INTERVIEWS

Exclusive: DJ Mustard Talks R&B Influences, Favorite Artists, Impact of His Music

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Brisk Iced Tea recently brought their Brisk Bodega summer music series to New York City. The special event, held at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, included performances from Roc Nation recording artist and producer DJ Mustard along with Bodega Bamz, Deniro Farrar and DJ Mode. The New York event was the third stop of the Brisk Bodega summer music series, which includes a six-city tour featuring up-and-coming and established talent, curated by Mustard.

ThisisRnB TV caught up with the hitmaking producer prior to his set to talk about the influence R&B has had on him and his music. The L.A. native shared his favorite R&B artists of the moment, some of his favorite records and artists from the past, how his sound is impacting R&B and today’s music in general, and who he is feeling from New York right now.

DJ Mustard will be releasing his debut album 10 Summers on August 12 via Google Play, and it will be available at all digital retailers worldwide on August 26. The 12 track project includes features from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Jeezy, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, TeeFlii, Eric Bellinger and many more.

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Kem Promises to Deliver Classic R&B with New Album ‘Promise To Love’

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R&B crooner Kem released his brand new single “It’s You” last month, and he has much more in store.

The track is the first release from the Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producers fourth studio album, ‘Promise To Love,’ which is due out soon via Motown Records. Recently shooting the music video for the single, HipHollywood was on set to talk to Kem about the anticipated release.

“With every record I get better, my artistry evolves, my songwriting evolves, the process evolves, it’s a special record,” says Kem about the new album. “I’m just really trying to express my belief in classic R&B, and tryin to represent the genre the best I can.”

Kem also revealed that he has a song with Snoop Dogg on the album called “Downtown.”

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Ne-Yo Visits Hot 97 Morning Show Talks Return to R&B and Storytelling on New Album ‘Non Fiction’

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Ne-Yo is getting on the promo trail for his new album, which is titled ‘Non Fiction.’ The R&B hitmaker paid a visit to the Hot 97 Morning Show to talk with Ebro, Rosenberg and Laura.

Admitting to have slowed down on the thot activity while joking with his old friend Ebro, Ne-Yo revealed that he has a new girlfriend named Crystal Renee. He spoke about this role as VP of A&R at the new Motown Records, and his desire to really get back into artist development with all of the acts he brings to the label.

Giving fans a taste of his upcoming album, with the first single “Money Can’t Buy,” Ne-Yo continued to stress that his new album is 99% R&B and spoke about the strong influence of storytelling on the project.

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August Alsina Talks XXL Freshman Cover, Plays ‘Eff, Marry or Kill’ on Power 106

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August Alsina stopped by ‘The Lift Off’ show on Power 106 while in Los Angeles on Friday. The young R&B star spoke with J Cruz and Justin Credible about living the proper L.A. lifestyle and how he is trying to be as smart as he can be, to obtain that lifestyle. He shared a story about when he was hanging out with Chris Brown and Tyga and how they helped him come to this conclusion.

Many in the hip hop world were surprised when XXL Magazine placed August Alsina and Ty Dolla $ign on the cover of this years Freshman issue. The 21-year-old spoke about his place on the cover and his feelings as to why it was completely justified.

“I feel like what we doin [himself and Ty] is opening doors, because I would hope and I would pray that from now on if somebody that is singing is actually making noise for themselves they would be able to get the attention of somebody like a XXL,” August said.

Additionally, they had to try and get Aug to play their favorite game of ‘Eff, Marry or Kill,’ and for August they offered him the choices of Khloe Kardashian, Draya Michelle or Jhene Aiko. Kinda an easy one in our opinion, but who do you think August chose to f*ck, marry or kill?

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Christina Milian Working On New Mixtape ‘Tina Turn Up’

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Christina Milian is slowly moving into her place as Young Money’s main side chick. After showing up at the 2014 ESPY Awards as Lil Wayne’s date the singer/actress has shared some details about her upcoming music with Splash News.

During a recent sit-down chat, Xtina spoke about her upcoming E! reality show, working on Lil Wayne’s upcoming album, and her own comeback solo album, which she says is ready but doesn’t have a release date yet. Additionally, she revealed that to keep fans covered and to share some records which don’t exactly fit on the album, she is plotting a mixtape that will be titled ‘Tina Turn Up.’

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Premiere: Get to Know Rising R&B Singer-Songwriter Mike Jay (In The Studio – Part 2)

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Emerging R&B singer/songwriter Mike Jay is helping fans get to know him a little better with his new 4-part webisode series.

The Detroit born, Los Angeles resident is currently promoting his first official single “Birthday Suit” and debut project ‘The Mike Jay EP.’

Following the first clip, where he talked about his start in music and moving to Atlanta to pursue songwriting with his brother, Mike talks about following legends like Babyface as a blueprint to his career being a singer and songwriter, his style of writing and love for harmony.

Get to know Mike better with the video clip below:

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Trey Songz Reveals His Secret To ‘Trigga’ Topping the Charts

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Even though overall record sales are the lowest they’ve been in years, Trey Songz landed his second No. 1 album on the Billboard chart, selling over 100,000 copies the first week.

During a recent interview on “The Russ Parr Morning Show” the R&B heartthrob talked about what grabs fans attention enough to want to buy an album. He shared why he was successful and gave his opinion on what he thinks made Trigga a success.

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Boyz II Men Talk Career, New Album, Wendy’s Commercial & More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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R&B icons Boyz II Men are returning this year with their 11th album Collide. Last week they released the questionable commercial for Wendy’s about their pretzel bun, and now they have paid a visit to ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Power 105.1 for a new interview.

Shawn, Nathan and Wanya spoke with Envy, Angela and Charlamagne about their incredible career, which is going on three decades. They spoke about the comfortable place they are in right now, being blessed to be able to only do what makes them happy now, which includes their residency in Las Vegas and upcoming new album. This time they are singing songs written by other writers which they believed are very strong, and unique for them.

They spoke briefly about the comical Wendy’s commercial, the departure of Michael McCary from the group for various reasons, Wanya’s previous relationship with Brandy, Shawn’s rumored affair and more.

The new album Collide is due out this September, take a listen to the new songs “Better Half” and “Diamond Eyes” here.

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