No one can deny that Mac Miller and Ariana Grande have great chemistry in and out of the studio.
The new rumored couple joined musical forces once more for Miller’s latest single, “My Favorite Part.” Off of the Pittsburgh emcee’s upcoming effort The Divine Feminine, the duo previously worked on Grande’s “The Way” and most recently the “Into You (Remix).”
The love between these two is palpable as Miller sings,
“You just don’t know how beautiful you are / And baby, that’s my favorite part / You walk around so clueless to it all, like nobody gonna break your heart.”
Followed by a harmonizing Grande who offers up melodic ad-libs like,
“I got enough on my mind / But I could make some time for something so divine.”
“My Favorite Part” follows the CeeLo Green assisted “We” and “Dang!’ featuring Anderson .Paak. The Devine Feminine also includes collaborations with Kendrick Lamar (“God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty”) and Ty Dolla $ign (“Cinderella”).
Listen to Miller and Grande’s “My Favorite Part” below and get ready for a serious dose of #relationshipgoals.
Legacy Recordings, the Grammy Award winning catalog arm of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrates Southern hip-hop’s greatest supergroup, The Dungeon Family, with a special 15th anniversary vinyl pressing of the group’s sole album, Even In Darkness, available on Friday, September 9. This 2LP set, pressed on 150-gram black vinyl for the first time since its original release, comes a day in advance of the group’s long-awaited reunion at Atlanta’s ONE Musicfest 2016. A white vinyl version will also be available exclusively for indie retailers. Pre-order the standard version HERE.
Named after the Atlanta basement studio in which members of the collective made their first recordings, The Dungeon Family featured the brightest stars of the booming local hip-hop scene:
Organized Noize is the nucleus of The Dungeon Family, supplying the beats and grooves for OutKast, Goodie Mob and other Atlanta-based artists. Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown offered production and guidance to their artists, putting the “family” into The Dungeon Family and helping them raise the profile of the Southeast in hip-hop. Elsewhere, Organized Noize earned acclaim for producing the hits “Waterfalls” for TLC and “Don’t Let Go (Love)” for En Vogue.
As the region’s leading rap duo, OutKast personified Southern hip-hop in the 1990s and 2000s. At the time, Big Boi and Andre 3000 were enjoying their greatest successes yet, earning their first chart-topping hit “Ms. Jackson” earlier that year from their fourth album, Stankonia (2000). It was the tutelage of Rico, Ray and Sleepy Brown in the Dungeon that helped the duo become the global superstars they are today, earning two further No. 1 hits, “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move” (featuring Sleepy Brown), from their 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, winner of three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.
Alongside OutKast, Goodie Mob represented Southern rap to the masses, even coining the phrase “Dirty South” to describe the region on their acclaimed 1995 debut album Soul Food. Big Gipp, Khujo, T-Mo and CeeLo Green tackled Southern social issues in their lyrics such as racism and gentrification; their first three singles—“Cell Therapy,” “Soul Food” and “Dirty South”—all peaked within the Top 10 of Billboard’s rap singles chart. CeeLo, who left the group after Even In Darkness, would enjoy further success in the 2000s, teaming with Danger Mouse for the alternative rap project Gnarls Barkley (whose “Crazy” topped the U.S. and U.K. charts) before breaking out as a solo R&B singer with the worldwide hit “F**k You!” in 2010.
Killer Mike got his start as part of The Dungeon Family, also featuring on OutKast’s “The Whole World” later that year. He released a string of solo records throughout 2006 to 2012 before experiencing a seismic surge of notoriety with the hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, which he created with rapper/producer El-P.
Even In Darkness also featured up and coming local talent including producer Mr. DJ and rappers Cool Breeze, Witchdoctor, Backbone, Big Rube and Slimm Calhoun.
Even In Darkness, released in 2001, fully realized Andre 3000’s prophetic proclamation at the 1995 Source Awards: “The South got somethin’ to say.” With Atlanta as the epicenter, Southern hip-hop was at a flashpoint, with some of the most innovative and recognizable works of the rap genre firmly rooted in the region. With tracks like “6 Minutes (Dungeon Family It’s On)” and “Trans DF Express,” Even In Darkness stands as a testament to The Dungeon Family’s singular commitment to helping make hip-hop history.
The Dungeon Family’s impact on hip-hop can still be felt today. In 2016, Netflix premiered the documentary The Art of Organized Noize, executive produced by Queen Latifah and directed by Quincy Jones III, a documentary on the production trio hailed as “a story that demands to be heard by anyone with an interest in hip-hop” (Consequence of Sound). Additionally, Rico Wade’s cousin, Future, remains a key figure in contemporary hip-hop, with three Billboard 200 No. 1 albums since 2015 including the collaboration album with Drake,What A Time to Be Alive.
Big Boi, CeeLo Green, Rico Wade, Big Gipp, T-Mo, Killer Mike, Cool Breeze, Witchdoctor, Backbone, Big Rube, Sleepy Brown, Ray Murray, and Slimm Calhoun will all take the stage as part of ONE Musicfest 2016 at the Atlanta-area Lakewood Amphitheater on Saturday, September 10, along with several special guests. ONE Musicfest is the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive music festival, featuring a diverse range of music that includes everything from classic and next generation hip-hop and soulful R&B to alternative and rock. Started in 2010, the festival is one of the most highly anticipated celebrations of the arts in the Southeast, with this year’s festival expecting an attendance of 20,000 music lovers from throughout the country.
Dropping the official remix featuring Nicki Minaj, Yo Gotti premieres his new visual to the #1 hit single “Down In The DM” with cameos by Snapchat King – DJ Khaled withMachine Gun Kelly, YG, Rae Sremmurd and CeeLo Green.
Check out the hilarious visual, as tempting moments appear in a few DM’s at a bachelor party all the way to the actual wedding ceremony. You can also find Rae Sremmurd coming down the aisle doing the Nae Nae, Dabbin’ along with a few other dance moves.
Khaled then comes in to lay down the law with his famous catchy phrases:
Is she loyal? Is she smart? Is she grateful? Does she have the key to your heart?
Major “Key Alert”! Pre-nup!
The Art of the Hustle due out Feb. 19th.
1. “My City” (feat. K. Michelle)
2. “Bible” (feat. Lil Wayne)
3. “Down in the DM”
4. “Law” (feat. E-40)
5. “The Art of Hustle”
6. “Smile” (feat. Timbaland)
7. “Come Up”
8. “Pay the Price”
10. “General” (feat. Future)
11. “Imagine Dat”
12. “Bank Teller”
13. “Hunnid” (feat. Pusha T)
14. “Luv Deez Hoes” (feat. 2 Chainz)
Packed with horns and a bass-heavy tempo, DJ Funkmaster Flex gives us a ear-glimpse of Rick Ross‘ new track “One Of Us” featuring Nas.
Rick new album Black Market will be available on Dec. 4th, which features appearances from the likes of: Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Ceelo Green, DJ Premier, Mary J. Blige, Future and The Dream.
Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented the BMI Icon Award to GRAMMY-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on August 28th. The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.
Rodgers was honored for his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and his ability to connect people through song and defy musical expectations. As the 2015 BMI Icon Award recipient, Rodgers joins an elite list of previous honorees that includes The Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard and Al Green, to name a few.
The evening featured a slew of performances: B.o.B opened with a medley of hits, followed by IloveMakonnen who kept the energy going with “Tuesday.” Backed by music director Rickey Minor, as well as band and Donald Lawrence’s vocals, the high-powered Icon tribute was kicked off by R&B chanteuses Kelly Price covering “Upside Down,” Deborah Cox’s delivery of “I’m Coming Out,” Kathy Sledge and the Company offering a rousing rendition of “We Are Family,” and Empire’s V. Bozeman’s vibrant version of “I Want Your Love.” The celebration continued with CeeLo Green’s dynamic performance of “Let’s Dance.” The night concluded with the top honoree taking the stage to perform fan favorites “Good Times” and “Rappers Delight,” with hip-hop legend Chuck D joining Rodgers.
Additional top honors presented at the awards ceremony: John Legend “All of Me” earned the Song of the Year prize; DJ Mustard was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “2 On,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “I Don’t F**ck With You,” “Main Chick,” “My Hitta,” “Na Na,” “No Mediocre,” “Paranoid,” “Show Me,” and “Who Do You Love?” DJ Mustard also won the coveted Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row, while Universal Music Publishing Group accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 18 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. BMI also recognized top producers Kanye West, J Cole, Jim Jonsin, Michael “Finatik” Mulé and Isaac De Boni.
SoMo won the BMI Social Star Award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter and Instagram, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.
BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with R&B artist and actor Ray J.
Guests celebrated and mingled while enjoying Red Bull cocktails during the evening’s festivities. BMI partnered with HD Radio, TW Steel, Provider Inc. and KIND Snacks to present the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.
Photos by Lester Cohen & Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI
Each of those people I named were just a few of the artists that have served as comic relief giving me laughter throughout periods of my personal and professional life. Being that I’m cut from that cloth, I realized that comedy is cathartic to both the audience and the author.
CeeLo will be dropping an album titled Heart Blanche due on Nov. 13th, his first album since 2012.
Our friend DJ Cassidy is spreading love the best way he knows how, and that’s through music! Delivering his new dance-floor filled joint “Calling All Hearts,” the new tune brings together the talents of Robin Thicke and Jessie J. The song was birthed from his upcoming debut album ‘Paradise Royale.’ The epic album will feature the likes of; Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, R. Kelly, John Legend, CeeLo Green, Usher, and Kelly Rowland. Check out the new visual below…
Critically acclaimed recording artists Goodie Mob are set to reintroduce themselves to hip-hop purists with their fourth and highly anticipated new album Age Against the Machine, scheduled for release on August 27, 2013.