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Complex x Fuse: Russell Brand, Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Boosie Badazz and more

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Wyclef Jean talks about his career; Boosie Badazz weighs in on today’s generation of rappers; actress/model Lauren London goes Sneaker Shopping, and more on an all-new Complex x Fuse Friday, December 15 at 11 p.m. ET/PT only on Fuse.

Complex x Food – Comedian Chris Gethard joins Sean Evans for a taste-test of some of America’s rarest regional soft drinks.

Complex x Sneakers - Lauren London goes Sneaker Shopping​ with Joe La Puma, plus an inside look at a pair of extremely rare Michael Jordan cleats.

Complex x Pop Culture– Hip-hop legend Boosie Badazz weighs in on today’s generation of rappers on Everyday StruggleWyclef Jean gets real about his career on Hounded. 

ABOUTComplex x Fuse features exclusive first-looks of athletes and celebrities eating killer food, answering burning questions, and revealing the secrets behind the hottest kicks. The weekly, 90-minute Complex-branded block features first-run segments from Complex’s core slate of more than 20 digital shows including signature series like Hot OnesSneaker Shopping and Everyday Struggle.

20 Years of Nordic Trax – Compilation Out Now

VANCOUVER’S NORDIC TRAX CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH NEW COMPILATION.

20 YEARS OF NORDIC TRAX MARKS A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE

WITH TRACKS AND REMIXES FROM MARK FARINA, CRISTOPH, HALO VARGA, FISH GO DEEP, JAY TRIPWIRE, HARRI & THE REVENGE, JT DONALDSON & MANY MORE STREAM & DOWNLOAD

20 years of Nordic Trax marks a significant milestone for Luke McKeehan’s globally recognized house music label based out of Vancouver, Canada. The compilation is both retrospective and fresh featuring exclusive new tracks from an acclaimed label roster alongside a selection of Luke’s personal favourites.

Originally formed as an outlet for timeless material, the Canadian label has grown into a humble classic house institution, but gradually and strong– year by year, release by release. It has never allied itself with a scene or a sound, so the mind doesn’t automatically tether it to a specific place or time, the way many a house music sound has often pandered to.

Twenty years from its inception the label certainly doesn’t look its age with this guiding ethos continuing, says McKeehan whom for the past two decades has embraced taking risks on new unknown artists.

The goal of Nordic Trax has never been to be ‘on-trend’ or follow the pack — rather to put out timeless music that reflects what I’m hearing and how I’m feeling and let the chips fall where they may. In fact there’s a fairly decent list of projects I’ve passed on that have gone on to be hits. You can’t win them all, but I’m not interested in winning per se. This is a culture that has given me so much, and I feel obliged with our output to contribute with strictly quality music — not just flood all the channels with whatever I can sign.”

One of the compilation’s exclusive highlights comes from Mark Farina & Moulton Music’s Homero Espinosa who delivers a 2017 rework of US producer Alexander East’s “Believe En Me” – without question one the label’s best-selling & most iconic tracks. Before the catalogue is opened up to showcase many producers from Philly to Hawaii as well as break out tracks from UK talents including Cristoph, The Revenge, alongside brand new exclusives from Spain’s Nacho Marco, Jon Delerious and the prolific Gavin Froome — remixed by French producer Giom. Support of Nordic Trax’s most recent music continues to pour from the likes of Dixon, Skream, Joris Voorn, Luciano, Kenny Dope, DJ T, King Britt, Tensnake, Laurent Garnier, Danny Tenaglia, Fish Go Deep, Franck Roger, Jamie Jones, Dubfire and many more.

The result of such a carefully curated track list, plucked with love from such a wide array of output from lazy disco to chunkier sounds is a proudly personal album from one of the scene’s most structurally sound labels. A compilation that showcases not only the deep diversity of musical styles Nordic Trax has in its discography, but serves as a representation of the curvature in house music we all continue to enjoy.

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20 Years of Nordic Trax

Tracklist

1 Alexander East – Believe En Me (Mark Farina & Homero Espinosa Remix)
2 Nacho Marco – Northern Spirit
3 Jon Delerious – Let’s Work
4 Gavin Froome – Don’t Come Home ft Golden Ears (Giom Remix)
5 Gavin Boyce – Guidance Internal
6 Cristoph – Big H (Original)
7 Pete Moss – Infatuation
8 Matt Caine – The Break Up
9 Mature Minds – Concrete Castles (Halo Varga Surface Dub)
10 La Deep – Savoury
11 Marasco – Need (Original)
12 JT Donaldson & Chris Nazuka – Speaking With Sounds
13 DJ Harri & The Revenge – Slackjaw
14 Krown & Lock – Chameleon ft Esette (Johnny Fiasco Remix – Brett Johnson Bredit)
15 Kelvin K – Wanting You
16 Finest Wear – I See Her
17 Gavin Boyce – Divine In You (Fish Go Deep Remix)
18 Jay Tripwire – Body To Body (Audio Soul Project Remix)
19 T.O.S. – Only When I’m Late
20 Gavin Froome – Sunsets (Original)

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OUT NOW: Super Star Dave Dar – Secures the PURE

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Dave Dar is the last of the Soulquarians to put out a musical project. After being Sonically involved with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Common, Blackstar, Reflection Eternal, and The Roots; His solo debut is finally here.

A true triple threat – He Produces, Raps on, and Mixes every song on the EP. The project features lyrical heavy weights – Homeboy Sandman, Rasheed Chappell and Milano Constantine.

The full length Star Seed LP is coming next, followed by a series of 7 inch singles, which will feature production by Pete Rock, Nottz and The Beatminerz.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah featuring Vic Mensa – Freedom Is A Word

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1800 Tequila & Billboard Present “Refined Players” Documentary Series Featuring Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah & Vic Mensa

Five-Part Content Series Showcases Christian Scott’s Journey to Bring Together Five Jazz Artists to Collaborate with Vic Mensa on New Track

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In partnership with 1800® Tequila, Billboard, the largest voice in music announces today, “Refined Players” – a five-part digital documentary series showcasing how five musical talents from all over the country were brought together in 3 days to record a new, refined sound.  The video series will launch today and is led by award-winning jazz musician Christian Scott, and features hip-hop artist Vic Mensa.

Through “Refined Players,” 1800 Tequila and Billboard followed Christian Scott on his discovery of diverse music talents and sounds from various cities including New Orleans, Chicago, Philadelphia, the Bay Area and New York. The artists were then combined into one new collective, and recorded a newly refined track, “Freedom is a Word,” a genre-bending exploration of hip-hop and jazz. The final track was previewed live on October 18 during an intimate event at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and will be released on Friday December 8th.

The “Refined Players” series, conceived by CP+B LA and executive produced by Billboard, captures the hard work, honesty and passion of Scott, Mensa and the rest of the Refined Players collective of Joe Dyson, Weedie Braimah, Joe Harley, Elena Pinderhughes and Derrick Hodge. It is the latest in a year-long showcase of musical collaborations from 1800 Tequila, the world’s first super-premium tequila.

At thirty-four years old and a native of New Orleans, Scott brings a unique perspective to the “Refined Players” project. As a jazz-trained, Grammy award winning musician, he designs his own instruments, has his own label imprint, and releases all of his new music via his own app, Stretch Music. Although he is a one-man tour-de-force, his music still remains a powerful influence within the industry.

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 the Refined Players project. Independently, each of us brings our own raw sound and creative energy into the mix. The final product is a true testament of hard work, collaboration and sonic diversity.”

Critically acclaimed rap all-star Vic Mensa recently released his long-awaited full-length debut album, Autobiography. Speaking to the generation of hip-hop’s wonder years, Mensa’s first solo album is comprised of confessional, confrontational and powerful messages. Mensa is currently touring with Jay-Z on his 4:44 tour, which opened up in Anaheim at the Honda Center on October 27.

Collaborating with 1800 Tequila and Christian Scott on this unique track has taken me back to where my music started,” said Mensa. “The marriage of jazz and hip hop has always inspired me and my music, so to be able to create with such a talented group of musicians has been invigorating and exciting for me.”

Baron Davis’ Black Santa Company Announces Christmas-Themed Hip-Hop/Pop/R&B Mixtape

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The Black Santa Company Presents Holiday-Themed Winter Wonderland Mixtape For The Holidays, with Songs Ranging From Urban Contemporary & Hip-Hop To Pop & R&B

The Multi-Genre Music Compilation Created By Baron Davis’ Black Santa Company, Aims To Create The New Walt Disney Records, Entertainment, And Mass Media.

Founded by former NBA All-Star Baron Davis, The Black Santa Company aims to create positive, uplifting, and enchanting content for all ages, celebrating cultural diversity, the joy of giving, and the magic of good to help build a brighter, more colorful world. Today, just in time for the holidays, The Black Santa Company announces the first Winter Wonderland Mixtape.

Created in collaboration with multiple acclaimed and award-winning writers and producers, the Winter Wonderland Mixtape breathes fresh air into the spirit of the season, creating character-based songs with fresh, modern sonics, geared towards a more inclusive audience. The compilation highlights the BlackSanta Company’s colorful roster of Holiday-themed characters, with each character featuring on songs inspired by music greats.

The mixtape introduces the world of Black Santa, the patron saint for a new holiday tradition, who speaks with a heart and soul wide open to those overlooked. His mission is to provide blessings and good will to those in need every single day, treating Christmas as a year round event with endless opportunity to give back. BlackSanta’s message is one of inclusion and the belief that all people, regardless of nationality, color, religion, or creed can come together make positive impacts.

The mixtape was produced by Baron Davis and TITLE 9 Inc., with associate producers Andre ‘Dre’ Harris, Triangle Park Music and DUO, and mastered by Chris Gehringer, Sterling Sound, NY. A&R’s for the project include Carmen Murray, Jennifer Duke, and Michael Michel.


Company founder, Baron Davis said,“In my life, especially given where I started, I have been unbelievably blessed with all I now have.  My desire going forward is to be a BlackSanta each day and give just as much back as I have received.  It’s my greatest dream to see that spirit, the true spirit of Christmas, inspire people all year round to give of themselves to better their block, their community, and possibly the entire planet. Let us take the time to bless someone whenever we can, and through our good deeds, inclusion, and positivity, bring a little magic back to a world in need.”

Today, the BlackSanta Company shares All I Want by Autumn and 4 The Bag by Fire and Ice across all streaming platforms. Each song takes you on a journey to BlackSanta’s magical realm in the South Pole, where you’ll meet all of his family and friends—from the multi-dimensional, entrepreneurial Mrs. C, to the Holiday Haters, Fire and Ice, who are determined to put a stop to BlackSanta’s mission of good will. The mixtape will be the first venture into a sprawling, magical mythology that will continue and expand onward via storybooks, comics, animations, and a live-action film. 

For every product BlackSanta sells, a give-back portion follows, where they reinvest in local communities. The BlackSanta Company has sponsored numerous toy drive and gift-wrapping events for neighborhoods in need, donated care packages for foster youth, and partnered with organizations including The Boys and Girls Club and A Fabolous Way Foundation. Like Walt Disney, Baron Davis is creating lanes and paving the way for young talent like Jason Clas, 17, whose bonus track, “Can’t Sleep” will be a highly anticipated feature on the mixtape.


Watch a short visual for “4 The Bag” ft. Fire & Ice: 

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Watch a short visual for  “All I Want” ft. Autumn: 

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Buy The Black Santa Winter Wonderland Mixtape:

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For more info: https://www.blacksanta.com/

Black Santa Winter Wonderland Mixtape Track List:

  1. “It’s Cold Out Here” – Chilly The Polar Bear
  2. “Mrs. C” –Cecilia Lee Nicholson
  3. “4 The Bag” –Fire and Ice
  4. “Froze” –The Three Snowmen
  5. “All I Want” –Autumn
  6. “Christmas Wave” –Wave
  7.  “Below The Ice“–Professor Penguin
  8. “Don’t Wait For Christmas” – Big Kev Ft. The Elfington Band
  9. “Better At Christmas” –The Three Snow Women
  10. “On The Go When He Says Ho” –The Sleigh Dogs
  11. “Snow Falls” –The Snowgirls
  12.  “Don’t Come For The Sled” – Neil The Navy Seal
  13.  “Joyful” –Flurry The Snowflake, Stella The Star, Misty The Mistletoe
  14.  “Blue Skies” –Dr. Ira Shoemaker
  15. “Holiday Work” –The Elfingtons

Bonus Tracks:
“Can’t Sleep” – Jason Clas 
“Cold Out Side” –Wave

 

Documentary “Music on the Road” to follow emerging hip hop artists, beat boxers and more on FUSE premiering this Saturday 12/9

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This Saturday, December 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Fuse is premiering Music on the Road, a 90-minute documentary taking viewers on a cross-country road trip to meet the next generation of musicians reinventing genres and creating innovative sounds.

 

With stops in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, Austin, New Mexico, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Music on the Road explores the lives and music of young artists from different walks of life, whose musical styles range from beat boxing and feminist hip hop, to psychedelic rock, street funk and more.

 

The documentary is narrated by jazz industry icon DJ LeRoy Downs and features rising stars: The Rapper Chicks (Chicago rapping and singing duo)Yakuza Moon (Detroit rapper and poet)Artistik Approach (Memphis acapella duo)Cha Wa (New Orleans / Mardi Gras Indian funk band) and more.

 

Sneak peek: https://www.fuse.tv/music-on-the-road

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Photo of Detroit rapper and poet Yakuza Moon courtesy of Fuse

Support the Homeless: Winter Sock Drive | SOCK IT TO THE COLD!!

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FUSE Inglewood in conjunction with Fusicology, 8th Wonder Media Group, LA Bella Chauffeurs, Social Justice Learning Institute and The Creative House of Inglewood have teamed up for the 1st annual SOCK IT TO THE COLD sock drive to benefit the homeless and need based of Inglewood.

 

Our goal is to collect and donate of 10,000 pair of warm new socks to the Midnight Mission of Inglewood. The retail value of these socks would be in excess of $35,000 in overall financial impact.

 

Why socks?

- Rarely are new warm socks donated to missions or homeless shelters.

- The #1 requested clothing item in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, socks.

- Warm socks help reduce the level of infection and overall sickness especially during the winter cold and wet months.

 

The home of our 1st annual sock drive will be The Creative House located at 122 N. Market St. in Downtown Inglewood. Gallery hours are 10am-6pm Tuesday thru Sunday and donations are being accepted now thru March 21st, 2018. Two large donation cylinders will be placed at the front of the gallery for easy and quick drop off.

 

FUSE Inglewood is a collaborative effort of Inglewood residents, business owners, community and entertainment professionals coming together to program exciting music, soulful integrations and cultural events along with leading social impact initiatives starting with our Sock It To The Cold homeless sock drive campaign.

 

The Homelight Family Living, a program of The Midnight Mission of Inglewood, under the leadership of Ricardo Rosales highlights structure, accountability and opportunity for homeless families. Feeding, clothing and housing thousands, the Mission’s objectives fit perfectly with the purpose of our sock drive.

 

Any related questions and media requests can be sent directly to Vidal Marsh of FUSE Inglewood via vidalmarsh@gmail.com

Hangout Music Festival, May 18-20 | Gulf Shores, AL | ft. Kendrick Lamar, SZA, The Chainsmokers, The Killers, ODESZA, Anderson .Paak & more

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Hit the beach for music’s ultimate vacation, Hangout Music Festival, May 18-20 in Gulf Shores, AL.

The 2018 edition of the festival will feature Kendrick Lamar,  The Chainsmokers, The Killers, ODESZA, Halsey, Logic, Zedd, Portugal. The Man, St. Vincent, SZA, Foster the People, Anderson . Paak and more – full lineup and purchase tickets here

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25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Bizarre Ride II” from The Pharcyde

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Out this past November via Craft Recordings, comes one of the greatest and most celebrated hip-hop albums of all time, The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. The album will be available in Deluxe 25th Anniversary Vinyl (original album on 2LPs + 3 12” singles) and 2CD (original album, plus a full disc of bonus material) with audio remastered by Dave Cooley (J DillaMadvillainMadlib) at Elysian Masters and will include non-album tracks, remixes, and rarities. New liner notes by leading music journalist and author Jeff Weiss (Passion of the WeissLA Weekly) to round out the package. Standard versions of the original album with remastered audio will also be available on vinyl (here) and cassette (here).   

In support of the release, WhoSampled have teamed up with Craft Recordings to present an interactive album experience to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, to tell the story of this iconic group and showcase their lasting effect on popular music.

 

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About The Pharcyde:

The Pharcyde continues to record and perform around the world, keeping the spirit of free-flowing collaboration alive. In 2008, the Danger Mouse-produced Gorillaz smash hit “Dirty Harry,” for which Pharcyde MC Bootie Brown provided the centerpiece verse, received a Grammy® nomination for best Urban/Alternative Performance, launching a long-standing association with the group. Always on the road, they continue to perform at home and abroad, racking up festival appearances and International dates, traveling overseas multiple times a year to satisfy the demands of their Japanese fanbase. For more info, visit ThePharcyde.com,PharcydeTV.com and follow @thepharcyde on Instagram.

 

Fall 2017 Tour Dates:

Saturday, Nov. 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Friday, Nov. 17 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s

Saturday, Nov. 18 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s

Thursday, Dec. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo by Microsoft **

Saturday, Jan. 6 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s Jazz Club

 

** with Living Legends, Hieroglyphics, and Del the Funky Homosapien

 

      About WhoSampled:

WhoSampled is the leading global resource for sample-based music, cover songs and remixes. It breaks down the ‘music DNA’ of nearly half a million songs, with continuous daily additions provided by a community of over 17,000 contributors. WhoSampled’s scope and depth highlight the fundamental role that sampling and covering play in modern music across genres. With its new ‘Album Experience’ product, WhoSampled partners with artists and labels to highlight the impact of their catalogs on modern music. Built on a rich, user friendly, cross device platform, these experiences tap into WhoSampled’s unique capabilities to tell the stories of those influential artists, albums and labels. WhoSampled is available at WhoSampled.com as well as iPhone and Android apps.