Los Angeles native Tinashe made quite the impact this summer with her ScHoolboy Q-assisted hit single, 2 On, which despite it’s release all the way back at the top of the year carried very strong momentum for the singer/songwriter until her recent single, Pretend, which features A$AP Rocky was released. Now with two singles currently in rotation and a release date of Oct. 7th set for the RCA Records signees upcoming highly anticipated debut album, Aquarius, she decides to release another new song from the album with the Stargate-produced, Feels Like Vegas. On the new record, Tinashe, seductively tempts her man over the claps and futuristicly hypnotizing, raunchy Stargate production, which also features a nicely placed Drake-sample. As the seductively, elegant songstress serenades her man the ultimate bedroom fantasy of being, “body to body” with her on the Sin City-inspired track and definitely raises the expectations for fans of how great the album will be. The song will also be available as part of the iTunes pre-order of the album, which will be available at midnight.
Av8ers emcee, Dubb, is back for another Monday with new music to get the week started right with the weekly tracks he has been giving us for the past month or two plus leading up until the release of his new project, Perfect Timing, later this year. Over the keys, strings and trumpets of the smooth Cy Fyre, Trumpet Dude and B Ham co-produced track, My Day, the South Central emcee shows once again why when it comes to that motivational and inspiring music that he’s not only among the best in Hip-Hop, but across any genre. As he rhymes about all the stressful days and dues he paid to get to where he is at now, so he can get his day of celebrating his success with all his fam and those that helped him get through it. Definitely a great inspiring and motovional track to get the work week started right and show everyone that no matter how big your dreams and aspirations are in your life, you can get through them and have your “own day” despite all the struggles, hardships and stressful days you have to go through a lot of times to get there. How a lot of us can really relate to a lot of things like that with Dubb through his music is why I think the Blood Money emcee’s fanbase has been growing at such a rapid pace lately and is also a huge reason why he’s not only one of my favorite emcees, but artists period right now.
For awhile we didn’t get any new solo material from fellow Chicago native and very talented R&B/Soul singer BJ The Chicago Kid, but it all looks like that’s changing now and he must have a new project on the horizon. As today the Motown Records signee drops his third new record within the last month with the very soulful new demo, Real Love Never Dies, which he released as a loosie earlier today and is a dedication to James Brown’s classic “King Heroin” poem (must be a James Brown type of day, as this is the second record to use type of sample from the Godfather of Soul today). Jerome D. directs the in-studio visuals for the record, which BJ along with his band goes off topic from the originals subject matter to give us a very nice more traditional ballad that really shows off his amazing and unique vocals once again that I’m sure the Godfather of Soul would be proud of despite the changes. It also make me really proud to know somebody else from my hometown of Chicago with such an amazing soulfully unique and talented voice, who is really making moves in the music or entertainment industry.
We have not heard from Hip-Hop legend MC Lyte on the mic in a minute, but today that changes as the female emcee returns with a new solo track, Dear John. Over the classic boom-bap percussion, nice baseline and perfectly placed James Brown sample of the Loudbox-produced track, Lyte shows why she’s not only arguably the greatest female ever on the mic, but one of the nicest emcees ever period, male or female to touch the mic. As the legendary emcee with a nice guest verse from fellow Hip-Hop legend Common and the hook from 10Beats pen a letter to all the young black men in America to do better than what they’re expected to in contemporary America growing up for both their sons and daughters, while not getting caught up in wasting or throwing away their money for all the idealistic things they’re mostly taught to get caught up in. The track will also be featured on her upcoming Centric “Being” special that’s scheduled to air this Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST and expect a new album later this year. No word on if this will also be on the as yet untitled album.
It has been a minute since we heard one-time Nas protege, Quan, who sang the very amazing hook on God’s Son classic and timeless single, Just A Moment, dedicated to all the fallen soldiers in the streets and war. Which was also on Nas’ Street’s Disciple album. While today the Newport News, V.A. vet is back and over the very live drums and horns of the soulful Audio Jones-produced, All On Him, shows why he was a one-time protege of the Queens legend with his amazingly soulful and unique voice. As Quan joined by fellow V.A. native and Hip-Hop veteran Pusha T, thanks the lord for all the blessings he has given him and continues to give him. This is that real music you can feel and we need more of in today’s music, which is definitely going need a visual for to bring it even more to life. The song will also serve as the lead single of Quan’s upcoming as yet untitled EP.
Very beautifully gorgeous and talented singer/songwriter Elle Varner gets this Monday and the work week started off right by dropping the new video for her latest soulful hit single, Don’t Wanna Dance featuring A$AP Ferg. In the A.V.-directed visuals for the very amazing sample heavy Pop & Oak-produced record (it very cleverly samples Kanye West’s - I Don’t Care), we find Elle looking very sexy, yet classy in the elegant, angelic and so natural stunning all white with the red lips and nails singing the very amazing catchy hook about not wanting to dance at a house party she ends up at with her girls. There she ends up seeing her man, who tries to get her to dance, but she’s telling she doesn’t want to cause she doesn’t feel any of the records being played. So Elle ends up getting drunk and wishing she would’ve never came like A$AP told her on the sunny feel-good cut and the video concludes with her getting in a fight with a girl from being so drunk, which she’s trying to get away from her man and her trying to find a cure for her hangover after making up with her man on the balcony in the to be continued clip. Lookout for this very amazing record and more new music from Ms. Varner on her upcoming highly anticipated and long-awaited sophomore album, 4 Letter Word, which is expected to drop later this year.
Only a day after dropping his latest album, Seen It All: The Audiobiography, you can, “Praise the lord!” for Jeezy moving forward with a remix to his track, Holy Ghost, despite it not being an official single from his album. As he grabs one of the few emcees right now who can hop on almost any track and kill it with a guest feature that has everyone talking about it cause of how much he enhances the original track in Kendrick Lamar. As K. Dot does here over the cinematic street backdrop of the Don Cannon, Lyfe LeDuff and Frank Dukes-produced heater with a sped-up, fast-paced flow that he catches his holy ghost on with how he lyrically destroys and murders the backend of the remix.
Legendary Brooklyn duo M.O.P. is at it again with their hard-hitting latest DJ Premier assisted single, 187, which they dropped a little over a month ago and finds the duo warning all who listen about a homicide in progress over the classic boom-bap backdrop of the Fizzy Womack production we have all come to get used from the East Coast vets. So today they bring us the official strong new visuals for the high-energy track that has directors Mo Shines and Jay Parrris going around Lil Fame and Billy Danze’s hometown of Brooklyn throughout the video and even has cameo appearances from the likes of fellow hard-hitting grimy street Hip-Hop legends Treach of Naughty By Nature and Smif-n-Wessun. Lookout for this new track to appear on the Mash Out Posse’s upcoming new Street Certified EP, which is set to drop this coming Halloween and also features the very energetic, rugged and gritty head banging title track that features fellow gritty street certified NYC group Mobb Deep.
Earlier today the Houston Texans reached a record six-year, $100 million extension with their superstar defensive end J.J. Watt. Thus making the 25-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the highest paid defensive player in the NFL today and with $51.8 million guaranteed, making him the highest paid defensive player ever in league history. So this afternoon the team along with Watt and Texans general manager Rick Smith formally announced the deal with a press conference at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
Pop-Rock icon and musician Prince has been known over the years to really shy away and have his qualms against the Internet, but with his two new albums, Art Official Age and Plectrum Electrum, set to drop at the end of the month, it looks like, The Purple One, has finally let his guard down a little to somewhat imbrace it. As after dropping his latest single, Clouds, last week, his Purple Majesty dropped a new record for a second Monday in a row through his rarely used Twitter page (which he has more recently started using a little more) with, U Know, which will be on the solo of the two albums (Art Official Age). The new single is a classic futuristic funky slow jam from Prince, which over the electro-funked up riffs and keys finds Mr. Rogers joined by his group 3rdEyeGirl giving us a very playful groovy passionate record about a love he wants and can’t let go. It’s a record that’s classic Prince too, as it finds him starting off with the slowed up digi-drawls for his verses, before picking up steam and soul before his sexy, smooth and sultry falsetto kicks in all the right places. Overall some of the classic futuristic R&B mixed with Funk, Soul and Pop we have all come to know and love from the legend that’s made him such an icon in music. With how great this and Clouds has built the buzz for Prince’s new solo album it has many of us lifelong fans of his really looking that much more forward to his first solo album in four years, Art Official Age, which is set to drop at the end of the month on Sept. 30th. Also a fun fact about, U Know, is that it samples buzzing Los Angeles singer/songwriter and rapper, Mila J’s record, Blinded. Which must be surreal for her after being in Prince’s “Diamonds and Pearls” video when she was a little girl and now to not only be dropping her debut retail release on the same date as when he drops his two new albums, but have a record of hers sampled by one of her biggest musical influences. Now it will be only right for Prince to get Mila on the remix if he ever has one for “U Know.”