Kiana Ledé Delivers Debut Alum "KIKI" Ft. Ari Lennox, Moneybagg Yo, 6LACK, BIA

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What better way to introduce herself to the world than to deliver a debut album titled after her nickname. Kiana Ledé is no stranger to the entertainment industry and has been navigating her career since she was just 14-years-old. The now-22-year-old has been given a second chance at a first impression with the release of her debut project KIKI that was released on her new label, Republic Records.

The R&B sounds from the Arizona native are a delightful addition to the rising artists in music's current culture who are looking to stake their claim as the next noteworthy star. Kiana calls on a handful of fellow artists to help her along on KIKI including Lucky Daye, 6LACK, Moneybagg Yo, BIA, Col3trane, Arin Ray, and Dreamville's Ari Lennox. Stream KIKI by Kiana Ledé and let us know your thoughts.

Tracklist

1. Cancelled.
2. Movin.
3. Mad at Me.
4. Chocolate. ft. Ari Lennox
5. Forfeit. ft. Lucky Daye
6. Second Chances ft. 6LACK
7. Crazy.
8. Plenty More.
9. Skiterlude.
10. Labels. ft. Moneybagg Yo & BIA
11. Honest.
12. Feel a Way.
13. Good Girl. ft. Col3trane
14. Attention.
15. Separation ft. Arin Ray
16. Protection.
17. No Takebacks


Lil West & Brevin Kim Reunite On "Luck"

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With as many collaborations as Lil West and Brevin Kim have together, they're well on their way to having enough tracks for a joint album. The Delaware rapper and Boston duo have steadily released multiple collaborative singles over the last few months. Back in December, Brevin Kim added Lil West to the remix of their song "the wedding!" Then, weeks ago, Lil West featured them on his track, "Bleach." The artists return once again, this time to round out their trio of singles with "Luck."

The short-running track falls under two minutes, but it's a good vibe for these quarantine days. Last year, we received two projects from Lil West, Vex Part 1 Vex Part 2, both of which were well-received from the newcomer. The young artist is known for experimenting with various genres, so it'll be interesting to see what he comes up with on his next album. In the meantime, stream "Luck" by Lil West and Brevin Kim and let us know what you think.

Quotable Lyrics

Just me and my bro, can't do no wrong
Pull out all this cash to feed my hoes
Boy want all this action, G.I. Joe
You worryin' about your past but me I don't


Thundercat Shares "It Is What It Is" Ft. Childish Gambino, Ty Dolla $ign, & More

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Fusing genres is a Thundercat specialty. On his latest release, Is Is What It Is, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter blends R&B, funk, soul, and futuristic sounds to deliver a smooth, jam-filled project. Thundercat has endured much throughout his career—and life—to bring him to the place he is now. The title of his album is a phrase commonly used by millions that speak on accepting things as they are.

“It feels like a place of rest, a bit, for me,” Thundercat told Entertainment Weekly. “Even saying it to myself sometimes makes things feel a bit better. It's a hard thing.” If you listen to the record hard enough, you'll find that you hear the lyrics "it is what it is" sprinkled throughout the album. Thundercat has also called on a handful of other artists to assist him on the project including Childish Gambino, Ty Dolla $ign, Louis Cole, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Zack Fox, Lil B, and Pedro Martins. Give It Is What It Is a few spins and let us know what you think.

Tracklist

1. Lost in Space / Great Scott / 22-26
2. Innerstellar Love
3. I Love Louis Cole ft. Louis Cole
4. Black Quails ft. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, & Childish Gambino
5. Miguel's Happy Dance
6. How Sway
7. Funny Thing
8. Overseas ft. Zack Fox
9. Dragonball Durag
10. How I Feel
11. King of the Hill
12. Unrequited Love
13. Fair Chance ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B
14. Existential Dread
15. It is What it is ft. Pedro Martins

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Drake Drops Off "Toosie Slide" In Hopes Of Creating Dance Craze

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On the heels of receiving a co-sign from Oprah Winfrey, Drake delivers his latest single "Toosie Slide." The OWN mogul recently reacted to Lil Yachty's track "Oprah's Bank Account" featuring Drake and DaBaby. "I love it. I love it. I loveeeeee it! Yes, I love it," she told the Associated Press. "I haven’t seen the video but it’s nice to be in a Drake song no matter what — especially for your bank account, OK!"

Drake returns with "Toosie Slide," a song that has already set social media on fire. We may not see Oprah taking to TikTok to give her best dance moves to Drake's bars, but thousands of the social platform's users have made the snippet a viral hit prior to the song's release. “Drake hit me up and was like, ‘Yo, I need your help,'” Toosie, a dancer from the original video told Rolling Stone. “So he sends the record. It was just an idea at the time. It was just the hook and a verse. I came up with this dance. [Drake said,] ‘What you think? You think you can come up with a dance for this song that I made?’ So I sit down, listen to it. Luckily, I’m at Ayo and Teo’s house with Hii Key and all of us. We all chilling. We came up with it pretty fast. We just all pieced it together. We all contributed.” 

Check out Drake's "Toosie Slide" and let us know what you think of the OVO mogul's bars.

Quotable Lyrics

Nike crossbody, got a piece in it
Got a dance, but it's really on some street sh*t
I'ma show you how to get it
It go right foot up, left foot, slide
Left foot up, right foot, slide
Basically, I'm sayin', either way, we 'bout to slide, ayy
Can't let this one slide, ayy

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Manufacturers Mark Down Bitcoin Miners as Price Drop, Halving Change Calculus

Last month’s bitcoin price crash has prompted manufacturers to sell their mining devices at discounts as steep as 20 percent ahead of the May halving.

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H.E.R. Gives Entire Team "COVID-19 Funds" To Help Them For Next Few Months

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Millions of creatives have found themselves confronted with financial hardships during this COVID-19 quarantine. Independent contractors and freelancers have been fired or laid off from their jobs, and with artists on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, the musicians and singers that work with them are out of work. Some members of the rich and famous elite are donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts, but H.E.R. reportedly made sure that her team is taken care of financially.

H.E.R. COVID-19, Quarantine,
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H.E.R.'s act of generosity would have gone unnoticed if it wasn't for her supporting vocalist Ajanee Hambrick. In an Instagram post, Ajanee shared that H.E.R. not only gave her money to cover her expenses for the next few months, but for everyone who works with and for her. "I’ve been gone for a second because My family was directly effected by COVID 19 All of us were infected with the virus," Ajanee wrote. "Today This BOSS just blessed her whole team With some COVID 19 funds to help us through the next few months I’m not talking about alil bag for groceries! SHE JUST BLESSED EVERY LAST ONE OF US! THANK YOU sis!"

She went to encourage all artists "who HAS It like that" to mirror H.E.R.'s act of altruism. "Especially if they have been down from day 1 ❤️ Thank You @hermusicofficial for being someone who leads by example!" Check out Ajanee Hambrick's post below.


Philippine President Threatens To Shoot Citizens Violating COVID-19 Quarantine

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The COVID-19 quarantine has caused many political leaders to go to extreme measures to ensure the safety of their citizens. Some places are issuing fines for people found out and about with purpose and it was rumored that some states in the U.S. would begin implementing "arrests" for people who violated "Stay At Home" orders. Some people find the mandatory lockdown to be an invasion of their rights, while others are taking the ordinance as seriously as possible with the hopes that it will be over sooner than later.

One leader has reportedly used the threat of death on his citizens. Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has reportedly stated that if anyone is found wandering the streets, they are to be shot on sight. According to CBS News, residents on the mainland are under strict lockdown orders. However, some have taken to the streets to protest the lack of supplies and poor living conditions during the COVID-19 quarantine. The government has reportedly denied these allegations, and now President Rodrigo Duterte is putting his foot down.

"I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police and military, as well as village officials, if there is any trouble, or occasions where there's violence and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead," the Philippine President said during a televised speech. "Do not intimidate the government. Do not challenge the government. You will lose." Of their 57 million citizens, the Philippines reportedly has approximately 2,700 reported cases and 110 deaths to date. 

"I will not hesitate my soldiers to shoot you," Duterte added. "I will not hesitate to order the police to arrest and detain you."

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