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A month after the release of the single “Strawberry”, Grammy award winning R&B group 112 returns with the follow up single “Dangerous Games.” The track serves as the first single from the group’s highly anticipated forthcoming album “Q, Mike, Slim, Daron”, due out on Entertainment One this fall. On “Dangerous Games”, the group returns to the soulful balladry that made them one of the most successful acts of the 1990s. The track finds the fellas scouring the highs and lows of love with allusions of games of chance.  Playing with fire is a dangerous game, but don’t tell that to the members of 112, as they have a sure fire hit on their hands with this number. 112 is known for the hits “Cupid”, “Only You”, “Come See Me”. “Love Me” featuring Mase, “Anywhere”, “It’s Over Now”, “Peaches & Cream” “Hot & Wet” and “U Already Know.” 112 is currently preparing for a world tour, which is slated to begin in the U.K. in September before coming back to the U.S. in October. Fans should watch for an announcement regarding tour dates. Envogue  continues to deliver exciting performances after 30 years in the music industry. During last week’s episode of “Boy Band”, Envogue, Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett, took the stage to perform their hit “Free Your Mind.” The R&B veterans gave an energetic performance and showed the boy band hopefuls how to embody chemistry on stage.

The Winners Of The 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards

The 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards aired Tuesday night, and Megan Thee Stallion took home three awards: Hip Hop Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration (for “Savage” with Beyonce) and Hustler of the Year. City Girls, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Lil Baby and Burna Boy were among the performers at the event. See the full winners list below.

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
Lil Baby
Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER
Roddy Ricch

Best Hip-Hop Video
DaBaby, “Bop”
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Drake, “Toosie Slide”
Future feat. Drake, “Life Is Good” — WINNER
Lil Baby, “The Bigger Picture”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

Song of the Year
“Bop” (DaBaby) Produced by JetsonMade & Starboy
“Life Is Good” (Future feat. Drake) Produced by Ambezza, D. Hill & OZ
“Rockstar” (DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch) Produced by SethinTheKitchen
“Savage” (Remix) (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé) Produced by J. White Did It
“The Box” (Roddy Ricch) Produced by 30 Roc & DatBoiSqueeze — WINNER
“Toosie Slide (Drake)” Produced by OZ

Hip-Hop Album of the Year
DaBaby, Blame It On Baby
DaBaby, Kirk
Future, High Off Life
Lil Baby, My Turn
Megan Thee Stallion, Suga
Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial — WINNER

Best Collaboration
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Future feat. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Jack Harlow feat. Tory Lanez, DaBaby & Lil Wayne, “Whats Poppin” (Remix)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix) — WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $Ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
Mustard feat. Roddy Ricch, “Ballin’”

Best Duo or Group
Chris Brown and Young Thug — WINNER
City Girls
Run The Jewels

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Flo Milli
Jack Harlow
NLE Choppa
Pop Smoke — WINNER
Rod Wave

Best Live Performer
Big Sean
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott — WINNER

Lyricist of the Year
Big Sean
J. Cole
Megan Thee Stallion
Rapsody — WINNER

Video Director of The year
Cactus Jack & White Trash Tyler
Cole Bennett
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Director X
Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor — WINNER

DJ of the Year
Chase B
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Khaled

Producer of the Year
9th Wonder
DJ Khaled
Hit-Boy — WINNER
Mike Will Made-It

Hustler of the Year
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER
Rick Ross
Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Platform
The Breakfast Club
The Joe Budden Podcast — WINNER
The Shade Room

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Beyoncé, “Savage” (Remix) (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé) — WINNER
Bia, “Best on Earth” (Russ feat. Bia)
Cardi B, “Writing on the Wall” (French Montana feat. Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian)
Future, “Roses” (Remix) (Saint Jhn feat. Future)
Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch)
Travis Scott, “Hot” (Remix) (Young Thug feat. Gunna & Travis Scott)

Impact Track
Anderson .Paak & Jay Rock, “Lockdown”
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (BLM Remix)
J. Cole, “Snow on tha Bluff”
Lil Baby, “The Bigger Picture” — WINNER
Rapsody feat. PJ Morton, “Afeni”
Wale feat. Kelly Price, “Sue Me”

Best International Flow
Meryl (France)
Kaaris (France)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)
Stormzy (U.K.) — WINNER
Ms Banks (U.K.)
Djonga (Brazil)

J.I.D. Pushes The Pen With Cludder Freestyle

Following the release of the album “Spilligion” in September, J.I.D. returns with “Cludder Freestyle.” Produced by Christo and Nice Rec, the surprise cut perfectly houses the gifted Atlanta rapper’s pen as he bounces between life lessons and personal anecdotes. In the meantime, fans are still waiting for the follow up to his previous effort, “DeCaprio 2.” The same can be said for the entire Dreamville roster with “Spilligion” being the only original release to come from the label in 2020, aside from a Director’s Cut of “ROTD3″ and a remix EP of Ari Lennox’s Shea Butter Baby” album. Listen to “Cludder Freestyle” below.

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Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: Deeper-Boss

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Lichelle Laws, known professionally as Boss, is an American rapper from Detroit, MI. Her debut album, “Born Gangastaz”, reached number 3 on Billboard magazine’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart in 1993. In 2001, she collaborated with rapper Krayzie Bone on his album ‘Thug On Da Line.” In 2004, she released the mixtape “The Six Million Dollar Mixtape”, which was produced by Def Jef.

Throwback Thursday R&B: The Rain-Oran Juice Jones

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Oran Juice Jones is a retired American R&B singer. Jones was the first artist signed to OBR Records, a subsidiary of Def Jam Records. His debut single “The Rain” was released in 1986, and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It ranks him on VH1’s top 100 One Hit Wonders of the 80s. He followed it with “How To Love Again”, a duet with Alyson Williams. Jones earned two Grammy Award nominations for “The Rain” and released two albums, but failed to have significant follow-up success. Jones collaborated twice with porn star turned singer Midori. In 1997, they recorded the duet “Let’s Stay Together” for his album “Player’s Call.” Jones also appeared on Midori’s single “5, 10, 15, 20”, which appeared on the “Porn To Rock” compilation release in 1999. He released the albums “Juice” (1986), “GTO: Gangsters Taking Over” (1987), “To Be Immortal” (1989) and “Player’s Call” (1997).

24KGoldn & Iann Dier Take The Stage On Kimmel

24k Goldn has mined some precious metal in “Mood.” The San Francisco rapper’s breakout single is a global hit, hitting the top spot on sales charts in the U.S., U.K., Australia and elsewhere. All this at age 19. On Monday, the MC visited Jimmy Kimmel Live for an energetic performance of his hit, along with collaborator Iann Dior and a full band in support. “Mood”, released via Columbia Records, is the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 for both 24k Goldn and Dior. It just snagged a second week at the chart summit.

Busta Rhymes Releases Trailer & Track List For Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God

Busta Rhymes just released a second trailer along with a track list for his forthcoming album “Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God”, which will be released on Friday. The project features special guest appearances by Chris Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Rapsody, Mary J. Blige, Q-Tip and more. “Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God” is the follow up to Busta Rhyme’s 1998 Grammy nominated, platinum album “E.L.E (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front.”

Hip Hop Spotlight: Back To The Streets-Saweetie Ft Jhene Aiko

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Diamante Quiava Valentin Harper, known professionally as Saweetie, is an American rapper from Santa Clara, CA. Following the release of her debut single, “Icy Girl”, she was signed to Warner Records and her manager Max Gousse’s record label Artistry Worldwide. She released her debut EP, “High Maintenance”, on March 16, 2018. Her second EP, “Icy”, was released in March 2019, and spawned the top 40 single “My Type.” Her debut album, “Pretty Bitch Music”, will be released in 2020.

R&B Spotlight: Thing Called Love-Kevin Ross

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Kevin Ross is an American singer/songwriter/producer from Washington, DC. He was previously signed to Motown Records and released his debut album “The Awakening” in 2017. Ross is also an award winning songwriter, having written songs for Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Jamie Foxx, SWV, Johnny Gill and Toni Braxton. He rose to prominence in 2014 following an appearance in a Glade holiday campaign that year, charting with his version of “This Is My Wish.”