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.”


"They only get to see a certain part of your life and it’s not even fifty percent. It may be about fifteen percent of your life that these people are getting to watch so that’s never a good thing because you become this fifteen percent of what people get to see and there’s way more to most of us that are on that show..."  ~Bambi


“One thing I feel that happens a lot on the urban side of music, not as much on the mainstream pop side of music is that if artists don't come out for a few years, we forget that we loved them. This was not just some song I liked, but this was my favorite group in the world. I feel like the urban audience, we don't hold our stars up like the pop audience do. Their stars will put out an album tomorrow and it will still be double, triple, quadruple platinum…”  
~Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge 


Are you a fan of good 90’s music? A fan of music that allows you to still leave something to the imagination? Then you might want to cop that new Hi-Five The EP. Yes, that’s right—Billy, Faruq, Marcus, Shannon and Treston aka Hi-5 are making a comeback and Billy Covington and Faruq Evans assured Parlé Magazine in a recent interview, that they’re here to stay!


You've probably been a fan of Rico Love for years and didn't even know it. He has penned and produced chart topping hits for Usher, Keri Hilson, Fantasia, Chris Brown and Beyoncé to name a few. His EP, Discrete Luxury, was released late in 2013 and includes six new tracks including hit singles "They Don't Know" and "B*tches be Like." The EP serves as the prelude this debut album, Turn the Lights On, which is also the singer/songwriter’s memorable catch phrase. While Rico has made a name for himself mostly behind the scenes, the new record is his chance to not only expand his repertoire but show and prove that he has what it takes as a solo artist.


Kareem Nelson, didn’t tell the typical childhood story I expected to hear in a recent interview with the Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) founder. He described a great childhood, a mother that provided everything he wanted and needed, if not more. As an only child, he said he had the best of everything, but the “streets” were still calling. “I chose the streets,” Nelson admitted. There was a sense of brotherhood and freedom that led him to the lifestyle that so many of our young Black men follow. Fast money, cars and women is the name of the game and where so many get caught up. For twelve years Nelson was about that life, until one night everything changed.


 
 

 

 


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.  

Read more: Drake - "Hold On We're Going Home"


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...

Read more: Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz - "Talk Dirty"


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...

Read more: Melanie Fiona - "Cold Piece"


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...

Read more: Trey Songz - "Sensational"

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