(January 10, 2017 – New York, NY) – Buzzing Walterboro, SC rapper Nick Grant will unveil his full-length debut project, Return of The Cool [Epic Records], at all digital retailers on Friday, January 13, 2017. Return of The Cool boasts 12 new tracks, including the latest single “Luxury Vintage Rap,” “Get Up” [feat. WatchTheDuck], “The Sing Along” [feat. Rico Barrino], and more.
To celebrate the release, Grant makes his late-night television debut on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday, January 16. Be sure to tune in for what promises to be an unforgettable performance!
Offering a glimpse at the MC’s fiery and fresh style, “Luxury Vintage Rap” highlights his wise and wicked wordplay over nineties-style production. With a bulletproof cadence, he serves up slick, sizzling, and scorching bars such as, “I’m cut from Biggie’s Gucci sweater cloth.”
Over the past few months, Grant hit the road and personally built palpable anticipation for the impending release. He turned up at various colleges to sign autographs and promote the album. Visiting numerous cities across the country, he hosted intimate “Access Granted” Silent Listening Party Events. During these gatherings, fans got to experience an exclusive playback of Return of The Cool on Culture Republic/Urban Fetes headphones. Grant would also divulge stories and anecdotes about the record, giving listeners a firsthand perspective on his vision.
Nick Grant also teamed up with Sprite for a four-part video expose entitled P.O.U.R. Report (Purveyors of Urban Reality) #SPRITEPOURREPORTS. In these clips, he discusses his creative process, influences, story, and how hip-hop can make a positive impact on the world. Watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4!
Foot Action tapped Grant for an innovative and multi-faceted partnership with Reebok Classics. The retailer filmed three videos with him, going behind-the-scenes at an Atlanta photo shoot, delving into his song “The Jungle,” and getting to know him. He’s also featured in the Lookbook. Meanwhile, Apple Music selected Nick Grant as their New Artist of the Week. The New Artist of the Week program features up-and-coming artists, editorially selected by Apple Music.
BET handpicked Grant as the subject of its next Prelude documentary. Airing January 24 on BET.com, the series follows him back to his hometown as well as to Atlanta, GA before culminating on a deep interview and powerful performance. He joins the ranks of past Prelude artists such as Kodak Black and more.
Growing up in the tiny town of Walterboro, SC, Nick Grant found a window to a much bigger world through hip-hop as a kid. He obsessed over classics by Jay-Z, 2Pac, Nas, OutKast, and A Tribe Called Quest, while writing countless rhymes of his own. In 2014, he inked a deal with Culture Republic—run by music industry veterans Jason Geter, Chaka Zulu and Bernard Parks, Jr. February 2016 saw him unleash his ‘88 mixtape featuring collaborations with the likes of Killer Mike and Big K.R.I.T. Soon, he was garnering praise from Vibe, XXL, HipHopDX, Pigeons and Planes, and more in addition to lighting up the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher as well as Funk Master Flex’s Hot 97 radio show and Sway in the Morning. In 2017, Grant harks back to rap’s revolutionary era over two decades ago, while bringing a decidedly modern heat of his own. With an impressive production line-up that includes Organized Noize Productions, Karriem Riggins, and DJ Khalil. Get ready for the Return of the Cool.
1. “Sometimes” [feat. Dominic Gordon]
4. “All of You” [feat. B. Hess]
5. “The Sing Along” [feat. Ricco Barrino]
6. “Gotta Be” [feat. BJ The Chicago Kid]
7. “PPIP” [feat. Miloh Smith]
8. “Get Up” [feat. WatchTheDuck]
9. “Callin’” [feat. Jori]
10. “Get Down”
11. “Return of the Cool” [feat. B. Hess]
12. “Luxury Vintage Rap”
Fifth Harmony have officially kicked off 2017 by sharing the first photo of the group as a foursome.
Last month, the girl group announced that Camila Cabello would be leaving Fifth Harmony and pursing a solo career. They stated in their original post that they would “continue on” and were “so excited for what the new year brings,” and now we have photographic evidence.
Their second full-length album 7/27 was released May 27, 2016, debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and containing their biggest hit yet, “Work From Home,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100.
(December 15, 2016 – New York, NY) – Capping off the biggest year of his career, Yo Gotti shares his new record “Castro” [feat. Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, & Quavo] at all digital retailers today. Get it HERE at midnight. This will be his first release with Roc Nation management.
Yo Gotti states, “I’m excited to team up with Roc Nation and bring my whole game to the next level. I also want to pay tribute to the memory of my manager Mel Carter, without whom none of this would be possible. I was blessed to have him in my corner for so long, and he brought me here. I did the impossible because of Mel. God bless you and thank you for everything, White Friday is for you.”
Shocking and surprising the entire industry and hip-hop community, the multiplatinum Memphis rapper and CMG mogul will release his sixth full-length album, White Friday (CM9) CMG/Epic Records] on Friday December 23, 2016. He just personally uncovered the news on his social media. Pre-order it HERE at midnight and receive an instant grat download of “Castro” and “Weatherman” ft. Kodak Black. Meanwhile, the physical album will be exclusively available in Best Buy stores. Fans can also pre-save White Friday (CM9) on Spotify today and it will be immediately added to their library on release day, 12/23. here.
This white Christmas belongs to Yo Gotti…
Produced by Ben Billion$ [The Weeknd, Rick Ross], “Castro” turns up with a lyrical crossfire between a veritable all-star cast of rap heavyweights. Gotti carries a robust hook punctuated by stunning spots from West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Quavo. It’s another knockout anthem from the “King of Memphis” that’s as unshakable as it is undeniable. Listen HERE.
Executive produced by Yo Gotti, White Friday features a total of 11 new tracks including A-list collaborations with DJ Khaled (“I Remember”), Kodak Black (“Weatherman”), Lunchmoney Lewis (“Lifestyle”), and more as well production from Marvel Hitz, STREETRUNNER, Tarik Azzouz, Schife Karbeen, K Swisha, Chop Squad DJ, Rob “Reef” Tewlow, and Southside. Check out the full tracklisting below.
After quietly and passionately grinding for over 15 years, Yo Gotti’s hustle paid off big time in 2016. His fifth full-length album, The Art of Hustle [CMG/Epic Records], captured #4 on the Billboard Top 200, marking his highest chart bow yet. It spawned the platinum-selling smash “Down In The DM,” which not only dominated radio, but it even entered the modern lexicon as a popular phrase! In between TV performances and appearances on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Real, and BET, he played to sold out crowds every night on The Endless Summer Tour with G-Eazy, Logic, and YG all summer long.
Now, the King of Memphis is on his way to taking the hip-hop crown with White Friday.
2. “Power of Money”
3. “Lifestyle” feat. Lunchmoney Lewis
4. “Weatherman” feat. Kodak Black
5. “Blah Blah Blah”
6. “They Like” feat. YFN Lucci
7. “I Remember” feat. DJ Khaled
8. “Castro” feat. Kanye West, Big Sean, Quavo, & 2 Chainz
9. “Free Lunch” feat. Blac Youngsta
10. “Off Da Top (3am)”
11. “What Happened”
Beyond anchoring a Grammy nomination thanks to his featured verse on D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli,” Lil Yachty is also assembling his Sailing Team, a musical crew that also includes Atlanta rapper/singer Kodie Shane. Since creating her first official track called “Crown Me” at 14, 15 years old and penning songs for a popular Atlanta group [she wouldn’t reveal the act’s name beyond saying she wrote their “best songs”], the 19-year-old Epic Records MC has been exposed to the industry since she was a youngin’. Her older sister Brandi Williams was part of the girl group Blaque, best known for the Hot 100 Top 10 hits, 1999’s “808” and 2000’s “Bring It All To Me.” Now, Shane has become a SoundCloud darling, amassing plays in the millions with melodic offerings like “Hold Up” — the flashy jam featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty — and “Sad,” another Yachty duet whose hook finds Shane simply singing, “I just wanna be sad.” Her “Drip On My Walk” visual has also racked up two million views on YouTube.
Several days after releasing her Zero Gravity EP, the follow-up to this year’s previously released Little Rocket EP and 2060 project, Shane dropped by Billboard to discuss making music “ahead of its time” and collaborating with Yachty.
BILLBOARD: You grew up in a musical family. What do you remember of that time?
KODIE SHANE: Well, a long time ago, before I was actually a thought, my sister was in a group, Blaque, that was signed by [industry veteran] Tommy Mottola, but it was Left Eye’s group. When my mom and dad were dating at the time, they were doing this whole group thing with his daughter, my sister Brandi, so my mom helped develop them and they stayed at her house. She helped them become a group because [the members] didn’t really know each other. They were put together. They had to learn how to gel and just be one. After my mom helped develop them, Left Eye took them to the office and they got signed. It was pretty fire.
Did seeing your sister’s success make you want to pursue a career in music too?
Yeah because when I was a baby, they were touring and I was on tour with them. I just grew up and almost had no choice. I could do whatever I wanted to do, but it’s like for as long as I can remember, [music was] probably what I was going to do. I wanted to play basketball at one point but not really more than I wanted to entertain. I wouldn’t even say just being an artist — I wanted to entertain.