The year is approaching its halfway point, and the R&B sector is on fire. Here are seven of the hottest songs in the industry thus far.
The celebrated recording artist has been in the industry for more than a decade and knows what people love. “Privacy” is a hit as it gives reference to “Tight Up Skirt” by Red Rat. The Dancehall classic was a hit back in the day, and Chris’ latest single is following in “Tight Up Skirt’s” footsteps.
Minaj released “Regret in Your Tears” in March, and it has taken off ever since. Many fans cannot get enough of Nicki’s vocals featured on top of a Caribbean tune.
Some believe that Frank Ocean’s latest single is a hint of the artist’s plans to release another album. Regardless of whether or not Ocean has another project on the horizon, “Chanel” is a track that can stand on its own.
Kanye West’s latest installment is a gift to the industry. The hit single features The-Dream on its track and is poised to make waves for years to come.
Trey Songz’s long awaited album, Tremaine: The Album is in the works. In the meantime, fans can enjoy “Nobody Else But You.”
What better way to celebrate your 33rd birthday than with a hit song? Alicia Keys released “That’s What’s Up” just in time for her special day and remnants of Kanye West’s “So Alive” are present.
Sampha’s emotional track brings out every feeling. The piano drives the song while the lyrics convey Sampha’s heartfelt message.
Coming off of the breakup of hip hop group Calle 13, Residente takes his talent to a new project examining his genealogy through music, a documentary film and a book. After doing a DNA test to discover his ethnic origins, the rapper-producer decided to focus his first solo album on a personal story rather than simply make an attempt at further hit songs.
Residente’s DNA shows that his genetic history to a number of different locations around the world. Besides his native Puerto Rico, he can trace ancestry to Armenia, China, Ghana and more, making his exploration of his origins a veritable trip around the world. Each track on his new record is essentially a search for these divergent elements and crafted into a concrete piece of musicianship.
The self-titled album explores the conceptual details of his journey, while the documentary explores this investigation. Fusion Media Group, a subsidiary of Univision commissioned a book to further the interest in Residente’s story. He tapped a total of 10 different ethnic groups and nationalities to present the culture with his personal organic sounds rather than the digital production of most modern hip hop.
Many different artists lend their musical talents to the album. SoKo, a French indie-pop singer of Russian and Polish descent sings on one of the love songs, bringing a European aspect to the recording. Goran Bregovic delivers a brass band from the Balkans to explore a dystopian future. Bombino, a guitarist from Niger, adds African flavor and funk to a track. Most notably, however, is Residente’s addition of Lin-Manuel Miranda, performer and composer of the Broadway hit Hamilton, on the opening track. In his search, it was found that Miranda is his cousin.
Born Rene Perez Joglar, Residente was the frontman for Calle 13. The group, composed of sibling family members, is one of the most successful alternative hip hop acts in recent history. So much so, they set the record for most amount of Latin Grammy Awards ever won, with a total of 21. Their music also garnered them an additional three regular Grammy Awards.
It was only a month ago that Chance the Rapper was starting to have a negative image with a governor. This rapper had promised that he would do something to help Chicago and hadn’t come through. However, I have to say that this rapper even offering is a cut above what most would do. Chance the Rapper did have a plan and recently he showed everyone what he planned to do.
The New Chance Arts and Literature Fund was created by this superstar to help to fund arts programs. This fund will go to the schools that are most in need of an arts department within their schools. In addition, Chance the Rapper has stated he plans on donating one million dollars of his own money to Chicago public schools.
The governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, had sent out a tweet congratulating the rapper on his recent Grammy win. Chance the Rapper was the recent winner of the Best New Artist award. The rapper responded with a request to setup a meeting to discuss the state of schools in Illinois. Rauner agreed to the meeting between the two men. However, the meeting did not go as well at all between Rauner and Chance the Rapper.
After the meeting was over, Chance stated that he didn’t like the answers he received from the governor. One thing that could have drawn the ire of Chance the Rapper was Rauner vetoing a bill that would have allowed for more money for schools in Illinois. One of the most shocking parts of the meeting was when Chance the Rapper was heard by an NBC reporter telling Rauner to “do your job.”
It appears that Chance the Rapper took the negative tone of the meeting in stride with his new plan. It appears that the relationship between Chance the Rapper and Chicago couldn’t be stronger.
The music industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world. While most people are unable to gain the following and fandom necessary to make it big, there are a select few artists that always seem to be at the top of the charts. While it can be a very challenging career to pursue, Rick Ross is one musician that always seems to find himself at the top of the charts.
Per a recent news article (http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7743583/rick-ross-top-rb-hip-hop-albums-chart), Rick Ross has a new album out that is already listed among the leaders in the Billboard 100. Rick Ross had a very highly anticipated album called Rather You Than Me, which has jumped out of the gates to make a lot of money in sales. Based on the chart results dated at the end of March, he is currently number two on the Top 100 list.
The results of his new album have been very positive overall. The album in the last week sold the equivalent of 106,000 album units, which is one of the highest results of the year so far. Rick Ross is by no means new to the Top 100 list. This is the 12th time that he has been on the top 100 list since he first debuted in 2006. It is also the 10th time that he has appeared in the top 10.
While Ross had a very good rating and ranking for his album, some of the individual singles on the album have done well as well. The newest single on the album is Trap Trap Trap, which has been available for more than a week ahead of the rest of the album. This record has individual cracked the Top 100 list and has seen over 7.3 million different streams domestically in the past week, which is a 230 percent increase compared to the prior week. The popularity has also been helped by the release of the music video, which is quickly becoming one of the most watched videos on YouTube today.
The young rapper Kodak Black made news recently. Just one week ago he was released from prison. In imitation of Gucci Mane, he created a music video while under house arrest. The name of the song featured in the video is “There He Go.” In the video, he is filmed hanging out with friends and dancing around. The 19 year old was born and raised In Pompano Beach, Florida. He appears happy in the video and uses provocative lines that surprise you.
He was released into house arrest after paying $100,000 in bail money to the state of South Carolina. The rapper says that he is happy to be home with his family and friends. He is grateful for the love and support of his fans and wants to focus on creating more music. He is eager for the chance to clear his name and do good work in the future. He has long said that his goal in life is to be the illest rapper alive. Fans can look to his Instagram account for news on a fresh tape that he will be releasing. He says that he is working tirelessly each day to put new music out there. He also stated that “If God Is With You Who Can Be Against You.” You can read more about Kodak Black and his music here.
Big Sean has created a new music video which many describe as an absolute feast for the senses. It is a psychedelic song full of soul and rhyme. The director of the video is The Kid Studio. Its artistry is a mixture of spiritual images, fire, wolves, butts, water and nature. It has a chaotic feeling to it and it uses the booty of an attractive dancer in a metaphor involving Jesus. By all means, these images shouldn’t come together gracefully. Somehow they do. Sean appears in the video in prayer on top of a roof wearing vibrant, rocking clothes. He hangs out at a bar in the middle of the desert and argues with his critics.
The song is called “Bounce Back.” On his twitter, Big Sean said that in life the odds don’t work in your favor every time but real people bounce back eery time. He wants fans to know they shouldn’t give up even when things aren’t going their way. Big Sean is originally from Detroit. This song is a follow-up to “No More Interviews,” which he released in October. He has plans to release another album with his girlfriend Jhene Aiko in the near future. People who love Big Sean’s music have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. You can read more about him and his upcoming work at his twitter profile.
The famed rapper Lil Yachty is making news recently. He is finishing 2016 with an appearance in the men’s style section of “The New York Times”. This will be his first time on the cover of a major newspaper section. He is 19 years old, and he models designer shoes. He shows off an impressive collection of outfits that display his personality. The young man has had a rapid rise to fame in the extremely competitive music industry. Those who know him say he exudes unshakeable confidence.
In the accompanying interview, Lil Yachty says that he is not just a rap artist. He considers himself to be a brand. He has named himself “king of the teens” and shares his thoughts on why his fans have such a deep love for him. He believes it is because of his authenticity. In his music, he never raps about smoking or drinking. He doesn’t do those things in his personal life, so they have no place in his music. He only puts things in his lyrics that reflect his genuine character.
He believes that the youth of America relate to him because they are similar to him in many ways. He wants to extend his reach around the globe. It looks like he just may succeed. He has been featured as a model by Kanye West and appeared in a commercial with Lebron James. All this excitement is occurring as he releases a new song in collaboration with A$AP Ferg to his fans. You can read more about Lil Yachty’s rise to prominence here.
The world has seen Chance the Rapper and Kanye West together on stage. It has not yet been exposed to a mashup of their music. The two men have worked together on songs like “Ultralight Beam” and more. The new mashup of their music was created by DJ Clyde and DJ Critical Hype. They have focused their efforts on making a new mixtape called Chance the Dropout. It is a blend of 23 songs that take Kanye’s beats and put them together with Chance’s songs. For fans of both artists, this is truly a delight. Chance has long been known for his great wordplay. Some consider him to be the wittiest rapper onstage at the moment. Kanye is famous for his smooth and entrancing beats. A new sample has been released to give us a teaser of what the mashup album will sound like.
The album took a year and a half to produce. The two DJs involved said that it was a match made in heaven. There has been a long standing feud between young and old Chicago artists. The album is in ways an attempt to bring them together. Kanye and Chance the Rapper will be opponents at the upcoming Grammy awards. Until they face off on that date, this album will bring fans of their music together. At one point in time, Kanye praised Chance the Rapper as “the future of rap.” You can read more about Kanye’s thoughts on Chance the Rapper here.
The mannequin challenge is popular all over the world It was started by the rapping duo Rae Sremmurd, and they are cashing in big as a result. What many feel is the official theme song of the mannequin challenge is “Black Beatles” which is one of their songs. The song was remixed by Nicki Minaj the other day as a testament to its popularity. The two members of the group are brothers named Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee.
They made an appearance on ESPN to talk about the mannequin challenge. They showed the world footage of themselves doing it and discussed the inspiration for “Black Beatles.” Swae Lee said that he wanted to make a song that everyone in the world could gravitate towards. He likes to produce music that gives people a good feeling and will get turned up at parties. They acknowledged the group of Florida high school students who originated the challenge. They then imitated the challenge in the music video for “Black Beatles. It turned out to be one of the most viral, fresh videos in recent memory.
The video was not expensive to produce. It was made at a concert in Denver, Colorado. Within two weeks, it had spread all over the world. Swae and Slim enjoy the mannequin challenge video made by the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders the most. Sir Paul McCartney did his own version, and they enjoyed that too. Even First Lady Michelle Obama joined in by doing the challenge with others. You can see Michelle Obama doing the Mannequin Challenge here.
It goes without saying that the last few months of 2016 were quite awful for Yeezy. The ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper had a year marred with personal mishaps which included his wife, Kim Kardashian West, being robbed in Paris in October. This was followed by an astounding cancellation of the eagerly awaited ‘Saint Pablo Tour’ in the United Kingdom. To cap it all off, Kanye West was hospitalized in Los Angeles and placed on a psychiatric hold in November. All I have to say is, ‘What a year!’
Kanye West has maintained an uncharacteristically low profile over the past few days. He asserted that he wants to focus on family and further mentioned that he prioritizes his children over any other thing. Yeezy looks forward to batten his parenting skills to a level as great as his lyrical prowess and become a good dad to his children.
Despite all the excruciating moments that 2016 had to proffer, Kanye West shook off the dust off his shirt and seems more vibrant, rejuvenated and exhilarated. Yeezy’s fans should be prospective of surprises from the Grammy Award Winner which would include more music and The Saint Pablo Tour. Kanye also intends to complete working on his fashion line.
Sources informed E! News that Kanye wants to finish the tour since he has a tremendous and inexplicable passion for it. Kanye shall hopefully make up for the time he missed during his hospitalization.
I remember being personally disappointed when the ‘Famous’ deacon of words cancelled the remaining dates of The Saint Pablo Tour; I would bet my life that virtually every Yeezy die-hard was equally disappointed. Well, Yeezy is back to give us all a treat! Buckle up, folks, this shall be epic!