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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.

Sean “Love” Combs To Launch R&B Label

Sean Combs – now going by Love after moving on from the Puffy, Puff Daddy and Diddy monikers – made a big announcement in his Vanity Fair September issue cover story: the music mogul intends to launch an “all R&B label.”

“I’m coming back to music, you know?” Combs told the magazine. “[An] all R&B label, because I feel like R&B was abandoned and it’s a part of our African American culture.” While one of the most successful label figures to come out of the ’90s, the Bad Boy Records founder has also come under scrutiny over the years from signees — such as former Bad Boy artists The Lox and Mase — that claim he treated them unfairly in business.

This time around, Combs made it clear he wasn’t looking to replicate the Bad Boy model: “I’m not signing any artists. Because if you know better, you do better. I’m doing 50–50 partnerships with pure transparency. That’s the thing.” Combs says his intent is to “own the genre” of R&B. “We don’t own hip-hop right now. We have a chance to—and I’m going to make sure that—we own R&B.”

Earlier this year, Combs published an open letter to “corporate America,” accusing U.S. corporations of exploiting Black culture without fair compensation and saying the time for change was long overdue. That letter received some backlash from people who criticized his business own practices. When pushed on the issue by Vanity Fair, Combs replied: “I can’t get caught up in that. I know where my heart is at, and you can’t just do it alone with just Black people. You got to have all types of allies. And that’s one thing I’m good at, I’m good at being a unifier, but I’m not going to be in a room with other tribes that protect themselves and make sure that they straight and not make sure that we straight.”

Tyler The Creator Prepares 2022 Call Me If You Get Lost Tour

Rapper Tyler The Creator announced that he will be touring to support his latest album, “Call Me If You Get Lost”, in the spring of 2022. The artist plotted his 34-date arena trek from February to April 2022 with an official travel itinerary that he unveiled on his socials, and three special guest will be joining him for the ride. Vince Staples, Kali Uchis and Teezo Touchdown will accompany Tyler on tour. Touchdown is featured on “RUNITUP”, which is taken from Tyler’s sixth studio album, “Call Me If You Get Lost.” The album was released on June 25 via Capitol Records. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time at http://www.callmeifyougetlost.com

Hip Hop Spotlight: Corso-Tyler The Creator

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Tyler Gregory Okonma, known professionally as Tyler The Creator, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/record producer/actor/visual artist/designer/comedian. Okonma rose to prominence in the early 2000s as the co-founder and de facto leader of the alternative hip hop group Odd Future and has performed on and produced songs for nearly every Odd Future album. Following a large contribution to Odd Future’s early work, Okonma released his debut mixtape “Bastard” in 2009. He went on to release the albums “Goblin” (2011), “Wolf” (2013), “Cherry Bomb” (2015), “Flower Boy” (2017), “Igor” (2019) and “Call Me If You Get Lost” (2021).

R&B Spotlight: Dem Words-The Fatback Band

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The Fatback Band is an American funk/disco band that was popular during the 1970s and 1980s. The Fatback Band is known for the hits “(Do The) Spanish Hustle”, “I Like Girls”, “Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money)”, “Backstroking” and “I Found Loving.” Their 1979 single “King Tim 3(Personality Jock)” is generally considered to be the first commercially released rap single. The Fatback Band released its first single in several years entitled “Dem Words.”

Inside The Industry: New Music From Beth Macari-Love You More

UK singer Beth Macari began her music career as lead singer of Nick Pride & The Pimptones, and recently launched a solo career. Her new single, “Love You More”, is a sultry ballad about a woman who is telling her man he can rest his troubles on her shoulders, and accept her boundless love. She makes it all sound convincing, as she wraps her vocals around the straight ahead blue-lights-in-the-basement R&B arrangements. Listen to “Love You More” below.

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Fresh R&B/Hip Hop Picks Of The Week

The beginning of a new work week doesn’t have to be monotonous if you have ten fresh new songs to get you through it. Today’s lineup features artists with roots all over the place, from Dallas to Washington Heights, with tracks spanning confident choruses and sultry slow jams. Check out the ten addictive tracks from such artists as Stunna Gambino, Yebba, Nao and more below.

Nao, “And Then Life Was Beautiful”

“Been in the darkness for a while, we’ll see the rays shining down,” Nao sings with psychedelic vocals as she marvels at the beauty of life. Her spacey new song “And Then Life Was Beautiful” is the title track of the English singer’s upcoming album of the same name, scheduled to release Sept. 24.

Stunna Gambino, “ZAZA”

Hailing from Washington Heights, 19-year-old rapper Stunna Gambino delivers “ZAZA,” a track that follows his noteworthy feature on The Kid LAROI’s “Not Sober.” Declaring himself as “the neighborhood hero,” Gambino talks his s–t, proving his worthiness to take the city’s top spot.

Yebba, “Louie Bag” feat. Smino

Soulful songstress Yebba has finally released a track that she says has been three years in the making. With her untouchable vocal skills, the 26-year-old gospel-rooted singer pensively narrates the period following her mother’s tragic suicide. A punchy verse from Smino balances out the Arkansas native’s smooth melodies, the duo forming a musical yin and yang.

Maxo Kream,  “Local Joker” 

With his signature, molasses-thick flow, Maxo Kream returns with “Local Joker,” a laid-back single from his upcoming album, a follow-up to Brandon Banks. With lo-fi elements and bright, trap drums, the track is a feel-good alternative to Kream’s straight-forward trap sounds, allowing the Houston-bred rapper to reminisce on how far he’s come from being a local joker.

Projexx feat. Toian, “UndaPresha”

“Me know you wan fi love me,” Projexx confidently declares in the opening line of his upbeat single, “UndaPresha.” The rising Jamaican artist rides around in Miami alongside singer Toian, their chemistry both heard and seen in the track’s summer-fresh visual.

Amaria feat. Mick Jenkins, “Got Me Like”h

Amaria’s mesmerizing vocals lure you into a universe where love is both exciting and comfortable in her reverent new track with Mick Jenkins. “Would you love me if nobody knows?” she monologues over churchy organ flourishes.

Liv.e, “_21”

“_21” leads the tracklist on Liv.e’s dynamic new EP CWTTY+ and introduces a palette of airy, layered vocals, lively percussion and breezy guitar. “Wish I could know what’s going on in your head, I’ma always be in love with you,” the Dallas-raised artist sings.

Michi, “Talk Big” 

With raspy vocals and a slinking bassline, Michi demands that self-centered people check their attitudes at the door in “Talk Big,” her first release this year. “Been through too much bs by the hand of men with egos bigger than their you know what,” she wrote about the track on Instagram. “This song was a release for me to comment on that.”

Anaiis feat. Topaz Jones, “Chuu” h

Inspired by the visuals of Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, Anaiis releases a captivating visual to accompany her single, “Chuu.” The multilingual songstress twists and turns, moving through contrasting scenes while pouring out tales of self-discovery and love atop angelic harmonies and an ethereal instrumental.

Bri Steves feat. Guapdad 4000, “GAF” 

Is there any worse feeling than caring about someone when you don’t want to? “I wish I didn’t give a f*ck about you,” Bri Steves sings on her new track with Guapdad 4000 over flickers of vibey electric guitar. The moody new song is one of nine off Steves’ new EP TBH, which dropped July 30.

Bri Steves Releases Sensual GAF Video Ft. Guapdad 4000

Bri Steves and Guapdad 4000 display inherent chemistry in her new video “GAF.” On Friday, July 30, the Philadelphia native released her debut EP, “TBH.” The project features special guest appearances by fellow Philly native Roundside Pop, Symba and Guapdad 4000. On her new single, “GAF”, Bri serenades above Kanye West’s “Devil In A New Dress” sample. The song denotes her desire for her love interest’s presence, despite their concluded relationship history. She resents her feelings for him. While she levels up in several aspects of life, her attempt to move on is only an illusion. In the end, she still cares, hence the chorus and song title. Both Bri Steves and Guapdad shine on the track and in the visual as well. It’s safe to stay that no expense was spared when it came to body oil, but it helps to accentuate the displayed passion of both artists. “TBH” is only an introduction to Steves’ artistry, where her ability to rap and sing is omnipresent. On such tracks as her debut single “Jealousy”, she sings the Jon B. “They Don’t Know” sampled hook while also delivering bars that compliment her sound. Watch the “GAF” video below.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Rapper/DJ Deidra “Spinderella” Roper (Salt-N-Pepa) 50

Remembering singer/songwriter/bassist Morris “B.B.” Dickerson (August 3, 1949-April 2, 2021-War)

Guitarist Johnny Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire) 70

Singer Beverly Lee (The Shirelles) 80

Remembering singer Syreeta Wright (August 3, 1946-July 6, 2004)

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Stop Cappping-Juicy J

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Jordan Michael Houston, known professionally as Juicy J, is an American rapper/songwriter/record producer/record executive from Memphis, TN. He is a founding member of the Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, which was established in 1991, and with whom he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for their single “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp.” His most notable singles as a solo artist are his features on the Top 40 singles: Mike Will Made It’s “23”, Usher’s “I Don’t Mind” and his own single “Bandz A Make Her Dance.” The latter served as the lead single from his third album and major label debut, “Stay Trippy”, which was released on August 27, 2013. In 2002, he released his debut solo album “Chronicles Of The Juice Man”, in between Three 6 Mafia projects. In 2011, Houston announced that he is part-owner and A&R representative of rapper Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records, and the following year, he signed a solo deal with Columbia Records and Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records. Houston received a Grammy Award nomination for his feature on the Katy Perry single “Dark Horse”, which peaked at No. 1 in the United States. He is the younger brother of frequent collaborator and fellow rapper Project Pat. He released the albums “Chronicles Of The Juice Man” (2002), “Hustle Til I Die” (2009), “Stay Trippy” (2013), “Rubba Band Business” (2017), “The Hustle Continues” (2020) and “The Hustle Still Continues” (2021).