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Is Migos Holding Quavo Back From Becoming a Breakout Solo Star?

There’s been an ongoing joke on social media for the last few years that Migos are the male version Destiny’s Child. The comparison has nothing to do with music, and everything to do with Quavo’s undeniable star power.

There's a noticeable popularity surrounding Quavo, people see him as the group's leader, and the member most likely to achieve solo success. Kelly and Michelle were both talented vocalists, key ingredients to what made Destiny's Child such a sensation, but the girls didn’t carry the blinding glow Beyoncé Knowles. She had what cannot be bought, the kind X-factor that can be felt the moment she sings, dances, or even enters a room—the world knew Beyoncé had the radiant shine a future star that would go beyond an all-female singing group.

Quavo too exudes this shine and has the potential to break away from the trio and stand alone in this era rap music.

The group has had a huge influence on today’s sound; their flows and melodies have crawled into the veins trap culture, and it seems right to acclaim Quavo as heir to the trap throne. There’s swagger in his rhymes, charisma in his melodies, and an uncanny ability to turn a phrase into a hit.

During a short, promotional phone video for the Migos’ rap snacks—completely on the fly—Quavo came up with the “Dab Ranch” viral jingle. The video boomed across the internet, the gravitation toward the playful rhyme proving Quavo could be enticing without effort. The freestyle has ficially been made into a song that was recently previewed.

On Christmas, Quavo made a Migos-esque hook about Santa dropping the sack f, and Ducko McFli, one the producers on Mike Will’s Ear Drummers label, added a beat to the video clip, leading to the song accumulating over 43k plays on SoundCloud. Both examples display his innate gift to create captivating internet hits on a whim.

Quavo has outsourced his talents to peers on more than a few occasions. His prowess for hooks can be heard on 2 Chainz’s “Good Drank” and YFN Lucci’s “Key To The Streets”—both feature Quavo Wonder using his Auto-Tune-drenched Southern drawl to make infectious choruses.

One Quavo’s best performances, though, can be found on Travis Scott’s debut album, his feature on “Oh My Dis Side” bringing to light the power his presence. The back-and-forth with Travis is like watching Klay Thompson and Steph Curry take turns draining 3's from beyond the arc. Another winning performance was executed on “Pick Up The Phone”—there’s a chemistry between Scott and Quavo that needs to be explored through a bigger project.

When Chance brought him in on as a feature on Surf, that's when my eyes opened, not only can he stand alone apart from Takef and Offset, but he can also go outside the comfort zone the trap. Young Thug’s  “F Cancer,” G-Eazy’s “Meantime,” Ty Dolla’s “Long Time” and Meek Mill’s “The Difference” are just a few times Quavo appeared without his Migos brethren but brought the same charisma that makes him stand out when they're together. 

Swae Lee, ½ Rae Sremmurd, has also received a mountain requests for solo music. When fans are engrossed with a particular member a group, they turn that admiration into a demand. After the release Culture, I’m certain that Quavo will be hounded to focus solely on himself.

He has solo records out, a few floating around the net, but they don't seem like true solitary efforts, failing to capture his star power like Migo songs and his impactful features. His voice has always been accompanied by others, always someone contributing to a hook or verse. Even though Offset and Takef don’t have the same star quality as Quavo, I feel like the three all contribute to Migos’ enchanting charm.

Recently, during the promo for their album, the Migos read a children's book over the “Bad and Boujee” instrumental while at Power 106. Watching it, seeing how they play f each other, the adding ad libs—the teamwork—is like watching a team scientists in a laboratory. Alone, they would sound silly, but together, there’s a sense comradery, a unified energy that turned a playful task into a magic moment. This same feeling is at the heart their music, the fun comes from the three playing f each other's energy.

It makes me wonder if from the very beginning, could Quavo had made it without Takef and Offset? Honestly, I believe he couldn’t. They're like Huey, Dewey, and Louie—it's hard to imagine the three apart. 

I’ve always been a fan Krayzie Bone. Out all the members Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, I thought his solo career had the most promise. His debut album, Thug Mentality 1999, was well-received and was awarded a Platinum plaque. His sophomore effort Thug on da Line also was met with applause and sold enough to go Gold. But after being featured on Chamillionaire’s ringtone phenomenon “Ridin,” he hasn’t made much an impact in mainstream rap.

You can have style, promise, and charisma but still struggle to find your place when it comes to longevity. Quavo’s potential will likely transition into some solo success, but there's no telling how big he can be alone. Migos are currently the biggest group in rap, they will likely continue to conquer 2017, but splitting up too soon could very well bring to an end a very good thing.

Groups break up, they take breaks, and they explore the possibility standing alone. It took Jeezy leaving Boyz In Da Hood to become the trap star that he is today. It took Lil Wayne being left behind by his Hot Boys brothers to carry Cash Money on his back and become a giant in the rap game. Sometimes, it takes the courage to step out by yourself to realize how big you can become.

There are other examples: The Cool Kids took some time apart, explored the world as solo acts, and came back together. People are excited to see what they do next. Absence will make your fans grow fonder.

Maybe that’s what the Migos should do—separate while they're loved, see what the world fers, and come back together like the trap Voltron to a roar applause. Who knows, maybe Offset and Takef will be the ones to rocket to rap stardom?

Together or apart, there’s no question that Quavo Knowles has enough star power to light up a Christmas tree. If he chooses the path a solo artist, he has all the promise to be the rap industry's next breakout star. 

By Yoh, aka Yohavo Knowles, aka @Yoh31

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Pioneer release special edition all-white CDJs – Dancing Astronaut

Has Christmas come early for DJs? After sharing the new product, the , two Pioneer CDJ models are now getting a new skin. Pioneer announced a sleek bright white color would be coming to the models, a stark contrast to the all-too-common black design. The new finishes are coming early October to the CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 and just look beautiful. A limited supply are being shipped to the USA and Europe, so get it while supplies last.

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SnowGlobe Festival reveals their glorious 2017 lineup – Dancing Astronaut

After the quick rise and fall 2017’s festival season, it’s not uncommon to see festival fiends pre-planning their schedule for 2018. Fortunately for those zealots, many companies have taken advantage this opportune moment and found a way to create experiences unlike any summer events. Most recently, has blown fans away with the release their 2017 lineup, a well-received mixture the most popular names in dance music.

Taking place in South Tahoe Lake, California over the last weekend in December, SnowGlobe brings together the best both worlds for a New Years Eve celebration. Headliners , , and are affirmed to close out the main stage each night, transforming this magical outdoor experience into the hottest (and coldest) party to close out 2017. Immersed not only in the variety acts at the event, the three-day outdoor event gives attendees the opportunity to enjoy the leftover spirit Christmas, and ring in the New Year surrounded by thousands others in the SnowGlobe family.

SnowGlobe Festival reveals their glorious 2017 lineup - Dancing Astronaut

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Lakers Retiring Kobe Bryant’s Jersey Week Before Christmas

Kobe Bryant already has at least one proper Christmas gift lined up. Early word is that the Los Angeles Lakers plan to retire the future NBA Hall Famer’s jersey just before they play the Golden State Warriors on December 18.

Reports TMZ:

The resell prices on those tickets are going to be astronomical.

Also worth noting, there’s a good chance Lakers rooking point guard Lonzo Ball is going to get cooked that night. Just saying.

Photo: WENN.com

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Bruno Mars & John Mayer Want To Work With Chance The Rapper

On the heels Chance The Rapper’s performance at Lollapalooza in his hometown Chicago, the 24-year-old Grammy Award winner took to Instagram to tease new music on Tuesday (August 22). Wearing a blue Chicago Bulls bucket hat and matching Champion sweatshirt, Chance was all smiles as he previewed the tune and danced around the room.

As if that wasn’t enough for Chano’s fans, on Sunday (August 20), Bruno Mars was asked by a Twitter user who he wanted to collaborate with in the future. Mars responded, “@chancetherapper.”

Chance, who appeared surprised by the 24K Gold singer’s answer, quickly replied, “Wait wtf. I just retweeted a gem f your page only to find out you rocking with the kid?!? Let’s make it happen I already got choreo ideas.”

Rumors were already swirling about a collaboration with singer John Mayer after a Twitter exchange on Saturday (August 19). A random Twitter user asked both Mayer and the Coloring Book rapper if one would ever happen, and Chano responded with a resounding, “Yes.”

Chance’s last project was 2016’s Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama with singer Jeremih, so these recent developments could point to an fresh album.

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Myke Bogan Gravy ft. Michael Christmas

Portland, OR seems to be more known for gentrification than Hip Hop but the Eyrst label is here to change that! The label’s next release is LA-by-way--Portland MC, Myke Bogan, who just teamed up with Michael Christmas for a new track. “Gravy” is one the more menacing tracks on Bogan’s upcoming “Pool Party” LP that is coming out on August 18th.

“Pool Party is what I want people to be able to smoke, party, BBQ, or even just be hanging out to all summer” says Bogan. With breezy production from Tim Fontane, “Gravy” demonstrates these summer vibes with confidence. In addition to Michael Christmas, “Pool Party” also features contributions from the likes  Blossom, Neill Von Tally, and The Last Artful, Dodgr. Bogan has been hitting the festival circuit hard in the last year and he’ll be hitting the road in support “Pool Party” in the fall, so be on the lookout for him rolling through town!

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DC Young Fly Named One Of The New Hosts Of MTV’s Revived ‘TRL’

MTV is bringing back one the network’s former flagship programs.

TRL (Total Request Live) returns to the cable channel on October 2 with five rotating hosts.

Among the new faces to take the helm the revived TRL is Atlanta-raised comedian DC Young Fly.

The 25-year-old internet personality is a regular on MTV’s Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out and a co-host for The 85 South Show podcast.

He also appeared in the 2016 film Almost Christmas with Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, and Omar Epps.

Amy Pham, Erik Zachary, Lawrence Jackson, and Tamara Dhia will join DC on TRL.

During its initial run from 1998 – 2008, Total Request Live was the television focal point for all things pop culture related.

The show counted down the most popular music videos the day, and it was the go-to platform for entertainers to promote their music, movies, or other ventures.

TRL helped eventual music superstars Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Eminem become household names.

The teen-centered TV series was also a career launching pad for ex-hosts Carson Daly, La La Vasquez, and Vanessa Lachey.

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Snoop Dogg, Chance The Rapper, LL Cool J & Common Nab Several Emmy Nominations

Several Hip Hop artists are nominated in a multitude categories at the upcoming 69th Annual Emmy Awards, another testament to the genre’s undeniable impact on pop culture and unwavering staying power. Chance The Rapper, Snoop Dogg, Common, Donald Glover and LL Cool J are all up for various honors this year.

Chicago’s Lil Chano, who has recently donated millions dollars to Chicago Public Schools, is nominated in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for the December 2016 Saturday Night Live skit, “Last Christmas,” while Grammy and Academy Award winner Common is nominated in the same category for the song “Letter To The Free” featuring Bilal, which appeared on his 2016 album, Black America Again.

Snoop and co-host Martha Stewart share a nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for their VH1 show, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and LL Cool J earned a nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program as a producer Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle.

Not surprisingly, Donald Glover — also known as Childish Gambino — and his critically acclaimed show Atlanta nabbed six nominations in categories like Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

The 2017 Emmy Awards are scheduled for September 17 at the Microst Theater in Los Angeles.

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Joey Badass Announces Release Date For Capital STEEZ Album

New York, NY – The third annual STEEZ Day went down in New York City on Friday (July 7) in honor late Pro Era rapper Capital STEEZ, who took his own life on Christmas Eve 2012. Fellow Pro Era crew mate Joey Bada$$ joined A$AP Mob, The Underachievers, Ab-Soul, J.I.D., Jay IDK on the bill, and also delivered a long-awaited announcement — STEEZ’s posthumous album, King Capital, will be out before the end the year.

“You know it’s been five years,” the Brooklyn MC told the crowd. “And we just want to say, on December 23, King Capital will ficially be dropping. Y’all heard it here first. The most valid source.”

Joey also recently confirmed Pro Era was working on a new collaborative album in an interview with Revolt, the outlet that also live streamed the event.

“Alright, I guess I’ll just let the cat out the bag now” he said. “I think it’s a perfect time to since people think we all not doing anything. We’re working on the album. We’re gonna put out a Pro Era album real soon.

“We back on our shit,” he continued. “I ain’t gonna lie, there was a period time where we were just really trying to figure it out. Everybody was young. Everybody was growing, becoming adults. We started this shit as kids. We kinda had to allow that grace period for all us to really fall into ourselves and we’re definitely at that point now and we coming back stronger than ever. This album sounding crazy. I don’t even want to overhype it or do anything, but great stuff. 2017] for sure.”

Check out Joey’s announcement above and footage from 2016’s STEEZ Day below.

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