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Sa-Roc-Eye Of The Phoenix Official Video

“Eye Of The Phoenix” is the first single from Sa-Roc’s new mixtape, Metamorpheus. The mixtape is a prelude to her first official release on Rhymesayers Entertainment. You can download Metamorpheus here.

Dam-Funk-Timeless (Unreleased)

Dam-Funk shares his recent output with the single “Timeless” that was recorded yesterday. The long. slow notes perfect for car-riding changes tempo only to slow down again.

Dave Hollister Talks New Album The MANuscript, Prince & Tupac (Interview)


Dave Hollister is one of the last soul singers alive in the midst of a super-pop landscape that keeps most music sonically related to Ray Charles semi-invisible. Hollister’s voice became the definition of ’90’s soul when he led Teddy Riley’s BLACKstreet on the seminal “No Diggity.” After two years in BLACKStreet the Chicago native left the group and established his solo career with hits like “Baby Mama Drama” and “One Woman Man.” His success was marred by a never fatal car accident in 2004 which took him back into the gospel world only to emerge later like Al Green with the realization that he did not have to sing one genre. It’s been two years since his Chicago Winds…The Saga Continues and he is currently prepping for the release of his ninth studio album, The MANuscript. Hollister talked to Kickmag about The MANuscript, Prince, the state of R&B and Tupac.

“We gotta get back to love”


Why did you call it The MANuscript?

This album is like a guide for men, like I just want to hand it to them and I wanted to call it The MANuscript.

What are some of the things you experienced that made The MANuscript an album about relationships?

When people buy my current record people say, you can tell where Dave is in his life it’s very true. What I go through is what I write about what I sing about and what I see is missing is basically love. We gotta get back to love. Like one of my favorite songs and not just because I like the content, I like the mood of the song. I love that song “Planez” by Jeremih but the content of it is basically let me hit it on an airplane. That ain’t love that’s sex. I don’t knock what nobody’s doing but we have gotten away from love. We need to bring love back into the music. And just the realness of relationships. So you know I have married for the second time I know she is the one. The first time wasn’t the one you know a lot of times we do that when we don’t see God for our mate. I feel like this one, the one that I’m with now my wife she really really completes me. She’s what I needed for my life, she’s not a pushover. I didn’t need someone who didn’t come to the table with something. My first wife came to the table with nothing. My wife now, she was with me in my down and out times I wasn’t doing anything I took a break from music therefore, I wasn’t working so I really didn’t have nothing so it wasn’t about the money with her. She was like baby I got you I got this we a team type situation that just made me fall even more. The long and short of it is, what made me write this album is I’m in love. 

Power Returns For Season 3 In July

50 Cent’s TV show Power will return to the Starz network with a new night and time for its third season. The show previously aired on Saturdays but will now be seen on Sunday at 9PM ET. 50 Cent is the producer of the drama centered around Omari Hardwick’s character, James “Ghost” St. Patrick who is a drug dealer and club owner. The third season will have 10 episodes to explore Hardwick’s messy and violent balancing act of trying to leave the drug trade to become a full-time legitimate entrepreneur. Watch the above trailer for the third season .


Ro James Performs Live For The REVOLT Sessions

Ro James performs from his Eldorado debut coming out May 27th for the REVOLT Sessions. The highlight of his 20-minute show is the catchy “Permission” immediately recognized by the recreation of the introduction to Willie Hutch’s “Brother’s Gonna Work It Out.”

Mara Hruby-In The Wee Small Hours Official Video

Mara Hruby’s video for “In The Wee Small Hours” is a somber and dim-lit clip framing the emotions of a fizzled romance. She and her soon to be ex-partner enjoy the last dance in a living room full of candles. “In The Wee Small Hours” is from Hruby’s 2014 Archaic Rapture EP.

Esperanza Spalding Scores Allie Avital’s Film Gaze

Esperanza Spalding has scored and starred in Allie Avital’s film about a young woman who dangerously pursues a firefighter. The short is part of Ray-Ban’s film series and comes not long after the release of Spalding’ s Emily’s D+ Evolution.

The Roots-Champion (2016 NBA Finals Theme Song)

“Champion” is song created by The Roots exclusively for the 2016 NBA Finals. Black Thought’s rap and the band’s Rocky-influenced aura constructs the epic energy of a winner and should serve as a motivator for the teams and a victory song.

Alicia Keys Announces Intimate Show At London’s Village Underground This Thursday


Alicia Keys has been busy reintroducing her music to the public with the recent debut of her new single, “In Common” followed up by a television appearance on SNL and the official video. She will give her London fans a chance to be the one of the first crowds to see and hear “In Common” live as well as select moments from her catalog this Thursday at the Village Underground. The show is a rare opportunity to see her in an intimate setting and a number of special guests are scheduled to appear. Tickets are priced at £25 and will go on sale at 9AM this Thursday and can be purchased from

Ta-ku & Wafia-Meet In The Middle

Australian producer Ta-ku and fellow native singer Wafia are releasing their (m) edian EP on June 24th.  “Meet In The Middle” is from (m) edian and it is a streamlined, electronic R&B that finds both of them singing about the value of being in a romantic partnership. Ta-ku’s reputation has grown with his output of official remixes for the likes of Childish Gambino and an unusual collaboration with Jaden Smith. His Songs To Make Up To EP also grew his following. Wafia is also from Australia and is building her name as a budding R&B singer who already received millions of plays for her cover of Mario’s “Let Me Love You” and her breakout single, “Heartburn.”

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