Add to Calendar20211003 19:0020211003 23:59:00America/New_YorkDon Toliver: Life of A Don TourDoors open at 7:00 PM. More show details at: https://wellmonttheater.com/shows/don-toliver-life-of-a-don-tour/The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Boston-area rapper/singer BIA took the long road when developing her career, moving from fan-produced videos to collaborations with big-name producers and major-label interest while still in the early phases of making music. Tough, confident rhymes and flows met with more detailed production as she released more music, resulting in sinister trap bangers with the occasional R&B hook on her 2018 mixtape Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado.
BIA was born Bianca Landrau in 1991 in Medford, Massachusetts. She was hanging out with rappers at an early age, spending time in recording studios while secretly writing her own rhymes. By 2012, she had begun sharing music publicly, posting a video for her debut single, “High,” that was made with help from a fan. She eventually met with Pharrell and signed to his RCA-affiliated imprint i am OTHER in 2014. The label released her debut mixtape, #CHOLASEASON, in May of that year, and she went on to collaborate with stars like T.I. and Jennifer Hudson, as well as appearing in the Oxygen reality show Sisterhood of Hip Hop. In 2016, she added vocals to the J Balvin single “Safari” and opened select dates in support of Ariana Grande, all while releasing new singles of her own.
A new mixtape, Nice Girls Finish Last: Cuidado, surfaced in 2018 and included some of her previously released singles as well as new tracks featuring guest spots from Kodak Black and Kali Uchis. The next year, BIA left RCA and released several songs independently before inking a new deal with Epic Records. In 2020, she released a few tracks with the label that had a slightly harder edge, “Free BIA (First Day Out)” and the lurching, hypnotic “Cover Girl.”
Streamed hundreds of millions of times in under two years and handpicked for collaborations by everyone from Travis Scott to Eminem, Don Toliver has cemented himself in the scene. 2020 introduced Don’s full-length debut, Heaven Or Hell, which includes his platinum records “After Party” and “No Idea.” He garnered the attention of Rolling Stone, claiming him as one of the 10 Biggest Breakthrough Artists of 2020 while Billboard included him in their 15 R&B and Hip-Hop Artists to Watch in 2020. 2021 brings Toliver’s sophomore album, heralded by the single “What You Need” and set for a summer release.