New Music: Lauryn Hill – Black Rage (Sketch Version) [Dedication to Ferguson]

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Artists from Elle Varner and T.I. have released songs dedicated to the civil unrest that has been taking place in Ferguson, MO over the past two weeks, and now Ms. Lauryn Hill has shared an unreleased version of her song “Black Rage,” which she dedicates to the situation.

Lauryn has been performing the originally released version of the song live since 2012, when she debuted it at the Life Is Good / Black Rage tour in Dallas, Texas.

Today, the iconic artist has released a “sketch” version of the song, which she says was recorded in her living room.

“An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO,” wrote Lauryn.

Take a listen, and read the full lyrics below:

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Throwback Thursday: Brownstone – ‘If You Love Me’

Brownstone is a R&B group that was popular during the mid-1990s. The three original members of Brownstone were Monica “Mimi” Doby, Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell and Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert. Founded in Los Angeles, the singers met each other after attending various auditions around the city. They formed the group and were signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music record label less than a year later.

“If You Love Me” was the lead single released from their 1994 debut album From the Bottom Up. It was their biggest hit peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

Enjoy the classic a cappella version above and LP version below.

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Listen: DJ Carisma’s “Cookie Jar” (8/19 with TeeFlii)


Following Monday night’s all music show.  DJ Carisma and Abby De La Rosa returned to TheMixShow studios for a special episode of the “Cookie Jar” on Tuesday night as they were joined by friend and burgeoning artist TeeFlii.

The L.A. native has been heating up national radio with his hit DJ Mustard-produced single “24 Hours” featuring 2 Chainz, and is prepping for the release of his debut album, due out later this year via Epic Records. During their chat Flii talked about his previous mixtapes, working closely with DJ Mustard, the making of “24 Hours,” touring and much more.

Get sturnt up with the full show below!

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New Music: Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd – Love Me Harder


With a week to go before the release of her sophomore album My Everything, Ariana Grande has teamed up with MTV to preview four new songs off the LP, including her duet with The Weeknd, “Love Me Harder.”

The pop superstar and Canadian crooner reveal their requirements to potential lovers on the breathy Max Martin-co-produced midtempo.

“If you really need me, you gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, got to love me harder,” coos Ariana, while The Weeknd responds, “If you know about me and choose to stay / Then take this pleasure, and take it with the pain.”

In addition to performing alongside Nicki Minaj and Jessie J at the VMAs, Ariana will hit the stage for a solo performance of “Break Free.”

The remaining album preview includes the songs “Be My Baby” featuring Cashmere Cat, the Harry Styles-penned “A Little Bit of Your Heart,” and the Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder-produced “Why Try.”

Take a listen below:

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New Music: Lauriana Mae – Will She Be Loved


Hot 97 Radio Personality Peter Rosenberg has been working on his upcoming mixtape compilation titled Winter Is Coming. The DJ has collaborated with rising New Jersey based songstress Lauriana Mae for the projects lead single “Will She Be Loved.”

The jazzy and soulful production delivers a vintage vibe, complimented by Mae’s sultry vocals, as she sings about a female looking for respect and real love.

Mae is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut album which is due out on Atlantic Records.

Take a listen to the smooth single below!

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New Music: Luke James – Dancing In The Dark

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Luke James shared a very intimate and emotional story with his latest single “Options,” but now the R&B powerhouse brings listeners to their feet with the vibey new jam “Dancing In The Dark.”

Over a retro inspired, drum-heavy track, Luke and his lover explore new territory and erotic bliss.

“Look at where we are, far from what we know / I’m reaching for the parts, you’re afraid to show / Let your love come down, let it overflow,” sings the New Orleans native.

On September 23 Luke James will release his anticipated, self-titled debut album via N.A.R.S./Island Records. You can pre-order the LP here.

He recently shot a music video for the sexy new song as well. In the meantime get your first listen below!

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Jennifer Hudson Performs New Singles on ‘Today’


Jennifer Hudson rose bright and early on Tuesday to help wake up New York City with some soulful sounds. Rocking a “Strong” T-shirt, the powerhouse diva took over Rockefeller Plaza for the “Today” concert series, and belted out “It’s Your World,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” and her brand new song “Dangerous” off her upcoming album JHUD, due out September 23.

“With this album, I feel as though you get a sense of my energy and that’s why we named it JHUD because you’re getting to know the girl and not just the public persona of Jennifer Hudson,” she said. “I want you to know the person.”

She worked with Timbaland and Pharrell on her third LP, which is a departure from her usual big ballads. “That’s all a part of artistry, is reinventing yourself,” she explained. “I don’t believe in being boxed in, or limits.”

In addition to her career, the Oscar and Grammy winner is busy being a mother to her five-year-old son David, who starts kindergarten this week. “I feel like I just had him!” she said.

Watch JHUD shut down the Plaza with her powerful pipes below:

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New Music: Ginette Claudette – LMK

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NYC songstress Ginette Claudette has returned with something new for listeners. Following her acclaimed debut album Tainted Emotions, the singer/songwriter releases the melodically smooth, simply titled “LMK.”

Choosing to abbreviate the phrase ‘let me know,’ Ginette sets a mellow but stern tone as she rides the track with her gracefully soft vocals, asking her lover to be open and forthright with her.

“I’m not being impatient, I just want you to know that I’m ready / But if you think that I’ll be waiting, I’ll walk right out the door if you let me,” she sings.

Take a listen below:

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