Mike Shinoda Presents First-Ever Generative Mixtape ‘ZIGGURATS’ NFT

 Upholding a tradition of embracing technological advancement in art and breaking ground, Linkin Park’s multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer, and illustrator Mike Shinoda presents his new “generative mixtape”ZIGGURATS NFT today. The six-minute and 45-second music and art project went live on the Tezos blockchain, as a collection of 5,000 exclusive NFTs—each one an ownable collectible with unique music and cover art, no two alike, designed by Shinoda—which sold out in minutes onZiggurats.xyz. He celebrated the news live on the official Mike Shinoda Twitch Channel where he raffled off a ZIGGURATS NFT to a member of his community. Even though it’s sold out, fans can visit Ziggurats.xyz to view and listen to the entire collection (VIEW COLLECTION). 

A version of the mixtape hits streaming platforms tomorrow, Friday December 3. Pre-save on DSPs HERE.

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Chicago Newcomer Buck773 “Too Selfish” Visual

Chicago newcomer Buck773 released the official video for “Too Selfish” today. On the new track,Buck walks us through his stress and how he chooses to cope; as well as  how the selfish ways of others affects him mentally. Watch the video for “Too Selfish” HERE. 

The release of “Too Selfish” follows “IDK” released in November and inciting a buzz for the eastside Chicago rapper. Despite being born and raised in one of Chicago’s most unforgiving neighborhoods, Buck 773 has managed to break through. A young and resilient artist pursuing his passion, Buck has received co-signs from Chicago veterans the likes of G Herbo, DJ L + more. This is just the beginning for the Chicago newcomer.


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DA REAL3ST and Sona Join Forces For New Single “BET”

Rising UK rapper DA REAL3ST has returned with his brand-new single, “BET”, alongside Sona. The track was produced by TRTheProducer (AJ Tracey, IAMDDB, Abra Cadabra, M Huncho) and arrives with accompanying visuals directed by Jack Whitfield. It’s taken from DA REAL3ST’s debut mixtape, LOVE OR RIVALRY, which is out now. The project also features previous singles “NO COMPLACENCY” and “NO FEMALES”, which both went on to garner huge support for the north London born, south London raised artist when released earlier this year and marked him out as one to watch.

Stirring elements of hip-hop, drill and afrobeats (through tapping into his and Sona’s Nigerian roots), DA REAL3ST showcases his full repertoire of talents on “BET”, with the track highlighting both his smooth cadence and impressive lyricism. And with his knack for melodies and toplines also on full display, as heard noticeably during the track’s catchy hook, which will be etched into everyone’s head after just one listen, it has all the makings of a bona fide hit with undeniable replay value.

A huge talent and artistically at the top of his game, it’s clear from “BET” and his earlier releases that DA REAL3ST has a huge future ahead. He’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon either and will only further increase his stature and presence within the UK scene and beyond over the coming year. “BET” and the rest of LOVE OR RIVALRY are available to buy/stream now on all platforms: https://ffm.bio/dareal3st.

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Buzzing Florida Rapper Cochise Taps Into His Inner Disco Fun Star In New Video “Cautious”

Known for his lyrical wit, independent hustle, and striking visuals, Florida rapper Cochise has taught his massive fanbase to expect the unexpected. Teaming up with Jootsu for his latest effort, the genre and culture-bending emcee unleashes “CAUTIOUS”, his new song. Accompanied with a new music video, CAUTIOUS” is an early example of Cochise mixing new technology and sound formats across music and visuals. Listen here

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Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Footage Captures The Making Of Colt Ford Hot New Genre-Bending Video, “Hood,” Featuring Kevin Gates

Multi-platinum country star Colt Ford and legendary Hip-Hop superstar Kevin Gates give fans an exclusive look with behind-the-scenes footage for the “Hood” music video. Additional production is done by Ford’s old friend, Grammy-award-winning producer, Jermaine Dupri.

The action-packed clip filmed by African-American Director Ed Pryor at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Pike County Speedway in Mississippi reveals the fun chemistry that Colt Fordand Kevin Gates have. The exclusive footage shows how the video was executed to perfection, from the race cars drifting on the racetrack to cheering fans in the crowd.

Director Ed Pryor shares his excitement of working with Gates with a friendly jab, “I knew all these years of working with Colt would finally pay off. ” 

Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel, Jhené Aiko, & More Headlining Smokin Grooves Festival In Los Angeles On March 19, 2022

Smokin Grooves Festival announced the fest will take place at LA State Historic Park next year, on Saturday, March 19, 2022.  The festival will embody a timeless Neo-Soul experience with a modern twist, with appearances by Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel, Jhené Aiko and many others, including twist acts like Flying Lotus and Thundercat, as well as contemporaries like Angie Stone and Leela James.

The full festival lineup includes Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel, Jhené Aiko, The internet, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Smino, Hiatus Kaiyote, Sir, Little Dragon, Toro y Moi, Musiq Soulchild, India.Arie, Macy Gray, Angie Stone, Leela James, Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, Dead Prez, Slum Village, Dwele Joe Kay, Ravyn Lenae, Phony Ppl, Bilal, Goapele, Fousheé, Free Nationals, Yussef Dayes, Charlotte Day Wilson, Domi & JD Beck, Unusual Demont, Daydream Masi, Blu & Exile and Jelani Aryeh. 

There will be a special presale beginning Friday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. PT for guests who sign up for early access to passes online at smokingroovesfestival.com. Following the presale, any remaining tickets still available will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. PT at smokingroovesfestival.com. GA tickets start at $184.99 and VIP tickets (only available for guests 21 years of age and older) start at $399.99. 

Follow the Smokin Grooves Festival on FacebookInstagram and Twitter at @smokingroovesfest. 

Rolling Loud and BMAC Partner to Raise Social Justice Awareness at RL California

The Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) announces a new partnership with Rolling Loud, the world’s largest hip-hop festival, for Rolling Loud California, occurring at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino on December 10th-12th. Together, BMAC and Rolling Loud will prioritize activism, community, and awareness of social justice issues with a series of panel discussions, fundraising initiatives, and more, continuing their mission to fight against all forms of discrimination and inspire them to be the change they want to see in the world. The new partnership between BMAC and Rolling Loud arrives as more and more hip-hop artists feel compelled to raise their voices and speak out against inequality and injustice in the political landscape.

“The Artists community has the reach, the influence and the power to force this nation to live up to its promise.  Artists have always provided the soundtrack that inspired or provoked change in this world.  As others turn down the volume around the issue of racial and social justice, we salute a company who’s willing to keep the noise rolling LOUD!” Prophet, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of BMAC

Throughout the 3-day festival, Rolling Loud and Black Music Action Coalition will host panel discussions featuring industry thought leaders, activists, and musicians who have used their platforms to advocate for change. Rolling Loud California will display curated art installations with messages promoting social change, will promote fundraising initiatives during the festival, and offer limited edition merch, with profits going to charity. Rolling Loud and BMAC look to foster an environment where fans can express themselves, explore new ideas, and advocate for whatever they believe in. 

“Rolling Loud is proud to use our platform to help the Black Music Action Coalition in its mission to keep the fight for racial and social justice alive. Hip-hop is rooted in community, and it’s important for all members of the culture to do their part.” – Tariq Cherif, Co-Founder/CEO of Rolling Loud

“BMAC salutes Rolling Loud for stepping up and their willingness to use the platform to support racial equity and social justice.  This is a bold and strong move from one of the leaders in the live space.  We are moving past hashtags and into true action.” – Shawn Holiday, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of BMAC’s Executive Leadership Council

Juliana Hale Releases “Dollhouse” Feat. Wande

Pop recording artist and songwriter Juliana Hale has released her highly anticipated single “Dollhouse.” Featuring Wande, and produced by Derek Minor, “Dollhouse” is a dynamic and hard hitting female empowerment anthem that fuses elements of pop, hip-hop, and R&B to create a genre-bending record.

Juliana Hale’s signature tone can be heard atop the driving bass line and modern production. She is accompanied by Wande who showcases her rhythmic flow. The combination of Hale and Wande creates an infectious record that will be stuck in the listener’s head after just one listen.

Stream: https://ffm.to/dollhousefeatwande

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Jaah SLT Throws Down and Levels Up with ‘One Year Later’ Project

With his meticulous mania and flair for ferocity, Charlotte’s Jaah SLT is poised to be the next North Carolina native to take the rap game by storm. After a year of growth and increased focus on his craft, Jaah returns in full-force to share One Year Later, his new project. Jumping from brutal bangers to melodic vibe-setters and everything in between over 12 tracks, Jaah’s attentive versatility and quality-over-quantity approach to music is evident throughout.

The project boasts a selective feature list highlighting Jaah’s support from his SLT family, with verses from his crewmates Loweye SLT and SleepWalkin SLT as well as an appearance from “Break S***” hitmaker, Jasiah.

Stream One Year Laterhttps://smarturl.it/oneyearlater

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North Carolina’s SevvTheArtist Releases New Single, “Sunshine”

SevvTheArtist has been on a roll this year, earning spots on BET Soul, SiriusXM Heart & Soul, Music Choice R&B Soul, and TIDAL’s Rising R&B playlist. Today the talented singer releases the official video for her buzzing single, “Sunshine”. Sevv gave us the perfect scenery to match the melodic and mellow vibes of the record. This is the perfect record to relax, or give you a mood.

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