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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.

Check out the visuals below.

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Premiere: Motivation And Loyalty Reign On euro’s Two Pack, “Never Fold/Day Ones”

Young Money alum euro gives fans a two for one special with the release of his latest singles, “Never Fold" and "Day Ones.”

The song actually splits into two with “Never Fold” serving fans who are a sucker for lyrical mastery and "Day Ones" providing the right amount of victorious thunder and bravado.

"Never Fold" bloomed out of sheer pride and euro’s determination to throw lyrical jabs at anyone coming his way.

“My brother got a hold of the beat from Ayo the producer and he wanted me to record over it,” euro tells VIBE. “He called me out after I passed on the beat due to writer’s block. At that moment, I had to prove a point and that’s what came out of it.”

As for “Day Ones,” the tune shows how euro is rooted in more ways than one. "The motivation behind "Day Ones" is staying true on this journey, never selling out," he explains. "There have been many times we’ve had opportunities to take the easy way, but we have our minds made up to do this our way - the right way, for our people, with our people."

The tracks will be apart of euro's forthcoming album, Don’t Expect Nothing, to be released August 16th. The rapper has resided under the radar but still managed to snag big co-signs from the likes of Lil Wayne and Drake.

Enjoy the tracks below.

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Rick Ross Announces ‘Port Of Miami 2’ Release Date

The wait is finally over. Rick Ross’ Port of Miami 2 album will be released on the 13-year anniversary of its predecessor, the Maybach Music head announced Tuesday (July 16).

The album's cover art features Ross holding a pendant with a photo of his close friend and manager, Black Bo, who passed away in 2018. In addition to the art work, Rozay debuted a minute-long album trailer where he appears to undergo a baptism.

"Port of Miami started me on this journey,” Ross wrote in June in an Instagram post announcing his 10th studio album. “It's only right I bring it back to where it all started. For my day ones to the new ones, this album is for you."

Earlier in the month, Ross released the singles “Big Tyme” featuring Swizz Beatz and “Act of Fool,” featuring Wale.

Watch the Port Of Miami 2 trailer below.

 

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R.LUM.R Shares Visuals For New Single "How This Feels"

With his forthcoming debut album set to drop this fall, R&B artist R.LUM.R released his latest single and paired visual "How This Feels" on Friday (July 12). He recently inked a deal with Island Records earlier this year, and his new track "builds on the momentum" the entertainer has achieved since he first climbed into the music scene with his breakout single "Show Me."

The Florida-born singer delivers vulnerable lyrics and piercing falsettos in the songs hook when asks, "So can we be real/About how this feels?" As he goes back and forth from guitar chords to nocturnal R&B, R.LUM.R's latest melody lights a fire into his next chapter in the music industry.

The opening scene of the visual shows the vocalist staring at a burning old-school Cadillac set on fire. The picturesque film continues into the opening verse on owning up to intimate feelings and connections that could be conflicting or dangerous if pursued. "I don't wanna lead us in the wrong direction/Force or fake a feeling cause we both need affection/End up co-dependent cause we can't deal with depression/The way we need/ So can we be real?/About how this feels," he croons.

"With this first visual, I wanted to make sure to do something more striking and interesting than I've ever done that makes you feel the isolation that is so felt in the music," he said in a statement. "I think we did it with 'How This Feels,'"

His widely successful single "Frustrated" reached Top 10 at Urban AC Radio in 2017. Most recently he released his project AFTERIMAGE, which reached over 100 million global artist streams.

"I really believed in what Erykah Badu used to say about music, ‘Once I release it into the world, it’s no longer my story.’ Once the audience listens to it, it’s their story. I can’t wait to see how people interpret it. There’s growth to be done, and you don’t have to be afraid of it.”

Listen to "How This Feels" up top.

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