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Black History Month Highlight: Lovebug Starski

Kevin Smith (May 16, 1960 – February 8, 2018), best known by his stage name Lovebug Starski, was a respected MC, musician, record producer, and DJ. Aside from his name being mentioned in the lyrics of iconic musicians such as

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Stonie Blue Releases “Move Me” an Everlasting Dance EP

When you think of dance music, a few things may pop in your head: Ariana Grande swinging her pony tail, Calvin Harris jamming out on a stage with 9 million watts of laser behind him, or packed club with everyone

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Black History Month Highlight: DJ Spinderella

The art of being a Disc Jockey requires a ton of fearlessness, perseverance, and consistency. For a woman in that field, it requires even more. In the early stages of Hip-Hop, there were a few female DJ’s who paved the

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The Evolution of Childish Gambino

Whether you refer to him as Childish Gambino or Donald Glover, you know that our boy is always creating something new. The question at this point would be what can he not do? From his third studio album, the Grammy-nominated Awaken,

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THROWBACK: Soul II Soul – “Back To Life”

If you’ve never seen this video, I suggest you take the 4:04 minutes to feast your eyes on this beautiful rainbow of people in the most diverse styles – sure to give you some fashion inspo. You probably know the

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French Montana will be the first Rapper to be Named “Global Citizen Ambassador”

French Montana is the first rapper to have the honor  of being named the Global Citizen Ambassador for his charity work in the East African country of Uganda. He received the honor on January 26th at a ceremony in New York

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The Beastie Boys are Dropping a Memoir this Fall

Beastie Boys member, Mike D, has officially confirmed that there will be a memoir dropping this Fall. This is amazing news for old-school Hip-Hop and Rock-n-Roll fans alike! The group recently stopped in for a conversation at Beats 1 with radio host,

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Culture II: A Taste of how Migos are Evolving

If you didn’t think Migos were already super stars, their moves from this month alone may change your mind. In the beginning of last week, the latest  issue of Rolling Stone came out and guess who covered it ? Yes,

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CULTURE: “Used To Be With Vashtie At Santos.” What Does My Drake Shoutout Refer To?

A couple days prior to the release of Migo’s highly anticipated album Culture II, a friend who worked on production mentioned via text that I was shouted out on the album. Finding it too good to be true, I didn’t

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LIFE: Vashtie DJ’s YouTube’s “Bringing The Boom Bap Back To New York” Alongside GrandMaster Flash

  January 26th, 2018. About a week prior to the event, I got a call from Lyor Cohen (the man, the legend – himself) telling me that he wanted me to DJ his party and that our mutual friend Q-Tip

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#YeezyTaughtMe: Kanye teaches Quavo how to make beats

Kanye and Quavo making beats together? Pretty much a match made in music heaven. Quavo, harmonic trap extraordinaire, and Kanye West, iconic music tastemaker, have reportedly joined forces to create, what we predict to be, music gold. Kanye West is

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Jhene Aiko releases visual for Sativa (Remix) featuring Rae Sremmurd

Back in September, Jhene Aiko graced the public with her second studio album entitled Trip along with a visual to match her album’s narrative. Since then, she has released her poetry book called 2Fish, started her #PennysPen poetry movement , has

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Does Kali Uchis having an album on the way ?

Kali Uchis definitely knows how to win our hearts with her music. The Colombian goddess had graced us with collaborations with Steve Lacy and Vince Staples for “Only”, Daniel Caesar for “Get You”(Grammy nominated), “El Ratico” with Juanes (Latin Grammy

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4 the Culture: Rap has Officially Become the Most Popular Genre in Music

According to 2017’s End-of-Year music report conducted by Neilson.com, Hip-Hop music has officially surpassed every other genre when it comes to consumption. While this is not exactly new news, the statistics behind this observation are, in fact, groundbreaking. R&B/Hip-Hop represented almost

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Happy 72nd Birthday to Dolly Parton! Peep How Her “9 to 5” Music Video Recently Inspired Vogue

Miss Dolly Rebecca Parton Dean (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Dolly Parton

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#HappyBirthdaySade: 16 Of Our Favorite Sadé Songs on January 16th

Here at Vashtie.com, January 16th is a national holiday. No, it’s not halloween (Vashtie’s favorite holiday) but it’s Sadés, one of our favorite alternative singers who has made an impact on our music selection for decades. The sultry U.K singer has

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Vashtie’s Mixtape #ONE16GOAT” Honors Sade, Kate Moss, Aaliyah and FKA Twigs Birthday

Another one… Yes folks. Another mixtape by yours truly. These things take a lot of time and work, but I always feel so accomplished after finishing and letting them out into the digital universe. This newest mixtape celebrates January 16th;

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WTF: Did Soundcloud Really Reduce their Sound Quality?

Last week, rumors surfaced on the interwebs that SoundCloud reduced their sound quality, resulting in thousands of songs, DJ mixes, and podcasts to be altered from their original uploaded state. According to these reports, the streaming service went from using

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Is Kanye West Teasing A G.O.O.D. Music Reunion With A “Cruel Winter” Release?

  In case you missed it, Kanye is back! Well, kinda. For months now, we have been piecing together the puzzle known as Kanye West. However, rumors of new music has kept us hoping and praying for the YE God

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#MondayMix: Deemehlow Releases One Drop Mix

Our good friend Deemehlow is kicking off the new year right with a brand new mix to help you get started in the morning. Mondays aren’t always the easiest, but trust us, this mix of dancehall, R&B,and Reggaeton & more makes

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Bruno Mars and Cardi B Team up to bring Nostalgic Vibes in Finesse Visual

Name something Cardi B can’t do. The Bronx beauty can make you holla for a dolla, make money moves, and keep haters shook effortlessly on any beat. While Cardi has made strides in music several years before her break out

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N.E.R.D.: No_One Ever Really Dies | Review

  “The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.” The comeback is always stronger than the setback, as the N.E.R.D.s are not only back, but better than ever. Self-titling their fifth album as the acronym, “No_one

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Sade & her Long Lasting Legacy on U.K. R&B

There is a minor, yet definitive sound when listening to U.K. R&B. For one, the energy found in beats and tempo tend to have more energy than their American friends. Then there is the very soulful, bellowing voices reminiscent of

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HYUKOH: Breaking Out of the K-Pop Umbrella

Any conversation about South Korea can lead one to the world of K-Pop, pop music originating from South Korea. Although many are still unfamiliar with the high-pitched choruses and dance moves, K-pop groups have had a cult following for decades

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18′ Grammy Nominations Rolls In On The Diversity Wave

The Grammys announced their 2018 nominees on Monday (November 28), and was met with both cheers and jeers. The most notable thing about the nominations this year, may be the fact that there is no white male artists nominated for

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A$AP Ferg Gives Several Reasons to Have a Good Mattress with A$AP Rocky in New Visual

After a long day at work, there’s nothing more satisfying than jumping in bed. With fresh sheets, a lit candle, and your favorite book to read, relaxation awaits. But in Harlem native A$AP Ferg’s case, there’s plenty more to do

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Jaden Smith’s SYRE: A Beautiful Confusion

I remember a time when Jaden Smith’s cryptic tweets would puzzle me to the point of a headache. While some tweets threw me for a loop, others were advanced and forward thinking. Jaden won me over some time ago when

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SZA gets personal with her acoustic twist on “Go Gina”

It seems like SZA is just the gift that keeps on giving this year . She not only released one of the best albums of this year but she also created a single for our favorite show Insecure entitled Quicksand.

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Kanye West Trademarks “Yeezy Sounds” For New Streaming Service

Kanye West is never short of ideas. t’s reported that he has trademarked “Yeezy Sound” for a streaming service. This comes after the very public blow out between Ye and his former business endeavor with Jay-z, Tidal. Kanye asked for

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Rihanna proves Diversity by rapping in N.E.R.D’s latest single Lemon

It’s official: there is nothing Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty can’t do. On Wednesday, Rihanna dropped some major bars on N.E.R.D.’s newest single Lemon. The single is the group’s first release since 2010 and has been confirmed as a part of a soon

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Kelela’s Hair Leaves No Room For Mystery in Blue Light Video

The Aquamarine background in Alternative R&B singer Kelela’s visual for Blue Light is easy on the eyes. Her yellow zip dress is perfect for the occasion for a “casual” night out with her hair as it undresses her while she pours

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Albums/Projects You To Need To Hear This Fall

When it comes to fall, we have two things we can always look forward to: layering up and wearing Timbs and getting exposed to new music. If you haven’t been paying attention, this past month until now has been project

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October’s Adult Swim Singles include Bosco, Abra, Moor Mother and more

This year, Adult Swim has released their annual singles playlist song by song. They took the different route to release a new song every week. As Adult Swim continues to release new hits every week, we will continue to share

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RECAP: ComplexCon’s Fresh Faces

Complex Media is where pop culture pops. The coveted magazine, website, and social hub is known for satire filled hip hop pieces, the quickest cop spots on your favorite hype beast sneakers and one of the best places to find

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REVIEW: Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Is A Safe Space For All

“There’s so many different kinds of people here,” my friend said. It’s the first thing you notice when you walk onto the grounds of LA Colosseum for Camp Flog Gnaw. The carnival is the brain child of Tyler, the Creator.

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Majid Jordan Talks Complexity of Love in Sophomore Album The Space Between

The long awaited release of Majid Jordan’s The Space Between filled all the check boxes you expected. Did Majid provide soft cooing lullabies? Yes. Did Jordan mix 90s synth and groove R&B bumps into their own authentic style of new

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5 Women That Slayed Their Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival Performance

The music industry can be an intensely male-dominated space. Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw carnival made sure that wasn’t the case. Although we’re only talking about five of them, the festival lineup was at least 20 percent women, whose

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HIP HOP HORROR-AY: ESSENTIAL SONGS FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST

Halloween is right around the corner and we all the know the hassle that comes with creating the perfect costume. So sit back and relax to this playlist that’s sure to get any party started. Whether confronting their demons or

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Kieran Meadows Celebrates Cuffing Season With “Summer Leaves Change To Fall” Mix

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting colder and all of your old boos are hitting you up. By now, you should already know what time it is: Cuffing Season. While at VashtieDotCom, we cuff for a reason,

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Dylan the Gypsy Turned Her DJing Passion into A Full Time Career

The role of the Dj is one that was once highly regarded, then took a back seat to the Emcee, but it now living in its proper glory. It’s more than just playing radio hits or music to turn up

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