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Felix da Housecat Talks Genre-Bending, Diddy and His First Release in Four Years

“We were the first in 2004 to do it it, and it was so natural, it was like ‘whoa, this shit is crazy’.” With the 'Sinner Winner' EP just around the corner (dropping March 18th), his first original material in nearly four years, enduring house legend Felix da Housecat confirms he’s an experienced pro at working with rappers (not to mention, a regular reader of VIBE since he grabbed the very first issue from newsstands).

“I was one of the first Black cats to be doing it crossover,” the Chi-Town born Felix Stallings Jr tells VIBE. “And you know what’s so funny, I think it was Puffy who brought my sounds to the Black folks,” Felix laughs, who had already achieved massive success in the clubs of Europe before pairing with Diddy. “Knowing him over the years, I looked to him as my big brother, and whenever I would be at his house or in his studio, he would tell every hip-hop or R&B artist, ‘you don’t know who Felix Da Housecat is? Yo, you need to get with’. So he pretty much had my back with my Black folks.”

Felix points to Chuck D and Gucci Mane as the two rappers he’d most like to work with (with Chemical Brothers having already beaten him to the punch with a Q-Tip collaboration). The Cat's EP will serve as a precursor to a whole new studio album later this year. Like fellow EDM legend Tommie Sunshine, Felix has been involved in club culture since the early days of Chicago house in the late '80s. Drawn to London with his first big break in ’93, he still calls the city home to this day while making frequent returns to the US for gigs and studio work.

Felix claims 'Sinner Winner' was recorded in in his studio in Atlanta, and it was upon the airing in a US club that finally convinced him to put the banger out. “At the time people said to me, you need to put that out, but I was sure they wouldn’t get it because there’s just too much cheese out there,” referring to the pop-dance phenomenon that’s swept the nation.

“They said, you’re crazy, you got to put that shit out, because that’s your sound, it’s fresh and original. While everybody else is making the same shit, you need to revisit that.” Felix heeded their advice, and after extensive roadtesting in clubs across Europe to massive responses, he brought it back home again. “I played it in LA, and the crowd lost it, and I said you know what, I’m finally ready to put this record out.”

Felix insists you won’t see him signing up for the glossy, big money side of EDM. “I don’t want to be booked it it’s to sell bottles,” he says. Another harsh lesson his hometown fellow jockey Sunshine has fallen victim to. “I’d rather play for a crowd of 200 people who are just sweating and crying tears of happiness, than a room of 2,000 who just don’t get it and the room is not moving and they’re too busy enjoying their shiny suits and how many bottles they are going to impress girls in short skirts. I’ve always been real with that.”

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Is No Longer The Number One Song In America

Lil Nas X's bonafide smash "Old Town Road" has been dethroned from its unprecedented 19-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

According to the publication, rising alt-pop star Billie Eilish now has the No. 1 song in the country with her track "Bad Guy." The song has been sitting at No. 2 for nine weeks straight. Lil Nas X, who collaborated with the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and more superstars for various remixes of the song, congratulated the 17-year-old on her first No. 1 hit via Twitter.

"Old Town Road" now holds the No. 3 spot behind  Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's "Señorita."

The Atlanta musician catapulted to fame after "Old Town Road" made the rounds. Initially, it was removed from Billboard's Country chart for reportedly not implementing enough elements of the genre. Since then, it has shattered records and expectations.

Just a few weeks ago, it became the longest-running No. 1 in American music history, breaking a record held by Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber (for "One Sweet Day" and "Despacito," respectively).

Lil Nas X has a lot to be proud of. Congrats on a historic run.

congratulations to billie eilish!! u deserve this!!

— nope (@LilNasX) August 19, 2019

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Get Ready: A Three 6 Mafia Reunion Tour Is On The Way

Three 6 Mafia is on their way to a stage near you. According to an Instagram post from Juicy J, the popular hip-hop collective will be performing at a series of very special reunion shows.

Per the flyer, one of the shows will be held on Oct. 12 at the Landers Center in Mississippi. The show will also star DJ Paul, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX and all original Hypnotize Minds & HCP Members (Gangsta Boo, Crunchy Black, Project Pat, Lil Wyte and La. Chat).

“I know this is what the fans have been asking for, so we're ready to bring them the classics, along with our new music in the best possible way,” said DJ Paul in a statement. “To quote LL, don't call it a comeback, we have officially been here for years, and we've got a lot to show for it. Just wait to see what comes next.”

The Oscar-winning group went on a hiatus back in 2012. Many of the group’s members have released solo projects, and two of the group’s founding members have since passed on (Koopsta Knicca and Lord Infamous).

Tickets to the event will be on sale this Friday (Aug. 23). Take a look at the flyer below.

DATES 09-07 Atlanta, GA - One Musicfest 10-11 Newark, NJ - Loud Records 25th Anniversary (Prudential Center) 10-12 Southaven, MS - Landers Center

 

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THREE 6 MAFIA REUNION TOUR! Tickets on sale next Friday August 23rd @landerscenter

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Actress Who Made 'For Your Consideration' Billboard For Tyler Perry Is Cast In His Show

While Tyler Perry wasn’t all that jazzed about the fact that an actress purchased a billboard begging him to cast her in one of his shows, the stunt appeared to have worked.

According to TMZ, Racquel Bailey reportedly landed a role on Perry’s new television project, a BET show titled Sistas. The site reads that Bailey will be in the Season One finale, and will possibly be in Season Two.

“…Bailey plays a police officer who had a past relationship with one of the lead characters. Perry was on set directing the episode in which Bailey will appear,” the site continues. Bailey also reportedly received a few calls outside of Mr. Perry, leading to about 20 auditions and two roles (not including Sistas).

“This is not the way to get my attention if you’re looking for a role in one of my shows,” wrote Perry on Instagram back in June accompanying a photo of Bailey’s billboard. “This is the third time that someone has done this. PLEASE STOP! To audition is FREE!! I’m sure you can use that money for a better purpose. I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself. But when you do things like this it puts my team on high alert and makes me look at you sideways. I know the message that you want to send is a positive one, but this comes across as the opposite.”

 

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Auhhh.... soooooo...... here’s the deal. This is not the way to get my attention if you’re looking for a role in one of my shows. Please DON’T DO THIS, SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This is the third time that someone has done this. PLEASE STOP! To audition is FREE!! I’m sure you can use that money for a better purpose. I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself. But when you do things like this it puts my team on high alert and makes me look at you sideways. I know the message that you want to send is a positive one, but this comes across as the opposite. Again, the best way to work for me is to AUDITION and it’s FREE! We post breakdowns all the time for actors. JUST COME AND AUDITION. And by the way, you were great in THE NIGHT OF! It was my favorite show a couple years ago. I ALREADY SAW YOU!! So just audition and keep your money!! Again, I appreciate your effort, but that’s not the way to work for me. God bless you dreamer. I have no doubt you will make it one day!!

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