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Vevo's LIFT Initiative Plans To Highlight Khalid's Artistry

Get ready to see more on Khalid.

Along with the debut of his latest project, American Teen, Khalid was named the first artist of 2017 for Vevo's LIFT initiative.

The 19-year-old artist will undergo an artist development program that has helped elevate the name of artists like Alessia Cara, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar and more. The announcement arrives simultaneously with the release of Khalid's album American Teen. The six-week LIFT program focuses on giving fans an inside look at the rise of an artist, and first-hand insight of the creation of their persona and project.

In the upcoming weeks, Vevo is planning to release "Becoming," a short film where artists get to tell their story in a unique way. In his version of the visual, the rising artist will tackle topics like love, hope, and his childhood. "Becoming" will also dig into Khalid's creative process in a cinematic frame that will encompass scenes from El Paso, Texas. The RCA Records artist gained his notoriety from his hit "Location" where he discusses his experience of moving from New York to Texas, and his latest project is a honest interpretation of his life.

As part of the campaign, Vevo will release a performance by Khalid titled "Stripped," which will be filmed this month in Los Angeles. To kick it off, Vevo released his video for "American Teen."

 

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Rico Nasty To Release 'Anger Management' LP In April

Rico Nasty allowed much time to go by without new music. Since the release of her debut album Nasty last year, the rapper has released a steady amount of singles and slayed guest spots on tracks with Doja Cat and Amine. Now the 21-year-old is ready to drop another LP perfectly titled, Anger Management. 

On Sunday (March 24), Rico hopped on Instagram Live to share the news. A date hasn't been put in place but she assured that the project will "probably come out in April." Like many of her projects, Rico will team up with producer extraordinaire Kenny Beats. Rico revealed how she wants fans "to really enjoy it" as she will jump into different sounds and styles.

From what Rico disclosed in her Instagram Live, Anger Management will feature guest spots from Earthgang and "Intro part 2" rapper Splurge.

The "Countin' Up'" artist has always been unique in her style and comfortable in her own skin. Nasty, which was featured on our EOY lists last year, showed how successful Rico is at mixing trap and pop. Seems like fans can expect the same magic this time around.

Rico was most recently at SXSW and will perform at Coachella in April.

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NEW COLLAB PROJECT WITH @kennybeats (THE WHITE MAN) Called ANGER MANAGEMENT Coming Soon COMMENT an ANGRY EMOJI IF YOU ARE READY TO RELIEVE SOME STRESS 👺👹😡🤬

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Barbados' 2019 Reggae Festival To Feature Buju Banton, Barrington Levy And More

On the heels of its 15th installment, Barbados is gearing up for the return of its Reggae Festival from April 27-30. The concert will be attended by Splash Band, Judy Boucher, Barrington Levy, plus more prominent voices in the genre.

To kick-off the festivities, Buju Banton will hit the stage on April 27 at Kensington Oval. According to a press release, the last time the "Hills And Valleys" artist performed in Barbados was at the country's 2006 edition of the same festival. Artists set to perform as well include Spragga Benz, Wayne Wonder and more.

On day two (April 28), Pirates Cove will serve as a temporary performing space for another iconic musician, Sizzla. Busy Signal will also rock the mic ahead of the festival's finale at Kensington Oval. The location will be home to the Vintage Reggae Show and Dance (April 30), that'll host performances by Admiral Tibet, George Nooks, and the pioneering Barrington Levy.

Tickets for the event are available here.

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Prepare Thyself: Lil Kim's New Album Will Drop In May

Lil Kim announced via social media early today (Mar. 26) that her new album will drop on May 17. The Queen Bee’s next project is called 9, and will be lead by the single “Go Awff.” In a photo of herself in a blonde wig and a Balenciaga outfit, the big news was unveiled.

Additionally, Kim wrote that a video for “Go Awff” will drop this Friday (Mar. 26). She told fans over the weekend during a performance in Atlantic City, N.J. that the album would drop within the next few months, and will feature a Rick Ross collaboration.

The number 9 bears a special significance in Kim’s life. June 9 is the day her daughter Royal Reign was born, and March 9 was the day her dear friend, the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., was killed. Additionally, this is her ninth project (five albums and four mixtapes).

This will be Kim’s first official album since 2005’s The Naked Truth, which featured the singles “Lighters Up” and “Whoa.” Since then, she’s appeared on multiple tracks from artists such as Remy Ma, Keyshia Cole and Maino, just to name a few.

Watch her announcement and listen to “Go Awff” below.

LIL’ KIM ANNOUNCED HER NEW ALBUM “9” RELEASE DATE....May 17th 2019. Will you be supporting Queen Bee? pic.twitter.com/jvr7wNNGwR

— E S S E N C E O F S E A N (@SEAN_THE_FINALE) March 24, 2019

Drip Too Hard 💧 | #GoAwff Video out Friday 🎥 | New Album “9” drops May 17th 💿 pic.twitter.com/FjPM47dEbo

— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) March 26, 2019

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