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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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Drake, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

February is off to an epic start. Cardi B and Bruno Mars hopped back in the studio to deliver another banger; Drake re-released his breakout mixtape for streaming platforms; and that's just the half of it.

Check out the latest Friday music releases below.

Drake – So Far Gone

Drake's breakout mixtape, So Far Gone is finally available to stream. The project was originally released in 2009, but never made it to streaming platforms until now.

Drake and fans recently celebrated the mixtape's 10-year anniversary on Feb. 13. The OVO frontrunner shared a heartfelt post on Instagram, thanking Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, and more artists who contributed to the project and his career throughout the years.

The 18-track album includes the hit singles, "Successful," "Best I Ever Had," and "Houstatlantavegas." Stream So Far Gone below.

India.Arie – Worthy

India.Arie is back with a new project. Her new project, Worthy, features 16 tracks. The singer previously released "That Magic" ahead of the album's debut. It's currently at the top of the Urban A/C radio chart.

Worthy is India.Arie's first full-length album in five years. In support of the new project, the songstress announced a tour. It will begin on Apr. 30, in Jacksonville, and run through major cities, including Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, and New York.

Listen to Worthy below.

Cardi B, Bruno Mars – "Please Me"

Cardi B and Bruno Mars are back with another banger. The two released their latest collaboration, entitled "Please Me."

The Bronx native teased the new track on Instagram. The song is their second collaboration since 2016's "Finesse (Remix)."  The colorful music video gained viral attention for paying homage to In Living Color.

Listen to Cardi B and Bruno Mars' new track below.

Offset – "Red Room"

Offset is teasing his upcoming, solo album with a new single. "Red Room" was originally released on Thursday (Feb. 14). On the four-minute track, the Migos member discusses various aspects of his life including his near-fatal car accident in 2018. He also discusses his past life dabbling in gang activity.  The single was dropped with an accompanying video, which brings most of his stories to life.

"Red Room" is the first music release from Offset's upcoming album, which is slated to drop on Feb. 22. Of the album, Offset previously told Billboard: "I'm talking about relevant situations that have occurred over the last 18 or 24 months, like me being in the crash, my kids, my family time and me being married... There's different parts of my life. The ups and downs of being in music, the feeling of people doubting me and being the underdog to becoming the big dog."

Watch the video for "Red Room" below.

Salaam Remi Ft. Amy Winehouse & Nas – "Find My Love"

Salaam Remi just unveiled a new track featuring the late Amy Winehouse and Nas. The posthumous track, entitled "Find My Love" is featured on Remi's upcoming compilation project, Do It for the Culture 2.

The song was reportedly record during a studio session prior to Winehouse's death in 2011. "Working with friends is the best part of being a creator,” Remi shared in a statement. "With Nas and Amy being two of my closest creative partners over the years, this organically feels like the first song from my Do It for the Culture 2 collection of songs."

Listen to "Find My Love" below.

Lil Kim – "Go Awff"

Lil Kim dropped a new single titled "Go Awff." On the track, the rap legend spits bars about her iconic status. "Queen Bee gon’ reign forever / I’m Mother Nature / I determine the weather / The way I slay, you bitches could never," she spit.

Lil Kim is gearing up for her new studio album. It's unclear if "Go Awff" will appear on the album or if it is just a standalone. Listen the new track below.

Saweetie – "Mood"

Saweetie is keeping the Valentines day spirit alive with "Mood."

The new single is a cute return for the self-proclaimed "Icy" girl, with a two-minute track where the emcee reminisces on the fun of a high-profile relationship. "When we step out it's some paparazzi sh*t," she raps over the verse.

Listening to the track, it's possible that the 25-year-old is talking about her relationship with Migos rapper, Quavo. Though the song does not make mention of his name, the record feels as though it draws on the personal experience of a good time with a significant other.

Listen to Sweetie's "Mood" below.

Kash Doll Ft. 2 Chainz – "Ice Me Out (Remix)"

In her remix to her hit single Ice Me Out, Kash Doll calls on 2 Chainz to execute the 4-minute trap beat. In between the original bars of the song, 2 Chainz swoops in and adds his own clever twist to the hit song with verses like “I got more kicks than FIFA/Ice around my neck like a fever/raw papers looking like Cohibas/raw paper looking like my heater," he spits.

Listen to the "Ice Me Out (Remix)" below.

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Premiere: Choosey And Exile ft. Aloe Blacc Yearn For A California Style Ride On "Low Low"

With mesmerizing west coast style beats, Choosey aspires for a low rider to speed past a gazillion California palm trees in as he raps about his wishes on “Low Low.” The song uses hopeful rhymes, an Aloe Blacc chorus, and a mariachi-infused instrumental by Exile finds him pondering how fly life would be if he had a low rider in his possession. It’s almost as if he’s trying to say “Life is but a dream," with a couple of verses.

The Southern California native is signed to Dirty Science Records, and focuses on making music that plays homage to his Afro-Chicano heritage. Additionally, he raps about the politics that come with his ethnic identity paired with the societal ills that make his existence harder, like gentrification.

“My biggest influences have been people who spoke from the heart, and what’s most honest about me is my heritage,” Choosey stated on a press release. “There’s a stigma that Black and Mexican cultures don’t get along, but I wanted to show the beauty in being a product of both.”

His forthcoming album Black Beans is slated to drop in March and will have production from west coast heavyweight Exile. “Oldies are a big part of Chicano culture on the west coast from the ‘50s to now. Choosey is born out of that. So with this album, we wanted to unify that sound with Hip-Hop,” Exile said.

It's been a long time coming, building the foundation to tell @kingChoosey Story. I am the soundtrack, he is the author of this aoutobiography called #BlackBeansLP https://t.co/ySg4ckxuc9

— EXILE (@ExileRadio) February 6, 2019

Ultimately, Choosey wants his sonic authenticity to catapult him into success with the admission of still staying true to his message. “I want to be amongst the greats and connect directly with people as a voice who spoke from the heart,” he said.

Listen to “Low Low” below.

 

 

 

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PJ Morton And JoJo Collaborate On Stunning New Song "Say So"

The Internet was buzzing after PJ Morton and JoJo were photographed in the studio together. Their collaborative effort "Say So" was released Thursday (Feb. 14), just in time for lovers and music fans to celebrate.

The smooth R&B track highlights the duo's buttery vocals, which complement each other seamlessly. A piano accompanies them throughout the song, proving the power of simplicity and allowing their voices to shine. Later on, a bass brings the track to another level.

"It's getting hard for me hold my own," they sing together on the song. "'cause nobody wants to be in love alone...if you love me, just say so."

The release comes just mere days after Morton took home his very first Grammy Award for "Best Traditional R&B Performance." JoJo reworked and re-released her first two albums on streaming services back in December, and she says that even more new music is on the way.

"I am currently making the best music of my life for this new album," she wrote in the Instagram post detailing her decision to re-release her projects. "And I wanted to make sure that I saged myself so I could enter 2019 with lightness and space to be TOTALLY FREE."

Listen to "Say So" below.

 

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