OPEN CALL CONTINUES FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS ALONG “NÜ RELIGION TOUR”
Dante Jones and Drew Love of THEY. continue THEY. week on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio. Each day the global radio station will premiere a brand-new track from their upcoming debut. Last night, the “grunge-n-b” dropped off their new song “All” ahead of their sit-down with Ebro in New York today. “All” arrives a day after Julie Adenuga premiered “Silence” from her show in London.
THEY.’s 14-track debut Nü Religion: Hyena drops this Friday February 24th. They will take the LP to on the road in their first headlining tour. Tickets to the 20-city Nü Religion Tour are available at https://THEY.lnk.to/webAY. For every ticket purchased, fans will receive a copy of the new album.
The award-winning R&B duo individually cut their teeth writing and producing with some of music’s top stars. Brought together by a mutual friend during a studio session, the Denver and DC-natives immediately clicked on their eclectic tastes such as The Weeknd, Taking Back Sunday, New Edition, Nirvana, Jeremih, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne and Slim Thug. Under the guidance of mentor Timbaland, THEY. refined these unique foundational influences into a sound all their own. Following a hit dance collaboration with Skrillex and Mind of a Genius Records label mate/friend ZHU “Working For It,” THEY. dropped their acclaimed 3-track Nü Religion EP which has racked up tens of millions of streams on Soundcloud and Spotify. The EP would lead to an offer from Bryson Tiller to join his worldwide “T R A P S O U L” tour, a performance at the inaugural ComplexCon, and touring with PARTYNEXTDOOR and Jeremih for their“Summer’s Over” tour.
“Nü Religion Tour” routing
3/7 – The Crocodile – Seattle
3/8 – Alexander Gastown – Vancouver
3/10 – Social Hall SF – San Francisco
3/11 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana
3/12 – Club Red – Phoenix
3/14 – The Cambridge Room – Dallas
3/15 – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston
3/18 – The Parish Room – New Orleans
3/19 – The Loft – Atlanta
3/21 – Songbyrd – Washington DC
3/22 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia
3/23 – SOB’s – New York
3/24 – Middle East – Boston
3/26 – Mod Club Theatre – Toronto
3/27 – The Shelter – Detroit
3/29 – Double Door – Chicago
3/30 – Fine Line – Minneapolis
4/1 – Larimer Lounge – Denver
4/3 – Voodoo Room – San Diego
4/4 – The Roxy – Los Angeles
Rising southern hip-hop star and member of Kevin Gates‘ BWA imprint, Breadwinner Kane is back with a dope new visual to the song titled “Do It”. The track is a certified banger and has already been picked up on FM radio. Keep up-to-date with BWA Kane and the #FreeKevinGates movement. Follow Breadwinner Kane on Twitter. Subscribe to the new Breadwinner Kane YouTube Channel. Only on DubCNN.
Today, EarDrummer Records and Interscope Records recording duo Rae Sremmurd partners with Electronic Arts for an exclusive preview to their official remix of the #1 single “Black Beatles”. Produced by Madsonik and executive produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, the hard-hitting remix turns up for EA’s biggest first person shooter game Battlefield 1. With new lyrics set to the dawn of all-out warfare, the fresh new version gives a nod to heroic military soldiers. The exclusive trailer previews the epic multiplayer arms race with high-octane dogfights, obliterating battleships, twisting through the trenches of in your face warfare. Only on DubCNN.
The “Black Beatles” remix will be available for purchase this Friday February 24 on iTunes.
Today, DubCNN highlights new music, coming straight out of the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in the city of Watts, Ca. Relly Nation presents Relly Dusto. With 4 projects out now on Datpiff, and a new project scheduled to drop in a week or two, titled, “Project Politics”, Relly Dusto is definitely well on his way to making a major noise within the rap game. Dusto has worked with TDE, and will occasionally open up for them. Relly Dusto actually battled Kendrick Lamar a few years s back when TDE first signed Kendrick. Dusto’s rap style is described as a unique combination of a Battle rapper, a Lyricist, a Trap rapper, and a Conscious Rapper. Check the latest single by Relly Dusto, titled Obstacles below. Be sure to check his latest visual; also below. Follow Relly Nation on Twitter. Follow Relly Dusto on Twitter. Only on DubCNN.
Dante Jones and Drew Love of THEY. return with another look into their debut album entitled “Silence.” The slow-burner is based on that crucial, vulnerable moment after coitus and exemplifies the duo’s penchant for pop-friendly songwriting colored by R&B arrangements, a hip-hop attitude, and rock instrumentation. The song premiered on Julie Adenuga’s show on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station: https://itunes.apple.com/us/post/idsa.0f388310-f876-11e6-9aab-165c869d6f9a
Earlier this week, THEY. visited Rough Trade West in London and talked about some of the records that have inspired and influenced their music careers: https://youtu.be/ChcXBcnsVVg
Nü Religion Tour” routing
3/7 – The Crocodile – Seattle 3/8 – Alexander Gastown – Vancouver 3/10 – Social Hall SF – San Francisco 3/11 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana 3/12 – Club Red – Phoenix 3/14 – The Cambridge Room – Dallas 3/15 – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston 3/18 – The Parish Room – New Orleans 3/19 – The Loft – Atlanta 3/21 – Songbyrd – Washington DC 3/22 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia 3/23 – SOB’s – New York 3/24 – Middle East – Boston 3/26 – Mod Club Theatre – Toronto 3/27 – The Shelter – Detroit 3/29 – Double Door – Chicago 3/30 – Fine Line – Minneapolis 4/1 – Larimer Lounge – Denver 4/3 – Voodoo Room – San Diego
Recently, DubCNN sat down with the Legendary Kokane to talk about his new music releases for 2017 and to reflect upon the life of the late-great Eazy-E. Compton’s own Eazy-E has a legacy that is well-documented; forged in the fiery crucible known as Compton California. And even though the man that made it from the “dope house” to the White House, and his stories, will remain within hip-hop lore forever…as such with all stories, some very interesting and important details will inevitably slip through the proverbial cracks. There was absolutely no way the “Straight Outta Compton” film could highlight each-and-every detail about the life-and-times of Eazy-E and NWA. Well, today we bring you an in-depth conversation between Kokane and West Haven, regarding some of these over-looked details. In this exclusive interview we discuss many topics including Kokane’s Bud E. Boy Ent. project line-up for 2017, how Kokane originally met Eazy-E, Kokane and Eazy’s collaborative creative process, previously UNTOLD Eazy-E stories, and much more. Check the conversation/interview below. Only on DubCNN.
Interview Conducted by West Haven Blast (2017)
DubCNN: DubCNN checking in with legendary hip-hop/funk artist, Kokane. It seems you haven’t skipped a beat, between 2016 & 2017. You are currently prepping promo campaigns for two musical projects. Can you tell the fans a little about these projects?
Kokane: 2016 was a good year for BUDEBOY ENT.. as you well know , we released “THE KING OF GFUNK” all-star album, and did extremely well; & by the way Koka’s KOGF album is still on sale, picking up momentum with the latest hot single “Blue Aqua Boogie”.
2017 is going to be even more exciting for all the KOKANE & Gfunk Fans. Budeboy ent will be releasing 7 different projects this year! HERE ARE THE PROJECTS AND ARTIST’s. 1. Ladykokane presents: “Kokane Love Songs” by Koka
2. “A Star is born” by Aanisah Long
3. [Re-release] – “Pain Killers” by Kokane
4. “Namsterdam” by Namek
5. “Kokane Greatest Hits” vol 1. by Koka
6. Re-release of“Element of Suprise” by Babee Loc
7. New KOKANE album“It’s Kokane Not Lemonhead”.
Also be on the look out for my daughter Aanisah’s new single & video “Strobe Lights” coming soon & go pick up #BEB recording artist “Namek” new single “Hold it down” at iTunes now! In full grind mode.
DubCNN: Now, today we not only want to focus on that dope new music you’ve got on deck, but also on your legacy. In regards to the critically acclaimed and hugely successful film Straight Out of Compton; while the film was very entertaining as well as enlightening, it predictably and understandably left out a few key pieces to the Ruthless puzzle (kind of hard to fit every detail of the NWA days into a two-hour film). The Legendary Kokane, the one-and-only BG Knoccout, Big Hutch, and Gangsta Dresta are just a few of those pieces. Today we sit down with you, Kokane, to fill in a few of those gaps. First of all, how did you and Eazy-E first meet?
Kokane: I first met Eazy-E through my cousin Cold 187 & Laylaw in 89′. I, like anybody whoever met Eric Wright, was mesmerized & inspired. Eric was more like a big brother to me , to all of us. I always think to myself, if there was no Ruthless, West Coast hip hop would not have been as big. EAZY E was the root to the tree, that created a multi-billion dollar industry. Rest well , love you always big bro. RIP E.
As far as the NWA movie is concerned, I respectfully came to the understanding, That Ice Cube , Dr.Dre & the writers couldn’t put everything in one movie. I mean, it would’ve been nice to be apart of the movie, since I was actually around putting in work at Ruthless, but it didn’t happen, & I’m cool with that! I’m glad the movie did extremely well, because it brought back some of the attention To the WEST COAST. Also , the NWA movie left room for me , Bg Knoccout , Hutch , Dresta etc. , to tell our own encounters and stories. So Im not mad at Cube or Dre. In fact , I salute those brothers and all there accomplishments; it’s very inspiring. At the end of the day , NWA are True West Coast Pioneers as well as comrades. Trust me , i learn to let shit go, because I’m not running around like the mad legend lol. I have to many positive situations happening in my family’s life and business.
DubCNN: You came into the rap game under Eazy-E and Ruthless. He was your mentor. And even though you descend from a highly successful musical family, what did working with Eazy-E teach you? How did he help you grow as an artist?
Kokane: EAZY E taught me how to stand out , instead of fitting in & not to compromise your true artistry, just because 1 million other motherfuckers is sticking a finger in they ass to sell records. Keep it real, and most importantly, the key is in OWNERSHIP. It took me a long time to figure that out, but better late than never. #Budeboy thx E.
DubCNN: Everyone always talks about Eazy E’s lack of lyrical ability but excellent business acumen. I ask you, what was Eazy-E’s best attribute as a musician?
Kokane: Let’s just keep it G real, Eazy-E was not a rapper! He was a stone cold businessman. EAZY use to say that out of His own mouth. But one thing that he did have when it came to his artistry , is that voice. At least Eazy-E admitted he had ghost writers & people that wrote for him. Some of todays super star rappers will not admit they have ghost riders. Eazy-E always kept it 1000.
DubCNN: What was the main difference between Eazy-E as an artist and Eazy-E the human being?
Kokane: The difference between EAZY E the artist and Eric Wright the human being, was two separate worlds apart. Behind closed doors, Eazy-E was a real generous giver, A true philanthropist. A TRUE STORY;
In 1991, I remember when Eazy-E drove out to Fontana California to drop off $20,000 cash because my twin boys were having hernia problems & and slight medical issues because of being born premature. At that time, EAZY E was in a very important deal breaking meeting in Canoga Park! EAZY E stopped his meeting & drove out from Canoga Park to Fontana Ca., which was a 1 hour 20 minute drive, & got there in less than an hour to give me the cash for my twins operations. Because of that operation, is the reason why my twin boys are healthy today and don’t have any medical issues. EAZY E was the greatest!
DubCNN: Eazy-E always had somewhat of a bad boy reputation. But can you tell us first hand what Eazy-E was like during times of turmoil and conflict?
Kokane: Eazy-E was cooler than Barack Obama and Michelle put together. The last time I seen Eazy-E , we were at a meeting at the House of Blues with me , Hutch and Jada Pinkett Smith talking about shooting the Kalifornia video. Eazy was coughing real bad at the table and had to be excused a couple of times. When Eazy came back , He said He had to cut the meeting short , but still kept a smile on his face. EAZY E never did tell us He was sick bad, but we knew. 2 weeks later, our beloved brother passed. I guess that was Eric’s way of saying , don’t feel sorry for me , everything will be alright.
DubCNN: When you and Eazy E would collaborate on musical tracks together what was the process? What was the environment like in the studio during these legendary times?
Kokane: When I wrote Eazy E part on Appetite for Destruction, I went in the studio with Dre & Donnavan to lay my vocals down! Eric took a week to learn it. EAZY E pulled out a folded crumbled piece of paper with the rhymes on it! ERIC must of recorded 50 takes before He got right! When E did, that voice He had was like magic!
DubCNN: What hip-hop artists would Eazy-E listen to?
Kokane: All I’ve heard EAZY play is Ruthless artist.
DubCNN: Eazy-E was an excellent stage performer and could easily rock a crowd. What was it about Eazy-E that made the whole world take notice to this iconic artist?
Kokane: EAZY E had all the girls going crazy when He hit the stage. EAZY E had that Michael Jackson effect. Lol.
DubCNN: Before Eazy’s untimely death it is well known that NWA was going to attempt to get back together. Two questions. What took the reunion so long to come to fruition? And what do you think it would have been like with the new NWA/Ruthless situation?
Kokane: If EAZY E was still here, I think a lot of thangs would’ve been very different. Especially if NWA was all back together, long before the movie came out!
DubCNN: Before we go, can you tell us a rare or unknown Ruthless story, exclusively for DubCNN?
Kokane: Eric use to purposely give us this strong ass weed called Grape Nuts! That shit was like smoking sherm lol. When dudes would be extra high, Eric would fuck with us , always laughing because dudes was stuck!
DubCNN: What would you like Eazy-E to be most remembered by?
Kokane: EAZY E will be remembered, loved and celebrated for what he represented! That know matter where you came from, you can still be successful, from the ghetto. Love E forever!
Today, Tampa based artist JG premieres his brand new music video “Birds In LA” featuring Atlanta rapper Rich The Kid. Produced by No Gen, JG doesn’t just rap about getting at girls on the percolating “Birds in LA,” but the newcomer also throws down his gauntlet to declare his residence in the hip-hop community. Directed by Miles Cable the music video set in the reflective overlook of the ominous Los Angeles skyline. The single is a first look into JG’s upcoming debut EP, 3 Feet From Gold, due out later this year on independent Field of Dreams Entertainment.
JG explains, “I want to get across that I’m in this bitch now. I’m here to stay. For this song, I’m constantly inspired by everything. Grimey bitches. Instagram hoes. Fake ass rappers. Fuck boys. Haters. My Past. My future. My son. My family. All that is motivation to me. I just want people to feel something when they hear the record. Whether they hear it and get pissed off or hear it and get hyped up, it doesn’t matter to me… as long as it elicits some type of emotion for them.”
“Rich was really cool,” JG says about collaborating with the rapper known for his popular mixtapes. JG connected with Rich the Kid and Caskey through his engineer. “He came to the studio, laid the shit down and killed it for the visual as well.”
Fans can already catch JG’s next single “My Side” on his hometown station, Tampa’s 95.7 The Beat, Power 106.1 and Orlando’s WPRK 91.5. On the breezy “My Side,” JG checks haters while remembering his come up, rapping, “It got really tough around grade 10 / When the roof of my bedroom caved in / And we ain’t really have no money saved then.” Listen to “My Side” and watch his previously released music video “Water” directed by LO Films below.
Because of a lack of originality in lyrical content and styles, it can be difficult for emerging MCs to differentiate themselves from the competition. But Tampa, Florida-bred rapper JG won’t have that problem. His narratives are more introspective than that of the average MC and immediately set him apart.
Born Joshua Geiger, the rapper signed to Field of Dreams Entertainment has amassed more than 174,000 views on Facebook for his video for his song “Water.” Over an easy, chime-laden track, he rhymes about rap dreams, relationship goals and well wishes for his parents: “I hope that mama find a way to get her hope back / I just hope father find a way to put the coke back.”
“I’m relatable to the kids who are just regular kids who maybe don’t have everything that the kids down the street have,” explains the rapper inspired by the likes of J. Cole, Kanye West and Drake. “I don’t want to be perceived as, Oh, I’m a rapper. I got to wear big ass chains. I got to rock a grill. I want to be viewed as down-to-earth, humble. I could be humble, but I’m still a dope ass MC.”
JG formed a short-lived group with some friends in high school, but took his music even more seriously during his first year in college at Tennessee State University where he attended on a football scholarship. When he received his $2500 refund check for books and supplies, he used the money to purchase Pro Tools and a microphone and began making music in his dorm room with friends.
The strong reaction to JG’s YouTube covers of Drake’s “Headlines” and Kirko Bangz’s “Drank in My Cup” fueled his pursuits. His first mixtape, “Public Relations,” a concept album about a breakup released on Valentine’s Day, received even better feedback. Simultaneously, his football career was stalling. When he dropped from the team, he put more energies into his music and released his second mixtape, “Vintage Party.”
2017 is set to be a banner year for JG as he is set to release his debut EP, 3 Feet From Gold, that features production by Taylor King, Nogen, and Cannis Major via independent Field of Dreams.
“I just want people to look and be like… Damn if he could do this, then I could too.”