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PressPlay: 25 R&B Videos To Kick Off Summer

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Summer is here and in case you were wondering, I’m just as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Though each season holds its own weight in my book, there’s just something about summer that can make anyone feel their best and want to shine every chance they can. While everyone has their different reasons for feeling so good when summer creeps around, we here at ThisIsRnB will always give some of the credit to our playlist of summer R&B songs for that overwhelming emotion that the season brings out of us.

Although today’s R&B artists can still deliver a solid feel good sound for summer (i.e. DJ Khaled’s Rihanna and Bryson Tiller-assisted “Wild Thoughts“), there’s no denying that the majority of the top summer vibes came from the ’90s and early 2000s. Likewise, those same artists were all about making videos to match that same vibe and as a result, turned each summer into the biggest party that we would experience all year-long. So as an ode to those tracks and inspiration to make the next few months the best of your year, we decided to set you up with a dope list of R&B videos that are sure to set your summer off proper.

Excited about letting the top back, pulling out the shawt shawts, and getting tipsy on the rooftop? Jump into these 25 nostalgic summer videos to hype you up for your first day out (no Gucci) this season.

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Ashanti Announces New Single “Lose Yourself,” Talks New Sound

Ashanti has already had a busy 2017 with a mini European tour along with R&B veteran Joe, and spot dates with her longtime collaborator Ja Rule.

The songstress has been on her indie grind for while now, but in between film and TV ventures, along with touring, the New York native is prepping the release of new music for this year as well.

Fans should be excited to hear that Shanti has been experimenting with some new sounds, according to the 36-year-old they are ‘current’ and ‘urgent.’ She recently spoke with Harper’s Bazaar while in Europe and revealed that her new single is called, “Lose Yourself,” and it features a sound that will surprise.

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Ashanti Reveals She Wasn’t Signed When “Foolish” Came Out, How Jay Z Was Almost On It & How They Got B.I.G. On The Remix

It’s been nearly 15 years since Ashanti released her self-titled debut album in April 2002, which was led by the infectious hit single “Foolish,” that contained a sample of DeBarge’s “Stay with Me” and features elements from the remix of “One More Chance ” by The Notorious B.I.G.

With all the projects that she is currently working on, Ashanti recently spoke with Billboard about various topics, including her appearance on the digital show Crashed, performing with Ja Rule once again, and more.

During the conversation, Shanti revealed some interesting facts about “Foolish” and her career at those times, including how she was not even signed to Murder Inc. or Def Jam when the single was released and on the radio. She also explained how they were able to get a verse from The Notorious B.I.G. for the official remix, and revealed that Jay Z was going to jump on the main version but they decided that she could carry the song solo.

Check out excerpts from the interview below.

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Exclusive: Joe & Ashanti Perform in Paris at L’Olympia

On Wednesday night (Feb. 22), French R&B fans were treated to a very special performance by two R&B legends who you wouldn’t normally expect to see together, Joe and Ashanti.  The two singers have teamed up for an early 2017 European tour, and they kicked off the trek in Paris at L’Olympia.

Ashanti took the stage first with her background dancers and delivered a commanding performance of her many classic hits, including favorites with Ja Rule (who didn’t join her) such as “Always On Time.”

Joe is known to be a consummate performer, always giving fans an excellent show, and this evening was no exception. The crooner treated the packed house to a more than stellar set of classics, and some new songs off his 2016 album #MyNameisJoeThomas. However, one of the biggest highlights of the night was Joe’s outstanding cover of Adele’s “Hello.” The singer/songwriter closed out his performance with his popular hit “I Wanna Know,” off his third album My Name is Joe.

Next up, Joe and Ashanti will perform a set of shows around the UK, starting tonight (Feb. 24) in Manchester, followed by Birmingham (Feb. 25), London (Feb. 26), Bristol (Feb. 27), and then to Utrecht, Netherlands on March 1.

Check out our exclusive photos and video footage below.

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‘SOULQUARIUS’ Brings R&B Greats, Past & Present, to West Coast Fans!

When the flyer for the inaugural SOULQUARIUS Festival in Santa Ana, California dropped in late 2016, R&B lovers everywhere went crazy over the line-up of scheduled performers.  From throwback artists like Jon B. and DMX to current R&B tastemakers such as Ro James, Jhené Aiko, and BJ The Chicago Kid, there was no denying that this event was guaranteed to be a lituation.

Fear of getting rained out and continuous flooding from California’s big storm may have had most on edge but, that didn’t stop ticket holders from coming out in droves to get a taste of what their favorite performers have to offer. Of course, there were a few mishaps along the way (like any huge festival has during their opening year), but SOULQUARIUS — aside from its massive lineup — has plenty of reasons why it should be the R&B festival that you don’t want to miss from here on out.

Delivering a jammed packed mash-up of lovable R&B artists and a few of rap’s most influential, SOULQUARIUS made sure to leave festival enthusiasts with a need to get their coins up for next year.

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R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Jhené Aiko & Many More Join “Soulquarius” Lineup

SOULQUARIUS is bringing a dream team of R&B stars to one stage!

The star-studded festival is set to take place at The Observatory Grounds in Santa Ana, California on Feb. 18 with headliners R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, and a joint set from Ja Rule and Ashanti.

Jhené Aiko, Brandy, Monica, The-Dream, Kelis, Mya, The Internet, and Willow Smith are also on the bill. Other R&B stars on deck include Ameriie, Ro James, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lloyd, Eric Bellinger, Jon B, and a reunited Pretty Ricky.

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Watch: Ashanti & Ja Rule Perform “Helpless” on ‘Showtime At The Apollo’

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“Showtime At The Apollo” returned on Monday night (Dec. 5) on FOX. The limited show brought some major stars to the stage, including Ashanti and Ja Rule, who performed their new Hamilton Mixtape collabo, “Helpless.”

Wearing a stunning colorful sequined dress, Ashanti sang the remix of the Broadway hit she and Rule inspired. Meanwhile, Ja came through with his verse as Alexander Hamilton at the end.

In addition to Shanti and Rule, R&B legends such as Bell Biv DeVoe and En Vogue hit the stage, along with John Legend and Anderson .Paak.

Check out the performances below.

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New Music: Ashanti feat. Ja Rule – Helpless

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Look who’s back!

Following their successful joint tour this past fall, Ashanti and Ja Rule has reunited on new music!

The former Murder Inc. artists have united for a special collaboration off the upcoming Hamilton: The Mixtape. The song, “Helpless,” is a reinterpretation from the Broadway musical, which finds Rule as the role of Alexander Hamilton, while Ashanti plays his wife Eliza.

“Baby, I’m helpless / Look into your eyes and the sky’s the limit / I’m helpless, baby, down for the count and I’m drownin’ in ’em,” sings Shanti.

For his verse, Ja Rule comes through with Hamilton’s perspective. “All I have’s my honor / A tolerance for pain / A couple of college credits and my top-notch brain / Insane, your family brings out a different side of me,” he raps.

Earlier this year, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda told “Conan” that the Murder Inc. duo was actually the muse for this song.

“When I was writing that song, I was picturing it as Ashanti and Ja Rule,” he said. “I was like, ‘Eliza’s Ashanti. Hamilton’s Ja Rule. Two verses, two choruses. A little Ja Rule. And then they’re married.’”

The star-studded Hamilton Mixtape is due Dec. 2. Take a listen to “Helpless” below.

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