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Singers Who Keep Us Sane

When you’re going through something, there’s nothing like turning on that song—you know the one—that perfectly sums up how you’re feeling; and nothing makes you feel better than belting it out at the top of your lungs and not caring who’s around.

There are some ladies who just have a gift for putting the exact emotions you’re dealing with in a song and if it weren’t for their ability to connect with us through their music, we might really be busting some windows *hint*hint. Whether it’s a breakup, loneliness, depression, abuse, or family issues, these singers know how to get us through. Check out the top R&B ladies we owe our sanity to.

Ms. HillLauryn Hill
Women everywhere are still struggling to accept that there will never be another “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” I don’t think there’s another album that has resonated with so many women (and men) across generations and musical genres. More than the circumstances Lauryn spoke to and the emotion she poured into the tracks, there was wisdom. Despite being her first solo album, it was almost as though she’d grown up in the process of making the music and the songs she sung were a result of the healing process. She talked about motherhood with songs like “Zion,” relationships on tracks like “Ex Factor,” “Can’t Take My Eyes off You, and “Nothing Even Matters,” and she even explored spirituality and God. No matter what you were dealing with in ’98 and what you’re facing now, this album still hits the spot.

Mary J BligeMary J. Blige
There’s a reason Mary J. Blige is known as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul; she’s been telling the 411 on most of our lives since the day she first stepped onto the scene in 1992. From “Real Love” to “Be Happy” and “I’m Going Down,” Mary was everything other R&B artists at the time weren’t—raw, honest, and open about the heartache and pain she was going through. “Not Gone Cry” against the backdrop of “Waiting to Exhale” put Mary on an entirely different pedestal and she became the symbol of the scorned, liberated woman, and fans could relate to her so much that she was almost like a girlfriend or older sister.

Even when Mary stepped out in 2001 and declared “No More Drama,” women rejoiced in her newfound happiness because we felt like we went through the struggle and grew up with her. Now, with the release of her 10th studio album, Mary is still loyal to the sound and the pain that paved the way for her success, with young girls waving their hands to “Mr. Wrong” the way women in the 90s appreciated “Love is All We Need.”

Keyshia ColeKeyshia Cole
When Keyshia told us “The Way it Is” in 2005, she was for Generation Y what Mary J. Blige was to the 90s. She may not have had the same level of success, but she brought along just as much pain and emotion. You could tell Keyshia meant it when she said she just wanted it to be over and I don’t know a single girl who hasn’t nearly gone hoarse singing every single word to “Love.” When “Let it Go” came on women would go crazy singing as if they were telling the next chic to recognize where her man really wanted to be, but deep down most knew they were singing to themselves. And everyone could identify with wanting to be the one who a man believed was “Heaven Sent.”

Keyshia’s gone through a similar transition as Mary, getting married to pro athlete Daniel Gibson and even becoming a mommy within the past two years, so we can expect that same joy to come across in her new album “Woman to Woman.” Like Mary, she’ll be able to let go of the angst that once fueled her music and celebrate a new chapter in her life that her fans have hopefully experienced also.

Jazmine SullivanJazmine Sullivan
We felt the emotion on Jazmine Sullivan’s first single “Need U Bad” but when she dropped her second song “Bust Your Windows” we knew she was our type of girl. Her soulful, deep voice resonated with us on “Lions, Tigers, and Bears” as she described the hesitation every woman feels about falling in love again and “In Love with Another Man” is self-explanatory. Jazmine is the type of artist you want to blow up because she’s just that great, but you also want to keep her to yourself because she’s telling your life story every time she steps on stage. She gave us a scare last year when she said she was quitting music indefinitely to figure out who she is, but at the end of last year she began working on her third studio album. Knowing that the young star has been going through a transition personally and musically tells us that the music she produces will be that much sweeter when she puts it out for us to connect to.

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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