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Time well spent: Jacob Banks stops in Toronto ahead of North American trek

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Jacob Banks struts out onto the stage and his presence fills the sold out venue. His voice husky and full, it quickly silences a cheering audience as they let his words permeate their ears. Dressed in a denim jacket and jeans, he’s appropriately dressed in the “Canadian tuxedo” for the Toronto stop of his Village tour at the Danforth Music Hall on Feb. 26 that NDLYSS was on-hand to witness.

Banks sings into the mic with a downward gaze as the words of Be Good to Me echo throughout the room, “I’ve been running for far too long, oh please be good to me.”  A true lyricist, it’s clear that these are more than words to Banks. The chorus hits and he dances, taking the mic off the stand. There’s now not a stationary body in the building. The song ends and the lights go out. The audience cheers.

“Good evening,” his voice breaks through the darkness, silencing the crowd yet again. His ability to cut through the noise and capture the silent attention of the whole audience is demonstrated time and time again throughout the nineteen-song set. A set that includes many songs from the touring album Village including favorites Unknown (To You) and Chainsmoking both reserved for the encore. Banks also included tracks from his three EPs: The Boy Who Cried Freedom (2017), The Paradox (2015), and The Monologue (2013), as well as two noteworthy covers of Frank Ocean’s Swim Good and Coldplay’s Fix You.

Banks’ sultry commanding voice at times gives nods to crooners, while maintaining a soul sound that gives life to his intimate lyrics. Before launching into Keeps Me Going, Banks shares, “for those who don’t know, I was born in Nigeria.” The singer-songwriter moved to Birmingham, England at the age of 13. Seven years later, he began writing songs and performing at open mics. Since then another seven years have passed, and Banks has since supported greats like Sam Smith and Alicia Keys and is now touring his freshman LP Village.

The night capped with Banks asking for the house lights to be brought up, “we just want to take this moment to remember as many faces in the audience as we can tonight. Time is currency and you chose to be here… and we are so fuckin’ grateful. Thank you for choosing us this evening. God bless.” He stands at the edge of the stage and takes in the crowd after which the band plays him out.

Time is currency, and one of the best things that could be done with that currency is getting to know Jacob Banks a little more. Banks continues his North American tour back on US soil with his next stop in Detroit on March 1 . His album Village is available on Spotify and iTunes. Whether having the honor of seeing him live, or simply purchasing the album, both are time well spent.

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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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