Two Feet Posts Letter To Fans After Surviving Suicide Attempt
On July 31, Two Feet, real name Zachary William “Bill” Dess, posted his suicide note to Twitter. Immediately, colleagues and fans from around the world, even people who had never met him or heard of his music, rushed to his replies to urge him to reconsider and get help. With the aid of friends and family, Dess’s family found him before it was too late and were able to get him the help he needed.
Now, 9 days later, Dess is recovering having been released from the hospital. He posted a letter yesterday to his followers on Twitter that described what happened over a week ago and the steps that he’ll take in order to improve his mental health.
Two Feet is best known for his songs “Go Fuck Yourself” and “I Feel Like I’m Drowning.”
With so many high profile suicides from celebrities this year, it’s comforting to know that at least one has been saved. Awareness of mental health issues is at an all time high, and so many people – including celebrities that we look up to – are suffering in silence.
If you are feeling down or suicidal, please call the suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
Ephwurd Releases First Track Since Datsik Allegations, Explains What Happened
It’s been a little over four months since allegations of sexual assault caused Datsik to lose everything – his label, his management, his booking agency, and his career. At the time, Datsik was also half of the bass house duo Ephwurd, from which he also relinquished his role. The other producer in the project, Basie Hauser, kept a stiff upper lip and through the emotional rollercoaster he was on at the time, has come out the other side.
Ephwurd, now under the sole guidance of Hauser, just released its first song since Datsik left the group, called “Everywhere I Go.” It’s not bass house, nor is it really like anything Ephwurd has released in the past. With a bunch of tracks slated for release, this is a new Ephwurd.
Basie also addressed the Datsik controversy in a lengthy letter to fans, which you can read below.
Spotify Faces Demands To Block Other Popular Artists Under New Hateful Conduct Clause
Last week, R. Kelly and XXXtentacion were barred from Spotify‘s “editorial or algorithmic playlists” as part of the platform’s new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy. Past accusations of sexual misconduct on the part of both artists led to the decision.
“When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator,” Spotify told Billboard.
However, soon following that decision, many people began to question why these artists were being singled out and not others who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past or more recently. Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet is now urging Spotify to follow up on its promise and do the same with other artists accused of sexual abuse.
As revealed by Consequence of Sound, “In an open letter, UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas specifically calls out the likes of Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, Don Henley of The Eagles, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Tekashi 6ix9ine, and Ted Nugent, citing them as artists ‘who continue to profit from your promotion.'”
If Spotify is going to say that it takes these issues seriously, it has to treat all artists equally, even if they’re big artists like the ones mentioned previously.
You can read the open letter from UltraViolet here.
Nas Pens Powerful Open Letter For Black History Month
DJ Khaled may have promised that the Nas album was done, but as it stands, we're still waiting for the God's Son to return. Still, it seems likely that Nas will return with his new project in 2018, and the legendary Queens rapper has found another way to pass the time. Today, Nas teamed up with Google to pen a powerful open letter for Black History Month, in which he celebrates the importance black musicians and creatives across history.
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"Music has scored my life since day one," writes Nas, in the opening line his "We Continue To Rise" open letter. It isn't long before he's reminiscing on his father Olu Dara's relationship with music, writing "I was blessed to have love from both my parents, and it just so happens that my father’s love for music took him around the globe his own sonic excursions, both live and recorded. Pops would come back with mad loot (cash money, that is) from around the world. It was a testament to his globetrotting and a cool little nod to me that said, young blood, when you’re ready, the world is yours."
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Near the letter's conclusion, Nas reflects on some his biggest influences, writing:
"I would realize—through the education I received from my parents and my own travels—that Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan and Slick Rick were one in the same. Native storytellers who shined a light on our purpose, preserved our legacy and, without question, rocked the house. The conversation never stops and we all continue to push it steadily along, through our arts n crafts and even within the way we speak. Bumps in the road can’t stop this. Some might argue that this here scribe is talking a whole lotta jazz but anyone fly enough and culturally astute enough to listen will hear what we’re saying."
For the full letter, be sure to check out "We Continue To Rise" right here. It might not be a new album, but it's always nice to hear Nasir Jones dropping knowledge.
Mozzy Pens Powerful Open Letter About Lean Addiction
At the beginning January, Mozzy vowed to quit lean while encouraging young users to do the same. To emphasize his message, he uploaded a video himself pouring out a full bottle liquid codeine, a primary ingredient in lean. Speaking with Complex, Mozzy acknowledged that his viral video did better numbers than anything he's ever done, including his music. And while lean has long been mentioned in hip-hop music, heavy use the drug can definitely have fatal consequences. Now, Mozzy has reached out for a powerful open letter, expanding on his own experience with lean, and the ways his recent battle with withdrawal has affected him.
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After opening up with a bit history on his discovery lean, explaining that his time in the Bay Area really put him onto the drug. "They was pumping it, pushing it: syrup. It was just slimy. We fell victim," explains Mozzy. "I just naturally fell victim what was going on in my surroundings." He also gives a detailed explanation on the effects lean, stating:
"Out all the other drugs, I feel like it’s the coolest. You mellow, you chill, you don’t smell, you don't stink, versus alcohol. You don’t reek, versus marijuana. You can damn near do it secretly. Nobody gotta know what’s in your cup. You ain’t drunk. You might fall asleep, but that’s normal shit. The high is very discreet. Everybody don’t know. And I think it just taste so good — it’s platinum. It got a platinum taste."
Sadly, his lean dependency took a toll on both his health and his productivity, especially after hitting his peak. "It was] abusive, very abusive. I don’t wanna do too much, but probably about a brick every two days. Every other day, I’d buy a brick. A brick is 16 ounces—it’s a pint. I wouldn’t sip the whole pint to myself," says Mozzy, explaining how the drug took a physical toll on his body. "I couldn’t shit properly. I’m shitting out water. I couldn’t eat properly. Started losing weight. Just my mind—I just felt like my mind was clogged up."
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He also opens up about the withdrawals, stating "was sleeping on the bathroom floor, just because it’s cold. It’s cold on the floor, so it’s soothing.... On top that, that’s where I throw up. I throw up in the toilet. So every five minutes, I gotta throw up. I’m really like literally laying in the bathroom on the cold ass floor, fighting it. Fighting it—can’t eat nothing. Drinking water and throwing that up. It was extreme. I can’t sleep. I ain’t get no proper rest. I’m waking up different hours the night."
It gets worse. "My bowels was all messed. Cramps, headaches, oh my God! Throbbing, head hurting! It was a struggle," says Mozzy, painting quite an unpleasant picture. However, it seems like he's dedicated to the cause, and plans on toughing it for his children, and for the youth who look up to him. "I never planned to be a role model, but after posting that brick and pouring it out, I seen the influence. I seen how people look up to me, how people follow suit. And if I help save just one person from that shit, it’s a good deed.”
For the complete story, which is well worth the read, check Mozzy's complete account right here.