Earlier this month, rapper Nicki Minaj announced her retirement to start a family, but she’s not hanging up the mic just yet. Minaj took to Twitter yesterday to announce a collaboration with Murda Beatz and PnB Rock titled “Fendi.” The accompanying cover art follows the fashion theme, with all three artists drawn as haute couture sketches, of course, sporting Fendi from head to toe. “Fendi” is available now.
A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip hop group from New York City. Formed in 1985, the group initially consisted of Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and MC Jarobi White, who left the group amicably in 1991. The group is considered a pioneer in alternative hip hop music. In early 1989, the group signed a demo deal with Geffen Records and produced a five song demo, which included later albums tracks “Description Of A Fool”, “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo”, and “Public Enemy.” The group was granted permission to shop for a deal, and after receiving several lucrative offers, decided to sign with Jive Records. Less than a year after signing with Jive, the group released their debut single, “Description Of A Fool.” They released their debut album “People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm” a short time later. On September 24, 1991, they released their sophomore effort “Low End Theory.” They went on to release the albums “Midnight Marauders” (1993), “Beats, Rhymes & Life” (1996), “The Love Movement” (1998) and “We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service” (2016).
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Bell & James are an American soul/R&B duo from Philadelphia, PA. Both artists played in Special Blend before they began writing songs together. Bell’s uncle Tom Bell got them signed to Philadelphia International Records. They wrote songs for Elton John, MFSB, The O’Jays, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Freda Payne, Phyllis Hyman, The Three Degrees and more before A&M Records took notice and signed them to a one album deal in 1978. Three albums and several singles followed, including “Living It Up (Friday Night)”, which reached No. 7 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. The song sold one million copies in the United States and reached No. 59 on the UK Singles Chart.
Rapper Freddie Gibbs will hit the road in support of his critically acclaimed collaborative project with MadLib “Bandana.” He announced plans for a November trek yesterday, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 11 in Minneapolis. The Album Of The Year Tour will include Cousin Stizz, Benny The Butcher and Conway The Machine at every stop. The tour will visit Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Boston, Houston, Dallas and Denver. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday. See tour dates below.
Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known professionally as 21 Savage, is a rapper/songwriter/producer. Abraham-Joseph began rapping after the death of a friend. His music career was originally subsidized by the uncle of his deceased friend, who gave him money for studio time in 2013. On November 12, 2014, Abraham-Joseph released his debut single, “Picky.” It was included on his debut mixtape, “The Slaughter Tape”, which was released on May 25, 2015. On December 1, 2015, he released his second mixtape, “Slaughter King.” On January 18, 2017, Abraham-Joseph announced that he had signed with Epic Records. In 2017, his debut album, “Issa Album”, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. He has also released the albums “Without Warning” (with Metro Booming and Offset) (2017) and “I am > I Was” (2018).
Fans should get acquainted with rising singer/songwriter Gallant. He released his debut album “Ology” to critical acclaim, and made live television appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Later…. With Jools Holland.” In addition, he earned Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month award. He’ll release a forthcoming album, “Sweet Insomnia”, next month, and he also has a new single gracing the AC chart. “Sleep On It” speaks to the very heart of make up sex. After a night of fussing and fighting, Gallant chimes in with a simple remedy, sleep on it. Last week, “Sleep On It” was the most added song on the Billboard UAC chart. He’s definitely one to watch. Yesterday, R&B songstress Summer Walker released the single “Stretch You Out”, a collaboration with rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. On the track, Walker sings about a destructive relationship from her past. Walker also released an accompanying music video. In the clip, the Atlanta native shows off her exotic dancer moves on a stripper pole. The club appears to be empty, as Summer drifts into her own world, but she decides to give a private dance to a lucky customer, who isn’t Boogie, although his verse plays in the background. Walker will release her forthcoming album, “Over It”, via Love Renaissance/Interscope Records on Oct. 4. Following the album’s release, Walker will hit the road on the 35-city The First And Last Tour, which begins stateside on Oct. 26 in San Antonio, TX.
Newcomer DaBaby is looking to solidify his Rookie of the Year campaign by ending 2019 on a high note with the release of his forthcoming album “Kirk”, due out Friday. The Charlotte, NC native made the announcement via social media. The album’s cover art features an old photo of DaBaby as a youngster on his father’s lap celebrating one of his birthdays. The rapper kicked off the “Kirk” promotion with the release of the single “Intro” last week. The project includes special guest appearances by Migos, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Chance The Rapper, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Baby, Stunna 4 Vegas, YK Osiris and Kevin Gates. It’s been quite a run for DaBaby, who has gone from unknown to national hit maker. Fans can be sure there’s more to come.