R&B sensation Nappi Devi lays out a smooth, enticing track with his new single, "Muffin." Devi's signature voice blares across the musical spectrum with a fresh, laid-back beat in the background. The lyrics are cleverly written and sung with a blend of R&B and slow rap -- perfect for those romantic nights at home or chillout sessions. Devi delivers a soulful ballad here without losing the old-school and new-school hip-hop audiences. His voice is as slick as Domino and similar to Pharrell in pitch and delivery.
"Muffin" is a throwback to the R&B hip-hop fusion days of the late 80s and early 90s. This is a track Teddy Riley would've loved to produce with a steady flow and overlapping lyrics you can't help but swing to. Nappy Devi may have captured old-school R&B fans with this track that personifies his unique flavor and touch. While similar to Mark Morrison in style, Devi has a distinct persona that embodies hip-hop, romance, and vintage rhythm and blues pizzazz.
"Muffin" is raw, gritty, and edgy at best. While some of the lyrics are explicit, they seamlessly blend in with the theme and gist of the song. This song is perfect for road trips -- roll your windows down and turn up the volume on this track with evergreen, timeless flavor. Devi may be one of the top stars in the musical genre without even knowing it. This cutting-edge, innovative ballad will continue to resonate with fans across a myriad of generations -- old and young.
Calvin Ross has created a funky, dope track with the remix of Chris Brown's "Dueces". This cutting-edge remix showcases a romantic ballad smoothed out with R&B and rap accents. This is the perfect summer jam for the outdoor barbecues and socials. Similarly, "Dueces" features captivating, compelling lyrics that nearly everyone can relate to. With a steady backbeat and buzzworthy lyrics, this song will keep your fingers snapping and toes tapping for hours on end.
Ross has combined elements of R&B and hip-hop with this soulful ballad remix. The collaboration has earned Ross top honors in the indy hip-hop and R&B music scene online. Ross also has an excellent social media following, and the remix continues to receive stellar reviews from old-school and new-school music lovers alike. If you love laid-back jams that take parties to new levels, this one is it!
Check out his tracks online, and I promise you will not be disappointed!
The DFD Music crew recently released their new album, "50/50". Also known as Davis, Chris, and Mr. Foster, DFD feature twelve gripping tracks with slick lyrics and smooth R&B fused with urban contemporary hip-hop. "Middle of the Night" showcases enticing vocals courtesy of Xhante and J Nicole. This song is perfect for summer jams or just lounging with family and friends. With an infectious beat production that is on point, this track sets the tone for the rest of the album.
From "Gotta Go" with Amby Dextr to "Pretend" with Athena Poulos, this fantastic album offers something for everyone. Whether you love captivating R&B, laid-back rap, or a smooth blend of both genres, "50/50" will set the mood for those romantic escapades and party nights. Davis, Chris, and Shane Foster have orchestrated an album that is both contemporary and evergreen. These jams sound timeless and transcend several musical styles and genres. I love the stylistics of each track - that is carefully laid out and captures the essence of rhythm and blues and hip-hop.
"Bop Down" is another beautiful track with a jazzy ensemble. Featuring Janay Nicole and Ulgy Nov, this track feels like a Mary J. Blige and Digable Planets concert. This is what I love about the album -- it eloquently combines musical genres from today and yesteryear. The rap lyrics are fresh, tight, and truly accentuate the smooth, soft vocals of the lovely ladies singing on the tracks.
With a slate of new, independent artists, "50/50" might be the indy R&B/rap album of the year. The Dynamic Duo, DFD Music, have outdone themselves with this danceable and positive-vibed album. I loved listening to every second of it and can't wait to play it again and again!
The new release from Joshua called Psalms is one of the better tracks put out by the rising musician. It starts with a very laid-back vibe, and continues to provide listeners with a very easy song to get locked into. It becomes catchier and catchier as the song goes on, with a few verses to get the message across.
As one might assume from the title, the theme of the song is very much related to Psalms. In particular, from Psalms 107:20 is the verse:
"He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave."
Joshua is very inspired by this bible verse, and seems to really be appreciative of the book of Psalms in general.
The lyrics have special meaning to Joshua, and he is hoping that listeners will be able to take something from his singing as well. There is a definite message there that is meant to inspire people who are listening, making it more than just another R&B song with a catchy tune.
With that said, the song stays pretty simple, letting the lyrics do most of the heavy lifting. The tune is one of Joshua's best, but it is mostly about him showing off his lyrical side. He has established himself as more of a lyricist early on his career, but that is not to say that he will not be able to evolve into something else as time goes on. He officially dedicated "Psalms" to the late Alan Nyhart, giving it special meaning to him in the end. A great overall song, and one that shows his progression as an artist.
Kela is all about boundaries with her new single "That Space". The up-and-coming singer collaborated with W!ll & T-Lee to come out with this brutally honest banger. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, women are becoming more empowered to take control of their own lives and bodies. This extends to how they approach relationships and their ability to say NO. In this song, Kela clearly lays out why a relationship can't continue. She doesn't hold back with her punches.
Kela's velvety voice and the track's smooth beats balance out the spikes in the lyrics. It's tough to let anyone down, especially someone that you're dating. People can go about this in different ways. They can say it upfront but many choose to withdraw from the person and give subtle signs to ease the blow. The difficulty with the latter is that it can create confusion instead of resolution. When this happens, being direct is the only thing left to do.
Establishing boundaries is something that a lot of people struggle with, especially women who may be afraid of hurting anyone's feelings or encountering violence after they impose their will. Kela refreshingly takes on a confident and self-assured tone. She is unapologetic about what she wants which, ultimately, helps both parties move on from the encounter. Young girls hearing this will hopefully feel emboldened to assert their will across different situations.
Retro pop diva Crystal Starr is back with a new single that brings out the fun with a 90's vibe. Indeed, the video is set inside a record store where the singer works behind the cash register. Once she starts daydreaming of her own record, we are taken on a roller coaster ride of R&B tributes with iconic costumes and cool dance moves.
"Goodie Two Shoes" pays homage to some of the leading names of girl power in that era including TLC, Salt & Peppa, and Janet Jackson. And why not? These artists blazed the trail that Starr and other would follow. Of course, the song is great in itself. It talks about self-discovery, coming of age, and trusting your gut when everyone else is against your decisions. Starr provides soaring vocals as always while L. Michelle raps with swagger and style.
This is her most upbeat song yet, and arguably the most entertaining. Past releases were also catchy but they tended to have a more old school tune and styling. Others were more serious attempts at raising consciousness and providing inspiration. "SHE", for example, is an incredible ballad that Starr performed in collaboration with other notable singers including Judith Hill, Kyra Dacosta, and Andra Day. Their live vocals accompanied by an orchestra of young girls made the song feel raw, powerful, and relatable. If you are looking for a strong female role model, then Crystal Starr is a good one to follow.
With Billboard topping hits and multi-platinum production and songwriting credits Brandon Howard (aka B. Howard) is a rising star in the global music scene. His singles have reached Top Billboard Charts and he prides himself on creating soulful vocals layered on pristine production, and electric energy. As a songwriter and producer, his chart-topping collaborations include songs with artists Ne-Yo, Jason Derulo, Miguel, Akon, Teddy Riley, Bonfyre and Marques Houston.
With millions of people affected by the COVID pandemic and witnessing the Black Lives Matter uprisings, protest art is flourishing. Artists like Lil Baby, YG, LL Cool J, Trey Songz and H.E.R have released music and visuals to show solidarity with BLM. Now R&B artist B. Howard joins the fray with “We Are Champions,” a song meant to amplify, unify and uplift spirits during a time of COVID-19 and rampant government violence. The song has already inspired almost 300 Tik Tok videos and millions of views.
Stricken with an onslaught of emotions brought on by 2020, B. Howard and Van Ness Wu, have teamed together for. “We Are Champions,” produced by B. Howard and Marcos "Kosine" Palacios (Da Internz). The track highlights the resilience of humanity while honoring the personal sacrifices of those on the frontline. The performance style music video directed by Kai-chih Chang celebrates individuals standing up around the world and helping fellow humanity. The visuals depict healthcare workers and peaceful protesters risking their lives for important causes.
B. Howard says, "COVID-19 is a global pandemic that we are all experiencing. We Are Champions honors the frontliners who are risking their lives to save lives in service of others. Our eagerness to return to our daily routine has some of us neglecting the good practices. We can all celebrate champions by making conscious decisions to continue to follow the protocols that have been recommended to flatten the curve."
It is easy to feel intimidated when you look at other people and their seemingly perfect lives. You start questioning your own life as fears and insecurities take over. You begin to do things to escape your thoughts, just like singer Saul Stone talks about in his new single "Conversations". The song was inspired by a chance meeting with an old friend and the ensuing discussion. Something in that must have struck him as realizations burst out after the encounter. Indeed, many of us have experienced the same kind of cathartic experience with friends and random strangers.
Indeed, this is a song about introspection and the search for a resolution. The latter may not yet be fully-realized but that does not reduce the importance of self-examination. Answers may take a lifetime to find but the process of getting there can be rewarding. However, you have to be persistent enough to stay the course and humble enough to learn. "Conversations" is about the raw emotions of those stuck in the middle of the long journey.
Saul Stone sings about trying to run to what he thought was his destination only to recognize that he was running way from himself the whole time. It was the self-hate that fueled his life until then. There is no video production to distract from the message. There is only earnest vocals and the strums of an acoustic guitar that express pain and confusion that is so familiar to many.
"DOWN" is the impressive debut single for up-and-coming artist 7even Daze. She might not have a household name yet but this could soon change when people discover her undeniable talent. The song is raw and unfiltered. She is the type of artist who is not afraid to cut out her chest and let her emotions out. Many will relate to the themes that her debut tries to tackle including the toxicity of relationships, the painful sacrifices made to hold on, and the eventual discovery of self-worth.
"You don't respect me, just leave me half-empty. I was good alone before you met me."
"You got them issues, I doubt that I'll miss you. How does it feel that you've been revealed?"
People don't have to know the singer's background to understand all of these. The beauty of honest storytelling is that humans can connect to the universal experience. Listeners will hear these words and get instantly taken back to specific episodes of their past. The message of empowerment, of rising above the situation and loving one's self enough to love on is something that many will appreciate.
Los Angeles-based 7even Daze combines powerful lyrics with a haunting melody and emphatic bass. The palpable rage is controlled with dynamic vocals that build up to a heighten tension and mellows into a resolution. Give this track a listen. It will not let you down.
Coming on the back of the success of her last single ‘Zengeh’ featuring BET Hip Hop Award winner and Ghanaian superstar Sarkodie, which was championed by Complex, GRM Daily, Capital Xtra, Amor Magazine, Colourful Radio, and Fame Magazine, among others, East London singer and songwriter TEEAH returns with a brand new single titled ‘COMPLETE’ featuring BET Award winning and MOBO Award nominated Nigerian rap star ICE PRINCE, taken from her highly anticipated forthcoming debut
EP, which is due for release later this year.
Her new single ‘Complete’ sees Teeah collaborating once again with London-based producer Delirious, who has previously worked with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Lady Leshurr, and Stylo G, after they both worked together on ‘Zengeh’, as well as Teeah’s previous singles ‘Save Me’ and ‘So Good’, and this time, Nigerian rap star Ice Prince comes along for the slow-burning R&B ride, with Teeah taking a completely different musical direction from the Afrobeats and Afrofusion vibe on ‘Zengeh’, while still showcasing her sultry soulful underpinnings.
Speaking about the inspiration for ‘Complete’, Teeah says, “we've all had that love for someone that makes you feel whole, and you'll do almost anything to have that feeling around the clock, no matter where you are or what else is going on. They know that you complete them and you know that they complete you. ‘Complete’ reflects the classic conflict in my mind, between finding real love and ‘industry’ love, and the fight to hold on to what’s real. The song is also about how you complete each other in far more ways than just sexually, how the intimacy isn’t just sex, it’s more ‘complete’ than that”. Finally stepping into the forefront as a solo artist, East London songstress of Bajan and Southern African heritage Teeah has always been in and around the music, whether it was providing backing vocals for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Hugh Masekela, Mel B, and Fred Hammond, having begun singing at the tender age of 10, or championing talent through behind-the-scenes roles in radio, PR and events within the UK music landscape. 2020 continues her coming-out party with ‘Complete’, as we continue to inch towards her long-awaited and highly anticipated forthcoming untitled debut EP.