown” / Oh Wonder: Finally, the long awaited Ultralife album by Rock the Dome supporting act Oh Wonder is out! Following the release of several singles such as Heavy and Ultralife, the album features a beautiful blend of its’ two members. Overgrown is a slower, softer song with an acoustic sound complemented by subtle electronic elements. 

 

“Momentum” / Don Diablo: The dance-music legend is back, with a single release “Momentum” that is sure to make you shuffle. With a new sound that fits perfectly into the dance mold that he created for himself, “Momentum” is sure to be played at every dance music festival on the circuit this Summer.  

 

“Sanity” / IshDARR: One of the most slept on artists of 2016, Milwaukee urban contemporary artist IshDARR brings together attitudes and sounds from different genres better than many artists do today. “Sanity” is a chill track that highlights IshDARR’s love and need for music.

 

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/uuinsider/playlist/2pUWQ5hjtGlT7YT9DJlpsm 

 

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Songs You Need to Hear This Week

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Songs You Need to Hear This Week

No genre, no rules. Songs we love that we think you will too. 

 

“Talk is Overrated” (ft. Blackbear) / Jeremy Zucker: Over the past two years, NJ artist Jeremy Zucker has been making a name for himself with his unique blend of pop, indie, and R&B. “Talk is Overrated,” featuring Blackbear is a strong statement to Jeremy’s style, lyrically and sonically. The recent Republic Records signee has big things ahead- check out his music now. 

All I Can Think About Is You” / Coldplay: The first song on Coldplay’s new EP Kaleidoscope, “All I Can Think About is You” is a dramatic love ballad, that begins sweet and soft, yet finishes with orchestral percussion and strings. A crossroads between Radiohead and early 2000’s Coldplay, this song sets the tone for the rest of the brief EP. 

“Perfect Timing (Intro)” / NAV x Metro Boomin: How long have we been waiting for this NAV x Metro Boomin collaboration?? Finally, the two have decided to give some music to their fans. “Perfect Timing (Intro)” is one of two songs released off of their upcoming project, Perfect Timing. The song features NAV’s simple, repetitive style over a clean and light beat produced by the Atlanta producer. 

“helpline” (ft. Tom Tripp) / Mura Masa: Hot off Mura Masa’s debut album, “helpine” is a retro-groovy tune that channels influence from several places. The young producer enlists the help of Tom Tripp to create an uptempo summer catch. 

"A Lie" (ft. The Weeknd) / French Montana: New York native French Montana just put out his sophomore album, Jungle Music. Though it's long (19 songs) and can get repetitive, there are certainly some songs to add to your music. "A Lie" is a smooth collaboration with XO figurehead The Weeknd. 

“Naughty Ride” / WizKid x Major Lazer: With the help of producer trio Major Lazer, WizKid has brought us a treat with “Naughty Ride.” The playful dance hall beat is classic WizKid. 

“No Ice” / Cousin Stizz: Cousin Stizz has been making a name for himself in hip-hop, as a talented MC and, to some, as the voice of Boston. “No Ice” is a standout single on his new album One Night Only. The catchy hook will have you reciting, “Hennessy straight no Gretzky / Hoping these lame won't catch me / Riding through the wave no jet-ski.”

“South of the River” / Tom Misch: The UK producer/singer/songwriter has made a name for himself in the streaming world, with his signature soft, elegant style. The congruency in his vocals and production are eminent in his most recent release, “South of the River.”

 

“XO Tour Llif3” / Brasstracks: “XO Tour Llif3,” a dark, anthemic track by Lil Uzi Vert, has been one of the biggest songs in the country for months. Young producer duo Brasstracks, the masterminds behind the 2016 hit ‘No Problem,’ have created their rendition of Uzi’s track, featuring their signature melodic horns and huge percussion. The instrumental-only is a very refreshing take on what is already a classic.

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Converse, "Stranger Things," Emma Stone, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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Converse, "Stranger Things," Emma Stone, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

Tyler, The Creator x Converse

Earlier this week, Converse released a video announcing a collaboration with Tyler, The Creator for a new sneaker. In the video directed by Tyler’s “alter-ego,” Wolf Haley, Tyler is questioned about his relations with Converse just before him and a group go on to destroy numerous pairs of One Star’s. Though Tyler previously had been associated with Vans, he revealed why he left Vans for Converse in a recent interview with Dazed: “Imagine being in a fucking cocoon… Vans just wouldn’t let me grow. It was a ceiling and I was like, ‘Fuck this.’ Converse is allowing me to bloom, no pun intended, and it’s great.” The first sneaker that’s part of Tyler x Converse collection is a blue suede One Star, with Tyler’s Scum Fuck Flower Boy cover art on the insole. The sneaker was released online on Thursday, July 13th, at 10AM, but sold out very quickly. Tyler even tweeted, “them converse gon in 90 seconds ;cool ;get em dirty dont keep em in a box as a novelty flower boy july 21st.” Converse’s video announcing their collaboration with Tyler, as well as the blue suede One Star’s can be seen below.

Images via Converse

Images via Converse


Emma Stone Speaks Up

As the challenge of equal pay consistently surrounds Hollywood, Emma Stone has recently opened up about her salaries, as well as the salaries of her male co-stars. Stone recently revealed that some of her male co-stars have previously taken salary cuts in order for her to receive equal pay. In a recent interview with Out Magazine, Stone states, “In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair.” She then goes on to consider the future of pay equality, “. . . our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.'” Rather than criticizing the film industry and Hollywood, Stone considers the greatest influencer to achieve pay equality as men. According to Stone, if male co-stars who have higher salaries take a pay-cut to match their female counterparts, then the female stars’ salary is likely to be increased in the future. Although Emma Stone has recently been confronting the issue, she is not the first to speak up against the increasingly unfair pay gaps, as other female stars such as Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence have confronted the issue in the past.


Emmy Nominations Released

On Sunday, September 17th, the 69th annual Emmy Awards are set to take place, and this Thursday, the full list of nominations was released. Earning the most nominations was NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s “Westworld,” tied at 22 nominations each. HBO’s freshman series has been renewed for a second season, while “SNL” enjoyed its most-watched season in 23 years—Variety claims this is due to the Trump Administration and the recent election. Not far behind the two leaders is Netflix’s freshman series “Stranger Things,” at 19 nominations, while Netflix’s other hit series “The Crown” received a total of 13 nominations. Also at 13 nominations was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” marking a huge step for the streaming service that hasn’t previously been on the awards scene. Although categories such as best drama have all new series nominated, the only newcomer to the best comedy category was FX’s “Atlanta,” created by and starring Donald Glover. The 69th Emmy Awards will be hosted by CBS’ Stephen Colbert and will air live on CBS at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The full list of nominations can be seen via the Variety link below.

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/2017-emmy-nominees-list-nominations-1202494465/


Season 2: “Stranger Things”

Just before the nominations for this years Emmy Awards were released, Netflix announced the return date of their hugely successful hit, Stranger Things. The “sleeper hit” series, which received 19 total Emmy nominations, follows the residents of a small town as they discover and face mysterious forces in the area. Although Netflix ran a trailer during the 2017 Super Bowl pinning the Stranger Things second season release date as Halloween, they confirmed on Tuesday that the nine-episode season will return on October 27th. With the news of the earlier return date, Netflix released a poster image of the four kids—central from season one—staring up at the sky which appears to contain some sort of monster. The official description for season two reads, “It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.” The trailer and poster for Stranger Things’ second season can be seen below.


The SoundCloud Scene

Last week, we discussed SoundCloud’s efforts to reduce costs, including their laying-off of 173 employees—over 40 percent of their staff—as well as the closure of two major international offices. A statement released later on from Alex Ljung explained the major cost-cutting, “by reducing our costs and continuing our revenue growth, we’re on our path to profitability and in control of SoundCloud’s independent future.” However, recent developments may have revealed that Ljung’s statement was merely a hopeful mask covering chaos. At an all-hands employee meeting, co-founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss delivered some upsetting news. According to TechCrunch, and sources they have within SoundCloud, Ljung and Wahlforss revealed in the meeting that the cost-cutting only allows for the company to last until Q4, which begins in about 80 days. When confronted with the leaked news, SoundCloud PR officials reported that they are fully funded into Q4 and are looking for potential investors. Separate from efforts to stay afloat, employees have told TechCrunch that the morale within the Berlin-based company is lower than ever, “It’s pretty shitty. Pretty somber. I know people who didn’t get the axe are actually quitting. The people saved from this are jumping ship.” Whether SoundCloud is acquired by another company or supported by independent investors, it’s clear what users and artists want: someone to save the platform of garage recordings and bedroom remixes. More recently, after word spread questioning SoundCloud’s future, Chance The Rapper tweeted claiming he was, “working on the SoundCloud thing.” On Thursday, the Chicago rapper said that he had a “very fruitful call” with co-founder Alex Ljung, and that the Berlin-based streaming platform is “here to stay.”

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Songs You Need to Hear This Week

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Songs You Need to Hear This Week

No genre, no rules. Songs we love that we think you will too. 

 

“Nuggets” / Mura Masa ft. Bonzai: Following releases with A$AP Rocky and Desiigner, Mura Masa is back again with another groovy hit. Bonzai floats atop a caribbean influenced beat, telling us over and over again “I got, I got nuggets.” Not sure what she means, but I guess we agree. 

“Thug Life” / 21 Savage: Issa Album brings a melodic and vibrant sound that is quite foreign to the old 21 Savage- however, we can’t complain. “Thug Life” is a catchy, slow tune you need to bump. 

 

“Labyrinth” / Toro y Moi: Toro y Moi is exceptionally good at creating minimalist music that fills up space. Labyrinth is a bouncy track off the recently release Boo Boo, a song that can complement any mood.

 

“Love is Only a Feeling” / Joey Bada$$: Following an extremely successful release in ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, Joey Bada$$ brings a smooth, melodic feel in his most recent track. The low-fi sample rings “Love is only a feeling,” as the New York rapper talks of and easygoing way of love.

 

“Lambo” / Cousin Stizz: Boston based rapper Cousin Stizz is back with a heater. “Lambo” and Stizz’s last track “Headlock,” which featured Offset, have been his most recent work since the 2016 project Monda

“Did You See” - French Montana (remix): French Montana has been on a roll as of late, and this J HUS remix is nothing different. This collab brings about a PARTYNEXTDOOR / dancehall sound that is sure to make you move. 

 

“Backboard” - Meek Mill ft. Young Thug: “Backboard” is a standout track on Meek Mill’s most recent package release, MEEKEND MU$IC. We get a taste of the old, incomprehensible Young Thug, contrary to a good portion of his latest album. 

 

“Lit” / Steve Aoki ft. Yellow Claw, Gucci Mane, & T-Pain: So T-Pain, Gucci Mane, Steve Aoki, and Yellow Claw walk into a studio together…we’re not sure where this collab came from, but the four veterans made a certified banger. T-Payne kills the hook, which leads to a drop that is clearly influenced by Yellow Claw’s background in dubstep. 

 

“Fake Denim” / Quinn XCII: The always-vibey Quinn XCII is back with a catchy Summer jam in “Fake Denim.” Quinn takes his classic light hearted approach to describe the ‘gold digger’ that dates Quinn for his fame rather than his fortune. The LA based artist exclaims, “No trust fund here / million plays no millionaire / But when you’re drunk and in despair, I’m the one to take out the venom.”

 

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“ELEMENT,” Dacre Montgomery, SoundCloud, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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“ELEMENT,” Dacre Montgomery, SoundCloud, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

Kendrick’s Visuals: “ELEMENT”

On June 27th, Kendrick Lamar released yet another music video from his album, DAMN. While simultaneously portraying themes of poverty and violence, the video for “ELEMENT” humanizes each scene in a non-exploitative way. In other words, the video portrays scenes of violence as the inevitable, disadvantageous, and inescapable events they are. With over eight million views in less than 48 hours, the visual serves as a “photo-essay,” which references the work of Gordon Parks—a photojournalist, photographer, musician, and director that devoted his life to supporting the civil rights movement. In this, the majority of the imagery within Kendrick’s video is almost identical to photographs taken by Parks. Shortly after the DAMN. visual was released, the Gordon Parks Foundation responded, saying they were “pleased to see Kendrick Lamar recognize Gordon Parks’ important photography while working at life magazine and honoring his legacy.” See Kendrick’s video, as well as some of the frame-by-frame similarities to Gordon Parks’ photographs, below.


Stars Depart Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park—also known as their characters Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua—have left the CBS program and will not return for the upcoming eighth season of the series. Prior to their departure, both Kim and Park had been pushing for pay equality with their white co-stars Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin. Variety reports that Park and Kim “were unable to reach satisfactory deals” with CBS studios. Not only do Caan and O’Loughlin make 10-15% more in salary, but they also have back-end deals with CBS that issue them percentage points based on grosses for each episode of the show. CBS released the following statement regarding the stars’ departure: “We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace’s enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes. They’ve helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters. Mahalo and a hui hou…” Though this specific dispute surrounds CBS Television Studios, it is part of a bigger conflict surrounding all of Hollywood today: pay gaps. Email leaks released by Wikileaks revealed huge pay gaps between men and women, and last year, Variety’s salary report disclosed large pay gaps between white and minority entertainers.


SoundCloud Cuts Costs

On Thursday, SoundCloud announced that the company would be laying off 173 of their 420 employees—slightly more than 40% of its staff. On top of laying off staff, the Berlin-based music-streaming platform announced that it would be closing two of their four offices: London and San Francisco. SoundCloud offices in Berlin and New York will stay open. Shortly after the cost cuts, co-founder Alex Ljun released a statement explaining the company’s reasoning, “...we need to ensure our path to long-term, independent success. And in order to do this, it requires cost cutting… By reducing our costs and continuing our revenue growth, we’re on our path to profitability and in control of SoundCloud’s independent future.” About a year ago, Spotify was reportedly attempting to purchase the Berlin-based company, and, this past week, the New York Post indicated that Apple, Google, and Deezer—a France-based streaming service—are all looking into buying SoundCloud. Ljun ended his statement on Thursday stating, “I look forward to sharing more about our future plans in the weeks and months ahead.”


Dacre Montgomery: Stranger Things

According to i-D, 22-year-old Dacre Montgomery is “Netflix’s next big thing.” The young Australian actor is the star of the second season of one of Netflix’s most successful shows—Stranger Things. Like most people, Montgomery binge-watched the first season of Stranger Things last year and was immediately engulfed in the series. When directors Matt and Ross Duffer advertised a new role in the series, Montgomery jumped at the opportunity, and after a skype call with the directors, Montgomery was instantly given the part. In an interview with i-D, Montgomery explained his process: “When the audition came up, I was like 'holy shit' because I was such a fan of the show… But I didn't have any work out, so I couldn't show them anything. I knew I had to blow them away so I ended up making a short film. There was no script so I had to improvise, I even made title credits and put music under it." While the filming of the second season is still under way, Montgomery says he is confident and claims that it all “feels right.” Montgomery’s character, Billy, is based off the idea of creating a human monster that is scarier than the fictitious creature from Stranger Things’ first season.


Uber’s First Ride in Syracuse

In case you haven’t already heard, Uber and Lyft have officially arrived in Syracuse, NY. After both Uber and Lyft were legalized in the New York state budget in April, the apps officially launched in Upstate New York on June 29th. Only six minutes after its launch, Uber received its first ride-request in Syracuse, and, according to the company, the passenger took the Uber from their home to the Blarney Stone—a bar in Tipp Hill. Though syracuse.com states that “the purpose of the trip [was] not released,” it seems only fitting that Uber’s first ride in Syracuse was a one-mile trip to a bar.

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Tyler, The Creator, Serena Williams, "Baby Driver," and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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Tyler, The Creator, Serena Williams, "Baby Driver," and more: This Week in Pop Culture

Louis Vuitton x Supreme Pop-Up

You might remember images of red cross-body bags on Louis Vuitton’s runway from Paris Men’s Fashion Week in January. This marked the beginning of the collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Supreme. However, in May, the two luxury brands hit a big roadblock while trying to launch their collaboration—Manhattan’s Community Board denied their request for a pop-up shop on Bond Street in New York City. After Bond Street residents and businesses expressed their concern at a public hearing, the Community Board of 32 members said that Supreme didn’t offer an appropriate management plan for the two-day event. Despite their troubles, the location and date of the world’s first Louis Vuitton x Supreme pop-up shop was released this past Wednesday. Opening tomorrow at 10AM, the pop-up store will be located at 95 Roscoe Street, Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. The store will remain open until July 13th. According to local sources, there have been people lined up outside the location since the location was revealed on Wednesday.

CREDIT: Louis Vuitton

CREDIT: Louis Vuitton


Review: Baby Driver

Earning a current 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, the Edgar Wright film “Baby Driver” has been described as a compelling, rowdy film featuring a young getaway driver named Baby—played by Ansel Elgort—that works for a kingpin known as Doc (Kevin Spacey). In the film, music plays an integral role in portraying the character and personality of Baby. Suffering from tinnitus from an incident when he was a child, Baby uses music in attempt to ignore the constant ringing in his ears. With his headphones constantly in, he uses a range of iPods depending on his current mood. Not only does the music serve to down Baby’s tinnitus, but also it provides him with the inspiration and motivation he needs to serve as Doc’s getaway driver. As the movie progresses, we see Baby start to fall for a waitress at the diner that his now deceased mother used to work at. The action-meets-romance film also stars Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Eiza Gonzalez. Watch the movie trailer below.


Tyler, the Creator’s Countdown

Earlier this year, fans were discouraged after Tyler, the Creator denied a rumored new album. Tyler’s last album, Cherry Bomb, was released in 2015 with an Illegal Civilization documentary following shortly after. More recently, approximately one week ago, the designer and artist tweeted a picture of a bee with a speech bubble above it reading “7 days boy!”, leaving fans curious and on-edge. Exactly seven days later, Viceland released a trailer for Tyler’s new show—Nuts + Bolts. The show is described by Tyler as “a show describing how everything I that think is awesome, is made.” With the new series airing on August 3rd, some of the things featured will be go-karts, donuts, time travel, and mustard. Although the Nuts + Bolts trailer was released on the day Tyler had been counting down to, it wasn’t the cause for his countdown. Six hours after the Nuts + Bolts trailer was released, Tyler released his first new music since Cherry Bomb: “Who Dat Boy,” featuring A$AP Rocky, and “911/Mr.Lonely,” featuring Frank Ocean. The new track called “Who Dat Boy” was released with a visually-led, self-directed video that can be somewhat disturbing at times. Watch the wild video below.


Serena Williams

On Tuesday, the subject and cover of the most recent issue of Vanity Fair was revealed—Serena Williams and her pregnancy. Williams announced her pregnancy in April and, according to Vanity Fair, knew of her pregnancy just prior to the Australian Open. (Williams still competed in and won the elite event). When Vanity Fair unveiled the cover on Tuesday, Williams tweeted asking her followers a question, “what do you guys think, boy or girl? I’m waiting to find out but would love to hear your thoughts.” The 23 grand-slam title athlete will be having the baby with her fiance, Alexis Ohanian. Though Serena is disappointed she cannot compete in Wimbledon this year, she told Vanity Fair that she couldn’t be happier with her pregnancy and soon-to-come baby. See the Vanity Fair cover below.

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