Bobby Sessions Anchors The Hate U Give‘s Soundtrack, T.Y.E Signs With Ice Cube, Posty Fest Reveals Its Full Lineup, The Outfit Films A Video In Sweet Tooth Hotel & More.
It’s not enough for Bobby Sessions to have the best local album of 2018 under his belt. Come awards season, he just might have some even more impressive accolades to his credit.
On October 12, Sessions’ Def Jam label will release the official soundtrack to major motion picture The Hate U Give that’s featuring big name rappers like Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Travis Scott and more. But it’s Sessions that’s expected to get the big bump from the release — more so than any of those others. Per Variety, that’s because Sessions’ track “The Hate U Give” is played prominently at the end of the film.
The film trade publication also notes that the soundtrack is “expected to get a major push as award season gets underway.”
That, no doubt, is why the Dallas rapper has been joining the film’s actors at screenings around the U.S. as part of its big press tour.
Of course, Sessions isn’t the only North Texas rapper on a major label these days. In recent months Yella Beezy, Trapboy Freddy, Tru Def, Cuban Doll and
Asian Doll Asian Da Brat have all signed deals of their own.
Is it just us, or does it feel like we’re in the midst of Dallas’ biggest-ever year for hip-hop to date?
Hammering that point further home this week is the new that T.Y.E has now been signed to Ice Cube’s Lench Mob imprint on Interscope. The former opera student behind our favorite local song of 2016 announced the news he’d signed with his hero via Instagram.
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I’m ready to take this to the next level and @lenchmobrecords the ppl to do it. I appreciate @darrealjackson & @alexersoff for making this happen. This just the 1st step in the grand scheme of things. But you know ima keep working, can’t get comfortable. Preciate everybody that’s on board with me and riding with me during this chapter. WE GOIN UP!!
While he’s not a new signee, Post Malone has been breaking industry records all year long. Last night, the cursed performer appeared on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show — as a guest, not the musical performer — to discuss some of those feats and to share a snippet of a new song he’s contributing to the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack.
He also took some time to do a little promoting for his upcoming Posty Fest that’s slated to go down at Dos Equis Pavilion on October 28.
Posty himself may not know too many of the details for his deal, but we do. This week, the fill lineup for the deal was dropped, and it was confirmed that the previously announced guests Travis Scott and Tyler, the Creator will be joined by Lil Skies, Ski Mask The Slump God, Tierra Whack, Saint JHN, Tyla Yaweh and the ever-vague “special guests” at this year’s debut offering. Some additional lawn tickets for the previously sold-out show have also recently been released. They are available here.
Moving on, Luke Wade is once again a part of the crew on NBC’s The Voice. While his original run with the reality singing competition was as a contestant in the 2014 season, this time around he’s a part of the casting crew. He recently sat down with Variety to talk about his transition to the other side of the camera.
Meanwhile, a venue Wade’s no doubt performed at a time or two (perhaps under its original incarnation) is closing its doors — yes, again. Since February, the Fairmount Music Hall has been operating in the old Live Oak Music Hall space. But word is they are no longer open for business. Never quite able to solve The Live Oak’s lack-of-focus problem, the place, according to the Fort Worth Weekly, was doomed from the start.
On the other hand, Dallas’ Kessler Theater is doing so well with its pair of venues – its owners also own and operate The Heights Theater in Houston – that they’re now presenting shows in Austin at spots like Antone’s and the Paramount Theatre. The move helps the group with its habit of booking artists for three-day weekend runs in Texas.
Up in the third corner of the Golden Triangle, Dan’s Silverleaf is gearing up to host its 17th Rock Lottery on October 13. There, members of bands like A.M. Ramblers, Midnight Opera, Eat Avery’s Bones and Starfruit will come together to form new bands for one-off performances. (Hit the link above for the full list of this year’s participants.)
Now, we move on to the new music video portion of the proceedings. First up is Terrence Spectacle, whose new clip is probably better described as a short film. It was made by rising superstar Ciara Boniface, who also shot one of the videos in last week’s column.
Meanwhile, Taylor Young dropped his debut solo single “Shine on Me” in video form as well. For those counting at home, that means both halves of The O’s have released solo debuts this year. (Young’s follows John Pedigo’s first Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner album from earlier this spring.)
Then, after several weeks of releasing singles, Tony Ferraro’s new project Casual Twins followed all that up with a full album release this past week. At the same time, they assembled some old sci-fi footage to make up their first music video.
And, in the biggest no-brainer move of the week, The Outfit, TX shot its newest video in the Instagram heaven that is The Sweet Tooth Hotel before the pop-up art exhibit shut down to transform for its next incarnation.
Still need more news? OK, fine:
• Fort Worth singer-songwriter Summer Dean is up for one of Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Music Awards for the second straight year.
• The great St. Vincent turned in an hour-long performance on this weekend’s Season 44 premiere of Austin City Limits.
Happy now? Cool. We’ll see you next week.
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