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J. Cole reveals why he no longer views Drake and Kendrick Lamar as competition

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J. Cole is no longer trying to compete.

Fresh off the release of The Off-Season, the Dreamville champ paid a visit to “The ETCs” podcast with Kevin Durant and Eddie Gonzalez, where he reflected on his career and relationship with fellow rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar, which has evolved over time. While they came up together, he has learned to value friendship over competitiveness.

When he was younger, he had a more competitive mentality, which has changed with age. “I guess in the NBA in the past that was unheard of. Like, ‘Why would I work out with this ni**a? I’m trying to destroy this ni**a.’ That was kind of my mentality early on,” he said. “But as I’ve gotten older, I realize that no one is truly my peer or can relate to what I’m going through in life more than these people right here–just in terms of whatever pressures there might be… Nobody can really relate to that like these dudes, and I really genuinely f**k with these dudes.”

He was able to stop viewing them as competition and more as friends. “I’ve been absolutely trying to make an effort as time goes on, to strip the competition from me,” he said. “I’m more interested in the relationship ’cause I also see a time when I’m not doing this. That seems very realistic to me.”

Added Cole, “I’m more interested in the genuine relationship. Before I was interested in the competition. Before I was just interested in putting pressure or responding to pressure… It’s just less competition in my mind ’cause ni**as is old, bro.”

However, he always had respect for his peers. “It was always a respect thing. Now it’s just more of a wisdom thing where it’s like, ‘Yo, you can never have it all.’”

“Michael Jordan will never be universally hailed as the greatest player of all time–and that’s insane. And LeBron James will never be universally hailed as the greatest player of all time–and that’s insane. You’ll never have it, so it comes with age to realize that like, ‘Yo, what are you even worried about?’ ‘Cause you’re just setting yourself up for suffering.”

Elsewhere in the podcast, Cole opened up about fulfilling his professional basketball dreams. On Sunday, the Fayetteville rapper made his debut playing for the Rwanda Patriots BBC in the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League.

 

SOURCE: Rap-UP

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Missy Elliott makes history as first female hip-hop artist to be nominated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Missy Elliott has made history after it was announced she will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Beyoncé ‘hopes to bring Renaissance tour to Ghana’ for rare Africa show

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Beyonce fans in Africa may not miss out on the Renaissance world tour entirely, as it’s claimed she’s in talks to bring the anticipated show to Ghana. (more…)

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Desert Hearts Festival Announces Skream, TIGA, Claude VonStroke, Lee Foss, Miss Monique, DJ Seinfeld, Justin Martin, VNSSA + More for 2023

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Today Desert Hearts Festival, one of North America’s most celebrated boutique electronic music events, has released the star studded lineup for its return to Lake Perris, California on May 5-8.

Desert Hearts Festival returns to the idyllic shores of Lake Perris with a host of improvements rooted in feedback from their devout community. Leading these changes will be the event’s pivot back to their celebrated One Stage, One Vibe format, a tradition fostered since the inception of the event which brings the community together on a single dance floor. DH 2023 will feature a tighter and more cohesive layout, theme camps right off the dance floor, more shade throughout the grounds and stage-side car camping on grass. The beach will remain a focal point, with the addition of interactive activities and water sports.

Beyond its new and improved venue, it remains the musical offering that makes Desert Hearts one of the best curated parties on the planet. Between each edition of the internationally acclaimed festival, the Desert Hearts crew hits the road, playing some of clubland’s most celebrated parties and bringing their own unique flair to the global circuit. Each nomadic lap around the sun sees Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porky become further entrenched in the sounds of tomorrow while brushing shoulders with the scene’s foremost flag bearers. This journey remains one of always deepening their crates and plotting the perfect festival lineup for their dedicated community. This cycle will become fully realized this year with Desert Hearts biggest and most wide-reaching lineup to date.

Over many years of fandom turned professionals, the DH crew has always hoped of hosting their ultimate idols at their flagship festival. Now those dreams have been realized with the 2023 lineup being topped by UK multi-genre pioneer Skream, 17 Steps icons Dusky, Turbo labelhead TIGA, and Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke.

Billing continues with a mix of some of the scene’s most buzzed about names. Lo-fi originator DJ Seinfeld makes his DH debut alongside dancefloor favorite Justin Martin, progressive house sensation Miss Monique, Hot creations founder Lee Foss, elrow resident Tini Gessler, 90’s rave revival production duo Prospa, and Club Bad’s percussive house frontrunner Melé. Additional highlights include Polish house duo Catz ’n Dogz, emerging tech house producer Eddy M, and next generation house risers VNSSA and Mary Droppinz.

DH 2023 sees its curation dip further into more esoteric and left of center stylings led by 803 Crystal Grooves imprint founder CINTHIE and the ever-playful Aussie export Partiboi69.

Desert Hearts has also enlisted several revered torchbearers from the storied house and techno hotspots of Chicago and Detroit for this year’s edition. Chicago will be well represented by stalwarts like Gene Farris along with a not to be missed Derrick Carter and Mark Farina back to back set. Detroit will also take center stage seeing two of the city’s house music champions DJ Minx and DJ Holographic each commanding the decks.

A combination of the scene’s up and comers in addition to familiar Desert Hearts faces will shine bright, including the likes of celebrated DJ and producer duo Soul Clap, the raw and electric productions of SHADED, standout producer and audiophile Lubelski, the dark and dreamy melodies of Enamour, and rising talents like Eskuche and Rybo. Rounding out the bill is cinematic techno producer Rinzen, a back to back set from Cascandy and Beth Lydi, and Wyatt Marshall, Evan Casey, Morpéi b2b Ofier live, Tara Brooks, and Atish among others.

Of course, performances from the Desert Hearts crew remain the building blocks of the event’s finely curated schedule. From the chugging four on the floor tones of Desert Hearts Records label head Mikey Lion and out-there sonic journeys of Lee Reynolds, to the deep and melodic techno soundscapes of Desert Hearts Black’s Marbs and the scrappy musical encyclopedia of Porky, these are the sets that keep the community coming back.

The famed 2022 edition of Tonight’s Tavern was a massive hit for DH’s Lake Perris debut. The interactive lakeside tavern will see additional programming elements for the 2023 event complete with comedy, musical performances, and oddities.

Those looking for an elevated camping experience can reserve their spot at Lakeside Ready-Set Camping. DH’s newly imagined camping experience is primed with a beachfront location just steps away from the main festival amenities. The Ready-Set Camping area features two options of Ready-Set tents to choose for your convenience, a standard pre-set camping tent, or a more premium Canvas Bell Tent with both options designed for two people. Whether it’s packing light, not owning camping gear, or flying in from afar, everyone is able to experience the magic of Desert Hearts at their convenience with Ready-Set Camping. More details can be found on DH’s official website.

While the Desert Hearts experience continues to evolve and grow, the core ethos of inclusivity, creative freedom, and acceptance remains front and center. It remains this renegade spirit that makes it one of the wildest and most authentic community-driven festival experiences out there.

All Tickets, Camping Options, and Early Arrival Passes go on sale Thursday 2/2 at 10am PST directly to our Desert Hearts Family SMS list. Fans can text 619-586-6779 (or click my.community.com/deserthearts) to register, and will receive a direct link to purchase at 10am on Thursday. Any remaining tickets and camping passes will go on sale to the general public Thursday at 10am PST at festival.deserthearts.us.

Desert Hearts Festival 2023 Lineup (A-Z):
Atish
Cascandy b2b Beth Lydi
Catz ’n Dogz
CINTHIE
Claude VonStroke
Color Love live
D!NK
Dave Zilla
Derrick Carter b2b Mark Farina
DJ Holographic
DJ Minx
DJ Seinfeld
Dusky
Eddy M
Enamour
Eskuche
Evan Casey
Gene Farris
Justin Campbell
Justin Martin
Lee Foss
Lee Reynolds
Lubelski
Marbs
Mary Droppinz
Melé
Mikey Lion
Miss Monique
Morpéi b2b Ofier live
Partiboi69
Porky
Prospa
Rinzen
Rybo
SHADED
Skream
Soul Clap
Tara Brooks
TIGA
Tini Gessler
Torie
VNSSA
Wyatt Marshall
Desert Hearts Crew Opening B2B + Desert Hearts Crew Closing B2B
Plus Very Special Guest

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Beyoncé announces ‘Renaissance’ World Tour

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Six months after dropping her “Renaissance” album last summer, Beyoncé has announced a world tour with stops in Europe and North America. (more…)

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EXCLUSIVE: John Legend Reveals the Sentimental Meaning Behind Daughter Esti’s Name

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SXM Festival Adds Black Coffee, Loco Dice, Layla Benitez, Moody Jones, Natalia Roth, Maga, Amine K, OXIA, Rossi., Ms Mada + More to 2023 Lineup

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SXM Festival returns from March 8-12, 2023 for a musical and cultural experience like no other. It is the only festival in the world that takes over an entire island – the Caribbean gem of Saint Martin | Sint Maarten – and is the ultimate destination experience. Prepare for a week of world-class electronic music immersed in stylish, sumptuous, and often surreal locations dotted around this idyllic island. Beach, villa, and boat parties, hilltop sunrise sessions and peak-time boho parties are all featured alongside French style champagne sipping afternoons by the pool, incredible food, boat activities, and culturally diverse explorations. Define your own unique adventure and rest assured that every day will be different – one never to forget.

Since its debut in 2016, SXM Festival has proven to be so much more than just another festival. This life-enriching experience quickly became one of the most talked about musical gatherings in the world. It’s a mix of Caribbean, French and Dutch culture, with an audience of worldly adventurers from over 35 countries and local enthusiasts gathering for some of the best underground electronic music talent on the planet. SXM Festival is a 5-day and 5-night electronic music escape and breeding ground for musical experimentation and discovery – eclipsed only by the beauty of the festival’s host location.

SXM Festival’s Phase 2 lineup adds a new batch of talented names to the fold, starting with Grammy Award-winning South African artist Black Coffee and Desolat label co-founder Loco Dice, plus Puerto Rico’s own Natalia Roth, the stylish sounds of Moody Jones, and Anthony Middleton of Audiofly. Highlights on the Phase 2 lineup continue with Moroccan electronic music ambassador Amine K, members of the Scenarios collective and label Emanuel Satie and Maga, and respected French export Oxia, along with a diverse mix of veteran and rising names including Jean Pierre, Layla Benitez, Paolo Rocco, Ms Mada, Paso Doble, Underher, Airrica, Wahm, and more.

These phase two additions join an already packed lineup featuring previously announced names including Grammy-nominated, triple platinum production duo CamelPhat, Music On leader Marco Carola, pioneering electronic producer Dubfire, and the musical experience of Astra Club – a b2b set from DJ Tennis and Carlita. Additional highlights include beloved Italian artist Francesca Lombardo, the reinvented house sensation Gordo, Brazilian stand out DJ and producer Mochakk, the return of Swiss favourite Sonja Moonear following her memorable 2022 performance, and a live set from visionary melodic house and techno veteran Rodriguez Jr.

The lineup’s global depth extends further with emergent West African DJ and producer AMÉMÉ, Palestinian DJ Maher Daniel, French exports Apollonia and YokoO, Berlin-based DJ and producer Gene On Earth, and German producer and co-founder of the Common Sense People event series Konstantin Sibold. A diversity of styles round out the lineup from the likes of acclaimed selector Doc Martin, Moscow Records and Moss Co. imprint head Archie Hamilton, the mystical melodic sounds of Deer Jade, and psychedelic house producer Mita Gami among others.

The party venues are simply incredible, starting with the legendary Happy Bay. The secluded private beach nestled in the jungle serves as the main evening venue and is home to the iconic Arc Main Stage and the immersive Ocean Stage. Other highlights include Boho Beach Club, the perfect place to chill out and escape during the day, and the infamous Villa Party, accessible only with a VIP ticket. Experience a revival of the luxury only bygone movie idols of the 60s jetset have lived, combined with modern-day luxury and design. This party is definitely one of the highlights of the festival. This exclusive estate, Sandyline, is a showcase for the chic, a day time rendez-vous for your inner rock star.

VIP Ticket holders receive access to exclusive areas with lush amenities at Happy Bay, priority table service, a chill-out area, a dedicated VIP bar and special cocktails, pop-up bars, VIP washroom, surprises and more.

VIP Ticket holders are also guaranteed first access to tickets for the ultra-exclusive limited capacity Satellite events; The Panorama Party and Boat Party. The Panorama Party gives attendees the chance to party at the peak of Sint Maarten’s highest mountain with breathtaking 360-degree views of the best Caribbean sunset. That Venue has been used for the Cercle live stream and has to be seen to be believed. Other Satellite Parties include the Boat Party, setting sail on the largest lagoon in the Caribbean with the most colorful sunset. Also this year, a new Catamaran Cruise will take 100 people to the most beautiful spots with food, drinks, swimming and a surprise DJ. VIP Tickets also allow advanced table bookings for each venue.

Those seeking the best possible experience should book their Villa directly with SXM Festival for added benefits such as Private Airport transfer, Admission directly in the Villa, Ultra VIP parking at Happy Bay, Dedicated VIP Host & Concierge Services, Priority Table Service, Photo Shoot, Pre-Festival styling sessions, hosted backstage visit and more.

For the 6th edition, the event will continue to build upon its deep connection with the cultural and ecological fabric of the beautiful host locale of Saint Martin | Sint Maarten. SXM Festival is also dedicated to leaving a smaller footprint and helping replenish natural environments. With initiatives that include going paperless, planting palm trees, saving energy with LED and solar lights, and eliminating plastic waste throughout the festival while collaborating year after year with local talents, it is the mission of SXM Festival to become increasingly sustainable throughout their growth. The festival also has a no-trace policy: every venue is transformed to be more beautiful at the end of each event.

Whether you are a returning vet or a first-timer, SXM Festival and the beautiful island of Saint Martin | Sint Maarten holds rich cultural surprises behind each twist and turn. It is truly a sum of its parts and a voyage of a lifetime.

Tickets for SXM Festival are available now on the festival’s official website.

SXM Festival 2023 Lineup (A-Z):

Airrica

Amine K

AMÉMÉ

Apollonia

Archie Hamilton

Asaf Samuel

Astra Club (Dj Tennis b2b Carlita)

Anthony Middleton

Black Coffee

Calussa

Camelphat

Chaim

Deer Jade

Demi Riquisimo

Doc Martin

Dubfire

Emanuel Satie

Francesca Lombardo

Gene On Earth

Gordo

Jean Pierre

Jenia Tarsol

Kadosh

Konstantin Sibold

Layla Benitez

Loco Dice

Maga

Maher Daniel

Marco Carola

Mita Gami

Mochakk

Moody Jones

Ms Mada

Natalia Roth

Nico De Andrea

Nicolas Masseyeff

Oxia

Paolo Rocco

Parallelle

Paso Doble

Raresh

Rodriguez Jr (Live)

Rossi.

Sean Doron

SIS

Sonja Moonear

Tony Y Not

Underher

Wahm (Live)

YokoO

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