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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.

All Music Notes Playlist

Here’s what you’ll find on my Spotify playlist.

1 Dry Bones

Gregory Porter

2 Off

Maxwell

3 When The Time Comes

Chaka Khan

4 Lessons Remix

Eric Roberson Ft. Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn & Kevin Ross

5 Skate

Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak

6 Melodic Harmony

S. E.L.

7 Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No

The Temptations Ft. Smokey Robinson

8 The Warmth Of You

Will Downing

9 Fight For You

H.E.R.

10 I Gotta Pinch Myself

Frank McComb & Katherine Kosins

11 When You Call My Name

Alexander Morris

12 No Plans For Lov

D-Nice Ft. Ne-Yo & Kent Jones

13 Cascade

Stokley & The Bonfyre

14 So In Love

Melba Moore

15 Sending My Love

Sheena O. Murray

16 No Place Like You

After 7

17 Hold Us Togther

H.E.R. Ft Tauren Wells

18 Money

The Shindellas

19 You Want My Love

Earth, Wind & Fire Ft. Lucky Daye

20 You Are In My System Incognito Ft. Bluey

BJ The Chicago Kid Releases Single Snowflakes Ft. Susan Carol

Following his seventh Grammy Award nomination, BJ The Chicago Kid returns with the single “Snowflakes”, a collaboration with Susan Carol. The song details a relationship that is coming to a close, dissolving too soon after the promise it once had. The single follows a Grammy nomination for BJ ‘s rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me”, which features PJ Morton, Kenyon Dixon and Charlie Bereal for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Previously, BJ released “Making Me Mad”, the lead single from his new EP, “Three”, released via M.A.F.E. Music. Listen to “Snowflakes” below.

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Hip Hop Spotlight: Bubbly-Young Thug Ft. Drake & Travis Scott

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Jeffrey Lamar Williams, known professionally as Young Thug, is an American rapper. He is considered to be an influential figure of his generation, with his music impacting the modern sound of hip hop and trap music. Known for his eccentric vocal style and fashion, Williams initially released a series of independent mixtapes beginning in 2011 with “I Came From Nothing.” In early 2013, he signed to rapper Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records, and later that year he released his debut mixtape “1017 Thug” to critical praise. Williams received mainstream recognition with the singles “Stoner” and “Danny Glover” in addition to his collaborations with T.I. on “About The Money”, Tyga on “Hookah” and Rich Gang on “Lifestyle.” He has released the albums “So Much Fun” (2019) and “Punk” (2021).

R&B Spotlight: Euphoric-Eric Bellinger Ft. Brandy

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Eric Aldwin Bellinger is an American singer/songwriter/producer from Los Angeles, CA. Bellinger began songwriting in 2010, and his co-writing credits include “Lemme See” by Usher, “New Flame” by Chris Brown, “You Don’t Know” by Tank, “Right Here” by Justin Bieber and “Disrespectful” by Trey Songz. In 2011, Bellinger received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for his contribution to Chris Brown’s album “F.A.M.E.” In 2014, Bellinger renewed focus on his recording career and released his debut album, “The Rebirth” in February of that year. He then released two extended plays with 300 Entertainment, “Eric B. For President: Term 1” in 2016 and “Eric B. For President: Term 2” in 2017. His latest single, “Euphoric”, is a collaboration with singer Brandy.

Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Singer/songwriter/actress Janelle Monae Robinson 36

Singer Lisa Fischer 63

Remembering singer Mary Vesta Williams (December 1, 1957-September 22, 2011)

Remembering singer Louis “Lou” Rawls (December 1, 1933-January 6, 2006)

Remembering singer Paul “Billy Paul” Williams (December 1, 1934-April 24, 2016)

Inside The Industry: New Music From Ashavari-Frustrated

Ashavari is a Canadian singer/songwriter who recently released her debut EP “Bittersweet.” The project contains four tracks: “Frustrated”, “Sweeter”, “Rewired Heart” and “VIP.” All four songs were written by the artist, Ashavari Anna Joshi, and “Frustrated” was done in collaboration with Adrian Mitchell. She did the vocal arrangements and recorded the project at home. The EP features the production work of Abraham Lilson, Brenner Comas, Jesse Just-Costa, and QREEPZ. Listen to “Frustrated” below.

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Fresh R&B/Hip Hop Picks Of The Week

After a long holiday weekend spent scarfing down Thanksgiving leftovers, I’m back with a list of my favorite R&B/hip hop releases of the week. From Jahkoy’s melodic verses to NSG’s spiritual revelations, this list is guaranteed to get you through the rest of the week.

Azizi Gibson feat. Issa Gold, “Within”

The first single off of his upcoming album, Azizi Gibson linked with Issa Gold for “Within.” Over a calm beat, the two look inward, rapping about keeping their peace in the face of adversity. “My parents raised me to be strong/ When I ain’t belong, I ride the storm until it meets the calm,” the latter raps.

Father, Zack Fox & Archibald Slim, “Let’s Kick His A–!”

Father, Zack Fox and Archibald Slim teamed up for an amusingly serious track about beating someone’s behind. Produced by Father, the song features three beat switches, accommodating each verse. One can only imagine what a video for this song would look like.

Joony, “Special”

DMV artist Joony is tired of people biting his style. The young rapper is in his own world — and on his new EP Proud of U, he revels in his accomplishments while reflecting on his journey as a rising star. Produced by fellow DMV heads Trill800, Mannyvelli and Sparkheem, standout track “Special” features a sped-up sample of Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s 2003 hit “Beautiful,” as Joony raps about jet-setting and getting money while doing so.

Jahkoy, “Don’t U Call”

On “Don’t U Call,” Jahkoy makes it known that he’s no rebound. “When you be acting the way you do, waters getting deep/ And when he doesn’t give you the satisfaction that you need, Don’t you call on me,” he sings over a guitar-heavy beat. The Toronto singer is gearing up to release his “reintroduction project” Tangible on Dec. 3.

$not, “Go”

The 23-year-old Florida rapper $not has been booked and busy this year, playing several music festivals and shows while still making time to release music. His latest offering is an aggressive single, where he expresses about not giving any f–ks. Same.

Budjerah, “Wash My Sorrows Away” 

Australian singer-songwriter Budjerah channels gospel influences with his latest single, “Wash My Sorrows Away.” With heavily layered harmonies, the track carries a spiritual air, as the 19-year-old son of pastors glides seamlessly from note to note.

NSG feat. Mist, “Only God Can Judge Me”

British collective NSG dropped “Only God Can Judge Me,” along with a theatrical visual, reflecting on sins and salvation. With an attention-grabbing opening verse from Mist, the track merges afro-fusion and drill elements for an equally vibey and profound listen.

Young T & Bugsey feat. Unknown T, “Roberto C” 

“Don’t Rush” artists Young T & Bugsey are back with another infectious single. On “Roberto C,” the British duo bring a taste of summer into the fall season, atop an afro-fusion beat laced with R&B elements. With light-hearted melodies and a noteworthy verse from Unknown T, the floor-filling track should be a playlist staple, no matter the season.

Ama Lou, “Talk Quiet” 

Ama Lou blessed fans with a 4-track EP, At Least We Have This, her first project since 2019. On “Talk Quiet,” the British singer gives her own spin on drill music, gliding atop bold 808s and rapid hi-hats. Who knows, maybe we’ll be hearing a Headie One collaboration in the near-future.

Khalid Announces New EP Scenic Drive

Singer Khalid is set to return to the airwaves. He announced that his forthcoming EP “Scenic Drive” will be released on Dec. 3 via RCA Records. The new project will feature special guest appearances by Alicia Keys, 6Lack, Lucky Daye, Quin, JID, Kiana Lede, Majid Jordan, Smino and Ari Lennox. Check out the album artwork below.

Khalid Announces His New EP 'Scenic Drive' | The Source

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Fearmonger-Saba

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Tahj Malik Chandler, known professionally as Saba, is an American rapper/producer from Chicago, IL. He is the co-founder of the musical collective Pivot Gang along with his brother Joseph Chilliams, their late cousin John Walt and their high school friend MFn Melo. He is also one third of the super group Ghetto Sage, with Smino and Noname. Chandler initially gained recognition after releasing the mixtapes “GETCOMFORTable” (2012) and “Comfort Zone” (2014). He was also featured on Chance The Rapper’s mixtape “Acid Rap” on the single “Everybody’s Something.”