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Recording artist Vince Staples has come a long way from his trying upbringing in Long Beach, California’s Ramona Park neighborhood. Releasing his critically acclaimed debut Summertime ’06 album in 2015, the then twenty-year-old saw his life turned right side up, going from being nearly trapped to having what appeared to be complete freedom.
Yet, as his most recent projects suggest, appearances can be deceiving. The LPs delves into the confusion of sudden fame and acclimating to a lifestyle antithetical to the one he’d known in Long Beach – one wrought with gang violence and poverty. It’s a fundamental narrative in hip hop, but rappers have always found a new way to breathe life into it. Staples brings forth a vision that’s brutal, elegant, playful, and despondent in one breath.
Such is the nature of his music, as self and socially aware as it is comical. With FM!, Big Fish Theory, Prima Donna and Summertime ’06 behind him, Staples has set the tone for what’s yet to come. A standout rapper in today’s hip hop world, he keeps his sound deeply tied to his west coast roots and his message one that knows no boundaries.
In a world of full of painful departures, his art gives listeners reason to believe that, somehow, as he advances, the people who have left him and the people who he's left behind will still be waiting for him at the end.
Osaka, Japan-born singer and producer Joji is a multi-talented visionary, with a cult following from every corner of the internet. Joji defies convention--his songs characterized by down tempo, melancholic themes and soulful vocals, layered over lush grimy textures, blending elements of trap, folk, electronic, and R&B. Featured everywhere from Nylon to Billboard, VICE News (HBO), Forbes, Hypebeast and beyond, Joji is one of the most inimitable and enthralling new artists in the Internet age. 2018 was a landmark year for Joji, and he’s just getting started. Joji made history with his debut album BALLADS 1 as the first-ever Asian-born artist to top the Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop charts, debuting at #3 overall. BALLADS 1 has now surpassed over 300 million global audio streams.
Multi-talented artist/director/actor/dancer HAYLEY KIYOKO has become one of the most celebrated new artists in the pop landscape since releasing her debut album EXPECTATIONS. According to Rolling Stone, the album's singles "Curious and What I Need (featuring Kehlani) have placed her at the forefront of an unapologetically queer pop movement." Coined by Kiyoko and her fans, #20GAYTEEN turned out to be a year full of firsts for the rising pop star who continues to break down barriers at every turn. After being nominated for two VMAs (Best New Artist and Push Artist Of The Year), Hayley attended her first-ever awards show to perform Curious and take home the moon person for Push Artist Of The Year. Her captivating live performance soared to new heights with a Coachella festival debut and a nationwide headline tour, which sold out every date including two nights at New York City's Irving Plaza. Not stopping, Kiyoko went on to join Panic! At The Disco on their Pray for the Wicked Tour, performing in arenas across North America. She also took the stage in a stadium for the first time when pop icon Taylor Swift brought her out as a surprise guest on her Reputation World Tour. Kiyoko created a storm that drew attention from not only fans, but the media as well. She stunned on the covers of NYLON and PAPER, and was named to the No. 4 spot on NPR's list "The 21st Century's Most Influential Women Musicians," right behind Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Rhianna. Kiyoko made her national TV debut performing Curious on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and went on to perform fan-favorite He'll Never Love You (HNLY) on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Ending the year on an extremely special high note, Kiyoko was honored with the Rising Star Award at Billboard's annual Women in Music event in December. With absolutely no signs of slowing down, Hayley is kicking off 2019 on the road for her sold-out European Encore headline tour.
Vancouver Island based, WHIPPED CREAM aka Caroline Cecil, has spent her life fully immersed in music. Transcending multiple genres, her style can only really be described as 'limitless'. Following her 'Persistence' EP released in late 2017 on Skrillex's owned and operated Nest HQ, her hit single off the EP 'Ignorant' has received millions of plays and caught the attention of some of the biggest players in electronic music today.
In 2018, Caroline joined United Talent Agency and Prodigy Artists, and had recent releases with industry titan Big Beat/Atlantic Records. As a performer, she has played over 100 shows throughout the year, including mainstage festival performances at HARD Summer, Shambhala and Electric Zoo to name a few. WHIPPED CREAM’s “persistence” continues to fuel her passion in the studio and on stage and she is only just getting started.
HUNNY is a band from Newbury Park, CA who made a name for themselves in early 2015 releasing their debut single Cry for Me which was met with wide acclaim from bloggers and fans alike. Three years and several releases later, they've proven that they're much more than just one song. Their catalog has amassed over 14 million Spotify streams globally to date in addition to selling out rooms across the US. HUNNY is front man and guitarist Jason Yarger, guitarist Jake Goldstein, bassist and keyboardist Kevin Grimmett, and drummer Joey Anderson.