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Teyana Taylor – “Gonna Love Me” (Remix) feat. Ghostface Killah x Method Man x Raekwon [Video]

Damn damn daaaamn. You know a sista is TOO sexy when she looks sexy when she is flipping her lid on ya and throwing stuff around the house all mad and such. Problem. Yes, Teyana Taylor, “I love you regardless,” like Ghost said on this “Gonna Love Me” Remix video. Method Man & Raekwon on the feature, too. Check out the video.

Dope.

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: H.E.R. (Video)

A whole lot less stand-offish and enigmatic for this Tiny Desk set, as she should be, H.E.R. treats the intimate gathering of souls to warm blend of R&B and Soul, peppered with moments of Hip-Hop adjacent styled delivery. Enjoy!

Cool shades. Cute singer 😉

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Janelle Monáe – “Crazy, Classic, Life” (Video)

Speaking the truth of every “Dirty Computer” out there in this visual, Janelle just wants to be left to live her life… her “Crazy, Classic, Life.”

JANELLE MONAE – DIRTY COMPUTER (ALBUM)

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Ernie Isley & Chuck D Speak On ‘Fight The Power’ (Video)

Wondering if each of the respective generations of listeners of these versions of “Fight The Power” knows about the other… Bet they do. Kind of cool even if they don’t, since NPR put this doc together #YouMustLearn

NPR’s American Anthem series brings together two songwriters — Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy — whose respective versions of “Fight the Power” eyed the same struggle… Ridenhour would later take the stage name Chuck D, as the leader of the pioneering rap group Public Enemy. In 1989, he wrote his own “Fight the Power” for the film ‘Do the Right Thing.’ The movie is set on the hottest day of the summer in a Brooklyn neighborhood, where the temperature leads long-simmering racial tensions to boil over in the street.
– NPR Music

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Kaytranada – “Nothing Like U / Chances” (EP)

Been a while since Kaytranada gave us that full work… and it’s gonna be a while longer. But maybe this’ll help in the meantime…

KAYTRANADA – NOTHIN LIKE U / CHANCES (EP)

Illa J – “John Yancey” (Album Stream)

So here we go: A soulful ‘reintroduction’ to “John Yancey” (produced by Calvin Valentine). Stream the whole project and “Enjoy The Ride” (get it?).

ILLA J – JOHN YANCEY (PRE-ORDER)

Mila J – “November 2018” (EP Stream)

MILA J is Made In LA… and as always, keeping it hella hot. Check out this four-song EP for proof of that.

Rico Love – “Even Kings Die” (Album Stream)

Are you seeing some of these titles though? Rico Love is really trying to set it for cuffing season, right? All these back-to-school babies have this “Even Kings Die” LP to blame… Well, their parents do. Ha!

RICO LOVE – EVEN KINGS DIE (ALBUM)

Anderson .Paak Speaks On Growing Up, Coming Up In Music, And His Hometown ‘Oxnard’ (Video)

Yes Lord! .Paak has been making the rounds to get the word out on “Oxnard”… going hard for the promo while smiling the whole time. Find joy in your grind. That’s one of many takeaways from this. Watch.

Anderson .Paak Talks Oxnard, Fatherhood, Being Saved By The Church + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Anderson .Paak – “Anywhere” (Live Performance) [Video]

If you saw ‘The Daily Show’ with .Paak on it you will get why Trevor Noah was speechless. Ha! But this performance was dope on that level regardless.

(The crowd certainly was not ‘speechless.’)

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Unsung: The O’Jays (Full Episode)

You know it didn’t start or stop with Eddie Levert or his sons, right? Of course, you did. But get the whole entire ‘Unsung’ scoop on the soul clapping we should be doing for pioneer R&B act The O’Jays.

(And hurry up… before haters on the Tube can get it pulled down.)

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Trey Songz – “11” (Album)

Well, if you are Trigga Trey. You can do that… meaning just drop a project like this with no fanfare or advance promo. And just name it something like “11” (like so). And folks will still expect it to be pretty damn dope. And it is.

(Couple of feature artists on this. So, it wasn’t a “secret” to everyone, huh?)

TREY SONGZ – 11 (ALBUM)

Anderson .Paak Speaks On ‘First Times’: Old Girlfriends, Blind Dating, And The Free Nationals (Video)

Pretty good interview. Plus, relatively short and sweet.

The FADER invited Anderson .Paak to come by the studio to take a look back at his humble beginnings on the drums at a church, the first memorable job he had, and a blind date to Olive Garden that ended before it even started. He ends his trip down memory lane with the first time he knew he could rock with the Free Nationals and the story behind creating “Suede” off of his ‘Yes Lawd!’ album with Knxwledge.

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AceQuared – “Be Someone” (Prod. By The Glowsticks)

Dope smoothness! Don’t know much about AceQuared right now, but my eyes are open and my ear is on the highway (as in Internet… Superhighway… because… nevermind, it was an old reference)! I do know that Abdullah “AceQuared” Abdulhadi is a rapper/singer/songwriter from Amman, Jordan, based in Toronto, Canada; because that is what his social info says. Spotify shows that he is being heard in Ontario, Germany, and in the U.S. (Los Angeles & Chicago). However, that footprint should grow if he keeps hitting bloggers inboxes as hard as he has been hitting ours. There have actually been several submissions, but there are only so many hours in our days. I finally got to take a good listen, and I am betting you will enjoy this “Be Someone” if you take a listen, too. One time for persistence!

“Be Someone” is an ode to home, for me home is where the heart is! It has a nice chill beat with motivating lyrics to go with it. “Be Someone” was released last week and has already been added to multiple radio stations, playlists and blogs across North America.

ACEQUARED – BE SOMEONE (PROD. BY THE GLOWSTICKS) [ITUNES]

@ojones1

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Jeremih – “FYT” feat. French Montana

Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign got smoke and FIRE with the music they are putting out. This Jeremih and French Montana addition to that flame might just well burn down a nearby forest. Be careful. Then again ‘F’ that! Live dangerously… Call your girl into the room, press play, and tell her, straight up… I’m “FYT” baby!

JEREMIH – FYT FEAT. FRENCH MONTANA

@ojones1

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Illa J – “Enjoy The Ride” (Prod. By Calvin Valentine) [Video]

Let the music set you free. Just relax and enjoy the vibe…

Singing that thing, ain’t he?

Another one of them bangers from one of them Yancey boys. This is by John aka Illa J, and the title is “Enjoy The Ride.” Album due out later this month, but you can pre-order via iTunes (linked below) now.

ILLA J – JOHN YANCEY (PRE-ORDER)

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Trey Songz – “Jill” (Sumn Real) [Produced By A-Wall]

You so a hundred that don’t change. I’m so a hundred that won’t change. I’m so sprung I’m T-Pain… We need love to relieve pain.

Okay. So the Trigga got triggered by Jill Scott’s showing her ‘mic’ skills on stage, too. Wanting Jill to give him “Somn Real” for real! Even serenaded that on a flip of her track (produced by A-Wall). Some dope R&B heat right here. Maybe they will… um… collaborate (heh heh).

TREY SONGZ – JILL (SUMN REAL) [PROD. BY A-WALL]

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Anderson .Paak – “Oxnard” (Album Stream)

Got a mention when we posted on Anderson .Paak’s episode of “Hot Ones”… but now, why not just let you stream the whole album (“Oxnard”). Why not?

ANDERSON .PAAK – OXNARD (ALBUM STREAM)

Free Nationals – “Beauty & Essex” feat. Daniel Caesar x Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Video)

You know the Free Nationals by association with Anderson .Paak. But you know that the rep has to be worthy apart from dude, otherwise, they would not be rocking together like that for you to know them. Savvy? Get it?

Whether or not you do, get this: We got ’em here for you to review. Check out “Beauty & Essex” (featuring Daniel Caesar and Unknown Mortal Orchestra).

Now let’s go ahead and put the video credits for this banger front and center. Because, don’t front, this visual presentation is so EPIC and out there… takes the song experience to another level. SALUTE!

Director: Scott Lazer
Producer: Darius Turbak
Production Company: Cloud Harvest Creations

FREE NATIONALS – BEAUTY & ESSEX FEAT. DANIEL CAESAR X UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA (ITUNES)

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Little Dragon – “Lover Chanting” (EP)

Little Dragon. Straight outta Sweden! It’s a disco-house-R&B mash EP… Not really feeling that as an NWA-type flow… which is good. Nothing like that. But good!

LITTLE DRAGON – LOVER CHANTING (EP)

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