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Stream DVSN’s Second Romance-Soaked Album ‘Morning After’

October’s Very Own’s dvsn knows what love feels like, no matter what kind. The two-piece powerhouse’s sophomore album entitled Morning After was delivered today, as the unofficial announcement of OVO season, and we are whisked away into dvsn’s soulful R&B world of pink sunsets and slow grinds. Standout tracks include previously released singles “POV,” a more electric take on their…

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Nick Hakim Shares Spiritual Visuals for “Cuffed”

From his woozy soul vocals dripping through his debut album Green Twins, to his intimate live performances during his current tour, R&B singer Nick Hakim is not one to back down from intensity. Hakim recruits film director Daniel Kaufman and FluCT’s dance choreographer Monica Mirabile for an intensely spiritual journey in visuals for “Cuffed.” A group of talented…

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Beyoncé Will Donate Proceeds of New “Mi Gente” Remix to Hurricane Relief

Beyoncé Knowles has been active with Hurricane Relief efforts in her hometown of Houston and she’s now expanding her support to those impacted by this year’s record-setting hurricane season. Since tragedies have deeply affected our neighbors in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and surrounding the Caribbean Islands, she joins Latinx music stars J. Balvin and Willy Williams for…

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Sampha Takes Home 2017 Mercury Prize

Experimental R&B singer-songwriter Sampha didn’t expect Process to be received so well. The deeply personal and unique album released in February came with a short film and zine, all conceptualized and brought to life by the London-based artist. This year, Sampha took home the 2017 Mercury Prize for Process previously won by Skepta for Konnichiwa. In his acceptance speech, the singer…

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Audio: Nao, “Nostalgia”

British Pop/R&B dream girl Nao has reemerged from her musical hiatus. Returning with the groovy single “Nostalgia,” the singer-songwriter reassures fans a new album is on the way with an accompanying note via Twitter: “A gift 4 U whilst I create my next album, I promise I won’t keep you waiting long…” “Nostalgia” is an upbeat romantic…

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Audio: Steve Lacy, “4real”

Steve Lacy, bassist for The Internet and solo wizkid, returns with a rock ‘n’ roll quick cut, “4real.” The high energy track is a pop of fresh air from the stagnancy. We always love to see Steve explore sonically with new styles, yet keeping that signature sound we got acquainted with on The Internet’s Ego Death.  The…

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Solange Is AnOther Magazine’s Cover Star In Editorial Shot by Peter Lindbergh

Our very own Solange Knowles graces the cover of AnOther Magazine, with a captivating editorial by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, and brilliantly styled by Robbie Spencer. With her latest album, A Seat At The Table, having charted to the number one spot on Billboard, Solange talks on creative spaces, inspiration, generational advancement, identity and pride with writer Lynette Nylander. Read the full…

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Kelela Lets Loose For Official “LMK” Visual

LMK (Official Video) by Kelela on VEVO. Kelela, to her fans, is known to consistently serve identity-bending visuals, showing who she is through the comfort of her crafted concepts. She did nothing short of wow us yet again in the early 2000’s inspired neon visual for her new single “LMK,” which dropped off today. It’s…

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Beyoncé Wrote the Foreword for an Intimate Portrait Book of Prince

The sudden loss of eclectic rock legend Prince last year sent a shock around the world, and since, we’ve remembered him through award show tributes, lifting up his words of advice beyond his time, and his inarguable inspiration that touches every artist. Afshin Shahidi has compiled intimate portraits of the musician in his private moments, revealing…

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ICYMI: Daniel Caesar Announces Debut Album ‘Freudian’ with Heartfelt Visual

Toronto’s Daniel Caesar has made a graceful, comfortable entrance into the R&B scene beginning with his 2014 debut EP, Praise Break. At just 22, the artist has made his way quickly and well-deserved to the top of our “artists to keep an eye on” list. Caesar’s debut full length album, titled Freudian is slated for on August 25th via…

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Tyler, The Creator’s New Album ‘Flower Boy’ Is an Honest Display of Carefree Black Boyhood

Odd Future ringleader Tyler, The Creator is known for being the weird rap connoisseur, and since his youngest moves, he’s been the bold and brash voice that shaped a generation’s colorful rap underground. Tyler is multifaceted and has never been one to back down. He’s acted on his many interests that span above and beyond rap: as…

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Kelela Announces Debut Album ‘Take Me Apart’ in Heartfelt Note

Kelela has been mostly quiet since her last EP release and festival appearances, but the Electro-R&B singer has assured us today that she’s been hard at work. Through the ups and downs she mentions in a heartfelt letter to her Ride-or-Dies on social media, Kelela says she has not only been hearing us, but that she’s pushed forward and…

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