S. Raekwon’s “Darling” is an anthemic, intimate folk song

S. Raekwon’s “Darling” is an anthemic, intimate folk song
Listen to the first taste of S. Raekwon’s debut album, out October 8 on Father/Daughter.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 04, 2021

On his new single “Darling”, S. Raekwon — New York’s Steven Raekwon Reynolds — walks a fine line between the intimate and the anthemic. “I wanna be held in your arms,” he sings: his voice is glassy and immediate, possessive of the confidence of someone uttering sweet nothings. It’s the stuff of folk song — or, it would be, if not for all the pure resplendence behind him. “Darling” is awash in Phil Collins-y guitar licks, angelic harmonies, a gleaming, pulsating synth line. It builds to a point that’s almost overwhelming — until, in its final moments, everything drops away. Never overstaying its welcome, it’s an appealing exercise in romantic restraint. It’s the first taste of Where I’m At Now, S. Raekwon’s debut album, out October 8 on Father/Daughter Records.

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“Darling was the first song I started recording for the record back in July 2019. It’s about giving yourself up to someone or something so totally and completely that you’re forever changed by them,” S. Raekwon tells The FADER via email. “Where parts of you become theirs, and parts of them yours. It’s about shaping and twisting and changing together – emotionally, physically, mentally. Even when you’re apart, you’re still in their shape.” Listen to “Darling” above, and pre-order Where I’m At Now here.

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Watch a trailer for Showtime’s documentary Bitchin’: The Sound And Fury Of Rick James

Watch a trailer for Showtime’s documentary Bitchin’: The Sound And Fury Of Rick James
The film airs Friday, September 3.

By Jordan Darville

August 04, 2021

Rick James, the oft-sampled icon of funk music and the subject of a certain Dave Chappelle sketch, is getting the documentary film treatment. Bitchin’: The Sound And Fury Of Rick James will premiere on Showtime on September 3, and yesterday the project’s first trailer dropped. Judging from the clip, streaming above via Stereogum, the film will make an effort to balance James’ undeniable place in pop history with his brutal treatment of women — he spent five years in prison in the early ’90s for kidnapping and sexual assault, and faced several allegations over the course of his life before passing away in 2004 at age 56. Bitchin’ is directed by Sacha Jenkins, who helmed the docuseries Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men and Burn Motherfucker, Burn!, a documentary about the L.A. riots.

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Listen to a new FADER Mix by Frank Renaissance’s KM

Listen to a new FADER Mix by Frank Renaissance’s KM

The Japanese producer shares a genre-spanning, booming bass-filled mix.

By Sajae Elder

August 04, 2021

The longstanding FADER Mix series presents new, exclusive DJ mixes from our favorite artists and producers.

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As one of the biggest producers in Japan, KM is keen on spreading his reach, and that of other Japanese artists and producers, to the North American masses. As part of new label Frank Renaissance, he and co-founder Ren Stern hope to do just that.

“So many artists in Japan are influenced by dance music from the U.S. and U.K., but within that, I also believe we’re beginning to develop our own unique style,” KM explained. “Frank Renaissance takes those emerging artists and supports them in bringing that new Japanese style to the world. I’m excited to be a part of this effort and to see what’s to come.”

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After sharing his sophomore album, EVERYTHING INSIDE back in June, featuring collaborations with artists like Daichi Yamamoto and LEX, KM says a double LP version is set to drop sometime this year.

For his FADER Mix, KM hops from hip-hop and R&B to punk rock and EDM and back again unjust under 45 minutes. Listen below — and read on for a short Q&A with the producer.

The FADER · FADER Mix: KM

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The FADER: Tell me a bit about this mix. There’s a lot happening in terms of genres. What was the inspiration for how it came together?

KM: The remixes, bootlegs, and the originals in this mix are all my own beats. It crosses over various genres, but I hope you can feel the coalescence across them.

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Lockdowns have started to end in most places. How did you cope and how did you stay inspired over the last year and a half?

I’m highly disappointed in the Japanese government’s handling of the pandemic. To be truthful, I’ve felt down any time I’ve seen something concerning the pandemic on the news over these last several months. Now that I think about it, I think I locked myself in a studio as a way to escape all of that. While major labels were slowing down in production due to COVID, I was able to produce two albums and provide tracks for many artists. Inspiration came naturally as I continued to work in the studio and ideas kept flowing one after another.

Is there a track that stands out in this mix for you?

Most of the tracks that I chose for the mix are exclusive, but I would want people to especially check out “DAZED (KM Flip)” by Matt OX, “What Ya doing (KM Remix),” by LEX, who’s my label and a huge star in Japan, and “Motown Man (KM Remix)” by C.O.S.A.

What artists or producers are you most excited about right now?

This year I’ve liked listening to Monte Booker and Take A Daytrip, and I’m always listening to Kenny Beats’ work as well! Also, Deb Never, D33J, Shlohmo, Clams Casino, and The Alchemist. Tracks produced by techno or electronic producers like Jacques Greene and ACTRESS are some of my favorites too.

Most people are very focused on Tokyo as the art and cultural center of Japan, but what is the music scene like in the country overall?

Hip-hop from clubs in major cities across Japan is gaining more national attention today and attracting new audiences. Artists who aren’t looking to be a part of the major label infrastructure here are exploding in popularity on social media and in underground scenes. I feel we’re living in one of the most exciting times in Japanese music today, with creativity abounding. I’m excited for the future and I am motivated by the greater Japanese creative scene every day.

KM FADER Mix Tracklist

01 DAZED (KM Flip) – Matt Ox
02 FUCK WORLD (KM Remix) – Brent Faiyaz
03 XO Tour Life (KM Remix) – Lil Uzi Vert
04 bad idea (KM Remix) – Girl In Red
05 Cardigan (KM Remix) – Don Toliver
06 Better Off (KM Remix) – Lil Peep
07 social phobia – (sic)boy & KM
08 Fast (KM Remix) – JuiceWRLD
09 Life Is Good (KM Remix) – Future & Drake
10 One Dance, Tagle Up (Mush up for Mabanua) – KM
11 luv sic (KM Edit for Nujabes) – Shing02
12 Filter Ft. JJJ & Campanella – KM
13 20181215 KM (Must Be Dreaming) – KM
14 What Ya Doing (KM Remix) – LEX
15 Motown Man (KM Remix) – C.O.S.A.
16 Nonono – Lil’ Leise But Gold & KM

Young Nudy shares new album Rich Shooter

Young Nudy shares new album Rich Shooter
The surprise project features Future, Gucci Mane, PeeWee Longway, and more.

By Jordan Darville

August 04, 2021

Young Nudy. Photo by John Canon.

 

Earlier this year, Atlanta rapper Young Nudy dropped an album called Dr. EV4L and announced a run of USA dates called “the DR. EV4L vs RICH SHOOTER tour.” That title was a big hint that Nudy had more music in the works, and today he’s released a new full-length project called — surprise surprise — Rich Shooter.

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To get a sense of where Nudy’s head is at on the tape, he makes it clear in the opening verse of the track’s first song, “Keep It In The Street:” “If it was up to Slimeball I’d have my n***** pull his ski mask down on all you rap n***** and get nasty.” He still has no love for the rap industry and has the brutal bars to prove it. Nudy’s second album of the year includes verses from stars like Future, Gucci Mane, and a particularly fired-up Peewee Longway. Stream it below, followed by Nudy’s upcoming tour dates.

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Young Nudy tour dates

8/6 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
8/7 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
8/11 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
8/12 – Memphis, TN – Growlers
8/13 – Atlanta, GA – Believe
8/14 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
8/18 – Silver Springs, MD – Filmore
8/19 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
8/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
8/21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

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Recording Academy to use inclusion rider for 2022 Grammys

Recording Academy to use inclusion rider for 2022 Grammys
The details of the rider will be released to the public this fall.

By Sajae Elder

August 04, 2021

Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images.

 

The Recording Academy announced today that the production of its next awards show will come with an inclusion rider, in an effort to ensure equity and diversity in future ceremonies. As part of their #ChangeMusic initiative, the rider was created in partnership with Color of Change released to the public on September 16.

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Typically used in the film and TV industries to make sure the cast and crew are diverse, The rider will call for the Recording Academy to “recruit, audition, interview, and hire on-stage and off-stage people who have been historically and systematically excluded from the industry,” according to a press release.

“We’re honored to work alongside Color of Change and the Inclusion Rider’s esteemed co-authors as we take this monumental step to ensure equitable industry standards that support a more diverse and inclusive music community,” said Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. “As the Academy continues its transformational journey, diversifying our industry is at the core of every decision we make. We’re dedicated to fostering an environment of inclusion industry-wide and hope that our efforts set an example for our peers in the music community.”

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Earlier this year, The Weeknd vowed to boycott the awards going forward, claiming corruption after his 2020 album After Hours was snubbed. “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys,” he said in an interview with The New York Times at the time. The academy says it has since dropped the anonymous committees.

Joey Purp shares new song/video “Outside,” announces new project

Joey Purp shares new song/video “Outside,” announces new project
UpLate is out September 24.

By Jordan Darville

August 03, 2021

Three years after his last full-length project QUARTERTHING, Chicago rapper Joey Purp has announced his new tape UpLate. The project is a “house record,” according to a press release, and you can certainly get a flavor of that in its lead single “Outside.” Purp flexes like he’s making up for lost time but never sounding desperate for attention over a beat that would make Frankie Knuckles proud. Watch the flashy music video above, and read Purp’s statement on UpLate below.

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We really just wanted to expand. Expand on everything we’ve done. Expand on our sound. Expand Chicago’s sound and what that means to the world. We wanted to give a glimpse at our history and our future at the same time you know. There’s a saying, you don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you came from. In hip hop, we say it ain’t where you from it’s where you at. So this is where we’re from and this is where we’re at and this is where we’re going. And this is what it sounds like.

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Miso Extra salutes new pals on “Adventures of Tricky And Duke”

Miso Extra salutes new pals on “Adventures of Tricky And Duke”
Check out the debut single from the London-based artist and producer.

By David Renshaw

August 03, 2021

Sirui Ma

There’s a moment on “Adventures of Tricky ‘n’ Duke,” the debut single from English-Japanese vocalist and producer Miso Extra, where she warns the listener; “Don’t blink” It’s sound advice for a song that packs an awful lot into its modest runtime. Melding both languages of her dual heritage, the bilingual artist glides over a chewy beat filled with harmonic ad-libs and flourishes to celebrate new friendships and blossoming relationships alike, serving up a brief moment of joy to lighten your day.

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Speaking to The FADER about the song via email, Miso Extra said: “‘Adventures of Tricky ‘n’ Duke’ is all about a beautiful encounter with a new friend and acts as my self introduction as Miso Extra. In Japanese we call this a jikoshoukai. The song tries to capture the butterflies and innocence of being in the midst of a new friendship, the kind where you feel like you’ve met your match.”

“Adventures of Tricky ‘n’ Duke” will feature on Miso Extra’s forthcoming EP, Great Taste, due later this year.

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Michael Seyer reaches out a hand on new song “Modern Loneliness”

Michael Seyer reaches out a hand on new song “Modern Loneliness”
Seyer’s new album A Good Fool is released next month.

By David Renshaw

August 03, 2021

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Like many people in the world, singer-songwriter Michael Seyer has spent the past year and a half pre-occupied with both global issues and personal ones that, when placed side by side, feel mismatched. LA-based Seyer sums this feeling up neatly on new song “Modern Loneliness” when he sighs, “I am so small but big / My head is hurting.”

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Juggling worries both in and out of his control is the center of A Good Fool, Seyer’s new album due September 24. Lining up alongside “Modern Loneliness” are songs about growing up as an immigrant, while “Chemotherapy” taps into his father’s ill health. Seyer takes these weighty issues and manages to distill a lightness, gently strumming his acoustic guitar on “Modern Loneliness” until it sounds like it is twinkling. From a distance his anguished tone sounds not unlike Radiohead’s “Creep.”

Speaking to The FADER via email, Seyer explained a little more. “I wrote this song during a weird time: around September of 2020,” he said. “The world felt like it was caving in on itself and at the surface of it all, I always felt this ambiguous and intense feeling of loneliness. It’s a theme I always come back to and I don’t know why I keep writing about loneliness but hopefully making music about the feeling gives me a better understanding of it or at least an exercise in sanity in what feels like an increasingly isolated world.”

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Seyer will open for Men I Trust on their upcoming North American dates. See below for full scheduling:

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SEPTEMBER 29TH – ANN ARBOR, MI – BLIND PIG
SEPTEMBER 30TH – CLEVELAND, OH – GROG SHOP
OCTOBER 1ST – CHICAGO, IL – LINCOLN HALL
OCTOBER 2ND – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FINE LINE
OCTOBER 3RD – LAWRENCE, KS – BOTTLENECK
OCTOBER 5TH – DENVER, CO – BLUEBIRD
OCTOBER 6TH – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – URBAN LOUNGE
OCTOBER 8TH – PORTLAND, OR – ALADDIN
OCTOBER 9TH – VANCOUVER, BC – RICKSHAW STOP
OCTOBER 10TH – SEATTLE, WA – NEUMOS
OCTOBER 12TH – OAKLAND, CA – NEW PARISH
OCTOBER 13TH – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – G.A.M.H.
OCTOBER 15TH – LOS ANGELES, CA – EL REY
OCTOBER 16TH – LOS ANGELES, CA – THE BELASCO
OCTOBER 17TH – SAN DIEGO, CA – BELLY UP
OCTOBER 18TH – PHOENIX, AZ – CRESCENT BALLROOM
OCTOBER 20TH – FORT WORTH, TX – TULIPS
OCTOBER 21ST – AUSTIN, TX – SCOOT INN
OCTOBER 22ND – HOUSTON, TX – WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL
OCTOBER 23RD – SAN ANTONIO, TX – PAPER TIGER
OCTOBER 25TH – ORLANDO, FL – SOUNDBAR
OCTOBER 26TH – ATLANTA, GA – TERMINAL WEST
OCTOBER 27TH – DURHAM, NC – MOTORCO MUSIC HALL
OCTOBER 29TH – PHILADELPHIA, PA – UNDERGROUND ARTS
OCTOBER 30TH – WASHINGTON, DC – UNION STAGE
OCTOBER 31ST – BROOKLYN, NY – MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
NOVEMBER 2ND – BROOKLYN, NY – MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
NOVEMBER 3RD – BOSTON, MA – THE PARADISE

Bad Bunny and Aventura team up for “Volví”

Bad Bunny and Aventura team up for “Volví”
The long-awaited collaborative single has finally hit.

By Jordan Darville

August 03, 2021

Before Romeo Santos became the “King of Bachata” and a FADER cover star, he was a member of a group from the Dominican Republic called Aventura. They went on hiatus in 2011, reunited in 2019 for a song on Santos’ album Utopia, and today are back with the brand new single “Volví” featuring Latin trap titan (and fellow cover star) Bad Bunny. The music video takes place at a wedding reception (remember those?) where the song’s sexy bachata-rap is a perfect mood-setter. Check it out above.

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Ty Segall shares surprise album Harmonizer

Ty Segall shares surprise album Harmonizer
The release serves as the follow-up to his 2019 album Pig Man Lives: Volume 1.

By Sajae Elder

August 03, 2021

Ty Segall. Denée Segall.

 

Ty Segall announced and shared a brand new album, Harmonizer, on Tuesday, his first in two years following 2019’s Pig Man Lives: Volume 1.

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Co-produced by Cooper Crain, the 10-track project features contributions from the Freedom Band — consisting of Ben Boye, Mikal Cronin, Emmett Kelly, and Charles Moothart — and Denée Segall, who co-writes and appears on two tracks. The album is also the first release from Ty’s Harmonizer Studios. Back in 2020, Segall and Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale, performing together as Wasted Shirt, shared the album Fungus II.

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Jack Harlow and Pooh Shiesty share “SUVs (Black on Black)”

Jack Harlow and Pooh Shiesty share “SUVs (Black on Black)”
Harlow caps off a well-received performance at Lollapalooza with a new song.

By Jordan Darville

August 03, 2021

Jack Harlow‘s unlikely moment is continuing with few signs of stopping. His 2020 single “What’s Poppin” was a smash hit and nominated for a Grammy, his Lil Nas X collaboration “Industry Baby” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and he’s fresh off a very successful performance at last week’s Lollapalooza. Now he’s sharing a new song “SUVs (Black On Black) featuring Pooh Shiesty.

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The track is a catchy demonstration of Harlow’s flexibility — he’s been well served by his naturally impish charm, and it allows him to glide over a beat that rattles in the red. His brags (or facts, as he claims) sound comfortable next to Pooh Shiesty, who was arrested as his career was beginning to peak and now faces faces federal shooting charges. Hopefully, he’ll be out soon and able to appreciate the newfound attention this song will likely bring.

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Tyler, The Creator announces tour featuring Vince Staples, Kali Uchis, and Teezo Touchdown

Tyler, The Creator announces tour featuring Vince Staples, Kali Uchis, and Teezo Touchdown
Tickets for the Call Me If You Get Lost tour go on sale Friday, August 6.

By Jordan Darville

August 03, 2021

Tyler, the Creator. Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images

 

Tyler, The Creator has announced a tour of North America behind his fantastic recent album Call Me If You Get Lost. The 34-date trek kicks off in February 2022, and will feature opening acts Kali Uchis, Vince Staples, (who have both also recently released notable albums) and buzzy newcomer and Teezo Touchdown. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 6 at CallMeIfYouGetLost.com. For a taste of what Tyler’s new live show might be like, watch his full set from last weekend’s Lollapalooza.

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Tyler, The Creator 2022 tour dates

02/10 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
02/11 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
02/12 – Las Vegas, NV – Michelob Ultra Arena
02/14 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
02/16 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
02/18 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
02/19 – Kansas City, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena
02/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
02/22 – Chicago, IL – United Center
02/24 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
02/27 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
02/28 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
03/03 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
03/04 – Norfolk, VA – Chartway Arena
03/06 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
03/07 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
03/09 – Montreal, QC – Place Bell
03/11 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
03/12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
03/13 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
03/16 – Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum
03/18 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
03/19 – Tampa, FL – Yuengling Center
03/20 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
03/23 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
03/25 – Duluth, GA – Gas South Arena
03/27 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
03/29 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
03/31 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
04/01 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
04/02 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
04/04 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
04/07 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
04/08 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena

New York City to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend indoor concerts

New York City to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend indoor concerts
At least one dose of the vaccine will be needed to enter indoor dining, gyms, and more, beginning September 13.

By Jordan Darville

August 03, 2021

Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images.

 

Concert attendees in New York City will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend all indoor shows as part of new pandemic mitigation procedures implemented on Tuesday.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the plan as part of the “Key To NYC Pass,” which will also require New York City residents to get at least one COVID vaccination shot to work out in a gym, eat inside a restaurant, and more. New York City will be the first city in the United States to implement vaccination-based mandates on these activities. The changes will take effect on September 13.

De Blasio tied the new rules to the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the city as the Delta variant continues to spread across the United States. “Climbing this ladder is giving us more and more ability to fight back (against) the delta variant,” the mayor said during a press conference. If vaccination rates do not rise, de Blasio said, he expected that further restrictions would be implemented on those without a COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Weeknd teases new era with “The Dawn Is Coming”

The Weeknd teases new era with “The Dawn Is Coming”
Get ready for what is after After Hours.

By David Renshaw

August 02, 2021

The Weeknd may have dominated 2020 with his album After Hours spawning monster hits including “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears” but Abel Tesfaye isn’t going to bask in the glory. On Sunday night, August 1, he ushered in the next era of music via a two minute preview of upcoming material. “Fuck it … IT STARTS TONIGHT,” he tweeted before sharing a video titled “The Dawn Is Coming.” While not a new song, per se, the video acts as a preview of what is to come.

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Speaking in a new GQ cover story published on Monday, The Weeknd confirms a new project is on the way and states, simply, “It’s the album I’ve always wanted to make.”

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The Weeknd previously claimed “the dawn is coming” during a speech at the 2021 Billboard Awards. He has performed at a number of awards ceremonies in the past year, though not at The Grammys which he infamously boycotted last year. The Weeknd’s After Hours era arguably culminated with his spectacular Super Bowl performance in February.

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DaBaby dropped from Governor’s Ball following homophobic remarks

DaBaby dropped from Governor’s Ball following homophobic remarks
The rapper, who was roundly criticized for remarks made during a performance at Rolling Loud, was removed from Lollapalooza over the weekend.

By Jordan Darville

August 02, 2021

DaBaby. Photo by Cain via Universal.

 

Governor’s Ball has removed DaBaby from the lineup for this year’s festival as the controversy deepens over the homophobic comments and AIDS misinformation the rapper stated during a Rolling Loud performance.

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The festival shared a notice alluding to the removal on Monday, promising “a lineup addition” to come. “Founders Entertainment does not and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind. We welcome and celebrate the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world. Thank you to the fans who continue to speak up for what is right. Along with you, we will continue to use our platform for good.”

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— The Governors Ball (@GovBallNYC) August 2, 2021

It’s the second festival to drop DaBaby in a matter of days. On Sunday, DaBaby was removed from Lollapalooza’s lineup the day he was slated to perform. “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love,” the festival said in a statement. “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.”

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The blowback began after DaBaby’s performance at Rolling Loud in Miami. “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” he said. “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” As the controversy grew, DaBaby posted an Instagram Story saying his gay fans did not have AIDS because they weren’t “nasty” or “junkies.”

DaBaby directly addressed the controversy last week. “Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset,” he tweeted, “what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody.” In one scene found in his music video for “Giving What It’s Supposed To Give,” he holds a sign saying “AIDS.” The video concludes with the phrase “Don’t Fight Hate With Hate” in a rainbow font and the message “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”

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Frank Ocean will headline Coachella in 2023

Frank Ocean will headline Coachella in 2023
The festival’s co-founder confirmed the news in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

By Sajae Elder

August 02, 2021

Frank Ocean. Colin Schorr.

 

After being slated to headline Coachella in 2020 before the event was postponed and later pushed back to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Frank Ocean will serve as headliner in 2023 according to festival co-founder Paul Tollett in an exclusive interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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“I’m just trying to be as fair as I can to artists and to the fans to make sure that eventually, they get to see everyone that we talked about,” Tollett said in the interview. Writer Steve Appleford added that Tollett felt fans deserved “some reassurance after the chaos and uncertainty of the last year and a half.”

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Coachella is set to return in April 2022 featuring Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott, originally set to co-headline alongside Ocean in 2020, in top billing. A third headliner for 2022 is reportedly still set to be announced.

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Travis Scott signs movie production deal with A24, teases Utopia film

Travis Scott signs movie production deal with A24, teases Utopia film
A film titled after his forthcoming album is on the way.

By Jordan Darville

August 02, 2021

Travis Scott. Photo via Epic Records.

 

McDonald’s, Reese’s Puffs, Nike, Nerf, Fortnite — Travis Scott is no stranger to attaching himself with brands for lucrative collaborations. On Monday, Variety announced yet another Scott collaboration, this time with independent film/TV company A24. Scott’s company Cactus Jack and A24 have signed a production deal for a series of films, including one that shares a title with Scott’s upcoming album Utopia.

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A24’s Twitter account teased the Utopia film, tweeting out a picture of a film script bearing Scott’s name. The title is partially redacted, but appears to Utopia, the name of Scott’s forthcoming album.

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— A24 (@A24) August 2, 2021

A24 is the company behind acclaimed films such as Hereditary, Moonlight, Uncut Gems and The Florida Project, and has produced the TV series Ramy, Euphoria and Ziwe.

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DaBaby apologizes for “hurtful & triggering comments”

DaBaby apologizes for “hurtful & triggering comments”
The rapper was dropped from two festivals following homophobic comments made on stage at Rolling Loud.

By Jordan Darville

August 02, 2021

DaBaby. Photo by Jackie Dimailig.

 

DaBaby issued a formal statement of apology on Monday as the controversy surrounding homophobic statements made during a performance at Rolling Loud continued to swirl. The rapper was removed from a performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Sunday, with Governor’s Ball dropping him from the September festival the following day.

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“Social media moves so fast,” the statement begins, “that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes.” DaBaby writes that “having people I know publicly working against me… has been challenging,” and thanks those who “reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education and resources.” He continues: “I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made.” Read the full statement below:

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Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes. As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me— knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance— has been challenging. I appreciate the many people who have come to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.

I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God bless.

– DaBaby

Controversy erupted after DaBaby’s performance at Rolling Loud Miami last month. Between songs, the rapper said “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” and “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” Soon after, DaBaby’s comments were denounced by Dua Lipa, his collaborator on the hit single “Levitating,” as well as Elton John and Madonna.

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DaBaby made some clumsy attempts at contrition twice before today’s statement. Last week, he tweeted an apology for his offensive HIV/AIDS statements, and concluded his music video for “Giving What It’s Supposed To Give” with a rainbow-colored statement reading “Don’t fight hate with hate” and the statement “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.” In other public posts, DaBaby attacked critics like Questlove for speaking out against his comments.

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Pink Siifu shares new album GUMBO’!

Pink Siifu shares new album GUMBO’!
Hear the rapper’s first brand new full-length of 2021.

By Jordan Darville

August 02, 2021

Pink Siifu. Photo by Cinque Mubarak.

 

Pink Siifu had a prolific 2020, sharing collaborative projects like FlySiifu’s (made with Fly Anakin, Bag Talk (with YungMorpheus), and NEGRO, one of our favorite albums of the year. His new solo project GUMBO’! is titled after a Black American culinary tradition where disparate ingredients are slowly nurtured into an improbably complex whole — it’s also an analogy for Siifu’s creative output. GUMBO’! has the same gleeful collage-like atmosphere as NEGRO without the rage, opting instead for a love letter to all corners of hip-hop and the Black expression that inspire it. GUMBO’! is only available to stream on Bandcamp at the moment, and you can hear it below.

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DaBaby dropped from Lollapalooza lineup over homophobic remarks

DaBaby dropped from Lollapalooza lineup over homophobic remarks
DaBaby has been removed from the lineup of Lollapalooza mere hours before he was supposed to take the stage.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 01, 2021

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DaBaby has been dropped from the Lollapalooza 2021 lineup, mere hours before he was supposed to take the stage at Chicago’s Grant Park. “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect and love,” the festival wrote on Twitter, “With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.” As a replacement, G Herbo was added to the festival’s lineup, and Young Thug was moved into the headliner slot vacated by DaBaby.

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Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight. Young Thug will now perform at 9:00pm on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4:00pm on the T-Mobile Stage. pic.twitter.com/Mx4UiAi4FW

— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 1, 2021

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DaBaby’s removal from the lineup is likely a response to the homophobic remarks the North Carolina rapper made at last weekend’s Rolling Loud festival in Miami. “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” he said during his set, adding “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” The comments were widely condemned by many in the music industry, including Dua Lipa, whose DaBaby collaboration “Levitating” is currently sitting within the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, and Elton John. In response, DaBaby released a music video referencing the controversy, in which he holds up a sign that reads “AIDS”; at the end of the video, a rainbow-lettered message is displayed on-screen, reading “My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you.”

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The day before DaBaby’s set was supposed to take place, Kevin Abstract, the openly gay rapper who leads rap boyband Brockhampton, tweeted: “wow brockhampton and dababy really play the same day on the same stage tomorrow”. Over the course of the day, he proceeded to tweet jokes about sucking dick in a parking lot.

wow brockhampton and dababy really play the same day on the same stage tomorrow

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) July 31, 2021

JUS SUCKED A HUGE DICK IN PARKING LOT

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) August 1, 2021

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Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak roll out in Silk Sonic’s “Skate” video

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak roll out in Silk Sonic’s “Skate” video
Featuring a skate crew and lots of bongos.

By David Renshaw

July 30, 2021

Silk Sonic, the new duo comprised of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, have shared a video for new song “Skate.” The video shows Mars and .Paak performing the song while surrounded by a crew of skating dancers. Check it out above.

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Speaking about “Skate,” Mars told Apple Music the song came about as part of thought exercise in the studio. “Me and the team was thinking about what if we were performing in the middle of a roller rink, what would that baseline be doing?” he told Zane Lowe. “What would the guitar be doing? What would the drums be talking about? And I wanted to play congas and that’s what you get. You get a song called “Skate”. Talking about I’m trying to float. I’m trying to glide.”

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“Skate” is the second Silk Sonic track following “Leave The Dor Open.” That song went to Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 upon its release in March. A Silk Sonic album titled An Evening With Silk Sonic, has been recorded though no further details have been confirmed.

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The 7 projects you should stream right now

The 7 projects you should stream right now
New albums from Billie Eilish, Isaiah Rashad, TORRES, and more.

By Jordan Darville

July 30, 2021

Billie Eilish. Photo by Kelia Anne MacCluskey

 

Billie Eilish, Happier Than Ever

Billie Eilish cemented her global stardom two years ago with her debut album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, winner of three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. She reunites with her brother and producer Finneas on her new project Happier Than Ever, preceded by the singles “Your Power,” “Lost Cause,” and “NDA.”

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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Isaiah Rashad, The House Is Burning

L.A-via-Chattanooga rapper Isaiah Rashad battled addiction and self-doubt in the five years between The House Is Burning and his last full-length The Sun’s Tirade. He announced his triumphant return with an in-depth FADER cover story, and today the project finally drops. “I just wanted this shit to sound fun,” he told us. “If I’m sad, people don’t need to be able to tell. And this is probably my most depressing album.”

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

Tink, Heat Of The Moment

A rising star of 2010s Chicago rap whose talent made it easy to root for her, Tink’s career was thrown off balance in subsequent years thanks to — what else? — label issues. She eventually was released, signed to EMPIRE in 2019, and began releasing music on her own terms. Heat of the Moment follows last year’s studio project Hopeless Romantic, and sports features from Davido, Kodak Black, Jeremih, and Yung Bleu.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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Yola, Stand For Myself

After a raucous late-night performance on Colbert, classic R&B singer-songwriter Yola shares her second album, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. “I try everything I can do to put good energy in the world,” Yola told Elton John for his “Rocket Hour” radio show, “but simultaneously not being vacuous or vapid with it, because I think that’s very easy to do.”

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

TORRES, Thirstier

On the most recent episode of The FADER Interview, Mackenzie Scott a.k.a. TORRES told us she wanted to conjure the happiness of her domestic life in the spirit of her fifth studio album “[I was] making a very conscious choice to, not just lyrically and musically, but just energetically, choosing to infuse the new record with that life that I was trying to mimic in my home situation.” Rob Ellis and Peter Miles co-produce the effort with Scott.

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Prince, Welcome 2 America

Written and recorded by Prince in 2010, Welcome 2 America was sealed in the Purple One’s storied Vault until his untimely passing freed his estate to distribute what was contained inside. The project was preceded by the songs “Born 2 Die,” (which serves as a Curtis Mayfield tribute of sorts) and “Hot Summer.”



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Skepta, All In EP

One of the few grime MCs to bring the genre beyond the U.K.’s borders, Skepta drops a five-track EP two years after his album Ignorance is Bliss. All In features TeeZee, Kid Cudi, and J Balvin.

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Maxo Kream returns with “Local Joker”

Maxo Kream returns with “Local Joker”
It’s the Houston rapper’s first new solo song in two years.

By Jordan Darville

July 30, 2021

Houston rapper Maxo Kream is back with “Local Joker,” his first new song since his excellent 2019 project Brandon Banks (he’s since appeared J. Cole’s label compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III). In his new song, Maxo strikes a reflective tone, ruminating on his upbringing and outlining what getting it out the mud really means. It’s a smooth and bittersweet track, underlined by the ritzy surroundings captured in Notachance’s music video.

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“‘Local Joker’ explains where I’m at in my life right now,” Maxo said in a press statement. “I love Houston, I’m from Houston. My merch is Houston-focused. My music has a strong Houston influence-everything is Houston, it’s local. You can catch me in any part of Houston with the local jokers – but at the same time I’m not a local joker because I’ve grown and expanded the territory that I touch. But home will always be home- and that’s Houston, Alief fasho!”

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Lady Gaga stars as notorious “Black Widow” in House of Gucci trailer

Lady Gaga stars as notorious “Black Widow” in House of Gucci trailer
The film hits theatres on November 24.

By Sajae Elder

July 30, 2021

Lady Gaga returns to the silver screen in the official trailer for upcoming true-crime drama House of Gucci, centered around the iconic Italian fashion family. Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani, who orchestrates the murder of then-husband Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver.

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The real Reggiani, who earned the nickname “Black Widow,” was convicted and sentenced to 18 years in prison for the 1995 killing. She was released in 2016. Based on the 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden, the Ridley Scott-directed film will also star Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, and Salma Hayek.

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Back in 2019, Lady Gaga earned an Academy Award Best Actress nod for A Star Is Born, and took home the award Best Original Song for “Shallow.”

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House of Gucci hits theaters on Nov. 24.

Watch the trailer above.

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anaiis shares the visuals for the Topaz Jones-assisted “chuu”

anaiis shares the visuals for the Topaz Jones-assisted “chuu”
The video follows the release of previous singles “juno” and “reverie” from earlier this year.

By Sajae Elder

July 30, 2021

After dropping the track last week, London-based singer-songwriter anaiis shared the trippy visuals for her latest single “chuu” alongside Topaz Jones on Friday. Directed by Jenny Brough, the dream-like clip finds both artists on an Alice in Wonderland-esque journey through a number of surreal scenes.

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“We decided to visualize them through a dream sequence film. It was in part inspired by the magical-realist set designs of Alejandro Jodorowski and was created to ridicule the absurdities often witnessed in the music industry, which reflected some of my own challenges within it,” Brough said of the video.

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Watch the video for “chuu” above.

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Omah Lay goes to war for love in “Understand”

Omah Lay goes to war for love in “Understand”
The track serves as the Nigerian singer-songwriter’s first release of 2021.

By Sajae Elder

July 30, 2021

Rising Nigerian pop star Omah Lay shared the cinematic visuals for his latest single “Understand” on Friday. The single marks his first release of 2021. “I enter rain ‘coz I give you umbrella / I thought we in this together,” Omah sings over the track’s bouncy, Afrobeats production.

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Shot in Ghana, the clip finds the singer-songwriter embroiled in a tense standoff surrounded by armed men, jumping between these moments and flashbacks of the love he seems keen to protect.

Most recently, Omah Lay dropped two EPs, Get Layd and What Have We Done, back in 2020.

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SURF GANG take it back to school in the “Woah” video

SURF GANG take it back to school in the “Woah” video
The N.Y.C. collective’s new project SGV1 is out now.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

I’ll always have a soft spot for rap groups continuing to build on cloud rap’s legacy, and SURF GANG are one of the most intriguing out there. The New York City group share addled, grim raps a la Goth Money Records over beats that almost exclusively sound sourced from new age and ambient compilations. Fresh off releasing their new tape SGV1, SURF GANG returns today with a new video for “WOAH,” premiering today on The FADER. The clip depicts the kind of show you’ve been missing: sweaty, packed shoulder-to-shoulder around a fleet of schoolbuses, and with impromptu energy. Before you ask: yes, the police did shut down the show, but not before SURF GANG showed a couple hundred people why they’re worth paying attention to.

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Nao shares “And Then Life Was Beautiful,” announces new album

Nao shares “And Then Life Was Beautiful,” announces new album
Her project And Then Life Was Beautiful drops on September 24.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

After a gap of about three years since her last album, English singer-songwriter Nao has announced her third studio project And Then Life Was Beautiful with the project’s title track, out today. She opens the song with a line so relateable it will ease almost every listener into her world: “Change came like a hurricane / 2020 hit us differently.” The song’s subsequent optimism — and Nao’s carefully crafted psychedelic soul — is anything but trite, and has rhythm of a soothing meditation session. Take a listen above. And Then Life Was Beautiful is out on September 24, and will feature serpentwithfeet and Lianne La Havas.

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Skepta shares new song “Nirvana” featuring J Balvin

Skepta shares new song “Nirvana” featuring J Balvin
All In is out Friday, July 30.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

Skepta. Photo via Earth Agency.

 

About a decade ago, years before Skepta became a global rap star with his album Konnichiwa, the London rapper dropped a clip of hilarious hardcore pornography as the music video for his song “All Over The House.” These days, Skepta is taking a more upscale route for his sex jam visuals, as shown in the clip for his new single “Nirvana,” produced by Jae5 and featuring J Balvin. Skep plays a butler who catches the eye of the house’s mistress, but things take an unexpected turn after tea time. Watch KLVDR’s music video below. “Nirvana” will appear on Skepta’s upcoming EP All In, out tomorrow.

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Listen to glaive’s new song “bastard”

Listen to glaive’s new song “bastard”
His new EP all dogs go to heaven is out next Friday.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

glaive, at once a sage and enfant terrible of hyperpop, has been on a hot streak in 2021. His songs “cloak n dagger” featuring ericdoa, “what was the last thing u said” with aldn, and “detest me” all dropped this year and made it to our weekly Songs You Need playlist, and it seems like he’s just getting started.

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His latest track “bastard” embraces the maximalism that’s become a hallmark and Achilles’ heel of the subgenre — where else are you going to hear ping-ponging xylophone improvisation next to a swelling, several dozen-strong orchestra? As ever, glaive’s presence, here sounding wounded and desperate for connection, is what keeps everything from falling over on itself. “I made this song a year ago when I was 15,” glaive said in a statement. “I’ve had it for a while but I think it stands the test of time.”

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glaive’s new EP all dogs go to heaven is out Friday, August 6.

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