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When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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Bobby V had a lit listening party last night and thanks to Kontrol Magazine, our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was in the building, with Web Star/actor, Chris June in tow. It all went down at W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta and we were there as Bobby sang a medley of the hits that made him famous and revealed his latest singles, Lil Bit, featuring Snoop Dogg, and Promise. The latter song is EVERYTHING! It is ballad he wrote for his daughter–yes, Bobby is “a daddy now” as he so humorously stated–and the lyrics, guitar, and chords are so catchy!

You can catch the official music video for Lil Bit below as well as listen to Promise:

However, one of the biggest surprises, and coolest moments, happened when he performed Blackberry Molasses with his former group members from Mista. Check out a snippet of it below:

We have to say we are glad Bobby V is back and giving us some much needed and authentic R&B. Check out the track list from Electrik below and you can purchase it everywhere this Friday, March 9th! Tell us what you think of the new singles and album overall in our comments section below! Happy Listening! Good job Bobby!

 

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“New Music Alert”: Reviews of Recent Releases from Travis Scott, YG, H.E.R., and More

August 3rd, was the date of the hottest releases for music including Travis Scott, YG, H.E.R, Ella Mai, and Diggy Simmons. From albums, to EPs, singles, and videos, we got a lot of artistry to enjoy last weekend. Here’s my view on all these new projects:

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August 3rd, was the date of the hottest releases for music including Travis Scott, YG, H.E.R, Ella Mai, and Diggy Simmons. From albums, to EPs, singles, and videos, we got a lot of artistry to enjoy last weekend. Here’s my view on all these new projects:

Albums covers(Travis Scott, YG, H.E.R, and Ella Mai)

Albums covers(Travis Scott, YG, H.E.R, and Ella Mai)

1. Travis Scott- Astroworld (Album)

Travis Scott's new album cover, Astroworld

Travis Scott’s new album cover, Astroworld

Travis Scott’s new album, “Astroworld,” was the most highly anticipated project on Friday. Fans have been waiting for Travis’ third studio album since last year, when he released the title of the album in a interview. From the abstract cover art, to the lyrics, to the dope beats, this new album is exactly what his fans have been waiting for.

You can’t deny that Travis is one of the leaders in the new school when it comes to trap rap  music. Not only does he make music for his own musical projects, but he also wrote and produced for other big artists like Rihanna (which he was rumored to be dating), and Kanye West. Travis music isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of the rapper, then you will enjoy this project because it sounds like classic Travis. He remained true to himself on this project. He’s known for his rock and roll lyrics, talking about women and drugs, his hard hitting beats, and having some the hottest features. In the album, he talked about his personal life with the mother of his child/girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, his drug usage, bragged about the money and material things he has, and his hometown, Houston. And although it’s not listed on the tracklist, there are a lot of guest features from big artists like Drake, The Weeknd, Swae Lee, 21 Savage, Frank Ocean, and even Stevie Wonder.

My favorite tracks are:

“SICKO MODE” ft. Drake, Juicy J, and Swae Lee

“STOP TRYING TO BE GOD” ft. Kid Cudi, Stevie Wonder, and Swae Lee

“SKELETONS” ft. The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams

“WAKE UP” ft. The  Weeknd

“CAN’T WAIT” ft. Don Toliver

HOUSTONFORNICATION,” and his single “BUTTERFLY EFFECT,” which is actually a year old. But overall, the tracks that stuck with me the most, were  “CAROUSELft. Frank Ocean, because I always appreciate a Frank feature, being as it’s so rare; and “COFFEE BEAN,” because not only is it a different sound from Travis, but the lyrics are very personal and honest. On that track, he’s discussing his relationship with girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Kylie Jenner, and how people/media would say he’s not good for her, because of his “bad boy” image.

Overall: 4 out of 5.

2. YG- Stay Dangerous (Album)

YG's new album cover, Stay Dangerous'

YG’s new album cover, “Stay Dangerous”

YG, the Compton, California rapper, has just released his fourth studio project, “Stay Dangerous.” The album has his hit single, “Big Bank” ft 2Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj. The song has been in the news lately not only from the album release, but because of the latest controversy with the football video game, Madden’ 19 EA game, where it seems the game blurred former NFL player, Colin Kaepernick name out of Sean’s verse on a the game’s soundtrack. YG took to IG, to stand by Colin with disappointment in the game creators, expressing how he thinks they owe Colin and all the people on that song an apology. On the same day, Jhene Aiko released the remix featuring YG on song, “Never Call Me.” So it’s been quite a weekend for him.

Now if you’re familiar with the California rapper, you know that he makes gangster West Coast rap music. YG has never shied away from being affiliated with the bloods(gang), and in this album, you get to hear more of that. But although he gives you music to turn up to or blasting in your car with the top down, he tends to always give you some real deep songs towards the end of all his albums, referencing back to his debut, My Krazy Life with the song like “Sorry Mama.” Or on his last album, Still Brazy,” with songs like “Black and Browns,” and “Police Get Away with Murder.” This album, was no different; he gave you the best of both worlds. Towards the beginning of the album, you get the gangster rap, and towards the end, you get some songs talking about the problems he faces with being in a gang and using rap as an outlet. And being able to help his family and friends, now that he’s doing well financially.

My favorite songs on the album are:

“10 TIMES”

“TOO COCKY”

“POWER” ft. Ty Dolla Sign

“TOO BRAZY”

“BIG BANK” (single), and “DEEPER THAN RAP.” But my absolute favorites was the interlude “FREE THE HOMIES INTERLUDE,” going into the last song on the album, “BOMPTOWN FINEST.” The interlude was a recording of YG’s friend in prison, thanking YG for putting money in his commissary, and how a lot of people turned their back on him when he got locked up. However, YG, continues to support him, and how the gang life isn’t worth it, and how he’s proud of all of YG’s success. Then it goes right into the song, “BOMPTON FINEST,” were YG talks about the struggles he faced regarding in his career, friendships, being a dad, etc. My least favorite track on the album, is “SLAY” featuring Quavo. Although I’m a fan of both artists, the song was very simple, and sounded very similar to other songs I heard Quavo on.

Overall: 3.5 out of 5.

3. H.E.R- I Used To Know Her: The Prelude (EP) 

H.E.R's new EP cover art, I Used To Know Her

H.E.R’s new EP cover art, I Used To Know Her

H.E.R’s appearance remains a mystery, but her music is not. Over the best two years, the singer has been killing the R&B game. She caught the attention of most people from her song, “Focus” from her self-titled mixtape. From songs like “Every Kind of Way” to “Best Part” ft. Daniel Caesar, it had her fans craving some new music. Well now, they have some, which will hold them to the album.

This EP with only 6 songs, gave us exactly what we needed. Of course we got love ballads with poetry towards the end, but we actually got to hear some rapping like on the first track, “Lost Souls” where she samples Lauryn Hill classic song, “Lost Ones.” The project is mostly her, but she included one feature from the “Trapsoul” singer, Bryson Tiller on the song “Could’ve Been.”

My favorites songs on the EP are:

Against Me” and “Feel A Way,” which sounds like a song Brandy would sing.

Not many songs on the project to judge or dislike, but my least favorite is “Lost Souls.” Don’t get me wrong, I love the sample, but honestly, because of the project is so short, I would have appreciated if we heard an original track.

Overall: 3 out of 5.

4. Ella Mai- TRIP (Single)

Ella Mai's new single cover art for, "TRIP"

Ella Mai’s new single cover art for, “TRIP”

The British singer, Ella Mai has had the season on lock with her single, “Boo’d Up,” which has been the song of the summer. Everybody and their momma has been remixing it, including her with the original remix featuring, rapper Nicki Minaj, and  ⅓ of the Migos, Quavo. Although the singer has several projects, which the last one, “READY” actually has “Boo’d Up” on it, a lot of people only know the single, and aren’t too familiar with those projects. Many were wondering if she was going to be a one hit wonder, and recently, Ella has put a stop to those rumors, with the release of her latest single, “TRIP” on Friday.

The single has a 90s/early 2000s R&B feel to it, which I love because I live for throwbacks, but even if you don’t, I think you would still enjoy it. Ella is yet again expressing her love to a guy, in a new way. It’s a love song, which Ella is known for, but it has an up tempo beat of course produced by the man that discovered her, DJ Mustard. The single is just in time for her, “Boo’d Up Tour,” which kicks off this Monday, August 6 in Dallas, Texas. And if you’re wondering about the album, good news, Ella says, “It’s coming soon.”

Overall I give the single a 4 out of 5.

5. Diggy Simmons – It Is What It Is (Single and Video

Diggy Simmons' cover art for single, "It Is What It Is"

Diggy Simmons’ cover art for single, “It Is What It Is”

It’s been 6 years since most of us heard some new music from Diggy Simmons, even though he’s released some singles here and there, we didn’t get much promo or talks of an album. But now, Diggy has been talking and promoting this single and video for a couple weeks, and got everyone excited to hear/watch the video.

The single, “It Is What It Is,” is definitely a different sound from the Diggy I remember, but in a good way. He was very young when he first started his rap career, and you can tell he was trying to find his sound and trying to cater to his young audience, but now, he’s all grown up, and his music has grown with him.

The song has a soulful sound to it, and positives and encouraging lyrics like, “On your way to try to it big/ Try your best not to do a bid. I wanted momma to be proud of this/ Start the Porsche and see how loud it is. Start a business, we could make a killin’.” And the video follows suit with positive images of people praising in church, little black kids dancing, and young black men with graduation gowns on. 

 

Diggy recently sat down with “The Breakfast Club,” where he talked about dealing with mental health issues like anxiety and OCD, and feeling pressure about releasing new music. He said that’s sort of the inspiration behind the song, and revealed his album is done. So we probably can expect that by the end of this year, or the beginning of 2019.

Single: 3.5 out of 5. Video: 5 out of 5.

 

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Nicki Minaj is Breaking the Internet w/ Her New Track ”Barbie Dreams!”

Yesterday, rapper Nicki Minaj decided to drop her 4th studio album Queen early, a week before the actually release date. This is her first album in 4 years, her last album, The Pinkprint came out the end of 2014. Many people have been questioning if the rapper can take back her ‘crown’, as the ‘Queen of Rap,’ well ladies and gentlemen, I think she’s here to reclaim her title.

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Yesterday, rapper Nicki Minaj decided to drop her 4th studio album Queen early, a week before the actually release date. This is her first album in 4 years, her last album, The Pinkprint came out the end of 2014. Many people have been questioning if the rapper can take back her ‘crown’, as the ‘Queen of Rap,’ well ladies and gentlemen, I think she’s here to reclaim her title.

Everyone has been talking about the album all day, but mostly, the track entitled, “Barbie Dreams,” where Nicki samples The Notorious B.I.G, “Just Playing (Dreams),” where he jokes about R&B singers and entertainers, he wishes he could sleep with.

Well Nicki did her own version of the song, where she talks about the rappers and entertainers, she WOULD sleep with, and make jokes about sleeping with some of them already.

She starts off the song name dropping Lil Wayne, Dave East, and the two brothers from Rae Sremmurd, but suddenly she begins taking jabs at rappers like:

50 Cent- “I tried to fuck 50 for a powerful hour, but all the nigga wanna do is talk Power for hours. Beat the pussy up, make sure it’s a K-O…Step your banks up like you’re moving that ya-yo.”

Quavo/Karrueche- Somebody go and make sure Karrueche okay though. I heard she think I’m tryna give the coochie to Quavo.” Just last year, there were rumors and pictures of Karrueche and Quavo dating, but now she’s publicly in a relationship with NFL player, Victor Cruz. Karrueche seem like she responded to the light jab, by posting a picture of her and new boo, a couple hours after the song came out.

Karrueche and Victor Cruz IG picture

Karrueche and Victor Cruz IG post

Bow Wow- “All these Bow Wow challenge niggas lying and shit.”

Fetty Wap- “Man, these Fetty Wap niggas stay eyeing my shit.”

Drake- “Drake worth a hundred milli, always buying me shit, but I don’t know if the pussy wet or if he crying and shit.”

Meek Mill- “Meek still be in my DMs, I be having to duck him, “I used to pray for times like this,” face ass when I fuck him.” Now everyone knows that Nicki and Meek were in a relationship for over a year, but every time they talk about each other now, it’s not on good terms. Even when Remy Ma and Nicki had beef, Remy made it seem like Meek was the one who gave her the “tea” about Nicki for her diss track, “ShEther.” Soon after the song released, Meek posted a pic on IG with a bewildered face, which everyone seems to think it’s a response to Nicki. And Nicki Minaj even liked the post.

Meek Mill’s IG post

Meek Mill’s IG post

Lil Uzi Vert- “Man, Uzi is my baby, he ain’t takin’ an L, but he took it literally when I said, “Go to hell”

Young Thug- “Used to fuck with Young Thug, I ain’t addressing this shit. C-c-caught him in my dressing room, stealing dresses and shit.” Young Thug  tweeted about his name being mentioned in the song, “@NickiMinaj I’m not good luv…but enjoy.” 

Desiigner- “Shoutout Desiigner, ’cause he made it out of special ed.You wanna fuck me, you gotta give some special head.”

Mike Tyson- “Like Mike Tyson, he was biting my shit. Talking ’bout, ‘Yo, why you got these niggas fighting and shit?’”

Young MA and Lady Luck- “Young M.A. and Lady Luck, get the strap for this pussy, uh.”

Odell Beckham– “And I would’ve had Odell Beckham banging the cake. ‘Til I saw him hopping out of cars dancing to Drake.”

Yo Gotti- “I been a five-star bitch, man, word to Gotti.”

Future- “I’ma do that nigga Future dirty, word to Scotty.”

DJ Khaled- “Had to cancel DJ Khaled, boy, we ain’t speaking. Ain’t no fat nigga telling me what he ain’t eating.”

YG and The Game- “YG and The Game with the hammer yelling, ‘Gang, gang.’ This ain’t what I meant when I said a gang bang.”

Tekashi 69 and Trey Songz- “Tekashi want a ménage, I said tre-way.” This in reference to the video of 69 and Trey Songz video together of them singing.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West- “Curved him and went the Kim and Kanye way.”

Eminem- “Em, cop the Barbie Dreamhouse then you can play the part. I ain’t tryna bust it open in the trailer park.”

Her fans and social media have been going crazy over the record all day, but for the people who are fans of the people she mentioned, don’t worry, Nicki just tweeted, it was all in good fun saying, “I only mentioned people in #BarbieDreams that I fuk wit. This isn’t a diss. Yikes. This is culture, this is BlGGIE!!!” New York!!! This is FUN. Light hearted fun FUN.”

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Nicki Minaj’s tweet

 

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Snoop Dogg’s Daughter, CHOC, Releases New Single, “New Phone, Who Dis?”

There is some serious magic when it comes to greatness. For some of us we learn, and for others we are born with it in our DNA. CHOC is definitely the latter, being the only daughter of the legendary rapper, Snoop Dogg! This amazing young lady has some serious pipes and is she keeping it real with her new single, New Phone, Who Dis?

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There is some serious magic when it comes to greatness. For some of us we learn, and for others we are born with it in our DNA. CHOC is definitely the latter, being the only daughter of the legendary rapper, Snoop Dogg! This amazing young lady has some serious pipes and is she keeping it real with her new single, New Phone, Who Dis?

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On the heels of her debut single, “Same” daughter of legendary entertainment mogul, Snoop Dogg and rising star, Cori Broadus –  known as CHOC is storming the music scene with her hot new single, “New Phone, Who Dis?” feat. Bay Area sensation, Kamaiyah. She’s bringing back the old school R&B vibes with a positive message for women across world.

“New Phone, Who Dis” is now available on all streaming platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal.

Check out Choc’ single below:

SOUNDCLOUD LINK: HERE

APPLE MUSIC LINK: HERE

SPOTIFY LINK: HERE

We just have to say this song is all too relatable, especially when you think of how many times you might have done that to someone. What do you guys think of CHOC’s new single? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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