Rappers Fat Joe, Remy Ma and Ty Dolla $ign collaborate on the track “Money Showers.” The trio mesh well together on the bass heavy number. Additionally, Remy Ma has inked a multimillion dollar deal with Columbia Records. No word on when her debut release for the label will be available.
Singer Bryson Tiller continues to solidify his position as one of the most exciting artist in the industry today. His latest single, “Self Made”, ensures that he’ll have a long, illustrious career.
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Singer Chrisette Michelle has been on a mission to share her pain as she seeks to return to her prominent music career. As some may recall, she received tremendous backlash for performing at President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Ball along with Travis Greene in January. To accompany her latest single, “Strong Black Woman”, Chrisette is presenting her truth, siting how many turned their backs on her, she contemplated suicide, battled alcohol and drug abuse, had a miscarriage and was dropped from her record label. At any rate, despite Chrisette’s courage to reveal her disorders, many still say that she got what she deserved and knew what she signed up for. Some have even gone so far as to call her outcry a publicity stunt. In my humble opinion, if her revelations help others, so be it. Grammy winning singer/songwriter Solange Knowles has been selected as one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year”, and her selection is being celebrated with an electric cover. Knowles’ ground breaking album, “A Seat At The Table”, which was released late last year, tackles such subjects as racism, cultural appropriation, activism and empowerment. Knowles revealed to the magazine that she spent three years working on “A Seat At The Table”, at one point spending three months writing songs in Patoutville, LA, soaking up the pride, resilience and traditions of the regional culture. She also worked in a house on a sugar plantation, feeling the closeness of her ancestors and feeling a constant state of reflection. She admitted that part of her goal was to reclaim and change her own narrative. She also revealed that she leaned on big sister Beyoncé and mother Tina during the recording process. Other honorees include Gigi Hadid, Nicole Kidman, late night host Samantha Bee, astronaut Peggy Whitson, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Syrian refugee and education advocate Muzoon Almellehan, fashion designer Maria Garzia Chiuri and director Patty Jenkins. The women will be honored at an event to be held in Brooklyn NY on November 13. Congratulations Solange! Rising R&B singer Rotimi has recruited reggae star Kranium for an island style bashment for the visual for the single “Want More.” In the clip, which was shot in a Brooklyn club and directed by Walu, the “Power” cast member sets his sights on a beauty while others dance the night away. In the end, he gets the girl and leaves with her while her clingy boyfriend is left lurking in the wind. Kranium keeps a low profile while Rotimi delivers his hypnotic sound. “Want More” is taken from Rotimi’s EP “Jeep Music Vol. 1”, which has received over 2 million streams on Spotify. Additionally, Rotimi is currently filming the fifth season of the Starz series “Power.” He’s also working on new music. Rapper Chance The Rapper has been booked to host “Saturday Night Live” next month. Rapper Eminem will be the musical guest. The show’s official Twitter tweeted a picture of next month’s schedule for the next three Saturdays and the line up looks amazing. Next month’s schedule also includes Larry David and Tiffany Haddish as hosts and Taylor Swift and Mylie Cyrus as musical guests. The episode, set to air on November 18, will mark Chance’s first hosting gig on the series, although he has performed there on multiple occasions. It’s unclear what’s in store for both artists, however, let’s hope that a sneak preview of new music from a forthcoming album will be the end result of Eminem’s appearance. Rapper Remy Ma is making moves in the industry. The Brooklyn native has inked a multimillion dollar deal with Columbia Records amid the premiere of “Love & Hip Hop.” After a bidding war between several labels, Sony secured Remy’s solo album after her release from prison. This album will mark the first new music release from the rapper since her collaboration with Fat Joe.
Rappers Lil Yachty and Stefflon Don collaborate on the track “Better.” The dynamic duo trades rhymes that work seamlessly.
Veteran R&B group 112 has just released their highly anticipated album “Q, Mike, Slim, Daron.” The album highlights the musical and vocal ability that fans have come to know and love. The group has never sounded better. Da Twelve is back!
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Grammy award winning R&B quartet 112 released their highly anticipated album “Q, Mike, Slim, Daron” today. The project is available on all digital music platforms, and everywhere music is sold physically. “Q, Mike, Slim, Daron” includes the singles “Dangerous Games”, which highlights the group’s soulful balladry, and “Both Of Us”, a collaboration with fellow Atlanta natives Jagged Edge. Singer Faith Evans also appears on the track “Wanna Be Interlude.” Overall, the album is reminiscent of the 112 fans have come to know and love. The veteran group is at the top of its game vocally. Additionally, 112 is set to perform at the 2017 Soul Train Awards, which will be filmed on November 5 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET Her on November 26 at 8:00 pm. ET. Grammy award winning R&B legend Patti LaBelle has announced the release of “Patti LaBelle & Friends: Home For The Holidays”, due out on November 24th and is available for pre-order today. The 14 track album features songs from Vivian Green, Ruben Studdard, Tamela Mann and introducing Jamar Jones. “Patti LaBelle & Friends: Home For The Holidays” comes a decade after the 2007 album “Miss Patti’s Christmas.” The project includes such holiday favorites as “My Favorite Things” by Green, “Let It Snow” by Studdard, “Jesus King! by Mann as well as traditional and spiritual songs such as “Mary, Did You Know?”, “The Christmas Song” and “Ave Maria.” In addition to the new album, LaBelle is also promoting her first jazz album “Bel Hommage”, which was released back in May. The second season of her show “Patti LaBelle’s Place” will return to the Cooking Channel on November 26. Also, Patti’s Good Life Line, which is available at Walmart, will be introducing new items in time for the holidays. Following the release of the singles “Sky Walker” and “Shockandawe”, singer/songwriter Miguel revealed the political and social inspiration behind his forthcoming album, “War & Leisure”, during a recent interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106. Continuing to build excitement for the project, the crooner performed at the “Schools Not Prisons” event where he unveiled the song “Now.” On the acoustic driven track, he addresses President Donald Trump and his administration’s treatment of immigrants and minorities. The concert was organized to raise awareness regarding the immigrant prison system and advocate for prisons to be replaced with community based solutions. It was held at Adelanto, California, which is home to the largest immigrant prison in the state. Paul Rosenberg, rapper Eminem’s manager, posted a photo on Instagram, holding up a physical copy of Yelawolf’s forthcoming album “Trial By Fire. Some Reddit users looked into the photo and noticed a huge ad for the drug Revival covering the side of a building, but there’s no drug named Revival out there and the add was apparently purchased by Interscope Records. Rumor has it that Revival will be the title of Eminem’s next album. We’ll have to wait and see what transpires.
Rapper Lil Uzi Vert discusses his lady love on the single “Dark Queen.”
Singer/songwriter/producer Daron Jones covered the Donny Hathaway classic “Giving Up.” The track appears on Jones’ latest effort, “The Unofficial Diary Of Daron Jones Vol. 2.” Jones gives a heartfelt performance that does the original justice.