Demo Taped Wants Men To Be More Emotional

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He shows how it’s done in his new single, “Insecure”

Each week, we’re bringing you a new video by one of 300 Entertainment’s best up-and-coming artists, as part of the BRKRS series. Each musician was placed in the same 10x10 room, with the assignment to make the space their own and tell their audience who they really are. They’re the next big names in the music industry, we’re just letting you know first.

In this week's installment of BRKRS, Demo Taped shares the space with a cotton candy machine and about a dozen puppies, which reflects the vibe of "Insecure," his latest single. Gesturing toward the puppies, he says, “I felt like they were the real stars you know, they were the real talent there. And I’m happy to have worked with them." But while the visual is fun and upbeat, the song itself tackles his own insecurities in a way that’s sharply different from how men usually show their emotions.

The key thing to know about Demo Taped is that he doesn’t want to conform to society's accepted standards of masculinity; he’s not going to bottle up what he's feeling. “I think being a man is being in touch with your emotions,” he says. “I don't know what masculinity is. It's definitely not an outward thing to me. I paint my nails, and I wear stuff in my hair and dress very colorful, and that has nothing to do with it at all.”

The song is about the insecurity that comes with pursuing new relationships. He explains, "It's drawing from past experiences where I’ve let my insecurities about myself and my negative thoughts about myself get in the way of potential relationships. You're stopping yourself before you really get anywhere because you have all these deep-seated things that you think are alone with you."

Watch the video for “Insecure,” above.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.