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Make America Wavy Again

Yes, I watched the debate last night.  Yes, I rolled my eyes/laughed at Donald Trump’s statements.  Yes, I was drinking wine.  And yes, I was still thinking about Dolla Day at the Hollywood Palladium.

On Sunday, September 25, Ty Dolla $ign hosted his inaugural Dolla Day concert.  He promoted the show as Ty Dolla $ign and friends.  And boiiiiiii did he bring out friends.  Before I get into that though, let’s briefly talk about the show.

With today being National Voter Registration Day and Ty’s new album being titled Campaign, the concert was somewhat tailored to voting.  This is a very good example of celebrities, specifically artists, using their voice (literally) to encourage people to make a move.  The title of his album alone, Campaign, already gets the thought into your head.  The decor inside the Palladium even had election vibes to it – red and white balloons, banners lining the balcony, and at the very end the balloons fell from the ceiling, as did red and white confetti.

Ty even opened the show with about 30 men dressed in suits walking across the stage, followed by black and white visuals on the big screen with crowds of people in LA waving signs about voting as Ty was walking among them.  All small yet powerful ways to encourage others, especially the younger crowds, to vote.

Alright now let’s talk about the ‘friends’ Mr. Dolla $ign brought with him.

In order of appearance:

  1. 24hrs
  2. Madeintyo
  3. Joe Moses
  4. DJ Mustard
  5. TC
  6. Belly
  7. G-Eazy
  8. James Fauntelory
  9. A$AP Rocky
  10. Wiz Khalifa (yinzer love)
  11. Kendrick Lamar

Okay, but seriously.  Could those ‘friends’ be any more epic?  I mean, look at those last three performers.  What even?!  Oh, and did I mention that a ticket for this concert was $5?  Yes, five whole doll hairs… $9.25 with tax.  So incredible, and I appreciate Ty for wanting to put on this one-of-a-kind concert for the city of LA at a price where ALL were able to enjoy.

If you haven’t seen Ty Dolla $ign live or if you don’t listen to him, you should!  He can rap, sing, play the guitar, pump up the crowd, serenade the crowd, and overall spread positivity throughout.  Amazing.

Enough rambling.  Watch my Snap story below.  Enjoy, yinz!

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VIDEO: The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – ‘Starboy’

UPDATE: Out 30 minutes early, watch the video for The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ here!  I’ll embed the Vevo link when it’s up!

There’s no video yet… but there will be tomorrow.

Abel aka The Weeknd aka Starboy is dropping the visuals for his latest single ‘Starboy.’

Directed by Grant Singer, I’m sure the video will be up to par with similar projects from The Weeknd.  Why?  Grant also directed ‘The Hills,’ ‘Can’t Feel My Face,’ and ‘Tell Your Friends.’

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For those of you who have yet to subscribe to Apple Music, consider yourselves lucky.  The video will be dropping at 12PM EST tomorrow on VEVO.

Check back here for when it drops!

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NEW… sort of: Usher ft. Master P, Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, A$AP Ferg, Gucci Mane – ‘No Limit (G-Mix)’

As I was driving to work this morning, Power 106 played a remix that I’m mad at myself I’m just hearing for the first time.  Usher was in for the Cruz Show so they had a bunch of his songs in rotation… obviously.

Well, this one remix really had my morning commute lit.

I already love Usher’s track ‘No Limit’ featuring Young Thug, but this G-Mix he whipped together…

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The remix features Travi$ Scott, Gucci Mane, A$AP Ferg, Master P, and 2 Chainz.  It’s like a trap lovers paradise.

So please listen below, and you can thank me later.

This actually dropped back in August, sooooo clearly I’ve been sleeping.

Oh well!

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NEW: The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – ‘Starboy’

Since tomorrow is the first official day of fall, it’s only right the King of the Fall releases brand new music from his upcoming album STARBOY.  

The song, also titled ‘Starboy,’ features Daft Punk.  Now we saw some social media hints a while back about a possible collab, so it looks like the rumors were true!

The song is currently only on Apple Music.. again, get the dang streaming service, but I’m sure it will be made available via other online sites soon.  Listen here!

I’ll post an alternate way to listen once it’s released.  Stay tuned!

And STARBOY is expected to drop on November 25.  Yeeeeee.

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Concert Review: Summer Sixteen Tour

What a time to be alive.

Last Wednesday, September 7 I attended the Summer Sixteen Tour featuring Drake and Future.  Now, I haven’t been to a Drake tour since May of 2012, so you can only imagine how excited I was.

Six of us attended, and we all met in downtown Los Angeles for the start of an epic night.  Our seats weren’t even all together, but that didn’t matter because by the end of the show, we all migrated to one section and raged there.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I tend to go into a state of celebushock during certain events and moments.  Last Wednesday was one of them.  I only had one beer but due to the fact I was so amped to be there and that Drake was playing banger after banger, it really had me having my moments.

“I live for the nights that I can’t remember, with the friends that I won’t forget.” -Drake

While I love Future and his shows, I would have to say Summer Sixteen Tour was a Drake show with a side of Future.  Drake and Future’s combined sets were about two and a half hours, and I really think Future took up about 45 minutes.  Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.  #BlameItOnCelebushock

In short:  Drake opened, brought out YG, Future did his thang who also brought out Ty Dolla $ign, Drake came back on with Future, Future peaced, Drake brought out Snoop Dogg, then Drake closed the show.

From the very beginning until the end, Drake did not want the night or energy to stop.  He kept saying that if the crowd was good to him, he’d be good to us and that he was.  My favorite part was when he busted out a medley of all his older songs.  I die.  And although they were just snippets of the songs, the way he had them flowing into one another was dope and kept the crowd very engaged.

I also had the opportunity to take over the WordOnRoad Snapchat.  For those of you who don’t know, WordOnRoad is Drake’s official fan page and site that he actually supports and endorses.  So if you’re a Drake fan, I highly encourage you to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.  And follow their Snap as well!  Username: ViewsOnRd

Enough of the rambles.  Watch my YouTube video below – compiled Snaps from the night – so you can better experience what the concert was like!  I also made the day completely about Drake and Future (not like it’s different from any other day) so be sure to check it!

From the energy of the crowd to the overall production to my own personal excitement, Drake outdid himself.  Future, too.  But more so for Drake.  The production value was v. high on the Summer Sixteen Tour.

Up next… Beyoncé… tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Stay tuned on my Snap, yinz (@ergense)!

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Confirmed!

Today, in an interview with Vogue, Kanye West confirmed that he and Drake are in fact working on a collab album!  Yeeeee.

“We’re just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio. We’re working on an album, so there’s some exciting things coming up soon.”

Praise the music gawds.

Read the full interview here and definitely tune into my Snaps (ergense) today and especially tonight, as I’m going to the Summer Sixteen opening show in LA.  It’s lit!

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Drake x LA Pop-Up Shop

I’ve been waiting for this announcement!

Drake just posted on his Instagram the official flyer for the Los Angeles Summer Sixteen pop-up shop with exclusive merch.  I’m assuming  it will be similar to the Houston pop-up shop that was held over the weekend.

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You know I’m trying to go, especially since tomorrow night is his opening show for Los Angeles, and you KNOW I’m going to that.

Stay chune…

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REVIEW: Travi$ Scott – “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”

I know I haven’t reviewed Blonde yet or posted my recap of the VMAs, but this Travis Scott project is where it’s at right now.  Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (BITTSM) is Travis’ second album, and it’s packed with 14 tracks of flames.  This is the album that if someone asked me what type of beats/sounds do I like, I would have them play this project… in its entirety.

If this is the first review from californyinz you’re reading, here’s what it entails:  me listening to the album as I write, my initial thoughts come out as word vomit, I make it readable, and publish for your enjoyment.  This one’s a little different though because I’ve already listened to BITTSM three or four times, whereas my other reviews are written during the first listen.  You can read a few of my initial thoughts when it dropped on Friday here.

Okay, let’s jump right into this –

the ends | When Travis hits those first lyrics, it sounds like to me it’s the beginning of a Travis Scott concert – what he would open with.  It’s dramatic, has the distinct Auto-Tune sound we all know Travis for… and with the lyric “if I make it out tonight, let’s make it a bad ass time” – that is definitely a line to kick off the night – whether it be at a concert, going out with your friends, the turn up, etc. Then at about a minute in we get the tone for the rest of the album.  And when that 1:10 mark hits – Travis is back with the beats.  Cue André 3000.  Like what.  Who was expecting that?  So epic.

way back | That James Harden shout out.  Another banger.  “It’s summertime why they tryin’ to throw shade?”  This is a summertime vibe song for sure.  Hanging with your friends at a house party… getting the night or party started.  Although it’s only the second song, I feel like on a lot of albums, artists switch up the vibe completely from the first song but ‘way back’ keeps it going from track one.  Also important to note:  During his .WAV radio episode on Friday he mentioned that a lot of his songs tend to have extra sounds at the end – like an extended two minutes and some people may not like that.  But he doesn’t care because that’s him.  He keeps a track going because it’s what he wants to hear.  To him he feels like that completes the song.  I feel this is the case on ‘way back.’  With about two minutes left, the song switches up where you could have probably ended it.  I am not one of those people  complaining – keep the beats coming.  You can hear that same theme (extension of a track) on the second half of his song ‘Pornography’ from his first album, Rodeo.  

coordinate | Okay, let’s talk about ‘coordinate’ and how when I heard it for the first time, I thought Future was about to jump on the track.  Disclaimer:  This is not a negative thing – just making a comparison, and I love how other artists inspire one another.  It has that same creep-up beat followed by some smooth vibes.  Future’s track obviously hits a little harder because duh it’s Future.  But I’m feeling ‘coordinate’ a lot.  I would listen to this one driving late night.

through the late night | This track though has some serious inspirational vibes to it.  I’m not even talking about what it sounds like but more of who is on the track.  Kid Cudi, Travis’ role model and artist he looks up to, is on the track.  Fun fact:  Travis chose his last name of Scott because that is Kid Cudi’s real name – Scott Mescudi.  I learned that on the very first episode of .WAV radio.  And you have to love how Travis raps a few lines from one of Cudi’s biggest hits ‘Day N’ Night’.  Like you’re listening to this new song and those lyrics drop – I definitely did a double take/listen on that.  Inspo on top of inspo.

beibs in the trap | Opening this track is Nav, a Canadian singer, songwriter, and producer from Toronto.  This is the first time I’ve ever heard of him, but clearly I’m fond of rappers and singers from Toronto so looks like I’ll have to check his music out.  This song dips into the chill vibes, not mad about that.  It’s not one of my top tracks from the album but still good to vibe to.

sdp interlude | Want to talk about real chill vibes though?  This interlude is it, and I’m about it.  It’s like Travis is saying, “Okay, guys intermission.  I’ll be back for the rest of the turn up in two to three minutes.”

sweet sweet | And we back with the beats.  I would listen to this song while getting ready for the night.  He raps a few lines about how he managed to become pretty freaking successful despite all the hardships and obstacles along the way and while growing up.  And during Friday’s episode of .WAV radio, Trav stated this track was his favorite off the album.

outside | ft. 21 Savage.  Thiiiiiiis track right here.  Love how it begins.  You hear this at a club… then the DJ drops the beat… wowwww.  Then jumps in 21 Savage who adds a darker side to the track with his voice and lyrics.  This track is like don’t mess with me and my team.  Bye.

goosebumps | This song gives me goosebumps which is ironic because that’s what this song implies.  It’s Kendrick Lamar and Travis rapping about how their lover gives them goosebumps.  This song is unique to me because you don’t typically think of Travis Scott and a love song, if you will.  It’s about how a girl makes him feel when she’s around, when she’s not around, when he’s around other girls… lots of different scenarios.  But it’s really great, and the fact Kendrick is on this.  Wow.  Again, wasn’t expecting this feature, but it is much appreciated.

first take | Okay, again… with the surprise feature.  Were these features known or was I just not paying attention?  Bryson Tiller though?  “You think too much, we all know.”  I have been told that too many times *upside down smiley face emoji*.  Travis is getting emotional, and I like seeing that side of an artist especially an artist like Travis where you tend to think of his music as just turn-up and rage all night music.  Then about three minutes in, you hear the beautiful sounds that are of Bryson Tiller’s angelic voice.  Bryson was the perfect feature for this track since most of his own songs (Trapsoul) are a tad bit emotional, singing/rapping about lost love, current girls, etc.

pick up the phone | Yasssss.  I act like I haven’t played this song a million times before.  So glad it’s on the album, and it almost serves as a pick-me-up from the previous track.  And when I say pick-me-up, I’m not talking about the meaning of the song because it’s about a girl not picking up the phone, rather I’m talking about the beat.  Clearly you can tell I’m into beats.  We also have the other main man of trap, Mr. Young Thug, on the track so it’s a really great collab.

lose | This song opens with a semi-majestic sound.  It also reminds me of the Rick Ross ft. Big Sean and Kanye track, ‘Sanctified’ at about the 1:30 mark – like the super back and down beat; it’s like the faster version of what it sounds like on ‘lose.’  I feel boss listening to this one.  You’ll also pick up on some vocals from Cassie.

guidance | Okay, now this song reminds me of the Drake track featuring PartyNextDoor, ‘With You.’  It has that sort of island vibe Drake has been giving us.  I also love that Roy Woods is on ‘guidance.’  Another one associated with Drake.  I love it.  I want to listen to this on the beach.  This song portrays another unique sound Travis is able to create.

wonderful | I could not be happier that this song is closing out the album.  One of my favorite songs of 2015; I think this track dropped Christmas Eve last year.  It’s wonderful.  Travis is wonderful.  The Weeknd is wonderful.  The album is wonderful.  I don’t really have anything deep to say about this track – I just really like it.  It’s one of those songs I forget to play but when I hear it, I’m like waiiiiit a second… life giving.  Perfect ending to the album.

Overall, I have to say I’d put this album in my top five albums that dropped this year so far.  It’s what I wanted from Travis.  Why do I like Travis so much?  This album explains that.  You have to remember that Travis stepped into the music scene as a producer – he was known for creating dope beats.  Then he turned into an artist.  And again, you should all know by now the beat of a song makes it for me so if you have an album of 14-beat heavy tracks mixed with trap sounds, rapping, and a hint of Kanye… you know I’m going to love it.

I even love how he left all the track titles lowercased.  It’s the little things.

That’s all, yinz – stay tuned for the next post, and have a ‘wonderful’ Labor Day!

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Saras in the Trap Sing McKnight

But really, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited.

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I’m currently tuned in to Beats1 Radio… more specifically .wav Radio, listening to the live stream of Travi$ Scott’s new album.  He’s also going through each song with his boy the OG Chase B, and this is what really gets me excited for new music.  Yes, I love the beats and lyrics and features, but when the actual artist explains what each song means to them, how it came together, etc, that makes me appreciate the project even more.

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Like right now Travi$ is explaining how he got Kendrick on a track.  That’s so dope.  I’ll be updating this post throughout the day as I continue to listen and as more random thoughts come to mind so definitely keep checking back on this one.

UPDATE 10:12AM:  Did yinz hear that Bryson Tiller track?  I definitely wasn’t expecting that collaboration.  Holy smokes.  Glad it happened.  Currently playing is ‘Guidance,’ and it has a different Travi$ vibe to it, almost like a little Drake-island vibe.  I dig it.

UPDATE 10:14AM:  Wowwww, ending with ‘Wonderful.’  That is truly wonderful.  It’s not that I forget about this song, but I don’t always play it, but I love it… probably doesn’t make sense to you but to me it does.  And with the addition of The Weeknd’s vocals… magic.  Really glad the album ends on this note.

UPDATE 10:22AM:  BITTSM is finally available on Apple Music.  Praise the streaming gawds.

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Oh, and tonight… is about to be lit so stay chuned.

Happy Friday, yinz!

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NEW: Ty Dolla $ign ft. Travi$ Scott – ‘3 Wayz’

I’m telling yinz, artists are dropping collabs with Travy because his new album comes out tomorrow.

This Hit-Boy-produced track is definitely going into my rotation of new songs to listen to, so you can definitely expect a Snapchat (or two) of mine featuring the song.  Super amped about this because it’s two of my current favorite artists.  And I also just bought a $5 ticket to a Ty Dolla $ign concert for the end of this month, and I’m just so excited.

Any who, you can listen to the song for free on Apple Music (again, subscribe already) or purchase it for $1.29 on iTunes.

Or because I like yinz, listen below on YouTube.

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