Lil Twist Is Enabled, Mystery Skulls Is Signed, True Widow Is Streamed and Erykah Badu Is Remixed.
These days, the name Lil Twist doesn't invoke the once-promising rap career of 20-year-old Oak Cliff-native Christopher Moore so much as it does the entity responsible for turning the once squeaky clean Justin Beiber into a blunt-smoking, illegal-monkey-having, underage-drinking, law-evading party monster.
To some extent that makes perfect sense: Some of the pics of the Biebs smoking marijuana did come from Twist's own Twitter account and the rapper does always seem to be around when Bieber gets himself into trouble.
It would seem to us, though, that Bieber is just as much a bad influence on Twist as vice versa.
Because, while the Dallas-bred rapper did manage to get himself arrested this past week for allegedly driving under the influence, we'd like to point out that it happened while he was driving one of Bieber's cars. I mean, doesn't the fact that Justin keeps letting Twist drive his cars after he's wrecked so many of them seem a bit irresponsible on his part? Alas, no matter how toxic their relationship is, it doesn't appear to be on the brink of coming to an end any time soon. Later this year, the BFFs will be joined by Miley “The Queen of Twerk” Cyrus on an upcoming Lil Twist track called — you guessed it — “Twerk.”
Speaking of Los Angeles: After Mystery Skulls relocated out that way last summer, mastermind Luis Dubuc has recently received some big news. Not only has Mystery Skulls recently been signed to Warner Bros. Records, but Dubuc also tells White Noise that he'll be releasing a new single and video in the coming weeks, followed by a new record and and a slew of tours set for later in the year.
Speaking of new videos: A.Dd+ and The Gritz each released new videos in the past week. A.Dd+ released their “Where You Been,” clip via The Fader's website in advance of the national release of DiveHiFlyLo later this year. The duo also appears in the video for The Gritz's new track “Hush.” You may also know the Gritz as the house band at the Prophet Bar's weekly Wednesday night jam session — an event that even ESPN can't get enough of.
And while it's not necessarily a music video, per se, Oil Boom tells us that they'll have an un-released track featured on the season finale of TNT's courtroom dramedy, Franklin & Bash. Per the band, their song “45 Revolutions Per Minute,” from an upcoming seven-inch, will make its small screen debut sometime in August. Prior to that, though, the track can be streamed over on BandCamp
More new tracks of note this week, too: A couple days ago Booty Fade stayed true to their Dallas-nodding ways for their latest release. Unlike their earlier releases “F#$K Like a Stripper,” “Styrofoam Cup” and “Buss It,” which feature samples by Dallas notables like Treal Lee & Prince Rick, Dorrough and Lil Wil, respectively, the duo's latest effort gives Erykah Badu's “On & On” the full-on remix treatment. It's also quite the slow jam — especially when compared to Booty Fade's rump-shaking earlier output. At this point, Booty Fade has us wondering less if they're one-trick ponies — and more what Dallas-centric sample they'll mix in next.
Also new this week: Here Holy Spain and Descender's upcoming Under the Undertow/Slow Gold split vinyl release became available for streaming on Spotify today. The official release show won't come until July 27 at Three Links, where both bands will appear on a bill that also features hard rock luminaries Bobgoblin and Brutal Juice.
Similarly, True Widow began streaming their upcoming Relapse debut in its entirety via Pitchfork. Head here to listen to Circumambulation a full week before it's released.
Lastly, Spune made it known that they'd be making the first lineup announcement for their second annual Index Fest tomorrow. A ticket pre-sale for KXT members will also be made available at that time. And before you bring it up: Yes, we realize we just announced the announcement of a future announcement.
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