A Drug Expert Explains What Really Killed Lil Peep

Lil Peep’s death was the result a single bad decision — and could have been easily prevented. Lil Peep’s sudden death shocked millions, and was largely unexpected.  Peep (aka Gustav Ars) was a well-known Xanax abuser and recreational drug user, though an overdose was still shocking. Now, a week after Peep’s …

'Love & Hip Hop' Recap: Mariahlynn Fights Sophia Body

reactid=”109″> Following the scuffle between DJ Self and James in last week's episode Love & Hip Hop, Self had a chat with Mariahlynn warning her about her boyfriend. While she still cared about him, she also wanted to make sure that things were going well between them. And because the …

Pharrell Reflected on His Work on Jay Z's 'The Black Album'

reactid=”98″> In 2013, on the 10th anniversary (Nov. 14) JAY-Z's celebrated 2003 release The Black Album, Pharrell sat down for Life + Times' "DECODED" series to look back on his work on the project. At first, after hearing "Can I Live" on 1996's Reasonable Doubt, Skateboard P saw the prospect working with …

Kanye, JAY-Z, Drake & an Industry Full of Tricks

All around me, I could hear voices shouting every word Kanye’s verse on “THat Part.” They mimicked the excited inflection and the way he would stretch the last word a line; every “OJ,” “Kobe,” “Ok” and “Chipotle” echoed through the entire venue. The first time hearing the verse, under headphones on my computer, …

Mick Jenkins’ New Project Spotlights Artistic Anxiety & “The Beauty in Indecisiveness”

Without warning, one Chicago’s most methodical wordsmiths, Mick Jenkins, has delivered a seven-track deep dive into his artistic anxieties. or more; the anxious is acidic and gritty, and captures the t-unspoken stresses being a musician. The tape is nothing if not a slowly developing portrait Jenkins’ wrought creative process. “Or More is …

Pharrell Fucking Hates N.E.R.D’s “Hot-n-Fun,” Blames Clueless Record Label

During ComplexCon, celebrated artist–all-trades Pharrell Williams and the rest N.E.R.D sat down for an interview with Scott Vener in the OTHERtone studio, where Pharrell expressed just how much he fucking hates “Hot-n-Fun.” The track appears on N.E.R.D’s 2010 album, Nothing, and according to Williams, was the byproduct record labels chasing trends instead …

Spotify's Top 'Fake Artists' Make Six-Figure Salaries

According to Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Höglund, his (alleged) ‘fake artists’ on Spotify earn five-digit pound sums for their works. So, does Spotify create ‘fake artists’ to avoid paying real ones? According to the streaming platform, course not.  Blasting the original Music Business Worldwide article highlighting the deceitful practice (and …