[Review] ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ lets Dino Action Carry Storyline

If pride truly comes before the fall, greed can’t be too far behind. For the sequel to 2015’s well-received Jurassic World, mankind still hasn’t learned to leave the dinosaurs alone. And this time, the issue becomes politicized and weaponized in Fallen Kingdom.

Our stalwart heroes, cavalier raptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and former Jurassic World operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) venture back to the abandoned  island to save the remaining dinosaurs from a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. The government has declined to intervene, arguing that this “act of God” will correct our wrongs in creating the park. However, Owen and Claire believe they’ve found an ally in Rafe Spall (Eli Mills), ambitious spokesman for the estate of Jurassic Park co-creator Benjamin Lockwood. Spall promises to fund their expedition to bring back the animals and provide sanctuary.

Unfortunately, Mills turns out to be a bloodthirsty venture capitalist who sees the dinosaurs as lucrative chattel to be sold off the highest bidder. Along with Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong), he creates a deadly new raptor prototype named the Indoraptor, which hunts on command and can even knows how to play dead to lure in unsuspecting victims.


The Jurassic franchise continues to have its best moments when the humans become the hunted prey. The opening is ripe with tension as a T-Rex chases down a helicopter while the leviathan-like Mosasaurus simultaneously stalks a submarine. Later, the Indoraptor tears through the Lockwood mansion while trying to make a young girl into a meal. While low on gore, you see enough of the claw slashes and kill bites to convey the merciless efficiency of these creatures.

A persistent problem with the film is the attempt to appease all audiences. With young kids loving the franchise, there’s a noticeable attempt to make some of dinosaurs give you the warm and fuzzies you’d get from pet dog. A triceratops licks an unconscious Owen’s face in the midst of a volcanic eruption. The styimoloch, a hard-shelled dino that likes to charge people rhino-style, gets goaded by Owen into taking out his aggression on the bad guys. We can understand this affection with the raptor Blue (who Owen trained). With other dinos, it comes off hammy and clashes with the tone set by the apex predators’ unpredictable natures. Moments like the young triceratops cuddling against its mother while caged, or the saintly brontosaurus perishing at the edge of the island from the volcano, are much more poignant in humanizing the animals.

The surface battle of this film is deciding in what capacity these ancient beasts should exist – living free and protected, or exploited genetically to become weapons of war? The philosophical dilemma, spoken through cameos from Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldbum), is how to reconcile and adjust to the reality of a society where we are no longer the dominant species. In other words, the genie can’t be put back in the bottle.

Like many middle films in a sequel, it’s hard for Fallen Kingdom to shake the stigma of being a placeholder. Yes, we’re finally off the island but we don’t truly get the “dinosaurs unleashed on the world” that the trailers promised until the very end, dangling another film to sort out the intriguing details. While Fallen Kingdom indeed plays like a by the numbers summer blockbuster, there’s enough captivating dinosaur action to carry the middling storyline and keep the franchise afloat.



5 Seconds Of Summer take on The Greatest Showman on the Official Albums Chart

5 Seconds Of Summer are the latest act to take on The Greatest Showman in the race for this week’s Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

The Australian band’s third album Youngblood is currently perched at Number 2, behind the Motion Picture Cast Recording by 3,000 combined sales and streams at the halfway stage of the chart week.

The group’s last collection, Sounds Good Feels Good, debuted at Number 1 in October 2015. Check out 5SOS’s complete Official Chart history here.

If The Greatest Showman holds its position, it’ll notch up a mammoth 20 non-consecutive weeks at the summit – the same number of weeks Ed Sheeran’s Divide managed at the top across 2017/2018.

New entries and high climbers

British musician Johnny Marr is also set to make a strong debut this week with his latest album Call The Comet, currently at Number 5, while Christina Aguilera is on track to net her fourth Top 10 set with Liberation; her first album in six years starts at Number 8.

Meanwhile, Linkin Park guitarist Mike Shinoda opens at Number 9 with his debut solo album Post Traumatic, singer Wilko Johnson’s first new material in three decades, Blow Your Mind, starts at 17, and Nas’ new Kanye-produced album Nasir is at 19.

Further down, three new albums are set to enter this week’s albums Top 40: The Darkness’ Live At Hammersmith is at 21, Hope Downs by Australian band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at 24, and Living Proof, the third album by US band State Champs, at 32.

Finally, several albums are on course to re-enter the Official Albums Chart this week thanks to various retail promotions. Paul Simon retrospective The Ultimate Collection re-enters at 13 ahead of his UK tour next month, Liam Gallagher’s As You Were zooms from 43 to 15, Stereophonics’ Best Of – Decade In The Sun vaults to 31, the Mamma Mia soundtrack climbs to 33, and A Real Labour Of Love by UB40 ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey vaults 15 spots to 38.





Having just completed his sold-out Spring tour in early April, Grammy Award-winning singer / songwriter Miguel has announced that he will embark on a North American tour this Fall in support of his critically praised fourth studio album, War & Leisure. The 26 date tour kicks off on August 23rd in Boston, Massachusetts, hitting major markets in the US and Canada throughout August and September, including festival appearances at AFROPUNK in Brooklyn, North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, and Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, concluding on September 28th in Seattle, Washington. OVO’s dvsn will provide support and join Miguel for all North American dates. Citi Cardmember pre-sales begin on Tuesday June 19th at 10AM local time, general tickets go on sale June 22nd, 10AM local time – check http://www.officialmiguel.com for more info.

Over the weekend Miguel performed to an elated crowd of hometown fans at the Smokin Grooves Festival and on June 22nd he will be performing live at the BET Awards. In July, Miguel will be appearing at Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA, Neyo in Houston and at Austin City Limits Live, also making his Austin City Limits Live taping debut. Last week Miguel teamed up with GoldLink to release new track “Got Friends” and to celebrate the initiation of the 2018 World Cup, Miguel narrated and starred in the new Major League Soccer ad campaign “Our Soccer”.

“Sky Walker,” Miguel’s lead single off of War & Leisure, reached #1 on the Rhythmic and Urban radio charts and has been Certified Platinum by the RIAA, making it one of the fastest rising hits of early 2018. At the beginning of March, Miguel released a new version of “Sky Walker” in Spanish, and teased the upcoming release of new Spanish language versions of some of the prominent singles and album tracks from War & Leisure. Adding to the highlights of the first half of 2018, Miguel joined Mexican pop singer Natalie Lafourcade at the 90th Academy Awards to perform the Oscar and Golden Globe award winning Best Original Song “Remember Me” from the critically-acclaimed Pixar film Coco. Continuing with his newfound soundtrack success, Miguel also makes an appearance on the soundtrack for the remake of the iconic 1972 film Superfly with his new song “R.A.N”. The soundtrack was co-produced and curated by Future.

War & Leisure has continued it’s grown in 2018; Miguel performed a solo rendition of the J. Cole featured album highlight “Come Through and Chill” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in April – link to watch below. Since War & Leisure, Miguel has partnered with Norwegian producer sensation Kygo on Billboard Dance/Electronic top charting single “Remind me to Forget,” which the pair performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in May.

Miguel and LA based alternative Latino rock band Chicano Batman recently partnered up with mitú for its TÚGETHER series. In the series, they borrow ingredients from each others’ hits to create a genre-bending bilingual duet performance and collaborative effort of “Sky Walker” and “Black Lipstick” – link to watch below.

PRESS ON WAR & LEISURE “As much as War & Leisure is about desire, it’s also a reflection of this woke moment, a statement about seeking refuge from the world in the comforts of love.” – TIME

“On War & Leisure, he sounds unconflicted and ready to rumble. The freedom he promises his lovers in his music extends to himself, and he’s better than ever at just letting go.” – PITCHFORK

“Miguel cements his status as the ultimate mixer of R&B, funk, electronic, pop and rock with this latest record, perhaps his most dynamic and upbeat album yet.” – PAPER

“It’s an equal parts stirring and uplifting message, showing an artist who is unafraid to use his voice as he continues to evolve.” – USA TODAY

“His voice, particularly when drowsily tossing out raps or soaring in its upper mid-range, is a beautiful instrument that always ties the groove together.” – THE GUARDIAN





IMPRINT Interview | The Rebirth of Rich Homie Quan

Written By: Bianca Theodore

Rich Homie Quan has been born again, per the title of his new project Rich as in Spirit.

His debut album is not a follow up mixtape promising to “never stop going in.” It is the story of a man who reached the mountaintop only to later meet his valley; a cautionary tale of woe and wisdom, truth and trial.

When Dequantes “Rich Homie Quan” Lamar first burst onto the scene in 2013, he did not come quietly. The young rapper came strapped and ready, releasing a steady stream of hits that dominated the Atlanta streets and the national charts.

But after the monstrous success of singles like Type of Way, Flex, Walk Thru, and a mile-long mixtape saga, the promising MC seemed to have reached his peak.

Lamar became plagued by allegations and litigations, entering a two-million-dollar lawsuit with former label T.I.G. for underpayment. He had a public fallout with longtime collaborator Young Thug, one half of the duo responsible for one of his most popular mixtapes, Rich Gang: Tha Tour, Pt 1.

During the ongoing contractual dispute with T.I.G., his music was legally under siege by the label. From December 2015 to March 2017, any releases were frozen.

It was a long winter. Ever determined, the Atlanta native ended his 18-month silence with the release of a new mixtape, Back to Basics.

But it was in May 2017 that the addled rapper would face his biggest trial yet: 30 years in prison for gun and drug possession. He was detained and arrested, and eventually released on $20,000 bond.

In our exclusive interview, Lamar called that the lowest moment in his life. But he also looks at it as his turning point.

For the past two years, he had bore his cross. He’d been mocked in the court of public opinion, forgotten, abandoned by some who called themselves his most faithful fans and disciples.

But in that jail cell, he found salvation- in himself. He left not as Rich Homie Quan, but as Dequantes; a man rich in life, in heart, and in spirit.

He decided that his next project would not just be a compilation of club bangers, or the hazy life of drugs, money, and girls. That project would eventually become his debut album Rich as in Spirit, and it was anything but.

It was his testimony.

Rich Homie Quan Interview:

Bianca: So first question we can start with the album name itself. Rich as in Spirit is definitely a departure from your other mixtape names and it sets up a different tone. I read about how the name itself came from when you were in prison, so can you talk about what that moment meant to you and why it stuck with you?

Rich Homie Quan: Well to be honest, the moment meant so much when I was jail ‘cuz I felt like that was my lowest point in my life at that time and I ain’t really have no direction as to where I was going. When I got the name [Rich as in spirit] from my cellmate, it just stuck with me. It’s something that never left from me. And I wanted to entitle my first album Rich as in Spirit ‘cuz when he said that line to me in jail, that’s when I felt my life just started to take a turn.

B: I felt that this album sounded like someone who had been through something, but turned around and looked at it and now feels that they’re stronger for it. Can you talk about how all that contributed to the rebirth of Rich Homie Quan?

RHQ: Everything contributed to the rebirth of Rich Homie Quan. Basically what contributed the most was probably after I dropped Flex and I was on my time off, because at that time I couldn’t drop any music since I was in a litigation with my former label. So at that time I’m not dropping a lot of music, I’m frustrated, I don’t even know if I wanna rap anymore.  I just used all that, and I put it in my music to make a story about it so people would know what I was going through when I wasn’t dropping no music. I didn’t wanna leave the fans out, in no way or fashion. On this album I wanted all their questions to be answered. However they had been feeling, I wanted to try and answer those [questions] in my music.

B: Yeah and I felt that the album was really personal, like this was your story to tell. So was it purposeful to barely have any other features on it?

RHQ: You know, the purpose of having no features was because [when] I went back to a lot of my favorite artists growing up, my Tupac’s, my T.I.’s, my Fabolous, a lot of their first albums [are] telling their story, and they don’t really have any big features on it because it’s them telling their story. I wanted my album to sound like an album. I ain’t want nobody to say they had to help me to tell my story, because they weren’t there when I was going through those certain types of situations.

B: So what would you say is the overall message of the album was? If you had to sum up your story, what would you say?

RHQ: If I had to sum up my story, it would be to stay full of yourself. Don’t never let nobody tell you something that you already know about yourself. That’s what Rich as in Spirit is basically about. You being full of yourself, knowing who you are, knowing what you want in life, and that’s basically what it’s about. Being content with yourself. Can’t nobody tell you nothing bad about yourself, because you’re so full of yourself.

B: And how’d you get to that point, of feeling like you were rich in spirit? Cuz that sounds like a journey.

RHQ: It’s funny because I got to this point after I spent a lot of money. You know, it’s like after you run out of things to buy, you’re just stuck. That’s when I just turned back to my music, I was just searchin like, what am I gonna do next? I just knew that next I’m just gonna continue to tell my story. Cuz that’s what I was put here for. Even if I wanna venture off into other things I still gotta tell my story.

B: I also read somewhere that you said something along the lines of having “empty spaces” when you’ve run out of things to buy.  What did you fill those empty spaces with, besides your music? What kept you going and gave you fulfillment?

RHQ: It just be more like long term. I look at it like I’m sacrificing now, so when I reach 40 I can just chill so my kids can reap the benefits. I’m full of my family. I got my family to fulfill those other needs for me, like my children. Knowing that they’re the future, that I got someone else to pass the torch to. Having somebody that look up to me; outside of my children, even just peers around me.

B: Speaking of peers, you’ve had a lot of success early on. On a couple different songs you said things like, “not selling your soul for money”, “not going Hollywood”, and that you never changed on the song Changed. So how did you stay humble, in the midst of all the different things u were seeing?

RHQ: I stay humbled by keeping my circle small, keeping my circle tight, keeping yes men far away from me. Most importantly, just staying true to myself. Knowing that hip hop is in the state that it’s in, with the evolving [of it], I just wanna stay true to myself. That’s all- not even just staying true to my fans, but staying true to myself.

B: What were you trying to say the music industry and to those that doubted you? Cuz you’ve been through a lot in the last few years.

RHQ: I was trying to let them know that I hadn’t went nowhere. I’m still the same me. I’m older, I’m wiser now. Of course I’m not perfect, we all make mistakes. At the end of the day I’m an artist who make good music and this is what I’m here for: to make good music, and hopefully I can inspire the youth, in a good way. In a good way.

B: That was something I wanted to touch on too, because you said the state of hip hop has evolved or changed. What do you mean by that, and what state would you say it’s in now?

RHQ: When I say that, I don’t wanna make it seem like I’m flexin’ on nobody or any artist, but music is just not the same; the message, the moral. I think that hip hop is more EDM [focused], more beats. It’s more of a sound opposed to feelings, if that makes any sense.

B: I felt that in your album too, it was really stripped back.

RHQ: Exactly, yeah because I wanted it to be more of a feeling than a sound. Because when I hear a certain type of song I want it to move me. I want to be able to feel it opposed to hear them, because I can feel them forever. I’m only gonna hear it for however long the duration of the song is, you feel me?

B: Yeah I feel you, that’s deep. So if you want somebody to not just hear you, but to feel you past when your album is done playing, what’s that feeling that you want to them to stay with?

RHQ: I just want them to stay rich. I just want them to stay telling their story like I told [mine]. Even when I’m telling my story I want you to feel like you’re telling your story. So when I’m making those songs, I’m really making them more like third person, because I want the songs to feel like they’re your songs. So when you listen to the song, I just want you to feel like you’re relieved, like you just got a burden [taken] off your back. I want you to feel like you’re complete with yourself after you listen to my songs.

B: You were talking about how you wanna give that positive message to the youth. What do you want them to do with that?

RHQ: I want them to run with it, take it, and let it multiply. At the end of the day, I feel like coming up I just didn’t feel like I had anyone who was talking to me directly, to the young people. When I was coming up I felt like the young people were just trying to talk to the older people in the music. Now you got the older people trying to talk to the young kids, and I just don’t feel like I had that coming up. If you got someone who’s taking advantage of that, giving you the game, telling you how to save your money, telling you [that] you ain’t gotta be putting on… I’m just trying to help the black community.

B: Yeah, we definitely need it. You sound like you’re preaching, talking about “let it multiply.” Where did that come from?

RHQ: it just comes from not wanting to broke again, I done been there before. Now it’s just like multiplying everything, I don’t wanna be broke again. I wanna be rich forever, and in order to be rich forever, you gotta multiply. You gotta give people chances. I don’t wanna be a rapper forever. I’m trying to open other outlets and opportunities just for any individual who really want it.

B: So [since] you’re saying that you don’t wanna be a rapper forever, where do you see yourself in ten years? What are you trying to accomplish, other than music?

RHQ: I don’t know other than music, I just know I wanna touch the culture the [best] way I can. I could see myself writing books, writing movies, whatever I can, just having my hand on the culture. It don’t have to be hip hop. I just wanna be hands on with the culture. Ten years from now I guess I just see myself having a big voice.

B: Yeah I think that you’re gonna have that. Speaking of movies, I saw that there were talks of a documentary for the album. Can you talk to me about that?

RHQ: The documentary basically gets in-depth with who Dequantes is opposed to Rich Homie Quan. DeQuantes is just me, that’s my government name. You got interviews from my mom, people who been close to me. Interviews from artists, people like Jacquees on there, my former label, a lot of radio people in Atlanta who were there. And it just basically gets in depth as a person, like where I wanna go, where do I see myself in the next ten years. It just basically shows you my outlook on the culture.

B: And so, why did you feel that you needed to do a documentary, do you think that people still don’t know the actual you behind Rich Homie Quan?

RHQ: It’s not even [that] a lot of people don’t know who Rich Homie Quan is, I think a lot of people just have a lot of misconceptions. People got a lot of things misconstrued. I just want the people to get things from my point of view. Let them know the things I did and how I was feelin when I did it, because every action has a reaction.

B: Considering that now you’ve been through all these trials, and that the last few years have been rough, switching labels and so on and so forth, would you say that you’re better for it? Would you trade it at all?

RHQ: Of course I wouldn’t trade it, because it made me the man I am today. But if I could do some things over, or differently, of course I would. But it’s the hand I was dealt- I’m proud of my hand. I stand behind my hand. Like I said I’m not perfect. There’s a lot of messed up things I have done, but hey, that’s what makes me who I am.

B: Yeah, you seem comfortable with who you are now.

RHQ: Yeah for sure, definitely.

B: So tell me about the tour that’s coming up. What should people look forward to, are you excited, what’s different about this one?

RHQ: Awh man of course I’m excited. What’s diff about this tour? This is the first tour in states I’ve had where I’m selling tickets and I’m headlining my own tour, where I’m not part of nobody else’s. This will be like the first long tour I have, more than 35 dates. So Im very excited. What can people be expecting? Like I always say, you can expect me to tell my story, you can definitely expect me to be having fun, you can definitely expect excitement, you can definitely expect me being content with myself. We letting ya’ll see another side of me that people haven’t seen. Overall, just me having fun.

B: And so what’s next for you from here? Where do you go from telling such a personal story and really getting some things off your chest; what’s after that?

RHQ: Next I just wanna drop an EP, have like 10 spring club bangers, and get back to [telling] my story later.

B: Is there anything else you wanna add?

RHQ: Naw, I just wanna tell the people to go get Rich as in Spirit, everywhere on all distributing platforms.

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands to the White House on July 2, 2018.  President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and the Netherlands, which reach back over four hundred years.  The President and Prime Minister will discuss trade and investment between the United States and the Netherlands.  They will also discuss shared defense and security goals, both within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and globally.



12 AUGUST 2018 Beijing

14 AUGUST 2018 Shanghai

ON SALE: 22 JUN 2018

SHANGHAI, June 15, 2018 — Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocalist for multi-platinum Grammy Award winning rock Band Linkin Park announced MIKE SHINODA POST TRAUMATIC TOUR LIVE IN CHINA POWERED BY MERCEDES-BENZ, presenting his personal songs from the upcoming Post Traumatic album as well as hits from Fort Minor and Linkin Park in his first solo performance in Beijing and Shanghai.

The tour includes Beijing on 12 August and Shanghai on 14 August. Tickets from RMB 380 will be available for public on 10 am, Jun 22 (Friday) through Damai.cn; Live Nation Pre-sale will start on 10 am, 21 Jun (Thursday) through Damai.cn. For more concerts info, please follow Live Nation on Weibo and WeChat.

In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, Shinoda has immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief. With no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording and painting. In January, he released the Post Traumatic EP consisting of three deeply personal songs – each one a powerful, stream-of-consciousness expression of unvarnished grief – accompanied by homemade visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted and edited himself. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with New York Times stating “The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do.”

Following the EP release, Shinoda continued to create, and the result is the brand new Post Traumatic, a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite its title, isn’t entirely about grief, though it does start there. “It’s a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness,” Shinoda says. Ultimately, Post Traumatic is an album about healing. Although he took a break from Linkin Park in 2005 to pursue a hip-hop project called Fort Minor, Post Traumatic is the first album that Shinoda released under his own name. “The reason is, not only is this album very personal, but it also doesn’t sound like Linkin Park,” he says. “I listen to so many different types of music, and I think that’s reflected here.”

In May, Shinoda headlined IDENTITY LA, a free festival in Los Angeles, and he will head to Japan to play the Summer Sonic Festival in August. “I’m looking forward to getting back to releasing music and touring,” Shinoda says. “Those things are ‘normal’ to me – it’s what my professional life has revolved around for years. And I know this will be different, so I’m excited to figure out what this new normal is.”


Mike Shinoda is a songwriter, performer, record producer, film composer and visual artist with a B.A. in illustration and Doctorate of Humane Letters from Art Center College of Design. He is best known as co-lead vocalist for multi-platinum Grammy-Award winning rock band, Linkin Park, which has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and commanded a massive fan following, holding the title as the most-liked band on Facebook and amassing over 5.5 billion YouTube views. Shinoda is the founding member of the group, which achieved the best-selling debut of this century with their Diamond-certified album, Hybrid Theory, selling over 10 million copies in the US alone. Collectively, they sold out stadiums around the globe and earned a multitude of accolades including 2 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards, 3 World Music Awards, and most recently, “Rock Album of the Year” at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards for their seventh studio album, One More Light. In 2005, Shinoda launched his first solo project, Fort Minor, releasing The Rising Tied to critical acclaim, with the single “Where’d You Go,” which reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and accumulated nearly 10 million YouTube views to date.



As the official partner of “Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park 2018 Post Traumatic Tour in China”, Mercedes-Benz together with Mike Shinoda will bring more fantastic experiences to local music fans and Mercedes-Benz customers where they will have the chance to attend on August 12 in Beijing or August 14 in Shanghai. Lucky winners may also get the chance to meet Mike Shinoda and enjoy an unforgettable show.

Tee Grizzley drops video for “2 Vaults” feat. Lil Yachty

Following the release of his explosive debut album Activated on 300 Entertainment which broke into the Billboard Top 200 at #10, Detroit’s Tee Grizzley releases a new video for his smash “2 Vaults” featuring Lil Yachty. The song itself, produced by London on da Track, has has earned over 20 million plays and counting across streaming platforms.

Since the release of Activated Tee has graced the cover of the Detroit Metro Times and garnered coverage from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, COMPLEX, Noisey, FADER, XXL and more. He also has been dropping gems in his enlightening YouTube series Chess Not Checkers where valuable game and anecdotal advice are given to anyone open to receive. Watch Tee and Lil Yachty secure bags while surrounded by exotic cars and vixens in the new visual for “2 Vaults” directed by Jobina Brown and BeMVP below.


LISTEN TO ACTIVATED: https://ffm.to/activated

Following the release of his explosive debut album Activated on 300 Entertainment which broke into the Billboard Top 200 at #10, Detroit’s Tee Grizzley releases a new video for his smash “2 Vaults” featuring Lil Yachty. The song itself, produced by London on da Track, has has earned over 20 million plays and counting across streaming platforms.

Since the release of Activated Tee has graced the cover of the Detroit Metro Times and garnered coverage from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, COMPLEX, Noisey, FADER, XXL and more. He also has been dropping gems in his enlightening YouTube series Chess Not Checkers where valuable game and anecdotal advice are given to anyone open to receive. Watch Tee and Lil Yachty secure bags while surrounded by exotic cars and vixens in the new visual for “2 Vaults” directed by Jobina Brown and BeMVP below.

More press on Activated:

“In less than one year’s time, Tee has gone from a prison cell to becoming one of hip-hop’s most exciting young voices, all on the back of his street-certified rhymes and vivid narratives.”XXL

“Grizzley is not only on top of his lyrical game, he’s also found an eclectic group of artists to help him deliver a solid debut album.”HIPHOPDX

“when all of the elements hit, Activated feels like the work of a budding superstar.”A.V. CLUB

“Activated is an hour long spirited joyride”SPIN

“If this one doesn’t compel you to stay on your grind, nothing will.” EXCLAIM!

“He’s one of the first rappers in many years to ascend this high while representing only the street life”DETROIT METRO TIMES

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