WATCH: DJ K-$ talks gender, music and fashion

Taking over music festivals and dancefloors around the country, K.dollahz is a force to be reckoned with.

Kalo a.ka K Dollahz is becoming a household name in the South African music industry. If you haven’t heard of him by now, you better ask somebody

Kalo Canterbury, 25, from Cape Town, oozes an effortlessly-cool sense of style.  With one of the most popping Instagram pages to follow right now, Kalo also uses this platform to educate his followers about his journey as a trans man, living his truth and sharing glimpses of his relationship with model and makeup artist Syndey Davy. Kalo is unapologetic and real and we are obsessed.

Watch as we sat down at H&M Studio with K Dollahz to talk gender activism, music and fashion.

Kalo was kind enough to cook up a killer mix for you to bump your head to while you’re stuck in traffic, prepping dinner, or while you’re ready to hit the town.

Listen here: 

Videographer / Editing: Robin Jones @Robinpartyjones
Producer: Junaid Samaai @Jsamurai
Photographer: Kyle Strydom @koncept.kyle 
Clothes by H&M South Africa

To find out if K Dollahz will be playing a set in your area code, follow him on IG – @K.Dollahz and Twitter – @kdollahz

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Travis Scott will drop new album this week

Travis Scott will release his third album Astroworld at the end of the week.

The 26-year-old rapper and father to Stormi, hasn’t released an LP since 2016’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight but, after teasing his third collection for months, he has finally announced that he will drop his new album Astroworld at the end of this week.

Speaking on Beats 1 Radio, he said: ‘People have been waiting so long man, but with albums I just feel like there’s no need to rush. I just want to feel comfortable, I just want to feel happy myself once it’s finished.’

‘It feels like, I dunno how kids felt when they had to go on a field trip or some sh*t but it was so much fun doing this album that it took quite a lot. I just feel it [when it’s done]. I don’t like working on things way too long but I can go like five years, you just got to keep making different songs … the kids are hungry.’

Scott has admitted Astroworld was always meant to be his follow on album from his first ‘Rodeo’ in 2015 but he rushed his second ‘Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight’ because he had “loads of ideas” he had to get out in the world.

He explained: Astroworld‘s been set in stone since ‘Rodeo’. My whole idea was if you locked in to ‘Rodeo’, you definitely locked into Astroworld. I’m just finishing the saga I started on my first album. This is supposed to be my second album. I had to go quick, because like I said, I had all these ideas, I just had to get off real quick, but now I’m finally back home with Astroworld.

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Exclusive first drop of Priddy Ugly’s new single

Priddy Ugly trusted us with the very first release of the first single off of his upcoming album EGYPT DLX.

This album is a sequel to debut album, EGYPT which was released in 2017 through Ambitiouz Entertainment.

The 15-track offering allowed us into his life journey, family dynamics and pursuit of success. It is a solid album with just the right number of features, from hot rappers in the local scene, Youngsta, A-Reece, Shane Eagle, Emtee, KLY and his producer, Wichi 1080.

On EGYPT DLX, we expect to be taken through a similar journey of rap, trap, kwaito and melodic infusion but better, as the rapper previously said ‘the aim is to grow.’

The new single, ‘Reminder II’ is a follow up of ‘Reminder To Myself’ featuring his girlfriend, Refilwe ‘Vanilla Blaq’ Modiselle on vocals. The prequel was produced by Lunatik, who is the man behind K.O’s ‘Cara Cara’ and Kid X’s ‘Pass n Special’.

‘Reminder To Myself’ is precisely as what the title suggests, in it, he tells us success and patience are two things on his shopping list.

‘Reminder II’ produced by Wichi 1080, follows the same trend with a mellowed down but straight to the point and merciless delivery. He is rolling solo on this one, it starts off with a melodic vocal hook stating why he had to remind himself again.

He sings: ‘It’s just a reminder to myself, sometimes we forget what we do this for.’ Coming in with first verse using same entry line from prequel version and meanest new additions. He asserts that he is the greatest in the continent and that he dominates any room he enters.  ‘Ever found greatness, lurking in your oesophagus? Really I’m the greatest on the continent.’

He continues by flexing about his success, his girlfriend, who he refers to as his queen and calls himself Piccasso with the pen.  He also takes jabs at rappers who think they are keeping it real but got counterfeit chains on and boldly says he is already preparing a speech for his “SAMA win’.

EGYPT DLX is available on pre-order as of this morning.

Listen to ‘Reminder II’ below:


 

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King Bey close to finishing follow-up to visual LP Lemonade

Beyonce is reportedly putting the finishing touches to her second visual LP, a follow-up to 2016’s Lemonade.

The 36-year-old megastar only released her joint album with husband Jay-Z, Everything Is Love, just over a month ago, and she is believed to have been secretly working away penning songs and shooting videos for the project, which has already caught the attention of Netflix.The tabloid also reports that the ‘Halo’ singer is to record footage at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, among other locations.

An insider told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: ‘Beyonce has been hard at work on her next solo album and it is shaping up well.

‘She wants it to be even more ground-breaking and visually impressive than Lemonade, which is why she is scouting out locations which will really wow people.Her team are now in negotiations with Netflix to premiere the project, which would introduce it to a massive audience.’

The subscription service put in a huge offer for Lemonade in 2016, but due to the ‘Crazy in Love’ hitmaker’s contracts with HBO and her rapper spouse’s streaming service TIDAL, they were unable to seal the deal.

However, Netflix are hoping to tempt Beyonce with even more money this time.

The source close to the star added: ‘They offered a seven-figure sum for Lemonade but contractual obligations with HBO and Tidal meant it didn’t happen.But they are willing to pay through the roof this time because Beyonce still has massive pulling power.’

The Destiny’s Child star recently dined at La Petite Maison in Nice, France, with her mother Tina Knowles and U2’s Bono, and Sir Elton John was also there, which means they could be set to write a song for ‘The Lion King’ together in the coming days, as her schedule is clear until next Wednesday (25.07.18) when Beyonce and Jay-Z’s US leg of their ‘On The Run II tour’ kicks off.

The ‘Say My Name’ hitmaker joined the cast of the upcoming live-action remake of the Disney animated classic as Nala – the love interest of Simba, who will be voiced by Donald Glover.

The ‘Rocket Man’ hitmaker – who provided the songs to the 1994 animation including ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ – confirmed their recording plans in February.

He said: ‘They need to have a new end credits song. There will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyonce’s people, and hopefully TIM RICE and I and her can cook up something.’

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Chance the Rapper drops four new songs

Chance the Rapper surprised dropped four new songs on last night after revealing his album is not ready to be released this week.

The 25-year-old Chicago rapper dropped ‘Work Out’, ‘Wala Cam’, ‘I Might Need Security’ and ’65th and Ingleside’ on last night. He also revealed he’s bought the news outlet, Chicagoist.On ‘I Meet Need Security’, he raps: ‘I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches outta business.’

And the ‘No Problem’ hitmaker said in a statement: ‘I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment.’

‘I look forward to re-launching it and bringing the people of Chicago an independent media outlet focused on amplifying diverse voices and content.’

The new songs see the ‘Same Drugs’ hitmaker head in a political direction as he calls out Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel on the same track.

He blurts out: ‘And Rahm you done/I’m expecting a resignation/and open investigation on all these paid vacations for murderers.’

Whilst on ’65th’ he heaps praise on his regular collaborator Donald Glover.

He raps: ‘All my raps was about suspension/Then one day Donald took me on tour/Young, broke Chano ain’t broke no more.’

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Chance the Rapper’s album not coming this week

Chance the Rapper has told fans he won’t be releasing his new album this week, but reassured them he is hard at work in the studio getting it finished.

The 25-year-old rapper had teased plans to drop his hotly-anticipated follow-up to 2014’s Coloring Book in time for his headline performance at the Special Olympics anniversary concert at Northerly Island in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday.

However, he has now said he’s still in the studio putting the finishing touches to the record.

In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, he had teased: ‘I got that feeling when people do something that has a new feel to it. I’m excited for everybody to get that. It’s going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics.”

All that is known is that it is a different project to the seven-track LP the ‘No Problem’ hitmaker is collaborating on with his peer, Kanye West, which he says they are taking their time with.

Speaking about the project, which they are working on in Chicago – where they are both from – Chance told the publication: ‘We’ve just started making it, but I don’t want to manipulate the situation and impose any time frame, because that can hinder you.’

The pair are to make what has been described as a very personal album, which will see Kanye return to his hometown so they can be in the studio together to lay down the hip-hop tracks.

Chance said last week: ‘Working under him, working with him on his albums is crazy, but having him tell me that he wants to produce my album and come to Chicago is like… This month, we’re working in Chicago.’

Chance also revealed that work has already begun on some of the record, claiming that it is already 30 per cent complete.

The ‘I’m the One’ hitmaker first announced his project with Kanye, 41, in June, also spilling he’s working on a project with Childish Gambino – aka Donald Glover.

Announcing the two LPs, he said: ‘I’ve been actively working on the project with Childish. I’m going to do a seven-track with Ye (Kanye).’

On the work he’s made with Glover, he added: ‘We’ve got six songs that are all fire, but I think the album is going to be more than 14 songs.’

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4 Things you didn’t know about Ella Mai

Ella Mai has been taking over international airwaves with her hit songs 10000 Hours and Boo’d Up. The 23-year-old British native has been on the scene since 2014, but has only been receiving mainstream buzz in recent times

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One

She’s not American. Most people think that the RnB singer-songwriter is from the US, but the half Jamaican, half Irish crooner is actually British.

Two

She’s signed to DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers label. If you’ve never heard of DJ Mustard, he’s the producer behind hit records like Trey Songz’s Na Na and Beyonce’s  7/11 Remix.

Three

She spent half of her childhood in Queens, New York. When she was 12, her mother abruptly moved the budding young talent, and her older brother, across the pond to Queens, New York, for a teaching job

Four

Boo’d Up is her first song to crack the Billboard Hot 100. She is #31 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop and #6 on the R&B Hot Singles Charts, and #62 on the Hot 100. 

Take a Listen to Boo’d Up, below: 


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