Quarantine Diaries: R&B Singer Maeta Is Eating At Tender Greens, Rehearsing & Adjusting To L.A. Life
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, GRAMMY.com reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry,GRAMMY.com reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors. Today, R&B/pop singer Maeta shares her Quarantine Diary. Her new single ‘Teen Scene,’ produced by Kaytranda, is out everywhere now.
[7 a.m.] Woke up. First thing I did is grab my phone, which is a habit I’m trying to break! I feel like the first 30 minutes to an hour after you wake up are sort of sacred and you should spend that time doing peaceful things to start your day. Although I love social media, I wouldn’t call it peaceful, so I try not to do it immediately. But today I failed!!! I checked Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Laid there, and for about 30 minutes, pondered life until it was time to jump in the shower. Then I got ready and left for my appointment.
[11 a.m.] I went to the dentist and came home around 11. I have the biggest sweet tooth when I’m working/recording, so I gotta make sure I’m taking care of my teeth. Once home, I spent the next hour doing my makeup, which I love to have fun with. I did a quick clean around my apartment and blasted some music on my new speaker gifted to me by my friend Amber, a photographer I work with. She ended up coming over, and we shot some behind-the-scenes of me getting ready. Capturing all the moments of being an artist is something I’m starting to get used to. She was with me today because it was my first rehearsal with my new band, and we wanted to document all the feelings I had during these new experiences for me.
[12:30 p.m.] We had a little time, and we were both starving, so we headed to Hollywood to grab some food. My favorite is Tender Greens, so that’s where we went. I got the fried chicken of course, and Amber got salmon and rice. Out of all the new places I’ve tried since moving to L.A., Tender Greens has a special place in my heart. One of my favorite producers, J. Lbs, ordered it during one of my first ever sessions here, and I’ve loved it ever since. Amber and I were in a rush, so we just picked it up and ran to rehearsal.
[2 p.m.] Got to rehearsal. First ones there, of course, as everybody in L.A. comes late to everything. Everybody here always has a packed day, so rarely do schedules line up perfectly. Indiana is so simple, and people are not really in a rush there, so it annoyed me when I first came here, but I am definitely used to it now. It’s taught me to go with the flow. I used this time to eat and check my phone before starting.
[6 p.m.] Rehearsal was amazing. It was my first one with my new band, so it was all very new to me. But it was crazy to see my songs being played live. I couldn’t stop smiling! I love seeing my songs broken down and flipped based on the musicians' take on it. It’s such a collaboration, which might be my favorite part about being an artist. We worked on a lot of stuff, including songs off my upcoming project, Habits. It was especially cool to sing my new single “Teen Scene” with a full band.
[7 p.m.] After rehearsal, my friend Alex came over. We had tacos and chatted for a couple of hours. I am so grateful for her and all of my people here. I was once so lonely when I first moved to L.A., so I'm incredibly happy to have an apartment now with actual furniture and actual friends to be with lol! I feel like I'm starting to feel at home here. After a few hours of hanging, I ended up slightly falling asleep on my floor, so I knew it was time for me to go to bed lol.
[11 p.m.] After a long day, I just want to jump in bed and knock out; Taking off my makeup is the last thing I want to do. But the number one rule of skincare is sleeping with a clean face, so I had to. After that, I clean up and check Instagram one last time until I finally passed out. It was a great day!!!
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Rolling Loud Festival Los Angeles Reveals 2019 Lineup
Find out who's bringing the heat to the hip-hop fest returning to L.A. this December
Today, Rolling Loud revealed the massive lineup for their final music festival of 2019, Rolling Loud Los Angeles, which is set to take over the Banc of California Stadium and adjacent Exposition Park on Dec. 14–15.
This iteration of "the Woodstock of Hip-Hop," as the all-knowing Diddy has called it, will feature Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD, Young Thug and Lil Baby as Saturday's heavy-hitting headliners. Sunday's headliners are none other than Future, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, YG and Playboi Carti.
L.A.'s own Blueface, Tyga and Doja Cat, are slated to perform, as well as representatives from the diverse rap scenes across the country, including Wale, Juicy J, Lil Yachty, Megan Thee Stallion, Gunna, Tyla Yaweh, Machine Gun Kelly and Yung Gravy.
The lineup announcement follows the successful wrap of Rolling Loud Bay Area in Oakland this past weekend. The event's flagship Miami event took place in May this year, and the New York and Hong Kong debut editions will both take place later this month.
Some of y’all not ready for these moshpits https://t.co/3nlaudjapq— Randy (@randyt0321) October 1, 2019
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Jay-Z And Meek Mill's REFORM Donates Surgical Masks To Vulnerable Prison Population
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says correctional facilities are particularly vulnerable places for COVID-19 to spread
The organization said it donated 50,000 masks to New York City's Rikers Island Correctional Facility, 40,000 masks to the Tennessee Department of Correction and 5,000 to Mississippi State Penitentiary. Spin reports that an additional 2,500 masks were sent to a Rikers medical facility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says correctional facilities are particularly vulnerable places for COVID-19 to spread.
"Incarcerated/detained persons live, work, eat, study, and recreate within congregate environments, heightening the potential for COVID-19 to spread once introduced," according to the CDC. Other vulnerabilities include the fact that incarcerated people, for the most part, can't leave and, depending on the size of the facility, space for someone to medically isolate could be limited.
"We need to protect vulnerable people behind bars & GET THEM OUT!" REFORM said in a tweet. The organization sees this as a threat to public health and said on its website that it is working with experts and advocates "to develop a set of common-sense recommendations that would make us all SAFER."
They also announced on Twitter that they helped the South Carolina Department of Corrections locate 36,000 masks for their population.
Will Smith at the 1999 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Will Smith Dedicate His 1999 Best Rap Solo Performance GRAMMY To His Son
In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith"
Today, Sept. 25, we celebrate the birthday of the coolest dad—who else? Will Smith! For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we revisit the Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
In the below video, watch rappers Missy Elliott—donning white leather—and Foxy Brown present the GRAMMY to a stoked Smith, who also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith." He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, joking that Trey's teacher said he (then just six years old) could improve his rhyming skills.
The classic '90s track is from his 1997 debut studio album, Big Willie Style, which also features "Miami" and 1998 GRAMMY winner "Men In Black," from the film of the same name. The "Está Rico" rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date, earning his first back in 1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents Just Don't Understand," when he was 20 years old.
Tyga Talks Inspiration Behind "Go Loko" & Collaborating With L.A. Rappers Like YG
"Growing up in L.A., it's a really big culture here, Mexican culture," the rapper said. "So we really wanted to do something to give back to the culture."
Tyga's latest collab has him paying tribute to Los Angeles' large Mexican community. The rapper is featured on fellow L.A. rapper YG's leading single, "Go Loko" off his latest album 4REAL 4REAL and when asked about his take on the song, he says much of it was inspired by Mexico's cultural impact.
"Growing up in L.A., it's a really big culture here," he said. "Even YG could tell you, he grew up around all Mexicans, so we really wanted to do something to give back to the culture."
The video features visuals and symbolisms inpired by the Mexican community, including mariachi, but also by the Puerto Rican community (you'll easily spot the boricua flag). The song also features Puerto Rican rapper Jon Z. Tyga mentioned the diversity of Latinos on the different coasts and wanted to make a song that also celebrates the different Latin cultures in the country. "We wanted to do something different to kinda try to bring all Latins together," he said.
Watch the video above to hear more about the song and the vibe when he joins forces with other L.A. rapppers.