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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.

Teyana Taylor To Release Album For The Holiday Season


R&B songstress Teyana Taylor announced that she’s preparing a new album for fans, and revealed that the project will be released in December. The Harlem native made the promise to a trolling fan, who teased Taylor about  how long it’s been since she released new music. Details regarding a title and art work remain unclear, but the project will serve as the followup to Taylor’s “K.T.S.E”, which was plagued by sample clearance issues around G.O.O.D. Music’s 2018 summer rollout. Her most recent single, “How You Want It?”, was released in August, and featured a special guest appearance by King Combs.


Hip Hop Spotlight: I Wanna Rock-G Eazy

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Gerald Earl Gillum, known professionally as G-Eazy, is an American rapper from Oakland, CA. Gillum began his music career producing tracks while a student at Loyola University along with fellow student Christopher Anderson. He gained recognition as a member of the hip hop scene in the Bay Area along with Lil B., Crohn and the Cataracs. He became a member of the hip hop group The Bay Boyz, who released several singles on their MySpace page. In 2010, Gillum was given an opportunity to open for Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. Gillum went on to release several mixtapes, including “The Endless Summer.” On September 26, 2012, Gillum released his debut album “Must Be Nice” independently, which reached #2 on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart. On June 23, 2014, Gillum released his major label debut album “These Things Happen.” He has also released the albums “When It’s Dark Out” (2015), “The Beautiful & Damned” (2017) and “These Things Happen 2” (2019).

Inside The Industry


Emerging R&B singer Summer Walker’s rise to stardom was cemented with the release of her debut album, “Over It.” Released via Love Renaissance (LVR)/Interscope Records, the project is currently #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, and #7 on the UK chart. The album sold 134,000 copies, giving the singer/songwriter the largest debut for a female artist since Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” According to a press release, the album is not only the biggest debut of any female artist in 10 years, but it also had the biggest streaming week for an album by any female artist ever. Executive produced by London On Da Track, the 18-track project features special guest appearances by Usher, Jhene Aiko, Bryson Tiller, Drake, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and PartyNextDoor. “Over It” is now available on all digital platforms. After receiving over 100 million global streams of his EP, “Afterimage”, singer R.L.U.M.R. returns with the singles “How It Feels” and “Lonely.” The former coming in the form of a music video. In addition, the crooner has announced his forthcoming major label debut album, “Surfacing”, due out November 1 via Island Records. “How It Feels” and “Lonely” continue the momentum R.L.U.M.R. built since bursting on the scene with the single “Show Me.” “Frustrated” broke him through in 2017, and endured him to fans worldwide. Now fans have “Surfacing” to look forward to. Following the release of her thought-provoking new single, “Joanna”, singer JoJo returns with the accompanying music video, which brings the lyrics to life. As powerful as the lyrics are, in the clip, JoJo exhibits content with where she is career-wise, despite the “supposed to be (s).” “Joanna”, which finds the singer/songwriter delivering soul-stirring vocals about what she’s faced in the past, is her first release since her 2016 album, “Mad Love.” Prior to the new release, JoJo rerecorded her first two albums. Additionally, her duet with PJ Morton garnered success on the Urban AC.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Reveals 2020 Nominees


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the class of 2020, and of the 16 artists shortlisted, nine are first time nominees. Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motorhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston are up for the honor for the first time. Returning nominees are Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will return to its homebase Cleveland, OH for its 35th annual induction ceremony on May 2, 2020 following the 2019 ceremony in Brooklyn, New York. To be  eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the artist’s first commercial recording must have been released 25 years prior to the year of induction. Beginning today through Jan. 10, 2020, fans can go to Google and search “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee’s name plus vote to cast a ballot at Google or vote via The five artists who receive the most fan votes comprise a fan’s ballot that will be tallied along with the others to determine the 2020 nominees, which will be announced in January 2020. Ticket information for the induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Fly Again-Kevin Gates

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Kevin Jerome Gilyard, known professionally as Kevin Gates, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/entrepreneur from Baton Rouge, LA. Gilyard’s music career began when he signed a recording contract with local label Dead Game Records in 2007. Shortly thereafter, his career blossomed along with fellow Baton Rouge natives Boosie Badazz and Webbie in the mid-2000s. The three collaborated on Gilyard’s first mixtape, “Pick Of Da Liter”, in 2007. Another mixtape, “All Or Nothing”, was released in 2008. In 2012, Gilyard created a buzz with the mixtape “Make Em Believe.” He also received the attention of rapper Lil Wayne’s label Young Money Entertainment. Gilyard signed a contract with the management wing of the label later that year. Although he was signed to the management wing, Gilyard never signed a recording contract with Young Money. In early 2013, Gilyard released the mixtape, “The Luca Brasi Story”, via his Bread Winners Association label. Gilyard released several other mixtapes, including “Stranger Than Fiction” and “Luca Brasi 2.” On January 29, 2016, Gilyard released his debut album “Islah.” He released “I am Him” in 2019.

R&B Pick Of The Week: Never Let Go-Daron Jones

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Daron Jones is an American singer/songwriter/producer from Atlanta, GA. Jones released his debut solo album “Uncensored” in December 2010. Shortly thereafter, he released the mixtape series “The Unofficial Diary Of Daron Jones Vol. 1” and “The Unofficial Diary Of Daron Jones Vol. 2.” He released the album “Human” in 2019. Additionally, he has produced tracks for Pink, Usher, Keyshia Cole, The Notorious B.I.G and The Isley Brothers among others.

Pusha T Raps About Family And Money On Succession Theme Remix Puppets


The theme song for the HBO series “Succession” won an Emmy for outstanding main title music last month and has most likely stuck in viewers heads since its debut last year. Ahead of the season finale Sunday, viewers have a new version of the track to tide them over until the show returns for season three. Rapper Pusha T and composer Nicholas Britell have remixed the song for Pusha T’s hip hop heavy version, “Puppets.” The rapper revealed that he found out about “Succession” from his manager, who told him that the rapper reminded him of patriarch Logan Roy. The rapper redid the lyrics after someone at HBO felt that his first pass inadvertently predicted too many season 2 plot details. Listen to “Puppets” below.

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