Tuesday, November 19, 2013
For once, I'm glad to see Chris Brown's name in a headline for his music instead of for his legal woes and other controversy. With his album X pushed back to 2014, Breezy holds his fans over with the 6 track mixtape X-Files. The 6 track EP features collaborations with Busta Rhymes, Ludacris and Kid Ink. Enjoy below, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts!
Previously: [Music Video] Chris Brown - "Fine China" + Hot 97 Interview With Angie Martinez [Video]
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Just as Rihanna closed out her Diamonds World Tour, she releases the visuals to Unapologetic's 5th single "What Now."
“It’s gonna be kinda eery, very creepy because ‘What Now’ is one of those songs that you can get really boring with the visual. Everybody’s probably expecting like a narrative type of video, a love story of some sorts, something really soft and pretty. It is pretty and kinda soft, but it’s really a little demented.” --Rihanna
Directed by The Uprising Creative
Previously: Wale - "Bad" (Remix) ft. Rihanna
Monday, November 11, 2013
I spent my entire shift at the good ol' 9 to 5 playing Jhené Aiko's new EP Sail Out, and I'm happy to see that it's doing extremely well on iTunes. Sail Out is currently in the top 3 albums overall and is currently king of the R&B charts.
To make things even better, Jhené offered up dramatic visuals to "The Worst," one of Sail Out's darker compositions. Perhaps we'll see her on season 2 of Orange Is The New Black? (Probably not, but definitely catch her alongside Drake, Miguel and Future on the remaining stops of Would You Like A Tour?)
Purchase Sail Out on iTunes HERE! It's also available for stream on Spotify.
Props to Noisey for the premiere, and head there to catch an exclusive interview with Ms. Aiko!
Previously: Jhené Aiko ft. Childish Gambino - "Bed Peace"
Last year, Omarion solidified his status on the MMG roster with his impressive EP Care Package, and now that he's earned his stripes, he presents the Don Cannon hosted sequel. Stream and download Care Package 2 below, which features Audio Push, Nipsey Hussle, Casey Veggies, and Czar.
Hourglass Picks: "Leave You Alone," "Know You Better," "Diamonds & Hennessey"
Monday, October 7, 2013
John Legend's new album Love In The Future has proven itself to be one of my most valuable purchases this year. While the project is near and dear to my heart, I can only imagine what it means to Mr. Legend and his beautiful wife Chrissy Teigen.
"All Of Me" was written entirely by John as a tribute to Chrissy, and after performing the song at his own wedding, John brings us into their world with the visuals to the timeless standout. Watch the intimate music video below and click HERE to purchase Love In The Future now on iTunes.
Previously: John Legend ft. Rick Ross - "Who Do We Think We Are"
Friday, September 20, 2013
Led by "Take Back The Night," Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is set to hit iTunes September 30. It's safe to say that this album release doesn't quite have the momentum of its "Suit & Tie" predecessor, but maybe the Timbaland produced "TKO" will change that. Take a listen below, and let me know what you think!
Purchase: Justin Timberlake - "TKO" (iTunes)
Previously: [Music Video] Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake - "Holy Grail"
Never in my 24 years did I think I'll ever see Bun B doing choreography with Solange. That alone (plus Mannie Fresh's cameo) is enough to make you press play, but the fact that "Lovers In The Parking Lot" is a great song with a fun and extremely random visual is the real kicker. Laundromats, semi-abandoned malls, beauty supply stores... what's next, Solange?
The True EP is in stores now!
Previously: Solange Knowles ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Looks Good With Trouble" (Remix)
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
While we wait for Jhené Aiko's debut album Souled Out to hit stores next year, we will be treated with Sail Out on
Check out the chilled out first single, "Bed Peace" featuring Childish Gambino, below, and hit the jump to learn more about the Sail Out EP!
Monday, August 19, 2013
After revealing the upbeat yet socially aware singles "Q.U.E.E.N." and "Dance Apocalyptic," Janelle Monae reveals a smoother side of her forthcoming album The Electric Lady with the Miguel duet "Primetime." As two artists who are highly influenced and in awe of Prince, I'm almost sure this is a track he'd be proud of.
Stream "PrimeTime" below, and hit the jump to view The Electric Lady's official album cover and track list!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
This week is "very special" for K. Michelle, so why not drop the remix?
The Love & Hip Hop diva is one of the few cast members with legitimate talent who positively capitalized from reality stardom, and she now has the album to show for it. In celebration of yesterday's release of Rebellious Soul, K. Michelle premieres the remix of the project's lead single "V.S.O.P." featuring Young Jeezy.
Purchase Rebellious Soul on iTunes now!
Previously: Young Jeezy - "R.I.P." (Remix) ft. YG, Kendrick Lamar & Chris Brown
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
While his breakthrough single "I Want You" proved without a doubt that he had some of the best male vocals in the industry right now, Luke James initially presented a very clean cut image. Thanks to the success of his 2012 mixtape Whispers In The Dark and his role as Beyonce's opening act for her European and U.S. Mrs. Carter Show tour dates, people are finally seeing that the New Orleans singer's got just the right amount of edge.
Peep a cameo from Kevin Cossom below as you tune in to the visuals for "Oh God" featuring Hit-Boy, my favorite Luke James track. Also and prepare yourself for his film debut in November's Black Nativity as well as his N.A.R.S/Def Jam debut album Made To Love!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
With their sophomore effort MUSE. just a month away, daring soul- hip hop duo CharlieRED holds nothing back in the visuals to the project's lead single "GreenGREED." Watch below as Rocki Evans and Cobaine Ivory take on the man, the flaws of our capitalist system, and hopefully the brains of those watching whose thoughts are centered around the third deadly sin.
MUSE. = August 20th.
Previously: CharlieRED - "GreenGREED"
Saturday, July 20, 2013
In conjunction with Russell Simmon's new venture All Def Digital, L.A. singer-songwriter Jarell Perry presents the visuals to"Getaway"-- my favorite track on his Simple Things album. The West Coast sure has some talent in the R&B department, so get familiar with this man!
Previously: Jarell Perry - "Worst Enemy"
Friday, June 28, 2013
Along with today's announcement that The Electric Lady will hit stores on September 10th, Janelle Monae premiered the album's second single, "Dance Apocalyptic." Once you hit play, the title strangely makes total sense...
Stream "Dance Apocalyptic" below, which playfully borrows a line from...wait for it.... Juicy J, and hit the jump to watch the trailer for the video coming July 2!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Almost more exciting than my two favorite artists Bridget Kelly and Kendrick Lamar crafting a track together is the fact that Roc Nation is actually giving the amazing vocalist a real push leading up to her debut album. "Street Dreamin" has been doing well on Atlanta radio, and now the Clifton Bell directed visual has premiered on VEVO. Watch the video to "Street Dreamin" below, which was shot in my home state of NC. Greensboro, I see ya!
Shout out the Bruhz as well!
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Sevyn Streeter has definitely paid her dues in the industry. She broke through as a lead member of the groups RichGirl and TG4, and she's been credited as a songwriter for Alicia Keys, Chris Brown and more. Now Sevyn's busting out as a solo artist, and I'm definitely here for it. The girl's TALENTED.
As a follow-up to her current commercial success "I Like It," Sevyn debuts her latest effort "It Won't Stop," produced by Diplo and Free School. Sevyn's forthcoming debut album is coming together quite nicely!
Friday, May 24, 2013
I'll tell anyone who's willing to listen about duo CharlieRED, but my word of mouth can't compare to the following they're growing from their live shows. On May 14, Rocki Evans and Cobaine Ivory took to New York City's SOBs to perform cuts from their Religion EP for BET's Music Matters showcase.
Watch a clip of CharlieRED performing "Could Be" below, and hit the jump to watch them cover Amy Winehouse's "Me And Mr. Jones" as a segue into Religion's "Norah Jones." KILLED IT.
Stacy Barthe's P.S. I Love You EP is immaculate, and I'm glad that Island Def Jam is investing in the beautiful songwriter's talent. Watch below as the John Legend protégé, Nouveau Noir and Surf Club member is joined by Rick Ross in the visuals to the worldly "Hell Yeah."
Ahhhh.... like a breath of fresh air... d^_^b
Previously: Stacy Barthe - "P.S. I Love You" [FreEP]
Thursday, May 23, 2013
For all my fellow Jhené Aiko fans dying to hear what her Artium/Def Jam debut Soul(ed) Out will offer, the beautiful songwriter gives us a bone with the 2 minute freestyle "Comfort Inn Ending."
Produced by her boss No I.D., Jhene vents about a recent relationship that went sour due to infidelity. I'm not one to speculate, but "CIE" may be about Compton rapper and Sailing Soul(s) collaborator H.O.P.E. Wright, who she publicly dated for a few years.
Although heartache may cause a few tears, thankfully, it can also create some great music. Thanks for sharing Ms. Aiko.
Download: Jhené Aiko - "Comfort Inn Ending"
Previously: [Music Video] Jhené Aiko - "Burning Man (3:16 PM)"
Wednesday, May 22, 2013