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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.

Tyga Signs With UTA

According to Billboard magazine, rapper Tyga has signed with UTA for worldwide representation in all areas. Under the new arrangement, the rapper will be represented by music agent Cheryl Paglierani. The Compton CA native has 14 RIAA-Certified Platinum albums and has performed as lead or guest vocalist on 32 songs that have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, including three Top 10s. Those hits include “Rack City” and “Faded” with Lil Wayne, “Taste” with Offset “Ayo” with Chris Brown and “Deuces” with Chris Brown and Kevin McCall, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. In addition, his songs and videos have received more than four billion hits on You Tube. The new deal comes ahead of the release of Tyga’s forthcoming album for Columbia Records. It will be the followup to his seventh studio album “Legendary”, which was released via the rapper/entrepreneur’s own Last Kings Records through Empire Distribution. “Legendary” reached No. 17 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 2019. Tyga was previously represented by APA. He’s managed by Dre London and represented by attorney Dina LaPolt

Hip Hop Spotlight: 100 Racks-Offset Ft. Playboi Carti

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Kiari Kendrell Cephus, known professionally as Offset, is an American rapper/songwriter from Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the rap trio Migos as well as a solo artist. On February 22, 2019, Cephus released his debut album, “Father Of 4.” “100 Racks” is a collaboration with rapper Playboi Carti.

R&B Spotlight: Space-Paloma Ford

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Paloma Ford is an American pop/R&B singer. She gained traction after appearing as a background vocalist on singer Macy Gray’s 2007 album “Big.” She has also gained popularity through her You Tube channel for such songs as “Dollars”, “Menage A Trois” and “Hit Of You.” Ford cites Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Nirvana, Incubus and Beyonce as influences. Ford has released the EPs “Nearly Civilized” (2016) and “X Tapes” (2020).

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For many soul and jazz music lovers, Frank McComb’s 2000 album “Love Stories” was a revelation, and an auspicious introduction to the talented singer/songwriter. The album created a fan base for McComb, which has continued for two decades and several albums. He recently announced the release of a project that gives a bit of a forensic background to his most famous album. It’s titled “Love Stories: The 1996/1997 Demos”, and he has revealed that the album contains raw recordings of tracks from his album “Love Stories” as he was writing them. He recorded the songs on his own as he was learning to record his own music, and a few were recorded at A Touch Of Jazz Recording Studio in Philadelphia, with the assistance of DJ Jazzy Jeff and engineer/producer Vidal Davis. At a time when we’re all looking for comfort, there’s no better option than spending time with this musical treasure.

A$AP Ferg Releases Move Ya Hips Video

After releasing a jazzier visualizer video, rapper A$AP Ferg released the official clip for his Nicki Minaj and Madein TYO collaboration “Move Ya Hips” yesterday, and it is the stuff of sexy nightmares. Although none of the artists appear in the video, it makes up for their absence with a dark, Black Mirror-worthy story from director Isaac Rentz that puts a tech spin on “be careful what you wish for.” In a narrative that anit-Al ranters will appreciate, the clip begins with a man on his couch ordering a custom sexbot whose “freak mode” perfectly dovetails with the song’s x-rated lyrics. The bot arrives almost instantly and her new controller seems enthusiastic about working the remote and putting her through her twerking paces. Plus, as it turns out, she’s a baller, too. Things go as planned in the bedroom, with the freak mode living up to his expectations, until a code error turns machine against man and those fantasies instantly flip into nightmares. The new video comes after the visualizer for the song, which also doesn’t feature artists, instead focusing on hard-sweating ladies in a jazzercise class. Watch the official video below.

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Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: Daddy’s Little Girl-Nikki D

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Nichelle Strong, known professionally as Nikki D, is an American rapper. Strong is credited as the first female rapper signed to Def Jam Records. In 1989, Strong released her debut single “Lettin Off Steam.” In 1992, Strong released the more commercially acceptable single “Daddy’s Little Girl.” The song appeared on the “Just Another Girl On The I.R.T.” soundtrack and peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart. Strong collaborated with Moby, Queen Latifah, Redman, EPMD, Naughty By Nature, Flavor Unit and Suzanne Vega. In 1998, Strong became vice president of A&R for Flavor Unit Records, a position she held for two years. Today she is the marketing manager for “Phat Fashions”, the apparel company that houses Phat Farm, Baby Phat and Atman.

Throwback Thursday R&B: Sweet Stuff-Sylvia Robinson

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Sylvia Robinson was an American singer/musician/record producer/record label executive from Harlem, New York. Robinson had two chart toppers: “Love Is Strange” as half of Mickey & Sylvia in 1957 and “Pillow Talk” as a solo artist in 1973. She is remembered for her work as founder and CEO of the hip hop label Sugarhill Records. Robinson is credited as the driving force behind the singles “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang (1979) and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (1982), which caused her to be dubbed “The Mother Of Hip Hop.” Robinson received a Pioneer Award for her singing career and being the founder of Sugarhill Records at the 11th Annual Rhythm and Blues Gala in 2000. Sylvia Robinson died of congestive heart failure at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey at the age of 76. Robinson released the albums “Pillow Talk” (1973), “Sweet Stuff” (1975), “Sylvia” (1976), “Lay It On Me” (1977) and “Pillow Talk: The Sensuous Sounds Of Sylvia” (1996).

The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma & CNOC Added To List Of Performers At 2020 MTV Video Music Awards

MTV announced four additions to its Video Music Awards lineup yesterday. The Weeknd and Maluma will both perform on the show for a second time. Roddy Ricch and Latin music group CNOC will both perform for the first time. BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin were announced as performers last week. The Aug. 30 show, which will be hosted by actress/singer KeKe Palmer, will be held at various outdoor sites in New York rather than at the Barclays Center as originally planned. MTV has stated that the show will pay homage to New York with performances around the city. The Weeknd performed “Can’t Feel My Face” on the 2015 VMAs. Maluma performed “Felices los 4” during the 2018 show. This will be the second year the VMAs will have multiple Latin performances. Last year, J Balvin and Bad Bunny performed “Que Pretendes” and Rosalia teamed with Ozuna to perform “A Ningun Hombre” “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi” and “Aute Cuture.” This indicates that Latin music is becoming an important part of the MTV mix. The show should be an exciting one for music fans.