Throwback Thursday R&B: Angel In Your Arms-Hot

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Hot was an R&B vocal trio based in Los Angeles, CA. The group consisted of Gwen Owens, Cathy Carson and Juanita Curiel. The group had a million selling single in 1977 titled “Angel In Your Arms.”

Icewear Vezzo Releases Rich Off Pints 2

Icewear Vezzo wears Detroit on his back. His latest project, “Rich Off Pints 2”, debuted in the top 5 of Apple Music’s album charts upon its release. The Detroit native released the follow up to the prequel in May. “Rich Off The Pints 2” is a re-introduction for the rapper. He calls on Future, Moneybagg Yo, fellow Detroit native Babyface Ray, and more to tell a cohesive story throughout the project. Vezzo is also quick to give credit where credit is due. He commends and salutes Lil Yachty for collaborating with Detroit artists to expose their sound to a wider audience. The rapper revealed that he continues to seek knowledge and learn from any and everyone. During his first meeting with Snoop Dogg, he asked as many questions as he could, especially on longevity. Icewear Vezzo can also attest to consistent progression after releasing his first single as Young Vez. The rapper formerly known as Young Vez didn’t give himself his current moniker. Instead, it was given to him by his fans. Fans can certainly expect more from Icewear Vezzo. Check out the album artwork below.

Rich Off Pints 2 - Album by Icewear Vezzo | Spotify

Maxo Kream Releases Album Weight Of The World

Maxo Kream just released his album “Weight Of The World.” The album is available via Big Persona/88 Classic/RCA Records. The album includes special guest appearances by Tyler, the Creator, Monaleo, A$AP Rocky, Freddie Gibbs and Don Toliver. Check out the album artwork below.

R&B Spotlight: Smile On My Face-Tanya Nolan

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Tanya Nolan is an independent R&B artist who is making a name for herself on the R&B stage. In an interview on ABC news this year, Nolan was noted as a singer/songwriter/producer of solid R&B music that is consistently landing on the major music charts. Her latest single, “Smile On My Face”, landed on Billboard’s New and Active chart for Adult R&B. Fans can expect to hear more from Nolan in the future. Enjoy “Smile On My Face.”

Inside The Industry: New Music From DaChonne Nicole-Now You’re Gone

DaChonne Nicole is a rising R&B singer who recently released the single “Now You’re Gone.” This song is very comparable to other great songs in the genre. When singing this song, Nicole oozes pure emotion and expresses the grief of the loss of a loved one. Along with expressive lyrics, the song has great composition and does it’s genre proud. As a result, this song will have instant appeal to many fans of R&B. “Now You’re Gone” is about a couple in a relationship of many years, who are now at a crossroads. It’s where one person feels like the other is just going through the motions, no longer trying to work on the relationship, while the other feels they’ve put so much into the relationship and into the other person, that they’ve lost themselves in the process. Now both are forced to reassess themselves and their relationship. Not fun at all! Part of what makes this a great song is its composition. It has a very mellow and coherent composition that helps make the listener feel relaxed. While it’s about losing a loved one and longing for their presence, the composition of the song doesn’t feel that heavy, it’s more mellow and sobering. Along with having good composition, “Now You’re Gone” has authentic lyrics as well. The lyrics are straight forward storytelling words which allows the listener to easily understand what is being expressed in the song. When singing the song DaChonne Nicole has a soft and clear voice which enhances the song’s overall quality, feel and power. Listen to “Now You’re Gone” below.

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R&B/Hip Hop Fresh Picks Of The Week

It’s Tuesday, which means I have 10 new songs to help you power through the rest of your week. From the mellow sounds of Ego Ella May, Orion Sun, and Casper Sage to hard hitting bops by Slimelife Shawty and Zack Fox, there’s a song to cater to all of this week’s ebbs and flows. And if your week is perfect, just play Pink $weat’s new single on repeat.

Paris Price & Dende, “Love Jones”

Paris Price and Dende linked for their heartfelt, mellow new single, “Love Jones.” Price, who hails from Prince George’s County, Maryland, intentionally channeled his vulnerabilities in the song, telling Flaunt, “The purpose of the song is me saying I don’t want to have so much love for someone that it is ruining my day if I don’t see them. To the point where I can’t eat, sleep, and breathe without them.” — CYDNEY LEE

Slimelife Shawty feat. Lil Durk, “Suit Me Up”Atlanta rapper Slimelife Shawty tapped Chicago’s own Lil Durk for the first single and title track off of his latest album, Better Living. On “Suit Me Up,” the two trade verses about life in the streets, the former rapping “how the h–l I’m winnin’ and thеy bother me?/ mama I’m sorry but the streets took a part of me,” to close out the song’s chorus. The song is piano-lad and hi-hat heavy with hard 808s heard in between. Slimelife Shawty also raps in third person during his last verse, which is quite amusing. — C.L.

Pink Sweat$, “I Feel Good”h

Pink Sweat$ is totally in love, and he wants the world to know it. The Philly singer released a vibrant, upbeat track about feeling good ahead of his forthcoming project Nothing Feels Better. A perfect fusion of R&B and pop, “I Feel Good” provides a quick burst of dopamine as the newly engaged artist sings about having clarity and feeling like he’s got “magic inside me.” — C.L.

Ego Ella May, “Breathe”

On “Breathe,” South London singer Ego Ella May reflects on self-imposed pressure and its simple remedy. “Who says I need to do anything?/ I could just breathe, take it all in,” she sings calmly. The song is the opening track on her latest EP Fieldnotes. — CL

Zack Fox, “boy i’m on yo a–”

Comedian and rapper Zack Fox surprise-released his debut album, Shut the F–k Up Talking to Me, and it’s all over the place in the best way possible. Notably, “Boy I’m On Yo A–” sounds just as dramatic as its title suggests with its intense piano and 808s — “Y’all lil n—as is so weird/ And y’all ain’t headed nowhere/ Y’all so late like Colbert,” he raps — though Fox still succeeds at keeping the raps humorous anyway. — CL

Casper Sage, “Summers Gone”

The summer is over and we hate to see it. But why not send the season off with a gorgeous tribute from Casper Sage? The 20-year-old artist and college student hones in on the parallels between the seasons of the year and those of human life. As his voices branches into a sea of mesmerizing harmonies atop a laid back hip-hop drum pattern, Sage reflects on the progression of life, love and nature. –NEENA ROUHANI

Orion Sun, “Concrete” East Coast singer and producer Orion Sun is as immaculate as ever on her latest single, “Concrete.” The chill songstress flows over a minimal beat, centering her sensual words and molasses melodies. Picking apples and tending to goats on a California farm, Sun brings to mind rapper 2Pac’s poem with the line, “sprouting from the underground through the concrete,” weaving in themes of growth and remembrance.

Dream Doll, “You Know My Body”

DreamDoll is putting her spin on Fabolous’s 2003 hit, “Can’t Let You Go,” alongside Capella Grey, on her new track “You Know My Body.” The instrumental pulls that track’s classic guitar loop, layering it with more current trap drums and 808s. “I’ll admit that I like you, or whateva,” Dream says cooly, coining what may be the most 2021 way of confessing love.

Kalisway, “Hit ’em With The Funk”

What better way to start the day than with the funk? Toronto singer Kalisway channels the energy, attitude and rhythm you need to manifest all the wins this week. With a tone and flow reminiscent of soul icon Erykah Badu, the freestyling artist and instrumentalist brings her own distinct flavor to this funk track, breathing new life into the genre for the 21st century.

All Music Notes Playlist

Here’s my playlist.

1 When The Time Comes

Chaka Khan

2 You Want My Love

Earth, Wind & Fire Ft. Lucky Daye

3 Dry Bones

Gregory Porter & Troy Miller

4 Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No

The Temptations Ft. Smokey Robinson

5 Skate

Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak

6 Melodic Harmony

S.E.L.

7 Friends & Family

The Isley Brothers

8 Lessons

Eric Roberson

9 Fight For You

H.E.R.

10 I Gotta Pinch Myself

Frank McComb & Katherine Kosins

11 One Kiss

Deniece Williams

12 The Warmth Of You

Will Downing

13 No Plans For Love

D-Nice Ft. Ne-Yo & Kent Jones

14 Sending My Love

Sheena O. Murray

15 Let’s Play

Will Preston

16 Money

The Shindellas

17 Cascade

Stokley & The Bonfyre

18 Hold Us Together

H.E.R. & Tauren Wells

19 When You Call My Name

Alexander Morris

20 It’s Been Too Long

The Whispers