INTERVIEWS

Kehlani Talks Rough Upbringing, The Bay, Her Tattoos, New Music & More on Hot 97

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The industry is really starting to know of rising artist Kehlani now, following a big week at SXSW the Oakland native flew into NYC for more promo.

Taking some time to speak with Peter Rosenberg for his late night show, the singer (never rapper as she promises) gave a little background on her current rise to fame, and building her indie following organically.  She also spoke about her rough upbringing in The Bay growing up without her parents, which led to her unique tatted up look, the current situation with her mother, and growing up fast.

She touched on her upcoming second mixtape ‘You Should Be Here,’ which is slated to drop at the end of April, and has currently spawned the new song “How That Taste.”

Get to know more about Kehlani below!

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Sevyn Streeter Talks B.o.B, New Album ‘On The Verge’ & More

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Sevyn Streeter is on a promo run for her new single “Don’t Kill The Fun” and upcoming debut album ‘On The Verge.’ Visiting NYC on Monday the R&B singer swung by Hot 97 to talk to Laura Stylez about life, love and music.

Sevyn talked about creating the new single, getting Chris Brown on it, her relationship with B.o.B, feelings on his eggplant friday’s Instagram post, her new ‘Sevyn In The City’ series, and much more.

She played a game of “Ride or Die” where she called up her best friend early in the morning and asked if she could do a big favor for her, and gave details about her upcoming album, including what the title means to her, some of the features we already knew about (Ty Dolla $ign, August Alsina), and revealed she has a record with Diplo, which she loves, called “Crazy Beautiful.”

UPDATE: Sevyn also stopped by ‘The Breakfast Club’ for a new interview as well. Check out both below:

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Tyrese Talks New Music, ‘Furious 7′ & More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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Tyrese is a busy man… Releasing the music video for his new single “Dumb Sh*t” last week, the singer/actor is currently on the press run for the release of Furious 7.

Kicking off Friday with an appearance on ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Ty spoke about many topics from the latest Fast & Furious installment, the idea of him possibly playing The Green Lantern in the future, Paul Walker, TGT, saving DJ Envy’s marriage, his upcoming album Black Rose, and more.

He confirmed Black Rose (due out July 7) will be his last solo album, but he has plenty of content to go along with it. In addition to it being a double album, there is a book, documentary, and musical short film starring himself and Jennifer Hudson. He also confirmed that he will still be recording new music with Tank and Ginuwine for TGT.

Furious 7 hits theaters April 3. Check out his new interview below:

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Janelle Monáe Talks Wondaland Music Movement, Introduces New Artist Jidenna on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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Last month, we shared the news about Janelle Monáe‘s new partnership with Epic Records to distribute her Wondaland Records imprint. The Atlanta-based custom label is home to new artists Roman GianArthur, Alex Belle and Isis Valentino of St. Beauty, Jidenna, and Nate Wonder and Chuck Lightening of Deep Cotton. Their first release, an EP called The Eephus, is due out in May.

The first single from the project is Jidenna’s groovy debut song “Classic Man,” and as the single is starting to grow at radio, Monáe and Jidenna paid a visit to ‘The Breakfast Club’ for an interview on Thursday morning. They opened up the chat with Jidenna giving a little background on himself and the inspiration for the song along with his personal style. Janelle went on to talk about the record label, new deal with L.A. Reid at Epic, the recording process for their collective EP, and much more.

She also spoke about the honor and importance of knowing that President Barack Obama and the First Lady listen to her music.

Check out the full interview below:

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New Music: Kehlani – How That Taste

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Bay Area baddie Kehlani is back with a brand new tune for her growing legion of fans. Building a strong indie following and currently touring, the singer/songwriter delivers her latest offering “How That Taste,” produced by frequent collaborator Jahaan Sweet.

Staying consistent with her smooth, contagious vibe, Kehlani fires off at her haters and previous detractors while encouraging her loyal fans that the sky is the limit.

“I’m way too real to stoop low / I’m too busy on the road, I’m too busy bookin shows / Yea you know how that taste,” she sings.

Kehlani is currently prepping for the release of her next project ‘You Should Be Here,’ which is due out late April. She recently stopped by Hot 97 while in NYC and spoke about crazy tour stories, worst stalker moment, upcoming music, and even gave a live performance.

Check out her new song, and latest interview below!

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Jermaine Dupri Talks Sampling, Interpolation, Ciara’s “I Bet” and Usher’s “You Got It Bad”

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Artist/producer/entrepreneur, Jermaine Dupri, has been in the entertainment business for 3 decades, he knows how things work.  Following the recent court decision that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were so heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” for their hit single “Blurred Lines,” that they must pay over $7 million in royalties to the Gaye family, Dupri made a statement in an interview that Ciara’s latest single, “I Bet,” is very similar to one of his previous records, Usher’s “You Got It Bad.”

Stopping by Atlanta’s V-103 for an interview with Big Tigger on Wednesday, the hitmaker cleared up his statement and spoke further about his views on the “Blurred Lines” verdict, why he made the connection between Ciara’s song and Ushers (which is very similar), and shared the business side of sampling versus an interpolation.

Check out the interview clip below:

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Mario Talks Going Independent, New Music & More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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Mario is finally back with new music, in the form of his party single “Fireball,” which is his first release since going independent.  The R&B singer visited ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Friday morning for a new interview to officially introduce the single, and give fans an update on his current situation.

Mario addressed why he left his deal and shared his feelings on the current industry. He spoke about the unreleased collaborative project that he previously recorded with Rico Love, which is owned by RCA and will probably never be released. He revealed that he is writing or co-writing all of his new music, which he didn’t do much of in the past because, as he claims, his previous team didn’t believe in him as a writer.

He talked about how his relationship is with his mother now, who was previously an addict, the work he does for kids with his foundation, and his feelings about having kids of his own.

Watch the full interview below:

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Jhené Aiko Visits Snoop Dogg’s ‘GGN’ Show, Talks Music, Girl Scout Cookies & More

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Laid Back, G’d up.

Jhené Aiko is the latest artist to sit down with Snoop Dogg on his Youtube web series GGN.

During the nearly 20-minute interview, a mellow Snoop and Jhené chill out, while talking about her music, balancing motherhood with her music career, how she writes melodies, and even her daughter’s girl scout cookie dreams.

Watch the fun and comical interview below!

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