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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.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Done It Again-Ghostface Killah Ft. Big Daddy Kane, Cappadonna,Styliztik Jones & Harley

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Dennis Coles, known professionally as Ghostface Killa, is an American rapper  and member of the rap ensemble Wu Tang Clan. Coles began his career when he co-founded Wu Tang Clan with then roommate RZA. In 1995, Coles guest starred on fellow Wu Tang Clan member Raekwon’s debut album, “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.” He also contributed songs to the films “Sunset Park” and “Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood”, which would be included on his debut album “Ironman.” He has released the albums “Supreme Clientele” (2000), “Bulletproof  Wallets” (2001), “The Pretty Toney Album” (2004), “Fishscale” (2006), “More Fish” (2006), “The Big Doe Rehab” (2007), “Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City” (2009), “Apollo Kids” (2010), “Twelve Reasons To Die” (2013), “36 Seasons” (2014), “Twelve Reasons To Die 2” (2015) and “The Lost Tapes” (2018).

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R&B Spotlight: Lost & Found-Serayah

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Serayah Ranee McNeil, known professionally as simply Serayah, is an American singer/actress/model. In 2015, Serayah appeared in Taylor Swift ‘s video “Bad Blood.” On July 18, 2015, Serayah performed the song “Style” on the Chicago stop of her “The 1989 World Tour.” In March 2015, Serayah performed at the Marshall Academy of Arts in Long Beach. In 2016, she collaborated on the single “Don’t You Need Somebody” with RedOne. She currently plays the character Tiana Brown on the Fox television series “Empire.”

 

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Singer/songwriter Daley decided to keep it simple in the visual for his new single, “Second To None”, taken from his latest album, “Spectrum.” In the dimly lit clip, backed by green neon lights, the UK crooner is seen seated on a stool as he entices viewers by bringing the song’s lyrics to life. Following “Careless”, “Second To None” is yet another showcase for his smooth, sultry delivery. Daley recently launched “The Spectrum Unplugged Tour”, which will visit several cities before wrapping up on December 2 in Los Angeles.  Ohio native Shar Kriztin has just released the single “Go Crazy.” The track blends a hip hop with R&B harmonies. Kriztin’s bold, in your face approach has provided a modern day anthem for our time; a blast of assertive self-confidence and encouragement that will lift the spirits of those who have  been criticized, discouraged or put down for being who they are. Shar is currently signed to Church Boy Music. Fans can expect to hear more from her in the future. R&B singer Geron makes her intentions clear on her new single “Plans”, the second single from her EP “Tainted.” On the track, the songstress displays her sultry vocals while declaring her commitment to a lover. She also shares the safety and security she feels while with this person in the midst of a chaotic and overbearing world. Geron’s style blends Pop, Alternative, R&B and Hip Hop. Her voice has a soulful quality that lends itself to all genres. She has been influenced by Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. Geron’s love for music began during her childhood when she sang and danced to her parents VHS tapes. By kindergarten, she was playing piano. Her first live performance came in the form of a piano recital two years later. At age nine, she became a soloist in the church choir, which lead to voice  lessons and classical voice training. By the time she reached high school, Geron knew she wanted to pursue a music career. In addition to singing, Geron has attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and started a career in television and film. Independent R&B/Hip Hop artist Mike Classic has released a 7-track EP titled “If Only You Knew”, a  project which showcases his singing and rapping skills. The EP comes after a brief hiatus, during which time Mike pursued an acting career and follows the new single “Woosah.” “If Only You Knew” features the production work of Remo The Hitmaker, KAUISTOPPLAYIN, MusicHustle and The Breed. Co-signed by Bryson Tiller and backed by a partnership with Sony’s Red Music, Mike Classic intends to carve out his own niche in the music industry. He also made his acting debut in the Netflix Roxanne Shante biopic. Over a year ago, rapper Desiigner posted a snippet of a collaboration with fellow rapper Lil Pump on social  media, prompting fans  to contact Lil Pump in hopes that the two would work together on a track. On Friday, a duet titled “Overseas” was released. On the track, the two trade verses about their lavish lifestyles, although they’re college age. Fans should check this one out. Chance the Rapper, Cardi B. and T.I. have been tapped to serve as judges on the forthcoming Netflix talent competition “Rhythm + Flow.” The hope is that the show will become a hip hop version of “American Idol”, in search of the next hip hop superstar. Chicago native Chance the Rapper is encouraging unsigned artists who are ready and dedicated to audition through Rhythm + Flow’s website.

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Overseas-Desiigner Ft. Lil Pump

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Sidney Royel Selby, known professionally as Desiigner, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/producer from Brooklyn, New York. Selby began practicing vocals at school and church. At age 14, after being shot, he embarked on a music career. Selby initially pursued his career under the moniker Dezolo, before he began releasing tracks under the name Designer Royel, his middle name. His sister convinced him to drop Royel and keep Designer, doubling the “i.” On December 3, 2015, under the new pseudonym, Desiigner released the single “Zombie Walk.” On December 15, 2015, Desiigner released his first commercial single “Panda” via Soundcloud. The song was released on iTunes five days before being released in February 2016. He has released the albums “New English” (2016) and “L.OD.” (2018).

R&B Pick Of The Week: Switch Up-Tiffany Evans

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Tiffany Evans is an American singer/songwriter/dancer/actress/entrepreneur from New York City. Evans got her first break on “Showtime At The Apollo” at age 9. In February 2003, Evans won the junior singer competition on “Star Search”, becoming the only performer in “Star Search” history to receive perfect scores during all her appearances on the show. Evans also appeared on “Law & Order: SVU” as actor Blair Underwood’s daughter. That same year, Evans was signed to Columbia Records at age 10. After signing with Columbia, Evans released her first single, a remake of the Stacy Lattisaw hit “Let Me Be Your Angel.” Evan’s debut self-titled album was released on April 22, 2008 via Columbia Records. On October 18, 2010, Evans released her sophomore effort, “Perfect Imperfection.” On March 29, 2011, Evans left Columbia Records. Following her departure, Evans formed Little Lady Enterprises, which served as an independent label. On November 4, 2014, Evans released “Baby Don’t Go” as a buzz single while working on an EP. She has released the albums “Tiffany Evans” (2008), “143” (2013) and “All Me” (2015).

Celebrity Birthdays

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Singer/songwriter Mile Jaye Davis 61

Singer/actress Terry Dexter 40

Singer Tevin Campbell 42

Singer Arthur “Pooch” Tavares (Tavares) 75

Singer/songwriter/dancer/actor Omari “Omarion” Grandberry (B2K) 34

Musician/songwriter/producer Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & The MGs) 74

Remembering singer Jimmy “Bro” Hayes (November 12, 1943-May 18, 2017-The Persuasions)