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Album Review: Keyshia Cole – 11:11 Reset

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Album: 11:11 Reset
Artist: Keyshia Cole
Record Label: Epic

Keyshia Cole is back, and man can we just say that it has been a long time for us since we’ve heard pure R&B music like this. As a Keyshia Cole fan, all I can say to Keyshia is welcome back! Not to long ago, Keyshia blocked me on twitter for saying that her last album wasn’t her best work. But hey, I was honest, and it was MY OPINION.

But this album here, I think the world will be saying that this is the album they have been wanting from Keyshia. It sounds like she is picking up where she left off on the third album, and on her way back to on Woman To Woman. This album sounds so connected to Keyshia, it’s honest, it’s emotional, its KEYSHIA!

The album starts off with a blessing from one of today’s biggest DJs, DJ Khaled, on Cole World. It moves into the song Unbothered. This song is cute, but def an album filler. Nice way to set the mood, it made me turn the speakers up a little bit and get me a glass of wine. Following this we get the 4 previously released songs You, Incapable, Best Friend, and Vault. No need to explain how those go, if you’ve been listening you know they were amazing releases. I will be honest though, Best Friend had to take a minute to grow on me, and Incapable sounded like the wrong song to actually start the movement. I personally think You would have had more of an impact if she didn’t have such a gap in between the song and the rest of the album release date, but i do understand that her decision to oin Love & Hip Hop was possibly the reason for that, and I think that was the perfect decision! Then we move into the Young Thug featured Act Right. Keyshia’s voice on this song is really everything, it sets the perfect mood. I’m not to crazy about the lyrics, they aren’t bad but they aren’t very remember-able. Thug’s verse was just ok for me, although it does compliment the beat very well, I’m just not really crazy about the lack of talent in today’s rap scene. Right Time starts out with HIT written all over it. Easily one of the best songs and sure to be a fan fav on the album. If released at the right time to radio, this song could spearhead the tour and possibly do quite well at radio. Emotional is a standout track! She previewed it on Love and Hip Hop, and her fans have been buzzing over it ever since. Ride, what can I say? Keyshia wouldn’t be KEYSHIA if she didn’t bring the Oakland vibe. She pays homage to the late Tupac, as she sampled his “Hail Mary“. Oh and it doesn’t stop there, she features up and coming Oakland rapper, Kamaiyah. What better way to pay homage to an Oakland legend without introducing more Oakland?! I’ve been watching Kamaiyah since her cyher for XXL, and I think she is definately going to be one to watch, if handled correctly. The album ends with Too Short giving Keyshia her props.

All I can really say is YES! Downside of the album, there’s only 11 tracks, 2 of which are interludes and 4 were already released, so I really only get to hear 5 new songs. This usually wouldn’t be a problem, but the way Keyshia takes her time with albums, this is gonna have to hold us over until like 2020. Another downside is that she released this 4th quarter, so it misses Grammy cutoff, I think this album would have been a very strong contender at the next Grammy Awards in the R&B categories, but now since it’s released so late this year, and she has to wait a whole year to be considered…it may be over looked. On the upside, we have a dope ass body of work that is cohesive and exactly what R&B has been missing!

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Jazmine Sullivan is back with “Heaux Tales”

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It’s been a while since I’ve updated, moreso because there hasn’t really been much that has moved me…..but you can now consider me “moved”! So lets get into it.

Let me start by saying, I’ve been a long time Jazmine fan. Seriously, since like the beginning, I’ve loved everything she’s provided…. that was until I heard the lead singles from this project. “Lost One” and “Pick Up Your Feelings” really did not move me. The vocals were there but the content had lost my attention, which I understand is ok, not everything is for me. But in comes “Girl Like Me” with H.E.R. and I was back in the fold. The two of them together just sound so beautiful together, it was hard not to keep that song on repeat.

Today, Jazmine released the entire project, Heaux Tales, which she has emphasized that it is an EP/Project and the album will be coming soon. And all I can say is YES! This is a conceptual album, and it works well together. 20 years ago we had what I like to refer to as the women’s empowerment movement (No Scrubs, Independent Women etc, and it feels like we are getting another round of that…just a little more grown.

After the smash hit WAP last year, Jazmine took the baton and ran with it. This project talks about how women can do crazy things for some good dick, how it feels to know when you’ve fucked up, how a woman knows her worth and should be earned, and so many more topics from a woman’s perspective. It really feels like she picked up where she left off on Mascara.

For me… the stand out tracks are Girl Like Me, Put It Down, and The Other Side. Although not my favorite, the internet is buzzing over her collab with Ari Lennox on the song “On It“. Listen below!

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Carl Crawford Speaks Out About The Megan Thee Stallion Situation

Things are heating up as Carl Crawford speaks out about his deal with Megan Thee Stallion, and how she may not be as much as a victim as she claims.

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CATCH UP: Megan Thee Stallion has went public about the unfair deal that she signed when she was 20 and just getting started. She states that when entering the deal she didn’t comprehend everything in the contract, BUT she signed it anyways. After signing with Roc Nation back in September, they pointed out some things in her contract that she didn’t understand and she simply requested that the label renegotiates her contract. Megan also stated that she wasn’t allowed to drop music because of the label. First, she alleges that she’s only been paid $15,000 from the label after earning more than a billion streams and selling over 300,000 individual track downloads, which equates to an estimated $7 million.

Megan has sine went to court and had a temporary restraining order placed on the label. The judge ordered 1501 Entertainment “to do nothing to prevent the release, distribution, and sale of Pete’s new records,” along with forbidding any interference with her or her career over social media or through her collaborators or associates

The Facts: Both side have said that in Megan’s contract, she is in a 60/40 deal. They’ve both also said that she did receive 15k from the label.

Carl’s Claims: Carl claims that Megan is flat out lying, and he has the receipts to prove it. Carl states that Megan signed with ROC Nation behind his back, and he found out about it in the media like the rest of the world did.

When it comes to Megan’s Contract:

“Let’s talk about your contract. It’s a great contract for a first-timer,” he offers. “What contract gives parts of their masters and 40% royalties and all that kind of stuff? Ask Jay-Z to pull one of his artists’ first contracts, and let’s compare it to what Megan got… I guarantee they won’t ever show you that.” via Billboard

Carl states that he had nothing to do with Megan’s contract. He says Megan’s mother (who passed last year) and T. Farris actually negotiated her contract with his lawyers and they came up with the numbers. Megan is in a 360 deal where there was a 70/30 split, with the label getting the 70%. The only reason that makes sense is because they also gave her a 60/40 split on her masters.

Now to put that in perspective, that is quite a solid deal, being that most artists don’t own any of their masters, especially not on their first album/works. It took Rihanna like 7-8 albums before she owned all of her masters. Chris Brown as well.

Carl also addresses the fact that she states she’s only been paid 15k.

How she been paid $15,000? As soon as we signed to 300, I wrote her a check for $50,000, and it’s signed with her name on the check. We can show you the proof. That’s another thing — I got all my receipts. They know it. I got all the receipts. We gave her a $10,000 advance when we first signed her and gave it to her mother. I don’t know what happened [with that]. 300 gave us a $200,000 check when we first signed. I gave her $50,000 of it. I didn’t have to give her that. That was mine at the time.

Now let’s be honest, when you look at Megan Thee Stallion, in comparison to other female rappers on the come up, she did have some kind of money behind her. Everything from the features with Wale, the EP buzz around Tina Snow, and the “payola” deal that had Hot Girl Summer being played on iHeartRadio every hour on the hour the day of it’s release…. and securing the biggest debut and chart position of her career. Lets just say she didn’t get all that because of her talent. Not saying she isn’t talented, BUT talent only gets you so far.

Lets just sit back and see where this goes…

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Trey Songz Facing $10 Million Lawsuit for Alleged Sexual Assault

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Trey Songz is looking at a multi-million dollar lawsuit for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman.

Per documents obtained by The Blast, Songz (birth name Tremaine Neverson) is being sued by an unnamed Georgia woman. According to the lawsuit, the incident took place on Jan. 1, 2018. The singer reportedly invited her to Miami’s E11even night club after celebrating New Year’s Eve at Diddy’s house. It was in his VIP section at E11even where the assault is said to have taken place.

[Songz] sexually assaulted and battered Jane Doe by proceeding to forcefully place his hand under her dress, without her consent, and attempting to insert his fingers into Jane Doe’s vagina without her consent or permission,” the lawsuit reads.

The victim went on to claim she was not the only woman subjected to assault. Per the documents, another woman confided in her that Songz put his hands down her pants as well. The second victim told the unnamed woman that Songz forcefully touched her butt without consent.

Neverson intentionally created an offer of bodily injury to Plaintiff by force under circumstances that created a well-founded fear of imminent peril in Plaintiff and Neverson had the present ability to effectuate his attempts to produce bodily injury towards Plaintiff when he reached under her skirt and attempted to insert his fingers into her vagina,” the lawsuit claims.

Songz alleged attack has led the Jane Doe to seek more than $10 million from the artist. These damages are the result of the assault and battery as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

This is not the first time Trey Songz has been tangled up in a legal battle regarding a woman. In September, the alleged victim of a domestic assault at the hands of Songz dropped her lawsuit. Andrea Buera claimed that the assault took place during All-Star Weekend in 2018. The singer’s legal team claimed that he acted in self-defense and Buera eventually ended her lawsuit.

My Opinion:
Now I’m not one to victim blame, but nowhere am I reading that she ever said “no” or “stop”. Maybe the two of them was vibing and he got the signals crossed. Was he wrong? Sure! BUT, at what point of drinking this sexy man’s liquor, being in his section, going to party privately with him, did you let him know that sex wasn’t gonna happen? How do you let this man get his hands under your dress and into your vagina…and never say no or stop? Trey is a sex god, and any woman getting this type of treatment from him should probably assume he is trying to get sex from her…so you might wanna let him know it aint gon happen.

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