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Meet Will Hill, a Lyrical Hustler making his own Waves

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Will Hill’s rap skills are unquestionably making uncontrollable noise. The ambitious 26-year-old is causing even the old heads to take notes, leaving a strong impression on the hip-hop game. His most recent single, “Boutta Check,” is a problem, but a good one, of course. Hill pushes his pen over a piano-driven track, crisscrossing trap and jazz beats. Let’s just say he doesn’t miss a mark.

Hill’s intricacy, logic, and lyricism forge a refreshing path in the era of mumble-rap. The emcee proves to be nothing short of authentic, which seamlessly manifests into his songs. He continues to reverse his trials and tribulations into purpose. And there’s no doubt he’ll only be advancing from here.

Was there a specific moment in your life you can recall that sparked your interest in music?
It’s pretty much always been around me for as long as I can remember. My mom used to always play old school music –– funk, jazz… all that stuff. My sisters introduced me to hip-hop; they would listen to the radio back when Ludacris was on and…yeah.

I remember the first song I heard on there was Outkast’s, “Elevators.”

The first time I remember trying to pursue it, my aunt was working at Epic Records. At that time, everyone was going crazy over Lil Bow Wow and everything he was doing, and I remember wanting to be like him. And then in high school, I began experimenting with raps again for fun. That turned into one of my homies making music with me; to be honest, it was supposed to just be this quick money scheme at that point [but] things just sort of clicked together.

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Why do you think Atlanta is so important for music culture?
Atlanta is just so unique in how we make music. There are so many different types of people who come here just because of the location, the music, [and] the culture. You got people from Cali, New York, [and] you got people from the other side of the world, and different countries, you know? With all that mixed, there’s always a lot going on. And to already infuse that with what’s already been here in Atlanta – the snap culture, the twerk culture, stuff like that, it’s just a perfect balance. You can have substance in the music or no substance, but regardless, it will make people move. I think it’s important for artists to tap into that since so many people love the sound Atlanta has to offer.

How do you overcome doubts during low moments in your career?
So doubt is something every artist goes through but the best thing to is overcome that, and this is something I personally do to conquer self-doubt and any other obstacles, is to make sure you’re always having fun. Remind yourself why you started making music in the first place –– why it brings you joy, happiness, and something worth continuously pursuing.

One thing I personally had to do was start producing to find joy in music again. I went through a [period] where I didn’t want to make music anymore; it just didn’t feel right.

What motivates me through all that is, to be honest –– everyday life. The stuff that I go through on a daily basis. So I just pull from that when I make music and people [can] relate. When I sit down to record a song, it’s usually to get something off my chest whether it’s happy or sad. It’s healing, for sure, but it also motivates me to push harder. I’m also really big on creating and accomplishing goals and working hard to get to that next level.

What is your current objective as an artist?
I’m working towards solidifying my brand and making sure that I’m conveying what my brand is [so] that everyone has a good grasp on who I am as an artist and what I want to represent.

And my brand is just, you know, hustling; it’s about ambition and talking to anyone who has goals and strives to do something bigger and better with their lives.

What are you anticipating most for as further into your musical quest?
At this point, to see it all unfold. I’m recently [became] a firm believer in the process being the beautiful part. I’ve gone through a lot as an artist –– ups and downs, trials and tribulations and to see it all unfold, would be like, “Ah, okay. I put in a lot of work and this is what I’ve been working towards.” Seeing that come to life would be [really] exciting.

In the future, which artists are on your bucket list to collaborate with?
In the near future, Childish Major. I really enjoy his music and his talent.
Future, Jay Z, of course. [Hov’s] someone who really inspires and motivates me. The level that he’s been able to maintain over the years –– just the consistency and the business savvy mindset he’s got. The way he approaches everything is something that I can look up to. Even now, like the impact, he’s made in his community by helping out other artists like Meek Mill and 21 Savage. The accomplishments he’s made over the course of his career is something to look up to and strive towards. To collaborate with him would be great. I’ll make that happen sooner or later.

What’s next for you in 2019?
I’m looking forward to releasing my EP, “Illusion,” and I think everyone will really like it. And then after that, just being consistent with my brand and what I put out there. I got a few songs and music videos tucked away that I’ll release and build up until the album comes out and then, yeah. Hopefully, once that’s out, I’ll go on tour and start performing everywhere.

Congratulations on “Boutta Check” and everything else coming your way!
Thank you, thank you. I’m excited. It’s going to be a great journey!

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Ouch! Tyler, The Creator’s London pop-up show cancelled, but here’s why

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Its been a great week for Tyler, The Creator following the successful release of his latest album IGOR. In celebration of the hip-hop star’s new body of work, he took to Twitter to announce a surprise, pop-up show in London for his devoted fans.

The anticipated performance would have marked Tyler’s first gig in the U.K. in four years. The London stop was unfortunately canceled for reportedly being “too rowdy.”

Back in 2015, Tyler was banned by Britain’s Home Office from entering over his controversial music content, as they believe it “foster[s] hatred with views that seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.”

Shortly after he dropped the news with an image of himself posted in front of Buckingham Palace, wearing the same blonde wig from his “EARFQUAKE” video, he revealed a new location is in the works and would be announced at a later date.

Stream Tyler, The Creator’s new IGOR album below.

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Chris Tucker, Vince Staples, Diplo and more make appearance in Lil Nas X’s official ‘Old Town Road’ music video

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are two cowboys who time travel to 2019 in the new music video for “Old Town Road Remix.”

The clip, released on Friday, also features cameos by Chris Rock, Diplo, Vince Staples, Haha Davis, Rico Nasty, Jozzy, and Young Kio.

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Madonna teams up with Quavo for reggae-infused ‘Future’ track

Ahead of Madonna’s 14th studio album (Madame X) scheduled to release next month the pop star has joined forces with Quavo on a new track dubbed “Future.” The song was a collaborative production effort by Diplo with both Madonna and Quavo. The release follows Madonna’s tour announcement last week in support of her forthcoming project.

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