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Waka Flocka Flame
Waka Flocka Flame doesn't give a fuck about what you think. The riotous rapper, who penned hits like "O Let's Do It" and "No Hands," has undergone an artistic transformation since his 2010 bombastic debut "Flockaveli." He's experimented with his sound but always with the focus on growing as a rapper.
The Queens-bred, Atlanta-based MC is always thinking outside of the box on wax. When you hear Waka's scratchy voice over electro beats by Neon Dreams or Steve Aoki, it's his way of showing that trap music isn't his only trick. "I'm trying to open people's brains up," Waka says. "You don't have to be stuck in a fucking bubble. You don't have to do this kind of music because people say you are this kind of artist. I do electronic music just to get out the bubble."
Born Juaquin James Malphurs, the 28-year-old rapper rose to prominence as Gucci Mane's protégé and his flagship artist of 1017 Brick Squad. In 2009, Waka put trap back on the map, dropping the first volume of his street classic "Salute Me or Shoot Me" that caught fire with songs, "We On The Way, "Dreads N Gold" and his breakout single "O Let's Do it." The mixtape's buzz allowed Waka to release his proper debut "Flockaveli" in October, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 100. Here, Waka's authenticity was a major selling point. None of Waka's stories about his struggle were fabricated. "When I was making 'Flockaveli,' I just didn't give a fuck," he says. "I didn't give a fuck about the awards. I didn't give a fuck about how people felt. I just didn't give a fuck 'cause I didn't know. I never knew the outcome of these words."
Together with Southside and Lex Luger's thunderous production, Waka helped revive street raps and his sound began to blow up. Following his sudden popularity, hip-hop's mainstream elite like T.I., Drake and B.o.B wanted to collaborate with him while he spread his influence to a host of new rappers like Wooh Da Kid and Frenchie. On Waka and Gucci's 2011 collaborative effort "Ferrari Boyz" and 2012's "Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family," Waka's high energy is the sole reason why he's earned the nickname "Turn Up God." That style translates into the EDM world Waka calls home now, where he fell in the love with the genre during a tour in Europe two years ago. "Music is like anger management," he says. "It's fun. You get to express yourself."
On June 1, Waka Flocka is ready to express a new musical direction in his Atlantic Records debut "Flockaveli II." Set to feature production from Southside, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, and more, Waka wants this album to return to the basics that made him a rap star. For "Flockaveli II," he's approaching his third studio album the same way as his previous projects: trap banger after trap banger. His laid-back demeanor makes him a fan favorite, and he's hoping that his straightforward creative process will please his core fans. "I'm cocky when it comes to my fans and my music 'cause I know my fans talk to me," he says, noting that 31 tracks are already laid down for the LP. "I want my fans to look at they haters like, 'Told y'all my boy was gonna go hard. Fuck y'all.' I want my fans to hear 'Flockaveli II,' and I want them to put a dread wig on and shake their head and rock with me."
While Waka Flocka has flooded the streets with mixtapes, including March's recent release, "The Turn Up Godz Tour," he doesn't want to place high expectations on "Flockaveli II." But, it holds a lot of sentimental value because the LP is also releasing on the birthday of his late brother Kayo Redd. Kayo was a firm supporter of Waka's music from the beginning, encouraging him to always put out his music to satisfy his fans. "That's like a birthday gift to my brother 'cause he's a diehard," he says.
With 1.3 million followers on Twitter (@WakaFlockaBSM) and a million followers on Instagram, he's become the second most active celebrity on social media platforms, as well as the second most searched name on Google. Waka Flocka Flame is also cultivating a steady EDM presence thanks to touring with Steve Aoki and appearing on songs by DJ-producer Borgore and Flosstradamus. While fans have to wait for his EDM album "Turn Up God" releasing sometime this year, they can anticipate that "Flockaveli II" will have his no-fucks-given attitude on full display.
"'Flockaveli II' is for the streets. It's for the people," Waka says. "'Flockaveli II' is just the savior of the party."
moby has been making music since he was 9 years old. he grew up playing classical music but after college became a fixture in the late 80's new york house and hip-hop scenes. he released his first single, 'go' in 1991 (listed as one of rolling stones’ best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. his own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he's also produced and remixed scores of other artists.
moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the humane society, mercy for animals, and the institute for music and neurologic function, and in 2007 he launched 'mobygratis', which provides free music for independent film makers. he owns and runs 'little pine', an organic vegan restaurant in silver lake, ca. 100% of little pine's proceeds go to animal welfare organizations.
There's something romantic about a band's early days. A sense of innocence, optimism, and wonder courses through the music. In the summer of 2014, No Doubt's Tony Kanal [bass], Tom Dumont [guitar], and Adrian Young [drums] and singer Davey Havok [AFI, Blakq Audio] began writing and demoing music together. Without telling a soul outside of their significant others, the four musicians clandestinely moved into a cramped downtown Los Angeles rehearsal spot and revved up what would become DREAMCAR.
“It reminded me of the early days of No Doubt when we were jamming in an Orange County garage,” recalls Dumont. “We felt that same sense of freedom. There was no label, no manager, no agent, and no roadies.”
“For a good year-and-a-half, it was just the four of us making music,” adds Kanal. “We had this opportunity to be a new band again. That's a very special thing to be able to do. We were just making music to make music.”
The union of Kanal, Dumont, Young, and Havok pre-dates those magical jam sessions. Paths crossed in the music industry as they do, but Young can recall standing on the side of the stage and watching Havok with rapt attention as Blaqk Audio opened for No Doubt in 2012. “Davey was super charismatic,” says the drummer. “It was powerful to watch.”
“He was fearless to come from the punk world and do something that flies totally in the face of that,” agrees Dumont. “We found that sense of bravery exciting. We didn't ever want to be constrained by unspoken rules of a scene or anything like that, and he was like-minded.”
When Havok heard the first four demos, the music immediately resonated, transporting him back to his fascination with the celebrated New Romantic movement. “It was very fun, because the songs touched on an aspect of my creative inspiration and musical upbringing that has never been directly touched on before,” admits Havok. “When it comes to some of the most informative musical moments for me, Duran Duran and Culture Club were the earliest cassette tapes I ever bought.”
Rife with shimmering guitar tones, percussive slap bass, bombastic drums, and a neon-lit dancefloor dreaminess, DREAMCAR gleefully nods to the decade of Boy George and Back to the Future through a kaleidoscope of wisdom earned from three decades creating and connecting with fans worldwide. Signing to Columbia Records, the boys recorded their 2017 self-titled debut with producer Tim Pagnotta [Neon Trees] in a North Hollywood studio. As they paired thirty songs down to the record's 12, the quartet found a kindred spirit in Pagnotta.
“The first time we met Tim, we were all on the same page,” Kanal recalls. “We had so many points of reference in common which made the recording process so creative.”
Presciently, the name reflects their ambitions. “DREAMCAR speaks to a nostalgia, but as much as it speaks to the past, it also speaks to the present and the future,” Havok goes on. “It mirrors hopes, aspirations, and attaining the unattainable. I would hope the songs do the same thing.”
“On the surface, a dream car is a very male ideal,” says Dumont. “You think of that question, 'What's your dream car?' Everyone will have a different answer. If you go a little deeper though, it's really referring to a vehicle for our dreams, our imaginations.”
The first single “Kill For Candy” instantly enchants with its upbeat energy and sweet, saccharine chant punctuated by a twisting and turning guitar and driving rhythms.
“There's an honesty in all of my lyrics,” Havok states. “This one speaks to a perhaps dangerous and unhealthy desire for the sweet.”
The album swings between the “Frankie Goes To Hollywood-style” risqué spoken narrative of “On The Charts” to the delicate longing of the synth-washed “Slip On The Moon” where Havok pleads, “Just look for me, I will look for you.” “Born To Lie” builds from a breathy verse into an expansive refrain, while the opener “After I Confess” sees his hypnotic and haunting vocal soar over airy and open soundscapes. “'After I Confess' just sets the tone for the band and says, 'This is DREAMCAR,'” continues Young. “It's actually the first song Davey put vocals to.”
“The music really brought me back to a place of my youth,” the vocalist confesses. “It sent me down that tragic and fragile New Romantic direction. There's a lyrical awareness and playfulness that I'd not yet explored in the way I have with this band.”
Ultimately, it's that combination of delectable and dangerous which will leave listeners everywhere satisfied. “This is a big moment for us,” Kanal leaves off. “It's a new beginning. We can't wait to perform the songs live.”
“I'd love for people to get a cinematic feeling,” concludes Young. “If they hear it and want to see us live, that would be amazing! Let the dream begin.”
Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned vocal artist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian who wows audiences with his live performances which are 100% improvised. Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Reggie blends and blurs the lines between music and comedy. No two performances are the same and to that end, ”genius” is the word most often used to describe Reggie Watts. LA Weekly crowned him ”the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years” while New York Magazine hailed Reggie as “Spectacularly original,” Rolling Stone featured him as “Hot Comedian,” SPIN named him as “Best New Comedian” and the LA Times praised Reggie is “a superstar.” Rolling Stone also listed him as one of the “50 best stand-up comics of all time”.
As a solo performer, Reggie was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on Conan’s sold out North American “Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd ‘Why $#!+ So Crazy?’ on Comedy Central Records in May 2010 and it was made available on Netflix June 2013. At the invitation of Jack White, Reggie recorded ‘Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records,’ now available in limited edition vinyl. Reggie has performed sold out headlining tours in the US and Europe, performed sets at Bonnaroo, SXSW, Bumbershoot and more. At the prestigious TED Conference he received a standing ovation. He recorded his facinatingly sublime original score to the Ridley Scott film “Legend” to a sold out house at SF Sketchfest and made the soundtrack available for free download online. ‘Reggie Watts: A Live At Central Park’ is out on cd/dvd via Comedy Central Records. He is a founding member of JASH.com which launched Spring 2013 with fellow founders Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman and Tim and Eric. Many of his original videos have gone viral.
As a musician, Reggie can be seen as musical co-hort in the IFC series “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and in his many “Reggie Makes Music” videos. He joined LCD Soundsystem as guest onstage at the final NY shows and he appears in the documentary “Shut Up And Play The Hits.” Reggie also sang on Regina Spektor’s "Dance Anthem of the 80s" and toured Europe with her, toured the US with DEVO, was featured in Hot Chip’s “Night and Day” video and recorded an original session for the Daytrotter series. As the frontman for Seattle rock outfit Maktub, Reggie and his band released five albums. Reggie composed original music for “Louie” on FX and performed the theme song for “Comedy Bang! Bang!”
On screen, Reggie co-stars in the IFC series “Comedy Bang! Bang!” His special "Reggie Watts: A Live At Central Park" aired on Comedy Central in May 2012. He also has appeared multiple times on Conan, and on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s Stand-Up New York, HBO’s The Yes Men Save The World, IFC, Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, UK’s "Funny Or Die," and PBS’ Electric Company. Spring of 2015, Reggie Watts will be taking on the role of bandleader on CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden, premiering March 23, 2015. His stand-up special “Spatial” is currently available on Netflix.
“Offbeat genius” – Playboy
“Do yourself a big favor and go see him on tour now.” – MTV
“It is not fair to compare the other performers to Watts – he is playing in a whole other professional league.” – New York Times
“Deliciously strange” – LA Times
“Spectacularly original” – New York Magazine
“Do yourself a big favor and go see him on tour now.” – MTV
“Musician, comedian, stand-up-surrealist-beat-boxer-force-of-nature” - Radiolab
“An impressive vocalist and musician, Watts has a knack for pushing past staid jokes to playing with the rhythm and sound of words; it makes his act both thrilling and impossible to categorize.” – Rolling Stone