Unlike some other artists, Diplo can work with whomever he wants without losing his credibility. It’s impressive how many strange, random collaborations he’s done but he always brings something cool to the table. In this interview, we ask him about his new album, working with the Maple Jesus (Bieber) and what it takes to get picked up by Mad Decent.
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Justin Bieber revealed that he’ll be doing a songwriting collaboration with Taylor Swift for his third album Believe and that it might have a country twang. Bieber announced the collaboration on the U.K.’s Capital FM Radio and hinted that the album will feature a range of styles: ”It doesn’t stay in a box,” he explained. “Everything is so different and that’s why I’m so happy with this album.”
Swift is just one of many all-stars contributing to the album, which also includes Drake, Kanye West, Timbaland and Diplo. Justin also announced on Twitter that the album will include a duet with Usher. You’ll have to wait until the summer to hear it though.
Justin and Taylor have previously collaborated in the past, when Taylor was a special guest at his concert.
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Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Azealia Banks, a rapper from Harlem, New York.
If the name Azealia Banks doesn’t ring a bell, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Good thing I am here to enlighten you. This 20-year-old up and comer recently appeared in the GQ Style Bible, and on NYLON magazine’s website. And she’s worth the hype.
Her new EP 1991 is due out on April 17. She recently moved to London, England to work on her debut album with Paul Epworth, the producer behind Adele and Florence and the Machine. Watch for her album Broke with Expensive Taste next September.
Origins: Harlem, New York
Full name: Azealia Amanda Banks. Yes, Azealia is her real name. However, she was formerly known as Miss Bank$ and her Twitter name is ”<3 Yung Rapunxel <3.” So I’m guessing she likes braids and princesses.
Known for: She’s known for her no-nonsense, dirty, unapologetic, in your face rhymes.
Used in a sentence: “Azealia Banks brings street cred back to the female rap game. Nicki Minaj, take notes.”
File next to: Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj
Download now: Listen to the viral hit “212” NOW if you haven’t. For shame, where have you been?
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