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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.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Slope-Lil Xan

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Diego Leanos, known professionally as Lil Xan, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from Redlands, CA. Leanos initially  gained recognition through Soundcloud and You Tube. That recognition grew after the release of the visual for his single “Betrayed” in August 2017. The song peaked at No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100. Leanos released his debut album, “Total Xanarchy”, on April 6, 2018. The album debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Leanos released the mixtape “Heartbreak Soliders” on July 8, 2018.


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Singer Pamela Long, a member of 90’s R&B group Total, confesses her love in the visual for her new single “Ghetto Love.” In the clip, the veteran songstress takes viewers though her hood while showing off her significant other as she pledges her love. On “Ghetto Love”, Long’s soulful delivery takes center stage. It’s unclear if the track will appear on a forthcoming solo project. In 2014, Total appeared at the Legends Of Bad Boy concert and Total continues to tour together. Fans should stay tuned for more new music. Singer/songwriter Marissa has just released her debut EP “This Is Me.” A 4-track project, “This Is Me” showcases a new sound and attitude from the artist. The EP was written entirely by Marissa. The EP is a complete representation of her and the steps she took to get where she is today. She hopes the project will motivate others to believe in themselves and become who they’re truly meant to be. Marissa’s debut EP, “This Is Me”, is available via all streaming services. Singer/songwriter Pleasure P introduced himself to R&B fans as the lead singer of R&B quartet Pretty Ricky. During his time with the group, his smooth and melodic voice was showcased on several singles. After the group disbanded, he pursued a solo career, and released his debut album “The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper.” He also  released several singles, toured, worked on the “Break Up To Make Up” EP, and joined the cast of “Love & Hip Hop: Miami.” Now, he’s released his second mixtape, “She Likes”, via Cleopatra Records. The 10-track project features the single “Wassup.” Fans can be sure that there’s more music to come. Singer/songwriter Shenna hits the road in the video for her latest single “Conversations”, leaving distractions behind for some quality time with her significant other. Or she makes viewers assume that it’s hard to escape technology. Shenna Somsieh, known professionally as Shenna, is a singer/songwriter/actress/dancer/producer/model. Since age seven, she has performed for audiences in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Hailing from Woodbridge, Virginia, Sheena has received airplay in Poland, Australia, Ghana and the United Kingdom. Shenna’s debut album, “Dream In Color”, held the number one spot on Bandcamp in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia market for several months. Last October, Big K.R.I.T. won the hearts of hip hop fans with his album “4eva Is A Mighty Long Time.” Although the Mississippi native has been quiet for most of 2018, he has finally returned with the three-track EP “Thrice X.” The tracks find the MC comfortable with his current standing in the hip hop game, and dismissing detractors. Hopefully, “Thrice X” will lead to bigger things for Big K.R.I.T. in the future. Rapper 2 Chainz returns with the two-track EP “Hot Wings Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” The project contains the single “Hot Wings” and a duet with Ty Dolla $ign titled “Girl’s Best Friend.” 2 Chainz surprised fans with the announcement that new music was on the way yesterday. The post also featured a teaser for a visual that will be attached to either “Hot Wings” or “Girl’s Best Friend.” We’ll have to wait and see what transpires.

Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: You Can’t Play With My Yo Yo-Yo Yo

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Yolanda Whitaker, known professionally as Yo Yo, is an American rapper/songwriter/actress/entrepreneur from Los Angeles, CA. Her music advocated female empowerment and denounced the sexism found in hip hop. Whitaker rose to prominence after a special guest appearance on fellow rapper Ice Cube’s debut album “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.” In 1991, Whitaker released her debut album “Make Way For The Motherlode.” Whitaker released the album “Black Pearl” in 1992. She has released the albums “You Better Ask Somebody” (1993) and “Total Control” (1996).

Throwback Thursday R&B: Fencewalk-Mandrill

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Mandrill is an American multi-genre band formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. The lineup consisted of brothers Carlos Wilson (trombone, vocals), Lou Wilson (trumpet, vocals) and Ric Wilson (sax, vocals). The band also included Claude “Coffee” Cave (keyboards, percussion, vocals) and Bundy Cenac (bass). Fudgie Kae Solomon replaced Cenac on bass in 1972. Charles Padro (drums, percussion, vocals) was replaced by Neftali Santiago and Omar Mesa (guitar, vocals) was replaced by Doug Rodriguez. This completed the Madrill lineup during the Polydor years 1970-1975, In later years, the band included Juaquin Jessup (lead guitar, percussion, vocals), Tommy Trujillo (guitar) and  Andrea Lock (drums). A fourth Wilson brother was also included. Their songs have been sampled by several hip hop artists, including Johnny D, Public Enemy, Beck, DJ Shadow, Shawty Lo, Big L, Kanye West, Jin, Eminem and 9th Wonder. Their music blended funk, Latin, salsa, rock, blues and soul. They have released the albums “Mandrill” (1970), “Mandrill Is” (1971), “Composite Truth” (1972), “Just Outside Of Town” (1973), “Mandrilland” (1974), “Solid” (1974), “The Best Of Mandrill” (1975), “Beast From The East” (1976), “The Greatest Hits” (1977), “We Are One” (1977), “New Worlds” (1979), “Getting In The Mood” (1980), “Energize” (1981), “The Warriors (Echos In My Mind)” (film soundtrack-1981), “Rebirth” (1992), “Fencewalk: The Anthology” (1997), “The Ultimate Collection” (2000), “Peace And Love” (2001), “Driving While Black And Brown” (2001), “Live At Montreux” (2002) and “Sunshine” (2005).

Hip Hop Spotlight: Done It Again-Ghostface Killah Ft. Big Daddy Kane, Cappadonna,Styliztik Jones & Harley

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Dennis Coles, known professionally as Ghostface Killa, is an American rapper  and member of the rap ensemble Wu Tang Clan. Coles began his career when he co-founded Wu Tang Clan with then roommate RZA. In 1995, Coles guest starred on fellow Wu Tang Clan member Raekwon’s debut album, “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.” He also contributed songs to the films “Sunset Park” and “Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood”, which would be included on his debut album “Ironman.” He has released the albums “Supreme Clientele” (2000), “Bulletproof  Wallets” (2001), “The Pretty Toney Album” (2004), “Fishscale” (2006), “More Fish” (2006), “The Big Doe Rehab” (2007), “Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City” (2009), “Apollo Kids” (2010), “Twelve Reasons To Die” (2013), “36 Seasons” (2014), “Twelve Reasons To Die 2” (2015) and “The Lost Tapes” (2018).

R&B Spotlight: Lost & Found-Serayah

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Serayah Ranee McNeil, known professionally as simply Serayah, is an American singer/actress/model. In 2015, Serayah appeared in Taylor Swift ‘s video “Bad Blood.” On July 18, 2015, Serayah performed the song “Style” on the Chicago stop of her “The 1989 World Tour.” In March 2015, Serayah performed at the Marshall Academy of Arts in Long Beach. In 2016, she collaborated on the single “Don’t You Need Somebody” with RedOne. She currently plays the character Tiana Brown on the Fox television series “Empire.”