NEW MUSIC: 2 CHAINZ – “IT’S A VIBE” (FEAT. TY DOLLA SIGN, TREY SONGZ & JHENE AIKO)

2 Chainz is back with a brand new single ‘It’s A Vibe’ where he features not only Ty Dolla Sign with the melody, he also recruits Trey Songz and Jhene Aiko as well. This is definitely a song worth paying attention to, the beat is laid directly by Murda Beatz. The new vibe, available for stream below, is taken from 2 Chainz upcoming new album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music which hits stores April 7th.

NEW VIDEO: KEYSHIA COLE – “YOU” FEAT. REMY MA & FRENCH MONTANA

After  watching Keyshia Cole’s new video Directed by Benny Boom, I’ve come to the conclusion that no man should ever cheat on Keyshia, because she will get her revenge. Especially knowing she has accomplices like Remy Ma and French Montana. 1111 Reset coming soon.

NEW MUSIC: ERIC BELLINGER – “TREAT YOURSELF” Feat. WALE

Eric Bellinger recruits long time friend Wale, as they talk about the better things in life on his latest single. Make sure you Treat yourself and pre-order his Eric B For President: Term 2 before it arrives March 10.

NEW MUSIC: JASON DERULO – “SWALLA” Feat. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA SIGN

Jason Derulo comes to the table with a new single that will have the clubs going nuts. Did i forget to tell you he brought  Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign along for the ride. Have a drink and download the track here.

NEW MUSIC: 6LACK – “FIRST FUCK” Feat. JHENE AIKO

6LACK gets real explicit about his first sexual encounter between the sheets become worth on his sultry duet with Jhene Aiko. Round Two!!?

Sampha – “Process” Album Review

Before even starting, I’d like to point out the inaccuracies I’m seeing all over the place in terms of what musical genre to categorize this album as. With the exception of some minor influences and flourishes, this is NOT Hip Hop, rap, EDM, or even Electronica (Although that latter label might come somewhat close to capturing Process’ essence). This is Soul/R&B (or let’s call it “Neo-Soul”) as good as it gets these days. While I’d rate it 9.5 out of 10 if I could, I’ll settle and present my four reasons for a solid 9.

* While Sampha has been associated as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer for the likes of SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Drake, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Solange, FKA Twigs, etc., his debut album is far less grandiose and fussy than those others’. It has an honest rawness and emotionality rarely attained by his collaborators.

* When he uses electronic elements, they are carefully and subtly chosen for full effect, as in the turbulent yet meditative K-O punch of “Reverse Faults” and “Under” (Tracks 6 and 7).

* Process’ focus remains on Sampha’s keyboard and vocal prowess. His vulnerable and nuanced falsetto absolutely tugs at your heart (unlike, say, Bon Iver’s similar voice on his sterile recent effort). Nowhere is this more evident than on the breathtaking “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano.” I truly doubt we’re going to hear a more beautiful ballad the remainder of this year.

* This is an album that, while varied in its tones, is delicately unified by an overall sense of yearning for beauty amidst a world full of mortality and grief. It is heavily reflective while ultimately remaining hopeful and spontaneous.
Yes, this is a resoundingly successful debut release, and I (for one) look forward to hearing more of Sampha’s talented trek through what has become a rather barren R&B landscape.