Kehlani – “SweetSexySavage” [Album]

After an austere year of media distress and relationship struggles that caused significant pressure upon the Grammy nominated R&B songstress, Kehlani Parrish made a recharged and rediscovered come back with her debut album SweetSexySavage

Kehlani highlights her vulnerabilities acknowledging her imperfections and hardships. In “Keep On,” she embraces herself and her flaws and transitions with a depiction of the fact that despite her ineptness in love and life, she can also be the woman of your dreams in her hit track, “Distraction.” Kehlani highlights her sweet yet savage disposition through each track, such as “On Do U Dirty.”  “Have you all up in your feelings/Experienced, I did it times before/And I can see you from a distance/I could fuck you now and years later on/You gon’ be stuck, just reminiscing.”

Kehlani’s extreme candor and self love portrayed throughout this album is undoubtedly going to launch her into the apex of R&B and her first-week numbers definitely defend that. Lani has pushed nearly 60,000 units within the first week of her album release. The Oakland-born R&B singer maintained three tracks on the Billboard Top 100 before the full album release. After being nominated for a Grammy for “Best Urban Contemporary Album” for her mixtape, You Should Be Here, Lani put herself on the map and is bound for even more recognition with the release of this project.

Kehlani is scheduled to kick off the SweetSexySavage World Tour this month in Montreal, with four upcoming Texas dates.

May 19 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
May 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 24 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Austin
May 25 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall

Stream SweetSexySavage.

SZA Names New ‘CTRL’ Album, Debuts Single “Drew Barrymore”

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Top Dawg Entertainment‘s Goddess, SZA, made her network television debut on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show tonight (January 13th). After confirming her forthcoming album, ‘CTRL’ and debuting some of that new-new, including a collaboration with Travis Scott, “Love Galore,” at an intimate listening party in New York earlier this week, SZA has gifted with us a preview of what is to come with her new single, “Drew Barrymore.” The TDE Songstress performed the single on Jimmy Kimmel, just minutes after the track surfaced on Apple Music.

Produced by Scum and Carter Lang, the 26 year-old describes the track as “black grunge,” touching the harsh and crippling reality of her depression and struggles of low self-esteem. “I get so lonely I forget what I’m worth / We get so lonely we pretend that it’s worse / I’m so ashamed of myself think I need therapy,” she sings. “I’m sorry I’m not more attractive/I’m sorry I’m not more ladylike / I’m sorry I don’t shave my legs at night.”

The forthcoming album just may be her last as a tweet from this past October reveals, “I actually quit. @iamstillpunch can release my album if he ever feels like it. Y’all be blessed.” She deleted the message several hours after sending it. However, that left us all wondering, is this last we’ll get from the Millennial RnB Queen?

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She later follows up and clarifies her relationship with TDE, insisting that rumors of a breach were amplified, “Me and Punch never get along—that’s every day,” she says. “They call me one of the homies. We’re all different, and that was hard to understand because they’re tough-love people and hard to read, but I dig it now. I don’t have any issues with my label. My label has been nothing but supportive of everything I’ve wanted to do.” After being asked about quitting music, the artist simply trails off and expresses that she doesn’t “have the energy to create a filter anymore.” Touching on the fact that she is burnt out.

SZA tells Complex: “My life has just been falling the fuck apart. I buried, like, three ex-boyfriends, my granny died, I buried someone two days ago… I’m devastated by the state of the world and the hatred.”

“Some days I feel militant and vengeful,” she continues. “Some days I feel defeated and I actually cry because I just don’t understand. Then you start getting biblical, like, ‘Why is this happening to my people?’ Then you go through, ‘It’s never going to change, so might as well just go with the flow.’ And then you go through, ‘No. I’m not asking anymore. I’m going to make it change.’”

We anxiously await the remainder of the magic that is to come that TDE’s head, Punch describes as “raw.” Peep the new single below on Apple Music.

 

A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Dead at 45

A Tribe Called Quest is accountable for an entire generation of cool. In the 25 years since Tribe hit the scene, very little material has come close to sounding refreshing as their music does.

Yesterday, hip-hop lost Malik Taylor A.K.A. Phife Dawg at only 45 years old due to complications related to diabetes. Taylor struggled with ongoing health issues for years. Back in 2008, Taylor underwent a kidney transplant due to his battle with diabetes.

Malik Taylor appeared on all five of ATCQ’s studio albums, the most notable being 1991’s The Low End Theory and 1993’s Midnight Marauders, providing the rambunctious vocals to counterpoint Q-Tip’s smooth flow. A Tribe Called Quest broke up after their release of their last album, 1998’s the Love Movement. However the group would reunite for live shows.

The 45 year-old was a “loving husband, father, brother and friend,” his family said in a statement. His mother, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor wrote on Facebook, “thank you for your love and good wishes. Malik made me so proud, and he was a good and humble son. What holds me is that he brought joy through his music and sports, and that he lived a magical life. He is with his beloved grandmother and his twin brother Mikal today. God bless you Malik Boyce Taylor. Please send prayers to my daughter-in-law Deisha.”

Rest in peace Phife Dawg.

 

Denzel Curry – Imperial [Album Stream]

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After dropping his double EP 32 Zel / Planet Shrooms last summer, Denzel Curry stays consistent with his release of his second studio album Imperial. His growth as a lyricist is revealed in this release with features from Rick Ross and Joey Bada$$ and production collaborations from FNZ and Ronny J.   In a statement to Hypetrak, Curry commentates on the album as “[him] attempting to reach [his] ultimate form and to introduce a lifestyle of truth to [his] fans, be honest with yourself and you will grow.” His vision for his art seems to have become clear and it is nothing but apparent in Imperial.  Stream it below and be sure to catch Denzel Curry on his 2055: THE ULT EXPERIENCE Tour, and get tickets below!

4/22 – Dallas – The Loft
4/23 – San Antonio – Alamo City Music Club
4/24 – Austin – Parish
4/25 – Houston – Warehouse Live 

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Flume – Never Be Like You (Disclosure Remix)

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Flume’s remix of Disclosure’s “You & Me,” off their debut studio album Settle, released in 2013stirred up both their fan bases, blending the genres together in a style that has ultimately taken dance music to a new level and broken many boundaries. Disclosure has returned the favor with a remix to Flume’s latest single “Never Be Like you” from his forthcoming album Skin.

Disclosure escapes their commercial sound and brings back their underground garage-house vibes, making you feel like you’re at a late night after hours party in the UK. The duo has completely diverted the track and stamped their sound while still highlighting the sweet vocals provided by Kai.

Be one of the first to hear the remix, as it has emerged before Annie Mac’s premiere on BBC Radio 1.

Joey Bada$$ – Ready (Prod. By Statik Selektah) [Stream]

Joey Bada$$ told the world to be “#Ready” for what is to come on his upcoming album, expected for release later this year, following up last year’s B4.DA.$$, with Beats 1’s Ebro Darden’s premiere of his track “Ready.” The Pro Era rapper permeates the pensive track, produced by Statik Selektah, with his conscious yet bravado bars.

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Image via Pro Era

Not only is the 21-year old progressing musically, but socially, as he spoke to NYU students about the music industry and his endeavor as an independent artist last Friday. Bada$$ is scheduled to speak at Harvard next week. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ‘Ready’ for what the Beast Coast MC has coming up next.