When I was growing up male artists were the total package. Attractive and talented. They sang love songs that said what every woman wanted and hear, and men wanted to say. Having said that, here’s a list of albums by some of my favorite male artists.
Ella Mai is set to release her forthcoming album, “Heart On My Sleeve”, on May 6. The album will be released via 10 Summers/Interscope Records. The new album contains 15 songs and includes special guest appearances from Latto, Roddy Ricch and Lucky Daye. See the full tracklist below.
Gabriel Jackson, known professionally as Spoonie Gee, was one of the earliest rap artists, and one of the few to have released rap records in the 1970s. He has been credited with originating the term hip hop and some of the themes in his music were precursors to gangsta rap.
Sixthman, the global leader in immersive destination festivals for more than twenty years, has announced RADIANT WAVES, an all-new music festival at sea showcasing the sultry sounds of some of today’s top Neo-Soul and Contemporary R&B artists in partnership with Rolling Out, the leading independent lifestyle, entertainment, and media company serving the urban community and beyond. RADIANT WAVES will set sail on January 16-20, 2023, traveling from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas aboard the luxury cruise liner, the Norwegian Pearl. Pre-sale sign-ups are live NOW with the first booking window open this Friday, April 1. To sign up and see full details, visit www.radiantatsea.com.
“We could not be more proud to partner with the Rolling Out team on Radiant Waves. They have produced highly curated national and local events, content, and conferences for more than twenty years that has entertained, informed and inspired the communities they know and serve so well,” said Anthony Diaz, CEO of Sixthman. “Our mission in launching Radiant Waves is to highlight both legends and contemporary artists on the same stage for fans on vacation. To do so with Charlie Wilson and Ari Lennox is a dream come true. We could not be more excited to welcome them both and the entire line-up of talented artists aboard, along with their most passionate fans.”
RADIANT WAVES will feature multiple onboard performances by an array of rising Neo-Soul stars and legendary icons, including Charlie Wilson, Ari Lennox, Musiq Soulchild, Cory Henry, BJ The Chicago Kid, VanJess, Baby Rose, Marzz, Jac Ross, and Lady Bri. Along with four days of nonstop music, the RADIANT WAVES experience will feature special collaborations, exclusive activities with artists from the lineup, the Radiant Family Happy Hour, movie screenings, late-night parties, autograph sessions, and a special mixology class and cocktail tasting (limited space available; nominal fee applies). All guests will have access to an immersive culinary experience complete with gourmet food, craft cocktails, and more. Guests traveling on RADIANT WAVES can also look forward to exclusive panels where the stars on board will take questions and share their particular insights into the music industry, wellness, and other subjects.
“Travel, tourism, and entertainment for multicultural audiences is a key passion point, consumers want more choices in experiences reflective of their culture and interests,” said Munson Steed, CEO, and founder, Rolling Out. “We are excited to partner with the Sixthman team who has the proven expertise to create immersive magical music and lifestyle events across the world as well as fully integrate our marketing partners into the experience to deliver an awesome voyage for our audiences. This partnership is an open call for fans, bands, and brands to bring their voices to shape the movement.”
Additional onboard experiences will include an exclusive competition dedicated to amplifying creative voices and talents, with three winners to receive a spot on the RADIANT WAVES lineup along with a cash prize; full details will be announced soon. In addition, the New Waves Marketplace will showcase products designed and created by Black makers. RADIANT WAVES will also Do Good, Feel Good by supporting an important charity organization through various onboard activations, with a charity that works within the Black community to be named later.
Koffee’s third and final performance in her LIFT series, “Runaway”, which is taken from her album “Gifted”, was posted on Vevo, the world’s top music video network. In 2019, Koffee debuted on Vevo as a Vevo DSCVR artist, performing the singles “Toast” and “Raggamuffin.” Vevo and Koffee worked closely together to use projection, light and set design in a neutral yet elegant venue to draw inspiration from the images and aesthetics of the West Indies. The photograph, which was taken in a townhouse in central London, was intended to depict Koffee’s energy and positivity while she was surrounded by her band and gospel choir. The film attempted to toy with the audience’s perception of space, demonstrating that the West Indies is more than just a geographical location, but also a vibe, feeling and power that pervades its people’s spirits. Check out her live performance of “Runaway” below.
Vince Staples just released the single “Rose Street”, which is taken from his forthcoming album “Ramona Park Broke My Heart”, due out on April 8th. Earlier this month, Staples released the video “Magic.” The video, which was directed by Prettybird’s Kenten, comprises a series of one take images with camera movement that depict Vince’s day from a surrealist perspective, allowing the audience to perceive everything around him as if they were an observer. “Magic”, which was produced by Mustard, is a celebration of how Staples overcame the inner city blues and a system that was supposed to keep him enmeshed in the adversity he grew up in. “Ramona Park Broke My Heart” is the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2021 self titled album, which introduced fans to his homeland as well as intimate friends and family. Listen to “Rose Street” below.
DeMario DeWayne White Jr., known professionally as Moneybagg Yo, is an American rapper from Memphis, TN. He is signed to fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti’s record label Collective Music Group in a joint venture with Interscope Records. His first two projects to debut in the Top 20, “Federal 3X” (2017) and “2 Heartless” (2018), debuted at No. 5 and No. 16 on the Billboard 200 respectively. His third album, “Time Served”, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in January 2020, while his fourth album, “A Gangsta’s Pain”, was released in April 2021 and became his first chart topping project.