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Summer Walker Releases "Sense Dat God Gave You" Rap Song [VIDEO]

On Tuesday, Walker dropped a music video for “Sense Dat God Gave You” with Sexyy Red. The visuals feature both women rhyming inside and outside a gas station.

 

Sexyy Red is best known for her own singles such as “Don’t Get Beat” and “Born By The River” featuring Sukihana. The St. Louis native’s 8-track Ghetto Superstar project landed on DSPs in December 2021.

“I’m NOT a rapper lmao I just wanted to do hood rat stuff with my friend,” wrote Summer Walker on Twitter. That tweet collected more than 10,000 retweets and 49,000 likes.

 

Summer Walker also made headlines in recent days after the Georgia native reacted to the Recording Academy not nominating her for a single Grammy Award for the 2023 edition of the ceremony.

“As for the Grammys for a [second] time, the math is literally not matching,” wrote Summer Walker on Instagram. “I was [going to] post some numbers but it’s ok, at least the streets [f###] with me. Y’all always pack out every show and support every time I drop so thanks for the love I do receive.”

The Love Renaissance (LVRN) recording artist released the critically acclaimed Still Over It in November 2021. Still Over It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 166,000 first-week units. The project became the first R&B album by a female act to reach the top of the chart since Beyoncé’s Lemonade in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Kelly Rowland insists that "everybody deserves grace" after defending Chris Brown at the AMAs

Though the people involved probably wish this weren’t the case, one of the most/only notable things to come out of the American Music Awards on Sunday was a moment when Chris Brown—who was not there—won Favorite Male R&B Artist. Presenter Kelly Rowland accepted the award on his behalf, at which point some people in the crowd started booing and (as Variety describes it) making “unclear shouts,” and she responded, “excuse me, chill out” before monologuing a bit about how Brown is an “incredible performer” and how she wanted to thank him for his “great music.”
 

Chris Brown, of course, pleaded guilty to felony assault for attacking Rihanna in 2009, model Karrueche Tran got a permanent restraining order against him in 2017, and this year he was sued for $20 million for allegedly drugging and raping a woman.

 

Today, TMZ caught up with Rowland (via Variety), and she seemingly reiterated her apparent support for Brown, saying, “I believe that grace is very real, and we all need a dose of it, and before we point fingers at anybody, we should realize how grateful we are for every moment we get.” She added, “We all need to be forgiven for anything that we could be doing—we all come up short in some sort of way. Grace is real, and we are humans, and everybody deserves grace, period.”
 

To be fair to Kelly Rowland, she’s not the one who chose to give Chris Brown an award, she was just the one presenting it (and then telling everyone to stop booing), because celebrities are rarely the most impartial source when it comes to other celebrities being criticized, so whatever. Either way, maybe the next awards show that wants to give some kind of award to Chris Brown will think twice before going through with it.

 

 

Ari Lennox Announces 'age/sex/location' Tour

Washington D.C.-native Ari Lennox has announced an upcoming tour in support of her new album, age/sex/location.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The R&B songstress’ sophomore album was released this past summer on Friday, September 9. Now, the album is set to hit the road starting on January 26, 2023. When the tour was originally announced, it included 26 shows across North America. However, the list has already grown with Lennox adding new dates in Washington D.C. and Maryland due to high ticket sales. Thus far, the D.C. and Chicago shows are already sold out.
 

After Lennox hits the road at the top of next year, the tour is set to run from the West to the East Coast and is set to wrap at the end of March. Take a look at the post above for a look at all the tour stops and venues.

 

R&B Singer B. Smyth Dead at 28, Just 3 Weeks After Releasing Single from His ICU Bed

B. Smyth has died. He was 28. The R&B singer's older brother Denzil confirmed the tragic news with a video posted on B.Smyth's Instagram page Thursday, saying the "Win Win" singer, whose real name was Brandon Smith, "passed away this morning from respiratory failure after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis."

"On behalf of my brother and my family we want to say thank you to all of you for all of your love & support throughout the years," Denzil wrote in the caption of the post. "We also want to say thank you for all of your prayers. #RIPBSMYTH Love you bro! ??????????"

In the video, he noted that his brother often talked about how he loved his fans and had been watching dance challenges for his latest released single "Twerkaholic, Pt.2" three weeks ago while he was in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Will Tank Retract Retirement As "Slow" Hits No. 1 On R&B Radio?

Tank has earned his seventh No. 1 hit on R&B radio with “Slow,” the lead single featuring J. Valentine from his alleged final album, R&B Money, as of Monday (Oct. 31). It dethroned The Isley Brothers’ duet with Beyoncé, “Make Me Say It Again, Girl.”

Tank and Valentine’s R&B Money podcast also debuted as the No. 1 music podcast under iHeartMedia and Charlamagne tha God’s Black Effect Podcast Network. To celebrate both feats, the renowned crooner took to social media with a special message.

“If we haven’t shown you the value in R&B music, in R&B entities—if we haven’t shown you that yet, if you don’t believe, good luck. I encourage you to get in early ’cause s**t is about to get expensive,” said Tank, 46, in an Instagram video. He captioned the post, “We gave you an opportunity to catch this plane before it took off! You’re late! Everything we touch is #1!”

 

 

 

With the arousing ballad and his album being nominated for two awards at the 2022 Soul Train Awards, fans are hoping this means retirement is off the table.

When speaking on his final LP and subsequent retirement, Tank revealed in a statement, “’R&B Money’ is a labor of love to my fans and to the genre of R&B. This is who I am! I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for artists like Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Keith Sweat, Al Green, and my fans who inspire me every day to make music. I wanted this album to pay homage to my influences and my evolution as an artist, and I think that’s what this final album represents.”


Al B. Sure! Breaks Silence Amid Reports Of Being In Two-Month Coma

R&B singer Al B. Sure! has been in recovery after being in a coma for the past two months, his son, Albert Brown IV, revealed.
 

The 36-year-old, formally known as Al B. Sure! Jr., took to Instagram on Sunday (Oct. 30) to celebrate his birthday and share the surprising news. “Thank your every 1 for the bday wishes!! been kinda out of it and in my own world!! @officialalbsure POPS BEEN hospitalized FOR 2 months and he just made it out!!,” he wrote.
 

“I’m much better and ready to get back on my s**t! It’s time to get the f**k up pop!!,” he added. “We got S**t to do!!!! And countries to visit! Thank u for all the concerns and worries about my family! Today is my day but this is for my pops! All I want for him is to get out that f**kin hospital!! We need u big homie!!”

 

 

 

Al B Sure! took to his social media accounts to thank his fans and friends.

 

For months, the acclaimed producer and radio host has been sharing tidbits on social media regarding his medical issues and even shared he was preparing for surgery back in July. However, he did not provide specific details on what he’s been dealing with.
 

The following month, he wrote in a cryptic post, “Waking up daily to monitors, wires and machines keeping you stable is a new experience. I have a very humbling, newfound respect for the #Nurses #RN’s & #Doctors that are are on the #frontline and there around the clock making certain that all is well.”

SZA and LaKeith Stanfield Play Crime Couple in Ultra-Violent Music Video for 'Shirt'

R&B singer SZA has shared a new single titled “Shirt” — some two years after she first teased it, but promises that more than six years after her 2016 debut, “It’s album time baby. Y’all gonna get it all. New era starts now.” The song was released alongside a Dave Meyers-directed video depicting SZA and actor LaKeith Stanfield as a couple on a violent crime spree that nods to everything from the 1971 film “Shaft” to multiple Quentin Tarantino projects. The pair’s outlaw relationship also evokes genre classics like 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde” and 1994’s “Natural Born Killers.”

 

Fair warning: It contains scenes of graphic violence.

 

The visual treatment follows the stars as they commit ruthless murders and wreak havoc on their town, and both the song and the video reference other movies, like 2001’s “Save the Last Dance.” (“I ain’t no Julia Stiles / This ain’t no ‘Last Dance’… Fuckin’ up my ex / ’cause he validate me,” SZA sings over airy strings.)

 

The new music video also marks the third time SZA has worked with Meyers, previously collaborating on visuals for “Drew Barrymore” (which featured a cameo from the track’s namesake) in 2017, and in 2018 alongside former TDE labelmate Kendrick Lamar for “All The Stars,” the resonant theme song for the first “Black Panther” movie. Stanfield, the “Atlanta” and “Judas and the Black Messiah” actor, has also previously worked with SZA on the visualizer for her late 2021 loose single “I Hate U.”

 

SZA’s adventures in acting will continue with her feature film debut for the upcoming “Tuna Melt” by Eddie Huang, which has been described as “an updated ‘Pulp Fiction’ meets ‘High Fidelity.'”

 

“Shirt” has floated around online in various forms in the past year, as the TDE artist first teased it on her Instagram Story in 2020, later following it up with a snippet on TikTok through a dance challenge back in January 2021. Videos using the snippet on the platform have amassed more than 145 million views since.

 

She also performed a preview of the song during a live performance for Grey Goose last July. SZA previously shared that Doja Cat would appear on “Shirt” at a festival stop this past summer, though the “Kiss Me More” artist does not appear on the released track.

 

Regarding her long-awaited sophomore major-label album, which is coming up on six years in the making following 2017’s “Ctrl,” SZA told Variety at the Grammys earlier this April that it was finally finished and on the way. “I just finished it up in Hawaii,” she said. “And it’s coming soon!” Asked for details on her next project, she said, “I think it’s my most unisex album. I think it’s for everyone.”

 

Although more recently, the singer has been more ambiguous about when the project would come, telling Complex earlier this month that she’s focused on creating her “ideal situation” for the new album’s release rather than cave to outside pressure to drop.

“I don’t have any deadlines because, at the end of the day, when my shit comes out, it comes out,” she said. “And if ever I lose my ability to choose, I have no problem vacating my current life and doing something different. I’m not glued to being an artist for the rest of my life or anything for that matter. I’m seeing where it takes me.”

 

SZA’s most recent musical guest appearance came in August, laying down vocals on DJ Khaled’s “Beautiful” alongside Future.

 

 

TONI BRAXTON SINGS BEYONCE'S 'CUFF IT'

There’s just something about the female singers who can hit those lower-range notes.
 

R&B legend Toni Braxton was getting ready for the weekend when she dropped a video on her Instagram singing to Beyoncé‘s “Cuff It,” one of the fan-favorite songs from Bey’s 2022 album, Renaissance.
 

The video shows the iconic singer dancing in the mirror with a black and white hoodie, matching baseball cap, and her phone in hand to record the magic. The Instagram timeline was graced with a new take on the song as Ms. Braxton took the notes to a whole other level, literally.
 

The “Unbreak My Heart” singer is known for singing in a lower register, and the ToniTigerz, the name used as the Instagram story title where she reposts her fans, are always waiting to learn of the next venture for the singer..

According to Hello Beautfiul, comments from followers rolled in back to back.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ashanti, Ja Rule and Fabolous To Headline "I Love RNB" Festival

Music lovers rejoice! Some of the biggest R&B and hip hop stars are joining forces for one of the biggest festivals of 2023. The “I Love RNB” festival, set to take place on Saturday, May 27th at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, will feature Ashanti, Ja Rule and Fabolous as headliners. 
 

Some of the biggest stars of the early 2000’s will also be performing during the festival, including Mya, Chingy, Pleasure P, Nivea, Ruff Endz, Marques Houston, 702, Lil Flip and more. Needless to say, friends are excited about the nostalgic event. 

 

The festival news comes on the heels of Ashanti announcing her new single, “Falling For You,” dropping Friday, October 28. 
 

Back in July, the Grammy Award winner dished on her upcoming single and how she manages to keep her music fresh despite the game’s ever changing trends. “I think the cool part is keeping young people around me that are in the know. My sister’s younger than me, she has a crew of friends. I have cousins, I have lots of different family members from all walks of life. I work with a team of people and it’s really about making sure you are up to date and current with what’s going on.”

 

As for Ja Rule, he’s currently booked and busy performing sold out shows, like his recent gig at the Resorts World Bimini in the Bahamas. Presale tickets for the “I Love R&B” festival start on Thursday, October 27th  at 9am EST. Go to www.ilovernb.com for more information. 

Jeremih! His first solo single in six years.

Jeremih breezes through songs like he’s recording from the backseat of a limo. On his last solo studio album, 2015’s Late Nights: The Album, he sang about stumbling through orgies and velvet-roped VIP sections, his wispy voice gliding over spare synth plucks and woozy bass. But there’s more to Jeremih than just debauchery; he’s one of R&B’s most tender lotharios, a persona he perfected on 2018’s MihTy, a collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign. In between triplet flows and sex-crazed verses, he approached ballads and slow jams with the winking earnestness of someone who’s promised his partner he’ll never step foot in a strip club again.
 

 

“Changes” marks Jeremih’s first solo single in six years. Produced by frequent collaborator and fellow Chicago native Hitmaka, it’s a breakup-to-makeup number whose nostalgic R&B is of a piece with MihTy. Over a glossy sample of Avant’s “Read Your Mind,” plus horn flares and a funky bassline, Jeremih tries to weasel out of a lovers’ spat: “How you gonna forget all the things we did in one argument?” He’s still muttering horny lines about handcuffs and favorite positions—but in the chorus, his cadence stabilizes and his apology deepens, his voice rising to a falsetto as he pleads for forgiveness. Rather than being passed out in the club, he’s “standing in the rain,” as confident as ever that he can strike the right note.

Maxwell goes viral for his dancing, with his knees bent, and moving like a chicken [VIDEO]

Maxwell is one of the artists who put neo soul on the map. During the summer of 1996, he made his mark on the industry. In 2017, Maxwell spoke to Hip-HopVibe.com about his history in music, and his knowledge. Lately, he has been trending on social media. As a result, Maxwell’s performance videos have gotten a lot of attention.

 

Maxwell left his mark on the game with his single, “Fortunate,” from the Life soundtrack. Not only is that song a classic, but it is also Maxwell’s best known single. In addition, Maxwell’s hook was sampled by Usher on his 2001 single, “U Got It Bad.” As a result, that line was introduced to millions of additional fans.

 


 

Maxwell is seeing a lot of his performance footage getting a lot of attention. Lately, there is more attention being given to Maxwell and what he is doing during these concerts. One thing is for sure, Maxwell is going to dance. When they say someone is getting down with the dances, it is actually literal in this case. Several videos of Maxwell’s dances have gone viral on Twitter. Recently, a man shared a video of Maxwell doing his dance, with his knees bent, doing some kind of chicken dance.

2022 American Music Award Nominations

Fan voting for all awards is now open with the exception of Favorite K-Pop Artist, that will open on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
 

The 2022 American Music Awards airs live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

 

 

 

Artist Of The Year
Adele
Bad Bunny
Beyoncé
Drake
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd
 

New Artist Of The Year
Dove Cameron
Gayle
Latto
Måneskin
Steve Lacy
 

Collaboration Of The Year
Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
Elton John & Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart – PNAU Remix”
Future ft. Drake & Tems, “Wait For U”
Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”
 

Favorite Touring Artist
Bad Bunny
Coldplay
Ed Sheeran
Elton John
The Rolling Stones
 

Favorite Music Video
Adele, “Easy on Me”
Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone, “Me Porto Bonito”
Harry Styles, “As It Was”
Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”
Taylor Swift, “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)”
 

Favorite Male Pop Artist
Bad Bunny
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
The Weeknd
 

Favorite Female Pop Artist
Adele
Beyoncé
Doja Cat
Lizzo
Taylor Swift
 

Favorite Pop Duo Or Group
BTS
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Måneskin
OneRepublic
 

Favorite Pop Album
Adele, 30
Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
Beyoncé, Renaissance
Harry Styles, Harry’s House
Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version)
The Weeknd, Dawn FM
 

Favorite Pop Song
Adele, “Easy on Me”
Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & Encanto Cast, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”
Harry Styles, “As It Was”
Lizzo, “About Damn Time”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”
 

Favorite Male Country Artist
Chris Stapleton
Cody Johnson
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen
Walker Hayes
 

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood
Lainey Wilson
Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
 

Favorite Country Duo or Group
Dan + Shay
Lady A
Old Dominion
Parmalee
Zac Brown Band
 

Favorite Country Album
Carrie Underwood, Denim & Rhinestones
Luke Combs, Growin’ Up
Cody Johnson, Human: The Double Album
Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version)
Walker Hayes, Country Stuff: The Album
 

Favorite Country Song
Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave”
Cody Johnson, “’Til You Can’t”
Dustin Lynch ft. MacKenzie Porter, “Thinking ‘Bout You”
Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan, “Buy Dirt”
Morgan Wallen, “Wasted on You”
 

Favorite Male Hip-Hop Artist
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Baby
Lil Durk
 

Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist
Cardi B
GloRilla
Latto
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj
 

Favorite Hip-Hop Album
Future, I Never Liked You
Gunna, DS4EVER
Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Lil Durk, 7220
Polo G, Hall of Fame 2.0
 

Favorite Hip-Hop Song
Future ft. Drake & Tems, “Wait For U”
Jack Harlow, “First Class”
Kodak Black, “Super Gremlin”
Latto, “Big Energy”
Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”
 

Favorite Male R&B Artist
Brent Faiyaz
Chris Brown
Giv?on
Lucky Daye
The Weeknd
 

Favorite Female R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Doja Cat
Muni Long
Summer Walker
SZA
 

Favorite R&B Album
Beyoncé, Renaissance
Drake, Honestly, Nevermind
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak), An Evening with Silk Sonic
Summer Walker, Still Over It
The Weeknd, Dawn FM
 

Favorite R&B Song
Beyoncé, “Break My Soul”
Muni Long, “Hrs And Hrs”
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak), “Smokin Out The Window”
SZA, “I Hate U”
Wizkid ft. Tems, “Essence”
 

Favorite Male Latin Artist
Bad Bunny
Farruko
J Balvin
Jhayco
Rauw Alejandro
 

Favorite Female Latin Artist
Anitta
Becky G
Kali Uchis
Karol G
Rosalía
 

Favorite Latin Duo or Group
Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Eslabon Armado
Grupo Firme
Yahritza Y Su Esencia
 

Favorite Latin Album
Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti
Farruko, La 167
J Balvin, Jose
Rauw Alejandro, Vice Versa
Rosalía, Motomami
 

Favorite Latin Song
Bad Bunny ft. Chencho Corleone, “Me Porto Bonito”
Becky G x Karol G, “MAMIII”
Karol G, “Provenza”
Rauw Alejandro, “Todo de Ti”
Sebastián Yatra, “Dos Oruguitas”
 

Favorite Rock Artist
Imagine Dragons
Machine Gun Kelly
Måneskin
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Lumineers
 

Favorite Rock Song
Foo Fighters, “Love Dies Young”
Imagine Dragons x JID, “Enemy”
Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”
Måneskin, “Beggin’”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Black Summer”
 

Favorite Rock Album
Coldplay, Music of the Spheres
Ghost, Impera
Imagine Dragons, Mercury – Act 1
Machine Gun Kelly, mainstream sellout
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Unlimited Love
 

Favorite Inspirational Artist
Anne Wilson
for King & Country
Katy Nichole
Matthew West
Phil Wickham
 

Favorite Gospel Artist
CeCe Winans
DOE
E. Dewey Smith
Maverick City Music
Tamela Mann
 

Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist
Diplo
Marshmello
Swedish House Mafia
The Chainsmokers
Tiësto
 

Favorite Soundtrack
ELVIS
Encanto
Sing 2
Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4
Top Gun: Maverick
 

Favorite Afrobeats Artist
Burna Boy
CKay
Fireboy DML
Tems
Wizkid
 

Favorite K-Pop Artist
Blackpink
BTS
Seventeen
Tomorrow X Together
Twice

R&B singer-songwriter Joyce Sims dies aged 63

R&B singer-songwriter Joyce Sims has died, aged 63.

Sims was best known for her hit ‘Come Into My Life’, which reached the top 10 charts in both the UK and the US. Her first hit, ‘All And All’ reached number six in the US dance chart and entered the top 20 in the UK singles chart.
 

Sim’s death was confirmed on social media by family members although no cause of death was given. NME has reached out to Sims’ representatives for comment.

One of Sims’ sisters, Annette Ramsey wrote on social media: “my heart is broken” and wrote on Facebook: “I will always remember the happy times we’ve shared, the love and support you have given me will not go in vain. I Love you Big Sis RIP.”

Another of her sisters, Debbie Sims Hall described the late singer as “a beautiful soul inside and out” who “will truly be missed”.
 

Events organiser CJ Carlos wrote on Facebook last night (October 15): “Having spoken to her immediate family tonight, it’s with a heavy heart that i post this news Joyce Sims has passed away. Joyce was an amazing singer song writer who had so many hits in the 80s.
 

“As most of you know she was going to be one of our USA artist’s in Portugal next May. My heart goes out to her partner Errol and their children and close family.”

Among those paying tribute today to Sims included Happy Mondays singer Rowetta and Dave Haslam, who described Sims as “an incredibly talented singer and songwriter”.
 

Patti LaBelle Reveals Mariah Carey, Ledisi, And Jazmine Sullivan Will Be On New Album

Patti LaBelle doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon after over 60 years as an entertainer.
 

The “Lady Marmalade” singer sat with CBS Mornings and revealed that Mariah Carey, Ledisi, and Jazmine Sullivan are all set to appear on her new album.

“[There will be] a lot of surprises,” said LaBelle, 78. After dabbling in several genres including jazz and gospel, the Philly native revealed that her constant need to reinvent herself is “very intentional.”
 

“You don’t want to become boring to people,” she explained.

For more than 60 years, living legend @MsPattiPatti has been captivating crowds — and she has no plans of slowing down: “I’m booked, busy and blessed.”

She shares how she discovered her singing talents and the new music she’s working on. pic.twitter.com/7ht4qgn6LY
 

— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) October 7, 2022

LaBelle first spoke on her collaboration with the Heaux Tales singer during her recent Drink Champs episode.
 

“I thought Jazmine Sullivan hated me,” LaBelle told N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. “Whenever I would see her, she’s shy and I would give her all these props and stuff and I’d say ‘baby girl don’t like me.’ My feelings were hurt until last week.”

 

The women wound up on a call in which Sullivan expressed her longtime admiration. “When we talked on the phone, she said ‘Patti LaBelle, you’re my everything. I love you so much.’ So, you see how things are misunderstood in this business … sometimes people wanna make us hate each other and say ‘oh, she don’t like her.’”
 

The forthcoming, untitled LP marks LaBelle’s first in 15 years, but she has yet to announce further details. In the meantime, watch songstress sashay through her iconic catalog for NPR’s Tiny Desk below.

 

Ashanti Shares Graphic Photos Of Sister For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Warning: The following article contains triggering language, photo and/or video related to domestic violence.
 

Ashanti has taken to social media in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, sharing photos of her younger sister, Shia Douglas, who has previously spoken out about being a victim of partner abuse.
 

“It is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Words will never be able to express the amount of pain, fury and disgust I feel reliving these moments,” the singer, 41, began in a lengthy Instagram post dedicated to her younger sibling. “but at the same time I am so proud of how strong, courageous, resilient and unbreakable you are. My sister is a warrior! I love you deep and infinitely.”
 

Kenashia “Shia” Douglas previously revealed that she was involved in a violent relationship with her ex-fiancé, Slow Bucks, releasing graphic photos in 2020 of her battered and bruised face, as well as clips of her reconstruction surgery on her mouth and jaw, 

 

Shia also shared an Instagram post including the photos two days prior to Ashanti’s own carousel.

 

“Thank you for being so brave and bringing awareness to this evil, vile and sad behavior that so many women face every day. You did it! You won!,” the “Only U” artist continued. “Some women feel so scared that they have no way out… by sharing your story you bring hope, strength & continue to raise awareness for Domestic Violence. God continues to bless you every day as you grow, prosper… and walk in your purpose…your heart, mind and conscience are clear…you will get back EVERYTHING YOU DESERVE!!!”
 

In Shai’s own post, she reflected on her “toxic” relationship, saying she put up with more than she should’ve due to her desire to “create her own family.”

“My undying loyalty and strong desire to create my own family had me accepting things I never should have. I’ve been Punched, spat on, strangled, pushed to the ground. And been threatened with a ?..,” she courageously shared.

“I look at these pictures and I hold grace and patience for the woman I was and everything she didn’t know!,” Shia continued. “I love her and thank her for her role in my journey. I don’t consider myself a victim or a survivor, this is all apart of my story, my life and my journey.”

Bobby Brown – 'Celebration of Serenity' in Support of the Fight Against Domestic Violence

Los Angeles – After a 2-year pandemic hiatus, R&B Soul Legend, Bobby Brown and his wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, co-founders of The Bobbi Kristina Serenity House (BKSH) are proud to announce the 3rd Annual “Celebration of Serenity” Gala and Golf Tournament, in support of the fight against domestic violence, to take place at the Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, CA on Sunday, October 16th and Monday, October 17th, 2022 respectively.

 

This year, the gala will honor champions who lead by example, and set a standard of excellence with their professional accomplishments and their personal humanitarian efforts.

 

Two-time Emmy®-winning journalist, author and executive producer, Tamron Hall will be honored with the “Courage of Voice” award for her humanitarian work in creating The Tamron Renate Fund to support Safe Horizon victims and raising awareness for women, children and families who have loved ones experiencing the emotional and physical abuse brought on by domestic abuse.

 

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and cancer survivor, Angela Winbush will receive the “Thrivers Award,” which honors those who persevere, achieve their goals, and even surpass them, despite life-altering circumstances, as they continue to inspire and encourage others along their journey.

 

The star-studded event will be hosted by actress and NAACP Image Award winner, Tisha Campbell, with entertainment provided by world-renowned DJ Cassidy (Pass the Mic), and some of the most accomplished artists and close friends of Bobby Brown.

 

“Pre-pandemic statistics show that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner,” stated Bobby Brown. “That’s more than 10 million women and men a year. These numbers have heightened more behind closed in the midst of the pandemic. Our foundation is committed to doing our part through the BKSH to give a voice to the voiceless.”

 

Founded in 2015, the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House has worked diligently to fulfill their goal to provide 24-hour crisis intervention, emergency transitional shelter, access to resources/referral services, advocacy for social change, and expert support services for survivors of domestic violence.

 

The Foundation’s primary goal is to assist in eliminating the epidemic of domestic violence against women, children, men, and families.

 

The Foundation’s primary goal is to assist in eliminating the epidemic of domestic violence against women, children, men, and families.

 

The BKSH has partnered with Brookview House in Boston, MA and S.H.A.R.E. House in Atlanta, GA to provide support to victims in both cities.
 

Both foundations will oversee domestic violence calls that come through the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House hotline in their states.
 

For more information about the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House, please go to https://bobbikristinaserenityhouse.org

Tickets available at www.bobbikristinaserenityhouse.org

SZA in 'Ideal Situation' and Not Rushing Her New Music

Fans anticipating SZA’s long-awaited sophomore album could be left anticipating a little longer.

In a recent interview with Complex, the “Good Days” singer opened up about the follow-up to her 2017 debut, Ctrl. While she says the project is complete, the R&B star is in no hurry to release it.

 

“I just recently finished it up in Hawaii,” she told the outlet in April. On the red carpet at the Met Gala in May, she again said “My album is, like, ready to go—more than I’ve ever felt before. So this summer, it will be a SZA summer.” Summer came and went and still no SZA album and definitely no SZA season.

 

“I appreciate [my fans] patience, but constantly trying to people-please and fulfill expectations instead of just thinking about what you need can deter you from your true path,” she explained, laying herself transparent in the conversation. “And the next thing you know you’re somebody that you never signed up to be. Even with this album, I just wanna be better than my last project to myself. I wanna be a better writer. I wanna be a better artist, musician… a better thinker. I just wanna do things that make myself proud and interested.”

 

Right now, she is in an “ideal situation” with no interest in dropping an album on anyone’s time but hers. “I don’t have any deadlines,” she continued, “because, at the end of the day, when my shit comes out, it comes out. And if ever I lose my ability to choose, I have no problem vacating my current life and doing something different.”

That seems to be the verdict. We’ll get a new album when we get it.

 

 

Coolio, West Coast Rapper Behind "Gangsta's Paradise," Dies at 59

Coolio, the Grammy-winning Compton rapper who was behind the global hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died. He was 59.

 

His manager, Jarez Posey, told The Hollywood Reporter that Coolio died Wednesday afternoon at a friend’s house in Los Angeles. “He went to use the bathroom and never came out,” he said. No cause of death was given.

 

Indelibly associated with West Coast hip-hop and gangsta rap, Coolio reached worldwide success in the mid 1990s with three of his albums — It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta’s Paradise (1995) and My Soul (1997) — crossing over into the mainstream, driven by a clutch of more chart-friendly singles, including “Fantastic Voyage,” “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “C U When U Get There.” The single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” featuring R&B singer L.V., was boosted by its appearance in the 1995 Michelle Pfeiffer drama Dangerous Minds and went on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide.

 

Coolio composed the theme song for the 1996-2000 Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel, starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell; voiced the character Kwanzaa-bot on Futurama; and appeared in such movies as Dear God (1996), Batman & Robin (1997), Submerged (2000) and Stealing Candy (2003).

 

“This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry. Rest In Peace @Coolio,” rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube tweeted.

 

“Coolio was the West Coast Flavor Flav. He loved telling everyone that. We was supposed to perform together this Tuesday. #RIP my friend,” tweeted Flava Flav. A number of other hip-hop artists and entertainment figures have also responded to Coolio’s death.

 

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Monessen, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 1, 1963, Coolio grew up in Compton, California. In interviews, Coolio has said he became a fan of hip hop after hearing “Freedom” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. He was taken by the flow of rapper Melle Mel and said he tried to imitate his style. He was also hugely inspired by LL Cool J and Ice T. He penned his first song at 15.

 

A regular performer in the Los Angeles rap scene, Coolio joined the group WC and the Maad Circle in 1991 and recorded the album Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed.

 

He would then go solo and in 1994 signed with Tommy Boy Records which would release his debut studio album It Takes a Thief. The album, which featured classic G-funk beats of the era mixed with Coolio’s more lighthearted take on the gangsta lifestyle, would peak at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, eventually reaching platinum status, and spawned the hit single “Fantastic Voyage.”

 

The radio-friendly “Fantastic Voyage,” which sampled the 1981 song of the same name by Lakeside, would hit No. 3 on the Billboard singles chart and give the rapper his first crossover hit. F. Gary Gray, who would later go on to direct FridayThe Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton, directed the music video for “Fantastic Voyage.”

 

Building upon the success and notoriety of It Takes a Thief, Coolio released his second album, Gangsta’s Paradise, in November 1995. At a time N.W.A. members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E and Ice T were dominating the charts but attracting official opprobrium for glorifying gangsta culture, Coolio was able to find success with chart-friendly music that featured less confrontational lyrics.

 

Produced by Coolio, Christopher Hamabe, Devon Davis, Doug Rasheed and Bryan “The Wino” Dobbs, Gangsta’s Paradise‘s lyrics delved into the grimmer aspects of street life but maintained a sense of hope. It was a commercial and critical hit, achieving 4 Mics out of 5 in The Source‘s review. The album featured the singles “Gangsta’s Paradise,” “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “Too Hot.”

 

Released in August 1995, “Gangsta’s Paradise” interpolates Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song “Pastime Paradise” and begins with a line from Psalm 23:4 — “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” — before Coolio adds, “I take a look at my life and realize there’s nothin’ left.” The song was a breakout global hit, soaring to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching the top spot in over 25 countries.

 

The song featured in the John N. Smith high school drama Dangerous Minds and the accompanying music video, directed by Antoine Fuqua, featured Michelle Pfeiffer reprising her role from the film. The music video has accrued over 1 billion views on YouTube.

 

The legacy and cultural impact of the “Gangsta’s Paradise” was wide-reaching, and it inspired a parody “Amish Paradise” by “Weird Al” Yankovic which initially Coolio objected to, but in later years the rapper admitted he regretted his early opposition. To this day, the song is included in many Greatest Songs of All Time lists.

 

On the back of the huge success of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” reached No. 5 Billboard Hot 100, and “Too Hot” peaked at No. 24.

 

Gangsta’s Paradise, the album, peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, and would go on to double platinum status with sales north of 2 million in the U.S. alone, becoming the rapper’s best-selling record. Buoyed by the hit singles, the album also broke through internationally, reaching the top 20 in major markets like Germany, Australia and the U.K.

 

In 1996, he won the Grammy for best rap solo performance for “Gangsta’s Paradise,” written with Kylian Mash, and received another nomination for Record of the Year. In a stirring rendition at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards, Coolio and L.V. performed the song with a full live orchestra and gospel choir.

 

The next year, Gangsta’s Paradise was nominated for best rap album. His first of six career Grammy noms was for best rap solo performance for “Fantastic Voyage.”

 

 

 

At the zenith of his success, Coolio’s third studio album, My Soul, quickly followed in August 1997. Despite warm reviews, the record, the rapper’s last on Tommy Boy, failed to recapture the success of Gangsta’s Paradise, and peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard album chart, reaching gold status. The lead single from the album fared a little better, with “C U When U Get There,” which featured the distinctive sample of “Canon in D Major” by Johann Pachelbel, hitting top 20 in the U.S. and numerous countries around the world. The follow-up single, “Ooh La La,” however failed to chart in the U.S. but did internationally.

 

Coolio would go on to release five more studio albums — Coolio.com (2001), El Cool Magnifico (2002), The Return of the Gangsta (2006), Steal Hear (2008) and From the Bottom 2 the Top (2009) — all independently released, but his star was on the wane as gangsta rap became less popular.

 

Outside of music, Coolio had a long list of film and television credits, often appearing as himself in genre films and comedies. He was the subject of the 2008 reality show Coolio’s Rules, which lasted six episodes.

Doja Cat Says She Lied About Her Next Album Being Rap And It Will Actually Be R&B

Doja Cat is a pro at getting attention, whether that’s through genuinely perfect pop songs or a public beef with a Stranger Things kid. So it’s no surprise that she’s having fun promoting her highly anticipated album, which she has been doing through continuously confusing fans with contradictory messages.
 

In May, she told Elle in an interview that the LP would be “predominantly rap.” The other week, while talking with CR Fashion Book, she said it would have a “’90s German rave kind of vibe.” And today, she’s claiming on Twitter that those were all lies.

“im not doing a german rave culture album you guys i was pranking the outlet that interviewed me about it,” she wrote in the first tweet. In a separate follow-up tweet, she wrote: “I’m doing an R&B album.” To top it off, she sent out one last tweet to really drive the point home: “Straight R&B no rap at all.”

 

Pranking a journalist is definitely something Doja Cat would do. However, how do we know that this isn’t her way of pranking fans? How do we know that the LP will actually be R&B? Whatever it is, it’ll be a surprise, so she’s certainly doing a great job of building the anticipation.

Muni Long's New Album Set To Arrive This Month

Muni Long’s highly-anticipated album, Public Displays of Affection: The Album, is slated for release on Sept. 23rd.
 

The “Hrs & Hrs” singer will combine her previous EPs, Public Displays of Affection and Public Displays of Affection Too, for her album with five more tracks including “Plot Twist” and her Saweetie-assisted single “Baby Boo.” The LP marks Long’s first full-length debut since partnering with Def Jam back in March. “The reason ‘Public Displays of Affection’ worked is because love was absent in R&B,” she explained in a statement.
 

Last year, Long shared a statement with VIBE about the 2021 EP. “This project was very different for me,” the award-winning songwriter expressed. “On my other projects, typically I just go in the studio, and I know what I’m going to do and get it done. With this EP, I really went in the studio writing the music, and it was times I caught myself crying. I’m not the most touchy-feely person. So, for me, putting all my feelings on this project is sort of like my ‘public display of affection.’”

 

n regards to her upcoming 18-track album, Long shared on Instagram, “I’m so happy to finally be able to give you this full project. I’ve spent so many hours crafting this, putting my heart and soul into each and every track. I want to give you all more of what you love and deserve. These songs, these stories, and these experiences are fueled by love and affection; that of which I have for all of you. From my heart to yours.”

 

Public Displays of Affection: The Album Tracklist

1. Conversation

2. Cartier

3. Crack

4. Lemons

5. Ain’t Easy

6. To Do List

7. Hrs & Hrs

8. Plot Twist 

9. Plot Twist (Interlude)

10. Time Machine

11. Butterfly Effect

12. The Words

13. Pain

14. Another

15. No Signal

16. No R&B

17. IMU

18. Baby Boo featuring Saweetie

August Alsina says Tory Lanez punched him over Jada Pinkett Smith drama

August Alsina, ex-boyfriend of Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, has found himself in a violent “entanglement” with fellow R&B singer Tory Lanez. 
 

Blood seeping from his bottom lip, Alsina, 30, took to social media on Sunday to claim Lanez, 30, sucker punched him after an unharmonious encounter at a Chicago concert hall over the weekend. 
 

Footage of the moments leading up to the singers’ contentious confrontation had surfaced on Instagram by Monday morning. 
 

In the clip, which was posted by @YouCan_This and has amassed more than 37,000 views, bystanders are heard persuading the man, alleged as Lanez, not to engage in violence with Alsina since he’s “already shot Megan [Thee Stallion].” Lanez is currently facing charges of felony assault and carrying an unregistered firearm for the July 2020 shooting of the rap queen. He has not been convicted.

 

Lanez’s recent scuffle with Alsina, however, allegedly stems from the latter’s much-storied sexual relationship with Pinkett Smith, 51. 
 

“As I’m exiting the building after the show last night, a 4-foot-11 leprechaun ran down on me with 8 oversized security n—-,” Alsina explained in the caption of an Instagram share Sunday. The post featured a battered Alsina leaning against the walls of an elevator, bleeding from his mouth. 

 

“Tory continues to ask…why I didn’t dap him up,” continued the “Entanglement” crooner. “I go on to tell him I was a fan of him and didn’t understand him speaking on my business publicly in the past.”
 

Back in July 2020, Lanez, née Daystar Peterson, released a snippet of a song on which he voiced his desire to have sex with Pinkett Smith. In the ditty, he vowed to never “snitch” on the married movie star for her infidelities, as Alsina had done. 

 

Based on the shady lyric, Alsina assumed Lanez “didn’t like” him, according to his Instagram post. 
 

Pinkett Smith’s ex also claimed that, owing to his list of health issues — including a recent bout of partial paralysis — doctors had advised him not to shake hands with too many folks while on tour in order to reduce his exposure to “corona & monkey pox.”
 

Alsina went on to allege that Lanez took a puff of “cocaine”-laced cannabis before he punched him in the face, ran behind an armed security guard and fled the scene.  

 

“There was never a ‘fight,’” Alsina concluded. “Simply an assault.”

Representatives for Alsina did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for a comment.
 

Lanez, however, denied any involvement in the incident. “I don’t know what everybody talking about…But I’ve been in the studio,” he said via Instagram.

“I’m not in anything negative,” Lanez continued, punctuating his purported guiltlessness with halo-emojis. “I’ve been working on myself and being a better person.” 
 

Spokespersons for Lanez were also unavailable to provide The Post with a comment.

Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris' Sons Form R&B Group, WanMor

Meet Big Boy, Chulo, Tyvas, and Rocco—sons of R&B legend Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men. The young men have formed a new quartet known as WanMor and are the first artists to be signed to Mary J. Blige’s new label, Beautiful Life Productions, and 300 Entertainment. 
 

“There’s been so much conversation about the state of R&B, and the next generation of R&B artists. This generation has been giving us great R&B, and that feeling, that soul and that sound remains in our DNA,” Blige expressed in a statement. “When we heard WanMor sing, we knew we could stop looking. They are IT! Supporting and cultivating true R&B talent is why I started Beautiful Life Productions, and I couldn’t be more proud to do this with these young men.”

 

Kevin Liles, chairman & CEO of 300 Entertainment and Elektra Music Group, added, “WanMor is what we have been missing in music. There’s no one out like them. It all comes down to their voices, songs, and fans. WanMor is bringing the superstar R&B group back. R&B is not dead. At 300, we are excited to partner again with Mary J Blige and her Beautiful Life team.”

 

Hailing from South Jersey, WanMor has spent the past five years cultivating its sound and has already performed on major stages including Madison Square Garden and the Crypto.com Arena. Despite having appeared on America’s Most Musical Family, Sesame Street, The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, and Little Big Shots, the group recently released their debut single, “Every Pretty Girl In The City,” set to be featured on their debut EP arriving this fall.
 

“’Every Pretty Girl In The City’ is a celebration of all girls in every city whose ‘pretty’ shines from the inside out,” WanMor explained in a statement. The track showcases their dynamic harmonies while the video highlights their unique and charming personalities.
 

Watch the video for WanMor’s debut single, “Every Pretty Girl In The City” below.

 

 

John Legend Tributes His Wife In "Wonder Woman" Video

John Legend celebrates his wife on the anniversary of their wedding anniversary by releasing the video for “Wonder Woman”.

 

The song was included on his eighth studio album “Legend” which was released recently via Republic Records.
 

The visual is a tribute to the power and grace of women and was shot in Italy by filmmaker Nabil Elderkin, who originally introduced the couple in 2006 and who directed the video for “All of Me” in 2013.

 

 

Usher Releases 'My Way: 25th Anniversary Edition' Album

Usher is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark sophomore album, My Way, in a major…way. The R&B icon has reissued the album with a special 25th-anniversary edition. 
 

The expanded edition includes all the original songs from My Way, plus reimagined versions of three tracks: “My Way (Ryan James Carr Remake),” “Nice & Slow (Ryan James Carr Remake)” and “You Make Me Wanna… (Ryan James Carr Remake).”

Usher previewed alternative tracks during his Tiny Desk concert in June. 
 

Today (Sept. 16) at 7 p.m. ET, Usher will premiere his 25 Years My Way mini-documentary on his YouTube channel. The Dolapo Sangokoya-directed doc will feature interviews with Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Ryan James Carr.
 

It will also include behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the reimagined tracks, as well as never-before-seen archival footage of Usher from the album’s era. 

 

 

My Way was released on Sept. 16, 1997, on LaFace Records. It debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and later peaked at No. 4.
 

The album earned Usher his first chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100, “Nice & Slow.” The lead single “You Make Me Wanna…” and the title track both peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. All three singles were co-written by Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal.

 

 

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