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Swag Bag: Download GRiZ’s Entire ‘Rebel Era’ LP Here

To promote his upcoming album, Detroit producer GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski) is giving fans a taste (actually an entire sampler) of his current talent and skills with his new ‘Rebel Era’ LP, which is available for a free download. Bending the standards in electronic music, GRiZ’s new music features funky, sax-infused sounds (played by the DJ) that connect to the heart of the dance floor. Watch the “Hard Times” music video below to get what we mean and own the LP (free of charge) by clicking here.

The full album Rebel Era will be available later this month.

GRiZ Rebel Era Tour Dates
10/15 - Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
10/16 - Crystal Bay, NV - Tahoe Biltmore
10/17 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Theatre
10/18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox @ the Market
10/19 - Portland, OR - Branx
10/21 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112
10/23 - Minneapolis, MN - Epic Event Center
10/24 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
10/27 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
10/31 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
11/07 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
11/08 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
11/09 - Northamton, MA - Pearl Street
11/10 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
11/12 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theatre
11/13 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
11/14 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11/15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11/16 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11/17 - Richmond, VA - The National
11/19 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
11/20 - Boone, NC - Legends Club - ASU
11/21 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's By the Sea
11/22 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
11/23 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/26 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
11/27 - Memphis, TN - Newby's
11/28 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
11/29 - Louisville, KY - Diamond Pub
11/30 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cherokee

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Vince Staples has become one of rap's most unique voices in and out of the booth, and his new creative endeavor shows both of those sides. On Thursday (Aug. 22), he released the first episode of The Vince Staples Show, a new series that finds Vince in various situations while debuting a standalone single. The series is directed by Calmatic, who directed Staples' video for "Fun" and the visual for Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road." The series starts with "So What? (Episode 001)."

The hilarious three-minute episode begins with Vince Staples getting a phone call from his booking agent with an offer to perform at Malia Obama's birthday. When tasked with the need for a last-minute haircut on a Monday – a barbershop's traditional day of rest – his homie suggests a barbershop in Pasadena. "They always open," he said. While Vince is sitting in the barber's chair, a child snatches out Vince's earbuds. When three Bloods hear Vince's lyrical references to Crips, an all-out brawl ensues in the shop as "So What?" – a bouncy, hater-dismissing record - plays as the soundtrack. The Vince Staples Show may be the start to one of the more creative campaigns in recent rap memory, and this is a great start to the series.

Watch "So What? (Episode o1)" above, stream the song below or on your favorite service, and get merch for the song.

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21 Savage To Headline Genius IQ/BBQ Summer Concert

Brooklyn is about to get a little hotter. 21 Savage is set to headline the third annual Genius IQ summer concert event Saturday (Sept. 7) at Genius headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. Genius first made the announcement on Monday (Aug. 19).

The jam session will celebrate "music knowledge and the platform's global community of artists and superfans," as stated in an official press release. Presented by Boost Mobile, the deeply engaging experience will include Genius's signature music trivia in their trivia arcade. The Genius Test will challenge attendees allowing them to show off and brag on their music knowledge with the hopes that they can snag a prize or two.

"Our biggest priority is the atmosphere we create for intimacy and deep engagement between artists and fans, which also mirrors what Genius does on the internet every day," said Elizabeth Milch, director of content at Genius.

🔥 @21savage / @DojaCat / @liltjay / @yungbabytate / @omarapollo / @imdestinyrogers / @IAm__Annmarie 🔥 💡 IQ/BBQ IS BACK 💡 we’re hosting our third annual live concert series on Saturday, 9/7 more info 👉 https://t.co/jGZKldSpPG#GeniusIQBBQ presented by @boostmobile pic.twitter.com/VFzLsC0vKX

— Genius (@Genius) August 20, 2019

The end-of-summer live celebration will also feature the likes of Doja Cat, Lil Tjay, Ann Marie, Yung Baby Tate, Destiny Rogers, Omar Apollo, and the sounds of DJ sets by JINX, S.WHIT, VRYWVY, and more.

Originally founded in 2009 as Rap Genius, the Brooklyn-based company is known for sitting artists down and annotating hip-hop lyrics. The platform has welcomed and introduced the sounds and styles of Cardi B, Frank Ocean, Lil Nas X, and more.

Tickets are free and are available at iqbbq.genius.com.

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Sho Madojozi's "John Cena" Sparks Challenge And John Cena Shoutout

South African rapper, singer, and songwriter Sho Madjozi has made a splash in 2019. After the release of her latest single "John Cena," the artist has sparked an upbeat dance challenge and a special shoutout from Mr. Cena himself.

Premiering via her COLORS performance last week, "John Cena" became the number one trending video YouTube thanks to her high-spirited instrumentation and dynamic lyrics.

Her popping pink dress with fuschia feathers trimmed along the bottom match her pink braids and Nike kicks. With a contagious smile that can turn to a stank face real quick, the artist's entrancing electronic beats paired with her irresistible melodies make Madjozi a standout. She weaves in her dance moves from start to finish paying homage to her Xitsonga lyrics.

Recently gracing the cover of the July issue of Cosmopolitan SA, she was also featured on South African rapper and producer phH Raw X's latest single "Ibeballinho." Madjozi dropped her 13-track project in 2018 'Limpopo Champions League' featuring the sounds of Makhadzi, Kwesta, Makwa, Marioo, Aubrey Qwana, pH Raw X, and Ycee. She also won Newcomer of the Year and Female Artists of the Year at the 2019 South African Music Awards.

Her big wins and catchy single caught the eye of the real-life John Cena who crowned her a legend on his Instagram account.

 

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The award-winning entertainer will perform at AfroPunk in Atlanta, GA (Oct. 12) after her two live sets in September and October in South Africa.

Watch below Sho Madjozi electrify during her Colors Studio performance and some of the best clips from the #JohnCenaChallenge below.

Guys what’s happening!?!?!? I can’t see who just posted me !!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/8t05fwQJZM

— #LimpopoChampionsLeague (@ShoMadjozi) August 17, 2019

One million views!!!!!! 🎉 🎉🎉🎉 Thanks for watching #ColorsxShoMadjozi 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 shoutout to @dwpacademy !!! Shoutout to @colorsxstudios for allowing us to do our thing 🤗🤗🤗 Which crew are youuuu???? #JohnCena pic.twitter.com/wECYHMI6kK

— #LimpopoChampionsLeague (@ShoMadjozi) August 21, 2019

Today I met this beautiful dancers and decided to Choreograph something and mind you it was a last minute thing and we fell in love with this song by: @ShoMadjozi #johncenachallenge #Johncena 💃💃💃 hope you enjoy 🔥🔥🔥🔥 can the song be out already because Wow! Istoomuch pic.twitter.com/5ys1Qfmvy5

— Meltzino💚 (@melitaramokgos1) August 21, 2019

#JohnCena please RT to the world, 🔥🙏🏿🔊💯 pic.twitter.com/8X3YbtgCsT

— #IThAmBo OUT RN! "🔥 (@IamLeeCore) August 22, 2019

At school and feeling @ShoMadjozi new hit #JohnCena pic.twitter.com/WuWG4uR222

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