Posts tagged with "Motown"

Joy Denalane – Be Here In The Morning

Today the R&B songstress Joy Denalane aka Germany’s Queen of Soul shares her video for Be Here In The Morning (feat. CS Armstrong) via Motown Records. The video was directed by Henrik Alm and made its broadcast premiere on BET Soul. Watch here. The track is off Joy’s debut U.S. album LET YOURSELF BE LOVED. Listen here.

“The song is about a relationship that’s in a good state, but maybe there is a moment where the partners tell each other that if you don’t see me for who I am we’re going to stumble into a problem,” says Joy Denalane. “Honor me for what and love me for who I am and if you do that then I’m gonna be there in the morning.”

“Be Here In The Morning” was created together with C. S. Armstrong. The Texan enchants the audience with a voice that many associate with the early Motown years. Be Here In The Morning is showcasing the vocal perfection of these two artists: in harmony with Joy Denalane they create a complex, soulful love duet about soulmates, consideration and tenderness. “Be Here In The Morning” captures a moment just before sunrise and lets another beautiful facet of love shine through on the album.

With LET YOURSELF BE LOVED Joy is making her definitive soul statement. The Motown album is in equal parts self-assertion, genealogy and homage to the great classics of the genre. A musical masterpiece where Denalane confidently brings together all the strands of her previous work. Nevertheless, she is not interested in vintage simulations of old soul recordings. She is driven by showing her musical identity. The album includes her singles I Believe (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid), I Gotta Know, and Top Of My Love. Recently Joy performed her track Be Here In The Morning (Feat. CS Armstrong) on COLORS.

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Tiana Major9 – At Sixes and Sevens

Tiana Major9 announces the release date for her Motown debut EP, At Sixes and Sevens

Today, Motown Records’ rising star Tiana Major9 announced the date for her label debut EP, At Sixes and Sevens. On August 7th, Tiana will root her blend of R&B, soul, and hip-hop attitude with smooth jazz eloquence, all the while staying true to her East London and Jamaican spirit in the EP. When asked about her EP Tiana states, “To be at Sixes and Sevens means to be at a state of total confusion…Love is confusing.”

Leading up to this release, Tiana has kept her fans excitedly awaiting. In June, SPIN premiered Tiana’s track “Lucky,” which is on the upcoming EP. “Lucky” followed the breakout artist’s Motown solo debut, “Think About You,” which premiered on Teen Vogue. Tiana also promotes the upcoming EP with the release of the first episode of her new autobiographical 4-part miniseries, Behind At Sixes and Sevens. The series explores the journey of Tiana signing with Motown Records and gives fans an earnest look into the star’s life.

Tiana Major9 has been referred to as “one to watch in 2020” by Billboard and listeners couldn’t agree more. Watch out for all that is to come from Tiana in 2020, and beyond.

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pineappleCITI New Acoustic Song

Rapper and songwriter pineappleCITI releases acoustic version of her song “Lift Me Up”

pineappleCITI is back with an acoustic rendition of her latest single “Lift Me Up,” out now via Red Bull Records. Teased to fans on Juneteenth with the release of its timely music video, the stripped-down version of the R&B anthem demonstrates pineappleCITI’s artistic versatility and strives to uplift listeners with its self-motivating lyrics. As with the original track, CITI reflects on her journey throughout her career.

The release also serves to provide positivity to all those who have been fighting for social justice. As pineappleCITI has been on the frontlines of the protests in her hometown of Newark, NJ, this message is especially personal.

“‘Lift Me Up’ authentically captures how I feel and how I think we all feel,” says CITI on her motivation behind the release. “This is an important time for us as a country to speak out and stand up for our rights but also to pay close attention to how all of this is affecting our mental health. We could all use a lift me up right now.”

Stream “Lift Me Up” here and watch the official video here.

About pineappleCITI:

For pineappleCITI, rhymes and raps spring right from the heart as she approaches each song, project, album, and show with an equal reverence for nineties East Coast storytelling and old- school Motown catharsis. Endorsed early on by The Fader, Paper Mag, Complex, and Billboard and streamed over 2 million times as of 2019, the New Jersey-born MC provides a simultaneously unique and universal perspective to her music.

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Rae Rae – “Crash Flow”

Rae Rae, a 17-year-old rapper, songwriter, and self-taught producer, is ready to make his mark in hip-hop with his self-produced single, “Crash Flow (Ain’t Trippin) feat. Taeman.” Watch the new video, via Run-It-Up Records / Motown / CMG, HERE.

The video was directed by Chase Walker and features Rae Rae in his element, driving and drifting down the streets of Atlanta with his friends. The teenagers showcase what southern swag is with their cars, cash, dice, and dance moves.

Rae Rae created this rapidly raw, carefree street banger about having tunnel vision for one’s hustle. It’s about ignoring distractions to succeed. Rae Rae raps “Big bankroll on me and it don’t fold…I’m chasing dinero.”

Not to mention, the record sparked a viral TikTok dance trend. The young artist has already accumulated over 35 million global streams. He’s part of the new generation hip-hop wave filled with artists narrating street stories through their youthful eyes.

Sonically, his flow is melodic, paired over hard-hitting trap beats. Rae Rae has more new music coming down the pipeline.

The Atlanta native dropped out of school to pursue a full-time career in music – backed by the support of his family. As far as musical influences, he cites studying the craft from Future, Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, and Lil Boosie.

Rae Rae always enjoyed creating music; however, it took on a new meaning for him after one of his best friends, who encouraged Rae Rae’s music endeavors, passed away. With the street record “Crash Flow (Ain’t Trippin) feat. Taeman” as a tenacious introduction, he’s ready to show the world what he’s got.

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BABY CELEBRATES ROMANCE BY RELEASING THE “CLOSE FRIENDS” VIDEO STARRING HIS REAL LIFE GF

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Today Lil Baby shares the DAPS-directed video for his RIAA-certified Platinum song “Close Friends” from his collaborative project with Gunna, Drip Harder, out now on Quality Control Music/Young Stoner Life Records, a 300 Entertainment Label/Wolfpack Global Music/Capitol Records/Motown.

City Girls Video Twerk feat. Cardi B

Today Yung Miami and JT — together known as City Girls — release the highly-anticipated video for Twerk (feat. Cardi B). In it, City Girls own the dance for themselves, rallying their troupe of women to get cheeks flying and take control of their own sexuality. And hell if it doesn’t look like a good time.

WATCH HERE

The Broadcast Premier will be on BET Jams and will air every hour on the network. City Girls’ Yung Miami — painted as a zebra — and featured artist Cardi B — painted as a tiger — lead a group of agile ladies on yacht, on a beach, on a pole, even on a muscle car without a man in sight. Ladies are twerkin’ it for themselves, showcasing insanely amazing athleticism, and looking bodaciously fly while doing it. And they can slap their own ass thank you.

With over 215 million overall streams and 39.3 million from Twerk (ft. Cardi B), the world sure seemed ready to listen and dance. Twerk was an immediate track stand-out for fans on City Girls new album, Girl Code (Quality Control Music/Motown/Capitol Records), so the Girls decided to send a challenge to the world. The Goal: To find the world’s greatest twerker. The winner would not only get flewed into Miami on “Flewed Out” airlines and $50k in hard cash, but would be — and now is — featured in their video taking back the twerk.

Refreshingly, JT and Yung Miami bluntly set their own terms on what can be a taboo subject for women. Most recently City Girls’ genuineness caught the ear of Drake, who recruited them for his 10-week chart topping song In My Feelings. And when City Girls rap to a lovelorn Drake, “I’ll show you how to network. F*ck that Netflix and chill; what’s your net worth?” they make it clear they are looking for any broke boys.

JT and Young Miami are uncensored, unapologetic, sharing a commitment to their hood roots and a bold insistence that the culture they come from should stop them from getting a piece of the cash pie. One of the most provocative female hip-hop duo in years, the Miami duo of JT and Yung Miami are the next generation of female speak out as raw and confident — and with as much swagger as the boys.

As Refinery29 states: “This emerging group taps into the same enterprising spirit applauded in male rappers when they wax poetic about selling drugs or pimping to escape bleak financial circumstance. This female version is just as inspiring. The male gaze only succeeds in objectifying women when the sole outcome considered is male gratification. City Girls set the terms of engagement for a payday they’ve orchestrated.”

With JT currently serving her sentence for credit card fraud, City Girls worked hard and banked a lot of material before she went in. As Yung Miami states: “It is a minor setback for a major comeback.”

Coach K and Pierre “Pee” Thomas of the renowned Quality Control Music label discovered the girls and took their first song “Fu*k Dat N****” from a regional hit to a national smash when it appeared on the seminal Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Vol 1 compilation. Recently Quality Control Music released City Girls’ heart-wrenching documentary Point Blank Period. The documentary follows the City Girls as they break into a predominantly male-dominated industry with the release of Period. It features their reactions to hearing Drake shout them out on his record to JT working in the studio until her jail sentence starts.

Exclusive interviews are included with Yung Miami and JT, as well as industry trailblazers Trina, Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas, exposing the complicated road to breaking female artists in the changing music landscape.

LISTEN TO GIRL CODE HERE

City Girls Release “Season” Music Video

City Girls release their music video for Season featuring Lil Baby Watch it HERE. Season comes after Girl Code (Quality Control Music/Motown/Capitol Records). Girl Code includes features from Cardi B, Lil Baby, and Jacquees. They also recently released the new song, TWERK,  with the remix version featuring Cardi B included on Girl Code.
Listen to Girl Code HERE.
One of the most provocative female hip-hop duo in years, the Miami duo of JT and Yung Miami are the next generation of female rappers. On their acclaimed debut project, PERIOD, City Girls speak out as raw and confident — and with as much swagger– as the boys do, ultimately flipping the script on Hip Hop.
And people are listening. With nearly 100 million streams, JT and Young Miami are uncensored, unapologetic, sharing a commitment to their hood roots and a bold insistence that the culture they come from should stop them from getting a piece of the cash pie.
Most recently City Girls caught the ear of Drake, an early fan who recruited them for his 10-week chart topping song In My Feelings. It’s not all about Kiki When the City Girls I’ll show you how to network. F*ck that Netflix and chill; what’s your net worth? They unapologetically rap about sexual and financial empowerment, and they are not looking for any broke boys.
As Refinery29 states: This emerging group taps into the same enterprising spirit applauded in male rappers when they wax poetic about selling drugs or pimping to escape bleak financial circumstance. This female version is just as inspiring. The male gaze only succeeds in objectifying women when the sole outcome considered is male gratification. City Girls set the terms of engagement for a payday they’ve orchestrated.
With JT currently serving her sentence for credit card fraud, City Girls worked hard and banked a lot of material before she went in. As Yung Miami states: It is a minor setback for a major comeback. But perhaps the clearest explanation of the City Girl’s Girl Code is spoken in the album’s earliest moments. During a phone call from JT in prison on Intro (FREE JT), Yung Miami picks up the mic and unleashes a fiery verse that puts to rest any question of what she and her partner are here to accomplish: All my life I’ve been going against the odds/Tryna come up on me, better keep your job/A round of applause for the boss ass bitches/Who made it on their own.Éd; And as the track fades out, JT chimes in with a final message of defiance for any who would stand in their way: Éc;When I come home Period — game over.
Coach K and Pierre “Pee” Thomas of the renowned Quality Control Music label discovered the girls and took their first song “Fu*k Dat N****” from a regional hit to a national smash when it appeared on the seminal Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Vol 1 compilation. This year Quality Control Music released City Girls’ uncensored heart-wrenching documentary Point Blank Period The documentary follows the City Girls as they break into a predominantly male-dominated industry with the release of Period. It features their reactions to hearing Drake shout them out on his record to JT working in the studio until her jail sentence starts. Exclusive interviews are included with Yung Miami and J.T., as well as industry trailblazers Trina, Kevin Coach K; Lee and Pierre Pee Thomas, exposing the complicated road to breaking female artists in the changing music landscape.

Icewear Vezzo Returns With New Track “European”

Just recently, Detroit underground icon Icewear Vezzo returns with a new track European. This is his second release under his recently minted deal with Motown and Capitol Music Group.

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Adding to the excitement for his upcoming mix-tape, Icewear Vezzo celebrates this moment with a music video for European–check it out here!

Icewear Vezzo proudly leads a new era of Motor City hip-hop. His explosive discography encompasses the fan favorite Clarity mixtape series and breakout Moonwalken, which boasted beats from heavyweights such as Zaytoven and TM 88. Following a stint in Federal Prison, he ignited 2018 as his biggest year yet. In addition to a triumphant return to the stage at Detroit’s Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz, he dropped the acclaimed 337 EP with Earlly Mac and set the internet abalze with the brash and blunt banger Drank God Back Freestyle. Mass Appeal predicted, Detroit’s best hope at a singular star is Icewear Vezzo, and Hypebeast dubbed him, “The King of Contemporary Detroit Rap.” A pillar of his community, he also owned the local haunt Chicken Talk restaurant.

With his surefire spitting and slick storytelling, he ushers in the next generation of Detroit legends.

Zaytoven to release Trap Holizay

Award-winning multiplatinum super producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven will release his anxiously awaited full-length debut, Trap Holizay, on Friday May 25, 2018.

In addition to What You Think, the full tracklisting promises to bring together some of the gameߣs heaviest heavy hitters behind the production mastery of this game-changing hip-hop maestro. Stay tuned for the full reveal soon.

Increasing anticipation, he just shared Go Get The Money [feat. Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Pusha T, & T.I.]. This posse anthem unites some of the gameߣs most notorious and revered spitters from all over the country. Miami heavyweight Rick Ross drops heat, while the king of Memphis Yo Gotti delivers a knockout verse. Virginia’s own Pusha T sounds as fiery as ever, and Atlanta O.G. T.I. is on fire. Go Get The Money has all the makings of a summer smash! Listen Here

Excitement continues building for the impending arrival of the record. In an in-depth feature, High Snobiety claimed, Trap Holizay, is set to be one of the springߣs standout albums.

Allowing audiences into his world, he recently teamed up with Red Bull Music for a new documentary entitled The Note: Zaytoven. Watch it HERE. The 17-minute film explores his inimitable creative process and story as told by the man himself and those closest to him, including his mom. Additionally, it intercuts archival behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with collaborators and fellow innovators such as Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Young Dolph, Bankroll Fresh, and Cassius Jay. Of the doc, Noisey claimed, The Note goes deep into how Zaytoven became so essential to rap’s most popular format. He also recently spoke to Billboard in detail about The Note

Zaytoven just embarked on his North American headline run: Trap Holizay The Tour. It’s hitting major markets across the country. Check out the remaining dates belo

Trap Holizay season is underway now.

Conversation With Coach K

On April 11th, UMUSIC Experience hosted a Masterclass – a conversation with Hip-Hop cultural icon Coach K, moderated by Spotify’s Artist & Label Marketing Manager Amber Grimes at the historic African-American Morehouse College. The event was held at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center to nearly 400 students.

Grimes asked a series of questions about manifestation, trust, adaptation and continuous progress.

Coach K immediately began dropping gems throughout the conversation. “Everything I do is applied to sports and every team needs a coach?” says the former all-state quarterback
football player and scholarship awarded basketball player Kevin Coach K”. Lee when discussing
his relationship with Quality Control, the label he shares with Pierre Pee Thomas.”

Together they run a record label and recording studio and manage artists Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby,
Trippie Redd and many more.

When Grimes asked Coach K how he instills trust in his artist, he says “I let them dream. We let them be visionaries. We not coming to change anything. We just tighten the loose ends.”Coach K knows a great deal about helping artists become superstars by combining their talent
and work ethic while taking risks.”We built our whole company [by] taking risks! Sometimes you gotta take that risk.” Coach K also added that he focuses heavily on the artists’ brands. “ I also believe in brand-building and luck doesn’t come in brand building.”

Both Atlanta natives, Coach K and Amber Grimes were passionate about bringing this event to the historically black Atlanta University Center.

”I have been wanting to do this event for three years,” says Coach K.

“This is my first time doing something like this.”Coach K hopes he can use his life as masterclass to teach others how to become successful.”

There is no book that can teach you about this business. It’s on-job training. If I can let my story lead somebody’s path, I’m with it,” he says. “The day you come complacent is the day it stops. You have to keep going!”

UMUSIC Experience partnered with Quality Control Music, Motown, Capitol Music Group & Caroline to bring the masterclass to life.