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It has been awhile since the “Classic Man, Jidenna, delivered us new music, but his new, sophomore album, 85 To Africa, was well worth the weight! Jidenna has shed the pomade, suits, cane, and casket fresh vests in change for African print attire, braids, and an “awokeness” that the culture is in need of.

Grade: A+

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The album is one of this artist truly exploring and learning about himself by reconnecting to his African roots, speaking his mind unadulterated, and celebrating his life and those who love and celebrate him. This album is an ode to the old school link up with strong sentiments of community, real self-actualization, and not to mention an earthiness we cannot help but find appealing. Jidenna is a true jewel to the world of rap and hip-hop, and 85 To Africa, is a direct road map to his soul. Kudos, Jidenna, kudos!

Jidenna’s first single off the albumTribe, is just what you need to crank up the party with your friends and let the world know just how lit you and your squad are. However, his second single “Worth The Wait,” is truly a heavyweight on the album and one of our personal favorites. Above all, however, is his song Pretty & Afraid. The single pushes you to go for what you want out of life and not be afraid. It is a mood and vibe akin to “drake-ing!” Check out the track list from the album below:

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1. Worth The Weight f. Seun Kuti
2. 85 To Africa
3. Babouche f. GoldLink
4. Tribe
5. Sou Sou
6. Zodi f. Mr. Eazi
7. Sufi Woman
8. Vaporiza
9. Pretty & Afraid
10. Jungle Fever
11. The Other Half f. St. Beauty & Mereba

You can stream and download 85 To Africa on all streaming services!

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Truly Legendary! “Brandy Verzuz Monica” Reaches Over 1.2 Million Viewers!

Brandy and Monica gaves us the “Verzuz Battle” we have been waiting for! The two legendary singers who rose to fame as adolescents in the nineties are now fully grown women with rivaling musical catalogues and a history of personal beefs.

However, tonight, Brandy and Monica settled their issues–off-screen of course–and reached over 1.2 million viewers with their highly anticipated Verzuz Battle, creating a moods and moments none of us will ever forget!

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Brandy and Monica gaves us the “Verzuz Battle” we have been waiting for! The two legendary singers who rose to fame as adolescents in the nineties are now fully grown women with rivaling musical catalogues and a history of personal beefs.

However, tonight, Brandy and Monica settled their issues–off-screen of course–and reached over 1.2 million viewers with their highly anticipated Verzuz Battle, creating a moods and moments none of us will ever forget!

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Back and forth the ladies delivered hit after hit and bop after bop; which had many Generation X-ers and Millennials reconnecting with their childhood. From Brandy we heard hits like “What About Us?,” “Brokenhearted (the Wanye duet),” “Sittin’ On Top Of The World,” and more. Meanwhile Monica came just as heard with classics like “So Gone,” “4 U I Will,” “Everything To Me,” “First Night,” and more.

Naturally, the ladies dabbled in fun shade; reminiscing on the alleged slap down Monica gave Brandy in their youth, and their aforementioned off-screen heart to heart to clear the air. They apparently had not spoken to each other for eight years.  Nevertheless, their honesty and ability to forgive one another was endearing and an excellent example of how two people in a longstanding feud can heal one another.

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 Honestly, their Verzuz Battle left us wanting a joint album from them. Brandy and Monica are magic together, and this is the closest match up in the history of the Instagram Live series. To us, there was no clear winner.

The positive commentary and feedback from thousands of celebrities and influencers; and over a million fans shows we definitely need R&B to make a comeback. The singers we have grown to know and love are good for more than just features and hooks. Brandy and Monica PLEASE go on tour! We will definitely buy tickets!

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As She Should…Jojo Pulls Tory Lanez Collaboration from Deluxe Version of Her Album!

The girls are sticking together when it comes to canceling Tory Lanez. Singer, Jojo, has opted to remove her collaboration with him off the deluxe version of her album.

After Megan Thee Stallion confirmed Tory Lanez indeed shot her, a fan reported he heard Tory was removed from the album, and Jojo confirmed it with a tweet:

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The girls are sticking together when it comes to canceling Tory Lanez. Singer, Jojo, has opted to remove her collaboration with him off the deluxe version of her album.

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Jojo at arrivals for MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) 2015 – ARRIVALS 1, The Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live), Los Angeles, CA August 30, 2015. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough

After Megan Thee Stallion confirmed Tory Lanez indeed shot her, a fan reported he heard Tory was removed from the album, and Jojo confirmed it with a tweet:

Tory appeared on Jojo’s club banger, Comeback, from her latest album, Good to Know. You can check it out below.

We are here for Jojo’s decision to bar Tory from the album. His actions were misogynistic and toxic.

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“Baby Mama!” Brandy is Back w/ New Single, featuring Chance The Rapper!

Brandy, AKA “The Vocal Bible” is back with a new single, “Baby Mama,” for mothers worldwide!  The new single features award winning artist, Chance The Rapper, and was released via collaboration between Brand Nu Entertainment and Entertainment One (“eOne”).

Just in time for Mother’s Day, “Baby Mama” speaks on Brandy’s journey raising her own daughter, Sy’rai, as well as mothers working to support their families.

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Brandy, AKA “The Vocal Bible” is back with a new single, “Baby Mama,” for mothers worldwide!  The new single features award winning artist, Chance The Rapper, and was released via collaboration between Brand Nu Entertainment and Entertainment One (“eOne”).

Just in time for Mother’s Day, “Baby Mama” speaks on Brandy’s journey raising her own daughter, Sy’rai, as well as mothers working to support their families.

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The single is currently available on digital platforms worldwide and will be impact radio on May 4. The song premiered this morning via iHeart Media stations across the country, and will be played every hour on the hour today until 10 PM local time.

“It takes a village to raise em’, we don’t do it all by ourselves…This song ain’t just for me, it’s for every mama yeah…Every day I breathe it’s for my little mama…I’m every woman and a baby mama.”

Brandy says, “My new single is about embracing the strength and fortitude needed not only in motherhood, but in life.  I’m am thrilled that Chance joined me on this track, and I hope my fans find it as uplifting as I intended it to be!”

Following the single’s release, BET will premiere the official “Baby Mama” video on Monday, May 4 via, BET JAMS, and BET SOUL, and BET.com beginning at 12 noon ET.   Directed by Derek Blanks, with creative director Frank Gatson, the video features a glowing and vibrant Brandy. 

“Baby Mama” is the follow-up to Brandy’s GRAMMY-nominated, hit single with Daniel Caesar, “Love Again,” which soared to #1 on the Urban AC chart late last year.

Since emerging with her 4x-platinum self-titled debut album in 1994 (released when Brandy was only 15-years-old), this trail-blazing pioneer has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign she recorded five albums: In 1998 – Never Say Never (1998), Full Moon (2002) Afrodisiac (2004), Human, and 2012 – Two Eleven (2012). Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a Grammy, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and four BMI Awards.

“Baby Mama” will be featured on Brandy’s highly anticipated forthcoming album out later this year.  Fans can stay updated on new music and more by logging onto www.4everbrandy.com.

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We have to say we love Brandy’s new single! It is a true bop and only goes to show that she still has it! She and Chance are quite the dynamic duo.

What do you guys think of “Baby Mama” sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Instagram: @brandy

Twitter: @4everbrandy

Facebook: @foreverbrandy

Tik Tok: @brandy

Snapchat: @TheNextBrandy

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