Q&A With Chicago Based Hip Hop Artist KidMed

KidMed, where are you based out of?  How long you’ve been making music? I am based out of the West side of Chicago. I have been making music seriously since I was 13 years old. I had a rap group called “Point 3” with my best friends Chris & Edgar. How is the current state of Hip Hop in your city? The current state of HipHop is ready to be molded in my city. There are a lot of people who are successfully doing their own thing but everybody is doing exactly that… we are working separately and not...
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Dezert Eez – “Late Night Cognac Sessions” (Album Review)

Kalamazoo, MI artist Dezert Eez has formulated an LP called “Late Night Cognac Sessions”  loaded with ether from some Hip-Hops distinguished  heavyweights like Talib Kweli , Sky Zoo Bronze Nazareth Before this tape even started I was hyped by the potential of the sonic sound. The def of Cognitive is the act of conscious thinking and with these names and set up this could be a classic round. I was especially impressed with the way Dezert Eez broke down the way he created the meaning behind his n...
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Q&A With Hip Hop Collective Gladiator Pen

We notice your guy’s style is really Boom-Bap driven and focus on lyricism, let us know how your style if different than all the rap artists out there! Yo guys are really original!!!! I feel like we are unique because we have a wide range of MCs, from conscious to raw to lyrically brutal. Nobody wrote their Gladiator Pen verses to pay the bills or “make it”. We did it for the love of giving back through making music. We all are artists who stand alone, or in talented groups, but we take time aw...
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V. Aura – “Manifest” Ft. Yunoshi Lyon

DMV based Hip Hop artist V. Aura releases his new single titled “Manifest” featuring Yunoshi Lyon and produced by Potillo. 
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Social Media Finally Broke Into The Bachelorette — & Made It Better

One of the best Bachelor(ette) ideas floating around on the interwebs and in IRL conversations is pretty simple: Let the lead actually look their contestants up on the internet. Such a tradition-breaking move doesn’t even have to happen in the premiere. After all, a big draw of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is, hypothetically, the possibility of people falling for someone they would never even consider under normal circumstances. The complete sensory-deprivation of Bachelor Nation is one th...
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Open Mike Eagle – “Microfiche” (Video)

Before cohosting a great new show on Comedy Central (The New Negroes),…
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Medieval Action Game Mordhau Becomes Musical with Lute Bots

Recently released medieval multiplayer game Mordhau has grown in popularity over the past few weeks since its release and it’s not only thanks to the satisfying (albeit clunky) combat but also the efforts of the thriving modding community. The “Lute Bot” is a simple mod that allows players to play virtually any .midi file via […]
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NMPA Chief Compares Spotify To Uber As Songwriters vs Streamers Battle Escalates

On the day that Uber went public, NMPA head David Isrealite used the IPO to fire the latest salvo in the escalating battle the pits music publishers and songwriters against Spotify and other music streamers. Question: what are the differences between Uber and Spotify? Both are tech cos (not transportation/music cos). Both lose money. Both went public and enriched owners while most important input (drivers/songwriters) struggle with low pay. Is one better than other? If so why? — David Is...
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What The Fall Of PledgeMusic Means For Artists [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

With the news that crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic is entering Administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy, music marketing veterans Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert of the Music Biz Weekly podcast explore what went wrong, was it means for artists and the future of music crowdfunding.   [Author: Bruce Houghton]
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Deadicate – “Black Diamond”

San Francisco based underground Hip Hop artist Deadicate releases his new single titled “Black Diamond“, off his upcoming debut album “A Dying Age“.
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Why Every Musician Needs A SoundCloud Account

While fewer mainstream consumers use it and artists generally don't pull in as much revenue as from other streamers, Soundcloud is still an essential tool for every musician. ___________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 SoundCloud is the streaming service that gets no love. It’s not a big draw for music consumers, and many artists feel they don’t make enough money from it. If you’re a musician (and you don’t have to be an artist), neither of those are good en...
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Respected Touring Trade Amplify Shifts To Billboard

Dave Brooks led touring industry trade Amplify will be integrated into Respected veteran journalist Brooks joined Billboard in 2017; and last year Valence Media acquired Amplify, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary of Billboard. While long expected, the consolidation comes as Billboard ramps up its live music and touring trade coverage to compete with Pollstar and CelebrityAccess.  "It’s a bittersweet moment for me — my wife Kristen and I launched Amplify Media in 2014 ...
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Guide To Getting Your Spotify URI Before Releasing Your Music

In this how-to piece, Chris Robley details how artists can get their unique identifying Spotify URI in advance of releasing their music on the platform, thereby allowing listeners to pre-save music before its dropped. _______________________________ By Chris Robley of CD Baby of the DIY Musician blog In order to set up a Spotify pre-save, you’ll need the URI for your unreleased music. A URI is Spotify’s unique identifier for music on their platform. If you’re looking for the...
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Watch Selena Gomez Buy A Sturgill Simpson CD In This Clip From Jim Jarmusch’s New Zombie Movie

Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, comes out this June. In addition to Jarmusch's usual roster, including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Adam Driver, the cast is stacked with musicians like Iggy Pop, RZA, Tom Waits, Selena Gomez. We saw the first trailer last month, and now we … More »
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MON. BRIEF: Rihanna, Ariana Get Fashionable • Rolling Stone Charts Delayed • Google's Rothschild To Apple Music • More

MONDAY 5.13. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
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50 Hard Rock/Pop Punk Playlists You Should Be Pitching, How To Reach Them

In the streaming age, playlists are the name of the game when it comes to getting ahead in your career. Here we look at fifty different playlists hard rock/pop punk artists should be pitching their music to, as well as how to actually get ahold of them. _____________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Playlists are the new mixtapes. If you want to get ahead in your career, you need to appear on these popular playlists. Music discovery has changed. The days o...
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PledgeMusic Story Is Starting To Sound Like A Broken Record says Bandzoogle's Dave Cool

The demise of PledgeMusic and the hundreds of musicians left in its wake are a sadly familiar story for music industry veteran Dave Cool of Bandzoogle. "The company takes on millions in investment to support rapid growth," writes Cool. "Flashy headlines ensue." But when things fall apart, too often it's the unsuspecting musicians that suffer. ___________________________ By Dave Cool, Director of Artist & Industry Outreach at Bandzoogle "ever-growing list of tech companies t...
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4 Benefits To Recording, Releasing Commentary For Your Music

Sometimes it can be hard to convey everything you want about your music through the album alone - luckily this creates the perfect opportunity to release commentary, giving fans insight into your creative process while keeping them engaged in the music. ____________________________ Guest post by Hugh McIntyre of the Symphonic Blog Do you ever feel like you’re not able to convey the full story when it comes to a certain song with lyrics alone? Maybe there’s a fantastic behind-the-sce...
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Black-Tie Dresses That Will Stand Out In A Sea Of Tuxedos

That much-anticipated invitation finally came — arriving in the actual mail (not your digital inbox), your name was written by hand on the envelope and the event's details printed on heavy cardstock. You can hardly wait to attend your first big formal party, but those two little words stamped at the very bottom of the page strike fear into your formerly enthusiastic heart: “black tie.” If this phrase fills your head with images of stiff cake-topper gowns, elbow-length gloves, and a few too many...
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Watch Lil Uzi Vert Run Away From Nardwuar Again

Last December, video interviewer and beloved weirdo Nardwuar talked to Lil Uzi Vert, and it did not go well. Uzi wasn't merely unamused by Nardwuar's in-depth knowledge of his early career and interests, as some interviewees have been in the past, Uzi was straight-up spooked. Triggered by the mention … More »
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Nardwuar vs. Lil’ Uzi Vert

Nardwuar and Lil’ Uzi Vert’s last encounter ended abruptly when Uzi decided to run away during their interview in Vancouver. The Human Serviette and Philly rapper ran into each other once again, this time backstage at Rolling Loud 2019 over the weekend in Miami. After being given a custom car air freshner and speaking on his DJ being Prince Paul’s son, Uzi again decides to run off. Never the one to give up, Nardwuar eventually catches up to Lil’ Uzi Vert, who delivers the trademark ‘Doot doo!...
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Men I Trust – “Norton Commander (All We Need)”

Men I Trust have delayed the release of their new album, Oncle Jazz, which was set to come out in February. But that hasn't stopped the Montreal trio from sharing new singles. Last month, they released the hazy, synth-laced “Numb." And they're back today with a new song and music video. More »
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Shorties (An Interview with Richard Powers, Two Interviews with Lucy Dacus, and more)

The Guardian interviewed author Richard Powers. Weekend Edition and Paste interviewed singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus. May's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for $1.99 today: The Color Purple by Alice Walker eBook on sale for $3.99 today: Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene Stereogum reconsidered the Drive-By Truckers album Pizza Deliverance on its 20th anniversary. interviewed author Nafissa Thompson-Spires. Stream two new songs by Kelly Lee Owens. Town and Country recomme...
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New Video: T-Pain “It’s My Dog Birthday”

T-Pain celebrates the canines in his new music video, “It’s My Dog Birthday.” The playful and vibrant video finds the Grammy Award-winning singer hosting a huge birthday bash for his dog. The party is an open invite as fans from across the world and pretty women all make cameos with their dogs, splurging and pampering them all throughout the clip. Directed by Andy Koeger, the video is in support of T-Pain’s 1UP album which dropped back in February. Lil Wayne, Russ, Boosie Badazz, O.T. Genasis...
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Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt’s Choreographed Antics Are Giving Cabaret a Jolt

The two actresses, who perform song-and-dance routines as Nancy and Beth, serve up sharp, bawdy takes on classic tunes and newer pop hits in identical costumes.
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18 Canvas Sneakers For Painting The Town This Summer

Why do we love canvas shoes? It may have something to do with their throwback connotations. Before synthetic fibers became the trainer standard, canvas was the durable and rugged athletic material of choice — it was even used to make the very first pair of Adidas in 1920. The most iconic cloth styles — from the Champion to the Chuck Taylor and the Authentic — predate most of the current high-tech fabrication tennis shoes by a few generations, and are still in style rotation for good reason: thi...
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Broken System: How Music Gets Promoted (And Who Gets Played)

“There are a lot of ways our music can come into contact with others, but there isn’t a lot of consistency in our field at large for how we evaluate works and provide opportunities for composers. (Sometimes it seems like every ensemble has their own method!) And, no matter what processes we use—from an open call-for-scores, to a competition format with specified prizes and a panel of judges, to a curatorial model that asks individual artists to build programs—we often face a series of similar c...
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The Curls – “Lemon Lime”

Chicago synth-rock band the Curls employ guitars, electronics, and horns in their left-field, skittering jams. The group’s new album, Bounce House, is out this June. The lead single "Isn’t It Funny" dropped a few months ago. Now the Curls are finally dropping another taste of what’s to come in Bounce House. "Lemon Lime" … More »
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