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🎧Hear Me Out: Jacob Latimore is Fire

The Chi’s, Jacob Latimore has a voice beyond the TV screen.

The 23 year-old plays Emmett, a young adult experiencing growing pains set in today’s Chicago. You may recognize Latimore from Black Nativity, Ride Along, and Maze Runner. However, the talented star saw his career beginnings in music. His debut single, “Best Friend” was released in 2005. You may remember his 106 & Park video countdown favorite, “Like ‘Em All” featuring Diggy Simmons.

Since then the promising star has done a lot of growing and it’s all audible in the music. It’s evident that Latimore has grown comfortably into his own artist and is able to fully express his emotions. C3 is a fusion of Jacob’s previous bodies of work C1 and C2 and the final installment. The EP features Mulatto, Calboy, and Trevor Jackson among others.

The preciously crafted project is a smooth collide of early 2000s – mid 2000s R&B with the perfect amount of new age R&B. Don’t just take my word for it. Listen to C3 above and let us know what vibe it gives you below.

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Happy Memorial Day Social Distancing!

I hope everyone is practicing social distancing.

But I know you guys aren’t. So, here’s a list of precautions to take while you’re out of the house.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others, including when you have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Practice continued cleanliness

And just in case you’re planning on having a club quarantine cookout check out the playlist below. Tune in today’s latest Hip-Hop hits.

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Entertainment Music

The Internet Gasps at Jay-Z’s Taste in Music

The Brooklyn-born rapper is undoubtedly one of the greatest to ever grace a microphone. So, why are fans so surprised at his diverse musical palette? His knowledge of musicians’ past is woven into many of his lyrics. Jay-Z leisurely creates Tidal playlists and shares them with music lovers through the app. His latest playlist features “Under The Table,” by Fiona Apple. It’s a whimsical tune about perseverance and refusing to be silenced. Fans took to Twitter in amazement at the “standout” selection. When just at the dawn of 2020, artists like Snoh Aalegra and Solangemade his year-end playlist of 2019.

In a 2009 interview with MTV Jay-Z describes his experience with music as a youth. “I grew up around music, listening to all types of people,” he said. “I used to listen to old music like DonnyHathawayMarvin Gaye and things like that. I’m into music that has soul in it, whether it be rap, R&B, pop music, whatever. As long as I can feel their soul through the wax, that’s what I really listen to.” He relates to music as it feels. As all music lovers do. When you can feel an artist’s authenticity in the record, that’s all that matters.

So, Hov adding Fiona Apple to his playlist rotation doesn’t come as a surprise. You have to have an ear for exploration in music. Always being open to the many sounds.

What do you think? Add your thoughts below and peruse the playlist here.

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Entertainment Music

Watch: Jhene Aiko and H.E.R. are Animated in “B.S.”

Two of our favorite soul singers have teamed up to give us one of the smoothest bops of 2020. B.S. is a carefree, hot-girl summer anthem. The blissful track comes from Jhené Aiko’s third studio album, Chilombo. Aiko is very deep into her spirituality and aligning the chakras. She shares that she used singing bowls while making the album. 
Singing bowls are musical instruments that have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. They create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind, and soul.

Check out the chart below Aiko shared via Instagram detailing how each song and key heals.

Who wouldn’t want to listen to music played in a healing frequency? Music that not only sounds good, but it actually FEELS good!

Watch the ultra-cool video for B.S. above and make sure to keep listening to those healing frequencies.

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Watch: Zaza Says ‘Girls Run Everything’

The five-year-old pint-sized princess, ZaZa, has returned with the hard hitting new single “Girls Run Everything.”

Zaza with little sister, Simmy

ZaZa first gained popularity after creating a post to SchoolBoy Q’s smash hit, Floating. The west-coast rapper gave her, her props by reposting the video. Not only has she has become an Instagram sensation, garnering the attention of Sean “Diddy” CombsEllen Degeneres, and Rihanna. She’s even had a remix to her song “What I Do” performed by North West.

Zaza created this new girl power anthem to encourage women everywhere, and to celebrate the women like Beyoncé, Rihanna and more who have inspired us all.

Check out this confident little queen’s latest hit, “Girls Run Everything” above.

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Giveon is Making His ‘Favorite Mistake’

Long Beach, California native Giveon is back with an acoustic visual for hit single, “FavoriteMistake.”

After a leaked Drake collaboration surfaced, everyone was trying to figure out exactly who this talented artist was. The single happens to be none other than the Chicago Freestyle. Drake’s emotional roller-coaster rhymes paired with Giveon’s calming tone gives your heart the right wringing.

Favorite Mistake speaks to indulging in a guilty or notso guilty pleasure. He belts, “Our secret’s safe, so you’re my favorite mistake. That’s why we gotta keep it on the low..” Sometimes doing the wrong thing is enticing. You decide while you watch the video below.

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Exclusive Interview with Brett Gray

Now is The Time: On My Block’s Brett Gray talks

Brett Gray serves as the comedic relief to a familiar yet, entertainingly unique teen drama, “On My Block.” The show centers four inner city LA teens transitioning into adulthood.

The young actor spoke with Pentagon Mag about his role and branching out into the music world. Gray is from the great city of Philadelphia, PA. The hometown of his acting idol, Will Smith. We shared a few laughs about being from the same city and chatted about his first rehearsal for “On My Block.” Co-Star Peggy Blow, noted his timing was spot on of a young Will Smith. She starred in an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The whimsical star began his career in Musical Theater, having his first role be in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Brett has been a very busy bee. While wrapping up filming for ​On My Block, ​he’s also simultaneously filming the ​Secret Life of Bees (musical)​ and​ ​another Netflix original; “​When They See Us​.” The series was written and produced by Ava DuVernay. It exposes the U.S. criminal justice system during the ‘​Central Park Five’​ case. Gray makes it a point to play roles that tell stories that are encouraging to young black men. He plans to release an inspiring single “Our Day” for the series.

What’s your favorite characteristic of Jamal?

“​He is hungry, driven, and determined​.” Jamal would not give up the Rollerworld money hunt until he found the fortune, no matter who believed him.

When did you learn you could sing?

Gray says he could always sing since a child. His roots in Musical theater have helped the advancement of his vocal range. Brett says he went to the studio last year and then decided to drop some music of his own. “…​After On My Block, I focused and went to the studio and made my first project.​ ”

We began speaking about the rich musical history of Philadelphia. Home to artists such as: Gamble and Huff, Jazmine Sullivan, Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, Meek Mill, The Roots, and so many other greats. Gray will be apart of the greats our city has produced. His most recent releases include a debut EP, Easy Haze. Along with the video release for single S.O.S. Brett is very much so in-tune with the current wave of music. “I love Tierra Whack and Bri Steves,” he says. Both are fellow rising artists from Philadelphia.

How do you get into character?

To my surprise he answered, “I’m an over-thinker I try not to think about it at all. I just try to remember lines…I really lose myself.” An actor true to his craft, Gray submerges himself into any role.

What’s your dream role and if you don’t have one create one.

I have so many. Comedy, drama, avatar movies, I want to do everything. More live plays; My dream role is The Joker.” Which I could totally see, Gray has the chops to teeter the line of intense drama with a faint hint of humor. He declares he will do an amazing job and I agree. Look out for this promising young actor. He’s setting his own trail ablaze.