Despite its explicit lyrics, underground Trap stars Pure and Papi release a music video for their smashing single “Balaclava”. The direction they take in terms of sound revolves around a gloomy percussion, dramatic basslines, and menacing drums. Somehow, these British artists pay homage to this type of headgear used today by good and bad guys. It really doesn’t matter if this item is made from silk, cotton or polypropylene. After all, their identities will remain a mystery at least in the clip below.
Returning to the subject of this review, the concept of this tune is obviously dark, but I prefer not to talk about that aspect. On the contrary, I would like to highlight their dynamic rapping style. Armed with their wits, they have no fear to express what they want, plus, their rebellious attitude makes justice to the whole composition. Without further ado, if you’re a sucker for clever rhymes, you’ll like their offering.
Jackal Returns With 1st Single Of 2022, Bittersweet Mix Of Midtempo/Glitch/Trap
After being silent for almost a year, Jackal returns with his riveting new single “I Want To Destroy Something Beautiful,” featuring Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Roniit. The track brings together midtempo, glitch, and Trap influences for a haunting and unique fusion of genres. “I Want To Destroy Something Beautiful” is a personal message from Jackal to a world that sometimes feels harsh and cruel; the solemn basslines and heavy, glitching synths create a stark contrast to the ethereal vocals, creating an ominous and almost apocalyptic sonic experience. Its complexity lies in its dark violence and gentle hope, and it’s one that many listeners who have experienced hard times during the last few years can relate to.
“’I Want To Destroy Something Beautiful” comes from a bitter place. For weeks and weeks, I was pissed off at the world and feeling vengeful. Over the course of this time, I aimed to make something that sounded like the end of everything. I told Roniit my thoughts and the title that I had in mind, and she worked around that. I really like how her voice brought a certain numbness to the track, which works really well with the production.” — Jackal
UK-born and LA-based producer Jackal first entered the scene with his breakout hit “Shakedown” in 2013, capturing the popular consciousness with his dynamic style. Following that, he released popular tracks “Chinchilla” and “Animal Style,” gaining supports from artists like Skrillex and Diplo (who frequently mixed his songs into their sets) as well as Tiesto and Justice. In 2017, he released his “Endorphins” EP, and the following year, “Don’t Come Near Me I Am A Monster.” These two pieces caught the attention of bass-heavy DJ/producer RL Grime, and Jackal was signed to his Sable Valley label shortly thereafter. Jackal was later invited to join RL’s Sable Valley Tour in 2019. He has also released on such labels as OWSLA, Mad Decent, Buygore, Lowly Palace, and more. “I Want To Destroy Something Beautiful” is a strong return for Jackal, and we can’t wait to see what he’s up to next.
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4B, Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal) And Trick Daddy Join Forces On “Shut Up”
There’s no doubt that Jersey Shore-based producer 4B knows how to start a party, and look no further than his new collaboration with Diesel (aka Shaquille O’Neal) and Florida-based veteran rapper Trick Daddy to be your new weekend soundtrack. “Shut Up” goes hard out of the gate with a menacing bassline and sinister, serrating synths, all complemented with Trick Daddy’s hyped rapping. The track is hard-hitting with plenty of rhythms, providing just the vibe for your summertime clubbing or house party with your friends. “Shut Up” follows 4B’s recently released track “Drum” from earlier this summer, ahead of his concept event at the iconic Hollywood Palladium “4B & Friends” on July 15. Trick Daddy rose to fame during the late 90s and worked with names like Lil Jon, DJ Khaled, Pitbull, Young Jeezy, and many others.
“I linked up with Shaq, aka DJ Diesel, in Texas. I asked him why he DJs. Mind you, I used to watch this VHS “Shaq Attack – In Your Face” where he was DJing in the 90s, but I was curious to see why he’s doing it in 2022. He said the first time he played a festival, it felt like Game 7. I was inspired immediately. He really loves the bass music crowd, and I see him head banging during his sets. So I wanted to bring that bass but also Jersey vibe to the table for a collab, and I think we nailed it with ‘Shut Up.’ He’s been playing it ever since, and I’m so pumped for it to finally be out.” — 4B
“Working with 4B on ‘Shut Up’ was a blast. Bobby and I have done countless shows together, but we never sat down to actually make a record… It was time to change that.” — Diesel aka Shaquille O’Neal
Robert McKeon Jr., better known as 4B, may only be 29 years old, but he’s already been honing his musical skills for nearly half of his life. The American DJ and producer has relentlessly pursued his signature sound and vision, garnering support from some of the industry’s legends like Skrillex, DJ Snake, Diplo and Tiësto for his unique sound and meticulous production style. His trademark single was “Pop Dat” with Aazar in 2015; which became a quintessential trap anthem upon its release in 2015 and quickly evolved into a festival staple recognized all over the world. Since its release, it has become one of the most played trap songs in 2016, putting 4B firmly on the map as one to be watched in the dance music scene. Since then, his talent for boundary-pushing production translated easily into a finely tuned ear for remixes, including one for Fetty Wap’s “My Way” with Flosstradamus and DJ Snake’s “Middle,” which was officially released through Interscope. 4B has also earned himself somewhat of a cult following from his electric live performances, which include his wildly popular set at EDC Las Vegas right before ZEDD, where he brought out Soulja Boy as a special guest. 4B continues to evolve and mature as an artist, and we are excited to see what the next wave of his career brings.
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant basketball players in NBA history and is now also one of the greatest entertainers on earth. At 7’1″ and 325 pounds, Shaq’s larger-than-life personality and powerful athleticism have resulted in worldwide admiration and one of the most passionate fan bases in sports and entertainment. The Hall of Famer first discovered electronic dance music after crashing the festival TomorrowWorld in 2014, a milestone event that changed his life forever after being exposed to DJ’s such as Steve Aoki and Skrillex. Shaquille has been passionate about music from a very young age – at just 14 after O’Neal saw Public Enemy live for the first time, while sandwiched in a crowd of 5000 people, he became fixated on DJing. He cut his neighbors’ grass, walked dogs, and scraped together any cash that he could until he saved up $200 to buy his first set of turntables at a local pawn shop. Fast forward to 1993, Shaquille’s rap album, ‘Shaq Diesel,’ did the unthinkable of selling over a million copies and peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 100 cementing O’Neal as the only athlete ever with a platinum-selling album. SHAQ aka DJ Diesel’s dance music debut was at TomorrowWorld 2015, as the Hall of Famer took the stage for the first time in front of tens of thousands of fans mixing the best of Trap, EDM, and Hip-Hop. From there DJ Diesel’s career was born as he cemented the title of ‘the biggest DJ in the world.’ DJ Diesel recently embarked on a 15+ date “Summer of SHAQ” tour, has graced main stages around the globe from Tomorrowland, Lost Lands, Life in Color, and even launched his own festival series – Shaq’s Fun House.
4B’s upcoming dates:
Jul 08 – Philadelphia, PA – NOTO
Jul 09 – Hollywood, FL – DAER Dayclub
Jul 15 – Los Angeles, CA – “4B & Friends” at Hollywood Palladium
Jul 16 – Albuquerque, NM – The Salt Yard – West
Jul 17 – Scottsdale, AZ – Maya Day & Nightclub
Jul 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Hakkasan
Jul 23 – Portland, OR – 45 East
Jul 29 – New York, NY – NYC Boat Party
Jul 31 – Toronto, ON – Veld Festival
Aug 05 – Dallas, TX – Stereo Live
Aug 06 – Houston, TX – Stereo Live
Aug 11 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Aug 12 – Vancouver, BC – Celebrities Nightclub
Aug 19 – San Diego, CA – Nova SD
Diesel’s upcoming dates:
Jul 09 – Las Vegas, NV – Encore Beach Club at Night
Jul 13 – Ibiza, ES – Ushuaia Ibiza
Jul 14 – Krk, HR – Club Diamond
Jul 15 – Dubrovnik, HR – Ravelin Culture Club
Jul 16 – Almeria, ES – Dreambeach Festival
Jul 17 – Boom, BE – Tomorrowland
Jul 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Encore Beach Club at Night
Jul 30 – Calgary, AB – Chasing Summer Festival
Aug 05 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
Aug 06 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
Aug 13 – Las Vegas, NV – Encore Beach Club at Night
Aug 20 – Las Vegas, NV – Encore Beach Club at Night
Aug 21 – George, WA – Bass Canyon
Sep 03 – New York, NY – Electric Zoo
Sep 15-18 – Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Festival
Sep 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Encore Beach Club at Night
Sep 25 – Thornville, OH – Lost Lands
Nov 06 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
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NAZAAR Releases Hard-Hitting, Yet Emotive 6-Track ‘VISNS’ EP
Following his recent single release “WAR CRY” with Virus Syndicate, and earlier “Shadows” with Louiejayxx, the American-Pakistani artist NAZAAR releases his full EP ‘VISNS,‘ a 6-track package that is a true sonic journey through the realms of Bass music. From the ominous and eerie “WITH U” to the vocal-forward, emotive “LIES” featuring Hera Lynn, ‘VISNS’ is a representation of NAZAAR’s creative genius as he produces music that appeals to the heart and on the dance floor. The EP’s outro “LOVE BURNS” leaves the listener with a catharsis that’s especially rare for the type of heavy-hitting and yet cinematic music that NAZAAR has created. ‘VISNS’ gives NAZAAR a strong start to the year, leaving us wondering what else he has in store for the rest of 2022.
“The ‘VISNS’ EP is more than just another project; it stands for a cause that’s greater than me. VISNS is a body of work that’s supposed to help listeners dig deeper into their thoughts and make sense of the visions they have for themselves. In a dark time, I found my peace in writing music, stories with an audible addition to them. Each song on this EP is a story within itself, a story about the inner fight to find peace, the struggle with anger and fear, and the relief of finally letting go. VISNS is a story about me finally finding myself and having absolute clarity about my future. 6 songs, 6 stories, 6 different feelings; that is what VISNS is. I hope everyone who gives it a listen is able to feel what I felt when writing these songs and finds out just a little bit more about their own VISNS.” — NAZAAR
Raised between Pakistan and America, Farhan Zahir – better known as NAZAAR – has made his signature sound a combination of his roots and his western upbringing, the hidden riches of the Middle East, with the prominent sounds of electronic dance music. He has previously worked with Carnage on “Blitzkrieg” and had a stream of solo independent singles, such as “Jinn” or “Guru.” His past releases have found homes on Never Say Die, Space Yacht, Bassrush, and Columbia Records, where NAZAAR has put out his remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Sick Boy.” In 2018, he released a single titled “A Dance With Death,” which enjoyed unprecedented DJ support from the likes of Excision, RL Grime, Zomboy, and many more. The success of this single forged the path to NAZAAR’s debut 5-track EP titled ‘The Legacy’ on Never Say Die in early 2019. Keep an eye out for more new music coming soon!