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Amid A Series Of Controversies, Kanye West Releases His New Album, “Ye”

Late Thursday, polarizing designer/producer/rapper Kanye West debuted his new album “Ye” for a select group of media personalities. The melting pot of music industry writers, insiders and influencers were flown to an exclusive listening party for the album at Diamond Cross Ranch, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The album was recorded there, through a series of top secret sessions. Kanye and […]

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#SOTD: Anderson .Paak – “Bubblin”

Ahead of his yet untitled album, the electric force known as Anderson .Paak has released the new high-octane single, “Bubblin”, now his second song release of 2018. The kinetic track, produced by Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder, has both the tamped-up energy and pace of a spy movie. In fact, Paak remarked in a recent interview that it “sounded like […]

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Spotify Shakes The Music Industry With New “Hate” Policies

Music streaming service Spotify has sparked controversy by introducing new policies regarding Hate Content and Hateful Conduct. The change has generated a massive buzz in the media and on the Internet, as two well-known artists appeared to be the first to be assigned punishment under the new standards – controversial R&B singer R. Kelly (plagued by rumors of relationships with […]

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#SOTD: Alina Baraz – “I Don’t Even Know Why Though”

For the past few years, singer/songwriter Alina Baraz has been quietly readying herself for her moment. Following her appearances at a variety of music festivals, her 2015 collaborative effort with electronic producer Galimatias (on the critically acclaimed project Urban Flora), as well as her recent EP, The Color Of You, she’s been dutifully working on the material for her first […]

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#SOTD: Rae Sremmurd ft The Weeknd – “Bedtime Stories”

Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee are no strangers to the fast life. After making some local noise in their native Mississippi, they travelled to some other states, to perform some of their material and audition for various shows, including BET’s iconic 106 and Park. Two years later, after enduring a few of life’s trials and tribulations, as well as […]

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#SOTD: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

In recent years, it’s been inspiring to see some artistic shifts in some of music’s most prominent artists of color, as many of them have turned to using their platforms to raise the profile of issues affecting their communities. Kendrick Lamar released the masterful To Pimp A Butterfly in 2015, targeting systemic discrimination, racial inequality and mental illness. In 2016, […]

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#SOTD: Nikki Jean – People + Planes

In 2014, songstress Nikki Jean was a few years removed from her debut record, “Pennies In A Jar”, a project that had her touring and writing material around the world with some of the greatest songwriters of all time, including Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, Carole King and Carly Simon. She closed the year by releasing the well-received EP “Champagne Water”, featuring […]

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#SOTD: Gladius James ft. Wiz Khalifa – Rich

New Zealand singer/songwriter Gladius James is starting to make some noise in the R&B/Soul world. After a couple of years producing and writing for artists in his native New Zealand, he moved from Auckland to Los Angeles, in 2014. Within a few months, he was working with a variety of established artists, earning credit for his work with Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony and others. In 2017, James embarked on a solo career, releasing his first EP, “Revelation”. Its first single, the glitchy-yet-sultry “Too Bad”, established James as an artist to watch in the coming year. On the buttery “Rich”, James teams up with stoner extraordinaire Wiz Khalifa and the chemistry between the two artists is immediately apparent. Together, […]

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Janelle Monáe Introduces Her Authentic Self On “Dirty Computer”

Fans have noticed that Janelle Monáe Robinson is slowly progressing through a reinvention. At twenty-one, she released her official debut EP, “Metropolis”, introducing the industry to her soulful melodies and mysterious alter-ego (a time-travelling android named Cindi Mayweather) that has both enabled her concepts of afrofuturism and given her the cover to touch on a variety of societal issues; typically […]

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#SOTD: Janelle Monáe – “I Like That”

Janelle Monáe has released another single in advance of her new album Dirty Computer’s release. Aptly titled “I Like That”, the sultry single finds Monáe singing about the different sides that work together to make her who she is. As many of us have found, our eccentricities can be be either charming or offputting to others. She recalls in the […]

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Drake’s “Nice For What” Video Celebrates Independent Women Everywhere

Just in time for the weekend, Drake has blessed the masses with some surprise music. The bouncy new track “Nice For What” is an ode to independent women, doing it for themselves. Throughout the song, Drake makes references to the struggles that many women have made it through, and gives them some well-deserved acknowledgement: Haven’t let that thing loose, girl, […]

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The Weeknd empties his soul into surprise “My Dear Melancholy,” release

Late Thursday, after teasing new music for weeks, The Weeknd dropped a surprise collection of six new songs, bundled into a steamy EP that he’s called, “My Dear Melancholy,”. On first listen, it will immediately strike you that the Weeknd is working through some challenging feelings. Listeners will surely speculate about these songs, as there seems to be more than […]