Keith Sweat – New Album – Dress To Impress

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R&B veteran Keith Sweat continues to build on his outstanding career with the release of his anticipated 12th studio album, Dress To Impress.
 
The legendary singer makes a bold return with his first album in 5 years. Led by the single “Good Love,” the 16-track project is filled with sexy ballads, smooth grooves, flawless harmonies and heartwarming lyrics from the seasoned crooner.

Next year, Sweat will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his nationally syndicated radio show, “The Sweat Hotel,” and it appears his experience has continued to influence his own craft. The album touches on various eras of R&B, while remaining fresh and potentially his best material in well over a decade.

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Introducing Bibi Bourelly

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Vocalist and songwriter Bibi Bourelly is a bold and outspoken talent whose music is informed by a life that’s been far from conventional. She was born in Berlin, Germany on July 14, 1994. Her father was Jean-Paul Bourelly, a guitarist who released 12 solo albums and collaborated with Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Cassandra Wilson, and Craig Harris, while her mother was the director of the art department in Berlin’s House of the World’s Cultures.

Bourelly was a rebellious spirit from an early age, and after her mother succumbed to cancer when Bourelly was six, the youngster developed a keen sense of self-reliance. Her reluctance to conform made her a poor fit for school, and when she was 16, she left Germany and relocated to Washington D.C. to strike out on her own. Three years later, she moved to Los Angeles and worked odd jobs while trying to get her foot in the door of the music business. Bourelly began working with producer Paperboy Fabe, whom she met online, and through him she met Kanye West, who brought her into the studio and put her in a vocal booth to see what she could come up with. The end product was the song “Higher,” which was recorded by Rihanna, who was pleased enough with the tune that she turned to Bourelly for more material.

Bourelly’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” became a major hit for Rihanna, and soon she was writing material for Nick Brewer (“Talk to Me”) and Selena Gomez (“Camouflage”) and appearing with Lil Wayne on “Without You,” a cut from his Free Weezy Album. In April 2015, Bourelly released her first solo single, “Riot,” and after scoring a deal with Circa 13/Def Jam Records, she dropped a second single, “Ego,” in October 2015.

 

Stephen Marley feat. Waka Flocka Flame

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Bob Marley’s second son, Stephen Marley, first appeared on record in 1979, when he was only six years old. With his brother Ziggy, the young Stephen recorded the single “Children Playing in the Streets,” a charity single with the profits going to the United Nations to aid its efforts during the International Year of the Child. The single would also mark the beginnings of the Ziggy-fronted Melody Makers, a band that included Stephen’s other siblings. Stephen played a supportive role in the Melody Makers from the beginning as guitarist, singer, and occasional songwriter.

To satisfy his creative interests outside the group, Stephen decided to become familiar with the music industry from behind the scenes. Production work began in 1996 with Stephen contributing ideas to albums by his brothers Damian and Julian. Remixing the Fugees the same year was the first public display of Stephen’s love of hip-hop and R&B. Work with Eve, Krayzie Bone, and Erykah Badu would follow along with a new role as “executive producer” of the Bob Marley remix compilation Chant Down Babylon, released in 1999. The album drew criticism from reggae purists who thought Stephen’s mixing of hip-hop and his father’s music was blasphemy, but the album’s success encouraged the young producer.

In 2001, his production work for brother Damian’s Halfway Tree helped win the Grammy for Best Reggae Album, while Stephen’s version of “Master Blaster” landed on the Stevie Wonder tribute Conception the same year. Work began on a debut solo album, but the 2002 formation of production house/promotion firm Ghetto Youths International with brother Ziggy kept Stephen from finishing it. Work on brother Damian’s successful 2005 album Welcome to Jamrock pushed his debut all the way back to 2007. It was March of that year when Mind Control finally landed. An acoustic version of the album, simply titled Mind Control Acoustic, was distributed exclusively online in 2008 with the physical CD following in 2009. In late 2010 the “Jah Army” single announced the coming of his album Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life, his roots-oriented 2011 release. ~ David Jeffries.

Video: Devyn Rose – ROBOTHOT

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Devyn Rose is back with a brand new single and music video! Check out “ROBOTHOT”(produced by Lexi Banks), the first single off her debut album “2 Stellar”. ROBOTHOT is available now on iTunes and Google Play!

Video: Candice Boyd – Damn Good Time ft. French Montana

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A Southern California Native, this 24-year-old songstress has a plan and that’s to deliver her honest gift in its purest form, through real, unfiltered music. Weather singing in the choir or making her rounds through the Los Angeles studio scene, Candice has allowed her voice to tread her course. That voice landed her a publishing deal with APG Music Publishing, as well as a Recording Contract with Compound University and Epic Records.
Candice has worked and toured alongside the likes of NE-YO, David Guetta, Flo Rida, and Eric Benet to name a few. She is currently prepping her debut album. iTunes – http://smarturl.it/DamnGoodTime

Video: Wale – ‘MY PYT’

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The self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Rap for the Capital,” Wale (pronounced “wah-lay”) was able to transcend his local sensation status and become a national rap contender using go-go-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his clever wordplay and music. Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1984 to Nigerian immigrants who first arrived in America five years prior. Although the family moved to Maryland when the future rapper was ten years old, Wale was mostly raised in suburban D.C. He attended both Robert Morris College and Virginia State University on football scholarships, eventually transferring a third time to Bowie State. The music bug had already bitten him hard, though, and soon he quit college altogether to turn to a recording career.

Wale got his first airplay circa 2003-2004 with “Rhyme of the Century,” thanks to the help of a local radio DJ who believed in his potential. This landed him in the Unsigned Hype column in Source magazine the following year. In 2006, Wale signed with the local start-up imprint Studio 43, owned by a former VP of Roc-A-Fella Records, and enjoyed a string of hits in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area that year. Many of those records sampled from ’80s go-go — a more raw, percussion-driven offshoot of disco originating in D.C. — like the popular “Dig Dug,” a tribute to Ronald “Dig Dug” Dixon of go-go band the Northeast Groovers. Smart use of the Internet and MySpace was also a big factor in his success, as it helped British über-producer and DJ Mark Ronson (known for his work with Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, and Rhymefest) catch wind of the go-go MC in 2007.

Wale struck a production deal with Ronson’s own imprint, Allido, and released the 100 Miles and Running mixtape that summer. Despite not being signed to a major label, he was met with a good deal of positive press, ranging from XXL magazine to The New York Times. After a bidding war that included offers from Epic, Atlantic, and Def Jam, Interscope finally grabbed Wale for its roster in early 2008. The full-length Attention Deficit followed the next year. In 2011, the Ambition album landed, along with its single, “Chain Music.” The Gifted, released in 2013, was introduced by the single “Bad,” which featured special guest Rihanna on its remix. Its ambition was rewarded with a number one debut on the Billboard 200. Influenced by the TV sitcom Seinfeld, The Album About Nothing landed in 2015 and featured guests Usher and Jeremih, along with Jerry Seinfeld as the album’s narrator; it, too, topped the charts.

Audio: 1Hunnud – If I Ever

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Wildlyfe 1hunnud is a rapper born and raised on the mean streets of East Atlanta. As the C.E.O. and first artist under his label Wildlyfe Entertainment, he aspires to bring realism back into hip hop. He can rap just as well as he sings. He has worked with super producers such as Stevie J and 808 Mafia, just to name a few. His melodious style of rap is raw and authentic. Growing up in the streets of Atlanta wasn’t easy for Wildlyfe 1hunnud. He creatively takes you back in time with his vivid lyricism and clever word play.