Pit Bull Joins Forces with Fifth Harmony to Drop “Por Favor”

 Courtesy of Rap-Up.

Courtesy of Rap-Up.

Mr. 305 and the gorgeous ladies of Fifth Harmony performed their new collaboration “Por Favor” at the Latin American Music Award’s last night. Promptly, they released the single on all platforms. 

“Por Favor” which translates to “Please” has a sexy, sassy, and confident vibe with the song’s unofficial female frontrunner Lauren Jauregui teasing Pitbull “Whatever you want if you just say please/ I’ll do it all if you just say please.” This isn't Fifth Harmony's first take at Spanish songs as they have previously release Spanish songs of their own and collaborated with Latin artists such as Maluma and Juan Gabriel.

The song seems destined to be a Spanish banger with its sensual musical vibe combined with the hotness of Fifth Harmony and the confidence of Mr. 305. Listen to the full track below!

IDK's IWasVeryBad is Definitely MoreThanVeryGood

BY BRENNAN PLUMMER

idkcover2.jpg

Just in case you missed it, last week PG County's IDK dropped one of the hottest projects of the year, with his first studio album, IWasVeryBad, through the perpetually perspicacious Adult Swim, available on Adult Swim, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.

Most now know his story, but for new fans, IDK, short for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge, was born Jason Mills and released three mixtapes under the moniker, Jay IDK, before changing it this past summer. These projects garnered attention beyond the DMV - drawing comparisons to early Kendrick Lamar, finding him opening for Isaiah Rashad on this year's The Lil Sunny Tour. Recently, the artist formed a partnership with Adult Swim (and shortly thereafter, he tore it up back home in D.C. at the All Things Go Fall Classic, happening earlier this month). He is active in the community, frequently responding on social media, repping and following other local artists, and even posting a phone number on his website, that might result in a response from the rising star himself.

IWasVeryBad is the next step in the evolution of the Maryland rapper. The album has no filler or downtime in it's 35-minute runtime, briskly running through tight production from Kal Banx, BLWYRMIND, Thelonious Martin, and familiar others. IDK enlists a slew of quality features, from Chief Keef, on dark banger, "17 Wit a 38," to Mother Marygold, as well as Swizz Beatz in a rare exhibition flexing his bars. Pizza Shop sees him bring in DC's Yung Gleesh and hip-hop icons MF DOOM and Del the Funky Homosapien, in a previously unthinkable group of talent. IDK delivers vivid narratives, as well as insight on his relationship with his mom and his experience growing up in Maryland as a suburban kid seduced into the false glory of a criminal life. Throughout the project, he deftly balances the line between a blistering display of lyrical ability and catchy, commercial viability that will definitely attract more ears.

IDK paints pictures in his songs, and sees himself as a visual storyteller, with a future in film. He considers the album a soundtrack LP, and by partnering with Adult Swim was able to pursue his vision to help design videos to accompany every track. Check out the first part story for, "Pizza Shop," directed by IDK and Jamie Sanchez, portraying a tense heist by IDK and Yung Gleesh. Keep an eye out for part 2, as well as videos for the rest of the album.

IDK didn't rest at formally releasing music, and continued to insist that the world stop sleeping on him, hitting up Funk Flex's show on HOT 97, repping the DMV in a Nationals hat, and proceeding to lay down an absolutely vicious freestyle over the classic Notorious B.I.G. - Who Shot Ya? beat that might just convince Frank Ocean to get a twitter. For sure check out this album!

LOCAL MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: SNAIL MAIL

BY BRENNAN PLUMMER

snailmailtinydesk.jpg

Lindsey Jordan has had a whirlwind couple of years. The Ellicott City native founded Snail Mail at age 15 in 2015 and after their inaugural gig with punk bands at a Maryland festival, DC group Priests saw the undeniable talent and took them under their wing, offering to release the band's first album on cassette through their label Sister Polygon Records. Habit EP dropped July 16th 2016, having since been reissued on vinyl, and caught the eye of the industry with music blogs buzzing about the project and "Thinning" being named best new track by Pitchfork. Following tours with Priests, Waxahatchee, and Girlpool, along with an attention-grabbing set at SXSW 17, Snail Mail became one of the hottest unsigned bands in the business.

The swelling fervor culminated this past week when Lindsey announced they had signed with premier independent label, Matador Records, coinciding with NPR posting their performance for the critically acclaimed Tiny Desk Concert series. Snail Mail will continue to build their live presence at increasingly large venues this Fall, going on tour with Beach Fossil in October including a show at the 9:30 Club October 24th. Amidst all this excitement she also managed to graduate from high school this year.

Keep an eye on Lindsey Jordan and Snail Mail - with a debut studio album due out next year, and a slew of festival performances sure to be on the way, the sky is hardly the limit for this local band. Watch the Tiny Desk Concert below:

 

 

Mura Masa Announces North American Tour This Fall

BY: JACQUELINE REED

Up and coming DJ Mura Masa announced his fall tour in North America on Tuesday. After major collaborations with Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, NAO, and more recently Desiigner, his showmanship is something worth experiencing live. Likewise, his music stacks up with eclectic production work and unusually distinct beats. 

Mura Masa will be stopping by the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, October 11.

For full tour information, go to http://www.muramasa.me/tour/.

 GIF By (Mura Masa/Facebook).

GIF By (Mura Masa/Facebook).

Zedd & Alessia Cara's Hit "Stay" Peaks, Hitting Platinum

By: DOMINIC SALACKI

Alessia Cara and Zedd's radio chart topper ‘Stay' has officially reached platinum honors in the US. Congratulations to the duo.

"That being said both artists are no stranger to the honor. Alessia Cara went triple platinum for her ultra hit ‘Here' and Zedd achieved the honor with ‘Clarity' along a few other tracks as well."

Listen to their now platinum certified hit ‘Stay' below.

The Chainsmokers Receive Their First Diamond Record In Canada

By: DOMINIC SALACKI

The Chainsmokers don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The group is one of the top EDM artists out right now and recently they've achieved an amazing feat. 

“'Closer' has become one of the most popular pop records in recent music history in Canada by achieving 9x platinum certification and now has received the honors of the Diamond certification. With more than 1 billion views on YouTube alone, The Chainsmokers continue to dominate the airwaves around the world."

Could "Closer" possibly go Double Diamond?

Announcement on Ariana Grande's Manchester Benefit Concert

Following the Manchester terrorist attack last week at the Ariana Grande concert, the pop singer promised to organize a benefit concert to raise money for victims. Information has just been released on this upcoming concert.

"'One Love Manchester' will take place on June 4 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. Coldplay, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan and Take That will also take the stage."

"According to a press release, all proceeds from the show will go towards the 'We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,' in partnership with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council."

Free Download: Lox Chatterbox

By: DOMINIC SALACKI

“There's too many DJs these days,” or at least Lox Chatterbox seems to think so. The artist proclaims this on the new track, "Ayo DJ," a major shout out to many of the most prominent names in the business.

"Catchy and 'punny' to boot, Chatterbox delivers a lyrical roll call while Starfish the Astronaut drops the beat. What starts as a fun listen turns into an urge to hear all of the hidden Easter eggs."

"Ayo DJ" is available for free download here

Listen to Noah Cyrus' Newest Single, "I'm Stuck"

Noah Cyrus, known by fans as NC-17, is making it big in the pop music business. After her success with debut single, "Make Me (Cry)" featuring Labrinth, her latest songs are making her music portfolio greater than ever.

With her recent single "I'm Stuck", along with sister Miley Cyrus' "Malibu," this may be the year of the Cyrus family. Take a listen to "I'm Stuck" with its hypnotic video accompanying the indie pop flow.

For updates on NC-17, check out her Twitter.

Jazz In The Garden Returns this Summer!

By: Dominic Salacki

Get ready for some jazz in the garden for the summer season, rather a free concert series that highlights local and national musicians, located at one of Washington D.C.'s most renowned museums.

"The National Gallery of Art’s weekly summer concert series, Jazz in the Garden, returns on Friday and runs every Friday until August 25 in the museum’s Sculpture Garden. These free concerts will spotlight local and national musicians; this week’s performance features NYC-based Brazilian bluegrass band Matuto."

Performances:

  • May 19 Matuto (Brazilian Bluegrass)
  • May 26 United States Coast Guard Dixieland Band (Dixieland Jazz)
  • June 2 Leigh Pilzer (saxophone)
  • June 9 Dan Bárta & Robert Balzar Trio (Czech Jazz)
  • June 16 Michael Thomas Quintet (Collaboration with DC Jazz Festival)
  • June 23 Juanita Williams (Blues singer)
  • June 30 Victor Provost (Steel Pan Caribbean Jazz)
  • July 7 Speakers of the House (Rock Fusion)
  • July 14 Onyx Club Boys (Gypsy Swing)
  • July 21 Elijah Jamal Balbed (Jazz Go-Go Fusion)
  • July 28 3Divas (Instrumental Jazz)
  • August 4 Incendio (World Guitar)
  • August 11 Zili (World Soul)
  • August 18 Davina and the Vagabonds (Jazz, Blues)
  • August 25 Black Masala (Eclectic)

Jazz in the Garden
Every Friday (starting May 19th)
5 to 8:30 p.m.
National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden
Between 7th and 9th Streets NW, along Constitution Avenue

Willy Joy Remixes Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You"

By: Dominic Salacki

Just in time for summer, you can get your free download of Willy Joy's remix of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You."

“This remix is all vibes. Instead of just trying to make it bang harder, I tried to amplify the feeling of the lyrics. I wanted to take the wistful, sensual vibes from the original and crank them up to epic proportions for the big stages. I may not be the first person to remix this song, but I think this version will be the last one you ever need”
-Willy Joy

Welcome to Funk Parade 2017!

By: Dominic Salacki

Welcome to Funk Parade, a one-of-a-kind fair, parade and music festival in Washington D.C.'s U Street neighborhood to commence on Saturday May 6th, 2017, with the day fair going from noon to 7 p.m., the parade occurring from 3-4 p.m. and the music festival rocking from 7-10 p.m.

"Funk Parade celebrates DC's vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. In 2014, over 25,000 Washingtonians participated in the first-ever DC Funk Parade. In 2016, more than 70,000 from all corners of the District came together for the second Funk Parade. This year we expect 75,000+."

download (7).jpeg

A lot goes into a festival like Funk Parade so any help is help worth celebrating. If you would like to donate to Funk Parade, please click here! They have made 88% of their goal so far.

Funk Parade Facebook
Funk Parade Twitter
Funk Parade Instagram

(Free Download) Crystalize Releases New Track!

Listen to and get your free download of ‘‘Bout Time” by Crystalize here and now!

“I always strive to push boundaries with any style I do. But with ‘Bout Time, my goal was to make unique trap/hybrid banger that would make you feel something in the breaks and make you go hard in the drops. It's ‘Bout Time to make this #CrystalizeTakeover movement happen." -Crystalize

Lostboycrow Debuts New Video

By: Dominic Salacki

L.A. pop and R&B-inspired artist Lostboycrow has released a new music video, directed by Sam Miller, for their single entitled “Real Name," part of their EP called "Legends."

"This song is my anthem and the video is my invitation to the world," explains Lostboycrow. "'Real Name' is the moment of realization that our passions are not coincidence, and a most sacred pursuit to watch them all take shape.”

Watch the video below!