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Singer/guitarist Leroy Wolfgramm (The Jets) 54

Guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) 73

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Inside The Industry

Justine Skye is at her vocal best on her new single, “Maybe.” She uses Afrobeats to fuse the tantalizing lyrics of a dreamy experience with a lover and her melodic, perfect tone. Produced by Dre Skull and written by Skye, the core of the song is deeply rooted in a compelling description of Skye’s perception of a perfect relationship; if her man has made her his wife, she’ll cross the ocean for him, maybe. She later reveals a catch. There’s always a catch, right? The climatic background of car-blaring instrumentation distracts from her seductive intentions. The production demands the listener’s attention, and that’s always been the recipe for a great R&B record. Drawing on inspiration from R&B veteran Sade, Skye is poised to carve out her own niche in the mist of the new wave of alternative R&B. The newly independent artist is using her newfound freedom to explore a more sensual, vocal palate. Her tone is different. She’s exploring her falsetto and utilizing her riffs in an effort to tell her compelling truths. Skye recently collaborated with the group Blood Orange on the mixtape “Angie’s Pulse.” It features the tracks “Good For You” and “Take It Back.” Without a doubt, Skye is creating music with more attention to what she can do vocally while creating additional income streams through her flourishing brand. She’s one to watch. Rapper Lil Skies announced the release of his single “Going Off”  yesterday. “Going Off” marks the Pennsylvania native’s first offering since “Shelby.” “Going Off” has yet to hit streaming services, but the music video has already hit You Tube’s Trending section top 10. The clip is kept simple for the most part with the exception of a few trippy effects added to enhance Lil Skies’ moves  and appears to be shot at a mansion in Hollywood Hills. Skies goes from hanging out with a few women by the pool to exploring what nature has to offer on a hike with some friends. During the second verse, the 20-year-old reflects on his journey from college dropout to rap star. Fans will enjoy this one.

Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: Boyz N Tha Hood-Eazy E

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Eric Lynn Wright, known professionally as Eazy E, was an American rapper/producer/entrepreneur from Los Angeles, CA. Known as the Godfather of Gangster Rap, he rose to prominence as a member of the rap group N.W.A, where he was known for pushing the boundaries of lyrical and visual content in mainstream popular music. In 1986, Wright formed Ruthless Records with manager Jerry Heller. Wright went on to form N.W.A with Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince, Ice Cube, DJ Yella and MC Ren. On November 6, 1987, the group released the compilation album “N.W.A. And The Posse.”  The album was later certified gold. On September 16, 1988, Wright released his debut album “Eazy Duz It”, which contained twelve songs. The album was labeled West Coast hip hop, gangster rap and later golden age hip hop. It sold 2.5 million copies in the United States and reached No. 41 on the Billboard 200. N.W.A later went on to release the landmark  album “Straight Outta Compton.” On March 26, 1995, Wright died of complications from HIV/AIDS. He was 31. On January 30, 1996, “Str8 Off Tha Streetz Of Muthaphunkin Compton” was released ten months after his death.

Throwback Thursday R&B: Rock Creek Park-The Blackbyrds

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The Blackbyrds are an American R&B/jazz-funk fusion group from Washington, DC. The group was inspired by trumpet player Donald Byrd and featured Howard University students Kevin Toney (keyboards), Keith Kilgo (vocals, drums), Joe Hall (bass guitar), Allan Barnes (saxophone, clarinet) and Barney Perry (guitar). Orville Saunders (guitar) and Jay Jones (flute, saxophone) joined later. In 1973, the band signed with Fantasy Records. They released eight albums on Fantasy between 1974 to 1980. They charted with such hits as “Walking In Rhythm”, “Rock Creek Park” and “Happy Music.” They released the albums “The Blackbyrds” (1974), “Flying Start” (1974), “City Life” (1975), “Cornbread, Earl And Me: Motion Picture Soundtrack” (1975), “Unfinished Business”(1976), “Action” (1977), “Better Days” (1980) and “Gotta Fly” (2012). Founding member Allen Barnes died on July 25. 2016, at age 66.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Perfect Ten Mustard Ft. Nipsey Hussle

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Dijon Isaiah McFarlane, known professionally as Mustard, is an American producer/DJ/hype man from Los Angeles, CA. He is a frequent collaborator of rapper YG and has produced tracks for hip hop and R&B artists since entering the music industry in 2011. He has released the albums “10 Summers” (2014), “Cold Summer” (2016) and “Perfect Ten” (2019).

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Newcomer Christinna O just released her debut EP, “Girl In Passing.” The R&B songstress is not only a musician, but a poet as well. She competed in the NAACP’s national poetry competition and Temple University’s poetry collective Babel, which includes a small group of poets, rappers and musicians. Christinna started music and poetry in her early teens to deal with bullying. Shortly thereafter, she learned to create her own tracks using Pro Tools, pulling beats from You Tube, and making melodies with her father’s Yamaha keyboard and topping it off with her vocals. Over time, she gained a following via Soundcloud and self-released the mixtape, “The Violet Mixtape” at age 14, the EP “Abide”, while in high school, and the single “Milk Carton.” The 19-year-old garnered the attention of Roget Chahayed, known for Sicko Mode, Skywalker and Broccoli, and Wes Singerman, who produced her single “Shelter.” “Girl In Passing” intertwines spoken words and vocals throughout the project. The first part of the EP is about feelings of the heart. All songs are reactions to challenges against the heart and struggles against external harmful energy. The second half of the EP is about the baggage individuals have throughout life’s journey. Check out “Girl In Passing.” Rapper Cozy The Saint just released part two of his three-part EP series, “504Tunate.” Formerly known as Cozy with the Curls, he changed his name to pay homage to his hometown New Orleans and NFL sports team New Orleans Saints. In 2017, Cozy appeared on the VH1 show “Signed”, which featured music moguls Lenny S. of Rock Nation, Rick Ross of Maybach Music and The Dream. The show took artists through auditions  and workshops to find the next superstar. At the end of the competition, Cozy was presented a single record deal from Maybach Music Group. After deciding not to sign with the label, he remained in the limelight with the videos “Da Dolphin”, “Emoji Bounce Song”, “Kirk Franklin Praise Dance”, “Shake It For Oreos” and “Saints Fans Celebrate”, accumulating in 20 million views on social media. Part one of the two part EP contains a Hip/Hop/Trap vibe, while  part two contains a Trap/R&B feel. The project features the singles “Best Friend”, “Dr. Miami” and “Ranking Money.” Fans can look forward to more music from Cozy in the near future. Rapper Rick Ross announced that his highly anticipated forthcoming album “Port Of Miami 2” will be released on Aug. 9, 2019. He also shared the project’s art work, which depicts Ross holding an icy pendant filled with a picture of Bo. Ross also released a trailer for “Port Of Miami 2”, which is set to arrive the day after what will be the 13th anniversary of the original “Port Of Miami.” Ross  geared up for the album’s release with the singles “Act A Fool” and “Big Tyme.”

Post Malone Announces Runaway Tour

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Rapper Post Malone will be hitting the road soon. Live Nation announced the MC’s Runaway Tour, slated to begin on Sept. 14 in Tacoma, WA. The tour will visit 29 cities, including New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. Post will also visit Las Vegas for the Life Is Beautiful Festival on Sept. 22 in addition to having his second annual Post Fest in Dallas, TX on Nov. 2. Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh will join Post on the tour. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday July 19, 2019 at 10:00 am local time via Live Nation, while Citi card members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets ahead of time. Beginning today, they can purchase their tickets until July 18, 2019 at 10: 00 pm via Citi Entertainment. The Runaway Tour dates are listed below.

 

Runaway Tour Dates

9/14 Tacoma, WA @Tacoma Dome

9/16 Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

9/17 Portland, OR @ MODA Center

9/19 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

9/ 21 Fresno, CA* @Save Mart Center

9/22 Las Vegas, CA @Life Is Beautiful Festival

9/26 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

9/29 Detroit, MI @ Little Ceasars Arena

10/3 Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena

10/6 Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center

10/9 Boston, MA @ TD Garden

10/11 Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall

10/12 Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

10/14 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

10/17 Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena

10/18 Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena

10/20 Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena

10/24 Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

10/25 Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Arena

10/27 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival

10/29 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

11/2 Dallas, TX @Posty Fest

11/5 Houston, TX @Toyota Center

11/8 Glendale, AZ @Gila River Arena

11/10 Denver, CO @Pepsi Center

11/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

11/14 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

11/16 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center

11/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum