Miss Ester Dean EP

Listen To Ester Dean's 'Miss Ester Dean' EP

Stream or download Ester Dean's new EP here.

Ester Dean has been hard at work for years, flexing her pen skills to help propel the portfolio of the likes of Mya, Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry and Usher. But right now, it's time for her to promote herself.

SEE ALSO: Views From The Studio With… Ester Dean: ‘Writing Songs Is Like Having Sex’

The successful songwriter released her six-song EP, Miss Ester Dean, to the masses. You can vibe out to the freebie below or download it here.

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Stalley Announces U.S. Tour, Releases 'All So New' Single With Jansport J

Ohio rap staple Stalley has returned with news of a new nationwide tour, and new music to go along with it.

On Monday (Sept. 16), Stalley announced The Head Trip Tour, a U.S. trek with 12 dates so far and more shows to be announced. The tour begins in Chicago on Nov. 7, before touring throughout more of his midwestern stomping grounds and rocking Los Angeles before several shows on the East Coast.

Stalley also released "All So New," a single produced by Los Angeles musician Jansport J. The song is his first new release since Human, an EP he dropped earlier this year.

After entering the game with his breakthrough mixtape Lincoln Way Nights, Stalley built his own fan base and eventually signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. He has since left and gone indie, releasing his own music with guest appearances from the likes of Scarface, Nipsey Hussle, 2Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.

In a press release, Stalley said that his upcoming material is more personal than ever now that he's working without the restrictions of a label.

"With this music it’s more spiritual - it’s my story," Stalley said. "I've been getting closer to my fans lately, so I really wanted to let them in and have them be a part of my growth and transition into independence. By being independent and having total control of my career, I now have the freedom to create freely and bare my whole self to my true supporters."

Listen to "All So New" above or on your favorite streaming services, and see his tour schedule below.

 

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New Music Fridays: Ghostface Killah, Conway, JPEGMAFIA And More

This week sees Wu-Tang royalty pleasing long-time fans, a new LP from one of rap's most subversive voices, more free heat from the Griselda camp, and a Brooklyn veteran tackling the desecration of culture in his hometown. Read below for more on this week's New Music Friday.

Ghostface Killah – Ghostface Killahs As Hulu airs the new original series Wu-Tang: An American Saga, one of the pillars of the Clan shows that he's still kicking. Ghostface Killah is releasing his 13th album, Ghostface Killahs, today. He's released two singles this year, "Conditioning" and "Party Over Here," and as is often the case with the rapper known as Tony Starks, he's keeping it in the family: guests include Wu-Tang members and affiliates such as Method Man, CappaDonna, and Inspectah Deck, along with previous collaborators Sun God, Shawn Wigs, and Solomon Childs. Apple Music | TIDAL

Conway The Machine – Look What I Became Fans of Conway The Machine have been anxiously waiting for his debut studio album on Eminem's Shady Records since he announced his deal with the label in March 2017. And as he's been in the lab cooking up, he's continuously released music, with nearly half a dozen mixtapes over the past year and change. Today, he continues that string of drops with the Look What I Became EP, his third drop of the year. The project is full of the gritty, corner-dwelling hip-hop his fans love him for, with guest appearances from his Griselda cohorts Benny The Butcher and Westside Gunn, along with Jim Jones, Dave East, El Camino and Amber Simone. Apple Music | TIDAL

JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are Cornballs JPEGMAFIA has built a reputation and fan base from his experimental production and provocative, humorous lyrics and song titles, along with lending his sounds to Denzel Curry, Injury Reserve, and more. Peggy's latest album All My Heroes Are Cornballs, however, is "a meticulously sequenced record where anger frequently gives way to tranquillity – and vice versa," according to one early review. We haven't given it a listen yet ourselves, but we're excited to see what he has up his sleeve. Apple Music | TIDAL

Von Pea – City For Sale Von Pea has been an indie rap staple for years, primarily known as a member of beloved Brooklyn rap trio Tanya Morgan. But today he's going solo dolo for City For Sale, an album that tells the story of the gentrification of his home city. "City For Sale is a breakup album. A relationship album. Instead of a woman it's about my hometown...YOUR hometown...your old way of living," he said about the album on his Bandcamp page. "Growing apart from a place, from people, from who you once ... The overall narrative is for any person that feels unfamiliar in a space that was currently familiar to them. This album is me finding my new comfort zone because I have to." Apple Music | TIDAL

Jahshua Smith – They Don't Love You Like That Detroit lyricist Jahshua Smith has previously branded his music as Pro Black Cool, a combination of his fly Detroit energy and sociopolitical awareness that stems from his Motown family lineage and sense of black history. But on They Don't Love You Like That, the follow-up to The 4th Wall (2016), he gets his most personal yet, pairing his usual sensibilities with songs that chronicle surviving a massive car crash and moving back to Detroit after years in New York City. "I want people to recognize even when they feel a lack of love, the most powerful love comes from themselves," Smith told VIBE. "This is my self-love letter after coming home and almost losing myself." Apple Music | TIDAL

Emeli Sandé – Real Life Scottish R&B singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé has returned with Real Life, her first studio album since 2016's Long Live The Angels. While her last project dealt with her divorce and other personal battles, according to Belfast Telegraph, her new record is more uplifting and confident. "The main themes on the album are freedom and survival, and I wanted the message of love to run throughout every song," she said. Apple Music | TIDAL

Shari Marie – Reflection Shari Marie is 21 years old, but she looks to share a lifetime of experiences on Reflection, her new album executive produced by Grammy winning producer Swagg R' Celious (H.E.R., Kehlani, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo). As she says in a press release: "“This is my first album ever and I can’t even describe how proud I am of the body of work created. It pulled so many emotions out of me and helped me during different situations while making it. Reflection is honest and real. I addressed old relationships, haters who didn’t wanna see me win and some of my family hardships. I’m excited to see how the music will impact the fans.” Apple Music | TIDAL

Lil Nas X ft. – Panini (DaBaby Remix) After the record-breaking success of "Old Town Road," breakout star Lil Nas X has moved on to the next with his single "Panini" with a performance at the MTV VMAs and a music video. And this week, he's released a remix of the song with rookie of the year candidate DaBaby – and awarded a Twitter user $100 for correctly guessing the guest. Apple Music | TIDAL

Jhené Aiko – "Trigger Protection Mantra" Jhené Aiko has gotten back into the swing of releasing new music over the past year with a few freestyles, but her new "Trigger Protection Mantra" is more of a meditation tool than anything else. Her tweet about the song simply says "headphone recommended," and rightfully so, as the song is a peaceful, immersive escape from daily stress. The YouTube link below provides more information about the song's healing properties, revealed by Aiko's sound healing mentor Jeralyn Glass. Apple Music | TIDAL | Spotify

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – "Mood Swings" Since the release of his last full-length album in late 2018, A Boogie has been making cameos with the likes of 2 Chainz, Khalid and his homie Don Q. Now, the week that he was axed from the Power theme song for the original version, he's dropped his own new joint: "Mood Swings," a single from his next album. "Mood Swings" sees him popping sh*t, getting freaky with his best friend, and warning his enemies. Apple Music | TIDAL

Big Boi, Sleepy Brown and CeeLo Green – "Intentions" Big Boi and Sleepy Brown have been a formidable team for years now, collaborating on tracks with each other via Outkast and on Big Boi's material, and performing together whenever Big Boi has a show. The duo have now decided to make an album together, and the funky first single "Intentions" has fellow Dungeon Family member CeeLo Green joining in. All of them sound just as beautiful and well-coordinated as always. Apple Music | TIDAL

French Montana ft. Gunna – "Suicide Doors" French Montana is always prone for a hit, and his new song with Gunna, "Suicide Doors," sounds like another one. Armed with a beautiful Harry Fraud production, French and Gunna trade celebratory, boastful and melodic rhymes. Apple Music | TIDAL

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.Knight Immerses Into Hip-Hop And Dance Fusion With New Single "Groove"

Hailing from Prince George County, Maryland, .Knight (born as Teddron Peters) released his hip-hop dance fusion single "Groove" on Thursday (Sept. 12).  The 'Mekile' produced track hypnotizes the audience with its electronic keys that can "cast a spell to any listener to bring out there strongest two-step to the dance floor," as stated in a release.

With an ear for the early 90s rap, the artist started to translate his "misfortunes and feelings" in his music. Mixed by Obii Say and Allen Le Grand, Knight moves through his creative process pushing for an in-house vibe.

"Groove" backstory comes from a place of being stuck in year-long "negative feedback." .Knight took to his Twitter to delve deeper into the meaning of "Groove," as it opens new doors for a fresh chapter in .Knight's life story.

In the beginning of 2019 I had a strong feeling that this was going to be the most transformative year for me.

For years I’ve struggled with lack of consistency.. it always felt like as soon as I was ready to take things to the next level, life would step in and knock me down

— .knight (@Knightcantrap) September 10, 2019

Once I started to develop my self confidence and realize the true gift of my talent then I would instantly get depressed at the thought of not having the financial support or fanbase. I would constantly think things like “What’s the point” or “There’s way too much to do”

— .knight (@Knightcantrap) September 10, 2019

I was caught in this negative feedback loop FOR YEARS .. I would feel huge burst of energy but then fall right back into the same state of mind not being able to break the cycle, This lead to crippling inactivity

— .knight (@Knightcantrap) September 10, 2019

FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS Ive been creating beautiful music that only my friends and family have gotten to hear because I was always waiting for “the right moment” ..but never being motivated enough to release content so that the right moment might show itself (the loop)

— .knight (@Knightcantrap) September 10, 2019

I say all this to say even though the struggle continues.. I will not let my mind get in the way anymore, I thought about this enough..Im done thinking..ACTION IS THE ONLY STEP!

— .knight (@Knightcantrap) September 10, 2019

For two minutes and ten seconds, the upbeat groovy hit mesmerizes your memory as you find your self nodding along.

Listen to "Groove" below.

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