Inside The Industry



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 Game Releases The Eminem Diss The Black Slim Shady

On the heels Compton, CA rap veteran The Game’s comments regarding Eminem’s daughter Haillie’s bikini photos, the MC releases a 10-minute diss record with Eminem on the receiving end entitled “The Black Slim Shady.” Not only does The Game diss Mr. Mathers, but he also takes aim at the entire Aftermath camp, including Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. The single is just in time for the release of The Game’s forthcoming album “Drillmatic.” Listen to “The Black Slim Shady” below.

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Remy Ma & Rapsody Join DJ Premiere In Video Remy Rap

The first music video from DJ Premier’s DJ Premier: Hip Hop 50 Volume 1 is currently available via Mass Appeal. The “Remy Rap” video, created by DJ Premier, features Grammy-nominated Rapsody and legendary femcee Remy Ma, both of whom are from the Bronx. The music video, which was directed by Maya Table, pays homage to early-nineties Hip Hop, right down to the bucket hats, Cuban link chains, and DJ Premier scratching on a turntable. It also has grainy black-and-white imagery of inner-city building rooftops.

In addition to Remy and Rapsody, DJ Premier: Hip Hop 50 Volume 1 features Nas, Lil Wayne, Run The Jewels, Joey Bada$$, and Slick Rick.

The release is the first of 10 EPs with new music celebrating Hip Hop 50. The next nine editions will be curated by Swizz Beatz, Mustard, The-Dream, Mike Will Made It, No I.D., Hit-Boy, Take A Daytrip, and Tainy.

To commemorate Hip Hop’s 50th birthday, Mass Appeal has launched a big #HipHop50 project that features strategic alliances, all-encompassing worldwide activations, and creative content and programming. In order to offer live event content, Mass Appeal has announced its relationship with Live Nation Urban. This collaboration will produce moments that will unite the voices that made hip hop a way of life, from Park Jams to Festival stages. Watch the “Remy Rap” video below.

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Megan Thee Stallion Surprises With Her Sophomore Album Traumatized

Megan Thee Stallion surprised fans with the announcement of her sophomore album Traumazine. The GRAMMY award-winning Rapstar took to social media on Thursday to announce Traumazine will be hitting streaming platforms today via 1501 Certified Ent/ 300 Ent.  

She released a cover art and a tracklist that includes features from Pooh ShiestyLattoJhené Aiko, and more.  She also shared a teaser trailer for the album which shows her attending a funeral and placing a rose on top of a casket. 

Today, after 4 EPs, FeverMake It HotTina Snow and Suga and her 2 LPs, Good News and Something For Thee Hotties, the 27 year-old rapper, entrepreneur and philanthropist, unleashes her deepest thoughts and touches on her journey of self-actualization and dealing with trauma.

 The 18-track LP Traumazine follows Thee Stallion’s 2022 Billboard Music Awards “Top Rap Female Artist” win, her second consecutive victory. Boasting features from the hottest names in Hip Hop and R&B including, FuturePooh ShiestyLattoKey GlockJhené Aiko, Rico Nasty, and Lucky Daye, as well as Houston heavyweights such as Sauce Walka, Big Pokey & Lil KekeTraumazine is on par to keep the hot girl coach’s winning tradition. Check out the tracklist below.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Murder On My Mind-Mozzy

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Timothy Cornell Patterson, known professionally as Mozzy, is an American rapper from Oak Park, Sacramento, CA. He is signed to CMG, Interscope Records and Blackmarket Records. Patterson began rapping under the name of Lil Tim in 2004. He changed his stage name to Mozzy in 2012. He received little attention until the release of his 2015 album “Bladadah”, which was ranked as the 22nd best rap album of 2015 by Rolling Stone, and which gave him the best run of 2015 according to Complex Magazine.

Inside The Industry: New Music From Candace Woodson-She’s Back

Singer/songwriter Candace Woodson returns with her new single “She’s Back.” “She’s Back” is taken from Woodson’s latest album “Perfect”, which was released on August 8. On “She’s Back” Woodson makes it clear that she is indeed back and encourages listeners to dance, shake and get on the good foot with her. The track sounds like an early 80’s hip hop song that prominently features inspiration from such soul legends as James Brown. Listen to “She’s Back” below.

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Megan Thee Stallion Announces Album Traumatized

Megan Thee Stallion has already had a very successful year thanks to “Plan B,” the Dua Lipa-assisted “Sweetest Pie,” and a Billboard Music Awards win for top rap female artist.
On Thursday (Aug. 11), the “Savage” rapper announced that her sophomore studio album, titled Trauamzine, will be released this Friday (Aug. 12). Traumazine is Megam’s official full-length follow-up to Good News, her blockbuster debut studio album which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned hit singles such as “Body” and “Movie” (with Lil Durk). In the interim, Megan dropped a compilation album titled Something for Thee Hotties, which housed the Grammy-nominated “Thot Shit.”

In addition to the announcement, the H-Town Hottie shared the moody black-and-white album artwork as well as the set’s tracklist. At 18 songs, Traumazine features guest appearances by Future, Dua Lipa, LattoJhené AikoLucky DayeKey GlockPooh ShiestyRico Nasty, Sauce Walka, Big Pokey, and Lil Keke. Previously released Billboard Hot 100-charting singles “Sweetest Pie” (No. 15), “Plan B” (No. 29), and “Pressurelicious” (No. 55), all appear on the tracklist.

Megan has been steadily teasing her new album via her Instagram and Twitter accounts for the past few weeks, but the official announcement still came as a surprise to many. In a Twitter post Wednesday night, Megan addressed continued struggles with her record label writing, “y’all know I always have problems with dropping my music under this label, all these games and having to go to court just to put out my art has been so stressful.”

Traumazine, which hits streaming platforms at midnight, arrives in the face of a rollout that Megan herself has described as “all over the place.”

Beyonce & Ronald Isley Collaborate On Make Me Say It Again Girl

Still riding high off dual chart-toppers thanks to Renaissance’s reign atop the Billboard 200 and “Break My Soul” blasting to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100Beyoncé has more music to share with fans.

iHeartRadio shared the world premiere of “Make Me Say It Again, Girl,” a new collaboration between Beyoncé and Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers, on Tuesday (Aug. 9). Slated for release this Friday (Aug. 12), the new duet is a remake of “Make Me Say It Again Girl (Part 1 & 2),” a track from The Isley Brothers’s 1975 The Heat Is On album, the group’s first No. 1 title on the Billboard 200.

Ron Isley and his wife Kandy first teased the blockbuster collaboration in an interview with Variety in June 2021. “Make Me Say It Again, Girl” marks Beyoncé’s first non-Renaissance collaboration of 2022. So far, Queen Bey’s new era has gifted the Beyhive collaborations with Beam (“Energy”), Madonna (“Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)”), and Grace Jones & Tems (“Move”). The new song is the Isley Brothers first musical release since last summer’s Snoop Dogg-assisted “Friends and Family,” which peaked at No. 13 on the Adult R&B Airplay chart.

“Make Me Say It Again, Girl” comes on the heels of a highly successful chart week for Beyoncé. The “Break My Soul” singer launched all 16 Renaissance tracks onto the Hot 100. Queen Bey also simultaneously ranks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Hot 100, and Artist 100 — the first time she’s achieved such a feat. Moreover, Renaissance scored the year’s largest first-week sales total for an album by a female artist, as well as the second-largest first-week sales total for any 2022 album. Listen to “Make Me Say It Again Girl” below.

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King Von’s Estate Celebrates His 28th Birthday By Releasing The Get It Done Video

King Von’s estate releases the video for “Get It Done” feat. OMB Peezy, a standout track off his posthumous album What It Means To Be King, in honor of his 28th birthday.

In the video, Von and Peezy meet together as their potential attackers watch. Before the would-be assailants can act, Von and Peezy speed off in a Maserati with bundles of cash in hand. They end up mobbing in a remote region while issuing dire threats about what will happen to anyone who crosses them. The bars are spoken over Chopsquad DJ, a regular producer, and collaborator with Von.

Von rose to prominence as one of the game’s top storytellers in less than three years after he began his rap career. What It Means To Be King, a deserving follow-up to Von’s Welcome To O’Block-certified GOLD debut, left a huge impression when it made its release in March and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. Watch the “Get It Done” video below.

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