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Killer Mike – “RUN” ft. Young Thug & Dave Chapelle
It’s Killer Mike’s first solo effort in nearly a decade and it’s a timely, meaningful song that dropped on Independence Day. It’s a war-themed music video that shows Black soldiers fighting for freedom against growing oppressors.
“If you’re looking at this video, certain things are gonna stand out: Obviously, there’s a war going on for people who want justice and righteousness, and there’s a war that’s symbolized by what you would notice is old Confederate uniforms and Nazi-like uniforms,” Killer Mike said of the Adrian Villagomez-directed video.
“I wanted this video — that was inspired by the monologue that Dave Chappelle did at the beginning — to be representative that there’s a fight, the spiritual fight, that is going on every single day with us.”
Baby Queen – Nobody Really Cares
Produced by Cam Blackwood and King Ed, Baby Queen drops “Nobody Really Cares.” And it’s true. No one cares. The majority of us live our lives to please others, at some length, and this song is totally in opposition of that.
“‘Nobody Really Cares’ is about realizing it’s okay to be yourself and do exactly what makes you happy because people are selfish in nature and only have so much space inside their brains reserved for you,” Baby Queen says.
She adds, “I think it’s really liberating to know that nobody cares about your self expression as much as you sometimes think they do so filtering yourself to please them is pointless.”
Carla Wehbe – is forever off the table?
I enjoyed Carla Wehbe’s music video for is forever off the table?” I love it when people have even a small storyline throughout. Give us something cool to think about from the visuals.
She has beautiful vocals that draw you in. Her performance is solid from singing to acting on camera. I definitely will look out for new music from her in the future.
The song has a regretful tone but is well written with a redemptive quality. There is a lingering outcome. “Id forever off the table?” She’s wondering if the relationship can still work out. She wants to try. I guess they’ll see.
Stream the Xavier Dunn-produced and Kyle Caulfield-directed video below.
FLO – Immature
I recently came across this British R&B group called FLO. These ladies are refreshing. Their new song “Immature” is reminiscent of past R&B acts with production and energy, but they have a nice modern feel to them as well.
I’m getting a Beyoncé vibe on their hook. Go back and listen to “Kitty Kat.” Shout out to Jamal Woon and MNEK on production.
“Immature” is a single from their “The Lead” EP.
“[The song] is about being strong and confident in yourself and we really don’t have time for someone being immature,” the group says in a statement. “It’s ok for you to tell a partner, ‘You’re not giving me what I want and you say you want my body, but you aren’t doing anything about it!'”
Ciara- JUMP ft. Coast Contra
Ciara is back! She brings her new release, “JUMP,” produced by Theron Thomas, Sam Sumser, Sean Small, and Ciara herself.
“I’m back on my mission to make the world dance,” Ciara said.
Check out Ciara and the WSSU cheerleading squad in the Dave Meyers-directed video.