Lil Baby hits the road again for another much anticipated tour, The New Generation, not more than six months after his last Harder Than Ever Tour wrapped up. City Girls return to accompany Lil Baby, who brings even more bubbling talent on tour including Blueface, Jordan Hollywood, Aylo Rodriguez, Marlo, and 42 Dugg.
The tour kicks off in Houston on March 13 and concludes in his hometown of Atlanta on April 20.
The full list of The New Generation Tour dates include:
3/13 – Houston, Tx. @ Revention Music Center
3/14 – Dallas, Tx. @ South Side Ballroom
3/18 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
3/19 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Warfield
3/22 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
3/23 – Salt Lake City, Utah @The Great Saltair
3/25 – Denver, Co. @ The Fillmore Auditorium
3/27 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ The Criterion
3/28 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theater
3/29 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Myth Live
3/30 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave
4/1 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera
4/2 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
4/3 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore
4/4 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room
4/5 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
4/8 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
4/9 – Montclair, N.J. @ The Wellmont Theater
4/10 – Boston, Mass @ House of Blues
4/13 – Providence, R.I. @ The Strand
4/14 – Wallingford, Conn. @ Oakdale Theater
4/17 – Raleigh, N.C. @ The Ritz
4/18 – Myrtle Beach, S.C. @ House of Blues
4/19 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore
4/20 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Coca Cola Roxy
Photos provided by Icewear Vezzo’s team and The Dirt Label
By: Jess Clavero
Icewear Vezzo has today’s buzz around Detroit bubbling again. In his first year signed to Motown Records, he has already secured multiple partnerships with local brands, like The Dirt Label, and reputable brands like Puma and Foot Locker.
On January 30, Foot Locker opened its first Detroit area location, inviting the up and coming rapper to host the launch in tandem with the sale of an exclusive Icewear Vezzo-inspired shoe by Puma. The shoe is sleek and simple, sporting his infamous purple shade with a Motown logo and “V” on the heels. The amount available was limited and sold out in the first 15 minutes of the opening.
In a distribution partnership with Footlocker, local Detroit creatives, Rick Williams of Distinct Life and Chris Morris of The Dirt Label, created exclusive hoodies with bear lookalikes of Icewear Vezzo. Supplies were also limited. Although the merchandise sold out in a short amount of time, he launched a contest on his new official website where fans who save his mixtape “Clarity 6” and follow him on Spotify have the chance to win a free pair of the exclusive Puma shoes and hoodie.
His new single “Balance” with Detroit native Big Sean is out now on all streaming platforms.
Motown kicked off Grammy’s week with a bang at its New Faces of Motown Showcase at the Peppermint Club in West Hollywood. The label hosted an intimate show for industry tastemakers featuring its developing acts Jordan Hollywood, JAMESDAVIS, Njomza, and Yung Miami of City Girls. Hosted by President Ethiopia Habtemariam and VP of A&R Lindsey Lanier, the night was full of brand new music, crowd favorites and even some Motown classics.
The event also served as part of an ongoing celebration of Motown’s 60th anniversary year. This year has already been filled with many pop up activations calling out Motown’s excellence in shaping culture through music and “setting the agenda” with more to come.
Motown Records brings life to the Netflix series ‘Motown Magic.’ Based off music from the classic label, the soundtrack includes feature vocals from Motown artists BJ The Chicago Kid, NE-YO, and Smokey Robinson. Other artists on the soundtrack include Calum Scott, Becky G, and Trombone Shorty. Remakes of the Jackson 5 classic “ABC,” Stevie Wonder’s No. 1 hit “Superstition,” and one of the most famous Motown songs, The Temptations’ “My Girl” are all highlighted on the soundtrack.
“It’s exciting to see these timeless classics reimagined through extraordinary animation and heartfelt stories while still honoring the roots of the music,” Robinson said in a press release. Motown also captured the essence of the time in the soundtrack for the movie ‘Detroit’ last summer, based on the 1967 incident at the Algiers Hotel. a historic moment during the Civil Rights Movement.
‘Motown Magic’ follows an imaginative eight-year-old boy named Ben who paints his city, known as Motown, with decorative art. The show will premiere on Netflix November 20.
The Motown family celebrated the release of the soundtrack by showing the local Boys & Girls Club of both Hollywood, California and Detroit, Michigan an exclusive screening of the series. Newly-signed Detroit rapper Icewear Vezzo made a special appearance at the Boys & Girls Club in Detroit.
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Rapper Icewear Vezzo announced signing with Motown Records on his birthday, October 31, on Instagram. The 29-year-old is the first Detroit native signed to the label since it has found its groove in hip-hop over the last few years. “It feels like I play for the Pistons. It’s the home team Motown Records,” he said in a press release.
Vezzo released his debut mixtape ‘The Clarity’ in 2012, which was followed by subsequent volumes. He also released “The Drank God Back Freestyle” in 2018 after one-year stint in prison. Hypebeast called him the “King of contemporary Detroit Rap,” as he is one of the breakout artists in the city’s rising rap scenes over the last few years.
As Vezzo climbed the ranks in the rap game, he also continued to invest in his community on the East Side of Detroit by opening several local businesses, including a restaurant and car wash.
He has also announced a single that will be released on November 9 with acclaimed hip-hop producer and Motown artist, Zaytoven.
Watch Icewear Vezzo’s signing announcement video here.
Rising rap superstars Lil Baby and Gunna announced their upcoming joint project, ‘Drip Harder’, coinciding with the release of the lead single off the project ‘Drip Too Hard.’
This year, Lil Baby released ‘Harder Than Ever’ which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard top 200 chart, and also went platinum with the single “Yes Indeed” featuring Drake.
This summer, the Atlanta rapper hit the road for the Harder Than Ever Tour with special guests including City Girls and received a glowing review from Billboard. It was also just announced that Lil Baby has been nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Gunna, who hails from College Park, GA, the same hood as rap superstars like 2 Chainz, is signed to Young Thug’s YSL label and released his project ‘Drip Season 3’ earlier this year. He will also be heading on tour with Travis Scott as the opener on the Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour this October.
After starting his career just over a year ago, Lil Baby released four mixtapes before ‘Harder Than Ever.’ His cinderella story in rap has unfolded through the vision of his fairy godfathers, co-CEO’s of Quality Control Music Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas, who incubated the talent in the young rapper and kept him off the streets after he was released from jail. Lil Baby joined Motown in 2017 through the label’s joint venture with Quality Control Music.
Yachty released his debut album ‘Teenage Emotions’ in 2017, and hit the road for a tour of the same name later that year. He released his second project ‘Lil Boat 2’ in March, which Bhad Bhabie was featuring in the “Count Me In” video from the mixtape.
Quality Control Music rapper Lil Baby recently took to Instagram to announce the tour that will support his album ‘Harder Than Ever,’ which will span across cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago. Guests on the tour will include YK Osiris, Kollision, B LA B, 24 Heavy, and Quality Control Music and Motown artist City Girls.
Lil Baby released ‘Harder Than Ever’ in May and has already reached success with the single “Yes Indeed” featuring Drake, which has been RIAA certified Platinum. The album also boasts appearances from Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug.
Although he only began rapping a year ago, Lil Baby has already amassed a loyal fan base and received national attention through his previous four mixtapes leading up to his debut album. “His words are vivid, his emotions pronounced, and his flow is frictionless; he hovers just over every beat like a puck on an air hockey table,” Pitchfork explains of his album in a review.
In their acceptance speech, group member Offset closed by saying “I thank my wife. You should thank yours” in reference to his fiancé Cardi B, who is also pregnant with the couple’s baby girl. The couple is not shy about showing their affection for one another, as demonstrated on their recent cover issue of Rolling Stone.
“Hurtin’ Me” singer Stefflon Don makes the 2018 XXL Freshman class list. Don, who is the only woman on the cover, is also only the fourth woman in the magazine’s history to hold a spot on the list.
She is joined by fellow Capitol Music Group artist Trippie Redd, J.I.D, YBN Nahmir, and Ski Mask The Slump God, just to name a few. “Being a 2018 XXL Freshman means a lot, because it means there there’s actually people out here that believe in you” she says in a promo video following the unveiling of the cover.
Stefflon Don joined Motown in 2017 and released the hit single “Hurtin’ Me” featuring French Montana. She has also released the singles “Ding-A-Ling” featuring Skepta and “Senseless” while on the label.
XXL is in its eleventh year of releasing the Freshman Class, a coveted list in determining the new generation of hip-hop with the turn of each year. Rich Homie Quan and Lil Yachty have been featured on the list in recent years.