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Ro James Offers A Taste Of His New Album With "Excuse Me"

"Excuse Me," a breezier, poppier version of James' brand of lust music, is the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album.

As fall creeps up closer and closer, Ro James is stepping back centerstage with new tunes for the season. The singer-songwriter (and Scorpio) has freed up the Pierre Medor and Tricky Stewart-produced song, "Excuse Me." "Excuse Me," a breezier, poppier version of James' brand of lust music, is the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album, set to release via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.

"Why you do this to me/When you know how I felt?/Every time I touch, your skin getting melted/But you freeze quickly, I swear you so cold/When I'm in my head, that's when I miss you the most," he sings.

James has been steadily building up to this moment. Earlier this year, he released his 4-track Smoke EP and embarked on a joint North American "R&B Tour" with fellow crooner BJ the Chicago Kid. While we wait on the album title and official release date, press play on the new single below.

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This week's new music includes a swan song by Fat Joe, a compilation by Mary J. Blige, a final posthumous release by XXXTENTACION, and a rare Jay Electronica sighting.

Fat Joe and Dre – Family Ties If we're to take Fat Joe at his word, the Bronx lyricist is handing in his microphone, with Family Ties as his final album after an illustrious 26-year career that includes hit songs, and collaborations alongside some of the greatest rappers ever. After doing a joint album with his Terror Squad sis Remy Ma two years ago, he's going out with a project where he teams up with longtime collaborator Dre (of the production duo Cool & Dre). The voice behind hits like "Lean Back" and "All The Way Up" is going out strong. Check "Drive" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih, "Lord Above" featuring Mary J. Blige and Eminem, and "Big Splash" featuring Remy Ma. Apple Music | TIDAL

Mary J. Blige – HERstory Vol. 1 In time for the holidays, Mary J. Blige has released a box set called HERstory Vol. 1 that serves as a collection of her greatest hits and rareties, including remixes of some of her most successful songs. Apple Music | TIDAL

French Montana – MONTANA French Montana is a rap chameleon, always bringing out the biggest names in the industry to collaborate and finding a way for the songs to make sense. MONTANA already had the pre-released singles "No Stylist" with Drake, "Slide" with Blueface and Lil Tjay, "Suicide Doors" with Gunna, "Wiggle It" with the City Girls, "Writing On The Wall" with Cardi B, Post Malone and Rvssian, and "Twisted" with Juicy J, Logic and A$AP Rocky. Features for the rest of the album: Chris Brown, Kodak Black, Swae Lee, PartyNextDoor, and more. Apple Music | TIDAL

Max B – House Money As his Coke Wave brother French Montana releases his third album since 2013, Max B has dropped his first album since going to prison in 2009. House Money includes fellow New York vets like Cam'ron, French and Jadakiss as guests, while also enlisting young guns like A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Dave East. The wave is back, and his fans will likely be excited to get more from him. Apple Music | TIDAL

Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial Compton rapper Roddy Ricch has used his Feed The Streets mixtape series and the 2018 EP Be 4 Tha Fame to build a buzz as one of the most promising young new rappers, and he hopes to deliver on that anticipation with his debut album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial. Gunna, Meek Mill, A Boogie and Ty Dolla all serve as guest appearances, but most of the 16 tracks appear to be all him – exactly how an introductory album should be. Apple Music | TIDAL

XXXTENTACTION – Bad Vibes Forever Bad Vibes Forever is XXXTENTACION's second posthumous album since his murder in June 2019. Most of the project's 25 tracks clocking in around two minutes, the star-studded guest list includes Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Trippie Redd, Joey Bada$$, and many more. Apple Music | TIDAL

Camila Cabello – Romance This week marks the release of Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello's sophomore album, Romance. With lead singles like "Liar," "Shameless," "Cry For Me," "Easy" and Living Proof," the album also features guest appearances by Shawn Mendez and DaBaby. Apple Music | TIDAL

Dave East, Jay Electronica, 070 Phi – "No Hoodie (Nothin' To Lose)" It's always news when Jay Electronica surfaces, and this new song with Dave East and 070 Phi is an attempt to raise awareness about homelessness in NYC. Apple Music | TIDAL

Theophilus London – "Cuba" "Cuba" is the creative, addictive new single by Theophilus London, set to appear on his upcoming album Bebey. Apple Music | TIDAL

El-P – I'll Sleep When You're Dead  Before El-P became part of the raucous, Grammy-nominated rap group Run The Jewels, he was already respected as one of the best producer/rappers of all time: he was part of a critically-acclaimed group called Company Flow, founded a critical darling record label called Definitive Jux, and launched a solo career with some of the most interesting rap you'll find. This year will see an extensive reissue campaign of his solo catalog, beginning today with the digital release of his 2007 album I'll Sleep When You're Dead, available on streaming services for the first time. I'll Sleep and the following releases, should give new RTJ fans plenty to learn El-P's musical DNA, and longtime El-P fans a chance to relive their elusive favorites from the past. Apple Music | TIDAL

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New Music Friday: The Game, Griselda, Ozuna, The Weeknd, And More

With this week's holiday giving everyone a long weekend, we're thankful for time with family and for new music. This New Music Friday includes Griselda releasing their Shady debut, The Game releasing his final album, and The Weeknd releasing his second comeback track.

Griselda – WWCD The members of Griselda have been flooding the streets throughout 2019 with individual solo projects, but this week, the trio of Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, and Westside Gunn have released their group album with Shady Records. Expect more of the drug-pushing, gun-busting rap that earned the Buffalo, New York crew their hardcore following. Guests on the album include Eminem, 50 Cent, Raekwon, and more. Apple Music | TIDAL

The Game – Born 2 Rap If we're to take The Game at his word, he's retiring from the rap game. And on the day of his 40th birthday (Nov. 29), he's releasing his final album: Born 2 Rap. He's going out hard with a 25-track effort with cameo appearances by everyone from Dom Kennedy and Nipsey Hussle to Travis Barker and Ed Sheeran. Apple Music | TIDAL

Add-2 – Jim Crow the Musical Chicago rapper Add-2 may have one of the most creative projects of the year with Jim Crow the Musical. It's his first album in four years, but there was clearly thought and time put into this: the project is divided into four acts, and is narrated by actor Kadeem Harrison (A Different World, The Cosby Show). Add-2 tells VIBE: "Jim Crow the Musical is an intimate look into the beautiful but at times harsh experiences of being of Black in America. From addressing subjects such as police brutality, black love, and self-love, each song serves as another layer in the story." Guest appearances include Phonte, Natalie Oliveri, Yaw, and more. Apple Music | TIDAL

Fabolous – Summer Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever If you're a Fabolous fan, you already know what it is: he arguably has the greatest mixtape catalog of any rapper ever, and we don't expect him to slow up with Summer Shootout 3. The star-studded guest list has the likes of Meek Mill, Lil Durk, Roddy Rich, and many more sharing the mic with him. Apple Music | TIDAL

Ozuna – Nibiru In the VIBE VIVA cover story profile of Ozuna, we describe his new album Nibiru as "aiming to encapsulate the wisdom, experience, and frustrations of recently-lived experiences accompanied with the reality that the 'the street wants to party.'"  The production integrates hip-hop, R&B, tropical pop, reggae and alternative rhythms, which is sure to boost his global success even higher. Apple Music | TIDAL

The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights" After marking his return earlier this week with the song "Heartless," The Weeknd already has another single just days later called "Blinding Lights." "Heartless" sees him reverting back to his f**kboi ways, while the synthy, woman-chasing "Blinding Lights" is apparently the tune for a new Mercedes-Benz commercial that features The Weekend as the star. Apple Music | TIDAL

Janelle Monae – "That's Enough" "That's Enough" is Janelle Monae's contribution to the soundtrack of the upcoming remake of Disney's classic animated film Lady and The Tramp. Apple Music | TIDAL

Uncle Murda – "God I F**k With You" On his new single "God I F**k With You," Uncle Murda reminisces on his early struggles while showing gratitude for his successes and for being alive.

Blac Youngsta – Church On Sunday Just a week after releasing his DaBaby-assisted single "Like A Pro," Blac Youngsta has released his second official studio album, Church On Sunday. The Memphis, Tenn. rapper has friends in high places – the album has guest appearances by T.I., Tory Lanez, G-Eazy, City Girls, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, and many more. Apple Music | TIDAL

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New Music Friday: Tory Lanez, Fabolous, Future, Styles P, Big K.R.I.T.

This week's new music sees old hits recreated, old love revisited, and old series revitalized. Tory Lanez releases the latest Chixtape installment, Jhene Aiko and Big Sean fuel requests for another Twenty88 album, and Big K.R.I.T. finally releases the fifth of his "My Sub" series.

Tory Lanez – Chixtape 5 Tory Lanez has unloaded Chixtape 5 after weeks of building buzz on social media. The 18-song offering is a nostalgic feel, as the project is made up of samples from the 2000s with the songs' original creators. The fifth installment of the series features collaborations from Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Mya, Ashanti, Ludacris, Fabolous, Jermaine Dupri and more. During a recent interview with Billboard, Lanez spoke about his latest offering. .

"Everything is 2000s-inspired," Lanez said. "Everything is inspired by the times when things were golden for us. I think all those pieces and everything that we've come out with has been all about nostalgia. I'm about to take you on a whole journey musically." Apple Music | TIDAL

Jhene Aiko and Big Sean – "None Of Your Concern" Jhene Aiko and Big Sean may not be an item anymore, but their creative chemistry still draws sparks. The former lended background vocals to Big Sean's "Single Again," and now they've collaborated for a new song, "None of Your Concern." The song appears to put their relationship issues out for all to see, and fans of their group album Twenty88 are already requesting a sequel.

Styles P – Presence Last week, L.O.X.'s Sheek Louch released his Gorillaween Vol. 2. Now, another third of the group, Styles P, has released his new album titled, Presence. The 10-song effort, which follows S.P. the GOAT: Ghost of all Time, is Styles P at his best touches the hearts of inmates doing winters in prison, coke heads, dope boys as well as common man. Apple Music | TIDAL

Boosie Badazz – Talk Dat Shit One of the hardest working MCs in the business, Boosie Badazz decided to celebrate his 37th G-day with a brand new mixtape, Talk Dat Sh*t. Led by the Southside Baton Rouge theme song "Southside Baby," the former high school basketball star shared 18 songs that are full of gangsta talk, bragging about merking opps, and beating murder charges. Talk Dat Sh*t comes after Bad Azz Zay  with producer Zaytoven, and is his first solo project since Boosie 3.5, released in March. Apple Music | TIDAL

Fabolous – "B.O.M.B.S." Out of nowhere, Brooklyn's Fabolous released some new heat with "B.O.M.B.S" (Back on my Bull Sh*t).  And we are not upset about the unannounced newbie. The Breevort Projects general does what he's been doing since early 2000s by dropping top-notch sixteens on all things fly, drippy, or saucy, whichever word you prefer. And what's even more impressive with "B.O.M.B.S'." is that the instrumental is a flip of the Chicago Bulls theme song. That boy sick.

Also, word in the industry is that F.A.B.O. is working on Summertime Shootout 3. And he threw an assist to Tory Lanez on "If You Gotta," a song from Chixtape 5.

 

Big K.R.I.T. – "Ballad of the Bass (My Sub V)" When Big K.R.I.T.'s album K.R.I.T. IZ HERE dropped earlier this year, fans were upset that it was missing another installment from his "My Sub" series. Big K.R.I.T. listened because today (Nov. 15), the Meridian, Miss. native released "Ballad of the Bass (My Sub V)." The King of the South rapper took to Instagram to announce the release.

“As my ‘From the South with Love’ tour comes to an end this weekend, I want to thank y’all for showing up and showing out every night, K.R.I.T. said on Instagram. “I premiered my fifth ‘My Sub’ install ‘Ballad of the Bass’ while on tour and your reaction was crazy mane! Ya’ll been asking me all tour to release it, so tonight it’s yours," K.R.I.T. wrote on his IG account. Apple Music | TIDAL

Rockie Fresh – Destination Rockie Fresh released his Rostrum Records debut, Destination. The marks the former Maybach Music Group signee's first full-length release since 2016, but it's worth the wait. The Chicago-bred artist's latest opus comes with 12 tracks, including the single “Maria” produced by Bizness Boi. Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Casey Veggies, 24hrs and Arin Ray make guest appearances the project. Apple Music|TIDAL

Danger Mouse ft. Sparklehorse, MF DOOM – "Ninjarous"

In tribute to Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous, Danger Mouse has dropped an unreleased song that he and Linkous created with MF DOOM."It was one of his favorites, so I’m happy to have this opportunity to pay tribute to him by getting it out there,” Danger Mouse said, according to 2DopeBoyz. The song appears on Danger Mouse's upcoming 30th Century Records compilation, 30th Century Volume 2.

DJ Shadow – Our Pathetic Age DJ Shadow has been one of hip-hop's most important artists since his 1996 debut Endtroducing....., and now he's back with his first full-length album in three years, Our Pathetic Age. He's one of the premiere DJs in hip-hop history, and as such, his guest list is nuts: Nas, Pharoahe Monch, Run The Jewels, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and De La Soul all make appearances on the album. Apple Music | TIDAL

Future Feat. Lil Durk – "Last Name" All this week, Future is has been releasing songs that were previously leaked. Last month (Oct.), the Freebandz CEO teased his Lil Durk collaboration dubbed, "Last Name." Today, Hendrix finally shared the song in its entirety. Here, the Monster rapper spits about his recent paternity controversy, while Durk raps about happenings in the streets. Apple Music | TIDAL

Pardison Fontaine – Under8ed New York’s Pardison Fontaine has been behind the scenes putting his pen game down for some of your favorite artists. He's put his lending hand on pause to release his Atlantic Records debut album, Under8ed. Capping out at a light 14 songs, Under8ed features the likes of Cardi, Jadakiss, Jeremih, Offset and the City Girls. Apple Music  |TIDAL

Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack The forthcoming flick Queen & Slim takes on the Bonnie and Clyde theme, yet it's much more political than that. While the movie lands in theaters Nov. 27, the soundtrack is available for streaming today. A 17-track effort has features from Lauryn Hill, EarthGang, Lil Baby, Vince Staples, 6lack, and many others. The latest single is "Ride Or Die," by Megan Thee Stallion and Vickeelo. Apple Music | TIDAL

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On her new jazzy, breezy jam produced by The Other Guys, Washington D.C. vocalist Jenna Camille tells her partner that as much as she loves him, that she needs him to step his game up to satisfy her emotional and physical needs. Apple Music | TIDAL

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