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With a diverse and exciting lineup, the debut Tropicália Music & Taco Festival is quickly approaching next week. The festival will take place on November 11 at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, CA, allowing fans to indulge in a wide selection of all-you-can-eat tacos while enjoying performances from the likes of Chicano Batman, Kali Uchis, and Jhené Aiko.
To help you sort through the roster of talent, we’ve compiled a list of five artists you don’t want to miss. In no particular order, let’s begin:
Smino has been racking up his accolades all year. From his critically-acclaimed blkswn debut to touring with SZA and T-Pain, the St. Louis star continues to refine his back-to-back multi-entendres and punchy delivery. His high-octane energy always makes for an unforgettable preformance.
2. Jessie Reyez
Jessie Reyez radiates with soul and passion on each track. Her seriously divine vocal work leaves her emotions raw and uncut. The Toronto-based artist highlights her versatility from dainty acoustic ballads like “Figures” to aptly confident bangers like “Blue Ribbon” with Tim Suby, sure to please new fans and familiar faces alike
GoldLink has come a long way since The God Complex. Recently crowned platinum for At What Cost single “Crew” with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy, the DMV representative uses his finger roll flow and taste for bouncy beats to craft vivid stories for all. With another North America headlining tour in the books and a Europe tour on the way, be sure to wile out with GoldLink.
4. Cosmo Pyke
Tropicalia Fest will mark a rare performance from London gem Cosmo Pyke. Cuts like “Great Dane” and “Chronic Sunshine” use a colorful palette to paint a warm atmosphere. His soothing voice glides over buttery guitar licks that reels in listeners with ease.
5. Jorja Smith
I first came across Jorja Smith when she unveiled Project 11 back in 2016. After featuring on Drake‘s More Life project earlier this year and “Tyrant” by Kali Uchis, Jorja continues to climb the charts. Her latest offering with Preditah titled “On My Mind” combines her flawless croons with whipping production to create a late night experience.
Check out the full lineup for Tropicália below and learn more here.
W&V mainstay naji is a true talent that’s had me hooked ever since I stumbled across his music a few months ago. To give listeners a peak into his mind, the multitalented artist has shared a new video titled “Creator and Thinker: An Introduction to Naji.” He dives into his musical background, the creation of his recent project The Optimist, and what he wants fans to ultimately take away from both himself and his music. Topped off with a cameo from The Kount, the video leaves us excited to watch naji and his crew continue to flourish in the near future.
Check out “Creator and Thinker: An Introduction to Naji” below.
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The DMV’s own GoldLink continues to takeover the scene with his unhampered flow, clever lyrics, and endless energy. Ahead of his forthcoming headlining tour with Masego and EARTHGANG, GoldLink teams up with Vevo for “We Are The Flowers In Your Dustbin.” The video follows GoldLink around his hometown as he discusses his inspirations, his progress so far, and the growing gentrification that’s sweeping the nation.
Check out “We Are The Flowers In Your Dustbin” and GoldLink’s upcoming tour dates below.
As the latest installment of Filmsupply Presents, “Fukuro” bridges the gap between several cultures. The video features the saucy track from Lege Kale and jåmvvis of the same name, brought to life by director duo Mindcastle and talented dancer Jessica Hu. As she is transported to the aisles of a Japanese supermarket, Jessica delivers a confident and hard-hitting performance to the thumping beat laced with woozy synths and echoing plucks.
Check out the video for “Fukuro” below.
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As We Arrive‘s own 9th Sage is celebrating this weekend with exciting news—his first Asia tour. Teaming up with Malaysia-based label SaturdaySelects, 9th Sage will bring his curation of sounds to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta in mid-August.
To hold us down in the meantime, 9th Sage has also shared his latest mix featuring the likes of GoldLink, Madeintyo, and Travis Scott. Be sure to keep a close eye on this multitalented artist by checking out the mix and tour flyer below.
It’s been just over two years since the world first enjoyed Cherry Bomb, but anxious fans won’t have to wait much longer for new music from Tyler, The Creator. On the heels of the Cherry Bomb documentary, Tyler will be releasing his forth studio album titled Scum Fuck Flower Boy. The fourteen-track adventure builds upon two previous singles, “Who Dat Boy” with A$AP Rocky and “911 / Mr. Lonely” featuring Steve Lacy, Frank Ocean, Anna Of The North, and ScHoolboy Q.
Prior to the album’s announcement, Tyler unveiled a set of visuals bundling “Who Dat Boy” and “911.” Tyler undergoes an experiment gone wrong, melting half of his face off in the process. After seeking help from and trading verses with surgeon A$AP Rocky, the video transitions to a cherry blossom garden as he serenades alongside Steve Lacy.
Peep the video for “Who Dat Boy” below and pre-order Scum Fuck Flower Boy, out July 21.
After talks of the first ever Soulection festival floating around the Internet throughout the past year, the wait is officially over—the Soulection Experience will arrive in Los Angeles this summer. The stacked roster of talent will take over Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds on August 12, featuring headliners Smino, Steve Lacy of The Internet, and Sabrina Claudio. Many other Soulection staples and collaborators will also take the stage, including San Diego representatives AbJo and Sasha Marie, fellow Zero Fatigue members monte booker and Rayvn Lenae, and flourishing producer j.robb. With special guests and surprises to come, this is one you don’t want to miss.
Check out the official flyer below and grab your tickets here.
Vince Staples has surprised fans today with a special tour announcement. The man behind Prima Donna will embark on a slew of shows starting on February 24 in San Diego, with frequent collaborator Kilo Kish along for the ride. No word yet if a new project is on the horizon, fingers crossed, but in the meantime you can check out the tour dates below before tickets go on sale this Friday.
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From the summer smash “Broccoli” with Lil Yachty to his money-loving “Cash Machine,” D.R.A.M. has emerged into the spotlight with his slew of viral hits. The Virginia hip-hop artist has kept the momentum going with a run of festival dates and will top off the year with his debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M.. Slated for release on October 21, the collection will feature the two aforementioned tracks, as well as further appearances from Young Thug and Erykah Badu.
In support of the album, D.R.A.M. has also announced a 2017 headlining tour. The string of shows kicks off in Nashville on January 13, stopping by the likes of New York, Norfolk, and San Diego before wrapping up in Los Angeles. No word yet on who will join D.R.A.M. on the road, but we’re sure each show will be an experience to remember.
Pre-order Big Baby D.R.A.M., and peep the tracklist and tour dates below. Grab your tickets here.
Dave B. is one of the most promising artists in the game right now. The Seattle-bred artist first caught my attention with “Olive Oil,” which quickly led me to his Punch Drunk and Coffee projects. Dave channels soul with his unique blend of singing and rapping throughout each track, most recently with his collaborative album with Sángo, Tomorrow.
Dave sat with Joe Kay on Soulection Radio to shed light on Tomorrow, his creative process, and his recent shows at The Novo and with Macklemore. The interview wraps up with a performance of “Zonin’,” the opening song of the album, as well as an unreleased track.
Check out the interview, live session, and full episode below.