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Croatia Countdown: DnB Pioneer Andy C Talks Outlook Festival, Ram Records Legacy

VIBE is heading to Outlook Festival 2013 for a large dose of the best bass music, reggae, hip-hop, garage and beyond. "Croatia Countdown" is your go-to resource for insider 411 from this year's elite offering of dance music scions leading up to the storied and vibrant music-a-thon.

Break out the plum rakia cocktails, enjoy a beautiful break, hold your breath for those breakdowns, dance freely to breakbeats...It all goes down August 29th - September 2nd (plus a special amphitheatre kick-off show with The Original Wailers on August 28th), under the Croatian sun with the scenic seascape of Puna serving as the backdrop.

This Week on the Decks: DnB Pioneer Andy C

What are you looking forward to most about getting back out on tour?
The crowd, the vibe, and having a party with everyone in front of me.

What acts are you looking forward to most at Outlook Festival?
Andy C: Unfortunately, I’m pretty much only going to be there for my set due to other commitments. The line up is absolutely fantastic and looks bigger than ever. I’m very proud that we’re (RAM) one of the first label brands ever to take over the main stage.

What makes Outlook unique?
There’s lots of factors but for me the main one is the location. It’s not the easiest place to get to so once you’re there you just have to let go and get involved. The setting is stunning and that coupled with some of the biggest acts in the world it’s the perfect recipe for a party.

How do your sets vary from festival to festival? Do you cater to a market or vibe?
To a degree but I always try and get on the same vibe as the crowd anyway - I’m there to have a party!! Usually within the first 15 minutes or so, I can see where we can go and hopefully we all go on a journey together.

Can you describe your sound at this moment compared to say a year ago? What about 10 years ago? Can you describe signature Andy C beat?
Forever progressing… the music is always evolving and forever inspiring but I always pull out tunes from a year ago, ten years ago, and even 20 years ago. There’s certain tunes from back then that will seem like the most amazing thing to someone that’s never heard it before. Especially when they see the reaction from the crowd that knew these tunes when they first came out. It’s part of building that vibe and pulling everything together. Sets change but certain tunes just stand the test of time.

What are you working on now? You recently remixed Rudimental, Major Lazer, Mat Zo… all dope and so technically skilled… What’s the next output for Andy C the producer?
I’m working on quite a bit of solo material at the moment. Summer is always difficult to get in the studio tho as the touring schedule is just nuts. I’ve booked a bit of time off to go back in the studio in September and I should hopefully have a single ready for around that time.

Can you talk about the legacy of Ram Records, some of the great names and the artists you’ve released.
What can I say… we’ve been fortunate enough to have released tracks and remixes from pretty much every big name that’s ever graced the DnB world. Ram has been key in the development of some huge acts that are now household names and I’m very proud of that. Although I must say, Ram has a great team that works very hard behind the scenes to make it all happen, and we have a wealth of talent signed to the label right now. The future for Ram is looking very very strong indeed.

What do you have coming up right now on Ram Records? You’re releasing new music from Loadstar, Wilkinson, and other bass greats-rising. Discuss a bit.
We’ve just released Loadstar’s debut album, Future Perfect, and are putting together a remix package for that as we speak. Wilkinson album is due over the summer and he has some huge singles to come from that, definitely one to watch. Hamilton has got an extended EP which is sounding so strong. We’ve got a remix 12 from Rene LaVice’s album, singles from Calyx & Teebee, Mind Vortex, and DC Breaks. The list is endless - basically just loads and loads of great music!

What else does the future hold for Ram Records?
We’ve just announced our event at Brixton Academy in November which is a huge step for us. The is a real moment as far as our events go so it’s all hands on deck to make that a success. We’re taking the brand on the road around the world with stages, take-overs, club nights etc. around the world. We have a new merchandise range coming along with a complete new website. It’s making us tired just thinking about all the releases and everything we have on the go. It's all good though, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

VIBE (along with many others) have referred you as a pioneer in drum n bass… how does that make you feel? Don’t say old!
Seriously, it’s flattering but I’ve still got so much more to give. There’s plenty of people in our scene that have contributed so much to what we have. DnB is a movement and I’m proud to be one of the guys flying the DnB flag!

What do you think of American dubstep? Skrillex? Bassnectar?
I think what those guys do is great. I’m great friends with a lot of them and trust me, I love to see a party go off no matter what genre! At the end of the day, many styles make up this huge scene and we all play very important roles in moving things forward.

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French Montana Sued For Sexual Assault, Battery And Emotional Distress

French Montana is being accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman, according to a lawsuit filed in L.A. Superior Court on Thursday (March 26). The accuser claims that she was sexually assaulted at the rapper's home two years ago.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, is suing for assault and battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and more. Montana, his Coke Boys Records imprint, and employee, Mansour Bennounare, are named in the suit, which alleges that on or around March 28, 2018, the woman was invited to a recording studio where Montana and Bennouna were “working.” The documents allege that Montana and Bennouna were “drinking and using drugs” in the studio and offered her drinks, before inviting her back to Montana’s home in Hidden Hills, Calif.

The woman allegedly arrived at the home at around 6 a.m. Thirty minutes later, the woman claims that she stepped outside to phone a friend but was “lucid” and “unable to carry a conversation.” The woman went back inside Montana’s kitchen and although she “wanted to leave” she was urged to “take a shot,” the documents assert.

After being given a drink, the woman says that she blacked out and was therefore unable to give consent to “engage in any sexual activity” but remembers “several men” coming in out of the bedroom. She believes that Montana was one of the men.

The accuser says she woke up on a couch in a room “filled with curtains” at around 1 p.m. She was “confused” and “intoxicated” and felt pain in her pelvic area, vagina, and lower back, the suit states. The lawsuit also alleges that Bennouna was laying behind her in a “spooning manner,” groping her, and rubbing his genitals against her back.

The woman began “crying hysterically” because she believed that she had been drugged and raped. She grabbed her things and left the home. According to the suit, the woman went to a local hospital where a rape kit was administered. She also reported the alleged incident to police, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit goes on to allege that the defendants earn money from “promoting drinking, taking drugs and having sex with women,” and use their business as a front to “lure” women to their homes where they provide them with drugs and alcohol to have sex, with or without consent.

“Defendants had a longstanding practice of inviting women to their recording sessions, or choosing women at bars, and inviting them back to the Hidden Hills house which is also a hub of EMPLOYER DEFENDANTS business enterprises,” the lawsuit reads. “There Defendants would supply the women with drinks and drugs, with the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with them, without any regard to whether or not they consented, or were able to consent.”

The alleged assault caused the woman to have anxiety, “extreme emotional distress,” flashbacks, depression, and prevented her from continuing to pursue a career in modeling and acting. The suit is asking for a jury trial.

Montana, whose birth name is Karim Kharbouch, hasn’t publicly responded to the allegations.

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Prince’s Siblings Reportedly File Petition To Get Money From His Estate

The heirs to Prince’s fortune want his estate to pay up. According to The Blast, the music legend’s siblings, Norine, Sharon and John, filed legal documents in hopes of green lighting “payment for service and efforts provided to the Estate.”

The trio claims that while “others” have been compensated, they have yet to be paid after putting time and energy into “business matters” related to the estate, which is being run by Comerica Bank.

“As this Court is aware, the Estate has now been on-going for over three years,” the documents reportedly state. “In this time, millions have been paid to the Personal Representatives, their accountants, attorneys, and legal advisors.”

The heirs accused Comerica of making money decisions without notifying them, which the bank has denied. Last year, a Minnesota judge denied the siblings’ request to limit the bank’s power over the estate.

Prince’s brothers and sisters want a judge to force Comerica to compensate them so that they can get out of financial ruin, including paying legal bills.

The Purple One’s estate is worth an estimated $200 million (down from $300 million) since his death in 2016. Prince died without a will but a judge ruled that his estate would be split between his six half-siblings. His brother, Alfred Jackson, who was 1/6 of the estate heirs died in 2019. Last December, Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, sold off a chunk of her percentage of the estate to cover legal bills.

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Here’s How New Orleans Is Being Affected By Coronavirus

New Orleans has twice as many COVID-19 cases per capita than any other county or parish in the country. This time last month, the Big Easy welcomed over a million visitors for Mardi Gras, which likely contributed to the diseases spreading rapidly around the city.

New Orleans registered its first case of COVID-19 on March 9. As of Friday (March 27), the city reported more than 20 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 119. The death tole increased by 19% in one day, according to the Times-Picayune. That said, the number of those who have contracted the disease could vary due to a lack of testing in Louisiana, and around the country. The state reported 441 new cases as of Friday.

Male patients account for 43% of the COVID-19 cases in the state, while women make up 57%. The largest number of cases by age group are adults between the ages of 50-59. Orleans Parish, which is Louisiana’s third most populous parish behind East Baton Rouge and Jefferson Parish, reported 57 of the 87 coronavirus-related deaths.

At least 24% percent of New Orleans residents are living below the poverty line, and 1 in 5 households are without a vehicle, further limiting access to testing and treatment, USA Today reports. The poverty stats, compounded with lack of access to proper health care and those with underlying medical conditions, contribute to the spike in cases.

“New Orleans is preparing to mobilize in a way we hope we will never see again in our lifetimes,” New Orleans Homeland Security Director Collin Arnold said, per USA Today. “This disaster will define us for generations.”

The city is running out of hospital beds, and ventilators could be next on the list. Of the more the 773 reported patients hospitalized over COVID-19, 270 of them require ventilators. Louisiana has close to 2,800 ventilators statewide. While the city works to gain access to necessary medical supplies, others are stepping forward to help feed NOLA residents.

Earlier in the week, New Orleans Saints player Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, announced that they are donating $5 million to various charities including Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health, Jimmy Johns, and Waitr, to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana.

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Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020. The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time. After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need. Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.

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In neighboring Mississippi, there are 570 confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight deaths out of 3,139 tests administered. Mississippi also has more women battling the disease (59%) than men (41%).

According to the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago and other “hot spots” will have a worse week next week than they had this week.

In Milwaukee, the city’s Black community is being hit harder than any other group in the state. All of the eight deaths (five men and three women) in Milwaukee County were Black people, and seven of the eight were Milwaukee residents.

Philadelphia has at least 475 cases of the disease with over 2,200 confirmed cases statewide. On a positive note, more than 21,000 people  have tested negative for coronavirus in Pennsylvania.

With over 42,246 people testing positive for the disease, New York tops the list of coronavirus cases around the country and has been receiving the brunt of nationwide press around the pandemic, while states like Michigan, which falls fifth on the nationwide list, aren't generating the same amount of national headlines. The Midwestern state has been considered an epicenter  for the disease, and cities such as Detroit and Flint, where residents have been without clean water for years, are among the most vulnerable.

As of Thursday (March 28), the U.S. confirmed more cases of COVID-19 than any other country in the world. Over 100,000 people tested positive for the disease and while hospitals are still in need of critical supplies and testing kits, there is one small glimmer of hope: the fatality rate in the U.S. remains at less than 10% (1607 confirmed deaths), and over 2,000 people in the country have been reported as recovered from COVID-19.

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