MIXTAPES

Listen: Chrisette Michele Releases ‘Steady Gang’ Mixtape

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After teasing us with a few previews, including remixes to Tory Lanez’ “Say It,” Adele’s “Hello” and Yo Gotti’s “Down In The DM,” Chrisette Michele has liberated her brand new mixtape ‘Steady Gang.’

The 12-song project includes additional remixes and freestyles, and six new originals, which act as a hold-over until the release of her upcoming fifth studio album Milestone, which is due out this May.

Chrisette has spoken about incorporating a “trap soul” sound to some of her new music, which is shown on the title track “Steady.” However, the style may be best created on the song “My Body,” which finds the songstress working the beat with a sultry tone, and cooing out to her lover to rock her real good.  Similarly she continues on the provocative “Private Destination,” which feels like an extension of Miguel’s “The Valley,” as Chrisette instructs her man to take her to various locations before she gives him her downtown destination.

Stream Chrisette’s sexy new mixtape below!

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Raphael Saadiq Presents: Jane Handcock – “Truth Be Told” (Mixtape)

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Oakland, California R&B songwriter Jane Handcock steps out from behind the scenes to release her Raphael Saadiq presented debut project Truth Be Told.

Handcock has worked with many big names in the music business, including Kelly Rowland, Tyrese, Tank, Big KRIT, Keke Palmer, Kehlani and more, plus producers Teddy Riley, Justice League, Harmony Samuels, James Fauntleroy, 1500 or Nothin and Polow tha Don, as well as with close friend and writing partner Adrian Marcel. It was at OSA (Oakland School for the Arts) where she met fellow classmate Marcel as well as Kehlani.

While working on Adrian Marcel’s debut project 7 Days of Weak, Handcock had the opportunity to collaborate with Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer Raphael Saadiq. It was then that things began to take off for her. Saadiq was impressed with her vivid confessional lyricism. He was intrigued by her ability to not only write honest music that touched people but the very special ability to empathize. He said her level of empathy made the songs she writes for others even that more dope, “she’s like a musical medium.”

Her collaborations with Saadiq and Marcel led Handcock to vocal produce Marcel’s breakout hit “2 AM.” Now, Handcock begins to emerge as an artist herself, and Truth Be Told immediately shows why some of the all time greats are so eager to work with this rising star.

Stream the full mixtape below.

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Rayven Justice Releases New Mixtape ‘Do It Justice’ with Keyshia Cole, Eric Bellinger, TeeFLii and More!

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Buzzing Oakland R&B artist Rayven Justice kicks off 2016 with his brand new mixtape/album ‘Do It Justice.’

Led by the Honey Cocaine-assisted single “Thing 4 You,” the 14-track project is dedicated to his late brother Raymond, and includes additional features from Keyshia Cole, Eric Bellinger, TeeFLii, IamSu!, Jonn Hart and more.

Filled with plenty of Bay Area bounce and RnBass vibes, the project is perfect early evening ride out music.

You can stream the EP below, and pick it up on iTunes now.

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Listen: Jacquees Releases New Mixtape ‘Mood’

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We’ve waited long enough! Today, rising R&B artist Jacquees delivered with the release of his new mixtape Mood.

The Decatur, GA native showcases his silky smooth vocals on the 16-track project that covers topics ranging from love, sex and being young, 21 and free. Every song on the tape transitions smoothly, with breezy and moderate tempo beats that allow his voice to float on top and simply shine.  It’s obvious that this Rich Gang/Cash Money rising star is here to bring something a little different to the landscape of today’s R&B. He’s got the ruggedness of being a product of the Atlanta Hip-Hop scene, but he also has a soft side which makes him all the more appealing.

The mixtape boasts features from DeJ Loaf, Birdman, Kevin Gates, Rich Homie Quan, Kirko Bangz, and Young Scooter.  Jacquees continues to show his growth and progression as Mood is definitely different than his previous EP, 19, and his last mixtape, QueMix 2. He’s moved from his “Future Baby Mama” phase to “Ex Games” and the progression between those two songs prove that his music will only get better with time. Some standout tracks are “Pandora,”  “R&B N***a,” and “Know You” which gives us some of the best Jacquees and his versatility has to offer.

Listen to the mixtape below.

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Listen: Elijah Blake Releases New EP ‘Blueberry Vapors’

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Following last summers release of his debut album Shadows & Diamonds, accomplished singer-songwriter Elijah Blake kicks off 2016 with the surprise EP, Blueberry Vapors.  The 10-track project was conceived, produced, recorded, and mixed in 10 days during November 2015. Collaboratively produced by Djemba Djemba, Mr. Carmack, DJ Camper, Ryan Tedder, Tec Beatz, Illangelo and more, the surprise project was visualized and crafted with the sole intention of making honest music.

“This project was done over the span of two weeks at No I.D.’s studio on sunset,” Blake told HNHH. “Me and Djemba Djemba were just brainstorming on what music would be like if it went back to pure honesty and feeling. Not overthinking about the ‘radio record,’ the current tempo of other singles, etc. So we did… The coolest thing was watching these creatives who were all respected in their own right leave the ego at the door and collaborate freely in the name of music. They say some of us see music in color so when all was said and done, ‘Blueberry Vapors’ was the most appropriate title for the mood, tone, color, and texture I feel this project conveys.”

Accompanied by a website and documentary that details the development of Blueberry Vapors, the project puts Blake back in the zone that he’s known to bring listeners. “You’re not that. You’re much bigger – you know what I’m saying? You’re much bigger than that sh*t, bro. We can f*ck around all day and get in there and do this lil’ – you know – kinda trap urban sh*t, but that ain’t you. This sh*t right here that you just played is you,” the documentary starts off as Elijah is in the studio.

Take a listen to the project and watch the documentary below:

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Listen: Shanell and Zaytoven Release “88 Keyz” Mixtape, Hosted by Lil Wayne

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Young Money’s Shanell has teamed up with hitmaking producer Zaytoven for the brand new collaborative mixtape 88 Keyz. the innovative, experimental project is hosted by Lil Wayne and includes features Bankroll Fresh and T-Pain.

The project brings raw and playful lyrical content and combines Shanell’s vocals with trap inspired drums and classic piano courtesy of Zaytoven.

The project’s lead single “I Can Be Your stripper” featuring T-Pain, is a sexy story dedicated to all of the women that don’t strip professionally but know how to put on a great private show for their special someone at home.

Stream the full mixtape below.

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Listen: Sonyaé Elise Releases ‘S[HE’S] BR[OK]EN’ Mixtape

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Indie singer-songwriter Sonyaé Elise just blessed the internet with the release of her new mixtape S[HE’S] BR[OK]EN.  The project includes 10 original tracks with production from the likes of DJ Camper, Malay, G. Ry, 30 Water, JV, and more.

Following her previously released Lady Rebel Volume 1 and 2 mixtapes, Elise’s newest project focuses on the plight of the black woman and the struggles of being in love. She tells her story through a mix of conversations and song that brings you right into her world. Based on the title S[HE’S] BR[OK]EN, her new music is all about the hardships a woman faces after a breakup, while a man is seemingly okay. Or is he?

Listen to the mixtape below.

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Listen: Mila J Drops New Mixtape ‘Covergirl’

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Mila J wraps up 2015 while looking into 2016 with another brand new mixtape. Less than two months after dropping The Waiting Game, the R&B vixen returns with Covergirl.

The eight-song collection features remakes of ’90s classics and today’s hits including Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo,” TLC’s “Waterfalls,” The Weeknd’s “Tell Your Friends,” and Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love” mixed with J. Cole’s “No Role Modelz.”

“I wanted to end the year with giving people out there more music,” said Mila. “This is for everyone to listen to. I want to end 2015 with a bang!!!!! My tour and album is coming in 2016. Happy New Year!!”

Stream her new mixtape below.

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