Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson star in No Good Deed, the tale of what happens when a criminal escapes from prison and finds his way into an unsuspecting woman's home. We've seen this story before but with a full African-American cast, and no Tyler Perry involvement, it feels like a fresh idea and a worthy watch. Plus the stars make for pretty great eye candy, which I think the production team knew would be good for the big screen.


I was first introduced to Jhené Aiko on Kendrick Lamar's "Growing Apart." Her voice is gentle and somewhat tinged with a sultriness that often encroaches on cutting aggression. Aiko understands where to emphasize her voice, wrapping it around the lyrics to achieve a hypnotic mix of hip hop and R&B. Souled Out, the debut from the singer is made up of mid-temp melodies that emerge as freestyles, rather than songs. This is not a bad thing because Aiko has stated that her process of recording music is one of letting it unfold rather than rushing.

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Originality is such a hard thing to come by these days that it’s no wonder you’ll see so many movies, TV shows and music that look and sound the same.
 When is the last time you heard a song or movie that you couldn’t compare to something else prior? Probably never. That doesn’t mean that originality or creativity has died, but just means that people have a brand new way of seeing things. One of the greatest movies of all times, Star Wars is often compared to Star Trek. They have forums of geeks and nerds sighting the familiarities between these two, I’ll save you the time and say that I’ve seen all the Star Wars series and none of the Star Trek franchise despite their many TV shows and spin-off movies but I'm aware of how they tend to overlap each other in some aspects.


Blacc Hollywood is the fifth studio album from Wiz Khalifa - the rapper known for creating chill songs about getting high and living the high life. Being more of a fan of his mixtapes because he seems to offer more impactful, heavy-hitting rhymes on those, listening to Blacc Hollywood solidified my opinion even further.


Fresh off the stage of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, performing alongside Beyoncé, Alvester Martin—dancer, singer, and songwriter has been accustomed to a dim limelight for many years as a back up dancer for several top celebrities.  But it’s the bright spotlight he better get ready for!


Being born in the 90’s certainly touched the new up and coming triple-threat artist Jo’zzy aka @dopebyaccident in a special way. She’s the protégé’ of super producer Timbaland and a talented singer/songwriter/rapper. Not only is the 90’s an inspiration and influence, but a way of life for this 24 year old; whose real name is Jocelyn Donald. She says of new single “Tryna Wife”, “It’s just nostalgic music and only the beginning. Some of today’s R&B and Hip-Hop can be so watered down and cookie-cutter, but my style of music makes you think of the 90’s.”


 
 

 

 


T-Pain continues his comeback, releasing his second street single as he continues his build up towards his fifth solo album.  The new track is titled, "She Said."  Check It Out here... 

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Drake goes full R & B for his latest track, "Hold On We're Going Home."  The track sounds like something The Weeknd would put together.The unofficial word is that the track will be featured on the upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same.  Will be interesting to see if he does more full R & B records like this on the project.  

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Jason Derulo is working on his third album, Tattoos to be released this fall.  The latest single features 2 Chainz and is called, "Talk Dirty."  Check it out here...

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Melanie Fiona sticks to the formula, with a broken hearted woman theme for her new single, "Cold Piece."  No word yet on a new album, but it's always good to hear new music from Ms. Fiona.  Check it out here...

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So Justin Timberlake has decided to release a continuation to his 20/20 Experience album.  Smart move for the artist with the most sales so far in 2013.  The lead single from the continuation is "Take Back The Night." Another Jazz infused track with a 70's feel, complete with extra riffs and somewhat of an interlude towards the end.   Check it out here...

Read more: Justin Timberlake - "Take Back The Night"


Robin Thicke remains in the uptempo vein as his first single, "Blurred Lines," with this follow-up entitled, "GIve It 2 U."  This time he partners up with Kendrick Lamar for a surefire hit leading up to the release of his 6th album, also titled, Blurred Lines.  Check out the track here...

Read more: Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Give it 2 U"


Trey Songz releases a new single ahead of his mainstage performance at this year's Essence Festival.  The song is a sexy love ballad praising his woman.  A less rachier Trey than we've come to expect, but appreciated.  The song is called "Sensational."  Check it out here...

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