Rick Ross – I Think She Like Me ft. Ty Dolla $ign

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Tattooed with pictures of AK-47s, Miami’s six-foot, 300-pound rap figure known as Rick Ross embraced his city’s reputation for drug trafficking on his debut single, “Hustlin’,” in 2006. While Atlanta and Houston artists were establishing their cities as Southern strongholds, Ross aimed at putting Miami back in rap’s national spotlight. Ross, real name William Roberts, grew up in Carol City, Florida, an impoverished northern suburb of Miami. Influenced by artists like Luther Campbell and the Notorious B.I.G., Roberts formed local rap group the Carol City Cartel and began rapping in the mid-’90s. (He took his rap name from Los Angeles drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross, who ran one of the largest crack cocaine distribution networks in the country during the ’80s and early ’90s.) Ross had a brief stint on Suave House Records, former label of Eightball & MJG, before he ended up on Miami-based Slip ‘N’ Slide Records, the label home of Trick Daddy and Trina. During the early to mid-2000s, he became popular and well-known locally through touring with Trick Daddy and appearing as a guest on a few Slip ‘N’ Slide releases, but didn’t release any solo material until 2006.

Once “Hustlin'” caught the ear of a few executives within the national industry, a bidding war ensued that included offers from Bad Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs and The Inc. (formerly Murder Inc) president Irv Gotti. Nonetheless, Def Jam president and veteran rapper Jay-Z signed Ross to a multi-million-dollar deal. The Miami anthem “Hustlin'” went on to receive gold status from the RIAA in May 2006 and sold over a million ringtone units before the physical release of his debut album, Port of Miami. Released in August 2006, Ross’ debut was Slip ‘N’ Slide’s first project under the Def Jam partnership, and it went to number one on the Billboard album chart. His follow-up, Trilla, was released the following year, prefaced with the Cool & Dre-produced title track. Early 2009 saw the release of Deeper Than Rap, an album greeted with numerous positive reviews in the hip-hop press. In early 2010 he released the Teflon Don album featuring the hit single “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).” The star-studded God Forgives, I Don’t followed in 2012, with guest shots from Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. At the start of 2013, he announced details of his sixth studio album. He enlisted the help of Scott Storch and DJ Khaled as executive producers and released the pre-album single “No Games” featuring Future. The album, titled Mastermind, landed in March of 2014 with the simultaneous release of the single “War Ready” featuring Young Jeezy. Just six months later, Ross announced that he would be releasing his seventh studio album, Hood Billionaire, toward the end of 2014. The album arrived in November of that year and was preceded by the singles “Elvis Presley Blvd.” and “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch).” In 2015, he dropped Black Dollar, a high-profile official mixtape that featured production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Jake One. The mixtape previewed that year’s official album, Black Market, which landed late in the year, along with the accompanying single “Sorry” featuring Chris Brown. Future, Mary J. Blige, and Nas also made guest appearances on the LP.

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Introducing Lecrae

lecrae-christianOne of the leading lights in the gospel-rap movement, Lecrae also has the chart-topping records to prove it. For the typical music fan, his hard demeanor and crunk beats might belie what his lyrics are really about: his adoration of Jesus Christ. The main tenet influencing his mission and music is taken from Romans 1:16 of the Bible, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel.”

Although he was born on Houston’s south side, Lecrae Moore grew up in Denver, Colorado and San Diego, California. It was at the age of 19 that he decided to give his life to Christ. Using conventional methods to spread the Gospel, he began working for ministerial services, including his presidency of ReachLife Ministries, conducting Bible studies, and many other projects. However, Lecrae’s popular success came from his burgeoning Christian rap career. In 2004, he co-founded Reach Records with Ben Washer; one year later, the label released his debut album, Real Talk. Also, as a part of the 116 Clique, he put out 116 Clique: The Compilation Album.

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Syd debuts new ‘Body’ single

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Faith Evans – When We Party

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Faith Evans is back with another banger featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Snoop Dogg the track is called “When We Party” Continue reading

Introducing Dre Murro

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DeAndre’ “Dre Murro” Moore has been singing since he was two, starting in his church’s youth choir in North Carolina, where he was born. Singing in the church choir really molded his voice into what it is today. His first vocal solo was accompanying his maternal grandmother during her piano recital at the age of six. Dre expanded his public singing performances when he was in elementary school, where he participated in every chorus and talent show offered. He believed even then, he was destined for stardom, when he created his own business and autographed cards to hand out to his “fans” during his fifth grade talent show. It was at that talent show, that Dre demonstrated that he could also write his on songs, when he performed “Fairytale Feeling”; the first song he received credits for lyrics and vocals as well as co-credit for arrangement and production with his cousin, James Parker.

While residing in Connecticut, Dre showcased his talent in various venues in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. Dre was a team member of a local performance team (JAMZ), where they performed at various venues in Connecticut as well as in Orlando, FL at Disney World and Universal Studios in July 2009. Dre’ also expanded his professional abilities on the stage, as a member of an up and coming musical on Off-Broadway in NYC “Dancing In The Streets”. While performing at the Sugar Bar in New York City owned by Ashford & Simpson (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “You’re All I Need To Get By”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”), Valerie Simpson told Dre that he was a “very talented young man” and she thinks he has an “incredible music career” ahead of him.Now at 21 years old, Dre is more than ready to set the music world on fire. His last mixtape, “9INE”, spawned a hit single with “PlayTime” which has already garnered over 100,000 streams collectively. On August 1, 2016 Dre released a new album entitled “Her New Favorite”. Once again, he flexes his songwriting abilities by writing every song on the album. With no features, “Her New Favorite” is an R&B album that’s sure to keep your attention.

Sevyn Streeter feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Cam Wallace – Fallen

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Songwriter and vocalist Amber Streeter (aka Ambee, Se7en, Sevyn) was the first member of TG4, a pop-R&B outfit put together by Chris Stokes (Immature, B2K). In 2002, the group released a single, “Virginity,” that reached number 88 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. An album was recorded and shelved, and the group split. Streeter caught the attention of producer Rich Harrison (Amerie, Beyoncé), who asked her to join RichGirl, yet another group that released one minor hit (“24’s”) and recorded a shelved album. Once that group dissolved, Streeter established herself as a songwriter for Chris Brown (including “Yeah 3X,” “Wet the Bed,” and “Strip”), Kelly Rowland (“Keep It Between Us”), Estelle (“International”), Brandy (“Slower”), and Alicia Keys (“New Day” and “Limitedless”). She signed to Atlantic as a solo artist and released her first single, “I Like It,” in October 2012. “It Won’t Stop,” featuring Chris Brown and co-production from Diplo, followed in May 2013. The song was included on the seven-track EP Call Me Crazy, But…, which was issued that December.

Tory Lanez- Just A Friend (Dirty)

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Tory Lanez was one of the more versatile commercial artists to surface during the early 2010s. A songwriter and producer who flits between and fuses R&B and rap — his vocals alternate between swift and rugged boasts and smooth and sensitive come-ons — he made steady strides toward the mainstream with numerous mixtapes, guest appearances, and self-directed videos. He spent parts of his early life in Toronto, his birthplace, as well as in Montreal, Miami, Atlanta, and New York. Although he was known underground well before his 20th birthday, and was supported early on by Sean Kingston, he made some of his biggest moves in 2014. During that year, he was featured on “Me & My Bitch” — a track off YG’s Top Five album My Krazy Life — and among his own tracks that circulated in 2014 was “The Mission,” his first cut to hit Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists chart. In July 2015, after he had signed an Interscope-affiliated deal with Benny Blanco’s Mad Love label, he released “Say It,” an R&B slow jam that sampled Brownstone’s mid-’90s hit “If You Love Me” and peaked the following February at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. A handful of additional tracks, including the dancehall-flavored “Luv” — his second Hot 100 placement — led to his debut album I Told You, issued in August 2016.