In honor of Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday, Melanie Fiona remixed his classic hit, “One More Chance,” using her sensational vocals and beat machine.
Talking about an instant surprise?
Your eyes ain't lying, this is indeed Thomas Wesley Pentz, aka DIPLO.
Chrisette Michele chats her with Soul Culture about her mental health awareness campaign #OKNotToBeOK, her vegan lifestyle, and her new album, Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Presentation mixtape. Check it out:
Anita Nicole, a London-based singer-songwriter, dropped a gem into our inbox. The 19-year-old shared her new track Ecstasy, a single from her debut EP of the same name. Pulling from the roots of 90s R&B, the smooth track showcases her love-tinged vocals and mature perspective on relationships.
Having just completed her schooling at Brit of the Performing Arts & Technology, where Adele, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, and Jessie J honed their skills, she is ready to follow her predecessors footsteps.
Check out the track and let us know what you think:
Solange looks incredible in her feature in COMPLEX Magazine’s June/July 2013 issue. Wearing chic summer-ready outfits, she flaunts her smooth, shapely legs in some mean red pumps. Here are the gorgeous photos from the feature story along with quotes:
“I wanted to make all of the creative artistic decisions but I wasn’t the one paying for it. And they didn’t fully trust me to make them,” she says. “Every decision was a battle. It was exhausting. I wanted to be in a position where not only was the music fully my body of work, but everything thereafter was also my body of work. I knew that meant I had to leave and that I had to struggle.”
“I have a mother who never took no for an answer when it came to her creative pursuits,” Solange says. “She started a hair salon in her spare bedroom and four years later had 30 employees. I have a father who was the first black student at his junior high and high school and had to do a lot to get to that point. So it’s really in my bloodline when it comes to having an idea and making it happen.”
“When I’m home, I’m just straight mommin’ it,” Solange says of life in Brooklyn, which revolves around 8-year-old Juelz. “School runs, play dates, soccer games, etc. You have to constantly fight for that balance and now I kinda got it under control.” After a hectic few weeks on tour, she’s looking forward to leaving town with Juelz later today for a two-week vacation—a week in L.A. and a week in New Orleans, where she feels very, very at home. “I go to crazy bounce clubs,” she says. “I eat crazy po’ boys, drink daiquiris. I ride my bike a lot.”
Read the entire interview on COMPLEX.com.
Plus, she connects with Kendrick Lamar for the remix of “Looks Good With Trouble” from her True EP:
YouTube Vlogger, Maya Washington aka Shameless Maya, created an anthem for the curly-haired girls around the world called “I Don’t Care (Frizzy Hair)”. She grabbed a few friends of all hair types to celebrate their varied textures of kinks and curls.
This video comes at a great time for Maya who just shaved off all of her hair to show that beauty is beyond one’s hair.
Lianne’s response to her experience growing up bi-racial (Greek-Jamaican).
“This subject really interests me. I knew that I was brown, let’s say, but I never felt like I belong necessarily to any racial group. At school, there would be a lot Muslim girls hanging out with other Muslims and a lot of African and Jamaican girls hanging out together. That was never my thing: to be part of a group that you’re the same as. A lot of it was music related too, like goths and grunge kids. I was with the group that wasn’t with any other group. It had an African girl, some very English girls, a Bangladeshi girl, and it didn’t really matter. We all knew where we came from, we knew our parents were from different places, we just thought that we were all hilarious and we hung out with whoever we thought was the funniest. Doing what I do now and seeing the plethora of creeds, colors, and religions I’m reaching with the music I’m making—it’s amazing. This is going to sound cheesy, but I think the beauty of music is that it doesn’t see color. The kind of music that I’m doing comes from many different worlds. I like to think that it doesn’t matter anymore.”
Read the rest of the interview here.
Iggy Azalea goes Bollywood fun in Mumbai, India in the visual for her latest track, “Bounce”. The single will be on her official debut album, The New Classic.
Hello All: Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked! -MHL
Freddy Hefner,22, calls herself a “Strapper.” First image that comes to mind is a gun-blasting vixen, but no, it simply stands for “singer-songwriter turned rapper”. The Los Angeles native just graduated from St. John’s University, and plans to display her versatility as an independent artist. She recently sent us a couple of new tracks, “The Come Up” and “Imaginary Friend,” from her second EP, Time Machine.
The Come Up