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Earthgang x Wale “Options”

The indomitable Atlanta duo EARTHGANG released a  brand new song and visualizer titled “Options” featuring Wale. The track’s cover art (created by long-time creative collaborator Fred Lozano) was teased earlier in the week featuring OLU, WowGr8 and Wale as fashion dolls.

Not one for a straight forward visual, EARTHGANG teamed up with Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” animator Bona Bones to take the fashion doll motif to another level. The Zack Sekuler directed visualizer is live now and can be watched above or via the link here.

The release of the song comes at the heels of EARTHGANG receiving a Grammy Award nomination for “Collide” — a track with Tiana Major9 for the film “Queen & Slim.” The song is nominated for “Best R&B Song” category and will be the pair’s second Grammy nod after being nominated earlier this year for their work with Dreamville’sRevenge of Dreamers III album.

EARTHGANG have stayed busy since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Mirrorland (Dreamville/Interscope) and Platinum-certified Revenge of The Dreamers III project both out last year. When touring halted the duo hit the studio to collaborate with music friends like Gorillaz, Tokimonsta, Louis The Child, Tobi Nwigwe and more.

Earlier this year, OLU and WowGr8 banded with their Spillage Village members to work on the long-awaited Spilligion album which was released to acclaim in the Fall. The album made many “Best of 2020” lists including NPR, FADER, Uproxx, Complex and more.

Alongside making music, the pair have also been heavy on the campaign trail in the battleground state of Georgia working closely with Mayor Lance Bottoms and politician Stacey Abrams advocating for voter rights. A bright spot of their hometown, EARTHGANG continue to shine in their purpose to deliver music that aims to entertain and unite.

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NJOMZA – Lucky

The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter NJOMZA returns with the tender new single and video Lucky, out now on SinceThe80s/Motown. Listen HERE. The track, built around gospel guitar chords and NJOMZA’s ascendant vocals, is a warm, soul-inflected reminder to hold your loved ones close. She sounds lost and lonely at first, but as the song unfolds, it builds to a kindhearted climax, repeating insistently, “If you love someone let them know.”

Lucky arrives accompanied by a black-and-white video directed by Griffin Olis and NJOMZA. The visual intertwines dreamlike snippets of home-video footage with shots of her laying in the sand. It’s a stirring document of memory and loss, underscoring the songߣs message to not take anything or anyone for granted. Watch it HERE.

For NJOMZA, Lucky is only the latest in a long run of captivating pop songs. In April, she released the gauzy, sensual single Bite, which has garnered over 2.5 million total streams. Over the last few years, sheߣs drawn both critical acclaim and commercial success for her work with Mac Miller who signed her to his REMember Music label when she was a teen and Ariana Grande, with whom she’s co-written hits like 7 Rings and Thank U, Next.

All the while, she’s been twisting up R&B and pop signifiers on her own songs, on singles like 2019’s No One Is Spared and EPs like 2017’s Sad For You and 2018’s Vacation. People are listening too. Over the years, her tracks have racked up over 50 million global streams. As she gears up to release more new music in 2021, Lucky is a winning reminder of what drew people to her in the first place: the emotion and care she’s able to pack into her memorable melodies.

Jay Gwuapo – Lost Files

Today, 20-year-old Brooklyn drill rapper Jay Gwuapo releases a new track and visual for the deeply personal “Lost Files,” which is a track recorded as a letter to his late friends Pop Smoke and KJ Balla following their deaths earlier this year. After being in a dark place grieving their losses, Gwuapo turned to music for expression and healing. Along with the track, he shares the accompanying video via From Nothing Records/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records. Click HERE to watch/listen.

Last week Guwapo returned with the release of “Black Mask” ft. Pop Smoke. The track is special to the rising rapper as it features one of his best childhood friends, the late Pop Smoke.. “Black Mask” is the only time the two had collaborated, but Pop credited Jay for encouraging him to pursue a career in rap. Click HERE to watch the interview clip with DJ Whoo Kid.

Along with “Black Mask” Gwuapo also released three additional tracks “Intro,” “Smoke Season Freestyle” and “Dangerous.” These four tracks honor and pay tribute to Pop as well as KJ Balla, who was a frequent collaborator, labelmate and friend of Gwuapo that was tragically killed earlier this year. Gwuapo has spent this year connecting with fans through his music releases on his SoundCloud and other platforms and these four tracks marked his official return.

Gwuapo’s releases this year also include, “R8” and “Back to Back” with KJ Balla,  “Long Live The Woo,” a tribute to Pop following his death and a feature on Lil Tjay’s album with “Gettin Lit.”

Listen/watch “Black Mask,” “Intro,” “Smoke Season Freestyle,” “Dangerous,” and keep an eye out for more from Jay Gwuapo coming soon.

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Listen/Watch “Black Mask” ft. Pop Smoke

ABOUT JAY GWUAPO

Brooklyn’s long been a hotbed for the latest and greatest in rap talent, and Jay Gwuapo is the borough’s next rising star in the drill scene. The East New York native is just 20 years old, having picked up rap as a career two years ago—but he’s already making moves that artists with years on him have yet to accomplish. With a series of buzz-generating street singles and debut mixtape under his belt, Gwuapo’s talent and hybridized musical style will surely only gain more recognition to come.

Gwuapo started pursuing rap in earnest, pumping out unreleased tracks that started making noise in the NYC rap scene and eventually teaming up with Russ and K. Balla’s From Nothing record label. “Downbad” from 2018 marked his proper debut single, featuring chilly production and Gwuapo’s now-trademarked “R&B-drill” sound. Then came the languid, melodic “Drip Sauce,” a collab with fellow Brooklynite KJ Balla.

Since then, Gwuapo’s dropped a few more choice tracks, including “Steppin’ Out” and the grim, serious “Well Explained”. Eventually word got around to star-making label Polo Grounds Music, who’s B. Jacques took particular interest in helping Gwuapo take his career and talent to the next level. “A lot of people were reaching out, but no one connected with me like my son B,” he enthuses. “The love felt different from what I felt from nobody else.”

In 2019, Gwuapo announced his signing to Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records and released his debut project, From Nothing Pt. 1 which featured collaborations with label mate Calboy as well as Lil Tjay, Don Q and KJ Balla.

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Chrissy – Taken

Newcomer Chrissy is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but she is also an immensely talented singer-songwriter with some new tracks to show it! Chrissy’s debut album, Taken, will be released in nearly a week on October 15th. A child of tinsel town since the day she was born, her father is music producer, screen writer, director, Chris Stokes. With a sound comparable to H.E.R. and Snoh Aalegra with an R&B flow with a soulful twist.

On August 28th, Chrissy displayed her immense talent with the release of her first single titled, “Relax.” “Relax” is a love song dedicated to Chrissy’s husband. When asked about her relationship and this track Chrissy said, “All women can relate to their man working hard and never slowing down. When my husband comes home, I always tell him to relax and let me show you how much your family appreciates you. I think it’s a universal message and it shouts out the good men out their working to provide for their families.”

When Chrissy isn’t working, she’s vlogging on her new make-up tutorial page on YouTube with her best friend Miya Houston. She enjoys hip-hop dancing and exercising. She’s also a new mom and loves spending time with her ten-month-old son, her husband and their two dogs. Stay up to speed on Chrissy’s life and her music on Instagram and Youtube.

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Ella Mai – Not Another Love Song

After announcing her musical return last week via Instagram, Ella Mai draws us back into her world with the highly anticipated release of her latest single “Not Another Love Song.” The captivating tune finds Mai trying to fend off the lovebug, though she realizes her feelings may be too strong to ignore. While staying true to her roots, the maturity in her vocals and delivery are undeniable.  The record “is about falling in love but not wanting to admit it, so it’s quite vulnerable,” says Mai. Fans eager to get a dose of Ella’s amorous tune can listen HERE.

Ella’s debut performance of the new single can be seen in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2, which exclusively premiered worldwide on Amazon Prime today (10/2). You can also catch her first television performance of the single on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this coming Tuesday (10/6).

In 2018 Ella Mai’s first single “Boo’d Up” broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 of any song by a woman on the R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard Airplay chart. Her follow-up single “Trip” peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and her album, Ella Mai, has almost 6 billion streams and is RIAA Certified Platinum. In addition to her chart-topping domination and success, Ella Mai has won several awards, including her first GRAMMY for Best R&B Song, three Billboard Music Awards including the coveted Top R&B Artist, three iHeartRadio awards including R&B Artist of the Year, three Soul Train Awards, and a BET Viewers’ Choice Award.

Ella Mai “Not Another Love Song”

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645AR × FKA twigs

Today, rapper 645AR releases his new track “Sum Bout U” with FKA twigs. “Sum Bout U” is more R&B leaning than his previous tracks “Yoga” and “In Love With A Stripper” and features high pitched vocal interplay between 645AR, affectionately dubbed the squeak rapper, and FKA twigs. “Sum Bout U” is produced by SenseiATL with co-production by El Guincho. “Sum Bout U” was featured as Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily on Beats 1 on Apple Music and is available on all digital streaming platforms; listen here

Says 645AR, “I’m bringing real R&B back. Shout out to FKA twigs.”  

As both 645AR and FKA twigs are visual artists, unsurprisingly, they released the official music video for “Sum Bout U” in addition to the audio. The video was directed by Aidan Zamiri, with concept by FKA twigs.

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Jhené Aiko – Chilombo Deluxe

Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko builds on the phenomenal #1 success of Chilombo, currently over 1.5 billion global streams, with the arrival of CHILOMBO DELUXE, available today, via 2 Fish/Art Club/Def Jam Recordings. CHILOMBO DELUXE adds nine previously unreleased bonus tracks and remixes to the original 20-track album – including the new single “Summer 2020” – with new guest features from Kehlani, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Mila J and Wiz Khalifa. Check out the in-depth cover-story profile of Jhené in the new issue of HITS magazine.

Chilombo (released in March) entered the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart at #1, and the Billboard 200 album chart at #2.  Over 170 million first week streams ranked it as the biggest album debut in four years from a female R&B artist (since Beyoncé’s Lemonade in April 2016), and the biggest album debut of Jhené’s career.

Chilombo arrived on the strength of its five massive advance tracks, with cumulative streams over 700 million to date.  They comprise: “B.S.” (featuring H.E.R.), “Triggered (Freestyle),” “None Of Your Concern” (featuring Big Sean), “Pu$$y Fairy (OTW),” and “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E.)” (feat. Future and Miguel).  The visual for another album track premiered in May, “Magic Hour.” The momentum continues to build with the release of “Summer 2020.”

Chilombo proclaims the artist’s full name, Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, as it celebrates her coming into her own personal power. The initial jam sessions where she freestyled the lyrics to each song, took place on The Big Island of Hawaii where Jhené’s great grandmother was born. Jhené was inspired by the beauty and power of the island’s volcanoes, having visited throughout the years. Chilombo means wild beast. The volcano is symbolic of the beautiful, yet powerful beast. Jhené Aiko is Chilombo. In contrast to her 2017 album, Trip, which intricately detailed the process of grieving, Chilombo finds Jhené embracing her strength and power, coming into her confidence as a woman, a creator and a healer. She has always embraced magic in her particular brand of soulful, trippy, ethereal R&B, but now on Chilombo she has taken it all to another level.

THE MAGIC HOUR, Jhené’s highly-anticipated 32-city North American tour with special guest Queen Naija, originally scheduled for May-June, will be rescheduled. Special merch and digital album bundles are available at Jhené’s official D2C store.

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Leon Bridges “Sweeter”

Leon Bridges releases his new song “Sweeter” featuring Terrace Martin sooner than anticipated with consideration to current BLM movements

Today, Grammy Award winning R&B artist and songwriter Leon Bridges releases “Sweeter” featuring Terrace Martin. The song, written from the perspective of a black man taking his last breath and feeling his spirit leave his body, was originally written and recorded for a future album, however, in light of current events, Leon and Terrace felt compelled to release the song now. You can listen to “Sweeter” on AmazonApple MusiciTunesSpotify, YouTube Music, and YouTube.

Says Leon, “Growing up in Texas I have personally experienced racism, my friends have experienced racism. From adolescence we are taught how to conduct ourselves when we encounter police to avoid the consequences of being racially profiled. I have been numb for too long, calloused when it came to the issues of police brutality. The death of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. It was the first time I wept for a man I never met. I am George Floyd, my brothers are George Floyd, and my sisters are George Floyd. I cannot and will not be silent any longer. Just as Abel’s blood was crying out to God, George Floyd is crying out to me. So, I present to you Sweeter.”

Adds Terrace, “It is always an honor to share a platform with my dear brother Leon Bridges. This is meditation music; it is not music for the ears but rather music for the heart. I truly believe that eyes have been deceiving us for so long but the heart always tells the truth. The heart needs to be repaired. Black folk have been deceived so many years, the only thing that can turn it around is a heart full of love.”

The lyrics of “Sweeter” tell a sadly familiar tale of racism:

Hoping for a life more sweeter,
Instead I’m just a story repeating.
Why do I fear with skin dark as night?
Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes.

I thought we moved on from the darker days.
Did the words of the King disappear in the air,
Like a butterfly?
Somebody should hand you a felony.
Because you stole from me,
My chance to be.

Hoping for a life more sweeter,
Instead I’m just a story repeating.
Why do I fear with skin dark as night?
Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes.

The tears of my Mother rain rain over me.
My sisters and my brothers sing sing over me.
And I wish I had another day, but it’s just another day.

Hoping for a life more sweeter,
Instead I’m just a story repeating.
Why do I fear with skin dark as night?
Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes.

 

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