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Premiere: Sonreal Pays Homage To Fathers Everywhere On "My Friend" (Prod. by Babyface & Charlie Handsome)

Babyface and Charlie Handsome help Sonreal spread love on  a touching new song. 

Vancouver's most versatile new voice SonReal debuts a moving video tribute to his late father, "My Friend," on VIBE today (Nov 14). The legendary Babyface and Charlie Handsome assisted in making this touching number --- which digs deep into the relationships between fathers and sons.

"My father's name was Glenn Stephen Hoffman. He passed away of a heart attack last year while I was on tour," Sonreal tells VIBE. "My parents divorced when I was 15 and my dad always had a very hard time with that. He was an incredible person... one of the funniest people I can think of, but he suffered from mental health issues and alcohol abuse."

The solemn video features the rising artist strumming away on his guitar as the stormy skies eventually turn to sunshine symbolizing how there is always light at the end of even the darkest tunnel. Sonreal also opened further about how his father's passing has affected him.

"In the years leading up to his death he became less of a father figure to me and more of a very dear friend. We would talk on the phone for hours, bullshitting about pretty much anything under the sun while he sat there smoking cigarettes with the tv playing in the background," he continues. "He was one of my biggest fans. He knew all the lyrics to all my songs and always expressed how much he believed in me. When he passed away, I was terrified to write a song about it because I️ felt as though no song would do justice to his spirit. Despite that feeling, in April 2016, two month after he passed, I sat down in my home studio one night and wrote something special for "My Friend." This is the music video directed by Dane Collison... one of my best friends who got a chance to spend time with my father. Enjoy."

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Premiere: Aja Is Shaping Their Raps With Confident Candor On "I Ain't Left"

Sometimes you have to remind folks you're the s**t. This is heard throughout Aja's latest single, "I Aint' Left."

The track contains their reliable swaggy confident nature along with bits of dominating lyrics. Speaking to VIBE, Aja reveals the track is a response critic who has questioned their pretty successful career. "'I Ain't Left' is about people giving me negative feedback on things they know nothing about and saying I don't deserve to make my dreams come true as an artist," they said.

"A lot of people told me to write about my struggles as an up-and-coming musician who's creating a new blueprint for queer artists coming from reality TV, and this track is what came out of it."

A fan favorite from the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Aja captivated screens and unleashed their rap persona in 2017. A self-identified nonbinary queer artist and performer who's pronouns are "they/them," Aja has proved their lyrical abilities while going bar for bar with the sharpest talent in the industry like CupkakKe and Rico Nasty.

Currently, Aja is reading their next EP, ALL CAPS for Friday (June 28). The project is a follow up to their debut album BOX OFFICE. 

The Brooklyn native connects with fans, their struggles as it deals with race, gender and sexual identity, class, and sexuality. They have become an impactful figure in the LGBTQ+ community as well as an international role model.

Aja recently dominated the Wynwood Pride's LGBTQ music festival last weekend.

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Listen to "I Ain't Left" below.

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Chris Brown And Justin Bieber Create A Self-Love Note On "Don't Check On Me"

Chris Brown and Justin Bieber have joined forces once again with the release of their new single “Don’t Check On Me.” The love note is an ode to not succumbing to an ex's advances or falling victim to the “I miss you, how are you?” text. For the pair, once it’s done—it’s done.

The Biebs and Brown have collaborated in the past. In 2014, images of them in the studio surfaced. And you may remember in 2011 when they dropped “Next To You.”

According to Complex, Justin is getting ready to release new music since his last album Purpose, which dropped in 2015. He was recently spotted in the studio with his wife Hailey Baldwin.

 

 

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It’s interesting to see and hear what Bieber is coming out with next, considering the tumultuous couple of years he’s had with mental health. In a previous interview with VOGUE, he revealed he was depressed during his "Purpose Tour."

“I haven’t talked about this, and I’m still processing so much stuff that I haven’t talked about," he said. "I was lonely. I needed some time.”

“Just thinking about music stresses me out,” he continued. “I’ve been successful since I was thirteen, so I didn’t really have a chance to find who I was apart from what I did."

Listen to "Don"t Check On Me" above.

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A$AP Ferg Teams Up With City Girls And ANTHA On "Wigs"

A$AP Ferg is ready to dominate the summer with a new album and twerk-ready jams like his new single, "Wigs" featuring City Girls and ANTHA.

Produced by Frankie P (J.I.D., Cam'ron, Meek Mill), rambunctious single gives us yet another song to add to the hot girl summer playlist. The track is a follow up to "Pups" featuring A$AP Rocky. Collaborations might be the mission for Ferg this year as the rapper and painter teamed up with Redline to release a limited edition BMX-style bike. A$AP Ferg edition apparel will also be sold. The creative has successfully partnered with Adidas twice with his Trap Lord brand. He's also joined forces with Hennessy to sell a cocktail kit inspired by a drink he called the "Hennessy Uptown" in 2018. Tiffany & Co. made the Harlem native the face of its "Believe in Dreams" campaign as well as a brand ambassador last year.

But the rapper isn't the best graces with everyone. Asian Da Brat was originally on the track was reportedly replaced with a verse from Yung Miami. "I got mad love for @ASAPferg but him taking me off “WIG” was a big mistake  I BODIED THIS S**T IN MY SLEEP," Asian said in a tweet early Tuesday (June 25).

I got mad love for @ASAPferg but him taking me off “WIG” was a big mistake 😂😂🔥 I BODIED THIS SHIT IN MY SLEEP pic.twitter.com/74WvmLhs3i

— Asian Da Brat (@AsianDaBrattt) June 25, 2019

Ferg hasn't said anything about the collaboration but did share with Zane Lowe his music plans for the summer. "I'm just giving you all a little air right now, but the door's about to get slammed open, and it's going to be so much new music, so much new visuals," Ferg said on Beats 1 Radio. "I've been shooting videos, I've been creating music, I've got a whole project done, and finished, and I'm about to unleash. You know, it's going to be crazy, July is looking very nice to release some things."

Listen to "Wigs" below.

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