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DJ Spotlight: Chooky Returns To DC Roots For New Podcast

Capitol Hill has been a focal spot for many things: The White House, The Wire, House of Cards, and perhaps now Chooky (aka Chas Derr) can be added to that list. The DC-area native has returned to the Chooky moniker after some time away working on production for various high profile pop and hip-hop artists so that he can blow the roof off of the EDM estate. His first step in doing so: his newest bi-monthly podcast that smashes any regard for genres, 'The Chronicles Of ChooKy.' Get the inside dish on what the Moombahton producer has to offer:

VIBE: It's exciting to hear you are working with guys like Tittsworth and David Heartbreak. What is the most important personality trait you like to see in someone you are working with in the studio?
Chooky: Yes, I am so excited to be working with these cats! For me, a great attitude is really important. When working through a song with someone, the energy and vibe in a room can really effect how I personally work. Naturally connecting with another producer/artist is the greatest feeling and I think it really shows in the music. I also believe having an open mind is an important trait. Music has gradually become something that everyone can make, by themselves on their computer, and that has really tarnished the artistry of collaborating. That's what music should be all about

What is the essential folcrum point that pushes you to shift your attention from one project to the next?
Hearing new sounds, styles and/or songs like nothing before can usually inspire me to shift gears. The first time I heard dubstep or electro, I was so intrigued I had to figure out the "how to" behind all of the sound design. Then with moombahton, the latin rhythms mixed with Dutch house seemed so natural to me - I needed to produce it. Now a days, with so many subgenres and artists, I am always pulling reference or influence from someone (or something), somewhere.

If this podcast could be compared to any podcast out there, which would be the most flattering for you to hear?
Honestly, I don't think there is another podcast out there like "The Chronicles of ChooKy," only because it cycles through so many different genres while featuring lots of artists people haven't heard of yet. I always want the audience to hear something new or discover a new artist when they listen.

Aside from actively listening to the podcast, what is the best activity to be doing while enjoying your mix?
The podcast starts with a bang, cools down, and then picks right back up again so working out is probably a great activity. A lot of the tunes aren't just for the club either, so it's a good mix for driving from place to place or rocking out at your office during break.

If this podcast is any indication of what is in store for Chooky, the future looks very promising.

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Who'd-A-Thunk?: Sir Elton John Is A Huge Fan Of A Tribe Called Quest

Sir Elton John interviewed Q-Tip for his Beats 1 radio show, Rocket Hour, where he raved about A Tribe Called Quest’s influence and impact. In clips of the episode, the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” singer called Q-Tip “a legend,” and thanked him for his service with the Tribe, who he called the “seminal hip-hop band of all-time.”

“If you don’t know A Tribe Called Quest, you’re stupid,” he said. “But if you listen to [‘Electric Relaxation’], you’ll understand why I rave about them.” Sir Elton John was part of ATCQ’s final album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, for the song “Solid Wall Of Sound." The latter interpolates the British musician’s song “Bennie And The Jets.”

“I was so happy to play that,” Sir Elton beamed of the 2016 song. “That’s where we first met you came to London, and we did a track in the studio, and it was such a huge honor for me. I was so excited. I just absolutely love this. This is such a takedown of what’s going on … That is such a great track. The album is a fantastic record. If you’re gonna bow out with a record, you better do something like that.”

Q-Tip was audibly thrilled to hear the compliments from the music legend, stating that John’s thoughts on “Electric Relaxation” being one of his favorite tracks from the year 1993 was a “pinch-me” moment.

“I’m just like still kind of like, ‘Am I dreaming?’ I feel like I’m in a different universe,” he said.

Elton John has been vocal about his appreciation for hip-hop and R&B in the past. Recently, he did a cover of Khalid’s song “Young, Dumb and Broke,” and he has an affinity for the music and style of Young Thug.

Listen to the clips from the show below.

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A big show this week, as @QTipTheAbstract joins me for a special edition of my #RocketHour on @beats1official airing this Thursday! Listen 10am LA / 1pm NY / 6pm UK 🚀

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Emotional Orange Releases Callings Of Love On "Corners Of My Mind"

Mysterious duo Emotional Oranges are taking a reflective route with "Corners Of My Mind," a gentle ode to an old love.

The track which can be found on the duo's SoundCloud page was inspired by their friend who went through a bad breakup. It seems to be the fitting track towards the end of a coming of age romance where the couple goes their separate ways. In an email to VIBE, the faceless group explained how love was the seed that planted the smooth track.

"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

The LA-based pair croons about a painful love life on the soft pop beat. "It was yesterday/You couldn't look me in my eyes, and then/There was nothing more that I could say/I thought what we had was unbreakable/Guess I was wrong/Opened it up, gave you my all/I know it seemed like you weren't enough/Try to forget, peace and reset/But I can't forgive you no more." 

Emotional Oranges have released just a few singles, including the bouncy bop "Motion" and "Personal" that gained fanfare online.

According to the musical pair's Twitter page, fans can expect a new EP, as well as a tour announcement and "cute merch" following "Corners Of My Mind."

 

it’s going to be an exciting few weeks for the orange gang 🍊! new music, ep + tour announce, cute merch etc can’t wait for you guys to see it all x pic.twitter.com/R6biAHWl26

— Emotional Oranges 🍊 (@emotionalorange) March 19, 2019

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Allow Salma Slims To Provide "Seasoning" With Her Irresistible Flow

Salma Slims has come out the kitchen with some new heat.

The Private Club Records prodigy recently released a new song titled "Seasoning," giving her fans the sauce they've craved and then some.

"My flow change like seasons/this that sauce that seasoning/do the whole rap game breezy," Slims rapped on the record produced by Cam Wallace who has worked with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. The track single is a teaser for what fans can expect for the artist's and model's upcoming project Runway Rapper expected later this year.

Although she's presently an up-and-coming hip-hop artist and a successful model, instead of rapping about the current "hats" she wears, Slims recalled her past life working in retail as a reminder of tough days.

"Double the dose/I  do this s**t for my bros/I do this s**t for the days I was workin' at Lowes/That s**t was pushin' me close," she rhymed as she rode the beat. Slims also had smoke for anyone who could be bitin' her style and how chasing a "bag" is the only thing she needs.

"Might take a hit from the bong/B***h I get lit while I'm gone/Bitin' my style man, n***as is clones/They just can't leave me alone/I'm in the house like Jerome/I'm in the house like Jerome/Might put life in a song/I put my life in a song." 

"One eighty on the dash/Lil' n***a speeding/Big bag only thing I'm needing/I'm bad Mike Jack wanna beat it." 

Keep an eye out for Atlanta's rising rapper, she's the pinch of seasoning the industry needs.

 

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This that sauce 🍜 that Seasoning 🧂!!!link in bio !! I’m getting so much love on this song from y’all keep streaming. Let’s keep going up we just getting warmed up. #TeamSalma

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