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Wu-Tang members appear along side Teyana Taylor in her latest visual for "Gonna Love Me" remix, available as single, separate from her album, K.T.S.E.
 
Russ Dropped another Zoo visual, this time for "Missin You Crazy".
 
A$AP Rocky dropped the official visual for his single "Tony Tone" from his album, Testing, released in May.

#MainstreamMonday: Kelly

Kelly, former Destiny’s Child member turned solo artist, is finally back with new music and the wait was definitely worth while. Kelly’s new self-titled single is a celebration of her life to date that showcases her beautiful tone. It is unclear if the single will remain a standalone or not, but rumor has it, she and former group mate, Beyoncé have a joint album in the works. Whatever the case may be, I am here for it.

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Someway, somehow the internet has been graced with new music from TDE’s empress, SZA. While SZA has publicly spoken on a complete project, she has yet to reveal any specifics. What I was able to gather about her upcoming project, an EP supposedly entitled, Honesty, is that it will consist of 5 tracks, 4 of which I was lucky enough to hear (smiles). BUT, because I am a SZA “stan”, I am choosing to share only one of the 5 tracks, the original version of “Love Galore”, which still features Travis Scott. The track list for Honesty is as followed:

  1. Love Galore (Original) feat. Travis Scott

  2. Back Together feat. Mark Ronson & Keith Parker

  3. Passport

  4. Inside Man

  5. Die for You (Weeknd RMX)

    There is no rumored release date, only speculation that the project may be one of a couple TDE projects to drop later this year.

Days ago on the 12th, rap superstar and active member of The Migos, Quavo released his first solo album, Quavo Huncho. The album is a little over an hour long and has some highlights. It includes a variety of sounds and some unexpected features, but overall remains true to the trap genre. On Quavo Huncho, Quavo really gives more of his own perspective. He continues to talk about the fruits of his labor as he does on Migos records, but he gets a little more intimate speaking on his private life; on "Huncho Dreams" he implies that he and Nicki are an item, something that has been questioned in the recent months. The album is available on all streaming platforms.
On the 12th, pop-star, released a new single "I'm Still Here". On it Sia sings about the dark night of the soul and the challenges and tests that arise during the event, all of which have to be conquered and learned from in order reach one's higher self.
On the 11th, UK based four woman band, Little Mix released the official visual for their single "Woman Like Me" which features female rapper Nicki Minaj. The song empowers women to remain true to themselves versus bending at a man's will, even when the innate desire for companionship arises.
On the 12th Usher and trending producer, Zaytoven dropped a collaborative project, entitled "A". On "A" hot commodity, Usher continues his playboy antics-- he messes up, quickly "learns his lesson", grovels at the feet of his love only to later continue his hot pursuit of the abundant women accessible to him. Despite the subjects at hand, the sexy and hip album provides a nice listening experience for women as well, especially if they've left their man in the dog house. Overall the project is solid. "A" is available on major streaming platforms.
On the 10th, pop Princess, Ariana Grande released the official video for her record "Breathin". The visual is very simple and quite abstract, but what I took from it is: no matter what, we should continue to find our way. "Breathin" is off her most recent album Sweetener.

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On the 10th Nicki dropped the official video for her contraversal hit, "Barbie Dreams" from her most recent album Queen. The visual takes on a Muppets theme allowing Ms. Minaj channels Miss Piggy, serving a variety of looks.
On the 13th, Eminem shared the visual for "Lucky You" featuring upcoming rapper, Lucas Joyner. The visual embodies Em's thoughts about the majority of rappers today, emphasizing that they are not original. This message is conveyed through the use imitating figures in the visual. Read more about Kamikze.
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On the 14th, longstanding Hip-Hop artist Wale released a 5 track EP entitled Free Lunch, just a year after the release of his album Shine. The EP takes on a much different sound than the album, deviating back to Wale's original sound; it hosts a variety of topics from social issues to industry politics, and of course love. Free Lunch is available on all streaming platforms.
Gucci, Bruno and Kodak teamed up to produce a super smooth, feel-good trap single entitled "Wake Up In The Sky".
CiCi is on a roll this year with giving us new music. On the 14th, the versatile artist released another enticing track entitled "Dose" for a total of three summer releases.
Well-known RnB/Pop Diva, Mariah Carey, released a new single after a silent 4 years. On "GTFO" (get the f*** out) Mariah kicks her man to the curb holding true to her typical sound and subject matter.

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On Monday, the 6th, J. Cole blessed us with an unexpected visual of him freestyling over the Classic "Oochie Wally" instrumental just a day after tweeting "Feed me beats. Everything gettin(g) murdered."

On the 6th, Travis Scott also dropped his visual for "STOP TRYING TO BE GOD" which has a lot biblical references of Christ and the rapture in relation to White "Supremacy".

Nicki Minaj released her album, Queen this week. The "tell-all" album is Nicki's declaration of self-worth, which she has momentarily forgotten along with others close to her and the general public. Though Queen has been receiving mixed reviews (naturally), most of the reviews are good. Nicki has released a few singles prior to Queen's August 10th debut. An unreleased track I really enjoy is "CoCo Chanel" which features the legendary Foxy Brown.

Tyler Creator followed behind on the 8th, finally sharing an official video for "See You Again", my personal fave off his album, Flower Boy (July 2017). The visual is Russian Military themed and features an A$AP Rocky cameo.

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RnB Pop-star, Ciara released her second single, "Freak Me", from her project in the works. She then dropped edited footage of choreography to the sexy song that reflects its native sound.
On the 9th, Dreamville artist, Bas, dropped a visual for "Boca Raton", the first single of his album set to release on August 24th. The song is a fun approach on how geographical distance can cause doubt in a relationship.
Tinashe's "Throw a Fit" was released 2 weeks ago, but is just now receiving heavy promo. The single is a spin on Gucci Man's "Sussie" and it's about using sex as leverage to gain material things or simply put: "using what you got to get what you want".
Quavo, member of the mega trio, Migos, released not one, but three solo tracks, "Working Me", "Lamb Talk"and "Bubble Gum". The tracks are available under his name on all streaming platforms.

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Summer releases still remain thick as the summer fizzes out. Last week's mainstream notable mentions are as followed: Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD, Mac Miller's Swimming,  H.E.R.'s I Used to Know Her: The Prelude, YG's Stay Dangerous and Iggy Azalea's Survive the Summer, all released on the 3rd. Travis Scott has been receiving the most buzz, but the others projects are definitely worth a listen too-- in fact I feel as though Mac Miller's album is the best of the bunch; however, each release has its own highlights. ASTROWOLD, which is centered around drugs and the realizations that happen while on them has awesome production, while Stay Dangerous which is rooted in rebellion, gang violence and misogynistic sex appeal has quality-dense features and really holds true to traditional west coast sound. Iggy's EP is another brag on herself. It's super sassy, cocky, and upbeat for the ladies who like to turn up and "feel" themselves. H.E.R.'s is the most diverse and rich in topics of discussion, ranging from social awareness to heartbreak. She also opens the album up with an unexpected performance on her track "Lost Souls". Mac Miller's Swimming has exquisite writing and musicality. On the album he discussed the different stages of depression and the vices used to cope with them as a part of a spiritual awakening, one that encourages him to own is truths without shame. I give Mac Miller's  Swimming  and H.E.R.'s I Used to Know Her 4 out of 4 flames and rest mentioned 3. Ella Mai also released her second single from her not yet released album and no rumored dates to my knowledge. The single continues the "head over heels" theme of her smash hit "Boo'd Up". Finally, we were blessed with two dope visuals, Wale's "Black Bonnie" and Drake's "In My Feelings". All in all, a great week for mainstream music.