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

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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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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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