SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: TAPZ – “Run Don’t Run” [Video]

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Today, featured in our SFPL’s Artist Spotlight is TAPZ! The young budding artist first broke onto the scene with his buzz-worthy hit, “KILLA” produced by Ricky Reed after Zane Lowe put it on blast last summer on his Beats 1 show. TAPZ has written and produced with the likes of 6LACK, Wynter Gordon, Vic Mensa and has toured with G-Eazy, A$AP Ferg and more!

Now, we would like to offer up his new visual for the new single “Run Don’t Run.” The song is off of his upcoming EP which is due out this Spring.

Take a look at the video above.


SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Erik Hassle Releases New Single “Missing You”

Swedish soul-pop sensation Erik Hassle has released his first official single “Missing You” since announcing the January 27th, 2017 release of his forthcoming full-length LP INNOCENCE LOST (Record Company TEN/RCA Records).

“Missing You” is out today and was produced by Grammy nominated John Hill (Jay Z, MIA, Charli XCX, Florence and the Machine) in Los Angeles. With its lush production, lithe guitar, and warm embrace, Erik weaves together a poignant and palpable tale of loss that’s as hypnotic as it is heartbreaking.

“It comes from a real story of losing somebody way too early,” he explains. “I sang it one-and- a-half times, because I broke down on the second take. The lyrics speak for themselves.”


In addition to the album version, Erik had his friend songwriter/producer Jerker “Olov” Hansson (Terror JR, Panic! At The Disco, Icona Pop) create a special remix titled the “Olov Remix” that is being released alongside the original album version. Both versions are available now on all digital platforms and the album version is the latest track to be made available as part of an Innocence Lost album pre-order.

The project features special vocal guests Tinashe and Vic Mensa, plus various A-list producers including EshraqueiSHiMughal (Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sandé),TV on The Radio’s Dave Sitek, with additional production from SOHN (Banks, Lana Del Rey), Oskar “Sikow” Engstroem (Giorgio Moroder, Kate Boy), John Hill (AlunaGeorge, Elle King), Billboard (Britney Spears, Robyn), Gorgon City and Al Shux (Alicia Keys, Elliphant).

The result, Hassle delivers honest pure and powerful pop music that instantly connects with the listener.

“I hope people can feel these songs were made in the moment when everything was the most acute and real,” he leaves off. “This is really me. I hope that comes through and it can mean something to someone else.”

Pre-order INNOCENCE LOST now for 6 instant downloads from the album
Pre-order on iTunes: HERE

Pre-order on Amazon Music: HERE

Pre-order also available on Google Play:  HERE

Stream tracks from the album on Spotify: HERE

Listen on Apple Music: HERE

Watch the “No Words” music video on Vevo: HERE

(1) No Words
(2) Pathetic
(3) Talk About It (feat Vic Mensa)
(4) Breaking the Waves
(5) If Your Man Only Knew
(6) TKO
(7) Innocence Lost (feat. Tinashe)
(8) Silver & Gold
(9) FTPA (feat. Gorgon City)
(10) All Of You All Over Me
(11) Minnesota
(12) Missing You


Too Late To Say Sorry?: Lil Wayne Apologizes For His Comments About Black Lives Matter

Lil Wayne is as unapologetic as they come and doesn’t hold his tongue when it comes to his feelings on matters. Wayne has come under intense scrutiny after Nightline dropped an interview where the rapper made it clear he doesn’t rock with the Black Lives Matter movement.  Wayne posted one response to the fallout from the interview and at the time it seemed like he was sticking to his guns asking in a tweet “Is intelligence always misunderstood?”

Well it looks like Wayne is taking back those words after he issued and apology through TMZ.


Wayne was quickly called out for his comments and the internet took him to task for his at what seemed at the time hypocritical statements on the movement.

Video footage of Wayne shouting Black Lives Matter during a concert immediately surfaced after the Nightline interview hit the web.

So what was Wayne’s reasoning to his rant? Well Wayne is blaming the questions that was asked about his daughter as the sole reason he made those comments about Black Lives Matter.

Wayne exclusively told TMZ:

“When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated. From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”


Wayne then followed that up with:

“Apologies to anyone who was offended.”


We hope that apology is sincere. The issue has not gone away yet though,today rapper Vic Mensa who is very vocal when it comes to social matters in the black community touched on Wayne’s comments.


During an AMA on Reddit, speaking on his upcoming album Mensa had this to say about the Wayne’s Black Lives Matter comments:

“I think it’s a very ignorant, selfish & isolated position to take.”

Well said Vic!

While Wayne’s excuse for his statements and behavior were very lame, do you accept his apology?

Bonus: See the internet’s hilarious reaction to Wayne’s comments in the gallery below:


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Watch: Vic Mensa Reflects On The Reasons He Votes In VEVO’s ‘Why I Vote’ Campaign

Vic Mensa is the first artist to discuss the 2016 Presidential Election and encourage young people to vote as part of Vevo‘s Why I Vote campaign.

In the clip, the Chicago native reflects on his upbringing in city’s South Side neighborhood and his parent’s influence on shaping his interest in taking part in the democratic process. Vic then goes on to speak about being a part of the Chicago protests following the execution of Laquan McDonald by law enforcement.

The 22-year-old went on to use his voice again by voting for Kim Foxx in the Democratic Primary for State Attorney, who ultimately ousted Anita Alvarez, a two term prosecutor that was widely criticized for her handling of McDonald’s death.

Mensa is joined by T.I., Kesha, and Matt from the American Authors. Watch Vic answer the crucial question ‘Why I Vote?‘ above.


Vic Mensa Expresses “Free Love” Just After Orlando Tragedy [New Music]

Following the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Vic Mensa releases “Free Love,” featuring Le1f, Halsey, Lil B and Malik Yusef.

Mensa never thought he would be touching on LGBTQ-specific issues, but now he stands tall helming the rights of the gay community and encourages boundless love.

If you don’t like gay marriage then n***a don’t get gay married.

Check it out above.

You can download his There’s Alot Going On EP for free by signing up for his Respect My Vote campaign.

Photo Credit: Billboard


Vic Mensa – “There’s Alot Going On” [New Video]

From his new EP There’s Alot Going On, Vic Mensa debuts the title track video displaying a very personal side of the Roc Nation signee.

From now until July 4th, fans who make the pledge to vote, get access to the EP for free
through a special partnership with the Respect My Vote! Campaign.

Download Here:

Check out the visual above.


Vic Mensa Releases New EP ‘There’s Alot Going On’ [New Music]


Vic Mensa releases There’s Alot Going On EP through a special partnership with the Respect My Vote! campaign. From now until July 4th, fans who make the pledge to vote, get access to the EP for free.


The EP features an appearance by Ty Dolla $ign, along with production by Smoke Ono, and Vic himself. All Songs Recorded Mixed & Produced by Papi Beatz.


Tracklisting as follows:

1. Dynasty (Intro)
2. 16 Shots
3. Danger
4. New Bae
5. Liquor Locker Feat. Ty Dolla $ign
6. Shades of Blue (co-prod. Vic Mensa & Smoko Ono)
7. There’s Alot Going On (co-prod. Smoko Ono)

Vic Mensa is scheduled to perform at the upcoming NYC Governors Ball Music Festival on Sunday June 5th 2016.

Photo Credit: Jake Osmun
Artwork By: TAGO artwork


Vic Mensa Covers Paper Magazine’s Youth Issue


Guest editor hip-hop artist Vic Mensa shares artwork he created inspired by police abuse and mandatory drug sentencing laws.

Vic Mensa’s Artwork



Photos by Brian Higbee

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Vic Mensa, Skrillex and Jahlil Beats‘ powerhouse collab “NO CHILL” is out today with a new video from Grammy-nominated director Colin Tilley (Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper).

The video showcases Tokyo’s vibrant underground brimming with creativity, art, style and self expression. “No Chill”, produced by Skrillex and Jahlil Beats, scores Vic and Skrillex’s 24-hour journey. The video features some iconic locations including Robot Restaurant, Izumi Garden Tower, Monzen-Nakacho Station, Shimbashi Station and more.

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“No Chill” is available on iTunes & Tidal now.

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SFPL Music: Vic Mensa – “Danger” prod. by Papi Beatz


Vic Mensa walks on the line of fire as he introduces different scenarios of “Danger”, a new track produced by Papi Beatz.

Fully expressing that he likes to live his life like it’s his last, Mensa confesses that the dangerous life and taking risks might be the only life for him, as he wouldn’t trade it for the world, unless it’s a vixen to this liking.

I think this life is the only one for me
I wouldn’t trade it for nothing, unless
She was 5’7″, pretty waist, coke bottle, basket case

You know me I like the danger
You know me I like the danger