Tamar Braxton released the visuals for my second favorite song off her Love & War album. The newest single, “All The Way Home” is another ballad that showcases her vocals; Ms. Braxton better SANG!!!! She features her hubby Vincent in the video showing their breakups and makeups.
I love this song!
Fun facts: This song was written by Sevyn Streeter who released her own EP that is topping the iTunes R&B charts titled Call Me Crazy…But.
Janelle Monáe recently released the video for her new single “PrimeTime” featuring Miguel. For this video, she stepped away from her normal suit uniform; she looks just as chic in a black and white striped dress (which I love)!Monáe works as a waitress at a dance club who catches the eye of Miguel. The video isn’t over the top but it’s cute. And I love the song!
After releasing the single in April, RaVaughn (who is signed to Ne-Yo’s Compound University) finally premiered the visuals for her second single “Best Friend” earlier this week. She tells the story of being in the friend zone of a male friend, but realizing she wants more. The song and video has been well received; I think it’s because we have all experienced this before!
Instead of creating visuals that truly reflect the song, J. Cole pays tribute to Aiyana Stanley-Jones in his “Crooked Smile” video, the latest single from his album Born Sinner. In 2010, 7-year-old Aiyana was shot by a white police officer when the cops raided the home of a murder suspect.
In the video, J.Cole plays a drug dealer being watched by the DEA. One night with his family takes a turn for the worst when his home is raided by cops. I won’t give the entire video away, but I will say that it definitely feels like you’re watching a movie.
The internet has been going CRAZY all day over Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Some are probably wondering “what’s the big deal?” Well 1) it’s been a long time we’ve heard a rap artist actually RAP! This “make it for radio” music has watered down hip hop music. Kendrick Lamar is a true lyricist and reminds us why we all fell in love with hip hop (that sounds like a line from “Brown Sugar”). 2) On this track, he so eloquently told artist to step their game up. When was the last time those in the game were challenged to be better? He brought back the competition in hip hop. Talk about raising the bar!
I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all
New n-ggas just new n-ggas, don’t get involved
I’m usually homeboys with the same n-ggas I’m rhymin wit
But this is hip hop and them n-ggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n-ggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n-ggas
Check out the 7min track featuring Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica here:
I’m convinced I need to check out Fantasia’s new album Side Effects of You. Over the past few months, she has released two great singles “Lose to Win” and most recently “Without Me” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott. Yes THE Missy Elliott. Where has she been?!?
The video is dark and sexy; the ladies show off their curves in bodysuits making me want to start a new squat and ab routine immediately! Check it out!
I got on twitter during the NBA Game 5 Finals and saw someone tweet about Jay-Z making an announcement at 9:15 pm. I am here for anything Jay-Z has to announce. Not only is he a great artist, but he has gotten it right when it comes to corporate partnerships so I knew it was going to be big!
Through a 3 minute commercial that included Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Rick Rubin and Pharrell (can we say musical geniuses!), Jay-Z announced he’d be dropping a new album next month, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Since he has a partnership with Samsung, 1 million copies will be available for FREE to Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 users on July 4th via the Magna Carta mobile app. This means, Samsung users will be able to download his album 72 hours before it is released.
Through this deal, Jay-Z’s album has already gone platinum. Samsung is paying $5 for each album that will be available for free. That’s right ladies and gentleman, Jay-Z made $5 million before anyone has heard one lyric off the new album!
Jay-Z has been one to watch if you want to learn a thing or two about expanding your brand. Not only is he a hip hop artist, but he is linked to a record label (Roc Nation), sports agency (Roc Nation Sports Agency), a clothing line (Rocawear) and some of the most visible corporations including Budweiser and Samsung.
I’ll take a class on marketing and corporate sponsorships from Jay-Z please!!