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‘Check It Out’ Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday 2 Rollout and What to Expect  

By: Rhianna Cotton November 11, 2023

It’s no secret that the one and ‘Only’ Nicki Minaj plays no games when it comes to her pen game. As she gears up to rollout her 5th studio album, ‘Pink Friday 2.’ One of her lead singles from the unreleased album “Last time I saw you” debuted at no.23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early September.

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The Barbs and fans alike are loving what they are hearing so far with this single. Minaj proudly says that Pink Friday 2 will be “the best album that’s been released in years.” The album was originally supposed to come out October 20th but, it was rescheduled twice for November 17th and recently to Minaj’s birthday on December 8th.

Along with her newest release date, the 10-time Grammy-nominated rapper has announced other exciting surprises for her fans to look forward to. Surprises such as dropping never-before seen photos of her album cover art, an exclusive Pink Friday 2 vinyl for pre-order at Target and the launch of her Pink Friday 2 perfume coming out December 13th and the 26th at select stores like Amazon and JC Penney.

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It doesn’t stop there though. Minaj recently did an iconic photoshoot for American Vogue, followed by their famous “73 Questions” video where she talks about the journey for her album and her family as her muse for her new projects.

“Some of the songs started off being written about four years ago, there were songs…I couldn’t record sexually explicit songs while I was pregnant, so I ended up just getting turned off for a very long time and I had writer’s block for a while, even after I had the baby.”

This to some fans could indicate that we might be hearing a new side of the Trini native on this album.

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Minaj continues to inspire the world with her amazing talent, charisma and hard work ethic. Let’s also not forget the impact that she has made in Hip Hop and female rap.

From her OG days with the Young Money crew, the colorful and creative wigs. To her having us belt out every single word from one of her most iconic verses in Kanye West’s ‘Monster’ track and to making black artists not trap themselves in just the box of rap but, to venture out and have the best of all worlds of genres of music and still stay true to your core.

For more updates and to hear more of Pink Friday 2 the album, coming December 8th, you can click the link below for pre-orders and purchases.

Ending the Summer with Musical Extravaganza with Travis Scott, Rod Wave, Kirk Franklin, and others! 


By: Veronica Austin

Kansas City has been buzzing with excitement in recent weeks as it played host to a series of unforgettable concerts and events. These headlining artists made their mark on the city, providing a memorable end-of-summer experience for the local crowd.

,Travis Scott kicked things off towards the end of October with his Utopia Tour, gracing the stage at the T-Mobile Center.

Known for his high-energy performances, Travis Scott's concert was a spectacle of immersive experiences, featuring elaborate stage designs, special effects, and intense crowd engagement.

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His electrifying presence created an unbreakable bond with his devoted fans!

The music festivities continued when ,Rod Wave arrived in town, headlining his Nostalgia Tour. The emotional depth of his lyrics, exploring themes of struggle, pain, love, and resilience, resonated deeply with the audience.

Fans sang their hearts out to hits like "Heart on Ice" and "Street Runner," finding comfort and solace in his raw and introspective storytelling.

Not to be outdone, Toossii (Yung T.O.), the renowned rapper and songwriter, captivated the crowd with his passionate performance. Standing over the audience, he delivered a heartfelt rendition of ",Another Love Song," connecting intimately with his fans.

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Shifting from rap to gospel, the legendary Kirk Franklin graced Kansas City with his presence, alongside Tye Tribbett, The Clark Sisters, David & Tamela Mann, and Israel Houghton.

Their performance at the T-Mobile Center in late October was a spiritual journey, as Kirk Franklin lit up the stage with classics like "Melodies from Heaven" and newer tracks like "Smile." His ability to infuse contemporary elements into traditional gospel music made the spiritual experience accessible to all generations.

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As we bid farewell to the summer months and brace for winter's chill, ,Kansas City can look back on a season filled with unforgettable musical memories. From raging concerts to soulful melodies, this summer truly had something for everyone. But fear not, for the city promises more adventures, new art, and fresh songs in the months to come, ensuring that the Kansas City spirit continues to thrive!

Mariah The Scientist "To Be Eaten Alive" 

By: Kori Barnes

There’s a new rising star on the scene and social media is more intrigued than ever.

Mariah The Scientist has captivated fans the past two years with her breakout debut into the music industry and securing massive venue stages such as Coachella and more. Although she considers herself still new to the music scene, she’s released numerous tracks such as “Spread Thin”, “Stone Cold” ft. Dess Dior, “Walked In” ft. Young Thug, her boyfriend, in the music video, “Bout Mine” and more. Her tracks have hit viral status multiple times on social media platforms such as TikTok that circulated their favorites and shared their intimate relationship stories when connecting with her lyrics.

Although fans and critics may want to have her and her relationship with rapper Young Thug all figured out, she expresses that her mysterious nature is an aspect of herself that she’s proud of. According to complex, “Mariah reveals that she often compares herself to a scorpion. Born in late October, the singer confirms that her zodiac sign is Scorpio, but her connection to the tiny creature goes way deeper than astrology. “A scorpion, at first glance, it's more meek… You don't really know what it's capable of,” she explains. “You don't know what you're gonna get… It can be poisonous and venomous; if you were to eat it, it would kill you. So to be eaten alive is really to kill.”

Despite fans falling in love with her previous R&B acoustics, she wanted to branch out into different genres so she wasn’t stuck in one category. However, the single she released in anticipation of her EP release is an R&B track that she felt resonated with her fans' core and it was in collaboration with Young Thug. “From a Woman” and “From a Man” were released by both artists in collaboration of perspectives intertwining within each other and sharing a more intimate look into their relationship. The couple have been officially linked and confirmed dating by Mariah starting in October 2021 and have continued to go strong regardless of Young Thug’s recent pending trials. One of Young Thug’s most known affiliation names is “Slime” which Mariah sings in “From a Woman” that she can’t call him that because it doesn’t fit. According to complex, “I've never really been able to call him Slime. I just feel like Slime—that's for the boys or something. I call him a lot of things, a lot of inappropriate things for sure. Mainly in public, I just call him Jeff. But on a personal tip, I mean, I call him whatever you call your significant other.”

This 10 track EP list is something that the singer is proud of when it comes to elevating her craft and learning more within the music industry. Despite Young Thug’s previously famous relationship with Karlae, the singer has had to adapt to the level of fame she’s accumulated outside and inside their new relationship. However, the couple isn’t fazed by any negative commentary and are happier than ever in their loving relationship that she’s openly commented that she’s very proud of and that she loves creative collaborating with him. Although she acknowledges not everyone may like her specific sound, she wants anyone who listens to her music to absorb it as a body of art and work. She doesn’t want to be compared to anything; and if someone doesn’t like her art, they can move on.

NE-YO Drops Gold Again: Unveiling His Latest Remix 'Link Up' Featuring Fabolous  

By: Veronica Austin

In his latest musical endeavor, the three-time Grammy award-winning artist NE-YO has once again graced us with his signature smooth R&B vibes. Recently, he unveiled a new remix to his single "Link Up," featuring the talented Fabolous.

NE-YO first captured our hearts with his debut album, "In My Own Words," back in 2006, featuring the chart-topping hit "So Sick." His success continued with subsequent albums like "Because of You" (2007) and "Year of the Gentleman" (2008), both of which spawned multiple popular singles, creating a phenomenal musical journey.

Aside from his musical achievements, NE-YO has showcased his acting skills in films and television shows.

Recently, he released a classic black-and-white music video for "Link Up," where beautiful women serve as his muse. Fabolous also makes a stylish appearance, dropping references to his Cuban links, and exuding an exquisite sense of fashion.

This collaboration isn't their first rodeo together. Fabolous and NE-YO joined forces back in 2009 for the hit "Make Me Better." They continued their musical synergy with tracks like "She Got Her Own" featuring Jamie Foxx, also released in 2009, and "Should Be You" featuring Diddy in 2012.

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The new collaboration brings a nostalgic feeling, reminiscent of the artist's past work!

The music video, shot in black & white, exudes innovative visual styles, compelling storytelling, and a focus on fashion and choreography. It's a cinematic experience for NE-YO fans, enhanced by dramatic lighting, creative camera angles, and film-like color grading.

At this point, NE-YO consistently delivers exceptional music that appeals to fans across R&B, pop, and hip-hop genres, showcasing his versatility as an artist! The anticipation for their future collaborations in the music industry is palpable.

To experience their latest creation, be sure to check out the newly released song on all streaming platforms.

66th Annual GRAMMY® Nominations 

November 10, 2023 - ,LIVE.GRAMMY.COM

66th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominations Announced via a livestream event. Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. accompanied by GRAMMY® winners to announce all the nominees for the 2024 GRAMMYs.

Exclusive videos announcing the nominees across multiple categories will stream as a multi-screen livestream event that users can control, providing a dynamic, expansive online experience for music fans of all genres. The full list of 2024 GRAMMY® nominees will also be published on and immediately following the livestream event. Streaming is available on the Recording Academy's YouTube channel, X profile, Twitch channel, TikTok page, Instagram profile, and Facebook page.

Schedule is as follows:

7:45 pre-show;

8:00 Nominations Livestream Event

8:25 Wrap-up show

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Coco Jones New Take on R&B 

Between social sites like Instagram or TikTok, particular audio or visuals is what's driving streaming services like Apple, Spotify, Amazon and Tidal tremendously. Influencers and content creation leverage their business when utilizing trending songs that are captivating and groundbreaking. This also helps elevate the artist business as well. A woman that continues to prevail over those boundaries by staying unique and true to herself is the remarkable Coco Jones. Her sultry, raspy, anointed vocals on her latest R&B record “ICU” has accumulated over 33 million streams on Spotify, 37 million views for her music video on YouTube and earned her a spot on the Hot Billboard 100 landed her at #63 after just 4 weeks of the singles release. Jones’s success attributes to her early years as she became a sensation after her performance for a NFL football game signing the National Anthem at just age 9. This soon caught the attention of executives and ultimately earned her a recording artist contract with Hollywood Records. Jones’s talent becomes even more mesmerizing as she executes acting roles through Disney Productions. She guest starred on tv series “Good Luck Charlie “ and starred in the movie “Let it Shine “ with Tyler James Williams. Shortly after she ended her relationship with Disney to pursue music further working with Grammy nominated producers like Bryan-Michael Cox, Darkchild and Eric Hudson. Jones returned to the main screen in 2022 when she revived the vibrant fashionista characteristics of Hilary Banks of classic sitcom “The Fresh prince of Bel-Air” on Peacock. In previous years Jones released R&B and dance pop EP’s which led to her phenomenal success, the album ”What I Didn’t Tell You”. Her second single ICU made headlines but her creative attributes with songwriters Babyface and Courtney Jones made songs like “Caliber”, “Double Back" and “Simple” the ultimate classic 90’s R&B vibe. The realness of 90”s comes into fruition as Jones recently collaborated with Disney veteran and NSYNC member Justin Timberlake for the “ICU” Remix this summer. This arrived perfectly as Coco executed a 16 cities U.S tour in the month of August. Coco Jones continues to make waves and is placing her mark on breaking barriers and solidifying her spot in the R&B scene.

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Is Teyana Taylor's Appearance on Diddy's Latest Album Hinting at Her Comeback from Retirement? 

Teyana Taylors are featured on Diddy’s released album “ The Love Album: Off the Grid”. This album was released on September 15, 2023.

Although Teyana Taylor initially declared her departure from the music scene to focus on family and her husband, she found a way to reintegrate music into her redefined schedule.

What does this mean for Teyana Taylor?

In late 2020, Teyana Taylor openly discussed her decision to step back from music in an interview on Cam Newton's ,BET series, 'Sip ‘N Smoke.' She emphasized her primary roles as a mother, wife, and woman, stressing the need to be acknowledged and valued. Taylor stated, “If you don’t see me, hear me, or feel me, it’s a dub for you.” Her frustration stemmed largely from her feeling unappreciated by her record label. She clarified that her hiatus was driven by her mental health, well-being, and family's needs. Taylor described it as putting her music career 'on ice for a little [bit],' indicating it wasn't a permanent retirement but a necessary break.

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In 2023, this pivotal decision set the stage for Teyana Taylor's poignant farewell tour. Taylor, a Harlem native, unveiled her Last Rose Petal Farewell Tour, marking her final journey on the road. The tour had a grand kickoff in Hollywood and wove its way through the U.S., making captivating stops in vibrant cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Nashville.

Not to mention Teyana Taylor split from NBA star Iman Shumpert!

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In 2016, Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert tied the knot, but they confirmed their separation in September 2023. Taylor announced the split on Instagram, emphasizing their enduring friendship and successful co-parenting of their two children. The couple initially met in 2011 but remained platonic due to Taylor's prior relationship. Their romantic connection blossomed in 2013.

Amidst the tumultuous backdrop of behind-the-scenes drama, Teyana Taylor's unwavering dedication to her music craft shines through. For devoted fans of Teyana Taylor, the delightful revelation of her feature on Diddy's album brought sheer joy and excitement.

In their visually stunning music video for 'Closer to God,' released on October 12, Diddy and Teyana Taylor portray passionate lovers torn apart by the vast desert landscape. Diddy's persuasive efforts successfully brought Teyana Taylor out of retirement, recognizing her unique talent as the ideal person to breathe life into this captivating song.

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In a press release for the video, Diddy praised Taylor’s artistry and work ethic. “Teyana is not just an incredible artist, she’s my sister,” he said. “She has this undeniable force and raw emotion she brings to every project. When we began conceptualizing ‘Closer to God,’ her name was at the forefront of my mind. I had to convince her to come out of retirement, but I knew she would perfectly capture the spiritual essence and depth of the song. Collaborating with her on both the song and its visuals was like harmonizing with a kindred spirit. Together, we’ve created something truly special.”

Taylor responded passionately, expressing her belief that the song would deliver a profoundly resonant message that would touch people's souls

Does this indicate Teyana's return from retirement? I would venture to say, not yet! Although Teyana Taylor collaborated with the accomplished producer Diddy to create a masterpiece love song, her participation doesn't necessarily confirm her comeback to the music scene. For the time being, let's savor the musical gems she shares with the industry and keep our hopes alive for Teyana Taylor's triumphant return as a musician.

The enchanting track, 'Closer to God,' is featured in Diddy's album, 'The Love Album: Off the Grid.' The album has impressively climbed to No. 19 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and holds the No. 5 spot on the Top R&B and Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Whatcha Say Now? Singer Jason Derulo is Being Sued by Emaza Gibson For Sexual Misconduct 

Rhianna Cotton Oct 13, 2023 7:44 P.M

According to a lawsuit that was filed last week, a female artist by the name Emaza Gibson has sued singer Jason Derulo over sexual misconduct from when he signed her to his record label “Future History” under Atlantic Records. The filing from 2021 stated Derulo was in need of signing a new artist to his record label and that shortly after signing Gibson, he would make romantic gestures or advances. Some of those included inviting Gibson to drinks, dinner and other intimate spots.

Gibson stated that Derulo has told her in order to be successful in the music industry that she would need to “partake in goat skin and fish scales.” For those that aren’t familiar with the term, it is in reference to a form of a sex rituals and the sacrificing of goat’s blood to achieve mainstream success. In another incident Gibson reportedly arrived tardy to a recording session due to the flow of traffic and said that Derulo had “charged” at her because of her lateness. She was told that Derulo’s angry emotion was valid considering she was late to the studio according to Harris. According to the filing, Gibson was concerned that her opportunity working with Derulo was going to vanish because she refused his sexual advances and to have drinks with him.

After Gibson found out that her employment was terminated in September of 2022 at the label, both Atlantic and Future ignored Gibson’s complaints and concerns from their HR team. Weight loss, insomnia and a few others to name were the many symptoms Gibson endured as a result of Derulo’s and his label’s shenanigans. Because of all the things Gibson has been through in the situation, she has had to receive medical and mental help from her PTSD according to the filing.

Gibson’s attorney, Ron Zambrano said that Derulo should strive to be a “better person” and to acknowledge the hurt that he has inflicted upon Gibson.

In a recent Instagram video, Derulo briefly mentions the lawsuit and says that the "claims completely false and hurtful." Although he didn’t mention much about the details of the actual lawsuit. He continued to say that he stood “against all forms of harassment and I remain supportive of anybody following their dreams, I sit here before you deeply offended by these defamatory claims." Many users on social media had mixed opinions on Derulo’s video. Some called it insincere, and others were in favor of Gibson’s perspective of what happened.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court has named Derulo, Atlantic Records, Future History, RCA Records, and his manager Frank Harris as defendants from the complaint. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages, general, punitive, and medical expenses for Gibson’s health.

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