idk. Heads Out On Mad Man Tour with A$AP Ferg Next Month!

Proclaimed “one of hip-hop’s most promising new acts” by Billboard, Maryland rapper .idk. joins A$AP Ferg and Denzel Curry on the massive 31-city North American Mad Man Tour next month! Coming off the release of his critically acclaimed album IWASVERYBAD in partnership with Adult Swim, a sold-out European tour with Joey Bada$$, an explosive performance at the inaugural Rolling Loud SoCal festival in December, and recently being named one of the Best New Artists of 2017 by Pigeons and Planesyou don’t want to miss the opportunity to see .idk. live when he comes to your city! 

IWASVERYBAD is a vivid autobiography of the 25-year-old’s life exploring the narrative of .idk.‘s (which stands for “ignorantly delivering knowledge”) stormy adolescence- a journey of loss, redemption and eventual triumph- retelling the moments that led to his teenage incarceration and confronting the loss of his mother. Featuring guest appearances from Chief KeefSwizz BeatzDOOMDel The Funky HomosapienYung GleeshMother Marygold and more, IWASVERYBAD earned a spot on several major “Best of 2017” lists including Vulture‘s Best Albums of 2017 So FarGenius‘ 50 Best Albums of 2017Noisey‘s 36 Best Overlooked Albums of 2017, and DJ Booth‘s 50 Best Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of 2017 who called it cinematic, wonderfully rancorous, and tear-jerking.” The visual for the project’s lead single, “Pizza Shop” feat. Yung Gleesh was named one of the 50 Best Hip-Hop Videos of 2017 by XXL. Along the way, .idk.‘s captivating storytelling style has also caught the attention of PitchforkComplexHotNewHipHop, and more. A true visionary with high hopes to enlighten his listeners, .idk. will bring his thought-provoking lyrics to life this spring on the Mad Man Tour

Watch DJ Premier & A$AP Ferg Bring “Our Streets” To MTV’s TRL For A Live Performance



Yesterday, legendary producer DJ Premier and A$AP Ferg performed their hit single “Our Streets” live on MTV’s TRL. The song is one of the first projects born from the newly re-launched Payday Records label.

After an introduction from the Black Eyed Peas, the exciting “Our Streets” performance is a throwback to park jams and block parties; Premier’s turntables are set up atop New York City trash cans with a park bench, basketball goal, and chain link fence surrounding the stage. The track can be described as a classic New York hip-hop record, combining DJ Premier’s signature soulful beats and A$AP Ferg’s raw MC sound. The track also marks Premier and Ferg’s first collaboration together, after crossing paths on numerous occasions, waiting for the best opportunity to create. Premier describes the song as a fusion of his generation’s rap scene and Ferg’s scene, and the recently released music video stays consistent with this vision, saluting that throwback New York vibe.

Throughout the 90s, Premier played an integral role in Payday bringing in artists to the label and producing a number of the label’s biggest hits including “Come Clean,” and “Supa Star.”

Watch DJ Premier & A$AP Ferg Perform ‘Our Streets’ Live on TRL


.idk. Joins “Mad Man Tour” with A$AP Ferg & Denzel Curry in 2018!

Find Tickets at JAYIDK.COM

For tour press & interview inquiries, please contact Ashlee Wingate

The badass rapper from Prince George’s County, Maryland has been on the fast track to success since the release of projects Subtrap and Empty Bank, but it’s his recently released album IWASVERYBAD that has his name in the mix of hip-hop’s impending elite.” – Paper Magazine

Where [Kendrick] Lamar’s stories detail narrowly escaping trouble, IDK’s seem quietly thrilled by dabbling in it and successfully making it back in one piece.

IDK was able to use his mastery of storytelling to manifest a personal masterwork.
DJ Booth’s 50 Best Hip-Hop and R&B Albums of 2017

Coming off the release of his critically acclaimed album, IWASVERYBAD, and a victorious European run with Joey Bada$$, the Maryland rapper, .idk., will embark on a nationwide tour with A$AP Ferg and Denzel Curry, starting February 28th, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. Find tickets here:

.idk. (FKA Jay IDK) has been making significant noise since teaming up with Adult Swim for the release of his full-length soundtrack LP, IWASVERYBAD. An all-star cast of guest features include DOOM, Chief Keef, Swizz Beatz, Del The Funky Homosapien, Yung Gleesh, and Mother Marygold. IWASVERYBAD serves as an autobiography as told by a true visionary who’s spent years to get here. Don’t miss .idk. on tour during his breakout year!

DJ Premier Helps Relaunch Iconic Label Payday Records with New Single featuring A$AP Ferg



Payday Releases New Music from Legendary Producer DJ Premier of Gang Starr, with First Single “Our Streets” Featuring A$AP Ferg Set For Release This Friday


Ultra Music Founder and hip-hop and electronic music pioneer Patrick Moxey is today relaunching iconic record label Payday Records. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the label, which helped launch the careers of some of the biggest and most influential names in hip-hop, including Jay Z and Showbiz & A.G. Legendary producer and Gang Starr member DJ Premier is reunited with his longtime Gang Starr manager Moxey as the first artist signed to the newly relaunched Payday Records.


Payday Records, created in 1992, was the first record label to sign Jay Z, releasing his first single “In My Lifetime” in 1995. Other artists signed to Payday throughout the 90s include Jeru the Damaja, Mos Def (via his first group U.T.D.), Showbiz & A.G., Group Home, Guru, WC and the Maad Circle and more. DJ Premier played an integral role in Payday throughout the 1990s, bringing artists like hip-hop duo Group Home and rapper Jeru the Damaja to Payday for release, and producing a number of the label’s biggest hits including “Come Clean,” and “Supa Star”.


Payday will relaunch with its first single “Our Streets” by legendary producer DJ Premier, featuring A$AP Ferg this Friday, November 3rd. “Our Streets” marks the first time Premier and Ferg have worked together, and is a true raw, New York record. The song is the first of many for Payday and DJ Premier, who is the newly relaunched record label’s first signed artist. 


“Patrick always had his ear to the street and it didn’t take a lot of explaining the culture since he was so involved with so many aspects of it, including managing Gang Starr’s legacy since 1989 – 2003” DJ Premier stated. “Our memories of growing together is monumental, so relaunching Payday brings it all back to the roots of where our flight to success lifted off.”


In addition to DJ Premier, Payday Records has also signed artist Pell, rapper OJ Da Juiceman, upcoming UK hip-hop star Yung Fume and hip-hop group Gloss Gang. Payday’s next release will be Pell’s single “chirpin’” on Friday, November 10th, which will be followed by his girasoul EP on December 8th.


Moxey, who is the President and Founder of Ultra Records, Ultra Music and Ultra International Music Publishing, originally formed Payday Records in New York City in 1992. London-born Moxey is a music industry pioneer, being one of the first to truly bring electronic dance music to the mainstream. Alongside Payday, Moxey managed the infamous hip-hop duo Gang Starr for over 15 years, leading him to work with some of the greatest artists of all time, including Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. A three-time Grammy Award-winning Executive Producer, Moxey is a true music powerhouse and is bringing back Payday Records for a new generation. 


“Hip-hop has become a Global language and the new Payday is here to reflect that and help bring diverse and  talented artists to the world” Moxey stated. “Our initial signings are from four different cities – New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, and London – and it reflects today’s relationship of music and the internet. We want to push hip-hop’s creative boundaries across borders and cultures. Our recording studios in LA, London, and Atlanta will be promoting this creative exchange. DJ Premier represents the essence of hip-hop and everything that Payday stands for – I am so excited to have him be a part of the relaunch.”


Moxey will serve as the President of Payday Records, with Payday veteran Neale Easterby serving as Managing Director of the UK. Easterby was an instrumental Payday employee in the 1990s and part of the original Gang Starr management team alongside Moxey. He is currently one of the most successful hip-hop managers in the UK, representing Grammy Award-winning producer Fraser T. Smith and hip-hop producer ZDOT. Adrian Nunez will manage A&R for Payday and Will Scott will head up the Product Management and Marketing divisions. Nunez currently handles A&R for Ultra International Music Publishing, covering artists and producers such as Zaytoven, Honorable CNOTE, Cassius Jay and Maaly Raw. Scott was formerly product manager at Mass Appeal Records working records for Run The Jewels, DJ Shadow, and Dave East.



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A$AP Ferg’s Artist Marty Baller Talks Chicken Noodle Soup & More With Pelle Pelle

As Pelle Pelle continues to embrace its hip-hop culture and heritage, they are linking up with various different influencers this season for up-close and intimate conversations. Pelle Pelle recently caught up with Marty Baller at his NYC pop up shop. The rapper dished on hip hop’s influence on pop culture, expanding his merchandise and music, and lots more! #BackInSeason

Twitter: @MARTYBALLERR @PellePelle