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Hip Hop Icons Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida Team Up For Summer Amphitheater Tour

Hip Hop Icons Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida Team Up For Summer Amphitheater Tour

Music icons Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida have announced they will be hitting the road together for an epic tour across North America. The Billboard chart-topping hitmakers will join forces to bring a show like no other to outdoor amphitheater stages all summer long. Fans can expect an incredible, non-stop party with each artist delivering hit after hit all night long.

Produced by Live Nation, the 21-city outing will kick off July 23 in Tuscaloosa, AL at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and make stops in Atlanta, Toronto, Detroit, Austin and more before wrapping August 31 in Irvine, CA at FivePoint Amphitheatre.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 15th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 12th at 12pm local time until Thursday, March 14th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida 2019 Tour Dates:

Tue Jul 23 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Wed Jul 24 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Fri Jul 26 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion


Sat Jul 27 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Tue Jul 30 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 31 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Thu Aug 01 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sat Aug 03 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Wed Aug 07 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Thu Aug 08 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Fri Aug 09 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sun Aug 11 Boston, MA The Xfinity Center
Thu Aug 15 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Sat Aug 17 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun Aug 18 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Nelly and TLC only)
Tue Aug 20 Rogers, AR The Walmart AMP
Thu Aug 22 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Fri Aug 23 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Tue Aug 27 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Fri Aug 30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 31 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre


About Nelly:

Nelly is a Diamond Selling, Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and TV/Film actor. Within the United States, Nelly has sold in excess of 22.5 million albums, on a worldwide scale, he has been certified gold and/or platinum in more than 35 countries, estimates bring his total record sales to over 40 Million Sold. Whether it is recording the hottest summer anthem, starring on a top TV show or sharing his passionate opinions as a sports commentator on Fox Sports, Nelly has continually raised the bar for the entertainment industry since stepping on the scene in 2000 with his distinctive vocals and larger-than-life personality. Some of his biggest music hits include: “Hot in Here” – “Dilemma” [feat. Kelly Rowland] “Country Grammar” “Ride Wit Me” “Just a Dream”– “Cruise” reached diamond status, “The Fix” (sampling Marvin Gaye) and “Millionaire” with Cash Cash and Digital Animal Farm. In 2018 Nelly headlines multiple orchestra nights and headlined the first “family audience” in Saudi Arabia. The music Icon being awarded two Diamond Selling titles, one for his Country Grammar album and secondly for his song “Cruise” with Florida Georgia Line- a title only shared by 6 other rap artists. In 2016 Nelly was one of few artists with three television shows (Nellyville, Real Husbands of Hollywood and Undisputed) airing at one time. As an entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor his resume grows exponentially from his highly successful Apple Bottom women’s clothing line, Vokal mens clothing, Pimp Juice energy drink, CEO of his own label, Derrty Ent. and co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats with Michael Jordan.  He has been a spokesman for Cheerios, Underarmour, Nike, Axe, Mike and Ike and many more.


About TLC:

One of the greatest legacies in music history can be summed up by just three letters—TLC.

Those characters merely hint at the talent of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, but they immediately evoke an unparalleled journey nonetheless. That journey encompasses immortal anthems such as “Waterfalls,” “Creep,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty,” to name a few, as well as sales of 70 million records worldwide, four GRAMMY® Awards, two RIAA diamond-certified albums among a total of four multiplatinum albums, ten Top 10 singles, and four Number 1 singles. Meanwhile, the VH1 original filmCrazySexyCool: The TLC Story chronicled their rise and broke records as the highest-rated television film premiere of 2013 and the highest-rated original premiere on the network between consistent touring.

Given the legacy behind this timeless moniker, it’s fitting the undisputed “best-selling American girl-group of all-time” chose the name TLC for their fifth and first album in 15 years. TLC went as hard as ever in the booth. As a result, the music picks up exactly where they left off just sharper, smarter, sassier, and even a little sexier than before. The same inimitable chemistry simultaneously drives all twelve tracks, which shot the album straight to the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 Chart.


About Flo Rida:

Flo Rida is one of today’s most vibrant and recognizable superstars, a true international icon and history-making hip-hop hero.  Since bursting out of the gate a decade ago in 2007 with the RIAA 7x platinum certified hit, “Low (Feat. T-Pain)” – which spent 10 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard “Hot 100” – the Miami-based rapper has unleashed an undeniably amazing string of record-breaking, multi-platinum certified singles, including the worldwide #1 favorite, “Right Round (Feat. Ke$ha)” (5x platinum), “In The Ayer (Feat. will.i.am)” (2x platinum), “Club Can’t Handle Me (Feat. David Guetta),” (3x platinum), “Good Feeling” (4x platinum), “Wild Ones (Feat. Sia)” (2x platinum), “Whistle” (2x platinum), and “I Cry” (2x platinum). In addition, Flo has made myriad guest appearances on such blockbuster tracks as David Guetta’s platinum certified “Where Them Girls At (Feat. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj),” Olly Murs’ platinum certified “Troublemaker (Feat. Flo Rida),” and Taio Cruz’ planetary chart-topper, “Hangover (Feat. Flo Rida).” All told, Flo Rida has sold well over 100 million singles worldwide.

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2019 Lineup Revealed!

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2019 Lineup Revealed!

The official lineup for 2019’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been revealed! Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande will headline the legendary event, which also features Janelle Monae, The 1975, Solange, Kacey Musgraves, Weezer, Kid Cudi, Khalid and Zedd, among scores of other performers.

Coachella will be held over back-to-back weekends April 12-14 and April 19-21 and tickets are sold out. Passes are on sale Friday at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. Visit www.coachella.com for more information!

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Everlast Kicks Off Headlining Tour In Support of ‘Whitey Ford’s House of Pain’

Everlast Kicks Off Headlining Tour In Support of ‘Whitey Ford’s House of Pain’

After playing to a sold-out crowd at this year’s Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival, Multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning artist EVERLAST is set to kick off an American headlining tour on November 7th in Rochester, NY.  The rapper and singer-songwriter is set to bring his trademark raspy flow and razor-sharp lyrical prowess to venues across the United States in support of Everlast’s recently released new album WHITEY FORD’S HOUSE OF PAIN.

WHITEY FORD’S HOUSE OF PAIN was  released via Everlast’s own Martyr-Inc label and is his seventh solo studio effort overall and first studio album of all-new material since 2011’s Songs of the Ungrateful Living (2013’s The Life Acoustic was re-recorded solo guitar versions of previously released songs). The 12-song collection offers an eclectic stylistic sampling from throughout EVERLAST’s nearly-three-decade-long journey. WHITEY FORD’S HOUSE OF PAIN depicts Everlast as a heartland working class hero.

Tour Dates: 
11/07 Rochester, NY – Anthology
11/09 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
11/10 Poughkeepsie NY – The Chance
11/11 Lancaster PA – Chameleon Club
11/13 Newport News, VA – Boathouse Live
11/15 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theatre
11/16 Pittsburgh PA – Foxtail
11/17 Flint, MI – Buick Event Center
11/30 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
12/01 – Austin, TX – Historic Scoot Inn
12/02 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

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YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG: Yungblud Talks Life, Music and Bright Future!

YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG: Yungblud Talks Life, Music and Bright Future!

“It’s what I am, man!”, Yungblud answers when asked where he came up with the title for his debut record, “21st Century Liability”. The young Yorkshire native, born Dominic Harrison, just finished up a rehearsal session for his first ever headlining US tour. Big things have been happening for the artist: brand new album dropped this summer, festival shows a plenty, the aforementioned US tour, and an upcoming European tour next spring. If you’re not familiar, you need to get familiar. Yungblud has an infectious sound that brings in elements of hip hop, ska, punk, modern rock, etc. His smart blend of these genres and songs with an actual message put him a league of his own. They say rock and roll is about being who you are and taking a stance. If that’s the case then Yungblud is, in fact, the new face of rock and roll. Icon Vs. Icon’s Dylan Lyles recently got the chance to sit down with this artist on the rise to talk touring, songwriting, and the overall goal of connecting with as many people as possible.

Hey Dom, thanks for sitting down for a few minutes to chat with us. I first just want to start out by saying congratulations! This past summer you dropped the new album, “21st Century Liability.” You’ve played a plethora of huge crowds on Warped Tour, you’re in the midst of the US tour that already consists of multiple sold out dates, plus in the spring you head back to Europe for another tour. So, to kick this all off, how are you feeling right now?

Oh man it’s crazy! Like, I’m just overwhelmed as fuck! It’s just crazy to me, to have dropped the record and to have such a reaction internationally, it’s mental. I mean, I’m from fucking Doncaster in the north of England where nothing happens. Now in America where I’m about to start my first ever headlining US tour which sold out dates, and a sold-out run in Europe next year. It’s crazy, it’s mental, like … what the fuck?!

It is crazy, but you deserve it. Definitely, congratulations! Now, for our readers who may not be 100% familiar, and of course they will be soon as you’re doing huge things, I want to chat about your early memories in music. What are your first memories of music?

Hell yeah man! I mean to be honest, I am an adult with ADHD so I just had so much energy as a kid. I was so opinionated all the time and always had so much energy as a kid. A lot of people misunderstood me, and a lot of people misunderstood my energy. I think right now, and back then, especially nine years ago it’s getting better now, if you didn’t conform to a certain box people wouldn’t give you the time of day. Do you know what I’m saying? If you didn’t conform to a certain box they just didn’t understand you so they just pass you off as nothing. That just made me feel really frustrated and unaccepted. So, music was the thing I latched onto. I would listen to artists like Eminem, The Arctic Monkeys, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Busta Rhymes. I would hear these outsiders who didn’t really give a fuck. They were just so fundamentally themselves. They expressed that through their music and to me, man, that was so sick! I was like, “If Eminem can be fundamentally, undeniably himself then so can I.” The music was something that made me feel like I could express myself in a way that no one could touch; that no one could tell me was wrong. Ya know? So, it’s pretty fucking special to me. It like infected my brain.

For sure, and when you listen to the album, “21st Century Liability,” it’s not hard to hear that you are completely unafraid to experiment with your own overall sound. That album, as a whole, is a cohesive project that brings in influences of hip hop, rock, ska, punk and so on. Did you go into this album knowing you wanted each song to have kind of a different sound, or is it something that kind of just happened?

Totally man! Like, to me all of those genres that we just named are the same thing. The fundamental, underlying soul of all those genres is freedom and not being afraid to express yourself in a way that you feel is right. Like punk, ska, rock, hip hop, they’re all connected on a level that’s really deep. To be honest man, I just wanted to create a record that makes people go, “Wow, what the fuck is this,” because it reflects my brain. My head moves a million miles an hour. I never want people to be able to put a finger on it, especially in rock and roll now. I’m under this rock and roll bracket because I’m like a kid and I got a guitar in my hand, but the thing is that I feel rock and roll is in a state of stagnation right now. There’re not many artists who are trying to push the boundaries with it. To me, man, it’s been almost condemned to NOT BE proper traditional rock and roll if it’s not just four idiots on stage banging the shit out of instruments. That’s why I think it’s hard to move forward. I just wanted to create a record that shows that rock and roll to me is about what you’re fucking talking about. I just wanted to create a record that accumulates so many different genres of music together. But, what ties it together, what makes it Yungblud, is the message. I think right now, my generation, we are so smart. We are so intelligent, and we actually genuinely give a fuck about the world. We’re not just bratty kids rebelling against the system for rebelling against the system’s sake. That’s a really naïve way of looking at us. We are a generation that knows and understands the future that we want to be a part of. But, it’s almost been held back by a generation who adopts these old ideologies and aren’t quite ready for the world to go to that place yet. I think I needed to write about that because it angered me. I think that’s why things move so quickly because I think people related to it worldwide. It’s amazing to me because I just felt in all my life this is the first time that I’ve been heard. Ya know what I mean? I just feel so connected with my fanbase, I feel so connected with them all. I stay behind after the shows to meet them because they genuinely inspire me to write these tunes. It’s always lyrics that come to me first and it’s exciting ya know?

Yeah, and that’s what I actually was going to get into next after speaking about the overall sound. Every song you’ve put out has been infectious. You’ve found this positive, catchy sound throughout the album that makes it almost impossible to stand still while listening. You’re able to do this without sacrificing the meanings behind the songs. Every song has something to say whether you’re touching on gun violence, the opioid epidemic, consent, and so on. You talked about your overall songwriting process, but what I really wanted to touch on was mental illness. It’s a topic that I hold very near and dear to my heart. It’s a very touchy subject that I feel isn’t addressed enough in a serious manner. A lot of your tracks touch on this subject. Was one of your hopes to give someone who may be struggling with mental illness something to identify with?

I want this album to be an outlet for people who feel like they can’t be themselves, or feel like they can’t say what they think. At the end of the day I wanted this album to say that it’s okay to not be okay. It’s so amazing that mental health is finally being taken seriously. I don’t want to tell people what to think because I don’t have all the answers. You know what I mean? I’m just a 21-year-old young person who is saying what I think; talking about what’s going on in my head. It makes me feel better if I talk about it. I just want to encourage people to say what they think and feel like their voice is important. There’re so many people right now who feel like they’ve not been heard. The amount of times I go and I speak to people after the shows they feel so silent and so afraid to speak because so many people are out to judge them. I want Yungblud to be a fucking safe space for people to be themselves no matter who they are. At my shows, man, it’s got to be fucking positive. I want the song to be hopeful, because it is fucking dark and we’re going to a dark place but once you find that outlet, once you find a community of people who feel exactly the same, it’s better. At my fucking shows everyone can be who or whatever they are. We’re a community of people who, ya know what, might not be right in the head. You might be there because the music connects to you or you might be there just to have a good time, but it’s fucking exciting. I mean it’s amazing the amount of people connecting to it. That’s it man, Yungblud is an outlet for me. I always refer to Yungblud in the third-person because it’s part of my head that understands me. It’s weird man, but writing it down I kinda understood myself.

It’s a connection that you have and it’s a connection that you’ve created with your audience. You’ve given people an outlet to share their feelings and I love that. I think that’s what makes Yungblud itself so fantastic. Now, “21st Century Liability” is a powerful title. Where did the inspiration come from for this?

It’s what I am, man. It’s all my thoughts, my anger, my emotions, what I felt growing up as a 21st century young person. It’s everything I’ve seen and wanted to talk about. I’ve felt like a liability my whole life because people just thought I was nuts because I was very outspoken and very opinionated. I was a kid that mums didn’t like very much. If I went to your house for fucking Sunday dinner I’d tell ya if I didn’t like ya. You know what I mean? That just made me feel like I was a liability and a little bit of a burden on people. But you know what? I wasn’t. People just made me feel like that and, it’s like, at the end of the day, and what I want people to take away from Yungblud is it’s totally okay to be yourself. If people don’t like who you are then they’re just totally not meant to be in your life.

I agree. It’s important to cut out that negativity and just be who you are. Now, switching over to the live show. It’s cliché for an artist to say “my live show is less of a show and more of an experience,” however, with you I feel like it’s 100% true. I had the opportunity to catch you at Warped Tour in Maryland and it was fantastic. Everyone became one big family. With the multiple festival shows this past summer, the fall US tour, and the spring European tour, what would you say your goal is as you hit the stage each and every night?

To leave a part of myself on it. If I ain’t done that, then I’ve done my job wrong. I just fucking love feeling connected to my fanbase. People are like, “How do you tour so much?” I’ve been on tour since January, really. I’ve had a week of here and there but I’ve been running and running and running. I just become so infected by it. Getting on stage, man, I can genuinely be myself. I don’t want people to leave my show and be like, “Yeah man, that was cool wasn’t it? Should we go get dinner? Do something afterwards?” I want people to leave my show and be like, “Fuck me man, I’m exhausted. I need to go to bed, that was the best thing I’ve ever seen.” I miss live performances now. I miss genuine live performances. I grew up watching bands like Oasis, the Arctic Monkeys, like fucking Coldplay. Big acts that when you stood in the audience, even the people standing in the back, you fucking feel it in your belly. It’s like a grenade has gone off in your chest. To me, I feel like live music has lost that a little bit. It’s all become very programmed, and very electronic. It’s just become some dickhead screaming down a mic and throwing water at people. I grew up on Jagger! I grew up on Freddie Mercury! I grew up on Liam Gallagher! I grew up on Eminem! I grew up on Kurt Cobain! I grew up on Madonna! I grew up on Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson! All these fucking icons! Bowie man! They’d all fucking walk on stage and put on a SHOW. Even fucking Coldplay man, their stadium show is fucking insane.

Exactly, and you’ve created this experience that’s almost gone extinct with modern music in 2018. Now, what has the American crowd been like since debuting in the US with “I Love You, Will You Marry Me?” We talked a little bit about Warped Tour, but what has that American crowd been like for you?

Mate, it’s been amazing man! It’s insane to see the connection like everywhere. Going across Warped Tour, the amount of kids, like 3-400 kids across every city losing it. It was just ridiculous. They were just so enthusiastic and excited, and I fucking love it. What’s amazing is that they would talk about like, there’s a mental health epidemic going on in America right now, but my fans aren’t afraid to talk about it with me. I love that, man. I want to create conversation with them. They make me understand shit that I may not necessarily understand. Like, you can’t understand someone’s point of view if it’s told in third-person sometimes. When you speak to someone, and you hear the emotion and feel the emotion in their heart, see it in their eyes, it sways you. It’s amazing, man. I can’t wait to get back out in the US. It’s fucking mad, right? Growing up in Doncaster … America just seemed so far away from me. Like another planet, almost. To be out here, about to tour the whole country on a headlining tour, that’s pretty much sold out. It’s fucking crazy.

I love that constant talk of connection, and I love speaking to you because I can see that you genuinely care. You’re not just there to get your name out there, you genuinely care about having that connection. Now, is there a different mindset you have when playing in America versus playing closer to home?

That’s so funny. Yeah, I think! It’s kind of like, the further away from home I get the more committed I get. I just want my message and my music to reach the four corners of the world. I’m not trying to sound a bit wanky, but I genuinely do. I mean, when I go to Australia I’m like, “Fuck me man, I’m in Australia, I need to take this territory.” I just want to meet as many people as I can. I don’t really give a fuck about record sales, and all that shit. I mean, that’s fine. I just want to play stadiums. I want to have thousands of people there … not just for me, man. It’s not about me. Yungblud ain’t fucking about me. It’s not about that. It’s about a unity and a fucking connection. You nailed it on the head, it’s like a connection to the family that I want to create. I’m not in it for the fucking, whatever like everyone is so focused on plaques and all of that shit right now. I’m not into that. I’m genuinely not. Like, I’m on the road with my best mates delivering a message that I genuinely believe in with all my heart and playing music that I fucking love. And to be providing answers to people who don’t necessarily have them is amazing because that’s the way I used to be. That’s what Eminem did for me. That’s what Alex Turner did for me. That’s what Joe Strummer and The Clash did for me. That’s what Lady Gaga did for me. It’s just insane.

For sure, and I mean you have been touring nonstop since January, we talked about that earlier. You have a lot of hours to kill when you’re not performing. Taking a step back, how do you stay busy when you’re not on stage?

Write. Fucking write. Also, I’m on my social media because the amount of DMs I get from people every day is crazy. I try to respond to as many as I can or at least write lyrics that I can put on my twitter that can connect to people. I always want to be connected to people, that’s the thing for me. I put so many lyrics on my twitter. Rock and roll music does not have a presence online, and that’s why I love hip hop so much. Hip hop artists genuinely give you an insight into their soul and into their life. I think that’s amazing. Yeah, sometimes I may not understand or agree with what they’re saying, but at least they’re saying something. I love being online. At first it’s scary to put yourself online. It’s like, “Fuck me, everyone is gonna judge me.” But it’s just so fun just connecting with thousands and thousands of people. And eventually, hopefully millions, and never failing to put my message out there. To me man, it’s like, if I got an hour to kill I’ll go on Instagram live or something. If I’ve got two hours to kill I’ll start writing lyrics that I can put into a song when I can finally get back into the studio. I want to be able to utilize that in the best way possible. I want to be putting new music out … December this year, January next year. I’m ready, I’ve got another album ready to go! I’m gonna be dropping like a song every month. You know what I mean, man?

I’m very excited to hear that!

I’m so excited! Like, going on Warped Tour and meeting the kids, that first record was about outwardly addressing issues with the world and issues with myself. It was outward. It was leave it alone mate. It was stop calling me a psychopath. It was stop calling me an anarchist. I don’t like just analyzing my mental health so much, but the next songs I’ve been writing have been inward. They’re about what I’ve been feeling on the road and what people have confided and told me. Like, there’s a song called “Mars” I can’t wait to release. It’s about a person that … it fucking chokes me up every time man, every time I say it, it takes my breath away. I was on Warped Tour and this girl came up to me who used to be a boy. She told me that “Kill Somebody” allowed her to put her makeup on and go down to her parents and say, “This is who I am.” That, for me, was just fucking crazy. I had to write this song, and it’s almost like a 21st century version of “Life on Mars” by David Bowie. I can’t wait to release songs like this: about genuine positive connection and telling stories about people I’ve met.

That’s very powerful, and I feel it truly comes back to the overall topic of this interview: connection. Connection to your audience. Connection to the people around you. It’s truly phenomenal. Now, looking back on these past couple of years what can you say stands out as some of your greatest creative milestones?

I love the videos I just put out. I love “Medication” and “Psychotic Kids.” I really wanted to express my visual identity. I wanted people to see the pink socks. I wanted people to see videos that genuinely mean something. It’s not just me under neon lights singing pretty, or throwing dollars on a car with my mates awkwardly standing next to me. I wanted to genuinely create an identity and a character that people can latch onto and go to for help. That I can go to for help, ya know? Also, probably “Polygraph Eyes,” which is one of my favorite songs. It was the first time I told a story about what I’ve seen and the first time I explored an issue so outright that I was totally out of my comfort zone. Because, I’ve seen it but I’ve never genuinely experienced that. I haven’t been sexually assaulted. I’ve just only seen it happen and seen it around me. And I wanted to write something that was from a third-person almost. As well, the other day The Recording Academy tweeted me saying, “We think Yungblud could be the future sound of rock and roll” and that just blew my fucking mind. Like, what the fuck? Hahaha. And finally, just touring and being able to connect to people. I know I sound like a broken record but that’s it man, I just want to connect with as many people as I can. That’s what music is about, right?

Of course, 100%.

It’s become about how many Instagram followers can I have or how much fucking money can I make. It’s not about that for me, man. It’s about connecting to as many people as I can because it’s weird man … we can get lost. And, I don’t want to be lost.

That’s 100% true. You’re a genuine artist, there’s no mistaking that. It’s easy to see that you are a goal oriented individual. You’ll stop at nothing to achieve success, even if that success is that connection. Is there anything at the moment that you have your mind set on doing in the not-so-distant future? A goal that you haven’t quite met just yet?

Yeah man, I’m excited. I’m excited to work on collaborations with artists that you wouldn’t expect. Like there’s some in the pipeline and there’s some recorded that I just can’t wait to release. For me it’s all about embracing culture and embracing things that I wouldn’t normally do or that people wouldn’t expect to work. But, I mean why would I want to do a collaboration with someone who sounds like me? Why would I want to do that? I can’t wait to reveal it and drop these collaborations. That’s gonna be really fun. That’s going to be a milestone for me. For people to go, “Ya know what? I don’t know what the fuck Yungblud’s going to do next.” And that’s the way I want to be for the rest of my career.

It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone, right?

Hell yeah! That’s the fun part!

Well I want to thank you for taking the time out of your hectic, busy schedule to chat with me. The album is fantastic, the tours have been going well, and I know it’s only going to get better from here. I know I caught you in the middle of rehearsal so I’ll let you get back on stage so you can rock it!

Thank you brother! It was sick to talk to you!

For all the latest news and tour dates for Yungblud, visit is official site at www.yungbludofficial.com. Connect with him on social media via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Catch Youngblud on tour on these dates:
10/03 – Denver, CO @ Larimer
10/05 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/06 – San Bernardino, CA @ Cal Jam Fest
10/07 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/09 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
10/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
10/11 – Knoxville, TN @ The Open Chord
10/13 – Houston, TX @ WOMH Upstairs
10/14 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits
10/16 – Kansas, MO @ Record Bar
10/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Live
10/21 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
10/23 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/25 – New York, NY @ Baby’s Alright
10/26 – Washington, DC @ DC9
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

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Lauryn Hill Announces Special Guests For ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour 2018’

Lauryn Hill Announces Special Guests For ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour 2018’

Multiple GRAMMY® Award winner Ms. Lauryn Hill has announced special guests joining the North American leg of her highly-anticipated The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour 2018.  Produced by Live Nation, and kicking off July 5, the outing will feature varied support on each date. The full list of artists performing at various dates of the tour include NAS, M.I.A., Dave Chappelle, Santigold, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Big Boi, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Dave East, Jo Mersa Marley, Talib Kweli, Bambaata Marley, Shabazz Palaces, Patoranking, Tierra Whack, Protoje, Kelela, Victory, Raury, Iman Omari and more. The full routing with support details can be found below.

Ms. Lauryn Hill has also revealed she will be adding a Los Angeles date at the Hollywood Bowl on September 18th featuring comedic powerhouse Dave Chappelle where De La Soul will also lend support.

Citi® is the official presale credit card of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour 2018. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets for the Los Angeles show on Tuesday, June 19th  at 10am local time until Thursday, June 21st at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit https://www.citiprivatepass.com/. Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl show go on sale to the general public starting at 10am local time. Tickets and VIP experiences for all other dates are currently on sale at MsLaurynHill.com.

Ms. Hill uses her platform to raise money and awareness for frontline charity initiatives through touring.  A portion of the ticket sales go towards the MLH Foundation, which directly contributes support for education, health, agriculture, technology, and community based businesses and development initiatives throughout the Diaspora. Your contribution will be put to use through donations made from ticket sales to support community building worldwide. See the full list of charities below.

Exclusive VIP experiences will be available for all tour dates. VIP experiences include a meet and greet with Ms. Hill, complete with photo opp and autograph signing, as well as a package where fans will have an opportunity to watch a portion of the show from on stage. VIP experiences can be purchased as an upgrade when buying tickets. Limited edition specialty merch items, designed by Ms. Hill, will also be available at all

shows and online. For more details on VIP experiences, please visit www.MsHillVIPs.com andwww.MsLaurynHill.com.

Multi-platinum artist Ms. Lauryn Hill rose to prominence with The Fugees and took the world by storm two decades ago as a solo artist with The Miseducation of Ms. Lauryn Hill. Singles including “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Everything Is Everything” catapulted her to superstardom, ultimately lauding her with ten GRAMMY® nominations and five GRAMMY® Award wins.


Thu Jul 05 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater A$AP Rocky, Jo Mersa Marley
Sun Jul 08 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live A$AP Rocky, Jo Mersa Marley
Wed Jul 11 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion M.I.A., Busta Rhymes, Jo Mersa Marley
Fri Jul 13 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing M.I.A., Busta Rhymes, Tierra Whack, Jo Mersa Marley
Sun Jul 15 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater M.I.A., Busta Rhymes,       Jo Mersa Marley
Wed Jul 18 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage Santigold, Busta Rhymes, Dave East,Tierra Whack
Fri Jul 20 Detroit, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Santigold, Busta Rhymes, Dave East, Bambaata Marley
Wed Jul 25 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre Big Boi, Bambaata Marley, Raury
Thu Jul 26 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater Big Boi, Bambaata Marley, Raury
Sun Jul 29 St. Petersburg, FL Al Lang Stadium Big Boi, Dave East, Bambaata Marley
Tue Jul 31 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater Big Boi, De La Soul, Dave East, Bambaata Marley
Thu Aug 02 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place Big Boi, Dave East, Bambaata Marley
Fri Aug 03 Atlanta, GA STATE BANK AMPHITHEATRE AT CHASTAIN PARK Big Boi, De La Soul, Victory
Sun Aug 05 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium Big Boi, Dave East, Victory
Wed Aug 08 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center Nas, Santigold, Victory
Fri Sep 07 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas Nas, Protoje, Iman Omari
Sun Sep 09 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU Kelela, Protoje, Iman Omari
Wed Sep 12 Portland, OR Veterans Memorial Coliseum Nas, Santigold, Iman Omari
Fri Sep 14 Vancouver, BC Deer Lake Park Santigold, De La Soul, Iman Omari
Sat Sep 15 Seattle, WA ShoWare Center Santigold, De La Soul, Shabazz Palaces
Tue Sept 18 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Dave Chappelle, De La Soul
Thu Sep 20 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre SZA, De La Soul, Shabazz Palaces
Sat Sep 22 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre Santigold, Mr. Eazi, Tierra Whack
Mon Sep 24 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater Nas, Talib Kwell, Tierra Whack
Wed Sep 26 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre Santigold, Talib Kwell, Shabazz Palaces
Sat Sep 29 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Patoranking, Shabazz Palaces
Sun Sep 30 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Patoranking, Shabazz Palaces
Wed Oct 03 New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena Nas, Patoranking, Shabazz Palaces
Fri Oct 05 St Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena Nas, Patoranking, Shabazz Palaces


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Post Malone Announces Dates For North American Tour

Post Malone Announces Dates For North American Tour

Multi-platinum artist Post Malone announced his upcoming North American tour with multi-platinum rapper 21 Savage and special guest SOB X RBE. Produced by Live Nation and sponsored by blu, the outing will kick off April 26 in Portland, OR and make stops in 28 cities across North America including Seattle, Nashville, Toronto, Atlanta, Austin, and more. The tour will wrap in San Francisco, CA on June 24.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 23 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card of the Post Malone tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning today, February 20th at 2pm local time until Thursday, February 22nd at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Every pair of online tickets purchased comes with one physical copy of Post Malone’s forthcoming album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. Ticket purchasers will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem their album and will be notified at a later date on when they can expect to receive their CD. (U.S. and Canadian residents only.)

The history-making Dallas, Texas artist, Post Malone, will also release his new single “Psycho” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign] on Friday February 23, 2018 via Republic Records.

Produced by Louis Bell and Post Malone, the song arrives hot on the heels of the record-breaking, triple-platinum, mega-smash hit “rockstar,” featuring tour mate 21 Savage. It’s the next anthem to be unveiled from his forthcoming, second full-length album and what promises to be the biggest musical event of 2018, Beerbongs & Bentleys—out soon.

Post Malone with 21 Savage and special guest SOB x RBE Tour Dates:

Thu, April 26 Portland, OR Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Fri, April 27 Vancouver, BC+ Rogers Arena
Sun, April 29 Seattle, WA ShoWare Center
Tue, May 1 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed, May 2 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri, May 4 Sioux City, IA Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
Tue, May 8 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Wed, May 9 Simpsonville, SC Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Thu, May 10 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Wed, May 16 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Fri, May 18 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Sat, May 19 Baltimore, MD Preakness*
Wed, May 23 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Thu, May 24 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Sat, May 26 Darien, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sun, May 27 Toronto, ON+ RBC Echo Beach
Tue, May 29 Detroit, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sat, June 2 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Tue, June 5 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
Wed, June 6 Indianapolis, IN Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
Sun, June 10 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Thu, June 14 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Fri, June 15 Houston, TX+ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat, June 16 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Tue, June 19 Phoenix, AZ Rawhide Event Center
Thu, June 21 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Fri, June 22 Las Vegas, NV Park Theater at Park MGM
Sun, June 24 San Francisco, CA* Shoreline Amphitheatre

*SOB X RBE not supporting

+ 21 Savage not supporting

Post Malone’s North American tour with 21 Savage and special guest SOB x RBE is sponsored by blu. Designed for smokers, by smokers, blu’s top priority and mission continues to be exceeding the needs of adult smokers with high quality vapor products and e-liquid flavors. To discover blu and experience blu satisfaction, visit www.blu.com/en/US.

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Tech N9ne Announces Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour 2018

Tech N9ne Announces Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour 2018

Tech N9ne is announcing his Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour 2018. Scheduled to run April 17, 2018 through June 23, 2018, Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour 2018 will stop at more than 60 cities and will also feature Krizz Kaliko, Just Juice, Joey Cool and King Iso.

The trek is set to launch April 17 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and conclude June 23 in Denver, Colorado. Other notable dates on the tour include two nights in Seattle (April 27 and 29), a May 10 appearance in Los Angeles, the May 20 stop in Houston and a May 25 performance in Atlanta. For VIP fan club packages, the up-to-date tour itinerary and additional information about the Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour 2018, visit strangevip.com.

Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour 2018 is named after Tech N9ne’s forthcoming Planet album, which is set for a March 2, 2018 release. Mackenzie Nicole, Krizz Kaliko, Darrien Safron and Joey Cool are among the guests on the project, which features such songs as “Tech N9ne (Don’t Nobody Want None),” “Levitation” and “We Won’t Go Quietly.”

With 2018 just underway, Tech N9ne is carrying the momentum he generated in 2017 into the New Year. In 2017, Tech N9ne released two Collabos projects. In April, Dominion arrived in stores. Strange Reign was released in October and inspired the name of Tech N9ne’s Strange Reign Tour 2017, a tour that included stops in the United States and Canada in September and October.

Tech N9ne also joined an exclusive music industry circle in June 2017. That’s when the Kansas City rapper’s “Caribou Lou” single surpassed the 1 million copies sold mark, according to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). It was Tech N9ne’s first platinum plaque, putting him in rarefied air, especially for an independent artist.

Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour 2018 Dates: 


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Everlast, Sick Jacken, and Divine Styler Drop Video for “Day In The Life”

Everlast, Sick Jacken, and Divine Styler Drop Video for “Day In The Life”

Everlast, Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm, Divine Styler from Rhyme Syndicate, the art/hip-hop collective known as WARPORN INDUSTRIES, have just released their new video for “Day In The Life” directed by Chad Marshall. Check it out below!

“The song ‘A Day In The Life’ symbolizes the inner conflicts of brotherhood while on the come up & on the road to higher self. We must go through it, to get to it,” said Divine Styler.

WARPORN INDUSTRIES dropped their debut mixtape “Warporn” online for free via DatPiff online at http://piff.me/ddc271c. The album features tracks with B-Real, Big Daddy Kane, Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks), Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples), and Termanology.

For more information on WARPORN INDUSTRIES please visit: www.WarPornIndustries.com
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ON THE COME UP: Wordsmith On His Artistic Journey, New Album & Bright Future!

ON THE COME UP: Wordsmith On His Artistic Journey, New Album & Bright Future!

It’s not just about hip hop, it’s a movement. Wordsmith, the Baltimore based musician, is here to not only entertain, but educate through a Message of Purpose. He does this in a unique way that allows people from all walks of life to understand and enjoy. Each song provides a message through clean, quality, and marketable music for the masses.

On July 21st, Wordsmith dropped his latest album, “Perspective Jukebox”. It’s a conscious hip hop album that stands out in a world where conscious hip hop continues to be shut out. That being said, this man isn’t just a rapper, he’s an artist and businessman. His label NU Revolution Entertainment is recognized by his alma mater Salisbury University as a certified alumni business. Major accomplishments include being a Top 5 winner in the Great American Song Contest, touring Africa & Israel for Wordsmith’s American Music Abroad Tour, being included in the Five Artist to Watch Presented by JBL, and having featured music at Red Bull’s BC One World Final. Early next year, he will be working with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on a rendition of “Carnival of the Animals”.

Dylan Lyles of Icon Vs Icon had a chance to chat with Wordsmith about all of these accomplishments. They chat modern day hip hop, his charity work, and what he hopes to accomplish moving forward.

To start this off we always like to learn a bit about a musician’s early life. What are your first memories of music?

I like to think my first memories of music are unique because it didn’t take place in the U.S. My dad served in the Army for 27 years so I spent most of my childhood moving every 2 years to different states and overseas. My brother and I were both born in Germany, but the second time we lived there I was around 10 years old. My parents would take me to this store on an American base in Germany called AAFES and they would have a small collection of music. Crazy thing is by the time an artist would release their 2nd or 3rd album Germany was a year or two behind so I would just be getting their first album; TV shows were the same. Another big moment for me was when my parents bought my brother and I a boombox with the tapes Run DMC “Tougher Then Leather” and The Fat Boys are Back. I was a avid tape collector so I still have several tapes from these artists in my collection; they are priceless in my opinion.

What type of music, bands or artists had a impact on your life early on?

Your really taking me back, Dylan. I would have to say A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, EPMD, Redman and Nas really influenced my love of Hip Hop. I was a avid tape collector so I still have several tapes from these artists in my collection; they are priceless in my opinion.

What was the moment like when you decided this is what you wanted to do with your life?

When I graduated college music was actually my back up plan if acting didn’t work out. Majoring in Theater Arts and TV Production between Morgan State and Salisbury University I was invited to audition for Grad school at Penn State University. I told myself if I don’t get into Grad school for acting I would put all my efforts into becoming a professional musician. Well, we see how that turned out and I have no regrets as this was the path I was supposed to take.

How did you get your start in the industry?

I officially got my start in the indusrty by chance to be honest. I was mailing out this demo called “Classic Material” to several websites, Magazines and even labels. This was when blogs were just starting to get big on introducing new talent to the masses via the web. One day a guy named 730 emailed me from this site called Hip Hop Game saying he loved my demo. I remember he wrote an article on me for the site and that led to several opportunities along with some notoriety in the industry though I was just getting started.

You grew up in Baltimore; I grew up in Glen Burnie so I know the area well. How did growing up in Baltimore influence your sound?

I definitely call Baltimore home as I have lived here now well over 15 years. For a kid who didn’t have a regular home growing up I love my city! I can truly say Baltimore influenced me in the most positive way. We are a very blue collar hardworking city with an unfortunate opiate and homeless problem. Subjects like this are covered in my music but moreover it put me in the mind frame to make music for everyday people. Those are the ones who wake up early each morning and bus their tail to provide for their family and be productive members of society.

In a world where mumble rap has all but taken over the mainstream hip hop world, what drives you to continue making conscientious hip hop?

What’s sad, Dylan, is the phrase “Mumble Rap” is actually a term used to describe today’s Hip Hop. Nothing about the word mumble is considered a good thing in society. Last time I checked when someone mumbles you’re telling them to speak up and be clear lol. Being a Father I have seen how mumble rap has taken on a life of its own for our youth and here is some perspective for you. We as Americans pride ourselves on being a super power that sets an example for the rest of the world, so the fact that we promote a form of music where you can’t even understand what people are saying doesn’t represent American culture or any culture for that matter. It’s a slap in the face to the pioneers who paved a way for so many artists. Yes Hip Hop should have commercial aspects for radio airplay, but the focus on making quality records along with storytelling are sorely missing right now. I continue to make my conscious commercial Hip Hop in hopes the tide will change and the industry will get back to supporting artists who will be in the game for the next 10 years instead of two to three. I will continue the good fight by showcasing some good songwriting in the Hip Hop genre. In closing, the consumer shouldn’t be settling for this low quality form of music and demand Hip Hop artists give them more…

No matter the content matter of the song, there is an aura of positivity in your music. What would you say is the overall message you try to put forth throughout each release?

I appreciate that, Dylan. I would say a message of purpose is prevalent in all my work. I just feel you can make enjoyable music for the radio audience and backpackers equally; just have to be creative! I can’t write a song unless there is a purpose in place and that doesn’t always mean preaching to people. I love to party like the next man I just make my party and love songs with good taste so kids and adults can both enjoy it with cringing.

I had the pleasure of hearing your upcoming album “Perspective Jukebox”, which drops on July 21st, and may be out by the time this is up. I must say, it’s such a great cohesive project. How do you feel this release differs from the music you’ve put out before?

Thanks for listening to my project and I have to say the word “Cohesive” is a blessing to hear. What makes ‘Perspective Jukebox’ different then my prior projects is for the first time I chose not to do a concept album in favor of a collection of songs that define the music you would hear out of a jukebox. Today’s brand of Hip Hop; my flavor of course is on their along with records representing the Dance/EDM scene followed by Hip Hop Ballads on the back end. Still, one thing you will notice is each record has a message and theme though they are radio records. You get a perspective on life throughout, but it bumps like a jukebox playing all day at a bar or club!

You recently put out a video for the song “The Statement”. There is an immense amount of symbolism throughout the video. Describe your thought process in both putting together the song and creating the video.

When I wrote the statement my train of thought was to make a powerful commercial record that covered current issues we are dealing with in the US and Overseas. The Freddy Gray protests took place close to where I live so the vivid image of coming back from tour overseas to see the Rite Aid burnt down on my block was shocking. All of this played into how I wanted to deliver the record and make a statement for those who may not be comfortable speaking up. The last thing I wanted to do with this song is make a record that bumps out of your ride, while displaying some great lyricism and a catchy hook; a great example of how we could do Hip Hop and capture the hearts and minds of so many demographics.

We here at Icon Vs. Icon are huge wrestling geeks. NXT/WWE wrestler, Bianca Blair, uses your song “We Do It Better” as part of her entrance theme. How did this come about?

Yes! Great to hear you guys are big on Wrestling. I’ll admit I loved wrestling more during The Attitude Era of Stone Cold, The Rock and Mick Foley, but it’s great to see the WWE expand and provide more opportunities for aspiring wrestlers. To answer your question as an independent artist my main source of income is the music I write for TV, Films and Games. I have several license deals with major companies around the world that pitch my music on a constant basis, so the WWE is one I have worked with in the past with promo ads. This was the first time we came to an agreement on using one of my records as entrance music, so it’s a major victory. I’m hoping to build my relationship with WWE more as I would like to work my way into writing music for several of their wrestlers on a regular basis.

In January you’re teaming with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and students from the Maryland Institute College of Art to perform Camille Saint-Saëns “Carnival of Animals”. For someone who may be unfamiliar, what can we expect from a performance such as this?

This was a great surprise as I was on tour in Israel when I got a message from the VP of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Tonya Robles. We had a prior relationship and always talked about meshing Hip Hop with the Orchestra. What makes this special is they brought me on to create brand new narration for a famous musical composition called “Carnival of the Animals”. BSO could have easily asked me to recite the regular narration, but they gave me the full power to write the script from scratch and turn it into a Hip Hop narrated version. It doesn’t kick off until January and February 2018, but it will for sure change my life as a musician once the shows start. I also like the fact that I am opening the doors for more African Americans in Baltimore to see everything is possible and we have a place in classical music.

Along with the music I know you are involved with an immense amount of charity work. Can you describe a few of the programs you partake in throughout the area?

Definitely; I have spoken about Baltimore’s homeless problem that bothers me on a daily basis, so besides giving away money, clothes and food on my own I’ve teamed up with Project Plase to provide Christmas gifts and clothes for the homeless in the city. I have worked further with the inner city school system and teamed up with Keller Williams Realty to for “Red Day” to bring field day to Baltimore City schools that don’t have the budget to make it happen. It’s important to do your part in this lifetime and help others; no need to be selfish.

Through everything you’ve accomplished, what stands out as your creative milestone?

Last year, I become a Grammy Voting Member thanks to my writing credits through the years in the industry. Every artist doesn’t get this honor so I see it as validation for my career thus far.

As a conscious hip hop artist, what are some of the struggles you face in an industry dominated by, dare I say, “meaningless” music?

The struggle is breaking through to the audiences that want this dumbed down music that makes no sense. I don’t feel people want to think, have knowledge or be educated in this generation. Today’s Hip Hop is like fast food, while I seek to make gourmet meals on wax. What I do know about Hip Hop is the stuff that is gimmicky or a fad never lasts. I watched the No Limit era come and go, I watched the Cash Money era come and go, I watched the Slip-n-Slide era come and go so I just need to stay the course and make timeless music because the industry shifts every few years.

To follow the continuing adventures of Wordsmith, visit his official website at www.wordsmithmusic.com. Connect with Wordsmith via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Twiztid Announces 2017 “Mostasteless” Tour – Performing Their Debut Album in Full Each Night

Twiztid Announces 2017 “Mostasteless” Tour – Performing Their Debut Album in Full Each Night

TWIZTID are about to take you back to where it all began. Everyone’s favorite demented duo are thrilled to announce their upcoming Mostasteless Tour, kicking off in Cleveland, OH on September 8. On this tour, TWIZTID will perform their groundbreaking debut album, Mostasteless, in full each night. The tour will also feature support from special guests Moonshine Bandits, Blaze Ya Dead Homie (who will perform his self-titled EP in full each night), Whitney Peyton and Andrew W Boss.

TWIZTID says: “We’ve been an unstoppable force for 20 years! Now, we’re bringing you back to where it all began… MOSTASTELESS!”

For tickets, VIP and more information, visit www.TwiztidShop.com.

TWIZTID’s Mostasteless Tour Dates:
9/8 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
9/9 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2 – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
9/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
9/12 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
9/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
9/14 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
9/15 – Denver, CO @ The Roxy
9/18 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/19 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
9/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
9/24 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
9/28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
9/29 – Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club
9/30 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
10/1 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/3 – Knoxville, TN @ International
10/5 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
10/6 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
10/7 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
10/8 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
10/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
10/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
10/18 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/20 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Music Hall
10/26 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/27 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
10/30 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater – Fright Fest
10/31 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s – Fright Fest

In other TWIZTID news…
If you rep MNE in the Midwest, don’t miss TWIZTID performing another one of their top albums, Freek Show, in Kokomo, IN on July 15 at Front Row Live (1833 S Plate St.). The show will feature special guest Blaze, and tickets + VIP packs are also available via www.TwiztidShop.com. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Doors open at 6:00pm and the show is all ages.

Shortly afterward on August 26, the MNE family will take over The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT (536 W. 100 S.) for a massive show – “Attack of the Ninjas”. The show will feature performances by TWIZTID (performing yet another massive album – Mirror Mirror – in its entirety), G-Mo Skee, Boondox, Zodiac Mprint, Lex The Hex Master, Young Wicked and Gorilla Voltage. The show will also feature an ultra-rare triple threat set with Twiztid and Blaze performing new, rare and Juggalo classics! Tickets for the main event are just $25 on early bird sale during the month of June, going up to $30 beginning in July and $35 in August. Tickets are $40 day of show and doors open at 5:00pm. The main event is all ages. An official aftershow will also take place, featuring performances by Blaze (performing1 Less G N Da Hoodin its entirety), The R.O.C. and AMB. The aftershow is limited to 425 tickets, so get yours soon. Tickets for this event are $17 in advance, $20 at the doors, which open at 11pm. This is a 21+ show. Tickets and VIP packs are available now via www.TwiztidShop.com.

2018 is already shaping up to be another huge year for TWIZTID. The duo recently announced their biggest venture yet – their very own pop culture convention! The inaugural Astronomicon will take place from February 9-11, 2018 just outside of the duo’s native Detroit at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights in Michigan. The event will feature special appearances by professional wrestling legend Mick Foley, horror icon Sid Haig, Friday the 13th star Kane Hodder and many more surprise guests TBA! One day passes start at just $25. Don’t hesitate to get your tickets soon – this event will most likely sell out quickly! Information on tickets, lodging, VIP options, vendors and more can be located at www.astronomicon.com.


For over two decades, TWIZTID – the cult-phenom brainchild of diabolical duo Jamie Madrox and Monoxide – have infectiously meshed flavors of rap, rock and beyond while fervidly moonlighting as the sonic manifestation of a Hollywood horror flick. TWIZTID‘s most recent full-length album, The Continuous Evilution of Life’s ?’s, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 charts at #28 – marking their 12th overall release to debut on the chart and second Top 30 debut since the launch of their independently owned and operated label, Majik Ninja Entertainment.Pick up your copy of The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’snow via www.TwiztidShop.com, iTunes and everywhere music is sold.

For more information on TWIZTID, please visit:
www.TwiztidShop.com *official webstore*

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