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.

DaBaby Releases Single Masterpiece

Rapper DaBaby has released the single he teased in December titled “Masterpiece.” The track was produced by D.A. Got That Dope and returns DaBaby to the traditional style fans are accustomed to hearing while spitting about the finer things in life. Recently, the North Carolina native revealed during an interview that he’s planning his retirement. He plans to push new artists during his retirement. In the meantime, enjoy “Masterpiece.”

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Hip Hop Spotlight: Backdoor-Lil Durk

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Durk Derrick Banks, known professionally as Lil Durk, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. He is the lead member and founder of his own collective and record label, Only The Family. He has released the albums “Remember My Name” (2015), “Lil Durk 2X” (2016), “Signed To The Streets 3” (2018), “Love Songs 4 The Streets 2” (2019), “Just Cause Y’all Waited 2” (2020) and “The Voice” (2020).

R&B Spotlight: Need Someone-Brandon Showell

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Brandon Showell is an American singer/songwriter who received national exposure as a contestant on the NBC series The Voice. Since wrapping up the show, Showell has been performing at various venues up and down the east coast, and occasionally released cover songs to hold fans over. He recently released his debut EP “Scripted.”

Inside The Industry: New Music From Utah Carol, Lelynd Darkes & Matt Gordon

Utah Carol recently released the single “Sugar Cane.” This inspiring, thoughtful track captures the essence of flower-child music fused with 80s New Wave. The steady guitar-picking strings and unique vocals overlap in a country-style ballad that is second to none. The band is comprised of Grant Birkenbeuel and JinJa Davis. Together, they are synonymous with new music that intertwines eclectic pop, folk, and indie genres. The track is as mentally stimulating as it is smooth. This is one of those songs you’ll love to hear again and again on long road trips with family and friends. There is an enchanting and lullaby-like feel to this song with harmonizing melodic vocals. It’s almost as if you’re floating in the air listening to this beloved ballad. With western cowboy roots, the band’s name is just eye-catching and thought-inspiring. However, the duo is based in Second City USA, Chicago, where they produce, arrange, perform, and publish most of their songs. This fantastic single follows three successful albums from the band: “Wonderwheel” (1999), “Comfort For The Traveler” (2002) and “Rodeo Queen” (2007). The group is currently working on their forthcoming EP. Lelynd Darkes steps into the spotlight with the EP “It’s Different Now.” The seven track album is a non-stop ride through the feel-good experiences of a relationship in the throes of ecstatic romantic love expressed through passionate sexual escapades. Soncially, the songs are similar, Lelynd grooves over double-timed, midtempo instrumentals on most of the album’s tracks, allowing one song to flow seamlessly into the next. As each song flows seamlessly to the next, so do the elements of the romantic love dynamic highlighted in each track. There is nothing disjointed about this effort. Instead, it feels like a complete body of work with something for every mood. “It’s Different Now” is conclusively a solid effort from an independent artist who has some musical experiences and experiences under his belt. Fans will certainly hear more from him in the future. Matt Gordon recently released the album “Black Mirror” to critical acclaim. “Black Mirror” is the follow up to the singer/songwriter’s 2018 album “22nd Element.” “Black Mirror” contains fifteen tracks that showcase his harmonic vocals. Gordon soars through the sky with his angelic voice, thoughtful lyrics and captivating music. “Love Somebody”, “Good Loving”, “Everything” and “Lost” are among the standout tracks on an album that showcases something for everyone and showcases Matt Gordon at his finest. Listen to “Love Somebody” below.

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A$AP Mob Set To Host Virtual Yams Day

A$AP Mob will host a virtual Yams Day 2021 on Monday, and A$AP Rocky has been promoting it across NYC. The hip hop collective has been celebrating Yams Day for the last six years since the death of their co-founder Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez on Jan. 18 2015, when he died of an overdose at age 26. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, A$AP Mob has decided to proceed virtually this year with their annual tribute concert. A minute long trailer found on each member’s Instagram account and on teases an awards ceremony called the Yammys, as opposed to the Grammys, where artists “who we and the people feel honestly earned and deserved it” will receive awards, according to Rocky’s tweet on Tuesday. In the trailer, the 32-year-old rapper is seen running around NYC and conducting man-on-the-street interviews with citizens, asking if they plan to attend the virtual celebration of his late friend. The entire Mob posted up with Yams’s mother Tatianna Paulino on Instagram last week and teased that they “got something special on the way” while tagging #YAMMYGANG. Yams Day 2020 was held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Jan. 17, where Tyler, the Creator, Metro Booming, Nav, Pie’rre Bourne, Lil Yachty, Young M.A., Sheck Wes, Kenny Beats, Smooky MarGiella, slowthai, and others performed.

Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: I’ll Work You To The Bone-Wanda D

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Lawanda McFarland, known professionally as Wanda Dee, is an American hip hop artist from the Bronx, New York. McFarland began her career as a teenager, becoming the first female hip hop DJ as the protege of DJ Kool Herc, who gave her the stage name Wanda Dee. She was eventually introduced to Afrika Bambaataa, who inducted her into his Zulu Nation. In 1984, she appeared in the film Beat Street alongside her boyfriend/business partner Richard Sisco. Dee received many offers to go on tour while Sisco did not, contributing to the pair breaking up. At the time, Dee had met Eric Floyd, her future husband and manager. Floyd encouraged her to switch from the turntables to the microphone and in 1986, she released the single, “Blue Eyes”, produced by British hit factory Stock Aitken Waterman. In 1989, she achieved commercial success with the single “The Goddess/To The Bone.” The publication of a full album was hampered by disagreements with Tuff City Records, Dee’s distributor at the time. In 2003, Dee formed her own record label, Goddess Empire, and released her debut album, “The Goddess Is Here.” That same year, she also participated in the Zulu Nation’s 30th anniversary performance.