Inside The Industry



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.

Cardi B Collaborates With Kanye West And Lil Durk On Hot Sh*t

Cardi B is on her “Hot Shit” with the help of Kanye West and Lil Durk, according to the new single she released on Friday (July 1).

“Hot Shit” is one of the singles from Cardi’s highly anticipated, as-yet-to-be-titled sophomore album, which is the follow-up to her Grammy-winning debut Invasion of Privacy. It marks Cardi’s first solo release in 2022 after being featured on a series of singles, from the extended version of Summer Walker’s “No Love,” featuring SZA, to “Shake It” with Kay Flock, Dougie B and Bory300. Her last solo release was the hit single “Up,” which peaked at No. 1 for a week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 2021.

The song also marks the second time Chicagoans Ye and Lil Durk have collaborated since “Jonah” from the former’s Billboard 200-topping album Donda.

She shared a snippet of the track on Thursday to get fans hyped up for the new tune. In a video of herself where she appears to be on a terrace on a high-rise building in NYC, she’s what wearing a bedazzled robe and matching head towel with a big breakfast spread including bacon, eggs and fruit in front of her, which fit the them of the rhyme in the brief clip. “I’m connected, I don’t know what’s longer, man, my block list or my check list,” she spits. “I don’t know what’s colder, man, my heart or my necklace/ Pretty when I wake up, I’m a bad b—h at breakfast.”

Listen to “Hot Shit” below.

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City Girls Collaborate With Usher On Single And Video Good Love

City Girls return with the new single and video “Good Love.” The new release features Usher. The new single is upbeat, bringing the City Girls and Usher in collaboration with a single that encourages listeners to get out of their section and dance. In the new video, Usher brings the City Girls to his world of a roller rink, bringing in vibrant colors in their outfits and on point choreography that matches the single. Last month, City Girls made a long-awaited comeback with “Top Notch”, a new track and video featuring Fivio Foreign. The track blends the City Girls’ brand of sexy Southern hip hop and gritty East Coast drill. This fall, City Girls will join Jack Harlow on the Come Home The Kids Miss You Tour, presented by Live Nation. The headlining fall tour will begin on September 6 and include dates in Nashville, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego and other cities. City Girls will provide support for the tour. You can see the tour dates and the “Good Love” video below.

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Mary J. Blige Releases Come See About Me Video

Mary J. Blige is booked and busy. On Thursday (June 30), the 2022 Billboard Music Awards Icon of the Year recipient released a summery music video for her collaborative track “Come See About Me” featuring fellow hip-hop veteran Fabolous.

Two hours before releasing the new music video, Blige shared a post on Instagram writing, “Time to have some summer fun ☀️☀️with me & @myfabolouslife!! … Let’s goooo!!!””

In the visual, the singer wears a series of stunning tropical outfits, from hot pink bikini and dazzling swimsuit to a knit yellow getup. She appears to be vacationing with a significantly younger man who portrays the nine-time Grammy-winner’s love interest throughout the music video.

Blige also briefly shows off her wine, Sun Goddess, while enjoying what appears to be a beachside date at one point in the clip. “Come, come and see about me,” she sings in the chorus. “You know I’m really in a good mood/ I bought a coast for you/ Match that so we can have two/ Come, come and see about me/ You know I’m really in a good mood/ You make a move, I make a move/ We make a movie.”

The new visual comes just days after Mary J. Blige received the HER Award at the 2022 BET Awards in Los Angeles. Plus, her latest album, Good Morning Gorgeous, which debuted at No. 14 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart in February, and charting for three weeks. In total, Blige has released 42 songs that scored ranks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including six top 10 hits.

Watch the summertime music video for Mary J. Blige “Come See About Me” featuring Fabolous below:

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Hip Hop Spotlight: In My Head-Lil Tjay

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Tione Jayden Merritt, known professionally as Lil Tjay, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter. He rose to prominence in 2018 with the single “Resume” and signed to Columbia Records later that year. He released his debut album “True 2 Myself” in 2019. The following year, he released the mixtape “State Of Emergency”, which featured drill artists from New York City. He released his second album “Destined 2 Win” in 2021. The album featured the single “Calling My Phone”, a collaboration with singer 6lack.

R&B Spotlight: I Can’t Believe-SiFred Mitchell

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SiFred “Key Note” Mitchell is an American singer/songwriter/producer with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. As a background singer he has toured with Bobby Brown, Queen Latifah and LL Cool J. He has also worked as an A&R representative with Mary J. Blige, Avant and Nicki Gilbert of the R&B trio Brownstone. Enjoy “I Can’t Believe.”

Inside The Industry: New Music From Brent Faiyaz-Price Of Fame

Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/producer Brent Faiyaz recently announced his highly anticipated new album “Wasteland”, which will be released July 8 via Lost Kids. Ahead of the album’s release Faiyaz shared the new single “Price Of Fame”, which encapsulates his stardom, and all that entails along with haters and fake people who want nothing more than to wish ill upon you. Listen to “Price Of Fame” below.

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Dot Da Genius Collaborates With Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry & J.I.D On Single Talk About Me

Grammy-nominated producer Dot Da Genius assembled the team of Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry and JID for the new single “Talk About Me”, which is supported by a Cole Bennett-directed music video. Ready to show the world his distinctively creative sound, Dot Da Genius blankets an ethereal and psychedelic instrumental over the star-studded trio’s punchy verses. The black-and-white visual displays a wonderland that stars Cudi wrapped in a Louis Vuitton space suit performing in a mirror-laced room, while Denzel Curry and JID stroll through an animated recording studio. Dot Da Genius is best known for the development of Kid Cudi’s signature sound, which made him the most influential artist of our generation. Together, the duo is fresh off executive producing the third chapter of Kid Cudi’s Man On The Moon series, which was released in 2020, and scoring the soundtrack to Cudi’s forthcoming animated Netflix series Entergalactic premiering in September. As the alternative rock duo WZRD, Cudi and Genius released their self-titled debut album in 2012, which spawned the single “Teleport Me, Jamie.” “Talk About Me” marks Dot’s second solo release following his 2018 debut single “Fettuccine” featuring Tunji Ige, Fat Tony and Price. The new single comes on the verge of Kid Cudi’s forthcoming “To The Moon” world tour featuring Dot, Denzel Curry, Don Toliver, 070 Shake and Strick. Kid Cudi appears on the song and in the visual courtesy of Republic Records. JID appears courtesy of Dreamville/Interscope Records. Denzel Curry appears courtesy of PH Recordings. “Talk To Me” is available on all digital streaming platforms via HeadBanga Muzik Group. Watch the “Talk To Me” video below.

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Buju Banton Returns With Single Madda Badda

Reggae legend Buju Banton returns to the airwaves with the single “Madda Badda.” A prelude to the Grammy-winner’s forthcoming album, the J. August-produced track mixes dancehall rhythms and contemporary sounds with the hardcore lyricism that brought him to prominence in the 90s. For Banton, “Madda Badda” is meant to revitalize the traditional dancehall sound Jamacia is known for. This track comes as a respite amid public concerns that the quality of dancehall music has waned. Proving that dancehall songs can be simple, meaningful, and dispelling the idea that artists must compromise one for the other. Banton’s latest release follows his exciting 2021 run, which included the release of three new singles. The forthcoming album marks his first in two years, since his 2020 albums “Steppaz Riddim”, “Upside Down” and the 25th anniversary edition of the 1995 classic “Til Shiloh.” Listen to “Madda Badda” below.

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