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Nick Cannon teases new R&B album & upcoming announcement; fans think he's having another baby

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Nick Cannon took to Instagram on Monday to announce the release of his new R&B album, Raw&B: The Explicit Tape, expected to arrive this Friday. Along with the revealing cover art, which features his on-and-off again girlfriend, model Jessica White, the Masked Singer host says he's got "another special announcement coming soon."

Following some fans' thoughts that the album cover reveal "was another pregnancy photo shoot," IG users immediately speculated that Nick will soon announce a new baby on the way. 

"Yes he is the father AGAIN lol," one user wrote. Another commented, "Congratulations on the pending baby announcement."

The reactions may come as not much of surprise to many, considering Nick is preparing to become a father for the eighth time. On The Nick Cannon Show in January, he shared the news of his latest addition, a baby boy with model Bre Tiesi. Nick also opened up about the passing from brain cancer of his infant son, Zen, whom he shared with Alyssa Scott

Regarding his music, the 41-year-old star told E! News he's being more "open" and "vulnerable" than ever before.

"So I think through this, people will actually get a chance to understand me more," he said. "Because I know I'm difficult to understand, I know I'm unorthodox in many manners, I know I'm not ordinary or typical by any means."

While waiting for Raw&B: The Explicit Tape to drop this Friday, we'll have to also patiently wait to see what exactly Nick's special announcement is.

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A modern take on a beloved classic film: 'Sneakerella' on Disney+ is the younger generation's "original"

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If you haven't yet had a chance to check out the new Disney+ movie Sneakerella, here's a quick synopsis: think Cinderella but with female empowerment, a fairy Godfather and instead of the coveted glass slipper, it's a hot sneaker that's left behind. The modern-day musical takes viewers on a reimagined journey of the classic fairytale, infusing hip hop and sneaker culture throughout, on the search for the sneaker's owner, El, played by Chosen Jacobs.

Director Elizabeth Rosenbaum told ABC Audio the script's theme of sneaker culture was a universal one and while the story had no "race or ethnicity assigned to any of the characters," the most fitting main star was Jacobs -- a young Black boy from Atlanta who in real life loves sneakers just as much as El.

"Sneakers transcend everything, no matter where you're from," Jacobs said. "I love Air Forces. I can go to Nebraska and find someone who's immigrated from Japan and they're [also] like, 'Oh, I love Air Forces.'"

Jacobs says no matter your age, race or religion, any and everyone can relate to "putting on that first-day-of-school outfit … your shoe was a big part of that."

What's really "dope" is the story's broad range of representation, says rising star Lexi Underwood, who plays mogul-in-the-making Kira King. "The mere fact that it's sneakers, music, culture -- all those things bring us together and make us a community," she said.

The 'OG' of the cast, NBA legend John Salley, can attest. Having grown up a part of New York's preeminent sneaker and fashion world, he said the film speaks the language of the arts. And just as The Wizard of Oz follow-up The Wiz resonated with its generation, today's kids are "going to say Sneakerella before they say Cinderella." 

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Karine Jean-Pierre delivers first briefing as White House press secretary; first Black, openly gay woman in the role

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Former White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre held her first briefing in her new role as press secretary on Monday afternoon. 

Upon taking the podium to address journalists' questions -- the first Black and openly gay woman to do so on an official basis -- Jean-Pierre opened the briefing by mentioning the names of the Black lives lost in Saturday's Buffalo supermarket shooting.

Replacing former press secretary Jen Psaki, who served in the role under President Joe Biden from January 2021 to May 13 of this year, the Fort-de-France, Martinique, native acknowledged the historical accomplishment and honored those who made the feat possible. 

"I would not be here today if it weren't for generations of barrier-breaking people before me," she said. "I benefit from their sacrifices, I have learned from their excellence. I am forever grateful to them."

In an emotional speech from the podium in which she announced her departure earlier this month, Psaki welcomed her successor, saying, "She will give a voice to so many."  

Almost a year ago this month, Jean-Pierre anchored her first White House briefing, where ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Mary Bruce asked her about making history at the podium.

"It's a real honor to be standing here today," Jean-Pierre said. "I appreciate the historic nature, I really do, but I believe that being behind this podium, being in this room, being in this building is not about one person. It's about what we do on behalf of the American people."

While Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman to officially hold the title, she is preceded by Judy Smith, a deputy press secretary who took the podium in 1991 on behalf of President George H.W. Bush.

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Burna Boy to hit the road with Love, Damini summer 2022 tour

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Burna Boy is burning up! 

Following his mainstage Billboard Music Awards performance of his recently released single "Last, Last" and "Kilometre" -- both off his upcoming album Love, Damini -- the Grammy Award-winning superstar announced the Love, Damini tour set for this summer. 

Kicking off on July 17 in Barbados, the tour will continue through July 31, making stops in Detroit, Houston, Boston and finally in Atlanta. 

In a recent Billboard cover story, the Nigerian singer, whose birth name is Damini Ogulu, hence the album title, opened up about the upcoming sixth album, selling out Madison Square Garden and his "mission to bring his passion for his homeland to the world's biggest stages."

"I'm reflecting on everything ...," he said of his 31st birthday coming up on July 2. "... What I'm doing and what's happening where I'm from. Where I'm from is a part of where I'm going."

Part of where Burna is going is one of the nine announced cities he'll hit on tour; you can view the full list below. 

Presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow, May 17, while general sale tickets can be purchased beginning Friday, May 20, both of which can be found on Burna's official website

7/17 -- Barbados, BH, Bridgetown (Festival)
7/21 -- Detroit, MI, Aretha Franklin Amphitheater
7/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, Armory
7/23 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/24 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
7/27 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/29 -- Boston, MA, Leader Bank Pavilion
7/30 -- Montreal, QC, Osheaga (Festival)
7/31 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena

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Remy Ma reflects on new street sign in the Bronx: "I've had to go to court across the street from where that sign is"

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Over the weekend, rapper Remy Ma was joined by Fat Joe, among others, to unveil the new Bronx Walk of Fame street sign, presented in her honor by Bronx borough president Vanessa L. Gibson. Remy, who was also recognized as a Bronx Walk of Fame inductee, reflected on her career and life journey, detailing some of the obstacles she faced on the road to success. 

"I've come so far from the girl that used to take the 6 train and ride the Bx22 bus," she began in a lengthy Instagram caption posted along with a video of the unveiling. "I've had to go to court across the street from where that sign is, I've lived in a shelter down the block from where that sign is, I've went to high school a few lights up from where that sign is, I debuted one of the biggest songs of my career is the stadium behind where that sign is…"

Adding that she is appreciative and "so thankful" for her current stance in life, the 41-year-old rapper said, "I wouldn't change a thing about where I've come from, and I'm excited to see where I'm going."

The exciting news came just a day after Remy and her husband, rapper Papoose, celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary. In a special montage of images shared to IG, Papoose said, "Through all the up's & downs, we stuck together. Most people don’t pass the test of time. So when that happens, it speaks volumes." He added, "@remyma You are an amazing partner. Looking forward to our future!"

The couple welcomed their first child together, "the Golden Child," Reminisce MacKenzie, in 2018. 

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Lionel Richie reflects on his "amazing ride" of a career

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Lionel Richie will be honored with the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize on Tuesday.  Ahead of the moment, the singer caught up with CBS' Sunday Morning to talk about his lifetime achievements.

Lionel reflected on growing up by Tuskegee University, where he was surrounded by Black lawyers, war heroes, doctors and more, and joked that his parents "had a nervous breakdown" when he decided to pursue a music career with the Commodores.

"You could see everyone passing going, 'Oh, there's poor Lionel. Poor misguided Lionel!,'" he chuckled. Of course, the Commodores scored numerous chart-topping singles with Richie as their lead singer, before he set off a solo career.

Lionel reflected on his success, which saw him cross into the mainstream and anger some of his original R&B fan base. "Someone asked me a question one day, 'Lionel, how does it feel that you've left your roots?'" Richie recalled. "And I said, 'Did you ask that to the Beatles? Did you ask that to the Rolling Stones? Everyone came over to borrow from us, but I can't go that way?'"

The singer also reflected on his hiatus at the peak of his career, which he took to care for his ailing father, who passed in 1990.  "It gave me an opportunity to kind of take a look over my shoulder just a little bit to see where I was in altitude. And it was frightening," he reflected. But, he added his father's death gave him a new perspective on fame.

Lionel now sees his career as an "adventure," which he says "is just an amazing ride."

He also admitted it's been 13 years since he released an album of all-new songs, but teased he'll break the dry spell "this year."

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Lizzo hints her next move might be starring in a Broadway musical

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Lizzo is manifesting her Broadway dreams.  The "Rumors" singer took to TikTok on Sunday to belt out a standout hit from Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Lizzo sang the chorus from "El Tango de Roxanne," which is a dramatic version of The Police's 1978 hit "Roxanne."  The track has since gone viral on TikTok, with users fawning over Broadway star Aaron Tveit's phenomenal vocals.  It should be noted Tveit won a Tony Award in 2020 for playing the lead, Christian, in the musical.

Lizzo embraced her inner Christian by flexing both her vocal chords and acting chops to put her own spin on the song. She captioned her video "I think I need to be in a musical now. I’ve been on broadway tiktok and I can’t get this song out of my head."

Moulin Rouge! The Musical came running once they heard Lizzo covered their breakaway hit and raved in the comment section: "Great work, Bohemian! Now do it up the octave."  Of course, Lizzo responded with a wide-eyed blushing emoji. Musical fans also praised the "About Damn Time" singer's performance, with many encouraging her to pursue her Broadway dreams.

This isn't the first time Lizzo mentioned Broadway on her TikTok account.  Last week, when instructing people how to properly dance along to her new hit "About Damn Time," she revealed what she would have given to have been at the Spring Awakening reunion show, which saw the original cast of the Tony-winning phenomenon get together again to perform the songs during a one-night-only event.

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Kehlani announces Blue Water Road North America and Europe tour kicking off this summer

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Following the release last month of her album, Blue Water Road, singer-songwriter Kehlani announced the Blue Water Road tour coming to a city near you this summer. 

The 28-city North American leg kicks off of July 30 in Raleigh, NC, followed by European dates in November through December. Washington, D.C. rapper Rico Nasty will join the North America stops while YouTube singer Destin Conrad will appear during all shows. 

"what city you coming to?" Kehlani asked of her followers on Instagram Monday. "tickets on sale friday! performing Blue Water Road, It Was Good Until It Wasnt + more! text (510) 692-4419 for early password tomorrow," she added.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets starting Tuesday, May 10, while general sale tickets will be available for purchase this Friday. 

Upon its release last month, fans praised Kehlani for the vibes and vulnerability displayed on Blue Water Road. The third studio album served as the singer's fifth consecutive project to land a top-five spot on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart. 

For full tour dates and ticket information, visit Kehlani's official website

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Latto said she "was in shock" after she heard Mariah Carey belt out her high notes

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Latto is letting fans know how she really felt when she watched Mariah Carey retool her smash hit single, "Big Energy."

The rap track samples the 1981 song "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club, which was re-popularized by Mariah's 1995 hit, "Fantasy."  While "Big Energy" has been out since last September, it received a major boost after Mariah hopped into the studio with Latto for an all-new remix.

"I think I was in shock," the rapper told Entertainment Tonight at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards when recalling watching Mariah belt her high notes. "It was so natural for her."

"She was literally just getting her makeup done like, singing. I'm like, 'Girl, are you a human?,'" Latto continued, adding that Mariah "was so cool and humble" to work with.

"So normal... I literally overthink the whole process. I was like,'What do I say? how do I act? I don't wanna do too much, I don't wanna do too little.' But she was so cool, and she made the whole process very, very fun," Latto added. "You know, this stuff can be overwhelming, she made it fun."

Latto said Mariah's support means "everything" to her.  "Mimi is a legend, and my mom and my aunts are superfans. Growing up, I remember seeing her posters on their wall, and physical CDs," she raved. "Mimi is that girl, and I got a song with her so it's all up from here."

Latto later performed her hit on the BBMA stage, though without Mariah.

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Diddy debuts upcoming single "Gotta Move On" at 'Billboard' Music Awards

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Diddy hosted the 2022 Billboard Music Awards from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Sunday night and to open the show, he performed a medley of hits, including "First Class" with Jack Harlow; "Mo Money, Mo Problems," with his son, Christian Combs, and Teyana Taylor; and the debut of his brand-new single, "Gotta Move On," featuring Bryson Tiller

Hitting the BBMA stage 25 years after winning his first Billboard Music Award, the iconic music producer previewed the upcoming track almost a week after announcing the launch of his new R&B label, Love Records, and a one-time album deal with Motown Records. 

"Music has always been my first love, LOVE RECORDS is the next chapter is about getting back to the love and making the best music of my life," Diddy said of the new venture at the time. 

"Gotta Move On," one of the first of many projects via Love Records, is now available for pre-order.

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"A delicious, fun ride": The cast of 'The Porter' on BET+ says the civil rights series isn't all about Black trauma


Set during the early 1920s, the new BET+ civil rights drama The Porter tells the story of two train porters and their families and friends, whose worlds collide amidst their fight for liberation. And while the show title alone depicts the long-sought-after freedom -- in America, it was largely Black men who held the job, serving white railway passengers -- the stars of the series say it isn't a trauma showcase, it's a celebration of Black history.

"I think when people hear [it's] a civil rights-type of show, I think that they think it's going to punch them in the gut for two hours,” Loren Lott, who plays showgirl Lucy Conrad, told ABC Audio.

Lott says by way of the many different character journeys and the rich history woven into the storylines, the inspired-by-real-events show is "actually a delicious, fun ride."

Lott's co-star, Mouna Traoré who plays community nurse Marlene Massey, says she appreciates the show's foundation as historically factual. Considering its setting in Chicago, Detroit and Montreal, Traoré says The Porter provides an opportunity for people to learn "the experiences of Black people on both sides of the border."

Speaking of the Black experience, Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress Alfre Woodard, who plays brothel worker Fay Robinson, said that while she always sees the beauty in Black stories, even the traumatic ones, the show elements of The Porter -- "the striving, music, dance, sex, drama, fightin', the purposeful organized and the disorganized crime" -- will make viewers feel "alive."

"That's the power of storytelling," Woodard says, adding that when Black people are the authors, "we get defined by our own narrative rather than the narrative that other people have put on screen about us." 

Season one's eight episodes of The Porter are available now on BET+.

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'Billboard' Music Awards: Drake, Ye win big

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The Billboard Music Awards returned Sunday night, hosted by Diddy, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Diddy got the crowd hyped with a short introduction before handing over the reins to Bryson Tiller for "She Don't Want It," followed by Jack Harlow and his chart-topper "First Class," before closing out the opening act with his verse from the ‘90s hit “Mo Money Mo Problems” with an assist from his son Christian Combs and Teyana Taylor.

Although their wins weren't televised, Ye and Drake were big winners of the night. Ye earned six awards, all in the Christian and Gospel categories for Top Artist, Top Album for Donda, and Top Song, for "Hurricane." Drake secured five awards, including Top Artist and Top Rap Album.

During the three-hour televised ceremony, Janet Jackson presented Mary J. Blige the Billboard Icon Award.  "The message in my music has always been that we are not alone in our struggles. And I'm not alone now," Blige said. "For so long, I was searching for a real love, but I finally found my real love. And that real love is me."

When it came to performances, Latto sparkled on stage with her hit "Big Energy," and Megan Thee Stallion, who took home the award for Top Rap Female Artist, performed her songs "Plan B" and "Sweetest Pie."

Also hitting the stage, in his first awards show appearance since the Astrowold Festival tragedy, Travis Scott performed "MAFIA" and "Lost Forever."  The legendary Maxwell serenaded the audience with "The Lady in My Life," and closing out the show was Burna Boy with an energetic production of his songs "Last Last" and "Kilometre."

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'Billboard' Music Awards complete winners list


The Billboard Music Awards winners were revealed in ceremonies Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and broadcast live on NBC. Sean "Diddy" Combs served as the host of this year's ceremony.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Top Artist

Top Female Artist
Olivia Rodrigo

Top Male Artist

Top Duo/Group

Top New Artist
Olivia Rodrigo

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Album
Olivia Rodrigo, SOUR

Top Hot 100 Artist
Olivia Rodrigo

Top Hot 100 Song
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, "STAY"

Top Streaming Songs Artist
Olivia Rodrigo

Top Radio Songs Artist
Olivia Rodrigo

Top Billboard Global 200 Artist
Olivia Rodrigo

Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist
Ed Sheeran

Top Tour
The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour)

Top R&B Artist
Doja Cat

Top R&B Male Artist
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist
Doja Cat

Top R&B Tour
Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars at Park MGM)

Top Rap Artist

Top Rap Male Artist

Top Rap Female Artist
Megan Thee Stallion

Top Rap Tour
Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)

Top R&B Tour
Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars at Park MGM)

Top Rap Tour
Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)

Top Country Artist
Taylor Swift

Top Country Male Artist
Morgan Wallen

Top Country Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Top Country Duo/Group
Dan + Shay

Top Country Tour
Eric Church (Gather Again Tour)

Top Rock Artist
Glass Animals

Top Rock Tour
The Rolling Stones (No Filter Tour)

Top Latin Artist
Bad Bunny

Top Latin Male Artist
Bad Bunny

Top Latin Female Artist
Kali Uchis

Top Latin Duo/Group
Eslabon Armado

Top Latin Tour
Los Bukis (Una Historia Cantada Tour)

Top Dance/Electronic Artist
Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist

Top Gospel Artist
CeCe Winans

Top Billboard 200 Album
Olivia Rodrigo, SOUR

Top Soundtrack

Top R&B Album
Doja Cat, Planet Her

Top Rap Album
Drake, Certified Lover Boy

Top Country Album
Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor's Version)

Top Rock Album
twenty one pilots, Scaled And Icy

Top Latin Album

Top Dance/Electronic Album
ILLENIUM, Fallen Embers

Top Christian Album
Ye, Donda

Top Gospel Album
Ye, Donda

Top Song Sales Artist

Top Streaming Song
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, "STAY"

Top Selling Song
BTS, "Butter"

Top Radio Song
Dua Lipa, "Levitating"

Top Collaboration
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, "STAY"

Top Billboard Global 200 Song
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, "STAY"

Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, "STAY"

Top Viral Song
Doja Cat ft. SZA, "Kiss Me More"

Top R&B Song
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), "Leave The Door Open"

Top Rap Song
Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, "INDUSTRY BABY"

Top Country Song
Walker Hayes, "Fancy Like"

Top Rock Song
Måneskin, "Beggin'"

Top Latin Song
Kali Uchis, "telepatía"

Top Dance/Electronic Song
Elton John & Dua Lipa, "Cold Heart - PNAU Remix"

Top Christian Song
Ye, "Hurricane"

Top Gospel Song
Ye, "Hurricane"

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Young Thug's attorneys claim he's being held in "dungeon-like conditions"

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Young Thug’s attorneys have filed an emergency motion for a bond hearing or “more humane/non-torturous in-custody housing,” claiming the rapper is being held in “dungeon-like conditions.”

In the motion, obtained by ABC News, the attorneys say Young Thug – born Jeffrey Williams – is entitled to a bond hearing as a matter of law, citing that he is not a convicted felon, a flight risk or a danger to the community. The attorneys also state that Williams is innocent of the charges being brought against him.

The motion detailed the conditions Williams has allegedly been facing at Georgia's Fulton County Jail, claiming he has been in solitary confinement and total isolation in a windowless cell. It says he has been given “no opportunity to exercise, shower or have human contact/interaction save his counsel, day after day.”

Williams was booked on multiple racketeering and gang-related charges Monday. He was indicted along with fellow rapper Gunna and over two dozen others.

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New Music Friday: Burna Boy, Blac Youngsta, Davido, Muni Long and more

From tracks by dancehall greats to club bangers and love songs, check out this week's New Music Friday for the culture's latest & greatest in music.

-- Blac Youngsta, 4Life -- The Memphis native called on fellow hometown rappers Pooh Sheisty, Lil Migo & Big 30 to assist on the 23-track collection of bass-thumping, catchy songs. Also making an appearance are hip hop favorites 21 Savage & 42 Dugg.   

-- Leikeli47, Shape Up-- Following the release of her single "BITM," the Brooklyn-born rapper dropped off her final LP that's part of a trilogy of albums including 2017's Wash & Set and 2018's Acrylic.

-- Burna Boy, "Last Last" -- Sampling Toni Braxton's hit 2000 song, "He Wasn't Man Enough," the international superstar released his latest track, which is set to appear on his upcoming album, Love, Damini.

-- Muni Long, "Pain" -- The powerhouse songwriter continues her singing streak by pouring her heart into another of her R&B relationship ballads. 

-- Davido, "Stand Strong" -- The Nigerian singer released the first song off his upcoming album, an uplifting track featuring Kanye West's famous Sunday Service choir, The Samples.

Hits in Heavy Rotation

-- Pusha T, "Scrape It Off the Top"

-- Lil Durk, "What Happened to Virgil"

-- Giveon, "Lie Again"

-- Future ft. Drake & Tems, "Wait for U"

-- Queen Naija & Big Sean, "Hate Our Love"

-- Jazmine Sullivan, "Hurt Me So Good"

-- PJ Morton, "Please Don't Walk Away"

-- Maverick City Music ft. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine, "Jireh"

Artist on the Rise

Like Cardi B., Bronx, NY rapper Dreamdoll went from the reality show Love & Hip Hop to a hip hop career that is shaping up to be a promising one. Her hard-core rap flow mixed with her New York street swag proves Dreamdoll to be one artist to definitely keep an eye on. 

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