Nyle DiMarco Remade Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” Music Video in American Sign Language

“Ariana dropped 7rings with captions, we dropped in SIGN LANGUAGE.”

Fans of Ariana Grande may have to wait until February 8 for her newest album to drop, but thanks to Nyle DiMarco we’ve officially received an epic — and jewel-studded — take on Ari’s latest single “7 Rings.” Just days after releasing the neon pink–hued video, the America’s Next Top Modelwinner unveiled his own video version of the track, complete with American Sign Language.

Nyle, who has remained outspoken about providing closed-captioning in both movies and music, released his remake (which was directed by Jake Wilson) on Monday. He wrote on Twitter, “@arianagrande dropped 7rings with captions, we dropped in SIGN LANGUAGE.”

The release of Nyle’s video comes after the model had previously asked for VEVO and Ariana to provide captions on the singer’s “thank u, next” video. At the time, he explained the reasoning for his request, writing, “You earn more than 650 mill per year and can’t even add captions to @ArianaGrande’s #ThankUNextVideo. There ARE closed caption services that will cost you ONLY $6 (or less) to INSTANTLY appeal to a wider audience There are 466mill people with hearing loss thank u, next.” The “7 Rings” video was subsequently released with captions available. In addition to making Ariana’s music even more accessible to people who are deaf, Nyle’s signed music video has also earned the seal of approval from Ariana herself. The singer responded to the release on January 28, tweeting, “beyond 🖤 love this so much.” And while Nyle’s version of the video is abbreviated, it does include plenty of references to the original, including one scene that has the model posing on countertops à la Ari.

Along with earning the support of Ariana, fans on social media also shared their appreciation for Nyle’s video. “As a member of the deaf community, I STAN,” one follower tweeted. Another follower then shared their excitement, writing, “Wow Nyleeeeee finally something on trend I can share with my mom!! This made me so happy you’re such a firecracker. You did that!!!!” And with a new Ariana album just around the corner, we’re hoping that maybe these two can collaborate on something in the future.

Fat Joe Comments on Eric Benet’s Post About Rappers Destroying Their Own People

A few days ago, R&B veteran Eric Benet posted a photo on his Instagram profile, which read: “If all you rap about is “killing black people,” “degrading black women,” “abusing drugs,” “materialization,” and “living a low life” – you are not an artist, you are a black face for white supremacy. You are being used to help destroy your own people.”

The post generated opinions from many fans, some who agree and some who don’t. Rapper Fat Joe gave his two cents after a TMZ cameraman asked him to comment on the post by Benet.

“That’s his opinion. I view music as entertainment, man. It’s just entertainment,” Joe says in the below video. “We have different rappers with different messages. It’s all entertainment. If you’re gonna go and you’re gonna live your life behind a rap song, then you’re the fool. …We make gangsta rap people go work out to. People in the Army, Navy, fighting wars, they get hype to our shit.”

Joe also added, “I don’t know what he’s talking about. It’s a shame. I love Eric Benét.”

Rapper Wale also commented on the post, insisting, “Hip-hop always had an affinity for material things,” he wrote in TSR’s comments. “It’s a part of the very fabric (no pun) but does not define the players IN said genre.”

Thoughts?

The Musicians Behind Your Favorite Songs Are Coming for Their Credit

Who made the beat for “Bad and Boujee”? It should be a simple question. Most rap beat-hustlefans (and media outlets) would answer, without hesitation, Metro Boomin. But that’s not the full story. The songwriting credits list a Robert Mandell, better known as G Koop. And that leads us to a not-very-well-known side of how hip-hop works. Koop is a musician who has worked on tracks for the biggest names in the business. 2 Chainz, Future, Migos, DJ Khaled, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, and more have all relied on his tunes. So why don’t you hear his name everywhere? It’s because Koop is part of a new breed of musicians and composers, many of them managed by the same veteran Shady Records exec, who have quietly played a major part in creating the biggest records of recent years—and now they’re coming for their credit.

CONTINUE READING:https://www.complex.com/music/2018/07/musicians-behind-favorite-songs-coming-for-their-credit/

Future: Syrup, Strippers and Heavy Angst With the Superstar MC

“I embraced what I thought people was gonna hate about me. I was gonna turn the hate into love”

future3Outside, it’s rush hour, a still-sunny spring evening in Atlanta, but in here, you’d never know it. This room is windowless and dark, illuminated only by a projector shooting shimmering green stars onto the ceiling, a computer monitor displaying Pro Tools, and the glowing rack of gear beneath it. The air seems composed mostly of high-grade kush smoke, accompanied by just enough oxygen to sustain life. On a shelf in the corner are liter bottles of sugary sodas – Sprite, Pineapple Sunkist, Strawberry Fanta – mixers for a bottle of codeine cough syrup adorned with a picture of Homer Simpson.

This control room and its adjoining vocal booth, in a gated studio complex on an industrial road a couple of miles from downtown, is the workplace of choice for Atlanta’s reigning hip-hop king, Future. Six feet three with long, blond-tipped dreads, top-notch cheekbones and the sleepy swagger of the high school athlete he once was, he looks less like an actual rapper than a movie star cast as one. Even leaked mug shots from his pre-fame hustling days look like outtakes from magazine shoots. He has a big, bright leading-man smile that he holds in reserve, unleashing it most consistently in the presence of attractive women.

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He’s puffing on a blunt, taking a sip or two from a Styrofoam cup of the narcotic beverage mostly known to hip-hop fans as “lean” or “drank” or “sizzurp” before he helped rebrand it as “dirty Sprite.” With his lyrical salutes to Xanax, codeine, Adderall and Oxycontin, he’s one of the first rappers who could conceivably sign a sponsorship deal with Big Pharma: “I just took a piss and I seen codeine coming out,” he rapped not long ago. He considers himself a rock star, and he’s dressed like one: pale jeans, strategically shredded, with a plaid shirt tied at his waist and a crisp white tee. (The following day, he wears a $435 T-shirt by the high-end brand Enfants Riches Déprimés, emblazoned with the words “high risk/children without a conscience.”)

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Tortured Soul’s New Single “DIRTY” Released on TSTC Records

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With a decade of experience, the Brooklyn-­‐based dance trio Tortured Soul has already made their mark on the world of dance music and has had tremendous success as an international touring act, appearing at major music festivals on virtually every continent with countless stops in Eastern and Western Europe, Central, Southeast and Eastern Asia, India, Australia, Southern Africa, South America and nearly every state and province in North America. And there’s plenty of reason to support such a phenomenon. After a live set, you could easily liken them to LCD Soundsystem, but without the punk.

After exploding to critical acclaim with 2006’s Introducing Tortured Soul and 2009’s Did You Miss Me, Tortured Soul, comprised of lead singer-­‐drummer-­‐primary composer John-­‐Christian Urich, jazz-­‐trained keyboardist Ethan White and newly-­‐recruited bassist Jordan Scannella, have dedicated themselves to rewriting the rulebooks of EDM with their own unofficial oath to the dance floor: Dance music is usually better when soulful musicians are behind the helm. No wonder the San Francisco Chronicle echoed such praises: “Imagine your favorite house DJ as a live band, making deep house music as danceable as a classic groove, and you’ll get a sense of what a Tortured Soul set is like.”

Now with two albums and a host of mix albums, not excluding 12-­‐inch DJ novelties, already behind them, Tortured Soul is working overtime on the highly-­‐anticipated follow-­‐up to their breakthrough disc, 2009’s Did You Miss Me. As the lead single to the forthcoming EP (scheduled for Spring 2013), “Dirty (Live)” returns the group to their unique sound of escapism, recreating the lounge funk that can be best summarized as Jamiroquai romance with a kick of Chic. It’s a slick Rhodes-­‐driven excursion loaded with sexy beats and some of their hardest come-­‐on lines to date: “I want you to be emancipated/Come to my hotel room right before the show,” Urich sings in a moment of utmost cockiness as he masks up as a 21st century sex ed professor. Call it Tortured Soul with a brushstroke of Prince’s Dirty Mind.

FREE DOWNLOAD of Tortured Soul’s brand new single, DIRTY!

R&B TROUBADOUR MIGUEL CAPS OFF STELLAR YEAR WITH 5 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS INCLUDING SONG OF THE YEAR!!!

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R&B TROUBADOUR MIGUEL CAPS OFF STELLAR YEAR WITH 5 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS INCLUDING SONG OF THE YEAR!!! MIGUEL’S WRITTEN AND PRODUCED “ADORN” EARNS SONG OF THE YEAR, R&B PERFORMANCE AND BEST R&B SONG NOMINATIONS; ALBUM RECEIVES BEST CONTEMPORARY ALBUM NOMINATION; WALE’S “LOTUS FLOWER BOMB” FEATURING MIGUEL RECEIVES BEST RAP SONG NOMINATION CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM TOPS 2012 BEST OF LISTS AND EARNS HIM A 2012 SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARD FOR BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST HIT SINGLE “ADORN” HOLDS RECORD FOR LONGEST SONG AT #1 ON BILLBOARD R&B/HIP-HOP CHART FOR 2012 AT 11 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS

[New York, NY, December 7, 2012] – Singer/songwriter MIGUEL caps off 2012 with 5Grammy® Awards nominations for his critically acclaimed sophomore release Kaleidoscope Dream.  Announced last night (12/5), MIGUEL’s nominations include the coveted Song of The Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Adorn;”Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Rap Song for Wale’s Lotus Flower Bomb feat. Miguel.  Miguel’s “How Many Drinks” also contributes to Salaam Remi’s Producer of the Year nomination for Remi’s production on the track.  The 55th annual GRAMMY® Awards are scheduled to air live on Sunday, February 10th 2013 on CBS (ET/PT) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

I’m incredibly honored just to be invited to ATTEND next year’s Grammy ceremony but being nominated, that’s a dream come true,” said MIGUEL.

Released October 2 on Bystorm/RCA Records, the genre-bending Kaleidoscope Dream debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and entered at #3 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Digital Albums charts.  The album’s breakout hit single “Adorn,” written and produced by Miguel, currently holds 2012’s record for maintaining the #1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Chart for 11 consecutive weeks!  “Adorn” has also been #1 at Urban Mainstream Radio for 5 consecutive weeks.

As the “Best of 2012” lists trickle in, Kaleidoscope Dream has been touted on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012 and USA Today’s Top Albums of 2012, while the hit single “Adorn” scores honors on NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 and Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2012, citing that MIGUEL “comes off like a master on this slow jam.”

Resonating with fans and critics alike, MIGUEL has captivated viewers with rousing television performances on Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Wendy Williams Show and Ellen. The Los Angeles native recently proved why he reigns supreme during his performance of “Adorn” at the 2012 Soul Train Music Awards, which he was bestowed with the Best R&B/Soul Male Artist award.

Currently gracing the cover of THE FADER, Miguel continues to bring his electrifying live performances of his hits “Do You…,” “The Thrill,” and more, to new heights while on the Trey Songz’s Chapter V World Tour along with ingénue Elle Varner. Remaining tour dates are listed below.

CHAPTER V WORLD TOUR FEATURING MIGUEL’S KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM DATES:

Dec. 7 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater

Dec. 8 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium

Dec. 9 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theater

Dec. 13 – Washington, D.C. – Constitution Hall

Dec. 14 – Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum

Dec. 15 – Hampton, VA – Coliseum

Dec. 16 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena

Dec. 27 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena

Dec. 28 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena

Dec. 29 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center

Dec. 30 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre

Dec. 31 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena

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Signed to Mark Pitts’ ByStorm imprint in 2007, Grammy-nominated MIGUEL‘s progressive 2010 debut album All I Want Is You, spawned two #1 hit singles – “Quickie” and “Sure Thing,” as well as the album title track. While his debut album earned him unanimous praise, his current release, Kaleidoscope Dream takes him down a new path of musical exploration with ground breaking, cutting edge precision. The album features production from Salaam Remi [Amy Winehouse, Adele], Pop & Oak [Kanye West, Big Sean], and Jerry Wonda [The Fugees, Wyclef Jean] amongst others.