Gus Dapperton: Reimagining the Rock Star

When Gus Dapperton's Yellow and Such EP dropped last month, much was made of two things: his dancing and his fashion. 

In one sense, it was to be expected. Dapperton's bowl cut and glittering eyeshadow are sure to turn heads, and his dance moves are a focal point of both videos he's recently shared (“I'm Just Snacking” and “Prune, You Talk Funny”). What the fashion editorials often missed, however, is the quality of the music. 

Since moving to Philadelphia, Dapperton has, in his words, “honed in.” The 20-year-old is committing himself to music full-time for the first time, fronting a band that includes his little sister. He's the oldest member and de facto leader of the group, which is currently on its first international tour.

The last couple of years have moved quickly—it wasn't too long ago that Dapperton was still growing up in Warwick, New York, a farm town that provided Gus with all the back roads and talent shows he needed to get creative. After gaining some local notoriety, he started school in Philadelphia, studying music technology until the play counts started to skyrocket last year. Gus decided to focus on music full-time shortly thereafter. 

The focus hasn't wavered. When we caught up with him, Gus wanted to practice. So we booked some time in a dance studio, he called up a professional, and in between, we talked about what it means to be a rock star in 2018. Watch our latest Music Life above, and get familiar with Gus' music here

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N*E*R*D Shares Cover Art and Release Date for New Album

N*E*R*D just announced the release date for their long-awaited new album. NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES will be available on Dec. 15 for everyone who missed its surprise ComplexCon unveiling. The trio also shared what appears to be the album cover, which will certainly look nice saved to one's Apple Music library.

 

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The album boasts N*E*R*D-worthy contributions from a variety of artists including Future and Kendrick Lamar, as well as André 3000 and Rihanna on the previously released tracks “Rollinem 7's” and “Lemon.” Ed Sheeran, Gucci Mane, Wale, and M.I.A. also make appearances.

You'll find the NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES tracklist below:
1. “Deep Down Body Thirst”
2. “Lemon” f/ Rihanna
3. “Voilà” f/ Gucci Mane and Wale
4. “1000” f/ Future
5. “Don't Don't Do It” f/ Kendrick Lamar
6. “Kites” f/ Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A.
7. “ESP” 8. “Lightning Fire Magic Prayer”
9. “Rollinem 7’s” f/ André 3000
10. “Lifting You” f/ Ed Sheeran
11. “Secret Life of Tigers”

The album marks the trio's first one in seven years, following the 2010 release of Nothing. The 10-track collection was supported by the singles “Hypnotize U” and “Hot-n-Fun” featuring Nelly Furtado.

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Amazingly, we are now a mere two years away from the band's 20th anniversary, a milestone I personally hope results in a tour featuring Pharrell and company shredding through their debut, In Search Of…, in full all across the world. I couldn't possibly be the only person still obsessively listening to “Rock Star” at least once a day.

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