LITTLE-SIMZ
Facebook

Little Simz Addresses Social Change In Her "Gratitude" Video

Little Simz has just released the video for "Gratitude" featuring The Hics, and its visuals capturea powerful spirit. 

Following much of her success gained from the critically acclaimed debut album, A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons, Little Simz has continued the conversation releasing a thought-provoking and socially aware visual for her latest single, "Gratitude," featuring The Hics.

The Jeremy Cole-directed video is yet another powerful video the two have collaborated on. Filmed and shot in Capetown, South Africa, the video effortlessly captures the landscape as well as actual clips from the recent #FeesMustFall protests led by activist Imraan Christian.

With lyrics in the hook like, "I'm crawling up these walls but they won't come down," the single and video powerfully channel the new generation's spirit towards activism and social change. In addition to the powerful video, the young, UK artist has announced a European leg of her Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons: The Tour. The tour, which will kick off on Jan. 17, will makes stops Berlin, Prague, Paris, London, where it will conclude in Australia at the end of February.

Take a look at Little Simz's video for "Gratitude" below. You can also check a full list of stops and dates for her here.

 

A CURIOUS TALE OF TRIALS + PERSONS: THE TOUR Dates:

17-Jan – Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
18-Jan – Aarhus, Denmark - Atlas
19-Jan – Odense, Denmark - Posten
20-Jan – Berlin, Germany - Yaam
22-Jan – Warsaw, Poland - Milosc
23-Jan – Prague, CZ - Chapeu Rouge
24-Jan – Vienna, Austria - Flex Café
26-Jan – Cologne, Germany - Luxor
29-Jan – Zurich, Switzerland - Exil
30-Jan – Bern, Switzerland - Club Bonsoir
2-Feb – Rouen, France - 106
3-Feb – Paris, France - La Maroquinnerie
5-Feb – Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg theater
6-Feb – Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
8-Feb – Birmingham, UK - Academy 3
9-Feb – Bristol, UK - Academy 2
10-Feb – Norwich, UK - Waterfront Studio
12-Feb – Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music hall
13-Feb – Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
15-Feb – Glasgow, UK - Garage
16-Feb – London, UK - Islington Academy
17-Feb – Brighton, UK - The Haunt
20-Feb – AucklanD, New Zealand - Splore Festival
23-Feb – Sydney, Australia - GoodGod Small Club 
24-Feb – Melbourne, Australia -  Howler 
25-Feb – Brisbane, Australia -  TBC Club 
26-Feb – Perth, Australia - Perth Festival

From the Web

More on Vibe

The Musical 'Exodus' Of Brian McKnight

With every grand entry, there usually comes a grand closing. In the case of R&B veteran Brian McKnight, it's no surprise that he has decided to end his 20-album run of compilations with his latest studio album, Exodus. Although McKnight doesn't consider this the end of his musical career, the singer-songwriter has decided to use this time to redirect his energy and time to truly living life and pursuing other endeavors.

"It's not really retirement. It's that I think that I've said everything I need to say as far as original music is concerned," he says in an on-camera interview with VIBE. "And it's funny because I have friends of mine that are calling like, so you're not writing for yourself and well, can I have those songs that you're going to write that you're not going to use?

"I'm like, sure. So that's another way to go, writing songs for other people. I just, there's so many other things that I want to do. I want to wake up every day and my wife and I just do whatever makes us happy."

With his single Earl Cohen-produced "Nobody" and 12 other signature, love tunes on the tracklist, Exodus serves as a solid body of work. The inspiration behind is last album of original work? The love of his life—his wife, Leilani—who he randomly crossed paths with at an event he was attending.

"I think the thing that people need to realize is that when you meet someone and all you want to do is give of yourself to them, then it's no longer about you."

Watch our full interview with McKnight where he talks about his new album, how he's been managing the new normal, quarantine life, why he's been able to stand the test of time and that thing called love.

Stream Brian's Exodus album on Apple Music, Spotify, or Tidal.

Continue Reading
DJ Cassidy

Watch: DJ Cassidy Debuts New Digital Music Show 'Pass The Mic' Featuring Legendary Music Greats

When we think of good times from back in the day, it's usually with some type of musical soundtrack that accompanies the action we think of fondly. Another layer to those scenes are usually the songs from the legendary artists that celebrity mixmaster, DJ Cassidy has on speed dial and in his new digital music show, Pass The Mic.

From the golden era to now, the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Jeff Red, Patrice Rushen, Ricky Bell & Bobby Brown of New Edition and many more, take turns passing the mic virtually over an impeccably timed mixed version DJ set by Cassidy, all from the comfort of their homes.

Having secured the social platform Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/djcassidy) for the debut run on Thursday (July 2) to the huge success of over 20k viewers, Cassidy reposted the 24-minute soul session in full through his Instagram TV (watch below).

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by DJ Cassidy (@djcassidy) on Jul 2, 2020 at 8:16pm PDT

DJ Cassidy explains the idea and inspiration for the program:

"This week is my birthday week, and since I’ve been known to celebrate by uniting my friends in droves and surprising them with legendary performances by iconic artists, I wanted to find a way to revisit that tradition in light of the times. One evening, during the heat of the quarantine, I FaceTimed with my dear friend and mentor, Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire. While we were catching up, his classic record, 'That’s The Way Of The World,' came on my speakers. Hearing that song, while on the phone with Verdine, put a smile on my face and brought me some much needed calm. I thought about how fortunate I was to have friendships with many of my heroes and how lucky I was to be able to enjoy their music in their company.

I wondered if I could find a way to share that special feeling with others, so I sat at my turntables in my living room and began Zooming with my musical heroes of 1970s and 1980s, literally passing the mic from one home to the next, in effort to honor and uplift the heroes around the world on the frontlines of health, freedom, and justice. The result is PASS THE MIC.

I hope this virtual mix moves others as much as it has moved me. I am forever grateful to my musical heroes for their decades of hope, inspiration, and soul, and with them, I celebrate all the heroes around the world."

Overwhelming love for the project has Cassidy already looking at version two sooner than later. Be on the look out for more live home performances from our music icons and DJ Cassidy.

Continue Reading
Pop Smoke attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 16, 2020 in Paris, France.
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Listen To Pop Smoke’s Posthumous Debut Album ‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’

Pop Smoke’s heavily anticipated debut album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, was released on Friday (July 3).

The album dropped with new cover art after Virgil Abloh caught backlash for his initial design. 50 Cent offered to help Abloh rework the cover but its unclear if he had a hand in the final product.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

SHOOT FOR THE STARS AIM FOR THE MOON Available Now 💫

A post shared by @ shootforthestars on Jul 2, 2020 at 9:07pm PDT

Pop Smoke, whose birth name was Bashar Jackson, was shot and killed in February. The Brooklyn native would have celebrated his 21st birthday on July 20.

Last month, the late rapper’s mother family announced the official launch of the Shoot for the Stars Foundation, which was established before his passing. “The foundation is meant to inspire inner city youth to do just what the name said ‘Shoot for the Stars,’” his mother said in a statement.

As for the album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon features 19 tracks, with guest appearances from 50 Cent, Quavo, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Tyga and more.

Listen below.

Continue Reading

Top Stories