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Friday Rewind: 13 EDM Essentials For Your Rotation

The hottest electronic dance music to kickoff your weekend starts here: deadmau5 “Creep” It’s been a long five years in the making, and its (almost) here. Piano-led melody and percussion intact, the mau5 stylizes the breakdown with a more intricate arrangement. Learn how to spin like deadmau5, here. Sneak a peek. Carl Cox "Global 550 Live From DC10 Ibiza" The legendary Carl Cox goes big in celebration of the incredible milestone of 550 episodes of Global, 100,000 Mixcloud followers, and a mighty 1.6 million streams. Breaking the record as the biggest DJ on Mixcloud, Cox uploads his five hour DC10 set, his only performance at the club all season, for our listening pleasure. Check it.

Carl Cox Global 550 – Live From DC10 Ibiza – 5 Hour Special by Carl Cox on Mixcloud

Pleasurekraft “Sinister Strings” Pleasurekraft reinterpret the '90s classic house anthem “Nightmare” by Brainbug. The tech-house duo feature ominous strings and chilling synths in “Sinister Strings.” Be sure to catch Pleasurekraft as they make stops in San Fran (Vessel 10/26), the OC (Focus 10/29), and Chicago (Spybar 11/1) during their current tour. Hellberg, Teqq & Taylr Renee “Air” Sweden’s Hellberg teams up with German Teqq for the progressive “Air,” which is framed around the powerful vocals of Taylr Renee. Take a deep breath as its string-led melody and emotion-filled lyrics fill your lungs. Baggi Begovic “Dragon” It’s rainbows, butterflies, unicorns, and… “Dragon(s)” in the playful new tune by Baggi Begovic. Of The Trees 'Vacationland EP' It’s about that time that we all need a vacation. Of The Trees transports us to a retreat that is both tranquil and exciting. His four-track ‘Vacationland’ EP is a relaxing blend of genres, and is available for free download compliments of Gravitas Recordings. Vicetone feat. Daniel Gidlund “Chasing Time” Not to discredit Gidlund’s talent, he’s great, but his vocals can’t compete with Vicetone’s stunning melody in “Chasing Time.” That chello instrumental is heaven. MAKJ & Hardwell “Countdown” Five, four, three, two… are you ready? You may recognize the explosive single, “Countdown,” from sets by Showtek, W&W, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, or Hardwell himself. The highly anticipated record finally gets a release on Revealed. Champion Rocka “Riot Sound” It’s rock, it’s tribal, it’s moombah… it’s “Riot Sound” the genre-shattering single from Champion Rocka. It’s everything you didn’t get from Korn and Linkin Park’s EDM dabblings, and it’s on repeat. Borgore feat. Waka Flaka Flame & Paige “Wild Out” “Wild Out” features the signature Borgore bass crunch and trapstyle-influenced production coupled with Waka Flocka Flame’s energetic lyrics and Paige’s seductive vocals. Keep your ears to the ground, as Borgore’s EP by the same namesake is to follow later this fall via Dim Mak. Sneak a peek. Chase & Status “International” (Skrillex Remix) BBC Radio 1 dropped this remix days ahead of Chase and Status’ ‘Brand New Machine’ LP. Skrilly goes to work on “International,” adding a heavy flavor that is a little bit of dance-hall and a little bit of trap. Headhunterz "HARD with STYLE: Episode 26" Headhunterz does not mess around. Take this as a warning when the bass full-on assaults during his one hour hard-style-icious episode number 26. DJ Scott Andrew "Live Set from Ghost Bar, Niagara Falls" The premiere DJ in Buffalo, NY, scores a residency at Ghost Bar. The self-taught remixer has come a long way and displays a promising future. Though it could be tightened, Scott’s energizing set covers all our favorites with some dope mashups and samples; It’s a Friday night staple. Photo credit: Getty Images

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Jim Jones Gives His "State Of The Union" Address With Rick Ross In New Video

Jim Jones's El Capo is, without a doubt, one of the better albums of 2019. Over the weekend, the Harlem-bred unveiled the brand new music visuals to the Marc Scibilia and Rick Ross-assisted "State of the Union."

With Shula the Don behind the lens, Jimmy, and Rozay keep it saucy with beautiful women, and champagne bottles on a yacht down in Dade County.

Over the Heatmakerz instrumental, Capo delivers his usual lines about pain, his come-up, and harsh realities of life.

"You could build a wall as tall as the sky (To the moon)/We all know the coke still go far from the sky/Papi had a room with a wall full of pies/This is America, baby, where we fall for the lies (Impeach the president)/We never had much, but we had us (Uh-uh)/And even when the bills didn’t add up," raps the Taft Projects rapper.

Back in July, Jimmy also released "NYC" video with Fat Joe.

Watch the video above.

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Premiere: Diamond D Challenges The Status Quo With David Banner, BIGREC & Edson Sean On "Bodied"

It’s been said that, "History is written by the victors," which implies that accounts of the past aren’t always based on facts, but instead by those who gained the power to create the narratives. Yet, if a picture is worth a thousand words, the murals in Diamond D’s newest single, “Bodied,” speak volumes.

Prominent rapper/activist David Banner and Dymond Mine Records artist BIGREC attack the track alongside an infectious hook by Edson Sean. The Tommy Nova directed visual is a gritty look at the latest from the Grammy award-winning producer's star-studded album The Diam Piece 2, which was released earlier this year.

Check out the VIBE Tribe Podcast with Diamond D and VIBE Editor-In-Chief, Datwon Thomas below.

The Diam Piece 2 is available for download and on all streaming platforms.

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A$AP Rocky Returns To New York, Brings Out 50 Cent And Swae Lee At Rolling Loud

A$AP Rocky is late. At any other rap show, this would annoy people who waited hours standing in cramped spaces to see their favorite artist perform. At Citi Field in Queens – the home of the first edition of Rolling Loud in New York, a two-day hip-hop festival held this past weekend (Oct. 12-13) – it becomes a game time decision on how you want to end your night. As flocks of attendees made their way to the Fashion Nova Stage, you can already hear Lil Uzi Vert performing at the nearby Dryp Stage. Rocky fans who secured a spot at the guard rails next to me kept looking back, maybe contemplating giving up their position to rage with Lil Uzi. Wisely, they stay.

About 10 minutes have gone by since Rocky’s scheduled 9:00 p.m. performance, and it's starting to feel like this is all on purpose, to build a dramatic opening for the Babushka Boi, who finally returns home after a highly-publicized stint in a Swedish jail for allegedly attacking two men outside of a hamburger restaurant in central Stockholm over the summer.

Suddenly, without warning, someone screams “yeahhhh!” in the mic. That same person wearing a red puffy coat runs through center stage, screaming “yeahhhh!” again before returning to the main stage. Backed by a sizeable group wearing white Testing-esque ski masks, the wait is over. Get ready to mosh because Rocky is here.

 

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Thank you for a great close to night two Flacko! @asaprocky 🎥 @evanhammerman

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For New Yorkers, A$AP Rocky has created plenty of hometown moments in his rap career. Depending on your age, you were probably there when he and the A$AP Mob invaded Santos Party House in 2011 to do a defiant performance of “Pesos.” Or in 2012 when he brought his Long. Live. A$AP Tour to Roseland Ballroom with some help from his good friends ScHoolboy Q and Danny Brown. The inaugural Yams Day, initially held at Terminal 5 in 2016, has become an institution for the Harlem crew, promising a lifetime of homages to the late A$AP Yams by holding one every year, to increasingly bigger crowds and venues.

Rocky at Rolling Loud wasn’t just another Rocky show. It had more significance. Technically, Rocky already had his big U.S. comeback when he hit the stage at Real Street Festival in Anaheim, California on Aug. 11, telling the crowd, “I just want to say what I experienced was so crazy. I'm so happy to be here right now. That was a scary, humbling experience but I'm here right now. God is good.” He was later found guilty by a Swedish court but avoided further jail time.

No, this was different because Rocky came back to where it all began. The imagery of Testing, his latest album released in May of last year, was in full effect – the crash test dummies aesthetic, the smiley faces, the vehicles hanging on the rafters like ceiling fans. After sending his squad to stage dive, Rocky took off the fall appropriate outerwear, dressed in a Rick Owens long sleeve and all-white mid Uptowns, to keep the party going. “Praise the Lord,” “Telephone Calls,” and “Babushka Boi” already had this crowd wanting more turn up.

Rocky was in the zone. He took to the skies, standing on the hood of one of his suspended cars to rap “Gunz N Butter” and “OG Beeper.” As it lowered to the ground, he followed with a freestyle filled with that Pretty Flacko talk: “Look at me, get what you see, envision me/Brazen chains, is he Pusha-T or Mr. T?”

“We in fucking New York City right now,” he said after. “This is the home of the A$AP Mob, are you shitting me?”

Our first special guest: A$AP Ferg.

The pair have one of the best chemistries in hip-hop, shown in their buddy-buddy attitude and how seamlessly they work off one another. No matter how many times you’ve heard “Plain Jane” and “Work,” the songs still go off. When these come on, New York definitely doesn’t know how to be quiet.

“Ferg, you crazy if you think I’ma let you leave. You’re crazy,” Rocky said.

“Welcome home, Flacko!” Ferg replied, continuing with “Floor Seats.”

Ferg gave a special shout to day-one fans who have been with the Mob since their early singles, listing “Peso,” “Purple Swag,” “Get High,” and “Shabba.” Later, after Rocky brought out AWGE affiliates Smooky Margielaa and G4 Boyz, he playfully nodded to having no type after showing off his collection of bras he got from women who threw theirs on stage earlier. It was a tongue-in-cheek lead-in to the second major guest, Swae Lee, who performed “No Type” to the surprise of many. Rocky, who continued to hold his bras with delicate care, likened tonight’s show as a hip-hop Woodstock and he, the rock star.

“I don’t know about y’all, but when it comes to this New York City shit, this shit shaped and changed my whole fucking life,” he said, explaining how much he respects the OGs that came before him.

Born and raised in Harlem, Rocky started off with The Diplomats’ “Dipset Anthem,” with Juelz Santana’s verse causing a ruckus. Rocky wanted to move on to play more legendary New York classics, but his DJ, Lou Banga, threw off the vibe by accidentally playing songs by Bobby Shmurda and Pop Smoke. Modern classics, sure, but Rocky emphasized “legendary New York shit” from Queens.

Our third and final special guest: 50 Cent.

 

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First year in New York was legendary. @asaprocky @50cent

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Fif came out to “What Up Gangsta” with Rocky as his hypeman, rapping lines from the song like he was a youth again. It was two generations from two different boroughs reuniting in Queens, where 50 is actually from. Despite hiccups by the NYPD with preemptive cancellations of performances by Pop Smoke, Casanova, 22Gz, Sheff G and Don Q, this was a positive moment for the city and showed two rap eras can coexist. No rap beefs, no violence. Just good energy to help put the city on the map.

Fif stuck around to run through more hits such as “I Get Money” and “Big Rich Town,” but not after asking the audience if they watched Power. Clever promotion from hip-hop’s savvy businessman.

While the show was supposed to end at 10 p.m., Rocky was down to get lit until past curfew. He called on the A$AP Mob for a brief moment of silence for Yams before getting into “Yamborghini High.” Ferg, A$AP Illz, A$AP Twelvyy, and A$AP Nast all appeared to show love to Eastside Stevie.

“My n***a was a New York vet and at the end of the day, his whole vibe was just making sure everybody ate,” Rocky said. “Yams was a good-hearted n***a, trying to put n***as on…He was a good one. We lost a real one.”

The tribute only made the Mob’s performance of “Yamborghini High” that much more meaningful. Rocky and his crew could’ve left Rolling Loud fans with that. But they had one more thing in store, even after the fireworks went off and lights in the parking lot went on.

Tariq Cherif, one of the co-founders of Rolling Loud, presented Rocky with a Rolling Loud chain. After Sunday’s lineup featuring stars like A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lil Tecca, and Young Thug, to give Rocky a chaining day in New York is how you end on a high note. His last song, “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2,” and it's opening lyrics couldn’t have been more perfect.

“Who the jiggy nigga with the gold links?”

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