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.

All Music Notes Playlist

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

1 Last Night Was Good For My Soul

The Shindellas

2 As A Matter Of Fact


3 I Don’t Mind


4 Look My Way

Kevin Ross

5 The Journey


6 Text Me Tomorrow

Con Funk Shun

7 For Your Love

Fostina Dixon Ft. Ty Causey

8 Beautiful

Gene Moore Ft. India Arie

9 WB

Avery Sunshine Ft. Drew The Rew

10 Til We Meet Again

Will Downing

11 Coasting

Boney James Ft. Lalah Hathaway

12 Kiss You

Angie Stone

13 Don’t Make Me Wait

Kimberly Brewer Ft. Joe & Stevie Wonder

14 The Day Radio Edit

After 7 Ft. Stockley

15 Don’t Ask My Neighbors

Andre Ward Ft. Chantel Hampton

16 Learn How To Love

Frank McComb Ft. Walter Williams

17 You Lied

TanQueray Hayward

18 Of Course I Lied

Will Preston

19 When Love Comes In

Jonathan Butler Ft. Keb Mo

20 I Would Die 4 U

Jarred Lawson

Lil Durk Spends Weekend Fishing With Country Star & Collaborator Morgan Wallen

Lil Durk explored nature over the holiday weekend. Hitting the state of Tennessee, Durkio linked with country star Morgan Wallen to go fishing. Durk and Wallen recently collaborated on the Almost Healed album.

Durk shared an image with Wallen holding freshly caught fish. “Family is family can’t nothing change that p.s I’m done wit fish,” Durk wrote on Instagram.

“Durk done pulled up and taught me how to fish,” Wallen wrote in a separate post.

Lil Durk will fall just short of the No. 1 spot. Almost Healed is projected to bring in between 125,000 and 150,000 first-week units but land at No 2.

HITS Daily Double notes this will be the rapper’s sixth top 10 album and his 11th to hit the Billboard 200. The No. 1 spot goes to Taylor Swift bringing in 225-275K units with the deluxe edition of her Midnights album.

After increasing excitement to a boiling point, Chicago hip-hop trailblazer and multiplatinum superstar Lil Durk unleashed his anxiously awaited eighth full-length offering and one of the year’s most anticipated albumsStream Almost Healed on all DSPs HERE

Superstar icon Alicia Keys notably stars in the music video for Therapy Session/Pelle Coat, which just premiered. The visual features her in emotionally charged and thought-provoking moments alongside Lil Durk. It marks their first collaboration together. 

Tense production underlines his reflective rhymes as the accompanying visual explores his relationship with the streets and faith through a series of arresting vignettes. It instantly captivates—like everything he does.

Almost Healed pops off as his most personal, engaging, and enigmatic project to date. Laced with bold bangers and introspective anthems alike, it highlights his undeniable melodies and incisive bars at the forefront. He not only shines solo on the likes of “Never Again,” but he also distinguishes himself as the rare chameleonic force who can collaborate with country superstar Morgan Wallen on “Stand By Me” or the late Juice WRLD on “Cross The Globe.”

Alexander O’Neal Shines On The Single The One For Me

R&B veteran Alexander O’Neal is working on his Farewell Tour, and he’s doing it in style, with the EP “Is This Seat Taken”, which is some of his strongest music in years. A few weeks ago, O’Neal released the title track. Now, he returns with the single “The One For Me”, co-written by Darnell Alexander and Mike Vangen. The song is a dancefloor jam with hooks for days. And O’Neal sounds convincing as he tells his woman he’s giving up all others to focus on her. Listen to “The One For Me” below.

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R&B Pick Of The Week: U Should Feel Special-Thuy

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R&B singer Thuy just released the album “Girls Like Me Don’t Cry”, which centers around the art of vulnerability. The project features special guest appearances by RINI, Lexx Life Raj, and MIN. One of the standout tracks on the album is “U Should Feel Special.” Enjoy.

Metro Boomin Unveils First Set Of Features For Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Soundtrack

fter taking the reins as executive producer for the forthcoming Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse SoundtrackMetro Boomin’ left breadcrumbs on his Instagram about who fans can expect on the project. On Wednesday (May 24), Metro revealed the first three features: Future, Don Toliver and James Blake.

Known for his creative punch, Metro cleverly unveiled the lineup by posting illustrations of each artist in Spider-Man costumes. The first reveal was Don Toliver, who is in a purple custom Spidey suit. “Don Toliver is confirmed for the @spiderversemovie soundtrack available everywhere June 2!! 🕷️,” wrote Metro. After disclosing Future and James Blake’s appearances in their respective illustrated costumes, the following posts shared similar captions. 

Across the Spider-Verse Soundtrack comes on the heels of Metro’s third Billboard 200 No. 1 album, Heroes and Villains. The project included features from The Weeknd, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Future and Travis Scott. “Creepin” headlined the 15-track collection, as it earned a top-five slot on the Billboard Hot 100. The Weeknd and 21 Savage-fueled song remains a top player this week, sitting at No. 7 on the charts after its initial release six months ago.  

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse arrives June 2.

Coi Leray’s Forthcoming Album To Feature Posthumous Guest Appearance By James Brown

Coi Leray is preparing her forthcoming album. Titled “Coi”, the album is garnering attention for a posthumous James Brown feature. The single is titled “Man’s World”, likely a flip of Brown’s classic “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and sits at No. 2 on the album. David Guetta, Saucy Santana, Giggs, Lola Brooke and Skillibeng also make guest appearances on the album. Coi Leray announced the album will be released on June 23. The album aims to masterfully weave in her flow, vocals, and sounds, ranging from rap to reggae and pop to dance. Coi’s latest single, “Bops”, was made available via Uptown Records and Republic Records.

Lil Durk’s All My Life Makes Its Billboard Top Five Debut

Lil Durk’s “All My Life,” featuring J. Cole, skyrocketed up the Billboard Hot 100 in its opening week, scoring a top-five debut and landing at No. 2.

The No. 2 debut for Durkio enters a tie with his collaboration with Drake, “Laugh Now, Cry Later” for the most successful launch of his career.

“All My Life” had 30.9 million streams, 10.8 million radio audience, and sold 3,000 copies between May 12 and May 18, according to Billboard.

Lil Durk introduced his Almost Healed album with the new single “All My Life.”

Lil Durk spoke with Zane Lowe about his new song on New Music Daily on Apple Music 1. He explains to Apple Music where the song came from, why J. Cole had to be on it, and what his fans can expect from his upcoming album, “Almost Healed.”

Speaking about the single, Durk reveals the inspiration came from his mood.

“Whatever mood I’m in, I just go to the studio and just make the music, you know what I’m saying?” Durk said. “I just feel like a positive vibe went up with Dr. Luke, you know what I’m saying? That’s the first song he played and I just felt it and I’m like, ‘Man, I want J. Cole On this.’ And I made it happen. I’ve been talking to him, checking up on him, just seeing how you doing. You wait for the right moment for him to ask to be on the song.”

Durk also revealed J. Cole is one of the rappers that he looks up to. “He like one that I looked up to that give out a positive message to. Him, of course, like HOV. Swizz. Yeah, Swizz got me and Hov connected, so that’s how we started talking, you know what I’m saying? It’s just about relationships, about energy, and about keeping the vibes together.”

Fans yearned for the full release of “All My Life” when Durk first teased it with a viral Instagram sample that lit up the internet. As J. Cole skillfully delivers his reflective stanza, the track’s mellow piano melody establishes the mood. Durk duets the chorus with a children’s chorus before delivering his verse.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Same Side-Lil Durk Ft. Rob49

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Durk Derrick Banks, known professionally as Lil Durk, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from Chicago, IL. He is the leader and founder of the collective and record label Only The Family. He has released several albums and collaborated with several hip hop artists throughout his career. Enjoy.