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R&B: Jhené Aiko – “Hello Ego” feat. Chris Brown (Prod. Dot Da Genius x Fisticuffs)

Jhené Aiko Chilombo has done it again! Um, “Hello Ego”… we mean, she and Chris Brown – with the production of Dot Da Genius and an assist from Fisticuffs – did it again. You don’t just go and make an R&B hit by yourself, Aiko. You know?

(She knows.)

JHENE AIKO – HELLO EGO FEAT. CHRIS BROWN (PROD. DOT DA GENIUS X FISTICUFFS) [ITUNES]

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Showtime Will Debut Its Whitney Houston Biopic “Can I Be Me” On August 26th (Trailer)

Lifetime shot its shot (with plenty of shots) at telling the story of Whitney. Lots of people were not feeling it… at all. Let’s see how Showtime’s gonna do. Not too bad by comparison, given this “Whitney Houston: Can I Be Me?” trailer. It seems like the film will be intriguing, at least; hopefully, true-to-life. Whitney was a part of the lives of a couple of generations who felt like they knew her and were always wanting to know more. If the story is going to be about her, let it be about her, not about ‘ratings’ (stepping down from soapbox).

Understand legendary superstar Whitney Houston’s story and what lied behind one of the greatest voices of our time. Don’t miss the premiere of the SHOWTIME Documentary Whitney. “Can I Be Me” on Saturday, August 26th at 9PM ET/PT.
– Showtime

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R&B: Teyana Taylor – “Drippin” feat. Migos (Video) [NSFW]

Know how sometimes we feel a need to admonish you to watch the entire video? We’re not gonna do that for this Teyana Taylor video. You don’t wanna watch, then don’t. Haaaa! Visuals for “Drippin” (featuring Migos). Sooooo damn HOT, and as Tey is naked in paint for ost of the vid, this is definitely Not Safe For Work!

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Mélat – “Negn” (Video)

Mélat is, once again, so sultry while being subdued. It’s paradoxical, but trust it is appreciated. Talented, tantalizing… the video just highlights it. Check out “Negn” to understand why Mélat gets such props and press on here. And the link to the full length is included below.

More. Much more. After the jump… a personal narrative about her name, her album “MéVen” revealing another trait of Mélat’s, and herself – vulnerabity, bravely on display.

(Sung in the tongue of Amharic. Lyrics can be found here.)

MELAT – MEVEN (ALBUM)

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R&B: Ne-Yo – “Another Love Song”

Nice up-tempo work by singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. A soulful R&B loosey you’re gonna wanna nod and even dance to. It’s not just “Another Love Song” even if that’s what dude is known for and what the title says.

NE-YO – ANOTHER LOVE SONG

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DJ John McSwain – “More Love: A Playlist By Vacations” (EP)

DJ John McSwain’s (aka Vacations) new mashup EP (“More Love”) seems very appropos given the two being ‘mashed’ here: Drake has massive love for Sade (like the rest of us); and Sade is “No Ordinary Love” indeed. So there you go, and here you go. Enjoy the music.

VACATIONS – MORE LOVE (EP)

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Faith Evans x The Notorious B.I.G. – “When We Party” feat. Snoop Dogg (Video)


“The King & I” party bus is rolling with no signs of stopping. Well, there was that quick stop to pick up Snoop Dogg to join Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. on this joint “When We Party.” Click play, catch a vibe and catch a ride with us.

FAITH EVANS & NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – THE KING & I (ALBUM)

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Faith Evans x Notorious B.I.G. – “The King & I” (Album)

Now, around the time of what would have been Biggie’s 45th birthday, we get the duet album from ex-wife Faith Evans and the late great Hip-Hop veteran B.I.G. Right now, for FREE, you can sample stream “The King & I” (linked below, via earlier post here).

FAITH EVANS & NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – THE KING & I (ALBUM)

Philadelphia 76’er Joel Embiid Makes A Play For Rihanna At The Bar (Video)


I mean… look at myself!

Hahaaaaa! You know how some athletes might clam up, play tough or off-brush when talk show hosts hint at blatantly push a love-life line of questionning? That is NOT Joel Embiid’s problem…AT ALL!

Shoot your shot, player! Not mad at you. Of course, you might consider that Jamele Hill is looking pretty nice and Kelly Rowland is hella sexy (as always); and they’re right there.

Because we’re considering it. Yeaaahhh, considering all that right now…

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Ne-Yo – “Earn Ur Love”

Ne-Yo is singing, “Some things are beyond a price tag” and that he feels pain for the woman who gives it up for a new purse. Wanting a woman who knows what she is really worth is some grown man ‘ish for certain; a grown man who is a new husband and father… Like Ne-Yo.

A Good Man will earn you. He’ll work for it and won’t mind working for it because he recognizes your worth. Ladies, find a man that’ll “Earn Your Love.” Enjoy this appetizer guys. Album coming soon.
Ne-Yo

Oh, don’t worry. Ne-Yo quoted some Tupac in “Earn Ur Love,” too. Still sort of a player; just not crushing a lot [of other women] anymore (haaa). Good music here.

(So who’s the wifey that walked that aisle with the R&B bachelor? Well, she is some Eye Candy we posted on before… Crystal Renay… But @ItsCrystalSmith now.)

NE-YO – EARN UR LOVE

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Chris Brown – “Die Young” feat. Nas

Put a hand up, make a fist. Now keep it there and hold up two fingers for peace.

Yes, indeed. We are still getting powerful music to inspire us to fight against violence… to fight for life… to keep the fallen in our hearts & minds and keep hope alive! Let no more “Die Young.” Solid work from two of the best: Chris Brown and the G.O.D.M.C. Nas.

#RIPChinx

CHRIS BROWN – DIE YOUNG FEAT. NAS

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Gary Vaynerchuk Talks To John Legend About Making Big Songs, Staying Humble And More (Video)

Gary Vaynerchuk, the serial entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of VaynerMedia, talks to the world-renown “All Of Me” singer (and lucky hubby to the HOTTIE Chrissy Teigen – see how HOT here). They speak on the paradigm shift in the music industry – from physical to digital, from middlemen-driven to artist-driven – John’s career-before-music job at Boston Consulting Group. In fact, they mention that they taped this interview in the building where BCG is currently headquartered!

Hear the story John about how John left the corporate world; choosing crooning over consulting. That feels RISKY, but freeing right?

(Had to break those ‘gold handcuffs’… Wow, that’s a powerful term!)

So much other good stuff in this episode of #AskGaryVee too. Watch!

@ojones1

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Anderson .Paak – “Come Down” (Remix) feat. Ty Dolla $ign x ScHoolboy Q

Been official that “Come Down” was a hit. But remixxing it somehow makes us wanna say it’s official… again! Guess that is what a remix is s’posed to do, huh? Haaa! Check it out. This one includes Ty Dolla $ign and ScHoolboy Q in on the jam.

ANDERSON .PAAK – COME DOWN (REMIX) FEAT. TY DOLLA $IGN X SCHOOLBOY Q COME DOWN (ORIGINAL) | MALIBU (ALBUM)

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The Making Of “Strength Of A Woman” (VH1 Trailer)

Watching the trailer for “The Making Of: Strength Of A Woman” (debuting on VH1, May 2nd at 11pm EST) you get a sense that Mary J. Blige is laying it all on the line in a few ways. First, she mentions a couple of times that this “Strength Of A Woman” project she is dropping is about healing herself; sharing her struggles, not prescribing or preaching for anyone else. That more than infers a second; Mary putting her business all the way out there (which she has done before, but that “that’s my Becky With The Good Hair” line implies some SCANDALOUS storytelling is in store). Third, The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul declares that this LP is the ‘real Mary‘… almost like a love-it-or-leave-it decision point will be laid out for the fans who cop. Risky, but hey, it’s Mary J; so folks will likely love it.

Now, we’d be pound foolish not to mention the coup of leveraging Mary’s brand in pushing an ‘album documentary’ timed around the release of “Strength Of A Woman” on VH1 where her target audiences (longtime fans of hers AND longtime fans of reality show level DRAMA) will be watching. Plus, peep all the contributors’ cameos, from Diddy to DJ Khaled.

There’s a reason the Queen is the most powerful attacking piece on the board. The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul is on the move, starting with tomorrow’s release of “Strength Of A Woman” followed by this tell-everything documentary on May 2nd.

MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN (PRE-ORDER)

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Faith Evans x The Notorious B.I.G. – “Legacy”

Bit of semisweet memory lane traveling at the start and end of this. Not together, but cool with wifey Faith Evans. This is her and Biggie together again on track. Here’s “Legacy.” Posted earlier on here, “The King & I” is linked below.

FAITH EVANS X NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – THE KING & I (PRE-ORDER)

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Robert Glasper – “The Cross” feat. Lianne La Havas x Common

If Jesus died on the cross why I gotta carry it?
Common

Wow. The mark of good instrumentation… the levels to which it pushes accompanying vocalization. Like, just LISTEN to what that music Robert Glasper put down for “The Cross” pulls out of Lianne La Havas and Common. The singing. The lyrics!

Might have to watch that “Burning Sands” this weekend just because of this.

This song was written by Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, and Common for the film “Burning Sands” on Netflix now!

ROBERT GLASPER – THE CROSS FEAT. LIANNE LA HAVAS X COMMON

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R&B: Musiq Soulchild – “Start Over”

You know, and I know, no one else could love you like the way you know that I could.

Yooooo! What is Musiq trying to do with this? Extend ‘cuffing season’ … maybe “Start Over” like it’s late fall on y’all? Not saying don’t play this for her, player, but BE CAREFUL! She WILL fall in LOVE. Don’t hurt ’em Soulchild. It’s Spring Fling time; not Fall in love time.

On second thought, hurt ’em! We always need dope music. And this = DOPE music!

MUSIQ SOULCHILD – START OVER

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TLC – “Way Back” feat. Snoop Dogg

TLC taking a page from the De La and getting their funding up front, en masse, straight from the fans (read: instead of some ‘label’). They did a Kickstarter for the LP joint they are jumping off in June (the 30th to be precise). And to all the purists, don’t worry. TLC is T-Boz, Chilli, and Left Eye (RIP); no replacement singer from reality TV or otherwise. This album will be their last, so savor it. For a taste of what’s to come, start with this “Way Back” (featuring Snoop Dogg).

NxWorries (Knxwledge x Anderson .Paak) – “Scared Money” (Video)

NxWorries with a visual for another single slated for the “Yes Lawd!” remix LP.

“Scared Money” – directed by Calmatic – is a homage to the film Paid in Full, set in the year 1988. The section part of the video contains a remix of “Best One,” produced by Knxwledge, from a forthcoming, full-length Yes Lawd! remix album.

NXWORRIES (KNXWLEDGE X ANDERSON .PAAK) – YES LAWD!

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Chris Brown – “Privacy” (Video)

Baby I promise I won’t tell nobody, as long as you let me hit it… like every night.

New single. New sexy video. Straight forward, with not much left to the imagination about where the video is headed; and about the head C Breez is gone be getting. But that probably will not bother you. Because EYE CANDY GALORE in this “Privacy” vid’jo yo!

CHRIS BROWN – PRIVACY (ITUNES)

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