Krewella settles lawsuit with Rain Man, talks women in EDM with Forbes

In a new sitdown with Forbes on the set of their new music video for “Somewhere To Run”, the sisters of Krewella not only share their behind the scenes approach to the no-budget video, but also reveal that they’re lawsuit drama with Rain Man is now settled: numbers disclosed. It’s great that that chapter is behind them with “Say Goodbye” being the deepest Krewella has addressed it in either song or interview.

You can also see Jahan and Yasmine talk about the stereotypes of being women in EDM and the music industry, which unfortunately came at them viciously in the wake of the lawsuit news last September.

Watch/read the full piece here.

“It’s important to recognize that there is still certain stereotypes,” said Jahan, 25. “There are so many rumors that go around still–if there’s a woman that’s successful it’s because… she slept with this person or she bought her way into this rather than her just having talent.”

“We need to change the dialogue to make it OK for women to try the same exact things that men are,” said Yasmine, 23. “I think in time you’ll see an equal amount of women on these lineups.”

Goodbye Tomorrow (Album Stream)

When it comes to new artists, Chicago or otherwise, I gotta give the nod to Goodbye Tomorrow as the one I’ve been most excited for in 2015.

I was hooked since their first release in February: the provocative “JAY Z” video that led to an appearance on a RollingStone’s Top 10 Artists You Need to Know, amongst other high profile accolades.

The buzz has been building and the time has come for the release of their first full project – the debut album Goodbye Tomorrow: A Journey Through The Mind of a Non-Believer out now on iTunes via Rostrum Records.

As the summer has heated up, so has the speculation about the identity(ies) of Goodbye Tomorrow. They, the mystery Chicago collective, provided more clarity on that by redirecting the clarity to what they’re about, their why — earlier this week in a great profile by DJ Booth:

“It’s about the collective nature of humanity,” they said. “What’s possible when we get rid of the me-me-me bullshit. Everything’s so me focused, so look at me, and hip-hop’s a microcosm of that, but that attitude is everywhere. Our whole idea is to get rid of that. Our message is the power we have that we can take back and claim, to get over the bullshit that divides us.”

So, let’s all take a step back and ask the greater question: not who they are, but what’s their message?

And tonight, we get their first full body of work.

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I was lucky enough to get an advance listen of the album so I can say right off the top, AJTTMOANB matches the depth of the visuals thus far. That includes their 2 music videos (“Pray 2 God” below) and their various social media imagery too.

The album is really what the title says: a journey. For the first 3 records, we hear Goodbye Tomorrow in their most rebellious form, rapping on the high life while also boasting a bravado that’s infectious to the listener. He backs it up throughout in different ways, but it’s most obvious on the high-octane trio of tracks to start out the album. His versatile flow rides the album’s wide range of polished production and layers within.

“Light One, Pour One” is the album’s turning point and Goodbye Tomorrow’s most personal and emotional raps. This is where the journey begins to take form as he battles self-doubt on his rise as an artist, but to the core: as a person.

“Pray 2 God”, “Shine”, and “Confetti” represent my personal favorite stretch of the album, and on a greater scale, continue to embody that tug of war. There’s a more positive, motivational mindset that shines through (no pun intended) and I believe these songs can become anthems for the dreamer inside all of us.

The album takes an unexpected turn thereafter. “Movie”, “(Don’t Wanna) Let It Go”, and “Cleopatraaa” show the R&B side of Goodbye Tomorrow. The rapper can sing too! “Movie” will enter your bedroom playlists almost immediately and has a different form of single potential too. “(Don’t Wanna) Let It Go” cleverly borrows a melody from “Shine” (one of the many superb production subtleties) and continues the lady-centric chapter. And “Cleopatraaa” most notably features one of the rawest, singing freestyles I’ve heard in music, delievered with a dark autotune aesthetic.

Finally, the last 2 songs of the album are the fitting conclusions to The Journey“The Way”, as digested the other day, finds a theraputic and optimistic Goodbye Tomorrow looking forward. “28” continues the theme, flexes some more tough bars, and the experience ends with a haunting Japanese outro that’s just waiting to be decoded (…let alone the complex lyrics throughout in English. Ha!)

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After the breakdown above, it goes without saying that I recommend a stream/purchase to go along with a closed-eyed, focused listen to interpret more yourself.

Goodbye Tomrrow is an artist I truly believe can change the rap game and culture as a whole. This is just the debut project so you can join us on the ground floor and experience the ride that unfolds into the months and years ahead… because Goodbye Tomorrow will certainly be a leader into a brighter light.

Top-Tier *Tibs Favs. — Pray 2 God, Shine, Confetti, Cleopatraaa, The Way.

**The album also boasts no credited features, but that’s almost certainly Yasmine from Krewella on the intro track “I Don’t Give a Fuck” and “The Way”, on top of her lead role in the “Pray 2 God” video. Plus, a few other uncredited singers add to the collective and do their thing too, adding layers to choruses throughout.

ICYMI: The 2 bonus releases — “100K” + “NoOne Or NoThing” f/ Lil Herb

LASTLY: I stopped through to the Goodbye Tomorrow album projection tonight in Wicker Park. The setup followed suit to the aesthetic and it looks like there may be more album listening sessions to come this weekend in the Chi. Look for this truck and stay plugged in on their Twitter to find out where/when you can pick up your limited edition physical copy.

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All Ways Evolve // Never Change
tø höńør thę ågē öłd trådįtïønš øƒ thę phÿśįcåł ƒørmät whïłę åçkńøwłêdgïng høw får wê'vę ęvølvêd... büt øńçē thęÿ'rē gønê, thėÿ'rē gønë.
“…tø höńør thę ågē öłd trådįtïønš øƒ thę phÿśįcåł ƒørmät whïłę åçkńøwłêdgïng høw får wê’vę ęvølvêd…
büt øńçē thęÿ’rē gønê, thėÿ’rē gønë.”
Each limited edition physical copy comes with a different, handwritten message in the booklet.
Each limited edition physical copy comes with a different, handwritten message in the booklet.
The booklet folds out into a mini-poster. Superb handmade design overall.
The booklet folds out into a mini-poster. Superb handmade design overall.
The 2015 physical album.
The 2015 physical album.

Krewella “Somewhere To Run”

Here’s the Krew at their rawest and realest as earlier today, they released their new video for lead single “Somewhere To Run”, shot in their new second home of Las Vegas. The City of Sins is actually the perfect and engaging backdrop for these sisters to literally run in and out of casinos and the Fremont Street Experience on a whim.

The video was shot guerilla style by their go to director Rory Kramer so the visuals have some crisp, yet chaotic clips. I enjoyed this style for this single and it’s made even better because Jahan and Yasmine show their fun oddball side throughout. You even get some #LoveWins imagery along the way too. Props to the Krew, Kramer, and Th3rd Brain as always, and peep the sisters’ message on the video below.

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Goodbye Tomorrow “Pray 2 God”

*bump* Originally posted 10:38am CT

When people ask me what artist from Chicago they should be checking for, I tell them Goodbye Tomorrow. With no hesitation. And if they have their phone out, I tell them to hit the Instagram and YouTube. If they’re at the comp, then the blistering Windows 95 inspired website: goodbyetomorrow.com.

And that was just off the first two releases: JAY Z and 100K.

Now, we have Goodbye Tomorrow’s third release, and second video: “Pray 2 God”.

The title resonates right away and is driven home from the very start as a high-pitched vocal repeats “Pray 2 God” for what becomes the chorus. A brooding production is bolstered by an eerie opera and the result is a sound as powerful and parallel with Kanye & Hov’s “H*A*M”. One layer of the beat even has a frenetic melody that matches the whirlwind of emotion heard on the verses and illustrated at times in the visual. I can imagine hearing this melody and the airplane downward spiral sound in my head during my own times of feeling overwhelmed. Just a cool subtlety in a song and visual full of them.

This visual tho…

It stars a familiar face throughout: another Chicago artist, Yasmine — 0.5 of the superstar EDM/punk/pop sister duo Krewella. She downright looks haunted, both before and after “God Mode activated”. Interpret that as you may as this trippy visual will leave you trying to put together what you just saw. It’s one of those videos you’ll watch again (and pause numerous times) to understand the path of Yasmine, how it relates to the song, and how it relates to U:

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The bonus goodie is that, with the video only featuring the first verse and clocking in at a quick-hitting 2 minutes, Goodbye Tomorrow’s Soundcloud has the full version on top of the song being available on iTunes and Spotify. Press play below and hear the second rap verse, which features a slick, personal nod to Krewella and a couple lines alluding to the rapper’s past.

Instant *TIBS FAV. with the beautiful sound, aesthetics, and motivating words blending together to bring Goodbye Tomorrow to 3 for 3. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see what other songs and visuals are on deck this summer for the mystery Chicago artist.

h/t i-D x VICE on the premiere