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Vic Mensa Joins Christian Scott For 1800 Tequila And Billboard's "The Refined Players" Series

“The marriage of jazz and hip hop has always inspired me."

Vic Mensa is set to appear in a video series with trumpeter Christian Scott in partnership with Billboard and 1800 Tequila. The new project promises to be a strong follow up to Billboard and 1800 Tequila's Back to the Block series which was named a top 10 Branded Content Campaign by AdAge in 2016.

The five-part series, titled "The Refined Players," chronicles Scott's journey of assembling jazz musicians from New York to Philly to New Orleans. In the documentary series, the composer partnered up with the Chicago MC for a new hip-hop and jazz-fused track as well as a live performance at the famed New Orleans' Preservation Hall.

“Musically, it’s instinctual for me to pull in sonic influences from all over the world,” said Scott. “As a band leader and collaborator, it’s been an incredible journey to pull together individual talents from all over the country for this project. Independently, each of us bring our own raw sound and creative energy into the mix. The final product will be a true testament of hard work, collaboration, and sonic diversity.”

Throughout the series, the musicians call on the likes of Scott- Joe Dyson, Weedie Braimah, Joe Harley, Elena Pinderhughes and Derrick Hodge and discuss their lives growing up, and how music has shaped them.

"Working with 1800 and Christian Scott was an amazing experience,” said Mensa. “The marriage of jazz and hip hop has always inspired me, so to be able to create with such a talented group of musicians has been invigorating and exciting for me.”

The Refined Players documentary series will begin to roll out on November 28th on Billboard.com/1800refinedplayers, Billboard's social handles, and 1800 Tequila's social handles with the final track slated for release on December 8th.

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“Above and Beyond, G-EAZY, Kaskade and Skrillex are among the other artists who will have exclusive residencies at the complex,” the report reads. KAOS will reportedly open in April. “KAOS is part of the Palms’ $690 million renovation that features state-of-the-art technology designed to enhance performances including a rotating 360-degree DJ booth.”

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