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5 Moments That Made RBMA Montreal A Magical Experience For Music Lovers

Read more about VIBE's experience at Red Bull Music Academy Montreal. 

When it comes to Red Bull Music Academy, the institution is not only reputable but an organic experience that has always been deeply involved in celebrating music from around the world.

For its 18th edition and first Canadian edition since Toronto in 2007, Montreal served as the host city for this year's Academy. Known as the epicenter of Canadian artistic experimentation, RBMA offered coolly curated courses over a five-week span, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 28, providing attendees educational workshops and lectures featuring esteemed musicians, opportunities for up-and-coming musicians to collaborate in a nurturing creative space, and exclusive concerts featuring artists from a diverse musical landscape.

VIBE had the opportunity to experience Red Bull Music Academy Montreal, taking in many gems from the one-of-a-kind experience. Here, we break down five moments that were truly magical moments music lovers could appreciate.

Sampha Set Montreal Ablaze With An Emotional Live Performance 

London-bred singer and producer Sampha brought all the feels to Montreal to kick off the RBMA's musical week in a major way. Although often perceived as a recluse, the 27 year-old took center stage at the Fairmount Theatre, filling the dimly lit venue's four walls with his signature cinematic sound, somberly tip-toeing from soul to electronic and pop. Between preparing to release his debut album Process, finally embarking on his first-ever solo tour, and bringing his new live show to life with additional help from an outstanding live band (which includes cello virtuosa and Dev Hynes collaborator Kelsey Lu), the night felt like a home run for the vocal talent that's been lending himself to the likes of Kanye West, SBTRKT, Drake and many more all these years, finally and rightfully stepping into the spotlight he deserves. Reminiscing with old tunes from his past EPs Sundanza and Dual, he also treated eager fans in the audience to sound byte appetizers from Process, "Timmy's Prayer" and "Blood on Me" that sent everyone soaring into musical bliss.

How RP Boo Climbed The Ranks Of Chicago's Footwork Scene

For those residing outside of the area codes of 312, 773 and 872, footwork is probably a foreign culture in itself. Nevertheless, the high-energy dance style that calls the city of Chicago home has been around since the 80s, fusing music and street dance. To shed light on the ever-growing phenom that's been making its way around the globe, RMBA welcomed Chicago producer RP Boo to chat with participants in a lecture that schooled everyone on the origin and expansion of footwork, along with his journey through the battle-like scene. Interestingly, RP Boo shared that he didn't see producing nor DJing in his future. Instead, it was the twists and turns of peoples feet at parties that interested him. "I saw the kids dancing and was hooked," he said. "I fell in love."

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Along with a touching story about finding himself through footwork, RP Boo proudly showed off his own moves during the lecture to a participant who was curious to see if he still had it in him. The answer? Press play on the video above and prepare to be amazed.

Catching Vibes With Musical Talents From Across The World 

They say love is the universal language, but you can't really leave music out of the debate either. Aside from RBMA presenting outstanding lectures and concerts, the Academy served as an once in a lifetime opportunity for 70 young music makers hailing from 38 different countries to swap ideas and collaborate, creating one-of-a-kind music with the help of ten bedroom-sized studios, a main recording studio, and all the analog and electronic instruments one could dream of.  And with the participants music styles ranging from Latin-futurism to post-disco, jazz, club/bass, folk and many more, there were tons of sounds and perspectives to take in.

Thundercat And His Bass Guitar Turned Kaleidoscope 1754 Upside Down

To put it simply: We don't deserve the greatness that is Thundercat. The bass guitarist, producer and singer hailing from Los Angeles, Calif. took the stage Kaleidoscope 1754 around midnight and sent all into a frenzy with the freaky chops emanating from his trusty bass.

We truly don't deserve the magic that is Thundercat.

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Thundercat, who appeared on Kendrick Lamar's critically acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly and won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his work on the track, "These Walls," reminded all in the crowd that night what true musicianship looks, feels and sounds like.

Greg Phillinganes Schools All On His Star-Studded Catalog

There's something so unequivocally cool about being schooled on throwback hits that you can't do anything but stop what you're doing, listen and soak up all the knowledge. The aforementioned certainly occurred when keyboardist Greg Phillinganes one of the many lectures of the week, chronicling his journey from a young Detroit boy with his eyes set on breaking into the industry to actually putting his fresh talent to work during some most prolific session musicians. Most notably, his stories from Michael Jackson (contributing to nearly every one of his solo albums), including behind-the-scenes details on the culmination of Jackson's 1982 "Thriller," which was actually recorded as a demo under the name "Starlight" to Stevie Wonder (playing in Wonder's Wonderlove band). "In high school, I remember telling friends of mine that I would play with Stevie Wonder one day. I had posters of him on my walls. I was really absorbed in his music. I felt like I had this connection with him," he shared.

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Ayesha Curry Celebrates Google Assistant Partnership With Thanksgiving Recipe

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Ayesha Curry has teamed up with Google Assistant to share a hearty recipe or two for the chef in you.

To celebrate their partnership, the entrepreneur and mother of three made an appearance at Google's Friendsgiving event in New York City SoHo district on Thursday night (Nov. 14). Before starting a cooking demo, Curry talked about her love for cooking, the importance of family sitting around the table for a meal, and how Google Assistant has helped make her life easier.

"I think it's great because I can walk into my kitchen, child in hand while making a bottle, and ask what the rest of my day looks like. I can just say, 'Hey Google, what does the rest of my day look like' and it'll pull up my whole schedule and it's just one extra peace of mind because I didn't have to do anything tangible. It's effortless... It's like a digital version of a cookbook with how-tos, timers, everything in one and it can truly be integrated into your kitchen."

After using Google Assistant to playfully cue the Kids Bop version of "Truth Hurts," Ayesha whipped up her new Fall Bread Pudding with Brown Butter Apples recipe on a cast iron enamel skillet from her cookware collection. Not only did the device give step-by-step instructions, but it also provided her with alternative ingredients for one of the ingredients.

"With this recipe, you'll see it's super easy, it's fool-proof. Baking is so scientific, this [recipe] is not that. That's what I love about it."

After serving the cooked bread pudding to the audience, the Seasoned Life author talked about her upcoming cookbook in collaboration with one of her sisters and what people can expect.

"It's going to packed, full of flavor. The realistic nature of this [cooking mother] situation is that unless I'm writing a cookbook and developing recipes, I'm not cooking every night at home. That's just not realistic. We all have jobs, we all have things we're taking care of, but I'm always trying to get a meal on the table.

"So that's what this new book is really going to be about. It's going to be about quick, simple, easy ways [to cook]. I tried to keep everything 30 minutes or less, but it's packed and full of flavor."

Ayesha Curry's Fall Bread Pudding recipe can be found exclusively on any Google Nest device. If you're a Google Assistant users, simply say "Hey Google, show me Ayesha Curry's fall bread pudding recipe" and you'll have a sweet and savory dessert for your Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) dinner.

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Billboard And VIBE Host Second Annual R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Event

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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