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New Music Friday: Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, Jhene Aiko, Jadakiss

This week sees new music by Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, Jhene Aiko and Jadakiss.

This week's new music includes one new album that had its share of controversy, a long-awaited follow-up by one of music's most appreciated young voices, and a new album by one of rap's all-time greats. Look below for more.

Megan Thee Stallion – Suga
Megan Thee Stallion has had a hectic week: on Sunday, she went on Instagram Live to vent about her indie label 1501 Certified Entertainment attempting to block her from releasing new music after she asked to renegotiate her contract. But after a court judgment, a rebuttal interview from the label's CEO Carl Crawford, and a quick run of press with appearances on the likes of First Take and Hot 97, Megan's new project Suga has arrived. Her first record since May 2019's Fever is nine songs long, with cameos by Gunna and Kehlani, along with production by The Neptunes, Helluva, Jake One, and J Tabb and Timbaland. Apple Music | TIDAL

Lil Uzi Vert – Eternal Atake
It's been three years since Lil Uzi Vert's renowned Luv Is Rage 2, and fans have been anxiously waiting, dealing with a faux retirement and complaints toward his label. But this week, his new album has finally arrived. Eternal Atake is 16 songs long, with only one guest appearance, by Syd of The Internet. Apple Music | TIDAL

Jhene Aiko – Chilombo
For Jhene Aiko's third album, Chilombo (titled after her real-life last name), she tapped into the field of sound healing. "Part of my journey has led me to sound healing, with crystal alchemy bowls. They're different than the white crystal bowls you see because they're infused by precious gems, diamonds, and certain minerals," she explained in a recent listening session with VIBE. "I started studying that a year and a half ago, and using it for myself as an alternative medicine to things that were being prescribed to me. ... I found that it really worked for me. The science behind the bowls is that they resonate with different parts of your body, and on a cellular level, help heal you and balance you out. I'm like, I have to put this in the music." The final product includes her most star-studded guest list yet: Big Sean, H.E.R., Future, Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Nas, Ab-Soul, Dr. Chill, John Legend, and Ty Dolla $ign, over a 20-song tracklist. Apple Music | TIDAL

Jadakiss – Ignatius
Jadakiss dedicated his fifth solo album to Ignatius "Ice Pick" Jackson, his close friend and former Ruff Ryder A&R who died from colon cancer. 'Kiss told VIBE that the songs were mostly collaborations and production choices that Jackson always wanted him to do, and the result is arguably Jada's best yet: while the sinister bars are still intact for songs like the Pusha T-assisted "Hunting Season," the album is his most balanced yet, with songs about his romantic relationships, his friendships, and odes to his lost comrade. Guests include Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Dej Loaf, John Legend, Emanny, Chayse, and proteges Nino Man and Millyz. Apple Music | TIDAL

Blacc Zacc – Carolina Narco
South Carolina rapper Blacc Zacc has released his new album, Carolina Narco. Equipped with production that cleverly uses to Mexican samples, the Interscope/South Coast Records signee slings cocaine cowboy raps with guest appearances by DaBaby, Moneybagg Yo, Yo Gotti, and Stunna 4 Vegas. Apple Music | TIDAL

Relle Bey – "How I Feel"
Brooklyn singer Relle Bey said he wanted to deliver classic R&B vibes with "How I Feel." "I had a moment when I had a crush on someone, and wanted to be very blunt about the situation and how I feel," he said. "I wanted to give the video a throwback vibe. Give you that real R&B feel with the mic singing to your lady."

FowL – "Under Your Control"
Detroit MC FowL is usually known for his bars, but his new video "Under Your Control" sees him flexing autotune vocals while trying to woo a beautiful woman he met on the street.

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Taraji P. Henson performs onstage for the 2020 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Watch Taraji P. Henson Bring The Party To The 2020 American Music Awards

What can't Taraji P. Henson do? The actress, philanthropist, and new podcast series host kicked off the American Music Awards 2020 with an energetic opening number many of us didn't know we needed. Live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Henson hit the stage with The Wiz's "A Brand New Day" and danced through other classics like Prince's "Let's Go Crazy," Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, and Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage."

By the end of Cardi B's "W.A.P.," Henson's outfit changes a gold bodysuit and a slew of masked dancers by her side, let's just say Ms. Henson did that as this year's host of the annual music award show. After completing her performance before America (and a small socially distanced audience), she got powdered up and got right into it. Alright, Taraji!

You betta @tarajiphenson! #AMAsWithUs #AMAs

— LaTonya Holmes (@LaTonyaHolmes) November 23, 2020

ICONIC: @tarajiphenson dancing "WAP" to open up the 2020 #AMAs.

— Cardi B Stats (@CardiStats) November 23, 2020

Okay @tarajiphenson I see you baby 😂🥰🔥#AMAs

— YA FAV ♓️ (@Yafav_Petty) November 23, 2020

We just hope to make 2020 a little brighter with our show tonight! ❤️ #AMAs

— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 23, 2020

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The Weeknd To Headline Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

The Weeknd just reached a career milestone. The Canadian singer will headline the Super Bowl LV halftime show, it was announced on Thursday (Nov. 12).

"We all grow up watching the world's biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” said The Weeknd. “I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage.”

performing on the iconic stage. see you 02/07/21 @pepsi #pepsihalftime #SBLV

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 12, 2020

Emmy-nominee Jesse Collins will executive produce the Super Bowl LV halftime extravaganza, which marks the second collaboration between Roc Nation and the NFL since announcing their partnership last year. The big show will go down at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla.

“The Weeknd has ushered in a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry,” JAY-Z said. “This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”

The “Blinding Lights” singer joins Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Prince, Katy Perry, Madonna, and other music stars who have performed at halftime.

Super Bowl LV will live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

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Sizzla Sings From The Heart In His "Without You" Music Video

"Righteousness will always get a fight," Sizzla Kalonji once told me, "and that is only to make you stronger." That conversation took place in 1997, he year Sizzla electrified lovers of reggae and dancehall music with two landmark albums, Praise Ye Jah and Black Woman & Child. Sizzla has gone on to become one of the most prolific artists of his generation, releasing his most recent album, Million Times in September—a collection of 12 sweet love songs, touching on the sounds that made songs like "Just One of Those Days" and "Give Me A Try" so legendary.

"Beautiful people want to listen to the beautiful reggae music," Sizzla told me. "And you know reggae bashes against corruption. It’s not just a music to sing spirituality only and to make you feel good and sing love songs, conscious songs. And it’s good for social commentary, a very good music to be used for social commentary. And any little thing happen to the poor people, we’re quick to express ourselves on dancehall riddims and on the one-drop roots rock reggae riddim. And what we’re explaining and expressing is the total truth. It’s a music that can be used for expressing our innermost feelings and thoughts."

Today, VIBE and Boomshots proudly premiere the new music video from the album "Without You." Big Up Kalonji every time.

Million Times is out now on all music streaming platforms.

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