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Report: DaBaby to serve 1 Year Probation following Gun Case

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Buzzing, new rapper DaBaby has had a successful career run, thus far, with consecutive hits topping the Billboard charts over the past few months, but unfortunately, the 27-year-old’s success may slow down a notch with the bad news he just received.

According to TMZ, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office convicted the hip-hop star Thursday for carrying a concealed gun in a North Carolina case ––a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation and 30 days in jail — the jail sentence was later suspended.

The incident reportedly dates back to November of last year where the rapper was involved in a heated altercation with a man inside a local Walmart, leaving one fatality from a bullet wound. The rapper says his actions were an act of self-defense for himself and his kids.

He was arrested in connection but it’s still unclear as to who shot the suspect, the DA’s office mention to the outlet.

While it appears DaBabay got off easy with this case, he is currently battling a lawsuit over an alleged attack by him and his entourage.

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Brightness’ New Music Video ‘Dallas’ will make your Soul Cry

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Alex Knight who launched his career under the moniker Brightness dropped a new tracked, dubbed “Dallas” via I OH U. The mellow song was recorded in upstate New York with producer Sam Griffin Owens (Cass McCombs, Chris Cohen, Sam Evian), the song is – per Knight’s description – “about being spiritually hungry…the volatility and fragility of being in that state.” A heady offering equipped with slanting melody, baritone guitars, and erratic squalls that dunk you in cloudy space for the bulk of its duration, then slowly lifts you out in its final phrases to the sound of rapturous falsetto and luminous French horn.

“I wrote ‘Dallas’ when I was living alone in my brother’s garage. It’s probably hard to tell, but I was listening to a lot of Springsteen at the time, he said. I was inspired especially by his ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ record…the themes etc. I’d pretty much razed my life to the ground, and was intent on looking upwards…looking outwards.”

Knight affirms “the location and pairing (with Owens) couldn’t have been more fitting.” The song was recorded in Spillway Sound, a freshly opened studio nestled in the Catskills, a spread of nature known to stir wonder in those who’ve beheld it, from the addled attendees of Woodstock Festival to 19th-century transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The accompanying visual for “Dallas” is similarly gripping. Directed by Charlotte Evans, the video finds Knight in a state of insomnia-induced disarray, the singer slowly spiraling out in his unkempt bedroom as he becomes increasingly mesmerized by a preacher on TV. The song is the first taste of new music from a forthcoming album following his critically-acclaimed 2017 debut, Teething, and marks a darker shift in sound characterized by deeper contour, contrast, and confidence.

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J. Cole, Travis Scott, and Kenrick Lamar to Headline New Festival produced by Coachella promoters

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J. Cole, Travis Scott, and Kendrick Lamar are slated to headline Day N Vegas festival, a new hip-hop-drenched music festival scheduled for November 1-3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tyler, the Creator Migos, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Miguel, 6LACK, Kali Uchis, Juice WRLD, Brockhampton, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lil Nas X, Lil Baby, and YBN Cordae are also set to hit the stage at Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

Other performers on this year’s roster include Ab Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock, along with Flatbush Zombies, Denzel Curry, Summer Walker, Rico Nasty, Lil Mosey, Megan Thee Stallion, J.I.D., DaBaby, Blueface, Polo G, Goldlink, Saba, Nav, Rich the Kid, Sheck Wes, Lil Tjay, Doja Cat, Smino, YK Osiris, Ski Mask the Slump God, Cuco, Lil Tracy, Flipp Dinero and Boogie.

Cole will headline Friday, November 1st, with Scott following on Saturday, the 2nd and Lamar closing out the fest on Sunday, the 3rd.

Tickets will go on sale June 28th. Fans can register for a pre-sale now via the festival site. Prices range from $299 plus fees (for three-day general admission tickets) through $899 plus fees (super VIP packages).

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Jamaican artist Koffee joins forces with Mura Masa for two epic remixes

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Jamaica’s hottest export, 19-year-old singer Koffee, just released two new remixes from her critically-acclaimed debut EP Rapture. “Toast” and “Throne” enlisting Mura Masa for two infectiously eerie renditions of the songs with the British producer entirely reworking the tracks with experimental synths, drum hits, and a heavy dose of low end.

The songs follow the remix for “Rapture” featuring rising dancehall artist Govana, her feature on Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” remix alongside fellow Spanish Town, Jamaica artist Chronixx, and her feature as Apple’s Up Next artist for the month of June. 

The remixes also arrive in the midst of Koffee’s UK/European tour run ahead of her debut show in New York City this Fall. She’ll play sets at Denmark’s Roskilde Festival and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival leading up to her sold out NYC show at The Gramercy Theater on September 12th and Brooklyn Steel show on September 11th.

2019 continues to be a breakout year for Koffee. Her performance of “Rapture” on COLORS has already received over 4 million views and single “Toast” has earned 45 million views on Youtube and is shaping up to be the song of the summer in Jamaica, while also gaining traction in the U.S. The song finding supporters in numerous radio stations including Hot 97 and Power 105.1 in New York City. The Rapture EP also reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Reggae Chart and is fast approaching 100 million streams.

Listen to the Mura Masa “Toast” and “Throne” remixes above, see tour dates below. All tickets are available here

Upcoming Tour Dates:
6/26 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Olt Rivierenhof

6/28 – Dortmund, Germany @ Junkyard

6/29 – Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie

7/2 – Geneve, Switzerland @ L’Usine

7/3 – Padova, Italy @ Sherwood Festival

7/5 – Koln, Germany @ Summerjam Festival

7/6 – Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival

7/7 – Berlin, Germany @ Yaam

7/10 – Karmar, Sweden @ Öland Roots

7/12 – Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival

7/13 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Fabrik

7/14 – Burtenbach, Germany @ Sunrise Regge & Ska Festival

8/4 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival

9/12 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy

9/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

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