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Migos and Quality Control – Expanding the Base

With its recently released video, Migos, an Atlanta-based trap-rap group, has enough buzz and airplay to claim the title of 2018’s biggest hip-hop act. For starters, Migos has the most hits so far heading into the summer. Additionally, the group recently appeared on SNL, so far rap’s only act to do so this year. Overall, Migos’ fan base continues to grow.

MTV News’ Charles Holmes recently gave a description of the rap group’s newest video (Walk It Talk It) in this article. Holmes details the trio’s latest three videos: Ric Flair Drip, Stir Fry, and Walk It Talk It. All three productions, each released in the last few months, are from songs released off Migos’ lastest album, Culture II. More importantly, each video seems distinctively crafted with one effort in mind: expand and diversify the fan base.

Migos wants to be the biggest worldwide musical act. Pierre “Pee” Thomas, the CEO of Quality Control (QC), which signed Migos, recently said as much in an interview with Complex News. While Pee left out the specific tactical details, that now seems clear: 1) make dynamic and interesting music, 2) pump that music via diverse and groundbreaking video productions, and 3) flood the airwaves (radio, TV and social media) with the wares.

As QC’s Pee says, the goal for the label and Migos is “world domination.” The CEO is dead serious, and that seriousness is demonstrably clear from what has transpired so far this year. Without question, Migos has racked up an impressive slate of hits in the last two years. They are the absolute face of hip-hop at the moment. And, they show no signs of slowing down. In fact, things feel like they are just getting started.

An article from Billboard said of QC’s management that they were, “…the smartest guys in Hip-Hop.” Look for more to come from Migos this year. On this pace, they will put out a new, groundbreaking video this time next month.

Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar Sweep Grammys

Sunday’s Grammy Awards were a big win for Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar, who carried home a combined total of 12 awards. The Hawaiian R&B vocalist snagged almost all of the coveted top awards at the Grammys, with the exception of Best New Artist, which was awarded to Alessia Cara. Meanwhile, Lamar carried home five trophies, including all four awards in the rap category.

Bruno Mars was a surprise winner this year, beating out Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Childish Gambino for the prestigious General awards. Mars’ “24K Magic” ultimately earned more votes from members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) than Lamar’s “Humble” and last year’s ubiquitous hit, “Despacito”. 24K Magic won both Album of the Year and best R&B Album. Additionally, the title track won Record of the Year. Mars also carried home the Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance for “That’s What I Like”, the album’s catchy ode to strawberry champagne and romance.

Jay-Z was projected to win big at the 60th Grammy Awards, but ended up falling short. Despite receiving eight nominations for his critically acclaimed 4:44 album, he failed to win in any categories. Kendrick Lamar’s Damn was widely expected to carry home Album of the Year, but was eclipsed by 24K Magic. He wasn’t the only artist to lose out. Khalid, No I.D. and SZA received five Grammy nominations apiece, but were also snubbed by Grammy voters. Childish Gambino was up for Album of the Year and Record of the Year, but only received one trophy for Best Traditional R&B Performance for his “Redbone”.

The Grammys battled low ratings this year and faced some criticism for giving top awards to pop music produced mainly by men. Despite critical acclaim, hip-hop albums by Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z were largely snubbed. Also, while the performances at the Grammys focused on the Time’s Up movement, Alessia Cara was the only woman to win a major award.

Run the Jewels, Jay Z Have Beef With The Reality Star President

Hip-hop duo Run the Jewels has recently risen to prominence with a focus on politically charged lyrics and energetic instrumentals. Their unique call-and-response style and lively shows have garnered a large audience. The duo has been explicit in their criticism of President Trump’s administration and the state of the American government in general. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, they went so far as to support Jay Z after the rapper was attacked by the President on Twitter.

Specifically, Trump criticized Jay after the latter asserted that Mr. Trump was ignoring the lived reality of Black American poverty. Trump argued that black unemployment is at the lowest levels ever recorded, claiming that Jay-Z was ignorant of his policies. President Trump’s short tenure has been plagued by dismally low approval ratings. The former reality star and real estate mogul has frequently used social media to call out pop culture figures who have doubted his leadership as head of the executive branch.

El-P of Run the Jewels contested that Donald Trump is weaponizing statistics and sidestepping the real issues. His creative partner Killer Mike complimented Jay, calling him “the coolest rapper alive” and pointing to the severe socioeconomic issues that still exist for African-Americans living in the Trump era.

In a genre infamous for its Hatfield-and-McCoy-style feuds, it is still bizarre for a sitting president to openly address the comments of a hip-hop artist. It appears that Jay Z and Run the Jewels have become new components of the ongoing culture wars.

The Best Rapper Alive Isn’t Going Anywhere

Jay-Z is a league entirely of his own. The Brooklyn born and bred lyricist has effortlessly oscillated between international chart topping pop-star and the most-highly respected representative of one of America’s greatest musical folk arts. Nonetheless, he moves without missing a beat and maintains unquestionable integrity and an ability to continue to grow as an artist that truly none of his peers have been able to match. Jay-Z has somehow remained relevant in a genre that is known for too often dismissing the voices of elders. Despite being nearly half-a-century old, rap fans continue to celebrate his latest work.

Jay-Z has elevated the hip-hop genre and operates in a musical state similar to the late Jonny Cash. He is the one rapper of his generation that could have a hit and tour the world into old age. His artistry demonstrates to a new generation, how to better oneself and to age gracefully. This has not been lost on critics around the world. 4:44, his latest work is on most of 2017’s best albums lists. Across the pond 4:44 was recognized by the BBC, Your text to link…, featured next to Father John Misty and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. This is an artist breaking all the rules, 4:44 is as good an album as he’s released.

Jay-Z’s 4:44 transcends hip-hop, simultaneously elevating the entire culture. It is significant, intellectual, and endlessly compelling. His pen is always precise, but here, Jay-Z is contemplative and vulnerable. He tackles issues like fatherhood, infidelity, and the nature of poverty. He’s transparent, he doesn’t hide behind material things. 4:44 is still in rotation in 2018, and people show no sign of disinterest. At the age of 48, Jay-Z released the best rap album of the year and could easily make another.

Beyonce Is Headlining Coachella!

Beyonce is headlining Coachella this year!!!

We are so excited that Queen B is headlining Coachella. Last year, fans anticipated that B would be headlining the huge event, but her plans of having twins took precedent! We definitely understand a growing family, but we are even more excited that this year… the news has been officially confirmed!

Beyonce is known for her remarkable work ethic, so we are not surprised that less than one year after giving birth to a beautiful set of twins, the top charting trailblazer is ready to showcase her amazing talent and excellent stage presence at this year’s Coachella performance.

Truly, we can only imagine the packed house that will result, because of Beyonce’s appearance. She is well aware that her global fans come out in droves to support her at her concerts, and we do not expect that Coachella will be any different.

Beyonce has an ability to command the stage, and after her Superbowl performances, we have no doubt that this year’s Coachella performance will sizzle and excite every heart in the audience.

For those who are unaware, Coachella is an annual music festival that draws out superstar headliners, such as Lady Gaga and more. The annual festival brings out thousands per year and is typically streamed online for the world to see the headlining performances. So if you are unable to go see Queen B in person, there are definitely other options for you to still see the Coachella performance, and feel like you are also there!

Nicki Minaj and Quavo Drop a New Single!

Nicki Minaj and Quavo are at it again! After the recent hit single, “Motorsport,” both superstars have come together for another fire collaboration that can possibly heat up the charts, titled, “She For Keeps.”

In this video, both are basically doing a reenactment for the movie Grease. The colorful setting and the outstanding visuals are definitely a sight to see. In fact, the new video is already out and available to be viewed on most major outlets.

Both are actually working on new albums. Of course, Quavo is 1/3 of the rap group Migos, who are always bringing fresh new flavor to our ears. Nicki Minaj is set to release a new album this year as well.

Nicki Minaj is known for her over the top flair and high fashion. This video is no different. Nicki is sporting multi-colored hair and a colorful outfit that definitely meets the eye. Quavo is also quite charming and adds an additional spark to the video, not to mention its catchy hook and well written verses.

Quavo’s lyrical delivery combined with Nicki’s wordplay makes for a very interesting video and song to listen to. This video was an unexpected drop, but we are so happy that the drop occurred, because we can’t get enough of this powerful duo. As soon as he hear the word Nicki Minaj and Quavo, we know it’s time to start bobbing our heads!

Thank you for delivering such high quality video performances to watch, it really adds to the excitement of our days! Thank you Nick and Quavo!!

Lil Yachty Unhappy with Reception of His Debut Album

Debut Albums. Often times, they can set the stage for an artists whole career. Because of this, it is quite important to ensure that the artists knocks it out of the park with their debut album. Unfortunately, Lil Yachty did the opposite, and he knows it.

Yachty was quoted saying that when he released the album he thought it was great. “I thought that s*** was fire,” Yachty said, “Then the sales came back and it did 44,000 first week and I was devastated and so confused, I worked so hard.”. Lil Yachtys album was not well received by his fans, and with the real number being 46,000 units sold it came in below par on the charts. The “One Night” rapper blamed the unsuccessful album on himself for trying out different styles. “But I disconnected with my fans because I tried to do this other stuff, you know? These records were good but they weren’t what I started with.” said Yachty.

Another thing that played part in the album flopping was its lack of radio singles. In this day and age one of the main ways to boost your numbers is to have a song on the radio, and none of Lil Yachtys made the cut. For someone who’s come up was navigated by successful radio singles, Yachty really missed the mark with this one.

Luckily Yachty says that the album Lil Boat 2 is done. Surely since he can identify what was wrong with this album he’ll get it right on the next one, right? We’ll have to wait and see. Check out the full interview here, and be sure to stay on the lookout for that Lil Boat 2.

Lil Yachty Dissappinted With Debut Sales

Lil Yachty is an American recording artist and entrepreneur. Born August 23,1996 in Mableton, Georgia, Lil Yachty has managed his share of fame through the release of his 2016 projects “Summer Songs 2” and “Lil Boat.” His most recent project didn’t do so well. His debut album, “Teenage Emotions” was released in 2017, and sold less than 50,000 copies in its first week. In a recent discussion, with Interview Magazine, Yachty explained his frustration and disappointment with the first-week numbers. According to Lil Yachty, he felt as if he disconnected with his fans because he wasn’t making the music they usually would expect from him. Many times in the music industry, this one thing alone affects the success of musical compositions. A disconnect between the artist and the listener often creates a rift that is often is hard to shake off. Luckily for Yachty, he understands the importance of this, which has allowed him to regain a lot of that momentum he entered the industry with. His joint venture deal with Quality Control Music and Capitol Records has increased his brand tremendously, as he has locked in endorsements with Sprite and Nautica, which is his favorite clothing line. Destined to prove to the world that he is here for the long-term, Yachty has recently featured on chart-topping songs with the industry’s elite. He is now currently gearing for the release of his sophomore album, “Lil Boat 2,” which he confirmed is done via an Instagram live post to his fans. Stay tuned for all Lil Yachty has to offer this year.

Cassie’s New Single is Out!

The songstress Cassie is out with another hit. Her new single, “Don’t Play It Safe,” is set to make a debut today.

She is far from playing it safe in this new video. The video includes visuals of animals, like lions and tigers. The beautiful singer and her captivating voice are both showcased in the new video.

Cassie is best known for her song “Me and You,” which made the billboard charts. She has since taken a break from the music industry, to focus on more business related pursuits. However, she is not back, with new music, and fans cannot wait to hear what else she has in store.

Cassie has recently been noted to talk about her new album. She is working with fresh producers that are experienced in producing a unique quality and high sound. Cassie is excited about the new landscape that she is embarking on, and we heard the new single as well.

She has been featured on social media and on other outlets, promoting her new single.

“Don’t Play It Safe,” is a new opportunity for fans to get in touch with Cassie and the raw talent that she has offered since she hit the ground running as a new artist.

If you would like to see the video and its spectacular arrangement, please click here.

Cassie has been spotted celebrating the release of her new single, with gal pals, in Hollywood, CA. The singer is not only known for her fantastic pipes, but also for her elegant style. Of course, she looked amazing as usual!

Congratulations Cassie! We wish you all the success for your new single!

Recent News Article About Rap and R&B Music and Album Reviews

N.E.R.D is back on the scene with a new track with Rihanna called “Lemon”. Many hip hop fans have been looking forward to seeing this act hit the stage again. In this hot collaboration, Rihanna shows that she knows how to get down on a funky hip hop track. This may lead to N.E.R.D. helping Rihanna come out with a hip hop album.

Kendrick Lamar continues to rock the microphone in the hip hop world. NERD dropped their new single “Don’t Don’t Do It”. Fortunately, this hot single features one of the hottest hip hop artists around today. This track was influenced by the talented Pharrell.

The overall sound of this new song has a unique texture and vibe that can capture your attention with ease. The track starts off with a laid back beat and smooth lyrics written by Frank Ocean. The track suddenly switches to a hard beat as Pharell says, “Don’t Do It.” It’s also important to note that there are guitar strings and hard-hitting drums in the background.

At the top of the song, Kendrick blesses the track with his platinum voice. It’s easy to see that Kendrick has no problem with blending in with the song and hitting his stride. Kendrick managed to hit 100 bars on the track within a matter of seconds. How many rappers can say they can hit 100 bars on a track within seconds?

The sky continues to be the limit for these talented music stars. Hopefully, they will continue to entertain us with their flair and voices.