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Audio: Smino, “Home Invaders” feat. Bari

Smino‘s newest cut “Home Invaders” has arrived and features fellow St. Louis rapper Bari. The Phoelix-produced single gives Smino’s signature smooth and melodic flow a more aggressive grit. Alternating cadences, the Zero Fatigue emcee sonically mimics the unpredictable unfolding of an actual home invasion. And Bari’s verse leaves little to be desired with deft punchlines…

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Janelle Monae

Audio: Janelle Monae, “I Like That”

With just eleven days left on the countdown to Janelle Monae‘s Dirty Computer release, this week’s #MusicMonday brings us the project’s fourth single “I Like That.” A mid-tempo track turns the singer/actress/activists proud self-awareness into an affirming jam that relates on a variety of levels. Our Kansas City-born femme fatale takes a break from reading…

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Audio: Keith Tutt II, “Go”

Whether you identify as empathic or not, there’s no doubt that much of the world’s burdened energy has had you in jaded disarray one way or the other. And with much of our day to day feeling like a tug of war between self and collective conscious, a common theme among all artists, creatives and…

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India Shawn

Audio: India Shawn, “Water Me” Feat. Alex Isley and Ré Lxuise

If you follow India Shawn’s socials, you’re probably checking in regularly to make sure you haven’t missed the release of that new project she’s been hard at work on. And for those of us with Outer Limits (and Origin for that matter) still in frequent rotation, there’s a new cut to cue up after “Galaxies”…

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Audio: Anderson .Paak, “‘Til It’s Over”

It’s been quite a while since soulful party-starter Anderson .Paak graced us with solo work. Since 2016, the drum-playing R&B singer has been grinding by way of features (such as making appearances on songs for Talib Kweli, Rapsody and others), touring and his joint effort with studio ace Knxwledge, NxWorries. Now, we get the full…

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Audio: Sade, “Flower of The Universe” (Prod. by No I.D.)

What a time? Elusive Soul legend Sade’s first musical release in seven years arrives today and, not that we ever thought she did but, she definitely hasn’t lost it. The No I.D.-produced “Flower of the Universe” is a slow burning number that rings true to the purity of the singer’s sonic essence with marching percussions…

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Taylor Bennett

Audio: Taylor Bennett, “Minimum Wage”

Chicago native Taylor Bennett is back with his first offering of the year. The colorful number, titled “Minimum Wage,” finds the rapper shamelessly refusing to accept anything less than the best. Sunshiney production illuminates Bennett’s bouncy flow where he insists on real deal compensation (benefits too) for his far from mediocre output. Following last year’s…

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Lion Babe

Audio: Lion Babe, “Honey Dew”

Lion Babe is back with a new single titled “Honey Dew” following their December release of “Rockets.” This mellow number finds vocalist Jillian sweetly cooing metaphoric lyrics over dusty piano and off-kilter percussion-centered production. The Valentine’s Day release is perfect for your weekend playlist, especially if your trying to keep the sultry, loving energy of…

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Jean Deaux

Audio: Jean Deaux, “Due To Me”

Multi-talented Chicago-native Jean Deaux has released her latest single “Due To Me.” The mid-tempo number is a seductive jam where the notable, metaphoric lyric-building we know and lover her for sentiently reminds of the highs of sweet, intentional lust. “When kingdom come lil baby, still want it baby, I just want love to set us…

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Audio: Dawn Richard, “Waves”

Whenever Dawn Richard blesses the airwaves with something new we can’t help but rush to our devices to support. The New Orleans bred singer/songwriter has returned with an anthem for the overlooked lovers and hardworking underdogs. “Imma have to come from off the bench,” she sings straightforwardly in the track’s opening line. The first verse…

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Audio: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar, “Pray For Me”

After sharing the official track list for the soundtrack to the upcoming and highly anticipated Black Panther feature film, Kendrick Lamar taps The Weeknd to collaborate on “Pray For Me.” Produced by Sounwave, CuBeatz, Cardo and Matt Schaeffer, “Pray For Me,” is an upbeat track that fits perfectly with The Weeknd’s “Starboy”-esque soundscapes paired with…

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Audio: Madison McFerrin, “Insane”

After some time, Madison McFerrin, soul singer-songwriter and daughter of jazz legend Bobby McFerrin, returns ahead of the release of her upcoming acapella R&B EP, Finding Foundations Vol. II. Just in time for the February month of love, “Insane” is a soul drenched, harmonious song finding McFerrin’s fluttering vocals yearning for a love she simply…

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