Vibe's Guide to America's First Sensation!

The weekend has finally arrived and history is about to be made in Brooklyn when the first ever Sensations US event will be held at Barclays Center, Friday and Saturday. VIBE has thee 411 on the ultimate dance party. Here are the Top Five things you need to know about this year's biggest "Sensation:"

#1. History of Sensation— Why Dress in White?

In 2000, the first Sensation took place at the Amsterdam Arena and surprisingly attracted 20,000 clubbers. Because the Stutterheim brothers noticed a huge success from the event, they decided to keep throwing parties only to continue making them bigger and better over time.

Just before the second installment, one of the ID&T co-founders, Miles Stutterheim, passed away in a tragic car accident at the young age of 25. As a way to pay tribute to his brother, Duncan Stutterheim asked attendees to dress in white, just as people did at Miles’ funeral, to celebrate with a party in honor of his life.

#2. It’s all about the Production Value:

ID&T truly delivers an unforgettable experience through multiple production elements to create a euphoric night. There are five stages in the shape of a lotus leaf which contains multicolor LED lights displaying seven different colors to symbolize the seven stages of enlightenment. In order to allow the entire audience to enjoy the artists, the DJ is mounted on a rotating platform on top of the main stage.

In addition to the stages, ID&T helped to develop custom-made water fountains just for the “Innerspace” experience. These fountains stream a thin screen of water down in patterns, shapes and words synchronized with the show and music.

The Barclays center arena will be transformed from ceiling to floor, as dancers will be floating high above the crowd, twisting and turning while controlling fog machines and lasers on their arms. The girls won’t be the only objects hanging from the ceiling, as over 170 LED lit balls will move up and down creating the illusion of a moving ceiling.

#3. White Night:

Sensation has the reputation for being the classiest EDM event in the world. Because of this, guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend, and all white attire is mandatory. “Celebrate Life is about opening ourselves up. It’s about embracing new influences and being inspired by fresh talent from countries around the world.”

#4. DJs Last:

While Sensation’s reputation has grown, the music has evolved and taken on it’s own style. It’s not just about booking the biggest name DJ's, it’s about discovering new and existing artists who will play the most cutting edge sounds of today and tomorrow.

Mr. White, Sensation’s host and warm-up DJ, will be performing both nights alongside Sensation superstar, Fedde Le Grand. Friday’s bill consists of New York’s Dennis Ferrer; and Joris Voorn, and Nic Fanciulli, who have been known to play some of the best back-to-back sets around. Saturday will host the legendary Mark Knight, another New York native, Danny Tenaglia, and techno old-timer, 2000 and One.

#5. News Update:

The Barclays Center has raised the capacity of the venue for the event and there are now a limited number of tickets available! Click here to secure your tickets.

For those who still can’t be there, the show will be streamed live from the Barclays Center on YouTube, with the pre-show starting at 9.30pm EST, before the full Innerspace show begins at 10pm EST.

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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

— 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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