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Just two years after releasing their EP, The Other Side, the Boriqua twin duo known as Nina Sky is back with their second studio album, Nicole and Natalie. With production from Salaam Remi, Brenmar, Slimmy Neutron, Beau Vallis, and Nicole of Nina Sky, this hybrid (synthpop and r&b) project shows their musical growth since their self-titled debut album, which dropped almost 10 years ago. Stream/download this new album below. Oh and did I mention it’s FREE 99?
Toronto songbird Rochelle Jordan quickly follows up her 2011 debut project, R O J O, with her newest LP entitled P R E S S U R E. Entirely written by Rochelle and produced by KLSH, P R E S S U R E merges a progressive r&b feel with a reminiscent ’90s vibe.
“This album represents not just the pressure that Rochelle Jordan is feeling as an independent female RnB artist, but also the pressure she is putting the music industry under.” After listening to this project, you’ll be sure to agree with the latter.
Stream/download her free mixtape below.
Actress Reagan Gomez (The Cleveland Show, Dysfunctional Friends, The Parent ‘Hood) wrote the script to this 15-min short film entitled This Time back in 2010. She portrays the main character, Cheyenne, who is celebrating her last night with her girls before she gets married. Soon comforted by a past love, she is left with old feelings and lingering questions. Her sister Janet (Terri Vaughn) knows who Cheyenne wants, but Cheyenne can only make that decision.
This Time also features performances by Michael Moss, Barry Floyd and Sinorice Moss under the direction of Matthew A. Cherry.
Sometimes you only have one day to become a man.
Since debuting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and receiving rave reviews from critics, director Sheldon Candis’ first feature film LUV will hit theaters on November 9th. The coming-of-age tale centers around an 11-year old boy (Michael Rainey Jr.) getting a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle (Lonnie “Common” Lynn, Jr) he idolizes. Will he follow in his uncle’s footsteps, or becoming his own man?
LUV also features performances by Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton, and Lonette McKee. Check out the trailer and full synopsis below.
Brandy is slaying in this deluxe cover!
B-Rocka‘s anticipated, sixth studio album, Two Eleven, is set to drop on October 16th! The standard edition will consist of 14 tracks and the deluxe will consist of 18 tracks. Following in similar fashion as her previous projects, this album will have few features, one to be exact. Check out the tracklist below and pre-order your copy here.
This is genius!
Producer/rapper Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul bridges classic productions and flows from A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde on this amazing 14-track mixtape, Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde. Listening to this makes you think, what if these two golden age rap groups actually came together to create an album.
Stream/download it below.
British folk-soulstress Lianne La Havas shows age ain’t nothing but a number in the fifth video from her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?. The video created by YoursTru.ly shows Lianne in a pattered top, paired with a flowy skirt, enjoying a picnic date with Los Angeles local celebrity, Reggae Pops. After a few laughs and good conversation, the two playfully dance the day away.
Happy 29th bornday, Amy Winehouse!
Amy Winehouse was undeniably one of the greatest vocalists of our generation. In honor of the late soulbird’s life, here’s 7 facts you may not have known about her.
1. Amy Loved Salt-N-Pepa.
At age ten, she founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour with her best friend, Juliette Ashby. “Little white Jewish Salt-N-Pepa. I was ‘Sour,’ of course.” (Rolling Stone interview, 2007)
2. Amy Got Her Nose Pierced at 13.
She was kicked out of the Sylvia Young Theatre School for the piercing. At 14, she dropped out of school completely. (Rolling Stone interview, 2007)
3. Amy’s Childhood Dream Job
She wanted to be roller-skating waitress, like the ones she’d seen in the movie “American Graffiti.” (Rolling Stone interview, 2007)