Yung Pinch is Putting Numbers on the Board

California rapper and singer Yung Pinch doesn’t come from the usual music hot spots like Los Angeles or the Bay Area—instead Pinch is from Huntington Beach, a city south of L.A. that’s better known for surfing and sunshine than rap music. That isn't stopping his rise though.

With a melodic style, sticky hooks, and lots of beach references, Yung Pinch is rising fast and racking up millions of plays. His consistency is also playing a part, as he has been cranking out tracks on his SoundCloud at an impressive pace. Yung Pinch just came off tour with SOB x RBE and OMB Peezy, and he has a lot of momentum going into the second half of 2017. Get familiar with our video above

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That Time Gucci Mane Got Floured While He Was Sleeping

In the newest episode of Pigeons & Planes' What Had Happened Was, Atlanta producer Zaytoven recounts a musical collaboration that unfortunately never came to fruition.

Zaytoven explains how a studio session in Atlanta with Gucci Mane quickly escalated after a prank was played on the unsuspecting rapper. Having fun is great and all but if you learn anything from the video, it’s that you should know when playing too much, is well, too much. Check out the hilarious video above to see what exactly went down. Hint: It involves flour. 

Luckily, it seems like Gucci was able to get past the incident as the pair have since worked together. If you missed it, check out Zaytoven and Gucci Mane do a stripped down set for NPR’s Tiny Desk performance series.

Gucci released his latest album The Return of East Atlanta Santa, his tenth studio outing, back in December of 2016. The album boasted features from Drake, Travis Scott, Bryson Tiller and  production from Metro Boomin, Southside, Mike Will Made It, Murda Beatz, Zaytoven, and others. Gucci will also be hitting the road alongside The Weeknd for his Legend of the Fall Tour.

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Did Meek Mill Diss Drake in ‘Wins & Losses’ Hidden Verse?

On Meek Mill’s newly released album Wins & Losses, it seemed the rapper took the high road by avoiding any obvious disses directed at Drake. However, there’s a hidden verse that suggests any beef between the rappers is far from squashed.

As pointed out by DJ Akademiks, the clean version of Meek’s “1942 Flows” is about 30 seconds longer than the dirty version, and includes extra lines that sound a lot like Drake disses.

Heard they say I talk about my Rollies too much/But them flows you be using sounding stolen too much/500 on my neck, they say I’m glowing too much/Had to block that little bitch because she be blowing me up/You be doing too much, you only looking for attention/Swagger jacking, jacking niggas swag, that’s extentious/Came in the culture like a vulture, now you’re winning/But this is the beginning, double M the emblem. For real.

In the first couple of lines, Meek seems to reference lyrics in Drake’s More Life cut “Lose You,” in which Drizzy raps: “All you did was write the book on garbage-ass Rollies.” The line was believed to be a shot at Meek.

Toward the end of the verse, the Philadelphia rapper calls out the unnamed target for being a “swagger jacker” as well as a culture vulture. He also uses the word “extentious,” which may be a play on XXXTentacion’s name. In case you forgot, many people accused Drake of copying X’s “Look At Me” flow and using it on “KMT.” X has also posted a series of tweets blasting Drake for “biting” his and other artists’ styles: “I’m not the first nigga he bit, nor will I be the last […] money don’t buy you respect.”

You can stream Meek’s Wins & Losses now on Apple Music or purchase it on iTunes. 

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It may have seemed like it all came out of nowhere, but Lorde was working at her career from an early age, and she grinded it out in New Zealand for years before her big breakthrough moment. In our latest P&P Update, we take a look back at some of the steps Lorde took in order to get where she is today.

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Russ is Right, Music Blogs Don’t Really Matter

We've done two video features called Numbers on the Board now (watch them here and here), where we take a look at a rising artist who's putting up huge numbers. It's an interesting time for new music, because we see more and more artists take off and build serious followings without any help from radio or media outlets. Seemingly out of nowhere, underground artists surface with built-in audiences and millions of streams.

For our latest Numbers on the Board, we wanted to focus on New Jersey-born, Atlanta-based rapper Russ. He's still a new artist to a lot of casual music fans, but he's been releasing music for years, selling out shows all over the world, and racking up tens of millions of streams. We reached out to Russ for a comment, but his response wasn't what we expected. He pointed out to us that he's sent us dozens of emails over the years and we've never his music, and wrote to us: “My quote is, blogs don't matter.”

It wasn't the response we hoped for, but it started an interesting conversation, and we realized that there's a lot of truth to what Russ is saying. So we made a video about it. You can watch it above, and subscribe to Pigeons & Planes on YouTube for more news, music, and conversations.

 

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Ta'East first caught our attention in 2015 with the horror movie strings and fiery rapping of “WithTheShit,” and he took his time to make sure his debut EP Okay, I'm Ready was a true reflection of his ambition as an artist before releasing it in December of 2016. Okay, I'm Ready, produced by close friend and collaborator Cairo Meyerson, shows off the kind of versatility that should translate well into a debut album—Ta'East can go in and flex over booming production or slow things down and get reflective over more traditional hip-hop beats.

Cosigned by heavy hitters like Virgil, Benji B, and No I.D., Ta'East enters 2017 with momentum on his side. We headed down to Oceanside, California, near San Diego, to see where it all began and talk about what's next for the rising star.

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Yondr Could Keep You From Seeing Phones Out At Shows

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At this moment, I probably have about 30+ videos and 200+ pictures of shows that I will never look at again. I like to think that I will, or that I’ll show them to someone, but I don’t. Then I end up cleaning out my phone when I run out of storage, why? To take more pictures and videos. It’s an endless cycle of futility that I just can’t seem to escape.

For those of you who are like me and find it difficult to have any sort of impulse control, Yondr wants to help. Their entire business model revolves around keeping phones out of the show, and keeping the audience present in the moment.

HOW IT WORKS

As people enter the venue, our staff will place their phones in Yondr cases.

Once they enter the phone-free zone, the cases will lock. While all customers will maintain possession of their phones, they are now free to enjoy the experience without distraction.

If at any point they need to use their phones, they can step outside of the Yondr phone-free zone to unlock it.

The largest issue I can see Yondr encountering is a logistics one – in a venue like Madison Square Garden or the Los Angeles Coliseum that can each seat up to 20,000 and 90,000 people, respectively, that’s a lot of cases to hand out. Obviousy, Yondr wasn’t meant for those kinds of shows, rather testing it in a few smaller Bay-area music venues.

Another quite reasonable worry that some users may have is access to their phones if they receive an emergency call – Graham Dugoni, the founder of Yondr, said that “if the phone vibrates they can step outside to text or call,” so that takes care of that.

Personally, my phone has become a part of me. I can’t leave home without it and when I do, I feel “naked.” Then again, sometimes it’s really nice to just be away from the constant stream of information readily available at my fingertips. There are sure to be proponents and opponents of this technology, regardless of its supposed benefits. I’m really curious to know what our readers think. Let us know in the comments below.

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