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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.


DaBaby And Roddy Ricch Rule Rhythmic Radio With Rockstar

DaBaby scores his second No. 1 on the the Billboard Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Rockstar” ascends from runner-up rank on the list dated July 4. The single, which features Roddy Ricch, rises through a 3% boost in plays during the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. DaBaby, born Jonathan Kirk, previously ruled Rhythmic Songs with a guest appearance on Post Malone’s “Enemies”, which topped the chart for two weeks last November. As the lead act, he’d maxed out at No. 2 twice, for his breakout single “Suge” in July 2019 and “Bop” in February. Meanwhile, Roddy Ricch lands a fourth Rhythmic No. 1 with “Rockstar”. All four leaders have arrived in just the last six months, cementing his status as one of the radio format’s hottest acts. Before “Rockstar”, the 21-year-old scored chart-toppers with “Ballin”, “The Box” and “High Fashion.” The rapper claims three songs in the Top 10 for the fifth consecutive week. “Rockstar” sits at No. 1, “Fashion” sits at No. 5 and “The Box” is No. 10. He remains only one of twelve acts to pull a Rhythmic top 10 triple play since the chart began in 1992. “Rockstar” appears on DaBaby’s latest album, “Blame It On Baby”, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart in May.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Bacc Seat-Roddy Ricch Ft. Ty Dolla $ign

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Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr., known professionally as Roddy Ricch, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from Compton, CA. He released his first two mixtapes “Feed Tha Streets” (2017) and “Feed Tha Streets 2” (2018) via his label, Bird Vision Entertainment. The latter peaked at No. 67 on the US Billboard 200 and featured his first Billboard Hot 100 single “Die Young.” In 2019, Moore was featured on rapper Nipsey Hussle’s single “Racks In The Middle”, which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. He was also featured on Mustard’s single “Ballin”, which reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album, “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” (2019), was released via Atlantic Records and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart.

R&B Spotlight: Deuces (Remix)-Calvin Ross

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Calvin Ross is an American R&B singer from Tennessee. He began making music at age 17 after moving back home to Tennessee following a six year stay in Detroit. He learned to make beats on Fruity Loops and eventually began recording and mixing. He has a large social media following, and he has opened for Avant, Uban Mystic and Snootie Wild. He recently remixed the Chris Brown hit “Deuces.”

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Singer Calvin Ross has created a remix of the Chris Brown hit “Deuces.” This remix showcases a romantic ballad smoothed out with R&B and rap accents. Similarly, “Deuces” features captivating, compelling lyrics listeners can relate to. With its steady backbeat and buzzworthy lyrics, the track is sure to keep dance floors full from beginning to end. Ross has combined elements of R&B and hip hop on this soulful ballad remix. As a result, he has earned top honors in the independent hip hop and R&B music scene online. Ross has a large social media following, and the remix continues to receive rave reviews from old-school and new-school music fans alike. “Deuces” is a must have for fans who love music that takes the party to another level. DFD Music recently released their new project “50/50.” Also known as Davis, Chris and Mr. Foster, the album contains twelve tracks with slick lyrics and smooth R&B fused with urban contemporary hip hop. “Middle Of The Night”, “Gotta Go” and “Bop Down” are some of the album’s standout tracks. “50/50” is a positive-vibed album that fans will put on repeat. It’s a family affair as singer Kayla Tiffany, daughter of R&B veteran Joel “Jo Jo” Hailey of K-Ci & JoJo, follows in her father’s footsteps with the release of her new single “Therapy.” Released via JoJo’s JT Entertainment label, “Therapy” addresses the challenges relationships encounter. Kayla Tiffany’s talent is put on full display throughout the track. It’s also a relatable tune where a relationship is on the brink of ending but “Therapy” could help fix it. No relationship is perfect and she dives into the ugly parts of it. The accompanying visual helps display those emotions as she decides whether to stay or leave her relationship. Kayla was born in New York City and raised in Charlotte, NC. Her father mentored her at an early age, and she comes from a family of talented musicians. She has a bright future ahead of her.

Ty Dolla $ign, Kanye West, FKA Twigs & Skrillex Collaborate On Ego Death

Rapper Ty Dolla $ign has proven that this is his season. The West Coast hyphenate has teamed with Kanye West, FKA Twigs and Skrillex on the single “Ego Death.” The mega-collaboration has an electro-hop feel as Ty leaps into desperation after losing his sweetheart. West, who recently released “Wash Us In The Blood”, joins in with a spirited verse, attacking the Grammys, Super Bowl and halfway moments. Later, Twigs makes her presence felt with her purring verse at the song’s finale. Ty also teamed with Triller to create a 9D experience for listeners, the first of its kind. With 9D, additional effects such as reverb come into play, allowing the music to give the sensation that it’s moving around the headphones. Listen to “Ego Death” below.

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Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: A Fly Girl-The Boogie Boys

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The Boogie Boys were an American hip hop group from Harlem, New York City. The trio, which consisted of William “Boogie Knight” Stroman, Joe “Romeo J.D.” Malloy and Rudy “Lil Rahiem” Sheriff, was the first hip hop group signed to Capitol Records. They had a major hit in 1985 with the single “A Fly Girl” and two successful albums. In 1988, Rudy Sheriff left the group, and soon after, it disbanded. They released the albums “City Life” (1985), “Survival Of The Freshest” (1986) and “Romeo Knight” (1988).

Throwback Thursday R&B: The Ghetto-Donny Hathaway

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Donny Hathaway was an American singer/songwriter/arranger/pianist. Born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis, Hathaway began his career singing gospel as a child. His professional career began as a songwriter/musician/producer for singer Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records. He arranged tracks for The Unifics and took part in projects by The Staple Singers, Jerry Butler, Aretha Franklin, The Impressions and Curtis Mayfield. After becoming an in house producer, Hathaway began recording there. His first single was a duet with singer June Conquest titled “I Thank You Baby”, which was released in 1969. They also released the single “Just Another Reason” as a B side. Shortly thereafter, Hathaway signed with Atco Records, a division of Atlantic Records. His first single of note, “The Ghetto Pt. 1”, which he co-wrote with Leroy Hutson, appeared on his debut album “Everything Is Everything”, which he co-produced with Rick Powell while also arranging the tracks. His sophomore effort, “Donny Hathaway”, consisted primarily of covers of pop, soul and gospel songs. His third album, “Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway”, was an album of duets with former Howard University classmate and label mate Roberta Flack. The album featured the tracks “Where Is The Love”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, “Baby I Love You” and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” Hathaway is also known as the co-composer and performer of the Christmas standard, “This Christmas.” He also released the albums “Extension Of A Man” (1973) and “Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway” (1980). Donny Hathaway died on January 13, 1979. He was 34 years old.

Kanye West & Travis Scott Release Wash Us In The Blood Video

Rapper Kanye West is a man of his word. Early yesterday morning, he released the highly anticipated video “Wash Us In The Blood”, featuring Travis Scott, as promised. The busy clip features a wide range of images, from a protest march, to concert performances, to daughter North West at a choir rehearsal before West criticizes the media for the editing process during interviews and record labels for not signing artists like him. “Wash Us In The Blood” is taken from West’s forthcoming album “God’s Country.” No release date has been announced.