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Exclusive: The White Panda Dishes Up 'Bearly Legal', The EDM-Rap Mashup Divide

Mashup murderers, The White Panda, dropped their fifth full-length album, Bearly Legal, this week (June 10) for the “smash-up” price of FREE (as the albums are). The Chi-Town duo—made up of Procrast (Tom Evans) and DJ Griffi (Dan Griffith)—are known to mix and mash their way across the States alongside hip-hop elite, such as Wale and Mac Miller, also joining electronic stars like Tiësto, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki and more, on stages. Panda’s boyhood-buds and beatsmiths (say it three times fast and they’ll mash it up) are about to embark on a new tour, making people of all ages (better be careful of those “barely legal” P.Y.T.’s) go wild to the creative combo jams. Meet The White Panda in this exclusive interview with VIBE and cop Bearly Legal, here.

Talk about the process you two go through when putting together a mashup.
The White Panda: Most mixes begin as individual efforts. We send each other short 'concepts,' which are basically rough mashup ideas. When we think a concept has potential, we'll put some more time into it. [We] tighten up the foundation of the mix, add additional production (drums, bass, synths) where we feel it's necessary and master the track. These steps are much more collaborative as sometimes your ear can numb itself to a mix [after] hearing [the same] loop for hours on end. We build these ideas into an arsenal of finalized mashups, and only release our very favorites.

Aside from your success in the mashup production game, is there any reason you guys have yet to produce your own original tracks?
We spend a great deal of time producing original tracks, but we are still mastering our craft so to speak before scheduling any releases. In addition to that, our fans have a certain expectation of our musical style and we want to make sure that we reconcile our vision for the project with a product that our current fans will truly appreciate.

Can we look forward to any original productions by The White Panda in the future?
Yes, but we're not in a huge rush to get that content out. Developing a unique and novel sound is not an easy task, and as our own biggest critics don't plan to release anything we're not 100% satisfied with. That said, our new album Bearly Legal has a substantial amount of original production supporting the mixes. The album allowed us to utilize some obscure and awesome samples.

You've shared stages with rappers like Wale and Mac Miller to electronic greats such as Tiësto and Benny Benassi... what's more fun for you guys, live hip-hop or EDM?
It's always an honor to hop on the same stage as an artist or group that makes it into our regular listening rotations. We tend to pair better with EDM than rap because even though we use both of those genres heavily in our music, the energy and vibe of our performances more closely emulate that of an EDM show than a hip-hop show. As a result, EDM fans are easier for us to win over and we have the most fun on stage when the crowd is really feeling our music.

Are there any artists who you consider to be competition in your musical niche?
Not really - there are plenty of other big names in the mashup genre: Girl Talk, 3lau, Super Mash Bros - and we've performed with all of them at one time or another. There's definitely a mutual respect between the big names in mashups, and we're much more interested in seeing what direction they take their music than worrying about where we stand in the competitive space.

Who are some of your musical influences?
In general, we like to see artists that push the envelope of what's popular. Girl Talk did that in the early 2000’s when he brought the mashup genre into the mainstream. Daft Punk did that in 2001 with Discovery, putting out one of the first EDM records long before the craze. Recently, groups like Alt-J have stood out to us by making a name for themselves with a sound that is unlike anyone else's. Ultimately, it's the trendsetters that see the most success in this industry.

Who are your top four artists to mashup? Two rappers to electro producers!
Ooo, this is tough. We've got to throw Wale out there. Something about his voice is able to pierce through electronic music remarkably well and he's always an awesome feature in a mix. Probably, Michael Jackson/The Jackson 5 too. Their music is so timeless that sampling it brings life into any genre. Daft Punk makes the cut too - all of their music is so groovy and so recognizable, it's perfectly suited for great mashups. Lastly, we'll say Swedish House Mafia. For top-notch production and feel-good energy, they're one of the best acts out there and every crowd loves hearing samples from them in a set.

What's next from The White Panda?
Right now we're gearing up for a tour in support of our new album, Bearly Legal. Over the next few weeks we'll be rolling out full-length versions of the individual mixes from the album. After that, a steady stream of new music and podcasts as we continue to try and bring a fresh.

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T.I. And Joyner Lucas Defend Chris Brown Amid Rape Allegations

Artists are stepping up to defend Chris Brown after the singer was recently accused of raping a woman in Paris on Monday (Jan. 21). Both T.I. and Joyner Lucas are two of the first rappers to voice their opinions about the alleged incident on social media.

While T.I. did not comment on Brown's innocence directly, he did question the timing of the news report. The rapper shared a headline from a past article, in which Brown was being celebrated for becoming the youngest artist to own his own masters recordings. "First this... then RAPE allegations," he questioned, suggesting that the accusations were released as a ploy to put a negative spotlight on Breezy.

Joyner Lucas also joined the conversation on Instagram. "Bro seriously?!! Smh GET THE F**K OFF MY N***AZ D**K BRO," he wrote. "@chrisbrownofficial ain’t rape nobody. Any and every way someone gets the opportunity to create a story and try to ruin my n***az legacy they take it. It won’t happen tho. Anybody who actually thinks breezy needs to take some p*ssy got issues. Trust me when I say it doesn’t matter what city, state, country, or continent this n***a goes to, he can literally pick like a flower from a garden of bad b***hes who wanna f**k and it’s that simple. Nobody bout to make me believe this n***a is a rapist."

Lucas then suggested that TV networks were paying people to falsely accuse the R&B crooner. "No way no f**king how. And if anybody is mad at this post and wants to unfollow me then be my f**king guest! 🤷🏽‍♂️... this is the reason why he been in the house for so many years and barely goes anywhere. The Moment the n***a take a vacation to Paris then now he a rapist," he added. "I’m no conspiracy theorist but no bullsh*t, im really starting to believe that TV networks are paying muthaf**kas to false claim allegations just so they can turn it into a documentary."

As previously reported, Chris Brown was arrested in Paris after a woman filed a complaint claiming that he raped her.  The 24-year-old woman alleges that she met Brown at a club on Jan. 14. She claims he allegedly raped her after the two went back to his hotel. Despite the woman's report however, another woman named Kim Ford, who was allegedly at the scene of the incident, claims Brown was nowhere in sight. Brown also claims the allegations are false.

Check out T.I. and Joyner Lucas' full comments below.

 

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Bro seriously?!! Smh GET THE FUCK OFF MY NIGGAZ DICK BRO!!‼️‼️‼️‼️. @chrisbrownofficial ain’t rape nobody. Any and every way someone gets the opportunity to create a story and try to ruin my niggaz legacy they take it. It won’t happen tho. Anybody who actually thinks breezy needs to take some pussy got issues. Trust me when I say it doesn’t matter what city, state, country, or continent this nigga goes to, he can literally pick like a flower from a garden of bad bitches who wanna fuck and it’s that simple. Nobody bout to make me believe this nigga is a rapist. No way no fucking how. And if anybody is mad at this post and wants to unfollow me then be my fucking guest! 🤷🏽‍♂️... this is the reason why he been in the house for so many years and barely goes anywhere. The Moment the nigga take a vacation to Paris then now he a rapist. 🤦🏽‍♂️ I’m no conspiracy theorist but no bullshit, im really starting to believe that TV networks are paying muthafukas to false claim allegations just so they can turn it into a documentary. Smh FOH‼️‼️‼️‼️

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Chris Brown Responds To Reports Of Alleged Sexual Assault In Paris

Chris Brown has taken to social media to clear his name of a breaking news report. Following the "Undecided" singer's arrest for an alleged rape in Paris, France, according to the Associated Press (Jan. 22), Brown said the entire incident is false and stated how this news affects his family.

"I wanna make it perfectly clear....... This is false and a whole lot of cap!" Brown wrote on Instagram. "For my daughter and my family this is so disrespectful and is against my character and morals!!!!!"

 

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💡 I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR...... THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP! NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!

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Brown and two other people, which includes the 29-year-old's bodyguard, were detained for "aggravated rape and drug-related infractions." The reported incident occurred between Jan. 15-16 when a woman said she met the artist and his friends at a nightclub. The unidentified 24-year-old woman said she was sexually assaulted at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel where the group went to after the outing. A police report was filed two days later.

According to TMZ, Brown and the two that were arrested were released. In backing Brown's case, a woman named Kim Ford who said she was in the vicinity at the time claimed Brown and his bodyguard did not sexually assault the unidentified woman. She also reiterated that she's not the woman who this instance happened to. "I don't know where people are getting these wild stories from but I was not hit or raped by Chris Brown so stop posting & tagging me in fake stories & sending me these crazy DMs," Ford said.

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Issa Rae To Star Opposite Kumail Nanjiani For 'Lovebirds' Romantic Comedy

Great news for the #IssaHive. Issa Rae will star in Paramount's newest romantic comedy, The Lovebirds, with The Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani.

The film focuses on an interracial couple (Nanjiani and Rae) who are on the brink of separation but become enthralled in a bizarre murder mystery to clear their names and solve the case. While the couple is on the strange adventure, the pair will figure out if their characters and their relationships can survive this predicament.

The script comes by way of  Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero, with Tom Lassally, Oly Obst, Todd Schulman, Jordana Mollick and Gero serving as producers for the movie.

Rae, who is the co-creator, writer, producer, and actress on the HBO series Insecure, will be executive producing the film with her co-star, Nanjiani. Rae, known for her role in the film, The Hate U Give will also be starring in the Little comedy premiering April 12.

The Lovebirds will go into production at the end of January. There is currently no release date for the forthcoming movie.

 

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