Next: Spotlight On EDM Topliner Carly Burns

Who is Carly Burns, and why should you give a shit about her? The talented singer, songwriter and musician is the next talent to climb through the EDM obstacle course who shows no signs of tripping up. Carly exudes confidence. A sweets as she is humble, don't be fooled by the blonde's beauty...she's got "big balls" mentality to match her big vocals. Burns' maze-crawl is impressive; She’s collaborated with Chooky and Blackmill, received recognition from guys like Bassnectar and 12th Planet, and has landed a starring role in the electronic trio FIGHT CLVB (who recently released their Beatport-topping record on Afrojack’s Wall imprint). This week, her stunning collab with DJ Eco was released on Enhanced Recordings. In “Hurt,” emotions will wash over you as Burns' powerful lyrics crash against your awe-stricken body.

But, don’t take it from us. Take a listen and get to know Carly as you will soon find yourself cheering her on.

VIBE: How did you get started in the music-world? What's your musical style?

Carly: I started playing violin at the age of 3 and piano at 5, but singing was definitely my main passion. Musically I love everything from Vivaldi to The Rolling Stones; I find inspiration and appreciation in every genre and I'm dabbling in many different styles now.

You've got a killer fashion-sense. Describe your look and please let us know where can we get it.

Thank you! Just like my taste in music, I enjoy mixing different pieces. A little Mick Jagger and a little Marilyn Monroe. Glamour & Rock and Roll. My go to stores are NastyGal.com and All Saints.

What inspired you to cover Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" and how did you link up with DJ Eco?

Eco approached me with the concept and of course I was down! I am a die-hard fan of Johnny Cash [his version was the last song Cash released before his death]. [So] it's been an honor but definitely emotional to cover such a powerful track. A mutual friend sent my vocals to Eco a while ago and we had been playing with ideas for a while.

We're especially attracted to your persona both onstage and off. Where do you find confidence in a genre that is not driven by singer-songwriters [but instead, DJs]?

It's an honor to be working alongside such talented producers. I enjoy the fact that the people making the music are getting the spotlight in the same respect, [and] I find confidence from the fact that the music I perform is mine.

If you could collaborate with any (non-electronic) artist who would it be and why? Electronic?

Carly: The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger is a God. Flux Pavilion because I can't stop.

What can we expect from you in the remainder of 2013?

I'm just getting started. Lot's of live shows and a music video for “Hurt” is soon to be released! I'll probably get in lots of fights and eat ice cream and spend money too.

Carly Burns also hinted at a new record, so be on the lookout:

I have a dubstep track releasing in November on Play Me [Records] with Des McMahon

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“Ya’ll already know I’m back on my bull! We got a lot more in the motherf**kin’ chamber,” said Minaj.

The “Megatron” rapper  also sent a shout out to Da Baby. “I just think he’s super dope and he actually spits actual bars.”

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“When he passed I didn’t get a chance to be online at that time,” Minaj told Power 106's DJ Carisma. “Lauren London happens to be somebody that I adore. I felt like my heart ripped out when I heard [that he was killed]. I just wanted to finally send my condolences to his family and his fans.”

Earlier in the interview, Minaj sent love to her fans in Saudi Arabia after canceling her appearance at the Jedah World Festival over the country’s treatment of women, and members of the LGBTQ community. Minaj added that she turned down $1.5 million by pulling out of the performance. She also confirmed that she will be heading out on tour after the release of her upcoming new album.

Listen to Minaj and DaBaby on the “Suge” remix below.

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Blueface Claims He’s The “Best Lyricist” In Rap

Blueface has high self-esteem when it comes to his lyrical abilities. The “Thotiana” rapper crowned himself the “most lyrical rapper” in the game during an Instagram Live session Thursday (July 18), XXL reports.

"Hey cuz, that’s on my mama and my sis, I’m the best lyricist in the muthaf**kin' game, bro,” he declared. “I might not have the best flow, sound...but when it comes to wordplay, cuz, come on bro.”

Blueface says he’s “the best lyricist in the game”...do y’all agree? 👇🎶🤔 @BluefaceBleedEm pic.twitter.com/WXcr46FzXu


The 22-year-old rapper has a way of getting a response on social media — even if its negative. Earlier in the month, Blueface kicked his mother and sister out of his home during a heated confrontation that reportedly involved his two girlfriends. On Tuesday (July 16), the L.A. native debuted a new face tattoo and previewed a new record where he talks about booting his family out of the home. Listen to the track below.

Blueface got a new face tattoo and he made a song dissing his moms and sister. “On my momma and my sis... Had to kick my own blood out... they musta forgot I was a Crip 😨” pic.twitter.com/FtfajcXtjp

— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) July 17, 2019

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The track is a clear standout in the film featuring Anthony Anderson, Dreezy and Khalil Everage. In the video, we see a snippet of the film along with Calvin rapping about the grind and his strong determination to the make it to the top. Featuring the warm vocals by Tati, the video drops an extra dose of inspirational vitamins for the soul.

Since the film's release last month, the "Kari's Song" has earned over 1.1 million streams on Spotify and was a curious wonder to Shazam users as it joined the Top 20 most searched songs on the Shazam Global Charts.

At just 17-years-old, Calvin hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. The Chicago native recently released his No Friends EP with the single of the same name earning spots on the Soundcloud Chart.

Offering a fresh sense of lyrical know-how, we're excited to see more from the budding artist.

Check out the video to "Kari's Song (Long Way Home)" below.

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