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Smino's Sophomore Album ‘Noir’ Is Finally Here

Smino is back with melodic and excentric flows. 

Poised to build on the promise he showed in his  2017 breakout debut blkswnSmino has kept the same energy going for his new album Noir. 

Released Thursday (Nov. 8), the album remains true to his ability to blend his melodic and excentric flows. The album, featuring in-house collaborators like Zero Fatigue member Monte Booker and fellow VIBE Next alumna Rayvn Lenae, includes the previously released singles "L.M.F." and "Klink."

"I'm not trying to be like anyone else's art," the St. Louis rapper said in a press release about his music. "I'm just trying to be the art that's coming out of me. It's just honest."

READ MORE: The Byproduct Of Smino’s Soul-Infused Rap Is The Inevitable Transfer Of Black Joy

Collaborating with producers like LBoogie, Sango, and Booker, Noir radiates good energy and intentional fun. "That's really what I was doing when I was making the record," adds Smino. "Just having fun and living off my own confidence."

The 18-track LP features labelmates Bari and Jay2 and well as Dreezy,  Lenae and G.O.O.D. Music's Valee.

Up next for Smino is his third-annual homecoming "Kribmas" show in St. Louis. Taking place at The Pageant on Dec. 14, this will be Smino's last show in the states before he tours abroad during the months of January and February.

Stream Noir below.

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Brandy Debuts “Baby Mama” Single Feat. Chance The Rapper

Brandy is back! The Grammy-winning singer dropped her new single, “Baby Mama,” featuring Chance the Rapper on Friday (May 1).

The song is an ode her daughter, Sy’rai, and an anthem for all mothers. “The inspiration for 'Baby Mama' was of course my daughter and how she makes me a better person,” Brandy wrote on her YouTube page after the song was released.

“I wanted to do a song about her and speak to all baby mama's out there that may feel like they can't make it or they can't push through, you know, if you use your child as an inspiration you can do anything and I want to everybody to feel that. I have to give Chance The Rapper a huge shout out, he spit a really really dope verse on it and I’m so pleased with it.”

“Baby Mama” will presumably be featured on Brandy's long-awaited studio album. The multi-platinum selling singer opened up the project in an interview with TrueExclusives earlier this week.

“I’m super excited, like I can’t believe it,” she admitted. “I’m so nervous. How can I not be nervous? This is crazy! I haven’t felt like this in so long.”

The music video for “Baby Mama” drops on Monday (May 4). In the meantime, listen to the song below.

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Beyonce And Megan Thee Stallion Join Forces On "Savage (Remix)"

If you haven't already heard, Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce have teamed up for a remix of Stallion's hit, "Savage." On the J. White Did It-produced track, Queen Bey flexes her rapping chops on two verses while talkin' her sh*t about being a bad b*tch and boss in her own right.

"Queen B, want no smoke with me, Then turn this motherfucker up eight hundred degree/ Team eat, chef's kiss, she's a treat, Oh, she so bougie, bougie, bon appetite," she opens with on the track.  "I heard they askin' for the Queen to buy some cameras in here/ I'm a bad bi**h, she's a savage, no comparison here," she later rhymes in another verse.

What you may also know is that they've done it for a cause. Hot Girl Meg and Queen Bey have decided to donate proceeds from this song to their hometown of Houston by way of Bread of Life, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding the homeless men and women in the sanctuary of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Since the beginning of today's coronavirus pandemic, Bread of Life has delivered 14 tons of produce, shelf-stable food, and other supplies to 500 families each week. An average of 100 homebound seniors has received food while more high-risk individuals were assisted with gaining access to telehealth services and more.

Hear "Savage (Remix)" below and visit Bread of Life's official website for more information.

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Premiere: Sid Tipton Reminds To "Look Both Ways" When It Comes To The Haters

Meet singer-songwriter Sid Tipton. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Tipton began her songwriting journey at a young age and by the time she was 17 years old, her catalog consisted of 100 self-written songs. Since then, she's signed to Timbaland's publishing company, Bluestone, contributed to songs performed by recording artists like JoJo, Tinashe, Justin Timberlake, and contributed to Maluma's Grammy-winning album, F.A.M.E. (hear “Mi Declaracion”).

Now, contemporary R&B artist is stepping into her own with her new single entitled "Look Both Ways." On the track, co-produced by Timbaland, Angel Lopez, and Federico Vindver, Tipton makes it clear how important it is to put yourself first while watching your own back.

"'Look Both Ways' was written unexpectedly because the artist I was supposed to write for had to cancel," she shares with VIBE. "I don't usually mind when that happens because then I get to be the artist (Laughs).

"I had been kinda annoyed with fake friends at the time so the record is really about watching your own back, she adds. "The engineer gave me six tracks to choose from and as soon as I heard the beat I was like, 'Yo, please turn me on asap.'"

Hear "Look Both Ways" down below.

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