Brandy reveals the third part of her Japanese tour video diary. In this clip B is seen backstage working on a special piece of her performance, called ‘The Konichiwa Song,’ which she performed with inspiration from one of Whitney Houston’s performances of “Who Do You Love.” She uses the call and response piece to segue into her classic “Sittin Up In My Room,” which causes the audience to erupt in applause.
Brandy was surprised by Rita Ora following her performance, and then returned to the stage for an encore with “The Boy Is Mine.”
Check out the clip below.
Jay-Z wastes no time firing back at politicians who criticized his recent trip to Cuba with his wife Beyoncé. Hov recruits Timbaland and Swizz Beatz for this banger, “Open Letter.”
Cassie released her debut album six years ago, and has since struggled with the right sound and style for her voice. While she continued to build fans over the years that have awaiting her sophomore album, the Bad Boy model/singer makes up for lost time with the brand new mixtape ‘RockaByeBaby.’
Inspired by the character of Keisha from the movie New Jack City, the 13 track project features appearances from Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, French Montana, Too $hort, Fabolous, Jeremih, and Ester Dean, plus production from Mike WiLL Made It, James Fauntleroy, Rob Holladay, Da Internz, and Young Chop.
Stream and download Cassie’s return below.
Rocko takes off the controversial Rick Ross verse and adds a new verse from Wiz Khalifa for his single, “U.O.E.N.O..” Rocko is going to turn this into a marathon as a new version will be dropping every Thursday for the next 5 weeks.
Rising R&B singer/songwriter Adrian Marcel teams up with his mentor Raphael Saadiq for the video to “I’m Still,” off Marcel’s upcoming mixtape 7 Days Of Weak, which is executive produced by Saadiq.
The two cruise around the city at night in Saddiq’s vintage drop top, stopping to chill with the homies, as Adrian coos that success and fame won’t change him. “I’m Still” was produced by JR Beats.
Peep the video below, and stay tuned for Marcel’s mixtape dropping April 18.
Last week, Kelly Rowland revealed the big news that she has a new song with Beyoncé and Michelle Williams on her upcoming album Talk A Good Game. The R&B star claimed the record is not a Destiny’s Child song, but a Kelly record featuring Beyoncé and Michelle.
Now, she has announced the song is titled, “You Changed,” it is produced by Harmony Samuels (Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige) and written by Courtney Harrell (Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige). According to Rowland, the new record is far from her latest sultry and steamy records like her current single “Kisses Down Low.”
“It is about a relationship that has gone awry and not in the best place,” she said. “The way the record is written is genius. I tip my hat to Courtney Harrell. The way she is witty and sarcastic, lyrically, just made me so excited to sing it.”
Kelly said she can relate to the record on a personal level. “I remember being in a situation like that,” she said. “You have to tell somebody, ‘I can say I’m done with you in so many ways but I’m gonna have to say I’m sick of this mess it’s over.’”
Peep the interview clip below:
What may come as a surprise to you, Brian McKnight when not touring the world with his sultry voice and classic songs, is actually venturing into the boxing arena. What started as fitness training has turned into a passion of learning the science of the sport, and getting into the training side on the outside of the ring. During a recent interview with Radio.com, the R&B veteran discussed how he first got into the sport, and how he has actually been working the corner for Ukrainian-born boxer Anatoliy Dudchenko.
“I work the corner for him [Anatoliy], it’s a nasty business. I’m taking mouth pieces out and doing the grunt work–washing mouthpieces out, getting water,” McKnight explained. “To be able to tell him, ‘Follow that one-two with a cross and you got ‘em.’ It’s great to have a hand in the career of someone who has nothing to do with what I do.”
Brian also shared his positive feelings for 50 Cent getting into the business of promoting fights.
Check out the interview below.
Today’s XXL Freshmen of the day is G.O.O.D. Music/Hustle Gang’s Travi$ Scott. Check back tomorrow for another one.
After multiple successful mixtapes, Verse Simmonds is prepping for the release of his next project, “1996.” The Def Jam/Bu Vision singer/songwriter has revealed an official trailer for the mixtape, which includes footage of Verse in the studio and at photoshoots for the artwork.
“1996 what it means to me and the reason I wanted to put together this project is because I wanted to bring back the feel of what the ’90s era was to everybody,” explained Verse. “I’m not tryin to bring it back to that, what I am trying to do is capture that feeling that that era had, that let you know that people really loved their craft and really loved what they were doing, and so they took their time and created records that lasted.”
Rick Ross travels to Suriname for the first time to connect with the people and perform for a sold out crowd.
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