The Hip Hop artist spoke on his highly anticipated EP, his inspirations, and the process behind creating his unique singles.
Blackish star Miles Brown is expanding his career to new heights with the release of his debut album, We the Future.
Brown has received numerous accolades for his role as Jack Johnson in the ABC hit sitcom Black-ish staring along side Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. While continuing to star in the series, Miles has also partnered with Crest and Oral-B to promote hygiene among young children with the Conquer Cavities 2Gether program. The Knockturnal had the pleasure of sitting down with Miles to discuss his new album and aforementioned partnership.
The Knockturnal: Hi Miles, hope you’re doing well. My first question is could you tell us a little bit about your collaboration with Crest and Oral-B how you came to partner with the brand and what you’re currently working on to promote healthy teeth and gums among children.
Miles: Well, I really have always promoted good hygiene among me, my family and my friends. Really they all know that. My mom and my dad taught me that I need to make sure I brush my teeth and gums two times a day. It is something I wanted to pass down to my cousins. I really thought of how I could do that in the best way to they and other kids can understand what good hygiene means and what it could do for you in the future. I thought I could partner with Crest and help promote that. I think its a dope idea to be able to get together with them and help promote that things that are needs with Gen Z. Its not even just with your teeth but everything that comes with that.
The Knockturnal: When did you realize you wanted to embark on a music career and what was your creative process in making your first album?
Miles: What’s crazy is that my dad is an artist and musician, so I have always been around that music scene. It was never really something that I wanted to take seriously until right around I was doing Black-ish. It really inspired me to talk about certain topics that I wanted to bring up that nobody else was talking about. I was wondering how I could do that and it came to my mind that I could pursue that through music. That’s where my inspiration for taking it seriously really started. Ever since then, every song is really tackling certain topics that need to be talked about it. Especially in music because I know music is a very popular way of speaking about things.
The Knockturnal: So If you had to name a few artists who inspire you who would they be?
Miles: Well it’s crazy because a lot of artists that inspired me to create music are on this album. Slick Rick, Jidenna, Method Man, there are a lot of people who are on certain tracks that inspired me to start listening to music in the first place and wanting to do music. I am young so a lot of my inspirations are new school like Drake, Kendrick, J Cole. A lot of people that are old school and have that older influence on me are on this album for sure.
The Knockturnal: Additionally, are there any artists or producers you would love to collaborate with in the future?
Miles: Well one thing I can say is that ever since I got to work with Madlib on one of my songs, he’s kind of like an uncle to me because him and my dad are so close. It was really dope because I love all the work that he’s done. Being able to just have a beat from his is crazy to think of. Everytime I look back at it, it seems like a bigger deal every time so he is a producer I would love to work with more.
The Knockturnal: What would you say is your favorite song on your new album and why?
Miles: I would say either the title track, “We the Future“ or maybe “Entourage,” which was produced by Madlib. Those are the two songs that are the craziest because of the process and story that was behind them. Thats why I love them so much.
The Knockturnal: Beyond music what is next in store for you in the upcoming year?
Miles: There’s so many things that unfortunately I can’t say. Obviously when it comes to Black-ish that is coming soon hopefully. When it comes to music, I’m always still working on music. Hopefully, one day I can release another album some day.
The Knockturnal: My final question for you is as a role model to young kids what do you hope your fans take away from this album?
Miles: I would say that the messages in the music I put out there. I have always used the motto “Dream Big and Inspire Many”. I guess I really base my inspiration off of other artists I watched growing up. I can take that and put it into what I do. Hopefully one day it could inspire other kids to do what I do and want to inspire others that come after them. It is an ongoing motto I use and actually is one of the names of the songs on the album. Maybe one day I can see kids inspired by what I’m doing and what other kids are doing and turn that into inspiring other kids after them.
Miles’ new album We the Future is available on streaming platforms worldwide.
About Crest and Oral-B’s Conquer Cavities 2Gether program:
• Conquer Cavities 2Gether encourages kids and parents to take the pledge to brush for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
• For every pledge, Crest and Oral-B Kids will donate up to 10,000 Conquer Cavities kits, including toothpaste, toothbrushes and educational materials, to children and families in need.
Photo Credit: Jeff Lewis
There’s nothing like a little country music to brighten our spirits on a Friday night in Los Angeles.
The venue for the night was the Mint LA’s Patio and the tunes to be provided came from the amazing Canadian-born country singer/songwriter, Kimberly Dawn. More than 50 people gathered round for an intimate live performance to hear hits like “Cadillac Lovers” and “Slow Dancin’ in the Dark” — both of which nominated for Best Country Song at the 2019 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
The biggest crowd pleaser for the night came when Kimberly performed her latest single “’93” — where fans in the crowd got out of their seats as they sang along to each and every word (some even wanting an encore). The song touches a cord for so many because it inspires a feeling where 1990’s nostalgia lives on and invites listeners to escape the day-to-day whirlwind of modern life and relive the hidden magic of a decade filled with simple joys of low-tech connection.
Kimberly Dawn has a gift for storytelling and in her own words this is why: “All through growing up, raising a family, and finding myself, music got me past the most difficult times. If my song gives someone else strength to get through the day, then I’ve done what I set out to do.”
Her newest single, “The Bottle,” will be released in May just in time for some summer fun. Be sure to stream it on Spotify and join her community of 50,000 plus fans on Instagram.
- Cadillac Lovers
- Front porch
- Boys & Girls
- Slow danc’n in the dark
- The Bottle
- Free Fallin’
- Let The Girls Play
- Dark Horse
- Fine Wine
Photo credit Guillermo Proana
New York City’s premier orchestra performed live indoors for the first time in 400 days.
Check out our new interview with The BlueBucksClan!
Since 2019 rappers DJ and Jeeezy have been consistently putting out music and quickly growing in popularity. Most recently Blue Bucks have released their 7th project Clan Virus 2 which debuted at number 9 on the Billboard’s HEATSEEKERS ALBUMS Chart. Their latest project also debuted at number 16 on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 Chart. Not only that COMPLEX named BlueBucksClan Rappers to watch in 2021 and Billboard included them on their 6 LA Rappers to watch list. The lyrics have been re-tweeted by Kevin Durant, Shoreline Mafia’s Ohgeesy and Russell Westbrook to name a few with cosigns from DJ Mustard, Lil Mosey, Saweetie, and Jacquees, Quavo, Lil Yachty, and more. The duo have been friends since childhood and are finally living out their dreams of being artists. We caught up with BlueBucksClan to discuss their musical beginnings, latest project and standout collaborations.
The Knockturnal: Where does the name BlueBucksClan come from?
It symbolizes our group of friends, there’s a lot of us. We all played football together and wanted to come up with a name to describe us. It stands for a group of people who are just tryna get money. Blue Bucks Clan – we just tryna get to them Blue Bucks, all the hundreds.
The Knockturnal: When in your relationship did you go from playing football together to recording music? How quickly did that happen?
It wasn’t that fast because we knew each other as kids and we didn’t stat doing music until 2019. We always were fans of music. We just felt like if we put our minds to it, we could do it. We felt like we listened to the best music already so we could make something not too bad.
The Knockturnal: What have been the 3 biggest highlights of your career ?
Our partnership with O TV, being able to drop our latest mixtape Clan Virus 2, and working with Hitboy and Quavo.
The Knockturnal: Who’s cosign were you the most excited about?
Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook, that was big to us.
The Knockturnal: Can you talk to us about Clan Virus 2?
We came this time with a lot more songs, we got about 4 features on there, we got Cash Kidd, Bino Rideaux, Lil Yachty, Quavo. To us its 4 heavy hitters, 4 good features and it’s just us giving them what they want.
The Knockturnal: Can you tell us how some of the collaborations came about?
Cash Kidd, he actually dmed us saying we gotta work. We knocked the song out in the next couple of days. Yachty actually reached out to us as well and said he’d tap in with us the next time he’s out here. When he came to L.A. he hit us up and pulled up to the studio.
The Knockturnal: Who’s been your favorite person to collaborate with?
All of them. Everybody who we do music with, we really f*ck with their music.
The Knockturnal: What are you currently working on?
We just working and knocking out a lot of visuals and have a couple shows lined up. Everyday we at the studio working.
Opp, Alabama is home to rising superstar Mooski. The former vet began releasing music in 2019 and found his big break earlier this year when his hit song “Track Star” went viral. “Track Star” is currently sitting on 475+ million views on TikTok and 42+ million global streams.
Before focusing on music Mooski was enrolled in the Marine Corp for 4 years and left with an honorable discharge at the end of his contract as a Sergeant. While he neared the end of his stint in the Marines, Mooski began working on his craft and slowly releasing music. It wasn’t until after leaving the Marines that Mooski was able to open up and create his masterpiece, “Track Star.”
Since releasing “Track Star” in 2020 Mooski’s entire life has changed. He is now currently signed to Capitol Records and just spent the past few weeks on the road promoting his song and new music video featuring Coi Leray.
We caught up with Mooski to discuss his newest video, his upcoming project and what it was like to meet Drake and Rick Ross. Mooski discusses what it was like on set with Coi and producers we can look out for on the project. In addition to grinding in the studio, Mooski’s been linking with other artists. He recently met Drake and performed at Rick Ross’s daughter’s birthday party. In a short amount of time, Mooski has gone from a Sergeant in the military to a bonafide superstar. Check out our full interview above.
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