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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.

All Music Notes Playlist

Here’s what you’ll find on my Spotify playlist.

1 Thank You

Diana Ross

2 Be Real Black For Me

Brian Courtney Wilson & Ledisi

3 Friends & Family

The Isley Brothers

4 No Plans For Love

D-Nice Ft. Ne-Yo & Kent Jones

5 Nobody But You

Darryl Anders and AgapeSoul Ft Maysa

6 Fight For You


7 Lesson

Eric Roberson

8 Leave The Door Open

Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak

9 Cascade

Stokely Ft The Bonfyre

10 U-Turn

Ty Causey

11 Holla If You Hear Me

Kea & Giveton Gelin

12 It’s Not Over

Ascendant & Angela Johnson

13 Welcome 2 America


14 He Don’t Know Nothing Bout It

Jam & Lewis Ft. Babyface

15 Whatever Happened To Our Love

Acantha Lang

16 Hold Us Together

H.E.R. Ft Tauren Wells

17 Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Mark & Beverly Knight

18 You Haven’t Done Nothing

Dara Tucker

19 Radio

Deborah Bond

20 Melodic Harmony


Tyler The Creator Wants To Know WUSYANAME In New Music Video

Tyler The Creator is back with the release of the music video for his single “WUSYANAME”, just one week after the release of “Lumberjack.” The two minute clip, which debuted Tuesday, begins with narration from Tyler as he describes a road trip to an undisclosed location. Upon his arrival at what appears to be a country club, Tyler spots a woman who becomes the apple of his eye. The visual may be a continuation of last week’s video “Lumberjack”, in which Tyler receives a manicure with the same mint-green nail polish that he sports in the new “WUSYANAME” video. As the new music video progresses, Tyler The Creator finds himself in awe as he follows the striking woman. And while the song’s 90s infused rhythm is melodic and his lyrics are smooth, the “WUSYANAME” video concludes in a hilarious plot twist: It turns out that Tyler’s crush was totally aloof to his serenade the entire time and was actually walking to deliver a croissant to her date at a nearby table. Yikes. Tyler announced last week that his new album, “Call Me If You Get Lost”, will arrive Friday. Watch the “WUSYANAME” video below.

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Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: Words I Manifest-Gang Starr

This song is the property of Virgin Records America.

Gang Starr was an American hip hop group, which consisted of Texas record producer DJ Premier and Massachusetts rapper Guru. Gang Starr was at its height from 1989 to 2003, and are considered one of the best MC and producer duos in hip hop history. They are recognized for being one of the pioneers of jazz rap. Some of their top singles include “Mass Appeal”, “Take It Personal”, “Moment Of Truth” and “Above The Clouds.” They released the albums “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (1989), “Step In The Arena” (1991), “Daily Operation” (1992), “Hard To Earn” (1994), “Moment Of Truth” (1998), “The Ownerz” (2003) and “One Of The Best Yet” (2019).

Throwback Thursday R&B: Before You Turn Off The Lights-World Class Wrecking Crew

This song is the property of The Malaco Music Group/SOH Distributors Network.

World Class Wrecking Crew was an American electro music group from Los Angeles, CA. The group contributed to the development of rap music in the 1980s. Two of its members, Dr Dre and DJ Yella, went on to attain greater success as members of N.W.A., which pioneered gangsta rap. The single “Before You Turn Off The Lights” featured R&B singer Michel’le. They released the albums “World Class” (1985) and “Rapped In Romance” (1986).

DMX To Be Honored By Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, & More At The 2021 BET Awards

BET will be honor the late DMX during a special tribute at the 2021 BET Awards. The show will be hosted by Taraji P. Henson in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The hip hop icon died on April 9 at the age of 50. Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Griselda, and Swizz Beatz will deliver performances during the tribute. Actor Michael K. Williams is also set to make an appearance. The tribute was curated by producer Swizz Beatz, who is DMX’s longtime friend. The special tribute will feature some of DMX’s most iconic hits, including “Party Up (Up In Here)”, “Ruff Ryders Anthem”, “What’s My Name?”, “Get At Me Dog”, “DMX Prayer” and more, as well as music from his posthumous album, “Exodus.” Fatima Robinson, video choreographer and R&B and hip hop veteran, is the creative director behind Sunday’s special tribute. DMX will also be honored during a memoriam segment celebrating his life and legacy at the ASCAP Awards. Three-time Grammy-nominated artist DMX, born Earl Simmons, has released 15 Billboard Hot 100 tracks. He posthumously earned his highest peak position with “Ruff Ryders Anthem” on the chart dated April 23. It peaked at No. 16. Previously, the collaborative 1998 smash hit “Money, Power, Respect” by the Lox featuring DMX and Lil Kim held his highest position at No 17 and charted for 20 weeks. DMX posthumously appeared on the Billboard Global 200, on the chart dated April 23 with the single “Party Up (Up In Here).” The song peaked at No. 52 and charted for one week. The BET Awards will air live on BET on June 27, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Hip Hop Spotlight: No More Parties-Coi Leray

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Coi Leray Collins, known professionally as Coi Leray, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter. After quitting her job, Collins began posting music on Soundcloud, releasing her breakthrough single “Huddy” and her debut mixtape “Everythingcoz” in 2018. After signing a recording contract with 1801 Records and Republic Records, she released her second mixtape, “EC2”, in 2019, and her debut extended play, “Now Or Never”, in 2020. In 2021, the single “No More Parties” gave Collins her first Billboard Hot 100 entry after peaking in the top 40 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America.

Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Singer/songwriter/producer Jonathan “Chico” DeBarge (The DeBarge Family) 55

Bassist/songwriter/producer/television personality Randall “Randy” Jackson 65

Remembering singer Larry Cunningham (June 23, 1952-January 10, 2019-The Floaters)

Remembering singer James “Jimmy” Castor (June 23, 1940-January 16, 2012-The Jimmy Castor Bunch)