Team Breezy it’s time to rejoice again, as Chris Brown has officially set a new release date for his upcoming album, X. If you can remember X was originally suppose to drop back in July, but due to some behind the sense issues the project was pushed back to TBA status. But that’s neither here nor there because X will be hitting retail stores November 19th. X, which features singles “Fine China” and “Don’t Think They Know” is the follow up to Fortune, which didn’t do so well…
Chris has already revealed that we should expect to hear collaborations from Kelly Rowland, Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna, Brandy, and Kendrick Lamar. X will also feature production from Pharrell, Polow Da Don, Timbaland, Danja, Diplo, and Drumma Boy.
Not to long ago Chris spoke with Rolling Stone on the sound of X, which he says, "I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop," Brown notes. "Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes: I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now. There's a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune. I really wanted to demonstrate my vocal ability, creating the vibe of me singing along with a band."
This is really great news to hear! I really want Chris to win this era. I think him leaving behind the typical euro beat sound is a step in the right direction. At the end of the day Chris has the prefect voice for pop music, which would explain why he is so easily compared to Michael who also had the voice for that genre. I can’t wait to hear this album because the description of the sound he is explaining is exactly what I want to hear from him.
Last night, Kelly Rowland wasted no time in pushing her new single with Wiz Khalifa "Gone", which she dropped earlier in the day, by performing it with Wiz and The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This was my first impression of the song as Jodeci gave Kelly a glowing a review when we posted it yesterday. And it's an instant *Tibs Fav. I like the story and relatable emotions that Rowland expresses with Wiz adding the male perspective. The performance was nice as well, with The Roots' instrumentation acting as a great compliment too. Watch the performance above ICYMI last nite.
UPDATE: One more preview of Talk A Good Game, out June 18th, as Kelly reels in a featured verse from Pusha T and a smooth production from Pharrell. Her vocals boom on "Street Life" with Pusha doin his thing on the third verse. Press play on a radio rip below. Another solid *Tibs Fav.
As you all know June 18th is next week with huge hype surrounding the release of J. Cole’sBorn Sinner and Chicago’s very own Kanye West with Yeezus. Also dropping an album the same day is Kelly Rowland who will be holding down the R&B category. Today Kelly decided to treat her fans to a song off the album “Gone,” which features Wiz Khalifa. Take a listen below
Sampling Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” some of you may not know that song, but Janet Jackson’s“Got ‘Till It’s Gone,” which also uses the same sample featuring legend rapper Q-Tip. This is a really nice song for Kelly and I really like it! The only thing keeping me from loving it is the fact that I feel Wiz Khalifa should have been competently left off this song. He doesn’t add anything to the song other then the question why is he on it? Any who be sure to grab Kelly’s album next Tuesday when it drops!
First, the coolest of the news for Big Sean: he graces this mural in his hometown of Detroit with fellow D-Town artists Mike Posner, SAYITAINTTONE, and Earlly Mac. That's a "Mama we made it!" moment if I've ever seen one. The mural looks dope! Congrats to all the artist involved.
One more Big Sean note: he spoke with MTV about working with Eminem after it was revealed he was in the studio with him last month. Sean says the collab will be a "Detroit classic" and is not sure whose album it'll appear on just yet. Watch the interview below.
A couple more news and notes: DJ Paul confirmed to HHDX that some Three 6 Mafia members are reuniting for a new group called Da Mafia 6iX. They all are: Gangsta Boo, Koopsta Knicca, Lord Infamous and Crunchy Black. Here's DJ Paul on talking with Juicy J:
"Given his absence in the new group, Paul also added that he has remained on good terms and is often in contact with Juicy J though they no longer collaborate musically: “We still talk. But no, I’m not on his album and we haven’t did nothing musically. But we still talk because we still own all the companies together, we still get big checks together, so we still talk business stuff but I’m not on the album."
- Juicy J
And finally, a picture below was on Pharrell's Facebook page today; a studio session with Wiz Khalifa, Akon, Kelly Rowland, and Amber Rose was there. I thought I saw a photo of this before, but nevertheless, here it is. Should be a good collab.
Last week when the tracklist to Kelly Rowland's upcoming album, Talk A Good Game, was revealed, one track that surely caught even the most casual observer's eye was the collaboration with Beyonce & Michelle Williams, "You Changed". We didn't have to wait too long to hear what Destiny's Child sounds like together again in the studio. Remember, at the top of the year we had "Nuclear", but that was never really pushed as a single. "You Changed", on the other hand, may get those legs as it's a relatable jam that does take you back to when the ladies were an official trio. Listen to a rip of the track below, that I liken to ACQ, instead of CDQ — alarm clock quality.
A nice mix of features and solo tracks for Kelly Rowland off one glance at the tracklist to her upcoming album, Talk A Good Game. In fact, these features should only pique the curiousity of fans of everyone involved. The only track out so far is "Dirty Laundry", which is a personal one that even the casual observer should check out, so I can only imagine this news enhancing the buzz for Kelly. Destiny's Child fans, how psyched are you for track #7? I can also see Kelly mixing well with Wiz & Pusha T on their features respectively. The album drops on June 18th (add another one to that date, folks).