Erykah Badu Talks Drake, New Mixtape ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’ and Much More on ‘The Breakfast Club’


Erykah Badu made her first visit to ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Tuesday morning. The unfiltered songstress was an open book while discussing her relationships with Jay Electronica, Andre 3000 and The D.O.C. to her feelings about Drake and her upcoming mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone (due Nov. 27).

She also spoke about being nude for her infamous “Window Seat” video, and shooting a Periscope video for new leak “Phone Down.”

“For “Phone Down,” one of the things I wanted to do was shoot a video live on Periscope and I made up the video as we went,” she said. “There’s something really alluring about to me — having one chance to do something and then it self-destructs.”

Check out the full interview below:

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R. Kelly Says He’s Excited For The Merging of Genres In Today’s Music


The multi-talented R. Kelly talked with Billboard recently about today’s music, his future plans and the lasting legacy of “Ignition.”

While many artists lean toward purity of their genre, Kelly cites the merging of mainstream pop, hip-hop, country and R&B as one of the things that excites him about today’s music. Kellz has been in the public eye for over 20 years, and the singer isn’t blind to his success. “I know I can do anything when it comes to music,” he says. “I’m pretty much like a piano.”

So for an artist who’s made a lasting impression on music, what’s next? Well, Kelly says he “eventually want[s] to do a worldwide humanity album.”

R. Kelly’s upcoming album, The Buffet, will be released worldwide on Dec. 11. Peep the interview below:

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Pleasure P Says “R&B Ain’t Dead, the Artists In It Are “


Earlier this year, Pleasure P teamed up with fellow R&B artists Bobby V and Ray J on the viral single “Bad Habit.”  When asked about the collaboration during a recent interview with DJ Smallz, the singer-songwriter offered up some unfiltered opinions on the current state of R&B music and fellow R&B artists of his era.

Commenting that there are too many fake artists in the game today, and no one wants to work together to keep the genre alive, he said, “R&B ain’t dead, the artists in it are.”

P continued to address other artists, “Y’all chasing rappers, now it’s at the point rappers don’t even need y’all no more. They putting auto tune, they singing on they own sh*t now.” He ended the clip by claiming his goal isn’t to offend, but just to be honest.

Check out the interview below, do you agree with P?

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Adele Performs “Water Under The Bridge,” Plays ‘Box of Lies’ on ‘The Tonight Show’


With her new album 25 poised to land the biggest first week sales debut of all time, Adele stopped by “The Tonight Show” on Monday for an interview and performance. The powerhouse vocalist sat down with Jimmy Fallon and spoke about her “SNL” appearance, plus new music she’s excited for, which includes Rihanna and Frank Ocean.

“I was very excited last night ’cause there were some teasers for Rihanna’s new record, and I’m living life on the edge,” said Adele. “I’m the biggest RiRi fan. I love her.”

Later on, Adele and Jimmy faced off in a game called “Box of Lies,” and she capped off the show with a rousing performance of “Water Under the Bridge” off 25.

Check out the performance and clips below:

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Chris Brown Reveals Reaction to Royalty, Wishes for Karrueche, Talks Being Insecure and Fatherhood


Chris Brown traveled to New York this week on a promo run for his anticipated new album Royalty. The R&B superstar swung by Hot 97 to talk with his friends Nessa and Ebro for two separate interviews.

Sitting down with Nessa he announced the pre-order and official release date (Dec. 18) of Royalty the album,  he spoke about his reaction the first time he learned about his daughter, and maturing as a man. Chris explained how focused he is in being the best dad he can be without listening to the opinions of the public.

“I was insecure about what people thought about me,” he said. I was insecure on how my peers treated me. I had to find that sense of calm. Just really look at my life and say none of that matters. What am i going to do to make a diference, and make a change?”

As for his ex-girlfriend Karrueche, he took the high road wishing her much luck and blessings in the future. He also addressed if he wants to get into a relationship again, and what kind of women he would be interested in.

Sitting down with Ebro In The Morning, Breezy continued to expand on similar topics. Check out both interviews below:

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August Alsina Talks New Chris Brown Collaboration


August Alsina is gearing up to release his sophomore album This Thing Called Life on Dec. 11. During a recent interview with Rap-Up, the New Orleans native revealed the album boasts collaborations with Jadakiss, Anthony Hamilton, and Chris Brown, who appears on the Knucklehead-produced “Been Around the World.”

“It’s the dopest record for Chris and I,” shared Alsina. “It’s a very, very fun record. Like I said, I been around the world and experienced a lot of whatever—a lot of girls, a lot of situations, so to sum it up, that’s the song.”

He also spoke about the idea of a joint album with Breezy. “You never know. It depends on where we at in life,” he said. “I’m so much of a lifestyle artist, it just depends on where we at. But I definitely think it would be a dope situation.”

Peep the interview below:

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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #21 with Special Guest Lipstick Gypsy

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This week on the “Red Light Special,” Rob and Kristin welcome Lipstick Gypsy, LA Reid’s new group signed to Epic Records.

During their talk, LG producer Chris Liggio speaks on his background in hip-hop and the lost Jay Z track that he once produced. Singer, John Thomas talks about their new single “Infatuation,” his man bun and sings for the audience.

Stream the full show below:

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Anthony Hamilton, Aloe Blacc, Ledisi & More Honor Bill Withers for Carnegie Hall Tribute

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Okayplayer co-presented Carnegie Hall’s Tribute to the Music of Bill Withers and their Okayplayer TV was afforded the exclusive opportunity to bring cameras to the show’s rehearsals where they were able to chat with performing artists and the ever-charming Mr. Withers himself.

Performers at the event and featured in the behind-the-scenes video include Anthony Hamilton, Valerie Simpson, Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Gregory Porter, Keb’ Mo’, Michael McDonald, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Greg Phillinganes, and NOLA legend Dr. John.

And then there’s Bill Withers right at the heart of it all, being his unapologetically honest self. “I’ve never had a problem being what I was at that time,” he explains. “When I was a sailor, I was a sailor. When I was a musician, I was a musician. Now I’m a senior citizen.”

Check out the day with Bill Withers and friends below:

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