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US rapper Drakeo the Ruler stabbed to death at LA festival

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US rapper Drakeo the Ruler has died after being stabbed at a music festival in Los Angeles.

The 28-year-old, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, had been scheduled to perform at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival on Saturday night.

His publicist confirmed his death to several US media outlets on Sunday morning.

The artist was reportedly stabbed during an altercation backstage around the time he had been due to perform.

Los Angeles police are investigating, but told reporters no arrests had been made as of Sunday morning.

Drakeo the Ruler had more than 1.5m monthly listeners on Spotify, and collaborated with Canadian rapper Drake on the single Talk to Me.

Paramedics responded to a call about a stabbing at about 20:40 local time on Saturday (04:40 GMT on Sunday). Reports say the rapper was then taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

The BBC has contacted his representatives for comment.

The festival’s promoter, Live Nation, confirmed that there was an “altercation in the roadway backstage” at the event, which was also scheduled to include performances from rappers 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg.

“Out of respect for those involved and in co-ordination with local authorities, artists and organisers decided not to move forward with remaining sets so the festival was ended an hour early,” it said.

Writing on Twitter, Snoop Dogg said he had been “in my dressing room when I was informed about the incident and chose to immediately leave the festival grounds”.

“My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Draeko the Ruler,” he said. “I’m praying for peace in hip-hop”.

As news of Drakeo’s death spread, other performers shared tributes on social media.

“Always picked my spirit up with your energy. RIP Drakeo,” Drake wrote on his Instagram stories early on Sunday.

The rapper Saweetie tweeted: “Man Drakeo was always hella cool and respectful. Prayers up for his family. RIP The Ruler.”

Jim Jones urged his peers to stay safe. “They know who we are cause of our fame but we don’t know who they are because of our fame,” he wrote in an Instagram post.

“Feels like we lost a rapper every week this year. There was a time when we [were] protected in th[e] community, we were treated as super heroes. Not no more.”

 

‘Nervous music’ pioneer

Known for his offbeat cadence and cryptic lyrics, Drakeo was born on 1 December 1993 in South Central Los Angeles and raised by a single mother.

After spending much of his youth in correctional facilities, he was drawn to music as a way of escaping the pitfalls of street life.

His first mixtape, I Am Mr Mosely, was released in 2015 and pioneered a jerky, polyrhythmic sound he called “nervous music”.

He later recorded verses for the mixtape Thank You for Using GTL over a phone while he was being held at Men’s Central Jail awaiting trial in connection with the 2016 shooting death of a 24-year-old man.

Drakeo was later acquitted, but prosecutors sought to retry him on conspiracy charges. He entered a plea deal and was released from prison in November 2020.

In an interview with The Ringer shortly after his release, Drakeo said his aspiration was to “get my mom and everybody that I can take care of out of poverty”.

“I’ve got to make sure that they’ll never have to want for nothing again. I want to show people that no matter how hard the situation is, my story proves that anything is possible.”

He wasted no time, issuing a mixtapes in late 2020, followed by his debut album, The Truth Huts, earlier this year.

Although his music never troubled the charts, he was recognised as an innovator by his peers.

In a post on Twitter, LA writer Jeff Weiss called Drakeo the “greatest west coast artist of a generation, a legend who invented a new rap language of slippery cadences, nervous rhythms, and psychedelic slang”.

SOURCE: BBC

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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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HARD Summer Music Festival Announces Return to Los Angeles After 10 Years

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Today, HARD Events has announced the grand return of HARD Summer Music Festival to the City of Angels for the first time in ten years. Taking place in Downtown Los Angeles from August 5th-6th, the milestone fifteenth edition of HARD Summer will utilize a brand new venue combination with various stages spread out across the campuses of the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, and BMO Stadium.

Since its debut edition in 2008, HARD Summer has become a staple of the Southern California festival scene with its return to LA showcasing the evolution of the festival in an entirely new setting. As a part of the iconic LA Coliseum’s centennial anniversary celebration, the 2023 edition will provide attendees with a brand new take on the multi-genre HARD Summer experience.

“We are thrilled to host HARD Summer’s return to Los Angeles as part of our centennial anniversary celebration,” said Joe Furin, General Manager of the LA Coliseum. “As home to the most iconic events in the world, this festival is an exciting addition to our 100-year history.”

HSMF’s new home will offer a fully immersive footprint for fans of many genres and styles to explore. Admirers of dance music’s biggest mainstage acts can hold it down at the HARD Stage at the Green Lot on the south side of BMO Stadium, while followers of more esoteric strains of house and techno can see their favorite global icons on the Pink Stage at Christmas Tree Lane Park. Multi-genre curation will triumph on the HARDER Stage on the South Lawn, where mind-blowing headlining performances from the industry’s foremost titans have become commonplace. Bass music devotées can ride the rail at the festival’s Green Stage inside the LA Memorial Coliseum, while a spotlight will continue to be shined on live acts and new subgenres du jour at the Purple Stage inside BMO stadium.

HARD Summer continues to invest in creating a comfortable experience for attendees, with this never-before-used venue complex providing the perfect canvas to expand this mission. Fans can hop on the LA Metro for an easy journey to and from the event, or taste some of the city’s most celebrated food vendors at the foot of the Coliseum Torch.

HARD Summer will also be hosting a series of official afterparties at premiere venues around Los Angeles, offering a true city-side takeover. More afterparty details will be announced closer to the festival.

Two-day festival passes will be available for purchase on February 3rd at 10am PT through the official website for HARD Summer. To celebrate the festival’s return to the 213 area code, fans can also secure passes with a $2.13 deposit on February 3rd for one day only.

More information will be announced regarding the lineup for the 2023 edition of HARD Summer, along with additional festival details in the forthcoming months. Stay tuned for more info.

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Side Door Hosting Annual Band Showcase and “How To Tour Without Going Broke” Panel at SXSW 2023

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Side Door, the platform giving agency to artists and turning any space into a music venue, announces its panel for South By Southwest 2023 called ‘How To Tour Without Going Broke’ and artist showcase for the second year in a row. The panel will be composed of four music industry professionals: Andrew Leib, artist manager at Red Light Management, Dan Mangan, artist and co-founder of Side Door, Brighid Fry of Housewife, and Tour Manager Abbey Simmons.
I am incredibly passionate about educating up-and-comers and nerding out over tips and tricks for the industry. Thrilled to speak alongside the Side Door team and back everything they stand for,” says Andrew Leib.
The panelists will explore how to rethink touring in 2023 following Side Door’s SXSW 2022 panel about how to tour alternative venue spaces. The panel will be held in Austin Convention Center Room 17AB, March 16th at 11:30 AM local time. It is a part of the SXSW music and tech career track, held March 13th through the 17th.
Brighid Fry of Housewife says, “As a young and emerging artist who saw live shows grind to a halt during COVID, it is scary to be stepping into this career at a time where the costs of touring are spiraling out of control and when there is so much uncertainty. As a climate activist, I want to be able to work on cutting down the carbon footprint of my tours, but it is increasingly hard for us emerging artists to do so when we have to work so hard just to make sure we don’t lose money on touring.”
In addition to the SXSW panel discussion, Side Door will also be holding a showcase with multiple bands that are touring on their way to Austin. The bands are posting Show Calls on the Side Door platform, a way to engage new venues with their expected tour dates. Interested hosts can visit the site to see what cities artists are currently planning to perform in.
The showcase will consist of performances from artists who participated in the On the Road with Side Door Touring Program. The Program offers a $500 USD guarantee for artists playing Side Door shows between January and March 2023 on the road to
SXSW. poolblood, recently picked as NPR’s release of the week, is using Side Door’s platform to tour their debut album on the journey to Austin. They are currently looking for hosts in Detroit, Dallas, and Kansas City. Anyone interested in hosting poolblood or other artists on their journey to SXSW can check out Side Door for more information.
It’s been really cool booking and looking for shows through Side Door…Touring has become quite hard for many artists because of how expensive it is…so it’s awesome that Side Door helps artists!” says poolblood.
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Rapper Latto sells her ‘used panties’ on eBay, fans bid almost $100,000

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After being called out by a Twitter troll yesterday for seemingly wearing the same panties with different outfits, Latto is turning a negative into a positive by selling her panties on eBay. (more…)

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R. Kelly sex-abuse charges dropped by Chicago prosecutor

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A Chicago prosecutor said Monday that she’s dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly following federal convictions in two courts that should guarantee the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades. (more…)

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Annie Wersching, best known for role in TV series 24, dies at 45

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Actress Annie Wersching passed away of cancer early Sunday morning, her publicist, Craig Schneider told CNN. Wersching was 45 years old. (more…)

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