August Alsina Announces New Album on Instagram

Played my new album #ThisThingCalledLife for Khaled nem' .. Here's some of what they had to say [ pt.1 ]

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August Alsina posted these videos on his Instagram, where he previewed his sophomore album tentatively titled, This Thing Called Life for DJ Khaled. No word on a release date yet, but his highly-anticipated album could be set to drop this fall.

EP Review: House of Cry is About to Change the World With Her Latest EP “Sincerely, Cry”

If the mesmerizing eyes of vocalist and musician, House of Cry, catch your attention, then her talent and five-octave vocal range will keep it. Yep, we’re talking Mariah numbers, vocally, and on top of playing the majority of the instruments you’ll hear on the varied seven-track EP, Sincerely Cry, her writing is surprisingly refreshing.   Once I began listening, I was completely fixed on it.

On the Salaam Remi assisted project, Cry falsettos about her uncertainty of womanhood on “How to Be” and demonstrates her prowess on the strings over her unwillingness to domesticate on “I Don’t Wanna”, declaring, “I Know that you want a family too/ but, baby I’m a rolling stone that’s why I can’t be with you.” Although, the Chicago artist isn’t afraid to speak frankly about sexuality on “Toes Curl” (reminiscent of Miss Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place”) or make nods to that inevitable Remi Hip-Hop influence with “URAENO”, it’s when she gets back to a more classic soul sound that her impressive vocal range breaks through. Don’t let the melodic vibes confuse you, she definitely has some gangsta to her; pay close attention and you’ll catch it.

“Mindful” is the standout of the EP, showing House of Cry conjuring the ranges of Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, while still maintaining her own unique vocal athleticism equipped with key changes, staccatos, belting and whistle ranges.  “Sorry” is that one record that will legitamitely have you sitting around in your feelings, due to the heart breaking poetics combined with such haunting cadence.  Requests for back-to-basics R&B singers have been at an all-time high, however all those soul singer powerhouses didn’t do much of their own writing—and the listening public demands bona-fide, original music!

Sincerely, Cry may just be the answer to this quandary. I give it a major co-sign, (which doesn’t happen too often from me) so I recomend you click the headphones above, definitely take a listen and give us your thoughts.

Have You Heard Teyana Taylor’s New 90s Esque Mixtape? Stream It Here! #WalkLikeUs

Teyana Taylor has yet to fail us in the classic R&B category since she’s taken her music career into full gear. Following her November 2014 release of her album VII, Taylor drops a mixtape to keep the fans wanting more. Walk Like Us presents us with the mixtape entitled, The Cassette Tape 1994, which includes five 90s inspired tracks that reminds us of what authenticity sounds like in music.

The collection features production from Kanye West (“Your Wish”), Da Internz (“Touch Me”), and J.R. Rotem (“Undercover”), the sweet voice of Eric Bellinger (“Tonight”), plus an appearance from her boyfriend, Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Unapologetically, Teyanna Taylor delivered genuine feel G.O.O.D Music and 5-tracks are just not enough!

Listen here:

Watch Ralphy’s “She Can’t Take It” Visual

Chi-town R&B singer Ralphy was bred on the West Side of the city and was inspired by his brother to take his music more seriously to build a name for himself. Since then he has opened up for a host of talented acts getting his chance to open up for Trey Songz, Ludacris, Rick Ross and several others. Recently he released his project Galaxy Debonair and he has a mixtape on the way called, It Ain’t Ralph Tho. Check out the new video for “She Can’t Take It” above.

Miguel on Frank Ocean: “I Genuinely Believe That I Make Better Music”

The rivalry between two R&B giants heats up.

In a interview with British newspaper Sunday Times, the Miguel says he’s just better then his peer, Frank Ocean. “I wouldn’t say we were friends. To be completely honest — and no disrespect to anyone — I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around.” Though the beginnings of their “rivalry” are murky, one could point to the the 2013 Grammy Awards, in which Ocean beat out Miguel and Chris Brown for Best Urban Contemporary R&B Album, as its va

Miguel was also asked about the comparison between his music and that of The Weeknd, who has gained significant mainstream traction this year, with his last 3 singles landing in the Billboard 100 Top 15. Still, Miguel suggests he will last longer in the industry. “It’s interesting,” he starts, “but we’ll see who’s in it for the long haul. It’s like a marathon, you know?”

If the early rumors were true, Frank Ocean is gearing up to release his sophomore album this summer, and The Weeknd is gearing up to drop his sophomore, yet-to-be-titled LP, which reportedly features Kanye West. Perfect timing.

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Ciara Announces ‘Jackie’ Album + Tour Dates

Can we agree that post-baby Ciara has been hitting the ground running?

The singer/dancer has announced the dates for her Jackie Tour. The tour is named after her sixth studio album, Jackie, and considering it’s been 6 years since her last tour, CiCi is more than ready to take the road. In addition to that, the “I Bet” singer unveils her stunning cover art captured by none other than Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani.

She slays posing in only distressed boyfriend Jeans, flawless skin, and that piercing stare.
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Catch Ciara on the month-long tour kicking off May 3rd in Chicago, IL, wrapping up May 31st in San Francisco, CA. Here’s the full list of the dates:

May 3 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 5 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
May 7 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
May 9 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
May 10 – Glenside, PA
May 12 – Charlotte, NC
May 13 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater
May 15 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
May 16 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
May 19 – New Orleans, LA
May 20 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
May 22 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 23 – San Antonio, TX
May 24 – Corpus Christi, TX
May 27 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
May 29 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
May 30 – Los Angeles, CA
May 31 – San Francisco, CA

-Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

Rising Hip-Hop Star Aubreyus Is On The Go With “Money On The Flo”

Rising Hip-Hop Star Aubreyus’ Hot Hit Single “Money On The Flo”

Is Taking Over Radio, While He Is Giving Back To The Community

 

It sounds like Hip-Hop is ready for a new star!  Aubreyus’ debut hit single “Money On The Flow” is being played by radio stations all over the U.S. and in Europe and it’s creating a buzz online!  Celebrities like Nick Cannon are promoting his music on their social media pages so we finally caught up with the very busy Detroit native to get an update on his recent success and this is what he had to say:

Q—When did you know you wanted to become an artist?

A—It was when I was 16 years old after hearing a record from Tupac Shakur entitled “Hit ‘Em Up.”  I had something in which I would describe as an out of body experience.  I remember listening to that song and it literally felt like something had leaped from out of that radio and just took a seat within my soul, until this day it still feels like it never left.  “Hit ‘Em Up” was one of the first rap records that had my full attention to the point that I actually wrote all the lyrics down and memorized every verse by heart.  Besides being influenced by artists like 2pac, Biggie & Nas, I also had an influence who lived in my household, which was my older brother Tony.  Tony would make beats on my father’s old music equipment then bring his neighborhood friends over to rap in a makeshift studio that our father had built in the basement of our home.  It was in this golden year that I decided that I wanted to become an artist.

Q—Tell us about your upcoming album and current single?

A—I have a mixtape that I’m currently working on entitled “The After Effect” that should be dropping real soon.  Also, I have a single out now that’s available on iTunes and everywhere else music is sold entitled “Money On The Flo,” which also features another Detroit native named Dej Loaf.

Q—We love your single “Money On The Flo” that Nick Cannon actually retweeted, how does it feel to have major celebrities endorse your music?

A—It feels great!  In my eyes it’s nothing but confirmation that I’m on the right path and that my talents are not going unnoticed.  Thanks to the internet my music is spreading faster everyday unlike the earlier years when you had to meet someone in person to give them a copy of your Demo in order for them to hear you out.  But thanks to the internet and sites like Soundcloud and Youtube this process can be a lot easier if your song begins to gain attention.  Now the big question is…if Nick Cannon heard “Money On The Flo,” who else has heard this song also and just hasn’t revealed themselves yet?

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New Single “Money On The Flo” feat. Dej Loaf

Q—Congratulations on the radio success!  How does it feel to hear your music on the radio?

A—It feels great to know that my hard work is being played on the radio where thousands upon thousands of listeners can hear me at any given time.

Q—What do you hope to accomplish in the industry?

A—To make a change in someone’s life through my music…to be remembered..

.to finish with the same work ethic in which I started, “hungry” if not greater.

Q—Tell us a few people in the industry you’d like to work with?

A—There is really a lot of Great talent out there that I would love to work with but if I had to name a few off the top of my head I would say Kanye West, T.I, Big Sean & Drake.

Q—Giving back is important to The Source Mag.  How do you plan to give back once you’ve reached the top?

A—I plan to give back by not only being a Mentor to my community and my city, but by also being a Mentor to the world through my everyday actions in life.  By giving back financially to help further the public education system in Detroit, and also contributing to the rebuilding of my city.  Book by Book, Brick by Brick.

Q—Would you be willing to support the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council’s Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project to help improve public safety in our communities?

A—Sure!  I am all for being a positive influence for the youth in our communities.  If there is anything I can do to prevent the shooting… stop the violence…or help the next generation into making better choices…I’m all for it!

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Q—What’s one piece of advice you can give to the readers about following their dreams or making it in the industry?

A—Actually I have several…lol consider it a survival kit. Put God First.  Always follow your spirit (your first mind).  Pay attention to how you feel when certain decisions are made (this key sense can lead to a blessing or pure chaos).  Don’t be afraid to be yourself and never get caught up in what other people think.  Never be afraid to seek council but only agree if you truly understand and that’s what you want (Happiness is key).  Learn as much about the game as you can and most importantly you will never know if you never try.

 

Music Video Link: http://youtu.be/-9MUKY0gjiw

Social Media Links: Twitter @therealaubreyus Instagram @Aubreyus

For more info on this project and/or If you are interested in working with Aubreyus and the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council as we continue to use “The Power of Music, Media, Marketing, Messaging, Management & Money to Support a Movement” to end Gun & Gang Violence and Black on Black Crime hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram @HHSYC).

‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ Inducted into Library of Congress

The Grammy Award winning album is getting governmental preservation and recognition

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill moved many as a master’s work in the modern music world.  To this day it is still regarded as one of the most honest and raw albums that can be found in the hip hop community.  Seventeen years after its Grammy Award winning release, it has been inducted into the Library of Congress.

Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 pieces to induct into the archives to be forever preserved and protected.  “Congress understood the importance of protecting America’s aural patrimony when it passed the National Recording Preservation Act 15 years ago,” said the Library’s curator, James H. Billington.  He continued, “By preserving these recordings, we safeguard the words, sounds and music that embody who we are as a people and a nation.”

Just beginning a solo life and career off of a very hard and very dark Fugees breakup, Lauryn Hill’s 1999 album broke records and rocketed her to winning an astounding 5 Grammys in a single night.  Since then, the album still is rotated on most major radio stations, from hip hop to soft rock.

The Library of Congress’ statement regarding the album’s induction went as follows:

Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on “Zion,” and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on “I Used to Love Him” and “Nothing Even Matters,” respectively.