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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: Floating-ScHoolboy Q Ft. 21 Savage

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Quincy Matthew Hanley, known professionally as ScHoolboy Q, is an American rapper/songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. Hanley has indicated that he wrote his first verse at age 16, but didn’t get serious about music until age 21. In 2006, he began working with independent label Top Dawg Entertainment, working in their studio House Of Pain and collaborating with their artists. Hanley began working with Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. This eventually lead to Hanley signing a contract with Top Dawg Entertainment. On July 29, 2008, Hanley released his debut mixtape “ScHoolboy Turned Hustla” via G.E.D, the same label that launched the career of fellow West Coast rapper Tyga. Following the release of “ScHoolboy Turned Hustla”, Hanley signed a contract with Top Dawg Entertainment and  formed the group Black Hippy with labelmates Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. On January 11, 2011, Hanley released his first independent album “Setbacks”, via iTunes to critical acclaim. He has also released the albums “Habits & Contradictions” (2012), “Oxymoron” (2014), “Blank Face LP” (2016) and “Crash Talk” (2019).

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R&B Spotlight: Let Me Love On You-Calvin Richardson

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Calvin Richardson is an American R&B singer/songwriter. In the mid 1990s, Richardson signed a recording contract with Universal Records. His debut album, “Country Boy”, was released on August 24 ,1999. On September 16, 2003, he released his sophomore effort, “2:35 PM.” The album was given that title because Richardson’s child was born at that time. The album featured the single “Keep On Pushing”, a song Richardson wrote himself. Richardson released his third album, “When Love Comes”, on May 27, 2008 via Shanachie Records. He has also released the albums “Facts Of Life: The Soul Of Bobby Womack” (2009), “America’s Most Wanted” (2010), “I am Calvin” (2014) and “All Or Nothing” (2017).

Celebrity Birthdays

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Singer Susaye Greene (The Supremes) 70

Songwriter/producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean 41

Guitarist Sheldon Reynolds 60

Remembering singer Joni Sledge (September 13, 1956-March 10, 2017-Sister Sledge)

Remembering songwriter/arranger/conductor Eugene “Gene”  Page (September 13, 1939-August 24, 1998)

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Afro-Pop artist Ferow released the seductive single “For You” along with a corresponding music video. “For You” contains a special guest appearance from Dremo, which gives the song a sultry vibe. The message of unconditional love will leave listeners in a whirlwind of emotions. The East-African singer has a broad vocal range. The catchy beat assists the song’s entrancing lyrics. The song’s purpose is to summarize Summer 2019 love. The song was produced by Ace Harris & DJ Tag. The duo captivates listeners with heavy bass that bursts through the speakers. “For You” should be on every fan’s play list. Grammy nominee Calvin Richardson returns to the spotlight with the single “Let Me Love On You.” “Let Me Love On You” is an R&B song that was inspired by Richard’s romantic relationship. Richardson is set to release his forthcoming album “Gold Dust” in October. Lightskin Bobby and Ninja Byrto return with their collaborative project “Worldwide.” Produced by DJ Kutt Throat and DJ Hollywood, the duo also released a 20-track album featuring the single “Worldwide” and an accompanying music video, which showed them partying with women, bowling and having a good time. “Worldwide” includes the tracks “Get Lit”, “Maybeline” and “Od.” The concept of the project is that Lightskin Bobby and Ninja are introducing themselves as worldwide icons. Many of the songs have heavy bass and an easy-going vibe. The project is authentic and you get a sense of who theses artists are. The duo brings  a distinctive versatility to the project. Ninja Byrto brings his rhythmic flow and lyrical wordplay, while Lightskin Bobby brings his multi-faceted talents as a singer and rapper. Overall, it’s a project filled with catchy songs fans can relate to. Needless to say, there’s more music to come from both artists. Black Coffee has finally released his collaborative single with Usher titled “La La La”, which is currently on streaming services. Both artists have been mainstays in the music industry for three decades, and this experience comes together in a cesspool of deep and silky jazz-infused strings spread under the smooth, elegant vocals of Usher. Black Coffee’s album is set for release before Christmas. Usher indicated that the duo will work on new music. “La La La” serves as a preview of both projects, which aim to close out 2019 and 2020.

Rick Ross Releases “Gold Roses” Video

Rick Ross released the visual for the single “Gold Roses”, his collaborative single with Drake, although Drake doesn’t appear in the clip.  The track appears on his latest effort “Port Of Miami 2.” The Mayback Music CEO Struts down the hallway of his mansion, which looks like he’s in an aquarium due to the glistening blue shadows. Ross is joined by his love interest, who can be seen bathing in gold rose petals as the shiny flowers hang from the ceiling to help light the dim room. Watch “Gold Roses”  below.

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Celebrity Birthdays

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Singer/songwriter Ronnie Moss (The Spinners)

Singer Christopher Theodore Ruben Studdard aka Ruben Stubbard 41

Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson 38

Singer/songwriter Jesse Powell 48

Rapper Byron “Bizzy Bone” McCane (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) 43

Remembering singer Ali-Ollie Woodson (September 12, 1951-May 30, 2010-The Temptations)

Remembering singer/songwriter/producer/musician Barrence Eugene Carter aka Barry White (September 12, 1944-July 4, 2003)

Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: Jam On It-Newcleus

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Newcleus is an American elelctro/hip hop group that rose to prominence in the early 1980s. They’re primarily remembered for the singles “Jam-On’s Revenge” and “Jam O It.” As precursor to the group, Jam -On Productions was formed in Brooklyn in 1977 by Ben “Cozmo D” Cenac and Monique and Pierre “Pete” Angevin. The group played block parties in Brooklyn and by 1979 included Yvettte “Lady E” Cook, Monique Angevin and Bob “Chilly B” Crafton. The coming together of families inspired the name change to Newcleus. The band recorded several albums and singles and its music has been used in several video games, including Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX and Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 2.

Throwback Thursday R&B: Cutie Pie-One Way

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One Way is an American funk/R&B band that was popular during the 1970s and most of the 1980s. Formed in Detroit, MI, the band was founded by singer Al Hudson, guitarist Dave Roberson, and bassist Kevin McCord and was initially known as Al Hudson and the Soul Partners. The band also included keyboardists Jack Hall and Jonathan “Corky” Meadows, drummers Theodore Dudley and Gregory Green and guitarist Cortez Harris. They recorded several singles for Atco Records before signing with ABC Records and released  their debut album “Especially For You” in 1977. They released their follow up effort “Cherish” that same year and released their third effort “Spreading Love” in 1978. By that time ABC was in the process of being purchased by MCA Records and singer Alicia Myers joined the group. In 1979, they released the album “Happy Feeling” as Al Hudson and the Soul Partners. By 1981, the band changed its name to One Way and singer Alicia Myers left the band to pursue a solo career. She was  replaced by Candice Edwards, who was the female lead vocalist for the band from 1981 to 1985. One Way charted with the hits “Push It”, “Don’t Think About It”, “Fancy Dancer” and “Cutie Pie” among others. As One Way the band released the albums “Love Is: One Way” (1981), “Fancy Dancer” (1981), “Who’s Fooling Who” (1982), “Wild Night” (1982), “Shine On Me” (1983), “Lady” (1984), “Wrap Your Body” (1985), “IX” (1986) and “A New Beginning” (1988).

Maxo Kream And Megan Thee Stallion Look For Love In “She Live” Video

Back in May, Maxo Kream and Megan Thee Stallion released their collaborative single “She Live.” Now, the duo returns with the accompanying visual, which shows the pair as contestants on a game show named after the track looking for the one. The clip begins with Meg and Maxo entering a cozy mansion, where they see the men and women competing for their attention. Kream isn’t one for alone time, as he brings a group of girls outside for some fun by the pool, while Meg elects to have her boys feed her grapes and pamper her for a relaxing day. The Omar Jones directed clip also includes some hilarious outtakes, so be sure to keep watching as the closing credits roll. “She Live” appears on Maxo Kream’s latest effort, “Brandon Banks”, which was released in July and reached No. 68 on the Billboard 200. Watch “She Live” below.

 

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Hip Hop Spotlight: In The Dark-YG

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Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, known professionally as YG, is an American rapper/actor from Compton, CA. In 2009, Jackson released his debut single, “Toot It And Boot It”, which reached No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s success lead to Jackson signing a recording contract with Def Jam Records. Shortly thereafter, Jackson released the mixtapes “The Real 4Fingaz”, “Just Re’d Up”, “Just Re’d Up 2”, “4 Hunnid Degrees” and others. On March 18, 2014, Jackson released his debut album “My Krazy Life.” On June 17, 2016, Jackson released his sophomore effort “Still Brazy.” He also released the albums “Blame It On The Streets” (2014), “Stay Dangerous” (2018) and “4Real 4Real” (2019).