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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.

Lizzo Celebrates Black Girl Magic In Good As Hell Video

Nearly four years after its release, Lizzo finally unveiled the music video for her hit “Good As Hell” yesterday. Filmed during Homecoming Week at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, the visual celebrates black girl magic, highlighting the historically black university’s black female musicians and artists as it follows members of the school’s dance team, marching band and drumline. Originally released in 2016, “Good As Hell” currently sits at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 after fourteen weeks on the chart. The song follows the eight-time Grammy nominee’s first No. 1, “Truth Hurts.” Watch “Good As Hell” below.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Drummer Timothy Christian Riley (Tony, Toni, Tone) 54

Drummer/vocalist Walter “Clyde” Orange (The Commodores) 73

Singer Ralph Tavares (Tavares) 78

Remembering singer/songwriter Ewanya “Puff” Johnson (December 10, 1972-June 24, 2013)

Remembering singer Jessica Cleaves (December 10, 1948- May 2, 2014)

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: That’s Tuff-Rich The Kid Ft. Quavo

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Dimitri Roger, known professionally as Rich The Kid, is an American rapper/songwriter. In 2013, Roger released his debut mixtape, “Been About The Benjamins”, followed by the collaborative mixtape series “Streets On Lock” with Migos later that year. In August 2014, Roger released his second mixtape “Feels Good 2 Be Rich.” Roger has collaborated with Migos, Young Thug, Kirko Bangz, Rockie Fresh, Stalley and Soulja Boy among others. On March 30, 2018, Roger released his  debut album “The World Is Yours.” On March 22, 2019, Roger released his sophomore effort “The World Is Yours 2.”

R&B Pick Of The Week: My Life-Daron Jones

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Daron Jones is an American singer/songwriter/producer from Atlanta, GA. He began his career as a member of the R&B quartet 112, which released six albums. Jones released his debut solo album, “Uncensored”, in December 2010. He followed that effort with the mixtape series “The Unofficial Diary Of Daron Jones Vol. 1” and “The Unofficial Diary Of Daron Jones Vo. 2.” He released the album “Human” in 2019. In addition to his solo work, Jones has written and produced tracks for Keyshia Cole, The Notorious B.I.G, Pink, Usher and The Isley Brothers among others.

Juice WRLD Dead At 21

Sad news out of the world of hip hop. Jarad Anthony Higgins, known professionally as Juice WRLD, died suddenly at age 21. According to TMZ, Higgins arrived at Chicago’s Midway Airport from Los Angeles and suffered a seizure in the terminal. He was alive when paramedics arrived, but pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly thereafter. Chicago police confirmed the incident. The Chicago native rose to prominence with the single “Girls Are The Same” in 2018 before his followup single “Luicd Dreams” became one of the biggest hits of the year, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single helped Juice WRLD win the Top New Artist award at the Billboard Music Awards in 2019. He continued producing hits from his album “Death Race For Love”, which became his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this year. In addition to collaborating with Lil Uzi Vert and Ellie Goulding, Juice WRLD also released the collaborative project, “Wrld On Drugs”, with Future last year. Juice WRLD was an innovative, talented artist. May he rest in peace.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Weirdo Hoes-Lil Durk

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Durk Derrick Banks, known professionally as Lil Durk, is and American rapper/singer/songwriter. Banks considered pursing music full time after his first two singles, “Sneak Dissin” and “I’ma Hitta”, received positive feedback. On October 19, 2012, Banks released his third mixtape, “Life Ain’t No Joke.” In December 2012, Banks released the single “L’s Anthem.” The success of the singles “L’s Anthem” and “Dis Ain’t What You Want” lead to Banks accepting a joint venture deal for his Only The Family label with Def Jam Recordings. After several delays, Banks’ fourth mixtape, “Signed To The Streets”, was released on October 14, 2013. On June 2, 2015, Banks released his debut album “Remember My Name.” Banks’ sophomore efffort, “Lil Durk 2x”, was released on July 22, 2016.

R&B Spotlight: Feelings-Tinashe

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Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe, known professionally as Tinashe, is an American singer/songwriter/dancer/producer/actress. She began her career as a member of the female group The Stunners. Following the group’s breakup, she released the self-recorded  mixtapes “In Case We Die” and “Reverie.” Following their success, Tinashe signed with RCA Records and released her third mixtape “Black Water.” On October 7, 2014, Tinashe released her debut album “Aquarius.” She released her sophomore effort “Joyride” on April 13, 2018. She recently released the project “Songs For You.” In addition to music, Tinashe has also worked as an actress, having appeared on such shows as “Out Of Jimmy’s Head” and “Two And A Half Men.”

Inside The Industry

R&B singer/songwriter Jay Watts is caught up in the moment. In the first visual from his upcoming visual EP, “27th Chapter”, Watts sets the tone; he knows what he wants and he’s definitely in charge. In the dizzying visual, Watts travels around Los Angeles with his lady. His infatuation for his partner is flirty, and the two maybe dangerously in love. Their body language showcases a long history between the two. When it’s right, it’s right, and Watts proves the notion of love at first sight as he’s not another artist perpetuating love; it’s more similar to his birthright. The course of Watts’ career changed when he decided to use his music to work through a tough breakup. In an effort to display a full range of emotions, he decided to explore a more melodic sound than he had previously. “27th Chapter” will be released soon. After a brief hiatus, singer Mila J returns to the spotlight with the holiday EP, “Holiday.” “Holiday” contains eight tracks, including a duet with Jagged Edge on “Season For Love.” Co-written by Mila and Sam Hook and executive produced by Gaston Jeanty and Tyler Jasper, “Holiday” is a project that will surely leave listeners in good spirits during the cold weather months. It embodies the true meaning of the holiday season; love, thankfulness,  and time with those who matter most. Jamila Akiko Chilomobo, known professionally as Mila J., released her debut EP, “Split Personality”, in 2006. Since then she’s released several EPs, continuing to carve out her own niche in the industry. The Los Angeles native has worked with Trey Songz, Omarion, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.

Ashanti To Join Millennium 2020 Tour

When singer Omarion unveiled the lineup for the upcoming Millennium 2020 Tour, he received some backlash for the tour’s lack of female representation. The crooner responded to the negative feedback by announcing yesterday that Ashanti has been added to the bill. Additional dates will be added to the North American leg of the tour soon. Tickets for the tour went on sale yesterday. The Millennium 2020 Tour will also feature Soulja Boy, Sammie, the Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky and Lloyd in addition to Omarion and Bow Wow. Ashanti recently released the singles “Pretty Little Thing”, “The Road” and “Floating.”