Bad Gyal – Access All Areas

We pull back the curtain on Barcelona’s rap queen.

As first-time festival gigs go, playing Sónar has got to be up there. This summer, Barcelona-dwelling producer Bad Gyal performed a high-powered homecoming show that confirmed her status as the capital’s favorite dancehall-flavored rap rebel, while cementing her international reach.

Bad Gyal, born Alba Farelo, dropped her breakout single last spring – a Catalan-language remake Rihanna’s ‘Work’. Titled ‘Pai’, Farelo procured the instrumental, recorded some vocals over it and shot the video. A few days later it had blown up online.

Following her Slow Wine EP and a string talked-about videos, Farelo soon began working with producers from across the pond. Her collaboration with Popcaan’s go-to producer Dubbel Dutch, ‘Jacaranda’, has been her best and most colorful yet, a future-facing dancehall jam with a needle-sharp melody.

We were on the ground to document the chaos the show, while learning a little more about the weed-smoking wunderkind with a penchant for self-tattooing (trigger warning).

Bad Gyal - Access All Areas

Bad Gyal - Access All Areas

Bad Gyal - Access All Areas

Bad Gyal - Access All Areas

 

Lil Uzi Vert Drops ‘Luv Is Rage 2’ Deluxe Edition

Just a few months after dropping Luv Is Rage 2, Lil Uzi Vert unleashes a deluxe edition his debut with four additional songs. The album, which topped the Billboard 200 upon its release, now features “Skir Skirr,” “Loaded,” “Diamonds All on My Wrist,” and “20 Min.” It still includes the platinum smash “XO TOUR Llif3” […]

Share Button
Read more

Stream Omarion’s ‘CP4’ EP

Cuffing season is here. While fans await his t-delayed album Reasons, Omarion delivers the fourth installment in his Care Package series. The 4-track EP kicks f with the just-released “Open Up.” It continues with back-to-back C’zar collaborations — “Soul” and “Flight” — and finalizes with “Been Around.” “I have done a lot in my career,” […]

Share Button
Read more

New Music: Yo Gotti, Fabolous, & DJ Khaled ‘3 Kings’

DJ Khaled, Fabolous, and Yo Gotti usher in the holidays with “3 Kings” f Roc Nation’s new A Very ROC Christmas compilation album. Khaled handles the song’s ad-libs while Gotti and Fablo Freshcobar go back and forth with hood rhymes about the most wonderful time the year. “I’m wrapping gifts like it’s Christmas,” raps Gotti. […]

Share Button
Read more

Rae Sremmurd ‘Perplexing Pegasus’

Rae Sremmurd is flying high in the video for “Perplexing Pegasus.” The neon-colored clip takes place inside mind-bending rooms, where the camera makes dizzying movements. Meanwhile, Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee rhyme along to their hypnotic track, surrounded by beautiful women. While the cameras spin around the gravity-defying rooms, cash gets counted, weed gets rolled, […]

Share Button
Read more