ArrDee at Glastonbury 2022: “I’m here to try and build a legacy”

ArrDee spoke to NME backstage at Glastonbury 2022 about performing at the festival for the first time, representing his hometown and giving the rock star lifestyle “a run for its money”.

The Brighton rapper made his debut appearance on the Lonely Hearts Club yesterday (June 25), where he previewed his new single ‘Hello Mate’.

Speaking to NME before the set, ArrDee described playing at Worthy Farm as a “monumental part of every legend’s career”. “Obviously, I’m here to try and build a legacy, not like here today, gone tomorrow,” he said. “I want my name to live on many years whilst I’m here and many years whilst I’m gone. So Glastonbury is definitely one of those sets, or those festivals, that, ‘Yo! When he done this at Glastonbury!’ [those moments live on].”

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The 20-year-old also discussed representing his hometown at events like Glastonbury. “There are so many cold – not necessarily rappers from Brighton – just musicians, in general,” he said. “Brighton is one of the most musical towns that I’ve ever seen – and I’ve been to a few towns in the UK now. I’ve been about, and it’s got so many music organisations and charities and little groups and communities that link up and have mad, mad talent down there.”

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When speaking to NME back in March, ArrDee said he wants to be a “real, history-defying rockstar” like Freddie Mercury. “I’m always here to have fun,” he added yesterday. “I party better and harder than anyone I’ve ever met. So I can definitely give that whole lifestyle a run for its money, and that’s what I was born and set out to be, in my opinion. Obviously, I still want to live a long healthy life, healthy to an extent.”

ArrDee’s next single, ‘Hello Mate’, is expected to arrive soon before he starts his debut international tour next month.

Saturday boasted a massive line-up with music’s pioneering rockstar, Paul McCartney, putting on a star-studded show five-star performance. The day also had performances from Noel GallagherHAIMMegan Thee StallionJamie T, YungbludThe AvalanchesBurna BoyJessie Ware and many more.

Check back at NME here for the latest news, reviews, interviews, photos and more from Glastonbury 2022.

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Watch Little Simz perform new “from the heart” track live at Glastonbury 2022

Little Simz has shared a new track live at Glastonbury 2022. Listen to the track below.

Simz was performing at the West Holts stage, on Friday (June 24). Other highlights from her set included her bringing out Cleo Sol for her songs ‘Selfish’ and ‘Woman’.

“I wrote a song that has never been shared before, and it felt like the right time to share it,” she said. “So, if it’s cool with you guys, I’d love to share it.”

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The London rapper called the song “honest” and “from the heart,” but did not reveal its title before rapping the lyrics, “I never cared about being immortalised” and “guess it’s in my nature being a water sign” before the beat of the track sped up on the candid song.

At one point during a spoken word moment from the set, Simz asked the rowdy festival crowd to quiet down and “read the room” with a laugh.

The festival set was part of a banner year for the rapper. In March, she picked up the Best Solo Act From The UK at the BandLab NME Awards 2022. “Honestly this journey has been long,” she said at the time. “It’s definitely been the stairs route and not the escalators, but it was so worth it. I’m truly humble, I’m truly grateful.”

Friday also saw performances from Sam FenderSt VincentIDLESBlossomsSigrid, Phoebe Bridgers and Primal Scream. Meanwhile, Billie Eilish closed out the night with a headline set on the Pyramid Stage, making her the youngest solo Glastonbury headliner in history.

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Check out the full line-up and performance times here and check back at NME here for the latest news, reviews, interviews, photos and more from Glastonbury 2022.

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Eminem and Snoop Dogg share collaboration ‘From The D 2 The LBC’

Eminem and Snoop Dogg have shared a new collaborative single titled ‘From The D 2 The LBC’.

The song sees the pair shout out their respective hometowns of Detroit and Long Beach, rapping on its refrain: “Put your doobies high if you reside in 213, let’s see them blunts raised / Whether you east side or west side of the 313, let’s see them guns blaze.

The song arrives alongside a James Larese-directed video that begins with Eminem and Snoop in the studio, with the latter professing there’s “no smoke in here” despite the visible presence of an enormous blunt.

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The clip then sees Em and Snoop perform their respective verses while transforming into animated, Bored Ape-style avatars – the duo previewed the track live recently while appearing at Ape Fest 2022. Watch the new video below:

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‘From The D 2 The LBC’ marks Eminem’s second single for the year. Earlier this month, he teamed up with CeeLo Green on the Dr. Dre-produced ‘The King And I’. Recorded for the Elvis film soundtrack, the ‘Jailhouse Rock’-sampling song sees Em discuss the parallels between himself and Presley.

Snoop Dogg, meanwhile, released latest album ‘BODR’ in February. An acronym for ‘Back On Death Row’, the album marked Snoop’s first album on Death Row Records in 26 years. The rapper’s acquisition of the label – through which he released 1993’s ‘Doggystyle’ and 1996’s ‘Tha Doggfather’ – went through earlier this year.

Both Em and Snoop performed onstage together during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show alongside Dre, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and 50 Cent at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

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A Notorious B.I.G. NFT collection will include the right to license an iconic freestyle he delivered at 17

A collection of NFTs to be released in partnership with the estate of the Notorious B.I.G. will include the rights to license an iconic freestyle the rapper delivered when he was a teenager.

Sky’s the Limit: The Notorious B.I.G. Collection, which is being sold through the crypto platform OneOf, will include 3D NFT figurine characters inspired by Biggie. Everyone who purchases one of these will be given the rights to license audio of the freestyle, which B.I.G. rapped on a street corner in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn when he was 17 years old.

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Prior to now, the audio has not been officially released or made available for downloading or sampling. The full collection will be available on July 25 via OneOf’s website. “Biggie’s music is a very important part of hip-hop culture and its global impact,” said Wayne Barrow, manager of B.I.G.’s estate, in a statement.

“Our business partner, Elliot Osagie of Willingie Inc, came up with the concept of coming together with OneOf to share the infamous freestyle that showcased to the world the icon that Biggie would soon become through an NFT, and sharing it with his fans in this way we are certain would make him proud.”

Biggie’s estate recently celebrated what would have been the rap icon’s 50th birthday last month in a variety of ways, including a Lil Kim-hosted gala event at which his son, CJ Wallace, performed his late father’s verse on the song ‘One More Chance’.

Earlier this month, a 25th anniversary reissue of B.I.G.’s second album, ‘Life After Death’, was released. The box set contains the original album plus 12″ vinyl singles of hits ‘Hypnotize’, ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’, ‘Sky’s the Limit’ and ‘Nasty Boy’, plus rare photos, new liner notes and more.

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Snoop Dogg reacts after impersonator hired for NFT conference

Snoop Dogg has reacted after an actor hired to impersonate the rapper was seen walking around at NFT.NYC, a conference for non-fungible token enthusiasts held this week at Times Square.

“I’m at the NFT NYC Conference again in Times Square, and Snoop walked by, flanked by security,” tweeted NBC News reporter Kevin Collier on Wednesday (June 22). Collier explained that he grabbed the fake Snoop’s handler, mentioning that he was a reporter and asking for some time with the Doggfather.

“The guy said actually that’s an impersonator, legally can’t say it’s him, they hired him to drum up excitement,” Collier concluded. “Feels like a metaphor.”

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A photo soon emerged of the impersonator, who bears some resemblance to Snoop Dogg. The clear giveaway, however, is his name tag, which reads Doop Snogg. Snoop has since responded to the impersonator with a tweet simply saying his name.

It’s worth pointing out that it’s not unreasonable that someone would think Snoop might be the type to hang around at a festival like NFT.NYC. Back in April, the rapper released a drop of NFTs called A Journey with the Dogg, chronicling different stages of his life.

The rapper has also indicated that he plans for his newly acquired Death Row Records to include NFT releases, hinting that his 1992 Dr. Dre collaboration ‘Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang’ could mark the first one.

In other Snoop news, the rapper recently revealed that he gave his personal, full-time blunt roller a raise due to inflation. Last month, the rapper cancelled a planned UK tour due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts” that included “family obligations” and film and TV projects.

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