Demario DeWayne White Jr., known professionally as Moneybagg Yo, is an American rapper/songwriter. He signed to Yo Gott’s record label, Collective Music Group in October 2016, as well as N-Less Entertainment and his own label Bread Gang Group. His first two projects to debut in the Top 20, “Federal 3X” and “2 Heartless”, debuted at No. 5 and No. 16 on the Billboard 200, respectively. His highest charting project is the album, “Time Served”, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2020.
Rob Murat is an American singer who has taken the industry by storm with the single “Runaway.” “Runaway” is a tale perfect for our navigation through the global pandemic. While others paint a dark picture of our current times, Murat acknowledges the challenge but is hopeful for the future. Check out “Runaway.”
New York native SonE Music steps into the spotlight with the single “How It Feels” featuring fellow artist J. Martin. “How It Feels” is a harmonious ballad that takes the listener on a journey, with beautiful runs, that perfectly meld with their falsettos. SonE Music admits to being a fan of R&B veteran D’Angelo, and remnants of his influence can be heard throughout the track. SonE Music began his music career as a member of the Harlem Boys Choir, which afforded him the discipline needed to become successful. He’s definitely one to watch. Listen to “How It Feels” below.
Cam’ron, fresh off the release of an epic episode of Drink Champs, has announced his forthcoming album, “Candemic.” Playing off the obvious situation of the world, Killa Cam is ready to give fans new music, previewing future singles with cousin Suga Dugga. No official release date for the album has been announced at press time.
More sad news out of the music industry. Robert “Bip” Neal, lead vocalist and percussion of the seventies funk band Faze-O, has died. Yet another of the incredible trove of great funk bands to emerge from the state of Ohio, Faze-O is known for the 1977 album and single “Riding High”, which was produced by Clarence “Satch” Satchell of the Ohio Players. They have been lauded and sampled by artists ever since. The Dayton-based group consisted of Neal on percussion and lead vocals, Roger Parker on drums, Ralph Aikins on guitar, Keith Harrison on keyboards and Tyrone Crum on bass. In the mid 70s they were signed to She Records, and released three albums in three years, “Riding High”, “Good Thang” and “Breaking The Funk.” Their initial single, “Riding High”, became a funk classic, hitting the top 10 winning them fans around the world. Faze-O’s music showed great sophistication, attracting both straight funk fans and jazz fusion fans. And in subsequent years, hip hop artists certainly cherished the work of Faze-O, making samples that played a key role in future rap hits. Neal was a key component in the group’s success, composing many of the acts most popular songs, and also serving as lead singer. Neal’s death is a reminder of the wealth of talent that R&B fans took for granted in the 70s and 80s, and how the work from that period has held up, more than four decades later.
Tione Jayden Merritt, known professionally as Lil Tjay, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from the Bronx, New York. His stage name is derived from the first letter of his first name and the first three letters of his middle name. In 2018, Merritt signed with Columbia Records. His debut album, “True 2 Myself”, was released on October 11, 2019. The following year, he released the mixtape “State Of Emergency”, which featured drill artists from New York City. “True 2 Myself” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, making the album his first charted release. His second album, “Destined 2 Win”, was released on April 2, 2021, and includes the single “Calling On My Phone”, a collaboration with singer 6lack. It’s his highest charting single to date.