• Lil Jon

    Lil Jon on His New Smash 'Turn Down for What,' and the Mystical Power of the Club Hit

    Lil Jon enters his Los Angeles home, his dog barking loudly. "It's me — quiet," he says, or rather yells. "It's cool. Relax. Sit down. Go outside." The King of Crunk pauses, and then addresses me, listening in over the phone: "Let me go fetch him some water."The next morning, Jon has a 7 a.m. flight to Las Vegas for a string of nightclub gigs, including several DJing residencies, thanks in part to the new surprise hit he's got on his hands. In December, Columbia Records released "Turn Down for What," his collaboration with French upstart DJ Snake, as an official single. An unauthorized YouTube upload had already racked up five million views, but since then, the trap-rave track become the first Top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for both artists.

  • Mike WiLL at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, Mike WiLL Made It Can't Stop

    Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The Triumph of Mike WiLL Made It

    On a Monday night in early September, having flown from Los Angeles back to his Atlanta hometown, Mike WiLL Made It pops into the city's three hip-hop radio stations — ratings king HOT 107.9, veteran presence V-103, and rising newcomer Streetz 94.5 — to do some convincing.  At each stop, as the evening news and Monday Night Football unfolds on studio televisions, the 24-year-old producer with Versace shades carries a studded leather backpack. From there he pulls out bottles of rosé and Patrón, plus white-label CDs of his debut single "23," featuring Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and the first-ever rap verse from none other than Miley Cyrus. Ostensibly, that's the main topic of conversation tonight, but at every stop he's also asked, off-air, to comment on frequent collaborator Gucci Mane's bizarre, still-unfolding Twitter tirade.

  • Migos' Takeoff and Quavo

    Bando Brothers: Migos Makes Their Move

    Atlanta's three-level Phipps Plaza mall is divided into two sections: Monarch Court and Court of the South. Head to the latter for the Versace outpost, its sparse displays lined with purses and scarves in flamingo pink and amethyst purple, bright colors that pale in comparison to the trademark Medusa emblems and gold Greco prints that first inspired the three young men in Migos to craft "Versace," their Internet-borne breakout hit."It really just started as a saying around the crib," says Quavious Marshall, 22, lounging at an Atlanta studio belonging to the group's manager, Coach K. "Versace."Sitting nearby on this early July day is Marshall's 19-year-old nephew, Kirshnik Ball, a.k.a.

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