Schoolboy Q, Domo Genesis, Tinashe, BlackOutBoyz (A$AP Yams & A$AP Jscott) Hosted by Miss Info
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Quincy Matthew Hanley (born October 26, 1986), better known by his stage name ScHoolboy Q is an American hip hop recording artist. Hanley is signed to Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope Records and is a member of Black Hippy along with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul. In a 2011 interview when asked about what encouraged him to start rapping, Hanley explained that it was something he was "born to do": "I was just chillin' man, but rapping's just something I was born to do. I don't know when I started rapping. I don't know how I started rapping, but I know I wrote a verse and I was stuck ever since," he explained.
Preceded by two mixtapes, his album Setbacks reached #100 on the Billboard 200 in 2011, selling close to 1,000 digital copies in the first week. On January 14, 2012 he released his second independent album Habits & Contradictions. The album debuted at #111 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 3,900 digital copies in the United States.
Domo Genesis is a member of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, (often abbreviated OFWGKTA and also known simply as Odd Future or Wolf Gang.) Domo, with his broad knowledge of marijuana and creative perspective on word rhyming, has achieved much respect throughout the rap community. Being one of the talented members of Odd Future, Domo Genesis continues to shock and awe the public with his elusive tracks with other rappers such as DZA, Remy Banks, also his co-members of Odd Future. With his release of his first album, Rolling Papers, caused some beef with another pothead rapper, Wiz Khalifa. Wiz was also releasing an album called Rolling Papers and the debate of who came up with it first went back and forth through out OFWGKTA and Taylor Gang. In the end, Wiz Khalifa backed off and squashed the beef due to the frightening thoughts of the response that could be from Odd Future. Domo Genesis has a talked on the making of a new album called Under The Influence, currently TBA. Domo Genesis continues to step it up and show he is unlike any other artist throughtout the rap game.
Tinashe does everything on her own terms. The stunning 21-year-old singer, songwriter, and performer arrives with a distinct and dynamic vision of R&B punctuated by hip-hop attitude, pop flavor, rock swagger, and electronica spark. It all comes to life vividly on Aquarius, her forthcoming full-length debut on RCA Records.
That alchemical blend of genres can actually be traced back to her childhood in Los Angeles. Music surrounded the budding star at home as her father's Shona heritage filtered into daily life, building an atmosphere conducive to creativity and art.
"My dad's family is from Zimbabwe, and it's a very musical culture," affirms Tinashe. "From my earliest memories, music was all around me. It was part of my DNA, and I just loved everything about it. Doing music became my biggest goal as soon as I could sing!"
Getting in front of the camera for the first time, she started modeling with the encouragement of her family. Soon, that transformed into acting and she went on to star in her first film, 2000's Cora Unashamed, followed by a role in The Polar Express with Tom Hanks and a recurring spot on Two And A Half Men. However, her hunger to make music superseded everything, and she joined an all-female pop group The Stunners in 2007, placing acting on the backburner for the moment. The Stunners went on to sign a major label deal and open up Justin Bieber's My World tour before parting ways in 2011. That's when Tinashe's own dream came into focus clearly.
"I decided to pursue my solo career with everything I could," she recalls. "I learned how to record and tour while I was in The Stunners, but it was time for me to say something personal. I always want to create art that's true to who I am as both a person and an artist. So, at that point, I bought my own studio equipment and a camera in order to capture that. I wrote and recorded music and began releasing songs and videos online."
Her first mixtape, In Case We Die, dropped in 2012, and it immediately piqued interest across pop culture. She burst out of the gate with a passionate, powerful, and provocative style that seduced everyone in its path. Critical acclaim abounded, and she unleashed her second release Reverie. In the midst of everything, RCA signed her that same year.
Tinashe tapped into a sound that solely belonged to her. "It's progressive R&B," she exclaims. "It's not what you typically would expect R&B to sound like. There are influences from so many different genres that come together in one melting pot. I want to experiment. I want to break boundaries."
2013 saw Tinashe unveil her third mixtape, Black Water, and it garnered praise from the likes of Spin, Fader, Noisey, The Source, Vibe, and more. At the same time, she holed up in the studio with the likes of Ryan Hemsworth [Grimes, Frank Ocean], Dev Hynes [Solange Knowles, Sky Ferreira], Clams Casino [A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Mac Miller], Stuart Matthewman [Sade], and more preparing songs for what would become her major label debut.
Now, the set's first single "2 On" featuring ScHoolboy Q and produced by DJ Mustard, solidifies Tinashe's presence. Driven by her sensual and soaring delivery, it's a banging anthem that instantly charms. "I have a lot of songs that are a little more serious or emotional, but '2 On' is meant to be fun," she goes on. "It's about celebrating being young, going out, partying with your friends, and living it up. That was my inspiration. It's got a West Coast vibe with ScHoolboy Q and DJ Mustard, but it has my spin too."
On the other end of the spectrum, she teams up with A$AP Rocky and super producer Detail [Lil Wayne] for the sharp "Pretend," which illuminates her range and raw talent. She reveals, "It's about dealing with people who put on a front because it makes them feel better about a certain situation. That's the emotional side of my music."
At the end of the day, Tinashe doesn't hold anything back, and the world will get the opportunity to experience that honesty from every angle. "I dedicated my life to this," she leaves off. "I'm really focused. I'm on my grind. I'm not here to play games. This is one-hundred percent who I am, and I think the music says that loud and clear."
BlackOutBoyz (A$AP Yams & A$AP Jscott)
Founded from the streets of NY and starting from Know-Wave Radio atomosphere , BlackOutBoyz is an authentic collective including A$ap J.scott, A$ap Yams, Lou Banga and Leeks which stems from Music, Design, and Culture from Uptown NY to Downtown Ny To Atlanta to Houston to LA to the Bay and so forth.