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KACEY, LUKE ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO GRAMMY NOMS
The CMA Awards effect. (11/16a)
AS VIVENDI PREPS FOR UMG SALE, LIBERTY’S ALL EARS
Look for a Valentine's Day sale. (11/16a)
REVENUE CHART: ARIANA, METRO,
“GALILEO, GALILEO”
Classic rock pulling in the bucks—it's been a while. (11/16a)
A CMA GALLERY
Nashville gets dressed up (11/15a)
RAINMAKERS: MYSTERY GUEST, PLEASE SIGN IN
What do we get if we guess right? (11/9a)
GRAMMY NOMINEES
Collect 'em all!
MMA FOR DUMMIES
Not Mixed Martial Arts; the Music Modernization Act, dummy.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
...or are our bosses from outer space?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
THE B-SIDE
25 YEARS OF WU
11/13/18

BY JASON HASHAWAY

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s game-changing first album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), I sat down with the estate of Ol' Dirty Bastard—a founding member of the Wu—got some info on Ol' Dirty Bastard Legacy and spoke with son YDB (Young Dirty Bastard) to get an update of all things dirty. First off, we discussed ODB getting his very own cryptocurrency.

This cryptocurrency will help to connect fans of ODB to the estate in ways unavailable before. Buying into The Dirty Universe will give fans the opportunity to get limited edition-pressings, merchandise and exclusive collectibles, all from the Brooklyn Zoo's very own.

YDB is also excited to announce he’s releasing new music. Expect that to come very soon, with the full backing of all the Wu members, as well as new production from The RZA.

Lastly, he announced Ol' Dirty Bastard Legacy will be putting on an OBD Legacy Concert in Brooklyn on 11/15—ODB's birthday. The Wu-Tang Clan members have a special presentation in store, and YDB is slated to headline. All proceeds will go to Ol' Dirty Bastard Legacy.

For more info on tickets, click here. And follow YDB on Instagram @youngdirtybastardoffical.

A BAJILLION REASONS TO LISTEN UP
11/12/18

A long way from home, Sydney, Australia-based producer, Bajillionaire (aka Charlie Hole), appeared on our radar recently with his latest single "Empty."

If we're being honest, Bajillionaire seriously excels at taking us to a place of heartbreak and loneliness, successfully serving realness. (And we swear we mean that in the best way possible.) His mature songwriting and production prove his young age is far from a restriction. The track features vocalist AJ King, who also appeared by the name of Anna Jane on Bajillionaire’s first single in 2018, "Goin’ On."

With a determined DIY approach to tune-making, he constructs his beats from the ground up, deliberately allowing rough edges. “I have a love for really distorted sounds that might objectively sound muddy or messy.”

While we wait for more of his projects to come our way, enjoy "Empty."

ICYMI: THUTMOSE
11/12/18

Last week at L.A.’s Moroccan Lounge, Nigeria-born rapper Thutmose performed to a packed crowd, giving everyone a healthy dose of his freshman project, Man On Fire, as well as a glimpse of what’s to come. Oddly enough, the building next door literally caught on fire after his performance; don’t worry, though—no one was injured.

His high energy and ability to spit bars over smooth beats sets him apart from today’s mumble rap mainstream. Rep’d by TH3RD BRAIN, Thutmose is the full package, transitioning between rapid rhymes and melodic chorus progressions.

For his first mixtape, Thutmose worked with artists such as Pink Sweat$, Desiigner and Jalen Santoy. The Brooklyn-based rapper recently finished touring with Billie Eilish on her North American leg and will be back on tour in 2019, joining rapper MadeinTYO. Tickets for the latter are still available here.

The B-Side Index