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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.

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Ari Lennox Releases Remix EP

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Dreamville Records signee Ari Lennox just released the three-track remix collection for “Shea Butter Baby.” The project features remixes of fan favorites “BMO”, “I Been” and “Facetime.” Each track offers a unique take on the original, while highlighting Ari’s soulful vocals. The album was produced by J. Cole, Craig Brockman, Omen, Ron Gilmore and Elite. For the remix, the singer/songwriter enlisted the services of singer Durand Bernarr, rapper Smino and cross-genre Doja Cat. For those unfamiliar, “Shea Butter Baby” is Ari Lennox’s debut album, which received critical acclaim as one of 2019’s top albums. The twelve-track original also features a special guest appearance by lablemate JID. Lennox is currently working on new music. The new EP is available via Dreamville/Interscope Records.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Walk Em Down-NLE Choppa Ft. Roddy Ricch

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Bryson Lashun Potts, known professionally as NLE Choppa, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from Memphis, TN. He is best known for his 2019 breakout single “Shotta Flow”, which was certified platinum by the RIAA.

R&B Spotlight: Body-Pretty Ricky

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Pretty Ricky is an American R&B/hip hop group from Miami, FL. The group consists of Ala “Baby Blue” Smith, Spectacular Smith, Cory “Slick Em” Mathis and Marcus “Pleasure P” Cooper. The name Pretty Ricky was taken from a character on the sitcom “Martin.” The quartet enjoyed its greatest success during the mid-2000s with the albums “Blue Stars” and “Late Night Special” and the singles “Grind With Me” and “On The Hotline.” They also released the album “Pretty Ricky.” They can be seen on the VH1 reality series “Love & Hip Hop: Miami.”

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Veteran R&B singer/songwriter Tank just released the EP “While You Wait.” The crooner wrote, produced and performed the entire project himself. The six-song effort is a treat for fans as it highlights Tank’s silky, smooth vocals accompanied solely by piano. The project’s first single, “Perfect”, celebrates the imperfections that make each woman unique. Needless to say, the song is a welcome addition to the singer’s discography. Singer PARTYNEXTDOOR returns to the spotlight with the single “Believe It”, a duet with Rihanna. “Believe It” is the first single from PARTYNEXTDOOR’s latest album “Partymobile.” PARTYNEXTDOOR wrote Rihanna’s hits “Work”, “Sex With Me” and “Wild Thoughts.” Fans will enjoy “Partymobile.”

JoJo Announces Good To Know Album & Tour

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Singer/songwriter JoJo recently took to social media to announce her forthcoming album, “Good To Know”, set for release this spring. Although no release date has been specified, the album comes on the heels of the single “Say So”, her collaboration with PJ Morton. “Good To Know” is the follow-up to JoJo’s 2016 effort “Mad Love.” Prior to that, JoJo re-released her first two albums, “JoJo” and “The High Road”, with updated vocals for fans to enjoy as past label issues made it inaccessible on streaming services. To support the new album, JoJo will launch a tour in April. The 22-day trek will begin on April 21 in Seattle, WA and wrap up May 30 in Minneapolis. Fans outside the United States will get to see JoJo in the fall. General admission tickets are now available. See tour dates below.

Good To Know Tour Dates:

April 21 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
April 22 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
April 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
April 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
April 28 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
April 30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 1 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
May 4 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
May 5 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 8 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
May 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
May 12 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
May 15 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
May 17 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
May 19 – Boston, MA @ Royale
May 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 23 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 27 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
May 28 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
May 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: All Love-Lil Durk

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Durk Derrick Banks, known professionally as Lil Durk, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter. Banks considered pursuing a music career full time after his first two singles, “Sneak Dissin” and “I’ma Hitta”, received positive feedback. On October 19, 2012, Banks released the mixtape “Life Ain’t No Joke.” In December 2012, he released the single “L’s Anthem”, which was remixed, and featured French Montana, as a re-release. Following the success of the singles “L’s Anthem” and “Dis Ain’t What U Want”, Banks accepted a joint venture deal with his collective Only The Family and Def Jam Recordings. On June 2, 2015, Banks released his debut album, “Remember My Name.” He has also released the albums “Lil Durk 2X” (2016), “Signed To The Streets 3” (2018) and “Love Songs 4 The Streets 2” (2019).

R&B Pick Of The Week: Don’t You Know That-Rahsaan Patterson

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Rahsaan Patterson is an American singer/actor best known for portraying “The Kid” on the television series “Kids Incorporated.” After “Kids Incorporated”, Patterson gained experience as a backup vocalist for several artists. He also wrote material for such artists as Brandy and Tevin Campbell. Patterson signed with MCA Records in 1995, and released his self-titled debut album on January 28, 1997. The album peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Patterson has also released the albums “Love In Stereo” (1999), “After Hours” (2004), “Wines & Spirits” (2007), “Bleuphoria” (2011) and “Heroes & Gods” (2019).

Joyner Lucas Releases Debut Album ADHD

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Joyner Lucas has arrived. After sorting through issues with his label Atlantic Records and several delays, his debut album, “ADHD”, was released on Friday. The project features special guest appearances by Young Thug and Chris Brown. Actors Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker also appear, providing hilarious skits. Lucas won fans over with the video “Will”, which pays homage to rapper/actor Will Smith and some of his classic roles, including Mike Lowrey in “Bad Boys” and  Agent J in “Men In Black.” Smith lauded Lucas on Instagram for his sharp lyricism and brilliance, saying he was “humbled” and “honored” by the fitting tribute.