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Solange, 2 Chainz, And More Friday Music Releases You Need To Hear

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It looks like Mar. 2019 is starting off with a bang for new music releases. To kick off the month right, we've compiled a list of the new tunes you should be listening to. From Solange to 2 Chainz, and more check out the biggest Friday releases below.

Solange – When I Get Home

Solange is back. The singer-songwriter dropped her latest project, When I Get Home featuring 19 tracks.

There was very little warning for this album. It arrived only after Solo began dropping hints and videos teasers on various social platforms this week. She began the album rolled out with a takeover on BlackPlanet with a series of video previews. She later headed over to Instagram and Twitter, where she dropped more artistic gems about what was in store. Solange concluded with the tracklist and a SmartURL to streaming platforms.

When I Get Home is a follow-up to her Grammy Award-winning album, A Seat At The Table. Listen to the new project below.

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2 Chainz – Rap Or Go To The League

2 Chainz never misses. The rapper has finally released his highly-anticipated studio album, Rap Or Go To The League. The 12-track project includes guest appearances from Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug, Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, Kodak Black, and more.

The album gained massive attention after Lebron James announced that he was going to be 2 Chainz's official A&R for the project. "Can’t wait for y’all to hear the continues evolution of his profound skills from his mind to the booth to the records itself. Proud of you homie and the people will be as well when this hits," James wrote on Instagram, teasing behind the scenes footage of 2 Chainz's creative process.

Rap Or Go To The League is the first studio album since 2017's Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. Stream the new album below.

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Little Simz – GREY Area

Little Simz is back with GREY Area, her first studio album since 2016. The 10-track project features Cleo Sol, Little Dragon, and more.

The English rapper teased the album with the release of its lead single, "Selfish," featuring Cleo Sol.  Simz previous commented on Twitter, saying her album was a reflection of being in her mid-twenties.  "No one warned me it was going to be this hard," she told the DJ. "It feels like a grey area - which is why I called the album that. I definitely feel like this is my best work," she wrote.

The album also features the pre-released tracks, "101FM," "Offence," and "Boss." It's her first album since 2016’s Stillness in Wonderland. Listen to Little Simz's GREY Area below.

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T-Pain – 1UP

T-Pain makes a triumphant return to music with his latest release 1UP. It's his first project since 2017's Oblivion. The 12-part album, which was released Feb. 27, includes features from Lil Wayne, Russ, O.T. Genasis and more.

The project brings back the sultry waves of autotune T-Pain in the best ways imaginable. The LP is comprised mostly of love songs that tell stories of late-night hookups with the occasional upbeat, track that solidifies Pain’s G.O.A.T. status in hip-hop.

Stream T-Pain’s new 1UP album below.

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DaBaby – Baby On Baby

DaBaby's new project, Baby On Baby has arrived. The 13-track project features appearances from  OffsetRich The Kid, Rich Homie Quan, and more. In addition to the new tunes, DaBaby announced that he will be heading on tour this spring. The tour will begin on Mar. 29, in Oklahoma City, running through major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, before concluding on May 12, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Listen to Baby On Baby below.

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Juice Wrld – "Deathrace For Love"

Juice WRLD refuses to let up. After releasing a collaborative album with Future in Oct. 2018, the rapper has been teasing fans with the new single, "A Deathrace For Love."

The song produced, by Purps on the Beat is an up-tempo banger about a lost love."You drive me insane, no girl make me feel this way/Wait girl, you got your ways, girl you are my getaway," the rapper rhymes. "Wait, let me keep you safe/In exchange, give me brain brain."

"A Deathrace For Love" is the latest track from his highly-anticipated album is Hear Me Calling. It follows the pre-released tracks, "Robbery" and "Hear Me Calling."

In preparation for the album, Juice Wrld revealed the cover art for the project and the accompanying tour dates, which starts on April 25 in Vancouver, BC. The 22-track album, Hear Me Calling drops on March 8. Listen to "Deathrace For Love" below.

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Gesaffelstein Ft. Pharrell –"Blast Off"

Pharrell and Gesaffelstein have connected on the new single, "Blast Off." The new collaboration in the third single to be released from Gesaffelstein's upcoming, sophomore album, Hyperion. It follows behind the pre-released tracks, "Reset" and "Lost In Fire," featuring The Weeknd.

Shortly after "Blast Off" hit streaming services, Gesaffelsteing revealed the cover art and release date for Hyperion. The 10-track project is slated to debut on Mar. 8. In the meantime, listen to "Blast Off" below.

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The Musical 'Exodus' Of Brian McKnight

With every grand entry, there usually comes a grand closing. In the case of R&B veteran Brian McKnight, it's no surprise that he has decided to end his 20-album run of compilations with his latest studio album, Exodus. Although McKnight doesn't consider this the end of his musical career, the singer-songwriter has decided to use this time to redirect his energy and time to truly living life and pursuing other endeavors.

"It's not really retirement. It's that I think that I've said everything I need to say as far as original music is concerned," he says in an on-camera interview with VIBE. "And it's funny because I have friends of mine that are calling like, so you're not writing for yourself and well, can I have those songs that you're going to write that you're not going to use?

"I'm like, sure. So that's another way to go, writing songs for other people. I just, there's so many other things that I want to do. I want to wake up every day and my wife and I just do whatever makes us happy."

With his single Earl Cohen-produced "Nobody" and 12 other signature, love tunes on the tracklist, Exodus serves as a solid body of work. The inspiration behind is last album of original work? The love of his life—his wife, Leilani—who he randomly crossed paths with at an event he was attending.

"I think the thing that people need to realize is that when you meet someone and all you want to do is give of yourself to them, then it's no longer about you."

Watch our full interview with McKnight where he talks about his new album, how he's been managing the new normal, quarantine life, why he's been able to stand the test of time and that thing called love.

Stream Brian's Exodus album on Apple Music, Spotify, or Tidal.

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Watch: DJ Cassidy Debuts New Digital Music Show 'Pass The Mic' Featuring Legendary Music Greats

When we think of good times from back in the day, it's usually with some type of musical soundtrack that accompanies the action we think of fondly. Another layer to those scenes are usually the songs from the legendary artists that celebrity mixmaster, DJ Cassidy has on speed dial and in his new digital music show, Pass The Mic.

From the golden era to now, the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Jeff Red, Patrice Rushen, Ricky Bell & Bobby Brown of New Edition and many more, take turns passing the mic virtually over an impeccably timed mixed version DJ set by Cassidy, all from the comfort of their homes.

Having secured the social platform Twitch ( for the debut run on Thursday (July 2) to the huge success of over 20k viewers, Cassidy reposted the 24-minute soul session in full through his Instagram TV (watch below).

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DJ Cassidy explains the idea and inspiration for the program:

"This week is my birthday week, and since I’ve been known to celebrate by uniting my friends in droves and surprising them with legendary performances by iconic artists, I wanted to find a way to revisit that tradition in light of the times. One evening, during the heat of the quarantine, I FaceTimed with my dear friend and mentor, Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire. While we were catching up, his classic record, 'That’s The Way Of The World,' came on my speakers. Hearing that song, while on the phone with Verdine, put a smile on my face and brought me some much needed calm. I thought about how fortunate I was to have friendships with many of my heroes and how lucky I was to be able to enjoy their music in their company.

I wondered if I could find a way to share that special feeling with others, so I sat at my turntables in my living room and began Zooming with my musical heroes of 1970s and 1980s, literally passing the mic from one home to the next, in effort to honor and uplift the heroes around the world on the frontlines of health, freedom, and justice. The result is PASS THE MIC.

I hope this virtual mix moves others as much as it has moved me. I am forever grateful to my musical heroes for their decades of hope, inspiration, and soul, and with them, I celebrate all the heroes around the world."

Overwhelming love for the project has Cassidy already looking at version two sooner than later. Be on the look out for more live home performances from our music icons and DJ Cassidy.

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Listen To Pop Smoke’s Posthumous Debut Album ‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’

Pop Smoke’s heavily anticipated debut album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, was released on Friday (July 3).

The album dropped with new cover art after Virgil Abloh caught backlash for his initial design. 50 Cent offered to help Abloh rework the cover but its unclear if he had a hand in the final product.


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Pop Smoke, whose birth name was Bashar Jackson, was shot and killed in February. The Brooklyn native would have celebrated his 21st birthday on July 20.

Last month, the late rapper’s mother family announced the official launch of the Shoot for the Stars Foundation, which was established before his passing. “The foundation is meant to inspire inner city youth to do just what the name said ‘Shoot for the Stars,’” his mother said in a statement.

As for the album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon features 19 tracks, with guest appearances from 50 Cent, Quavo, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Tyga and more.

Listen below.

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