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Rihanna Electrified - Top 5 EDM Spins

The heartbreak kid herself, mega phenom Rihanna has vocally contributed to a copious amount of songs in her seven-year music career that have penetrated our pop culture spectrum. Unbeknownest to us when she first arrived with the dancehall "Pon de Replay" would she became an empress of contemporary music and an omnipresent pop star with how to kill a rock star proclivities. As she kept delivering Top 40 staple albums that exacerbated her need for adventure, in every release, the music got catchier, better, and more dance-pop friendly, with many of Rihanna's songs pre-determined for a reinvigorated reckoning. DJs and producers, both world renown and at home, have re-worked both her most innocuous and cantankerous chart-topping tracks. This is one topic that Oprah forget to touch upon, but that's why you're here.

The following list are five of those seminal remixes to get your "Rockstar 101" ready for takeoff. Listeners; turn up your stereo. Rihanna; you've been electrified.

1. "Stupid in Love (Chew Fu Small Room Fix)"
Though it was one of the more exclusively sorrowful tracks on her underrated Rated R, Chew Fu still found a way to re-imagine Rihanna as an inspirited individual even while in the state of being "Stupid in Love". An utter reverie of tender yet impassioned swoops of light trance-house elements, the original was a personal morgue of grief, this remix breathes new life by taking a former red flag moment for a victim and turning it into a swan song of redemption. Even Rihanna's tone sounds uplifted.

2. "Umbrella (Vandalism Remix)"
Vandalism took the sonic zeitgeist of 2007 that was "Umbrella" and revolutionized it as a darker, flashing lights cut of her saccharine smash with gladiatorial backbeats of static-y synthesizers and full-on psychedelic trance tendencies. Possibly, the first dope remix done out of her catalog, with its reiteration of the chorus (especially the word "umbrella" and the infamously fun splitting of "ella, ella"), this was Rihanna's first true foray into her now accostumed style of rock n roll chic and behavior. Irrevocably mindful of graffiti art and the underground clubs of London, this "Umbrella" is a canopy aural satisfaction with a mischievous edge.

3. "We Found Love (Black Cards Remix)"
The epitome of love found and lost in the most unexpected circumstances, since being produced by Calvin Harris, the EDM movement had really swam its way unto American soil. Black Cards pierced Harris' trademark electro-pop fusions with segued electric guitar overlays and flashy sequences, while keeping the original smattering bridge and clapping anticipation. Classically a techno remix of essentially a pop song, Black Cards brought it home with EBM (electronic body music) influences.

4. "Who's That Chick (Afrojack Remix)"
A dub-step, Africana interpretation of her (seemingly overlooked and excellent ) collaboration with David Guetta, "Who's That Chick" in Afrojack's hands became an intimidating forecast of high stake thrills and colorful perturbation. Largely deviant from the average blithe renderings, of her music, this meteor shower of burbling percussion reigns over Guetta's dance-pop composition. Afrojack nearly wiped out the lyrics and focused on making this formerly flirty track into his own playhouse of bottomless bass drops 'til the very end.

5. "Man Down (RedFashion Remix)"
An unforeseen amalgamation of sparkling arena rock bursts, rave house music, and its stand-out sped up vocals that dizzy and fade into itself, the story of self-defense on "Man Down" is disguised as a distracting feast of stop and go anxiety. Slightly recalling the glory days of Basement Jaxx's Remedy LP, RedFashion interestingly transformed Rihanna's return to reggae constructions and remorse to a flighty moment of acting before thinking, which can be found in the archetype from Loud, but here is undeniably sustaining the adage of ignorance is bliss, at least when surrounded by post-disco glimmers.

Bonus Electrified Track from Rihanna:
"Las Night, We Found Love Without You" (Katy Perry/Rihanna/David Guetta Mash-Up)

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Kobe, KD, Kyrie, how about Ella Mai?

Marking her third official single from her self-titled debut album, the 24-year-old dropped a new video from her charting project, bringing "Shot Clock" to life in her B-ball themed clip.

The Colin Tilley directed visual captures the essence of the young singer, framing her unique style and iridescent vocal abilities. The clip captures the various parts of Mai's magnetic energy, as she stars in her own thematic love story.

The two-time Grammy nominee goes through the many downs that occur in relationships while the red beams of shot clock shine in the background slowly reaching zero, a neon indicator of her lessening patience, the singer finds herself alone.

This visual was released in the midst of the "Boo'd Up" songstress' first debut tour currently venturing through the United States and Parts of Europe. Check out the tour dates below to see if R&B's new golden child is coming to a city near you and watch her video for "Shot Clock" above.

THE DEBUT TOUR

Jan 18 – Berlin, DE- Festsaal Kreuzberg Jan 20 – Hamburg, DE- Grosse Freiheit Jan 21 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Main Hall Jan 22 – Stockholm, SE - Berns Jan 24 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller Music Hall Feb 12 - Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom Feb 14 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo Feb 15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom Feb 17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades Feb 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater Feb 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Feb 22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee Feb 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Feb 25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre Feb 27 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater Mar 2 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall Mar 3 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall Mar 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Mar 6 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Mar 7 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda Mar 9 – Boston, MA - Royale Mar 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel Mar 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts Mar 15 – Silver Spring, M.D. – The Fillmore Silver Spring Mar 16 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage Mar 19 – Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Mar 20 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Mar 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live Mar 24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Mar 26 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Mar 27 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Mar 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre

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9th Wonder Talks Collabo Album With Smif N Wessun And The Soul Council

A few weeks fresh off the 23rd anniversary of their classic debut album, Da Shinin', Brooklyn duo Smif N Wessun (Steele and Tek) have released the video for the soul smacking single, "Testify" produced by Khrysis, off their newest album, The All. The project, produced entirely by Grammy-nominated producer 9th Wonder and his Soul Council team, brings the hardcore feel of SNW's best work to the forefront.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele reveals directly. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of all people; particularly our followers and fans of all ages and ethnicities.”

When artists who rep a certain quality sector of hip-hop music resurface to offer newness to an audience, the longtime fans are looking to bring that old thing back while looking to reflect and push forward at the same time.

"'Testify' is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continues. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena."

9th Wonder took the project on as a lover of the group, "My goal is to make sure that we cement the legacy of the artist, but at the same time update the artist. We came up with the concept of  The All (based on a speech from Louis Farrakhan), you can never underestimate the essence of Islam in Hip-Hop. Given the fact that SNW are both Muslim and so many others are as well, we couldn't forget that part."

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As the word legend gets thrown around a lot, it's not a far off title for the duo of Tek and Steele. "Some bestow the 'legend' tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that)," says Steele. "And we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The full project will be dropping on February 22nd, 2019 on Duck Down Records. You can pre-order the album here and group merch here.

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Premiere: Duck Down Records' Smif-N-Wessun Returns With Khrysis-Produced 'Testify'

It's been nearly 25 years to the day since their classic debut Dah Shinin' impacted in January 1995, but legendary Brooklyn duo Smif-N-Wessun is still representing the culture with authority and authenticity. "Testify," the premiere music video from their upcoming album The All, adds another notch to their storied catalogs.

"Testify" begins with old photos of group members Tek and Steele in their 90s heyday, but they don't spend much time there before getting busy with present day rhymes. Over a backdrop from Khrysis, the Duck Down Records duo confidently announces their return while solidifying their legendary pedigree. The song gives a short but sweet taste from The All, their upcoming album produced entirely by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele told VIBE. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of ALL people; particularly our followers and fans of ALL ages and ethnicities.”

‘Testify” is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continued. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena. Some, bestow the “Legend” tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that) and we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The All is scheduled for a February 22, 2019 release on Duck Down Records, and is available for pre-order.

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