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OUR POST-GRAMMY CHEW TAKES LESS THAN FOUR HOURS TO READ
We'll let you get back to your day ASAP. (2/7a)
HITS LIST WINNERS
Here's who's lighting up the scoreboard before and after the Grammys. (2/3a)
GRAMMY-WEEK ALBUM: PICS TO CLICK
Including shots of several luminaries entrapped by a HITS nerd. (2/8a)
GRAMMY RATINGS SOAR
The emphasis on star power seems to have worked. (2/7a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JIM ROPPO
Building blocks of a singular career (2/8a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
THE B-SIDE
Kemba (Sounds Music/Republic)
2/22/19

WHAT IT IS: The Bronx-born underdog has been steadily crafting his album for over two years while building up a buzz in NYC’s DIY rap scene. The album is inspired by a turbulent period in Kemba’s life that saw him lose his mother to a stroke within six weeks of going viral—after an acapella freestyle earned him a co-sign from Kendrick Lamar and speculation of being inked to TDE. With new singles, “Exhale” f/Smino and “Deadass,” bubbling in the streaming world, Kemba is set to take over with an album that features Portugal. The Man, among others.
ALBUM: Gilda
RELEASE DATE: April 2019
SINGLE: “Nobody I Can Trust”
LIVE: Direct support on Brasstrack’s nationwide Vibrant Tour Jan through March
INTERNET: First two singles with Republic have streamed more than 1m times across all platforms; 500k+ “Deadass” streams in less than a month
PRESS: Fader, XXL, Complex
BOOKING: Liz Pantone, ICM
PUBLISHING: Stellar, Sony/ATV
MANAGEMENT: Dharmic, Initiative