Khalid Explains How 'Shower Time' Produces His Most Creative Jams

The Texas native headed to Brooklyn's Apple Store last Wednesday (March 8) for a special performance and chat with Beats 1 host, Ebro Darden. 

Khalid finds inspiration for his blend of new wave, R&B and soul in the most reclusive spaces. Before the teen made his TV debut on Fallon Wednesday evening (March 15),  The artist behind the breakout hit, "Location" chatted with Beats 1's Ebro Darden about his creative process for his debut album American Teen at Apple's Brooklyn location last week (March 8).

Since the release of "Location" last year, the artist has found success in the streaming, as well as the radio world with listeners gravitating towards his unique cozy sound. The standout track produced by Syk Sense, Tunji Ige and Smash David, isn't alone on American Teen as tracks like "Saved," "Hopeless" and "Angels" help tell stories of love, self-reflection and determination.

Speaking with Darden, Khalid shared how casual moments like being in the shower gave him time to focus and find the right groove for his project. "A majority of the records started out in the shower," he said as the crowd raised a united chuckle. "I would have my phone out and make voice memos in whatever mood I was in. I would get to the studio, meet with the producer and say, 'This is what I was feeling, let's build off of this.' Half of the time the lyrics would be already written, sometimes they wouldn't We would go in and build it from the ground up. I feel like spending all that time on the record allows me to connect emotionally because it's almost like your child."

Khalid went deeper with Billboard last month as he explained the moment he realized the effect his music had on people.“This one teacher I had told me that my voice wasn't really the one for choir music,” he said. “I sang the song, and she cries … and I don't get picked. I was curious, like; you cried, why didn't you pick it? She was like, ‘Your song is too sad.’ How can a song be too sad? Things like that crafted me throughout high school,” he continues, “and eventually I was like, I'm over this choir shit. If people are telling me I'm not singing the right way and that my songs are too sad, I'm going to sing them the way I want to, and I'm going to sing my sad-ass songs and someone's going to like that shit.”

As far as collaborations go, Khalid isn't limiting himself. He hopes to work with fellow contemporary acts like Kehalni, 6Black and New Jersey's Russ. "Angels" was also recently given the remix treatment by DJ Carnage, showing he has fans in every genre.

Check out the rest of Khalid's chat and performance of "Location," above.

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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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