After contributing vocals to rapper Drake’s surprise release “Chicago Freestyle”, rising R&B singer/songwriter Giveon takes center stage with his debut EP “Take Time.” The 8-track project puts the Epic Records signee’s baritone vocals and storytelling ability on full display as he infuses Rat Pack style classiness into modern R&B. Some of the standout tracks on the EP include “Heartbreak Anniversary”, “Favorite Mistake” and “World We Created.” Fans can certainly look forward to hearing more from Giveon in the future. Eric Bellinger and Nieman Johnson just released another single from their forthcoming collaborative project “Optimal Music”, slated for release on April 24. The single titled “Blessed” features Wale and RJmrLA rapping about their affection for women and how they feel blessed that the love is reciprocated. “Blessed” is a song that blends R&B and hip hop as the smooth flow of Bellinger’s hook leads to verses by Wale and RJmrLA. The song ends in bars and rhymes thanks to RJmrLA’s flow. Be sure to check out “Blessed.” R&B singer Kevin Ross is here to provide fans with some relief during a time of concern, quarantine and uncertainty. He’s unveiled “The Interim Series”, a collection of songs, covers and originals, that will be released weekly while the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the announcement, he released his cover of the Stevie Wonder classic “Love Is In Need Of Love Today”, and it features Sonna Rele of London. The two crafted a beautiful, heartwarming rendition of the song. Ross’ silky, smooth vocals and ad libs give the song a new school feel with the same powerful message. Sonna impresses half way through the song with sweet runs, showcasing her vocals. Ross began his career as a songwriter, creating hits for Johnny Gill, SWV, and Jamie Foxx among others. His latest album, “Audacity Vol. 1”, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes R&B Albums chart.