Following the Billboard Hot 100 success of his GloRilla-assisted “On What U On” and a minor delay to avoid the splashy release of Taylor Swift’sMidnights(The Til Dawn Edition), Moneybagg Yo has finally unleashed his Hard to Love: Heartless Edition mixtape.
Originally slated for a May 26 release, Hard to Love boasts pre-release singles such as “Quickie,” “Ocean Spray” and the aforementioned “On What U On,” which peaked at No. 56 on the Hot 100. Hard to Love serves as Moneybagg Yo’s first project since 2021’s A Gangsta’s Pain. The Memphis rapper’s fourth studio album became his first to top the Billboard 200, and boasted several Hot 100 hits, including “Wockesha” (No. 20), the Future-featuring “Hard for the Next” (No. 49) and “Time Today” (No. 31).
The Grammy-nominated rapper has always been a vulnerable lyricist, and fans can expect even more depth on Hard to Love. In an Instagram caption, the “Said Sum” rapper stressed that Hard to Love is “for [his] core fans, the streets! Not the industry.”
Hard to Love: Heartless Edition also features collaborations with some of Moneybagg’s “favorites,” including Future, Lil Durk, GloRilla and Fridayy, among others.
Moneybagg Yo has earned 27 Hot 100 hits, and five of his projects have reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200.
Singer/songwriter Kyal Imani returns with her new single “21 Forever.” The single follows Kyla Imani’s recent signing of a publishing deal with Pulse and Stargate, earning her co-signs from the legendary duo known for their work with Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion and others. “21 Forever” is a musical chronical of Kyla’s transition into adulthood. Set against an energetic backdrop of lively beats, uplifting synths, and hip hop style drums, the track showcases Kyla’s hypnotic melodies and celebratory vocals. The infectious hook leaves a lasting impression. Demonstrating her musical versatility, Kyla effortlessly weaves between punchy rap cadences and anthemic harmonies throughout the song. “21 Forever” offers fans a glimpse into the joys and challenges of Kyla’s grown-up world while setting the stage for more music to come.
In addition to her new single, Kyla Imani is set to appear as a special guest on “The Piper Tour” with Piper Rockelle. She will captivate audiences at the Globe Theater in Los Angeles, CA, on June 4th and later at the Flagstar Strand in Detroit, MI, on June 24th.
Hailing from New York, Kyla has garnered millions of streams and views across her popular tracks like “These Boys Ain’t It,” “Sitting Up In My Room” featuring Jay Critch, and “it’s not that deep.” Notably, “it’s not that deep” alone has amassed over 2.1 million streams on Spotify. Kyla’s talent has earned her recognition from esteemed outlets such as People, Buzzfeed, Hello Beautiful, and Huffington Post.
Recently, Kyla Imani wowed audiences with a performance at the renowned South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. BET praised her as “showing signs of an extremely promising future,” while Essence applauded her for bringing her Black Girl Magic to the forefront. With her latest single and upcoming performances, Kyla continues to cement her place as a rising star in the music industry. Listen to “21 Forever” below.
Latto is back with new music. Her latest single is a collaboration with Cardi B titled “Put It On The Floor Again.” The new single, which was released via RCA Records, arrives with a new video taking the two rap queens across Atlanta and running into surprise cameo appearances by Offset, Babygrill, and LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese. The original version of “Put It On The Floor” remix, created by Go Grizzly, Squat & Pooh Beatz and others, was first performed at Coachella Weekend 1 this year and has received over 15 million streams across all platforms and playlists, including RapCaviar, Rap Life, New Music Daily, and others. Watch the “Put It On The Floor Again” video below.
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Gloria Hallelujah Woods, known professionally as GloRilla, is an American rapper from Memphis, TN. She rose to prominence following the release of her single “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)”, which was nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. Her single “Tomorrow 2”, which is a collaboration with rapper Cardi B, reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
Former reality television star Jhonni Blaze puts her talent on full display on her latest single “Don’t Fall Out Of Love.” The track, which features Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician Ne Yo, is about refusing to let your lover give up on you regardless of the circumstances you two are in. The subject matter is relatable, and “Don’t Fall Out Of Love” definitely deserves to be added to your playlist. Enjoy.
It’s the first day of June, which means summer is around the corner. As the hottest season of the year approaches, I’ve got you covered with the very best of emerging R&B/hip hop talent. This week sees the return of rap heavyweights J Hus and Kenny Mason, while blossoming acts like grouptherapy. and Khamari are making their way to the R&B centerstage. Check out this week’s picks below.
Freshest Find: Khamari, “Cherry Picking”
Boston-made artist Khamari has made a splashy album debut with A Brief Nirvana. The 11-track project is the multi-instrumentalist’s gripping introduction to the world, with cuts like “Cherry Picking” embracing the quiet and vulnerable. Centering songwriting and the texture of his brain-tickling voice, Khamari is captivating, eliciting emotion and forgotten memories with each track.
J Hus, “It’s Crazy”
J Hus returns with a vengeance on his new drill-adjacent track “It’s Crazy.” Released with a frenetic video, the U.K. rapper peers directly into the camera, questioning, “Why you wanna see the evil in me when I wanna live my life peacefully?” The new song marks a new era of music for J Hus — and is hopefully the precursor to a new album.
L.A.-based best friend trio grouptherapy. are reveling in their youth. On “Nasty,” the collective is embracing their resilience and self-acceptance: “We all felt a need to let our id speak and embrace our nastier side; whether that be sexy and seductive or slick like an oil spill,” they share in a press release. “This is grouptherapy. on our pimp shit.”
“Hydroplane” is the climactic intro to Cochise’s new EP No One’s Nice to Me. He enunciates more than usual on the opener track, rapping, “I’m counting out this money, while I’m counting up my blessings,” over cinematic strings and glimmering keys.
Kenny Mason, “Dracula”
Kenny Mason’s new Coupe-produced track “Dracula” further proves that he is one to watch. The Atlanta artist likens himself to the infamous vampire, but with platinum teeth and thirsting for bags of money. Mason went full rapper mode for “Dracula” though his knack for effortlessly fusing rap and grunge is what makes him a standout amongst the next class of artists.
audrey mika, “satuRday”
Thank god for Saturdays: the day of the week that lacks the scaries of Sundays and the anticipation of Fridays. Audrey Mika agrees, the cheery singer embracing the beauty of the weekend feeling being spread throughout less exciting days of our lives. The cut is uplifting and perfect for those lazy summer afternoons, equipped with a bouncy percussion line and Mika’s soft rasp.
$NOT, “Easter Pink”
An ode to Cam’Ron and Y2K style, $NOT delivers “Easter Pink”: a perfectly summer single, made to be blasted with all the windows down. The MBWAV instrumental is perfectly nostalgic as $NOT coolly raps, “Wanna be my friend again? Ride around up in the Benz/ Drivin’ up into night ’til we hit the mornin’.”
Singer Lynn Davis has a distinguished career as a background vocalist and was a member of George Duke’s band. She sang lead on the single “Want You For Myself.” Now, she’s stepping into the spotlight with her second single titled “Beautiful You.” “Beautiful You” is a sophisticated R&B tune that also gives listeners a touch of jazzy swing. “Beautiful You” finds Davis letting her man know that he possesses the kind of inner and outer beauty that some people spend a lifetime looking for but never find. Davis feels she’s found it in him, even though sometimes it seems too good to be true. “Beautiful You” expresses how a person feels when they realize that too good to be true is actually true. Listen to “Beautiful You” below.
Rip them out the plastic, they been acting brand-new! Latto‘s “Put It on Da Floor” has been taking social media by storm, and this Friday, Latto will treat fans to a new version of her latest viral hit.
The Grammy-nominated rapper took to Twitter on Wednesday (May 31) to reveal that Cardi B will appear on the official “Put It on Da Floor” remix. First previewed during Latto’s performance at Coachella last month, “Put It on Da Floor” has since grown into a social media phenomenon, with fans literally ripping themselves out of plastic bags to emulate the track’s fiery opening lines.
The new version of “Put It on Da Floor” is the first official collaboration between Latto and Cardi B, and the song also serves as Cardi’s first musical release of 2023. Last year, the Bronx rapper appeared on a slew of singles, including “Hot Shit” (with Kanye West & Lil Durk), a remix of Rosalía’s “Despechá,” and the Billboard Hot 100 No. 9-peaking “Tomorrow 2” (with GloRilla). As for Latto, “Put It on Da Floor” joins the Lu Kala-assisted “Lottery” and “Don’t Play With It” (with Lola Brooke & Yung Miami) as her 2023 musical releases thus far.
To date, Latto has charted five hits on the Hot 100, including the No. 3-peaking “Big Energy.” 777, her most recent album, reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 in 2022, a career-best. Cardi B has earned 11 top 10 hits on the Hot 100, five of which have reached the summit. Her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has been charting for 200 weeks and counting.