(December 1, 2016 – New York, NY) Critically buzzing Richmond-based rap crew DIVINE COUNCIL unleash the music video for their latest track “DECEMBA” (Remix) [Feat. $ilk Money & André Benjamin] on Complex today.
Directed by legendary music and cultural trailblazer André Benjamin and also featuring a downright fiery verse from the OutKast rhymer, the clip explodes as equally crazed and captivating. DIVINE COUNCIL’s $ilk Money stands on trial in front of a packed courthouse with his collaborators Cyrax Bathbwoy, Lord Linco, and Chicago-based rapper/producer ICYTW*T. Through an unexpected turn of events and after some downright impressive rapping, $ilk Money escapes with his cohorts into the arms of a beautiful young lady before all hell breaks loose—quite literally reflecting the music’s twisted lyrical narrative.
The video is as unique, unpredictable, and undeniable as the hip-hop collective itself is.
Right now, DIVINE COUNCIL is tearing up stages across the country on the HIHORSE’D TOUR supporting Young Thug and special guest 21 Savage. See a photo-recap HERE. Check out remaining dates below.
Meanwhile, since its debut on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, “Decemba” (Remix) is already over 500,000 plays on Spotify.
DIVINE COUNCIL continue attracting critical acclaim. Rolling Stone exalted them among “10 Artists You Need To Know.” Noisey called them, “funny and ironic at times, dark and somber at others—but thoroughly fresh and unusual throughout,” while Complex sums them up best, “The bounce is undeniable.”
DIVINE COUNCIL was born in Richmond, VA far away from any major music metropolis. This creative vacuum encouraged them to cook up a distinct sound informed by everything from inventive hip-hop and slick R&B/soul to reggae, nodding to two members’ Jamaican descent. With an aesthetic reflecting the internet zeitgeist, the boys sent shockwaves throughout hip-hop, signing to Epic Records and receiving the blessing of Erykah Badu and André Benjamin. Their viral hit “P. Sherman (PS42WW$)” cracked 1 million Spotify streams and introduced their EP Council World. Simultaneously, DIVINE COUNCIL’s ICYTW*T, 18 and from Chicago, has cemented himself as an in-demand producer the likes of Madeintyo, Father, and ASAP Mob’s Playboi Carti.
TOUR DATES w/Young Thug & 21 Savage
12.7 Showbox SODO Seattle, WA– Buy tickets HERE
12.8 Roseland Theater Portland, OR– Buy tickets HERE
12.9 The Warfield San Francisco, CA– Buy tickets HERE
12.11 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO– Buy tickets HERE
12.13 Revention Music Center Houston, TX– Buy tickets HERE
12.14 Bomb Factory Dallas, TX– Buy tickets HERE
12.16 Venue 578 Orlando, FL– Buy tickets HERE
12.18 Terminal 5 New York, NY – Buy tickets HERE
GLOBAL ICON MARIAH CAREY TO PERFORM FOR OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE MOMENTS BEFORE THE BALL DROPS LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE ON “DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2017”
CAREY WILL BE JOINED IN TIMES SQUARE BY MUSIC SUPERSTARS DNCE, THOMAS RHETT AND GLORIA ESTEFAN WITH THE CAST OF HER HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL
“ON YOUR FEET!”
FERGIE RETURNS TO HOST THE BILLBOARD HOLLYWOOD PARTY WHILE JENNY MCCARTHY REPORTS LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017”
Begins Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC from New York’s Times Square
Los Angeles, CA (December 1, 2016) – Fourteen-time Billboard Music Award winner and ten-time American Music Award winner Mariah Carey will give the last big performance of 2016 when she performs live for over one million people in Times Square moments before the ball drops on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017.” Multi-platinum selling band DNCE, international superstar Gloria Estefan with the cast of her smash hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! and chart-topping country artist Thomas Rhett are set to join Carey for performances in the hours leading up to the 2017 countdown on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 on the ABC Television Network. Carey was the first artist to perform live from Times Square on the program in 2005 and will return to perform her greatest hits during the 45th anniversary of America’s biggest celebration of the year.
“I am so excited to return to ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’ and feel blessed to be a part of this year’s magical celebration,” said Mariah Carey. “I can’t wait to perform once again for my incredible fans as we ring in the New Year together live from Times Square.”
“Mariah was the first live performance from Times Square in 2005 when I joined Dick Clark as co-host,” said host and executive producer Ryan Seacrest. “After nearly a decade, I’m excited to join her again in Times Square, along with all our incredible performances, to ring in 2017.”
In addition to these performances, actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy will report live from Times Square while Superstar Fergie returns to host the Billboard Hollywood Party.
America’s biggest celebration of the year will include 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City as he has for the last 11 years.
A true trailblazer, Mariah Carey has earned acclaim in all facets of her career as a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. As the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million records sold and eighteen #1 singles – the most for any solo artist in history – Carey is a luminous and enduring talent who has enthralled audiences for a quarter-century. Carey has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, 10 American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards and BMI’s coveted Icon Award, among myriad others, and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and the World Music Awards’ World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. Referred to as the “songbird supreme” by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register. She is equally distinguished as a songwriter, penning all but one of her #1 singles, including “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “One Sweet Day” and “We Belong Together,” to name a few. Carey has also gained acclaim as an actress and was awarded the “Breakthrough Performance Award” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her performance in Precious (2009). Beyond industry honors, her popularity is evident across social media, with 21 million Facebook fans and 16 million Twitter followers. Mariah Carey is on Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FIFTH HARMONY ON THEIR AMA AWARD!!!! Collaboration of the year: “Work From Home” Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Fifth Harmony wins at the AMA’s! The ladies also performed their latest single “That’s My Girl” at the 2016 American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 20) night.
The five-member girl group brought the stylish post-apocalyptic vibes to the AMAs with a detailed set that brought to mind Mad Max relocated to a New York City back alley. “That’s My Girl,” whose honking horns recall “Worth It,” is an immediately likable R&B dance banger, and the group’s complicated choreography is a treat in an era when most pop stars aren’t particularly impressive dancers.
In the music business, when you disappear for a long stretch of time, you abandon your right to grouse about how things have changed in your absence. Nostalgia is a cheap crutch and a lame weapon. When the whole world is changing, though, disappearing and then re-emerging in different circumstances can be more deeply destabilizing. The things you held dear might be missing, or under attack. Adjusting is a full-time job.
Last week, the members of A Tribe Called Quest, one of the essential groups of the 1990s, came back after nearly two decades into a hip-hop world that had iterated a dozen or more times; they didn’t flinch. And they returned in a moment when America’s racial tensions were at an outrageous level; they stepped into action.
It’s been 18 years since A Tribe Called Quest released an album — enough time for eight years of George W. Bush and almost eight years of Barack Obama, for Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar, Sept. 11 and Black Lives Matter, Drake and Young Thug, the rise of streaming and the fall of the record store.
In its day, the group was at the vanguard of hip-hop’s progressive wing, an exquisite balance of philosophical and attitudinal, melodic inventiveness and subwoofer thump. Its internal politics were sometimes rancorous, though, which meant that last year’s reunion was a pleasant surprise.
The members were recording the often stunning new album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service,” when Phife Dawg, one of the group’s rappers, died in March. The record reckons with shifting sands, both internal and external, personal and political. But strikingly, not musical. The group’s commitment to its history and sonic signatures is intact, and impressive, and rewarding.
In truth, it’s hard to tell if the version of A Tribe Called Quest captured on this album — the core members Q-Tip, Phife and Ali Shaheed Muhammad; the sometime member Jarobi White, here back on equal footing; and the longtime associates/de facto affiliates Consequence and Busta Rhymes — is even paying much mind to the surrounding music world. The musicians’ giddiness at working together, at being in the same room, is palpable. They trade lines with a bubbly verve, the sort of eager overlap that comes from working in close quarters with old friends.
It all makes for an album that interweaves social and political truth-telling with extreme personal joy, all under a cloud of heartache. The range of grief and grievance Q-Tip spans on this album is dizzying. His voice is still piercingly nasal, his lyrics full of tightly condensed abstractions: “Used to see the TV screen as the place to land my dream in.” On songs like “Kids…” and “Ego,” he raps with wisdom earned over years while still acknowledging the knuckleheaded power of the version of himself that once was young.
Q-Tip’s production on the album manages to thicken the group’s traditional sumptuous warmth for the modern ear — its old sound amplified, not rebuilt — without tinkering too intensely with the old component parts: a therapeutic low end, stinging drums, unlikely samples, a rich understanding of how genres bleed into one another.
Phife was as sharp as ever here, full of his slick sports metaphors, and also serious about structural social inequality, as on “Whateva Will Be”:
So am I ’posed to be dead or doing life in prison?
Just another dummy caught up in the system
Unruly hooligan who belongs in Spofford
Versus getting that degree at Stanford or Harvard
Threatened by my work ethic, the way I speak, yo
Should I be mentally weak versus being Malik, though?
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A cavalcade of guests show up to pay respect: André 3000 delivers a characteristically mercurial verse on “Kids…,” Elton John plays relaxed piano on the strolling “Solid Wall of Sound,” Jack White peels off a caustic guitar solo at the end of “Lost Somebody,” Kendrick Lamar delivers angry grit on “Conrad Tokyo” and Kanye West bellows a hook on “The Killing Season.”
And the verses from Jarobi White, long the group’s lost member, suggest a great hip-hop career that never was. On “The Killing Season,” he’s scathing, invoking and updating “Strange Fruit”: “These fruitful trees are rooted in bloody soil and torment/ Things haven’t really changed or they’re dormant for the moment.”
While this reunion-cum-tribute album was born of personal need, it ends up rising to meet a social and political moment it couldn’t have wholly anticipated (though on “Conrad Tokyo,” Phife does refer to Donald J. Trump hosting “Saturday Night Live” last year: “Troublesome times, kid/ no time for comedy”).
On Saturday night, the group was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” for the first episode after the contentious election. Dave Chappelle was the host, and the episode tried hard to grapple with the country’s new political uncertainty.
The group performed “We the People…” and “The Space Program,” two of the more bluntly political songs on the new album. At the end of “The Space Program,” the group was joined onstage by Consequence and Busta Rhymes. All of them chanted “Let’s make something happen,” then gathered for a deep embrace, heads down. That gesture was a security blanket and a balm — a healing of a still-fresh wound, and a model for gathering love in the face of unpredictable trauma.