MIXTAPES

New Music: Kiki Rowe Releases Self-Titled Debut “Mini-Album”

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Earlier this month we helped introduce you to emerging artist Kiki Rowe, premiering the music video for her impressive single “Be Alright.”

Now, the Toronto based singer/songwriter makes her official introduction with the release of her self-titled debut mini-album. Featuring production from the likes of DJ Mustard and Ivan Barias (of Carvin & Ivan) the 8 song project caters to fans of smooth, yet powerful ambient R&B, with a twist of alternative and pop.

“The past year of my life has been completely dedicated to making this album. It’s the first complete body of work I’ve ever released, so it’s exciting and nerve-racking all in one,” said Kiki. “I self-titled the album because that was my way of introducing myself to the world.”

Born Keandra Shan Lal and raised in Mississauga, Kiki’s given name draws origins from the term “inspirational writer.” In addition to songwriting, which draws heavy influences from Usher and Tori Kelly, Kiki is also an accomplished pianist, taking first place in Ontario’s Conservatory of Music for Best Piano Composition in 2009.

Check out her debut project below:

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Mixtape: DJ Chris Styles & ThisisRnB – ‘Fresh Radio’ (October ’14) (Hosted by Tinashe)

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It’s about that time again! October is here and we are bringing you this month’s brand new ‘Fresh Radio‘ mixtape with DJ Chris Styles of Sirius XM’s ‘The Heat,’ and hosted by rising R&B star Tinashe!

The 60 minute live mix features some of the hottest R&B singles climbing the charts and rockin the clubs right now, from the likes of Usher, Ne-Yo, Jhené Aiko, Chris Brown and many more. Plus exclusive interlude breaks from Tinashe, who will release her debut album Aquarius on Oct. 7 via RCA Records.

Follow the jump to stream and download the new mix now!!

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Eric Bellinger Releases New Mixtape ‘Choose Up Season’

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Eric Bellinger helps us welcome fall with a new soundtrack for the pending cuffin season!  The Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter returns with his anticipated new mixtape Choose Up Season, explaining the harsh reality of the wild single life in Los Angeles.

The 9-track project includes features from The Game, Teeflii, Pleasure P, and Teyana Taylor, with production from K. Roosevelt, Da Internz and more.

Eric explains the mixtape song titles and theme: “The single life in LA is wild. And the ‘CHOOSE UP’ can get very real. After you choose up, it’s time to leave the club and get your car from ‘VALET’ before continuing the turn up with a ‘HOUSE PARTY’ at the crib. If things go right, you know she’ll pulling out the ‘NIGHT BAG’ and talking to ‘THE PILLOW’ while the two of you become ‘NIGHT OWLS.’ However, it’s usually agreed upon in the beginning that the two of you will ‘NEVER BE TOGETHER’ and that things are just ‘CASUAL’ until one of them catches feeling and things instantly get ‘AWKWARD.’

Choose Up Season serves as an official precursor to Bellinger’s upcoming major-label album debut Cuffing Season, due out in early 2015.

Follow the jump to stream and download the new mixtape below!

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New Music: Guordan Banks – ‘A Song for Everyone’ (Mixtape)

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Dream Chasers artist, Guordan Banks, has been impressing us with various features and writing placements over the past year. Now, the Philly native gives fans and new listeners a deeper feel of his talents with the anticipated mixtape ‘A Song for Everyone.’

He describes the project as self-explanatory; each song will undeniably touch the hearts of every kind of person as it covers every aspect of real life, from struggle to triumph. “This is life music,” states Banks.

The 14-track, all-original project includes features from Wale and Meek Mill, and boasts production from DJ Camper, Phatbois, Ivan Barias (of Carvin & Ivan), K. Roosevelt and more.

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Mixtape: DJ Chris Styles & ThisisRnB – ‘Fresh Radio’ (September ’14) (Hosted by Rayven Justice)

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It’s about that time again! September is here and we are bringing you this month’s brand new ‘Fresh Radio‘ mixtape with DJ Chris Styles of Sirius XM’s ‘The Heat,’ and hosted by buzzing Bay Area singer/songwriter Rayven Justice.

The 60 minute live mix features some of the hottest R&B singles climbing the charts and rockin the clubs right now, from the likes of Usher, Jeremih, Tinashe, Chris Brown and many more. Plus exclusive interlude breaks from Rayven, who recently released his official debut EP ‘I Have a Dream,’ which is on iTunes now.

Follow the jump to stream and download the new mix now!!

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New Music: Khalil – A Long Story Short (EP)

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It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard from young up and coming singer Khalil.

Following up his last offering “Hey Lil’ Mama” featuring Lil’ Twist, Khalil has returned with a new EP titled ‘A Long Story Short.’

The unexpected project boasts 10 new songs and includes features from Justin Bieber, Birdman, Blake Kelly, Tory Lanez and more. Stream the entire mixtape after the jump!

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New Music: Mélat – ‘Move Me’ (EP)

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Austin based singer/songwriter on the rise, Mélat, has been on the grind for a little while, but she may have finally found the formula to truly capture listeners with the release of her brand new EP ‘Move Me.’

Working entirely with Delicious Vinyl producer Jansport J, the duo have quiet perfectly blended soulful boom-bap production with soulful vocals and stirring lyrics, is there ever a better combo?

The Ethiopian vocalist shines brightest on “Revelation 8:2″ and the title track, but the 9-track project is a rich and dreamy introduction to the emerging talent.

Take a listen to the EP below, and if you like you can download it at BeHoldMelat.com.

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New Music: Rico Love – I Sin (Free Album)

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Rico Love has been working hard on his debut album, but his plans for releasing the project to the world have changed. One year after releasing his debut EP Discrete Luxury, the hit making artist/songwriter/producer has decided to give an album away for free!

Today, the Division 1 boss continues to expand his brand and give fans and new listeners a deeper look into who he is as an artist with the 12-track album I Sin. Lead by the single “He Got Money” with Future, the LP boasts additional features from rappers Big K.R.I.T., Kevin Gates, Troy Ave and Bobby Shmurda.

In the first episode of his “I Sin” vlog, Rico explained what motivated the decision.

“I want to do something that’s really unheard of,” he said. “All I ask in return is that if you love the music and you appreciate the music, that I have you as a fan and you consistently buy my music and you grab a hold to me.”

Follow the jump to stream and download Rico’s new album now:

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