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Premiere: Sip The Impurities Of Bliss With Leandra McNair's "Alcohol & Misery"

The sultry soul singer leaves it all on the table for the love of the game. 

The key elements of rhythm and soul can be heard through rising singer-songwriter Leandra Mcnair. Inspired by diverse vantage points and feels,"Alcohol & Misery" paints a picture of empathy with stirring vocals and refreshing instrumentals.

Kicking off her career at the age of 15, McNair proved to be a soul star by winning Amateur Night at The Apollo. From there, the singer attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts in 2011 and has traveled the world providing background vocals for legendary jazz vocalist Debbie Sledge. Now prepared to step out on her own once again (she released the EP Allura Luna in 2013), McNair is using her experiences to bridge the jazz with today's modern R&B.

""Alcohol & Misery" is a song that I wrote [from] my perspective of someone else's life," McNair tells VIBE via email. "This song is about a woman I met who goes to the same bar night after night. Some nights at this bar they have live music. One night while she was there she grabbed the mic and started singing the most heart wrenching bluesy melody I have ever heard."

McNair is currently working on her new EP titled, Lucky. The singer began working on the project last year by only writing songs on her ukulele. Taking the role as an executive producer, she's also tapped producers Jordan Brown and Ken Linh Doky to assist.

In addition to Lucky, the singer will also be performing at prestigious Standard Jazz Club in Copenhagen for a special tribute to Nat King Cole throughout the month of December. Like her influences Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Jhene Aiko, Joey Badass, Swing out Sister and Lauryn Hill; this star burns bright.

Listen to "Alcohol & Misery" below.

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Premiere: Inayah Lamis Busts The Windows Out Of Toxic Love In Visuals For "Best Thing"

Breakups are never easy but let Inayah Lamis heal your heart with her cheeky video for "Best Thing." Inspired by true events, the Houston native sings about bitter feelings about love gone astray.

The emotional ballad is simple in production thanks to the presence of an acoustic guitar, allowing Lamis to show off her vocal chops. Reminiscent of 2000s R&B gems like "I Wished You Loved Me" by Tynisha Keli and recent classics like Tink's "Treat Me Like Somebody," Lamis finds the right words that almost anyone can relate to.

"The track “Best Thing” was birthed from a realtime heartbreak," she tells VIBE. "I went into the lab and wrote it while I was ending a relationship that had a strong hold over me. I literally cried in the booth as I was singing it. My hopes are that every woman or man that has been emotionally broken and taken for granted by a lover will feel comfort in knowing that leaving was the best thing they ever did for themselves."

Thanks to her around the way aura, the video plays off her personality with the presence of "Smakie Lamis" taking Lamis out of her sad girl feels over her deceitful partner, allowing her to hop in the whip and bust out some car windows–even if it's not her beau's car. Directed by Michelle Parker, the video also plays up Lamis' Houston swag as she rides around town in a candy green whip.

The budding singer knows how important her songwriting plays a role in her relationship with fans. Lamis previously shared a bit of her writing style with Refinery29, while opening up about the importance of body positivity.

"Anytime something impacts my life, I write it down and make a song out of it," she said. In her previous visuals for "Suga Daddy," the singer turned up the sexy for a good reason. "I've displayed my confidence as a chunky girl in this video. So many people have things to say about curvy, bigger girls. I feel like we're in a space now where we're able to finally have a voice and be free, and still be sexy. Particularly with the wardrobe, I wanted to show some skin, to show those curves, those back rolls, those fat little pockets I got underneath my chin and shit. I wanted to make sure I displayed that and rocked the hell out of it, confidently."

Lamis is gearing up to release her debut EP S.O.L.A.R. (Storytelling Over Lyrics and Rhymes) on Dec. 13. The singer hopes to share more stories her fans will appreciate and the masses will adore. Her come-up is a digital grassroots movement thanks to her remake of Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" in 2018 leading to her debut studio single  "N.A.S.," an acronym for "Ni**as ain't S**t."

 

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Taking things up a notch, Lamis announced the #BestThingChallenge to welcome fellow sangers to show off their vocals.

Before diving into the challenge, enjoy the visuals for "Best Thing" below.

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Premiere: Lambo Anlo Praises Women Hustlers In 'Blac Chyna' Video

Stripper-turned-entrepreneur Blac Chyna is one of the more polarizing figures in black music and reality TV, but Washington DC artist Lambo Anlo pays homage to her in his new video.

On "Blac Chyna," Lambo uses melodic rhymes to tell the story of a woman who uses her hustle, her beauty and her body to go from "section 8 to a palace." He speaks from a place of admiration for her focus, and the visual is a one shot video that shows him playing piano as the backdrop for a crew of gorgeous women of different complexions.

"It's the story of a female who grew up in an impoverished environment, taking any step she can to get where she wants to be in life," Lambo Anlo told VIBE. "For the video, we wanted to showcase the various cultures and races of women that go through this same struggle."

"I wanted to make an intimate video that juxtaposes two different types of people in more of a veiled style than what's traditionally expected," director Dillon Dowdell told VIBE.

Yazid Britt, director for creative services and marketing at Rostrum Records, noted that instead of simply casting a lookalike of the song's namesake as the lead, they wanted to go deeper and connect with viewers.

"It was an easy suggestion to just place a literal version of Blac Chyna as the female lead, but in many cases people see themselves through celebrities and that's what we set out with director Dillon Dowdell. There is a Blac Chyna in every culture.”

Watch the video for "Blac Chyna" above.

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Premiere: Akevius Dotes On His Girl On "1+1" Feat. DaBaby

Rookie crooner Akevius not only has a strong voice and promising career in his future, but the North Carolina native has a strong pen game which is evident on his new single.

Today (Nov. 15), Akevius linked with VIBE.com to premiere his boy crazy record dubbed, "1+1" featuring DaBaby. Over an aphrodisiac-like instrumental, Akevius effortlessly dotes over his girl before letting DaBaby adds his two cents about how much he cares about his PYT, making for an addictive radio-friendly record.

“DaBaby was always supportive of my music and we mutually wanted to work on a song together, that’s how '1+1' came about,” Akevius said via email.

"She my cutie, stupid booty/Girl I love it when you shake it/She the realest, she the illest, no one got nothing on my baby/That's lady/To keep it G, she gon' take it just for me," sings Akevius.

The budding singer also worked with Plies on the Polow Da Don and Krazy Figz-produced "Dumb Love."

Stream "1+1" below.

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