With the COVID pandemic keeping us static, have you been listening to your old favorite music? Or trying to find something new? If so, superproducers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have got you covered. In late March, the duo created the Verzuz series, an Instagram LIVE battle of hits between two established artists (or groups) meant to remind and educate people about some of the greatest hip-hop and R&B artists and, in the short time since its inception, Verzuz has drawn hundreds of thousands of fans. 

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Recently, Meg released a remix of the song “Savage,” adding Beyoncé to the hit track. Immediately after the release of the remix, the track became a trending topic all over the web. On top of this, there have been many benefits from the production and release of the “Savage” remix. In the remix, Beyoncé shouted out OnlyFans, which is a social media website that allows their users to set up a paywall on their profiles. “Hips tick tock when I dance (Dance) / On that Demon time, she might start an OnlyFans (OnlyFans).” As a result, OnlyFans found that there was a 15 percent spike in traffic on the website. OnlyFans told Rolling Stones that, “Beyonce, and any artist, are welcome to join OnlyFans at any time to foster a deeper connection with their fans.”

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Kerby Jean-Raymond has no problem responding to convention with a “Fuck you.” A child of Haitian immigrants, Kerby launched his fashion label Pyer Moss in 2013 and has since amassed widespread recognition as an up-and-coming leader in the world of fashion. He’s outspoken in regards to racism in the industry, in every industry for that matter. And, in an exciting turn, his artistic talents now encompass directing music videos.

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Record producers are one of the most important parts of making music, but with the exception of big-name producers like DJ Khaled, Dr. Dre, and Kenny Beats, it isn’t easy to identify who the producers in the songs we consume on a daily basis are. With roots in Philadelphia, New York, South Florida, and even a connection to the American hip-hop music group The Roots, Scott Storch has a varied background that has led to his current position in the music world, as a producer to big names such as DJ Khaled and Russ, an up-and-coming rapper from Atlanta.

Storch has experienced his fair share of ups and downs but he has continued to rebuild himself throughout his long-standing music career.

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Upon discovering a brand new kitchen appliance suddenly on fire in 2015, singer-songwriter Yola couldn’t help but laugh. Overwhelming stress was nothing new to her; after dropping out of college years ago, she found herself homeless. While staring at her burning kitchen, all Yola could think was ‘What’s worse than this?’ And the thing that was worse was the life I had just managed to get myself out of.” 

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