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.
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.
Washington D.C.-native Ari Lennox has announced an upcoming tour in support of her new album, age/sex/location.
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.
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.
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.”
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!!”
A very humble thank you for the prayers my @WBLS1075NYC family. I’m alive, awake, on the mend. Submissively grateful!#AllPraiseisDuetoAllah. I’ll share more of my health experience soon in hopes to encourage us all to stay on top of our #HealthandWellness #GoSeetheDoctor ?? ABS! https://t.co/2xxJ2jHUd1 pic.twitter.com/J910PBzZRU— Al B. Sure! (@OfficialAlBSure) October 31, 2022
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.”