Two people were shot dead last night at the Masquerade venue in Atlanta, GA., where Cousin Stizz had been due to perform, Atlanta Police say in a statement. Two bystanders were hospitalized with foot and ankle wounds. Police believe a dispute arose after “the two deceased victims had become rowdy and climbed up onto the stage” in the break before Cousin Stizz’s set. They suspect a single gunman withdrew a pistol and targeted the two people killed before fleeing.
In a statement on Twitter, Cousin Stizz said he was “completely heartbroken.” He added, “I’ve always called my shows family reunions because they’re never anything but fun, safe, good vibes and positivity. I’m in shock and at a loss of words for the senseless violence.” See the statement below.
Taylor Swift took most of 2017 off from touring, but fresh off the release of her new album Reputation, she’s now announced a world tour. She’ll make stops throughout North America beginning in May 2018. See the full itinerary below. Before the release of her album, Swift shared the singles: “Call It What You Want,” “Gorgeous,” “…Ready For It?” and “Look What You Made Me Do.” She also debuted the song “New Year’s Day” in a live performance during “Scandal.” Next month, Swift will play two shows: one at 99.7’s Poptopia in San Jose on December 2 and another at the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago on December 7.
Read “A Brief History of Musical Wunderkinds” on the Pitch.
Last month, producer William Bensussen—best known by his stage name the Gaslamp Killer—was accused of drugging and raping two women in 2013. One of the alleged victims named Chelsea shared a statement via Twitter that detailed her experience of meeting Bensussen at a rooftop party in L.A. with a friend named RaeAn, claiming that the producer gave them drugged drinks, raped them, and later returned them to the front of the hotel. Bensussen denied the allegations. Now, he’s suing Chelsea, RaeAn, and Chelsea’s boyfriend (who shared the story) for defamation, TMZ reports. The complaint, obtained by Pitchfork, calls the allegations “malicious and fabricated” and refers to the sexual encounter as “consensual.” He’s suing for at least $5 million in damages.
The complaint presents two alleged witnesses—“Christopher S.” and “Peter R.” Christopher claims that he watched Bensussen obtain the drinks, that he “could see the drinks the entire time,” and that he didn’t see Bensussen “spike, tamper with, or put anything in the drinks.” Christopher also claimed that the two women approached Bensussen about having sex. Peter R., Bensussen’s housemate, claimed that the two women walked out of the house with Bensussen “under their own power and did not appear incapacitated.”
Following the allegations, record label Brainfeeder and the L.A. event collective Low End Theory both cut ties with Benssussen and released respective statements denouncing the DJ.
Jaden Smith was on last night’s episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” On the program, he performed “Watch Me.” He also sat down for an interview where he brought his dreadlocks (as he did for the 2017 Met Gala). Corden, as well as fellow guests Seth Rogen and Jason Segel all got some hair to keep. Watch clips from the episode below. Earlier this year, Jaden Smith shared the tracks “Batman” and “Diamonds v1.” He also featured on “Pothole” from Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy.
Read Pitchfork’s new interview with Ezra Koenig about “Neo Yokio,” the Netflix series starring Jaden Smith.
This weekend, Chance the Rapper is set to host “Saturday Night Live.” Today, a promo for the episode has been released. In it, Chance asks, “Dude, how am I gonna be ready for Saturday?” The answer, as it turns out, is by dancing. Watch the clip below. Joining Chance on this weekend’s “SNL” is Eminem, who will perform as the musical guest. Chance made his “SNL” debut in December 2015. Earlier this year, he earned an Emmy nomination for his contributions to a different episode.
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After being sentenced to 2-4 years in prison, Meek Mill is filing a motion seeking his prison release and for his probation to be terminated, Mill’s lawyer told Billboard. Mill also requested the recusal of Judge Genece Brinkley, who handed down the sentence. Attorney Joe Tacopina has argued that Brinkley “clearly had a personal vendetta” against Meek. The rapper was arrested in March on misdemeanor assault charges and in August for reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Meek’s attorney argues that since charges from both of those incidents were dropped, he should be granted time served and an imminent prison release. JAY-Z released a statement calling the judge’s decision “unjust and heavy handed.”
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Kevin Shields has shared more details of the upcoming My Bloody Valentine album, which he recently said will “one hundred percent” be out next year. Comparing it to the band’s 2013 album mbv, he said, “This one is like if somebody took that and dropped some acid on it or created a dimensional clash or something. It’s more all over the place.” He also noted that he doesn’t plan on doing a surprise release, as they did with the previous album: “I want it to be more organized.”
In December, Kevin Shields will perform at Sigur Rós’ inaugural Norður og Niður festival. In his interview with RS, Shields indicated that he’ll play shows with MBV next year: “It helps make the album; it helps realize it,” he explained. He previously told Pitchfork that touring is “always a really good way to guarantee that we’ll get the record done.” Read the full interview, which also includes a discussion about Shields’ recent Brian Eno collaboration, here.
Early next year, My Bloody Valentine will release the long-awaited “all analog vinyl versions” of their first two albums, Isn’t Anythingand Loveless. Read Pitchfork’s new interview with Kevin Shields about the reissues.
Watch Pitchfork’s “Liner Notes” on Loveless:
Lil Peep has died, his publicist confirms in an email to Pitchfork. The rising emo-rapper was 21 years old. His cause of death is not yet known. Lil Peep was born Gustav Åhr in Pennsylvania. He was raised in Long Island by his college-professor father and his mother, a first grade teacher. In interviews, he said his father abandoned their family when Åhr was 14. Shortly after dropping out of high school, Åhr received his diploma through online computer courses. He moved to Los Angeles, where he joined several rap collectives including Schemaposse and Gothboiclique.
In 2015, Åhr released his debut project, LiL PEEP PART ONE, on SoundCloud. He began releasing mixtapes with names like Crybabyand Hellboy. In 2016 and 2017, his videos for “White Wine” and “Girls” garnered millions of views; in November 2016, he released the song “kiss,” which Pitchfork named a Best New Track and the No. 100 song of 2016. In August this year, he released his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One). The final song he released, “Avoid,” appeared on Soundcloud last month.
Lil Peep’s music was characterized by a candid approach to drug use and mental illness. The words “get cake die young” were tattooed on his forehead just below his hairline. “I suffer from depression and some days I wake up and I’m like, Fuck, I wish I didn’t wake up,” he told Pitchfork. “I don’t express that side of myself on social media. That’s the side of myself that I express through music. That’s my channel for letting all that shit out.”
Tributes to Lil Peep are pouring in following this morning’s news that the 21-year-old emo rapper has passed away. iLoveMakonnen wrote on Twitter, “I’m never gonna be ok. I’ll always love u, we became best friends and made some of the best music I have ever been apart of.” Lil B wrote, “I remember Lil peep telling me he is against the sexual abuse of women and people in the music industry… I will continue to push his vision.” Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz shared a picture captioned, “Lil Peep Forever.” See their tributes and more below.
“I got a bad girl
I got a brain-with-an-ass girl
She got a mean bop
I got a lean to the way I walk
And they get it like gold”
You might know what those words sounds like. They are the lyrics of Run The Jewels’ track “Stay G-O-L-D,” off the recent Run The Jewels 3 album.
But what do they taste like?
That was the question brewer and founder of Interboro Spirits and Ales Jesse Ferguson faced when he had the opportunity to make a collaboration beer – named Stay Gold – with the hip-hop duo.
The result was an easy-drinking Northeast-style IPA with the funk of a freshly packed bowl of cannabis and clean finish. Ferguson joins us today to talk about the process off adding hip-hop with his hops and how his life in the music industry led him to the world of craft beer.
Thanks to Remo Remoquillo for the header illustration.