OAKLAND, Calif.- June 21, 2017 – On July 19, just as New York City’s summer hits its stride, Pandora (NYSE: P) will celebrate the sounds of New York City with PANDORA SOUNDS LIKE YOU: NYC. New York’s own NAS, YOUNG M.A, DAVE EAST, and the legendary BIZ MARKIE will perform for fans at this free event which takes place at Brooklyn Steel.
Fans can RSVP here today: HERE.
Beginning July 12, listeners can tune into the Pandora Sounds Like You: NYC mixtape exclusively curated by Mass Appeal – featuring a selection of hip-hop’s greatest hits and anthems made famous in NYC over the past three decades. Following the event, the Pandora Sounds Like You: NYC station will also feature audio from the live performances.
“This event is a natural extension of the Sounds Like You campaign which was created to highlight the hyper personal music experience on Pandora. And on July 19, Pandora will sound like New York City, its artists and fans,” said Jeff Zuchowski, vice president of artist marketing at Pandora. “We are honored to work with Nas, an iconic New York City voice with over a billion spins on Pandora. We’re also excited to welcome Young M.A who drew great crowds at Pandora’s SXSW activation, Dave East, whose weekly station adds are largely from fans in New York City, and New York’s own legendary Biz Markie. The popularity of these artists and their music on Pandora is a true testament to the power of hip-hop.”
Pandora Sounds Like You: NYC attendees will be treated to custom activations from sponsors including: Cantu Beauty ®, Lincoln Tech, MetroPCS.
Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform – a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans.
Nas is a legendary New York rapper, producer, actor, and entrepreneur.The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has sold over 25,000,000 records worldwide. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label and magazine, Mass Appeal. He is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings.
ABOUT YOUNG M.A
Brooklyn-born rapper Young M.A has been rapping since she was 9. In 2015, Young M.A released her mixtape, Sleep Walkin’, which MTV described as a “thoughtful debut project.” In 2016, Young M.A received global recognition with her now 3x platinum single, “Ooouuu,”which peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was widely remixed by other hip hop artists such as 50 Cent, French Montana, Remy Ma, Jadakiss, ASAP Ferg & Nicki Minaj. In March, Young M.A was a featured performer at Pandora’s SXSW showcase, leading into the debut of her latest EP, Herstory, which was released in April 2017.
ABOUT DAVE EAST
When it comes to East Coast hip-hop, Dave East is as true as they come. Inspired by MCs like Styles P, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun, he had an ear for the East Coast voices that laid the foundation not only for the culture of hip-hop, but for the city that raised him. After releasing a few projects of his own and gaining recognition around the city, Dave teamed up with hip-hop legend Nas and his label Mass Appeal to put out his lauded mixtape Kairi Chanel in 2016. With the success of the mixtape, Dave inked a deal with Def Jam at the end of 2016 and is gearing up for his debut in 2017.
ABOUT BIZ MARKIE
The legendary Biz Markie brings more than 30 years of solid hip-hop acumen, and an overwhelming fan-base that stretches from New York City to Japan to Europe. Born to embrace hip-hop, Biz is originally from Harlem but later moved to Long Island where he gained notoriety by his early teen years for beat boxing and rhyming. Biz Markie shows no signs of stopping – “Just a Friend” made VH1’s list of 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time. With more than 30 prosperous years in the entertainment industry, Biz Markie continues to maintain his longevity while pioneering innovative works. Biz moves with ease through multiple genres outside of the hip-hop world, having worked with The Rolling Stones, Will Smith and The Flaming Lips just to name a few.