Pharrell Williams and Travis Scott head to the South on new single “Down in Atlanta.” The collaboration was announced just weeks before it was revealed that Williams’ Something in the Water festival will return to Virginia Beach in 2023.
“Down in Atlanta” also arrives nearly two weeks since Scott appeared on “Pussy & Millions” from Drake and 21 Savage‘s collaborative album Her Loss. Making a return to music one year after the Astroworld Festival tragedy, Scott is slated to co-headline Rolling Loud California 2023 with Future and Playboi Carti in March.
Over the summer, Something in the Water was held in Washington, D.C. during the Juneteenth weekend. The change of venue came about after Williams wrote in an open letter that Virginia Beach had “toxic energy” in regards to a police officer fatally shooting his cousin, Donovon Lynch. However, while attending the Mighty Dream business forum earlier this month, Williams said that “the time is right” to bring the festival back to the region in April.
“The demand for the festival in Virginia Beach and The 757 – among the people – has never wavered. If anything it has only intensified,” Williams said in a press statement. “College Beach Weekend continues every year and the city of Virginia Beach leaders have been eager to reconcile and move forward.”
He added: “I need to come back home. There is a pervasive feeling by almost everyone that the festival belongs in Virginia Beach, and the time is right to bring it back.”
Listen to “Down in Atlanta” below.
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