Mystery Skulls aka Luis Dubuc is a producer of electronic music and his “Number 1″ collaboration with Nile Rodgers and Brandy is from his upcoming Forever album. Dubuc’s previous work as The Secret Handshake is pop-oriented but Forever is a dance music album and it comes out October 27th.
MC Lyte’s “Dear John” featuring Common is inspired by the #EducateOURMen scholarship from her Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. The video is a showing of various men both and famous and unknown fathering their children. Lyte’s next album comes out in 2015. To learn more about the scholarship and foundation click here.
MoZaic is a singer/songwriter from Florida and “Run Back” is the first single from her debut album, Unexpected Turns. Her covers of artists like Nina Simone and Coldplay on her Youtube channel introduced her to the public this past September. After completing a successful Kickstarter campaign over the summer, Unexpected Turns will be released on November 4th.
Palestinian born and Toronto-based singer/songwriter Merna (formerly known as Ayah) has returned with her new project, The Calling. She explains, “Musically, I always aim to break my own ground and delve a little more into my history and things that I’ve been influenced by. For example, there are sounds and rhythms on this album that are African and Arab inspired. Not a lot of people know that my first ever band in Abu Dhabi was a rock band, and that I’m classically trained in piano.” Ali Shaheed Muhammad produced “A Little More” from The Calling and Raymond Angry is the piano player.
Tyrese has countered recent accusations about his integrity in the entertainment business with one of the funniest responses ever. In addition to clarifying the circumstances around the casting of Baby Boy, the singer/actor advises his detractors to look up the word ‘ether’ while he walks around his home showing off his material accomplishments. But the best part of his video is the backing track that repeats “Dumb Sh*t” while the camera makes moves reserved for a music video. Tyrese was defending his name but the song could be a theme for anyone who has had their reputation attacked. One can only hope he will turn the piece into a full production and add it to a new release.