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Our President Still Cooler Than Yours: Barack Obama Top Songs of 2018

While living in the era of Trump seems like an ontological nightmare that we just can’t seem to wake up from, we continue to get glimpses of the good old Obama days. You know those days… when the our Commander In Chief looked like us, watch the same movies we did, inspired us to hope and even listened to some of the same music/songs that we in everyday Hip-Hop America listened to. There were so many ways that 44 sought to connect with Gen X and Millennials, many have felt a sense of withdrawal with out his consistent engagement.

However, this holiday season he and his family have been keeping us smiling with their random acts of charities, Michelle’s new book and look what we have here… a new listicle of his favorite tunes.

Michelle Obama Extends Her Becoming Book Tour

And keeping in the tradition Obama set while in office, he is sharing on social media his year end list of favorites of 2018: Songs, Movies & Books.

At the head of the lists that he posted are some shockers (proving that 44 has his finger on the eclectic pulse of a generation). His favorite songs of the year included some of Hip-Hop’s hottest tracks like The Carters’ “Ape Sh*t,” Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It,” J. Cole’s “Kevin’s Heart,” and The “Wow” Freestyle by Jay Rock (featuring Kendrick Lamar).  His list of favorite movies included some industry blockbusters and critically exclaimed projects like Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman and the new film based on the  James Baldwin book, If Beale Street Could Talk.  Topping his book list was Michelle Obama’s Becoming and some amazing African authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe and Nelson Mandela.

Check out the list and let me know if you agree with his taste in artistic expression.

 

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Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs Find The “Balance” In New Visuals

DJ Muggs came through with his Dia del Asesinato album this past Summer, and doubled up with a diamond edition of the project. Tucked away on the album is “Balance,” which features Meyhem Lauren. The New York rapper drops harsh bars over delicate pianos, mixing grit with beauty for a unique banger. Muggs and Lauren have touched down with visuals for “Balance” that aims to bring the visual representation of the same mix to life.

Lauren sits down for a clean beard shape up as he drops the grimy bars. The barbershop scenes flash by as Muggs appears and the two men take to the streets. The corners and parks of New York are explored by Lauren. Bodegas line the concrete streets and the atmosphere of the Big Apple intensifies the raspy rapper’s bars. The scenes change to a venue where Busta Rhymes shakes Lauren’s hand before he steps out on a stage to rock a packed club. The balance between the streets and the music is evident.

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NEW MUSIC // BIRDZ feat ECCA VANDAL – PLACE OF DREAMS




BIRDZ RELEASES NEW SINGLE AHEAD OF FORTHCOMING EP

“PLACE OF DREAMS” FEAT. ECCA VANDAL

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Bad Apples Music signee Birdz is proud to share his new single “Place of Dreams” feat. Ecca Vandal, taken from his forthcoming EP of the same name. As premiered via Complex, the release arrives ahead of a huge year for Bad Apples Music, announcing their partnership with Universal Music Australia to offer a platform for excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

Balancing moments of delicate keys between formidable beats, the track tells a tale of limitations laid down by others and ultimately having the strength to believe in oneself. Leading with the explosive vocal prowess of Ecca Vandal, the single flows with production by Trials, and the raw rap that has cemented Birdz’ status as one of the country’s most exciting hip hop acts today. Always formed by his heritage, the track evokes a compelling story told through both lyrics and organic composition.

Birdz says of “Place of Dreams”The song really touches on the concept of a glass ceiling and the limitations people try put on you, especially where I come from and if you’re Indigenous… Ultimately, Place Of Dreams is about believing in yourself, having the strength to break through the bullshit and continue paving your own path.

Born & raised in the Northern Territory and now based in Melbourne, Birdz has seen accolades galore following the release of his debut record in 2017, Train of Thought. Combined with a compelling Like a Version performance, the young emcee was launched into the national spotlight through support from community radio, triple j and triple j unearthed for his honest words and raw perspective on prolific social issues. The debut record, awarded Best Independent Hip Hop Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, included singles “This Side” feat. Serina Pech, “Rise” feat. Jimblah, and the politically charged “Black Lives Matter, which collectively hold over 600k streams on Spotify. The groundbreaking artist’s burgeoning popularity has also seen him take the stage with the likes of BriggsSampa The GreatLoyle CarnerThe Funkoars, and Thundamentals, while also igniting crowds across WoodfordSprung FestivalThe Hills Are AliveSt Kilda FestivalGroovin the Moo and this year’s Bad Apples showcase at Melbourne’s CHANGES Music Industry Summit.

This first taste of Birdz’s forthcoming EP is set to lead the way for many new releases on the horizon from Bad Apples. A commanding message delivered with fervent passion, the first bite with “Place of Dreams” will leave you craving more.

“PLACE OF DREAMS” FEAT. ECCA VANDAL
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“Birdz’s passion and conviction is off the charts.” TRIPLE J

“Black Lives Matter is the latest example of BIRDZ’s ability to wrap a masterful delivery around the oppression of our Indigenous community.” AU REVIEW 

“The content in Birdz’ songs is abundantly important, and he still manages to be musically interesting and creative plus, the dude got skills for days!” THE MUSIC 

“Get onto it immediately, be blown away, and boast to people in 20 years time that you were a fan before it was cool.” BEAT MAGAZINE

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The NBA Partners Up With Steve Stoute’s UnitedMasters Label

The NBA has announced a partnership with music startup UnitedMasters, which will see artists’ content distributed across its range of digital platforms.

UnitedMasters, which was launched last year, allows independent music artists to license their own music and distribute it to businesses via its promotional services.

The NBA plans to use up-and-coming music artists across NBA digital platforms and its social community of 1.5 billion, including NBA.com and the NBA App, as well as league and team social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Twitch, and Snapchat.

NBA senior vice-president Jeff Marsilio said: “With this partnership, fans will now have a new way to discover music while they enjoy NBA highlights across our social and digital media. Up-and-coming artists will have a massive digital stage to share their music.”

“We’ve seen that there are a lot of synergies between the music industry, sports leagues, and individual personalities across athletes and musicians,” says Steve Stoute,  founder and CEO of UnitedMasters. “The overlap between UnitedMasters artists, their fans and the NBA’s following provides a mutually beneficial opportunity to tap into an artist pool that is also a target consumer for the NBA.”

The global partnership creates a direct line between musicians and the NBA, resulting in access to worldwide audiences and the ability for artists to amplify their music at scale.

UnitedMasters debuted in November 2017 with the help of a US$70 million investment which included stakeholders such as 21st Century Fox.

 

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NBA Youngboy – Dope Lamp (Official Video)

YoungBoy Never Broke Again breaks new grounds with the release of “Dope Lamp”, a fresh hip-hop joint that comes with a visual. NBA Youngboy pulls the gangster shii on this joint as he raps about ’em b!tches, thuggin’ and smokin’.

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Ice Cube – “Arrest The President” [Audio]

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Chief Keef Performs “Love Sosa” & “Faneto” w/ a Live Orchestra | Trap Symphony

Audiomack is proud to present the Drill Symphony with Chief Keef. Always moving music forward, the Drill Symphony was filmed at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. With an enchanting ensemble - Summer Swee-Singh on piano, Camille Miller and Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi on violin, Tim Richardson on viola, Eru Matsumoto on cello, and Jon Brick on drums - recording […]

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Ro James – Excuse Me (Official Video)

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Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz – Cocaine Fingertips | Official Music Video

From the album Mona Lisa from Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz Produced/Arranged by Apollo Brown Written/Performed by Joell Ortiz A New Vision Film… Director of Photography Bela Attila Kovacs Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of Hip-Hop’s most legendary new producers while maintaining a golden era sound. His production […]

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Are There Rules To Hip-Hop Beef? A Look Back At Rap’s Worst Wars | Genius News

In summer 2018, Pusha-T and Drake’s feud revived the discussion about whether there are rules to rap beef. On Pusha’s diss track, “The Story of Adidon,” the G.O.O.D. Music president alluded to the illness of Drake’s close friend and collaborator, Noah “40” Shebib. While Drake thought the lyric went too far, there’s a long history […]

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