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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: Bouldercrest-Playboi Carti Ft. Offset

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Jordan Terrell Carter, known professionally as Playboi Carti, is an American rapper/songwriter/producer/model. Carter began rapping under the moniker Sir Carter. His early work has been deleted from the internet. He changed his name to Playboi Carti in 2012 and signed to rapper Father’s underground label Awful Records. He gained attention in 2015 when his singles “Broke Boi” and “Fetti”, which featured Da$h and Maxo Kream, were uploaded to Soundcloud. In 2016, he was featured on the A$AP Mob single “Telephone Calls”, taken from their album “Cozy Tapes Vol 1: Friends.” That same year, he signed to A$AP Mob’s AWGE label and Interscope Records. In April 2017, Carter released  his debut mixtape, which attracted the attention of music publications XXL, Pitchfork, Spin, HotNewHipHop, and PopMatters, and reached #12 on the Billboard 200. On May 11, 2018, Carter released his debut album “Die Lit.”

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R&B Spotlight: Cosmic Love-Jade Novah

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Lindsey Fields, known professionally as Jade Novah, is an American singer/songwriter from Cleveland, OH. Her music career began when rapper/singer/songwriter/producer Missy Elliott asked her to perform background vocals on her album “This Is Not A Test.” She gained more attention after her cover of “Stay” earned 2 million views on You Tube. In October 2013, her cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” earned 13 million views, earning her  a nod from Rolling Stone Magazine. In addition to her own music, Fields has written songs for Mya and Christina Milian.

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R&B singer Snoh Aalegra has released a sensual music video for her new single ‘I Want You Around.” In the Alexander Black directed clip, Snoh and co-star A$AP Twelvyy are shown enjoying an intimate day together as they enjoy one another’s company. Produced by Nes, “I Want You Around” marks a new musical journey for Snoh. Her last project was 2017’s “Feels.” R&B crooner Lloyd is back with the music video for his single “Caramel”, featuring Young Miami from the City Girls. The clip includes scenes with Young Goldie and Young Miami as well as shots of sexy  models and fans. The original version of “Caramel” is taken from Lloyd’s latest album “Tru”, which was released last year. On March 8, LLoyd will join B2K, Mario, Pretty Ricky, Ying Yang Twins, Bobby V and Chingy on “The Millennium Tour”, which begins in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, Lloyd will also appear on the TV One documentary Unsung on March 3. Ari Skies has been introduced to the music industry via the single “Chill n Vibe.” During an interview with singersroom.com, the songstress revealed that she got inspiration for the song from past experiences. She added that she’s currently preparing an EP but didn’t disclose a release date. Dancehall reggae legend Shaggy just ruined things for men with a dollar and a dream a.k.a. the scrubs. In the music video for his new single “Use Me”, the Grammy winner advises women to leave their men at home if they can’t buy them the things they want. The Jay Will directed clip features a rich African man, who throws his money and wealth around in Instagram videos to get the attention of these women. “Use Me” arrives following Shaggy’s Best Reggae Album win for “44/876”,  his collaborative project with Sting, at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. “Use Me” is taken from Shaggy’s recently announced project “Wah Gwaan?”, which is due out May 10, 2019 via Cherrytree Music Company, Brooklyn Knights Entertainment,  and 300 Entertainment. Rapper Lil Pump is finally ready to share his delayed album “Harvard Dropout” at the end of the work week. The 18-year-old rapper decided to give fans a taste of what they can expect sonically by unveiling the project’s collaborations and track list yesterday. Pump’s sophomore effort contains 16 tracks, including the previously released singles “I Love It”, “Racks On Racks”, “Butterfly Doors”, “Esskeetit” and “Drug Addicts”, whose music video featured a cameo appearance by  actor Charlie Sheen. The album includes special guest appearances by Quavo and Offset of Migos, Smokepurpp, Lil Wayne, YG, 2 Chainz and Lil Uzi Vert. Ronny J, Danny Wolf, Dee Money, Diablo, CBMIX and others handled the production.

Jazzy D And Amber Sweeny Are Unbroken

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Australian producer Jazzy D has collaborated with Kenya, Deli Rowe, Amber Sweeney and more. Now, he and Sweeney team up again on the soul/jazz/house number “Unbreak Me.” According Jazzy D, “Unbreak Me” is a melodic rhythmic soulful house journey. Amber Sweeney delivers a haunting soulful vocal performance backed by deep rhythmic Rhodes with lyrics about a broken heart which begs to fall in love again. “Unbreak Me” is a winner.

Celebrity Birthdays

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Happy birthday

Singer/songwriter William “Smokey” Robinson 79

Singer Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel aka Seal 56

Rapper/songwriter/producer Mark “Prince Markie Dee’ Morales (The Fat Boys) 51

Remembering singer Robert “Bobby” Rogers (February 19, 1940-March 3, 2013-The Miracles)

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Smile(Living My Best Life)-Lil Duval Ft Snoop Dogg

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Roland Powell, known professionally as Lil Duval, is an American Bahamian comedian and singer. In 2005, he was a finalist on the BET comedy competition series Coming To The Stage. Duval is a series regular on the MTV2 shows Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares. From 2013 to 2014, he hosted the MTV2 video show Ain’t That America.

R&B Pick Of The Week: Soul Of A Woman-Johnny Gill

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Johnny Gill Jr. is an American singer/songwriter from Washington, DC. He began singing in church at age 5 with the family singing group Little Johnny and the Wings of Faith, which included his brothers Bobby, Jeff and Randy, who is a member of the R&B trio 2 D Extreme. Gill’s recording career began in 1982 at age 16 when childhood friend Stacy Lattisaw convinced him to record a demo. She presented the tape to the president of Atlantic Records. Shortly thereafter, Gill was signed to the label and released his self titled debut album on Atlantic subsidiary Cotillion. Gill then teamed with Lattisaw for a collaborative projected  titled “Perfect Combination.” He released his second solo album “Chemistry” in 1985. In 1987, Gill was invited to join New Edition by Michael Bivins. At the time, Bobby Brown had been voted out of the group, and Gill has brought in to replace lead singer Ralph Tresvant, who was rumored to be leaving the group to launch a solo career. Gill’s first album with the group was “Heartbreak”, which included the singles “If It Isn’t Love”, “N.E. Heartbreak”, “Can You Stand The Rain” and the Gill lead “Boys To Men.” Continuing his solo career, Gill released a second self  titled album in 1990. The album included the singles “Rub You The Right Way”, “My, My, My”, “Fairweather Friend” and “Wrap My Body Tight.” He released the album “Provocative” in 1993. He has also released the albums “Let’s Get The Mood Right” (1996), “Still Winning” (2011) and “Game Changer.” (2014).

Hip Hop Spotlight: 1942- G Eazy Ft. Yo Gotti & YBN Nahmir

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Gerald Earl Gillum, known professionally as G Eazy, is an American rapper/record producer from Oakland, CA. Starting as a record producer, Gillum began working on several singles while a student at Loyola University with producer Christopher Anderson, who was also a student  there. He gained recognition for being  a part of the rap scene in the East Bay Area alongside Lil B, Crohn and The Cataracs. During his early years, he became a member of the rap group The Bay Boyz, which released several songs via their Myspace page. Gillum released several mixtapes which received little attention. In August 2011, he released “Endless Summer” via his official website. On June 23, 2014, Gillum released his debut album “These Things Happen.’ The album topped the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B and Top Rap Albums chart, also earning the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 and the Top Digital Albums Chart. He has also released the albums “When It’s Dark Out” (2015) and “The Beautiful And The Damned” (2017).

R&B Spotlight: Shot Clock-Ella Mai

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Ella Mai Howell, known professionally as Ella Mai, is an English singer/songwriter. Howell began her singing career while studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute London in 2014, when she appeared as a contestant on season 11 of X Factor as part of the trio Arize, but didn’t advance beyond the initial audition for judges. The group broke up shortly thereafter. The following year, Howell uploaded a four-track solo EP to Soundcloud titled “Trouble”, which was produced by high school friend DJ Kam 1. After being discovered on Instagram, she was signed to DJ Mustard’s label 10 Summers Records and Interscope Records. In February 2016, she released “Time”, the first of her EP trilogy. The six-track project featured the single “She Don’t”, a duet with rapper Ty Dolla $ign. In November 2016, Howell released her second EP “Change.” Her third, “Ready”, was released in February 2017. On October 12, 2018, she released her debut album “Ella Mai.”