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Sparkle Declares War With "We Are Ready," Shares Single On 'Surviving R. Kelly'

Sparkle is stepping back into the music limelight.

Six years after her last single, "So Bad" and months after mother's death, the singer-songwriter returns with the release of her new song, "We Are Ready."

Two weeks prior to her appearance in dream hampton's executively produced docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, the Chicago native debuted her Jesse Francois-produced single, an anthem of empowerment dedicated to women who have fought and survived abuse, whether it be domestic, physical or sexual.

"They have tried to silence from us, strip away the power from us," she sings at the beginning of the first verse. "Said that we were weak long enough, but time is up/ We ain't weak/ We have a voice and its loud, no we ain't just figure it out/ When we come together we win we overcome battles, we fall, we'll do it again/ And it's never been an easy win, but we are ready."

Following the finale of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly, Sparkle took to her Instagram account to thank those involved with the emotion-stirring and insightful documentary. "I want to accredit @dreamhampton @briemirandabryant and everyone at @lifetimetv for presenting my and these courageous women testimonies with such care and accuracy," she writes. "This has been an emotional and eye-opening process. Please pray for all involved.. Sincerely, Thank You!"

Hear "We Are Ready" down below.

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Skip Marley blends family and his passion for music in the video for "That's Not True," taking fans on an organic journey throughout Miami's Little Haiti area.

Directed by Andrew Sandler (Chris Brown, Ella Mai), the 22-year-old drives through his city while chatting with locals as some take part in slamming dominoes and others simply living life. Released last month, "That's Not True," keeps true to the 22-year-old's mission of love and understanding as the song highlights strife and disasters that have become normal in society. From infidelities to self-doubt, the grandson of Bob Marley reminds us all to move with love and grace.

Marley's uncle and Grammy-winning artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley drops his poignant verse, with the two splitting the screen showing just how well they're carrying out the Marley legacy.

The younger Marley has steadily generated heat for himself. After scoring a major hit with Katy Perry for "Chained To Rhythm," in 2017,  Marley released the critically acclaimed single "Lions." He's also paid homage to his grandfather with a touching cover of "Johnny Was" for the Idris Elba film, Yardie.

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Wu-Tang Clan To Drop EP Inspired By Documentary

On Friday (May 10), Wu-Tang Clan fans were treated to a gift from the iconic rap group in the form of their new docu-series, Of Mics and Men. Now, Wu-Tang lovers will be getting even more from the '90s group but this time it'll be new music. The collective took to their Twitter account to announce the release of their upcoming EP, Of Mics and Men, inspired by the docuseries.

"You've seen episode 1/Wu documentary by now (and if you haven't, what were you doing last weekend), now listen to the music inspired by the series. On Friday, we're coming with a new Wu-Tang EP from @36ChambersALC and Mass Appeal, so let your boss know you'll be in late to work."

You've seen episode 1/ Wu documentary by now (and if you haven't, what were you doing last weekend), now listen to the music inspired by the series. On Friday, we're coming with a new Wu-Tang EP from @36ChambersALC and Mass Appeal, so let your boss know you'll be in late to work.

— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) May 14, 2019

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In a recent interview on "The Cruz Show," PnB discussed the differences between a trap star and a pop star. He suggests  the "trap star side," which occupies half of the album's focus, is about "pain and struggle." By contrast, he said "the popstar side is me having fun. I'm not stressing out, I'm waking up in foreign places."

Listen to TrapStar Turnt PopStar below.

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Logic & Eminem – "Homicide"

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The single arrives three months after Logic opened up Eminem's concert at Aloha Stadium. The song is the third release from Logic's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind project, following the album's title track and "Keanu Reeves."

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Bhad Bhabie Ft. Megan The Stallion  – "Bestie (Remix)"

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