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Interview: Must Die! Talks DJ Mag's Popularity Contest, Bad Anime And Ending A Chapter In His Music

Just in time for the Halloween season is professional skull kid and dubstep demon Must Die! (aka Lee Bates) who uses his "might and magic mixed with some eternal sorcery" to whip up some wicked track in his upcoming EP "Fever Dream Pt. II" (out November 4). While on tour, VIBE had a chance to talk with the Houston-native to discuss how a teen flick gave him his stage name and the effects of bad anime on his music.

VIBE: To start off, we got to get the origin story. Where does one come up with the stage name Must Die!?
Must Die!: There was a TERRIBLE movie called John Tucker Must Die and in my usual fashion I thought that naming myself after something terrible would be a good laugh.

And if you could describe your sound as if explaining it to a toddler, what would you say?
Well, my music is pretty much geared towards toddlers so I think they'd understand. For the layman: Melodic, childish, and quirky.

You claim one of your musical influences to be bad anime. Could you list a few a few examples and how they have become a part of your music?
Goofy high pitched chirpy vocals and melodramatic melodies are a huge part of what I do, and I get a lot of inspiration from cheesy Anime that I find around the internet.

Manic depression is another influence you list. How do you capture such feelings in your music? Do you think without it, your music would be as powerful as it is now?
I feel like a lot of my ups and downs add dynamics and immersion to my music. That may be good or bad, but it makes it feel like ME, so I'm okay with it. Personality is everything in an over-saturated scene.

Now, the DJ Mag Top 100 poll was dropped recently, and you said in a tweet “Who even cares about the DJ Mag top 10? Congrats to those who are on it, of course. But I don't judge talent by an internet list.” Could you elaborate on that tweet? What are your thoughts on this year’s winners?
I congratulate the winners, absolutely! I just don't think you can capture an entire movement in 100 slots. There is too much talent in the universe to slam it all into one popularity contest.

Going back to your music, you have a new EP coming out, “Fever Dream Part 2’ (out November 4). From the teaser trailer, it sounds like you really are making a return back to original dubstep plus it’s already garnered a lot of support from your fans. How would you describe the EP in your own words and your thoughts on its positive feedback so far?
I really don't know how the EP will be received. I am hoping my fans will see that I am trying to end a chapter of MUST DIE! I am aiming to expand and broaden my musical field after this release, so it's sort of a finale to the saga. I will be experimenting a lot in the coming months with new ideas and sounds.

What else do have planned for the rest of the year?
Tours, writing, a wedding. I'll be plenty busy!

On an ending note, who’s the craziest producer you’ve come across so far in your career, and what was the sickest thing guys did together?
I absolutely LOVED working with Eptic. He has such a good grasp on musical tonality and a clear artistic vision. Really great guy!

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John Legend Reacts To Being Named People's ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

John Legend was unveiled as People magazine’s “Sexist Man Alive” on Tuesday (Nov. 12) and he's admittedly surprised by the honor. Nonetheless, Legend thanked the outlet for recognizing his sex appeal, especially after Idris Elba snagged the title last year.

Legend tweeted a split photo of himself in 1995 next to a current image of Elba along with a caption revealing that his younger self would be “perplexed” by the “Sexiest Man Alive” title. “Hell, 2019 John is about as equally perplexed,” he added. “But thank you @People for finding me sexy. I'll take it.”

1995 John would be very perplexed to be following 2018 @IdrisElba as #SexiestManAlive. Hell, 2019 John is about as equally perplexed but thank you @People for finding me sexy. I'll take it 🤓 pic.twitter.com/Gw1la5Ebv4

— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 13, 2019

Chrissy Teigen also found the humor in her husband’s new title and changed her Twitter bio to “currently sleeping with people’s sexiest man alive.”

The 40-year-old singer EGOT winner (Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar) was “excited but scared” to add his People’s Sexist Man Alive to his list of accolades. “It’s a lot of pressure,” Legend told the magazine. “Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title. I’m [also] following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me!”

On a more serious note, the father of two credited his parents with teaching him humility and kindness, and beamed about his family.

“I’m so proud that I have a wife and two kids I’m so in love with and so connected to. I’m also so proud of my career. I love writing songs and performing on stage. I get a lot of joy from it and give a lot of joy to other people. I’m pretty at ease with myself now!”

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— People (@people) November 13, 2019

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Trailblazers Portrayed In 'Hidden Figures' To Receive Congressional Gold Medals

Engineers Mary Jackson and Christine Darden, mathematician Katherine Johnson and computer programmer Dorothy Vaughn are being honored with the highest U.S. civilian award.

The four trailblazers, three of whom were depicted in the film Hidden Figures, will receive Congressional Gold Medal, ABC News reports. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) helped introduce the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act, a bipartisan bill signed by President Donald Trump last Friday (Nov. 8).

As the highest civilian award in the U.S., the Congressional Gold Medal recognizes those who have performed an achievement that has had a lasting impact on American history and culture.

Johnson, who celebrated her 101st birthday last summer, calculated trajectories for numerous NASA space missions beginning in the early 1950s. Vaughn, who died in 2008, led the West Area Computing unit for nine years, and was the first black supervisors at the national Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which later became NASA.

Jackson, who died in 2005, was NASA’s first black engineer. Darden became an engineer at NASA 16 years after Jackson and went on to “revolutionize aeronautic design.” She was also the first black person to be promoted to Senior Executive at NASA's Langley Research Center, and has also authored more than 50 articles on aeronautics design.

“Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden made monumental contributions to science and our nation,” said Senator Harris. “The groundbreaking accomplishments of these four women, and all of the women who contributed to the success of NASA, helped us win the space race but remained in the dark far too long. I am proud our bill to honor these remarkable women has passed Congress. These pioneers remain a beacon for Black women across the country, both young and old.”

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Authorities Release Grisly Details Of Alexis Crawford’s Murder

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Crawford died on Oct. 31, reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Four days earlier, the 21-year-old Clark Atlanta University senior filed a police report against her roommate, Jordyn Jones's boyfriend, Barron Bentley, accusing him of sexual assault. Crawford had a rape kit performed on her at a local hospital. Crawford's decision to go to police caused tension between her and Jones, which erupted in a physical fight.

“As a result of the physical altercation, Barron Brantley choked the victim until she was deceased,” the Atlanta Police Department said.

After killing Crawford, Jones and Brantley, both age 21, stuffed her body into a “plastic bin” and transported it to Exchange Park in Decatur, Ga., where they left her remains.

Crawford and Jones knew each other for at least two years, and became close while studying at Clark Atlanta. The Michigan native even visited Crawford’s family’s home during the holidays.

Brantley confessed to Crawford's murder and led police to her body last Friday (Nov. 7). Jones was arrested the following day.

Brantley and Jones are both charged with felony murder and are being held without bond.

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