Without question rapper Cardi B has several hits under her belt. However, she had to channel her inner mixtape Cardi like never before recently. Fans are raving about her latest musical effort on DJ Khaled’s “Khaled Khaled” album. Cardi took time to silence critics who said that she can’t follow up her Grammy-award winning debut album, “Invasion Of Privacy.” The Bronx rapper revealed that she wrote and recorded the single “Big Paper” in two days. This is major, considering she’s been criticized for not writing her own songs. Cardi B was a last minute addition to DJ Khaled’s highly anticipated project. Listen to “Big Paper” below.
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After enjoying an impressive streak on the executive side with his burgeoning label 1017 Records, Gucci Mane is ready to return on the artist front with his 17th studio album “Ice Daddy.” Scheduled for release on June 18, Gucci’s latest endeavor will be available on the eve of Father’s Day Weekend, which serves as a befitting occasion for Gucci and his newborn son Ice. Ice Davis is the first child between Gucci and his wife, Keyshia Ka’oir. Inspired by the birth of his son, Gucci decided to have his dripped-out baby boy serve as cover art for his forthcoming album. This is the first time the couple has revealed their son publicly. Gucci’s last album, “Delusions Of Grandeur”, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 in July 2019, becoming his 7th top 10 release. The project featured special guest appearances by Justin Bieber, Anuel AA, Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross and more. The two year layover between albums has allowed Gucci to polish his resume as an executive with his label 1017 Records. Anchored by the success of rising star and February R&B/Hip Hop Rockie of the Month honoree, Pooh Shiesty, Gucci’s label, who once housed the likes of Woka Flaka and OJ The Juiceman, is now ripe with youthful, spirited energy. Gucci’s other signee, Big Scarr, made his debut this week on the Billboard 200 with his album “Big Grim Reaper”, landing at No. 25. Fans can order Gucci’s upcoming album “Ice Daddy” now.
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Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, known professionally as Doja Cat, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/producer from Los Angeles, CA. She began making and releasing music on Soundcloud as a teenager. Her song “So High” caught the attention of Kemosabe Records and RCA Records where she signed a joint deal at age 17, subsequently releasing her debut album, “Amala” (2018), and later earned viral success as an internet meme with the single “Mooo!”, which appeared on the deluxe version of her debut album along with the singles “Juicy” and “Tia Tamera.” Dlamini’s second album, “Hot Pink” (2019), reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 and spawned the single “Say So”, which was certified multi-platinum and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of a remix featuring Nicki Minaj. In 2020, Dlamini collaborated with Ariana Grande on the single “Motive” and later featured on the remix of Grande’s “34 +35” alongside “Megan Thee Stallion, which became her second song to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. Her third song to reach this feat, “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA, is the lead single from her third studio album, “Planet Her”, which is scheduled for release in 2021.
Eric “EQ” Young is an American singer/songwriter/musician from the Bay Area. He has performed with George Clinton and Parliament and The BarKays. He is currently the bassist for the veteran funk band Con Funk Shun. “All We Need Is Love” is his latest single.
Despite the decades that have passed since his untimely death in December 1964, Sam Cooke’s music is still treasured by soul music fans far and wide. However, interest in his music was heightened by the Academy award nominated/Regina King directed film One Night In Miami, which centers around a gathering between Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X in February 1964. Now, BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton and Kenyon Dixon as well as guitarist Charlie Bereal have teamed up for a glorious rendition of the Sam Cooke classic, “Bring It On Home To Me.” The official video for the song was inspired by the film One Night In Miami. This cover is soul at its finest. There are no gimmicks, just pure vocals and simple instrumentation. It makes you feel good like down-home soul always does. If you close your eyes, you’ll think you’ve been transported back to the 1960s, especially with the subtle crackling sound of a vinyl record in the song. Plus, the harmonies are impeccable. On the original record, there were two voices: that of Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls; so to hear three voices blending together on this new cover just adds richness to the track. Reaction to the single has been great thus far, with many saying Sam Cooke would be proud. Time will tell if this quartet ever records together again. Some fans are calling for a PJ Morton/BJ The Chicago Kid album, so we’ll have to wait and see what transpires. But in the meantime, listen to “Bring It On Home To Me” below.
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Rapper Ty Dolla $ign just released the music video for the single “By Yourself” featuring Jhene Aiko, Bryson Tiller and Mustard. Directed by Alex Bittan and Ty Dolla $ign himself, the visual stars actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish as an undervalued partner in a one-sided relationship where her significant other only cares about himself. Upon coming to terms with the situation, her character first breaks free mentally, symbolized by her boyfriend’s blurred-out face. Then finally, she leaves him altogether as she dances in celebration in front of lowriders, in true West Coast fashion. “By Yourself” has over 150 million streams to date and is taken from Ty Dolla $ign’s third album, “Featuring Ty Dolla $ign”, available now via Atlantic Records.
Rappers Lil Baby and Megan Thee Stallion are fire and ice for their first collaboration, a remix of Lil Baby’s “On Me”, which was released Tuesday. The Mike Ho directed clip captures Lil Baby reflecting on his drip and improved spending habits with a mountain of ice crystals as his backdrop. But for Meg’s verse, she situates herself atop a volcano wearing a black latex bodysuit with red accents matching the lava underneath her. The “On Me” remix is the first bit of new music from Meg since her announcement that she’s taking a musical hiatus and recharging to prepare for what’s next. Following the success of his Billboard No. 1 album “My Turn”, which was the most popular album of 2020 according to MRC Data, Lil Baby released the singles “Errbody” and “On Me” shortly before his 26th birthday in December. The latter track hit No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart and No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Watch the “On Me” video below.
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Robin Yvette Allen, known professionally as the Lady of Rage, is an American rapper/singer/actress best known for her collaborations with several Death Row Records artists, including Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on the seminal albums, “The Chronic” and “Doggystyle.” Allen has been described as one of the most skillful female emcees with a mastery of flow and hard-core lyrics. In June 1997, Allen released her debut album, “Necessary Roughness.” The album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and No. 32 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.