‘ Hodor fled Winter and Westeros on Sunday, July 23, to make his Vegas pool party debut at The Linq Hotel. The 6’10” actor, who plays a gentle giant on the popular HBO series, spun a mix progressive house and 90s rave tunes at his third Vegas appearance. As inflatable dragons bobbed across the pool, Kristian Nairn, the man behind Hodor, showcased his talents behind the decks on a stage adorned with Game Thrones banners and an Iron Throne made neon pool noodles (Noodle Throne?).
The Northern Irish talent introduced his “Rave Thrones” tour in 2014, and continues to bring his popular shows to receptive crowds around the globe.
After being killed f in season six, Nairn has performed at the likes nightclub in Los Angeles, in San Diego. and many more. Later this year, Nairn will bring his Rave Thrones show to in Brooklyn and The Foundry in Philadelphia, apart from numerous other dates listed on his .
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2 Chainz Leads Fans To Believe G.O.O.D. Music’s ‘Cruel Winter’ Album Is On The Way
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.”
Rapper A$AP Rocky is reportedly set to become the latest face apparel brand Under Armor.
The hip-hop star is said to have inked a deal to front the company’s lifestyle division, although the news has yet to be confirmed by bosses at the Baltimore, Maryland-based footwear and clothing company.
It’s not the “Fashion Killa” MC’s first fashion hook-up. A$AP Rocky has previously created two his own capsule collections – Guess Originals X A$AP Rocky, plus a line for Adidas Originals. He was also the face Dior’s 2016 Fall/Winter campaign.
Under Armor ficials are no doubt hoping the rapper’s social media followers – 6.3 million on Instagram and 1.63 million on Twitter – will help to revive the brand’s popularity, after shares in the firm dropped seven percent in the last year, according to a sales report released last week
If the news is confirmed, A$AP Rocky will join fellow brand ambassadors Dwayne Johnson and basketball star Stephen Curry.
Under Armour has slowly become a force to be reckoned with in the sports world and now the brand is apparently looking to delve into the lifestyle section the market. UA has tapped A$AP Rocky to help navigate the direction the new fashion line.
According to Nicekicks, Pretty Flacko signed a non-exclusive multi-year deal that will let the Harlem rapper work with the UAS creative director Tim Coppens and his squad on upcoming designs for apparel and footwear.
The deal has been in the works for a while now, but unfortunately it didn’t come together in time to prevent the monstrosity that was the Steph Curry Orthopedic II’s.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Rocky’s rap career has steered him into the fashion world as he’s already dropped his own denim collection for Guess and was the face Dior’s Fall/Winter campaign in 2016.
Raekwon Rates Bars From Fellow Wu-Tang MCs RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man & ODB
New York, NY – Wu-Tang legend Raekwon stopped by the BET fices to participate in the network’s new series, Rate The Bars, which enlists various rappers to rate random lyrics on a scale from one to five. For the latest episode, the Chef was asked to rank bars from fellow Wu-Tang alums RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and even a few he penned himself.
Naturally, he gives his bars from “John Blaze” a five, but hilariously rates RZA’s lyrics from “The Baddest Man Alive” a two, then deems Ghostface Killah’s “Winter Warz” bars a five as well. ODB’s “Reunited” verse earns a four from The Wild MC and he calls Method Man’s “Rap City Freestyle” a “two-piece.” Throughout the rest the short clip, he rates bars from Vince Staples, his “Purple Brick Road” collaborator G-Eazy, Biggie and Busta Rhymes.
Rae recently stopped by HipHopDX’s Los Angeles fice where he rated his own albums — from 1995’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… to 2017’s The Wild.
While he jokes he’s going to spark some beef with his most recent comments, until something pops f, watch both videos above.
Grieves Unveils Cover Art, Tracklist & Release Date For "Running Wild"
Seattle, WA – It’s been three years since Grieves released his Winter & The Wolves album, which peaked at #57 on the Billboard 200. The Rhymesayers artist has ficially returned with the announcement his new LP, Running Wild.
The Seattle rapper unveiled the cover art and tracklist for the album as well. It includes 16 tracks with guest appearances from Romaro Franceswa and Dyme Def’s Fearce Vill. Lead single “RX” takes a stab a subject ever present in the MC’s life — mental illness.
“This song is about my battle with anxiety and panic attacks,” Grieves said in a press release. “To me it almost sounds like drowning. The verses have this tension and by the time the chorus hits, you feel at peace and underwater. It breaks a lot boundaries for me artistically. It’s big, it’s modern, it’s dark, it’s vulnerable, and it’s real.”
Check out the cover art and tracklist for Grieves’ new album below, and listen to”RX” above. Pre-orders for Running Wild are available here ahead its August 25 release.
1. Postcards 2. Faded 3. Boop Bop Da Willy Willy f. Paris Alexa 4. Chillin’ (Ice Cold) f. Romaro Franceswa 5. What It Dew 6. Gutz 7. Roses f. Fearce Vill & Davey Jones 8. Levees 9. No Sleep f. Paris Alexa 10. Bonnie and Clyde 11. A-Okay 12. Night Shift 13. Cloudless Sky (Interlude) 14. RX 15. 5000 Miles
The era Joyner Lucas has ficially begun. After building a reputation for elite lyricism through tracks like “Backwords” and “Ross Capicchioni,” Lucas finally delivers his debut album 508-507-2209.
The Atlantic Records artist’s first LP features 16 tracks with guest appearances by Mystikal, Snoh Aalegra and Stefflon Don. The album includes the powerful single “I’m Sorry,” which has racked up over 8 million views on YouTube.
“The project is literally a mixture everything,” Lucas told HipHopDX. “Everything is on there. A little bit everything on there. There’s no really outside influences on what it should be. This is all from the mind me and what I wanted to put out. Again, that’s really for the people to listen to and give me feedback. There’s lot storytelling records on here.”
Check out the stream, cover art and tracklist for Joyner Lucas’ 508-507-2209 below.
1. Ultrasound 2. Lovely 3. FYM f. Mystikal 4. Keep It 100 5. Winter Blues 6. Just Like You 7. Just Because 8. Lullaby 9. Way To Go f. Snoh Aalegra 10. Look What You Made Me Do f. Stefflon Don 11. We Gon Be Alright 12. Forever 13. I Need More 14. Literally 15. I’m Sorry 16. One Lonely Night