Rapper Mac Miller’s legacy continues to live on, as his 2010 mixtape “K.I.D.S.” appeared on streaming services yesterday. Last year, Rostrum Records founder Benjy Grinberg announced on Instagram that the late rapper’s breakthrough project would arrive on streaming services in the future. “K.I.D.S.” features the singles “Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza” and “Nikes On My Feet.” The Pittsburgh native’s love of hip hop samples captivated listeners and helped him become a star in 2010. Earlier this year, Miller’s family released his album “Circles.” The project was the follow-up to his 2018 Grammy-nominated effort “Swimming.”
David Marvin Blake, known professionally as DJ Quik, is an American rapper/songwriter/DJ/producer from Compton, CA. After creating a buzz with his self-made mixtapes, Blake began to gain the interests of several labels, including Profile Records and Ruthless Records. He signed with Profile Records in 1990. His debut album, “Quik Is The Name”, was released in 1991. The album contained two Top 20 R&B singles, “Tonite” and “Born And Raised In Compton.” The album reached number ten on the charts and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. His sophomore effort, “Way 2 Fonky”, was released in 1992. It spawned the singles “Way 2 Fonky” and “Jus Lyke Compton.” It was certified Gold on October 9. His third album, “Safe + Sound”, was released in 1995. It featured the singles “Dollaz & Sense” and “Safe + Sound.” His fourth studio effort, “Rhythm-al-sim”, was released in 1998. Blake has also released the albums “Balance & Options” (2000), “Under Tha Influence” (2002), “Trauma” (2005), “The Book Of David” (2011) and “The Midnight Life” (2014).
New Edition is an American R&B vocal group from Boston, MA. Formed in 1978, its original members were Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant. The group got its break in 1982, performing at the local Hollywood Talent Night held at Boston’s Strand Theater by singer/producer Maurice Starr. Although they came in second place, an impressed Starr invited the group to his studio to record what would become their debut album, “Candy Girl.” Released in 1983 via Streetwise Records, the album featured the singles “Is This The End”, “Popcorn Love” and the title track, which went to number one on both the American R&B charts and UK singles chart. New Edition parted ways with Starr due to a financial dispute in 1984. That same year, the group signed with MCA Records and released their self-titled sophomore effort. Eclipsing their debut album, “New Edition” spawned the hits “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man”, and was certified double platinum. Their third album, “All For Love”, was released in late 1985. While not duplicating the success of their previous effort, the album was certified platinum and spawned the hits “Count Me Out”, “A Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)” and “With You All The Way.” The group’s popularity lead to a cameo appearance in the film “Krush Groove”, performing “My Secret.” Toward the end of the year, the group released “Christmas All Over The World”, a holiday EP, as well as an oldies album of songs from the 1950s with a 1980s production style. In 1985, Bobby Brown left the group to pursue a solo career. In 1987, singer Johnny Gill joined New Edition. Their fifth studio album, “Heartbreak”, was released in 1988. The album spawned the hits “If It Isn’t Love”, “You’re Not My Kind Of Girl”, “Can You Stand The Rain”, “Crucial” and “N.E. Heartbreak.” “Heartbreak” was New Edition’s most commercially successful album, certified double platinum in the United States. The album “Home Again” was released in 1996. It featured the singles “Hit Me Off” and “I’m Still In Love With You.” After a hiatus, the group signed with Bad Boy Records and released the album “One Love.” It featured the single “Hot 2nite.” In January 2017, cable network BET aired the three part mini-series “The New Edition Story”, which chronicled the group’s rise to fame. On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed New Edition among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. They continue to tour throughout the country. They have released the albums “Candy Girl” (1983), “New Edition” (1984), “All For Love” (1985), “Under The Blue Moon” (1986), “Heartbreak” (1988), “Home Again” (1996) and “One Love” (2004).
Rapper Lil Durk is poised to keep his momentum going after debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart with “Love Songs 4 The Streets” last year. On Monday, the MC unveiled the video for his new single “Viral Moment” and announced the release date for his forthcoming mixtape “Just Cause Ya’ll Waited 2.” Helmed by Jerry Production, “Viral Moment” is a somber number that plays to Durk’s strengths of soulful croons and cautionary tales about his rise to fame. With Lil Durk hanging out at home, the clip features cameo appearances by Lil Baby along with Durk’s OTF signees Booka600, Memo600 and Doodie Lo. “Viral Moment” follows the singles “All Love” and “Chiraq Demons”, featuring G-Herbo. Durk’s forthcoming mixtape will be released on May 8.
Terry Sanchez Wallace Jr., known professionally as Tee Grizzley, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from Detroit, MI. In November 2016, Wallace released his debut single “First Day Out.” The music video, which was posted on You Tube, received 2 million views in less than three weeks. Shortly thereafter, he signed with 300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records. On April 7, 2017, Wallace released his debut mixtape “My Moment.” On May 11, 2018, he released his debut album “Activated.” His sophomore effort, “Scriptures”, was released on June 7, 2019.
Rising R&B singer Wilke$ is longing for an old love on his new single “Go Back.” “Go Back” appears on his latest project “A.P.C.S. 2015.” The singer/songwriter/producer has an extensive resume. Fans of fellow rising star Samoht are acquainted with Wilke$ productions because he is the main producer for the vocal powerhouse. In 2019, Wilke$ and partner Union formed the production duo No1Ever and produced Samoht’s album “Exit.” Now, he’s turned his attention to Wilke$ the artist, and the results are incredible. Prior to the release of his EP, Wilke$ treated fans to remakes of songs by Ro James, Jagged Edge and Montell Jordan. On “Go Back” he gives fans the nostalgic feeling they’d get from MusiqSoulchild’s debut album. On the song, he reminds his lady of all the things they did to make one another fall in love. It’s a feeling anyone in a long term relationship can relate to. The song’s tender lyrics and uptempo vibe is a refreshing change from the current trap leaning era of R&B. Just days before the release of her forthcoming album “Good To Know”, singer Jo Jo has given fans another preview of what to expect from the project with the release of the single “Lonely Hearts.” Sonically, the track is the unfiltered R&B JoJo has been longing for. Pair that with her powerful vocals, and it’s easy to see why “Lonely Hearts” hits all the right notes. If “Lonely Hearts” and “Man” are any indication, fans are in for a treat when the album is released on May 1. To celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the release of her debut album, Mya has delivered the single “You Got Me (Part 2).” The track is a conceptual continuation of 2018’s “You Got Me”, taken from her album “T.K.O.” The song was produced by BINK. The song’s 90’s inspired production will surely please the singer’s longtime fans, and has enough contemporary appeal to attract new listeners as well. Hopefully, Mya and BINK have more music in the works. They certainly are a musical match made in heaven.
Chance The rapper has been teasing songs on Instagram for a week, leading fans to believe that a new project is on the way. On Sunday, the artist shared his collaboration with Lil Wayne and Young Thug. The tune, captioned “Instagram Song 8”, has a breezy melody that dreams up the perfect girl. Chance’s “Instagram Song” series follows features on his longtime collaborator Peter Cottontale’s “Forever Always” and “Pray For Real”, taken from the latter’s debut album, “Catch.” Listen to “Instagram Song 8” Ft. Lil Wayne and Young Thug below.