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Sports Strength

Ranking The Ten Best NFL-Inspired Hip Hop Lyrics

If you were to ask any rapper which sport they could play best, the answer is likely basketball or football. With the NBA and NFL being influential in hip-hop culture, it’s not a surprise that rappers commonly shout-out some of their favorite (or sometimes least favorite) athletes. Accordingly, football’s relationship with hip-hop is fueled by rappers who are die-hard fans of the game; for proof, just look back to the early 2000s when NFL jerseys were hip hop’s jersey of choice.

Down below are the ten best NFL-inspired lyrics from hip-hop.

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1. Kanye West on Tyler The Creator’s “SMUCKERS,” 2015

“They say I’m crazy, but that’s the best thing goin’ for me.

You can’t lynch Marshawn if Tom Brady throwin’ to me.

2. Drake on “Paris Morton 2/Pound Cake,” 2013

“Yeah, after hours of Il Mulino.

Or Sotto Sotto, just talkin’ women, and vino.

The contract like ’91 Dan Marino.

I swear this guy Michael Rapino’s boosting my ego.”

3. Max B on “Blow Me A Dub,” 2009

“I’m Tom Brady, you a Testaverde.

Yeah, old, washed-up with no arm strength.

He don’t show no remorse, he ain’t got a conscience”

4. Lil Wayne on “Green And Yellow,” 2011

“Money green, yellow broad.

Aaron Rodgers: MVP award.

This is Green Bay, b—- we go hard.

This is Packer country, where’s your Green card?”

5. Mobb Deep on “Get Dealt With,” 1996

“We got to take position, ready for face-off.

We blitz like Dallas in the Super Bowl face-off.

We form like n—– in the yard up North.”

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6. Nas on “Blaze a 50,” 2002

“Met her in San Diego at the Super Bowl party.

Had the Henny, sipped it up with Terrell Davis.

MVP, we flicked it up from Sports Illustrated.

I was silked out, flossing with Stoute, he had the gators.

When she walked in, she lit up the room like Las Vegas.

Terrell said her man’s a fullback for the Raiders.

A drunk who’d f— cheerleaders and wind up in the papers.”

7. The Diplomats on “Dipset Anthem,” 2003

“I’m on the Westside of Chicago, lookin’ for a bust down.

And make me put my two arms up, touchdown.

8. Inspectah Deck on “Wu Tang Ain’t Nuthing ta F— It,” 1993

“Put the needle to the groove I gets rude and I’m forced.

To f— it up, my style carries like a pick-up truck.

Cross the clear blue yonder, sea to shining sea.

I slam tracks like quarterback sacks from L.T.”

9. Andre 3000 on “Da Art of Storytellin (Part 4),” 2007

“I started off starvin.

Now they got me out here Brett Favre’n.

Tryna see if I still got it (got it).

I guess it’s like a bike, think about it.

10. Jeezy on “Gangsta Music,” 2005

“We don’t talk on the phone ’cause it might stick.

Gotta play for the seven, call it Mike Vick.

Dirty birds, n—-, we play wit’ dem Falcons.

Know some n—– in the Decatur that pay for dem falcons.”


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Music NFT

Cryptorastas Are Cultivating NFTs Within The Reggae Community

One of the first reggae NFT collections went live this past week at Miami Art Week, debuting with a curated Reggae Event taking place at Purple Palms Art Creative on Friday, December 3rd. The night featured Jamaican reggae star and 2022 Grammy nominee Jesse Royal, Brazil’s Digitaldubs and a collaboration with Miami’s very own Dubwise Sound Station. Additionally, there was a very special NFT panel that discussed how NFTs empower artists and generate value for the music industry.

Cryptorastas

The Cryptorasta’s NFT dropped on November 10th, with ten new NFTs via auction in collaboration with top Reggae artists and celebrities, which quickly sold out, with a total of 17.0049ETH in sales. The brand new collection includes reggae legends the late Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Cedric ‘Congo’ Myton, Kabaka Pyramid, Augustus Pablo and many more.

ONE37pm spoke with Cryptorastas founder Marcus MPC aka Digitaldubs, and Reggae artists Jesse Royal and Bay-C to discuss bridging the digital gap between the reggae community and NFT economy, representing Reggae culture and community within the NFT metaverse, and the importance of supporting artist collaborations and giving artists a profit.

Cryptorastas

ONE37pm: Cryptorastas is the very first reggae NFT collection, what does it mean to be a part of this?

Bay-C: Chronologically there were reggae NFTs before Cryptorastas actually, I released the first reggae NFT in April and Morgan Heritage followed a few weeks later in April. However, I would say Cryptorastas is the very first reggae NFT community, and it is a powerful one. It brings existing individual NFT players like myself with newcomers and fans all in one community with the collective vision of empowering the rasta community through blockchain. 

Jesse Royal: Sons and Daughters of the King are always forward thinking so I was not surprised. It was more exciting than anything else. It’s important for us to become a part of financial conversations as well. Limitations are not for Rastafari.

ONE37pm: How has it been learning about the NFT space as an artist?

Bay-C: It has been very exciting and mind-blowing. As far as the creative mind can conceive, it can be achieved with NFTs. It is the present and the future for creatives.

Jesse Royal: Learning about the possibilities and potential of the space has been an interesting journey that I’m still on.

Cryptorastas

ONE37pm: How involved were you guys in terms of representing your individual art in this NFT collection?

Bay-C: I trusted the Cryptorastas team to produce it. After I saw the first draft, I didn’t need to change anything. It was on point. Their team is awesome!

Jesse Royal: We are still working on the actual piece but the reception from the community and the broader global space has been great. Love to see it and I’m here for it!

ONE37pm: Last but not least, what’s on the horizon for 2022?

Bay-C: For 2022, I will be launching some more Bay-C NFTs to tie in with the release of my sophomore album King Bass. This will be in February. For the summer I will be on tour in Europe and throughout the year I will be collaborating on other cool NFT ideas around dancehall, gaming, and sound system culture.

Jesse Royal: For 2022 and beyond lookout for more masterpieces, more philanthropic work as well as a deeper livication to the restoration of our identity, not our ego. Blessed Love.

Here’s what Cryptorastas founder Marcus Menezes had to say about the platform.

“Since I realized Cryptorastas could be something big, I thought the project should be a collective work, to really involve and bring back to the Jamaican culture. The first idea was to make avatars to represent the artist officially, in a way they directly benefit financially. Cryptorastas became a perfect open door for the reggae movement, bringing artists and fans closer together in the community. The future possibilities are endless!”

Be sure to keep up with all things Cryptorastas via their official website.

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Culture Music

Everything You Need to Know About Corite, A Brand New Music Platform To Watch

The music industry is one that is constantly evolving, and fan-funded record label Corite is a new unique spin on artist and fan interactions, and mega-producer, Rico Love (who has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Pop Smoke, and more) has partnered with the company to release his latest project Rico Love Presents, which will consist of six up-and-coming artists releasing separate 3-track EPs. Rico Love Presents will also launch Corite’s blockchain platform and see the release of exclusive NFTs tied to the project.

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This in turn will allow greater creative freedom for artists on their projects and helps create a deeper relationship with fans, who receive payouts on streaming revenue based on the amount of money they contributed upfront to the project. Corite will also handle distribution to DSPs and marketing for the artists.

We spoke with Corite Founder and CEO Mattias Tengblad, as well as Rico Love, and his artist WifeyBaby to learn more about Corite, and their plans for 2022 and beyond.

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ONE37pm: Great to connect with you Mattias! How did you develop the concept of Corite?

Tengblad: It all started with the concept of Corite being a global distribution product that is a necessity for all artists. Corite focuses on the power of the fans, and it is essentially a fan-funded record label. Something that I realized during my time working in esports is just how important fans can be when it comes to success in that area, and how it was something that could be applied to the music industry. So much of the industry is about using streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, but there is no real communication with fans, and this is something that we feel makes Corite different for middle-class musicians.

ONE37pm: Rico Love is the first project with his latest effort  Rico Love Presents. How has that been working with him?

Tengblad: It’s been such a beautiful project with Rico. He has this independent mindset, and he helps a lot of his artists with his knowledge and confidence. The album is going to have 18 songs with three different artists, and we’re just getting started! We’re working on developing the next level of Corite which is going to include an NFT blockchain feature. NFT’s are the newest buzzword, and we started learning about them a year ago. It’s going to be the best technology for artists and fans.

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ONE37pm: What do we have to look forward to in the future when it comes to Corite?

Tengblad: Well as just mentioned, we are going to be doing a lot in the NFT space, and the goal is for every artist to have an NFT for each song and digital merchandise. We are also going to have fan-powered tokens as rewards for different types of activities as a play-to-earn for certain avenues in the music industry. Corite is going to evolve a lot in the future, and we are going to be launching feature by feature. We have a lot of great artists and projects, and the vision is growing bigger. We are building a platform for storytelling, and we are doing that mostly for independent artists.

We also had the opportunity to speak with Rico Love and his artist WifeyBaby about being a part of the Corite team.

Rico Love
Rico Love

ONE37pm: Congratulations on joining the Corite team! You have such a storied career in the music industry. What attracted you the most about Corite?

Rico Love: I think the concept of Corite is extremely innovative in terms of the relationship between fans and artists. There’s a lot of partnerships and funding, and Corite presents the opportunity to get paid as a fan. We actually reached out to the Corite team because we felt it was an incredible platform that provides innovative ways to break artists.

ONE37pm: WifeyBaby, how has it been being an artist on the Corite platform?

WifeyBaby: It’s been very exciting having a team around you that allows you the opportunity to just focus on doing the work. I’ve grown a lot since becoming a part of Corite, and again that goes back to having people around me that takes care of everything so I can just focus on being an artist.

ONE37pm: What do you guys think of the NFT space and what Corite is doing in that regard?

Rico Love: I’m still in the process of learning and understanding the Crypto space myself so that way I can better educate my artists. I look at it as a long-term investment, and a new cool thing to do that everyone is going to use. It’s brilliant, and I’m learning, absorbing, and filtering all of the information I learn so that way I can pass it down.

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ONE37pm: What’s the horizon for 2022?

Rico Love: 2022 is going to be incredible! We’ve got two new records on the way, and right now we are gearing up to do a campaign which we are super excited about. WifeyBaby is from Atlanta, and not only is she one of the hardest working artists in the world, she is also my hardest working artist. She understands the grind and I’m proud of that.

For more on Corite be sure to check out their official website and follow them on Instagram.

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Music NFT

The Music NFT Blueprints: Domino and Presessence Vol. 1

Greetings future thinkers. After a 4 month hiatus, I’m diving back into the Music NFT scene.  

I am amazed to see the thriving energy within so many NFT communities. It is also eye-opening seeing how things have completely fallen off with others. I am impressed by several independent artists that have made astounding moves during the last few months; they are thriving financially, extending their reach, and growing their fanbase.

Creators that once gave up their dreams of artistic success are now living with six-figure incomes, sharing their newfound stability directly with the communities of supporters they have built.

Introducing Domino

My next profile is Domino from the West Coast. Like most successful artists, his seemingly overnight success actually took upwards of a decade. During this time, his experiences led him to discover the pure potential of music combined with the disruptive force of NFT technology.  

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His creativity started back in his younger years when he focused on becoming one of the world’s best closeup card magicians. Domino loved the energy of psychological analysis of the mind in tandem with the mastering of slight hand techniques, skills necessary to becoming an authentic and masterful illusionist.

Spoken word poetry became his next love. His understanding of the human condition utilized with his metaphoric wordplay propelled him organically into becoming a true conscious lyricist.  

Earlier this year he ventured into the NFT world, minting his own art, poetry, and lyric sheets.  

Thrilled with the traction that was happening, he found the confidence to put his original music on the blockchain. Minting on platforms that we all know and love (OpenSea, Foundation, Rarible), Domino connected with like-minded visual artists in the space and created a concept for his first series of blockchain dedicated music.

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His latest album “Presessence Vol. 1” is a well-crafted package that is jam-packed with an authentic set of art, music, videos, and utility for holders that will continue to provide benefits for the duration of ownership.  

I listened in on one of the Twitter spaces where Domino explained the concept of his album. He communicated that winning a Grammy is on his bucket list;  “Presessence Vol. 1” represents the ride he will be taking in the limo while on the way to accepting his first award. 

Talk about manifestation through foreshadowing!

This album is a well-crafted sonic pleasure if you are a fan of great music production, exquisite vocals, and thoughtful lyricism. Domino delivers the raps of an OG while keeping it sexy with the melodic warm tones of his singing voice.  

The project is a well packaged concept that will be gifting its original holders with loads of airdrops, accessibility, bonus content and reserve tokens—as well as VIP access to live concert events. Each NFT includes a song from the album and a unique artwork done by different prominent artists in the NFT community. This labor of love is presented for just one gas fee, with 7777 available.

Each NFT includes seven short films composed of seven custom art designs created by animators from DC and Marvel comics in addition to the album. This labor of love is presented for just one gas fee.

There was a 24-hour drop that took place via the minting page Mint.DominosMusic.com. The original holder community voted for the minting to continue through December 11th for .0777 ETH.  After that, all unsold tokens would be burned, with secondary sales of the original mints accessed on OpenSea.

In case you’re wondering, the epic news is that this artist had his hard work pay off, and garnered $80,000 in sales on the first day! At that point, Domino made a second wallet that receives a portion of each sale. The money earned will be used as scholarship funds to help independent artists with their initial gas fees for minting on OpenSea.

The team behind the project consists of Domino (Executive Producer of all music and Videos), Bitcoinsky (Custom Mint Page Developer), and Deangelo Harding shot all the short films leading up to the album drop. 

Visual artists in order of appearance include: Chemical Messiah, Subtle Bubble, Max Schulz, Liquid Density, Jon Anderson, No Paradigms, Eleven. Producers in order of apearance: Joao Taborda, B11ce, Ian Francis, KEV, Wyatt Starks, and Steeziak. Juan Doe, (the first artist to do the first bilingual Marvel comic ever) illustrated the comic book cover, which is the first airdrop for holders.   

https://mint.dominosmusic.com/mint
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There are so many of these wonderful stories taking place all over the world now. We’re on a mission to help everyone dial in their own version of the NFT blueprint.

If you have had an amazing experience occur within the Music NFT space (or even a huge failure), reach out to us, and let’s continue to nurture each other while elevating through this digital renaissance era!

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Sports Strength

Ranking The Ten Best NBA-Inspired Lyrics In Hip-Hop

If you’ve been around sports and hip-hop long enough, then you’ve come across this quote– “Rappers want to be like athletes, and the athletes want to be like rappers.” The two very influential entities, specifically basketball and hip hop, have a special chemistry. It has become familiar as the sunlight to find our favorite rappers sitting courtside at games or our favorite players quoting their lyrics. But their relationship is sustained by tributes (or plain disrespect); rappers pay homage to ballplayers in their songs, which sparks another round of conversations.

Down below are the ten best NBA-inspired lyrics from hip-hop.

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1. Ice Cube, “Today Was A Good Day,” 1992 –

“Get me on the court and I’m trouble.

Last week f—– around and got a triple-double.

Freaking n—– every way like MJ.

I can’t believe today was a good day.”

2. Jay-Z, “Encore,” 2003 –

“As fate would have it, Jay’s status appears.

To be at an all-time high, perfect time to say goodbye.

When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 4-5.

It ain’t to play games with you, it’s to aim at you, probably maim you.”

3. Drake, “Thank Me Now,” 2010 –

“I can relate to kids going straight to the league.

When they recognize that you got what it takes to succeed.

And that’s around the time that your idols become your rivals.

You make friends with Mike but got to ‘A.I.’ him for your survival.”

4. Lil Wayne, “Kobe Bryant,” 2009 –

“Kobe doin’ work, 2–4 on my shirt.

He the greatest on the court and I’m the greatest on the verse.

Going for the fourth ring like it was his first.

Gotta get the bling, do it for Kareem.”

5. Jay-Z, “Pump It Up (Remix),” 2003 –

“Go ahead, bug out, I’ll Raid, n—-, scurry.

Worry, I’m, not, the Mike Jordan of the mic recording.

It’s Hovi, baby, you Kobe, maybe; Tracy McGrady.

Matter-fact, you a Harold Miner.

J.R. Rider, washed up on marijuana.

Even worse, you a Pervis Ellis.

You worthless, fella; you ain’t no athlete, you Shawn Bradley.”

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6. Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart Part IV,” 2017 –

“Tables turned, lesson learned, my best look.

You jumped sides on me, now you ‘bout to meet Westbrook.

Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you.

Just know the next game played I might slap the s— out you.”

7. J. Cole, “Return of Simba,” 2011 –

Ced said, ‘Look, my n—–, we got a foot in’.

Being good is good, that’ll get you Drew Gooden.

But me, I want Jordan numbers, LeBron footin’.

Can’t guard me, Vince Lombardi, John Wooden.”

8. Jadakiss, “Put Your Hands Up,” 2001 –

“And y’all scared I can tell.

That I’ma get Bucks like Milwaukee, cause like Sam, I ca’ sell.”

9. Kanye West, “New God Flow,” 2012 –

“Went from most hated to the champion god flow.

I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know.”

10. Drake, “0 to 100 / The Catch Up,” 2014 –

“I’ve been Steph Curry with the shot.

Been cooking with the sauce.

Chef Curry with the pot, boy… 360 with the wrist, boy!”




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Chanel West Coast Talks To ONE37pm About Music, NFTs, and More

Chanel West Coast continues to blaze her own path. A television personality, singer, rapper, and songwriter with a distinct sound that separates her from the rest, Chanel is known for blending together rap, hip-hop, R&B, and pop. While the dynamic entertainer has served as a co-host for MTV’s Ridiculousness, recording and dropping music continues to remain her number one passion. 

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Her debut album, America’s Sweetheart, is the latest to show off her work and features collaborations with Too $hort, Dreezy, Anaya Lovenote, Salma Slims, and Porcelain Black as well as production credits from K.E. On The Track, Rich Skillz, and ISM, among many others.

Showcasing her versatility, America’s Sweetheart is only the beginning of what else is to come from the multi-talented artist, who also has plenty of entrepreneurial ventures including her street/athleisure wear merchandise line, LOL Cartel which sports custom-dyed designs and bold color combinations inspired by the young, vibrant West Coast lifestyle, and recently previewed her collection Glossy Pops.

Chanel also recently debuted her first NFT release as a part of Timbaland’s Producer Mix NFT Series this past week, which breaks down NFT audio chunks as collectibles on Ethereum that can later be mixed together via an upcoming web app. 

We spoke to Chanel about her newest ventures and more in an interview that you can check out below.

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ONE37pm: Congratulations on your first NFT release! What was the process of putting everything together like?

Chanel: It was amazing! Unfortunately, I wasn’t there because I had to film Ridiculousness, but I was seeing all the pictures, videos, and stories. We worked with Timbaland on the project, and it was dope!

ONE37pm:  NFTs are considered by many in the music industry as being the most progressive invention since music videos. How important is it for artists to take the time to learn about the NFT space?

Chanel: I think it’s really important because as an artist you always have to be learning new things. A lot of us are old school and just about the music, but we now have all of the amazing stuff in addition to music like art, fashion, and tech that go hand-in-hand. You have to stay on top of all those things when it comes to the music industry.

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ONE37pm: What was the process of putting your NFT together?

Chanel: Well as an artist it’s kind of similar to the process of putting together a music video. You tell them what kind of design you want in terms of your NFT and they execute all of your creative ideas and vision!

ONE37pm: Congrats on your new album America’s Sweetheart! I understand you have some more exciting music news as well?

Chanel: Yes! So I’m going to be dropping a new NFT at the top of 2022, and it’s going to be a new single with some surprise collaborations including Justin Love. I’m really excited about this because we’re going to have a music video to go along with the single on New Year’s Eve.

ONE37pm: Now you have other business endeavors going on as well right?

Chanel: I have my clothing line LOL Cartel which is a unisex line. We do have a couple of pieces geared more towards women, but for the most part, it’s unisex with a streetwear theme and it’s affordable because I know what it’s like to not have a lot of money. The line is trendy, upscale, and doing great.

My lipgloss line Glossy Pops has been postponed for now, but we did a soft launch at the Cosmoprof North America beauty exhibition in Las Vegas. I’ve got so many different things going right now!

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Meet The New #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022

We have an exciting announcement in the YouTube community. The platform is kicking off their second music cohort, the #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2022, which includes 53 artists, songwriters, and producers from around the world who will get a chance to advance their careers, learn valuable advice, network with industry experts, and connect with their peers. Featured in this class is inaugural “mentor member,” legendary rapper and producer Slick Rick, who will play an additional role, sharing his wisdom and experience with fellow grant recipients within educational and networking programs.

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In the coming months, YouTube will work closely with the Class of 2022 to provide dedicated  partner support, seed funding to help develop their channels, bespoke training, workshops and networking programs. The program will also help visionaries expand their horizons as they continue to grow as artists and build their audience.

We spoke with YouTube Artist Relations Manager Brittany Lewis and Jacksonville rapper, singer, and songwriter Cico P to discuss the Class of 2022.

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ONE37pm: Okay Brittany let’s start with you. First of all we want to congratulate you guys on such a great project. How did this come together?

Lewis: Thank You! Last summer YouTube made a $100 million commitment dedicated to supporting artists and helping them thrive, train, and network. It was also very important to us that we prioritize artists’ mental health and wellbeing because that is critical as well. One thing I want to stress is that last summer we saw organizations making commitments in terms of supporting and hiring Black people, but this is something that we are doing long term. We are in it to win it with a multi-year commitment!

ONE37pm: What was the process like in terms of selecting the participants?

Lewis: It was very important for us to highlight Black voices and artists, and to capture the essence of Black artists from all over the globe. We looked at how an artist was able to create moments regardless of class, and the cool thing is that we have creators with small channels as well to go along with those that are well known like Cico P who had a lot of buzz with his song “Tampa” earlier this year. Our diverse programming for our members include different sessions such as writer camps, production programs, and even courses on growing finances.

ONE37pm: You guys have been working with Slick Rick who is a legend. How has it been having him as a mentor?

Lewis: It’s been amazing! Slick Rick is a legend and he comes from a different generation. He can give these artists veteran insights and wisdom, but at the same time he is learning from them as well. He’s really been phenomenal!

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ONE37pm: Okay Cico now it’s your turn. Walk us through that moment where you found out you had been selected.

Cico P: My team brought it to my attention, and from my first interview they were drilling me to really prepare and know everything. They kept mentioning Brittany and how much I needed to be ready. I felt like I was prepping for a chemistry exam! The experience has been great so far! We’ve been chillin and this feels like home. Everybody is on the same page and it was cool to interact with my peers and meet Slick Rick.

ONE37pm: How do you hope to grow as an artist?

Cico P: You know one of my homeboys just had a mixtape release party and he brought the whole community together. I would love to be able to continue to do that and build the community too. I would like to give people a platform. For me, I want to lead by example. I want to show the younger/newer Class of 2022 that you can make moves in different ways. I’m still young, growing and learning myself, and I want to take it day by day and show that there is more than just being “flashy,” and that you can move differently.

ONE37pm: Are you working on any new music?

Cico P: I’m always in the studio! I was in the studio over the weekend and knocked out a bunch of songs. I’m probably going to walk out of here with over 40 so stay tuned!

Be sure to check out YouTube’s official website for the class 2022 to keep up with all of their latest updates. 

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How L.A. Artist Duckwrth Became Billie Eilish’s Opener and A Men’s Fashion Star

It’s only the beginning for Duckwrth. A rapper/singer/fashion extraordinaire representing Los Angeles, this young artist has been steadily gaining buzz with his catchy music and capturing the style spotlight with equally notable outfits. The “SuperGood” phenom has kept busy since his “positive vibes” filled debut, releasing his latest effort, SG8*, this past September to warm reviews and praises. Constantly exploring the depth of his artistry, Duckwrth is making his imprint both on fashion and music, bringing together two worlds that often go hand-in-hand. 

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In the weeks since the release of SG8*, things have been quite eventful for the L.A. artist, performing his first series of sold-out shows since Covid and making a splash at Paris Fashion Week. Now, Duckwrth is gearing up to open for Billie Eilish during her upcoming Happier Than Ever world tour, and we got the chance to talk to the super talented musician about the latest album, how his musicality has evolved, and everything going on in his universe.

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ONE37pm: Let’s talk about SG8*, which was released in September. What was the process of making the record like?

Duckwrth: My process has been slowly changing over the past two months or so in particular. On average, I drop a project once every year, and I try to find that spark to create a good body of work. That was my process for SG8*, and everything came out really good!

ONE37pm: How have you grown since your last EP?

Duckwrth: This last project was really about magnifying a different world and how we were in different places. Covid made life take a full 180 for everybody, and it was a difficult time. I started battling with anxiety which is something I had never dealt with before Corona, and I knew there were a lot of other people dealing with their own struggles as well. So I really tried to create something that helped everyone with what they were going through.

ONE37pm: You just performed a set of sold-out shows and made waves at Paris Fashion Week. What was that like?

Duckwrth: It was surreal! It was crazy seeing people who knew my music and all of the media publications and paparazzi. They were snapping photos, and it was really revealing in terms of my trajectory and where I’m going. It was insane!

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ONE37pm: How do the worlds of music and fashion come together personally for you?

Duckwrth: Both are looked at as risk-taking. When you are creating music, it’s all about the complimentary sounds, cadences, and melodies coming together. It’s the same concept with graphic and fashion design. Everything is connected and comes together to form one.

ONE37pm: What can we expect in terms of future releases?

Duckwrth: 1970s nostalgia is my current body of work. SG8* was all about recovering and getting the mind right, and now I’m ready for the next project. It’s going to be electronic, future-driven, and will incorporate the new sounds I have been experimenting with. This record will have more black, silver, and mercury textures. It’s going to be fun!

It’s going to be fun indeed. Be sure to keep up with Duckwrth on Instagram and Twitter for all future projects.

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A Look At The SoundCloud A3C Experience and Tips For Artists

This past weekend marked the return of the annual A3C Festival in Atlanta, where music, tech, film, and culture come together for a two-day event that offers career advice, networking opportunities, and fun. We hung out with SoundCloud and A3C over the weekend popping in for their ‘SoundCloud Next Wav’ Experiential Event Series & Artist Showcase, which is a new series with workshops, artist-focused activities, and creative exhibitions by day, and an all-Atlanta live music showcase by night.

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SoundCloud ‘Next Wav’ Panel

Now I’m no musician or creative by any means, and I walked away from the events with enough knowledge to start a music career of my own (seriously), so I can only imagine what the benefits were for actual artists. A career in the music industry is the same as any—you have to understand the business in order to have the best shot at succeeding.

Yes, the talent/ability to make great music is a very important component, but if you don’t understand the fundamentals of branding yourself, marketing, social media, and making connections, then the process of achieving success becomes ten times more difficult. 

The ‘Soundcloud Next Wav’ programming featured a keynote with Industry Execs Troy Carter, Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood Chief Content and Marketing Office at SoundCloud, Eliah Seton, and Platinum Selling Rapper/Producer Russ, and we took a bunch of notes that we hope will be helpful regardless of career level.

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Tips From SoundCloud and A3C

  • Relationships matter! It may sound like an obvious statement, but the music industry is all about networking and who you know. You have to put yourself out there, form relationships, and make connections that you can pop in with. Taking an interest in people, staying in touch, keeping in mind birthdays, holidays, etc., can go a long way.
  • Fans can make or break you. This is straight from the mouth of Russ himself, who has experienced a tremendous amount of success in recent years. You can’t be standoffish with fans and never interact with them. They are the ones who are going to be buying/streaming your music and other releases. There has to be some relationship with them established. Leading to the next point.
  • It’s a lot easier for artists to make connections with fans nowadays due to social media and the internet. Before the advancements of social media, artists were pretty much only able to interact with fans in person. Now you can respond to DMs, get on Instagram Live, engage with comments, etc. 
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  • One more point on fan interaction—you personally may not remember when you met a certain fan, but they will always remember when they met you. Again, straight from the words of Russ.
  • SoundCloud President Eliah Seton believes that NFTs are the most progressive invention in the music industry since music videos because of the unique way that you can profit and get eyes on your work. So many artists have already created NFT collections, so it would be wise to invest some time and energy into learning them.
  • Take control of your narrative. Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood, Chief Content and Marketing Officer of SoundCloud, used to be the head of Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment, and emphasized that Beyoncé was not concerned about what anyone thought of her, or the way she approaches her career. She does things her way on her own terms. Newer artists may not have as much freedom as Beyoncé, but you still have control over your image. 
  •  Make sure you stay up to date with the analytical side of your career. You need to be aware of who is streaming you the most, your super fans, where they are located, the other artists your steamers are listening to, and once again maintain those relationships. You need to know how to reach them to sell them t-shirts, tickets, and send them messages for exclusive content. Eliah Seton believes this is the future of the music industry.
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BKTHERULA

We can go on and on for days as there were literally dozens of tips offered through the day and the remaining A3C panels. You can check out the official audio from the panels here, but now let’s get into some of the other events offered. Artists were also able to get snaps from famed photographer Cam Kirk, and were able to showcase their freestyle skills in a custom built studio, which were mixed onsite by DJ and mixing engineer Dos Dias.

Guests were also to walk-through an immersive exhibition centered on SoundCloud’s game-changing, fan-powered royalties model, which included an illustrative comic strip created by FRKO detailing the real-world power of the artist to fan relationship. 

Day one ended with performances from the hottest hometown artists on the rise from BKTHERULA, BabySantana, Metro Marrs, Leeto and LanceDaYungin, and and DJ sets by Genesis, OHSO and Champagne Trap.

Day Two of A3C featured plenty of other interesting panels including: Reshaping and Rebuilding Communities With Diversity and Technology, Understanding Social Audio, and NFT’s and The Future of Creating

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In addition to the A3C programming, SoundCloud held an exclusive private dinner event to premiere the short documentary of fast-rising Atlanta rapper, Cactus Jack signee, and “First on SoundCloud” featured artist SoFaygo.

Directed by Atlanta-based producer Maya Table and co-produced by SoundCloud and SoFaygo as part of the “First on SoundCloud” artist accelerator program, “Let’s Go Faygo” captures the young artist behind-the-scenes on the brink of breakout success – detailing the thrilling days leading up to a pinnacle moment in his career: his first-ever live show in his hometown of Atlanta this past summer. You can watch “Let’s Go Faygo” HERE

Learning about your craft is pertinent, and as you can see SoundCloud and A3C once again brought out all of the stops. If you are an aspiring artist, it is definitely worth the experience. 

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Discovering The Atlanta Street Dancing Scene With Red Bull

This latest installment of our Red Bull series is taking a different turn with the 2021 season of Dance Your Style. Red Bull Dance Your Style is an elite competition that brings together the region’s best dancers to battle one on one against a spontaneous soundtrack, and Atlanta was the latest stop on the competition trail which will conclude with the Nationals in Washington, DC at the end of this month. I’ve lived in Georgia now for the past ten years, frequenting the electric city of ATL quite often, and I must admit that before this past week I knew very little about the underground dancing scene here in the A.

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Red Bull Dance Your Style

Obviously, Atlanta’s music scene is heavily documented with many of the biggest acts from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s experiencing massive success on the charts with the south creating many defining musical trends and sounds (especially in this past decade). However, the A has also played a heavy yet underrated role in developing many dance trends and styles both mainstream and underground.

This is something that piqued my curiosity, and honestly, I felt a little embarrassed as a decade-long Georgia/ATLien not knowing these things right off the bat. That said, it’s never too late to learn, and since there are probably people reading this article that aren’t too familiar with the history either, let’s learn a little more together. 

I first spoke to the veteran dancer and Atlanta local Don Soup. Soup has been dancing professionally for about six years getting his start in musicals before being introduced to the ATL freestyle community. Afterward, he began venturing into choreography and the entertainment industry before beginning to battle. Soup’s first real and recorded dance battle was about three years ago, and from there he has been expanding his dance knowledge in different styles, cultures, and history. I asked Soup his perspective on the Atlanta dance scene.

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Don Soup

“I moved to Atlanta about six or seven years ago and I was introduced to this style of dance after I graduated. There are two major dance styles were—Yeek and Ticking. The underground club scene would mostly have house music playing, and a lot of the battles were in clubs eventually making their way to outside events. 

As far as the current dance scene here—I would say TikTok is a big influence, along with the dance styles Flexin and Popping. The big music market goes hand-in-hand with these dance moves which are groovy, spiritual, and sweet.”

I next spoke with another veteran dancer named Cleo aka Cleo vs Everybody. Over the past, 12 years Cleo has had the pleasure of meeting, dancing with, and learning from many dancers. Every exchange on and off the dance floor has had an influence on her dance style and outlook about dance, and most of her dance career has been spent competing and coordinating local jams in Atlanta.

Cleo really enjoys being a mainstay of the Atlanta Dance Scene and is always ecstatic to welcome dancers that she’s met at out-of-state competitions. Cleo and I spoke about her intro to dance, and how she personally experiences ATL dance.

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Cleo vs Everybody

“My intro to dance came through the B-Boy community, and I would say over the past eight years dancing here has transitioned into popping and trend dancing. Animation dance is a trend darling, and the scene is overall a lot younger now. I’m one of the last of the cast!

The biggest transitions have been from old-school to dubstep, and now of course Trap music. We are seeing non-traditional dances fused into different styles. Flexin, which is from New York, has come over, and so has Popping, Locking, and House which are being fused together. People are also open more to different styles now. Those are a few of the things that I’ve personally seen.”

In addition to chatting with Soup and Cleo, I also hit the Atlanta streets asking some native dancers that weren’t competing in the event their thoughts on how dancing has evolved here, one of whom took us through an in-depth history of the Yeek style.

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Danny Lopez

“Basically Atlanta has a dedicated style called Yeekn which came out in the 1980s right after Popping. I’m not which part it came from, but it started at skating rinks, parties, etc. Popping came here in the 80s as well, but it really hit hard in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s with the success of a dancer out of Georgia named Mike Watson. Krump came to the A during the Rise Movement, but our main style will always be Yeekn which comes from HBCU schools like Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, and Spelman. Memphis has Jookin, Cali has Krump, and we have Yeekn. 

If you ever come to Atlanta please visit the skating rinks. Go to the skate town on Old National if you ever want to see that true authentic ATL dancing, you are going to see it right here in downtown Atlanta in the skating rinks.”

So there you have it, make sure you check out the skating rinks in Atlanta. In the meantime here’s a quick recap of the ATL event.

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Red Bull Dance Your Style Atlanta

On Thursday, October 7th, the premiere one-on-one street dance competition, Red Bull Dance Your Style continued its 2021 iteration with its Atlanta debut and crowned De’Wayne “Prince Wayne” Martin Jr. as the regional winner.

The evening brought together the region’s top dancers at Believe Music Hall. Following 16 rounds of electrifying 1:1 battles, the energetic crowd voted Prince Wayne as the winner of the Red Bull Dance Your Style Atlanta qualifier. He will head to the U.S. Red Bull Dance Your Style National Finals taking place in Washington, D.C from Friday, October 22 through Saturday, October 23.

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De’Wayne “Prince Wayne” Martin Jr. has been dancing his whole life but only began battling four years ago. Boasting a diverse repertoire of dance styles from hip-hop to ballet and Krumping to jazz, Prince Wayne is on a journey to turn his passion into his profession.

Be sure to check out the U.S. Red Bull Dance Your Style National Finals taking place in Washington, D.C from Friday, October 22 through Saturday, October 23.