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Fashawn, Nas And Aloe Blacc Give Us 'Something To Believe In'

Over the past few weeks, Fashawn has been dropping off freebies from his long-awaited album, The Ecology. Today (Feb. 19), the Frenso, Cali MC offers up another single, "Something To Believe In," featuring Aloe Blacc on the hook, and Nas, who is also executive producer of the album.

Produced by DJ Khalil, "Something To Believe In" finds Fash and Nas waxing lyrically on an array of topics like politics, penal system, religion and pressing on in the face of adversity.

Earlier this week, Fash dropped "Out The Trunk," with Busta Rhymes. Prior to "Out The Trunk," Fash released "Guess Who's Back." Fash recently spoke with VIBE about The Ecology and recording with Nas.

"I played him a song off what I thought was my finished project, and I played the whole record all the way through, and he said, 'This record is not what it could be so you might want to approach that second verse a little different.' That was the only time that I someone suggested I change a verse," Fashawn said.

You can pre-order The Ecology on iTunes. Also, Fashawn will kick off his tour the week the album drops. Check tour dates, tracklisting and "Something To Believe In" below.

THE ECOLOGY TRACKLISTING
1. Guess Who’s Back (prod. by Beewirks)
2. Confess (prod. by Exile)
3. Something to Believe In ft Nas & Aloe Blacc (prod. by DJ Khalil)
4. Higher (prod. by Exile)
5. To Be Young ft BJ the Chicago Kid (prod. by Exile)
6. Golden State of Mind ft Dom Kennedy (prod. by Exile)
7. Letter F (prod. by The Alchemist)
8. Place to Go (prod. by Exile)
9. Man of the House (prod. by Quincey Tones & Jo Caleb)
10. Out The Trunk (prod. by Exile)
11. It’s A Good Thing ft Aloe Blacc & Choosey (prod. by Exile)
12. Mother (prod. by Exile)
13. F.T.W (prod. by Exile)

TOUR DATES
2/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
3/3 – Vancouver, BC – Alexander
3/4 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
3/5 – Portland, OR – Peter’s Room
3/6 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
3/7 – Oakland, CA – Leo’s
3/8 – Sacramento, CA – Harlows
3/10 – Boston, MA – Middle East - downstairs
3/11 – New York, NY – SOB’s
3/12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
3/13 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
3/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
3/15 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
3/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Stache
3/18 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
3/19 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/20 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/21 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/22 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
3/24 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Purgatory
3/25 – New Orleans, LA – Parrish Room @ HOB
3/26 – Houston, TX – Studio @ Warehouse Live
3/27 – San Antonio, TX – ACMC
3/28 – Dallas, TX – The Loft
3/30 – Denver, CO – Cervantes (Other Side)
3/31 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
4/1 – Phoenix, AZ – The Press Room
4/2 – Orange County, CA – Constellation Room

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Who'd-A-Thunk?: Sir Elton John Is A Huge Fan Of A Tribe Called Quest

Sir Elton John interviewed Q-Tip for his Beats 1 radio show, Rocket Hour, where he raved about A Tribe Called Quest’s influence and impact. In clips of the episode, the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” singer called Q-Tip “a legend,” and thanked him for his service with the Tribe, who he called the “seminal hip-hop band of all-time.”

“If you don’t know A Tribe Called Quest, you’re stupid,” he said. “But if you listen to [‘Electric Relaxation’], you’ll understand why I rave about them.” Sir Elton John was part of ATCQ’s final album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, for the song “Solid Wall Of Sound." The latter interpolates the British musician’s song “Bennie And The Jets.”

“I was so happy to play that,” Sir Elton beamed of the 2016 song. “That’s where we first met you came to London, and we did a track in the studio, and it was such a huge honor for me. I was so excited. I just absolutely love this. This is such a takedown of what’s going on … That is such a great track. The album is a fantastic record. If you’re gonna bow out with a record, you better do something like that.”

Q-Tip was audibly thrilled to hear the compliments from the music legend, stating that John’s thoughts on “Electric Relaxation” being one of his favorite tracks from the year 1993 was a “pinch-me” moment.

“I’m just like still kind of like, ‘Am I dreaming?’ I feel like I’m in a different universe,” he said.

Elton John has been vocal about his appreciation for hip-hop and R&B in the past. Recently, he did a cover of Khalid’s song “Young, Dumb and Broke,” and he has an affinity for the music and style of Young Thug.

Listen to the clips from the show below.

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A big show this week, as @QTipTheAbstract joins me for a special edition of my #RocketHour on @beats1official airing this Thursday! Listen 10am LA / 1pm NY / 6pm UK 🚀

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Emotional Orange Releases Callings Of Love On "Corners Of My Mind"

Mysterious duo Emotional Oranges are taking a reflective route with "Corners Of My Mind," a gentle ode to an old love.

The track which can be found on the duo's SoundCloud page was inspired by their friend who went through a bad breakup. It seems to be the fitting track towards the end of a coming of age romance where the couple goes their separate ways. In an email to VIBE, the faceless group explained how love was the seed that planted the smooth track.

"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

The LA-based pair croons about a painful love life on the soft pop beat. "It was yesterday/You couldn't look me in my eyes, and then/There was nothing more that I could say/I thought what we had was unbreakable/Guess I was wrong/Opened it up, gave you my all/I know it seemed like you weren't enough/Try to forget, peace and reset/But I can't forgive you no more." 

Emotional Oranges have released just a few singles, including the bouncy bop "Motion" and "Personal" that gained fanfare online.

According to the musical pair's Twitter page, fans can expect a new EP, as well as a tour announcement and "cute merch" following "Corners Of My Mind."

 

it’s going to be an exciting few weeks for the orange gang 🍊! new music, ep + tour announce, cute merch etc can’t wait for you guys to see it all x pic.twitter.com/R6biAHWl26

— Emotional Oranges 🍊 (@emotionalorange) March 19, 2019

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Allow Salma Slims To Provide "Seasoning" With Her Irresistible Flow

Salma Slims has come out the kitchen with some new heat.

The Private Club Records prodigy recently released a new song titled "Seasoning," giving her fans the sauce they've craved and then some.

"My flow change like seasons/this that sauce that seasoning/do the whole rap game breezy," Slims rapped on the record produced by Cam Wallace who has worked with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. The track single is a teaser for what fans can expect for the artist's and model's upcoming project Runway Rapper expected later this year.

Although she's presently an up-and-coming hip-hop artist and a successful model, instead of rapping about the current "hats" she wears, Slims recalled her past life working in retail as a reminder of tough days.

"Double the dose/I  do this s**t for my bros/I do this s**t for the days I was workin' at Lowes/That s**t was pushin' me close," she rhymed as she rode the beat. Slims also had smoke for anyone who could be bitin' her style and how chasing a "bag" is the only thing she needs.

"Might take a hit from the bong/B***h I get lit while I'm gone/Bitin' my style man, n***as is clones/They just can't leave me alone/I'm in the house like Jerome/I'm in the house like Jerome/Might put life in a song/I put my life in a song." 

"One eighty on the dash/Lil' n***a speeding/Big bag only thing I'm needing/I'm bad Mike Jack wanna beat it." 

Keep an eye out for Atlanta's rising rapper, she's the pinch of seasoning the industry needs.

 

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This that sauce 🍜 that Seasoning 🧂!!!link in bio !! I’m getting so much love on this song from y’all keep streaming. Let’s keep going up we just getting warmed up. #TeamSalma

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