Exclusive: Dru Hill Perform at B.B. Kings in New York City

Enter the Dru!

On Thursday night (Aug. 17), R&B legends Dru Hill returned to New York City for a performance at the iconic B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square. The ’90s quartet–which currently consists of Sisqo, Jazz, Nokio and Tao–always put on an outstanding show.

Backed by their live band, DH took the packed house through a journey of their career to date. From favorites off their acclaimed self-titled 1996 debut album like “Tell Me,” “Never Make a Promise” and “In My Bed,” to hit collaborations like “Bad Mamma Jamma” with Foxy Brown, to classics off their sophomore LP including “How Deep Is Your Love,” “These Are The Times” and “Beauty.” They even surprised with a Prince tribute and covered Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” and Marvin Gaye’s “Lets Get It On.”

Sisqo performed his own solo set as well. The Dragon pleased the crowd with hits like “Incomplete” and popular collaborations like Lil Kim’s “How Many Licks” and DMX’s “What They Really Want.” He also performed some of his newer tracks like “A List.”

Later, they returned with their debut LP with “5 Steps” and came together to close out the show with the infamous “Thong Song.”  Dru Hill are currently performing at spot dates all over the U.S. and abroad. Follow them on Instagram to keep up with their tour dates!

Check out our exclusive photos below.

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New Music: Kenny Lattimore – Push

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Grammy-nominated R&B artist, Kenny Lattimore returns with the new single “Push.”

Produced by Dra-kkar Wesley aka Madison, the commanding ballad showcases an edgier side to Lattimore. His emotive delivery paints a picture of a man who realizes he has made a mistake by pushing away the love of his life. Laying bare the inner workings of a man’s mind and hearts of women for listeners.

The song’s retro sound is the most obvious departure from Lattimore’s usual cadence but manages to maintain the smooth sound that is classic Kenny.

“The sound doesn’t conform,” explains Lattimore. “One of the things that I did think about was staying true to myself and the other was the fact that I remember the eighties well. We wanted to create something contemporary and timeless.”

“Push” is the first single off Lattimore’s forthcoming 9th studio album, which is due out October 13.

Take a listen below.

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New Music: Sammie – Too Long

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Hot off the release of his stellar 2016 EP, I’m Him, R&B crooner Sammie premieres the sexy new single “Too Long,” off his upcoming album Coming of Age.

After delivering the summer-friendly jam “Bad Gal” last month, Sammie takes us back to the bedroom on the ’90s inspired slow jam, which includes an interpolation of R. Kelly’s “You Remind Me of Something.”

“It’s a sensual record,” Sammie told Rap-Up. “Ultimately, I’m a balladeer. I sing my ass off. That’s what I’ve always done. It’s really reminiscent of ’90s R&B, that good vibe R. Kelly, that Usher, that Joe, that Tank. I’m younger than these guys, so it’s just young and fresh. I think girls are really gonna enjoy it and set the mood, and fellas it should definitely help y’all. Just light a candle and don’t say anything crazy.”

Coming of Age is due out September 15, and will include collaborations with Rick Ross (“Good Life”) and Eric Bellinger (“Show and Tell”). Fans that pre-order the album now, will also receive the title track “COA” as an instant download. Prior to the album’s release, Sammie will join Tank on his “Savage Tour,” which kicks off Sept. 5 in Nashville.

Listen to “Too Long” and “COA” below.

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New Music: Elijah Blake – Technicolor

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Elijah Blake is back with more fire!

The R&B singer-songwriter keeps the throwback inspirations going with the vibrant new song, “Technicolor.” Bringing pure ’80s and Prince vibes, Blake belts out to a lover on the bright, synth-driven production.

“Want to close my eyes and see you in technicolor / This black and white don’t do justice for ya,” he sings.

Blake has been releasing a bundle of buzz-worthy tracks this year, including “Stingy,” “Black & Blue,” “Some Kinda Way” and the powerful, socially conscious “Hanging Tree.”

Elijah is currently prepping for the release of his sophomore album, Audiology, which is due out Aug. 25.

Take a listen to “Technicolor” below.

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New Music: Luke James – Drip

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Welcome back Luke James!

Hot off his heralded performance as Johnny Gill in BET’s The New Edition Story, the gifted R&B crooner has finally blessed us with long-awaited new music. Premiering his smoldering, soulful new bedroom burner “Drip” at midnight, James has your latest #FreakyFriday playlist addition!

Over old-school styled production including a funky bassline, Luke’s acclaimed vocals glide and glisten, as he promises soul touching erotic bliss to a new lover.

“Feeling on your booty / But I’d rather feel your soul / Girl I know you ain’t Janet / But I like you in Control,” he sings. “Baby deal with your emotion / Dive into the ocean / Everything is open.”

The New Orleans native transports listeners to recall memories of heightened intimate experiences, while using sexual innuendos to leave the imagination intrigued.

In addition to releasing the new single, Luke has shared a sexy lyric video, which finds the camera cropped to focus only on his mouth and upper chest.  Aside from more film roles, fans can expect James anticipated sophomore album, Joy, to be released soon.

Let it “Drip” with Luke James below.

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New Video: JR Castro – Sexpectations

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Las Vegas based R&B artist JR Castro delivers a sexy visual to his track “Sexpectations.”

In the Philly Fly Boy-directed video, Castro paints a picture of all the freaky things he’s going to do in the bedroom, while wooing his woman with a confident tone. Over silky production by The Audibles and Pyro, JR assures her that he can fill any and every erotic fantasy.

“Mark my word, you’re in a no flex zone,” he sings. “Mark my word it’s ok for you to have great sexpectations / Expect greatness from me.”

“Sexpectations” is the first single and title track to Castros’ forthcoming EP ‘Sexpectations Vol. 1,’ which is coming soon. The project features guest appearances from Quavo (of Migos), Timbaland, Kid Ink, Terrance Martin and more.

Check out the video below.

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Bibi Bourelly Releases New Live EP ‘BOY’ (In Studio)

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Def Jam Recordings artist Bibi Bourelly’s rise as one of today’s most talked-about performers and in-demand songwriters continues with her new live EP, BOY (In Studio).

The 4-song EP of live studio recordings – with each track accompanied by a video – features three titles first heard on Bibi’s Free The Real: Part 2 EP (“Untitled,” “Flowers,” and “Poet”), and one brand new composition (“Sunshine”).

As the title suggests, BOY (IN STUDIO) delves into relationships through the prism of Bibi’s life, in and out of the spotlight. For each track, she shares anecdotes and insights.

Watch and stream Bibi’s set below.

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Watch: Daniel Caesar Performs on ‘The Late Late Show’

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Making his late-night television debut, buzzing singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar commanded the spotlight on the latest installment of “The Late Late Show” and Apple Music’s “Up Next” segment.

Presented by Corden and Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the Toronto native took the stage in a black and red leather jacket and matching red pants. Surrounded by a choir of women, he delivered his message to an ex.

Caesar started the soulful medley with “Get You” before seamlessly transitioning into “We Find Love,” two tracks off his upcoming debut album Freudian, which is due Aug. 25.

Lowe celebrated the upstart’s vocal dexterity. “It’s been amazing to witness Daniel Caesar’s journey up to this point,” he said. “He has one of the most exciting and tasteful voices in modern music.”

Caesar joins past “Up Next” artists including 6LACK, Sigrid, Mr. Eazi, and Khalid. Watch the performance below.

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