You never know what you’re going to get when attending a hip-hop show. Sometimes you’re left waiting longer than expected for the first act start, other times you’ll find yourself blown away by the artists making special appearances. Apparently when you’re at a Young Thug show, you forget everything you thought you knew about Young Thug.
I have much more respect for the rapper after watching his performance and how he interacted with fans at his show at Club Nokia Tuesday night. Seeing the rabbit tails hanging from Young Thug’s pants, I knew this LA crowd was about to get lucky.
The moment I stepped into Club Nokia, I could feel how eager the crowd was for the upcoming show. To warm up the venue, the night opened with sets from local favorite A$ton Matthews and rising artist Playboi Carti, but it wasn’t until Young Thug hit the stage that the show really kicked into gear.
If you haven’t been to Club Nokia, it has a terrace with seating, but the floor is standing room only with a pit and general admission section. It was only a couple of songs into Young Thug’s set that security heightened because so many people we’re attempting to push to the pit section and rush the stage. I’m sure they aren’t the easiest to control, but I love high-energy shows. They make me feel like the performer is giving a thousand percent and reaffirm why I’m a fan of the artist.
Young Thug has a stage presence like no other, and the phones went flying up to capture every second of his performance the moment the beat dropped on “Stoner.” He gave the audience a full-throttle performance featuring all the best songs from his album Barter 6, including my favorites “Check” and “With That.”
Then A$AP Rocky came out. A$AP and Thug have yet to do a collaboration, but could this be a tease of what’s to come? The opening hook to “Lord Pretty Flacko Joyde II” dropped, and the room was hyped. I was surprised that security was able to keep everyone back — there wasn’t a person in the crowd that didn’t want to be on that stage, jumping to that beat.
In another twist of events, LA native Ty Dolla $ign hit the stage for the song “Blasé.” He really got into his performance and jumped into an already-hyped crowd.
The night as a whole was so exciting that no one wanted to leave after it ended. With so many surprises and great performances, it’s easy to see why Young Thug is one of the most talked about rappers today. He definitely exceeded all expectations that I and the rest of the crowd may have had going into this show, solidifying his place as a prominent figure in modern rap.
“LA feels like the music industry, Nashville feels like the music community.”
Nashville is world famous for being the ‘music city’, it seemed only fitting that bBooth brought American Idol auditions to Nashville for the competition’s farewell season. On September 26th, bBooth brought out the red carpet for a special casting event at the Opry Mills shopping center.
The day was scheduled to start at noon but that didn’t stop the auditioners from coming out early and creating a line in anticipation. Meanwhile, bBooth host Jennifer Tapiero chatted with local artists on the red carpet about everything from what projects they’re working on to tips for our singers waiting to audition. Artists that came to support included Abi Ann
, Rachele Lynae
, Lauren Farrah
, Matt Gary
, The Bloody Nerve
, and Tre Easley
In between artist interviews, we invited auditioners, who traveled from near and far, to come over to the red carpet and give us a preview of their American Idol audition. To no one’s surprise, the talent was immense.
We want to thank all those who were able to take part in the bBooth and American Idol experience. It was a great pleasure chatting with all the singers in line as they eagerly waited for their chance to be heard. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for all those who auditioned with bBooth!
It’s been said that hip-hop is the most vibrant and cultural art you’ll ever come across. Last Saturday, a group of influencers and key tastemakers came together to celebrate this thought with great music and delicious food. Beats and Brunch LA was presented by Dizon Dreams and LA Mixer to celebrate the best in West Coast sounds with a hip-hop themed brunch.
The day started with specially handcrafted cocktails like the Run DMC, Wutang is Forever, Thug Passion and even included a sneak peak at Kulture LA’s fall line. Next up was a performance by violinist Miracle McKinney who paid tribute to some classic hip-hop tracks including Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day”.
The main event was an all-star speaking panel full of seasoned players in the business. The panel included Ervin ‘EP’ Pope (produced Jay-Z & Snoop Dogg), Curtiss King (Artist and Producer for Top Dawg Entertainment), Free The Robots (Alpha Pup Records) and Besidone (Revolt TV) and moderated by Brittany Boston (Founder/CEO of Musicology). This group shared their stories about coming up in the music industry but also gave some words of wisdom on how hard work and perseverance can lead to success. Special thanks to the remarkable Chef Lovely on whipping up such appetizing dishes and giving us all something to look forward to post panel.
The best way to sum it all up can be done by Tupac Shakur who said, “If you can’t find something to live for, you best find something to die for”.
Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on the next brunch!
Calling all singers, dreamers, and talented LA artists! bBooth and American Idol are partnering up to find the next American Idol! Now’s you’re chance to show the world your talent! bBooth is hosting an open call for registration and auditions for the fifteenth–and farewell–season of AMERICAN IDOL®, premiering January 2016 on FOX. Show off your talent on Saturday, August 15th, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm at bBooth. Registration begins at 10:30 am and will be located on level 4 of the Parking Deck outside of the Dining Terrace Entrance at the Westfield Culver City Mall, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA. Previous Idol finalists and other musicians are scheduled to make guest appearances as well.
“Come on L.A.! – this is your chance to be on AMERICAN IDOL® – one of the greatest singing competitions of all time,” states bBooth’s CEO Rory J. Cutaia. “Come on out and show us why YOU are the next American Idol.”
If interested in auditioning, RSVP for August 15th by clicking here. All video recorded auditions at bBooth in Westfield Culver City Mall will be reviewed by the producers of AMERICAN IDOL®, who are now casting for Season XV, to be aired in January. For more guidelines and audition tips, please visit www.bbooth.com/americanidol.
In addition, members of the press, performers, friends and family are welcome to watch our special guest interviews on the red carpet from 12 PM- 3 PM, right next to registration on level 4 of the Parking Deck. bBooth’s “On the Rise” iHeartRadio host Jen Tapiero and comedian Lazarus will interview rising stars, such as former Idol finalists Adanna Duru and Quigley (FKA Casey Carlson), as well as artists Divinity Roxx, The Rej3ctz, Dorothy Pincus, Lela Brown, This Boy That Girl and Alya, social media celebs J. Cyrus, and The BalCOny with Wesley Stromberg and Kenny Holland, Nuestra Belleza Latina winner Melissa Marty and more. Hear their tips for auditioning, song choice, growing a social following and more. The red carpet event and auditions are free and open to the public and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. So what are you waiting for? Save the date and get ready to shine! See you on August 15th!
Snoop x Big Boy x Pharrell at the BUSH Q&A at iHeartRadio Theatre | Credit: @i_a_OTHER
Pharrell x Snoop performing “Drop It Like It’s Hot” | Credit: @iHeartRadio
Rap legend Snoop Dogg had the Los Angeles crowd hyped last night to celebrate the release of his highly anticipated album BUSH on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater LA. “We never look at what we’ve done in the past, we always look ahead. We knew the sound we were going for before we even had the hooks.” Snoop admitted to Big Boy of Real 92.3 FM, the moderator of the evening, after being asked what direction he was looking to create.
Snoop Dogg teamed up with BUSH producer Pharrell to discussed the importance of bringing funk back, collaborating with the legendary Stevie Wonder, and more. Watch the fun interview here on Songstagram. Shortly afterwards, the dynamic hip-hop duo shared an intimate concert with attendees, featuring a collection of tracks from his album including the current singles “Peaches N Cream”, “California Roll” and of course, classic tracks such as “Nothing But A G Thang” and “Still D.R.E.” Loving Uncle Snoop’s BUSH tracks or prefer the old school Snoop? Let us know how you feel and record a video on Songstagram, our video creation app where you can share your story, talents, and get the scoop on the latest events, including our coverage of Snoop Dogg’s album release party. Download Songstagram here and stay tuned for upcoming music events and fun interviews we’ll be featuring!
“Speak from your heart and be honest.” Singer/songwriter Tish Hyman offers advice to rising artists. Photo credit: Dan Kennedy
Unbelievable LA songwriter and co-writer of Beyonce’s “Ring Off”, Prince Charlez performing a soulful session in the heart of Hollywood. Photo credit: Dan Kennedy
On Tuesday, April 25th ASCAP & Thrillbox, top virtual reality content platform provider, presented its first Pre-ASCAP POP Awards and EXPO Showcase. Held in the heart of Hollywood at the Madera Kitchen, the evening featured opening act Tish Hyman (featured on Fabulous latest hit single “You Made Me”) and the live band, The Komposers. Tish Hyman’s fresh and unique perspective has garnered her collaborations with artists including Alicia Keys and Usher. Tish’s advice to upcoming songwriters looking: “Speak from your heart and be honest. Make the emotion feel real in the music.” When was the last time you kept it real with yourself in lyrics and expressed your emotions? Keep it real and the audience will recognize the truth. The evening also featured live Thrillbox demonstrations. Thrillbox is an amazing virtual reality experience that offers a 360-degree perspective of events including artist performances, showing the importance of storytelling and technology to live music.
“You sound beautiful, LA!” English musician and record producer was bringing the “Uptown Funk” to the LA crowd in Amoeba Hollywood last evening on Wednesday, April 6th. With heads bopping and toes tapping, everyone from little kids to teenagers and businessmen, Mr. Ronson had the crowd vibing to classic hits by the hit-maker himself. With a background in deejay-ing in New York as a teenager, Mark Ronson’s mastered the art of bringing high energy to his sets. Turning Amoeba Records into a dance party with the help of surprise guests including friends Mystikal, Alex Greenwald and MNDR. Missed the performance? Check out the content exclusively on Songstagram (soon-to-be kord) here and stay tuned for upcoming shows I’ll be featuring on Songstagram/kord.
I’ve never been so much more inspired with music, creativity and artists as I’ve been than with South by Southwest. The Day 3 SXSW experience was exciting, exhausting, and eye-opening. With thousands of music fans to thousands of shows, the festival was over the top in every detail. From surprise musical experiences to chance encounters here are our top memorable experiences from SXSW: Continue reading
At the entrance of The Fader + Converse Fort in SXSW.
During the week-long festivities at South by Southwest (SXSW), we got a chance to enjoy performances with some of the best emerging artists. The buzzing energy of The Music Capital of the World was evidenced in the jam-packed line-up of The FADER Fort’s Day 2 lineup including rapper/singer Dej Loaf, Chance the Rapper, and indie electronica band Passion Pit. Continue reading