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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

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Vic Mensa Covers' 'Zombie' In Honor Of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

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@93PUNX - ZOMBIES 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♀️ RIP DOLORES. art by @lucasbavid

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City Girls And Cardi B Bask In Their Bootyliciousness For 'Twerk' Video

As it is written, so it must be done, and there's a whole lot of shakin' going on in The City Girls' video, "Twerk."

The video for the Cardi-B-assisted track features some of the finest twerkers the world has to offer, who were encouraged to show off their skills for a contest last year. The winner would receive $50,000. Not only did the winner get "flewed out," the woman with the best skills was highlighted at the end of the visual.

Elsewhere in the video, Yung Miami and Cardi are painted in head-to-toe jungle body paint (Miami as a zebra, and Cardi as a tiger), and are seen on the beach and on a yacht shakin' it with the best of them. They lead the group of dancers through various scenes- all of which do not feature the presence of a man- so they can live their best bootylicious lives in peace and reclaim their sexuality. During JT's verse, the group dances in front of a mural of the incarcerated MC.

The song itself has been streamed over 215 million times, and is featured on the duo's album, Girl Code. The Floridians gained national exposure after being featured on Drake's "In My Feelings," however, hey've proven to be standalone entities in their own right.

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Bad Bunny's "Mia" Causes Mass Parade In Streets Of Puerto Rico On 'Fallon'

Bad Bunny brought the party to The Tonight Show and to the streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday (Jan. 15) with Jimmy Fallon.Performing his new single "Mia" with Fallon and The Roots, the four of them walked the streets of Puerto Rico drawing in a large crowd of fans and followers behind them.

Opening on Fallon and The Roots walking through the streets of Puerto Rico, the video shows group as they stumble across the 24-year-old sitting alone. Bad Bunny joins them, taking them on an adventure through the streets. The late night host and his band march alongside the “Solo de Mi" artist with tambourines, timbale sticks and maracas while women and men dressed in streetwear and the best of carnival clothing dance behind Bunny and Fallon as they wave Puerto Rico's national flag. As the crowd of participants grew, the crowd eventually reached parade sized proportions.

This prerecorded segment features the studio version of "Mia" without the Spanish verse delivered by hip-hop's golden boy Drake.  The track aslo comes from the reggaeton singer's debut Long Play record, X100PRE.

Check out the full video of Bad Bunny with the boy from The Tonight Show above.

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