International Music Videos and News – The Source http://thesource.com Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:23:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 Swagger Rite Gets Melodic on “Robert Borden” http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/swaggerite-gets-melodic-robert-borden/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/swaggerite-gets-melodic-robert-borden/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:09:59 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431680 From drill-infused club bangers like “In love with the K” to making trappy melodic numbers like “Robert Borden”, Canadian artist Swagger Rite got you covered. With simple but memorable hooks and mosh-pit anthem nature of the records make him one of the artists to look out for in 2018. His latest single is named after […]

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From drill-infused club bangers like “In love with the K” to making trappy melodic numbers like “Robert Borden”, Canadian artist Swagger Rite got you covered. With simple but memorable hooks and mosh-pit anthem nature of the records make him one of the artists to look out for in 2018.

His latest single is named after Canada’s eighth Prime Minister had has his face printed on the Canadian $100 bill. Swagger Rite pays homage and boasts about staying on his grind and getting his bread and low-key gave a history lesson reminding the masses who Robert Borden was. The lyrics speak for themselves and the video features Swagger Rite living his best life in the upscale Toronto streets of the Yorkville area.

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The English Edge: BRIT Awards Showcase Hot Hip-Hop Artists from Across the Pond http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/the-english-edge-brit-awards-showcase-hot-hip-hop-artists-from-across-the-pond/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/the-english-edge-brit-awards-showcase-hot-hip-hop-artists-from-across-the-pond/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:49:19 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431623 Words by Zoe Zorka Brits. Their just like us. (Except for the tea obsession, driving on the wrong side of the road, and the whole metric system thing.) Yet last night, the BRIT Awards, the equivalent of the Grammys, honored major label artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Alicia Keys, and more. But more importantly, […]

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Words by Zoe Zorka


Brits. Their just like us. (Except for the tea obsession, driving on the wrong side of the road, and the whole metric system thing.) Yet last night, the BRIT Awards, the equivalent of the Grammys, honored major label artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Alicia Keys, and more.

But more importantly, the awards served as an introduction of some of the hottest new Hip-Hop artists from across the pond, giving us at least five hot new artists to add to our playlists:

Stormzy

Winning Best British Album of the Year for Gang Signs and Prayer, the rapper, who got his start in London’s underground music scene with his combination of complex freestyles over classic grime beats, the album was one of the few in history to ever receive a perfect score from Britain’s NME magazine, is said to deliver “a knockout debut that’s brash and pensive in equal measure.” Proving that he’s more than a rapper, the artist demonstrates his gospel-worthy vocal talents on the album, most notably on “Blinded by Your Grace,” also dabbling with some EDM influences throughout the album.

Dua Lipa

Getting her start covering artists on YouTube, the singer/model made her way onto British pop and dance charts in 2016, making her the UK’s most streamed woman of 2017 on Spotify, and winning British Breakthrough Act of 2018 at the awards for her pop-esque dance beats.

Rag n Bone Man

The heavyset crooner’s appearance, whose appearance might be more reminiscent of a Son’s of Anarchy extra, shows that talent can be deceiving. Rag’n’Bone Man, is an English singer and songwriter, known for his deep, bass-baritone voice and range of musical capabilities. In 2017, he was named British Breakthrough Artist. His single “Broken People” also appeared on the Bright soundtrack, earning him a win in the BRIT Awards British Single category. While also contending with Stormzy in the highly competitive British Album category, he is a proving that he has the star power to become a household name worldwide. 

Sampha

Another strong contender in the Breakthrough Artist category, the singer/songwriter/producer has collaborated with top international talent such as Drake, Kanye West, Solange, Jessie Ware, and more. With a style that oscillates from symphony-level piano player to EDM DJ to lyrical rapper, Sampha is without a doubt a major name to watch for in 2018.

Loyle Carner

The Brits’ answer to Drake, Carner’s melodies, which have been described as “confessional hip-hop,” earned him a nod with a Breakthrough Artist nomination.

Paloma Faith

The fiery artist, known for her known for retro, soul-inspired eccentric style, received a nomination for British Female Artist, filling in the gap left by Amy Winehouse’s untimely death in 2007. 

So make some room in your music collection for some of these artists as well as some of the other talent honored at last night’s awards. Kendrick, Solange, Calvin Harris, and your other faves won’t mind sharing the attention- after all, they’re collaborating with them.

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Las Vegas’ DJ Ease Wins International ‘Turntablist of the Year Award’ http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/las-vegas-dj-ease-wins-international-turntablist-of-the-year-award/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/las-vegas-dj-ease-wins-international-turntablist-of-the-year-award/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:27:44 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431378 DJ Ease of Las Vegas was recently crowned the International Turntablist Of The Year for 2018 by Global Spin Awards earlier this week in LA, as premiered on REVOLT TV and hosted by Snoop Dogg at the lavish award ceremony. DJ Ease has been perfecting his craft for many years as both a DJ and […]

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DJ Ease of Las Vegas was recently crowned the International Turntablist Of The Year for 2018 by Global Spin Awards earlier this week in LA, as premiered on REVOLT TV and hosted by Snoop Dogg at the lavish award ceremony.

DJ Ease has been perfecting his craft for many years as both a DJ and a producer, and has taken out many DJ titles across America including in Miami, Las Vegas and New York. He took out the award over the other top five finalists which included Jimmi Riggz (Canada), reigning two-time Australian DMC Champion and 2017 World DMC finalist DJ Osyris (Australia), reigning 2017 DMC World Champion DJ Rena at only 13 years of age (Japan) and fellow American DJ Perly (2017 USA DMC Champion).

Other winners at the Global Spin Awards for 2018 including DJ Khaled as both DJ Of The Year and Hip Hop DJ Of The Year, DJ Camilo as National Club DJ Of The Year, DJ Carisma as Female DJ Of The Year, Diplo as International DJ Of The Year and DJ Drama/Don Cannon – Generation Now as DJ Record Label Of The Year amongst others. The star-studded event featured performances from the likes of Nipsey Hussle, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous, Jadakiss, A Boogie, Diddy and represented a significant evening in recognising the importance of the DJ to hip-hop and beyond still today.

He is a four-time DMC Regional Champ, and recently won the 2017 Red Bull 3Style USA final among a stack of other domestic titles. The highly versatile DJ has also opened for the like of Nas, N.E.R.D, Young M.A, Grandmaster Flash, Beastie Boys, Big Sean, B.O.B among many others and has played many of the biggest nightclubs across Europe, Asia and America.

 

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Lil Wayne, Metro Boomin, Wale, and More Join Forces for Australian Festival Tour http://thesource.com/2018/02/20/lil-wayne-metro-boomin-tyga-dj-mustard-wale-ace-hood-and-madeintyo-all-join-forces-for-massive-australian-festival-tour/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/20/lil-wayne-metro-boomin-tyga-dj-mustard-wale-ace-hood-and-madeintyo-all-join-forces-for-massive-australian-festival-tour/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:13:07 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431035 One of the biggest hip-hop festivals to reach the Southern Hemisphere in recent years kicks off early next month, taking in Melbourne and Sydney on the East coast of Australia. The All-Star line up featuring Lil Wayne, producers Metro Boomin and DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group signee Ace Hood, Tyga, Wale […]

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One of the biggest hip-hop festivals to reach the Southern Hemisphere in recent years kicks off early next month, taking in Melbourne and Sydney on the East coast of Australia. The All-Star line up featuring Lil Wayne, producers Metro Boomin and DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group signee Ace Hood, Tyga, Wale and MadeinTYO (Billboard and Spotify’s Breakout Artist of 2016) will make up the brand new Jumanji Festival 2018 line-up so far.

This star-studded festival set local fans into a frenzy when the initial announcement of Lil Wayne, Metro Boomin, DJ Mustard and Ace Hood was dropped in the first week of January. After first release tickets were sold out for both of the festival shows, the second announcement of Tyga, Wale and MadeinTYO being added to the bill sent Australian fans into overdrive and both shows are now expected to sell out their massive capacities.

Representing their first Australian shows for some of the artists on the bill, the massive outdoor shows may be the renewed catalyst for future massive international hip-hop tours hitting the wider Asia-Pacific region in years to come.

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London Grime Pioneer Stormin Dies From Skin Cancer At 24 http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/london-grime-pioneer-stormin-dies-skin-cancer-24/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/london-grime-pioneer-stormin-dies-skin-cancer-24/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:40:56 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430911 MC Stormin has died after being diagnosed with a form of skin cancer two years ago, according to reports on social media. Tributes are flooding in for the east London grime pioneer from the likes of Skepta, Toddla T, Frisco, DJ Target, Jaykae, and the BBC Radio 1Xtra account. The news was reported by DJ […]

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MC Stormin has died after being diagnosed with a form of skin cancer two years ago, according to reports on social media.

Tributes are flooding in for the east London grime pioneer from the likes of Skepta, Toddla T, Frisco, DJ Target, Jaykae, and the BBC Radio 1Xtra account.

The news was reported by DJ Phantasy, who posted on Instagram:

Stormin, who was a member of one of the grime scene’s founding collectives, N.A.S.T.Y Crew, revealed he was battling a form of skin cancer in an open letter to his fans, which was published in July 2016.

“I can admit that I have done some bad things in my time but I’ve also done major good so I ask myself why I have been given this card in life,” he said. “Is it a test? No it’s a fight I will win so when I’m gone just know it’s for a short time and I’ll #BRB.”

He later announced in November that he was “cancer free” but from comments and tributes left by friends, fans and supporters, it appears that it may have returned.

In an interview with isSmokeMag he told of how using cannabis medicinally had helped him to deal with cancer.

“It helped me when I couldn’t eat or sleep and to free my mind and me at one with myself.”

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Black Milk Hits Australia And New Zealand Ahead Of New ‘Fever’ Album http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/black-milk-hits-australia-and-new-zealand-ahead-of-new-fever-album/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/black-milk-hits-australia-and-new-zealand-ahead-of-new-fever-album/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:14:21 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430917 Detroit-born Black Milk is in Australia and New Zealand for the next week to play a string of shows ahead of the release of his new album Fever this Friday 23 February on Nas’ Mass Appeal Records. This will be the prolific emcee / producer’s sixth solo studio album since 2004, which has also seen him […]

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Detroit-born Black Milk is in Australia and New Zealand for the next week to play a string of shows ahead of the release of his new album Fever this Friday 23 February on NasMass Appeal Records. This will be the prolific emcee / producer’s sixth solo studio album since 2004, which has also seen him release an additional three solo EPs and a further nine collaborative albums with the likes of Danny Brown, the late Sean Price, Guilty Simpson of Stones Throw Records, former Slum Village member Elzhi, Bishop Lamont, Fat Ray + more.

Black Milk will be supported nationally throughout Australia by a string of quality locals including KG, Coin Banks, Plutonic Lab, Amin Payne, Charlie Bucket, Mike Who and two festival appearances in New Zealand. This will be the fourth time that his wide appeal has resulted in him touring down under, including most recently successful late-2016 and 2010 Australasian tours.

Raised on the sounds of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Black Milk has developed from being one of hip-hop’s rising young guns to now a highly respected veteran with nearing two decades in the music industry. He worked on his first production credit for Slum Village in his teens and would go on to work extensively with the group as a producer. His unique talent now extends to producing a lot of his own music that he raps over and his popularity as an artist on and off the mic has consistently remained hugely sought after.

The consistently hard working and touring Black Milk has worked with a wide variety of artists, demonstrating the vast array of industry respect he has achieved from his peers. These include the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Pete Rock, Bun B of UGK, Black Thought of The Roots, Marv Won, Royce da 5’9”, Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Roc Marciano, GZA, Torae, Skyzoo, KRS-One, Busta Rhymes and Your Old Droog. Keep an ear out for the former Fat Beats’ signee’s new 12-track, 40-minute long Fever album dropping this Friday.

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Italian Rapper Ernia Releases New Video Announcing Puma’s Deal With Soccer Giants http://thesource.com/2018/02/14/italian-rapper-ernia-releases-new-video-announcing-pumas-deal-with-soccer-giants/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/14/italian-rapper-ernia-releases-new-video-announcing-pumas-deal-with-soccer-giants/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:00:16 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430364 In the social-media age sporting organizations are becoming increasingly creative in the way they make their announcements to generate hype, with the Hip-Hop culture often proving to be a tangible way to reach the youth. This week Matteo Professione, better known by his stage name Ernia, released a teaser video titled ‘La Pelle del Puma’ […]

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In the social-media age sporting organizations are becoming increasingly creative in the way they make their announcements to generate hype, with the Hip-Hop culture often proving to be a tangible way to reach the youth.

This week Matteo Professione, better known by his stage name Ernia, released a teaser video titled ‘La Pelle del Puma’ (The Skin of the Puma) filmed outside of the famous San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. This video featured the young rapper wearing Puma whilst surrounded by Milan fans, suggesting in his lyrics that AC Milan’s sponsors would soon be changing, therefore ending the legendary soccer club’s 20 year arrangement with fellow German sportswear powerhouse Adidas. Shortly after the video went viral the club released an official statement to confirm the rumors.

This savvy marketing technique generated a great deal of hype for both the 7-time European champions and the rapper formerly of the crew Troupe d’Elite. This was not the first time the northern Italian club have drawn on the city of Milan’s vibrant Hip Hop scene to connect with the new generation of fans, having called on Emis Killa & Saturnino to create the club’s 2015 anthem “#Rossoneri.”

As for Ernia, the year has started with a bang for the Milanese rapper who has recently inked a deal with Universal Music Italia and seen his single “Madonna” going gold, his first time achieving this milestone. Still only in his early 20’s and with a worldwide fan base that has recently been introduced to his music thanks to his affiliation with AC Milan, Ernia is establishing himself a key player in Italy’s diverse Hip Hop scene and will be a name to watch in 2018.

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Is the world’s biggest battle rapper now Oxxxymiron of Russia? http://thesource.com/2018/02/11/is-the-worlds-biggest-battle-rapper-now-oxxxymiron-of-russia/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/11/is-the-worlds-biggest-battle-rapper-now-oxxxymiron-of-russia/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:01:58 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=429997 Russian rapper Oxxxymiron has taken the battle rap world by storm over the last four years. He has amassed more battle views than anyone else on the planet with over 120 million views and five of his battles have reached over 10 million views each. Oxxxymiron came to the increased international exposure through his recent battle […]

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Russian rapper Oxxxymiron has taken the battle rap world by storm over the last four years. He has amassed more battle views than anyone else on the planet with over 120 million views and five of his battles have reached over 10 million views each. Oxxxymiron came to the increased international exposure through his recent battle vs. Dizaster in LA at King Of The Dot’s recent World Domination VII event that has so far attracted 10.5 million views. Oxxxymiron has the most total views, most viewed single battle on multiple leagues, most views per battle as well as amassing the most views in one day for a battle – with the final record at a staggering 9 million news views on one new battle.

Oxxxymiron was born in Saint Petersburg, USSR in 1985 before moving to Germany and then to England in his mid-teens. He went on to impressively graduate from the prestigious Oxford University with a degree in Middle English Literature before focussing on his music career. His unique musical style has been widely described as a mix of hardcore hip-hop / conscious hip-hop with elements of both Grime and Dub-Step, with the talented emcee predominately rapping in Russian but is also a fluent English and German speaker.

Oxxxymiron has been battling/recording/touring consistently for the last decade and has released two successful, critically acclaimed albums Eternal Jew and Gorgorod that charted heavily in Russia. He is also an actor, Reebok spokesperson, touring company promoter and has toured in his own right throughout Russia and beyond, with some of his arena shows attracting upwards of 22,000 fans.

In the Russian rap battle league versusbattlesru, Oxxxymiron has four of the top six most viewed battles. He has individual battles with 42.2 million, 30.9 million, 20.7 million and 12 million and has amassed more than 110 million views himself on versusbattlesru alone. This is significantly more than the most viewed battles across the big leagues in American and throughout the English-speaking world.

In comparison, the highest viewed battle on SMACK/URL is Loaded Lux vs. Calicoe currently sitting at 5 million and released 5 years ago. This looks likely to be eclipsed soon by the Tsu Surf vs. Hitman Holla battle on SMACK/URL which is only 88,000 views behind and was released over two years more recently or the Tsu Surf + Tay Roc vs. K Shine + DNA 2 on 2 battle what has released more recently and has amassed significant views already of 3.73 million.

In comparison, the more internationalised King Of The Dot platform has the Conceited vs. Dumfounded battle sitting at 7.6 million views, the hour-long Drake co-hosted Dizaster vs. DNA at 4.75 million. The UK’s Don’t Flop Entertainment amassed 10.7 million clicks off the memorable Shotty Horroh vs. Arsonal battle in 2012, which still remains the most viewed battle in English released yet – but it seems Oxxxymiron is likely to claim that record too in the coming weeks.

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90’s Rapper Coolio Set For Australian Paradise Tour http://thesource.com/2018/02/10/coolio-set-for-australian-paradise-tour/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/10/coolio-set-for-australian-paradise-tour/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:33:45 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=429925 Coolio returns back to Australia for his 10-date national tour later this month, with the legendary Grammy Award-winning rapper performing with a live band across Australia. The Compton rapper/ actor/ chef/producer has well and truly cemented his place in hip-hop history with his 1995 worldwide smash single Gangsta’s Paradise featuring Californian R&B singer L.V. of […]

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Coolio returns back to Australia for his 10-date national tour later this month, with the legendary Grammy Award-winning rapper performing with a live band across Australia. The Compton rapper/ actor/ chef/producer has well and truly cemented his place in hip-hop history with his 1995 worldwide smash single Gangsta’s Paradise featuring Californian R&B singer L.V. of South Central Cartel.

The Gangsta’s Paradise single itself has sold over six million copies worldwide off his 4x Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated 17-track album of the same name that also featured Ras Kass, E-40 and WC and Ice Cube’s cousin Kam. The single went #1 in eighteen different international markets over the 1995/1996 period and has broken numerous records worldwide with the hit four-minute song. The track famously was absent of any profanity due to a request from Stevie Wonder, whose chorus and instrumentation off his 1976 song Pastime Paradise was sampled for the August 1995 released hit on Tommy Boy/Warner.

Coolio has spent much of the last year touring throughout the Middle East, Europe, America, Australia and further extensively as part of the I Love The 90s international arena tour with the likes of Salt N Pepa, Tone Loc, Young MC, TLC, Biz Markie, Rob Base and Color Me Badd. Now in his mid-50’s, Coolio has reached that classic iconic stage in his career and his broad international appeal has extended his hugely successful career in hip-hop longer than most artists could ever imagine.

Coolio gained his major break in the music industry way back in 1991 as a part of WC and the Maad Circle’s now classic debut album Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed, with the release peaking at #52 domestically and featuring MC Eiht and Ice Cube. WC and the Maad Circle was comprised of WC, Chilly Chill, Big Gee, Sir Jinx, Coolio and DJ Crazy Toones (RIP) and was widely influential in early to mid-90s LA hip hop as well as significantly beyond. Many of the groups’ members in addition have gone on to have hugely influentially solo / collaborative careers with the likes of Ice Cube, Mack 10, Kool G Rap, Rage Against The Machine, Isaac Hayes, Xzibit, Kurupt, Gucci Mane, Ice-T, Bun B and alike.

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Big Boi Heading Down Under to Australia and New Zealand http://thesource.com/2018/02/08/big-boi-out-down-under/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/08/big-boi-out-down-under/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:50:06 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=429646 Atlanta’s Big Boi of Outkast heads out to Australia and New Zealand early next month for a handful of large solo shows after headlining one of the largest music festivals in Western Australia – Golden Plains XII. The rapper/actor/producer has had a busy month playing a stack of shows across Canada, throughout America, and is […]

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Atlanta’s Big Boi of Outkast heads out to Australia and New Zealand early next month for a handful of large solo shows after headlining one of the largest music festivals in Western Australia – Golden Plains XII. The rapper/actor/producer has had a busy month playing a stack of shows across Canada, throughout America, and is back to Europe after his Australasian shows.

He is touring his recently released third studio album Boomiverse that includes collabs from Killer Mike, Jeezy, Adam Levine, Gucci Mane, Pimp C, Snoop Dogg, Eric Bellinger, Kurupt, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Curren$y, Organized Noize and Dj Khalil. The critically acclaimed 12-track album charted well across Canada, New Zealand and America, building upon the success of the two lead singles Mic Jack and Kill Jill which were both released in the same week last year.

With now 25 years in the rap game since Outkast’s Player’s Ball went Gold and reached no. 1 on the Billboard Rap Single chart off the duos debut studio album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Big Boi has remained a force on the mic to be reckoned with.

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Boyz II Men, TLC And Blackstreet Unite For International Tour http://thesource.com/2018/02/05/boyz-ii-men-tlc-and-blackstreet-unite-for-international-tour/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/05/boyz-ii-men-tlc-and-blackstreet-unite-for-international-tour/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:27:20 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=428337 Three of the R&B’s biggest acts from the 1990’s, Boyz II Men, TLC and Blackstreet, have united to travel to a land down under for a major New Zealand and Australian tour. These successful acts continue to heat up the stage across the world and remain staples as music icons. Why wouldn’t they be, these artists […]

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Three of the R&B’s biggest acts from the 1990’s, Boyz II Men, TLC and Blackstreet, have united to travel to a land down under for a major New Zealand and Australian tour. These successful acts continue to heat up the stage across the world and remain staples as music icons. Why wouldn’t they be, these artists have paved the way with musical stats that will  blow your mind.

Philadelphia’s Boyz II Men themselves have sold over 25 million units in America alone, including eight different #1 singles across the US/Australian/Canadian/French/Irish/Dutch/New Zealand/UK markets, highlighting their broad international appeal. They first came to major prominence through Motown on 1991’s breakout Platinum-selling single Motownphilly on their Colleyhighharmony album. They went on to chart in the Top 10 for their next eleven studio albums internationally and collaborate with the likes of Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Brandy, Treach, Faith Evans and MC Lyte.

The multiple Grammy-Awarding winning TLC have sold over 65 million albums worldwide, second only for a girl group after the UK’s Spice Girls. With nine Top-10 hits and four Platinum albums, they have left a lasting impact on music. Having collaborated with the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Diddy, Lil Jon, Marley Marl, Busta Rhymes, Andre 3000, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, and Toni Braxton, the trio has left a lasting musical legacy before the tragic passing of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes (RIP) in 2002. Their second studio album CrazySexyCool is still today the only album by a female singing group to have achieved Diamond certification. TLC, now performing as a duo, have recently come off the back of an extensive UK and continental European tour in late 2017 and launching their new single ‘Way Back’ (featuring Snoop Dogg) off their fifth and final album, released last year titled ‘TLC’ which charted strongly.

With millions of album sales to their name, the mulit-Platinum selling Blackstreet had a string of classic albums and singles throughout the 1990s. The massive success of their classic Another Level album was strongly supported by the preceding Blackstreet debut album and subsequent Finally release. Having worked with the likes of The Neptunes, Erick Sermon, Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Eve, Ja Rule, Mase, Beanie Sigel, Mya, Mystikal, Foxy Brown and Jay-Z, their crossover success was immense and they have built a lasting legacy.

Supported in Australia by DJ Horizon and Yo! Mafia on many of their tour dates, the massive tour highlights that many 1990s and 2000s legends have retained a significant legion of fans worldwide, keen to hear their classics old and new.

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How Fraksha Helping The UK Grime Movement Go International http://thesource.com/2018/02/03/fraksha-helping-take-grime-music-international/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/03/fraksha-helping-take-grime-music-international/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 12:47:07 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=428707 Grime music has gained increased international attention in recent years through the significant mainstream successes from the likes of the UK’s Skepta, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Stormzy. Talented Grime artist Fraksha has taken his UK-developed Grime skills down under to Australia and has helped to significantly spread the international interest for Grime, which is developing rapidly […]

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Grime music has gained increased international attention in recent years through the significant mainstream successes from the likes of the UK’s Skepta, Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Stormzy. Talented Grime artist Fraksha has taken his UK-developed Grime skills down under to Australia and has helped to significantly spread the international interest for Grime, which is developing rapidly at the moment worldwide.

Fraksha himself has come a long way since growing up on the outskirts of SE London around raves and pirate radio, recording his first mixtape with his group Nine High in his kitchen flat in England. Living in Melbourne since 2006, Fraksha has been responsible for the development of Grime more than anyone else in Australasia over the last decade-plus.

Fraksha has long established himself through consistent quality output and an exceptional live show as the go-to artist when it comes to Grime in the wider Asia-Pacific region, which is a testament to his unwavering song-writing ability and work ethic. He has helped to develop and usher in a generation of Grime artists including Diem, Murky (RIP), Scotty Hinds, Alex Jones, Sarm, Nerve, Wombat, Hazrd, Mitchos and Shadow.

He’s released albums/mixtapes/singles as a solo artist, with his groups Nine High and Smash Brothers and now calls esteemed independent label Broken Tooth Entertainment home. His Grime skills have translated seamlessly to a talented club/party emcee with the multiple award-winning Melbourne 3181 crew. Fraksha was responsible for the first grime release in Australia as well developed the first grime group in the country, ran the first grime radio show and first club grime night 50/50, all significantly expanding and developing Grime and what music can sound like to the entire wider region.

He has performed across the UK, New Zealand and Australia extensively with the likes of Ice Cube, The Game, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Dizzee Rascal, Dead Prez, Wiley, Stormzy, Rodney P, Skinnyman and Skepta. Grime has never been as big internationally as it is now charting widely, and is a testament to those artists teetering on breaking out of the underground after many years of hard work like Fraksha as much as it is to those who have had significant mainstream success like Skepta and Stormzy of late for the development of the entire genre.

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Rhymefest And Mac Lethal Team Up With Australia’s K21 For His Debut Album “Any Given D-Day” http://thesource.com/2018/01/30/rhymefest-mac-lethal-team-australias-k21/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/30/rhymefest-mac-lethal-team-australias-k21/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:01:12 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=428330 Australia’s K21 has released his long-awaited and eagerly anticipated debut studio album on Golden Era Records titled Any Given D-Day recently. The album features long-time Kanye West collaborator and Grammy Award-winning Chicago emcee Rhymefest (El Che), Kansas City’s rapid-fire Mac Lethal and Australian kings Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars and Remi amongst others. The 12-track release is a […]

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Australia’s K21 has released his long-awaited and eagerly anticipated debut studio album on Golden Era Records titled Any Given D-Day recently. The album features long-time Kanye West collaborator and Grammy Award-winning Chicago emcee Rhymefest (El Che), Kansas City’s rapid-fire Mac Lethal and Australian kings Hilltop Hoods, Funkoars and Remi amongst others. The 12-track release is a result of several years of work. It also shows the growth of the young rapper/producer as well as various different styles of hip-hop.

The album was developed across Chicago and Australia with its feature film clip, ‘Greatest Living Nightmare’ receiving an award from the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival TV Awards late last year. It has charted high upon release in Australia ahead of his upcoming national tour. This could be seen as a testament to the strong and loyal fan base that K21 has been able to create for himself while collaborating with the successful and internationally-geared Golden Era Records label.

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Australia Chooses Kendrick Lamar’s Humble As #1 Song Of 2017 http://thesource.com/2018/01/30/australia-chooses-kendrick-lamars-humble-1-song-2017/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/30/australia-chooses-kendrick-lamars-humble-1-song-2017/#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:23:39 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=428096 Over the weekend, Australia voted publicly for Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” to be the #1 song of 2017 in the national youth broadcaster Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 countdown after over two million votes. The lead single off Lamar’s almost triple-platinum fourth studio album DAMN, charted highly worldwide and was widely tipped to be a strong contender […]

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Over the weekend, Australia voted publicly for Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” to be the #1 song of 2017 in the national youth broadcaster Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 countdown after over two million votes. The lead single off Lamar’s almost triple-platinum fourth studio album DAMN, charted highly worldwide and was widely tipped to be a strong contender this year in Australia. This marked the first time a person of color has taken out the number 1 spot in Australia’s annual countdown in its almost 30-year history. It also improved on Lamar’s #2 placing in 2015 with “King Kunta. It is also only the second time the coveted #1 spot has been won by a hip-hop artist after Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” in 2012.

Indigenous Australian rap artist Baker Boy, who had a breakthrough year in 2017, notably had two songs in the Top 100, with “Marryuna” at #17 and Cloud 9 at #76. Local group Thundamentals was the only other hip-hop act in the Top 10. They achieved the best placing of any Australian hip-hop group with their track “Sally” featuring Mataya finishing at #8 and furthermore their song 21 Grams featuring Hilltop Hoods placing at #61. Kendrick Lamar also charted #34 in the countdown with “DNA, #92 with “LOVE” ft. Zacari and at #97 with “Loyalty” feat. Rihanna and along with Lorde, Gang Of Youths and The Jungle Giants was the only artist to have four songs in the Hottest 100.

While the date of Triple J’s Hottest 100 for the last two decades has usually coincided with the current date of the national public holiday of Australia Day on Jan. 26, this year Australia’s national youth radio broadcaster Triple J has moved it to a new date of the fourth weekend in January after tens of thousands of the Australian public voted to move it to a different date. The issue is highly contentious in Australia as the Australia Day public holiday of Jan. 26 marks the formal date of British establishment of a penal colony in Australia and is widely considered as a day of mourning for the country’s Indigenous communities and their allies and is known instead as Survival Day.

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Bad Apples Music: Australia’s First Indigenous Owned And Operated Hip Hop Label Making Moves http://thesource.com/2018/01/29/bad-apples-music-australias-first-indigenous-owned-and-operated-hip-hop-label-making-moves/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/29/bad-apples-music-australias-first-indigenous-owned-and-operated-hip-hop-label-making-moves/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:20:01 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=427921 Bad Apples Music is the first Indigenous Australian owned and operated record label, running out of its headquarters in inner-western Melbourne that was launched in 2015 by rapper and now also actor/writer Briggs. Building on the momentum of the then recently formed A.B. Original duo which developed organically in January 2015 by the award-winning rappers […]

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Bad Apples Music is the first Indigenous Australian owned and operated record label, running out of its headquarters in inner-western Melbourne that was launched in 2015 by rapper and now also actor/writer Briggs.

Building on the momentum of the then recently formed A.B. Original duo which developed organically in January 2015 by the award-winning rappers Briggs (a Yorta Yorta man from Shepparton in regional Victoria) after a Triple J inspired collaboration with Trials (a Ngarrindjeri man from country along the Murray River in South Australia). Deriving the label name from the second single Bad Apples off Briggs’ 2014 Sheplife album, the label has gone from strength to strength since its inception.

The label is also currently home to the talented trio of established solo rap artists Birdz, Nooky and Philly as well as serving as a supporting affiliate to Tasman Keith, Darwin singer Caiti Baker of Sietta and Dan Sultan. The label is affiliated with Adelaide-based Golden Era Records, the dominant locally based hip-hop label in Australasia over the last few years, and enjoys major linkages with Universal Music Australia and Hilltop Hoods. It creates a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and performers to showcase their talents to an ever-expanding audience domestically and abroad.

The label has recently released A.B. Original’s critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning debut album Reclaim Australia that featured west coast legend King T, Detroit’s Guilty Simpson of Stones Throw Records as well as a host of locals. Bad Apples Music has also released Birdz debut studio album Train of Thought as well as numerous other projects.

The A. B. Original sound has been described as rough and tough around the edges, deliberately brash and aggressive somewhat in the spirit of N.W.A. and Westside Connection, providing a much needed honest account of race relations in Australia today as well as delving into Australia’s dark colonial past through a traditional sound away from the fashion of today. The ironic title of the album, Reclaim Australia, strikes a strong accord locally in Australia as there is a small, misinformed group protesting immigration to Australia also called Reclaim Australia (a group fearful that “their” country is being taken away from them which is satirical to say the least when understanding British colonialization history of Indigenous Australia).

A.B. Original provide a very much needed refreshing, traditional hip hop sound in Australia that has largely been missing from recent years within a more commercially geared hip hop market of today. Their live show with DJ Total Eclipse of The X-Ecutioners has taken the all-round package to another level nationwide.

Briggs has recently announced that he will release another solo album this year, following up his excellent Sheplife in 2014 and The Blacklist in 2010 while the A. B. Original duo are back in the studio themselves working on their highly anticipated follow up release. With label artists continuing to tour nationally on the festival circuit and in their own right domestically as well as supporting touring acts including Ice T’s Body Count, 50 Cent and Loyle Carner (UK), the future seems very bright for the new but rapidly emerging label.

In addition to providing a much needed and deserving platform to release quality music, the artists on the label have been visibly and influentially outspoken on a number of important issues facing Indigenous Australians today. Since former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2008 apology for the Stolen Generations, the rate of Aboriginal children being removed from family and community has risen over 65% and Indigenous children are 11-15 times more likely to be removed from home than non-indigenous children. Bad Apples Music and their artists are proving to be an influential voice in the wider debate and continue to be rightfully outspoken against the merits of Australia’s national public day continuing to being held on such a historically and culturally insensitive date.

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The Ultimate Diss Track: China Bans Hip Hop Culture from TV http://thesource.com/2018/01/24/ultimate-diss-track-china-bans-hip-hop-culture-tv/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/24/ultimate-diss-track-china-bans-hip-hop-culture-tv/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:36:56 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=427243 Words by Nick Slay In a stunning move, China has banned hip-hop culture and actors with tattoos from appearing on television. According to the country’s top media regulator the: State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), all traces of hip hop culture or tattoos are prohibited […]

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Words by Nick Slay


In a stunning move, China has banned hip-hop culture and actors with tattoos from appearing on television.

According to the country’s top media regulator the: State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), all traces of hip hop culture or tattoos are prohibited from being shown on television. The SAPPRFT “specifically requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos [or depict] hip hop culture, sub-culture and dispirited culture,” as reported by China’s new media outlet Sina.

There are four “don’ts” that the media must now abide by, according to Gao Changli:

Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble

Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar and obscene

Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class

Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity

We don’t know the total effect how this will change the cultural exchange of music from the states to China and vise versa, however it will affect Grammy winning artists who Chinese promoters wish to bring to the country to tour. It also directly affects local rappers and hip pop artists who some have even apologize for their sound and depiction of character in the public eye. Chinese Citizens quickly reacted with anger to the ban, flooding Chinese social media (Weibo,China’s equivalent of Twitter. with negative comments and outrage. The same reaction could also be measured on Twitter in the states.

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Who Will Win World Red Bull 3Style DJ Finals Next Month? http://thesource.com/2018/01/24/who-will-win-world-red-bull-3style-dj-finals-next-month/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/24/who-will-win-world-red-bull-3style-dj-finals-next-month/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:13:33 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=427200 Now in its eighth year of competition, the now prestigious Red Bull 3Style World DJ Championships have been advancing the culture of DJing and entertaining audiences globally since its inception in 2010. The newly established and highly respected DJ competition has been challenging the prestige of the world’s #1 DJ completion, the legendary world DMC’s, […]

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Now in its eighth year of competition, the now prestigious Red Bull 3Style World DJ Championships have been advancing the culture of DJing and entertaining audiences globally since its inception in 2010. The newly established and highly respected DJ competition has been challenging the prestige of the world’s #1 DJ completion, the legendary world DMC’s, which have been held annually since New Jersey’s DJ Cheese took it out in 1986.

This year’s final will be judged by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Nina Las Vegas (Australia), Skratch Bastid, DJ Craze and DJ Nu-Mark (of Jurassic 5) and after some delay will run from 7-11 February in Poland. After four elimination nights, the final will be held at the Juliusz Stowacki Theatre in Krakow, in the country’s south. The field of 24 world finalists will battle it out to be the new world champion and are judged on Originality (40%), Skills (25%), Music Selection (20%) and Crowd Response (15%) over their 15-minute set which must include at least three different genres of music – quite different from the technicality focus of the DMC’s and IDA’s.

Beast Mode aka DJ Samrai from Sydney, Australia placed 3rd in the World at the Red Bull 3Style finals in Santiago, Chile in the last competition which was held in mid-December 2016 and the wildcard entrant appears set to be one of the favorites to claim this year’s title. Beast Mode has previously won National Titles in DMC, ITF/IDA and Redbull 3Style competitions as well as proving to be a successful mixtape, club and performance DJ since 2000. His impressive versatility, continuous growth as a DJ / party rocker makes him a complete all-rounder and a true title contender.

The previous Red Bull 3Style winners are 25-year-old Puffy from Barbados, DJ Byte of Chile, Eskei83 of Germany, DJ Shintaro of Japan, Four Color Zack of America, DJ Hedspin of Canada and DJ Karve of France. With none of the previous winners competing in the final, 2018 looks like Beast Mode may just go all the way and has a strong chance at improving on his previous 3rd placing at the worlds grand final this February. He will be up against stiff competition this year from all 21 regional winners and the two other wildcard entrants including the experienced, battle-hardened and multiple DMC winner DJ Irie (The Netherlands), experienced competitor destroyer DJ Ease from Las Vegas, multiple-IDA World winner and 2012 DMC World Team Championship winner and wildcard entrant DJ Cross (Belgium) as well as Polish hometown hero 69Beats – as three of the previous seven winners have all won on their own home turf.

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Meet Salmo: Italian Hip-Hop Superstar http://thesource.com/2018/01/23/meet-salmo-italian-hip-hop/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/23/meet-salmo-italian-hip-hop/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:06:24 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=427012 Hailing from Olbia on the Italian island of Sardinia, Salmo is a rapper/producer who combines his passion for rock, heavy metal and Hip-Hop to deliver a hardcore fusion of the genres that is not for the faint-hearted. Salmo’s ability to blur the lines between musical styles earned him the title of ‘Best Crossover’ artist at […]

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Hailing from Olbia on the Italian island of Sardinia, Salmo is a rapper/producer who combines his passion for rock, heavy metal and Hip-Hop to deliver a hardcore fusion of the genres that is not for the faint-hearted. Salmo’s ability to blur the lines between musical styles earned him the title of ‘Best Crossover’ artist at the MTV Hip Hop Awards in 2012.

The often-masked entertainer is no newcomer to the Italian Hip-Hop landscape, having put in work over the last two decades, releasing four solo studio projects. This includes a live album/documentary combination and an assortment of collaborative projects. In 2013 Salmo’s Blood Shake, a collaboration with hardcore Dutch Hip Hop outfit Dope D.O.D., saw his fame continue to extend beyond his region, and made his music increasingly accessible to the English language market.

Most recently, Salmo released his Hellvisback on Sony Music, an album he produced himself, and featured musical heavyweights like Travis Barker of Blink 182 and Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots. Hellvisback earned platinum status, sat atop the Italian charts and led to Salmo playing to stadiums and soldout arenas throughout Italy and across Europe. In celebration of his platinum status, Salmo also released a deluxe edition with a bonus disc and an impressive comic book he wrote in collaboration with esteemed illustrator Francesco “FR3NK” Liori.

Recently, the Sardinian native announced that his high octane track “Daytona” has been included in the soundtrack for the new video game Need For Speed: Payback, an accolade that will see him enter a tracklist alongside the likes of A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Run The Jewels and Vince Staples and ensure his music will enter the rooms of millions more worldwide.

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Italian Rapper Fabri Fibra Floods the Market with Hits and Inks Deal With Fila http://thesource.com/2018/01/23/italian-rapper-fabri-fibra-inks-deal-with-fila/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/23/italian-rapper-fabri-fibra-inks-deal-with-fila/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:12:57 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=427010 Hip-Hop might have started out in the Bronx, but it is all over now and  fare mosse, fare soldi. Recently Italian rapper Fabri Fibra latest album Fenomeno’s third single “Stavo Pensando A Te” going double platinum. As a project, Fenomeno has been blazing the charts producing hits like last year’s summer anthem “Pamplona’” featuring Thegiornalisti. So, it comes as no […]

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Hip-Hop might have started out in the Bronx, but it is all over now and  fare mosse, fare soldi.

Recently Italian rapper Fabri Fibra latest album Fenomeno’s third single “Stavo Pensando A Te” going double platinum. As a project, Fenomeno has been blazing the charts producing hits like last year’s summer anthem “Pamplona’” featuring Thegiornalisti. So, it comes as no surprise that Fibra was recently listed as one of the top 10 selling artists in Italy for 2017 and that he receive the ‘Rap Icon’ award at the 2017 Italian MTV Awards.

Not one to allow momentum to dip, Fibra, just dropped a video for “Dipinto Di Blu” with Belgian born artist Laïoung and blessed fans with an eight-track EP, Fenomeno: Masterchef Masterchef… jumped off with the booming start with the release of ‘CVDM’ (Cazzo Vuoi Da Me?), which translates to “What The Fuck Do You Want From Me?,” a fiery track where Fibra reacts to his haters that no matter which direction they decided to take their music still have issues. Welcome to fame, my G.

If putting music out googobs at a time wasn’t enough to keep this Italian rap stallion going, Fibra has been busy teaming up with legendary sportswear company Fila to collaborate on his own range of streetwear, further cementing his iconic status.

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Playboi Carti Set for World Tour http://thesource.com/2018/01/23/playboi-carti-set-for-world-tour/ http://thesource.com/2018/01/23/playboi-carti-set-for-world-tour/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:41:35 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=426972 Born on the same day as Tupac died, 21-year-old Playboi Carti is about to head across the UK, continental Europe, Australia and New Zealand for a 20-date tour, taking in most regional capitals over an extended six-week stint. His hectic touring schedule builds on the back of the momentum gained from his 40+ American and Canadian […]

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Born on the same day as Tupac died, 21-year-old Playboi Carti is about to head across the UK, continental Europe, Australia and New Zealand for a 20-date tour, taking in most regional capitals over an extended six-week stint.

His hectic touring schedule builds on the back of the momentum gained from his 40+ American and Canadian tour dates over the last seven months, playing festivals, sold out shows and frequently touring with Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Dreezy and A$AP Mob.

The Atlanta-born and now LA-based Playboi Carti released his debut 9-track mixtape titled Young Mi$fit under his previous alias of $ir Cartier in late 2012 when he was 16 years old. He most recently released his debut commercial self-titled mixtape featuring Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Rocky and Harry Fraud in April 2017 on AWGE Records / Interscope Records that earlier this month was certified as Gold.

The release featured the three successful singles Lookin, wokeuplikethis (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) and Magnolia, with the previous two singles both charting and achieving Platinum sales in America and Gold or better in Canada. Currently dating model Blac Chyna, it appears that 2018 might take the young Playboi to even future mainstream super-stardom.

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