Fabolous Talks 'The Soul Tape', His Lyrical Marriage To R&B And How The Ladies Can Relate

Brooklyn emcee Fabolous (Loso, in case you didn't know so) is prepping the April 21 release of The Soul Tape, a project fueled by soul beats and samples. With the recent arrival of "Look At Her (Killin' Em Part 2)" featuring music titans Ryan Leslie and Ne-Yo, Loso is maintaining the momentum from hit single "You Be Killin' Em" and preparing anticipation for Loso's Way 2: The Rise To Power. VIBE dined in Manhattan with the rap star to talk all about his latest and upcoming projects, especially what he's got in store for the ladies.

On The Soul Tape Concept
I really haven’t done that lane much before, and I felt that would be something. As I continue my artistry, I want to touch places that I haven’t gone and do certain music that I haven’t done over and over again. I was thinking about doing this, and when I did the freestyle over Kanye’s “Devil In A New Dress,” that’s what led me to say, ‘You know what? I’ma do a whole tape like this,’ and it’s really all soul beats and samples.

On What Fans Can Expect From The New 'Tape
It’s a mixture of gritty, it’s a mixture of experience, it’s a mixture of my hip-hop talk, relationships, girls, um.. you know, lifestyle. It’s talking about a few different things. And I think soul beats and samples beats give you that avenue to walk on. When you’re rapping over Lex Luger beats, maybe, you don’t feel as inspired to talk about anything deeper. Not to say Lex Luger is a certain dimension, but certain beats bring out wider emotions and stuff like that.

On "Soul" Being Written As An Acronym
I actually had it as an acronym, but over time I didn’t want to send the ‘tape in one direction or have people thinking a certain way, so I just named it the soul ‘tape. First the acronym was gonna stand for the Science of understanding Loso, and I would be talking about random things and stuff that goes through my head and thoughts and things that go on in my life and my relationships. I still don’t think it’s a bad acronym but I didn’t want to drive it in one direction.

On His Affinity For R&B
I’m not as big of an R&B fan as people like to think, but I just love the marriage between R&B and Hip-Hop. R. Les makes beats that still have a beat to it. You see that I didn’t rap too much on the remix because I wanted it to still be smooth. They wanted me to do 18 barsThe fellas are probably going to be [upset] but they can still ride to it.

On What's In Store For The Ladies
I’m talking about past relationships and situations I’ve been in, and they might know where I’m coming from with that. There’s a song on there called "Slow Down", and it’s about a girl who could be wifey but is just moving to quick, partying; needs to slow down. A lot of ladies can relate; they might know someone or be that girl.

On What Fans Can Expect From Loso's Way 2
Evolution... just music that people can have people throws hand and bobs head] going crazy in the club!

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Prepare Thyself: Lil Kim's New Album Will Drop In May

Lil Kim announced via social media early today (Mar. 26) that her new album will drop on May 17. The Queen Bee’s next project is called 9, and will be lead by the single “Go Awff.” In a photo of herself in a blonde wig and a Balenciaga outfit, the big news was unveiled.

Additionally, Kim wrote that a video for “Go Awff” will drop this Friday (Mar. 26). She told fans over the weekend during a performance in Atlantic City, N.J. that the album would drop within the next few months, and will feature a Rick Ross collaboration.

The number 9 bears a special significance in Kim’s life. June 9 is the day her daughter Royal Reign was born, and March 9 was the day her dear friend, the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., was killed. Additionally, this is her ninth project (five albums and four mixtapes).

This will be Kim’s first official album since 2005’s The Naked Truth, which featured the singles “Lighters Up” and “Whoa.” Since then, she’s appeared on multiple tracks from artists such as Remy Ma, Keyshia Cole and Maino, just to name a few.

Watch her announcement and listen to “Go Awff” below.

LIL’ KIM ANNOUNCED HER NEW ALBUM “9” RELEASE DATE....May 17th 2019. Will you be supporting Queen Bee? pic.twitter.com/jvr7wNNGwR

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Drip Too Hard 💧 | #GoAwff Video out Friday 🎥 | New Album “9” drops May 17th 💿 pic.twitter.com/FjPM47dEbo

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Congrats: Kehlani Announces Birth Of Daughter, Adeya

Kehlani took to Instagram to announce that her daughter Adeya Nomi was born over the weekend. The While We Wait songbird thanked those who sent well-wishes as she entered the next big phase of her life.

“This weekend our angel arrived healthy & perfect in every way in our bathroom at home,” she wrote on Monday (Mar. 25) to accompany a photo of a baby’s blanket. “Unmedicated homebirth was the absolute hardest yet most powerful thing i’ve ever done. thankful beyond words. in love beyond comparison.”

She continued her post by stating she’s taking a social media break to be with her family and to rest.

Kehlani announced her pregnancy in 2018 via social media, and detailed that while she was preparing to go through a big change, she was still going to work on music. During a Zane Lowe interview earlier this year, she explained that her next album was dedicated to her daughter.

“[My next album details] my parents’ story, articulated into mine, articulated into a gift for my daughter, so she knows where she comes from,” she said. “[It’s] a really heavy load to process while I’m pregnant…breaking down my mom when I’m about to be a mom.”

Congrats to the new mom on her bundle of joy.


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this weekend our angel arrived healthy & perfect in every way in our bathroom at home. unmedicated homebirth was the absolute hardest yet most powerful thing i’ve ever done. thankful beyond words. in love beyond comparison. refraining from posting to be family and rest, we just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent well wishes, love, and support in all forms while waiting & working to bring Adeya earthside. 🧡

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Pharrell's New Netflix Kids' Series Focuses On Importance Of STEAM Learning

Pharrell Williams is the executive producer of a new children’s show on Netflix that focuses on educating little ones on the importance of science, technology and current events.

“I got involved with ‘Brainchild’ because there is a desperate need to raise awareness about the importance of science with our youth, we must edu-tain,” Williams told Variety about his new series. The show is hosted by Indian-American actress and comedian Sahana Srinivasan.

Brainchild will use “interactive games, experiments and skits” to teach and highlight the “core concepts and principles of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).” It was co-created by Atomic Entertainment, and is billed as a spinoff of the Emmy-nominated show “Brain Games,” which aired on National Geographic Channel for seven seasons.

Williams and his i am OTHER production partner Mimi Valdes also discussed the idea of the show’s accessibility for teachers and students. Per Variety, “The curriculum is available without having to sign up or register for any account, and can be used at home or in the classroom to supplement existing tools.”

“It’s especially important to me to get STEAM-focused programming in front of minority communities,” Pharrell says of attempting to reach viewers. “That’s because at the core of the plight of children of color in this country is a lack of access to actionable education.”


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Prepare to have your minds blown 🧠⚡🌊💖💡🔬 I worked with the masterminds of Brain Games on a show that will empower kids by approaching STEM topics in a cool, new way and to provide anOTHER way into science. Thank you to our host @Sahana.j.shree, @AlieWard, Atomic Entertainment, @i_am_other and the @Netflix team. Brainchild OUT NOW on Netflix. #brainchild

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