🚨🚨 NEW MUSIC FRIDAYS🚨🚨

BABY KEEM – THE MELODIC BLUE

VIC VEGAS 216 – GABRIEL

AALIYAH – AALIYAH

RALO – POLITICAL PRISONER

JAZZ CARTIER – THE FLUER PRINT

COMMON – A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION PART 2

TEEJAY3K – BROWARD COUNTY

RICO NASTY – RICOS ARCHIVE

SHY GLIZZY – DON’T FEED THE SHARKS

🚨🚨NEW MUSIC FRIDAYS🚨🚨

DRAKE – CERTIFIED LOVER BOY

LADY GAGA – DAWN OF CHROMATICA (REMIX ALBUM)

LITTLE SIMZ – SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT

SOULJA BOY – SWAG 4

VARIOUS ARTISTS – ROMEO MUST DIE & EXIT WOUNDS SOUNDTRACKS

BIG30 – KING OF KILLABRANCH

ROTIMI – ALL OR NOTHING

B-REAL & SCOTT STORCH – TELL YOU SOMETHIN’

USAIN BOLT – COUNTRY YUTES

🚨🚨NEW MUSIC FRIDAYS🚨🚨

KANYE WEST – DONDA

HALSEY – IF I CAN’T LOVE, I WANT POWER

JADEN – CTV3: DAY TRIPPERS EDITION

NELLY – HEARTLAND

WIZKID – MADE IN LAGOS: DELUXE EDITION


WESTSIDE GUNN – HITLER WEARS HERMES 8: SINCERELY ADOLF

42 DUGG – FREE DEM BOYZ (DELUXE)

BELLY – SEE YOU NEXT WEDNESDAY

LIL TECCA – WE LOVE YOU TECCA 2

RAY VAUGHN – PEER PRESSURE

LIL BEAN – STILL CAMPAIGNIN

PROBLEM – COFFEE BREAK

216CRISCO – CRISCO WORLD

KEHLANI – CLOUD 19

‘Respect’ is an Emotional and Spiritually Rich Film that will leave you breathless

After I watched the end credits roll across the screen, I left the theater teary eyed and speechless. I wasn’t used to a film making me feel this way, both entertained and deeply moved. As viewers, we get an inside look into the respect singers’ life, we learn of her personal struggles with alcohol addiction, abuse, undiagnosed depression and the anchor that kept her through it all, her faith.

Like most singers, Aretha got her start in church, she was a very gifted vocalist at a young age. Many called her a vocal prodigy. She was no stranger to being in the spotlight, as she was called upon on many Sundays to sing in front of her father’s large congregation and even accompanied him on tours.

Aretha had a challenging life, her mother died when she was ten, and at the age of twelve she gave birth to her first child. She also was in an abusive marriage for several years with her husband and manager Ted White, expertly played by Marlon Wayans.

Despite the toils and snares that Aretha faced in her life, she continued to pursue her dreams. “I want to make hits,” she curtly told the manger of Columbia records, when he asked her what songs she wanted to sing. And after many trials and errors, covering different songs by various artists, she covered the song that would make her a global phenomenon, the eponymous “Respect.”

Weaved into the plot are powerful performances from Hudson, where she seamlessly recreates the tone and diction of the queen of soul. Recognizing Aretha’s tonal difference from her own voice, Hudson sings from a higher register than we’re used to hearing from her, but when her voice melds with that of Hailey Kilgore and Saycon Sengbloh the resulting product is mesmerizing and explosive.

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There are many spiritual aspects to ‘Respect’ that I couldn’t help noticing as well. Like, for instance, throughout the film, there is an invisible antagonist that hinders Aretha from moving forward. Every so often she would suffer from depressive episodes, that her father would describe as being the result of a demon. This invisible demon follows Aretha throughout the film. If you’ve ever been to a tent revival or had a praying grandmother, then you know that there is only one way to defeat a demon, and that is by waging spiritual warfare. One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Corinthians 10:4 “for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” We see Aretha using these spiritual weapons, when she is on her knees in her living room, reciting the Lord’s prayer to ward off the demon of alcoholism that is plaguing her life. A few scenes later, when she cleans her house and throws away empty liquor bottles, it signified to me that she had won the war she was fighting.

“Respect” is a powerful movie that showcases a young Aretha’s rise to stardom. It exalts her successes but doesn’t shy away from her failures. It gives us a glimpse into the life of one of music’s most profound and iconic voices.

Overall, I feel that this movie is an excellent tribute to the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin; a tribute fit for a queen.

🚨🚨NEW MUSIC FRIDAYS🚨🚨

AALIYAH – ONE IN A MILLION

SHAYBO – QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

TRIPPIE REDD – TRIP AT KNIGHT

THE WEEKND – THURSDAY (ORIGINAL)

ROD WAVE – SOUL FLY (DELUXE VERSION)

DAME D.O.L.L.A. – DIFFERENT ON LEVELS THE LORD ALLOWED

DVSN & TY DOLLA $IGN – CHEERS TO THE BEST MEMORIES

CHINO CAPPIN – LADDERS

SOB, DA BOII, SLIMMY B – STILL GANGIN

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FAT JOE & DJ DRAMA – WHAT WOULD BIG DO 2021

Major Shoutout to Cleveland’s own Nefertitti Avani!!! Track #2 is the shit!!

BLACKBEAR – MISERY LAKE

IGGY AZALEA – THE END OF AN ERA

JENNIFER HUDSON – RESPECT SOUNDTRACK

BENNY THE BUTCHER – PYREX PICASSO

MADDEN NFL 22 OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK

YNW MELLY – JUST A MATTER OF SLIME

DESIIGNER – 3 THE HARD WAY EP

K CAMP – FLOAT

BOLDY JAMES & ALCHEMIST – BO JACKSON

SPICE – 10

🚨🚨NEW MUSIC FRIDAYS🚨🚨

NAS – KING’S DISEASE II

TINASHE – 333

FAT FLY FREDDIE LEE – FREDDIE BEAR

TINK – HEAT OF THE MOMENT

AYRA STARR – 19 AND DANGEROUS

FREDO – INDEPENDENCE DAY

ABSTRACT MINDSTATE – DREAMS STILL INSPIRE

YOUNG NUDY – RICH SHOOTER

SARKODIE – NO PRESSURE

FOOLIO – LOVE ME LIKE I’M DEAD (LAST CALL)

BRI STEVES – TBH

🚨🚨NEW MUSIC FRIDAYS🚨🚨

BILLIE EILISH – HAPPIER THAN EVER

LEELA JAMES – SEE ME

PRINCE – WELCOME TO AMERICA

SKEPTA – ALL IN

YOUNG DOLPH – PAPER ROUTE ILLUMINATI

DAVE EAST & HARRY FRAUD – HOFFA

LOGIC – BOBBY TARANTINO III

ISAIAH RASHAD – THE HOUSE IS BURNING

SOULJA BOY – BIG DRACO

JUNE3RD – JEMENI

BRITTANY HOWARD – JAIME (REIMAGINED)

BJ THE CHICAGO KID – 4AM

SAFAREE – IDGAF

🎼CHIT CHATTING WITH ANDREW THOMAS🎼

Last week I was blessed to have a chit chat with artist, producer, and record label owner Andrew Thomas, who hails from Minnesota, and discussed his new single ” Liquor Talkin'”. He got to explain to me how the visual for the video came about, and how the shut down of 2020 allowed him to create a visual that will really works well for the single. We also talked about his upbringing on the native reservation, seeing Prince perform at Paisley Park prior to his untimely death as well as his musical talents.

Andrew has been blessed to produce music for Snoop Dogg, Waka Flocka, and plenty other artists from Minnesota!

If you want to know more about Andrew Thomas watch the interview below:

🚨🚨NEW MUSIC FRIDAYS 🚨🚨

YUNG BLEU – MOON BOY

KID LAROI – FUCK LOVE 3: OVER YOU

LIL DUKE – DUKE HEFNER

EST GEE – BIGGER THAN LIFE OR DEATH

ONLY ONE FELIPE – SUPER

BIGKAYBEEZY – DON JUAN

BOOSIE BADAZZ – GOAT TALK 3

KALAAN.FRFR – TWO FR 2 EXTENDED

BIZZY BANKS – SAME ENERGY

POP SMOKE – FAITH DELUXE