Now, I don’t know about ya’ll but 80% of the artists that perform on late night shows are ones I am not familiar with. But, when there is one that I know and love, I’m sure to watch. Most recently NoName along with Saba and Smino killed it on The Tonight Show and Black Thought with a cut from his EP did too. But, Tuesday night across the country in Hollywood on Jimmy Kimmel Live it was 6LACK’s time to shine.
As expected, 6LACK delivered not just a performance but an experience. Drenched in white from head to toe against the dark moody lighting he stood out easily. The performance also featured a female dancer, park bench and side view of a bus. The band members could be seen “sitting” on the train along with passengers who all had on headphones. 6LACK and the woman went from sitting on the bench together to sitting on the train together as he rapped soulfully. By the song’s conclusion he was sitting on the bench while she sat on the train as the reflection in the window made it appear that he was sitting on the train. Truly a unique yet intimate performance from the East Atlanta native.
Women ran 2018. Whether it be Music, TV, Movies or even Politics they made their presence known in 2018. And, at the top of 2019 the hustle continues. As with every year the nominees for Grammys have been a hot topic within every part of the music world. The performances get equally as much buzz but this year we have multiple women who have been nominated and who will also be performing.
At the top of the performance list we have arguably the most popular woman of 2018 Cardi B. Catapulting herself into the music world with 5 nominations and staying true to herself through it all it’s safe to say her performance will be one not to miss. We also have Janelle Monae who’s got two nominations this year and has been in the game for a minute but has finally gained the full attention of the masses she’s long deserved with multiple acting roles as well as one of the best albums of 2018. If you’ve seen her perform before you already know what’s going down and if you haven’t do yourself a favor and get familiar.
We’ve also got performances from Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes and more who can be seen live when the show airs. Oh also…the original Superwoman herself Alicia Keys is hosting so you already know the wardrobe changes will be on point and hopefully the script/jokes they give her will be too.
The Grammys will air February 10th at 8pm ET on CBS.
『七つの指輪』 or “7 Rings” is Ariana Grande’s newest single that dropped at midnight on Friday, January 18. The music video features Ariana and her friends blinged-out, dressed in pink and pouring champagne with Japanese writing and props sprinkled in. She sings (and raps) to a tune reminiscent of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein song, “My Favorite Things” from the musical, “The Sound of Music”.
“I see it/I like it/I want it/I got it”––Ariana sings about getting anything and everything she wants, not only for herself, but for “six of [her] bitches” too. She’s been posting pictures and videos on Instagram and Twitter of her and the six friends she bought rings with, which was what inspired the song.
In December, Ariana Grande tweeted about where the idea for the song came from.
well …………. ‘twas a pretty rough day in nyc. my friends took me to tiffany’s. we had too much champagne. i bought us all rings. 💍 it was very insane and funny. & on the way back to the stu njomza was like ‘bitch, this gotta be a song lol’. so we wrote it that afternoon. https://t.co/CoczmPj1Fo
“I’ve been waiting all day for ya babe” – JoJo brings back her mid-2000s hits by re-recording her albums “JoJo” (2004) and “The High Road” (2006).
On December 20, JoJo’s 28th birthday, she teased at their release by posting photos of the 2018 versions’ album cover art on Instagram and Twitter. On some of the cover art posts, she added soundbites of her singing hits like “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late.”
On Friday, December 21, JoJo re-released both albums.
JoJo also posted a montage of her re-recording her first two albums on Instagram, captioning, “…This is for my day 1s. This is for the amazing creatives who shaped these songs with me… And this is for me. For healing…”
Check out “JoJo” (2018) and “The High Road” (2018) on iTunes and Spotify.
Soul singer India.Arie returns to the music scene with a video for her new song ‘That Magic’. The record is a love song and ode admiring the magic and beauty of Black men. In the video, Lyriq Bent, best known for his role on Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It Netflix series plays India’s lead love interest.
India.Arie sings, “He’s got that magic. The way he touches me is so spiritual. He’s so everything. He’s a miracle.”
India also showcases her own Black Girl Magic. The “I Am Not My Hair” songstress dons many hairstyles and looks throughout the video. She’s seen flaunting different textured afros, waist length micro-braids, a shaved head, and colorful head wraps. The song will be featured on her upcoming album, Worthy.
Check out the display of Black love and beauty below.
Saturday Night Live continues to give us fire musical guests this season and tonight we were treated to the smooth sounds of Anderson .Paak. With Oxnard dropping only weeks go this stage is the first one on his promo run. Posted behind his signature drumset he performed the single “Tints” first as Kendrick emerged to do his guest verse and disappeared as easily as he entered. .Paak’s second song “Who R U?” gave off a totally different vibe as he was drenched in red lighting with a red background as blue lights flashed in time with the song.
The dynamic duo, Key! and Kenny Beats, drop the second single off of Key!’s highly anticipated 777 deluxe album. A few days after releasing his collab single with Jay Critch, Cable Guy, Key! releases the fast tempo tunes of “Nothin”.
Nothin has a jazzy, high tempo beat as Key! raps to his main girl about how his past girls meant “nothing” to him. Key! and Kenny are the kings of testing new sounds through their music together. We’ve been anticipating a new full album from Key! but he’s giving us a taste of what he’s been working on on November 30 with 777 Deluxe.
Check back with us for our #NewMusicFriday segment to see which artists we will be featuring on our website!
After surprising his fans with a new single, Earl sweatshirt announces that he will be dropping a new project November 30 titled “Song Rap Songs”.
On November 26, Sweatshirt released his official track list of his upcoming album. Fans are awaiting to see if any features will be on the album but we are highly anticipating the sounds of Earl Sweatshirt later this week.
J.I.D is here to wake up anyone and everyone who’s sleeping on him. The East Atlanta rapper dropped his sophomore album at midnight on a Monday – already distancing himself from any competition with this nontraditional move. With the title DiCaprio 2 one might expect the album to have some sort of cinematic aspect or story and it does. With an unmistakable voice, rapid fire flow and clever bars it’s impossible to deny J.I.D ‘s raw talent and this album is a must listen without question. Features include 6LACK, Ella Mai, Joey Bada$$, BJ The Chicago Kid and more. Oh and the production is hard too.
DiCaprio 2 is available now on all streaming platforms.
This year has been EXCEPTIONAL for Rap and R&B releases. If nobody you listen to dropped this year…who are you listening to?! Anyway we’ve come to another Friday with several new releases. While ALL the drops are not included here, these are the one you should listen to first!
The Underachievers – After The Rain
Brooklyn duo The Underachievers are known for their trailblazing conscious rap and otherworldly bangers. This project however focuses on the former. With production entirely done by jazz duo Brasstracks this project is something you put on when you just want to sit and enjoy the music – and be motivated while doing so.
9th Wonder – 9th Wonder Presents: Jamla Is The Squad II
If you don’t know who 9th Wonder is you’re either too young or probably only know producers with mainstream success. The legendary producer has dropped a sequel to his 2014 album and the feature list is as long as the list of responsibilities we all have. Guests include J.Cole, Rapsody, Big K.R.I.T, J.I.D and many many more. With production on the timeless boom bap soulful smooth side this is something you can’t do anything but nod ya head to – and maybe hit the stank face when a bar or flow smacks you in the face.
Anderson .Paak – WHO R U?
Anderson .Paak is here to bring the bounce once again with the second single titled “WHO R U?” from his album Oxnard. This one is produced by Mell and Dr. Dre himself and features sputtering drums and an undeniable bounce .Paak gives his take on the rap game, relationships and his upbringing as multiple beeps and bops jump in and out of the beat. If you liked the vibe of “Tints” this may not be for you but if you preferred the “Bubblin’” sound then this is exactly what you want.