Brandy dropped a new single to honor single mothers, entitled "Baby Mama" featuring Chance The Rapper. Brandy said the inspiration for the song is her 17-year-old daughter, Sy'rai Iman Smith.
"The inspiration for Baby Mama was of course my daughter and how she makes me a better person. I wanted to do a song about her and speak to all baby mama's out there that may feel like they can't make it or they can't push through, you know, if you use your child as an inspiration you can do anything and I want to everybody to feel that. I have to give Chance The Rapper a huge shout out, he spit a really really dope verse on it and I’m so pleased with it. – Love, Brandy."
The music video was directed by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks with creative direction by Frank Gatson. Gatson is the friend who called 911 the night of Jussie Smollett's unfortunate career-ending incident in Chicago last year.
Brandy is asking for donations to Homes for the Holidays, part of Warrick Dunn Charities to benefit single parent families in need.
Homes for the Holidays partners with affordable housing providers to reduce the financial burden on single parent homeowners by fully furnishing their new house, providing down payment assistance, and stocking the pantry with food and other household necessities. Since 1997, "Homes for the Holidays" has rewarded 177 single parents and 477 children and dependents.
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Pop singer Doja Cat shared a sultry live quarantine performance of her hit single "Say So" with Vevo on YouTube.
As part of Vevo's LIFT program, Vevo and Doja Cat today released a live performance of "Say So" off her new album Hot Pink. LIFT connects today's up-and-coming artists to audiences around the globe through video content.
Launched in 2011, Vevo's artist development program shines a spotlight on the world's freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, Jorja Smith, SZA, Julia Michaels, YUNGBLUD, Sam Smith, CNCO and more.
Born and raised in L.A., Doja Cat made her first upload to Soundcloud in 2013 at just 16-years-old. She developed a knack for music by studying piano and dance as a kid, and taught herself Logic and how to compose on a midi controller. Doja signed to RCA during 2014, she unveiled her acclaimed Purrr! EP. Its lead single "So High" impressively racked up over 30 million cumulative streams and garnered praise from tastemakers such as Fader, Vibe, Paper, Pigeons & Planes, and more.
While touring London with the likes of Lizzo, Father and Theophilus, she assembled what would become her debut album, Amala which was released in March 2018. In August 2018, she released what would become her viral hit "Mooo!" which garnered over 10 million views in just a couple of days.
With co-signs from Chance The Rapper, Katy Perry, Chris Brown and J.Cole among others, "Mooo!" propelled Doja Cat forward and added many fans to her already feverishly loyal fan base. Doja followed up with her smash hit "Tia Tamera" ft. Rico Nasty, and in March 2019, she released the Amala Deluxe album, which included the now-Platinum "Juicy."
"Say So" is now streaming on all platforms.
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Nicki Minaj raised eyebrows when she added a last minute verse to her and Doja Cat's "Say So" remix after apparently listening to Beyonce's impressive rap effort on Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage" remix.
Beyonce and Megan dropped the track to great reviews on Thursday. The mother-of-three flexed her rap skills on "Savage," saying, "If you want to see some real ass, baby here's your chance."
On the same day, Nicki and Doja announced they too were dropping a remix. Nicki urged fans to ignore the first leak of "Say So" and wait for the second release that contained this messy verse:
"Why you talkin' 'bout who body fake? With all them fillers in your face, you just full of hate. That real ass ain't keep your nigga home. Now you're lookin silly, that's word to silicone..."
Speculation ran rampant that Nicki was dissing either Beyonce or talk TV guru Wendy Williams in the remix. But Nicki cleared the air by taking to Instagram and posting: "The line ain't about Wendy tho #SaySoRemix."
Both Nicki and Beyonce are pushing 40. It makes sense for them to hitch their wagons to younger artists to stay relevant in a younger market.
The real surprise is that neither woman approached fading star Cardi B for a collabo.
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Megan Thee Stallion teamed up with Houston native, Beyonce Knowles, for the remix of her track "Savage."
Pop singer Beyonce, who is pushing 40, holds her own against rap upstart Megan, 25, as both ladies exchange bars touting their savagery.
The video artwork was created by artists who donated portions of their proceeds to benefit Bread Of Life COVID-19 Relief efforts in their hometown Houston.
Megan Thee Stallion - Savage Remix ft. Beyonce
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Moneybagg Yo's vulgar track "123" featuring Blac Youngsta (left) played a role in the controversy surrounding aging rap mogul Sean Combs and attention-starved singer Lizzo.
Moneybagg Yo dropped the music video for his track on Tuesday, April 14.
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Lizzo was one of the celebrity guests on Combs' Easter Sunday digital dance party. The mogul raised more than $3.7 million to aid healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak in America.
Combs hastily stopped the dance party when Lizzo, who tuned in remotely from her home, began twerking during the livestream.
Combs tried to play it off as if he objected to the vulgar rap lyrics of Moneybagg Yo's track.
But Lizzo knew she was wrong, as she apologized profusely for twerking on the day the Lord rolled the boulder from the cave.
Combs was heavily criticized for "fat-shaming" Lizzo when skinny socialite Draya Michele twerked during his dance party later than night.
Musician Tory Lanez redeemed Lizzo by allowing her to perform a subdued twerk during his radio podcast.
Lizzo, dressed in a pink teddy, seemed embarrassed to drop it low after the controversy she caused on the Lord's day.
Moneybagg Yo - 123 feat. Blac Youngsta (Dirty)
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Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris -- who previously teamed up for the 2004 hit song "Yeah!" - have reunited for a new slow jam "SexBeat."
The track opens with Lil Jon setting the mood and Ludacris rapping about his exploits in the bedroom. Then Usher croons: "Sex beat/When I get in that room and the bass go boom/Something about the way it make me move."
"When Usher, Jon and Luda come together it's always amazing," Usher tells Beats 1's Zane Lowe.
"No matter what Jon is doing, no matter where Ludacris is, no matter who I am, or where I'm going, or what type of music I'm introducing, when we come together, we go back to the center, like the orbit of who we all are as artists at our best. Usher, Jon and Luda had to do it again. You know? It's time."
Usher added: "We, by the way, have been sitting on this song for about two years. So as great as that one song is, please know that two years ago this record was done."
Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon - SexBeat
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R&B crooner Tank dropped new music to calm his fans in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 44-year-old singer/songwriter locked himself in his home studio and delivered a six-song feel-good EP for R&B lovers.
Tank recorded While You Wait, accompanied only by a piano. He released the album via R&B Money to further his commitment to keeping the R&B genre alive and thriving. The EP is written, produced, and performed by Tank.
Tank states, "When I decided to do this EP, I wanted to give my fans something different and special, given the times we're in. Just my piano and me. I wanted to bring this back to the basics of R&B."
He goes on to say: "'Perfect' honors all things that make a grown man happy with his woman. Even with their perceived flaws...You're perfect for me."
Tank is best known for his chart-topping hits like "Please Don't Go", "Next Breath", "When We", and "Dirty".
Purchase/stream While You Wait here.
Tank - Perfect
Tank - Self-Esteem
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Rihanna surprised fans on Thursday night when she dropped her first new music in three years.
Fans had given up hope that Rihanna would ever step back into the recording booth after she abandoned the music biz to pursue a career in cosmetics and fashion.
The 32-year-old Bajan singer is featured on Canadian singer PartyNextDoor's new track "Believe It." She croons on the chorus: "Babe, best make me believe it / Believe you won't deceive me," while PND praises her "pu$$y power".
The tune is Rihanna's first appearance on the music scene since she teamed up with N.E.R.D. on their track "Lemon" back in November 2017. But she hasn't released any of her own material since she dropped album Anti back in 2016.
Reflecting on Rihanna's "Believe It" appearance, one fan wrote on Twitter: "Rihanna trending #1 in the us and #2 worldwide for repeating 5 words for the entire song is just a power that some girls can never reach."
Another added: "2020 is officially saved. @rihanna made more music."
The track is the second time Rihanna has teamed up with PartyNextDoor, after he co-wrote the tune "Work" for her. "Believe It" is also the first single to be released from the musician's new album Partymobile - his first in four years - which dropped on Thursday at midnight.
PartyNextDoor & Rihanna - Believe It
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is reportedly canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in the US.
The Coachella music festival is held in April every year in Indio, California. Coachella and the follow up Stagecoach festival have been moved to October this year.
Artists who received top billing at Coachella in the past include Beyonce and Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, The Weekend, Tyler, the Creator, and more.
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This year's lineup included Doja Cat (pictured left), Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, 21 Savage, Big Sean, City Girls, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, FKA Twigs, Ari Lennox, Lil Nas X, and many more.
Music fans expressed their disappointment on social media. Many agree that organizers are overreacting to a virus that is no worse than the flu.
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Megan Thee Stallion dropped her much-anticipated album SUGA on Friday. The 28-year-old rapper also released the music video for her single "B.I.T.C.H.", which garnered 577K views on YouTube.
Despite a Texas judge warning him to clam up, Rap-A-Lot Records CEO J. Prince spoke out about Megan's contract dispute with her label.
J. Prince took to Instagram to share his thoughts about Megan's lawsuit against her boss Carl Crawford, CEO of 1501 Certified Entertainment.
Problems began when Megan signed a management deal with Jay-Z and Roc Nation. In a tearful video she claimed 1501 wouldn't let her drop new music.
She won a small victory in court when a judge granted a restraining order against Crawford preventing him from blocking her music release.
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"We have no problem negotiating with Megan but we do have a problem with dictators," Prince said, referring to Jay-Z and Roc Nation, whom he accused of "poaching" artists from Houston record labels.
The 54-year-old music exec noted that Megan's behavior is reckless and she's heading for self-destruction.
"Megan seems to be a perfect candidate for self destruction," Prince writes. "Any artist in the music industry will testify that a 40% profit share is a great deal especially for an unestablished artist that til this day has never delivered an album."
In a follow-up to his original post, Prince wrote:
"To end this I give credit to where credit is due. Megan along with her mother, who evidently could read (God rest her soul), negotiated a good deal. I extended my hand to meet with Megan, T Farris, and team personally for further negotiations. Unfortunately it never happened even though we’re all in Houston, because she’s being controlled by the very people who started this shit. The homie Carl was an angel in Megan's eyes when he was spending hundreds of thousands investing in her career. Now that he’s helped her become a successful artist she stopped paying him his percentage and views him as the devil. I'm glad money don’t make me. I make money."
Megan responded to Prince's posts, saying, "I am no one's property!"
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Atlanta rap artist Lil Baby has something to prove on his new track "Sum 2 Prove" off his upcoming album, My Turn, on Quality Control/Motown/Universal Music Group.
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The 25-year-old Sagittarius raps about finding success despite multiple setbacks. He also mentions his children, his baby mama, Jayda, and his enemies in his lyrics.
Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones, is best know for his 2017 mixtape Perfect Timing, recorded after his release from prison.
Yeah, my diamonds be VVS
They don't want to see on TV unless it's the news
I got sum'n 2 prove
Yea, I'm young, I got sum'n to lose
In the street, I done paid all my dues
No extortion, they talking 'bout literally
I be walking on beats, is you hearing me?
I just pray that my kids be as big as me
They can't get rid of me
Lil Baby - Sum 2 Prove
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Drake and Future Hendrix dropped a music video to accompany their new track "Life is Good." The single marks the reunion of the dynamic rap duo who teamed up for the mixtape What A Time to Be Alive in 2015.
In the video, Drake and Future portray everyday employees working 9-5 as garbage men, auto mechanics, bakery chefs, fast food workers, Apple store employees, and utility workers - while pursuing their dreams of being rappers.
Fellow rappers Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, and Mike Will Made-It make cameo appearances in the video. Directed by Director X.
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Fetty Wap remakes Outkast's hit "So Fresh, So Clean" with a new twist on the classic track, entitled "Fresh N Clean" (Stream the single here).
"Ain't nobody dope as me, I'm dressed so fresh/ Don't you think I'm so sexy? I'm dressed so fresh," the multi-platinum artist raps on the London On Da Track-produced single.
The 28-year-old New Jersey native is popular for his rap lyrics with drug and alcohol references, including "Trap Queen."
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Fetty was signed by 300 Entertainment in 2014. The one-eyed rapper is a family man who provides for his seven children and harem of baby mamas.
He famously denied fathering Love & Hip Hop star Alexis Sky's daughter, Alaiya.
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Ciara Wilson drops new music titled "Melanin" featuring Lupita Nyong'o's rap persona "Troublemaker", Ester Dean, City Girls and La La Anthony. The single celebrates dark skinned women and the men who love them.
"This is ultimately an anthem of self-love, which is a journey I've been on since my Beauty Marks album," says Ciara. "It celebrates the beautiful shades of culture that comprise the inner and outer beauty of everyone. Embracing the unique nature of our skin tones threads together the tapestry of humankind."
The project features Lupita's "Troublemaker" rap alter ego, first introduced last month on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Actress and socialite La La Anthony adds her Latina swagger to the song. Multiplatinum Miami hip-hop duo City Girls members JT and Yung Miami drop verses on the track.
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The song doubles as JT's first official release since her recent incarceration. "Melanin" was co-written and produced by Ester Dean, who also lent her vocals to the hook.
Purchase / stream "Melanin" HERE.
Stay tuned for the music video via Beauty Marks Entertainment/ADA.
Ciara - Melanin, ft. Lupita Nyong'o, La La, City Girls, Ester Dean
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Teyana Taylor drops sultry new single and music video "Morning" featuring Kehlani. The new track is the latest offering from her upcoming project, titled THE ALBUM, the the long-awaited follow-up to Teyana's instant classic KTSE.
The brand new single and steamy video are both available today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.
The multi-talented 28-year-old R&B superstar and Harlem native juggles her active life as a mother, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreographer, actor, fitness guru, and model.
The entire music video is a steamy make out session with Kehlani, 24. Teyana, who is openly bisexual, writhes and gyrates on fellow bisexual singer Kehlani, as she sings:
I ain't here to play no games
I'm gonna give it to you just how you want it
You can call me crazy
Maybe you just drive me crazy
When you touch on it.
"Morning" is the second advance track from THE ALBUM, following up the R&B smash "How You Want It? (HYWI?)" featuring up-and-coming rapper King Combs.
Teyana Taylor - Morning ft. Kehlani
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