Kehlani draws inspiration from Akon for “Undercover”

In case you were wondering, Kehlani is an Akon fan. How do I know? Well, I don’t for sure, but I wouldn’t be against it. The most obvious piece of evidence comes from her latest release, “Undercover,” which finds her interpolating Akon’s “Don’t Matter.” This song, which released via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show, . . .

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New Music Mar 21  |  

Akono Miles is Fearless in “Scared Money, No Money”

After a brief hiatus, Pittsburgh emcee Akono Miles returns with a zesty new single entitled “Scared Money, No Money.” Akono flips producer Planet Giza’s “Funky Kompa” instrumental into his own, as he adds some lively ad-libs and wordplay. Akono speaks his mind on capitalism, the hardships of surviving as a college student, and what he’d . . .

New Music Jan 28  |  

Akon – “Hypnotized”

When I saw Akon had released “Hypnotized” I had to wipe my eyes thinking it might be some illusion. I instantly remembered the Plies song of the same name that featured Akon. This time around it’s a totally different tune and all Akon. #Hypnotized pic.twitter.com/RRaoJUrTQ0 — AKON (@Akon) January 27, 2016 It’s a new joint off . . .

New Music Jan 21  |  

Akon Recruits Future For “Forever” (Remix)

As anticipation builds for Akon‘s 5-disc Stadium album, he connects with Future for “Forever” (remix). In 2015, he released “Stick Around” and “Whole Lot” featuring Migos as part of his comeback campaign. Future is staying in high demand. He recently dropped a surprise mixtape, Purple Reign, and plans to head out on tour this February.

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New Music Nov 24  |  

Matoma & Akon Collab On The Tropical “Stick Around”

Norwegian producer, Matoma, has released a new song assisted by Akon called “Stick Around”. It’s a bouncy, tropical house track which is currently set to live on Matoma’s upcoming Hakuna Matata EP. The theme and title seems to flow perfectly as you will notice the sonics revolve around positive, upbeat vibes with sounds that remind . . .

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New Music Oct 29  |  

Akon Flexes With Migos On “Whole Lot”

Akon returns to the music scene with a feature from Atlanta’s own, Migos, in “Whole Lot”. He plans for his upcoming album Stadium to release as a five-disc project, with each disc representing a different genre: Euro, Pop, Island, Urban, World. As you might be able to tell, this southern trap style cut is positioned to fit in nicely on . . .


ILOVEMAKONNEN – “Tuesday (Remix)” ft. Drake (Video)

It’s inescapable by now. Not a fan of ILOVEMAKONNEN? Every urban radio programmer in America is. The anthemic, slow moving single receives a visual accompaniment tonight. We should expect this, given that the song features Drake. Of course, the video is filled with debauchery, partying, and good times. Watch the video for “Tuesday” below. ILOVEMAKONNEN . . .

New Music Sep 24  |  

Tunji Ige – “Day2Day” ft. Michael Christmas & ILoveMakonnen (Video)

Tunji Ige turned a lot of heads with “Day2Day,” his debut single featuring fellow up-and-comers Michael Christmas and ILOVEMAKONNEN. It should come as no surprise that these three are involved in a very quirky, memorable video together. Look for Tunji’s The Love Project album to release in the near future. Watch the video for “Day2Day” . . .

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New Music Jul 29  |  

Scarface – “Exit Plan” ft. Akon (Video)

The legendary Scarface teams up with Akon for “Exit Plan,” a song dedicated to educating listeners on the struggles and difficulties he’s faced throughout his time on this Earth. The song is menacing and brooding, and the dark visuals only add to the feelings of foreboding and dismay. Watch the video for “Exit Plan” below.

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New Music Jul 14  |  

Akono Miles – “Buenos Aires” ft. Grace Tandon

The mood in Argentina’s capitol city of Buenos Aires must have been pretty gloomy after their depressing World Cup finals loss yesterday. No worries. Pittsburgh emcee Akono Miles is here with an uplifting single for all of your sorrows entitled “Buenos Aires.” The song is a narrative about riding out life’s hardships and holding on . . .

New Music Jul 30  |  

Akono Miles – “Phantom”

Akono Miles knows about all of your preconceptions, expectations, and categories. Thing is, he’s hellbent on flipping those expectations on their respective heads. At the age of seventeen, he is still defining and refining his artistry, but his ambitious vision is already beginning to take form with songs such as his most recent release, “Phantom.” . . .

Columbusing Afrobeats Why a Whitewashed Trend is Better at its Source

Columbusing Afrobeats: Why a Whitewashed Trend is Better at its Source

As people move, so does music, borrowing and blending to reflect the different pieces of our global identities. Music is dynamic. In Nigeria today, this is afrobeats, a broad term used to describe Nigeria’s pop music. Rooted in Fela Kuti’s afrobeat, afrobeats plays with a broad array of genres, including hip hop, dancehall, grime, highlife, . . .


On Migos and the exhaustion that comes with empathy

My gut reaction to any perceived attack on black folks is protection. Even at the expense of my own mental and emotional well-being. That’s what I felt when I first read what the members of, currently, one of my favorite hip-hop groups Migos had to say in response to fellow rapper Makonnen’s coming out in . . .

New Music Sep 2  |  

Key! enables the turn up with “Puking”

We all know what that alcohol can do to us and the Atlanta monster Key! is no different. “Puking” is upbeat and aggressive. It should be played at the height of your next night out, which you will be feeling the next morning. Stream “Puking” below.

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New Music Aug 4  |  

Jaylien witnesses the price of infidelity in “We Fcuk” (Video)

Infidelity can lead to some pretty dramatic outcomes, especially when it’s uncovered. St. Louis-based singer, songwriter and producer Jaylien‘s video for “We Fcuk” shows just that, as we witness a falling out of epic proportions unfold. Jaylien has already written music for the likes of will.i.am, Akon, Chris Brown, and G.O.O.D. Music’s Kacy Hill, and . . .