Kanye West released his much-anticipated single "Wash Us In the Blood" mixed by Dr. Dre and featuring Travis Scott off his upcoming 10th studio album God's Country.
The music video was also launched on YouTube on Tuesday. The video, which is directed by artist Arthur Jafa, contains a montage of viral video clips, some featuring Black Lives Matter protests.
Jafa also created the artwork for the album, which is available in a variety of different formats including a 12-inch picture disc, 7-inch red vinyl, red cassette, CD and a standalone digital single; all featuring artwork by Jafa.
Kanye West's 2019 album Jesus Is King debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, surpassing the Beatles and once again tying Eminem for the most consecutive #1 album debuts in chart history, with nine.
Jesus Is King also made history with #1 debuts on both the Rap Album and Gospel Album charts.
On the Jesus Is King album, New York Magazine wrote "There comes a time, when musicians devote themselves to big questions, where the biggest question of them all comes calling, the question of what, if anything, orders the universe... Jesus Is King is the man coming full circle."
On Kanye West, NBC News offered: "It is not hyperbole to call West a genius."
Kanye West - Wash Us In The Blood feat. Travis Scott
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Chance The Rapper compared Black men to white women, saying Black men are the oppressors of Black women in the community.
Last week, Chance defended Black female rapper Noname after conscious lyricist J. Cole appeared to take shots at her in his "Snow On Da Bluff" track (listen below).
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J. Cole rapped:
My IQ is average, there’s a young lady out there she way smarter than me
I scrolled through her timeline in these wild times and I started to read
She mad at these crackers, she mad at these capitalists, mad at these murder police,
She mad at my niggas, she mad at our ignorance, she wear her heart on her sleeve
She mad at the celebrities, low key I be thinkin' she talking bout me
Now I ain't no dummy to think I'm above criticism
So when I see something that's valid I listen
But Shit, it's something about the queen tone that's bothering me
"Yet another L for men masking patriarchy and gaslighting as constructive criticism," the Chicago rapper tweeted on Monday.
Chance was dragged Sunday on Twitter for retweeting a post calling out Black men for being the "oppressors" of the Black community.
"Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women."
167 people were wounded and 29 people killed, including 4 children, in weekend shootings in Chance's native Chicago over a 7-day period.
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Kanye West confirmed a new follow-up to his critically acclaimed album "Jesus is King" with Dr. Dre is coming soon.
The news came in the form of a tweet in which Kanye announced his 10-year partnership with GAP clothing.
Kanye listed all the projects he has upcoming, including the GAP deal, a highly anticipated sequel to Ye's 2019 album, Jesus Is King, in collaboration with super producer Dr. Dre, and an animated cartoon series.
Kanye also confirmed his film Jesus Is King, released in IMAX theaters last October, will be released on Apple Music soon.
If that's not enough, Kanye also has an animated Kids See Ghosts series with rapper Kid Cudi, who shared a teaser trailer for the series, directed by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
Additionally, Kanye teamed up with cinematographer Arthur Jafa for the music video for a song titled "Wash Us in the Blood."
Usher has urged men not to be afraid to show their emotions in his powerful new song "I CRY".
"I can't keep it together. I usually don't show my emotions," he sings in the song that he says is inspired by his two sons, Usher Raymond V, 12, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 11.
The 41-year-old singer shares custody of his sons 50/50 with ex-wife Tameka Foster. He admitted he wants to set an example for his boys that there's no shame in a man crying.
"This song was inspired by wanting to teach my sons that it is ok for a man to feel emotions deeply and to cry. Like many men, I was raised to believe that we have to be ‘tough’ and not show our vulnerability, which I don’t want to teach them," he wrote in a statement on Twitter.
Usher added that the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests around the world also motivated him to drop the inspirational tune.
"While I was shut in during the pandemic and watching the death of George Floyd, the ongoing slaughter of Black men and women, the protests and the events that unfolded, I became very connected to the wider universal feeling of hopelessness," he explained.
"Like many, I grew increasingly frustrated by how slow things have been to change. I became very depressed thinking about all (the) sons who have lost their fathers to police brutality, social injustice and violence; the daughters and mothers too. So I returned to this song and realized it was intended for this time, so I finished it and here it is."
Charlie Wilson is back with a new R&B/hip-hop scorcher, titled "One I Got."
The mid-tempo track samples The Four Tops' hit song, "Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got" (I'll post the original below for you young'ns).
In Wilson's music video, the lovestruck sugar daddy treats his lady to luxury gifts and flowers to prove she's the only woman in his life.
Before you start complaining about the age difference between Charlie, 67, and his lover, men are naturally attracted to women of child-bearing age. That doesn't mean beautiful women of a certain age can't pull a great catch like Charlie Wilson.
The R&B crooner is still married to his wife of 25 years, Mahin Tat.
Charlie Wilson - One I Got
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The Four Tops - Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got
CeeLo Green releases his new album, CeeLo Green is… Thomas Callaway, featuring singles "Lead Me", "Doing It All Together" and "People Watching". This is the Grammy Award Winning artist's first album in five years, and as critics are saying, "Green's boom of a voice has been unearthed in a different way than fans… are used to hearing.”
LISTEN to CeeLo Green is… Thomas Callaway HERE:
CeeLo Green, real name Thomas Callaway, collaborated with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, who is the producer and creative director of this new album. It all came together when Dan invited CeeLo to Nashville for some songwriting sessions and after penning almost 30 songs together (with no intention of creating an album), Dan said that CeeLo's voice would be great on some of the tracks.
They went into his studio with a live band of legendary 60s & 70s musicians and in one take, they recorded the album that you hear today. This is the first time that CeeLo has recorded in-studio with a live band behind him and it really gives it that vintage sound and feel.
The live band, which Auerbach curated, included Nashville musicians such as Bobby Wood (who has backed greats like ELVIS), Dave Roe (bass player for Johnny Cash), Gene Crisman (famous drummer who played with Elvis, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield), Russ Pahl (electric guitarist who plays for Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift), among others.
Track Listing for CeeLo Green is… Thomas Callaway:
I Wonder How Love…
You Gotta Do It All
Doing It All Together
Down With The Sun
Thinking Out Loud
Source: Press release
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Beyonce's new track, "Black Parade," commemorating the Juneteenth holiday, is officially a flop.
To accompany the song, the manipulative singer listed a directory of Black businesses (mostly young Black artisans) on her personal website. She called the business directory "Parade Route."
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The track, which dropped on Friday night, managed to garner only 1.8 million views and over 6,000 dislikes on Beyonce's YouTube channel as of Sunday afternoon.
Beyonce's team keeps deleting the video when it racks up dislikes and tons of negative comments. The video now has just over 280K views and 552 dislikes.
A YouTube viewer commented: "the song is just okay... its actually one of the worse songs she's done... again the black directory makes it worth it but I'm not gonna praise the song... sorry."
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Your auntie knew that if I was patient long enough, Beyonce would one day be irrelevant in my lifetime. Call me petty but I'm enjoying watching her downfall.
It's a bittersweet moment for your auntie. Some of my regular roses know about the fake restraining order, the lies, the police report, the death threats, the online harassment, the blacklisting, etc.
The internet has managed to do what your auntie failed to do: clip the queen bee's wings and bring her back down to earth.
Beyonce is finally irrelevant.
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Beyonce Knowles surprised her fans by dropping a new track "Black Parade" to commemorate Juneteenth on June 19.
Beyonce celebrates the rich history of West African slaves in Texas who were liberated and emancipated in 1865:
We got rhythm (We got rhythm), we got pride (We got pride)
We birth kings (We birth kings), we birth tribes (We birth tribes)
Holy river (Holy river), holy tongue (Holy tongue)
Speak the glory (Speak the glory), feel the love (Feel the love)
Motherland, motherland drip on me, hey, hey, hey
Motherland, motherland drip on me, hey, hey, hey
I can't forget my history, it's her-story
Motherland drip on me, motherland, motherland drip on me
She also shouts out her loyal BeyHive fanatics on the track. "You hear them swarmin', right? Bees is known to bite."
The track is the 39-year-old singer's 2nd offering in 2020. She hopped on Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage Remix" earlier this year. With Beyonce help, "Savage Remix" peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
Beyonce Knowles - Black Parade
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Teyana Taylor dropped her highly anticipated third LP, THE ALBUM, today (Juneteenth) via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.
The Album (features collabos with special guests Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, Quavo, Missy Elliott, Future, Big Sean, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and more!
Listen: Stream The Album here.
Tapped by Pitchfork as one of the "most anticipated albums of the summer," THE ALBUM also features Teyana's new graduation anthem "Made It," pegged by NPR as a "a triumphant, isolation-proof anthem for the Class of 2020," the Janet
Jackson-approved viral sensation "Bare Wit Me", the Kanye West-produced "We Got Love.", and "How You Want It? (HYWI?)" featuring King Combs.
Since 2018’s KTSE, Teyana's star has continued to rise; from her successful career as video director and continued investment in her production company, The Aunties, to her acting and modeling career, to a string of scintillating self-directed singles and videos, including "Morning" with Kehlani.
THE ALBUM is poised to take her to the next level.
In 2015, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert. "I do all of this for my baby. She's who I do it for," she says about Iman "Junie" Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration.
"I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she's a female doing it all."
Source: From a Press release
Music critics have spoken, and they say Drake's latest musical offering, Dark Lane Demo Tapes, is the worst of his career.
To be fair, Drake probably produced and mixed all the songs himself while on quarantine at his mansion in Toronto.
The Pop Hob tweeted:
"Drake's newest mixtape 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' debuted with a score of 56 on metacritic, making it the rappers worst project to date & earning its spot as the worst album released this year beating out Justin Bieber’s changes."
Rolling Stone magazine gave Drake's mixtape a 60 metascore: "The project, a grab bag of new songs, leaks, and material previously teased on Instagram Live, is often bittersweet and deeply contemplative, even by Drake's standards."
One metascore critic wrote: "For me, this album was a very easy way for Drake to drop something. Most of these songs aren't well executed and this album will probably flop..."
Another critic wrote: "Dull, boring, horrible, always the same, completely been done before, terrified to reference or not reference."
Drake enjoyed unprecedented success as a hip-hop artist after the release of his first album Thank Me Later in 2010, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
His follow-up albums Take Care (2011) and Nothing Was the Same (2013) sold millions of copies, as did his first commercial mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015).
Listen to the mixtape below.
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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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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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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DaBaby broke quarantine to make his way to "childhood crush" Raven-Symoné's house to deliver beer and ice cream to her while she's on quarantine during the coronavirus outbreak.
The 28-year-old rapper had been self-isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic, but he went live on Instagram with the 'That's So Raven' star from his car.
DaBaby was very flirtatious with the 34-year-old openly lesbian actress and singer. He said he was going to make all of his female followers mad by publicly speaking with the "Space Truck" singer.
Raven had a message for DaBaby's female fans: "Oh, they're fine. Y'all, I'm a lesbian. Y'all can have him."
The "Find My Way" rapper then showed Raven a box of Corona beers and some Snickers ice cream and she said she wanted some - so he drove over to her house to drop the groceries off.
When the pair met up outside her home, DaBaby took his mask off and got up close and personal with the former Cosby kid, who was quick to insist: "You're not supposed to be this close to me... Watch I get the coronavirus because of this one right here!"
Raven debuted her single "Space Truck" late last month. What do you think of Raven's new music?