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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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Kendrick Lamar To Headline Britian’s BST Hyde Park Festival

Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar has been booked to headline the BST Hyde Park Festival on July 5. The event will take place in London with the support of James Blake and singer Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. The BST concert series  began in 2013 and now spreads across two weekends and six concerts with world-class headliners. Last year’s show included performances by Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Florence + The Machine, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Keane, Josh Groban and others. Other 2020 shows will feature Little Mix with Rita Ora and Kehsa and Zara Larsson on July 4, Pearl Jam, The Pixies and White Reaper on July 10 and Taylor Swift on July 11. Lamar is reportedly working on the follow up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning album “Damn.”

Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Singer Charlene “Tweet” Keys 49

Singer/songwriter James “D-Train” Williams 58

Singer/songwriter Tamir “Nokio The N-Tity” Ruffin (Dru Hill) 41

Singer Leslie “Billy Ocean” Charles 70

Singer Marc Gay (Shai) 51

Remembering singer Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942-April 2, 2003)

Remembering musician/DJ Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell (January 21, 1965-October 30, 2002-Run-DMC)

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Money Talk-Rich The Kid Ft Youngboy Never Broke Again

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Dimitri Roger, known professionally as Rich The Kid, is an American rapper/songwriter. In 2013, Roger released his debut mixtape “Been About The Benjamins.” Later that year, he released the collaborative mixtape series “Streets On Lock” with Migos. The series contained four volumes. In August 2014, he released his second mixtape “Feels Good 2 Be Rich.” The project featured special guest appearances by Young Thug, Kirko Bangz, Rockie Fresh, Stalley, Soulja Boy, RiFF RaFF, Jeremih, K Camp, Young Dolph, Yo Gotti, French Montana and Chinx & Kodak Black. Roger’s full length debut album, “The World Is Yours”, was released in 2018. His sophomore effort, “The World Is Yours 2”, was released in 2019.

R&B Pick Of The Week: Rain-Nicole Bus

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Nicole Bus is a Dutch singer who is currently signed to Roc Nation Records. Her 2018 single, “You”, is tied for the fastest debut single to reach the top of the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. In October 2019, she released her American debut studio album, “Kairos.” Prior to signing with Roc Nation, Bus had released a variety of music in the Netherlands and won the Grote Prijs van Netherland in the singer/songwriter category in 2010. She also appeared on the Dutch television programs “X Factor” and “The Voice Of Holland.”

Royce Da 5’9″ Recieves Producer’s Credits On Eminem’s New Album

On Friday, much to the surprise of fans, Eminem released the album “Music To Be Murdered By.” The project features special guest appearances by Black Thought, Slaughterhouse, Juice WRLD and Don Toliver. Eminem’s partner-in-crime, Royce Da 5’9″, earned MVP honors for his contributions. Not only does Royce flex his high-motor dexterity on “You Gon Learn”, “Yah Yah” and “I Will”, but for the first time in his career, he earned production credits on two tracks, including the album’s sole single “Darkness.” In addition to Eminem’s album, Royce also unveiled the single “Overcomer”, his collaboration with Westside Gunn, where he thrashes one-time Shady artist Yelawolf for an ill-timed exchange they had a while back. Hopefully, we’ll hear more from Royce soon.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Poetic Justice-Quando Rondo

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Tyquian Terrel Bowman, known professionally as Quando Rondo, is an American rapper/singer from Savannah, GA. In January 2018, Bowman released the single “I Remember”, featuring rapper Lil Baby. He followed that effort with the singles “Motivation” and “Paradise.” The videos for all three songs accumulated millions of views on You Tube. On April 17, 2018, Bowman released his debut mixtape “Life B4 Fame.” In June 2018, Bowman released the single “Kiccin Shit.” Later that month, it was announced that Bowman signed with Youngboy Never Broke Again’s Atlantic Records imprint Never Broke Again, LLC. In August of that year, he and Kevin Gates made special guest appearances on Youngboy Never Broke Again’s single “I Am Who They Say I am.” The following month, Bowman was featured on three tracks on Youngboy Never Broke Again’s EP “4Loyalty.” On September 24, 2018, Bowman released his second mixtape, “Life After Fame.”

R&B Spotlight: Forever Valentine-Charlie Wilson

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Charles Kent Wilson, known professionally as Charlie Wilson, is an American singer/songwriter/producer from Tulsa, OK. Wilson began his career singing gospel as a child along with brothers Ronnie and Robert. The trio went on to sign with Mercury Records where they charted with such hits as “Shake”, “Oops Upside Your Head”, “Burn Rubber” and “Early In The Morning” among others. The group disbanded in 2010. Wilson was encouraged to go solo by Michael Paran, CEO of P Music Group. Paran and Wilson released Wilson’s debut album “Bridging The Gap” independently. The album’s first single, “Without You”, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In 2004, Paran successfully negotiated a multi-album deal for Wilson with  Jive Records. His debut album for the label, “Charlie, Last Name Wilson”, was released in 2005. Since then Wilson has released the albums “Uncle Charlie” (2009), “Just Charlie” (2010), “Love, Charlie” (2013), “Forever Charlie” (2015) and “In It To Win It” (2017).

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North Philadelphia, PA R&B artist and Interscope Records signee Brianna Cash steps into the spotlight with her brand new single, “Numb”, featuring Tory Lanez. The track blends R&B, soul, and hip hop, as the collaborators deliver their painful viewpoints on a failing relationship.  27-year-old Cash was discovered by producer Andrew “Pop” Wansel. Cash and Lanez previously collaborated on his single “Question Is.” Cash brings an uncompromising honesty to her work. Fans will enjoy “Numb.” Toronto-based songstress Staasia Daniels returns with her new album, “Unheard Volumes.” The project finds the singer being vulnerable and emotional as she stimulates hearts and minds with her sultry vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. Daniels’ honesty is raw and refreshing, summing up many of our feelings without the false pretenses that we often put up: for others, and ourselves. Just pure emotion and energy, from listener’s ears to their hearts as only Daniels can. Singer/songwriter J. Brown unveils his latest single, “Moon.” Co-written by Brown and Steve James and  produced by G.C, the track is taken from Brown’s forthcoming debut EP, “Forever Yours”, slated for release on January 24 via MoCha Entertainment. In addition to the new EP, Brown will also be a special guest on the Ellevation Tour, with singer Elle Varner. Jac Ross, recent signee to producer Rodney Jerkins’ Darkchild Records, unveils the powerful, inspirational anthem “It’s Ok To Be Black” to celebrate perseverance and struggle. The record is a thought-provoking open letter inspired by the stories of those who are disenfranchised; low on hope and high on disappointment. Through his delivery, Jack calls out various prejudices, giving listeners a reason to smile. Produced, managed and signed by Darkchild Records, Ross began creating a buzz with his live shows and his ability to connect with listeners through his songs. His exploratory and socially progressive music garnered him attention. Ross was hand picked by TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Huges to open the Urban Honors television special, an event honoring black music icons, such as Missy Elliott, Jamie Foxx, Chance the Rapper, Brandy, Anita Baker and others.

Megan Thee Stallion Announces Debut Single

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion took to social media to announce the release date of her forthcoming single “B.I.T.C.H.”, which will be available January 24. Megan’s debut album is one of the most highly anticipated projects of 2020. Tweeting earlier this month, the Houston native also mentioned that the single will appear on her forthcoming album “Suga”, and set the tone for the rest of the album. Prior to announcing the single, Megan previewed new music while hanging out in the studio with producer Pharrell Williams. Personally, I can’t wait to hear the album.