The Temprees are an American R&B vocal trio from Memphis, TN, most popular during the 1970s. The band released several albums on We Produce Records, an offshoot of Stax Records. In 1972, the group performed in front of more than 100,000 fans at the famous Wattstax festival in Los Angeles, CA. They released the albums “Lovemen” (1972), “Love Maze” (1973), “The Best Of The Temprees” (1984), “Because We Love You” (2000) and “From The Heart” (2016).
Polo G and DaBaby have been added to the 2021 Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup, joining Meek Mill, Migos, Saweetie, Moneybagg Yo, A Boogie, Bobby Shmurda and others. In addition, Swizz Beatz is set to deliver a tribute to his late friend DMX, who died April 9 at age 50. The tribute comes after Swizz hit the stage at the BET Awards on June 27 and paid homage to DMX alongside hip hop contemporaries including Busta Rhymes, The Lox and Method Man. The Hot 97 Summer Jam kicks off Aug. 22 at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation to support community programs and initiatives.
We have our first taste of rapper Kanye West’s new music thanks to a Beats By Dre ad starring track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson, who found worldwide support when she was suspended from Team USA ahead of the Olympics after testing positive for marajuana. The new commercial, which debuted during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday and was scored and edited by West, includes one minute of the artist’s “No Child Left Behind” track from his forthcoming album “Donda.” The ad confirms that West’s 10 studio album will be released on Friday and also announces that his “Donda” listening event, set for Thursday in Atlanta, will be livestreamed by Apple Music at 8 p.m. ET. Following news earlier this month of Richardson’s 30-day suspension from the US Olympic team, music stars including Drake and Dua Lupa took to social media to show their support. Richardson wears Beats Studio Buds in the commercial, which shows the runner in her element on the track as the organ chords of “No Child Left Behind” play. West repeatedly sings as the ad’s “Live Your Truth” slogan hits the screen. “Donda” will be West’s first album since his back to back 2019 gospel projects “Jesus Is King” and “Jesus Is Born”, the latter of which is credited to the Sunday Service Choir. It remains to be seen what the new project, named after his late mom who died in 2007, will sound like, but the first taste of “No Child Left Behind” both lyrically and sonically recall West’s gospel work. Tickets for Kanye West Presents A Donda Listening Event, set for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday at 8 p.m EST, went on sale Monday at Ticketmaster.com for $20 and $50.
Sidibe is an American singer/songwriter who has found a place in the music industry by working with such notables as producer Warryn Campbell and rapper Common, for whom she wrote “Raw (How You Like It).” On her latest single she collaborates with soulman Devin Morrison and legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert on a beautiful midtempo number that combines elements of pop and R&B. “Ready Enough” has a vibe that would find a place alongside the music of H.E.R and Daniel Caesar, but would also fit in with jazz radio. Most of all, it is an absolute earworm that effectively combines the singer’s light vocal tones with a ethereal wall of sound that feels just right. Listen to “Ready Enough.”
In the 1970s, The Spinners were one of the hottest R&B vocal groups in the music industry. With producer Thom Bell at their side, the quintet delivered some of the most elegant Philadelphia soul albums of the era, albums that are still revered by soul music fans more than four decades later. While illness and the deaths of members has left the group with one original member, Henry Fambrough, The Spinners have soldiered on in concert with a lineup that includes Jessie Peck, Marvin Taylor, Ronnie Moss and CJ Jefferson. Now, the group is preparing its first album in more than two decades. “Round The Block And Back Again” will be released this summer, and the first preview is the midtempo number, “Cliche.” Produced by Preston Glass, “Cliche” is a pleasant updating of The Spinners sound, with strong group harmonies and alternating leads wrapped around a light arrangement that has a classic soul vibe. It’s a pleasant surprise to hear new music from this legendary group. Listen to “Cliche.” below.
Swinging her Rapunzel-like ponytail from the hood of a Jeep, Shenseea chases after a man who is quite literally holding her heart. The exuberant Jamaican singer remains consistent, delivering yet another catchy, empowering single and visual filled with coordinated dance moves and a rich story line. “Run Run” carries traditional dancehall elements, while Shenseea’s melodies give the song a pop feel.
Joy Denalane, “Forever”
Channeling the sound of 1960s and ’70s soul, German singer and Motown signee Joy Denalane releases “Forever.” The powerful single, accompanied by an equally captivating visual, tells the story of a troubled marriage, cutting back and forth from tender to broken moments. Denalane sings, “As the wildfire circles us/ We can burn up in reverie… When forever is more than just a word we say,” her voice projecting a timeless quality, reflective of the classic nature of the single itself and the era it pays homage to.
Cultgabe, “40 wishes”
If you want to get to know Gabriel Cabrera Caswall, a.k.a. Cultgabe, watch his latest visual for “40 Wishes.” The oceanside video and song capture the 22-year-old singer’s beach town beginnings, surfer persona and genre-bending sound, pulling influence from hip-hop, R&B and alternative rock. Although unique, “40 Wishes” still feels familiar, reflecting Caswall’s own influences, which include Frank Ocean and alt-rock veterans Incubus.
In her latest single, “Honey,” Somali-Canadian songstress Amaal channels futuristic R&B icon Aaliyah, both aesthetically and sonically. The accompanying visual showcases Amaal in a ’90s-esque black leather trench coat, strutting through an equally dark and edgy corridor, mirroring the sensual Aaliyah videos so many of us grew up on. The NickyDavey-produced instrumental features sharp snares, simple hihats, cowbell and a dark, simplistic bass line, further leaning into the ’90s Timbaland sound. While the track clearly reflects a past era of music, Amaal’s melodies and vocal performance are fresh and current, cementing the emerging artist’s mainstream potential.
Fana Hues feat. Mereba, “Desert Flower (Remix)”
Alt-R&B singer Fana Hues enlists Mereba for the remix of her ethereal ballad, “Desert Flower.” Featuring not much more than a single guitar decorated by heavenly falsettos, the track is minimalist perfection, captivating listeners with the two women’s crisp, emotive vocals and reflective lyrics.
Reggie Becton, “Issues”
Reggie Becton is unapologetically jaded on his new song. The first single off his upcoming album California, “Issues,” explores the inevitable grievances that arrive when a relationship has lasted too long after the attraction ends. “Used to be lovers, now we strangers,” he laments.
City Rominiecki, “Done It Again”
City Rominiecki’s new song is dynamic, expressive and layered with resonant synth sounds. The up-and-coming rapper’s confidence and skill are striking as he ponders everything from summer fun to the inauthenticities of modern rap.
Syd, “Fast Car”
Syd’s new song, released July 16, is the latest in the recent upsurge of car-themed music. A simple beat backs up the Internet frontwoman and Beyoncé-collaborator’s breathy vocals as she yearns for her muse to “kiss me like you mean it,” before a can’t-miss electric guitar solo closes out the chill track.
Planet Giza feat. Ivy Sole, “Out of Touch”
An addictive, repeating piano line announces the beginning of this new track from Planet Giza and Ivy Sole. The collaboration’s mellow vibe is cleverly deceptive — though the beat is groovy and laid back, the lyrics reveal a harrowing anxiety over losing the person you love. “Are you still my person?” Planet Giza sings.
Lawrence Mace feat. Rayana Jay, “We Should”
Rayana Jay gives the subject of her lyrics a simple ultimatum on her new collaboration with Lawrence Mace. “Don’t got much time so what’s it gonna be?” she sings. “Make up your mind, you stay or wanna leave.” The aloofness of the syncopated synth flares match Jay’s cool demeanor as spells out the bare minimum she expects of her relationship.