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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.

Cautious Clay Releases Video Sidewinder

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Back in March, rising R&B singer Cautious Clay released his EP “Table Of Contents” to explore the  balancing act between purpose and happiness in life. Three months later, the crooner returns with the hazy visual “Sidewinder.” In the Haoyan of America directed clip, Clay’s mind drifts away until he’s trapped inside a dream. He implements peculiar use of symbolism with a lighter and snake, which represent the opposite ends of the spectrum as far as what he’s chasing and avoiding in his life at the moment. Clay will go back on the road in late July for several random midwest shows before taking the stage at the Lollapalooza Festival on Aug. 1. Clay also announced the Context Tour today, which begins on Oct. 24 in Delaware. Following a trip overseas, visits to Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, Brooklyn, Dallas, Seattle, Denver, Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia are planned through December.

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Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Folarin- Wale

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Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, known professionally as Wale, is an American rapper from Washington, DC. Wale rose to prominence in 2006, after his single “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became a hit in his hometown. Wale gained local recognition and continued recording music for the regional audience. Producer Mark Ronson discovered Wale and signed him to Allido Records in 2007. While with that label, Wale released several mixtapes and appeared in national media, including MTV and various Black-American focused magazines. In 2008, Wale signed with Interscope Records for $1.3 million, and his debut album “Attention Deficit” was released in 2009. The project featured the singles “Chillin”, “Pretty Girls” and “World Tour.” He has released the albums “Attention Deficit” (2009), “Ambition” (2011), “The Gifted” (2013), “The Album About Nothing” (2015) and “Shine” (2017).

R&B Pick Of The Week: Perfect World-Princeton Perez

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Jacob Anthony Perez, known professionally as Princeton Perez, is an American singer/songwriter/dancer/actor from Downey, CA. Perez rose to prominence as a member of the R&B group Mindless Behavior, with whom he remained from 2008 until 2017.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Haute-Tyga Ft. J Balvin & Chris Brown

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Michael Ray Stevenson, known professionally as Tgya, is an American rapper/singer/actor/television personality. Stevenson began his career by releasing several demo tapes and mixtapes. His 2007 debut mixtape, “Young On Probation”, caught the attention of Travie McCoy. Recognizing the talent in the young artist, McCoy offered him a recording contract with the independent label DCD2 Records (then known as Decaydence Records). Stevenson also signed with G.E.D. (Getting Educated Daily) Inc around the same time, the same label that helped launch the career of rapper Schoolboy Q, with whom he worked early in his career. On June 10, 2008, Stevenson released his first independent album, “No Introduction.” The project featured the single “Coconut Juice”, which was a collaboration with McCoy. On February 21, 2012, he released his sophomore effort, “Careless World: Rise Of The Last King.” His third album, “Hotel California”, was released on April 9, 2013. He has also released the albums “The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty” (2015), “BitchImTheShit2 (2017), “Kyoto” (2018) and “Legendary” (2019).

R&B Spotlight: Left Right-Shawn Stockman

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Shawn Stockman is an American singer/songwriter/producer from Philadelphia, PA. He is a member of the R&B vocal group Boyz To Men. Stockman recorded a solo album in the late 1990’s, but the project was never released. He has written the songs “Forever”, “Hot Thing” and “Let It Go”, which was featured in the Disney film Seventeen Again. He also contributed vocals to Foo Fighters’s 2017 album “Concrete And Gold.” He’s currently working on his debut solo album.

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Former X Factor contestant J-Sol pulls at the heartstrings with his latest single, “”Bullet In My Heart.” Produced by AC Burrell, J-Sol wrote the song to cope with his ongoing battle with depression following the loss of his mother to cancer. J-Sol is currently preparing his forthcoming EP, which will feature collaborations with Conor Maynard, Mila J, Mishon and Anth Melo. He’ll also appear at Jordan Stephens’ “Music For Mental Health” concert and headline his second show at the O2 Academy in November. “Bullet In My Heart” can be streamed on Spotify, Grammy nominated R&B artist Gallant returns to the airwaves with the new single, “Sharpest Edges”, the follow up to 2016’s critically acclaimed  debut, “Ology.” Over the thumping production of Stint, Gallant’s voice slips from evocative verses into a head-bobbing hypnotic hook. Back in April, Gallant released the single “Gentleman” and the T-Pain assisted remix. Next, Gallant will perform at AfroPunk in Atlanta October 12-14 and Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas September 20-23 as he plots headlining dates for later this year. Following the release of her new EP, “Myself”, rising R&B artist Kiana Lede returns with the music video ‘Bouncing”, featuring Migos member Offset. The clip features a slew of beautiful women dancing around Kiana, including poles, as she delivers the catchy number. Kiana’s “Myself” EP contains six tracks; her single “Ex” is currently rising on streaming platforms with over 30  million streams on Spotify and reached top 15 at Rhythm radio, top 30 at at urban radio and entered the top 40 on the pop charts. Kiana is known for her remake of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, which earned over 40 million streams, and her “One Dance x Needed Me Mash Up” earned over 3.6 million streams on Spotify and reached No 1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart. To date, her You Tube channel has generated 50 million views and counting. Her single “Big Spender”, taken from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, has generated 18.7 million streams on Spotify. Last year, she released her debut EP “Selfless” and performed on her first North American tour opening for Ro James and Jessie J. In addition to  music, she co-starred on Rev. Run’s Netflix series “All About The Washingtons” and starred on season 2 of the MTV series “Scream.” R&B veteran and Boys To Men member Shawn Stockman returns with the new solo single “Left Right.” “Left Right” contains lush harmonies and poignant lyrics as Shawn continues to showcase himself as a standalone mainstay. “Left Right” is the follow up to the EP, “Shawn”, which was released in October 2018. The project featured the single “Feelin Lil Som’n.” Shawn is currently working on his debut solo album.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Wish Wish DJ Khaled Ft Cardi B & 21 Savage

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Khaled Mohamed Khaled, known professionally as DJ Khaled, is an American DJ/record executive/songwriter/record producer/media personality. He began his career by helping several artist before their breakthrough; they include Birdman, Lil Wayne and Mavado. One of his first jobs was at  Odyssey Records where he met Birdman and Lil Wayne in 1993. He then went on to DJ at reggae soundclashes, mixing dancehall and hip hop. His first radio gig was at a pirate station. In 1998, he moved to Miami where he co-hosted The Luke Show on WEDR “99 Jamz” with Luther Campbell. In 2003, he began hosting the weeknight  radio show The Takeover on 99 Jamz. He has collaborated with T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Piles and Rick Ross among others. He has released the albums “Listennn…The Album” (2006), “We The Best” (2007), “We Global” (2008) and “Victory” (2010).

R&B Spotlight: Love Riddim-Rotimi

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Olurotimi Akinosho, known professionally as Rotimi, is a Nigerian-American actor/singer/model. As a contemporary R&B artist, he has released two digital mixtapes, “The Resume” and “While You Wait.” He has opened for Jennifer Hudson, T.I., Estelle and  NERD; he also performed on the BET show 106 And Park. As an actor, he has appeared in the films “Black Nativity”, “Divergent” and “Darkest Before Dawn”, among others. He currently stars as Andre Coleman on Power.