Here Are 10 of New York City’s Most Iconic Music Venues

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps. Music and entertainment play a major role in keeping one of the greatest cities in the world up at night. No music lover’s visit to New York City could be complete without catching a show at one of the city’s most iconic music venues. New York is home to some of the most prestigious and historic music venues in the world. With everything from jazz clubs to rock venues, there’s something for everyone. 

Like the saying goes, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. Ranging from the world’s biggest pop stars to local karaoke kings and queens, many people have found their voice on stages located throughout NYC’s five boroughs. 

Synonymous with its vibrant music scene, NYC is one of the most exciting places in the world for live music. Many of NYC’s venues have their own unique history and have been cemented into the history books. Here is a list of some of the most iconic music venues of all time in NYC.


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Opened: 1973 – 2006

Established in 1973, CBGB continued to play an important role in New York City’s musical landscape until it was closed in 2006. Located on the Lower East Side, CBGB was originally intended to be a country, blues club and bluegrass. The venue, however, would eventually go on to be considered a mecca for the punk and new wave movements. Although it closed its doors in 2006, its legacy continues to live on as one of the most important music venues in the history of New York City.

The Apollo Theater

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Opened: 1914

No list of iconic New York music venues would be complete without The Apollo Theater. The Harlem establishment has been a hot spot for live music for more than a century. Throughout its long history, the landmark has hosted everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown to Jay-Z. If you’re wondering if the Apollo is still one of the best places to see live music in New York City, just know that Drake is scheduled to perform there next month.


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Opened: 1940 

Copacabana was unlike any other nightclub in New York City. Over the course of several decades, it was known as one of the city’s premier spots for live music. In its heyday, Copacabana was the place to be seen. It was a place where celebrities, socialites and everyday New Yorkers would rub shoulders with each other. The likes of Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye and so many other elite performers performed at Copa’s OG location, while Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way, One Night in Miami and several other well-known films were filmed at the Brazilian-flavored club that will forever be remembered for its glitz and glam.


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Opened: 1982

S.O.B.s, aka, Sound of Brazil, was the brainchild of Larry Gold, who in the early 1980s opened the live music venue with the intent of “exposing the musical wealth and heritage of the Afro-Latino Diaspora to as many people as possible.” … Although Gold’s vision for S.O.B.s was clear, the legendary venue would later become a staple in hip-hop. Now a go-to stage for emerging superstars, S.O.B.s’ intimate setting has been tapped by Chief Keef, Drake, DMX, Kanye West and others.

Blue Note Jazz Club

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Opened: 1981

Positioned in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, the Blue Note Jazz Club is one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world. For more than 40 years, it was the go-to spot for live jazz and unforgettable performances. It has hosted some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and John Coltrane. The legendary venue’s presence has not only been felt in New York City, but also in locations around the world. Blue Note also has set up shop in major cities such as Hawaii, Tokyo, Shanghai, Milan and Beijing.

Madison Square Garden

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Opened: 1968

Madison Square Garden has been coined everything from the Mecca of Basketball to the world’s most famous arena. For generations, Madison Square Garden has maintained its status as a go-to venue for live concerts in New York City. With its rich history, The Garden has been the home for some of the most iconic concerts of all time. On top of being a great venue for witnessing live music, MSG is also home to the NBA’s New York Knicks, the WNBA’s New York Liberty and NHL’s New York Rangers. Madison Square Garden continues to be a top tier destination for sports and entertainment.

Webster Hall

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Opened: 1886

Another New York City landmark, Webster Hall has been considered to be one of the first modern nightclubs. The nightclub and concert venue remains an important part of New York City’s musical history for a few reasons. Webster Hall, which opened in the late 1880s was modernized towards the end of the 2010s.

Yankee Stadium

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The Roxy

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Cotton Club

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The Cotton Club reigned supreme in Harlem from 1923 to 1940. Its legendary lineup of iconic performers included Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and many, many others.


11 Rappers with the Most Grammy Awards

Rappers have long had a love–hate relationship with the Grammy Awards. Nicki Minaj’s recent frustration with how her latest smash hit song “Super Freaky Girl” could potentially be categorized is a recent example. Jay-Z’s years of boycotting the annual award ceremony is another example. No matter how the Grammys are viewed by certain members of the hip-hop community, it still remains one of the most prestigious events in entertainment. 

There are many things that make a musician successful and respected. Talent is definitely one of them, but awards and recognition are also important. The Grammys celebrate the best and biggest creatives in music. While there are many super talented and hyped rappers out there, only a select few have Grammy in their list of accomplishments. Even fewer rap stars have proven themselves time and again with multiple Grammy wins. 

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Over the course of their illustrious careers, a small group of rappers have continued to produce great music that not only resonates with fans, but has also won them several Grammys. Out of all the talented rap artists that have been nominated over the years, several have come out on top on more than a few occasions. 

Here, we’ll take a look at some of the greatest rap artists of all time and see who has won the most Grammys. Out of all the rappers who have ever been nominated for a Grammy, these rappers have come out on top with the most wins. These are the 10 rappers with the most Grammys Awards.

10. Childish Gambino
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Five Grammys Wins

9. Lil Wayne
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Five Grammy Wins

8. Outkast
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Six Grammy Wins

7. Dr. Dre
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Seven Grammy Wins

6. Lauryn Hill
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Eight Grammy Wins

5. Pharrell Williams
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13 Grammy Wins

4. Kendrick Lamar
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14 Grammy Wins

3. Eminem
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15 Grammy Wins

1. Kanye West
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24 Grammy Wins

1. Jay-Z
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24 Grammy Wins


From the Field to the Booth, BlueBucksClan Brings their A-Game

Emerging out of Los Angeles, BlueBucksClan is a rap group on their way up. If you don’t believe us, maybe you’ll take Drake’s word. The record-breaking superstar coined the Clan “two goats” after catching their Fire in the Booth freestyle earlier this summer. And Drizzy hasn’t been the only superstar to show love to the dynamic duo. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and a few more famous names have also shown love to the South Central-bred duo, who has collaborated with the likes of Quavo, Hit-Boy, Bino Rideaux, Kalan.FrFr and Lil Yachty.  

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The duo made up of DJ and Jeeezy Obama has been carving out their own lane off of the strength of their fresh and energetic sound. And that sound continues to resonate with more and more fans. BlueBucksClan has pulled in more than 200 million streams across all platforms over the course of their burgeoning career. Songs like “Walkin’ In” and “Shit Talk” have both reached over 4 million plays on Spotify, where the guys have averaged more than 385,700 monthly listeners.

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Their next project, Clan Way 3 drops soon via Out The Blue Records/Capitol Records. BlueBucksClan is out to prove that they aren’t playing around with the third installment of their Clan Way series. They’ve teamed up with hit-making producers such as Jetsonmade, Zaytoven, Honorable C-Note and Buddah Bless, as well as their go-to beat-makers to curate the sonics for their latest mixtape, Clan Way 3. Look out for the singles “Jeeezy WYA”, “I Guess” and “FYM” to appear on the anticipated 18 song-project.

Consistency is Key

Representing heavy for the West Coast, BlueBucksClan’s music reflects the sound and lifestyle of their hometown. In 2019, Jeeezy Obama and DJ formally joined forces and released their first mixtape, Clan Way. The tandem have been on a roll ever since the release of their debut project. They’ve followed up strong with several buzzworthy mixtapes and eps, including No Rules (2019), Clan Way 2 (2020), Going Up, Clan Virus (2020), No Rules 2 (2020), Clan Virus 2 (2021) and See the Difference (2022). 

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BlueBucksClan’s love of sports runs deep. The more you tap into their music the more obvious that love becomes. Their lyrics are full of clever references to their favorite pastimes and top tier athletes. The group who has released songs with titles such as “Mike Tyson“, “Horace Grant”, “Victor Cruz”, “Jeff Gordon” and “Todd Gurley” even cemented their relationship as a result of their love for sports. The childhood friends first linked up on the football field as youth athletes and later reconnected as a rap group after they attended college on football scholarships. 

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BlueBucksClan have only been releasing music as a squad for a few years and yet they’ve already accomplished what it takes some artists forever to do. The dynamic duo with cosigns from Drake and Kevin Durant should be on your radar for a few good reasons. As they gear up for the release of their Clan Way 3 project, BlueBucksClan shows no signs of slowing down.


Rolling Loud Brings the Party to the Big Apple 

If you’re a fan of hip-hop or music festivals then you’ve heard about Rolling Loud. The three-day music festival is now in its 7th year, and it has quickly become one of the biggest live music events around. Rolling Loud is easily considered as the premier hip-hop festival in the United States and around the world.

Rolling Loud is known for its diverse lineup, which showcases some of music’s most popular artists as well as artists on the come up. Past performers have included Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and so many others. 

The renowned festival that started with one concert in Miami back in 2015, now takes place several times a year in multiple major cities around the world such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. RL made its return to New York City this weekend. Jam packed with electrifying performances across three stages, this year’s NYC lineup was of course impressive.

Day 1 Vibes

First day of Rolling Loud New York 2022 was full of epic moments, from electrifying performances to surprise appearances. Before headliner Nicki Minaj took to the stage, attendees as well as fans watching from home via RL’s stream were treated to several turnt up performances.

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An early highlight came when Lil Tjay brought his New York energy to a stage for the first time in months. The face of drill music Fivio Foreign kept the momentum going. He performed his bangers and had drill music’s current it-girl, Ice Spice pop out. Lil Uzi Vert made several appearances on day-one. He ran down his biggest hits during his solo set and then came through during Nicki and Chief Keef’s set.

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Kanye West surprised the RL crowd with a sighting during  Playboi Carti’s show time. The two performed their Donda collaboration, “Off The Grid” while rocking all black and Yeezy gear. Quen Nicki closed out the show with a setlist of fan-favorites. Her performance covered her decade-plus long career. Her Barbz gang was in full effect rapping along to just about every lyric.

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Day 3 Vibes

Super Future was ready to tear the stage down for the final night of Rolling Loud New York 2022, but mother nature wasn’t on his side. The superstar rapper was only a few songs into his set when the weather became unbearable. Before the show was shut down due to the bad rain storm, the artist who just sold his publishing for a whole lot of money, performed several anthems from his catalog, including the A$AP Ferg single. “New Level” and his solo hit “Stick Talk.” Right before attendees were forced to leave for safety reasons Offset came through and did a couple of his biggest records.

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The boogie down Bronx was in the house as Terror Squad’s Fat Joe and Remy Ma through it back to their mid-2000s bangers. Hometown heroes such as Dream Doll, J.I., Benny The Butcher and Shawny Binladen put on for the state of New York.

Big Drako aka Soulja Boy also brought the throwback vibes with his timeless hits. Pusha T, who released an album of the year contender earlier this year, Curren$y, Benny The Butcher, Dej Loaf, Yvngxchris and others also showed out.


Young Devyn Is Real New York Vibes

Cardi B knows how to love. Whether the megastar rapper is collaborating with emerging artists like Glo Rilla and Kay Flock or shouting out the next wave of talent, she is known to share the spotlight. An up-and-coming talent the “Bodak Yellow” artist felt deserves her acknowledgement is Young Devyn. 

“I don’t even know what to say or where to start when it comes to her,” says Young Devyn. “The love that she showed me has been so unexpected. It just goes to show me that you gotta just keep working, because you never know who’s watching you.”

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Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Young Devyn gives authentic New York vibes. Full of swagger, the energetic 20-year-old rapper has the bars to match. Take a listen to her freestyles which have gone viral or her singles like the Fivio Foreign-assisted “Outside” and you’ll see.  
The versatile femcee who is signed to 4th & Broadway/Def Jam is a sight to see live also. Starting at the age of eight years old she was performing. Long before the Brooklyn-bred Trinidadian was considered one of the best drill artists in NYC, she was turning up as a young soca artist. Whether she’s headlining shows at iconic venues such as S.O.B.s, or performing at Rolling Loud or on tour with Skip Marley, she brings the energy to any stage she touches.

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Young Devyn’s debut project, 2021’s Baby Goat gave listeners a small sample of what to expect from her. A little bit over a year later, she circles the block with the sequel, Baby Goat 2, which drops today. 

The 8-track EP features hard-hitting bops like “Decisions” and “All Gifted” alongside the Caribbean-tuned “Toxic.” She also gets in her r&b bag on “Real Love” and the Capella Grey collab “Cruise Control.” 

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Drilled-out versions of past hits such as Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” (“Outside”) and Offset’s Cardi-collab “Clout” (“Rap Sheet”) appear on Young Devyn’s sophomore project.  

When making her latest project, Young Devyn says she set out to tell the “story of that relatable everyday girl who is making it out. ” She put it the work to make sure her mission was accomplished. “I took my time out to just pay attention to everything from the production, the lyrics, the storyline, the tracklist— just everything to make sure that it was concise,” she says. 

On Baby Goat 2, she taps into the sound of her hometown, while staying in touch with her roots and also showcasing her vocals. “Like, it’s not like I’m just doing one type of sound throughout the whole project. It’s just different things, but it all makes sense,” she says proudly. 

It’s safe to assume that her eclectic listening habits as a child may have had an influence on the artist she is today.  “I didn’t really have a favorite genre growing up, because I was always exposed to so many different types of music early on like soca, pop, hiphop, reggae, even gospel,” she says. 

Young Devyn’s hard work has been paying off, because more and more eyes have been on her. The likes of Nicki Minaj, Offset and The New York Times have also been peeping her game. Although she’s already gotten recognition from some of the biggest artists in music, she’s not letting it get to her head. “ I don’t think that anybody owes me anything,” she says. “That is why I’m always super humbled when artists do show me love. Cause I’m never entitled or think that anybody should know me.”

Stream Young Devyn’s latest project, Baby Goat 2 below:

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Future Joins A Growing List of Artists Selling their Publishing Catalog and Masters

Earlier this week, it was announced that platinum-selling artist Future had sold his publishing catalog for a whopping amount of money. The music-rights company, Influence Media Partners scooped up Future’s catalog for a reported eight-figures. The catalog, which includes solo songs like “Mask Off”, as well as collabs with Drake ( “Life Is Good” and “Jumpman”), Kendrick Lamar, “Selfish” with Rihanna, The Weeknd and others features more than 600 songs that were released between 2004 and 2020. 

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Although the amount may seem huge, it really isn’t all that surprising when you consider Future’s track record. He’s been one of the most prolific and successful artists of the last decade. Future’s most recent album, I Never Liked You which dropped this year and doesn’t count towards the 600+ songs he sold off the rights to— debuted at No. 1 and features the No. 1 hit, “Wait For You.”

What is a Publishing Catalog?

Just what is a publishing catalog, you wonder? According to Songtrust, it’s a collection of works controlled by a songwriter or publisher. When an artist or songwriter sells their publishing catalog, they’re essentially selling the rights to the songs they’ve created. This is a big deal, as the catalog owner controls the publishing rights and the ability to exploit the songs commercially with things like sync licenses. 

With the rise in popularity of music streaming services, owning publishing rights is probably more important than ever. While some may question whether or not Future could have gotten more money, it’s clear as day that his publishing catalog is really, really valuable. This move comes as a surprise to some but not all, since it’s a part of a larger trend. Not only have some of the most well-known artists in the world sold their publishing catalog, but also songwriters and producers have sold the rights to theirs and their masters also.  

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The news of Future’s cash out broke just days after rumor circulated that Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) was looking to sell off his publishing for about $175 million. Kanye later shut those rumors down and the most Ye way. While artists like Ye, his big brother Jay-Z and Taylor Swift have fought for ownership of their music many artists are deciding to sell off all or portions of their lucrative body of works.  

Bling Bling! Lil Wayne once rapped “I made a 100 million dollars flat.” That statement runs truer than ever nowadays. The rap G.O.A.T. brought in big bucks in 2020 after selling his extensive catalog of songs (as well as the rights to much of his Young Money roster’s music) to Universal Music Group. The price tag attached to the transaction of epic portions was reportedly $100 million. Around the same time, Universal Music Group also acquired Bob Dylan’s collection of about 600 songs for a sum of $300 million

When international megastar Shakira decided to unload her extensive catalog, featuring almost 150 songs, she made a deal with Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd, another power player in the music rights space. The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer reportedly sold it off for an undisclosed amount. Justin Timberlake did the same thing earlier this year, selling his publishing rights to Hipgnosis Songs, which also has the rights to songs written by iconic writers and producers such as Benny Blanco, L.A. Reid, Timbaland, Mark Ronson, The Dream and many, many others.  

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Canadian music rights management firm, Kilometre Music Group purchased superproducer Murda Beatz and platinum singer Bryson Tiller song catalogs. The announcement was made in the earlier half of 2022. According to the LA Times, John Legend “sold the copyrights as well as the rights to receive royalties from music he wrote from late 2004 through early last year” to KKR & Co. and BMG.

There are just some of the musicians and songwriters who have recently sold their publishing catalogs. And the list continues to grow.


If You’ve Been Outside this Summer, You’ve Heard of Ice Spice

If you’ve been outside this summer, then you’ve probably heard of Ice Spice. The emerging female rapper is a Drill artist from the Bronx that’s been taking the streets of New York by storm with her viral hit “Munch (Feelin’ U).” The track with close to 7 million plays on Spotify can be found on top playlists, is being played in clubs, performed at festivals and has inspired a bunch of captions on social media.

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Over the course of the last few months, the 22-year-old has received co-signs from mega stars like Drake and Cardi B. Ice Spice has joined the ranks of Kay Flock, B-Lovee, Sha Ek and others as one of the most buzzed about rappers to emerge from the Bronx drill scene in recent years. But who is she exactly? What’s her story? What is it about her that has made her one of the most talked about rappers of the moment? 

Before the Bronx upstart was making a name for herself with her music, she was making her way through NYC. The half-Dominican and half-Black artist grew up in the Fordham Road section of the Bronx. When discussing her childhood neighborhood, she’s said, “It made me, for real. I deadass wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for Fordham.” 

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The daughter of an aspiring rapper, Ice Spice had creative aspirations of her own. She reportedly dreamed of being an actress or athlete and was into poetry in elementary school. She attended high school in Yonkers, which isn’t too far from the borough she was bred in. 

While in high school, the artist whose birth name is Isis took up the alias, Ice Spice. “My whole family calls me Ice. Everybody calls me Ice and Spice just rhymed with it,” she unveiled to No Jumper. “I came up with it freshman year and I just kept it.” 

A fan of rap G.O.A.T.s like Nicki Minaj and Drake, Ice Spice was first inspired to make music after she heard New York Drill forefathers Sheff G and the late, great Pop Smoke. Sheff G’s cult-classic, “No Suburban” was the first NY-based Drill track she had ever heard. And by the time Pop Smoke started to rise the ranks, she knew one thing: she wanted to make Drill music.

Ice Spice officially started making music in the spring of 2021. She recorded her first song in March of that year. It was called “Bully” and it marked the start of her creative partnership with Bronx producer Riot. Riot produced her breakthrough single, “Munch (Feelin’ U).” “I feel like it’s just best to lock in with a producer and build your own sound because —no shade but everybody be getting beats off of YouTube,” she said while on the On The Radar podcast. 

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Around the time she dropped “No Clarity”— which now has over 90,000 listens on Soundcloud— towards the end of 2021, she was starting to get more and more attention. On separate occasions, Syracuse, NY rapper Toosii and Brooklyn Drill’s Dusty Locane brought Ice out during their respective shows to perform. 

In 2022, she turned things up. She dropped a few more buzz tracks titled, “Name of Love” and “Euphoric.” She then appeared on On The Radar and things got even hotter. Her On The Radar freestyle caught the attention of Drake, who quickly shouted her out. He also flew her out to Toronto. The two were spotted at a concert together. 

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“I feel like finally— I know I’ve only been rapping for a year, but I know I’m nice, so now that people are actually tuning in and taking it more serious, it feels good,” she said when discussing her newfound fame and success. 

Ice Spice isn’t the only person that thinks she’s nice. With 2,270,098 monthly listeners on Spotify alone and at least five songs with more than 100,000 listens, it’s evident that there are a lot of people feeling her and her music. In the words of a legendary Bronx rap star, Fat Joe, “Yesterday’s price is not today’s price.” Ice allegedly now demands upwards of $15,000 per performance, since having her breakthrough moments this summer.

From hanging with Drake and Cardi B to performing at Rolling Loud Toronto, Ice Spice is having a moment. Regardless of what you think of Drill music, it’s difficult to deny that “Munch (Feelin’ U)” is a bop. According to the new artist, fans and followers of hers can expect to hear an EP from her before the end of the year. Stay on the lookout for more Ice Spice.


Is Anthony Fantano Really the Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd?

Anthony Fantano, the self-proclaimed Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd has officially become one of Drake’s biggest critics. The music reviewing Youtuber’s critiques of the “No Friends in the Industry” rapper finally warranted a response from the superstar. After Fantano posted a video claiming that Drake slid in his DMs to share a vegan cookie recipe, Drizzy decided to show receipts. 

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Drake took to IG Stories to unveil what he really said to Fantano. “Your existence is a light 1,” wrote the Honestly, Nevermind artist. “And the 1 is cause you are alive. And cause you somehow wifed a Black girl. I’m feeling a light to decent 1 on your existence.” 


Prior to being one of Drake’s top opps, Fantano was known mostly for his takes on music. He delivers straight-forward reviews that don’t necessarily dig deep into the content of albums, mixtapes and eps, but that says just enough. He’s become known for his trademark review rating scale where he rates albums on a scale of 1 to 10, which Drake referenced in his clapback. With over 2.63 million subscribers on YouTube and just under 700,000 followers on Instagram, he has amassed a large audience that trusts his views. 

For over a decade, the man behind The Needle Drop has been offering his thoughts and opinions on music releases ranging across genres, including rock, alternative, r&b and of course hip-hop. This year alone, he’s rated everything from Kilo Kush’s American Gurl to Kid Rock’s Bad Reputation, with his reviews of Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (2.2 million views) and Jack Harlow’s Come Home The Kids Miss You (1 million views) being the most watched.   

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“I didn’t know it would become this popular when I started,” he admitted to Spin Magazine in 2016. In that same interview he also expressed that “intimacy and interaction between YouTube creators and their audiences” is what inspired Fantano, who studied journalism in college to start vlogging in the first place.  

Back in the mid-2000s Anthony Fantano was a music director at a college radio station in his hometown of Connecticut. Soon after, in 2007, he started blogging with The Needle Drop. A couple of years later he stepped out from behind the pen and in front of the camera and transitioned into doing video reviews with The Needle Drop Youtube channel. Memphis-based artist Jay Reatard is said to be the first artist he covered when he began video blogging. 

In 2011, he started going extra hard with his The Needle Drop channel. That’s when he started focusing on developing the channel on a full-time basis. He also launched the Youtube page thatistheplan around this time. On it he reviewed memes. 


Since his humble beginnings, he has grown his brand into an empire. He’s even hosted a The Needle Drop tour that touched down in major cities throughout the country. He’s been praised as one of the most successful and well-known music critics in recent years by the likes of Spin Magazine, the New York Times and other major outlets, and has written for the Washington Post and others. 

Anthony Fantano may not always be liked by the artists he critiques, but that hasn’t stopped his fans from appreciating his willingness to speak openly and honestly about the music that he listens to. The Connecticut native has gained notoriety and built a following as a result of his brutally honest music reviews. If you want to learn about new music or are just interested in hearing someone’s opinion on a trending artist’s project check out The Needle Drop.


Going Viral? Yvngxchris is Over It 

It’s easy to understand why Pharrell Williams named his festival Something in the Water. Virginia has highkey been the birthplace of some of the most iconic voices in entertainment. The roster of legendary artists hailing from Virginia includes Skateboard P’s production crew, The Neptunes, Missy Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Timbaland, Chris Brown and others. Veteran rapper Pusha T is another popular artist with roots in VA. Even though he was born in New York, it was Virginia where he was raised. The rapper who has delivered platinum hits and some of hip-hop’s hardest bars as a part of The Clipse and as a solo artist is now helping to usher in the next wave of Virginian talent. One of Pusha’s most recent contributions to the culture has been guiding the career of Yvngxchris.

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At 17 years old, Yvngxchris is one of the most interesting artists to emerge out of Virginia in recent years. The Chesapeake, Virginia native’s first taste of viral fame came in late 2020 when songs like “Did You Know (Remix)” and “Kyrie Irving” started trending on TikTok. It wasn’t long before he was going viral again with more TikTok hits such as “blood on the leaves.” A year later, he dropped “bitch i’m joe biden.” The Lil B-esque track that popped off on the short-form video app has now been streamed more than nine million times. 

Now signed to Columbia Records, Yvngxchris has more than 1.4M Tiktok followers and over 1.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify. He’s also received cosigns from Pusha (his manager), PnB Rock and Lil Yachty, who appears on the single “DAMN HOMIE.” The Lil Boat-assisted banger with its 1,471,266 Youtube views is featured on Chris’ recently released 8-song EP VIRALITY. 

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ONE37pm recently caught up with the Everyone Hates Chris! rapper to chat about his project virality, the influence of Lil B and being managed by Pusha T.

ONE37pm: Why did you name the project VIRALITY

Yvngxchris: One day I was about to post a little Instagram flick. I couldn’t think of a caption or anything. This was like around the time, like “blood on the leaves” was going crazy and shit. And I’m having all these songs go stupid at this time. I had like three songs go viral, so I was like, yo, I’m going so stupid. I’m like viral as fuck. Like I’m viral. I thought to myself like what is the fact of being viral? I looked it up. I said, yo, is virality a word? I looked that shit up. I was like, yeah, this shit is a word. I captioned the picture “virality” and I was like, I just kept riding with the viralness. I just kept going viral, so I was like, you know, I’m gonna name my tape virality

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ONE37pm: Creatively, what were some of the inspirations behind VIRALITY?

Yvngxchris: I’ll say Dylvinci, he’s a producer. He was a big inspiration for the project. Like he helped me tap into different things. He made the tape more available to a wider audience. I would say Dylvinci helped a lot with that. Yeah, he was like one of my main inspirations for the tape and for my next one too. He’s crazy. He’s a crazy producer. 

ONE37pm: What’s one thing you want new fans to take away from VIRALITY?

Yvngxchris: That there’s more coming, you know what I’m saying? Most of the songs on the tape were recorded last year, so this is like old Yvngxchris. I ain’t even gonna lie. I’m putting out old Yvngxchris. Y’all still haven’t even heard 2022 Yvngxchris for real. They still listening to 2021, honestly. Like, this shit viral is fucked. That’s why it’s called virality. It’s viral, but it’s not up to date yet and the next one will be up to date. 

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ONE37pm: What has it been like working with Pusha T? 

Yvngxchris: Great! I mean, he’s that guy, you know what I’m saying? Like, he’s like a mentor, a brother, a dad— all three. It’s amazing to have both of my managers with me, Dre and Pusha T.

ONE37pm: With all of the legendary artists coming out of Virginia, is there an added pressure for you to live up to that?

Yvngxchris: Yeah. It’s pressure for sure, but like I don’t feel no type of way. I feel like I’m gonna be just as great, if not better than those people, you know what I’m saying? 

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ONE37pm: You knew “Bitch I’m Joe Biden” was going to go up while you were still recording it. What was it about that record that made you so confident in it? 

Yvngxchris: It was just like how I constructed the sample and how the beat just came together and how I hopped on that shit. It was just like full Yvngxchris. That was like the most Yvngxchris song I ever made. I don’t know how to describe it other than that. But like, I feel like that’s like my theme song. Like when you think of Yvngxchris, you think of “bitch on Joe Biden.” You know what I’m saying? It’s just like a unique track. I don’t know. It’s just like the sample brings it to life for real. That was the first record that really kind of like, truthfully put me on.

ONE37pm: Was Lil B or his music any type of influence on you? 

Yvngxchris: As of recently. Yeah, because I started learning about it, like how he really was like the first to be on some ignorant shit, just like rapping. And that shit was like cool as fuck to me. And then like really listening to his music. It’s like funny as fuck, but I like that it’s catchy at the same time. Like you can easily catch onto it. So yeah, for sure. I was very inspired by that. I sampled “Bitch I’m Bill Clinton” and I just thought that beat was just insane. I feel like he has crazy production also along with his music, so had to sample it. 

ONE37pm: Growing up, who were you listening to? 

Yvngxchris: I would say a lot of Lil Wayne. A lot of like Andre 3000, TPain— that’s where I first heard autotune and shit, like TPain. Just like the shit my mom and dad used to play around the crib. Hella R&B, like Adele. Like, I would just pick up on different music shit from them. And then I dove into like my own little style after that, you know what I’m saying? Like underground music and all that.

ONE37pm: Speaking about the underground, your early recording process was definitely very underground vibes in terms of you using the Track Studio app and your phone to record. Now that you signed with a label and you have a huge following— has your recording process changed?

Yvngxchris: It did change like a little bit, because I go in the studio now, you know what I’m saying? Like back then I just recorded from home. Now I go in the studio. I used to hate going in the studio, but I actually like going in the studio now because like it’s just like a different vibe now that I’m getting used to it. But like I say no, because when I go back to the crib, I record on the same preset and the same mic that I used from back in the day. But like, I just upgraded my equipment recently. I just got some speakers and shit and got me, like a little Midi, piano and shit. I still use the same recording software. I record on the FL Studio now. 

ONE37pm: You said that you hated the studio experience in the beginning. Why was that? 

Yvngxchris: I wasn’t comfortable, you know? And then I had to learn that you can’t be comfortable to really win, so I had to get out of that. I had to get out of my comfort zone a little bit. And then once I started making hits, like “Damn Homie,”— like I recorded “Damn Homie” in the studio. I recorded “Oh Boy” in the studio— both over a million streams. And I was like, yeah, I could do this shit. So I like it better now. 

ONE37pm: Prior to rapping you were doing comedy. What was the transition like from doing comedy skits on TikTok to posting your music?

Yvngxchris: Honestly, bro that transition was good, bro. Like I really had the plan since the beginning, but like unconsciously. Like I was doing the comedy shit and then I got a little following, like 2000 followers off that shit. I was like, oh shit, this TikTok shit kind of easy. I ain’t going to lie. So I was like, all right, man, I’m going to put my music on this motherfucker. Like one day it just went from straight comedy videos and then I just posted “Kyrie Irving” and that shit went up and I was like, alright, fuck comedy. I’m doing this music shit straight. 

ONE37pm: Do you see yourself ever tapping back into comedy? 

Yvngxchris: People always comment on my videos asking for me to bring back the comedy videos, but I don’t know. I don’t think I’m funny anymore, bro. That was like old Chris, when I didn’t have shit. I was trying to go up trying to be funny and shit. I don’t think I’m funny anymore. I don’t know. 

ONE37pm: Rumor has it that you may be working on Everybody Hates Chris 2. Is that true? 

Yvngxchris: It was like a little idea that was like prior to virality, but like I do plan on coming out with Everyone Hates Chris 2. Everybody loves the first Everyone Hates Chris

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ONE37pm: What project are you currently working on? 

Yvngxchris: I don’t have a name for it, but like, I just have like a direction for it. I want people to get to know me, you know? Like get to know my story and get to know why Yvngxchris is here, what did I do to get here, what struggles did I get through to get here— all this shit. You know what I’m saying? I just want fans to get to know more about me. Tell my story. 

ONE37pm: What’s the biggest difference between old Yvngxchris and new Yvngxchris?

Yvngxchris: I feel like new Yvngxchris is smarter. He knows how to move. He knows more about the music business. He’s more tapped into different genres. He doesn’t cap rap anymore [laughs]. I used to cap rap like crazy. I know he doesn’t cap rap anymore.


16 Musicians that Have Won Emmy Awards

There are a lot of awards given out that honor musicians for their above average talents. There are the Grammy Awards, MTV’s Video Music Awards, the American Music Awards and many other well-known awards ceremonies that recognize musicians for their contributions to the world of music. One award that’s highly respected by the music industry is the Emmy Award. If a musician has won an Emmy Award, it means they have achieved excellence in television music production. This could be anything from composing original music for a TV show to performing live on camera as part of a show’s cast. Though the Emmy Awards are not normally thought of as a music accolade, there have been several musicians that have taken home the prestigious award over the years. This year’s Emmys were no different, with several artists winning awards for their work on various projects. Here is a rundown of musicians that have won an Emmy Award.

Childish Gambino
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Love him or hate him, Donald Glover has accomplished a lot. One of his greatest accomplishments happened in 2017 with his win of two Emmy Awards. The Grammy Award-winning artist’s show Atlanta has remained a hit among fans and critics. The multifaceted artist etched his name in the history books when the FX show earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. His win for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series made him the first Black person awarded an Emmy for directing a comedy.    

John Legend
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John Legend does it all. He sings, plays instruments, produces, acts, hosts and makes history with the awards he’s won. He started from the bottom as a behind-the-scenes player assisting icons like Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Kanye West. And then became a top-selling artist in his own right. The Grammy Award-winning artist joined the super exclusive EGOT club as the first Black man to be awarded a trophy from the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony committees. Legend was nominated for two Creative Arts Emmys, in 2018 for the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Although the musical which aired on NBC and featured the hit-maker as the lead actor and a producer lost out on the  Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie award, it did win for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

Queen Latifah
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Queen Latifah is a pioneer, straight up. She was one of the first female rappers to establish herself as a true competitor to her male counterparts. She was also one of the first rappers to branch out into the acting world. She starred in the hit television show, Living Single for five years and further cemented her acting career with roles in cult classics like Set It Off (1996), Academy Award-winning films like Chicago (2002) and critically acclaimed comedies like Girls Trip (2017). The All Hail the Queen raptress, who was the first rapper with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, took home her first Emmy in 2015. Her win came as the result of her contributions to the HBO film, Bessie, which was based on the life of pioneering blues singer Bessie Smith. Altogether, the Queen has been nominated for four Emmy Awards.

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Over the course of his 30-year career, Common has become a highly respected rapper, actor, film producer and activist. He’s also an Emmy Award-winner. Although Common’s acting chops are well-respected after having performed in critically acclaimed films such as American Gangster (2007) and Selma (2014), he didn’t bring home an Emmy for his skills in front of a camera. In 2017, he won his first Emmy Award for his politically charged anthem, “Letter To The Free.” The song which was featured in the Ava DuVernay-directed documentary 13th was nominated for the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Emmy.

Jennifer Hudson
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Jennifer Hudson may not have won the American Idol competition, but that hasn’t stopped her from winning a bunch of awards. The incredibly talented singer, actress, producer and talk show host has racked up a bunch of trophies over the course of her impressive career. She has won just about every award from a Critics’ Choice Movie Award to a Teen Choice Award. Her winning streak has been so epic that it’s also historic. Not only is the superstar entertainer, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the youngest woman to be the recipient of the four major entertainment awards, which includes an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, she’s also only the second Black woman to achieve this feat. In 2021, Hudson added an Emmy win to her long list of accomplishments when she won in the Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program category.

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Witnessing Adele in concert happens to be a once in a lifetime experience for many fans of her music, including some of the biggest celebrities in the world. For her Adele One Night Only special, the international megastar performed her biggest hits in front of the likes of Drake, Ellen DeGeneres, Lizzo and others. The highly anticipated concert that was later televised on CBS won a Primetime Emmy Award this year for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded). Throughout her career, Adele has been nominated for three Emmy Awards.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
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The Beatles: Get Back is a docuseries that chronicles the making of The Beatles’ album Let It Be. The film was directed by Peter Jackson and produced by Apple Corps Ltd. Jackson used over 500 hours of previously unseen footage to tell the story of how The Beatles recorded their final album. The film includes interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison. Jackson also used archival audio recordings of John Lennon and George Harrison to provide insight into the creative process. The film was nominated for five emmys, and won for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Or Reality Program (Single Or Multi-Camera) and Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera).

Justin Timberlake
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When it comes to Emmy Awards, Justin Timberlake is one of the most nominated artists out there. He’s also one of the winningest. The diamond-selling artist and actor won his first Emmy in 2007 for his SNL skit, “Dick in a Box,” and has since won three more Emmys.

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent and Jay-Z
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What do Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent and Jay-Z have in common? Aside from being some of the most iconic artists of all time, they all became Emmy Award winners this year. Dre, Snoop, MJB, Slim Shady, K. Dot, 50 and Hov were announced as the recipients of the Outstanding Variety Special (live) for the collective’s The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show performance, Jay & his Roc Nation imprint helped produce.