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New Music Fridays: DaBaby, Young M.A., Kevin Gates, Brandy, And More

Kanye West didn't deliver his God Is King album that was promoted on Kim Kardashian's Twitter, but this week still has plenty of new music. One of rap's most stunning newcomers has dropped his second LP of the year, the hardest woman rapper in the biz has turned several viral moments into a debut album, and an R&B legend has returned after a seven-year hiatus. Read below for more.

DaBaby  – KIRK
DaBaby has put up a serious case for rap's rookie of the year with his hit song "Suge," hilarious music videos, and great guest appearances alongside J. Cole, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X and more that show off his bars and his charismatic personality. Now, months after the March release of his debut Baby On Baby, he's dropped his second album of the year: KIRK.  He already released "Intro" in recent weeks, but the full 13-track album sees him holding his own alongside Chance The Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Migos, Gucci Mane, Kevin Gates and more. Apple Music | TIDAL

Young M.A  – Herstory In The Making
Since releasing her hit single "Ooouuu" in May 2016, Young M.A has captured lightning in a bottle with several singles and YouTube freestyles. Now, it's time to see whether she can keep up the momentum for a full-length LP: Herstory In The Making is her debut studio album. She's been taking her time on this, and we expect the same street-dwelling, girl-stealing swag that she's proven herself so adept at over the past two years. Apple Music | TIDAL

Kevin Gates – I'm Him
Baton Rouge lyricist Kevin Gates has established a loyal fan base with his heartfelt, vulnerable accounts of street life. The years since his 2016 debut album Islah have had several mixtapes, but also with consistent legal trouble that has seemed to hold up his productivity. This week, he releases his official sophomore album, I'm Him. "I’m watching Kevin Gates grow. He’s growing. I’m proud of it," Gates said in an interview with Billboard. "He’s starting to not make excuses. He’s starting to hold himself accountable. I’m proud of him. It took a little longer than it took for most people. Women mature faster than men, but I’m proud of him." Apple Music | TIDAL

Eric Bellinger – Saved By The Bellinger
R&B singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger stays busy, and this week he's released his second project of 2019, Saved By The Bellinger. The 10-track offering features guest appearances by K Camp, Kehlani, Wale, Guapdad 4000 and more. Apple Music | TIDAL

Molly Brazy – Built To Last
Detroit rapper Molly Brazy earned her rep with controversial music videos that saw her wielding weapons while flashing her baby face, but she's consistently released music to show that she isn't just a viral flash in the pan. Built To Last is her fourth full-length project, released after the three singles "In N Out," "Wood," and "Uh Huh." The project is 11 songs long, and the only guest appearance is fellow Motor City spitter Kash Doll. Apple Music | TIDAL

Brandy – "Freedom Rings"
Friday, Sept. 27 marks the 25-year anniversary of Brandy's self-titled debut album, and she's used the occasion to give fans their first new taste of music from her in six years. "Freedom Rings" appears to show the R&B legend shedding light on her time away from the spotlight, rediscovering what made her fall in love with music and exorcising her demons. Apple Music | TIDAL

Fetty Wap – "Brand New"
On "Brand New," Fetty Wap showcases the ear for melody that made him a star. With two mixtapes in 2018 and several singles in 2019, Fetty is keeping his fans satisfied with new music. Apple Music | TIDAL

French Montana feat. Cardi B, Post Malone, Rvssian – "Writing On The Wall"
After releasing his Gunna-assisted "Suicide Doors" single, French Montana announced his upcoming album, Montana. Now that the full LP is announced, he's bringing out the big guns: "Writing On The Wall" features two of the biggest stars in music right now, Cardi B and Post Malone. French Montana has some of the best relationships in the biz, so he's always got star power within reach - and he has his own magnetism on record as well. SpotifyApple Music | TIDAL

H.E.R. feat. YG – "Slide"
It's been less than a month since VIBE cover artist H.E.R. combined her I Used To Know Her EPs with into one full-length compilation with five new songs, and now she has released "Slide," a sexy new bop with YG. Apple Music | TIDAL

Summer Walker feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – "Stretch You Out"
On the A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie-featuring "Stretch You Out," Summer Walker chews out an ex for demanding the most out of her while refusing to return the favor, over a sexy soundbed by frequent collaborator London On Da Track. The song is an offering from her upcoming album, Over It, scheduled for an Oct. 4 release. Spotify | Apple Music | TIDAL

PnB Rock feat. Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz – "Fendi (Remix)"
Nicki Minaj announced her retirement a few weeks ago, but that hasn't stopped her from lending her talents to PnB Rock's catchy new single "Fendi," which also features Murda Beatz. PnB released his album TrapStar Turnt PopStar earlier this year. Apple Music | TIDAL

Lil Kim feat. City Girls, O.T. Genasis – "Found You"
Months ago, VIBE attended a dinner honoring the life of The Notorious B.I.G., where Lil Kim reunited with her Junior M.A.F.I.A. cohort Lil Cease and revealed the cover of her upcoming album, 9. After previous singles "Nasty" and "Go Awff," "Found You" appears to be another taste of the long-awaited LP, a new single that samples Bubba Sparxxx's 2005 hit "Ms. New Booty." Kim brings the sex talk that helped make her a rap legend, and the City Girls' Yung Miami and O.T. Genasis follow suit (with a shout out to incarcerated member JT, for good measure). Apple Music | TIDAL

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The Weeknd Throws Around His Pain In New Video For "Until I Bleed Out"

The Weeknd’s new album After Hours arrived last month. Today (April 7), Abel Tesfaye shared the new music video for “Until I Bleed Out,” which is the closing track on the album.

The clip finds The Weeknd at a confetti-covered party in an old movie palace. As he struggles to stand upright amid all the  papier-mache, he finds that the ground is moving in circles.

After Hours follows 2016’s Starboy. Previous visuals from the LP include “Heartless,” “Blinding Lights,” “After Hours” and “In Your Eyes.”

The Weeknd has also shared a deluxe version of the album with three new bonus tracks — “Nothing Compares,” “Missed You” and “Final Lullaby” — as well as four new remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never, Chromatics, the Blaze and DaHeala.

After checking out what fans are tweeting about the video, watch the clip above.

The Until I Bleed Out video feels like an overindulgence of House of Balloons life. With The Weeknd trying to escape it and ultimately running towards a clean slate. pic.twitter.com/qDBNbeyPCE

— mars (@mar1narasauce) April 7, 2020

I can't get my shit together after watching Until I Bleed Out video. this Mv was so sad and heartbreaking.. the talent this man has is UNMATCHED. @theweeknd thank you for another masterpiece. pic.twitter.com/p39ilB3moq

— (@LdrYosemite) April 7, 2020

Alright The Weeknd got my emotions all Fuck up.. my soul hurts with this music video.. Until I Bleed Out is so powerful

— (@__rosae__) April 7, 2020

Until I Bleed Out by The Weeknd make you wanna cry in the shower. Brb pic.twitter.com/nCdhuZqNfv

— Deucalion (@___FRANKO) April 6, 2020

WEEKND i didnt get my xo tat yet but check out my drawing to 'until I bleed out' too... had my in my feels!!! pic.twitter.com/jJucqMKzOs

— Danny Walker (@skywalksxo) April 2, 2020

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Justin Timberlake And Anderson .Paak Annoy Anna Kendrick In Funny "Don't Slack" Video

Justin Timberlake and Anderson .Paak have shared the music video for "Don’t Slack,", their latest collaboration from the Trolls: World Tour soundtrack.

Featuring Anna Kendrick, the clip sees the Pitch Perfect star getting her day started inside of her home, when .Paak suddenly starts singing in the shower.

In an effort to escape .Paak's crooning, Kendrick is met in the hallway by a dancing Timberlake.  Kendrick's eventually relents after bumping into the pair at various locations throughout her house.

The pair sing on the track: “The Okay, now don’t slack, I need all my racks, No, we don’t hold back, Act like you know that, Go tell your old man, Go get your whole fam’, Fly like the ghost man, Taking all I can.”

This video comes after Trolls: World Tour arrived on PPV yesterday (April 6), having been forced to shelve its cinema release as a result of COVID-19.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, Timberlake previously said of the collaboration: “I hope he [Paak] doesn’t mind that I’m gonna say this right now, but we talked about a possible joint project. We talked about it, but yeah, he’s a busy man, too.

“I told him as well, I was like, ‘You need to enjoy your moment, bro.’ He played me new stuff the other day. That dude is so gifted. He’s so good.”

Watch the video above.

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Premiere: TOBi's Self-Isolation Pulsates With Creative Force In "Growth" Video

Art aligns with the times and no one has demonstrated this other than TOBi. The rapper-singer embarks on a journey of self-reflection and then some in his new video for "Growth."

Produced by ClayJay, iLLMIND and Nate Smith, the track is the opener for his debut album STILL and fits the tone of the times. Originally inspired by time growing up in Nigeria and Canada, the video takes us on a journey with TOBi as he derives elements of growth and wonder with dirt and broken glass.

“I gave myself a pat on the back when I wrote ‘Growth,'" TOBi tells VIBE. "I’m proud to be this candid about life, just like my favorite artists. It really is exponential growth in terms of the quality of my mind and my intentions. Look how far we came from deficit to baseline to surplus. I left a powerful affirmation at the end of the song, by saying ‘bigger and better now.’ Like Ace Boogie says, now we just gotta maintain."

There's rain, tears and then some scattered in the visuals, all connecting to TOBi's creative take on masculinity. "I call this s**t post-traumatic growth/Out of Hell, free to go/Send a shout, I propose a toast," he says in the song opener.

Released May of last year, STILL gained critical acclaim thanks to tracks like "City Blues," and "Werking." In September 2017, he gained attention thanks to his song "Hidden Fences" heard on Issa Rae's HBO series, Insecure. He's also worked with the likes of Van Jess and The Game.

Peep the visuals for "Growth" above.

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