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Revolt TV & Chevrolet Take “A Journey Into Sound” With Terrace Martin & The 2016 Malibu Hybrid

Revolt & Chevrolet teamed up for an unforgettable "Journey Into Sound".

What better way to enjoy California’s gorgeous Pacific Coast Highway than to cruise down the scenic route in a brand new 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid, while on the way to a media influencer roundtable to discuss music for Revolt TV? No better way I tell you. On June 7th and 8th, Revolt and Chevrolet teamed up for an unforgettable trip.

After a two-hour drive in the high tech Malibu Hybrid from Santa Barbara to Malibu (which was playlist powered by Sowmya Krishnamurthy's 90s era East Coast Hip-Hop and R&B), we arrived at the plush Malibu Beach House hotel, where every room has an ocean view. My media colleagues and I changed into more dinner appropriate attire for the Revolt TV roundtable discussion titled “A Journey Into Sound,” on all things music business at Future’s favorite sushi restaurant, NOBU.

In LA for @revolttv w/ this great group! @amritsingh @devibrown @terracemartin @sowmyak @nickhuff #chevymalibu

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With the conversation hitting on hot and heavy topics like the importance of social media in today’s music world, the current climate of live shows, artist inspiration and the relevance of critics, the recorded segment will be sure to raise some eyebrows and spark debate. The panelists: radio hosts Devi Brown aka Devi Dev; Hot97's Laura Stylez; digital content creators Nick Huff of HardKnockTV; Kimberly Hines of SoulBounce; Pandora’s Hip-Hop channel controller Justin Boland; Zoila Darton of Mayimba Music; journalists Stephen Bardo and Sowmya K; moderators Armit of Revolt; media host Vanessa James; and the man of the hour, producer of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Terrace Martin brought heat to the table.

The next morning, the crew enjoyed a great brunch conversation and learned more about the Chevy Malibu Hybrid, which boasts an impressive 47mpg on the highway and 46mpg in the city. The low emissions are evident with the ride, as you’ll think the car isn’t on when you push the ignition button. Super quiet and virtually no shake on start up, the Malibu was sure and steady as we drove mic’d up in the GoPro-outfitted Hybrids from Malibu to Revolt’s Los Angeles studio.

During the hour trip, the assigned partners were paired up in the rides (that's my squad above) to continue the love of music talk and try out the many new additions to the redesigned vehicle.

Once at the slickly designed Revolt studios, where original art pieces of soul, hip-hop and rock legends adorn the walls, the brigade was thoroughly entertained by the enormous jazz infused talents of the multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin and his energetic band. “We are just going with the moments right now. That’s how jazz is, you have to take time to let those moments live musically.” Between variations on Kendrick Lamar’s “These Walls” and “I’m Real” (where a young songstress Rose Gold did the chorus lovely), Martin schooled the audience on the fact that soul doesn’t have a color or region, that music is boundless and we need to let the youth explore music with no barriers…a true journey into sound.


Be on the look out for the program on Revolt TV, as VIBE was honored to be a part of the project. Better yet, we’ll keep you posted on the air dates, we got you.

Still Photos By Laetitia Rumford (www.lmrproduction.com)

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Billboard and VIBE joined forces for the second annual R&B and Hip-Hop Power Players event on Thursday night (October 17). Held at New York City's Union City, the brands honored the 100 accomplished music executives, agents and more who made the third annual list for their outstanding contributions of driving, influencing and guiding the music industry and hip-hop culture today.

Billboard Executive Director of R&B/Hip-Hop Gail Mitchell and VP of Culture Media/VIBE Editor-in-Chief Datwon Thomas greeted guests at the invite-only reception saying, "Big shout to the team that puts this together, we just want everyone to know that this is a night of celebration. A lot of people have been working in the game for a long time - you are here tonight so you are all winning." He added, "We thank you for taking the time to celebrate your colleagues."

Shortly after, the hosts presented Steve Pamon with the Billboard Executives of the Year Award shared with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. As he accepted his award, the Parkwood Chief Operating Officer delivered a speech saying, “This award was given to myself and Beyoncé, but the award truly belongs to the team behind me. We live off respect and responsibility. A sincere thank you.” He went on to say, “We live off of respect and the responsibility of being around all of you. You are hip-hop. We are hip-hop. It’s not about us. It’s about us all.”

The late Nipsey Hussle was honored with the Billboard Impact Award for his contributions to breaking barriers of cultural appropriation, young professionals seeking educational resources in science, tech and mathematics spaces, and positivity in his community. Prior to Marathon Agency co-founder, Steve Carless, acceptance of the world on Hussle's behalf, there was a 30-second moment of silence.

In his emotional yet encouraging speech, Carless said, “I accept this on behalf of Nipsey, his family, and all his loved ones and his children. What this means to me, it’s a testament to his hard work and dedication." He added, "Congrats to everyone who made this year. It’s a huge honor...One thing I do want to say it, this award is about inspiration. Responsibility is to uplift each other mentor each other and lead each other. May all of us leave here and know we have a responsibility.”

As attendees enjoyed beverages and captured Instagram-worthy images at the Billboard and VIBE cover-inspired installations, rappers Casanova and Young M.A hit the stage, respectively, to perform their popular singles. Flip through photos and interviews from Thursday night's event down below.

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21 Savage And Doja Cat Close Out The Summer At Genius' IQ/BBQ Concert

With summer slowly closing its curtains, Genius held its third annual Genius IQ/BBQ and live concert on (Sept. 7) in Brooklyn, NY. After the end-of-summer event opened its doors and hit capacity, music lovers who made it were in for an interactive, day-long experience.

Presented by Boost Mobile, the free event offered a sky deck view and lounge for V.I.P. guests as well as a warehouse full of both indoor and outdoor experiences. From vendors to ice-cold White Claw beverages to a one-of-a-kind multiplayer trivia game, attendees' attentions were absorbed in activities and an all-around good time. In between sets and as the indoor stage radiated hues of purple, DJ S.WHiT! spun hits from your 1st or 2nd generation iPod.

RCA recording artist Destiny Rodgers took the stage to command the room with her hip-hop, pop, and R&B infused set as she performed her singles, "North$ide," "Apologies," "Lockdown," and "Tomboy."

Hailing from South Haven, Indiana, self-taught guitarist Omar Apollo brought the funk, psychedelic rock, and rhythm and blues while performing "Kickback," "You Got Me," "Unbothered," and "Brakelights."

Yung Baby Tate sported a dark purple laced bustier, black skirt, and thigh-high boots while she sang her hits "Pretty Girl," "That Girl," and "Beckham." The Atlanta producer, rapper, and singer also performed her unreleased track "All Dat" and paid homage to Nicki Minaj while she rapped her "Babytron/Megatron" rendition.

Ann Marie slowed the BBQ down with her R&B sounds rocking a late '90s/2000s-inspired black leather fit. The Interscope Records songstress melodically delivered "Handle It," "Unlove You," "Ride For Me," "Throw It Back," and "My Body," while her backup dancers kept up with their hard-hitting moves.

Rising rapper and Bronx-native Lil Tjay helped to warm up the crowd with his newly released single "F.N." that had the crowd putting their middle fingers up. The 18-year-old Columbia Records signee rapped through his reflective lyrics keeping the crowd hooked from start to finish.

The one and only Doja Cat fans warmed the artist up before she appeared on stage, chanting "Doja, Doja, Doja, Doja." Rocking a yellow, black, and white Fashion Nova pantsuit and jacket set, the 23-year-old engaged with her fans singing her hits "Roll With Us," "Go To Town," "So High," "Game," "Juicy," "Tia Tamara," and "Moo!."

Headliner 21 Savage took over the stage with a 30-minute set as shades of red with hints of green captured the emotion in the UK-native's performance. The Billboard chart-topping rapper took his fans back in time opening  with his 2016 single "Red Opps." 21 carried his set going into Savage Mode with "No Heart," and "X" and gave fans a few M's while rapping "Bank Account."

The Not All Heroes Wear Capes artist closed out the event with performances of "Don't Come Out The House" and "10 Freaky Girls" off of his 2018 album, making the third annual Genius IG/BBQ live concert an event to remember.

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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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