The Stars Align As Rejjie Snow Navigates Us Through ‘The Moon & You’

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Explore his musical stream of consciousness

Rejjie Snow is on the brink of releasing his debut full-length album, but before that blows up, he wants to have some fun. While preparing for the highly anticipated drop, the Irish artist decided to put together a mixtape. The Moon & You is packed with 10 tracks woven together with three interludes that Snow describes as being "born out of my love for music." In addition to rapping and experimenting with the production, Snow also sings on some of the songs—a rare occurrence for the artist.

"I just love to create, and my brain is always ticking, and that's just what it is," he tells us. "I find it hard to explain my music because, to me, it's supposed to be unexplainable and hard to digest. My brain is a product of my environment and my environment makes up these lyrics and stories, the rest of yours to paint."

This mixtape is the type of thing you'll want to turn on when you find yourself wide awake late at night and unable to quiet all of your racing thoughts. Listening to the album feels like you're floating through the speakers and into Snow's complex soundscape.

Emerging and established artists such as Joey Bada$$, Jesse Boykins III, Joyce Wright, Dana Williams, and Julian Bell are also featured on The Moon & You, lending their distinct talents to enhance the quality of Snow's creative vision. It's his world, and we're blessed to just be on the same planet as him.

Snow's debut album, Dear Annie, is expected to come out sometime this year. Get the full breakdown of The Moon & You straight from Snow himself while you stream the mixtape in full, below.

I wanted to capture a somber mood. I wanted it to feel like going from nothing to something. The energy from coming out the womb and basking in a bed of light and love. Coming alive.

It's about being a provider. Still being a piece of shit and a lowlife but still taking care of what you gotta do. The kid hates his dad's fucking guts and can see all the way through his selfish ways. 

"Fashion Week"
I wanted to make a song about the pitfalls and highs of Fashion Week, one of my favorite times of the year. 

"Purple Tuesday" 
I'm just rapping on here. Talking my shit. Shout-out to Joey Bada$$.

"Me & My Piano"
I sat down at the piano and sang a song to my cat. We have a love-hate relationship, to say the least. 

"Sunny California"
This song was made in dedication to California and my love for that terrain. I hiked and wrote a lot of music there last year; to me, it's a place of comfort. I'm excited to go back. 

"Mama Africa"
This song is just a feeling and an outburst, I dunno what it's about but it's one of my favorites. I like its energy. 

"Get It"
This track is purely just a song about love.

"Pink Flower"
This track just detailed my headspace at that moment in time. I'm always on the move, and I'm always missing people, so you know my moods are always swinging. But I've been speaking to people in my mind as of late, and it's okay. It's love. 

"Acid Trip"
I tried my best to paint my acid trip in music, and that's how it came out. I'm super unapologetic to anybody that ever thinks otherwise about that. It's one of life's most beautiful treats. 

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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.