An immersive 2Pac museum experience is launching in 2022

An immersive 2Pac museum experience is launching in Los Angeles next year, before heading out on global tour. 

‘Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free’ explores the life and legacy of the world-famous artist 25 years after his death. It will initially be located at The Canvas at L.A. Live, with advanced tickets available for presale at 10AM Pacific Time on 9th November 2021, before going on sale 10AM Pacific Time on 12th November. The experience will open on 21st January 2022. 

Attendees can expect a 20,000 square-foot, expertly curated space housing never-before-seen artifacts, music, and poetry by and associated with the late-icon. A series of soundscapes invite audiences to explore rarities and excerpts from his studio output, with sections also dedicated to his role as an activist. 

The legendary rapper was the first solo hip hop star to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first eligible year (2017), indicative of his enduring popularity, with over 75million albums sold globally. This is despite his recording career spanning just five years. 

Music was just one side of the story, though, albeit the biggest. Shakur was also a respected actor (‘Juice’, ‘Poetic Justice’, ‘Above the Rim’) and outspoken critic of the US state, among other powers. His mother, Afeni, was a member of the Black Panther movement, while his name pays respect to a Peruvian monarch who was the last to rule the Neo-Inca State before it collapsed at the hands of Spanish colonialists in the 16th Century.

“Afeni was the baddest Black Woman to walk the planet. She raised awareness and shifted the atmosphere wherever she went. Tupac’s brilliance shined brighter than the Sun. He lived and moved with creative, revolutionary, fearless passion… Afeni and Pac challenged, re-imagined, and transformed history,” said Jamal Joseph, Shakur’s godfather and special advisor to his estate, which has collaborated with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Project Art Collective, Round Room Live, CAA, Universal Music Group, and Kinfolk Management + Media on the museum project. 

This summer, a brand new documentary looking at the murders of Shakur and fellow-rapper Biggie Smalls was released. Directed by Nick Broomfield, ‘Last Man Standing: Suge Knight And The Murders of Biggie & Tupac‘ is a follow-up to the filmmaker’s acclaimed 2002 movie, which alleged both killings were orchestrated by Death Row Records boss, Knight.  

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Brooklyn’s Good Room club is hosting fundraising events to prevent closure

Brooklyn’s Good Room nightclub is hosting a series of fundraising events to prevent its permanent closure, with owners revealing they have three months before the New York City space could shutter for good due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

When nightlife returned to the Big Apple in June, many venues were left with months of accrued debts to clear. According to booking director Josh Houtkin, Good Room is among the addresses that still needs to repay backdated rent, with around 18 months owed. 

Crucially, the business had been relying on a government-funded Shuttered Venue Operators Grant — or Save Our Stages Grant — but was rejected despite meeting requirements. New York City’s current moratorium preventing evictions is due to end in January 2022, so Good Room has until then to raise money through events and prevent the worst from happening. 

“This grant was literally written for businesses like us,” Houtkin told RA in a recent report on the situation. “We’re a club, we don’t have a restaurant or other sources of income and we didn’t qualify for other government subsidies so we were heavily relying on this. Some venues got millions of dollars, we were asking for a fraction of that.

“I spoke to several lawmakers and Congress people about why we were rejected but nobody could give me an answer. I later found out that other declined venues around the country were DJ-centric, but that can’t be the only reason because we have a sizeable live music program,” he continued. 

Good Room next opens to celebrate its seventh birthday with a double-header this weekend. Friday 5th November welcomes Baltra, Bearcat, Cosmo, Witch Trials, and Acacia Baileyana. The club then brings Tim Sweeney, Justin Strauss, and Amelia Holt in on Saturday 6th November. All proceeds go towards the venue’s fight to stay alive.

In October 2020, the National Independent Venues Association issued a warning to the US government of a “mass collapse” of the country’s live music industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Save Our Stages Act formed a key part of plans to support and help the sector recover.  

Snowbombing locks Fatboy Slim, Honey Dijon, SHERELLE, more for 2022 festival

Snowbombing has revealed the next round of artists set to play its 2022 edition.

Fatboy Slim, SHERELLE, Maribou State, TSHA, Kettama and ABSOLUTE are among the names added to the bill. They join previously announced acts such as Bicep, Camelphat, Andy C, Cinthie and Eats Everything. Check out the full line-up below. 

Glitterbox will host a street party-style stage at the festival, featuring Honey Dijon, Folamour, Dan Shake and Melvo Babtiste, while Hospitality will host a d&b takeover. More names added to the bill include Big Miz, Fabio & Grooverider, Waze, Joy Anonymous (live), Dombresky and Catz ‘N Dogz.

Snowbombing will take place from 4th – 9th April in the Mayrhofen in Austria, with the popular skiing destination providing a picturesque backdrop for the festival. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the on-site jacuzzis, pools and even have the chance to go paragliding above the festival’s surrounding landscape. 

Mountaintop brunches, a UKG brunch and Bongos Bingo are among some of the other activities that will be available to attendees. 

Ticket packages are on sale now on Snowbombing’s website

Aisha Vibes delivers new vibrant single “HALT DEIN MAUL” [Video]

German-Ghanaian artist Aisha Vibes follows up her debut release “RUDEBWOY,” with a fiery banger titled “HALT DEIN MAUL” which translates to shut your mouth in English. Pproduced by German super-producer and prodigy Maxe has hints of Afro-beats and hip-hop with its catchy instrumentation and bouncy drum groove to match. Aisha really owns the track and effortlessly blends her native German with English to tap into an international fan base while also staying true to herself with bravado-laden raps. As the saying goes, less is more and Aisha delivers a catchy tune bolstered by a mantra-type hook for everyone to remember. .medrectangle-3-multi-108{border:none !important;display:block !important;float:none;line-height:0px;margin-bottom:15px !important;margin-left:0px !important;margin-right:0px !important;margin-top:15px !important;min-height:250px;min-width:250px;padding:0;text-align:center !important;}

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For the visuals, Aisha calls up her longtime collaborator Terry Ellmer to help bring her vision to life and the result is a bright, energetic, unfiltered clip. It focuses on Aisha’s unapologetic style alongside her all-female gang in her hometown of Heidelberg. devoid of any type of glitz, Ellmer goes for an authentic street-infused style for the ladies, from the swagg costumes to the expressive choreography and eye-popping shots.

Get “HALT DEIN MAUL” on Apple MusicDeezerSpotify.

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Rebel Kicks kicks off Fall with a bang in “We Should Go Missing”

Alt-rock meets synth-pop duo Rebel Kicks just released their new song “We Should Go Missing.” The duo, composed of brothers Anthony and Steven Bambino, is highly recognized for their highly infectious anthems and thrilling live performances, as well as their uncanny ability to connect with their audience on timely and relatable topics.

In “We Should Go Missing,” Rebel Kicks teamed up with writers Jackson Hoffman (Young Rising Sons, Micky James) and Ryder Stuart (CANNON) for a song all about the concept of escapism. After almost two years of COVID lockdowns and shutdowns, the song conveys thoughts and feelings that many people can resonate with as we imagine living our lives in another space and time. According to the duo, the song is about “finding that inner tranquility we all seek, freeing your mind from the daily stresses and anxieties that we all deal with.” Featuring a driving up-tempo beat, commanding lyricism, and powerful vocals laced with echoes and harmonies that culminate into an explosive chorus, the song has all the makings of a great alt-pop hit and will have you humming the addictive tune for the rest of the day. The energizing effect of the song brims with feelings of excitement, adventure, and a rush of gusto, ultimately reminding you that there are better days ahead if you just believe.

NYC-based Rebel Kicks has been gracing fans with their eruptive alt-rock and power pop music since 2018. The brothers, who both lead turns on vocals, have opened for big name acts such as Foo Fighters, Blink-182, Iggy Azalea, Incubus and many more.

Check out Rebel Kicks’ new single “We Should Go Missing” for an uplifting and sing-out-loud song that inspires hope and change as we approach the new year.

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Never Normal Records and Uganda’s ANTI-MASS collective announce collaborative compilation, ‘Gukuba’

Listen to the first collab from the comp, Nsasi and Safiyahh’s ‘Desserts’, now

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 – 21:45

Suzi Analogue’s Never Normal Records and Kampala, Uganda-based queer music collective ANTI-MASS have teamed up for a new collaborative compilation, ‘Gukuba’. 

The collaborative release will be released in January 2022, and is the result of over a year’s worth of musical exchanges between East African and Afro-Diasporic artists in the USA. As explained by the collectives, the compilation aims to focus “on new approaches to dance, sound and rhythms between Africa and the global Black Diaspora.”

Throughout the compilation, which will feature music from artists including Suzi Analogue, Authentically Plastic, Turkana, Nsasi, Tayhana and more, sounds will “span the sonic stories and cultural backgrounds of the 10 collaborators featured on the project.”

You can hear the first track to be shared from the comp below, a collaboration between US producer Safiyahh and Uganda’s Nsasi, titled ‘Desserts’.

BackRoad Gee drops new mixtape, ‘Reporting Live (From The Back Of The Roads)’: Listen

BackRoad Gee has dropped a new mixtape — his debut offering in the format. ‘Reporting Live (From The Back of the Roads)’ is already available to stream. 

It’s the London artist’s first new full-length project since 2020’s album, ‘Mukta vs Mukta’, and features a slew of high-profile names in the credits. Specifically, JME, Stefflon Don, BG, Lethal Bizzle, Ms. Banks, Pa Salieu, Nissi, NSG, and Olamide, to list a few. A brand new BackRoad Gee cut also features, ‘Fear Nuttin’, 

“After almost two years of hard work, blood, sweat & tears (literally), I can say I’ve had some of the craziest life changes which makes this mixtape mean so much to me. If you know me personally, this music and energy I give you is me from my heart. It’s not a job I go to or an identity I put on,” Gee said of the mixtape. 

The release has landed towards the end of the huge 2021 for the MC. From tracks such as ‘Party Popper’ and ‘A ‘Yo’, to appearances on Pa Salieu’s smash hit ‘My Family‘, sets at Reading and Leeds festivals to his appearance during Burna Boy’s headline show at London’s O2. 

Take a listen to ‘Reporting Live (From the Back of the Roads’ and revisit DJ Mag’s edition of Meet The MC with BackRoad Gee below, then read the full feature. You can also watch every episode in our ongoing series here

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MEDUZA continue chart-topping ambitions with ‘Tell It To My Heart’ featuring Hozier

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Ring the alarm, for another MEDUZA chart topper could be inbound. Cue “Tell It To My Heart” featuring Hozier.

The Italian trio attempting to bring house music back to daytime radio has succeeded at doing just that in its short but impactful two-plus years on the scene. MEDUZA’s first release, “Piece Of Your Heart” featuring Goodboys, topped charts upon its release in 2019 and attracted an excess of 2 billion plus across platforms,not to mention multiple diamond, platinum, and gold certifications in 27 countries and a GRAMMY nomination to boot. These accolades put MEDUZA on the map and now, the outfit is back with another house anthem that’s sure to earn club and radio play alike.

MEDUZA are fresh off an electric performance at EDC Las Vegas’ circuitGROUNDS and have a massive New Years Eve show lined up at ExchangeLA. On top of the success earned from “Piece of Your Heart,” they also just surpassed 750 million cumulative streams on their hit single “Paradise with Dermot Kennedy, released last year.

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Cristoph and Artche chisel ‘Illusions’ on Pryda Presents

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Cristoph has delivered yet another captivating progressive single on Eric Prydz‘s Pryda Presents, “Illusions” with Artche. The two Newcastle producers convene for an eighth time, with “Illusions” following their February collaboration with Franky Wah, “The World You See,” not to mention Cristoph’s October remix of Motorcycle’s trance classic, “As The Rush Comes.”

“Illusions” first premiered during Eric Prydz’s EDC Las Vegas set in 2019. The track accentuates Cristoph’s igniting progressive ambience and Artche’s dark and intoxicating vocals. Together, the UK pair boast its signature hypnotic, climactic grooves worthy of both arenas and underground clubs alike. Hear “Illusions” below.

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Wave Racer unleashes debut LP, ‘To Stop From Falling Off The Earth’

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Wave Racer‘s debut LP has landed, and it sees him blending indie soundbites into his electronic staple. Citing The 1975 as his main influence for the record, Wave Racer amalgamates previously released album singles “Left Behind,” “What Are We Waiting For,” “Look Up To Yourself,” and “Dreaming,” with five other tracklistings that he says were “made from a feeling of being at a loose end—like flailing around in the wind directionless, with no anchoring in reality.”

To Stop From Falling Off The Earth is an attempt to say, ‘this album is going to remind you about the things that you can do to ground yourself.’ And these are the things that have happened to me and have worked for me – this is a story about preventing myself from losing touch with reality,” Wave Racer remarked. Listeners can stream it in full below.

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