The release of this BET/Relativity production has been said to be set for November 14, 2014 so get ready to break out the popcorn and create your rager movie watching circles 😀
Wassup Ragers! It’s been a whole week since EST Fest. Is anyone still physically recovering? I know it took me a while haha. For those of you who missed fEST, or if you did go and just wanna relive some of it Click Here and peep a BUNCH of pictures taken there, so dope! Kells has a bunch on his IG also @machinegunkelly There’s also videos floating around all over YouTube of all sorts of happenings from our weekend. I personally don’t have any because I shut my phone off for the weekend so to those that captured all sorts of memories, thank you!! Everyone that did go, you can get shirts/hoodies designed with “I Survived the Circus” and they’re only $20!! So if you did survive the madness(even if it was barely😂) you can pick those up here –>www.isurvivedthecircus2014.com
Despite the crazy weekend our team has no intentions of slowing down, Kells will be touring almost every day in September and October! Chances are he’s coming to your city and some of these dates he’s playing with LIMP BIZKIT. That just doesn’t happen all the time, you gotta peep these shows! Tix/dates available here —> www.machinegunkelly.com/tour .
Kells and Wiz performed Mind of A Stoner live for the first time ever!! http://Instagram.com/p/rdiQIsCtaB/ I love EST x TGOD doing things together, hopefully more in the future! If you want some new merch, the team just dropped a BUNCH of sick new shirts at www.mgkofficialmerch.com .
All my foolies, Dub and Tezo had a show in Michigan for the Guilty4Grinding tour that unfortunately had to be postponed but the show goes on!! It has officially been rescheduled and relocated for August 14th in Taylor. All ticket holders for the previous show, they are still good..hold onto them! Anyone looking to get a ticket for this show contact “Michael Trader” on Facebook.
That’s all for this week fam. If you have pictures/videos from fEST post them all! You can never have enough memories when it comes to this movement. Hope to see y’all at a show soon…stay laced!
And just like that, the most ragin’ weekend of the year is over! As all of you probably know by now, Thursday kicked off the 2nd annual EST Fest hosted by none other than Machine Gun Kelly and the squad! Although I was not able to attend, all of the stories I’ve heard and the pictures I’ve seen left me feeling the least bit left out of the fun! Some of my close fam have given me an inside look at some of the things that went on.
First off, there were enough parties this weekend to suffice for the year. The first night started off with a kick ass party hosted by The Munilot Ragers: Frankie, Kahner, and Chad! The party seems to have been a huge success and was the perfect way to get EST Fest jumping for the days to follow! Followed by the highly anticipated Dome Party!
On the second day of fest, EST held a memorial for all of our fallen ragers. Unfortunately we have lost so many of our beautiful brothers and sisters in such a short amount of time recently, so what greater way is there to honor them than to come together at our most unified event and give them a proper farewell? It was an astonishing sight to see; Kells gave a speech and someone said a few words about each fallen rager. This was followed by a moment of silence in which Kells played Blink 182’s “Adam’s Song”. The farewell ended with the release of hot air balloons as L’s were thrown to the sky. May they all rage in peace.
Finally, let’s get to the amazing performances that took place at this year’s EST Fest! Many performers took the stage including some new faces and some familiar ones. Guests included Waka Flocka, Mod Sun, Juvenile, and DJ EV. EST’s own Tezo, Ray Jr., and Dub-O also graced the stage for some turnt up performances! Kid Ink came through to perform crowd favorite “Hell & Back” with MGK, and Blackbear came out to perform “End Of The Road”! Word is that Kells even performed some gems like “100 Words And Running” and “Lead You On” which I would kill to see live! You can find many videos of this year’s performances (and other happenings) throughout EST Fest’s instagram, the fams Facebook also mgkestfam.com will be uploading many pictures taken throughout the weekend by Mariah.
Pictures and videos are still surfacing, and stories are still being told about the epic weekend that just went down. One thing is for sure though, EST Fest is one of the most special times you have the opportunity to experience with your EST family. So if you haven’t been able to make it to one yet, hopefully we can all be there next year. Until then, be on the look out for the next time Kells is in your town; find tickets here! Peace out, lovelies. LACE UP!
Hey fam! Things are really kicking up for the team lately, and I’m sure we’re all excited about all the things coming up! First off, on Thursday Billard dropped “All Eyez On Me” featuring our very own Machine Gun Kelly. The song is definitely a banger and as usual, Kells doesn’t hold back. If you haven’t heard this Summer anthem yet, you can find it here on Billard’s Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/iambillard/billard-feat-machine-gun-kelly-all-eyez-on-me-prod-by-billard. I promise you’ll be screaming “ALL EYEZ ON ME!” after your first listen!
Now let’s get down to tour news! Kells will be hitting the stage at Firestone Live in Orlando, Fl tonight. Doors open at 7pm. This week Machine Gun Kelly will be performing in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Miami, South Burlington, and Washington, DC; if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet or you need more tour info, what are you waiting for?! Head over to http://www.machinegunkelly.com/tour for all up-to-date tour dates and links to buy your tix.
As mentioned in last week’s post, be sure to check out Dub’s new video for “Doing Numbers” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBbovc2HROc&sns=tw and Ray Jr.’s new track “Same Crew” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JWelWbdsxU!
*EXCLUSIVE* We have received confirmation from Ash that there will indeed be a Machine Gun Kelly – Fans Only Tour. Nonetheless, there are no confirmed dates listed on MGK’s official website and none have been mentioned yet. That being said, I would be careful of purchasing tickets claiming to be for the “Fans Only Tour” on Ticketmaster because no one on the team has confirmed these dates nor do any of the dates appear on the calendars of the supposed venues, so be on the lookout.
Lastly, THERE ARE ONLY ELEVEN DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE: EST FEST! By now we have all heard the amazing stories of what an unmatchable experience EST Fest was last year even if we didn’t have the opportunity to attend. I’m certain that this year will be nothing less than an equally fantastic time, if not even better! Is there really any greater way to meet so many members of this beautiful family we call EST?! I doubt it! If you haven’t already done so, purchase your tickets here http://www.est-fest.com/! You can also find any further details you would like to know about EST Fest on that site. I encourage everyone to go rage like never before with the team that we are repping till death! Be sure to join the EST Fest Facebook group as well. You can come in contact with other members of the fam coming out and get information about carpools, things you should bring, and any updates https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettoestfest/
That’s all for now! LACE UP!
-Kira (twitter: overdosedxo)
Hey Fam! Ang here once again, how have ya’ll been?
Lots has been up for K and the boys, as always! K posted a few pics on his Instagram at an Interscope party.. looks like they got to spend a few days in Vegas having fun, as they should be! All that hard work, it’s good to see all the smiles on their faces together havin fun. Also, if you don’t follow Slim’s Vine, I highly suggest it. Lots of behind the scenes snippets of them in Vegas and road tripping/ goofin’ off per usual, definitely a good laugh 🙂
K and Steve Aoki got to premiere ‘Free The Madness’ at Wet Republic while they were in Vegas!!! So bad ass. Look at that crowd, looks like a rager for sure! And then there’s this, too. Also.. if you haven’t yet.. check out the video for it here. I’ve had this song on repeat the past few days, such a good summer jam.
The Guilty 4 Grinding Tour is nearing its end! Just a few dates left, so make sure to check a show out if it comes your way!!
K tweeted about some upcoming tour dates.. along with saying how excited he was to not have a broken foot anymore! Which is wonderful! You can check the dates out here.
Only 24 days left until EST Fest!!!! Don’t forget to grab tickets if you need them still!!! And check out the EST Fest Group on FB for help finding rides and anything else you may need, there’s alot of people on there lookin’ for help/to help!
Alright, well that’s all for this week!
Peace, Love n Lace Up!!
What a week it’s been for EST. First I want to thank Kate for this opportunity to be a part of something so cool, and also everything she does for EST! So as good as this week was for everyone and the team, it also was an emotional one. Unfortunately we lost someone that shared the same love for the music as the rest of us, Cody Hartwell. It’s never easy having to hear about losing a fellow rager. Kells to no surprise at all posted a pretty heartfelt picture on his Instagram to talk about Cody’s passing. Thanks for repping this movement, Cody. Lace Up forever brother.
In other EST happenings earlier this week Kells made an appearance at Ventura, CA Warped Tour….to perform with Linkin Park!! That was so cool. And what an experience it would have been to see that in person. There are some videos on YouTube of the performance so check those out! Also this week we got the premiere of the Steve Aoki music video for Free the Madness with Kells, and I have to say that was one of the coolest/funniest videos I’ve seen in a while. The Girl Scout fight was so cool, the directors killed it for sure. Definitely another great collab. You can purchase the track now on iTunes, go get that!
32 days! That’s all that’s left until EST Fest! Go get your tickets –> HERE this isn’t a weekend to miss out on! There’s even a costume party this year! And while were on the topic of fEST….some of the lineup has been announced! The legendary Juvenile will be there! How hype is that set gonna be!? Along with Nipsey Hussle, Tezo, our hippy MODSUN, Legit Paper team and DJ EV, Dub and much more! And this is only part of the lineup! More of it will be announced soon according to the team. The first movie K is in finally has a trailer! You can watch that HERE some people have spotted Kells in it, but you gotta be quick! Haha I can’t wait to see our dude on the big screen!
Old Light New Lights is out and we’ve had it for a couple of weeks now. Who is still banging the record like me!? Shoutout to Dub for dropping that right in time for summer! Can’t get enough of it. What’s everyone’s favorite track and what songs do you want to see videos for? Dub is staying busy because he’s also on the Guilty 4 Grinding tour with Tezo! They still have dates left in Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan. If you’re in or around that area make sure you get tickets/info at guilty4grinding.com you don’t wanna miss these shows!!
Kells also has shows coming up all over the place up until fEST. Go see if you’ll be able to make a show at http://www.machinegunkelly.com/tour?__federated=1
That’s all for today, sorry for the long entry…just a lot going on with EST this week! (Happy 1 year to Black Flag this week also!!!) Thanks to Kate, and everyone else taking part in this. Thanks to the whole team for never stopping when it comes to providing us with exciting shows/music/events. Hope you all enjoyed your week, here’s to another one that’s hopefully an amazing one.
Love & Lace Up!
Twitter/IG – thatevandude
“That’s a Wrap!”
We also got to hear some new music this week! “Free the Madness”-MGK & Steve Aoki is now available to preorder on iTunes. If you haven’t yet, check it out at SteveAoki.MTV.com.
Finally, I would like to conclude this weeks blog with words of wisdom from Dre. “You just can’t wait for good things to happen to make you feel better. For everything to fall into place. You need to create patterns for yourself, and let everything happen around the structure you built.”
It’s been a long time coming, but Old Lights New Lights (OLNL) is finally here. After spending days in my bedroom and car with this album all I want to do is talk about it, so let’s go!
The album is available for purchase on iTUNES, or you can stream it on SoundCloud. From an underground artist’s stand point I think that is extremely clever and considerate- let your fans buy your album, or let them stream it for free. Knowing our fan base is so dedicated-we are bound it buy it, but also knowing that some can’t afford it. Nice!
Old Lights refers to the street life that Dub-O used to live, and New Lights refers to the stage lights he is now under. Push play and the introduction completely captures attention- it’s like ‘Oh damn he wants out, let Dub out the car!’ and maybe you haven’t quite caught on, but this introduction, for me any way, explains the title “Old Lights New Lights” perfectly, go ahead PUSH PLAY, you’ll feel it.
“I’m out this shit fuck that” annoyed, he is eager to get out of that car and away from that scene, but between the helicopter noise, sounds of him running and being out of breathe, you know it was a struggle to get away, just as it is for any rising artist to get from their old lights to their new lights. A lot of hip hop artists have struggled with leaving the streets behind and focusing on music. As he steps into the venue he is immediately yelled at by the promoter, “You’re fucking late get on the stage, fucking rappers.” Although this guy wants to shit on him, Dub-O doesn’t let it get to him, with pep in his voice he asks, “Ay where my mic at?” ready as ever.
The first track P.O.M. (Peace of Mind) gives us a head-bobbing melodic flow enticing listeners to focus on the words, and the rising tempo brings us to it’s smooth hook, getting listeners singing along. Holding tight to the optimism, on his first verse of the album he raps “Hello bright lights, what you got for me?” After listening to this track it is evident that Dub-O’s not trippin over his haters, and he’s adamant as ever, only looking up.
Delving into the stoner side of Dub-O, that we all know and love, he gives us Choppin Trees. The perfect track to smoke to, cruise to, and most importantly, bounce to! (As I’m writing this my friend texted me a video of him performing this song in Edmonton last night, and boy I can’t wait to be bouncing in the crowd for this track! His shows are hype you have to catch him on the Guilty 4 Grinding tour this summer! guilty4grinding.com) The lyrics to this song are much like this whole album, in your face. My favorite lines include “Back to that bread imma stack it
Makin it harder to see ya
Boss decisions I’m makin see that’s the difference between us
Man I be grinding like I’m bout to go and re-up
Plastic crack on the scale get you 12 grams for your speakers and let it bang
Like ‘Do I Know You’
Fuckin foolie this that life now let me show you”
Plastic crack refers to a CD, which weighs 15 grams, I looked it up, but close enough this line is DOPE, like DIKY(his first mixtape)? Fuckin foolie!!!
I know it’s hard to believe, but I have a favorite track, number 3, Doubt It. Maybe it has a little to do with the fact that this song was recorded while the boys were on The Lace Up tour, aka the best tour ever, but mainly for the way it makes me feel. Right off, the piano pulls listeners from the previous energy of Choppin Trees and shakes ones emotions, starting with the line “They ain’t fuckin witcha boy”. For serious Dub-O fans, wanting nothing more than for him to shine, that line really hits deep. By the end, this song assures us Dub-O has been grinding, whether ‘they’ know it or not. And he has what it takes: swag, flow, focus, his crew, and bitches (but not before business). “Man I tell em I get it, got it, been about it, along way comin’ I’m from the bottom, so for the sake celebrate”
There’s several hype tracks on this album but I’m not sure they can compete with the upbeat jam, Reppin Dat. Featuring MGK, the two give us a great new EST anthem song, “I been reppin that!” This is definitely one of those songs you pray Dub and MGK perform together, EST fest perhaps? You just can’t fuck with these two when they jump on a track together, “No way!”
Track number 5 is well… DOPE. Play this song and immediately feel yourself swaggin. This song is the shit, “introduce the world to that LOUD DOPE” friends! No really, play this song for all your friends, it’s catchy and entices people to want more Dub-O music. Jp always kills it on the beat, but man, this one! Check out the intense video for it as well on Dub-O’s youtube channel: Dubz216.
The funniest part of OLNL is the skit before That’s That ***** goes into its first verse. Those girls are hilarious, “Bitch oh my fucking gosh he got the fucking bottles…Duuuub Dub Who?” And then they come back at the end to conclude that yes, he is that *****. The lyrics are crazy “Now and later I tell a candy ass hater, suck it DX,” referring to the wrestling group ‘D-Generation X’ and their signature slogan, ‘Suck it’. So many cool lyrics through out OLNL.
Can I Live, so how many of you have started this song over? Like damn, isn’t that how we all feel? CAN I LIVE LET ME LIVE. You just want to rap this in someones face. He talks about the things that have tried to hold him back like cops, and relationships, with this crazy attitude and accent in his voice, it’s similar to that in ‘Dope’. It’s new, and it’s different from DIKY, I like it. Next level shit. “Positive my energy, let me live eternity”
There isn’t a skippable track on this album.
Next we have Doin Numbers featuring fellow Cleveland rapper, Ray Jr. and while he doesn’t want to be included as a feature, our very own Slim Gudz on the hook. This song is fire, a banger, it goes, whatever you wanna say, it’s a hit. Both Dub and Ray are in-your-face with the verses. My favorite line is from Dub, “EST I rep a team a family came from nothin’ EST I rep a gang it’s family over numbers”
Since Reppin Dat started you’ve been hype, rocking out, but now towards the end of the album he starts grabbing at your emotions again with Can’t Help Myself. The voicemail at the beginning cracks me up, she truely could not help herself. Anyways, the beat comes on and Dub hits us with “Man I got old flings I cant shake
Old habits I can’t break
Double back on my mistakes, nobodies perfect”
Dub-O you so real. So many relatable lines in this song. He taps into your guilty conscience. All the bad shit we do that just makes us feel good at the time. Whether it’s a going back to a bad relationship or smoking, we all have bad habits we can’t break. And if you don’t well, still, nobodies perfect. The hook is great.
Better Days seems to be a very popular favorite amongst Dub-O fans. While it’s the shortest song on the tape, at almost 2 minutes long, it seems to be a tear jerker, getting you going all at once and then coming to a quick positive end. In the first verse alone listeners go from feeling like nothing is going their way and life is hard, to being grateful to just be alive. The hook, which comes only once right between the two verses, makes you really connect with Dub-O. He was in the rain, and now he sees you there, but he knows from experience that the rain will wash away your pain. He gives you hope. The song wraps up with confidence, “Better days on the way, I promise just wait and see”
Onto track 11 we have Chill *****. This song is super cool, super chill. You’ll be swaggin out listening to this song. He is serenading females on the hook. Is this song the new Chill On 100 or what? Much like the rest of OLNL he is very open on this track.
New Lights is like the anthem of this album. Fuck the Old Lights..it’s all about the future. This song reminds me of his work ethic, making every day his bitch. “I took my clock out the garbage quit wasting time now it’s precious.” His flow is crazy and he gives us 3 hefty verses to seek motivation from. Get lost in the rhythm and find some inspiration.
To wrap up the tape Dub-O gives us a genuine, and authentic look into his past with Look At Where I’m At. Pay attention and once again you’ll hear Slim on the hook. Dub tells us about the hardships he went through growing up, a lot of it we can all relate to. It makes you proud of Dub-O, and his brother Slim, hearing all they have been through and knowing where they are now.
I hope you find inspiration while swaggin to Dub-O’s highly anticipated album. It was WELL worth the wait. Oh and I think it’s pretty neat throughout the tape he references not only DIKY but many songs off of it including On Deck, Same Ol’, Moves to Make, Made It, Paid, and Hy for Dayz. Super cool shit!