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Rolling Loud Presents: Rod Wave’s SoulFly Tour

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Gathering many of rap’s biggest names, Rolling Loud events are known for their expert curation and high-energy performances. After years of building themselves into the premier festival brand in hip-hop, Rolling Loud launches Rolling Loud Presents, their first venture into tour promotions. 

Rolling Loud Presents is one of the company’s most ambitious expansions yet, taking the Rolling Loud experience on the road with a series of tours headlined by some of the biggest stars in hip-hop, in partnership with Live Nation. 

First up, Rolling Loud partners with superstar artist Rod Wave for “Rod Wave: SoulFly Tour Presented by Rolling Loud.” Spanning 20+ dates, the “SoulFly Tour” brings the Rolling Loud experience to cities across the country. Kicking off in August, “SoulFly Tour” is merely the first tour promoted by Rolling Loud Presents to be announced. 

Tickets for “Rod Wave: SoulFly Tour” go on sale starting Friday, June 18th at 10am local time at http://soulflytour.com/. List of all tour dates below. 

Described by The New York Times as the ‘preeminent hip-hop emoter of the last couple of years,’ Florida’s Rod Wave has evolved into one of the most organically popular artists in the rap game. His new album SoulFly debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with over 130k units sold, following last year’s Platinum-certified Pray For LoveThe Alamo-signed artist is a consistent presence in the top 10 of the YouTube Music and Rolling Stone charts, amassing over 6.5 billion streams in less than three years. On the “SoulFlyTour,” he’ll perform SoulFly album highlights like “Tombstone,” which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and older hits like the multi-platinum singles “Rags2Riches” and “Heart On Ice.” On his upcoming headlining tour, Rod Wave will demonstrate why he’s one of the best live performers in hip-hop.

“Touring is a team effort, you’re only as strong as your team,” say Rolling Loud co-founders Matt Zingler & Tariq Cherif. “Each tour we take on is given the same attention as a Rolling Loud Festival. We strategically work with the artist team and our local partners to ensure a good turnout while not being over ambitious with the room capacities. If an artist really wants to grow they need to go out and build. Every market they go to helps build their fan base. Over time you will get to the Drake and Travis Scott level. Even those acts have been tour support and played in 500 cap rooms. I know because we booked Travis Scott in a 1500 cap room.”

“Rolling Loud has done an incredible job of not only launching but continuing to maintain such a relevant and forward-thinking music brand in the hip-hop space,” said Colin Lewis, tour promoter at Live Nation. “We’re excited to be a part of their expansion into touring and to kick things off with Rod Wave. Can’t wait for fans to see what else we have up our sleeves.”

The announcement of Rolling Loud Presents comes hot on the heels of the announcement of Rolling Loud New York 2021. Occurring October 28th-30th at Citi Field inQueens, the festival promises headling performances by Travis Scott, J. Cole, and 50 Cent, and features a lineup packed with superstars and NYC legends.

Rolling Loud New York 2021 is the second of three Rolling Loud festivals to be held in 2021, following the brand’s flagship event Rolling Loud Miami 2021 and preceding Rolling Loud California 2021. With headliners Travis ScottPost Malone and A$AP Rocky, Rolling Loud Miami 2021 is a triumphant return for live rap music, and a coming out party for risers and new superstars eager to play in front of a festival crowd. Rolling Loud Miami 2021 will occur on July 23rd-25th at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. Occurring on December 10th-12th, 2021 at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA, Rolling Loud California promises headlining performances by J. Cole, Kid Cudi, and Future, as well as a special duo performance by Young Thug and Chris Brown. Both Rolling Loud Miami 2021 and Rolling Loud California 2021 are sold out.

Buy tickets to “Rod Wave: SoulFly Tour”: http://soulflytour.com/

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OG DAYV Returns To The Spotlight With New Visual “Lazy Susan”

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OG DAYV is back at it with a new single plus striking visuals for his new track “Lazy Susan.” The Bay Area rising star teams up with The Dakota Wytefoxx for the multifaceted song, making it OG DAYV’s first release of the new year, and he’s coming in with a bang.

After basking in the success of his recent noteworthy collaboration with Future on Limoncello as part of the official soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Marvel film, OG DAYV is stepping back into the limelight.

Produced by Ben 10K and Danes Blood, “Lazy Susan” is a track that quite literally revolves around the concept of doing things effortlessly. If you’re not familiar with what a “Lazy Susan” is, it’s a common household product that’s basically a turntable (rotating tray) placed on a table or countertop to aid in distributing food. OG Dayv took the meaning of this and turned it into a creative rendition of a song.

“To me ‘Lazy Susan’ means effortless and easy,” OG DAYV says in an interview. “Performing a task and making it look simple. The design idea behind a Lazy Susan is brilliant and I use one everyday, so I said lemme take this inspiration and turn it into something clean. Dakota and I make this rap shit look exceptionally easy … lazy susan.”

Letting loose at the end of the video, the two rap stars reveal their goofy side by showcasing kooky dance moves, par for the course that ‘lazy susans’ were once referred to as ‘dumbwaiters.’ OG DAYV emulates Thomas Jeffereson’s self-service gadget to ease his sloth of kitchen duties. 

“I wanted some crazy visuals to accompany the crazy track,” OG DAYV says. “Mikey is an outstanding director and my team knew he could capture a crazy concept. We needed something visually stunning but also inspirational and in the pocket. Are you even a rapper if you don’t have the brand new Beamer with an 0 on the mileage? Kidding but only half way, the video is crazy and it aligns with what I wanted to accomplish. Doin difficult s**t and making it look effortless.”

The visual and song itself is already gaining some traction and catching the attention of heavy-hitters. Check it out below:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0HyyueEij4

Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2CRip4WaoLgl5YPCJa5wAd?si=qQlP30IERnSmV721ZlMnMg&nd=1

Listen on Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/og-dayv/359330825

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KilahNailedThat Interview: Beginnings, Working w/ Cardi B, What’s Next + More

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With the rise of social media, came the change of our status quo. Platforms like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and others are essential in today’s world for practically any business to succeed, no matter how big or small. Additionally, as social media grew in popularity, so did the number of young, independent business people in a variety of industries, such as music, fashion, art, cosmetics, you name it.

Having said that, today we’re here to highlight Akilah Milan, a growing, young CEO in the field of nail technicians. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, with her own office for her brand, KilahNailedThat, that she launched in April 2021. Since then she has been flourishing tremendously.

Below is an exclusive 4shoMagazine interview with Akilah; she speaks on her beginnings, choosing the career path as a nail tech, working with Cardi B, and where she sees herself in ten years.

Check it out in full below! Then I suggest you ladies reading, to book your next appointment with Akilah — and as for you guys– you now know where to take wifey for her nails!

What made you pursue the nail technician industry, aside from say, hair, etc.?

Akilah: “It dates back all the way to my childhood. My fondest memories as a kid was the time I spent at the nail spa with my mother. I was instantly so fascinated with the nail art. So much so, my grandmother bought me a set of pedicure tools one Christmas and it was everything for me. I was painting everyone’s nails .. even my father’s [haha].

I also always gravitated towards art, so from high school on, my life was filled with a lot of drawing and painting. So looking back, I was always preparing myself for a career as a nail technician in some way.

When did you start to realize this was the right career path for you?

Akilah: “The pandemic for sure. Ironically enough, it really helped me launch my career. As all non-essential businesses, including nail salons, were shut down and with more time on my hands, I began watching Instagram reels and YouTube videos. My first thought was that I could do this. Then I made a list of all the supplies I’d need and ordered them from Amazon. I began practicing on myself and close family members. I came a long way from my first set [haha].

“Although I was really bad at first, I continued practicing and with time I improved greatly. My passion for nails brings me a sense of calm and peace, which is why I decided to launch my own brand instead of continuing to work at Wing Stop and Primark. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, even though I was a little apprehensive at first.”

You have definitely come a long way! You recently worked with Cardi B. How did it feel?

Akilah: “Working with Cardi B was such a blessing. It is an opportunity that I will forever be grateful [for]. I appreciate Cardi B for giving an upcoming Nail Tech like myself the chance to shine. This experience showed me that I should always be true to myself and never give up on myself, even when others doubted me and my talent. Cardi was so fun to be around, and being called back for a second time was the icing on the cake.”

Where do you see KilahNailedThat in 10 years?

Akilah: “I’m setting very high standards for myself. I expect to be a high-profile, celebrity nail tech.. and a [very] successful business owner. To the point where I expand to [at least] five full-service luxury nail salons. I also want to teach what I know so by then I will have obtained my state accreditation. Aside from training, I also want to provide employment [of course] as well as start-up capital for those who want to start their own business.”

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Designer Spotlight: @_ThePlanes tells us what ‘The Ave’ is all about

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Nigel Jemott is a Virginia-based graphic artist and streetwear designer behind The Ave, a clothing brand that captures his creative spirit. Here’s his sitdown with 4ShoMag that covers the history of the brand, where it’s going, and more. 

When did you get into streetwear? 

I’ve always been into streetwear. I believe it’s a huge part of our culture. I had created designs for a couple of things back in 2013 while I was on active duty in Korea. I designed my units’ softball jerseys as well as the color scheme and style for the basketball jerseys. I stopped drawing and designing for a few years and got back into it when I moved back to Virginia in 2016.

What’s your history as a creative like? 

I’ve been creating and into art since I was a kid. My dad’s side of the family are all creatives in some fashion. My cousin is an art historian, my dad has been drawing and creating pinatas for as long as I can remember, my brother is an artist as well.  

Describe The Ave to me.

The best way I can put it…The Ave is my art brand, it’s not limited to clothing. It’s my work as a whole, drawings, designs, clothes, anything I can create.

What’s the history behind it? Where did the idea come from? 

I’ve had one name before I ended up with The Ave and that was “AndrettiArt”. I saw other artists have names for themselves and names for their art brand and I wanted something like that. The original name in my opinion was terrible, the representation was as well. I expected that because it was a one man show, it still is honestly but I do have some unofficial folks that I bounce ideas off of today. 

So I mentioned I picked back up in 2016, that’s when I started doing shirts and apparel. The idea for that came to mind one day while I was looking through my closet for something to wear just to run to the store. I pulled out the Jordan Taxi 12 shirt that was released in 2013 in conjunction with the sneakers. The shirt said “Hailed from the streets” and I thought “man this is CORNY I can create something better than this!”. From there I started thinking of things I could put on a shirt that’s simple and still looks good. The name “The Ave” comes from the street I grew up on, which actually isn’t an avenue at all. My childhood friends, many of whom I’m still close with today, coined the nickname and I decided to make it the name of my art brand.

What does The Ave represent to you?

The Ave represents family, the backstory behind the name has family written all over it. It’s a part of me and everyone else that hung with us out on the block or even outside of it. 

What brands inspire what you create for The Ave?

Jordan and Nike mainly. I wasn’t a fan of how some of their shirts became lazily designed. You’re just buying the name on the shirt and it doesn’t really look that great. I have a lot of inspiration outside of clothing brands. Janice Sung is a huge inspiration for me, her work is amazing and it keeps me motivated because creating anything takes a lot out of you especially when you have other obligations.

What’s your approach to creating for The Ave?

I go through Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and whenever I find a concept I like I start putting stuff together, take notes, sketch etc. Music plays a huge role as well, that’s honestly the first thing I do. I have an entire playlist that basically helps me get into a creative space.

How do you see the brand evolving? 

I want to have a studio, like Ave Studios. Art, clothes, anything creative that I can get my hands on, I want to do. I’d love to see my brand in local stores, I’d love to possibly collab with some of my favorite artists to get an Ave shirt on them and expand.

What’s coming next for The Ave?

I have a big drop in the Spring/Summer: shirts, canvas, prints, and hoodies. I’m also open to collaboration as long as it makes sense. Please follow me on my socials (Twitter: @_ThePlanes, IG: JayAndretti24) to see all the updates that I post on them.

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