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New Music: Kandace Springs – West Coast

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Blue Note Records newest soulstress Kandace Springs is back with her second release in a week with “West Coast.”

Fresh off her performance at AfroPunk this past weekend, the Tennessee native gives fans and new listeners another taste of her smooth, retro-soul and jazzy style with the Pop & Oak produced tune.

Set to make her television performance debut on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on October 3, Kandace will release her self-titled debut EP on September 30, with a full-length album scheduled for the spring of 2015.

Take a listen to her latest release below:

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Throwback Thursday: The Rude Boys feat. Jay Z – ‘My Kinda Girl’

Remember when all R&B groups possessed that unique and raw soulfulness in their music?!?!?!

The Rude Boys were a R&B group from Cleveland, Ohio, who were most popular in the early 1990s. “My Kinda Girl” was an underground New Jack Swing hit off their second album Rude House. The song was energetically complemented by the superb vocals of Joe Little and Edward Banks, who admirably improvise their way through the vamp. The song was also remixed by then A&R at Atlantic Records, Clark Kent, a hip hop DJ and record producer from New York.

At the time, Kent was pushing an unknown rapper from the Marcy housing projects in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, who would come to be known to the world as Jay-Z.  Without the label’s initial consent Clark went ahead and had Jay jump on the record for the official remix. His feature helped propel the record in the underground NYC hip hop scene, and to support the single, Jay performed with the Rude Boys live at one of the Big Apple’s premiere underground clubs. “My Kinda Girl,” like most of the Rude Boys songs, was known and revered the most for its soulfulness. Jay Z’s flow and delivery on the remix were notable as well.

Enjoy the classic remix above, and peep the original music video below!

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New Music: Mila J feat. Ty Dolla $ign – My Main

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Mila J reunites with Ty Dolla $ign on her brand new single “My Main.” The L.A. native salutes her bestie on the DJ Mustard-produced banger.

“She my hitta for a reason / I can tell her all my secrets / ‘Cause I know that she gon’ keep ‘em,” she sings.

Her debut album M.I.LA (Made in Los Angeles) is due this fall featuring “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up,” plus appearances from B.o.B and Problem.

Mila recently shot a video for the song in L.A.

Watch the lyric video below:

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New Music: Tony Collins – ‘Last Night’ (EP)

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Up and coming indie R&B artist Tony Collins follows up his smooth ballad single “Love Someone,” with his debut EP ‘Last Night.’

The New York based singer/songwriter officially introduces new listeners to his sound with the 10-track project. The album blends classic R&B themes with some fresh and contemporary elements. The production is helmed by frequent J.Cole collaborator Canie Finch, and boasts two rap features from Houston’s Fat Tony and Brooklyn upstart SMTH.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think?

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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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New Music: Elijah Blake – Free Pt. II (Mini EP)

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Elijah Blake continues to bless his loyal fans with ‘Free Pt. II,’ as he readies his anticipated EP ‘Drift‘ for September.

The Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter has already released “Wicked” and “6″/”Fallen,” both produced by No I.D., off the EP, but now he gives us two more songs, which won’t appear on the project.

Today’s mini EP features the smooth and jazzy “Mornin’ After” and the upbeat, synthy “Aqua Static.”

Take a listen to the new joints below, and check out our brand new interview with Elijah here, where he talks about ‘Drift,’ his relationship with Keyshia Cole, unreleased Bono & Kanye West collaboration, progressive R&B and much more!

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New Music: Midnight – 1v1

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Earlier this summer we introduced you to emerging artist Midnight with the super sultry song “Adonis,” and now the New York native has followed with an equally impressive jam.

“Just us two, with you, on me baby,” he seductively sings with a crisp falsetto over lush keys on the mesmerizing “1v1.” Produced by The Theorist, it is definitely clear to us that Midnight has the theory for sensual seduction down pat.

Taking his lady for round after round of pleasure, we bet you will bring this track back for multiple rounds too!

Stream and download below:

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New Music: Kehlani – Cloud 19 (EP)

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Oakland native Kehlani has become one of this year’s emerging artists that we have been seriously watching, thanks to her impressive singles “FWU” and “Get Away.” Today, the singer/songwriter unexpectedly answers fans prayers for more music with the release of her debut EP ‘Cloud 19.’

The 19-year-old delivers the 8-track project right on time, boasting production by Midi Mafia, Tommy Hittz, Jahaan Sweet and more, as well as features from buzzing rapper IamSu! and Kion Dion.

Stream and download Cloud 19 below!

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