Ever since he came on the music scene, singer/songwriter Kem has produced great love songs. His 2020 single “Lie To Me” is no exception. Now, he’s released a remix of the song featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa. This isn’t the first time Kem has collaborated with a rapper. Snoop Dogg was featured on his 2014 single “Downtown” not to mention the fact that Kem does some rapping on his own songs. While some would argue that the original version of “Lie To Me” sounds fine, the remix sounds great also. What sounds like an odd combination on paper actually works. The beat sounds like a cross between “Dilemma” by Nelly Ft. Kelly Rowland and “Still Not A Player” by Big Pun Ft. Joe. There’s a nice bounce to it, the kind of groove you can rock to while cruising with the top or windows down. And in Wiz’s verse, there are no cringeworthy lyrics that one might expect from a mainstream rapper. Instead, he offers up rhymes that relate to the song’s theme, and echoes Kem’s sentiments when he tells his lady love that she doesn’t have to lie to him because he loves her the way she is and is ready to marry her. Listen to the “Lie To Me Remix” below.
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Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, known professionally as Doja Cat, is and American rapper/singer/songwriter/producer from Los Angeles, CA. She began making and releasing music via Soundcloud as a teenager. Her song “So High” caught the attention of Kemosable Records and RCA Records, with which she signed a joint recording contract at age 17, subsequently releasing her debut EP “Purrr!” in 2014. After a hiatus from music, Dlamini released her debut album, “Amala” (2018), and later earned viral success as an internet meme with the single “Mooo!”, which appeared on the deluxe edition of her debut album along with the singles “Juicy” and “Tia Tamera” in 2019. Dlamini’s second album, “Hot Pink” (2019), reached the top 10 of the U. S. Billboard 200 and spawned the single “Say So”, which 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 was featured on the remix of Grande’s “34 +35” alongside Megan Thee Stallion, which became her second song to reach the top 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her third song to reach this feat, “Kiss Me More”, served as the lead single from her third studio album, “Planet Her” (2021), which spent three consecutive weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Dlamini is known for creating music videos and songs that achieve popularity on such social media applications as TikTok and You Tube. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and six Billboard Music Awards, and has won two American Music Awards in addition to the MTV Video Music Award for Push Best New Artist and its European counterpart. Forbes named Dlamini one of the top breakthrough stars of 2020 and listed her on their annual thirty under 30.
Following the release of the single “Shine On The World”, singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger returns with a track taken from his untitled forthcoming project called “Only Fan.” Accompanied with a new weekly contest, Eric sings about his love never having to depend on the admiration of millions of followers, because his unwavering love and affection shown to her alone is of the same equivalent. Produced by Roak Bailey, Bellinger’s songwriting and sound continues to be one of the best in the genre, with the song delivering another catchy sing-a-long hook from the Usher/Chris Brown collaborator. In support of the new single, Bellinger launched an “Only Fan Week” contest on social media using the hashtag #ericsconlyfan, where he highlights his favorite fan of the week. He honors the fan with photos of himself and the fan together and the tweet “My Only Fan of the Week.” Bellinger also released a full acoustic performance of the song while surrounded by an all female band. Listen to “Only Fan” below.
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When I was growing up, female artists brought a combination of beauty, talent, grace and dignity to the table. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite female vocal groups in no particular order.
London-born singer Alex Banin shares “Forget About It,” a groovy, reflective single featuring reverb-heavy electric guitar, a deep bassline and Banin’s thick, sleepy vocals. “I’m missing you so damn good,” the self-entitled “retired SoundCloud rapper” declares, as she sits among half a dozen bunny heads in a movie theatre.
Jordan Hollywood feat. Timbaland, “The Ugly Song”
From the song’s opening line (“If I skeet in a rich b–ch, that’s a come up”), Jordan Hollywood’s latest single raises eyebrows in the best way. The Quality Control signee took his turn spinning Bubba Sparxxx’s 2001 breakout record “Ugly,” fully equipped with an unbeatable co-sign from the “Ugly” producer himself, Timbaland. Outside of Hollywood’s clever and punchy lyrics, the visual exudes Y2K influence, boasting slapstick scenes, celeb lookalikes and reality-bending storylines.
Alina Baraz, “Alone With You”
Moody music queen Alina Baraz continues her reign with “Alone With You.” The sensual single sounds like butterflies in your stomach, as Baraz’s delicate vocals float over the dynamic instrumental, produced by Spencer Stewart. From its bass-driven peaks to the melodic piano valleys, the track is sure to take listeners on a ride.
Wallie the Sensei, “Bompton To Balabasas”
Wallie the Sensei delivers a vulnerable hood ballad with his stripped-down version of “Bompton to Balabasas.” The Compton native laments over the realities of his come-up including racist neighbors and high taxes, while sharing the motivational messages that helped usher in his own triumphs.
Doodie Lo feat. Pooh Shiesty, “Bodies”
Chicago rapper Doodie Lo calls out the fakes and phonies on his latest single, “Bodies.” On the track, Lo joins forces with hitmaking 1017 signee, Pooh Shiesty, who is currently being held without bond in a federal robbery case. Both rappers’ verses stand strong, creating anticipation for what they’ll do next.
Samm Henshaw, “Grow”
Samm Henshaw is all about growing through the better and the worse on his new track “Grow,” released July 22. Known for his musical support on tours for big names like James Bay and Chance the Rapper, Henshaw is here with his second track of 2021 — complete with stacked percussion, a grooving bass line and reverent lyrics for his love. “So in love,” he repeats. “Together we’ll grow, more in love.”
Tommy Genesis, “a woman is a god”
This latest track from Tommy Genesis follows the release of “peppermint,” with both being singles off her recently announced upcoming album, Goldilocks X, out Sept. 10. The derisive song is carried by a gloomy piano repetition and a simple, fast-paced beat, with Genesis putting it simply: “If a man is a man, then a woman, a woman is a god.”
Chiiild, “Hold on Till We Get There”
Following a string of single releases for his record Hope For Sale, the full album has finally arrived. In spite of the album title, “Hold on Till We Get There” finds Chiiild offering up a dose of positivity for free atop a resonant mix of guitar and vocals. “Keep dreaming, keep breathing,” he sings. “And when you feel out of touch, hold on till we get there.”
BLK ODYSSY feat. James Robinson, “HANG LOW”
Blk Odyssy and James Robinson celebrate a love that’s “sweet like lemonade” on this new, funk-infused slowjam. “When I’m loving you, nothing gets better than that,” they sing. The Austin-based musician, formerly known as Sam Houston, has spent the second third of 2021 churning out similarly soulful singles, with “BIG BAD WOLF/SOBER” having arrived in May and “FUNKENTOLOGY” in June — all in preparation for his debut album BLK VINTAGE, coming in August.
Ebhoni, “Wilshire & Bixel”
Of the ten songs off Ebhoni’s new project Good Dick and Weed, “Wilshire & Bixel” might be the rawest. The Canadian musician and model doesn’t sound mad, just disappointed, as she calls out her absent lover’s objectionable behavior over a heavy bassline. “It’s been a year of you luring me to trust your empty promises, so cruel,” she sings. “Gaslight, get high again, repeat,” she sings.https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/2Ib6oSAcj3NYpmJF2ZPd2D
Jeffery Lamar Williams, known professionally as Young Thug, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter. He is considered to be an influential figure of his generation, with his music impacting the modern sound of hip hop and trap music. Known for his eccentric vocal style and fashion, Williams initially released a series of independent mixtapes beginning in 2011 with “I Came From Nothing.” In early 2013, he signed with Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records, and later that year he released his label debut mixtape “1017 Thug” to critical acclaim. Williams received mainstream recognition in 2014 with the singles “Stoner” and “Danny Glover” in addition to appearances on several singles, including T.I.’s “About The Money”, Tyga’s “Hookah” and Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle.” That year, he also signed to Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment and collaborated on the mixtape “Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1.” In 2015, he amassed several mixtapes, including “Barter 6” and two installments of his Slime Season series. Subsequently in 2016, Williams released the mixtapes “I’m Up”, “Slime Season 3” and “Jeffrey.” He released his debut album, “So Much Fun”, in 2019. The single “Ski” is a collaboration with fellow rapper Gunna. Listen to “Ski” below.
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