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Earlier this week, soulful pop artist, Alessia Cara released a visual for her new single, “Trust My Lonely”, a song that celebrates sanity over relational stress. The song is her first original since her break out album Know-It-All, which dropped in November of 2015.
On the 5th, Eminem released the official visual for “Venom”, the closing track of his Kamikaze album. The song itself is the unleashing of Eminem's known dark side, brought on by recent industry "beefs".
RnB-pop diva, Mariah Carey, debuted another new track just weeks after sharing "GTFO". While both singles are love songs, "With You" has a much more pleasant message.
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Maxwell returned on the 5th with his new sensual single, "Shame". These past two years, the soul singer has only sporadically released singles, his last full project, blackSUMMERS'night having been released in July of 2016.
Earlier today, the official visual for Lady Gaga's "Look What I Found" went viral. The single is one of thirty-four that can be heard on the A Star is Born soundtrack. Both the soundtrack and musical are collaborative projects of the director, Bradley Cooper and Gaga, who stars in the film. The chaotic love story of two musicians can be viewed at major theaters.
Buzzing artist, Ella Mai and notorious RnB legend Chris Brown tag teamed a new song entitled "Whatchamacallit". The term is used to disguise an obviously illicit affair.

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On the 28th, Marsha Ambrosius, released her third studio project entitled Nyla, and as predicted it is pleasantly sensual. Like her previous works, Marsha speaks on love in developing stages to its corruption on Nyla, and uses her vocal skills to express all the emotions felt in between. What sets this project apart from the others is the soul singer's exploration with native and techno sounds. As always the soul singer has supplied us with plenty of melodies, harmonies, and just outright soul! The project is effortlessly groovy, the impressive production worthy of a good bit of the album's praise. Nyla's jazzy vibes can be felt via major streaming platforms.
On the 28th, Hip-Hop artist Logic released his seventh album, YSIV (Young Sinatra 4). On YSIV, Logic pays homage to music, highlighting specific eras through the incorporation of specific sounds, some of of which are swing, funk, and lo-fi Hip-Hop. While Logic prides himself on being what would be considered an Emcee, he stands by his decision to explore creatively which has caused him to receive backlash. He uses YSIV to matter-of-factly acknowledge listeners concerns; what fans see as "unusual" music selections for Logic are actually just ways of the artist reflecting his personal growth artistically. The rapper still holds day-one messages at the forefront of his platform, continuously spreading positivity by encouraging growth regardless of adversity and unity. Overall, YSIV is solid. The album can be found on all streaming platforms.
Legendary Rapper, Lil Wayne has finally delivered his long awaited album, The Carter V, and to account for our time without it, the album is a lengthy 25 tracks. On The Carter V Wayne brings us up to date on all the things heard about him via the media. The rapper discusses love, suicide attempts, and even betrayal. He also reasserts himself as a major contributor to rap culture. The album is not his best lyrically, but compared to more recent releases by him, it will definitely do. Like many of his other albums he's gives us a variety in sound, including a signature rock track. Notable features include Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scoot, and of course Nicki, however there are some unexpected feature as well. The album is available on all streaming platforms.

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As promised, Estelle released her album, Lover's Rock (perfectly named) a few days ago on the 7th and she did not disappoint! The British artist bares her West African and Caribbean roots on the project allowing for plenty of whining, but that's not all-- The album is so rich sonically you might also find yourself fist pumping to tracks like "Really Want" or slow-dragging with your counterpart to "Don't Wanna", which is suggestive of an 80's prom. The album is all about a love worthy of envy, even in its lows, but it is far from sappy. Estelle even manages to squeeze in a couple of social statements, reminding men that in order to be seen as Kings they must respect women as Queens and refrain from belittling them with derogatory terms like "bitch", no matter the circumstances. Lover's Rock is worthy of all its praise. Check out the "Better" visual here.
The Migos teams up with DJ Durel for a last minute summer jam, entitled "Hot Summer". The inner-city inspired visual was released on the 4th.
Soul singer, Macy Gray is back after two years. The singer recently shared two single's, "White Man"-- a radical message against racists, and "Sugar Baby"-- flirty and redolent of the 50's Pin-up era. Both songs will be on her upcoming album, Ruby, set to release on the 21st of this month on all streaming platforms.
Russ wants everybody to know that "everbody has a breaking point"-- and he has reached his. On his album, Zoo, (also released on the 7th) the Hip-Hop artist gives an impressive heartfelt performance, airing his life as of late. He faces friends turned foes, family related trauma, and love. Through all the adversity, the versatile artist holds his head high.