EVENT: OutKast To Return To Atlanta For Two Shows; Childish Gambino, KiD CuDi & More To Support

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Legendary Atlanta rap duo OutKast are well into their return to the stage thanks to festival appearances (both that have passed and are soon to come throughout the Summer), but this one is probably going to be special: on September 27th (and now, due to overwhelming demand, September 26th as well) Daddy Fat Sax and Andre Three Stacks will be coming to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park to perform for their hometown. In addition, they’ll be bringing along equally extra-terrestrial artists KiD CuDi, Childish Gambino, Raury and probably everybody that’s anybody on the Atlanta scene, making it out to be one of the biggest events to go down in the Peach State this year (we’d imagine).

Interested in being a part of history? You better hurry up and get your ticket as soon as possible….just head over to the official event website.

J. Cole – Lights Please (Video); Reveals Upcoming Tour Dates & Writes Letter To Fans

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J. Cole and his fans are currently celebrating the five-year anniversary of The Warm-Up, and during a studio audience session for the mixtape, J. Cole liberated a video for the classic track Lights Please (although, I seriously remember seeing this video on the internet some time ago). You can check that out above…he also speaks on what he had to go through to release Cole World: The Sideline Story, including convincing his label that his album would sell despite no radio single.

Continuing with The Warm-Up theme, J. Cole has also announced his second annual Dollar & A Dream tour, where he will be performing tracks from the classic mixtape…as before, the show venues will remain secret until dates get close, and the show will only cost $1 (or £1 for the London date, I can only assume). In addition to the dates (which you’ll see on the following page), the Fayetteville emcee also wrote a letter expressing both his gratitude for fans loving the album and strong advice on keeping your dreams alive and working hard, because 5 years really can make a difference in you believe in yourself. You can check out that letter below; the tour dates can be found here.

5 years ago, we started a journey together. On June 15th, 2009 I released The Warm Up to a few who were waiting patiently for it. Full of my dreams, fears and predictions, it resonated with you right away. Over the next year I watched it grow legs and spread at an unbelievable pace all because you felt it so much. Five years later, I couldn’t be more proud of it’s impact. Thank you.

The Warm Up is a declaration of dedication to Greatness. Told from the perspective of a kid who wants more than what his city has to offer him. The crime. The stagnation. He wants more from the girls he dates. He wants out of Muhammad’s house. He refuses to let anyone tell him he can’t dream. That he won’t make it. He believes in himself. He dedicates his life to his craft, because he’s finally realized that the work that you put in today has a direct and absolute impact on the life you live tomorrow.

You heard the passion, you heard the stories, and you believed in him too. You rooted for him. And you’re still rooting. My thoughts today come from my observations over the past 5 years. I understand now that you’re rooting for him, rooting for me, because you are also rooting for yourself. You realize that this society kills dreams and encourages you to conform. To settle for the block, to join the army, to become a lawyer when you really want to paint, to get comfortable in the projects, to slave away at a 9-5 you hate because it pays decent; to become complacent with safety. The Warm Up says, “Fuck that. I will be Greater. Watch me.”

I think about all the times over the past few years that one of you has said to me, “you’re the reason I went to college,” “yo, The Warm Up got me through some hard times,” “got me through law school,” “med school,” “high school,” “The Warm Up changed my life.”

I imagine that 5 years ago we all wanted more. The Warm Up was just something that put music and words to what we were feeling. As I write this I’m on a plane from Sydney, Australia back to New York City. Music has taken me around the world now, doing shows in places I never thought I would be. I’m grateful.

I’m wondering where you are today. 5 years later. The Warm Up dropped when some of you were upperclassmen in college. I’m hoping that you’ve found a career doing some shit you love, something that makes you happy. Maybe you needed more time to figure it out. Grad School? Or maybe you’re back in your parents crib trying to regroup. Everything will be OK. Don’t stop dreaming.

Some of ya’ll were still in high school. If you went on to college, enjoy it while you got it. If you went straight to the real world, I wish you the best. I hope you found a trade you love, or a job that allows you to support yourself. Happiness is all that matters. If you ain’t happy, adjust please.

Some of you were underclassmen in college, which means you probably just entered the workforce or you’re still trying to get that entry level position. These are the toughest times. You will struggle no doubt, but it will all work out in the end.

No matter where you were 5 years ago, I hope that today you are closer to your dreams. I know that everything hasn’t gone exactly the way you planned, it hasn’t for me either. But our job isn’t to plan. Our job includes 3 responsibilities. 1. To dream. 2. To believe that dream is attainable. And 3. To work hard everyday towards that dream. Let God handle the rest.

As you go throughout this week replaying this project that changed my life and lots of yours too, I want to leave you with this because I feel we all need it. Read this as if these words were yours, because they are.

In 5 years I have come so far. I am grateful to be here today, alive and full of potential. But I am not satisfied. I still want more. I still have dreams, even bigger now than before. I will not settle or conform. I rededicate myself to greatness. I give my time and my passion to my craft, because I realize that the work I put in today affects the life that I live tomorrow. I believe in myself. And to all those that doubt me I say, “Fuck that. I will be Greater. Watch me.”



JAY Z & Beyoncé Add Paris Dates For Upcoming Tour

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The goliath Bey Z movement will be bringing a taste of their On The Run tour to Europe, hitting up Paris for Friday, 12th September and Saturday, 13th September at the Stade de France. It is, at this point, their only European stop on the tour. There’s some charity in it as well: every ticket sold will go to the Shawn Carter Foundation…Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD charity is somewhere in the mix as well.

Tickets to the shows will officially go on sale Thursday, 19th June; you’ll be able to cop yours here. As for American’s, you can head here for your tickets (assuming that there are any left).

Drake & Lil Wayne Announce American Tour

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Young Money is looking to take over this Summer, as Drake & Lil Wayne have announced their upcoming tour — titled the Drake Vs. Wayne tour — which will be kicking off August 8th in Buffalo and closing down September 27th in Houston (unless new dates are added).

You can check out the dates below…hopefully, Tha Carter V would have arrived around that time. No word on when Drake is releasing a project, either — he’s certainly been dropping plenty of great music as of late.

Get your tickets here.


ILUVLIVE To Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé & More

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This month, ILUVLIVE will be entering their 10th year in the business. To celebrate, they’re throwing a big affair at Electric Brixton this Monday (16th June) alongside many of the acts that have graced their stage: Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé, Stylo G, Ghetts, Jacob Banks, Rough Copy, Tanika, Blizzard and more.

Additional information can be found below.

Date — Monday 16th June 2014
Venue — Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London SW2 1RJ
Hosts / DJ’s — Ras Kwame / Twin B
Doors – 7pm — 11.30pm

Tickets – £10 Advanced Tickets (which you can purchase here), £15 on Guestlist. (Please note that guestlist does not guarantee you entry to this event. We advise purchasing advanced tickets)


ARTWORK/TRACKLISTING: FKA Twigs – LP1; Forthcoming Tour Dates

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FKA twigs has reveals new details for her forthcoming album, titled LP1: we now have the official artwork (above) and the tracklisting for the project (below), which is released to the masses 12th August under the Young Turks imprint (which also houses Sampha, SBTRKT, The xx and other great artists).

The artwork itself is done by Jesse Kanda; looking at the sheer near-creepy wackiness of the image, it’s clear that this artist is responsible for some of her previous works (think ‘Water Me‘).

Finally, Twigs will be headed on an American tour in promotion of the music (with a couple of stops in Canada). You can check that poster out below the tracklsting as well.

1. Preface
2. Lights On
3. Two Weeks
4. Hours
5. Pendulum
6. Video Girl
7. Numbers
8. Closer
9. Give Up
10. Kicks


07.19.14 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL
08.06.14 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
08.08.14 – Danforth – Toronto, ON
08.09.14 – Cabaret Du Mile End – Montreal, QC
08.12.14 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA
08.13.14 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

Dave Chappelle Announces Upcoming Radio City Dates With The Roots, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes & More

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For the 24th to the 26th of June, Dave Chappelle will be coming (back) to Radio City Music Hall in New York, and not alone either: each day will bring big performances from some of the dopest artists imaginable.

In a way, these upcoming shows will probably also act as a 10th anniversary celebration of Dave’s original ‘Block Party’ in Brooklyn, which — in addition to Erykah Badu and The Roots –featured Kanye West, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), A Trak, Jill Scott, Common and more.

You can check out the lineup for each day, as well as ticket information below. Probably something that you don’t want to miss, especially considering that (in the same month) he’s already booked for Radio City for 5 stand up shows that are already sold-out.

Tuesday, 6/24: Dave Chappelle and The Roots
Wednesday, 6/25: Dave Chappelle, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, and Janelle Monáe
Thursday, 6/26: Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu

TICKETS: Radio City Music Hall

Sam Smith Officially ‘Comes Out’, Announces U.S. Tour Dates


Sam Smith covers the latest issue of the FADER, and in the magazine’s interview, he confirmed what we’ve all probably understood from his latest video: that he’s gay.

Specifically, he reveals that his new album In The Lonely Hour (out now) is actually based on love that he had for a man who didn’t reciprocate:

I’ve never been in a relationship before…I’ve only been in unrequited relationships where people haven’t loved me back. I guess I’m a little bit attracted to that in a bad way. In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back. I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn’t felt love before. I’ve felt the bad things. And what’s a more powerful emotion: pain or happiness?

While the talk about his sexuality was already there, it pretty much hit a second wind when Smith released his visual for ‘Leave Your Lover‘, which ended with the 22-year old singer seeing the apple of his eyes enjoying a night out with another man.

He also speaks on being open about his sexual preference:

“I am comfortable with myself, and my life is amazing in that respect…I’m very comfortable and happy with everything. I just wanted to talk about him and have it out there. It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know—I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about. I’ve been treated as normal as anyone in my life; I’ve had no issues. I do know that some people have issues in life, but I haven’t, and it’s as normal as my right arm. I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn’t ask a straight person these questions. I’ve tried to be clever with this album, because it’s also important to me that my music reaches everybody. I’ve made my music so that it could be about anything and everybody—whether it’s a guy, a female or a goat—and everybody can relate to that. I’m not in this industry to talk about my personal life unless it’s in a musical form.”

You can check out that interview in it’s entirety here. In related news, Sam Smith has also revealed his American tour dates to promote the album; you can check out those dates below (spotted on Consequence of Sound).

09/15 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
09/16 – Washington, DC @ Echostage
09/19 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
09/21 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
09/22 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
09/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
09/25 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
09/26 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
09/28 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
09/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10/03 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/04 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
10/07 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/09 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

Pharrell Reveals Fall European Tour Dates

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Pharrell is hitting the road this Fall for his Dear G I R L tour, which begins in Manchester 9th September and travels throughout Europe before closing at the O2 in London (assuming that additional tour dates won’t be added).

You can preorder your tickets here (or here) and check out the dates below. You can also check out a recent video clip that is now revealed to have served as promo for the upcoming tour.

Pharrell’s album, G I R L, debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart (and number 2 on the Billboard 100 in the United States) earlier this year, and has spawned two major hits in ‘Happy‘ & ‘Marilyn Monroe‘.

September 9: Phones4U Arena, Manchester
September 12: Copenhagen Forum, Denmark
September 13: tockholm Globe, Sweden
September 14: Oslo Spectrum, Norway
September 16: Berlin Max Schmeling Halle, Germany
September 17: Prague O2, Czech Republic
September 18: Vienna Marx Halle, Austria
September 20: Milan Forum, Italy
September 21: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
September 23: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, The Netherlands
September 24: Antwerp Sportpaleis, Belgium
September 26: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
September 27: Dusseldorf ISS Dome, Germany
September 28: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
October 1: Barcelona Palau St Jordi, Spain
October 3: Lisbon Meo Arena, Portugal
October 4: Madrid Palacio de Deportes Communidad, Spain
October 6: Toulouse Zenith, France
October 7: Nantes Zenith, France
October 9: The O2, London

LINEUP: Made In America Festival (Philadelphia & Los Angeles)

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Today, the big, bad lineup has been announced for JAY Z & Budweiser’s Made In America Festival, which will now be taking place in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia simultaneously (August 30th and 31st, 2014). You can check out who’s performing at both places below and pick up your tickets here.

Made In America: Philly
Kanye West — Kings of Leon — Tiesto — The National — Steve Aoki — Pharrell — Girl Talk — J. Cole — Spoon — Chromeo — City and Colour — Grimes — AwolNation — R3hab — Gareth Emery — De La Soul — Tommy Trash — Mayer Hawthorne — Baauer — Kongos — 3lau — The Neighbourhood — Danny Brown — YG — Holy Ghost — Penguin Prison — Destructo — Bleachers — DJ Cassidy — Cherub — Will Sparks — Young & Sick — Vacationer — Cut Snake — Kaneholler

Made In America: Los Angeles
Kendrick Lamar — Rise Against — Weezer — Sublime — Metric — Capital Cities — Chance the Rapper — Cypress Hill — ScHoolboy Q — YG — Rita Ora — Nipsey Hussle — Dr. Dog — Terraplane — ZZ Ward — Classixx — Hit-Boy — DJ Mustard — Ab-Soul — Isaiah Rashad — Jay Rock — SZA — Yellow Claw — Grits & Biscuits — Will Sparks — Cut Snake — Scavenger Hunt — A Tribe Called Red

Bas Announces ‘Last Winter’ Tour Dates

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To promote his new album Last Winter, J. Cole’s artist (and Dreamville Records’ own) Bas is hitting the road for the month of June, beginning on the first of that month in Cambridge, MA. I wouldn’t be surprised if dates were added to this (as well as a few appearances from Cole). You can check out the tour schedule below.

June 1: Cambridge, MA (Middle East)
June 2: San Francisco, CA (Brick & Mortar)
June 4: Los Angeles, CA (Viper Room)
June 5: Dallas, TX (The Loft)
June 6: Houston, TX (Warehouse Live Studio)
June 7: Austin, TX (Empire Control Room)
June 11: Washington, DC (U Street)
June 12: New York, NY (SOBs)
June 17: Atlanta, GA (Vinyl at Center Stage)
June 18: Chicago, IL (Subterranean)