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Miguel Releases “Sky Walker” Song & Video Featuring Travis Scott

“Sky Walker” featuring Travis Scott is produced by Miguel and Happy Perez and the video is directed by Director X.   WATCH:  Vevo:   LISTEN: Multiretailer: iTunes: Apple Music: Spotify: Amazon Music: Google Play:

Neo-Soul Classic “Brown Sugar’ Remastered by D’Angelo

Neo-Soul is releasing a remastered deluxe edition of his seminal neo-soul classic debut Brown Sugar on August 25th via Virgin/UMe. The reissue, prepped in 2-CD and digital formats, features 21 rare tracks, including previously issued remixes, instrumentals and a cappella versions. Highlights from the expanded Brown Sugar include a cappella renditions of the tittle Tracks and "Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine"; an alternate version of "Brown Sugar," an alternate mix of "Cruisin'"; and remixes from CJ Mackintosh, Dallas Austin, Tech King, Erick Sermon and Incognito. The deluxe edition is housed in a digipak with a 20-page booklet boasting rare photographs, lyrics and author-filmmaker Nelson George's essay about the album's innovative, influential hybrid of gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop.

Vince Staples Drops “Big Fish,” Announces Big Fish Theory Release Date

Vince Staples has dropped his new song “Big Fish,” a follow-up to February’s “BagBak.” The new release is in line with his more accessible recent work (at least comparatively accessible), and takes cues from west coast funk. What hasn’t changed is Staples’ mordant introspection: “It’s funny I was going crazy not to long ago / With my problems every morning like the Maury show.” The accompanying music video for “Big Fish” shows Staples performing atop a sinking boat. Staples also told Zane Lowe that his upcoming sophomore album Big Fish Theory will be released on June 23. In the meantime, you can watch “Big Fish”  “BagBak.” Checkout the video on the homepage.        

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Chicago Rapper Saint Millie's 'Adderall' Is a High-Energy, Positive Influence

Saint Millie is a rapper from Chicago's West Side with a very modern style. Like many of the third generation nu-Chicago rappers, he does not fit easily into either the drill or poetry-influenced genres that have come to define the city since 2012; instead, his style is a descendent of the Cool Kids' late-00s wave, a cool, stylish, modern approach that is neither gangster nor particularly earnest. Although he's worked with a cross-section of Chicago artists—his manager also works with West Side bop stars Sicko Mobb, and he's affiliated with the Treated Crew, whose membership includes staples like Million Dollar Mano, Mic Terror, and Gzus Piece—he has his own distinct lane. Saint Millie's first major release, Adderall, dropped last week. It's a murky, melodic rap record from a newcomer, whose only previous release (2015's Glory) now feels like a prelude. The West Side rapper has stepped up his songwriting and enlisted Chicago staples like Million Dollar Mano (The Weeknd's "The Hills"), Paris Beuller, Brenmar, Sicko Mobb, and Michael Rocks (The Cool Kids). Atlanta's predominant production team, 808 Mafia also show up for the strip club-oriented "Freaks." Yet the album has a consistent sound throughout, thanks in large part to Millie's understated sing-song rap style. Andra Day: House Of Blues Houston 12/2016  Retro-soul singer and songwriter Andra Day is from San Diego, California, where she performed in church and enrolled at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. After she graduated from the school, she leaned toward contemporary R&B and pop, but was eventually drawn back to the classic jazz and soul vocalists she heard as a youngster. A major break came when a performance of hers was caught by Kai Millard Morris, who subsequently took some of Day's music to husband Stevie Wonder, who in turn connected Day with music industry veteran Adrian Gurvitz. Aligned with Gurvitz and Jeffrey Evans' Buskin label, Day built up a YouTube following and eventually signed with Warner Bros. After some singles, as well as a version of "Mississippi Goddamn" contributed to Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, Day released her debut album, Cheers to the Fall (2015), for which she collaborated extensively with the likes of Gurvitz and Raphael Saadiq, among others.

Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A Manager, Dead at 75

Jerry Heller, the longtime music manager that helped launch the career of N.W.A and the gangsta-rap movement, died Friday. He was 75. Heller's cousin confirmed Heller's death to Billboard. According to TMZ, Heller died after suffering a medical emergency while driving that resulted in him sustaining serious injuries after crashing his minivan in California. It's still unclear whether Heller died from the medical emergency or the injuries from the Heller started his career in the music industry as an agent and promoter, working with artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marvin Gaye, the Who and Black Sabbath in the Sixties and Seventies. By the mid-Eighties, as hip-hop swelled in popularity, Heller co-founded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E; the Compton rapper reportedly paid Alonzo Williams of the World Class Wreckin' Cru, another Heller-signed act that featured Dr. Dre, for an introduction to the manager. N.W.A formed in 1986 with Eazy-E and Dre linking up with C.I.A.'s Ice Cube and Arabian Prince; a year later, in 1987, Ruthless released the supergroup's first single "Panic Zone. By the release of 1988's Straight Outta Compton, MC Ren and DJ Yella would join N.W.A, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

ASCAP Songwriters Jordan Davis, Miya Folick, Nils Becker Win Songwriters Hall of Fame Scholarships

070c6f_ad3582b5b23c477d85a7efd92c392623.jpg_srz_911_685_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz ASCAP songwriters Jordan DavisMiya Folick and Nils Becker (GEMA) have just been announced as the recipients of the 2016 scholarships and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Davis and Folick both won Abe Olman Scholarships, in recognition of their exceptional songwriting (hear some of their excellent work below!) Abe Olman was a major figure in the music publishing community and a songwriter himself, in addition to being one of the founders of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Abe Olman Scholarships, given out annually since 1990, are made possible by his family in the interest of encouraging and supporting the careers of young songwriters. Becker earned the NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award, presented to a music composition student whose work holds great potential for success in the field, and embodies the art, craft, individuality and qualities of communication of the best songwriting. More information regarding all of the 2016 recipients can be found in the scholarship section of the website. ABOUT JORDAN DAVIS Shreveport, LA seemed to be the perfect backdrop for artist/writer, Jordan Davis, to call home. “Shreveport is just big enough for me to understand what city life was like and small enough to understand that lifestyle.” Davis, like most boys, grew up playing sports, excelling in football and baseball in high school. “I got offers to play baseball from several different universities, but I didn’t want to do that. I knew that I wanted to write and play music,” says Davis. After graduating from Louisiana State University, Davis’ passion and love for music is what made him move to Nashville. When you hear Jordan Davis sing, you instantly know that he made the right decision. “I grew up with an iPod, it had everything from John Prine to Jay Z to George Strait to Kings of Leon." Listening to Jordan’s music, you know that all of those influences in his life helped to shape his style. In 2015 he signed with Ole Music Publishing and Universal Music Group Nashville. Jordan has been touring non-stop the past year and has opened for Chase Rice, Randy Rogers Band, The Cadillac Three, David Nail and more. He is currently in the studio working on his debut album.

Tyler J (Feat. Kevin Gates) - Insomnia (Official Music Video)

Tyler J2_zpsbyt2p0kw The stress of trying to make it in the music industry will keep a person up at night and Waco up-and-comer Tyler J is all too familiar with that concept. On "Insomnia" Ft. Kevin Gates he recounts the burden of working two jobs, while at the same time putting in the grind to establish himself as an artist. At the time the song was recorded, feature artist Kevin Gates was pushing his #IDGT (I Don't Get Tired) movement, making him the perfect collaborator. "Insomnia" was produced by Denero and will appear on Tyler's "Heart Of A Hustler" project dropping Summer 2016. Tyler Jackson (Tyler J) is a hip hop artist out of Marlin, TX, a small town 30 minutes south of Waco. Tyler first started doing music in the fall of 2009 when he wrote and recorded his first song "Missing You" along with his friend and artist Shawn P. He would go on to release his first mixtape "The Heart Melter" and his second "Ecstasy" in 2011 where he then would start growing a local fanbase. In the fall of 2011 Tyler decided to take a break from music, saying that he had been going down a wrong path and needed to make a change. A few months later Tyler decided to return to music and this time to be more of a positive role model, someone that everyone could listen to. In 2012 Tyler, along with his friend Shawn P, released the R&B mixtape "Love Chronicles" and the single "No More Rain" became a local radio hit. Tyler performed at his first show during the 2012 Summer Bash in Waco, TX. In October of 2012 Tyler released another mixtape called "Mixed Emotions" featuring collaborations with artists such as Lil Scrappy, Sammie, Lil Keke, & many more. The single "It's All Good" (Featuring Uness, Lil Scrappy & Lil Keke) was another local hit and turned out to be Tyler's first music video performance. In 2014 he released the mixtape "No Regrets" and 2015 "Love Chronicles: Chapter 2."      Q-Tip’s Tribute To Phife Dawg Is A Perfect Weekend Soundtrack 1401x788-quest From Kendrick Lamar leading a crowd of 18,000 people to chant Phife Dawg’s name in tribute at a concert after learning of the news of the Tribe Called Quest member’s passing to the hip hop community at large penning lengthy homages, Phife’s legacy continues to live on. The co-founding emcee of the iconic rap group suffered from complications from diabetes and passed away at 45 on March 22. In the days that have since followed, the group has issued a formal statement, while some of hip hop’s biggest names have taken to social media to share their condolences, fond memories, songs that influenced their careers and favorite Phife Dawg moments. Pharrell, Just Blaze, Andre 3000, Lamar and Chuck D have all shared their thoughts, with Pharrell eloquently capturing emotionally deep inpact the tragic news holds, saying, “The world lost Phife, but Phife himself actually gained the universe.”

Miguel Performs on a Rooftop in Hallucinatory ‘waves’ Remix Video

miguel-waves-video-940-640x426 Miguel induces the first incredulous eye-rubbings of his trippy video for the Travis Scott remix of “waves” with some facts: “The majority accept the chaos, obey fear, curate pain,” he intones against a backdrop of spinning stars. “You know you can die. Why not live?” And live he does: Posted up at his WILDHEART Motel art installation, the 2015 SPIN cover star performs the slower, trapped-out version of “waves,” joined by Scott for his guest verse. Watch the clip here.

David Bowie Greatest Record ?


"Let's Dance" (1983)

Three years after the release of 1980's Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Bowie enlisted Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers to play on and produce his landmark disco-pop album Let's Dance. Bowie's original composition for the title track, as Nile Rodgers writes in his autobiography Le Freak, sounded like "Donovan meets Anthony Newley." But the duo reworked the song at Montreaux's Mountain Studios before Rodgers' session players augmented the demo at New York's Power Station. Bowie described the track as "a postmodern homage to the Isley Brothers' 'Twist and Shout,'" with the song becoming his last to land at Number One on the Billboard 200. "The song was going to be a major hit," Rodgers wrote. "And we knew it."

N.W.A, Chosen for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


N.W.A's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction caps a huge year for the Compton rap legends. Raymond Boyd/Getty         N.W.A had been on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's ballot three times before, but 2015 was no ordinary year for the Compton rap collective. In August, their biopic, Straight Outta Compton, hit movie theaters to rapturous reviews, earning over $200 million and lots of Oscar buzz. It reminded the world just how impactful N.W.A was during their brief time together, and probably helped them finally get into the Hall of Fame.

Rapper unveils Leafs by Snoop line at surreal suburban house party


Snoop Dogg and his assistants showed off their Leafs by Snoop wares at a private Denver launch on Monday.
There's something almost too perfect about Snoop Dogg — a man who once claimed to smoke 81 blunts a day — coming to a town nicknamed the Mile High City to debut his new line of cannabis products. But on Monday night, he descended upon Denver with his Leafs by Snoop collection to do just that. The 44-year-old rapper and entrepreneur turned a private residence into his own personal Dogghouse, showcasing his diverse weed wares, spinning some G-funk, spitting a few bars and, at one point, basically hotboxing a select crowd of Coloradans into oblivion with lots and lots of stinky, Snoop-selected strains.


Krept-Konan-album-cover The Breakout debut album is a true representation go Krept & Konan’s signature mashup of UK and US styles with an unprecedented list of massive collaborations including Rick Ross, Skepta, Wiz Khalifa, Ed Sheeran, YG and Emeli Sande’. The album includes the buzzing single “Freak of the Week” featuring Jeremih, which New York Magazine, Heavy Rotation Magazine, Comple, Noisey and Spin have called one of the “songs of the summer.’ The song has amassed nearly 5 million youtube views, sits in the Top 10 on the iTunes UK singles chart and Rita Ora performed the track last weekend during her headline set at UK’s Wireless Festival.


Cherae LERI' - Mirage - New Single 

erc-SPI_1766 Lately lots of great people and things have emerged from the Midwestern “Show Me State” of Missouri, among the biggest are Saint Louis’s Rapper Nelly and Ms. Robbie’s Sweetie Pie’s along with some great BBQ. Well here is something else sweet and spicy and also from Missouri Cherae Leri.  Cherae Leri started performing music at a very early age being born to a Mother who was also a traveling DJ. The soulful pop vocalist literally entered the world singing. Whether it was on the road with her Mother or just in front of the family Cherae always found a stage to be on. She would perform at the Family Reunions, Weddings, Church or any other type of function that she could grab a microphone. Being around the music industry so young allowed Cherae to be influenced by some of the more prominent Artists like Patti Labelle, Leela James and  Erykah Badu, whom she met with her mother while attending the Tom Joyner Morning Show at the age of 12. Ms. Badu also encouraged Cherae and her Mother to move to the Houston area where she also pursued a modeling career. Although her claim to fame might have been through the modeling world Cherae never stopped working on her music. Cherae Leri has had a chance to work with Artists like blues soul sensations such as Kenne Wayne, Trudy Lynn, and Steve Krase. Working with these types of Musicians and Artists has been a humbling experience for the young soulful vocalist. Moving forward to 2015 Cherae Leri has moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she is set to release her new single “Mirage” through major online stores. She is currently interviewing with radio stations, magazines and music blogs. Cherae Leri has set the tone for her music career and looks forward to a great future Cherae LERI' - Mirage Click the link to view:   SEATTLE ARTIST FENCES TEAMS UP WITH MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS TO UNVEIL EPIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ARROWS” Elektra recording artist Fences has teamed up with GRAMMY-award winning duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to unveil the companion music video to “Arrows.”  The epic music video can be viewed now on Fences’ official YouTube channel, [].  “Arrows” (featuring Macklemore and produced by Ryan Lewis) is the lead single from Fences’ forthcoming label debut “LESSER OCEANS,” arriving everywhere on October 14th.   Fences_Pub1_credit_Brantley_Gutierrez1 Shot entirely in Seattle, WA, over the course of a week, the “Arrows” video was directed by GRAMMY-nominee and longtime Macklemore and Ryan Lewis friend/collaborator Jason Koenig along with award-winning photographer John Keatley.  Koenig previously worked with Fences on the companion music video for “Otherside Remix,” the 2011 collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  This is the fourth music video that Seattle-based Koenig has helmed for the hip-hop duo, including “Can’t Hold Us” which won a pair of MTV Video Music Awards and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Music Video. On the significance of the video, Fences’ Christopher Mansfield says: "From a day dream to a warehouse. This is video is my entire aesthetic embodied. I lost a friend and found love and was killed by an arrow. I hope you all get lost in the world we built." Macklemore adds: “This music video was our baby. And we raised that baby. We put hella time, love and energy into that kid of ours. Dozens of all-nighters and studio sleep overs to make sure that kid was the best it could be before we put it out into the world, gave the kid some shoes and told our child to run. Run into the world.  Show them who you are. You deserve to be free, baby.”

Basement Jaxx Share Soul-Freeing 'Never Say Never’

The U.K. production duo returns with a title for their album and a lead single that'll move you