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Check out new music from Jacquees, Nao, Ant Clemons, Tink & Masego

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Multi-platinum singer Jacquees is back to serve up his new single, "Not Jus Anybody," featuring Future. The smooth collaboration finds Jacquees letting women know he's not like any other guy. 

"Yeah, you know that I’m about it / Don’t even gotta talk about it / You know I’m not just anybody / So don’t even try to play it shy with me," he sings.

After linking up with Oscar and Grammy-winning producer D Mile on "Messy Love," U.K. singer Nao has returned with the title track to her forthcoming album, And Then Life Was Beautifulout September 24th. 

Ant Clemons tapped 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign for his humble new song, "Appreciation." The track features a catchy melody and chorus, in which Clemons and Ty Dolla expound upon their appreciation for women.

"Baby, I'm a black rockstar sensation / I like what you're doin', baby, give me motivation, woah / Shorty make it clap, yeah, standing ovation /  I'm spendin' my money woah, just to show appreciation," they sing. 

Meanwhile, Chicago rapper and singer Tink dropped off her new album, Heat of the Moment, featuring Kodak Black, Jeremih and Yung Bleu, and an exceptional track with Nigerian superstar Davido. The follow-up to her 2020 EP, Hopeless Romantic, features Tink's Yung Bleu-assisted single, "Selfish."

And lastly, self-proclaimed "trap house jazz" artist Masego shared the music video for "Mystery Lady (Sego's Remix)." The visual has Masego wandering through the streets and alleys in Mexico City, Mexico. The original version, featuring Don Toliver, can be heard on Masego's acclaimed 2020 EP, Studying Abroad.


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Twitter fans praise Kehlani for directing Kiana Ledé's "Ur Best Friend" video, starring Vic Mensa

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Ever wanted someone who was already in a relationship with your best friend? Well, Kiana Ledé and Kehlani share this particular experience in the video for "Ur Best Friend."

Kehlani directed the video through her company, Honey Shot Productions, under her alias "Hyphy Williams." The visual opens with Kehlani giving a birthday toast to her best friend, rapper Vic Mensa, who plays Ledé's boyfriend. The happy couple then makes their way to the dance floor while Kehlani seductively watches from across the room.

The sexual tension continues to build throughout the party, as Ledé joins Kehlani outside on a bench while whispering in her ear and touching her knee. The "Ur Best Friend" video ends with Kehlani and Lede engaging in an intense make-out session as a drunk Mensa wakes up confused.

Fans on Twitter complimented Kehlani's directing skills, while many commented on the sexual tension between her and Ledé in the video.

"I'm so proud of Kehlani on her journey as a director. Like my girl really did that!" one fan tweeted, while another wrote, "THE NECK GRABBING…THE KISSING…THE CHEMISTRY OMG KEHLANI AND KIANA STANS WE WON."

Others praised Kehlani and other artists who have tapped into their creative "passions" outside of music.  

"I love seeing music artists dive into other passions they have; Kehlani as a music video director, Teyana Tayloras a creative director. These women are ARTISTS ALL AROUND," one fan tweeted.

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New Music Friday: G-Eazy, EST Gee, Morray, Polo G, Toosii, Dave East & more

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Here's a roundup of hot new collaborations from G-Eazy and EST Gee, Morray and Polo G, and more.

G-Eazy linked up Louisville rapper EST Gee for his new single, "At Will." The must-hear anthem was handled by Grammy-nominated producer Boi-1da, who is best known for Drake's #1 hit "God's Plan" and Rihanna's "Work," among others. 

North Carolina rapper Morray called on Chicago native Polo G  to reflect on their success after overcoming the struggles of their younger days on the "Trenches Remix."  The original version arrived on Morray's debut album, Street Sermons, which features his other impressive single, "quicksand."  

Meanwhile, Toosii returns with the deluxe edition of his album, Thank You for BelievingentitledThank You for Believing: The ManifestationThe upgrade comes equipped with ten new songs, including a music video for "spin music" featuring Brooklyn drill rapper Fivio Foreign

And lastly, Dave East joins forces with rapper and producer Harry Fraud for their collaborative album, HOFFA, featuring Benny the Butcher, Jim Jones, French MontanaG Herbo and more. The album's artwork was curated by Westside Gunn and his Buffalo Kids collective, with inspiration from legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa. Hoffa, who served as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters labor union until 1971, mysteriously disappeared on July 30, 1975.  He was legally declared dead seven years later.

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Rihanna shades 'RHONY' star Ramona Singer, "What was said?"

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Stars -- they're just like us. Which in this case means they also watch reality TV. And this time, that star is Rihanna

The Fenty Beauty founder recently weighed in on an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, in which RiRi was name-dropped by cast member Leah McSweeney.

In the scene, Leah, who owns the streetwear brand Married to the Mob, got into a small argument with her co-star Ramona Singer, who sarcastically offered to model her clothes, saying, "Let me promote Leah Mob or Mob something." 

Leah hit back, "You aren't exactly my demographic, so it's all good," before adding, "I already have Rihanna wearing my s***, you think I need you wearing my s***?"

Rihanna herself caught wind of the clip and made her stance on the reality stars' tiff clear by sharing an Instagram post of herself rocking a "B**** Mob" t-shirt early Thursday morning. She captioned the selfie, "what was said @ramonasinger ? [crying laughing emoji] #RHONY."

Leah commented on the post, writing, "I love you so much" followed by the crying laughing emoji, red heart emoji, and flame emoji. 

It doesn't appear as if Ramona has responded as of Friday morning.


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Willow Smith opens up on the challenges non-white women face in rock music

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Willow Smith, who recently released her pop-punk album lately I feel EVERYTHING, says she wants to help create more space for women of color in rock music.

"I have seen it for so many years -- just the hate that not even just Black women [experience] but people of different colors, that aren't white, that want to come into rock music and into this space," the 20-year-old told the BBC's The YUNGBLUD Podcast. "I just hope that I can show young Black girls that... despite the fact that people are telling us 'We shouldn't listen to this music.  We shouldn't dress this way.  We shouldn't sing this way.' -- We do it and do it to the fullest!"

Agreeing that rock music embodies the spirit of rebellion and freedom, Willow continued, "Specifically what Black people had to experience in America -- I can't think of a better genre to scream and growl and be angry and express yourself than rock."

"Back in the day, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the first Black women to pick up the electric guitar and that was in, what, the 40s or the 50s," Willow explained. "She was the grandmother of rock and roll and a lot of people don't know about her!"

Noting of the many people of color who have contributed to rock over the decades -- such as her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, the former lead singer of the nu metal band Wicked Wisdom -- Willow remarked, "We can't leave those people out!"

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Jay Pharoah and Sinqua Walls joke about their hostility toward Nick Cannon for his role in 'Love Don't Cost a Thing'

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In Netflix's new romantic comedy Resort to Love, Jay Pharoah and Sinqua Walls play brothers who don't seem to have that much in common besides their mutual interest in aspiring singer Erica, played by Christina Milian. The two actors, who admit they've been fanboys of Milian since her self-titled debut album in 2001, say they jumped at the opportunity to work with the talented star.

"Hesitant?! No, it was no hesitation," Pharoah tells ABC Audio of working with Milian.

"It was 'AM to PM,'" he quips, referencing Milian's lead single from Christina Milian. "I said, 'Yes, let's do it.' I ain't even gonna lie, growing up I had a crush on Christina. So, I always wanted to show the chops there."

Pharaoh recalls that he was also a bit jealous of Nick Cannon when Nick got to play Milian's love interest in the 2003 teen comedy Love Don't Cost a Thing.

"I was always looking at Nick Cannon like, 'Meheh. One day, Nick. One day too I shall be in that position,'" he jokes, remembering Cannon in the film.

The same can be said of Walls, who says he also accepted the gig with "no hesitation." 

"I was like, 'Well, this is not a bad way to spend my summer,'" he laughs, before adding that he "too wanted to hit Nick Cannon in the kneecaps a couple of times."

After some peels of laughter, Pharoah straightens up. "Salute to Nick Cannon," he says. "It's all love."

"Shout to Nick," Walls interjects. "I hope your kneecaps are all intact."

Making note of Cannon's recent family additions, Pharoah then adds, "I was about to say, if [his kneecaps aren't] hurting by now -- goddangit! All that running around at different houses he got to do."

Resort to Love is available on Netflix.

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DaBaby responds to Questlove's criticism over homophobic comments


DaBaby has responded to Questlove calling him out for the homophobic comments he made while performing at Rolling Loud Miami. 

Taking to Instagram Stories, DaBaby shared a post in which Questlove scribbled out DaBaby's name from his "dream list" of artists to perform at Summer of Soul and condemned the rapper for his rhetoric. Underneath, DaBaby wrote, "I ain’t even tryna be funny when i say …. i do NOT KNOW WHO DIS [MAN] IS DAWG."

The "Masterpiece" rapper added, "& do not care about losing you as a fan my boy lol @questlove."

DaBaby declared himself a "standup" guy and that others can't influence people to stop being a fan of his because he is "the INFLUENCE." He then suggested that the haters "hit the studio or [something]."

In a final slide, the 29-year-old accused "lame and burnt tf out" people of using the LGBT community to make a comeback. 

"The LGBT community don't need ya'll. Ya'll need them," he wrote. 

DaBaby has been on a downward spiral after making some controversial HIV/AIDS remarks while onstage at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami last weekend, declaring, "If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light in the air."

Since then, artists including Dua LipaDemi LovatoMadonna and Elton John have criticized DaBaby, while others like T.I. and Boosie have come to DaBaby's defense. 

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Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak release Silk Sonic's groovy new single "Skate"

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Silk Sonic, the dynamic duo comprised of Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, delighted fans by dropping "Skate," their brand new single on Friday.

The groovy throwback tune, which infuses elements of the funk and soul music that flourished in the '70s, serves as an invitation for .Paak and Mars' object of affection that they hail as a "hundred dollars" in a "room full of dimes."

"Got your hair in the wind and your skin glistening/ I can smell your sweet perfume/ Mmm, you smell better than a barbecue/ Oh, superstar is what you are," the duo croons over a swell of strings, electric guitars and a rich chorus of drums.

The two then plead over a smooth refrain for the one they have their eye on to "skate to me" and "slide your way on over" because they "want to get to know ya."

The sensual and charismatic tune, paired with a playful music video featuring the duo serenading a crowd of female skaters, is sure to skate its way up the Billboard charts.

The two previously hailed "Skate" as a "summertime jam" when teasing it on social media and fans are already predicting it could be a late entry to become the biggest song of the summer. 

"Skate" follows in the footsteps of the duo's predecessor, "Leave the Door Open," which will be featured on their hotly anticipated debut album, An Evening with Silk Sonic

The LP's release date is currently unknown.

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Jekalyn Carr says she's "grateful" to host the 36th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

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Jekalyn Carr, alongside gospel legend Tye Tribbett, will host the 36th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Sunday night, which was pre-recorded at the elegant Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 23-year-old, who received four nominations, including Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year, says she's grateful to be a part of "the Greatest Night in Gospel Music."

"It feels great. Ever since I can remember growing up listening to gospel music, a lot of artists such as Tamela Mann and so many others I've listened to, and I never would have thought I'd be on the same stage or even coming to cross paths with them when I first started out,"  Carr tells ABC Audio. "But to God be the glory."

She added that, "I've always wanted to inspire people, give people hope to my music, and I've always wanted to have substance with my music. I tell people all the time, if you have substance, you have longevity. So I'm grateful to be a part of it."

Carr also received a nomination for Albertina Walker Female Artist of the Year, alongside Kierra Sheard, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, CeCe Winans and Naomi Raine. She previously won the award in 2019.

For her contribution, Tamela Mann will join Yolanda Adams and Avery Sunshine during a tribute performance for Gospel Hall of Famer Lady Tramaine Hawkins, who was honored with the Aretha Franklin Icon Award presented by Toyota.

Watch the 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Sunday, August 1 at 8 p.m. ET on BET, followed by an encore presentation at 10 p.m.

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Say what now? Tamar Braxton says her sister Toni does not "wash her meat"

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The Shade Room shared a viral clip from the Netflix series Love Is Blind: After The Altar, in whichLauren Speed-Hamilton asked her husband Cameron Hamilton about washing chicken before cooking.

"Cam, did you wash that chicken?" says Lauren in the kitchen while looking at Cam, who hesitantly responds, "Yep." But based on the look on her face, it's clear Lauren did not believe him.

Cam’s dad, Bill, then chimes in, saying, "Well, you know you do cook it. So it’s at a really high temperature."

The viral clip caught the attention of Tamar Braxton, who revealed her Grammy-winning sister Toni does not wash meat before cooking. "Toni [doesn’t] wash her meat. That’s why I’ll pass," Braxton wrote in the comments.

Fans went back and forth debating whether or not chicken should be cleaned before cooking, though most said, "Wash all the meat." Others called out Tamar for putting her sister on blast. 

"Leave Toni out of this," wrote one fan, while another said, "It’s always the one sibling telling [family] business that’s not supposed to leave the house, LMFAO."

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Brittany Daniel & Pooch Hall join 'The Game' reboot; 'Real Husbands of Hollywood' revived at BET+; and more

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Brittany Daniel and Pooch Hall, two of the original The Game stars, are coming back for the Paramount+ reboot.

The two have signed on to make special appearances on the ten-episode series, with Daniel to reprise her role as Kelly Pitts and Hall as Derwin Davis. New cast members include Adriyan RaeVaughn Hebron and Analisa Velez. As previously reported, the new series is set in Las Vegas and centers on a "modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football." A release date for The Game has yet to be announced.

In other news, BET+ has given a greenlight to a six-episode revival of BET's reality TV parody show Real Husbands of HollywoodDeadline has learned. The limited series will include original series stars Kevin HartBoris KodjoeDuane MartinJB SmooveNellyNick CannonRobin ThickeCynthia McWilliams and Jackie Long. Other celebrity guest stars have yet to be announced. Real Husbands of Hollywood is currently in production in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, DeWanda Wise has joined the upcoming Showtime series Three WomenVariety reports. Based on Lisa Taddeo's novel of the same name, the series follows three women on "a crash course to radically overturn their lives." Wise will play Sloane, a "glamorous entrepreneur in a committed open marriage" that is threatened by two sexy new strangers.

Finally, Spotify is launching LOUD, a new investigative podcast focused on reggaeton. Hosted by Puerto Rican singer-rapper Ivy Queen, the new series will chronicle the history and evolution of the reggaeton movement as well as the artists that expanded the genre. Special guests include Nicky Jam,Raw Alejandro, Maluma and more. LOUD premieres Wednesday, August 4, with new episodes released every week.

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Teyana Taylor says she's doing a "farewell tour in a few months"

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In December 2020, Teyana Taylor announced she was "retiring this chapter of my story" as an artist. The next day, she said she wanted to retire after desperate attempts to be released from Def Jam Records, the label she signed with through Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music in 2012. Now, the singer, dancer, director and actress is planning to make her final mark on the music industry.

In response to a fan, who asked about a final tour before retirement, Taylor tweeted, “Yes. I will be doing a farewell tour in a few months.”

Although most fans are sad to see the talented artist leaving the music game, they're also excited to see Teyana Taylor hit the stage.

"BRING ME ON STAGE! I’VE BEEN READY SINCE 2014," one fan tweeted, while another said, "I think I’ll probably be screaming and crying at @TEYANATAYLOR farewell concert."

Another wrote, "Soooo @TEYANATAYLOR can we get a performance of "Do Not Disturb" with [Chris Brown] for the culture or Michael Jackson Scream. That would be. Either way, I’m in there like swimwear."

Taylor then tweeted a few laughing and crying emojis after one fan said, @TEYANATAYLOR, retire without another album and see what happens."

Since announcing her retirement, Teyana has kept herself busy directing music videos for Flipp DineroQueen Naija, Monica, Lil Durk and more. Up next, the 30-year-old will star in writer/director A.V. Rockwell’s directorial debut film, A Thousand and One, according to Deadline.

The sequel to Nas' 'King's Disease' drops next Friday

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Nas has announced the sequel to his Grammy-winning album, King's Disease,which he released last August.

"We're back in business! King's Disease II. 8/6," the legendary rapper wrote on Instagram, sharing the album cover art of himself against an orange background. 

Though little detail has been shared about the forthcoming project in the post, Nas did tag his label, Mass Appeal, Records and Hit-Boy, who produced the entirety of King's Disease II.

"Run it back," wrote Hit-Boy sharing the cover art on his Instagram. 

Nas' picked up his first-ever Grammy for his 13th studio albumKing’s Disease, which won Best Rap Album. It features guest appearances from Charlie Wilson, Lil Durk, Anderson .PaakFivio Foreign, A$AP FergBig Sean, Don Toliver and more, including an outro by the legendary Dr. Dre

King's Disease logs Hit-Boy’s fourth Grammy win, but his first for Album of the Year. He won Best Rap Song for Kanye West and Jay-Z's "N**** in Paris" in 2012 and again for Nipsey Hussle's "Racks in the Middle," with Roddy Ricch, in 2020.


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'Big Draco' Soulja Boy receives a Yellow McLaren for his 31st birthday

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It pays to have rich friends like Ray J, who gifted Soulja Boy a McLaren worth at least $200,000 for his 31st birthday on Wednesday.

According to TMZ, Soulja pulled up late to his birthday party in Los Angeles in a yellow McLaren, but the party was over before it really began. His friend and rapper OG 3Three hosted the party, which was shut down by local police, who reportedly received numerous noise complaints.

To celebrate his 31st trip around the sun, Soulja also released his new albumBig Draco, featuring Omarion, Tadoe and his Verzuz competitor Bow Wow. Almost every song is under three minutes, with the exception of the track "Trappin So Hard," featuring Desiigner, which is nearly four minutes. On "I Was the First Rapper," Soulja declares himself as the first rapper to go viral on YouTube.

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Rihanna teases Fenty perfume, expands Fenty brand

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Rihanna is expanding her Fenty empire into the world of fragrance. 

The announcement came Wednesday, with both the singer and the brand sharing the news with their followers on social media. 

For her part, Ri posted two black-and-white snapshots of herself wearing an off-the-shoulder leather jacket and rocking straight hair. 

"#FENTYPARFUM COMING SOON [eyes emoji]," she teased in the caption of the post

Over on Fenty Beauty's Instagram, the upcoming scent was promoted with a short clip that gives fans a glimpse at the perfume's bottle design, which appears to be amber in color. 

"Something sensual, confident yet sexxy [sic] coming your way very soon," the caption reads. 

In a second video post, the brand features tweets from fans praising RiRi's latest endeavor and expressing their desire to smell like her. 

"The smell good y’all have been waiting for!" Fenty raved in the caption. 

An official release date for Fenty Parfum has not been announced. However, fans can get a free sample by using the code "FENTY" when making a purchase of $40 or more on fentybeauty.com. The offer ends on August 8.


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