Kendrick Lamar is finally back with a new album coming up and releases new track “The Heart Pt. 5.” The video for has his face turns into different faces of OJ Simpson, Kobe Bryant, Kanye West and Nipsey Hussle.
Rolling Loud built itself up from a one-day festival to a three-day, multi-city behemoth off the strength of their expertly-curated lineups. Outdoing themselves for their seventh festival in the brand’s hometown, Rolling Loud announces that Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Future will headline Rolling Loud Miami 2022. With those first class headliners and an undercard full of some of the most exciting names in the genre, the world’s premier rap festival’s flagship event returns to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL on July 22nd-24th.
The upcoming festival marks Kendrick Lamar’s first Rolling Loud since Miami 2017, and gives Future the opportunity to follow-up his show-stopping finale performance from Rolling Loud California 2021, where he welcomed special guest Kanye West. Meanwhile, Kanye teamed up with Rolling Loud last week for a one-of-a-kind Donda 2 Listening Event in Miami, where he played music from his new album for the first time and was joined by stars like Jack Harlow, Playboi Carti, and more.
Beyond the headliners is a murderer’s row of many of hip-hop’s most notable names, offering a snapshot of the current landscape of the genre. Miami 2022 brings A-Listers like Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and Saweetie, meteoric risers like Don Toliver, Baby Keem, City Girls, and Ski Mask The Slump God, plus respected veterans like Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Three Six Mafia, and many more. Following up an initial presale that sold out in 2 hours, VIP and general admission tickets are available at 12pm ET on March 7th at rollingloud.com/miatix.
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Atlanta based lyricist and songwriter Quest is an emcee ready to take over the music game. With his first major release of the year, he returns to the scene with an impressive new EP titled “A Guy Called Quest” . This six song project displays Quest’s raw talent and gifted lyricist, letting the world know how woke and conscious he is as an artist. As he is currently a student at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, he is balancing his academic endeavors along with his desire to be one of the most influential artists in the game.
As Quest continues his rise to the top he wants the world to know that he is ready for the big leagues. On records such as Benefits, and Soul Anthem, it is clear that he is a star in the making. His original cadences, confident demeanor on the mic and deep lyrical content, puts him in the company of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and the late great Nipsey Hussle.
From beginning to end, “A Guy Called Quest” is a masterpiece. You will hear the Atlanta native spitting his raw truth of sacrifice in order to achieve a level of triumph that will make him a living legend. Quest comes from humble beginnings, and has no problem storytelling his life in a sonically pleasing manner.
Quest pours his heart and soul out on this EP. He is setting himself up to have the best year of his life musically, challenging any emcee who thinks they can go toe to toe with him. Anyone who is a Hip-Hop enthusiast will fall in love with the musical styles of Quest. Tap in with ATL’s next big rap star by streaming his new “A Guy Called Quest” EP below.
Baby Keem has released “family ties” with Kendrick Lamar, produced by Keem himself alongside Cardo, Outtatown, Roselilah, Jasper Harris, Frankie Bash and Deats. “family ties” is the first single from Baby Keem’s highly anticipated forthcoming album, The Melodic Blue, and is Keem’s third release of 2021 following the track “durag activity” ft. Travis Scott, for which Keem dropped a video in April.
“family ties” is Lamar’s first feature since 2018 and sees Keem and Lamar come together for the first time, notably making it the second-ever artist collaboration in Keem’s public musical output, and his first with Lamar.
1500 Sound Academy has landed: two state of the art classrooms, equipped with a recording studio with mini stage, four sleek training rooms adorned with impressive cultural memorabilia, a lobby with futuristic design principles, and creative spaces provided by legendary brands Fender and Roland. Welcome to 1500 Sound Academy, LLC, a subsidiary of Volume Ventures- an independent multi-faceted entertainment company that provides comprehensive music & video production, publishing, and education services to aspiring and established recording artists, songwriters, musicians & music videographers.
If you guessed this immaculately arranged space to be an A-lister’s ultimate home studio, you would only be half correct. It is home to a vision of creating better, smarter music, and industry professionals. Larrance Dopson and James Fauntleroy II, the artist and producers behind it, alongside Orange County-based business incubator Twila True, have opened it to a new generation of artists (some as young as eight!), producers, engineers, and other creators determined to think far outside the textbook.
The Inglewood, CA-based 1500 Sound Academy, a private non-degree-granting institution, has been in operation since June 2019. For this groundbreaking institution, Dopson and Fauntleroy have curated an adept faculty of music industry veterans and top tier guest instructors—including colleagues Kendrick Lamar, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Master P, Snoop Dogg, and Bruno Mars—to instruct courses in such areas as business management, music production, recording engineering and performance. These disciplines are woven together on the macro and micro levels through an ambitiously holistic approach to music industry education. This, in turn, has attracted some of the best sponsors to support those future careers, including Fender and Roland.
1500 Sound Academy goes above and beyond academic training and industry insight to provide students access to the minds behind some of the biggest chart-toppers in their music catalog, such as Drake’s record-breaking “In My Feelings” (10 weeks in Billboard’s ‘Hot 100’); Ella Mai’s Grammy award-winning ‘Best R&B song’ “Boo’d Up” (peaking at #5 on the ‘Hot 100″); and Roddy Rich’s “The Box,” which stayed at #1 for 10 weeks and in “Top 10” for 27 weeks. Other Volume Ventures luminaries stepping in include Justus West, whose most recent credits include Alicia Keys’ “Raise a Man,” John Legend’s “Always.” and Quintin Gullege, whose most recent credits include Ella Mai’s “Trip,” “Sauce,” “Close” and “Everything.”
“This endeavor stands apart from the other businesses I have grown in that most are based on finding audiences to support a consumer product,” True explains. “What 1500 Sound Academy produces, on the other hand, is not a tangible consumer product or service but a creative music movement product that transcends demographics by producing successful music industry professionals. Those who endure 1500 Sound Academy will always have their fingers on the pulse of what the public wants in its music and entertainment (and) have the business skills to create and maintain their successes in the industry.”
In early June 2020, Dopson and Fauntleroy announced the future rollout of Academy’s newest program in light of current world events: An online version of the school, fully licensed by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education of California. 1500 Sound Academy’s online program is designed as a synchronous (real-time) program that offers the same curriculum and benefits of its in-person program in an online/distance education format. In addition to guest lectures from the founders, enrollees will receive lectures and educational guidance from The Avila Brothers, who have worked with Usher, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, and Gwen Stefani.
Dopson affirms that their original goal was to create a “Xavier’s School for Gifted Children” (of X-Men fame) for the best young creators in the world.” In the distinctive, almost futuristic environment they created that in some ways is reminiscent of the films, their team would incorporate real-world requirements for success with necessary business training and artistic development.
“We are not only teaching them skills in making music but how one should negotiate business deals write hits, do media interviews, how you should manage artists, and how one can manage his or her career as I did. In other words, we are teaching students the secrets (people at our level) are not supposed to tell you and everything we learned the hard way back in the day. We teach them about critical thinking and the importance of knowing all the rules in order to break them.” says Dopson.
Fauntleroy, meanwhile, details that the non-traditional, real-world based structure of the 1500 Sound Academy’s workshops and courses allows students the opportunity to learn about the industry from a variety of perspectives regular instructors and guest speakers with quantifiable success in their music industry careers. Their experiences, successes, and even misfires can’t be properly captured in a textbook.
“The 1500 Sound Academy allows us to give back to the music community as well as the communities where we came from. Beyond technical and financial literacy, we want to pass along the importance of emotional intelligence and the value of having a broad range of information in a variety of different areas– all of the tools they will need to survive and thrive in the music business.” says Fauntleroy. For additional information and Academy curriculum please visit 1500 Sound Academy.
SiR just announced signing a deal with RCA Records, today he releases a single and video “Hair Down,” featuring Kendrick Lamar.
Nipsey Hussle releases his Kendrick Lamar collaboration “Dedication,” ahead of his Victory Lapalbum dropping this Friday.
Kendrick taps the likes of SZA, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, 2 Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, Swae Lee, Ab-Soul, Vince Staples, Jorja Smith Jay Rock and others for the new 14-track affair.
Kendrick Lamar & Top Dawg Entertainment – Black Panther [Album Stream]