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Luis Fonsi, Big Boi, Gunna, And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

From  Luis Fonsi to G Herbo, Big Boi, and Gunna, here are the Friday music releases you need to hear.

Black History Month is already off to a great start. From  Luis Fonsi to G Herbo, Big Boi, and Gunna, here are the Friday music releases you need to hear below.

G Herbo & Southside – Still Swervin’

G Herbo and Southside have teamed up for a new joint album, entitled Still Swervin'. The project features guest appearances from Gunna, Juice Wrld, Pretty Savage, and Lil 40.

The album appears to be a follow-up to Swervo, which was a full-length record from Herbo and Swizzle last year. "This just to heat the streets up all a lil bit b4 I get back in t#GHerbo mode... All gangsta sh*t," Herbo tweeted ahead of the release. Stream Still Swervin' below.

Jazzy Amra – Amra

Jazzy Amra is coming up as a mentee of Wyclef Jean, and her impressive debut album Amra - executive produced by Jean - tells her story while proving The Fugees co-founder's ear for talent. The Bronx musician's six-track project features uptempo heaters about ain't shit exes ("Waste of Time") and ballads that search for strength from pain ("Jazmine's Diary"). "My inspiration while writing and recording my album was my every day life," she told Billboard. "Through the music, I wanted people to get to know me and see the truth about what I have gone through. Good and bad." The album also features guest appearances by Wyclef Jean and Jazzy's fellow Heads Music signee OG Riley.

Luis Fonsi – Vida

Luis Fonsi is back with his ninth studio album, Vida. It's his first studio LP in five years and follows the great success of "Despacito." The original version  of the song with Daddy Yankee has 5.9 million views on YouTube to date, and it's remix featuring Justin Bieber remains one of the top three songs on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs list. Both versions of "Despacito" are featured on the album, along with the pre-released tracks, “Echame la culpa” withDemi Lovato, “Calypso” with Stefflon Don, “Imposible” with Ozuna y “Sola.”

Of the album, Fonsi told The Associated Press: “These songs come from very honest, real places. Many have to do with me, many don’t. But I felt that my life is there, in each song,” said Fonsi, remembering himself running between the studio to his house to other professional commitments while his wife was pregnant, Rocco was born and starting to grow. “That life, that excitement, that love that you feel as a father for a child, the most pure and intense form of love — it’s impossible not to reflect that in my music, in the way I communicate. Vida is all that. It’s my life.”

Stream Vida below.

Payroll Giovanni – January 30th

After dropping three projects last year, Detroit's Payroll Giovanni is starting the new year with another album, January 30th. We're only a few tracks in, but this looks to be more of the street savvy shit-talking that Payroll and Doughboy Cashout fans have grown to love from them.

 

Big Boi – "Doin' It" ft. Sleepy Brown; "Return of the Dope Boi" ft. Killer Mike

Big Boi has shared two new tracks to kick off Feb. 2019. The first is titled "Doin' It" featuring Sleepy Brown. It's a mid-tempo song with a vintage style. The second is "Return of the Dope Boi" featuring Killer Mike. The track is another mid-tempo hit but comes with a more aggressive approach.

Listen to both songs below.

Gunna – "One Call"

While Gunna's upcoming project Drip Or Drown 2 has yet to receive an official release date, the rapper is keeping anticipation with his latest single "One Call."

The rapper announced the single on Instagram with cover art featuring an iPhone wrapped in a diamond-encrusted bracelet. "Bitch, I'm the man / Did it with no advance / Gave my nigga a chance / Tryna see what he gon' do," Gunna raps.Listen to "One Call" below.

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Boomshots: The Unstoppable Rise Of Dre Island

"We rise to the top," Dre Island sings on "We Pray," his massive collab with Popcaan, "cause we know what it takes."

Building on that theme of musical and spiritual elevation, the multi-talented musician—singer, deejay, songwriter, producer, and pianist—has just released his debut album Now I Rise. The project features the aforementioned "We Pray" as well as crucial collaborations with the likes of Jesse Royal and Chronixx. "Ah mi family dem deh," says Dre Island, who has toured Europe backed by Chronixx's band Zincfence Redemption. A graduate of Kingston’s Calabar high school—alma mater of both Jr. Gong and Vybz Kartel—Andre Johnson aka Dre Island is a living link between the vaunted “roots revival” movement and the sound of the Jamaican streets.

“The revival is really within the people," he says. "Reggae music never stop. Reggae artists always been touring. So it’s just the people’s awareness.” During a time when reggae and dancehall stand at a crossroads, Dre Island has emerged as one of the few artists capable of bringing together dancehall vibes and the ancient roots traditions—not to mention outernational connections like "People" his collaboration with UK talents Cadenza and Jorja Smith. “An island is a small land mass surrounded by water,” the artist told Boomshots correspondent Reshma B in their first interview. “But if you read further it’s also a place where you go to find yourself.”

Released through a joint-venture partnership with New York-based DubShot Records and the artist's own Kingston Hills Entertainment imprint, Now I Rise is a 13-track set that includes the hit single “We Pray” featuring Popcaan, “My City,” as well as the recently released “Be Okay” feat Jesse Royal. Never-before-heard tracks include “Days of Stone” featuring Chronixx and “Run to Me” featuring Alandon as well as tracks produced by the likes of Jam2, Anju Blaxx, Teetimus, Winta James, Dretegs Music and Barkley Productions. The artist is now managed by Sharon Burke, founder of the Solid Agency in Kingston, Jamaica. Earlier this month, Dre Island premiered the official music video (directed by Fernando Hevetia) for the last song on the album, “Still Remain.”

“This album speaks of arising, growth, new beginnings and emerging from the ashes," Dre Island states. "At this time, these are all the things we need based on what is happening right now. The truth is, since 2015 I have been advertising that the album is coming. It has been five years and the time is right. As an artist and person Dre Island move different. I embrace Rasta and this way of life, but I am not part of any group like Boboshanti or Twelve Tribes. Everything I do is inspired by the father. I am moved to drop this album at this time because I am divinely inspired to do so. When you look at a song like “We Pray” I can take no credit for a song like that. Yes I wrote the lyrics and built the rhythm and I voice the track, but it's a prayer, not just a song so how a man fi tek credit for something that come from above.”

Dre Island and Boomshots have been linking up from early in his musical journey. During a recent trip to New York City, he sat down with Reshma B to speak about the new project and his unstoppable rise. Check the reasoning:

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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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