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G Herbo & Chance The Rapper Perform "PTSD" For Press Play

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G Herbo & Chance The Rapper Perform "PTSD" For Press Play

The Chicago rappers give an exclusive performance of the title track from Herbo's latest album, 'PTSD'

GRAMMYs/Sep 11, 2020 - 03:22 am

Thankfully, mental health is no longer such a taboo topic in the hip-hop world, thanks to brave work by artists like G Herbo. In the latest edition of Press Play, the Chicago rapper addresses "PTSD" head on with help from GRAMMY winner Chance the Rapper - take a look:

In the exclusive performance, Herbo and Chance perform the title track from Herbo's latest album and pay tribute to their late friend and collaborator, Juice WRLD, who is featured on the album version of the song and died tragically last September at age 21.

G Herbo's album and mission is aimed to de-stigmatize mental health and demystify the commonly misunderstood mental disorder clinically known as post-traumatic stress disorder. In May 2020, Herbo launched Swervin’ Through Stress which offers free therapy and mental health resources for Black youth age 18-25.

For his remarkable efforts, PTSD debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. Catch Herbo in the clip above for a moving performance of the album's title track, and read our exclusive interview with him here

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GRAMMY Rewind: Chance The Rapper Highlights Faith And Gratitude As He Wins A Best New Artist GRAMMY In 2017
Chance the Rapper holds his GRAMMY Award after winning Best New Artist in 2017.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Chance The Rapper Highlights Faith And Gratitude As He Wins A Best New Artist GRAMMY In 2017

At the 59th GRAMMY Awards, Chance the Rapper brought home his very first trophies — and as he accepted his Best New Artist GRAMMY, he made sure God and his longtime supporters were given the spotlight.

GRAMMYs/Dec 9, 2022 - 06:08 pm

The 2017 GRAMMY Awards marked a big career moment for Chance the Rapper. Not only did he walk in as a seven-time nominee, but he won his first GRAMMYs that night — and not just one, but three.

In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit Chance the Rapper’s acceptance speech for his Best New Artist GRAMMY. Flanked by his then-manager Pat Corcoran and his music director Peter CottonTale, the rapper — whose birth name is Chancelor Bennett — expressed gratitude for both of those team members in his speech, but put his faith front and center. 

"Glory be to God. I claim this victory in the name of the Lord," he began. "I wanna thank God for my mother and my father, who supported me since I was young."

The Chicago-born star then listed the names of more people who helped him get to where he is today, offering special thanks to "all of Chicago" for being his geographic launchpad into his musical career. "And I wanna thank God for putting amazing people in my life like Pete and Pat, who have carried me since 2012," Bennett continued, pointing to the two men standing behind him.

As music started to play — indicating that it was time for the rapper to conclude his speech — he joked that he wasn't going to stop talking until he'd finished what he wanted to say. "Oh, I'm gonna talk. Y'all can play the music if you want," he said with a smile.

After giving God one more shout-out, Bennett thanked his team for helping him remain an independent artist — a very successful one at that. "I know people think independence means you do it by yourself, but independence means freedom. I do it with these folks right here."

That night Bennett also won GRAMMYs for Best Rap Performance for "No Problem" (with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) as well as Best Rap Album for his 2016 mixtape, Coloring Book

Press play on the video above to watch the rapper's full Best New Artist acceptance speech, and check back to GRAMMY.com every Friday for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind. 

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Press Play: Darren Hayes Delivers A Chilling Performance Of His Super-Personal Single, "Poison Blood"
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Press Play: Darren Hayes Delivers A Chilling Performance Of His Super-Personal Single, "Poison Blood"

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes opens up about his family history with depression and suicidal ideation in this powerful new song.

GRAMMYs/Dec 8, 2022 - 06:00 pm

After a decade-long hiatus, former Savage Garden vocalist Darren Hayes reemerged in 2022. His fifth solo studio album, Homosexual, served up danceable singles like "Let's Try Being in Love" and "Do You Remember" as his re-introduction to listeners.

But the singer/songwriter turns to a more reflective, painful topic in the album's third single, "Poison Blood." The lyrics shares Hayes' experience of his family history with depression and suicide — and his own decision to live, against all odds. 

In this episode of Press Play, Hayes offers an intimate performance of "Poison Blood." Backed by a guitar-led track, Hayes lets his voice take the spotlight, offering a delicate vocal delivery marked by haunting falsetto in the chorus.

When he released "Poison Blood" back in June, Hayes didn't shy away from talking about the personal inspiration behind the song. "I have a family history of depression and suicide, and I talk openly about my own diagnosis in hope that I might inspire someone who is struggling to seek help, as I have proudly done many times throughout my life," he explained in a statement, according to NME. 

"I describe my depression as a blessing, a gift and a curse all at once," Hayes continues. "I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy, and yet I'm aware I am a deeply sensitive person, and that my unique brain allows me to feel depths of emotions that many people don't experience."

Hayes is planning an international tour for 2023, which will both promote his new material and commemorate the 25th anniversary of Savage Garden.

Press play on the video above to watch Hayes' performance, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Press Play. 

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Press Play: AkayCentric Delivers A Tender, Stripped-Down Performance Of "Body And Soul"
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Press Play: AkayCentric Delivers A Tender, Stripped-Down Performance Of "Body And Soul"

AkayCentric revisits "Body and Soul," off his 2019 'Ignition' album, in an intimate, romantic performance that spotlights his soaring vocals.

GRAMMYs/Dec 2, 2022 - 02:40 pm

AkayCentric offers a declaration of all-encompassing, eternal love in "Body and Soul," an immersive track off his 2019 album, Ignition. "Let me be the one for you/ And you'll be the one for me/ And I promise I'm gonna give my all," the Lagos, Nigeria native sings in the chorus.

On the studio version of "Body and Soul," a smooth backing track and an atmospheric blend of backing vocals propel the song forward. But in this stripped-down performance, the Afropop star trades those bells and whistles for a simple, acoustic guitar line and a plaintive, pure vocal delivery.

In this episode of Press Play, AkayCentric gives fans a front-row seat to his intimate living room performance, which puts his honeyed vocals on full display. Trembling vibrato and R&B vocal runs add to the emotional impact of the melody, with a gentle acoustic guitar line and backing vocals providing subtle texture to this performance of "Body and Soul."

AkayCentric is closing out 2022 with an acoustic set in Oakland, Calif., where he'll open for R&B star Tone Stith on Dec. 4. When he announced the show on social media, AkayCentric promised, "Trust me, I sound better LIVE." Judging by this performance, he's not wrong. 

Press play on the video above to watch AkayCentric's intimate performance of "Body and Soul," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Press Play. 

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A Guide To Modern Funk For The Dance Floor: L'Imperatrice, Shiro Schwarz, Franc Moody, Say She She & Moniquea
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A Guide To Modern Funk For The Dance Floor: L'Imperatrice, Shiro Schwarz, Franc Moody, Say She She & Moniquea

James Brown changed the sound of popular music when he found the power of the one and unleashed the funk with "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." Today, funk lives on in many forms, including these exciting bands from across the world.

GRAMMYs/Nov 25, 2022 - 04:23 pm

It's rare that a genre can be traced back to a single artist or group, but for funk, that was James Brown. The Godfather of Soul coined the phrase and style of playing known as "on the one," where the first downbeat is emphasized, instead of the typical second and fourth beats in pop, soul and other styles. As David Cheal eloquently explains, playing on the one "left space for phrases and riffs, often syncopated around the beat, creating an intricate, interlocking grid which could go on and on." You know a funky bassline when you hear it; its fat chords beg your body to get up and groove.

Brown's 1965 classic, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," became one of the first funk hits, and has been endlessly sampled and covered over the years, along with his other groovy tracks. Of course, many other funk acts followed in the '60s, and the genre thrived in the '70s and '80s as the disco craze came and went, and the originators of hip-hop and house music created new music from funk and disco's strong, flexible bones built for dancing.

Legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins learned the power of the one from playing in Brown's band, and brought it to George Clinton, who created P-funk, an expansive, Afrofuturistic, psychedelic exploration of funk with his various bands and projects, including Parliament-Funkadelic. Both Collins and Clinton remain active and funkin', and have offered their timeless grooves to collabs with younger artists, including Kali Uchis, Silk Sonic, and Omar Apollo; and Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat, respectively.

In the 1980s, electro-funk was born when artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Man Parrish, and Egyptian Lover began making futuristic beats with the Roland TR-808 drum machine — often with robotic vocals distorted through a talk box. A key distinguishing factor of electro-funk is a de-emphasis on vocals, with more phrases than choruses and verses. The sound influenced contemporaneous hip-hop, funk and electronica, along with acts around the globe, while current acts like Chromeo, DJ Stingray, and even Egyptian Lover himself keep electro-funk alive and well.

Today, funk lives in many places, with its heavy bass and syncopated grooves finding way into many nooks and crannies of music. There's nu-disco and boogie funk, nodding back to disco bands with soaring vocals and dance floor-designed instrumentation. G-funk continues to influence Los Angeles hip-hop, with innovative artists like Dam-Funk and Channel Tres bringing the funk and G-funk, into electro territory. Funk and disco-centered '70s revival is definitely having a moment, with acts like Ghost Funk Orchestra and Parcels, while its sparkly sprinklings can be heard in pop from Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, and, in full "Soul Train" character, Silk Sonic. There are also acts making dreamy, atmospheric music with a solid dose of funk, such as Khruangbin’s global sonic collage.

There are many bands that play heavily with funk, creating lush grooves designed to get you moving. Read on for a taste of five current modern funk and nu-disco artists making band-led uptempo funk built for the dance floor. Be sure to press play on the Spotify playlist above, and check out GRAMMY.com's playlist on Apple Music, Amazon Music and Pandora.

Say She She

Aptly self-described as "discodelic soul," Brooklyn-based seven-piece Say She She make dreamy, operatic funk, led by singer-songwriters Nya Gazelle Brown, Piya Malik and Sabrina Mileo Cunningham. Their '70s girl group-inspired vocal harmonies echo, sooth and enchant as they cover poignant topics with feminist flair.

While they’ve been active in the New York scene for a few years, they’ve gained wider acclaim for the irresistible music they began releasing this year, including their debut album, Prism. Their 2022 debut single "Forget Me Not" is an ode to ground-breaking New York art collective Guerilla Girls, and "Norma" is their protest anthem in response to the news that Roe vs. Wade could be (and was) overturned. The band name is a nod to funk legend Nile Rodgers, from the "Le freak, c'est chi" exclamation in Chic's legendary tune "Le Freak."

Moniquea

Moniquea's unique voice oozes confidence, yet invites you in to dance with her to the super funky boogie rhythms. The Pasadena, California artist was raised on funk music; her mom was in a cover band that would play classics like Aretha Franklin’s "Get It Right" and Gladys Knight’s "Love Overboard." Moniquea released her first boogie funk track at 20 and, in 2011, met local producer XL Middelton — a bonafide purveyor of funk. She's been a star artist on his MoFunk Records ever since, and they've collabed on countless tracks, channeling West Coast energy with a heavy dose of G-funk, sunny lyrics and upbeat, roller disco-ready rhythms.

Her latest release is an upbeat nod to classic West Coast funk, produced by Middleton, and follows her February 2022 groovy, collab-filled album, On Repeat.

Shiro Schwarz

Shiro Schwarz is a Mexico City-based duo, consisting of Pammela Rojas and Rafael Marfil, who helped establish a modern funk scene in the richly creative Mexican metropolis. On "Electrify" — originally released in 2016 on Fat Beats Records and reissued in 2021 by MoFunk — Shiro Schwarz's vocals playfully contrast each other, floating over an insistent, upbeat bassline and an '80s throwback electro-funk rhythm with synth flourishes.

Their music manages to be both nostalgic and futuristic — and impossible to sit still to. 2021 single "Be Kind" is sweet, mellow and groovy, perfect chic lounge funk. Shiro Schwarz’s latest track, the joyfully nostalgic "Hey DJ," is a collab with funkstress Saucy Lady and U-Key.

L'Impératrice

L'Impératrice (the empress in French) are a six-piece Parisian group serving an infectiously joyful blend of French pop, nu-disco, funk and psychedelia. Flore Benguigui's vocals are light and dreamy, yet commanding of your attention, while lyrics have a feminist touch.

During their energetic live sets, L'Impératrice members Charles de Boisseguin and Hagni Gwon (keys), David Gaugué (bass), Achille Trocellier (guitar), and Tom Daveau (drums) deliver extended instrumental jam sessions to expand and connect their music. Gaugué emphasizes the thick funky bass, and Benguigui jumps around the stage while sounding like an angel. L’Impératrice’s latest album, 2021’s Tako Tsubo, is a sunny, playful French disco journey.

Franc Moody

Franc Moody's bio fittingly describes their music as "a soul funk and cosmic disco sound." The London outfit was birthed by friends Ned Franc and Jon Moody in the early 2010s, when they were living together and throwing parties in North London's warehouse scene. In 2017, the group grew to six members, including singer and multi-instrumentalist Amber-Simone.

Their music feels at home with other electro-pop bands like fellow Londoners Jungle and Aussie act Parcels. While much of it is upbeat and euphoric, Franc Moody also dips into the more chilled, dreamy realm, such as the vibey, sultry title track from their recently released Into the Ether.

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