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MTV Announces 2016 Video Music Awards Nominees

The MTV Video Music Awards announced the nominees for this year’s ceremony via Facebook live this morning. Leading the pack was Beyoncé with 11 nods for her Emmy-nominated visual album Lemonade. Adele follows with 8 nominations for her record-breaking album 25. The songstress’ will be competing for Best Female Video along with Rihanna ft. Drake “Work”, Sia “Cheap Thrills,” and Ariana Grande “Into You.”

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Beyoncé performing at the 2014 MTV Vide Music Awards Credit: Mirror

The award show returns to the Big Apple this year. Grande landed 5 nominations along with Drake who nabbed Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Male Video, and Best Art Direction. Kanye West received two nominations for “Famous” while his foe Taylor Swift on the other hand garnered zero nominations. The pop star’s “1989” album came out in 2014 so her recent singles “Wildest Dreams,” “Out of the Woods” and “New Romantics” were ineligible.

Taylor Swift at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
Taylor Swift at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

West’s infamous track features naked images in the likeness of the rapper and other celebrities, including his wife Kim Kardashian, Swift, Donald Trump, and Bill Cosby. ‘Famous” is at the heart of the current feud between the Chicago emcee and Swift. Kardashian recently delivered receipts; leaking audio of Swift giving West her blessing to the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.” The “Wildest Dreams” singer originally denied West’s claims he reached out to her prior to releasing the song. She quickly changed her tune, now claiming West did not play her the entire track or reveal the lyrics in full omitting the line, “Why? I made that bitch famous.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: TV personality Kim Kardashian (L) and recording artist Kanye West attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kim Kardashia and Kanye West attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

West’s video for the controversial “Famous,” garnered the Video of the Year nomination and will be facing-off with Beyonce’s “Formation,” Adele’s “Hello, “Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry,” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Newcomers Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham, and DNCE, will battle it out for the Best New Artist award.

Drake at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013. Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Drake at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013.
Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

The late David Bowie, who died from cancer earlier this year, earned four nominations in the categories of Best Direction, cinematography, art direction and editing for “Lazarus.” The video featured the icon frail and lying in bed, eyes bandaged and was released several days before his Jan. 10 death.

Others artists who earned multiple nods include Alessia Cara, Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Desiigner, Fergie, FKA Twigs, and The Weeknd.

Voting opened online Tuesday. Nominees for best song of the summer have yet to be announced. The MTV VMA’s will be airing live from Madison Square Garden on August 28 at 9 p.m. ET. Will you be tuning in?

 

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Artist Kelby Drops New EP ‘You’re Welcome’, Premieres New Video “Play” Starring Rotimi

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With the R&B scene heating up with artist like Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez and Jeremih, Kelby fits right in. With his love for Urban/R&B music and his Latin charm, the budding artist creates a soothing blend of the two with his debut EP You’re Welcome.

Staying true to his native language, the 24-year-old drops a few Spanish lines while serenading you with bedroom tunes on songs like “Come Over” & “Sundown” as well as repping his NYC sense of style on tracks like “Lose My Number” & “Old Times.” With the project being executive produced by Creative Director Torey Nelson whose worked with Rocnation‘s beauty Justine Skye, Beyonce‘s Protege Sophie Beem and G-Unit/Power star Rotimi, ‘You’re Welcome’ is the vibe for the Summer.

With the seductive sounds of Grammy Nominated producers Kquick and SamTrax, amoungst Jersey’s own Lx, Kelby provides just the right amount of swag and taste to set the mood.

Get into his highly anticipated EP below and follow him on all social media outlets at @Urbankelz:

Also check out Kelby’s new visual to his single “Play” off of his debut EP starring Rotimi:

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Philly’s Own, R&B Singer David Tru Drops New Single “LMK” [New Music]

The constantly evolving world of R&B continues to bend genres and generate promising new talent from all over the world. Envelope pushing artists like Bryson Tiller, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Tory Lanez and August Alsina are just a few of the names leading the charge, changing the sound and energy of R&B landscape. Today, we wanted to put an impressive new artist on your radar, looking to etch his name amongst the current crop of emerging crooners. Introducing, David Tru. 

The singer/songwriter chooses to remain quiet on his background, opting to let his music speak for itself. The Blackroom artist brings his A-game on his upcoming first single, “LMK” aka “Let Me Know” produced by SumYunghai.

The official song is a mid-tempo track built on an instantly catchy, call-and-response hook. Taking the chivalrous route, Tru keeps it meaningful and edgy, showcasing his charismatic presence. The singer, effortlessly floats over the bouncy crossover track, illustrating the lengths he’s willing to go to cater to every single need/problem in his lady’s life.

Check out David’s track above.

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David Gibbs better known as David Tru, a stage name and moniker bestowed upon him for no other reason than his dedication to keep it real and true to the music. Growing up as the youngest in a family of 5 boys and only his mother present, Tru faced hardships at an early age and used that to channel his energy into being an all around athlete excelling at track and field, basketball, football and power-lifting. At the age of 16, David shifted his energy and attention from sports to focus solely on music and expressing himself with just a pen and notepad. After seeing positive reactions to his voice and relatable song lyrics, Tru began to develop his identity and found his voice as an R&B vocalist and writer.

In 2015, linked up with Blackroom Management and became their first signed artist to represent the brand. In just a short period of time with The Blackroom, the multifaceted David Tru paired his own grind and talent with the label’s work ethic, production and professionalism and began to work on projects to showcase his vocals and abilities as a songwriter and performer. The young artist lived up to his hype with upcoming tracks like “LMK”, “Tokyo” and “Aftermath.” Tru strives to make music with substance that people can relate to. His focus is wired tightly to the future and his genuine sound that he brings to the game.
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Choreographer Lisa Sainvil Touches On Self-Awareness & Moving Forward With The Help of Bryson Tiller and Words by Rob Hill Sr. [Video]

Visually and creatively diverse in dance and art with a bold expression, Lisa Sainvil delivers a package of Self-Awareness, and motivation to Move Forward.

The visual filmed by Shot By the Third, is from a project that she is working on entitled PROJ 409 and is based off of my experiences, and music that she’s inspired by. Not your average “Dance Concept Video”, her goal is to convey a message and draw emotions from viewers in an experimental way.

As a strong believer in art with intent, Lisa’s intentions is to move and inspire the watchers with a message, and create an experience that will take you along her ride, visually.

Inspired by the talents and gifts of Bryson Tiller and Motivational Speaker and Author, Rob Hill Sr., Lisa adds a bit both formula from two to complete her vision of expression.

Take a look above.

Featuring Dancers:

Imani Nzingha (@glamazonthedoll)
Julian Russo – ( @foolien )
Alex Francoeur – (@alex_francoeur )
Jason Laws – ( @JasonFCLaws )
James Alonzo White – (@jamesalonzowhite)
Ivan Leon- (@eye_van02 )
Sean Mejia – (@seanye)
Omar Krystion – (@omarkrystion)

Stay Connected With Lisa

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Fly Visual: Bryson Tiller Plots To Get That Old Thing Back In “Exchange”

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Bryson Tiller’s debut album T R A P S O U L has gone platinum thanks to hits like “Exchange,” “Don’t,” and “Rambo.” Today the Louisville crooner debuts the video for “Exchange,” a song about Tiller wanting to rekindle the romance with an ex.

Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the video opens up with Tiller’s ex receiving a package from him. What could it be? Well it’s a scrapbook chock full of pictures of their time together clearly meant to have his ex reminiscing and all up in her feelings. Will Pen Griffey’s scheme pay off? By the end of the video it appears so as his ex shows up to meet him just as he’d hope.

You can check out Tiller’s video for “Exchange” below. He is nominated for four BET Awards and is set to perform at the BET Experience in L.A. on June 24 alongside Usher and Kehlani.

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SFPL Artist Spotlight: Sabatahj – “Old Skoo”

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Sabatahj is a super talented artist out of Indiana (he grew up right across the bridge from Bryson Tiller‘s home of Louisville, Kentucky), who kind of exudes the sensual and melodic sensibilities of The Dream.

Midwestern newcomer Sabatahj is the heir to an age-old tradition. With a vast imagination, the young adept multi-instrumentalist, producer, rapper, singer, and songwriter has retooled smooth 90s RnB with 80s funk grooves in his latest single, “Old Skoo.”

With Roger Troutman-inspired talk-box melodies and sensual southern finesse, the song is a slow ride, retro-futuristic tale about a man trying to convince his lady friend into taking a joyride. “Old Skoo” follows the success of Sabatahj’s 2013 cult-championed Guilty Pleasures mixtape.

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SFPL Music: Bryson Tiller – “OverTime” (TJ Mizell x T-GUT Remix)

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Before hitting the road with G-Eazy and A$AP Ferg on the “When Its Dark Out Tour” this month, producer-dj TJ Mizell is drops a fresh cut with buzzing DJ and producer T-GUT on a remix of Bryson Tiller‘s “Overtime.”

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Taking Tiller’s runaway hit into the lab, Mizell and T-GUT transform the sweltering original into a smooth flip that can change the vibe of the room. Already making the rounds on the DJ circuit, expect to hear a lot more of this spin on this “Overtime Remix” as it is one of the most hotly-tipped releases of the new year.

BRYSON TILLER ANNOUNCES HIS DEBUT HEADLINING “T R A P S O U L TOUR” + 32-CITY TOUR KICKS OFF JANUARY 24TH WITH SUPPORTING ACT THEY.

Reflecting on 2015, these two Dope Roots Music producers hit some major career landmarks sky-rocketing them into 2016. For Mizell highlights include touring internationally alongside A$AP Ferg, Skrillex, and Diplo, and kicking off a WeTV series Growing Up Hip Hop, and for T-GUT, a slew of buzzworthy production credits on tracks for Casey Veggies, Curren$y, Obie Trice, Rich The Kid and more, all while hitting the road for number of tour dates across the country. With the release of “Overtime”, both producers prove they’ll be continuing their trailblazing pace into the new year, and stay tuned for more hypeworthy releases still to be announced in the coming weeks.

Check it out below:

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Fly Interview: Cool Amerika Says “Bow Wow Had The Meaning of ‘DAB’ Wrong, It Comes From Your Style, Your Swag”

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New up & coming duo, Cool Amerika stopped by the SFPL Studio to talk about their new music & videos, T.I., OutKast, Bow Wow, the REAL meaning of the dance craze — #DAB, internet beef: Erykah vs. Iggy Azalea and much more.

FLY VISUAL: COOL AMERIKA – “DO IT LIKE ME”

When asked about Bow Wow’s YouTube video about his version of what the DAB really means:

I get what he’s saying but he had it wrong. DAB came from how you dress, how you put it on, but it has to be in you — not on you. You be in mirror checking yourself out like….Wooooo (hence “I look fresh”) [insert DAB]!

FLY VISUAL: COOL AMERIKA – “LAME JAMES” FEAT. YOUNG SNEAD

With a new album and mixtape on the way in 2016, the fellas advise us of features from the likes of; Wayne Wonder, B.o.B, recently being released from jail — rapper & 1/3 of MigosOffset and more. On their wish list, fingers are crossed to work with Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller, RJ & Choice, Nicki Minaj.

FLY VISUAL: COOL AMERIKA – “GET YOUR HATE ON”

Peep the FULL interview below:

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Make sure you download Cool Amerika’s latest mixtape No Taxes 2 at www.livemixtapes.com.

The fellas also appeared on B.o.B.’s NASA project, which dropped 11/23 on www.datpiff.com

Follow Them: instagram.com/1CoolAmerica | twitter.com/1CoolAmerica | facebook.com/1CoolAmerika

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SFPL Music: Bryson Tiller – “Self Righteous” prod. by Ayo, Keyz & ENT

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Secretly dropping a new track on Soundcloud, Bryson Tiller debuts his new tune “Self Righteous” produced by Ayo, Keyz and ENT.

LAST NIGHT IN NYC: BRYSON TILLER PERFORMS AT SOB’S FOR TWO ‘SOLD OUT’ SHOWS

Building up his fanbase and breaking all types of streaming records, as a new artist, Bryson proves that he is not stopping for anything, or anyone.

SFPL MUSIC: SEVYN STREETER COVERS BRYSON TILLER’S “DON’T”

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We would have to back Tiller on that quote, as he is the next hottest artist out right now. Don’t sleep.

Enjoy Tiller’s new song below:

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Fly Mixtape: Lil Wayne – ‘No Ceilings 2’

 

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Thanksgiving Day, Lil Wayne was quite in the giving mood as he delivered his much-anticipated mixtape No Ceilings 2.

On the mixtape, the New Orleans rapper revisits songs from artists like: Eminem‘s 1999 hit single [“My Name Is”], Future & Drake‘s [“Where Ya At” & “Jumpman”], Bryon Tiller‘s [“Don’t”], 2 Milly’s [“Milly Rock”] and more.

Wayne also links with King Los, Future, Yo Gotti, Currren$y, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, plus more, and even reunites with artist-producer-dj, Hot Boys cohort, Mannie Fresh.

Check it out below:

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