@skopemag news for june 20, 2019 @ 11 am est

E-40 Prepares New Album, Recruits Quavo, Roddy Ricch, ScHoolboy Q and A$AP Ferg for “Chase The Money”

Known for his immense vocabulary and even bigger bankroll, E-40 is one of the rap game’s most-highly venerated veterans. The Vallejo native, hip-hop legend, and world’s most famous Warriors fan officially announces Practice Makes Paper, his 29th studio album. A proud giver of game for over three decades, Practice Makes Paper is a testament to 40 Water’s need to succeed and dedication to his craft, which drives his prolific and high-quality output. Comprised of 26 tracks and countless guest appearances, ranging from longtime collaborators and Bay Area OGs to some of the hottest names in rap, the upcoming album demonstrates the Counselor’s impressive influence and unmatched longevity in the rap game.

Unwed Sailor share anthemic non-album cut “Gone Jungle”

With over 20 years of music under his belt, Johnathon Ford — the visionary behind Unwed Sailor and one-time member of Pedro the Lion and Roadside Monument — reignited his expansive interpretation of instrumental music with the release of Heavy Age , the project’s first album since 2008’s Little Wars (Burnt Toast Vinyl). With praise from the likes of NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, and Flood Magazine, the band’s energetic return was welcomed back with open arms.

Critic City Track: Shoulders

Hard hitting rock song with a big chorus. Debut on our “Four Chambers or Six” EP from January and released as a single on our “Shoulders” EP in early June which features our cover of “Into You” by Ariana Grande and acoustic tunes for both songs.


Lost Kings consists of Los Angeles based Rob Gainley and Nick Shanholtz. The two have risen up through the ranks of new producer talents gaining over 350 million total streams worldwide. In the process, they have released various original music and remixes, had a longstanding Las Vegas residency at The Wynn and named Google Play’s #1 Artist to Watch in 2017.

Luke Combs is first artist with 5 tracks in Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Top 25 since Johnny Cash in 1959

Luke Combs continues to break records this week following the release of his new EP, The Prequel—out now via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville (stream/purchase here). All five tracks from the EP are currently in Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Top 25—a feat not accomplished by any artist in 60 years since Johnny Cash in 1959—and are also in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Country Songs Sales chart. Additionally, Combs has achieved the largest streaming week ever for a country artist and currently holds the top two spots on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with The Prequel (#1) and his debut album, This One’s For You (#2). The Prequel also debuted at #4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Adding to a monumental few weeks, Combs was recently invited to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.


“Death Row is all about someone’s will to achieve, accomplish, or even gain something. I made the song at one of my lowest points in life. I was so hungry and so determined to achieve what I wanted that I was willing to put my life on the line. Most people feel like they’re in “do or die” situations and I felt like mine was worse. It was Death Row – a place where people don’t even have a choice. So when it came to my passion, my career, I knew I would either achieve everything I set out for or die trying— despite my situation at the time.

CHERUBS: Revolver Debuts Psychedelic “18 The Number” Video

“…a psychedelic mash-up of clips that reflects the band’s overall approach – antagonistic yet playful and mischievous. Musically, the track is a catchy and muscular exercise that will please devotees of their previous work as well as fans of Unsane, Melvins and the like.” — Revolver on “18 The Number”


Multi-platinum international singer-songwriter Elisa reveals a brand-new exclusive 5-track EP, ‘Secret Diaries’, available today on all streaming platforms, via Island Records.

New Music // BLACK ADIDAS – ‘Be Cool’

That’s the thought process behind Black Adidas’s hot new single, Be Cool, which was inspired by the ease of losing yourself at a really good show – as much as you might want to look and act cool, eventually you’ll be overcome by the need to express outwardly how you’re feeling inside. To scream, sing, dance, sweat, or all of the above.

GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” Video

New York solo/experimental outfits GRIDFAILURE & MEGALOPHOBE deliver an explosively demented new video for “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia,” found on their second collaborative album, Tasukete, which saw release through Nefarious Industries in late 2018. The visual accompaniment to the rabid musical concoction infiltrates the public domain through the web portal known as Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

Ludic – ‘2 Myself’

“This track was produced by Ryan Worsley, the music man himself! Working with Ryan is honestly a dream come true. He completely understands our vision, sometimes even better than we do. We LOOOOVE him!”


Global megastar Ed Sheeran has unveiled the official tracklisting for his No.6 Collaborations Project, available everywhere July 12th via Atlantic Records. The 15-track album includes 22 collaborations from an all-star cast of Sheeran’s favorite artists including Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Khalid, Eminem, Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Stormzy and many more!

Dire Wolves share “Discordant Angels” off their upcoming album

The song comes off their upcoming album, Grow Towards The Light, that’s out June 28th on Beyond Beyond is Beyond and premiered recently on No Recess alongside a feature interview saying that their “sound contains elements of jazz, folk, psychedelic, and various forms of “rock” that often transcends traditional song structure, guided by otherworldly instincts.”