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Travis Scott Wants To Turn His Next Tour Into An Amusement Park

Travis Scott may be becoming a father in the near future, but right now he’s focused on elevating the tour experience to his fans across the world. In a new feature published in Rolling Stone, Scott reveals that for the accompanying tour supporting his yet-to-be-released album Astroworld, he wants his concerts to double as amusement parks.

According to Scott, he’d like to perform while different park rides are going on around him. “I don’t know why it hasn’t been done already — I think people just don’t do shit,” he says. “Who makes stages these days that are that cool?

Amusement park rides aren’t that far f from the chaotic performances for which he’s already known. In July, Scott performed on an enormous animatronic bird as he opened for Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. tour stop in Phoenix, Arizona. At some points during the performance, Travis stood on top the bird as it was suspended in mid-air. He would go on to perform with it on multiple stops The DAMN. Tour. Scott was inspired to create the bird after a visit to Legoland in San Diego, according to Rolling Stone. 

Back in May, Scott was arrested for inciting a riot after encouraging fans to rush on stage in Rogers, Arkansas. Police revealed that several people were injured, including a security guard and a police ficer. Scott pleaded not guilty to the charges. He revealed to Rolling Stone that the incident didn’t have an impact on his onstage behavior. “People gotta understand, sometimes shit gets out control,” he says. “I’m not trying to cause no harm — I just perform.” He then says that a possible solution would be getting more popular than he is already.

“I think I just gotta get into bigger spaces, have more space to get in,” he says.

Read the full prile on Rolling Stone here.

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Desert Hearts announce expansive 'Take The Ride' fall tour

“House, Techno, and Love… We Are All Desert Hearts.” 

So goes ‘ tagline. Over the course the past four years, the Desert Hearts Family has situated itself at the epicenter a dusty love-motivated movement. Now, what is now part festival, record label, and part globetrotting party brigade is taking its conscious ethos to cities across the US. Moving beyond the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation California, Desert Hearts is embarking on their most expansive US tour to date.

Hitting the streets in their near 40 dates across the US, , , Marbs, and will be slaying venues like The Belasco in LA, Public Works in San Francisco, Monkey Lt in Seattle, Flash in DC, and Cirque Noir in Houston. For the first time ever the crew will also touch down at the Teksupport in Brooklyn, The Mid in Chicago, Fox Theater in Boulder, and the NECTO in Detroit.

“Take the Ride” promises to deliver the crew’s unparalleled momentum all fall long, taking over festivals like the Dirtybird Campout, Groove Cruise, and more along the way. Take a look at the nonstop parties’ extensive list dates below.

Desert Hearts announce expansive 'Take The Ride' fall tour


Desert Hearts’ ‘Take The Ride’ Fall and Winter Tour Dates:
Sept 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Terrace Afterhours w/ Lee Reynolds & Porkchop
Sept 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco w/ Crew
Sept 17 – San Diego, CA @ World Beat Center w/ Mikey
Sept 22 – Portland, OR @ Whiskey Bar w/ Crew
Sept 23 – New Orleans, LA @ Dragon’s Den w/ Marbs & Porkchop
Sept 27 – Boston, MA @ Bijou w/ Crew
Sept 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Cash Only w/ Crew
Sept 30 – London, CAN @ Rum Runners
Oct 5 – Nevada City, CA @ Haven Underground w/ Mikey
Oct 6 – Bradley, CA @ Dirtybird Campout w/ Mikey & Porkchop
Oct 7 – Austin, TX @ Ethics w/ Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lubelski, & Kevin Anderson
Oct 7 – Ensenada, MX @ Groove Cruise w/ Marbs, Lee Reynolds, & Rybo
Oct 11 – Tallahassee, FL @ Techyes w/ Crew
Oct 12 – Atlanta, GA @ MJQ Concourse w/ Crew
Oct 13 – Orlando, FL @ Vinyl Arts Bar w/ Mikey
Oct 14 – Washington, DC @ Flash w/ Crew
Oct 20 – Denver, CO @ The Church w/ Crew
Oct 21 – Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s w/ Crew
Oct 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Public Works w/ Crew & Special Guest
Oct 28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Switch w/ Crew
Nov 2 – Cleveland, OH @ Magnolia w/ Mikey Lion & Lee Reynolds
Nov 9 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Necto w/ Crew & Christian Martin
Nov 17 – Houston, TX @ Cirque Noir w/ Crew
Nov 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Goldrush w/ Mikey Lion & Lee Reynolds
Nov 25 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf w/ Crew
Dec 1 – Chicago, IL @ The Mid w/ Crew
Dec 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Teksupport w/ Crew
Dec 3 – Burlington, VT @ Sunday Night Mass w/ Mikey Lion
Dec 7 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater w/ Crew
Dec 8 – To Be Announced
Dec 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Coda w/ Crew
Dec 16 – El Paso, TX @ Club Here I Love You w/ Lee Reynolds & Porkchop
Dec 29 – To Be Announced
Dec 30 – To Be Announced
Dec 31 – To Be Announced
Jan 1 – Seattle, WA @ Monkey Lt w/ Marbs
Jan 5-8 – Tamarindo, Costa Rica @ Ocaso w/ Crew

Tickets are on sale . 


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Flying Lotus announces North American 3D tour

Just last month,  debuted a brand new live show experience at his Los Angeles’ set. Now the artist — real name Steven Ellison — who also recently completed his first film has announced an extensive tour. Luckily, the film that led to walkouts at Sundance Film Festival wasn’t in 3D, but the recently announced North American tour will be.

Kicking f on the west coast in October — as well as being the most recent addition to the  — FlyLo will also be joined by for the L.A. concerts. While there’s currently no word a new album on the way, FlyLo is sure to deliver an otherworldly performance similar to that which set him apart in the first place.  Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 25. Take a look at the full schedule below.

Flying Lotus Fall Tour Dates:

10-14 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever *
10-15 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever *
10-26 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
10-27 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
10-28 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
10-30 Houston, TX – House Blues
10-31 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11-01 New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theatre
11-02 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
11-03 Norfolk, VA – NorVa
11-04 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11-05 Washington, DC – Echostage
11-06 New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
11-09 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
11-10 Toronto, Ontario – The Danforth Music Hall
11-11 Covington, KY – Madison Theater
11-12 Detroit, MI -Royal Oak Music Hall
11-14 Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
11-15 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
11-16 Kansas City, MO – The Truman KC
11-17 Denver, CO – EXDO
11-18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11-20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre
11-21 Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre
11-22 Portland, OR – Roseland

* with Thundercat


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Lecrae Announces Nationwide “All Things Work Together” Tour

 Lecrae is getting ready to head out on the “All Things Work Together Tour” this fall.

The nationwide trek kicks f on October 4 in Memphis and comes to a close on December 6 in Chicago.

Lecrae is set to release his new album, All Things Work Together, this September.

“This is my favorite album and the most work I’ve put in since the Anomaly tour,” says the Grammy-winning rapper. “This is a spiritual and emotional musical journey. People will be blown away.”

All Things Work Together will include the tracks “I’ll Find You” featuring Tori Kelly and “Hammer Time” produced by Metro Boomin.

Lecrae is also fering VIP fan packages with meet-and-greet events, an invite to the ‘Hammer Time Party’, a limited edition t-shirt, and more.

A portion all VIP proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information about “All Things Work Together Tour” packages visit here.

“All Things Work Together” Tour Dates:

October 4, 2017 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
October 5, 2017 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
October 7, 2017 Kansas City, MO The Truman
October 8, 2017 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
October 11, 2017 New Orleans, LA House Blues
October 12, 2017 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
October 13, 2017 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theatre
October 14, 2017 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
October 18, 2017 Knoxville, TN The International
October 19, 2017 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
October 20, 2017 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
October 22, 2017 Silver Spring, MD Fillmore DC
October 23, 2017 New York, NY Playstation Theatre
October 24, 2017 Philadelphia, PA Theatre the Living Arts
October 25, 2017 Boston, MA House Blues
October 30, 2017 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
November 2, 2017 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
November 4, 2017 Los Angeles, CA The Novo
November 5, 2017 Sacramento, CA Ace Spades
December 2, 2017 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
December 3, 2017 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
December 4, 2017 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
December 5, 2017 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
December 6, 2017 Chicago, IL House Blues

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DJs Rob Swift & Z-Trip Remember Linkin Park's Chester Bennington

As the shock  Chester Bennington’s suicide continues to ricochet through the music community, several his past collaborators are speaking out about their experiences with the charismatic Linkin Park frontman.

DJ Rob Swift the X-Ecutioners, who collaborated with Linkin Park on 2001’s “It’s Goin’ Down,” had the rare opportunity to open for the band on the Hybrid Theory Tour in 2002. He remembers a particular tour stop in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the X-Ecutioners weren’t exactly given a warm welcome.

“One my fondest memories Chester took place in Lincoln,” Swift tells HipHopDX. “The X-Ecutioners were the opening act. It was the middle winter and as cold as it felt outside the arenas that Linkin Park packed, I’d argue the reception the X-Ecutioners were getting from their fans was actually colder.

“People just didn’t know how to take to three brothers from New York City cuttin’ up ‘Shook Ones’ from Mobb Deep on stage,” he continues. “I vividly remember Chester stopping by our tour bus after that show and giving us a pep talk. He was like, ‘We brought the X-Ecutioners on this tour because you guys are awesome, so don’t let a few jeers rattle the group.’ He gave us the vote confidence we needed to finish out the tour. Chester’s soul was pure then, now and it’ll stay pure as he embarks on this new journey.”

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, DJ Z-Trip (real name Zach Sciacca) also formed a connection with Bennington, who was from the same Southwestern city. Bennington appeared on Z-Trip’s major label debut, 2005’s Shifting Gears, alongside artists like Murs, Chuck D, Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na and Lyrics Born.

“We both came out the music scene in Arizona,” Z-Trip explains to DX. “We bonded over that. We were so happy we’d both made it. When we sat down to do a song for my record, I said, ‘Let’s do something really different.’ We ended up exploring the dark side life after death with ‘Walking Dead.’

“At the time, it was unlike anything either us had done before,” he adds. “Now, I don’t think I can listen to the opening line the same way. Having just found out about Bennington’s death], it’s all still a bit unreal. He had his own sound. That’s rare these days. I’m gonna miss him. We’re all gonna miss him. My heart goes out to his family and the entire Linkin Park posse.”

Anyone involved in the Hip Hop community understands how truly small it is. Between 2009 and 2012, Z-Trip and Swift connected for multiple tributes dedicated to the late Roc Raida, Swift’s fellow X-Ecutioner who also toured with Linkin Park. As Swift explains, Bennington treated his fellow artists like friends.

“Chester Bennington made a unique impression on me as an artist, but more so as a person,” Swift says. “He was the consummate pressional yes, but what moved me most about Chester was the respect he channeled toward his band members, his music and his fans.”

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Hip Hop Reacts To Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington's Death

As news spreads Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington’s suicide Thursday (July 20), an outpouring love and support has come from the Hip Hop community. The 41-year-old frontman reportedly hanged himself at his private Palos Verdes residence.

Bennington’s bandmate Mike Shinoda confirmed the unfortunate news on Twitter saying that he’s “shocked and heartbroken.”

Bass player Dave “Phoenix” Farrell also commented on his bandmate’s death.

Chance The Rapper, Talib Kweli, Rihanna and El-P are among those in the Hip Hop community who sent out their condolences.

Check out their reactions and more below.

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JAY-Z Announces "4:44" Tour Dates

With the corporate machines Sprint, TIDAL and Live Nation behind it, JAY-Z’s tour is coming to an arena near you. Roc Nation initially teased the extensive run on Sunday (July 9) in an Instagram post, but has now ficially unveiled the dates for all 31 shows scheduled in both the United States and Canada.

JAY, course, is touring in support his recently released 13th studio album, 4:44, which has garnered both praise and criticism — most notably from 50 Cent who called it “Ivy League shit.” Fiddy’s comments appeared to spark a response from Public Enemy’s Chuck D who tweeted, “So some people are saying @s_c_album is too smart. What level does a 47 year old man supposed to spit at? Club sht? What kind club? lol.”

Regardless one’s feelings towards the 10-track fering (the physical copy the album comes with three bonus tracks — “Adnis,” “Blue’s Freestyle/ We Family” and “ManyFacedGod”), Hov plans to bring it live to the stage before the year is up. The tour kicks f on October 27 in Anaheim, California and ends on December 21 in Los Angeles.

Check out the full tour schedule below.

October 27 — Anaheim, CA
October 28 — Las Vegas, NV
November 1 — Fresno, CA
November 3 — Phoenix, AZ
November 5 — Denver, CO
November 7 — Dallas, TX
November 8 — Houston, TX
November 9 — New Orleans, LA
November 11 — Orlando, FL
November 12 — Miami, FL
November 14 — Atlanta, GA
November 15 — Nashville, TN
November 16 — Charlotte, NC
November 18 — Detroit, MI
November 19 — Cleveland, OH
November 21 — Montreal, QC
November 22 — Toronto, ON
November 25 — Boston, MA
November 26 — Brooklyn, NY
November 29 — Washington, DC
December 2 — Uniondale, NY
December 5 — Chicago, IL
December 6 — Lincoln, NE
December 9 — Edmonton, AB
December 11 — Vancouver, BC
December 13 — Seattle, WA
December 14 — Portland, OR
December 16 — Oakland, CA
December 17 — Sacramento, CA
December 19 — San Diego, CA
December 21 — Los Angeles, CA

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JAY-Z Announces 4:44 Tour With Live Nation

JAY-Z has a hit album, so JAY-Z is going on tour. Today (July 10), Hova announced the 4:44 Tour that will find him on the road starting in October throughout the end the year. 

The nationwide tour is put on with Live Nation, obviously, and kicks f in Anaheim on Oct. 27 at the Honda Center. It will then hit cities like Phoenix, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta and Oakland before coming to close in Los Angeles on Dec. 21 at The Forum.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, July 14 at 10 am. However, TIDAL members will be granted access to a presale beginning starting Monday, July 10 at 12:00 pm ET—details can be found at Sprint.TIDAL.com.

Also, if your rolling with Citibank, Citi® cardmembers can cop tickets starting Monday, July 10 at noon until Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 pm through Citi’s Private Pass® program—www.citiprivatepass.com.

Jay-Z’s 4:44 album is already certified platinum. See the full list dates for the 4:44 Tour below.

Don’t expect the tickets to last.

JAY-Z Announces 4:44 Tour With Live Nation



Photo: WENN.com

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Watch Wale Host Full Rap Battle On WWE's Smackdown

Phoenix, AZ – Between the skill for talking smack, the combative personalities and the penchant for performing — it’s really only the muscles and the finishing moves that separate most battle rappers from pressional wrestlers.

Five WWE stars showed f their lyrical chops on the July the Fourth episode Smackdown during an in-the-ring rap battle hosted and refereed by rapper Wale. Tag-team The New Day faced f against their rivals The Usos before the whole thing (almost) descended into a brawl, with Wale playing peacemaker between the two sides in a classic piece WWE entertainment.

As for the bars, there were a few stand out moments — especially when The Usos referenced the leak their opponent Xavier Woods’ intimate photos with WWE wrestler Paige: “Big E, let’s just keep it PG, you know what’s good/ Just don’t get all rated-R like your boy Xavier Woods.”

It was enough to elicit a “Don Demarco” from Wale, an adlib that seasoned battle fans will already know from watching SMACK/URL battles on YouTube.

But New Day brought personals their own, dropping bars early on about The Usos’ father, famous former-wrestler Rikishi.

Watch the video in full above.

The WWE crowd certainly took well to the battle (which New Day won after the Usos were disqualified), but course, this isn’t the first time the WWE has made battle rap moves.