In the latest offering of #HostedByDeascent, Deascent finally sits down with J.I., one of the Big Apple's hottest up-and-coming emcees and a budding hip-hop sensation.

Based out of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the 18-year-old creative released his latest work, Hood Life Crisis Vol. 2, back in December to glowing reviews, and from there he's been on an unstoppable tear into 2020. "It was really just the hunger, that drive," J.I. said about his fast-paced creative output. "I was desperate. I was desperate to get out there and put pressure on people."

Check out the full interview below:

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Kanye West's Presidential Run Is Great News for Donald Trump

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On Saturday, in a strange celebration of Independence Day, rapper, producer, and sneaker mogul Kanye West announced his intention to run for president in 2020.

As in, this year. Right now.

The announcement quickly prompeted messages of support from Kanye's wife, prison reform advocate Kim Kardashian West, as well as from billionaire weirdo/Grimes baby daddy Elon Musk.

Of course, this news comes well past the filing deadline for independent candidates in several major states—which means that unless a political party randomly decides to nominate him, Kanye's name won't appear on those ballots. As deadlines in other states approach—with little apparent effort to gather the petition signatures required—Kanye is officially joining the long, proud history of vanity presidential campaigns. Unfortunately, that's a lot more dangerous than it sounds.

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UK Band Sorry Are the Future of Indie Rock with "More"

It's the latest song from the band's upcoming debut album.

Sorry are tricky to pin down.

The U.K. band, whose ascent began around 2018 with their initial singles like "Showgirl" and "Starstruck," are an amalgamation of standard indie rock and modern electronica. With dashes of psychedelic funk and dreamy fuzz, Sorry exist in a space of their own, straddling the lines between underground punk of the past and experimental pop of the future. Whichever genre they fit in—if any—they're an exciting group to watch.

Sorry just announced their debut album slated for release in March, and "More" is their latest offering off the new project. Built off simple, to-the-point lyricism—"don't give me too much, too much, too much / Just give me enough," vocalist Asha Lorenz repeats tauntingly—it exudes a ramshackle attitude that's become synonymous with Sorry and the grungy London club scene that bred them.

"More" has the bones of a pop song, though its forward-facing guitars reflect punky origins, and the entire track bears a woozy sense of distortion. It proves how malleable Sorry are and presents a forecast of how indie rock could evolve in the not-too-distant future.

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