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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.

Mary J. Blige And Nas To Headline North American Tour


Music industry veterans Mary J. Blige and Nas will hit the road together for the first time this summer for a 22-city North American tour. The hip hop and R&B mainstays will bring a stacked setlist of songs spanning both of their careers, making it one of the most anticipated tours of the year. The Live Nation produced trek will begin on July 11 in West Palm Beach, FL, and visit Atlanta, Houston, Boston, and more. The  tour, which will see both artists perform in both indoor and outdoor amphitheaters and arenas, will conclude on September 10 in Toronto, ON.  Tickets are now available to the general public. Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the tour. As such, card members have access to presale tickets. See the full itinerary below.



7/11/19 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
7/13/19 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/14/19 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place*
7/16/19 Atlanta, GA Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
7/20/19 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena*
7/21/19 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
7/24/19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
7/25/19 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/28/19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/31/19 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/2/19 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/3/19 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
8/6/19 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
8/9/19 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/14/19 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/16/19 Las Vegas, NV The Joint*
8/17/19 Las Vegas, NV The Joint*
8/20/19 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
8/22/19 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
8/25/19 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
8/31/19 Syracuse, NY St Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
9/1/19 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
9/10/19 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage^

*Nas not playing




Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: The Man We All Know And Love-Kwame

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Kwame is an American rapper who rose to prominence during the 1980s. In 1989, at age 16, he released his debut  album “Kwame The Boy Genius Featuring A New Beginning”, which he co-produced with Hurby “Love Bug” Azor. The album featured the singles “The Man We All Know And Love” and “The Rhythm.” In 1990, he released his sophomore effort, “A Day In The Life: A Pokadelick Adventure.” In 1992, he released his third effort, “Nastee.” He currently works as a record producer.

Throwback Thursday R&B: I Got My Mind Made Up-Instant Funk

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Instant Funk were an American disco band from Trenton, NJ. The group consisted of Raymond Earl, drummer Scotty Miller and guitarist Kim Miller. The band initially called itself The Music Machine and was the backup band for The Manhattans, Bunny Sigler and The TNJs. Throughout their careers, Instant Funk was the backup band for several artists, including Lou Rawls, Loleatta Holloway, The O’jays, MFSB, Curtis Mayfield and Evelyn “Champagne” King. In 1976, the group relocated to Philadelphia, PA and released their debut album, “Get Down With The Philly Jump”,  as they began developing their sound. The band followed that effort up with a release for MFSB guitarist Norman Harris’ label Gold Mind, with front man Bunny Sigler titled “Let Me Party With You.” When the Gold Mind label folded, the group’s single ” I Got My Mind Made Up” was transferred to the Salsoul label, where it received heavy  play in clubs. “I Got My Mind Made Up” reached #1 on the R&B and disco charts and #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1979. Scotty Miller died on April 11, 2017 at age 65.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Clout-Offset Ft. Cardi. B

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Kiari Kendrell Cephus, known professionally as Offset, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from Lawrenceville, GA. He is a member of the rap ensemble Migos along with Takeoff and Quavo. In addition to his work with the group, Cephus has collaborated with Metro Booming, Drake and 21 Savage. He has also worked as an actor, having appeared on Donald Glover’s series Atlanta. He released his debut solo album “Father Of 4” in 2019.


R&B Spotlight: Kinda Love-Elle Varner

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Gabrielle Serene “Elle” Varner, known professionally as Elle Varner, is an American singer. She began playing instruments at age six, beginning with the flute, then later switched to piano and guitar. She dropped guitar and became a part of Alexander Hamilton High School’s Academy of Music’s Vocal Jazz Group. Upon her arrival, she learned about the complexity of the voice, jazz and jazz artists like Ella Fitzgerald. Varner was later admitted to the Grammy in the Schools Mentoring Program. Through this program, she was taken to Fox Studio, where she met mentor Kelly Burgos and Fox Music President Robert Kraft. Varner later attended the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and graduated in 2008. In 2009, she signed with MBK/J-RCA Records along with a publishing deal with Sony Music. On August 6, 2011, Varner released her debut single “Only Wanna Give It To You”, which served as the first single from her debut album “Perfectly Imperfect.” The song reached #20 on the U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. “Perfectly Imperfect” was released on August 7, 2012. Her sophomore effort, “4 Letter Word”, was shelved.

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R&B veteran Monica Brown supports her new single, “Commitment”, with an accompanying music video. In the clip, directed by fellow R&B singer Teyana Taylor, Monica is fingerprinted and jailed for an undeclared crime, and we can only guest that it was relationship driven. While behind bars, she details her relationship wants with special guests Tameka “Tiny” Harris and Summerella. Serving as an anthem for women, “Commitment” shines through Monica’s glowing and breathtaking delivery, as she highlights the bare necessities to please her. Monica is currently preparing her ninth studio effort, “Chapter 38”, slated for release some time this year via her label, Monideenise Music. In 2016, Monica left RCA Records amicably after two decades. Her last project was 2015’s “Code Red.” HBO and Columbia Records have joined forces to produce an official soundtrack to celebrate the final season of the HBO series “Game Of Thrones.” Titled “For The Throne”, the album is set for release on April 26. This marks the first time that HBO has partnered with a major label to produce  a soundtrack for a series. “For The Throne” will feature contributions from A$AP Rocky, Chloe X Halle, Ellie Goulding, Jacob Banks, James Arthur, Joey BadA$$, Lennon Stella, Lil Peep, Maren Morris, Matthew Bellamy, Mumford & Sons, Rosalia feat. A.CHAL, SZA, The Lumineers, The National, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and X Ambassadors. The album will have 11 vinyl configurations: nine cover variants, representing each house crest, one color variant with fire and ice colored vinyl, and one standard. “Game Of Thrones” began it’s eighth and final season on April 14. Filmed in Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and the United States, “Game Of Thrones” premiered on HBO in 2011. For nine years, “Game Of Thrones” garnered an international fan base, making it the most watched series on HBO. Last year, HBO commissioned a pilot for a “Game Of Thrones” prequel series which will continue the success of the series. “For The Throne” can be pre-ordered via Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Columbia Records’s website. Rappers Offset and Cardi B. seem very into one another in the music video for their duet “Clout”, which premiered today. “Clout” is taken from Offset’s debut album “Father Of 4.” The Daniel Russell directed clip begins with Offset checking his phone while seated on a motorcycle. The camera then zooms into a shot of the rapper tickling the ivories of a baby grand piano while sporting a white and black facemask. Cardi then makes her appearance with one leg near Offset’s shoulder, twerking with her tongue out as her black and yellow striped hair is reflected in the funhouse mirrors and she strikes a series of athletic poses, including standing on her head as her husband holds her ankles to the side. Cardi’s verse begins with her sitting inside a pile of lemons, wearing a yellow outfit to match, before the camera switches  to a shot of her in an all black bondage ensemble giving Offset a sensual lap dance. The couple has also collaborated on the tracks “Lick”, “Drip”, “Motorsport” and “Who Want The Smoke?.” Fans should check this one out.

Rapper Schoolboy Q Announces Crash Talk Album Release Date


After releasing two hard hitting singles, rapper Schoolboy Q is ready to deliver his fourth studio effort. Yesterday, the TDE signee announced that “Crash Talk” will be released on April 26. Q’s social media announcement came with a video teasing music which may appear on “Crash Talk.” The announcement follows the release of “CHopstix”, a duet with Travis Scott, and “Numb, Numb Juice”, earlier this year, both of which should appear on “Crash Talk.”