One spin, 30 minutes, and there’s a lot to like on Kehlani’s fourth project — the newly released While We Wait that’s already the #1 R&B album on iTunes at posting time.
To say I was hooked by track 01 isn’t an understatement. Kehlani’s homage to “Ice Box” — one of my favorite R&B singles in perhaps my peak R&B listening days — was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. “Feels” was the next record that felt another level, which blends into the project’s first single that I’ve had in rotation since its release: the Ty Dolla $ign-featured “Nights Like This”.
Rounding it out: I’ve got “Butterfly” and “Love Language” as a couple of the other standouts, but all in all, While We Wait is such a cohesive listen and one to vibe to during the late nights. 👏 Kehlani!
Ladies, gents… looking for those Valentine’s Day tunes but tired of the ordinary ones? Scroll no further (except for the full EP) as Stan Sono has dropped not one, but two new visuals for a couple standouts from Fantasies. This is the way to keep the buzz hot: steamy visuals to follow up the music.
“sexy” means each body is magnificent in its own way 💖✨
Rock with “Sexy” first and then go to sleep to “Fantasies”.
R&B fans, here’s your must-add project of 2019 so far.
Stan Sono’s our favorite, emerging artist in the genre and his new 6-track output captures the mood of goin’ out with your lady, and then goin’ to bed with her. Hey, it’s everyone’s fantasy right?
Sono’s visual storytelling through his lyrics paint all the above in a classy manner so be sure to play this one with your partner from beginning to end. Not even 20 minutes of your time and it left me wanting more.
Fortunately, there is plenty more to come, and as Stan says so himself below, the EP’s concluding track “6AM” is the direction of his next drops to come. I’ve had the chance to preview them in the studio and that motivating, anthemic, big sound that you hear on “6AM” is really taken to another level on the future tunes.
“6AM” is my favorite record of the 6 and “Alonzo” is absolutely my favorite, and catchiest, hook on Fantasies. That’s one you can straight up sing a capella, haha. Enjoy from beginning to end!
The new James Blake album dropped but I, like many hip hop heads, gravitated to a track featuring… oh, you know, the annual new feature from Andre 3000. In fact, it was @hetalbot (my co-content creator from the Yasiin Bey show the other day) who put me onto this almost instantly after Assume Form dropped in full at midnight.
3K puts down a fast flow and you can visualize his head spinning as he questions how a flourishing relationship seems too good to be true (the theme of the whole song.) Witty wordplay ensues so press play and then flow with the rest of the dark R&B vibes from James Blake. I’m in progress at posting time myself. (He produced this song brilliantly too by the way.)
You got two minutes, don’t you?
Eddie Supa’s easily in my top level of upcoming artists, whether from Chicago or anywhere. Here’s his quick set of new raps to match the thumpin’ beat he’s always cookin’ too. I’m a 90s wrestling fan, hence the line I highlighted in the title. More good ones above (and more soon-to be released heat to come…)
The smoothest R&B singer that you shouldn’t sleep on this year is Stan Sono. In fact, you should sleep to this one with your loved one as Sono slows it down and breaks it down with some creative lyricism both on the verses and the catchy hook. There’s just a raw, natural energy on this record that I think anyone can appreciate.
Great start to the new year here as Sono has backloaded his new tunes to release rapid fire style now that the holiday dust as settled. The video for “Fantasies” is already on deck (below), the full EP up next, and then I even got to hear his next-next releases after that last month after his live show in Chicago. Whoo! The motivational R&B anthems that are comin… 🔥🔥🔥 But first… keep the slow jams comin’…
Here’s your record of the day, look no further!
In fact, it’s the freshest way to celebrate and remember the late angel Aaliyah on what would’ve been her 40th birthday today. 🙏
Chicago’s Marcus The Artist put down a brand new, bumpin’ house remix today of Aaliyah’s classic slow jam “Rock The Boat” and now the sultry single has a completely different (and equally effective) feel to it. I love the tempo and overall production Marcus put on this, it’s just simply superb.
You didn’t know you needed “Rock The Boat” for more than just the bedroom. Save this remix for the next time you’re on the way out on the town and you’ll get the energy up. Great tribute today by our friend and the multi-talented Marcus.