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Kehlani Poses A "Distraction" For Anyone Trying To Claim The R&B Throne With Her "Say My Name"-Inspired Video

With her Destiny's Child-nodding video for "Distraction," Kehlani is gunning for that true R&B throne.

Kehlani is demanding the next spot in this R&B game.

In an era where trap music has grown in its influence beyond imaginable measures, it's refreshing to see someone successfully preserving the 90s-primed essence of the beloved sound. We’ve been given the much appreciated tri-fused new sound from the TrapHouseJazz Collective accompanied with Bryson Tiller’s molding of his own genre with Trap Soul. But now we can finally let go of that breath we’ve been holding hostage and be rest assured that someone is trying to hold it down for the prized genre.

The Tsunami ringleader is no stranger to sampling old school classics—which act as bait to hook you within the first :30 seconds of any song in her catalog—from Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” to Ginuwine’s “So Anxious.” Kehlani’s fashion sense and M.O. act as the quintessence of TLC in regards to their style and self-love and know-your-worth attitude, especially with songs like “Be Alright” and “Bright” from the singer’s You Should Be Here mixtape.

But the Oakland princess took it one step further and paid homage to Destiny’s Child’s hit video for “Say My Name,” with respect to their infamous color-scheme scenes that can be seen above. The Yashxana-directed visuals for her single, “Distraction,” features herself along with friend, model and, for purposes of this video, love interest, Jordun Love. The rendition features a unique spin on the color scheme adding meaning to the tones. At first look, it seems apparent that each hued room represents the variety of faces in a casual relationship: yellow for innocence and fun, blue for the security and confidence to express sexuality, red for passion and sensuality and white for fantasy. Take a peek at the four most glaring similarities between “Distraction” and the Joseph Kahn-directed, “Say My Name.”

FANTASY

Kehlani could be labeled any 20-something and younger’s dream. The YSBH vocalist adds a little more edge and fantasy to her emulation of the Destiny’s Child scene with mystical gray hair, in all white threads, surrounded by clouds, smoking a blunt. With the nearly elementary approach to her style, she can rock her unique tats, including a portrait of Lauryn Hill and “Woke” on her left arm, as accessories to any fit that’ll go with either sneakers or heels, who wouldn’t pick Kehlani as their fantasy chick?

SECURITY AND CONFIDENCE TO EXPRESS SENSUALITY

Here, the duo gets comfortable with each other sexually, as they engage in some groping that may prompt advised discretion for some viewers. This scenario touches base on the possible awkwardness that may be sensuality in the type of distractionship the Grammy-nominated artist describes in her single. Getting a little more up close and personal than the foursome-rule to the Destiny Child’s parent scene, the lovebirds clearly have no issues in that area.

PASSION AND SEXUALITY

In a breakdown of the song Kehlani did with Genius before the release of the video, she describes the nature of the bond between an ideal twosome in the type of relationship she portrays in the song and video. Being able to “call at anytime,” and just “kick it and chill” are key to the dynamics of the “dope, strong mental” connection that lays the foundation for the bond. Kehlani’s interpretation echoes the group-scenario evocative of DC’s original red room, but with an intimate focus on herself and Love, despite the two other girls who are already present in the bed with him as she crawls next to him. Jordun’s eyes are all on Lani Tsunami, highlighting the idea that no matter who he may be messing with, no one is breaking the bond between him and his girl.

FUN AND INNOCENCE

Finally, you can’t have all this passion and skip out on the goofy. In the vibrant-hued scene that steers away from the inquisitive aura in the similar orange room in the Destiny’s Child version, Love and the “Distraction” Queen take a break from their grinding and just enjoy each other’s comedic company. Creating a makeshift mustache with Jordan’s hair and making goofy faces as they dance and sing to each other, the couple makes you think about using them as their next #RelationshipGoals.

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Nicky Jam And Ozuna's "Te Robare" Video Transports Them To Another World

Nicky Jam and Ozuna are on a mission to get the girl they want at all costs. A black and white montage serves as the backdrop for their playful new video for their latest single, “Te Robare,” which translates into the mischievous: “I’ll steal you.”

Throughout their performance, a bevy of beautiful women have brief interludes that go from talking in a vaporized infused telephone booth to breaking into a sexy dance group sequence. "We are very happy to be able to share this new single with the fans of the reggaetón genre, we are sure that they will enjoy this song as much as we do,” Nicky said in a press release.

Despite the video featuring a slew of women, it's worth noting that it looks sexy but classic. Jam prides himself in creating this type of imagery in his visuals. In 2017, he told Billboard, "Our audience is so broad that we have to make videos where women look beautiful and conservative and are treated with respect because the videos are seen by kids and adults," he said. "Other reggaetóneros who do what they do are targeting one audience. They don’t have the same responsibility we do."

In addition to releasing new music, Nicky Jam is kicking off his "Intimo Tour 2019" on April 11 in Chicago and will go through the month of May. Watch the video for "Te Robare" above.

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Premiere: Tommie of 'Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta' Calls On Anthony Hamilton For 'Truth' Music Video

"With every trial is a testimony!" Tommie tells VIBE. "Here is mine."

With that, the The Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star drops her new music video for "Truth." The song sees her recounting a lifetime of struggles - sexual assault, birthing her child in jail, homelessness, and more, while a soulful Anthony Hamilton sings a hook that congratulates her for how far she's come. The video, directed by illHD and Tommie herself, splits between its own storyline and vintage footage of her life.

“This is/was my real life! Beyond the lights. I wanted to share with the people the back story, my whole truth," Tommie said. "In doing so I hope to motivate others struggling with their truth to not be afraid and be inspired to not give up!”

Watch the video for Tommie and Anthony Hamilton's "Truth" above.

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Rich The Kid, Nav, And More Friday Music Releases You Need To Hear

Mar. 2019 was a pretty slow month, but we are back with a new list of the hottest Friday releases. From Rich the Kid to Nav and more, here are all of the Friday music releases that you need to hear below.

Enjoy!

Rich The Kid – The World Is Yours 2

Rich the Kid is back with The World Is Yours 2. The 16-track project features Offset, Big Sean, Tory Lanez, Gunna, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. The album also includes the pre-released singles, "Splashin'" and "4 Phones."

This is Rich the Kid's second studio album. It is a sequel to The World Is Yours, which was released in Mar. 2018.

Listen to Rich the Kid's new album below.

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Nav – Bad Habits

Nav's sophomore studio album is here. Bad Habits consists of 16 tracks and includes guest appearances by Meek Mill, The Weeknd, Young Thug, Gunna, and more.

Nav dropped the tracklist and video teaser ahead of the album's release. The preview includes behind-the-scenes footage of the rapper's past live concerts.

The album is completely produced by The Weeknd. Listen to Bad Habits below.

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Cantrell – DEVIL NEVER EVEN LIVED

With a memorable freestyle on Sway In the Morning and Mass Appeal's recently concluded Starting 5 tour under his belt, Albany, Ga. rapper Cantrell has settled down to release his sophomore EP, DEVIL NEVER EVEN LIVED. The second half of a two-EP anthology started with Stardust 2 Angels (2018), Cantrell's new project is anchored by the singles "Fo Five" and "Know It's Wrong" and shares heavy, internalized storytelling with hauntingly beautiful production.

“I wanted to go deeper into me, what I’ve come from, and how that may have shaped the young man that created Stardust 2 Angels,” Cantrell said in a statement about the album. “I wanted to show it all, the good and the bad that brought me to this point... I’m asking for listeners' time so they deserve that much, if not more.”

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Megan Thee Stallion – "Sex Talk"

Raunch and debauchery ensue in Megan Thee Stallion's newest single "Sex Talk." The track, which arrived early Friday morning (March 22), is sexy, empowering, and strong as the 24-year-old takes charge of her sexual nature in this single that puts a women's pleasure over a man's.

"Can I f**k ya to a trap beat? He said girl you tryin' to trap me?/Ah hell nah, ni**a no I ain't (What?)/You can hit that door, here go ahead leave," she raps over the bass-heavy beat.

"Sex Talk" is projected to land on the Houston rappers forthcoming album Fever, which is slated to hit streaming shelves in Apr 2019. Stream the Stallion's "Sex Talk" below.

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Jacquees ft. Lil Baby – "Your Peace"

Jacquees, or the King of R&B, as he likes to call himself, just released a new single featuring Lil’ Baby. “Your Peace” features Jacquees' signature sound and the Atlanta rapper riding on the R&B beat. Listen to the track to hear the two Georgia artists try to find peace with a special someone.

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