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Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Wow-Post Malone

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Austin Richard Post, known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/producer. After moving to Los Angeles, Post, Probst, and several others formed the music group BLCKVRD, and recorded tracks together. A short time later, several members of the group, including Post, moved into a house in the San Vernando Valley. While living in the San Fernando Valley, Post met 1st Down of FKi. 1st Down and Rich of FKi produced several tracks for Post, including “White Iverson.” Post recorded the song two days after writing it. “White Iverson” is, in part, a reference to NBA player Allen Iverson. In February 2015, Post uploaded the song to his Soundcloud account. On July 19, 2015, Post released a music video for “White Iverson.” He has released the albums “Stoney” (2016) and “Beerbongs & Bentleys” (2018).

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R&B Pick Of The Week: Sent From Heaven-Rashaan Patterson

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Rashaan Patterson is an American singer/actor best known for portraying “The Kid” on the  television series Kids Incorporated. He remained on the show for several years, appearing alongside Fergie, Renee Sands, Martika, Mario Lopez and Shanice. After Kids Incorporated, Patterson gained experience as a backup singer for several artists, including former Kids Incorporated co-star Martika. He contributed backing vocals to Colour Club’s self-titled album, and wrote songs for other artists, including Brandi and Tevin Campbell. Patterson later signed with MCA Records. On January 28, 1997, Patterson released his self-titled debut album. The album peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart. Patterson has also released the albums “Love In Stereo” (1999), “After Hours” (2004), “Wines & Spirits” (2007) and “Bleuphoria” (2011).

Hip Hop Spotlight: Father Of 4-Offset Ft Ft. Big Rube

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Kiari Kendrell Cephus, known professionally as Offset, is an American rapper from Lawrenceville, GA. He is a member of the rap trio Migos. In addition to his work with the group, he has collaborated with producer Metro Boomin and rapper Drake among others. He released his debut solo album “Father Of 4” this year.

R&B Spotlight: Care For You-Mario

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Mario Dewar Barrett, known professionally as Mario, is an American singer/songwriter/producer/actor/model from Baltimore, MD. At age four, he indicated that he wanted to be a singer. In support of his dream, his mother bought him a karaoke machine. He later joined a musical group in Milford Mill Academy, where he attended school until tenth grade.  At age fourteen, he signed with music mogul Clive Davis’ J Records. In March 2002, he released  his debut album, “Mario”, which featured the single “Just A Friend 2002.” The song reached #1 on the charts. The follow up singles were “Braid My Hair” and “C’mon.” On December 7, 2004, he released his sophomore effort “Turning Point.” The album featured the singles “Let Me Love You”, “How Could You”, “Here I Go Again” and “Boom.” He has also released the albums “Go” (2007), “D.N.A.” (2009) and “Dancing Shadows.” (2018). In addition to music, Barrett has also worked as an actor, having appeared in such films as “Step Up”, “Freedom Writers”, “Uncle P” and “Destination Fame.”

Inside The Industry

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R&B singer Mario unveils a touching and heartfelt music video for his new single “I Care For You”, taken from his latest studio effort, “Dancing Shadows.” In the clip, Mario, while watching over young men, shows the bond between them and their mothers. One can only imagine how difficult it was for Mario to shoot this video, considering the trials and tribulations he’s faced with his own mother. The Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer released his fifth studio album, “Dancing Shadows”, via his own label New Citizen and Empire in October. The project features the singles “Drowning”  and  the title track “Dancing Shadows.” The album finds Mario pushing his vocal boundaries while experimenting with expansive electronic landscapes, trap energy, and pop sheen. “Dancing Shadows” is the follow up to 2009’s “D.N.A.” Mario is currently on the Millennium Tour with B2K, Bobby V, Pretty Ricky and more. Rapper Soulja Boy is celebrating his release from jail with new music. Yesterday, the 28-year-old rapper released the track “Tha Block Is Hot”, on which he reminds listeners that  he’s the hottest rapper in the game over plopping piano keys and rolling drums. The new track, which will likely appear on his forthcoming album, due out this summer, arrives after Soulja Boy’s release from jail on Friday after being apprehended by police upon his arrival for a meeting with his probation officer in Los Angeles. Soulja Boy, birth name DeAndre Way, has been on probation since being convicted in 2014 on charges of carrying a loaded firearm in public. The rapper was released in time for a scheduled performance at an L.A Clippers game, where he performed “Crank That.” Rapper Kid Ink ended 2018 with the release of his EP “Missed Calls” in December. Listeners were drawn to the track “YUSO”, a collaboration with rap veteran Lil Wayne and rising Bay Area rapper Saweetie. A few months later, the trio returns with the  twerk-filled music video. The rapper enters the neon-lit room to get things started, where he’s surrounded by a few exotic dancers shaking their rear ends into the camera. The dancers are later seen sensually licking an ice cream cone and eating a banana. Clearly enjoying what’s going on, Lil Wayne then appears with a smile and his signature styrofoam cup. Saweetie steals the show with her cameo. The rapper has to cool herself off with a fan, with the steamy scene beginning to heat up behind her x-rated verse. Fans should check this one out.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Be Like Me-Lil Pump Ft. Lil Wayne

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Gazzy Garcia, known professionally as Lil Pump, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/producer from Miami, FL. His music career began after producer Smokepurpp asked him to freestyle over a track he produced. The result was his debut single “Lil Pump”, which was released independently in 2016 via Soundcloud. He followed that effort up with the singles “Elementary”, “Ignorant”, “Gang Shit” and “Drum$tick..” All received 3 million streams on Soundcloud. The success of those Soundcloud tracks earned him recognition in the South Florida rap scene, a style known as Soundcloud rap. In 2017, Garcia released the singles “D Rose” and “Boss”, which received 70 million streams. On October 6, 2017, Garcia released his debut album “Lil Pump.” He released “Harvard Dropout” in 2019.

R&B Spotlight: Pour Me-Elle Varner Ft. Wale

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Gabrielle Serene “Elle” Varner is an American singer/songwriter. She began playing instruments at age six, beginning with the flute, before moving on to piano and guitar. She attended several music programs, including actress Wendy Raquel Robinson’s Amazing Grace Conservatory at age eleven and Alexander Hamilton  High School’s Academy of Music’s Vocal Jazz Group. It was there that she wrote her first song “Thankful.” The song, which she played with one string on the guitar, won the top prize at a local talent show. She later earned a spot at New York University’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. She graduated in 2008. On August 6, 2011, Varner released her debut single “Only Wanna Give It To You.” The song reached #20 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. On August 7, 2012, she released her debut album “Perfectly Imperfect.” It featured the single “Refill.” The album “4 Letter Word” was shelved.

Celebrity Birthdays

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Happy birthday

Singer/guitarist  Howard E. Scott (War) 73

Singer Sarah Jean Perkins aka Jean Carne 72

Rapper/songwriter/producer William “Will. I am” Adams (The Blackeyed Peas) 44

Singer/musician Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart (Sly & The Family Stone) 76

Singer/songwriter/producer Sanada Francessco aka Terrence Trent Howard aka Terrance Trent D’Arby 57

Singer/songwriter Kennedy “Rockwell” Gordy 55

Inside The Industry

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Singer Elle Varner has released an accompanying music video for her recently released single “Pour Me”, a collaboration with rapper Wale. Directed by Child, the clip shows a more sultry and sensual side of Elle as she frolics in a traditional room, playing with snakes at times. “Pour Me” is the followup to “Casanova” and the music video “Loving You Blind.” The Nascent, Coop & Jimmy Varner produced track will appear on the Grammy  Award winning singer’s forthcoming album slated for a spring release via 4/4 Sound/Entertainment One. Wale, who collaborated with the singer on “Rover” in 2013, opens the song with a poetic verse, and comes back to conclude his thoughts near the end of the track. Varner will appear on the tail end of the “Nyla” tour with Marsha Ambrosious. The tour will conclude on Mar. 17. In December 2018, R&B singer Janie, formerly known as Janie and The Mixtape, unveiled the single “Never The Right Time”, and now she’s released a supporting music video. On the ballad, the singer/songwriter delivers lush, soulful vocals about the complexities of relationships and timing. The track is richly textured and perfect for would be lovers. “Never The Right Time” can be streamed via Spotify/apple etc. https://atlantic.Ink.to/NRTTA. Singer Mariah Carey tapped British rapper Stefflon Don for an assist on the remix of her single “A No No.” The song arrived at streaming services today. Don glides over the Jermaine Dupri co-production, which features a sample of the Lil  Kim hit “Crush On You (Remix).” Steff fires off several warning shots at those who mention her name throughout the explosive verse. In the meantime, Stefflon Don was spotted at a video set for an upcoming track with recently freed Jamaican artist Buju Banton and DJ Khaled, who is working on his “Father Of Asahd” album.