NEW YORK, N.Y.—Four time GRAMMY award-winning hip hop icon, LIL WAYNE, announces the release of “Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up,” a mobile skateboarding game app that now available for download starting on across Apple and Android platforms. Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up, developed by mobile media and technology company, UTILITY, is a new, action packed game that celebrates the Hip Hop icon’s love for the thrill of skateboarding. Designed to be simple, fun and addictive for all audiences, the throwback arcade-style game offers users a chance to join Lil Wayne on an authentic tour of his hometown, New Orleans. The game soundtrack was curated by Lil Wayne himself and produced by Hollygrove-based producer Nesby Phips.
(For more information, you may follow Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up on Instagram: @sqvadupgame.)
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna, released her highly anticipated third studio album, Chapters, via Verve records. Yuna’s newest release includes features from Usher, Jhene Aiko and DJ Premiere.
“Chapters” includes Yuna’s mesmerizing hit single “Crush” featuring Usher, which is quickly climbing the rhythmic radio charts around the globe. Watch the duo sing about love in the official video for “Crush”
The album further showcases the songstresses contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful R&B sounds, which have won her comparisons with the likes of Feist, Adele and Norah Jones. Chapters follows Yuna’s 2013 album, Nocturnal.
Dallas, Tex.—Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Erykah Badu has released the music video for “Mayisha (So Long).” The song is collaboration with GRAMMY Award-winning jazz pianist, producer and long-time friend Robert Glasper. The song can be found on the Glasper-spearheaded Miles Davis reimaging project “Everything’s Beautiful,” which recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart.
Upon the song’s release earlier, the reimaging of “Mayisha (So Long)” has received attention and acclaim unanimously across the board, from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork, The FADER, the BBC, Stereogum and everywhere in between. The unique take on the classic Miles Davis song features an electronic bossa nova with all-new, original lyrics by Badu herself.
With creative concept, storyline and direction by Badu herself, the video is everything one has come to expect from the auteur—poetic, tongue-in-cheek, imaginative and stylish. In keeping with the song’s deceptively humorous lyrics, the clip is a somewhat satirical, wink of the eye at the musical guest performances from classic variety shows of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. The star of the short is a neurotic, beatnik chanteuse named Sarah Bellam—one of Badu’s many personas–with Glasper as her tormented keyboard player and lover. The video also features a cameo by acclaimed harmonica player Frédéric Yonnet as the trumpet player (performing Miles Davis’ solo), and the track’s musicians Rashad “Ringo” Smith and Braylon Lacy.
Emerging R&B/pop trio 4EY The Future, release its infectious and smooth brand new single “No Time To Waste.” Comprised of three powerhouse artists—Kenny Iko, Mechie So Crazy, and Leo Amari—4EY The Future focuses on bringing back good music by giving listeners luscious melodies and feel good lyrics. The high energy trio combines genuine talent, sharp choreography and fluid symmetry to give the audience a full musical experience. 4EY proves that in a short period of time, hard work, dedication and faith can turn passionate dreams into a beautiful reality. Though they have achieved great success already they are anything but complacent and their determination continues to open doors for infinite possibilities
(BlackNews.com)—Baltimore-based R&B artist and family trio, KSTONE, released their long awaited CD single, “Tic Toc”, on their independent label, Unome Music, and is now available for digital distribution on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
The long awaited single release launches a vision and dream started about 20 years ago. Despite a few minor setbacks, the family trio has kept the dream alive by working with Atlanta based producer, George Short, to arrange a unique old school R&B sound that makes any lover of the pop music genre, appreciate its music once again. The tables have indeed turned for KSTONE as they’ve just released their brand new debut single, “Tic Toc” along with two bonus tracks, “Time after Time” and “Bring it 2 Me”, all which bring back the distinct sounds of harmony and creativity with original lyrics for the R&B genre.
(For more details, visit http://www.kstone4u.com)
Los Angeles, Calif.—Borrowed by Dr. Dre, Madonna and Diplo; sampled looped by N.W.A. and themed by the NBA, Charles Wright’s “Express Yourself” has touched the lives of generations since 1970; being deemed the most licensed song. Yes, you’ve heard it on ESPN, Burger King commercials, and numerous movies, the song has taken on its’ own personality to the point it over shadows the creator’s name Charles Wright. In fact, when N.W.A. introduced the song to the hip-hop generation, youth could not believe it was originated by Wright.
Wright recalls, “A young man next door came home from work one day blasting “Express Yourself” and I was like, that’s my song. The boy said no, that’s N.W.A!”
Not new to Wright, he discovered West Coast’s hottest rap group failed to give him songwriting credit. After calling Ice Cube, Cube apologized and gave him his royalities. Today, Charles Wright continues making history and setting the stories right!
With the first of several memoirs to come, Charles Wright has released “Up From Where We’ve Come.” While many would think Wright tells the historical facts about his experience in the music industry and the relationships he has and had with various music greats, it makes more sense to start from the beginning and to reveal his life story growing up outside Clarksdale, Mississippi when Jim Crow reigned.
Wright’s recall of his relationships with his family, sharecropping, commerce, and racism is an honest, personal account of his life and what he endured as well as thousands of other African-Americans.
Nationwide (BlackNews.com)—Although police brutality can happen to any one, government statistics confirm that police brutality in the United States is more likely to happen to Black individuals—especially men. According to MappingPoliceViolence.org, in 2015 alone, an estimated 336 Black people were killed by police, and an estimated 102 of these people were unarmed.
In response to these devastating statistics, UrbanEbooks.com has announced the release of their newest publication, entitled “Know Your Rights! Everything to Know About Police Brutality (What to Do If You’re Stopped,” What’s Legal, What’s Illegal, and How Not to Get Killed!). This 65-page guide is the first of it’s kind, designed to specifically help African American men and teens to better understand their legal rights when it comes to dealing with the police.
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