VICE Discusses The Rise and Controversy of Asian Rap Culture in New Video

VICE launched the second season of its series “Minority Reports,” where host Lee Adams explores communities of underrepresented individuals in unexpected places, shedding light on their experiences to spark larger cultural conversations.

The first episode, which just premiered, tackles the topic of Asian rappers in Hip Hop, as Lee Adams travels to the first-ever Asian Hip Hop festival and the streets of Long Beach to investigate the rapid rise of Asian rappers and whether or not the rest of the community is willing to accept them. He speaks with rising artists including Rich Brian$tupid Young and the Higher Brothers about why they wanted to get involved with rap and the backlash from using the name “Rich Chigga.” Additionally, Lee speaks to Hip Hop radio hosts Ebro and J Cruz to discuss the controversy of Asian rappers feeling entitled to use “the N word” and why non black hip hop artists need to be culturally responsible. 

Future episodes of Minority Reports will find VICE traveling to Houston TX, the home of America’s first Islamic Spanish center, to investigate if the largest number of Muslim converts in the Latin community is related to America’s current political climate. Later in the series, Lee travels to the Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington DC to talk to the voices in the black conservative movement and to understand how the disillusionment and often empty promises of the democratic party are causing the growth of Black conservatives across the nation. 

The Rise of Asian Rap Culture with Rich Brian, 88rising, and $tupid Young

Kei Henderson, Tahira Joy, Francesca Amiker, DJ OHSO, Sammy Approved and More Honored at The Third Annual The 20 ATL Millennial Dinner

Co-Founders Brandon Farmer and Karmen Rydem

Creative Director Karmen Rydem and Music Executive Brandon Farmer have just announced the lineup for this year’s annual Top 20 ATL Millennial Dinner, taking place on January 23rd in Atlanta, GA. Celebrating their third year, this acclaimed event highlights 20 of Atlanta’s most influential and progressive creatives in arts, entertainment and community. Past recipients include entrepreneurs such as Ryan Wilson and TK Petersen of The Gathering Spot, Actor and Performer Jacob Latimore and Comedian DC Young Fly. This year, Rydem and Farmer have selected a dynamic group of young talent who are paving their own lane in the thriving city of Atlanta.

This year, the event is held at The Gathering Spot. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by TGS’s renowned Celebrity Chef Carlos, complimentary champagne towers and Herradura Tequila cocktails, as well as live entertainment from the host, Comedian Desi Banks with vibes all night from DJ Blak Boy.

“We are very pleased to announce our lineup for the third annual The 20 ATL Millennial Dinner. Every year, we strive to acknowledge the most hard working young influencers who are making a solid name for themselves in their respected fields. We are so excited to continue in our tradition of connecting like minded individuals for an evening of celebration, networking and building”, Farmer states.

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To read the full list of honorees, please see below:

Jah Rawlings (Community Leader, Entrepreneur) 
Francesca Amiker (News Anchor, 11 Alive) 
Yusuf Yuie (Program Director, A3C Music Festival) 
Erica Key (International Food Blogger) 
Scooter Taylor (Co-Founder, Look Live LLC) 
DJ Ohso (International DJ) 
Sammy Approved (Media Personality) 
Corey Arvinger (Marketing Strategist) 
Kei Henderson (Music Exec & Manager, 21 Savage) 
Terrius Mykel (Film Director/Producer) 
Partha Unnava (CEO of Lasso Gear, Forbes 30 Under 30 past recipient) 
Sheoyki Jones (Program Manager, Invest Atlanta) 
Quinn Goydish (VP of Streamcut Distribution) 
Set By Skye (Set Designer) 
You Know BT (On-Air Personality) 
Keyz (Grammy Nominated Music Producer) 
Tasha Catour (Singer/Songwriter) 
Tahira Joy (Co-FOunder of Beauty Blog The Cut Life) 
TP (Music Manager, Yung Nudy) 
Jhordan Gibbs (Talent Relations Manger, Atlanta Hawks)

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EyeonEyez releases new single “Bruce Wayne” with Rich Lugar & NYY Brim

Mysterious and original, masked musician EyeOnEyez burst onto the scene with a fresh new sound that’s aggressive yet cerebral and haunting at the same time. A lot is yet to be learned about this figure EyeOnEyez, but his artistry and ability to bring hot new artists together with rap legends is something the industry has been craving for a while.

One can only assume he has spent years underground crafting his unique style of sound, informed by an eclectic taste in jazz, electronica, trap and hardcore hip hop. His aggressive production and infectious rhythmic style deliver a visceral listening experience with every track.

In 2017, Eyez and his team connected with Hip Hop Legend Prodigy to record “Out Queens.” Sadly, Prodigy passed prematurely soon after. Just like his other work, this final track “Out Queens” utilizes EyeOnEyez signature sound: lush synths, haunting melodies, kamikaze trap drums and melt-your-face-off 808’s.

EyeOnEyez teases a full length album featuring Wu Tang Clan, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, as well as a few up and coming artists from his own label.

EyeOnEyez draws on his vast and deep musical influences and voracious trap-inspired drum sound to deliver an aural landscape that transports you to another world. Power producer and label boss, EyeOnEyez cuts through the noise like a laser beam, combining his unstoppable instinct for innovation with one-of-a-kind sound design and otherworldly visual imagery.

Social Media: @EyeOnEyez

Houston’s Street God Teeze Releases “My Niggas” Visual

Linear Music Global recording artist StreetGod Teeze returns with the official video for his street re record, “My Niggas”, featuring JayROD. Geeze delivers his Houston flavor , while giving us a glimpse of his street life in H-town. The record is featured on his latest project “Only Time Will Tell III”. Check out the video and get to know the up and comer. 

Twitter: @streetgodteeze

King Blitz – Pain

Previous albums include, Eight Days A Week, and 24 Hrs, both preludes to new work, namely his latest single, Pain, a heartfelt piece of urban prose with highly relatable and contemplative lyrics, a melodic Bruno Mars-esque vocal hook, and a veteran hip-hop flow which shows patient practice has occurred, and work has been put in.

Ultimately, in a culture of fast-food hooks and empty-threat trash-talk, King Blitz’s new single, Painrepresents what we hope is a return to substance in the Hip-Hop culture.

Social Media: @kingblitzmusic