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How Jevon Doe Bounced Back From A Near-Death Experience For "My Life Changed Pt. 1"

West Hollywood, CA – After years independent grind that even left him homeless for a stint, Houston rapper Jevon Doe has been making a name for himself in the realm Hip Hop, signing with Atlantic Records just last year. To fully pursue his dreams becoming the best artist he can be, Jevon recently traded H-Town for the City Angels. Now, he shares a side his story that’s never been heard before.

On Thursday (August 17), HipHopDX partnered with Popular Demand and 1800 Tequila to host the ficial listening party for his new EP, My Life Changed Pt. 1. With friends, family, media, and fans all out to support, WCSP in West Hollywood, CA soon reached capacity. Greeted with an open bar and free chicken at the door, the evening quickly turned into a celebration.

During the live Q&A, Jevon Doe summarized his sound, eventually boiling it down to four words.

“It’s got that South in it,” he says. “It’s got that H-town in it. You could feel where I’m from. You could see what I’m reppin’. But it’s also global. I feel like it’s very global. I feel like my voice attracts, so I feel like what I’m speaking about also attracts. I think there’s a lot people in the world that just want to hear somebody just speak some real shit, but sound cool doing it. But really be cool. So I think that’s really what my sound generates: H-Town, South, global, cool.”

Jevon also credits a fellow H-town legend as one the two artists who ignited his desire to rap.

“The first artist I really started liking was Z-Ro. He’s from Houston. From there, it was Lil Wayne. Them two right there really sparked me into wanting to rap. And then on top that, it was Drake, Childish Gambino, Big Sean, those type artists that really kept me trying to get it.”

In 2016, Doe unleashed his debut project Story Of My Life, with features from Bun B, Ty Dolla $ign and Buddy.

He explains, “The first one was Story Of My Life, and this one’s My Life Changed. So pretty much I told people how I got to the point being signed and being here. And then My Life Changed: being out in L.A., being in Hollywood, being around celebrities, working every damn night, being tired as fuck, but still trying to get it. So all that happened.”

Fitting to the name, while Story Of My Life told the tale Doe’s life struggles, his biggest obstacle yet was still to come.

“Also, it branched f a situation that happened with my ex-girlfriend. The whole situation where she came in and did what she did, that gave me that motivation to really want to tell people, ‘I’m really in this shit. I’m out here trying to get it, and I got people trying to hold me down.’”

The second record on the EP, “Angels Protecting Me,” recounts the evening his ex-girlfriend showed up at his doorstep with her brother and three other guys. Beyond a home invasion, Jevon was beat up and held at gunpoint. It left him with two broken hands.

With the reality what was happening in that moment, Jevon reveals the only two things crossing his mind: “What the fuck was going on and I hope I don’t die.”

While the ficial music video sees Jevon retelling the evening in detail, DX asked how it had impacted him mentally.

“Yeah, they fered me therapy. The city and all that,“ he said. “But I never went to it. I just didn’t have time. I was in the studio. I had to keep pushing, to be honest. I had to get my stuff — get it back. To this day, I mean, yeah. It does affect me. There’s different things that come from it. But I’m still alive. That’s the best thing about it. Because I could have been gone.”

Turning a negative into a positive, it was clear Doe wasn’t worried about Pt. 2 anytime soon.

“Part 2 … I don’t even know. I may not drop it for a while. I may keep it an open story, and eventually, I close it up. When it’s time for me to close it up.”

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Dubstep Producer Doctor P Isn't Excited About New Eminem Album

San Bernardino, CA – Any fan EDM knows Doctor P is one the original godfathers the bass-driven Dubstep movement. For Hip Hop fans, the triple threat (musician, producer and DJ) has recorded with Method Man, Far East Movement and Jarren Benton throughout his career. 

Having performed sold-out arenas in L.A., the legendary Coachella festival and a mind-blowing show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Doctor P told HipHopDX this was his first time performing at HARD Summer.

Speaking with P (real name Shaun Brockhurst), at his artist trailer on Day 1 Destructo’s 10-year anniversary HARD festival on August 5, DX asked about his passion for Hip Hop and how that ties into dubstep.

He explains, “I originally listened to Hip Hop. Before I discovered electronic music, I was always listening to Hip Hop. It was always like Wu-Tang, D12 and stuff. I kinda grew up in the whole Eminem thing in the early 2000s, so I was like probably 14 or 15 listening to Eminem’s first album. That was the first thing I heard that wasn’t like pop music — so it blew my mind.”

With recent news Eminem’s new project coming as soon as this fall, Doctor P was far from intrigued.

“I don’t really follow Eminem anymore,” he explains. “I’ve gotten quite bored him. I feel like he was really angry when he was in his early 20s and all his music was insanely angry. But nowadays he’s like middle-aged and not angry anymore. He’s faking the anger now — so the music doesn’t have quite the same passion for me anymore that it did.”

This led into P’s current stance on old Hip Hop vs. new Hip Hop.

“I definitely prefer the older stuff. It’s cliché to say that the oldies are the best. But you got the odd track now like Rich Chigga … He’s a new guy but he’s got that old school vibe, big time.”

With Rich Chigga recently hopping on a trap record called “Gospel” with XXXTENTACION and Keith Ape, DX asked if Doctor P would be interested in a collab with the 17-year-old.

“No, not really,” he answers. “I would if he did the vocals on a banging dubstep track. But he’s a nice crossover for me. He’s got the vibe an old school vocalist (sort ). Whereas Future and people like that, I can’t really listen to that stuff. I don’t know. They’re not cool enough for me. They’re cool in a different way. People like Wu-Tang and those guys, they were so cool in like a gangster way. But I feel like that gangster-ness is gone and that’s what I liked about Hip Hop originally.”

Still on the topic collabs, Doctor P linking with Method Man on “The Pit” back in 2013 meant he needed a new Hip Hop artist to look forward to.

I’d love to work with Pusha T. He’s got the coolest voice I’ve ever heard. He’s like the new Method Man for me. You know, Method Man, you hear his voice, and it gets you straight away. I feel like Pusha T is like that as well. Every time he does a verse on someone else’s track, it’s the best bit on the song. I’d love to work with Pusha T.”

When asked what his fav Pusha song was, P answers, “’Burial’ is the one that everyone knows. It was the first one his that really got my ears, so that’s the classic for me.”

As with any festival, the later the set time, the better. Before P was brought out to perform at 9:30 p.m., he quickly drew the connection between dubstep and Hip Hop.

“I feel like the vibe dubstep is very Hip-Hop-y, like the grooves. I feel like if you take away the vocals from a Hip Hop track, there’s still a dubstep-iness to a lot the beats. So, you take the vocals and put it on a dubstep track and it works.”

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Big K.R.I.T.'s New Album Is Done

Since splitting from Def Jam Recordings last year, Big K.R.I.T.’s musical output has slowed to a snail’s pace. He’s only popped up for an occasional guest spot or loosie, and his last full-length album was 2014’s Cadillactica. According to a tweet from longtime manager Dutch DeNiro, that’s about to change.

On Thursday night (August 17), he wrote, “Big K.R.I.T. album ficially done and turned in.”

So far, there are no other details on the project, although he recently posted a pic himself with Memphis producer Drumma Boy to Instagram.

Among the Southern spitter’s recent work was solo track “Free Agent,” which dropped in October 2016, and appearances on Keyon Harrold’s “Stay This Way,” Lupe Fiasco’s Drogas Light and Dizzy Wright’s The Golden Age 2.

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Who to see at Billboard's Hot 100 Fest

The Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival returns to New York this weekend, with fan favorite performers taking over Jones Beach on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20. Headlining the two-day event come the likes Zedd, Major Lazer and Marshmello, while artists from Le Youth, Whethan, and many more are set for the signature beach stage.

Just days away, we break down the acts you won’t want to miss when Hot 100 gets underway in New York.


Saturday

Young Bombs
3:10-3:55PM @ Beach Stage

Kick f your Hot 100 weekend at the Beach Stage, where Young Bombs will supply the early energy in a setting that embodies the Jones Beach music experience. Straight f their Lollapalooza performance, the duo heads to New York festival-ready and equipped with new tunes. Known for their popular remixes over the past year, Young Bombs newest fering came just this week; a rendition Frank Walker’s “Less Lonely.”

FLETCHER
6-6:45PM @ Heatseekers Stage

If you’re seeking heat, look no further than FLETCHER, set to perform at the aptly named Heatseekers Stage. FLETCHER has been one pop’s promising young talents since breaking through with her single “War Paint” in 2015, and the singer has established herself as an artist with her recent Finding Fletcher EP. With hits like “Wasted Youth” and an impressive young catalogue, FLETCHER is one act on Saturday you’ll want to catch while you can.


Sunday

Camila Cabello
6:30-7:15PM @ Hot 100 Stage

Stars today and tomorrow will flood the stages Billboard’s Hot 100 Fest, and Camila Cabello stands out among pop icons set to perform. Formerly a member Fifth Harmony, Cabello is currently powering forward with her solo career and has the music to ascend to new heights. Her recent singles “OMG” with Quavo and “Havana” featuring Young Thug were released to widespread acclaim, and collaborations with the likes Major Lazer and Cashmere Cat prove her compatibility deeper into the dance space. With her debut solo album due next month, Camila Cabello and her collection brand new hits will be a sight to be seen at the Hot 100 Stage.

Major Lazer
9:45-11PM @ Hot 100 Stage

It’s only appropriate that Diplo and Major Lazer bring Hot 100 Fest to its conclusion this Sunday night. Perhaps the most interesting act the weekend in respect to their genre-crossover appeal, attendees should expect for Major Lazer’s nighttime set to unite all fans for an explosive finale. With their new Know No Better EP setting the soundtrack the summer, the group will come with an arsenal jam-packed with hits. From “Cold Water” to “Run Up” or “Lean On” to “Pon de Floor,” Major Lazer’s original music assures that there will be not one dull moment for the Jones Beach crowd.


It’s not too late to join the party this weekend. For a chance to win a pair tickets, enter our contest below. Winners will be chosen at 12PM EST on Friday, August 18.

For more information visit the .

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Who to see at Billboard's Hot 100 Fest
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Action Bronson Announces "F*ck, That's Delicious" Cookbook

In addition to his forthcoming album, Blue Chips 7000, Action Bronson is also preparing to release a cookbook next month based on his popular F*ck That’s Delicious series soon.

Titled F*ck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well, the book is co-written by food writer Rachel Wharton and scheduled for a September 12 release ABRAMS Books.

“Illustrated, packed with images, and unlike any book in the entire galaxy, Bronson’s F*ck, That’s Delicious includes 40-plus recipes inspired by his childhood, family, tours, and travels,” an Amazon description reads. “Journey from bagels with cheese that represent familial love to the sex and Big Macs upstate New York fat camp and ultimately to the world’s most coveted five-star temples gastronomy. And: the tacos in LA. The best Dominican chimis. Jamaican jerk. Hand-rolled pasta from Mario. Secrets to good eating from Massimo. Meyhem Lauren’s Chicken Patty Potpie. And more! more! more!”

According to an Instagram video announcement, Bronson calls it a journal his life.

“Everything from my mama’s Jewish delight challah, number one restaurants with Massimo Bottura, lunch with friends, everything,” Bronson said.

More recently, Bronson has been releasing music and videos in promotion  Blue Chips 7000, which is scheduled to arrive on August 25. The highly anticipated album serves as the follow-up to 2015’s Mr. Wonderful. As part the new album’s rollout, he’s released visuals for The Fat Boys-sampling single “Let Me Breathe” as well as “The Chairman’s Intent.”

F*ck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well is currently available for pre-order here.

Watch the video announcement below.

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Russian Rap Battle Racks Up 15M Views In 3 Days

“War and Peace.” “Crime and Punishment.” Oxxxymiron vs. Slava KPSS.

All triumphs Russian penmanship.

While even America’s most popular rap battlers generally max out at a few million YouTube views (a milestone that can sometimes take years to reach), Russian league Versus is sprinting past its competition — already racking up almost 15 million views on an hour-long video that came out on August 13.

The battle, which went down in St. Petersburg earlier in August, went crazy-viral in Russia, a country famous for its prowess with the written word.

We can’t understand any it, course, but if you’re confident in your Russian-speaking abilities then check out the battle below.

One the competitors, Oxxxymiron, had been undefeated until he came up against his opponent, who took the W after a unanimous decision from the five judges.

As one Russia’s biggest Hip Hop figures, Oxxxymiron’s battle rap showings have always generated huge interest, but nothing on this scale before.

According to a detailed piece by The Calvert Journal, “Even RIA Novosti, one the biggest Russian news agencies, has published four news stories and a large feature on the battle in the last two days.”

 

After his defeat, Oxxxymiron shared an in-depth Instagram post following the battle.

Google Chrome’s translation Oxxxymiron’s Instagram post goes on to explain why he felt he lost the clash, and why there are no hard feelings.

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9-year-old girl covers Zedd's Clarity

breakthrough hit, “Clarity,” remains just as widely acclaimed as his more recent double-platinum release, “Stay,” which recently earned Zedd his second double platinum certification.

The first single his that would go double platinum, “Clarity” carved out its place on the charts, quickly becoming a radio favorite upon its release. A beloved staple Zedd’s musical library, “Clarity” remains one Zedd’s most highly celebrated releases, and as in all things timeless in production, continues to be not just merely relevant, but popular among dance music fans years later.

The song’s classical status is further cemented by its appearance in the quarter finals 2017’s America’s Got Talent. 9-year-old Angelica Hale covered the smash single, her vocals doing the high pitched song justice, soaring to hit the tracks’s defining soprano notes in all the right places. As those who love the song can testify, much the song’s emotional power is engrained in the featured singer, Foxes’, impassioned vocal delivery. Hale’s delivery is commensurately poignant, making for a stunning overall cover.

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9-year-old girl covers Zedd's Clarity
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OVO Sign In Toronto Sets Off New Restaurant Rumors For Drake

Drake might have fallen f Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the first time in eight years this week, but you can’t keep a good Drizzy down, and the Canadian rhymer is already on to the next.

According to CBC News, Drake appears on the verge launching a new endeavor in the heart Toronto’s Financial District.

At the corner Yonge and Wellington Streets, a sign featuring Drake’s OVO owl has popped up outside a spot that previously housed a bar and grill. In addition to the OVO owl, the sign includes a logo that reads “Pick 6 Coming Soon.”

Although all signs point to Pick 6 being a restaurant (or sports bar, given the use the phrase “pick six” in football), there are still few clues on Drake’s latest venture.

Drake is already associated with a nearby restaurant called Fring’s, but this new one seems to be more clearly connected with his growing brand. He joins the list rappers who have ventured into the hospitality biz — T.I., Rick Ross, Ludacris and 2 Chainz are among the artists who currently or previously owned restaurants.

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Jamila Woods Streams "HEAVN" LP & Drops "LSD" Video With Chance The Rapper

Chi-Town R&B/soul singer Jamila Woods has teamed up with fellow Chicago artist Chance The Rapper for the “LSD” video. The song is taken from her debut album, HEAVN, which dropped SoundCloud late last year, but was released on all digital platforms on Tuesday (August 15).

The critically acclaimed 20-track album features contributions from artists like Noname, Saba and course, Lil Chano. Physical copies HEAVN are scheduled to arrive on October 6.

On the visual side, Woods and Chano asked Chicago Public School students to submit a treatment for the “LSD” video. Prosser Career Academy senior Ashley Huicochea won and got to shadow directors Sam Bailey and Vincent Martell during the shoot.

Woods appeared on “Sunday Candy” alongside Chance from Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s 2015 album Surf, and then popped up on Macklemore’s “White Privilege II” in 2016, which was included on Mac’s This Unruly Mess I Made.

Check out the album stream, cover art and tracklist below, and “LSD” above.

Jamila Woods Streams "HEAVN" LP & Drops "LSD" Video With Chance The Rapper

  1. Bubbles
  2. VRY BLK f. Noname
  3. Popsicle (Interlude)
  4. Lonely f. Lorine Chia
  5. HEAVN
  6. Eve (Interlude)
  7. In My Name
  8. Assata’s Daughter (Interlude)
  9. Blk Girl Solider
  10. LSD f. Chance The Rapper
  11. Still (Interlude)
  12. Emerald Street f. Saba
  13. Lately
  14. Always Loving (Interlude)
  15. Breadcrumbs f. Nico Segal
  16. Stellar
  17. Good Morning (Interlude)
  18. Holy
  19. Way Up
  20. Holy (Reprise)

 

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