V! Recap: Flying Lotus Burns Down NYC's The Boiler Room

Red Bull Music Academy brought their well-known curation prowness to New York City to throw a broadcast with Boiler Room TV. VIBE was on-hand for the occasion which found graduate Flying Lotus taking a huge bite out of the Big Apple.

For those unfamiliar with Boiler Room TV (http://boilerroom.tv), "the world's leading underground music show" has become the go-to place for voyeuristic audiophiles looking to see amazing music online for free. Through its handful of influential music partnerships — Red Bull Music Academy, Red Stripe Make Sessions, Warehouse Project — we were a part of the lucky few to witness some impressive acts of musical history take place in the Lower East Side section of New York City. Tucked away on 99 Attorney, right underneath the Williamsburg Bridge, a select few gathered to witness performances by some notable legends (?uestlove and Just Blaze), raucous upstarts (Joey Badass and Flatbush Zombies), and the King of the Brainfeeders, Flying Lotus to close out the whole night.

The room was set up to look like something out of the movie "Saw," as there was only one way fans and fiends were able to enter into the event. A table set up for free open bar drinks (which found The XX's own Oliver Sim being stalked by female fans) was on one side and the performance area was on the other side. Artist and everyman would collide creating ceremonious chaos to be streamed to Boiler Room TV fans all over the World Wide Web. Immersed in the thick of it all, we arrived during Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson's deejay set, and watched as his champion sound blared throughout the room. The sea of heads swayed to the beat of ?uest's 1's-and-2's as the 2-1-5 ambassador set the tone for the night. Easily, switching from funky grooves to Robert Glasper to a homage to J. Dilla, the Funky Roots Drummer made all of us forget that that day was even supposed to be a holiday.

Up next to the plate was former Roc-A-Fella producer, and "Combat Jack Radio Show" cohort Just Blaze. Many outside the New York area may not have had the distinction of watching the producer-slash-videogamer at work, but when Just is in motion it is pure frenetic energy presented as true art. With his back to us in attendance, the InternetS got a clear look at how many rap bangers Just Blaze has introduced into the national consciousness since 1999. His 30-minute set found the Paterson, New Jersey native stringing along classic club bangers such as Cam'Ron's "Oh Boy" and State Property's "Roc the Mic" next to their original counterparts. If there was any sample of the night that wasn't more cherished than Creative Source's smooth 1974 cut, "I Just Can't See Myself Without You," it hadn't been played yet. Interestingly enough, Just Blaze didn't cater to just the old fogey's in the room, as he slyly sneaked in RL Grime & Salva's remix of "Mercy" and Flosstradamus' remix of Major Lazer's "Original Don" that made the young heads break out in full swag/swerve/traphouse dance euphoria.


One of our favorite guys, Joey Bada$$, the 17-year-old Brooklyn native who brought that old New York sound back, represented strongly for his Pro Era crew without the aid of backing vocals. His star quality and effortless flow caught the attention of special guests SBTRKT, Kitty Pryde, and MeLo-X — with the latter coming close to the get a up-close and personal feel of all the godlike energy flowing from the "1999" rapper and his crew. An intriguing highlight of the night was that even though most of those within the crew looked like they're not even able to vote during this year's presidential election — they presented a wisdom and presence that beguiles their earthly years. Fellow breakthrough acts such as The Underachievers (who recently signed to FlyLo's Brainfeeder label) and Flatbush Zombies literally kidnapped everyone's attention with a performance that would make the Mash Out Posse (see: here) proud. They even broke into a fight with a willing bystander (whom relished getting into the fracas), right during the first verse of Flatbush Zombies' first song. In a bid of showmanship and a plume, the Brooklyn collective broke out of heading too far into the danger zone by shouting "Peace! Peace!" and then acted as if nothing ever even happened.

With copious amounts of that "good good" in the air, whispers of "trap is back" floating around communal circles, Flying Lotus, the man of the hour took to the stage to continue the celebration of his latest release, and round out the night's festivities. "Until the Quiet Comes" has been hailed as another feather in the cap of this brilliant artist, and with audiophiles still digesting the good cooked food from his Diplo & Friends mix on BBC Radio 1Xtra, a live appearance was eagerly anticipated by all. By the time he took over the turntables, the high-spirited birthday boy was joined by fellow comrade-in-arms Thundercat, and showered with Rick Ross adlibs, praises and sheer eargasms from all those who embraced being trapped in the traphouse with a growing legend. Mixing his "brain-puter" style with thumping bass lines and shrill hi-hats, FlyLo managed to sneak in a few unreleased grooves that had audiophiles shooting off joy boners late into the midnight hour.

But you don't have to take our word for it, you can watch Flying Lotus do his thing in the video clip below:

— Words by: Kevin L. Clark (@DLYDJ)

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Who'd-A-Thunk?: Sir Elton John Is A Huge Fan Of A Tribe Called Quest

Sir Elton John interviewed Q-Tip for his Beats 1 radio show, Rocket Hour, where he raved about A Tribe Called Quest’s influence and impact. In clips of the episode, the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” singer called Q-Tip “a legend,” and thanked him for his service with the Tribe, who he called the “seminal hip-hop band of all-time.”

“If you don’t know A Tribe Called Quest, you’re stupid,” he said. “But if you listen to [‘Electric Relaxation’], you’ll understand why I rave about them.” Sir Elton John was part of ATCQ’s final album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, for the song “Solid Wall Of Sound." The latter interpolates the British musician’s song “Bennie And The Jets.”

“I was so happy to play that,” Sir Elton beamed of the 2016 song. “That’s where we first met you came to London, and we did a track in the studio, and it was such a huge honor for me. I was so excited. I just absolutely love this. This is such a takedown of what’s going on … That is such a great track. The album is a fantastic record. If you’re gonna bow out with a record, you better do something like that.”

Q-Tip was audibly thrilled to hear the compliments from the music legend, stating that John’s thoughts on “Electric Relaxation” being one of his favorite tracks from the year 1993 was a “pinch-me” moment.

“I’m just like still kind of like, ‘Am I dreaming?’ I feel like I’m in a different universe,” he said.

Elton John has been vocal about his appreciation for hip-hop and R&B in the past. Recently, he did a cover of Khalid’s song “Young, Dumb and Broke,” and he has an affinity for the music and style of Young Thug.

Listen to the clips from the show below.

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A big show this week, as @QTipTheAbstract joins me for a special edition of my #RocketHour on @beats1official airing this Thursday! Listen 10am LA / 1pm NY / 6pm UK 🚀

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Emotional Orange Releases Callings Of Love On "Corners Of My Mind"

Mysterious duo Emotional Oranges are taking a reflective route with "Corners Of My Mind," a gentle ode to an old love.

The track which can be found on the duo's SoundCloud page was inspired by their friend who went through a bad breakup. It seems to be the fitting track towards the end of a coming of age romance where the couple goes their separate ways. In an email to VIBE, the faceless group explained how love was the seed that planted the smooth track.

"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

The LA-based pair croons about a painful love life on the soft pop beat. "It was yesterday/You couldn't look me in my eyes, and then/There was nothing more that I could say/I thought what we had was unbreakable/Guess I was wrong/Opened it up, gave you my all/I know it seemed like you weren't enough/Try to forget, peace and reset/But I can't forgive you no more." 

Emotional Oranges have released just a few singles, including the bouncy bop "Motion" and "Personal" that gained fanfare online.

According to the musical pair's Twitter page, fans can expect a new EP, as well as a tour announcement and "cute merch" following "Corners Of My Mind."


it’s going to be an exciting few weeks for the orange gang 🍊! new music, ep + tour announce, cute merch etc can’t wait for you guys to see it all x pic.twitter.com/R6biAHWl26

— Emotional Oranges 🍊 (@emotionalorange) March 19, 2019

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Allow Salma Slims To Provide "Seasoning" With Her Irresistible Flow

Salma Slims has come out the kitchen with some new heat.

The Private Club Records prodigy recently released a new song titled "Seasoning," giving her fans the sauce they've craved and then some.

"My flow change like seasons/this that sauce that seasoning/do the whole rap game breezy," Slims rapped on the record produced by Cam Wallace who has worked with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. The track single is a teaser for what fans can expect for the artist's and model's upcoming project Runway Rapper expected later this year.

Although she's presently an up-and-coming hip-hop artist and a successful model, instead of rapping about the current "hats" she wears, Slims recalled her past life working in retail as a reminder of tough days.

"Double the dose/I  do this s**t for my bros/I do this s**t for the days I was workin' at Lowes/That s**t was pushin' me close," she rhymed as she rode the beat. Slims also had smoke for anyone who could be bitin' her style and how chasing a "bag" is the only thing she needs.

"Might take a hit from the bong/B***h I get lit while I'm gone/Bitin' my style man, n***as is clones/They just can't leave me alone/I'm in the house like Jerome/I'm in the house like Jerome/Might put life in a song/I put my life in a song." 

"One eighty on the dash/Lil' n***a speeding/Big bag only thing I'm needing/I'm bad Mike Jack wanna beat it." 

Keep an eye out for Atlanta's rising rapper, she's the pinch of seasoning the industry needs.


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This that sauce 🍜 that Seasoning 🧂!!!link in bio !! I’m getting so much love on this song from y’all keep streaming. Let’s keep going up we just getting warmed up. #TeamSalma

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