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Drake Says His “Real Fear” Came to Life in Manchester

The idea that an experience as pure and carefree as attending a concert could be shaken by the unforgiving atrocities terrorists any kind is a sickening notion, and just yesterday (May 22) that notion was felt all over again in Manchester.

According to the latest reports, two suicide bombs were detonated outside the Manchester venue where Ariana Grande was performing, killing 22 and injuring dozens more. While the world collectively reels over yet another terrorist attack at a concert, those in the entertainment industry are once again seeing their worst nightmare realized.

Drake, who frequently tours Europe and has built quite a relationship with his UK-based peers specifically, took to his Instagram early this morning (May 23) to explain that what happened in Manchester was a very “real fear” for him and his team during the course his most recent European stint.

Drake’s comments aren’t just kind words empathy, but rather, they point to the very real dread that a large number artists and fans have experienced over the past few years.

I recently watched the Eagles Death Metal HBO documentary Nos Amis, chronicling the horrendous terrorist attack that took place during their show in Paris in November 2015, leaving 90 dead and hundreds more scarred both mentally and physically. Having seen the effect that this attack had on the artists themselves—the fear playing again, the feeling responsibility, the “survivor’s guilt”—I know that Drake is in no way embellishing when discussing this fear. It’s a fear likely shared by every artist touring abroad, one those “back your mind” fears that never fully leaves no matter how many security checkpoints or police ficers are present.

While the impact this latest attack will have on acts looking to tour in Europe is so nuanced it’s likely going to require a separate piece, suffice it to say that artists like Drake who have amassed large, dedicated fan bases overseas are seriously re-thinking their strategies for addressing those fans in a live setting.

Life is fragile, and music has been one the greatest tools developed by humans to cope with that fragility. It’s absolutely crushing that people can no longer see their favorite artists live without—on some level—fearing for their safety.

As both a contributor to and a fan musical culture, I have to believe we can persist through the hatred and fear and continue to use music as the unique, amazing, unifying and healing tool that it is.

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Dirty Audio & Carbin – Mob (ft. iE-z) [Free Download] – Dancing Astronaut

Dirty Audio lives up to his name consistently and ferociously with some the dirtiest damn drops in the business. His latest is a collaboration with bass artist Carbin and up and coming rap sensation iE-z dubbed “Mob.” The producer’s take no prisoners approach to heavy hitting electronic mayhem is alive and well with Carbin and iE-z in tow. A rowdy collection festival sized synths and metallic bass lines bump and crash in a brutal cascade electronic savagery. All delivered as a free download that will keep you waking your neighbors for months to come.

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TOKiMONSTA speaks up on losing her ability to make music after brain surgery – Dancing Astronaut

For Jennifer Lee, known by the public by her performer name , the uphill climb into finding her own forward-minded brand kaleidoscopic electronic music hasn’t exactly been an easy journey. The Los Angeles-based producer just revealed yesterday, Sept. 12, that she wasn’t able to make music after undergoing two brain surgeries in 2015. In fact, she couldn’t even comprehend it as music.

“All music just sounded like noise,” she tells Pitchfork in a very personal OP-ED. “I remember being like, ‘Ooh, this is weird! This is metallic, harsh nonsense to me.’” Lee, who was diagnosed with an extremely rare and fatal brain disease called Moyamoya, eventually regained her ability to produce music.

Though Lee’s mother was the only person to know about her illness during her treatment, she’s now opened up about her story publicly for the first time. Her forthcoming third album, Lune Rouge, out Oct. 6 her label , is filled exclusively with songs she composed and penned during her long road to recovery. The new album marks an evolutionary shift away from her aggressive, upbeat signature electronic sound into a more emotionally-inspired direction.

TOKiMONSTA shares her story now to not just speak about her personal struggles, but to shed light on Moyamoya since it is such a rare condition. To hear more about how her treatment and recovery inspired tracks on the new album, read the full Pitchfork OP-ED .

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Yung Joc Reacts To Viral Clips Of Him Wearing Dress

Yung Joc is once again the target online trolls. The ATL rapper, known for his 2006 single “It’s Goin’ Down” and his appearances on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, was spotted rocking a full-length dress in public on Tuesday night (September 12) and the Internet is having a field day.

After the trolling floodgates burst open, Joc took to social media to react to the photos in videos that were captured by The Shade Room.

“Newsflash: y’all probably wondering what hell Joc got going on,” he says in the video. “It’s called internet manipulation. This is going to be one the craziest times ever in my life or career. Am I going to take full advantage it? Or will I be silent? I will not be silent and yes I will take full advantage it. At this point in my life, you must watch. I’m currently on four television shows on VH1. You will see me coming up here in October on Scared Famous. After that, I’m pretty sure you’ll probably see me on Leave it to Stevie. Then you’ll probably turn around and see me on Hip Hop Squares and you gonna turn around and see me on possibly Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

In a subsequent video, Joc questioned those who claimed he’d sold his soul before admitting: “I had to man up and put on a fucking dress. Get with it.”

“I knew the type backlash that would come from this shit. I did,” he admitted. “But let me address one and two things. For those you who are so quick to call on the Illuminati and say I sold my soul, tell me how I sold my soul. Yeah I fucked around and] shit had to happen laughs]. I had to man up and put on a fucking dress. Get with it. It’s just a thread. It’s just some shit a man made. It’s a thread. It’s nothing. Now if you give me a shield and a spear, and put a goddamn leather metal belt around my waist, I might look like a muthafuckin Roman. 300. Sparta. But that’s not the case. All I’ma say is quit being so judgmental, people. It’s threads.”

A short while after the photos Joc surfaced, a video fellow Atlanta rapper 21 Savage appeared online. In the clip, Savage apologizes to the world on behalf his city, saying: “I know we produce some st-ass niggas but] just bare with us. I just want you guys to know there’s some real niggas left.”

While 21 Savage doesn’t mention Joc’s name explicitly, many fans believe he is referring to the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star.

“I wanna apologize to the world on behalf my city, the City Atlanta,” 21 Savage says in the clip, which was again captured by The Share Room. “Now I know we produce some st-ass niggas but] just bare with us. We’re gonna get through this storm, guys. I just want you guys to know there’s some real niggas left. And real niggas are coming back in style so just hold tight, we’re gonna take this thing back.”

As expected, the Internet was quick to react to the photos Joc.

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2Pac Photographer Reportedly Suing Kendall Jenner For Exploitive T-Shirts

Although it seemed like the dust had settled around Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s controversial t-shirts, one photographer is back with a new lawsuit.

According to TMZ, photographer Al Pereira has filed a suit against Kendall Jenner, Inc., which reportedly accuses Kendall  lacking permission to use his photos 2Pac, Biggie and Redman.

The $125 t-shirts featured Kendall and Kylie’s faces slapped across images the three rap legends, as well as other iconic artists such as Jim Morrison The Doors and Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne. The shirts were briefly sold on their website, but they were taken down in July after the public backlash.

The famous sisters are already facing a lawsuit from The Doors’ attorneys and were threatened with a lawsuit by The Notorious B.I.G.’s estate.

(This article was last updated on July 3, 2017 and can be found below.)

After The Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace, Sharon Osbourne and countless others called out Kylie and Kendall Jenner for their seemingly exploitive t-shirts baring the likeness 2Pac, Biggie, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, and other iconic artists, the infringing apparel were quickly removed from the Jenner sisters’ online store. But evidently that wasn’t enough. The reality television stars were not only threatened with a lawsuit from Biggie’s estate, but attorneys for The Doors are now following through with a suit their own.

Lawyers for the band sent a cease and desist letter to the Jenner sisters dated Thursday (June 29), according to TMZ. It reportedly says the t-shirt line tarnishes their trademark and consequently their legacy.

Despite Kylie and Kendall’s apologies, it looks like this oversight could cost them a pretty penny.

(The original version the article was published June 29, 2017 and can be found below.)

Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are embroiled in yet another controversy, which follows the drama surrounding Kendall’s recently pulled Pepsi ad earlier this year. The famous reality television stars have now released a limited edition shirt collection that features Kendall and Kylie’s faces over iconic images Tupac and Biggie.

Countless people took to social media to express their disgust after screenshots the shirts appeared online. People accused the two women trying to use Hip Hop culture to prit from dead artists. The swift backlash resulted in the Tupac and Biggie shirts being removed from Kylie and Kendall’s online store, but not before Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, called the shirts “disrespectful, disgusting and exploitation at its worst.”

“I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this,” Wallace captioned the Instagram post. “The disrespect these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me. I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt. This is disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!”

The 15-shirt collection also features shirts with similar styles boasting photos classic rock artists like Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd and Kiss, something that caused Sharon Osbourne, wife the Black Sabbath frontman, to chime in.

“Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons,” Osborne wrote on Twitter. “Stick to what you know … lip gloss.”

The shirts are priced at $125 and only available in limited quantities.

Founder PluggedNYC, Tizita Balemlay, recently accused Kylie copying the clothing brand’s camouflage designs for Jenner’s latest campaign.

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Moby x Dancing Astronaut present the stories behind the 'Black Lacquer' remixes – Dancing Astronaut

There are few figures in dance music from America—or, indeed, the world—who have remained a strong presence in the public eye as .

While the past decade has seen dance music reach a mainstream audience with more fanfare than ever before, the renowned artist and activist achieved commercial and critical success for his work in the early 1990s. More than 20 years later, he remains an active contributor; in 2016, he released his 13th album, These Systems Are Failing and penned Porcelain: A Memoir, an autobiography on his years in the New York scene between 1989-1999.

In “Black Lacquer,” a pivotal chapter his book, Moby recounts the experience behind “Go,” his progressive house remix “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from the David Lynch’s classic, Twin Peaks. The song, initially released as a B-side, would become his breakthrough hit, paving the way for his future high prile remixes Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Metallica, and more.

Since Moby’s early success, remixes have become an astute, commonplace way for producers to make their first marks in the industry. The collaborative art remixing has also remained a crucial part Moby’s career—one which he intends to celebrate with his ongoing remix project.

Taking its name from the Porcelain chapter, “” is an endeavor to show f the power the revisionist artform. The project sees Moby tap over 40 influential and burgeoning artists from the realms techno, house, D&B, and mainstream EDM. , , , and are only a fraction the high prile remixers to join “Black Lacquer.”

Moby x Dancing Astronaut present the stories behind the 'Black Lacquer' remixes - Dancing Astronaut

In “Black Laquer: A Remix Project,” artists from labels such as Spinnin’, Diynamic, Anjunabeats, and Suara try their hands at one four Moby classics: “Natural Blues,” “Porcelain,” “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad,” and naturally, “Go.” A core mission the endeavor is for remixers to receive the credit and compensation which Moby strongly feels their creative efforts warrant. To ensure this, he’s stipulated that all “Black Lacquer” contributors receive full artistic license, stating, “What they do with the remix is completely up to them, and if the track is a success, they can benefit.”

In a unique interview series, Dancing Astronaut has partnered with Moby to give a deeper look into the “Black Lacquer” project. Over the course the next several weeks, we will be presenting features discussing the stories behind certain remixes with a variety the artists involved. In doing so, we hope to uncover new details the individual remixers, but also, to paint a larger picture the project in its broadest form.

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Westside Gunn & MF DOOM Combining To Form WESTSIDEDOOM

It’s a big day for fans both Westside Gunn and the ever-elusive MF DOOM. The Buffalo, New York rapper confirmed on Instagram that he and the metal-faced MC have collided — as DOOM ten does with artists and producers — to form WESTSIDEDOOM.

The preview the track “Gorilla Monsoon” is a taste what to look forward to from the upcoming LP, crafted entirely by Alchemist and in-house Griselda Records producer Daringer.

The artwork for the project is also created by notable illustrator Bernard Rollins, who has done work for artists/brands like Smoke DZA, Action Bronson, Shady Records, MTV, and more. He was also responsible for the Quavo-inspired Ratatouille chain.

“This is one the illest projects I’ve ever heard,” Westside Gunn wrote on his Instagram page. “When u think ART, this is it the RAWEST, FLYEST, GRIMIEST shit you’ve ever heard IN YA LIFE.”

This is the latest in a string collaborative projects from DOOM over the years that include MADVILLAIN with Mad Lib, NehrunDoom with Bishop Nehru, and DANGERDOOM with producer Danger Mouse.

He’s also been collaborating with Adult Swim to release unheard singles.

While there isn’t much further information on the new project as yet, Westside Gunn does note that fans can “spread the gospel that] the day is soon cometh.” This is the most exciting news to come from Griselda Records — owned by Westside Gunn and brother Conway The Machine — since this past March when the label announced it signed a deal with Shady Records.

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Runway Richy's "China Cafeteria 2.5" Mixtape Featuring Gucci Mane Is Here

Runway Richy has shared his new mixtape, China Cafeteria 2.5, which features contributions from Gucci Mane, Trae Tha Truth, Scotty ATL and London Jae. Comprised 18 tracks, including six skits, China Cafeteria 2.5 is executive produced by FKi and hosted by comedian D.C. Young Fly. It follows the original China Cafeteria, which Richy dropped in 2016.

With diverse production from Lyfe, High Musik, FKi, Evil G and Beat Monster Marc, the album is packed with bangers, but also finds some mellow tracks like “Made It Happen” with Trae Tha Truth.

During his visit to DX Live in July, Richy explained how the Gucci Mane collab came together, as well as how a car crash changed his life.

“I woke up in the hospital, my family around me,” he explained. “Metal rods all in my legs, screws everything so this whole year been showin’ me like, ‘Do you really want it or not?’ I had to learn how to walk again. I was in the booth.”

Check out the album stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Runway Richy's "China Cafeteria 2.5" Mixtape Featuring Gucci Mane Is Here

1. DC Young Fly China Cafeteria 2.5 Intro
2. Too Easy
3. Made It Happen f. Trae Tha Truth
4. Look
5. DC Young Fly Skit — The Leggins
6. Hold Me Down
7. Switchin’ Sides f. Gucci Mane
8. DC Young Fly Skit — Dogs Want To Die
9. WTF
10. Win
11. DC Young Fly Skit — Speaks
12. My Nigga
13. Come Through f. London Jae
14. DC Young Fly and Mr. Chin
15. Stay Focused f. Scotty ATL
16. Appreciate Ya
17. I’ll Be There
18. DC Young Fly Skit — China Cafeteria Outro

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StéLouse on the state of SoundCloud, how artists brand themselves and more [Interview] – Dancing Astronaut

Ross Ryan, known to his fans as the esteemed producer , has been making music for over 10 years, culminating with the release his debut, self-titled LP earlier this year. With a past in the hard rock and metal scenes, the producer made the switch to electronic music just a few years ago, and has since seen great success in his transition.

Bringing his knowledge producing an album, touring, and playing with a live band to a new realm, StéLouse swiftly moved to the front the future bass movement on SoundCloud. Although he put out the occasional original track, he gained prominence after releasing vibed out remixes , , Doja Cat, and more.

With a decade industry experience under his belt, StéLouse has been active long enough to see the rise  new media in the music industry. Weighing in on topics ranging from streaming services to the importance social media and online marketing, the artist speaks the music industry with a calm knowledge and appreciation how it works, and where he fits into the scene.

“You can smoke and mirror the shit out anything,” the artist notes. “You can make an artist that’s been working on a project for five years look like they just blew up overnight by wiping their social media or changing their name.I think you just have to get creative with marketing on the internet nowadays, and what works for one person won’t work for everyone.”

Indeed, Ross Ryan’s preferred route to success is a marathon, not a sprint.

Now signed to , StéLouse is working to continue his success at a more pressional level. An established presence on the festival circuit, the producer has begun to flesh out his live show, playing bass and keyboard live with a drummer and vocalist.

Dancing Astronaut caught up with the multitalented producer at New York’s, just before his electrifying set on the main stage.

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