Tinashe Covers Essential Homme Magazine

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Tinashe joins Dev Hynes as cover star of Essential Homme Magazine’s first-ever Music Issue! Click here to buy the issue online now and to enlarge the cover image. Or pick up the issue when it hits newsstands on November 10th!

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Audio: Jeremih – ‘oui’

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Rihanna, Beenie Man & Bounty Killer – BBHMM

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Audio: Sabina Ddumba – ‘Not Too Young’

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Sabina Ddumba just dropped another single entitled “Not Too Young”. The track is produced by Nick Ruth och T- Collar. Nick Ruth is not new to the game he has also worked with artist such as Wiz Khalifa, Zara Larsson, Nick Jonas and Erik Hassle. I was first introduced to this talented artist when she collaborated with Adam Kanyama back in 2012 on his track called “The Golden Child“. “Not Too Young” serves as the third single of her upcoming debut EP, which is expected to be released sometime next year. Give way to the birth of a new shining star, Sabina began his musical journey in Tensta Gospel Choir and when she released her debut single “Scarred For Life”, she became known worldwide and was signed to Warner Bros. in the United States.

Video: Drake – Hotline Bling

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Drake was a cross-platform cultural phenomenon in the 2010s. The songwriter, producer, rapper, and singer sustained a high-level commercial presence shortly after he turned to rapping in 2006, whether on his own chart-topping releases or through a long string of guest appearances on hits by the likes of Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky. Each one of the former child actor’s first three albums, as well as a 2015 mixtape that followed them, topped the album charts in his native Canada and in the U.S. Though he caroused with his most hedonistic contemporaries, Drake was frequently praised for his sensitive, introspective approach to rap and R&B.

Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, the Toronto, Ontario-born Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track “Replacement Girl,” featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET’s 106 & Park program as its “Joint of the Day.” He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne.

By the end of June 2009, “Best I Ever Had,” a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Still, the artist felt his debut was rushed, so its 2011 follow-up arrived with the title Take Care, referencing the increased time and effort put into the album’s creation. Receiving critical acclaim, Grammy Awards, and the number one slot on the U.S. Billboard 200, Take Care cemented Drake’s place as one of Canada’s biggest exports.

In 2012, while on tour, Drake announced that he had started work on what would be his third studio album. Nothing Was the Same was released in September of 2013. The album spawned many singles, topped charts around the world, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, and was nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy. Soon after the album’s release he hit the road on an extended tour, taking time off for collabos and a few singles, included the Grammy-nominated “0 to 100/The Catch Up.” His next release was planned as a free mixtape before Cash Money decided they would rather charge for it. The decidedly downbeat If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was released in early 2015 and debuted at number one, while all 17 of its songs entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. What a Time to Be Alive, a mixtape collaboration with Future that featured the single “Jumpman,” went straight to number one that September.

Video: Adele – Hello

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Audio: Pia Mia – ‘Touch’

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Growing up a fan of Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter, and model Pia Mia found it natural to mix pop, R&B, and hip-hop. Born Pia Mia Perez in Guam, she launched her career by uploading videos to sharing sites, earning over 17 million views and the attention of Chris Brown’s manager, Abou Thaim. Thaim brought in producer Nic Nac for a 2013 cover version of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” It helped when social media lit up over an a cappella version of the song — performed at a dinner in the Kardashian household with Kanye West in attendance — which was posted by Kim later in the year. The song landed on her debut EP, The Gift, which was released by the Interscope label in 2014. In 2015 she dropped both the “F**k with U” single featuring G-Eazy, plus “Do It Again” with Chris Brown and Tyga.