The first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is already looking like one big celebrity filled hotel party. You got Beyonce arriving in a private jet, Chris Brown spraying champagne at the crowds and the Jenner sisters naturally causing a scene. Pretty much what a typical week in LA would look like, except at Coachella there is a higher requirement for turning up at every open bar event. Here’s our roundup of celebrities doing what they do best from Coachella Weekend 1 (well, so far at least).
A new epidemic is spreading, and it has nothing to do with the flu, or any kind of superbug; it’s called FOMO, and during Coachella season, it’s particularly rampant. However, there are advantages to not spending all of your funds on one weekend of music. Why not spread it out a bit? I’m personally one of those music fans who prefers seeing shows at smaller, more intimate venues. I like to be close enough to hear my favorite artist’s inner thoughts. If you’re into that too, you’re in luck. There’s a solid selection of SoCal concerts in April at quite reputable venues. It should be enough to keep the FOMO at bay for now, and as an added bonus, many of the artists are on this year’s Coachella lineup.
Your favorite summer day party is gearing up for it’s 2015 season but first it’s making a pit stop in the dessert. The Do-Over and Ace Hotel is set for Dessert Vibes 2015, so in between your favorite sets at Coachella come sip and dip at one of these events below. Don’t forget to follow @do_over on social media to keep up to date on these events. RSVP while you can!
Downtown LA fashion buyers, trendsetters and owners of your favorite brands gathered on April 7th and 8th for this season’s LA Men’s Market. The California Market Center housed the new trade show, right in the heart of the Fashion District. For most of the active buyers in the area, this show has already made its own buzz in recent years. The show was moved up to the penthouse floor – a crucial move in my opinion – thus offering breathtaking views of DTLA’s iconic buildings from numerous angles. With so many brands and trends on the show floor, we decided to highlight some of our favorites in the recap video above. Stay on trend and keep it locked on The 5th for more recap videos on upcoming trade shows and fashion events.
Time, place, date. Sinister Tweets from the culture’s popular characters have used this formula to call congregations, break news and announce drops within a meager 140 characters. But maybe that’s just proof of the “less is more” notion especially after Odd Future ringleader Tyler, the Creator came out from beneath his stockpile of Golf Wang socks and announced a new music/video drop last night. Barring technical difficulties he came across, Tyler simultaneously used the opportunity to announce the release of “Cherry Bomb,” his fourth album following 2012’s “Wolf,” and to drop some new music from the project. Hit the jump to hear the song.
Raekwon’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, “Fly International Luxurious Art,” is set to drop at the end of April. With the release of the single, “1, 2, 1, 2,” the nostalgia for the golden age of hip-hop is heightened tenfold. Partnering with West Coast OG Snoop Dogg, The Chef retains his infamous gruff while Snoop counters with his signature smooth, laid back Uncle Snoop persona. Raekwon has been busy with the release of Wu-Tang’s “A Better Tomorrow” in addition to filming a documentary entitled, “The Purple Tapes: The Documentary & Film,” which tells the story on the making of his 1995 classic, “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.” Hit the jump to hear the track, and keep it locked onto The 5th for more updates on “F.I.L.A.”
Over the past year, Freddie Gibbs has been carving out a niche for himself as a rapper. Bouncing off of his soul-tinged project with Madlib, “Pinata,” Gibbs has been pushing a more explorative tip as exemplified on his latest drop, “My Dope House”. Produced by Montreal wonder, Kaytranada, Gibbs adds a taste of tenderness to the grisly banger by taking a stab at crooning a melodic, “Don’t fuck with me, stay in your lane,” line that offers a sweet kiss right before dropping a bombshell of bass, drums, sirens and sinister rhymes. Gibbs might be on the cusp of crossing that fine line between rapper and singer and adding it into his arsenal, but the rapper won’t ever let you forget what he started out as. Hit the jump to hear the track.
Loud and proud, Dizzy Wright reps his hometown of Las Vegas to the very fullest in a way that commands as much attention as the bright neon lights the city is known for. Recently he was able to truly put on for his city by dropping his latest single, “Floyd Money Mayweather”, a banger of a track that cheers on Vegas’ official boxing champion while upholding the City of Sin swagger that’s indicative of the young emcee. We recently sat down with Dizzy to speak about this anthem, how he feels about rap’s current landscape and the Las Vegas hip-hop scene.
It seems as if 2015 has released bombshell after bombshell as far as music goes. Drake released his mixtape-album and still has another in the works, Kendrick’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” is still being lauded in conversation and let’s not forget a certain gawd has still yet to drop arguably the Hiroshima of them all, Kanye West himself. And that’s not to disregard the releases of Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean, Ghostface Killlah and BADBADNOTGOOD, Lupe Fiasco, Joey Bada$$, Wale, Hudson Mohawke, Run the Jewels 3 — and these are just off of the top of my head — but have we hit the scope of what’s to come in 2015, as huge as it’s been for music already? Does the ceiling begin and end with Kanye’s “So Help Me God”? It might have been… at least before yesterday.