Dawn Richard spreads her wings and flies past her haters on her latest release “Fly.” The confident cut, produced by Deonté Music, will appear on the former Dirty Money diva’s upcoming EP Armor On, due March 27.
“I am the definition of fly/ Tell all you haters hi/ If you wit’ me, put your hands real high/ Nobody can do it like I,” boasts Dawn over the bass-heavy beat, for which a snippet previously leaked.
Bei Maejor celebrates his woman’s worth on “Special,” a cut off his Upscale EP, due March 29. The Detroit singer-songwriter pours out poetic words to his dream girl over the bouncy beat. “Prettier than Jada P., come and have some kids with me/ We could name her Willow, I ain’t playin’, I’m for real though/ But we gotta hurry up so she could grow up with Blue Ivy,” sings a blissful Bei.
Rita Ora’s invasion begins. The blonde beauty stormed New York radio with Jay-Z earlier today to premiere “Party & Bullshit,” the first single from her upcoming Roc Nation debut. The infectious pop jam, which borrows its familiar refrain from Biggie, serves as the soundtrack for your next barbecue or block party. Rita is working with Drake, The-Dream, Stargate, and more of today’s top hitmakers on her album, due this summer.
Estelle asserts her independence on the Ne-Yo-penned “Do My Thing,” a feel-good collaboration with Janelle Monáe off her third album All of Me, in stores and online Tuesday.
“My roll it ain’t your roll, but trust I know just where I’m going,” the Londoner sings on the energetic retro tune, which was inspired by her journey going from her mother’s garage to starting a successful life of her own in the U.S.
Estelle showered praise on her quirky collaborator Monáe. “As another black girl she is so singular,” she told Rap-Up TV. “She’s genuinely nice and I understood where she was coming from with her style and her energy, and I feel that she got me too.”
Plies professes his dedication to his girl on his ghetto love anthem “Fucks With You,” the first single off his fifth album Purple Heart. The Florida MC raps about a down-ass chick who’s not interested in his celebrity status, while R&B singer Kief provides the radio-ready hook. The song also appears on Plies’ new mixtape On Trial. Plus, watch the video for “Go Off,” a cut off the tape.
Teyana Taylor gets drunk on love on “D.U.I.,” the latest offering from her debut EP The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor, available for download on March 12. The Harlem songstress channels Janet Jackson as she glides over the smooth Hit-Boy-produced beat with her airy vocals, while fellow New Yorkers Fabolous and Jadakiss ride shotgun.
Far East Movement cranks up the volume with Justin Bieber on their feel-good collaboration “Live My Life.” The party anthem, produced by RedOne, will appear on the group’s upcoming album Dirty Bass, due in May.
The odd couple first met through Snoop Dogg at the Billboard Music Awards last year. “The dude is a talented dude. He’s grown up, everybody sees that, and for us, we wanted to do something different,” said Far East frontman Kev Nish. “We [wanted] to make a song that bridges that gap between the young audience and our audience, and the club audience that pops bottles and gets crazy.”
The song will be available February 28 on iTunes and has already received a “Party Rock” remix by LMFAO.
André 3000 resurfaces with a tongue-twisting verse on “DoYaThing,” his funky collaboration with Gorillaz and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy for Converse’s “Three Artists. One Song” initiative. “I’m an OutKast but you’re into me/ Summer got mad ’cause winter blew me,” raps Three Stacks on the free track, which will be available for download tomorrow on Converse’s website.
Kid Cudi gives his fans a “Dose of Dopeness” for Presidents Day. Mr. Rager debuts the studio version of the long-awaited track, which he’s been performing live over the past few years. Produced by his WZRD collaborator Dot Da Genius, Cudder spits over the thumping rhythm. “Explorer like Dora, that’s how I got a clue too/ So fuckin’ underground, barely on YouTube/ Till ‘Day ‘N’ Nite,’ now they all got a clue who,” he raps. Get your fix below.
Santigold marches to the beat of her own drum on her new single “Disparate Youth,” hitting iTunes Tuesday. “We know now we want more/ A life worth fighting for,” chants the Philly native on the rebellious rock-tinged anthem. The song will appear on Master of My Make-Believe, the follow-up to Santi’s 2008 debut. Rise up for the revolution.
B.o.B knows how to treat a girl right. The ATLien shows his woman the finer things in life on “So Good,” the new single off his sophomore album Strange Clouds, arriving May 1. “I’ll have you livin’ life like you should/ You’ll say you never had it so good,” raps Bobby Ray on the feel-good Ryan Tedder production.
Dawn Richard protects herself from the evils of the music business on “Black Lipstick,” her edgy new record.
“‘Black Lipstick’ is the story of how I found out I needed armor,” explains the former Dirty Money diva, who recently parted ways with Bad Boy. “It’s the trap. The music industry is described as a mysterious woman. The seduction and the betrayal of her. I saw in color but as soon as my eyes set on her, all that was seen was black and white. That is when I knew I needed to put my armor on.”
The Druski-produced track is one of seven that will appear on Dawn’s digital EP Armor On, available March 27.
Rick Ross lives his life in “High Definition” in the latest music video off his mixtape Rich Forever. Following an intro from boxing champ Mike Tyson, Rozay surrounds himself with buxom babes, fancy whips, and guest stars Pharrell, Timbaland, and Wale in the black-and-white visuals.
This is the remix. Bad Boy signee French Montana rolls with the family in the video for the remix to his anthemic single “Shot Caller.” Diddy and Rick Ross lend a hand and Cassie and DJ Khaled make cameos in the slick black-and-white visuals, directed by Colin Tilley.
Wiz Khalifa lights one up and gets on his “desert swag” on “Morocco,” a new release that will not appear on his upcoming mixtape Taylor Allderdice. The Taylor Gang leader grapples with life in the spotlight on the trippy Sledgren production, on which he sings and raps.
“This song is about acceptance. Not necessarily feelin unaccepted but not really feelin accepted for who you are,” explained Wiz.
To celebrate the milestone of reaching 2 million Twitter followers, J. Cole releases a new song for his fans called “Grew Up Fast.” The soulful offering, produced by Canei Finch, samples former Temptation David Ruffin’s 1969 record “The Double Cross.”
“It’s only right I brought back the soul/ Ya’ll got way too electro, damn near techno/ Halfway homo, way too metro,” raps the Grammy-nominated MC.
Come inside my Velvet Rope.
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