Nav – Some Way” (Ft. The Weeknd)

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XO artist Nav and label mate The Weeknd announced the release of their new song titled “Some Way” on Twitter this morning. FYI, Nav is an up-and-coming Toronto rapper, who you may remember hearing on Travis Scott’s “Beibs in the Trap”

According to Complex, “despite several high-profile collaborations, including this one, not much is known about Nav at this point. However, he reportedly has a collaborative album on the way with Metro Boomin.”

Listen to “Some Way” on Apple Music or on Spotify!

 

Syd Releases New Single “Body”

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Last year, the members of The Internet announced plans to release individual albums in 2017. And Syd is making good on this promise by dropping a solo track titled “Body,” which she says she wanted to be the “baby making anthem for 2017.”

The track also premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 and is produced by MeLo-X. According to Pigeons and Planes, the song “creates the ultimate setting of intimacy before Syd even says a word and Syd flexes her already sultry and breathy vocals to match the mood of the rhythm.”

Listen to “Body” by Syd below!

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.

 

Kehlani Goes Savage For “Do U Dirty” Single

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2016 was a very interesting year for Bay area songstress Kehlani. Charting singles, extensive touring, an ex boyfriend shenanigan that led to a suicide attempt; you know, typical R&B artist stuff. What seems to have emerged from it all is a more confident Kehlani. You can hear it in her new music; the most recent being “Do U Dirty”, a sultry single dedicated to guys like her ex.

This single is really just one piece of the sentiment that is her debut album Sweet Sexy Savage. It debuts January 27th and she says that this is the album where she truly got her sound right.

“…This one, I really took my time like, ‘Every song, I not only have to write really intensely, but I have to make sure that I push myself to get the sonics correctly.”

Stream the new single below and pre order Sweet Sexy Savage here. 

SZA Teases “Love Galore” (feat. Travis Scott)

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It’s been a minute since we’ve been gifted with new music from SZA. She dropped her last project, Z, in 2014. There’s been a lot of back and fourth for her upcoming album, and at one point it seemed like she quit TDE, but here we are today.

This evening SZA confirmed that we will, indeed, be getting a new album from her this year, A. Rolling Stone is already referring to it as being one of the “most highly anticipated albums of this year”, and I agree.

SZA also debuted a few new tracks last night, one of which surfaced the internet featuring La Flame. According to Billboard, the track is “Love Galore”. Peep the snippets below, and stay on the lookout for details for A.

D.R.A.M Returns to the Top

 

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Does. Real. Ass. Music AKA D.R.A.M returns to the number 3 spot on this week’s R&B/Hip Hop singles chart with his popular record “Broccoli” feating Lil Yatchty.

Selling 113,828 units during the seven days leading to December 29 despite slipping to #11 only two weeks ago.

The hit was produced by J-Gramm and co-produced by Rogét Chahayed and Karl Rubin. It has sold a total of 1,029,315 units since making its official chart debut 36 weeks ago.

Be sure to check him out at one of the dates below.

2/1-Dallas- The Loft 

2/2- Austin- Grizzly Hall 

2/3- Baton Rouge- Varsity Theatre  

Tory Lanez Drops Two Mixtapes

 

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Tory Lanez is starting 2017 with a running start.

For the second year in a row, the 24-year-old artist has shared two mixtapes on New Year’s Day. He released Chixtape 4 and The New Toronto 2, which are the follow up albums of last years The New Toronto and Chixtape 3.

The mixtapes feature A$AP Ferg, Rick Ross and Cash Money’s Jacquees with production from Lanez, Play Picasso, C Sick and araabMUZIK.

He began teasing about their releases back in October tweeting:

And in November tweeting:

 

He begin releasing details about the albums in December via tweets:

 

 

 

On New Years Day we got a video teaser:

Then later that day he finally gave us the links to download both tapes. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to them, make sure to follow these links to download them.

Childish Gambino – …Awaken, My Love! [Album]

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Oh yes, it’s here my friends. Childish Gambino has finally dropped his highly anticipated …Awaken, My Love!

…Awaken, My Love! is unlike anything out right now. It’s unique. We get a mixture of funk, soul, and R&B – with literally no rapping, which is surprisingly ok. Gambino has taken a 360 turn on his music style, and has successfully resurrected a forgotten genre.

…Awaken, My Love! will have you feeling several types of ways. Each song tells a different story. “Have Some Love” puts you at a family reunion BBQ, bonding with the loved ones. “Zombies” puts you in a scene straight outta Stranger Things. “Redbone” will take you back to being a youngin’ in your grandpa’s living room, jamming classic vinyl.  “California” will take you to an island in the middle of nowhere, sippin’ on a piña colada.

Childish Gambino is a man of many, many talents and continues to amaze us left and right. Peep …Awaken, My Love! for yourself below:

Childish Gambino – “Redbone”

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Alright, Gambino is (truly) a mastermind. In light of his upcoming album, …Awaken, My Love!, he dropped the single “Redbone” and it is just as mindblowing-ly unique as “Me and Your Mama“.

“Redbone” samples a sped-up version of Jaco Pasourius‘ “Portrait Of Tracy”, from all the way back in 1976. Gambino doesn’t rap on the track (again) but the vocals that he does give us kind of remind me of a young, more modern, Barry White.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Gambino describes his upcoming album, …Awaken, My Love!, as being influenced by the music that he grew up on:

“I remember listening to songs my dad would play—albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic—and not understanding the feeling I was feeling. I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, ‘Wow, that’s sexual and it’s scary.’ Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That’s what made it great.” – Donald Glover

Peep “Redbone” below, and stay on the lookout for …Awaken, My Love!, expected Dec. 2!

Childish Gambino – …Awaken, My Love! [Album Details + Single]

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Well folks, it looks like Childish Gambino has FINALLY broken silence on his plan for releasing new music. Today he dropped “Me And Your Mama”, and released details on his upcoming album, …Awaken, My Love!, including the artwork, tracklist, and release date.

Gambino’s upcoming album, …Awaken, My Love! is set to drop on Dec. 2nd. There are no announced features at the moment. Check out the tracklist:

1. Me and Your Mama
2. Have Some Love
3. Boogieman
4. Zombies
5. Riot
6. Redbone
7. California
8. Terrified
9. Baby Boy
10. The Night Me and Your Mama Met
11. Stand Tall

Back in September, Gambino hosted his Pharos event at Joshua Tree where he performed the whole album. Cell phones/cameras/recording devices weren’t allowed, so there is no actual footage of it.  Attendees described the album as a whole new side of Gambino, with very little rapping, and “Me And Your Mama” confirms just that.

Stream “Me And Your Mama” below and preorder …Awaken, My Love! here.