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Exclusive: Prince Collaborator Ingrid Chavez 'Deep' EP Debut

Singer, songwriter, and photographer Ingrid Chavez has had a career most artists could easily covet. Perhaps most famous for her work with Prince during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Chavez also cowrote "Justify My Love" with Lenny Kravitz, and has recorded and performed with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Japan's David Sylvian, whom she eventually married. Soon after, she took a few years off to focus on raising their daughters. Her new project, Black Eskimo, is a collaboration with indie hip-hop producer Marco Valentin and an extension of their online radio show that focused on Neo-soul, Trip Hop, and Ambient music. In that spirit, they have created two EPs of catchy, hypnotic grooves called Deep and Heady.

We caught up with Chavez while Black Eskimo was in New York recently to master their first EP, Deep. The second EP, Heady will be released in the fall. Deep is available for download at Black Eskimo's Bandcamp site, and is premiering exclusively on Vibe.com below.

VIBE: Tell us a bit more about this album and how it came together.
Ingrid Chavez: I have wanted to make this album for many years, even before I started working with Marco Valentin. My previous album A Flutter And Some Words is a beautiful set of songs and it really marks that space and time in my life but, I have been moving steadily towards a more honest portrait of who I am in all of my darkness and light. All of my work speaks of this life of 'chiaroscuro', and this one in particular plays in the shadows of the deep, heavy soundscapes that Marco has created as a canvas.

How do you look back on your days with Prince?
Working with Prince was like being in a fairy tale. It happened so naturally. We were Artist and Muse. Our friendship and work together took us both to a creative spiritual place that two very beautiful records were born out of, Prince's Lovesexy and my Paisley Park debut, May 19, 1992.

A lot of people are unaware that you wrote Madonna's "Justify My Love" with Lenny Kravitz. How did that come together?
Writing "Justify My Love" with Lenny Kravitz and Andre Betts was one of those moments when magic just happened. Andre got a beat going, Lenny recorded a synth line and then he asked me if I had something I wanted to say. I had a letter on me (my letters are like poems) and so I got on the mic and basically read the letter. One take and the rest is history.

After that, you wound up performing and developing a relationship with Japan's David Sylvian. What was that experience like?
I thought that I had just died and gone to heaven when I was invited to join David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto in New York to record on Heartbeat and Cloud #9. Both artist were two of my greatest musical influences. After that recording session David and I became inseparable and soon after were married. We recorded an EP called Little Girls With 99 Lives, but soon after I found my interest was in raising our daughters and put music aside for several years.

Before this album, you had another solo album, A Flutter and Some Words. How does that fit into all your other work?
A Flutter And Some Words was the first full album that I had made since the Paisley Park release, May 19, 1992. I felt a newfound sense of creative freedom in making that record with Lorenzo [Scopelliti]. He brought a beauty to my life that was pure poetry. He sees the potential for beauty in all things and I learned a lot from him. He is an ambient artist and I am a song writer, what came out of that collaboration is a body of work that captured the warmth and golden light of Liguria and the snowy landscapes and backroads of New England.

How did you team up with your new producer, Marco Valentin?
After A Flutter And Some Words came out, I found myself wanting to dive a bit deeper into my heart and mind lyrically. I really wanted to write to something a bit more edgy and challenging.

What was the inspiration for these two EPs?
I was listening to the Massive Attack album Heligoland at the time when Marco got in touch with me via Facebook.

How did you produce this album?
[Marco] sent over some tracks and I was immediately attracted to his beats and sense of melody. We started sending recorded ideas back and forth via the internet and that was how most of this album was conceived. He finally relocated to New Hampshire where we spent the next two years recording and mixing this album.

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Meek Mill Once Used Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" Lyrics In Love Letters From Jail

Who knew Soulja Boy’s ubiquitous 2008 hit “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” once served as a romantic catalyst for Meek Mill? The Philadelphia rapper recently admitted on Twitter that while he was incarcerated in his youth, he used the lyrics to Soulja Boy’s schmaltzy love note within letters and phone calls to girls.

This was my favorite song when I was in jail back in the day calling girls collect.... and I used to his bars in the letters I wrote them no cap lol 😂😂😂 #bigdraco pic.twitter.com/qFqgkylQtm

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 16, 2019

Amid Meek’s cheeky co-sign, Soulja Boy has been one of the Internet’s favorite topics of discussion since his latest interview on The Breakfast Club. The 28-year-old rapper spoke about his legacy in hip-hop and why he deserves more credit than he’s been given for his influence. He also had some choice words for Kanye West when he said the latter is old and "lame."

"I'm younger than you," he began. "I'm flyer than you, ni**a. Whatever. You crying on Twitter every week about Drake? You gotta stop that sh*t, bro. You look lame, bro. You look cap, bro...You up here supporting Trump and sh*t, bro. You supporting Trump? What the f**k wrong with you, bro? That sh*t's not right."

Other artists in the industry also chimed in on the situation:

I’m Not Going To Lie Soulja Boy Been Funny As Fuck

— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) January 17, 2019

The internet crazy , Soulja boy reinvented himself 🤦🏾‍♂️

— zoey dollaz (@ZoeyDollaz) January 17, 2019

Soulja Boy is a legend

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 16, 2019

WE HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE, RESPECT & ADMIRATION FOR SOULJA BOY IN THIS HOUSEHOLD *cranks dat in silence* pic.twitter.com/Amacz7NQYO

— The Vibe Formerly Known As (@KARIFAUX) January 16, 2019

For nostalgia's sake, listen to "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" below.

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Vic Mensa Covers' 'Zombie' In Honor Of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

What do you think about the cover? Listen below and let us know in the comments.

 

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@93PUNX - ZOMBIES 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♀️ RIP DOLORES. art by @lucasbavid

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City Girls And Cardi B Bask In Their Bootyliciousness For 'Twerk' Video

As it is written, so it must be done, and there's a whole lot of shakin' going on in The City Girls' video, "Twerk."

The video for the Cardi-B-assisted track features some of the finest twerkers the world has to offer, who were encouraged to show off their skills for a contest last year. The winner would receive $50,000. Not only did the winner get "flewed out," the woman with the best skills was highlighted at the end of the visual.

Elsewhere in the video, Yung Miami and Cardi are painted in head-to-toe jungle body paint (Miami as a zebra, and Cardi as a tiger), and are seen on the beach and on a yacht shakin' it with the best of them. They lead the group of dancers through various scenes- all of which do not feature the presence of a man- so they can live their best bootylicious lives in peace and reclaim their sexuality. During JT's verse, the group dances in front of a mural of the incarcerated MC.

The song itself has been streamed over 215 million times, and is featured on the duo's album, Girl Code. The Floridians gained national exposure after being featured on Drake's "In My Feelings," however, hey've proven to be standalone entities in their own right.

READ MORE: City Girls Drop Debut Album 'Girl Code'

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