“I’m a grown woman. I can do whatever I want.”
Beyoncé has finally released the rhythmic, Fela Kuti-inspired single, ”Grown Woman,” from her Live For Now themed Pepsi commercial. The high-energy, carnival-like anthem was produced by none other than Timbaland. (He added his signature vocal percussions). No word on the release date of Beyoncé’s highly anticipated, fifth album as of yet.
Stream/download Beyoncé’s “Grown Woman” below. (The download may be for a limited time only).
Chi-town’s own Common collaborated with the collective group known as Cocaine 80s to bring forth this new No I.D.-produced track entitled “Congratulations.”
Stream/download Common’s “Congratulations” featuring Cocaine 80s below.
Brooklyn femcee Nitty Scott, MC premiered her new single “Language Arts” from her upcoming summer LP, The Art of Chill, on Okayplayer.
Stream/download Nitty Scott, MC’s “Language Arts” below.
London soulstress Kadija Kamara is bringing back that good ol’ 1960s soul music with stylish Stephen Badmos-directed visuals to match on her rendition of The Young Rascals hit and Aretha Franklin cover of “Groovin.”
For a limited time only, you can download Kadija’s track here for free.
Watch Kadija Kamara’s video for “Groovin” below.
Baltimore rapper Substantial teamed up with Steph The Sapphic Songstress to deliver this Marcus D-produced track entitled “Golden Lady.” This is such a smooth record that pays homage to Jilly from Philly (Jill Scott) while interpolating Stevie Wonder’s 1973 record “Golden Lady,” but the story behind it makes it even better.
Back in 2011, Substantial was facing the possibility of cancer. He ended up having preventive surgery and while laid up, decided to start working on a tribute album to Jill Scott, one of his biggest influences. It was his way of staying busy while healing, and at the same time to give the people their roses while they can still smell them.
Stream/download Substantial’s “Golden Lady” featuring Steph The Sapphic Songstress below.
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, Re:Generation Music Project follows five DJs (DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, and The Crystal Method) from different genres “as they remix, recreate, and re-imagine five traditional styles of music.” This cool approach allows them to learn about genres and records they probably would have never took the time to appreciate otherwise.
From the classical sounds of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to that good ‘ol New Orleans jazz, these DJs create fresh tracks laced with their personal stylings and vocals from artists like Martha Reeves, Nas, Erykah Badu, and Yasiin Bey, in order “to discover how our musical past influences the future.”
After you watch Re:Generation Music Project, head over to their official film page to download the free soundtrack, featuring all the records showcased in the documentary.
Watch ”Re:Generation Music Project” below.
Duration: 1 hr. 22 min. | Year: 2012
Soulful, NY-based singer-songwriter ANE (stands for “A New Era”) has a reminiscent, early ’00s vibe—relatable lyrics, catchy melodies, distinctive vocals, and simple production. Her debut, Morsy-produced single “Typical Day, ” from her upcoming mixtape of the same name, is an ode to the city of New York. She is definitely an artist to look out for.
Watch ANE’s video for “Typical Day” below.
Stream/download ANE’s “Typical Day” below.
London-based singer-songwriter Jess Mills reworked Anita Baker’s 1986 classic, “Sweet Love,” into an uptempo, electronic record. New words and Beyoncé’s ”Sweet Dreams“-inspired melody were incorporated into the verses, but the original flowing, sing-along chorus remains the same.
Stream/download Jess Mills’ remake of “Sweet Love” below.