Babyface & L.A. Reid Signs New Artist KES to First Joint Deal In 25 Years [EP Stream + Free Download]
They made history with LaFace Records. Now, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and L.A. Reid are coming together again to create the next singing superstar.
The talented artist is name Kesington Kross (b.k.a. KES). He’s was born in Orange County, California, but later moved to Compton. Babyface discovered KES during a writing session and instantly knew there was something nostalgically unique about the singer/songwriter. Therefore, he introduced KES to L.A. Reid and the two immediately signed him to Epic Records as a joint venture. This is the first time in 25 years that L.A. and Babyface has done a record deal together.
For those of you music lovers who are fans of David Bowie, Rick James, and Phil Collins, will enjoy KES’s sound. He brings a modern approach to 80′s music in which he fuses rock-n-roll, R&B, and rave music together subtley, but with noticible impact.
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Over the weekend, rapper Yo Gotti stopped through Atlanta for an album signing and club appearance. As you know, his first studio album “I AM” is currently in-stores and Yo Gotti has been on the road for months promoting the project.
This Saturday, November 29, he stopped through DBS Sounds (in Riverdale) to greet the fans and show love. STACKS Magazine was onsite to capture the moment as the Memphis-native autographed copies of the album and took pictures with his supporters. Here’s a few pics from the in-store:
The in-store was hosted by Streetz 94.5FM.
via press release…
With over 120 million views to his YouTube channel, and the recent explosive success of labelmates Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton, Funk Volume label co-founder Hopsin adds fuel to his already game-changing firestorm with the release of his long awaited sophomore album Knock Madness. Known for explicitly detailing his struggle toward success as an independent artist, as well as scorching critiques of the current state of hip-hop music and its effects on youth culture, the new album finds Hopsin conveying various emotional states. From delving into sorrow and grief in “Old Friend” to the witty, abrasive and blunt “Hop is Back,” which featured widely discussed jabs at Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, Hopsin provides conceptual versatility with Knock Madness. The album features a guest appearance from Tech N9ne as well as appearances from Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, SwizZz and more.
Hopsin is heavily involved in every step of the production of his music as co-founder of his indie label Funk Volume as well as his videos in which he acts, directs and edits. His multitude of talents have gained him over 647,000 YouTube subscribers and the video for KM’s second single “Hop Is Back” has over 2 million YouTube views since its debut. Hopsin and Funk Volume have also recently released their documentary, Independent Living, available for streaming or purchase here. After being available for only a day, Knock Madness has already received a warm response from HipHopDX, who deemed it, “a perfect album for die-hard fans & his bar-for-bar execution and self-awareness yield a solid listen.” The album has hit the #2 spot on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and #4 on the overall charts.
Knock Madness Track Listing:
1. The Fiends Are Knocking
2. Hop Is Back
3. Who’s There (ft. Jarren Benton & Dizzy Wright)
4. Tears to Snow
5. Rip Your Heart Out (ft. Tech N9ne)
6. Nollie Tre Flip
7. Gimme That Money
8. I Need Help
9. Hip-Hop Sinister
10. Good Guys Get Left Behind
11. Bad Manners Freestyle
12. Old Friend
13. Still Got Love For You
14. Jungle Bash (ft. SwizZz)
15. Lunch Time Cypher (ft. Passionate MC & G-Mo Skee)
16. Dream Forever
17. What’s My Purpose
18. Caught In The Rain
1/18/14 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
1/19/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
1/21/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
1/22/14 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
1/23/14 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
1/24/14 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
1/25/14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
1/26/14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
1/28/14 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
1/29/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
1/30/14 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
1/31/14 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
2/01/14 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes
2/04/14 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
2/05/14 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
2/06/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
2/07/14 – Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose
2/08/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s Nightclub
2/09/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
2/11/14 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
2/12/14 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
2/13/14 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
2/14/14 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
2/15/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
2/16/14 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
2/17/14 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
2/18/14 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
2/19/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Theater
2/21/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
2/22/14 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/23/14 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
2/25/14 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
2/26/14 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
2/27/14 – Washington, DC @ Howard Theater
2/28/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
3/01/14 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene St.
3/05/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
3/06/14 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
3/07/14 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theater
3/12/14 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
3/13/14 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
3/16/14 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
3/19/14 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
3/21/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Yost Theater
3/22/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Glasgow Cathouse
Hopsin – “The Fiends Are Knocking”
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It’s been 20 years since “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” was released by one of hip hop’s most influential rap groups. Wu-Tang’s affect on the culture made labels, music lovers, and corporations realize the potential rap had from a production, lyrical, and merchandising standpoint. In the mist of their 20 year anniversary comeback, their highly anticipated new album (unfortunately) hangs in a balance.
See, the group’s head RZA recently revealed that the process in making their new album “A Better Tomorrow” has been difficult. He told the Associated Press…
“When you’re a young man, you’re hustling and you’ve got 12 hours a day to dedicate to music. It might be more than that,” said the rapper, whose real name is Robert Diggs, in a phone interview. “The energy that’s important is constantly pouring out. But when you’ve got to go seek for the energy, it becomes a little more difficult. Wu-Tang is forever, I’ll never take back that statement. But we haven’t recorded a lot of studio albums. This is the first album we’ve recorded in seven years, actually. And we can’t wait seven years for another album.”
RZA foresees a future where the spirit of the Wu-Tang Clan lives on in the children of the original nine members of the New York-based collective and in the untold scores of rappers, producers and entrepreneurs influenced by the group – folks like Drake, whose “Wu-Tang Forever” drew a lot of attention earlier this year. He’s had trouble wrapping up the collective’s plans in the now, though.
Although RZA estimates the album will be finished by the top of the 2014, the recording process has also been a drag because of the lack of participation by Raekwon. The riff between the two has been made public, but many fans are confused as to why Raekwon isn’t so enthused by the new project.
In an interview with RapFix, Raekwon expressed that there’s a disconnect with the group’s individual opinions about the album and their approach at this historical reunion.
“The bottom line is: Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion. Of course. Who wouldn’t? I just want everything to be right, the business. When we made a lot of our great music, it was because we were in harmony. You cannot put guys together if there is no harmony, and on top of it, we’re doing business. As a man with children, I have to always look at that. It’s bigger than sometimes just the thought of it, the fact of it, it just gotta make sense.”
Is there money issues still brewing between the members? In the past, there were rumors that the dismantle of the group was due to RZA’s control over the business. We wonder if Raekwon still feel some type of way about it. Regardless, the fans are waiting patiently on “A Better Tomorrow”. Wu-Tang, as an entire unit, would give her legacy another great look if they can come together on this project. If the album is released without Raekwon, it just wouldn’t be right.
Hopefully, the guys will iron out their differences soon.
R. Kelly was serious when he said this was going to be a modern version of 12 Play. His upcoming album Black Panties is full of sexual heat and is press play ready for any romantic night with a significant other.
Over the past month or so, R. Kelly has releases a few songs from the album. Also, he’s let go a few snippets via his Instagram page. This week, however, he’s released a new song called “Lights On”. The song features lyrics confirming that there’s no need to turn the light off during a session of steamy lovemaking. Take a listen to the song below:
Black Panties drops December 10. The 13-track album will feature Ludacris, Jeezy, Kelly Rowland, and 2 Chainz. Fans will also have the option to buy the deluxe version, which includes four additional songs featuring Future, Migos, and Juicy J. Check out the full tracklisting:
1. Legs Shakin’ (Featuring Ludacris)
3. Throw This Money on You
5. Marry the Pussy
6. You Deserve Better
8. All the Way (Featuring Kelly Rowland)
9. My Story (Featuring 2 Chainz)
10. RiGht Back
11. Spend That (Featuring Jeezy)
12. Crazy Sex
13. Shut Up
Tear It Up (Featuring Future)
Show Ya Pussy (Featuring Migos & Juicy J)
The holiday is here and what better way to get into the spirit than through music. Two good Christmas albums were dropped recently by two of our favorite R&B artists, Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton.
Mary J. Blige’s “A Mary Christmas” was released on October 15. The 12-track boasts a few notable features from The Clark Sisters (“The First Noel”), Marc Anthony (“Silent Night”), and Jesse J (“Do You Hear What I Hear”). One surprising duet on the album is with the legendary Barbara Streisand and Chris Botti on “When You Wish Upon A Star”. Included with the bonus edition of the album is a 64-page booklet of exclusive photos of Mary J’s family and favorite holiday memories.
Watch a video of the Queen of Hip Hop and R&B’s rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” below:
The youngest sibling in the Braxton clan, Tamar, also blessed her fans with a holiday album. “Winters Loversland” includes 10 tracks which showcases the singing sensations modern take on some old classics. The album only offers up one feature and that is from her sister Trina Braxton on “The Chipmunk Song”.
1. “Sleigh Ride”
2. “Santa Baby”
3. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
4. “No Gift”
5. “Away in a Manger”/”Little Drummer Boy”
6. “Merry Christmas Darling”
7. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” feat. Trina Braxton
8. “She Can Have You”
9. “Silent Night”
10. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Both albums can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and other music outlets.
On another note…
Over the years, many artists have released Christmas albums. It has become one of those things to do in addition to the normal albums that are released. Consumers have became accustomed to the offerings of their favorite artists take on various holiday-inspired songs. And as such, have proven that Christmas albums do indeed sell.
Take a look at Nielsen Soundscan’s “American” list of the Top 10 Best-Selling Christmas/Holiday Albums…
- Miracles: The Holiday Album / Kenny G ~ 7,277,000 sold
- Noël / Josh Groban ~ 5,550,000 sold
- Merry Christmas / Mariah Carey ~ 5,261,000 sold
- These Are Special Times / Celine Dion ~ 5,257,000 sold
- Christmas in the Aire / Mannheim Steamroller ~ 3,735,000 sold
- A Fresh Aire Christmas / Mannheim Steamroller ~ 3,645,000 sold
- Mannheim Steamroller Christmas / Mannheim Steamroller ~ 3,493,000 sold
- Now That’s What I Call Christmas! / various artists ~ 3,443,000 sold
- Christmas Eve and Other Stories / Trans-Siberian Orchestra ~ 3,347,000 sold
- A Charlie Brown Christmas / Vince Guaraldi Trio ~ 3,226,000 sold
What is your favorite Christmas album? What are you’re thoughts on holiday albums, in general?
Mario Mims b.k.a Yo Gotti‘s long-awaited studio album is finally here. The 15-year independent grind for the Memphis native has paid off in an unique way. Known as a true advocate of the dope boy/street rap, Gotti has always maintained street credibility in and out the music game. But he’s signed to EPIC Records and now his music has the ability to reach broader audiences. So, does this mean he must change his tune? Does he need clean up his content? Uh…nope. He’s still Yo Gotti.
There’s something to be said about a man that has waited this long to sign to a major label. He’s his own man. And that’s why many of his peers respect him.
On his new project I AM, gives his core fan base just what they wanted. That real sh-t. Although, Yo Gotti ventured out a little with the production, he’s done a good job at maintaining the integrity of his sound, his story, and what he stands for. Features on the album includes T.I., Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Wale, Kendall Morgan, and Canei Finch. Production credits includes Metro Boomin, Honorable C-Note, The Youngstars, P-Lo, and others.
1. I Am
2. Don’t Come Around (Feat. Kendall Morgan)
3. I Know (Feat. Rich Homie Quan)
5. F-U (Feat. Meek Mill)
6. Pride to the Side
7. Cold Blood (Feat. J. Cole and Canei Finch)
8. LeBron James
9. Die a Real Ni**a
10. King Sh*t (Feat. T.I.)
11. Respect That You Earn (Feat. Ne-Yo and Wale)
12. ION Want It
13. Act Right (Feat. Jeezy and YG)
Go cop that “I AM” now on iTunes!
In case you missed his latest video featuring T.I., check out “King Sh-t” below:
Damn Lady GaGa…
The fashionably courageous and talented Lady GaGa couldn’t use her best costume to save her this time. According to the charts, her latest album release ArtPop only secured 260,000 copies sold in its first week. Although fans and other alternative music lovers say her album is good, to her record label the project was a major #FAIL.
Lady GaGa’s last album Born This Way sold over $1 million copies in one week, due largely to a great marketing strategy of selling it on Amazon for just .99 cent. In addition, since her first release in 2008, GaGa has sold over 24 million albums and 125 million singles worldwide. So, what the hell happened this time around?
Some blame the lack of promotion behind ArtPop. But, insiders say that Interscope Records set aside $25 million to help push the project. With hardly any records sold, the record label is being forced to take a loss. When that happens, most companies have no choice but to lay off employees. Because of Lady GaGa’s flop, it is expected that up to 50 or so employees will be let go before the holidays.
Pusha T has been hyping this new album up since he appeared on Kanye’s track “Runaway”. Then again, that was the true emergence of Pusha T the solo artist and not ½ of The Clipse. He threw a test press of what he had to offer with his earlier mixtape Fear of God and Wrath of Caine. As cool as it was, it did not show his true potential to make undeniable music. Still, with previous releases of tracks like “Nosetalgia” and “Money On The Boards”, Pusha’s buzz was hard to eclipse.
After a few good thorough listens to My Name Is My Name, it can be easily said that Pusha T is going extremely hard.
What I like the most is that he reaches for his own lane. Instead of hearing production from Pharrell all over this album, you get a bevy of producers to give him a different sound. The throwback era sounding “Numbers On The Boards” is easily an audible treat due to ominous production. The Kanye West and Hudson Mohawke produced “Hold On” gains plenty of punch from the auto-tuned wailing and piano driven loop. When you actually get to hear Pharrell, you got either the off-beat sounding “Suicide” or the dry dopeness in “S.N.I.T.C.H.”. The biggest strength of the production is the detour off the beaten Pharrell path that Pusha T took.
Regardless of the diverse production, Pusha T still keeps his hands to the gravel (i.e. he continues to go hard). With tracks like “Nosetalgia” and “King Push”, there is no doubt about where the lyrics will be the majority of the time. With “King Push”, he has lyrics like “vultures to my culture/exploit the struggle/insult ya/they name droppin’about King coppin’/never been a foot soldier” booming through the ears. In comparison, “Nosetalgia” has him being extra flippant on the mic with “started off as a baby face monster/no wonder its diaper rash on my conscience/my teething ring was numbed by that nonsense”. Seeming no worse for wear, Pusha T still have the abrasively arrogant and agile lyrics that got him where he is today.
Pusha T achieved three main things on this album. For one, he proved that he could make a comprehensive project without all of his production coming from Pharrell. Another feat he achieved is holding on to his own personality and not conforming. Even bigger than the previous achievements is the fact that his album is purely dope. With all those things going for him, there is little doubt that listeners will have any problems with the name Pusha T.
Not one to follow the standards of other artists, Master P has come up with a great marketing idea for his next project.
In an recent exclusive interview with AllHipHop.com, the New Orleans businessman/rapper revealed that he plans to give a lucky winner $10,000 this holiday season. His upcoming album The Gift is scheduled for release on December 6. With a copy of the album, each fan will receive golden lottery ticket inserted inside. The ticket will then be entered into a raffle. One winner will be announced on December 23 just in time for Christmas.
Master P says the reason behind his decision to be extremely generous this year of the economy and families not being able to do for themselves.
“With the holidays approaching and the economy being the way it is, many families will be unable to buy gifts for their loved ones and that’s why I want to give everyone The Gift. Most importantly, I will be able to use my gift of music to help give back to underprivileged kids in many communities, and give them a chance to receive Christmas gifts that they would normally not be able to afford. It is my hope that this will encourage other artists to join me in this movement.”
In addition to the lottery ticket, Master P will also hosting a toy drive.
Kudos to the No Limit Soldier for always thinking about the community first!
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes has been staples in the music industry for 20 years now. To mark their anniversary, the group will release a compilation album of their greatest hits on Tuesday, October 15. One song to be included on the album is written by Ne-yo and called “Meant To Be.” The production on this record is strangely reminiscent of the group’s signature sound that made them the #1 Best Selling “American” Girl Group of all time. Take a listen below:
We, also, mentioned in July that fans will get a chance to see how the girls career played out in a upcoming biopic. The movie will air on VH1, October 21 at 9/8c.
Glenn Lewis is back. The 90′s R&B singer is vying to bring back that feel good love music. His new album Moment of Truth is set to drop on October 15 on RuffHouse/Capitol Records.
To kick start the project, he’s released a nice semi-reggae track with the lovely Melanie Fiona. The song “All My Love”, produced by Bilal, gives the meaning of what a relationship and loving someone is supposed to be.
Sounds like Glenn may be on to something. Can’t wait to hear the album in its entirety!
Nelly Drops “M.O.” w/features from T.I., 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj & More + “Ciroc & Simply Lemonade” feat. Yo Gotti
St. Louis rapper and businessman Nelly released his seventh studio album today. It has been close to three years since the “Country Grammar” artist dropped his last project (“5.0″). Nelly has released two singles earlier this year (“Hey Porsche” and “Get Like Me”) to luke warm reviews. However, critics and fans are glad to see that he’s continuing his music career. It says a lot for an artist to be on his seventh album. Not every one get an opportunity to do that.
Nelly recently gave an explanation on what this album represents for him. “First of all, I’m excited that I get a chance to do a seventh album. [Laughs.] Also, being 14 years later [since Country Grammar was released], being able to do a lot of great things in 14 years and represent somewhere that a lot of people don’t get to represent, especially in the music business and definitely in the hip-hop game. I stand for the Midwest. That’s why the album’s titled M.O., ‘cause I’m still holding it down like that. My friends and family all call me Mo, so it’s kind of like really representing where I’m from and me at the same time.” (Complex)
On M.O., Nelly has enlisted a lot of big names to help him achieve the success he was had. Besides “Get Like Me” which features Nicki Minaj and Pharrell, his close friend T.I. is on the album. Also, Future, Snoop Dogg, Daley, Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, and a few others. The album contains 12 tracks with an additional 4 on the deluxe version. Production credits on the project goes to Pharrell, Detail, Justice League, and John SK McGee to name a few.
Check out the official tracklist below:
1. Get Like Me – feat. Nicki Minaj, Pharrell
2. Give U Dat – feat. Future
3. Rick James – feat. T.I.
4. Heaven – feat. Daley
5. Maryland, Massachusetts
6. 100K – feat. 2 Chainz
7. All Around The World – feat. Trey Songz
8. IDGAF – feat. Pharrell, T.I.
9. U Know U Want To
10. My Chick Better – feat. Fabolous & Wiz Khalifa
11. Walk Away – feat. Florida Georgia Line
12. Headphones – feat. Nelly Furtado
13. Ciroc & Simply Lemonade – feat. Yo Gotti
14. Hey Porsche
15. Shake Whatever
16. Mo’s Focused
LISTEN: ”Ciroc & Simply Lemonade” feat. Yo Gotti
Go support your boy Nelly and cop that album!!!
Two members from my favorite R&B group of all time, K-Ci and Jo Jo, has returned with some new music. “My Brother’s Keeper” is the new project from the brothers. In true R&B form, K-Ci and Jo Jo gives fan that classic soul music on this 20+ track album. To see if the boys still got it, Pandora is offering a free stream of their project on its website. From now until September 30, fans can listen to My Brother’s Keeper in its entirety.
Click this LINK to listen!
Tuesday, September 24, Atlanta’s Museum Bar welcomed music lovers for a special album release party. Musiq Soulchild and Syleena Johnson has combined their talents to create a new reggae album.
Yes, reggae. Sounds strange doesn’t it…given the fact that neither one of them are known to sing that genre of music. But hey, talent is talent…right?
Anyway, the ‘9INE‘ album release party brought out many supporters and celebrity friends. STACKS Magazine was on site to get exclusive photos from the event. Check out a few of them below:
’9INE’ is now available on iTunes. In case you need a preview of what to expect from their new album, check out “Promise” below and let us know what you think.
Pusha T dropped a new jewel on Funk Master Flex’s radio show. The track features Kendrick Lamar and is damn near perfection when comes to production and lyrics. “Nosetalgia” was produced by Knottz and will be apart of Pusha’s upcoming album My Name Is My Name, due in stores October 8.
Take a listed and let us know what you think.
Regardless of how things may go, John Legend is always liable to have some good music. It all started with Get Lifted, his introduction into R&B solo music. After that, he came with the soothingly melodic Once Again. Taking a different direction with Evolver, some considered it his least favorable album. With Love In The Future, many listeners are wondering where he will go with his music.
After listening to this album for over 2 weeks, it seems as if John Legend wanted to make great music on his own terms.
Regardless of the originality of the track, John Legend still unleashes his soul into the music. The Bobby Caldwell classic “Open Your Eyes” gets a reboot to ensure both R&B and hip hop lovers can nod their heads in unison. The track “Who Do You Think You Are” comes through with lush soul samples and an equitably nice Rick Ross verse to make it complete. Yet, it is the short but sweet “Angel”, featuring the angelic toned Stacy Barthe, which should have become a full length song. Even still, John Legend lets his inner sanctum shine over samples of familiarity.
The best thing about this album, however, is the simple-yet-effective song writing that becomes personal by the minute. “So Gone” plays like an anthem for those that want to live life for themselves while John reflects on how he had to “make it on his own”. “You And I” is the dedication to the love of his life. But, it is the observance of her beauty in his eyes in combination with his surroundings that make the song so endearing. It is these moments of self-expression that will win any John Legend fan over.
On Love In The Future, John Legend reaches in the past and the present to express where he wants to head. Many may miss out on the true meaning of this album. Others will make their own meaning of it. Either or, we all have to realize that John Legend is expressing himself through the language of love. That language will exist in the present, reach back to the past, or touch on future desires. With that said, it is easy to see that John Legend made an album full of great music for whatever time period is on anyone’s mind.
Event Recap: Tamar Braxton’s Album Signing & Q&A @ DTLR; Talks New Christmas Album + Book [Photos & Video]
On Friday, September 13, Tamar Braxton had her Love and War album signing at the D.T.L.R.-Camp Creek store located in East Point, Georgia. After fans piled in to have their albums signed and snap a photo or two with Tamar, the reality TV star/singer sat down for a brief Q&A with Atlanta’s V-103FM. During the Q&A, Tamar talked about her album, bad experiences, becoming a mom, and being serious about your craft. “Practice and stay in you lane” is also a bit of advice that Tamar gave for people trying to reach that impossible dream.
I, Abner, asked Tamar what should we expect from her upcoming Christmas album and ‘Love and War’ book.
“The ‘Love and War’ book is not named after the album. The ‘Love and War’ book is a relationship self-help book. I tell you my story, my whole career before I met Vince and then Vince tells you his story and then we tell our story together, it’s very interesting,” stated Tamar.
“My Christmas album I’m so excited about it; it’s very romantic. Everything that I’m doing right now, because where I am in my life, is very kind of “relationship” driven. Because “Tamar and Vince” the first season means so much and writing the album Love and War. Everybody spirit was on the love side, but sometimes love can feel like war. That’s why I have all this relationship stuff coming out, it means so much and thank you so much.”
Tamar Braxton’s Christmas album is scheduled to come out in October and her ‘Love and War’ book will hit shelves in November of this year. In recent news, Tamar’s Love and War album debuted Number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and Number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart selling over 114,000 copies. In October 2013, Tamar will be performing on the “Made To Love” tour with John Legend.
Tamar has a very bright future ahead of her along with a great album. She will be in the spotlight for a while.
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Recap article submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Rico Love is mainly known for his superior production and songwriting skills. As the man behind mega-hit’s for Usher (i.e. “Hey Daddy”, “There Goes My Baby”), he has been very influential in other artists careers as well. But, now he’s stepped out with his own project Discreet Luxury.
The 5-song EP reflects Rico’s appreciation of relationships and the female creature. The EP displays his unique ability to express love, sex, and everything in between with a certain level of finesse. It’s almost like if a man who’s known to be the neighborhood’s “Lady’s Man” needed a soundtrack, or a musical example of how he moves in the streets, then Rico Love’s EP will symbolize that.
On Discreet Luxury, the song “They Don’t Know” is a fan favorite. It breaks down the blueprint for a “side chick”. How she suppose to act, what type of gifts she’d receive, and various other characteristics are all spelled out in this song. While most of the time, people are heard bashing the jump-off, this is one song that congratulates them. And in return, Rico expresses his greatest appreciation that no one knows about their affair.
Side chicks… #WINNING!! LOL
Watch video below:
Discreet Luxury is for sale on iTunes now.
Two of America’s favorite reality stars were at it on Twitter. “Love & Hip Hop” star K. Michelle and star of “Tamar & Vince” Tamar Braxton haven’t been seeing eye to eye this season. Both singers have been at odds since a recent Twitter post from Tamar Braxton about record sales towards K.Michelle. K. Michelle went to respond on her Twitter stating that, “Don’t worry about my album sales, worry about finding ur original face! My sales are REAL, nothing political All Hard Work.”
K. Michelle was also reported stating to Tamar via Twitter, “You keep throwing rocks at me and then u run and hide behind Vince’s man boob! U not above getting checked shady boots!”
Despite the apparent beef between the two, which one of them actually came out on top in first week record sales? Well, it’s been a week since Tamar dropped her album Love & War and the results are in.
Both artist sold over 100,000 records but Tamar Braxton took the crown with 17,000 more albums sold according to the Billboard charts. I’m not sure how long this beef will last but I will say both ladies have put out some great music and we have grown to either love or dislike them on TV.
Article submitted by Dameon Daniels, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
HOLLYWOOD — A tribute album is in the works for Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Proceeds from the album sales will go to the “Lisa Lopes” Foundation. Multiplatinum Billboard Producer Andrew Lane will be leading the project along with Reigndrop Lopes, sister of Lisa. Artists are already coming forward to lend their voices, including, Latin Grammy Winner Miguelito Valenzuelas along with Rap Star Shawnna, Up & Coming Music Artist Kimberly Jessy/Jesika, and a host of other names are swirling as the album and key people are being put together.
The development is in early stages but will be completed before the yearly successful Left Eye Music Festival being held in Atlanta, Ga.
The Lisa Lopes Foundation will proudly present the 2nd Annual Left Eye Music Fest, September 28th 2013 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center at 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur, GA. The family-fun event will fuse and celebrate Left Eye’s original style and eclectic taste in music, fashion & and fun. Open to the public, the 1-day festival featuring a fan talent showcase, and star studded tribute concert, was proceeded by the invitation-only Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Press Reception and Legacy Celebration for her birthday. Proceeds from the exclusive reception and Left Eye Music Fest will benefit the programs and initiatives of the Lisa Lopes Foundation. For more tickets & details go to www.LefteyeMusicFest.net
About Kimberly Jesika:
Kimberly Jesika is that LA “It” Girl that is ready to incorporate musical genius to her resume. The Latin music community is quickly embracing Kimberly’s flavor and the Top 40 Pop community are prepping for yet another star on Hollywood Blvd. Her style incorporates acoustic and base guitar and pop centered beats produced by Billboard Award winning producers.
Having a love for rock, her beginnings of a church choir singer and director helped to infuse a unique sound. Kimberly Jesika grew up listening to artists like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Tears for Fears and Pet Shop Boys; which explains her brand and approach to music.
“Expression” is a word that describes this Panamanian native and her musical talent does not forget her Spanish roots. Kimberly has many talents and currently working on the release of her reality show and she runs a LA high end Publicity Boutique that specializes in the Latin & Music entertainment. Kimberly is currently working with several women shelters in the metro Los Angeles area and in 2014, Kimberly plans to release her album “Teen Girl Interrupted” and she is currently producing her own reality show.
Kimberly Jesika’s motto is “Expression of who I am, and what goes on inside of me, its an expression of my lost inner little girl, that never got to be herself, live herself, express herself, or play, its for all little girls lost and interrupted.”
Source: Aerina “ReinChild” Plowden, ReinChild PR
2 Chainz brought the city out on Monday night. The listening party for his new album Me Time was held at Prive’ and attended by the who’s who of Atlanta hip hop. At the event, everyone had the opportunity to listen to his entire album and create first hand opinions on the new project. One of the tracks, “Netflix”, premiered featured Black Eye Peas artist Fergie. Not sure on if it’s going to be the one that put him in another category, but it is worthy of becoming a club banger.
If you haven’t heard it, take a listen to it now.
B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time is scheduled to be released on September 10. For this album, 2 Chainz called on many of his industry friends for features such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Rich Homie Quan, Chrisette Michelle, Lloyd, Pusha T, Dolla Boy, Iam Su, and even a surprised verse from Ma$e. From the features to the production credits, this album may prove to be another winner for 2 Chainz.
Check out the official track list below:
1. Fork – prod. by Mike Will, Ear Drummers
2. 36 – prod. by Crak King
3. Fed Watching – prod. by Pharrell
4. Where you Been? – prod. by Mike Will
5. I Do It – prod. by D. Rich & Wonder, feat. Drake & Lil Wayne
6. Used 2 – prod. by Mannie Fresh
7. Netflix – prod. by Honorable C-Note, feat. Fergie
8. Extra – prod. by Wonder, feat. Rich Homie Quan
9. U Da Realest – prod. by Drumma Boy
10. Beautiful Pain – prod. by Honorable C-Note, feat. Lloyd & Ma$e
11. So We Can Live – prod. by DJ Montay & Justice League, feat. T-Pain
12. Mainstream Ratchet – prod. by Lil Korey
13. Black Unicorn – prod. by DJ Toomp, feat. Chrisette Michelle & Sunni Patterson
14. Outroduction – prod. by StreetRunner
15. Employee Of The Month – prod. by Diplo & Fki
16. Live and Learn (It Will) – prod. by V-Don, feat. Dolla Boy & Pusha T
17. Livin – prod. by League of Stars, feat. Iam Su
Guess there’s something to be said about being a little crazy. Not only sex, but ratchet-ness translates into dollars too.
Known for her crazy antics on Season 1 of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, K. Michelle changed up her attitude this past year and focused solely on her music. Although she kicked off season two with some leftover drama, she quickly realized that in order for the world to appreciate her talent, she would have to make a change for the better. And that she did. K. Michelle’s new positive outlook on life and her career has soared her into one of the leading spots amongst female singers.
‘Rebellious Soul’, which debuted last week, proved all of her naysayers wrong. The official numbers are in and she has landed the top spot on the Top R&B Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 list with 72,000 records sold.
This is a great look for K. Michelle. She’s been waiting on this for a long time. If you haven’t purchased her new album, go cop that. Critics are giving the album two thumbs up!
True R&B has been on a major comeback for a few years now. Several of the men who helped usher in this soulful music were in Atlanta this weekend to promote their latest project, 3 Kings. T.G.T, also known as Tank, Ginuwine, and Tyrese, invaded the DTLR – Camp Creek Pkwy store on Friday, August 16 to meet fans and give out autographs. Many fans (young and old) came out to congratulate the threesome on their many accomplishments and the new album. Atlanta radio station V103FM was in the building along with personality Kendra G, who presided over the meet-n-greet.
3 Kings will be released on Tuesday, August 20th. The album features the fellas doing what they do best…giving incomparable vocals with a classy touch of lust and love. The 17-track CD showcases the gentlemen in their fullest capacity, all on their own with no big features. However, Tyrese’s alter-ego, Black-Ty, pops up on the first track “Take It Wrong” and on “No Fun” rapper Problem spits a few bars. So fans, you can expect nothing but T.G.T. for the most part. Check out the official tracklisting:
1. “Take It Wrong” featuring Black-Ty:
2. “No Fun” featuring Problem:
3. “Sex Never Felt Better”
4. “I Need”
5. “Next Time Around”
8. “Weekend Love”
9. “Lessons in Love”
14. “Running Back”
15. “Burn Out”
16. “Tearing It Down”
17. “Our House”
Here are a few photos from the T.G.T. event:
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Photo Credit: Jonathan Herring/Live & Direct Media Group
One of rap’s favorite groups, Clipse, is still making headlines after being in the game for so long. The brothers from Viriginia, Pusha T and No Malice, are two of the best lyricist and can go head-to-head with any rapper. So, given the recent uproar of TDE’s Kendrick Lamar’s controversial verse on “Control”, many wondered what the brothers had to say about it.
Pusha T stated on Twitter that he “heard him loud and clear.” Basically, he was suggesting that there WILL be a lethal response coming K-Dot’s way. Although, Pusha’s tweet didn’t necessarily mean he was pissed off, it did open up the lane for some friendly competition. And it’s the competition aspect that Pusha’s brother No Malice believes should be the ultimate purpose.
Check out what he told MTV about Kendrick’s verse and why this great for the hip hop culture:
In other No Malice news, he will be dropping his first solo album this Sunday, August 18. Since changing his name from Malice to adding the NO to the front, the born again Christian may not touch on the hard core street life to tough on this album. Whatever he does talk about will be well though out, consciously driven, honest, and real. So make sure you all go cop that.
Here’s the official cover art and tracklisting:
(via press release)
The time has finally arrived. ARIANA GRANDE will release her hotly anticipated full-length debut album, Yours Truly [REPUBLIC RECORDS], on September 3, and fans have access to pre-order the album now!
As soon as the pre-order went live on iTunes, Yours Truly landed in the Top 5, climbing to # 2 of the Overall Albums Chart and at #1 on the Pop Chart.
It’s been a banner year for the popular singer and actress. GRANDE’S first single, “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, is nearing double platinum status and the multi-format smash is currently Top 10 on the Latin Pop Chart. Right out the gate, the second single “Baby I” made its debut in the Top 5, shot to #2 on iTunes, and accumulated over a million streams on YouTube. As online buzz stirred over the single, she also vaulted into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Social 50 Chart. Showcasing her immense vocal range, the song is another shining and soaring example of this young talent’s prowess and power.
GRANDE teamed up with a diverse bevy of friends for the album as well. Big Sean delivers a magnetic verse on the shimmering “Right There”, which fans receive as an instant download with their pre-order of Yours Truly and is already #4 on the iTunes Pop Chart. She also trades irresistible harmonies with The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes on her ballad, “Almost Is Never Enough”—also available on the soundtrack for one of the summer’s hottest films, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In addition, the album includes an unshakable rendition of the Broadway classic, “Popular Song,” with multi-platinum international star Mika.
For YOURS TRULY, GRANDE hit the studio with a variety of in-demand writers and producers including the legendary Babyface as well as Harmony [Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia]. As a result, the entire tracklisting is a dynamic and diverse affair.
GRANDE rose to immense popularity starring as the beloved Cat Valentine, culminating in her own hit series Sam & Cat. The series premiered on Nickelodeon in June 2013 and is now a bona fide hit for the network. Singing and performing since the age of eight, music remains GRANDE’s first love.
Yours Truly will solidify GRANDE’s title as the ultimate 21st century diva.
1. “Honeymoon Avenue”
2. “Baby I”
3. “Right There” (feat. Big Sean)
4. “Tattooed Heart”
5. “Lovin’ It”
8. “The Way” (feat. Mac Miller)
9. “You’ll Never Know”
10. “Almost Is Never Enough” (feat. Nathan Sykes from The Wanted)
11. “Popular Song” (feat. Mika)
12. “Better Left Unsaid”
13. “The Way” (feat. Mac Miller) (Spanglish Version) [iTunes Bonus Version]
YOURS TRULY Pre-Order Buy Links:
Device Aware: http://smarturl.it/ArianaYoursTruly
For all things ARIANA GRANDE:
YOUTUBE: “RIGHT THERE” FEAT. BIG SEAN
Grammy-award Winning Trumpet Player, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown Preps New LP + “Back At The Ranch” feat. Jean Grae
You have heard Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown before. After all, he’s appeared on LP’s from Santigold, Ski Beatz, Prodigy, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild and countless others; but you heard his trumpet and not his voice.
Think Louis Armstrong and his trumpet uploaded for the 21st century to a Hip-Hop beat, and you begin to understand who this young genius is. Maurice is a classically-trained Jazzman mentored and supported by the iconic Wynton Marsalis and the legendary Ramsey Lewis. But “Mobetta” is also a Hip-Hop head for life, and that journey on this planet rock literally parallels the history and evolution of rap. Little wonder that Maurice not only blows the roof off God’s sky with his horn, but he also spits lyrics the way Satchmo spit his own brand of vocalese back in the day. Yup, Mobetta is a horn-playing-rhyme-spraying-dancing machine that Jazz-Hip-Hop collaborators like Donald Byrd and Gang Starr’s Guru, or Ron Carter and A Tribe Called Quest fantasized about in the early 1990s. No need to cram to make that Jazz/Hip-Hop experiment happen in these times because Maurice Brown is the living and breathing embodiment of it all, a one-stop shop destined to be this era’s Quincy Jones. And then some!
Fresh off of winning his very first Grammy with Tedeschi Trucks Band for Best Blues Album of the year in 2012 (Maurice was the horn arranger for the 11-piece ensemble), Maurice is prepping his latest release, Maurice vs Mobetta, or, rather, Maurice’s azz side versus his Hip-Hop persona. Maurice vs Mobetta features appearances from Talib Kweli, Consequence, Prodigy, Jean Grae and production from Fyre Dept, DJ Scratch and Maurice himself and its a mere sampling of what’s in-store on Maurice vs Mobetta; as Brown has more in store, not only on this new effort, but coming down the pike. Know that Maurice vs Mobetta is a gumbo sound lab for this dynamic young trumpet player-arranger-producer.
And Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is just getting warmed up…
Video Link To “Back At The Ranch” Video f/ Jean Grae: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhTZZeSQEf0&feature=youtu.be
MP3 Stream: “Back At The Ranch”: https://soundcloud.com/macmediapromo/mobetta-f-jean-grae-back-at
Tracklisting and credits for Maurice Brown’s “Maurice vs. Mobetta LP:
1.) “Fly By Night” f/ Talib Kweli & Saunders Sermons
2.) “The Connection” f/ Sam Barsh
3.) “Misunderstood Pt.1”
4.) “Misunderstood Pt.2 f/ Consequence & Saunders Sermons
5.) “Cycle Of Love” f/ Chris Rob
6.) “Daydreams” (Interlude)
7.) “Daydreams” f/ Prodigy
8.) “Lovely” f/ M.O.E.$ & Saunders Sermons
9.) “Back At The Ranch” f/ Jean Grae
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Press credit: Matt Conaway/MAC Media
In efforts to continue her fight on obesity in America, First Lady Michelle Obama will release a hip hop album for the youth. The album is called Songs For A Healthier America and will feature several notable artists. Jordin Sparks, Run DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Ashanti, Ariana Grande, and many others will add their talents to the project. Of the 19 tracks that will appear on the album, Michelle Obama will appear in 10 videos. The first video called “Everybody”, which features Doug E. Fresh, Jordin Sparks, Dr. Oz, Ryan Beatty, and the Hip Hop MD, is online now.
“Songs For A Healthier America” will be released in September.
Interesting…but a little innovative, I guess.
Although she landed at the No. 3 spot on the charts, Ciara’s latest self-entitled album is losing its steam in record sales. In the first week, she sold 59,000 copies but haven’t been able to keep the momentum going. Ciara boasts the hit “Body Party” which garnered good reviews and love from the C-Squad stans. Also, the dance tune featuring Nicki Minaj “I’m Out” was pleasantly accepted by the fans who appreciate Ciara for her dance moves. But apparently, that’s not enough.
In effort to get her record sales back up, the label has cleverly decided to promote a 2-CD offer via Groupon. The 2-CD Bundle pack includes Ciara and Playlist: The Very Best of Ciara. The deal is for $13.99 and is currently for sale now.
According to Groupon, the Playlist: The Very Best of Ciara includes:
- 14 of the artist’s songs
- Includes “Goodies”, “Promise”, and “Like a Boy”
- Appearances from 50 Cent and Ludacris
- Booklet with color photos
- Liner notes
To purchase your bundle pack, go to GROUPON/CIARA!
Fans of Love & Hip Hop star K. Michelle can now relax a little bit because ‘Rebellious Soul’ is on the way. The highly-anticipated album was pushed back from the original date and will now be released on August 13. After all of her years grinding, finally the Memphis-native will have the opportunity to share her gift and change the minds of critics who doubted her. The album will feature 11 tracks and include some fan favorites “V.S.O.P.” and “Can’t Raise A Man”.
1. “My Life”
3. “I Don’t Like Me”
4. “Can’t Raise a Man”
6. “Pay My Bills”
8. “It’s Too Late”
9. “Hate on Her”
10. “When I Get a Man”
11. “A Mother’s Prayer”
‘Rebellious Soul’ is now available for pre-order on iTunes.