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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #5 with Special Guest Rich Nice of The Trackmasters

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On this week’s episode of “Red Light Special” Rob and Kristin recap the 2015 BET Awards, discuss Miguel’s new album Wildheart, and are joined by veteran producer and A&R Rich Nice of the Trackmasters.

Rich shares stories about how the production group was instrumental in successfully blending hip hop and R&B, while some where having a hard time figuring it out. His also shares stories about his work with Mariah Carey, R. Kelly and Michael Jackson.

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August Alsina Talks Health, Dating, New Single “Hip Hop,” BET Awards & More on Hot 97

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Fresh from Los Angeles where he debuted a brand new video at the BET Awards, August Alsina flew into NYC and swung by Hot 97 to chop it up with the Ebro in the Morning crew.

The video for his latest single, “Hip Hop,” is inspiring in nature and he explained, “Just trying to uplift our people,” he said. “Black people.”

As for people clowning his outfit at the BET Awards, it’s not phasing him at all, although they were wondering about the “abnormally” high heels.  “It’s Giuseppe’s,” he said. “They going to talk to you, good or bad.”

In addition to the new releases and gossip, August and the crew had a deep conversation about his attempts to put on a positive event in his hometown of New Orleans to help uplift the community, and the city denying his attempts to create the event. The discussion turned to issues of race, class and gentrification in many cities.

He also spoke about his health, his dating situation and more. Check out the full interview below:

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Miguel Models Young, Wild & Clean Looks for GQ, Talks Sex Tips

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With the release of his third album WILDHEART right around the corner, R&B maverick Miguel gives us a glimpse at his rockstar lifestyle.

With rave reviews coming from the stream of his June 29 arrival, the acclaimed artist is sure to gain more attention after you feast your eyes on his new spread for GQ.

Sporting some incredibly stylish threads in each of the shots, the “Coffee” crooner continues to prove that his style is one of the most applauded out. From suits and loafers to ripped jeans and sneakers, you can’t deny that Miguel looks good in almost anything he wears.

In addition to his sexy photoshoot, the singer shared some provocative tips for better, hotter, longer, kinkier lovemaking in a video interview from Casa degli Atellani in Milan.

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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #4 with Special Guest Eric Bellinger

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On this week’s episode of “Red Light Special” Rob and Kristin sit down with singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger and talk about his writing for such artists as Chris Brown and Justin Bieber, the previously controversial comments that he was denied credit for working on Nicki Minaj’s single “Anaconda, and his upcoming new album Cuffing Season. Rob and Kris also weigh-in on Miguel’s upcoming LP Wildheart.

As far as the Nicki situation goes Eric says he absolutely did produce on “Anaconda,” he agreed on splits with the Internz, but was eventually cut out.

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Trey Songz Visits Hot 97 Morning Show & ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Talks New Album, Touring, R&B, DNA Tests & the Confederate Flag

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Trey Songz is celebrating the release of TRIGGA Reloaded today, and in typical album promo the R&B heartthrob swung by both Hot 97 and “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 while in NYC.

Having a more serious discussion with Ebro In The Morning, Trey and the crew talked about the big debate of removing the Confederate Flag and the tragic events in Charleston. He also explained how he established a touring brand for himself and why that is so important for artists. Trey touched on the current situation of R&B being played or not played on certain radio formats, why he thinks certain artists are getting ignored, and what he tries to do to reach both audiences.

Things got lighter though when Trey admitted to having to talk multiple DNA tests because women would claim he was the father of their children.

In addition, while visiting ‘The Breakfast Club’ Trey talked about touring with Chris Brown and his fellow singer’s current situation/drama, wanting to have kids of his own, rumors about marriage, and more.

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Kehlani Talks Sold-Out Tour, Working on Debut Album, Open Sexuality & More

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Oakland native turned L.A. resident Kehlani has been on a whirlwind promo trek since the release of her acclaimed second mixtape ‘You Should Be Here.’

Back in Los Angeles she stopped by The Cruz Show on Power 106 to talk with Krystal Bee about her upcoming sold-out tour, making the mixtape, working on her official debut album, open sexuality, her Tsunami Mob imprint and die-hard fans.

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Jhené Aiko Celebrates Tupac’s Birthday with Recreated Classic Photos

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If there’s one thing we love over here at ThisIsRnB (other than the obvious, of course), is some classic hip-hop. One of our favorites that was obviously gone too soon is the incomparable Tupac Shakur.

While today marks what would have been the slain rapper’s 44th birthday, fans across the world make sure to celebrate it for him in his absence. One in particular is the eccentric songbird Jhené Aiko. Citing Tupac as her favorite rapper many times, the beautiful singer decided to recreate three of his classic photos – including the infamous bathtub pic of him covered in gold jewelry. Shot by Danny Williams, the shoot was a top notch ode to one of music’s GOATs.

Pac, who is truly one of the most missed rappers almost 20 years later, is still making an impact on the world as his previous interviews are being brought to light time and time again. In addition to delivering the three photos, Jhené spoke about her love for 2Pac and his inspiration on her with MTV’s Rob Markman, and also shared a performance video of her covering “Keep Ya Head Up” – which is her favorite Pac song.

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K. Michelle Says She’s Moving to London for The Music Culture, and Caucasian British Men

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K. Michelle is going through it again, taking to Twitter early Monday morning she flumed about her frustrations with being a singer in the public eye, and today’s social media.

While talking to a few fans she said, “I hate being singer! I hate it. I hate the hate when i trying to just help my family”. The R&B vixen also mentioned that her next album will be her last. “1 more album I’m out! I’ve helped women and made money 4my family,” K wrote.

In an interesting coincidence HipHollywood recently caught up with K. Michelle at the premiere of her Centric TV BEING episode, where she revealed that she was scheduled to begin recording her next project on June 15th (today), and that she was moving to London because of her appreciation for their music culture, and the “Caucasian British men”.

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