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The Downfall of R&B, and the Overlooked Masterpiece

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Once a thriving genre in the music industry, R&B has really fallen between the cracks.

We are in a place where singers don’t sing, vocalists are overlooked, and a whole genre was pushed to smaller radio, unless you talk about sex. Back in the 90s and 00s, you could turn on the radio and hear Toni Braxton sing Another Sad Love Song, then hear Tupac rap California Love. Nowadays, R&B is pushed to Adult Contemporary stations, unless you are singing about sex or drugs. It’s really time for mainstream Urban Radio to give R&B the respect it deserves. And to be honest, Jazmine Sullivan and HER are leading the way.

Today Jazmine Sullivan was awarded an RIAA certification for her single, “Pick Up Your Feelings“. While I am happy for her, it upsets me that this is her first song to ever get certified. Jazmine’s only other plaque is for her first album, which should really be Platinum but it’s only Gold. Jazmine has put out 4 amazing albums, and they’ve continuously went overlooked. Before Pick Up Your Feelings, Jazmine hadn’t charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 years! 10 whole years.

Meanwhile artists like Summer Walker, Kehlani, Jhene Aiko and more have had huge success on the charts. I’m not pitting them against each other nor am I comparing. But I will say a bulk of their music is about sex or “fuck niggas” vibes. But where’s that leave room for the lovers? It takes a huge name to get the love back on the radio, like a Bruno Mars with his latest single, “Leave The Door Open“. I have a feeling that real R&B is on it’s way back, and Vibe&B is about to take a little break. At least I’m hoping.

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LosLauren 718 Premieres ‘ Hold On (Grip) ‘

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Rapper LosLauren 718 has had one of hell of a year so it only makes sense that he continues to bring his A Game with the release of his new single ‘Hold On (Grip)‘. The Bronx,NY native has mad major waves over the last decade with critically acclaimed projects which were featured on notable platforms  such as  ThisIs50 , The Source , VIBE , All Hip Hop , Vlad TV , Hip Hop DX , WorldStar , MusicXclusives , Trueexclusives and more.  Now of course it makes sense why he would be featured being that he worked with the likes of some music finest producers including J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League , Just Blaze , Ty Fyffe , QB DaProblem and Mystro & Pizzi.  Over the last year he dropped not one but two buzzed about projects ‘Allergic to Failure’ & ‘Blue Roses’ which are still in heavy rotation at this very moment. Now some would think that’s normal but he released both projects within a years time as an indie artist during the Covid-19 pandemic which stopped so many things from happening in support of his project.  Now most would of delayed their projects but Los chose to release his music regardless and delivered two solid projects while facing something even more personal. The rising rap star was diagnosed with Cancer in 2020 and when most people would fold he chose to fight it and beat the odd and came out swinging and returned right back to his music as if nothing even happened. That’s in itself is just proof that real artist can never be stopped no matter what their circumstances may be. Now as he continues to work on his next project entitled ‘Addicted To Success’ , he teamed up with producer Skev Beats to drop his latest single just to heat things up real quick. Watch the premiere of his self directed video for ‘ Hold On (Grip)’ which is sure to be in heavy rotation.

Keep up to date with LosLauren 718 on all social media platforms at @LosLauren718 and cop all his past projects out now on all music streaming platforms.

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Anisa Fowler ‘ You Reign ‘

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Rising star Anisa Fowler is creating a buzz for herself with the release of her current single ‘You Reign’. In less than a year this gospel powerhouse has truly made a name for herself with a growing fanbase who is ready for her long awaited debut EP. The Queens,NY native who earliest memory of singing was in church truly put in work to get to this moment and this is still just the beginning of her journey. She teamed up with songwriter/producer Josh Arnoux on her latest record which is also on his indie label RNU Records. As his premiere artist he’s truly putting his all into his fellow LaGuardia HS classmate. The two who have been friends for over 20 years and even performed in the group ‘Gods Plan‘ for a period of time knew that they were onto something after the release of ‘You Reign’ and it very clear that they had something special on their hands. Releasing material during a pandemic and trying to promote it , isn’t an easy feat for anyone but Anisa has truly found a way to spread her gift of ministry in song as she traveled to perform at different showcases and conferences where she made a huge impact on the different crowds. Anisa is full proof that sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and take a step out on faith where God will continuously guide you to  share you gift with the masses. Check out her soul stirring performance clip which is sure to be in heavy rotation.

Follow Anisa Fowler on social media at @AnisaWorships

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Lady Matt premieres ‘Left’

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Houston,TX native  Lady Matt is gearing up for the release of her highly anticipated debut EP next year , but she’s ready to kick things off with her latest single ‘Left’. The rising star who sites Tina Turner , TLC , Destiny’s Child , Gucci Mane, Paul Wall, Nicki Minaj, Mulatto & City Girls as some of her inspirations has truly been through a journey within the arts. The trained athlete, dancer who excelled at cheerleading on a national level was ready to take things to a different level as she turned down a full ride scholarship in Cheerleading and decided to study Fashion Merchandising. 

This change in direction allowed her to study abroad in Paris, which truly opened her up to a whole new world of opportunities. After graduating and tapping into her creative side as a model , it was then that she realized that being in front of the camera was something that she could pursue as a career. Within no time after a feature spread in Elléments Magazine , she set her sites on NYC. Taking that big leap of faith moving to the city that never sleeps wasn’t as easy as it seems in the movies, but Lady Matt was determined to make things happen. Now while living in NYC and pursuing her dreams she realized that there was more to her artistry then just modeling as her hunger & passion for music was something she had to really take her time and invest in. 

Over the last year she debuted freestyles over Mystikal’s ‘ Here I Go’ and Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ which definitely created a buzz online as her growing fan base patiently waited for her debut single. Well now the time has come to give her fans what they been waiting for as she teams up with producer Juice Jones and rapper/songwriter Mino for her debut single ‘Left’. Check out the premiere of her new video for her single which is just a taste of what’s to come from her highly anticipated debut EP set to drop next spring.

Follow Lady Matt on all social media sites @LadyMatt__

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