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Kanye West Stars in Balmain’s Latest Campaign

By Patrick Montes

Ahead of his own art showcase, Kanye West is appearing as the star of a new Balmain campaign. Labeled as "music meets fashion," Balmain's latest campaign features Kanye alongside high-profile model Joan Smalls. As Pitchfork notes, campaign creative director Pascal Dangin classifies this effort as "music fashion fushion." Most recently, Kanye West was in the headlines for his ongoing dispute with Taylor Swift over lines in his Life of Pablo track "Famous." (Read More)

DJ Khaled Reveals Star-Studded Tracklist For “Major Key”
By Kevin Goddard

DJ Khaled’s highly anticipated Major Key album is set to arrive in only 7 short days from now, and finally we know who we can expect to hear on it. On Friday night, after the debut of his new single “Holy Key” with Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean & Betty Wright, DJ Khaled decided to take to his IG account and share the official tracklisting to Major Key.

Laced with 14 tracks in total, the follow up to I Changed A Lot features guest appearances from the who’s who in the industry, including Jay Z, Drake, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Nas, Jeezy, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, August Alsina, J Cole, Bryson Tiller, Jeremih, French Montana, and many more.

Available now for pre-order on iTunes, peep the official tracklist below and let us know what track you’re anticipating the most?

1. I Got the Keys (feat. JAY Z & Future)
2. For Free (feat. Drake)
3. Nas Album Done (feat. Nas)
4. Holy Key (feat. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar & Betty Wright)
5. Jermaine’s Interlude (feat. J. Cole)
6. Ima Be Alright (feat. Bryson Tiller & Future)
7. Do You Mind (feat. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future & Rick Ross)
8. Pick These Hoes Apart (feat. Kodak Black, Jeezy & French Montana)
9. F**k Up the Club (feat. Future, Rick Ross, YG & Yo Gotti)
10. Work for It (feat. Big Sean, Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz)
11. Don’t Ever Play Yourself (feat. Jadakiss, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes & Kent Jones)
12. Tourist (feat. Travis Scott & Lil Wayne)
13. Forgive Me Father (feat. Meghan Trainor, Wiz Khalifa & Wale)
14. Progress (Movado) (Read More)

Twitter Opens up Online Applications to Become a Verified User

By Jordan Munns

Twitter has opened up an online application for any user to become a verified account. A verified account is marked by a small blue check mark next to their handle, asserting their position as a figure of public interest. Verification is usually reserved for celebrities, politicians, athletes and organizations. To complete the application, users must provide a verified phone number and email address, bio, profile picture, birthday and website. They may also be asked to provide an explanation as to why they should be verified alongside government-issued identification. (Read More)

Travis Scott Confirms Apple Music Deal; Says He’s Working On Short Film For New Album

By Kevin Goddard

Travi$ Scott confirms on-air that he's signed with Apple Music.

As we expected & reported last week, Travis Scott is indeed the latest rapper to sign with Apple Music. On Monday, the Houston rapper called into Shade 45’s The Whoolywood Shuffle & confirmed the news live on-air.

“I just did my partnership with Apple Music and shit,” La Flame told DJ Whoo Kid. “Larry’s fucking amazing. That dude, he believes. He’s always talked to me when I was like beginning off. He always gave me that advice. You know, just to figure out where I’m going. So, I’m glad he’s down to take this trip with the kid and with this album; it’s super good.”

The album in which Travis is talking about (above) is his long-overdue Bird’s In The Trap Sing McKnight, which should be coming any day and/or week now. Unfortunately, La Flame didn’t give us any further hints as for when we can expect the album to arrive, but he did reveal that he’s been working on a short film to accompany it, and you already know that’s going to be very interesting & dope. (Read More)

Clams Casino Answers Questions About Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Vince Staples & Lil B

By HP Cheung

New Jersey producer Clams Casino took to Reddit several hours ago for an AMA. Fans asked a variety of questions, including how it was to work with A$AP Rocky and Lil B, as well as whether or not Clams is planning to work with the likes of Kanye West and XXYYXX. The electronic music musician talks about his latest album, his classic tracks, what he uses to produce and much more. He also reveals previous jobs he's worked, as well as tips to link up with notable artists who's attentions are hard to get. Check out a few highlights below,

What DAW do you use?
Sony Acid Pro 7.0

What's some tips you have for producers? And when are you and Rocky gonna have a collab album?
Be original. Dont' copy other producers. Don't know but hopefully we get a chance to do a full collab project.

Could you ever see yourself and XXYYXX doing a collaboration? I've been wanting this to happen for so long.
Yeah, never met him but hope to soon.

How is Lil B like? I mean like in person. And is he fun to work with?
He is very inspiring and fun to work with yea

How'd you manage to collab with A$AP Rocky and Lil B?
I sent them messages on Twitter and Myspace to get their emails then sent beats.

Did you land any production on Staples' Prima Donna EP? How come you didn't produce anything on At.Long.Last.A$AP? Felt that album had something missing because of it.
I didn't work on Prima Donna EP. The song on my album, "Be Somebody," was actually supposed to go on A.L.L.A. at one point.

What are your tips for getting into the game? Like how to start working with more "big" names and that kind of thing, finding those connections?
Start trying to hit up and work with other people that the artists you can't get in touch with also work with. Then maybe eventually they will hear it, and if they like it, maybe will want to work with you.

Most important question: When will you be working with Kanye?
Whenever he hits me up but I'm not trying to make a beat with 20 other producers. (Read More)