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Indiana Pacer Turned R&B Singer Victor Oladipo Drops Debut Album

Vic Oladipo is making moves from basketball to R&B.

We have all seen our fair share of athletes turned rapper, singer, or actor. Watching some crash and burn (coughs in Nick Young), others have managed to successfully push forth a body of work worth standing by. Fortunately, Victor Oladipo, a former Indiana Pacers shooting guard has unleashed his debut LP, V.O. and it's actually really good.

"I learned that I could get better at music just like I could get better at the game of basketball," the 26-year-old explained in a statement to Complex. "I learned that the more and more I do it, the more comfortable I get with it. And if I keep working hard that I could be really good at it. So, it’s pretty cool to have a hobby be something you’re good at."

The eight-song album gives 25 minutes of slow and mid-tempo bops. Putting all the baddies in a late night mood, "Lights On" taps everybody's favorite battle rapper, Tory Lanez. "Drown," previously released before the full-length project made its introduction, includes the sensual sound of Trey Songz. Spotlighting Eric Bellinger and PnB Rock, the LP includes rap-singers as well.

Following his 2017 project Songs For You, a three-song EP, this debut album marks his territory in the music industry as the sensational-sultry-soul singer. Tackling topic like love, sex, and relationships over soft-toned beats, Oladipo's sweet voice rides over this midnight groove just right.

Stream Victor Oladipo's V.O. album below.

READ MORE: Hear Victor Oladipo And Trey Songz "Drown" In Love

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R.LUM.R Shares Visuals For New Single "How This Feels"

With his forthcoming debut album set to drop this fall, R&B artist R.LUM.R released his latest single and paired visual "How This Feels" on Friday (July 12). He recently inked a deal with Island Records earlier this year, and his new track "builds on the momentum" the entertainer has achieved since he first climbed into the music scene with his breakout single "Show Me."

The Florida-born singer delivers vulnerable lyrics and piercing falsettos in the songs hook when asks, "So can we be real/About how this feels?" As he goes back and forth from guitar chords to nocturnal R&B, R.LUM.R's latest melody lights a fire into his next chapter in the music industry.

The opening scene of the visual shows the vocalist staring at a burning old-school Cadillac set on fire. The picturesque film continues into the opening verse on owning up to intimate feelings and connections that could be conflicting or dangerous if pursued. "I don't wanna lead us in the wrong direction/Force or fake a feeling cause we both need affection/End up co-dependent cause we can't deal with depression/The way we need/ So can we be real?/About how this feels," he croons.

"With this first visual, I wanted to make sure to do something more striking and interesting than I've ever done that makes you feel the isolation that is so felt in the music," he said in a statement. "I think we did it with 'How This Feels,'"

His widely successful single "Frustrated" reached Top 10 at Urban AC Radio in 2017. Most recently he released his project AFTERIMAGE, which reached over 100 million global artist streams.

"I really believed in what Erykah Badu used to say about music, ‘Once I release it into the world, it’s no longer my story.’ Once the audience listens to it, it’s their story. I can’t wait to see how people interpret it. There’s growth to be done, and you don’t have to be afraid of it.”

Listen to "How This Feels" up top.

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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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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).

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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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