This past August saw the return of Lil Weezyana Festival to New Orleans, LA. In it’s fourth consecutive year, NOLA legend Lil Wayne put together a classic concert. The night start off with a showcase of some of Young MOney’s most recent signees (including Stephanie Acevedo). Thigns started to heat up even more when NBA Youngboy blazed the stage, followed by Tory Lanez. But the moment we were all waiting for: Lil Wayne, who was celebrating the 10th anniversary of ‘Tha Carter III’.
Streaming live on Tidal, Weezy ran though classic after classic before bring out special guests like Jeezy , Nicki Minaj, and (in the highlight of the night) Birdman – who apologized to Wayne afters years of beefing. Check out photos from the night below:
DAWN, who over the years has gone from pop star to hip hop star to genre-less musician, just got a major look via NPR. NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series has become a phenomenon in the past year thanks to stripped down performances from T-Pain, Khalid, Daniel Caesar, Mac Miller, Jorja Smith. And now, DAWN (Dawn Richard) has joined the ranks of insane talent to recreate their original vibes for NPR. Check out DAWN’s three song set (Consisting of “Waves”, “Vines (Interlude)”, and “Lazarus”) below:
Jorja Smith is having one hell of a year, and it’s not ending anytime soon. Check out her latest performance of “Where Did I Go”, as part of Vevo’s UK Lift series.
Dope new sounds, curated for Brandon Payano’s “The Far Out” series.
Featuring Chloe x Halle, Arin Ray, Mahalia, Saba, Johnny Yukon, IshDARR, Kenneth Whalum, Melii, Ravyn Lenae, Cautious Clay and more. Stream ‘The Far Out’ via Spotify below:
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‘Heatstroke’ features the hottest Hip-Hop tracks to drop within the last few months. This is a playlist for pool parties, for pre-games, for parties, for weekends…for anytime you want to get hype. From Travis Scott’s latest banger “No Bystanders” to DaniLeigh’s “Lil Bebe”. Time to turn up.
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BUKU Music + Art Project in New Orleans is one of the dopest festivals of the year for multiple reasons. Most importantly, it’s one of the most diverse, yet smartly curated festivals in the South. Nowhere else will you find SZA and Migos slaying the Main Stage, right before acts like Rezz and A Day To Remember and Little Dragon all take the stage elsewhere. This year’s line-up included MGMT, Bishop Briggs, Rich The Kid, Lil Xan, Elohim, Rezz, Flatbush Zombies, and so so many more. No genre was left untouched.
This year’s festival also saw a much expanded footprint. The Power Plant stage was moved across the tracks and into a huge field, allowing for more fans to experience the main stage acts. The new Wharf Stage was perhaps my favorite setting at BUKU. The set up was grungy and felt so intimate, yet freeing as it was set up literally 10 feet away from the Mississippi River. This was the stage you came to when you wanted to truly escape and get lost in the vibes. Shout out to Snakehips, Soulection’s Sango & Esta, and Honey Dijon, who brought sick house, and electronic-soul beats to NOLA.
Despite a few mishaps with rap acts (Lil Uzi Vert cancelling last minute, etc.), the rappers who DID show up to the fest did not come to play around. Princess Nokia took to the new Wharf stage and demolished her Saturday night set. New Orleans native Jay Electronica brought legendary vibes to the Ballroom. Acts like Smino, Noname and Isaiah Rashad delighted their cult followings, while easily picking up thousands of new fans in the process.
One of the dopest things about BUKU is that it’s not just a music festival. They really allow graffiti artists and other niche creators come and showcase their skills. The Front Yard this year was home to some sick murals and performances from collectives like Freewater, The Pink Room Project and Upbeat Academy.
Check out our photos from the festival below:
Recently, we got the chance to be part of the photography team for the first ever Party In The Pines country music festival in White Springs, FL. As a first year festival, the producers were able to score some insanely huge headlining names: Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, etc. Check out photos from the epic first year festival below.
2017 has been a year packed with amazing music in every genre. Competition among independent artists and major artists is at an all time high, and the quality of music both are creating reflects that. From Cardi B and Sampha to The XX and Migos, check out our Best Songs of 2017 playlist below.
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On this episode of GQ’s “Actually Me,” Nick Jonas goes undercover on the Internet and responds to real comments from Twitter, Reddit, Quora, YouTube, Wikipedia, and more. Check it out below:
After a loooong hiatus, N.E.R.D. is back together, and they’ve brought along Rihanna for their new single. “Lemon” is classic N.E.R.D.-banger material, and sees Rihanna flaunt her emcee skills. Check out the visual for “Lemon” below:
In this week’s “Damn That’s Dope!” news, The Weeknd, who may soon be going by just Abel Tesfaye, has teamed up with Marvel to create his own comic book series based on his 2016 album ‘STARBOY’. Announced at this past weekend’s Comic Con in New York City, the comic book will follow The Weeknd’s alter ego (Starboy) and will be releasing in 2018. Stay tuned for more details on a release date!
Alternative rock band Two Door Cinema Club has developed a cult following over the past decade, headlining festivals all over the world while thousands of fans scream the lyrics to “Lavender”, “What You Know” and more. In September, Two Door Cinema Club launched their latest tour, in support of the Gameshow album and we stopped by the New Orleans stop. Check out photos from the show, featuring opening act Circa Waves, below:
Fresh off her latest single with Yuna, L.A.-based producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA has released the second single off her new album Lune Rouge, dropping October 6th. Check out “NO WAY” featuring TDE’s Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp, and New Orleans songstress Ambré: