Album Review: August Alsina – ‘Testimony’

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Everyone loves a good story, and August Alsina has quite one to tell. The singer’s rag-to-riches tale is captivating but, as documented on his debut album, Testimony, he could’ve been just another statistic. Luckily for Alsina, rather than ending up six-feet under or behind bars in the mean streets of New Orleans, he ended up at the top of the charts, now being mentioned in the same breath as Chris Brown and Trey Songz.

But what’s so fascinating about Alsina is not just his story, but the complex duality of his artistry. Musically he sits comfortably in both the R&B and hip-hop genres without abandoning one for the other, while on a personal tip he seems to struggle between his roots in the ‘hood and his new uprising in the music industry.

That binary theme is heavily constant on the appropriately titled Testimony, a 14-track confessional of sorts that wheels into vivid, personal accounts of Alsina’s rocky road to fame and, in true male R&B style, endearing odes to the ladies. But most of all, the 21-year-old newbie is honest and wears his rugged heart on his sleeve.

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New Music: James Fauntleroy – CPR

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He’s back! Wasting no time, James Fauntleroy continues to bless us with new acoustic tracks. His latest, a tender guitar-laden tune simply titled “CPR.”

With the straight to the point description of “fn awesome af,” James pretty much sums up the smooth tune, and all this recent releases.

“I really love you, that’s why I want to, live long as I can / But I can’t because you love so deadly, you won’t let me breath anymore,” he sings.

Take a listen to his latest below:

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New Music: Princess Freesia – Fateful Attraction (EP)

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So we are unfamiliar of Princess Freesia, as much as you probably are, but we stumbled across this brand new project, which was produced by British musician/producer Soulpersona, and have been pleasantly surprised. Presented by a group of individuals called R&B Moguls, the three-track EP titled Fateful Attraction, brings you right back to the classic sound of ’80s and early ’90s R&B.

All the tracks were written and sung by Freesia, with production and arrangement by Soulpersona.

If you are into underground sounds with a classic feeling, we suggest you follow the jump to stream this project now.

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New Music: Kindred The Family Soul – Everybody’s Hustling

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R&B duo Kindred The Family Soul bring substance and positive values with their brand new single “Everybody’s Hustling,” the first release off their forthcoming album A Couple Friends, due out June 10 via Shanachie Entertainment.

The album is said to focus on themes of love and the joys and challenges of a committed relationship. Working with top producers like Dre & Vidal (Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius), James Poyser (John Legend, The Roots) and more, the project paints honest portraits of love and family.

“We really had no idea that this would be the single but the song was initially inspired by all of the glorification of money in all the hip hop songs these days. We see people and their struggles quite differently and we want people to be inspired to continue to reach for greatness whether they have access to lots of money or not,” says husband-and-wife Fatin and Aja Dantzler.

Take a listen to the soulful song below:

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Jhené Aiko Debuts New Song “Spotless Mind” at Coachella

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Jhené Aiko celebrated her first performance at Coachella by debuting a brand new song called “Spotless Mind” during her late-night set. As palm trees swayed in the background, the L.A. songstress performed the breezy tune with her band and a string quartet.

“Started as a love song, 26 years in the making / Moving from place to place and I never really settled down,” she sings before repeating the chorus, “I’m a wanderer, baby.”

The song is set to appear on her upcoming full-length debut Souled Out, due this summer.

Watch Jhené debut her new jam below:

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Video: Mack Wilds feat. French Montana, Mobb Deep & Busta – ‘Henny (Remix)’

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Mack Wilds has been putting on for his city with his breakthrough singles and album New York: A Love Story. His latest single “Henny” samples Mobb Deep’s street favorite “Burn,” so of course Mack had to recruit the legendary rap duo for the remix, along with French Montana, and now as a surprise, Busta Rhymes has been added to it for the official music video.

The energetic visual, which borrows from Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix),” turns Mack’s House studio into a party as they perform the club anthem bringing back that classic New York feeling.

Check out the video below:

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Mixshow: DJ Carisma’s “Cookie Jar” (4/15 with Mila J)

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For their second broadcast of the week DJ Carisma and Abby De La Rosa returned to TheMixShow studios on Tuesday for another episode of “The Cookie Jar.” Last night the ladies were joined by fellow Cali native Mila J, who has been heating up the airwaves with her new single “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up.”

The singer/dancer, who is Jhené Aiko’s older sister, spoke about her hiatus from music and decision to comeback now as a solo artist. She spoke about being into rap as a kid, thinking she was the female Snoop Dogg, her love for TLC and Janet Jackson and more early inspirations. Mila talked about her buzzing single, working with Ty Dolla $ign, upcoming music and much more.

As always Carisma spun the hottest and sexiest in current R&B along with some throwbacks, while Abby asked all the juicy questions.

Stream and download the full show below:

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New Music: Plies & August Alsina – Jump

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My goodness…Plies is at again! But this time around, he brought out our boy August Alsina! Releasing a new single titled, “Jump,” the duo take it straight to the bedroom for the ladies.

Known for bringing the nasty out of women, Plies found it fitting to call on “Porn Star” singer, Alsina to add that bit of flare needed to the song. Singing, “It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, I’m turnt up and I’m horny,” August does the hook justice and even has a full verse in the song where he talks about holding his own with the ladies.

While August just released his Loso assisted video for “Get Ya Money” and debut album Testimony, Plies is busy working on new music to feed the streets. If “Jump” is anything to go by, we’re hoping that he calls on a few more of our R&B favorites to add to his upcoming project.

What are you waiting for? “Jump on it” below:

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