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VIBE'S 5 BOROUGH BEATMEN

Considered to be one of the key starting points of the modern day house scene, New York City is a nightlife Mecca. From the boogie down disco days in the '70s to the contemporary neon glowstick playgrounds, the storied Big Apple always delivers music. Over the years, born and bred New Yorkers have jumped into the DJ circuit and dominated the international music scene. In honor of the Olympic Games, Vibe has put together a list dubbed 5 Borough Beatmen. This first installment features NYC artists that represent the Empire State proudly around the globe. Let's hear it for.....

The Martinez Brothers
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For those of you who party regularly in the Meatpacking District, these boys' faces should be familiar. Aside from their massive Blackberry billboard on 14th, Christian and Steve Martinez have become two of the most well known DJ/producers on the international stage. Playing regularly with names like Loco Dice, Victor Calderone and Guti, these youngins have received a music education money can’t buy. Proudly representing the Bronx, this brotherly tag team’s success story is that of a fairytale. From being first discovered in a dive bar to playing their first major gig with Dennis Ferrer at the legendary Shelter, these two epitomize what it means to be ‘fast risers’.

Danny Tenaglia
Danny Tenaglia
Where to start? This Brooklyn boy is a true legend. For over three decades ‘DT’ has graced DJ booths all over the world spinning his famous marathon sets. From his infamous ‘Be Yourself’ parties at his beloved Vinyl to his current residency at the Cherry Cathedral, Danny has captured the hearts of multiple generations. Still carrying around his massive collection of CDs and vinyls, Mr.Tenaglia truly is the DJ’s DJ. After a rumor of retirement surfaced, Danny squashed the hype at EDC NY and Vegas with performances of an unparalleled magnitude. For those of you seeking a proper music education, Vibe recommends taking a journey with ‘El Maestro’.

Frankie Knuckles
Frankie Knuckles
Considered to be the ‘Godfather of House Music’, Frankie Knuckles was one of the key components in the creation of what we now call house. Alongside fellow pioneers such as Larry Levan, Derrick May and Jamie Principle, Knuckles helped mold and further develop the drum machine based edits he and many other DJs began to play. In his 30+ years of music, Frankie has remixed the likes of Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson and many other major artists. He also has held a number of club residencies, including one at the infamous Soundfactory. If you are looking for house music history, look no more. This Bronx-bred producer’s importance to house music is comparable to that of Run DMC’s to hip-hop.

David Morales
David Morales
Often called the first ‘superstar DJ’, Brooklyn native David Morales has lead a massively successful career dating back to the early 90’s. Under the tutelage of a true DJ legend, Larry Levan, Morales’ story starts at legendary venues like Paradise Garage and The Loft. Later teaming up with fellow New Yorker Frankie Knuckles and his protege Satoshi Tomiie, the skilled trio formed the conglomerate, Def Mix Productions. Considered to be one of the best remixers on earth, Morales has reworked for the likes of U2, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and many other superstars. His highly acclaimed remixes eventually lead to one of music’s most prestigious honors, a Grammy. Currently considered to be one of Ibiza’s most popular fixtures, Morales occasionally makes NYC appearances at the intimate music hub, Cielo. Don’t let us forget to mention that Morales is also an Italian clothing model.

‘Little’ Louie Vega
Louie Vega
One half of the renowned production duo, Masters At Work, Bronx native Louie Vega was destined for a life in music. With his father being a famous jazz saxophonist and his uncle a popular vocalist, it is no surprise that Louie starting mixing records at the young age of 13. Working alongside his cousin Eric Vega, who was one of the city’s biggest promoters and event throwers, ‘Little’ Louie started playing massive block parties in the South Bronx. From that point on his career developed into Vega holding residencies at the infamous Palladium, Studio 54 and Roseland. Aside from his club life success, Vega also has become well known for his studio work with Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez. Under the ‘Masters At Work’ alias, the two remixed for the likes of Madonna, Jamiroquai and Michael Jackson. These days you can find ‘Little’ Louie every Wednesday at Cielo for his weekly residency.

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Bad Bunny is finishing 2018 as one of the biggest breakout stars in Latin music, and he's using his platform to stand up against an important topic. He's bringing awareness to domestic violence in his new music video for "Solo De Mi."

"Solo De Mi," which translates to "Just of Me" in English, was released as a single on Friday (Dec. 14). The video that premiered on YouTube a day later, has since racked up 5.1 million views and is currently trending on the channel at No. 10. The visual piece evokes emotions as most of the reel depicts a young woman nervously singing in front of a microphone with a battered face.

Towards the end of the video, the tempo switches and the broken woman becomes stronger as the camera pans to Bad Bunny and his entourage partying the night away while the Puerto Rican rapper spits bars in Spanish.

The Latin trap artist shared a clip of the video on Instagram with this caption:

"I'm not sure if cockfighting is abuse, but gender violence against women and the absurd amount of women who are murdered a month IS. When are we going to prioritize what really matters ??! We always want to blame everyone but the one at fault. IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION NOW! I know there will be many opinions, but I just tell them that something starts, and everyone does their part as they think they can. WE DO NOT WANT ONE MORE DEATH! Respect the woman, respect the man, respect the neighbor, respect life! LESS VIOLENCE, MORE PERISH! (AND IF SHE WANTS IT, IF IT DOES NOT LET HER SAVE ONLY AND DO NOT KILL IT) 🖤 [LINK IN MY BIO]"

Although the trap-influenced record has yet to debut on the charts, the 24-year-old artist continues to ride high off the success of his current singles, "MIA" and "I Like It," which are currently sitting at No. 2 and No. 42 on the Hot Latin Songs and Hot 100, respectively.

Check out the video above.

 

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no estoy seguro si las peleas de gallo son maltrato, pero la violencia de género en contra de la mujer y la cantidad absurda de mujeres que son asesinadas al mes SÍ LO ES. ¿Cuando vamos a darle prioridad a lo que realmente importa??! Siempre queremos culpar a todos menos al que tiene la culpa. ES HORA DE TOMAR ACCIÓN YA! Sé que habrán muchas opiniones, pero yo solo les digo que por algo se empieza, y cada cual hace su parte como cree que pueda. NO QUEREMOS NI UNA MUERTE MAS! Respeta la mujer, respeta al hombre, respeta al prójimo, respeta la vida! MENOS VIOLENCIA, MAS PERREO! (Y SI ELLA LO QUIERE, SI NO DÉJALA QUE PERREE SOLA Y NO LA JODAS)🖤 [LINK EN MI BIO]

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H.E.R. Brings All-Star Medley To Tiny Desk Set

Grammy-nominated singer H.E.R. appeared on NPR's "Tiny Desk" set on Dec. 12, to deliver a 4-piece-medley from her last four projects.

Tucked neatly behind her dark sunglasses, the songstress began her set strapped to a mustard yellow guitar with a host of back-up musicians accompanying the 21-year-old on her first solo journey with "Tiny Desk." She previously appeared on the performance series in June 2018 alongside collaborator Daniel Caesar to bring their single "Best Part" to life.

The singer began with "Going (Interlude)," a low-tempo song ushering a heavy-hearted feel into the 18-minute-performance. Keeping with the melancholy vibes planted by the first single, Gabriella Wilson – best known by her three-letter-moniker –  delivered a stunning rendition of "Feel A Way." With two-final transitions, the singer-songwriter concluded her act with "Focus," a throw back from the 2017 EP that gained her worldwide recognition, H.E.R. Volume 1.

Switching from strings to keys, Wilson sat peacefully before a keyboard playing the melody she crafted for the crowd favorite. Chaperoning the performance to a close, Wilson and her background singers played a vocal game of tag as the band jazzed up the slow beats until the set officially wrapped.

Watch as H.E.R. rocks the "Tiny Desk" set in the video above.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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