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Solange Denounces Racists Before Deleting Twitter Account

Solange is seemingly weary the ways the world. In the wake the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the “Cranes In The Sky” singer has deleted her Twitter account.

Solo’s final tweet addressed the arrest Takiyah Thompson, who was placed in police custody on Tuesday (August 15) in connection with the removal a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina.

“Deleting my twitter soon, but before I dip when we gonna pull up ? & what we got to do to get my new hero Takiyah Thompson free?,” she wrote.

Solange later expressed her frustration with the “deep dark rooted ugliness” present in the United States her Instagram account, which is still active as  Wednesday (August 16).

“been trying to study myself been trying to practice self preservation during this time and not give racist ugly ass fuck bois who reek citronella my energy so that I can preserve my spirit to perform this album,” she wrote. “fuck white supremacist fuck nazis fuck your stale ass bland ass monuments fuck asking folks to be graceful.”

Check out both posts above.

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New study suggests that only 34.7% of MDMA sold in the USA is pure – Dancing Astronaut

It’s a well known fact that with the rise festival season,  sales also increase exponentially, as festival attendees turn to their favorite party drug to enhance their festival experience.

However, these little pills happiness might not contain the purported party drug. A by American Addiction Centers suggests that only 34.7% MDMA pills are pure, supplementing that suggested only 60% pills contained any MDMA at all.

The study further goes on to reveal that 1 in 12 pills contains ‘speed’ as its major constituent, and that the purity Ecstasy pills has been steadily declining over the past few years. In fact, 1 in every six pills MDMA contains an unidentifiable constituent. So given the purity (or lack ) MDMA pills in current circulation, it’s unsurprising that there has been an eight-fold increase in psychostimulant-related deaths since 1999.

The truth is people have no way to tell what they are taking just by looking at it. New chemical components are being laced with these drugs every year, and the results can be fatal.


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Laughing gas sales are on a 400% rise in the Netherlands

A recent study carried out by the BBC determined that laughing gas’ sales are skyrocketing in the Netherlands at a 400% increased rate. This increase first began when the government changed the law so it was no longer classified as a medicine — allowing companies to sell canister the gas online and over the counter.

The country has developed a tolerance policy to the sale st drugs in designated spaces – so while it’s still considered a criminal fense, their use isn’t prosecuted.

When asked for a comment by BBC, Blokker, a chain stores that sell the gas, said the store “had taken measures including making it available only on request and limiting the number packages it sold to each customer.” Such sales as Blokker’s align with the country’s liberal attitude to recreational drugs. BBC went so far as to describe the Dutch philosophy st drugs as to “inform and educate rather than legislate.”

The nation’s substantial sale increase has been confirmed wholesalers in the country, who have pinpointed the rise on online companies, raising concerns about the lesser known risks the popular dance music associated high moving forward.

Featured image courtesy BBC.




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New Study Determines The Rappers With The Most Endorsements & Investments

Over the last few years, numerous research projects centered around Hip Hop artists and their lyrics were released.

There have been studies to determine the most mentioned fashion brands in rap songs, the most mentioned car brands in rap songs, the educational level rap songs, the most prane musicians, and which emcees have the largest vocabularies.

Instead looking at lyrical content, a new study conducted by CelebrityEndorsers.com examines Hip Hop acts’ financial moves.

CelebrityEndorsers claims to have tracked the lifetime endorsements and investments – including those done through social media – in order to create an information graph showing the rappers with the most business connections.

According to the website’s analysis, veterans such as Nas, The Game, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, T.I., and 50 Cent are among the most endorsed rap stars.

Nicki Minaj is the lone woman on the chart with T-Pain representing the rapper/singer demographic.

Atlanta’s Migos and Lil Yachty make the list as well.

Check out the infographic below.

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A$AP Ferg Declares Kendrick Lamar The Hottest Rapper Right Now (VIDEO)

 Hip Hop has been having a hot summer 17.

Albums by Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, DJ Khaled, and 21 Savage control the five highest spots on this week’s Billboard 200 album chart.

The Top 20 the Hot 100 features singles by Khaled, French, Kendrick, Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Lil Uzi Vert, and Future.

Then there are newcomers like Playboi Carti, Cardi B, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, and YFN Lucci with tracks that are keeping parties lit.

With all the heat rising from the culture at the moment, which performer is seen as being at the head the class?

According to A$AP Ferg, the answer is clear.

“Kendrick is the hottest,” stated Ferg. “If you think about how complex his musicality was] on his last album To Pimp A Butterfly – this DAMN] album is more contemporary. He’s working with today’s sounds.”

The Harlemite also discussed his appreciation for Lamar paying attention to his art and not what happens outside the creative process.

In addition, Ferg talked about following the moves K. Dot as well as Hip Hop icon Jay-Z.

“I see those same things in Jay. These type artists that reach these pinnacles success, they all have the same traits,” said the A$AP Mob member. “I study a lot people, everybody who’s great. They just have that militant aura and they take themselves very serious.”

He continued, “I feel like you should take your art real serious. I think a lot people play with it. I’m trying to preserve the culture and push it forward.”

A$AP Ferg’s current discography includes the studio albums Trap Lord and Always Strive and Prosper.

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First ever ketamine trials labelled "big step forward" – Dancing Astronaut

Researchers in Australia have completed the first ever trial for treating patients with depression using the drug ketamine, and the early results are positive. A team scientists from University New South Wales (UNSW) and the Black Dog Institute conducted the trial which tested different doses ketamine amongst 16 patients aged 60 or older. What makes this study so interesting isn’t just the drug in question but the fact that the 16 subjects in the study all had what was considered treatment-resistant depression.

Lead author and UNSW pressor Colleen Loo spoke about the new studies preliminary findings stating:

These trials have come to fruition following a paper that was written by Dr. Rupert McShane and was published in the , and highlighted the possible benefits using ketamine to treat depression.


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Gramatik returns to Red Rocks with Tesla-inspired RE:COIL

On Saturday, June 17,  Records founder and electro-funk extraordinaire , once again headlined his own show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. The event marked the third year in a row that the artist, real name Denis Jašarević, has headlined the venue, and the second time his stage has been themed after one his favorite historical figures, Nikola Tesla.

Anze Koron, a stage and content designer for Gramatik, says, “2017 marks the 100th year since Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower was torn down by corporations who opposed Tesla’s idea to give free energy to the world.” Thus, the show this year was “RE:COIL” – a play on his previous Tesla Coil stage design, “The Coil,” and, according to Koron, the name was also a political comment on the presidency that started this year.

Gramatik returns to Red Rocks with Tesla-inspired RE:COIL

The stage itself took up the entire available space at Red Rocks, resulting in a 30-foot-tall Tesla coil built out LED screens as the center piece, with other subsidiary lights surrounding it. As was Tesla’s goal with the Wardenclyffe Tower, Gramatik sent wave after wave powerful energy ripping through the air, electrifying everyone in the crowd for close to three hours – and that’s not including the supporting acts , and .

The stage stood as a testament to Gramatik’s stance in life and on politics – specifically the corruption in our country from big corporations. Net neutrality, scientific advancement for the well-being everyone, not just the rich, and the current state politics in the United States were all themes that Denis and his team wove into and throughout the performance. Gramatik spent some time literally weaving those themes into the night as well – such as the sign he held up that simply stated in large block letters, “Science is Cool.”

Gramatik returns to Red Rocks with Tesla-inspired RE:COIL

One the major highlights the night, aside from the incredible stage production and the fact that it was Gramatik playing, was Gramatik’s keyboard player, , a prodigy-level player who melted just about every face and most the keys on his keyboard as well.

Anomalie has been playing and studying classical and jazz piano since the age four, and only recently began touring with Gramatik. In 2015, Gramatik reached out to the aspiring young musician when he ran across a video Anomalie playing piano over the track “Chillaxin By The Sea,” and the two started talking regularly.

“I sent him a track I was working on,” said Anomalie, “and he asked if I wanted to release it on Lowtemp – that was my single ‘Odyssée,’ released in April 2016.” This was the single that put Anomalie on the radar for a quickly growing number Lowtemp listeners and beyond. “Odyssée” was featured last year in the .

Gramatik returns to Red Rocks with Tesla-inspired RE:COIL

Anomalie said he started playing with Gramatik in August 2016, and has also been working hard on his own music. In fact, Gramatik took some time during the show to play two Anomalie’s brand new tracks, “Velours” and “Le Bleury,” f his recently released debut EP, “Métropole.” Groovy, jazzy, and interesting on many levels; it was obvious during those tracks (if it hadn’t been obvious already due to his downright magical keyboard skills, as seen in ) that Gramatik made the right decision by signing him.

With another spectacular year on the Rocks in the bag, Gramatik continues to tour and release music on a tight schedule. Last Friday, July 21, he released a new heavy-yet-funky dubstep single with Galactic Marvl, “.”

Gramatik returns to Red Rocks with Tesla-inspired RE:COIL

Photos by Badastronaut Photography

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Will Smith Talks The Impact Of Social Media On The Lack Of New Movie Superstars

Will Smith was essentially “Mr. Box Office” for a multi-year stretch in the 1990’s.

From 1995 to 1999, the rapper-turned-actor starred in the blockbusters Bad Boys, Independence DayMen in Black, Enemy the State, and Wild Wild West.

Smith’s career also features starring roles in several other commercially successful movies which helped him become a global superstar with a lifetime gross over $3.2 billion.

Up next for the show biz veteran is leading the Netflix original film Bright.

Vulture captured quotes from Smith while he took part in a Comic-Con panel covering the upcoming action thriller.

Smith spoke about the effects social media on modern Hollywood’s difficulty creating A-list superstars like in the past.

“There was a certain amount privacy and distance that you had from the audience, and ‘only on July Fourth’ did you have access,” he expressed, referring to the tradition big summer flicks being released during July 4th weekend. “That limited] amount access gave you a bigger-than-life kind thing, but this shift into this new world is almost like a friendship with the fans.”

The 2-time Academy Award nominee continued, “The relationship is less like the time that you could make Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise into these gigantic figures. You can’t create that anymore. The shift is to, ‘We’re best friends.’”

Bright also represents a vital shift taking place in the industry.

The reported $100 million production will premiere as a streaming exclusive on Netflix.

Using his own children as an example, Smith discussed Millennials’ tendency to embrace both theater releases and digital content.

“It’s a great study to see how they still go to the movies on Friday and Saturday night, and they watch Netflix all week. It’s two completely different experiences,” said Smith.

Besides Bright, Netflix has produced the films Beasts No Nation, Burning Sands, Imperial Dreams, and more.

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Looks can be deceiving: only 60% of 'Molly' capsules actually contain MDMA – Dancing Astronaut

One should always expect a certain degree risk if choosing to purchase and consume street drugs. A new study by the Journal Pychopharmacology has found that when it comes to the ever-popular substance “Molly (),” that risk is considerably larger than what many its consumers think.

Of 529 caps sampled within the study taken from the non-prit organization DanceSafe, only 60% contained any sort MDMA at all. In other words, if this ratio applies to all Molly sales across the US, those buying doses the drug for a fun weekend out are taking a high-risk gamble – one in which the odds that what they’re buying is different than what they think it is are at nearly 50%. 13 the samples contained methamphetamine, while 3 contained the deadly drug PMA, which recently became publicized for causing multiple medical issues in the UK when being sold under the guise MDMA.

Perhaps the most shocking part the study is that after surveying those buying such drugs, a whopping 26% said they would still ingest what they paid form even after discovering there was no trace MDMA in the pill, especially considering most prefer ‘Molly’ over pressed ecstasy pills due to it being advertised as a purer, powder form the drug. It seems a segment the population really likes to live their life on the edge. For those who prefer to be safe and healthy, these findings highlight the importance testing substances before taking them, and ensuring they’re purchasing substances from as trustworthy a source as they can.


Looks can be deceiving: only 60%  'Molly' capsules actually contain MDMA - Dancing Astronaut
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