Michelle Williams Gets ‘Ratchet’ on New Album, ‘Journey To Freedom’

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Michelle Williams has always been known for her gospel roots, but don’t let the prayer cloth and long skirt fool you. She can get hood too. Rap-Up TV caught up with the Grammy-Award winner at the 2013 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards and she revealed the ‘unexpected’ sound of her new album “Journey To Freedom.”

“I got a couple beats on there that are going to make you turn up,” said Williams who worked with Harmony Samuels mainly and Warryn Campbell on a few songs.

The 32-year-old songstress allowed her mother to listen to the new project, who shared her honest opinion. “It’s supposed to be an inspirational type of record, and she was like, ‘This is different.’ She was like, ‘This sounds ratchet.”

“If We Had Your Eyes,” the lead single from”Journey To Freedom” was written from experience with someone less-fortunate and Williams was moved by the heartfelt tune. ““It touched me so much ’because it daily makes me examine myself.”

Watch the interview below:

( Source: RapUp)

 

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Keyshia Cole Announces ‘Ride’ as Next Single

Without an official radio impact date, Keyshia Cole teases Kamiayah-assisted track as her new single from 11:11 Reset.

In a series of Instagram posts, the “I Ain’t Thru” songstress shared snippets of the Drumma Boy produced track, captioning “Coming next 🔥🔥.”

The wavy track, sampling Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary,” finds the Oakland pair sittin’ on ready and ready to pull up on anyone who gets out of line. “One hundred, nothing fake about me / She better watch what she say about me, ” claps Keysh.

Lyricist Kamiyah is mean with her delivery, too. “I got some bitches outside that’ll ride for me / No lie, two times, they’ll die for me,” spits the rising rapper.

11:11 Reset is available digitally and in stores now.

Crank up “Ride,” and remind haters they don’t want no problems.

Janet Jackson, Keith Sweat, Patti LaBelle and More Nominated For Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Some of the biggest names in music have been nominated for the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Motown Records, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Nat King Cole, Berry Gordy, Keith Sweat and Stephanie Mills are among the impressive list of nominees.

Ten artists with the most votes will be selected to join the Class of 2018. Winners will be announced in February, Black History Month. The first-ever televised ceremony will take place in June, Black Music Month.

In 2016, inductees included Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Manhattans, Freda Payne, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Carl Carlton and The Impressions.

See the full list of Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame nominees below.

Apollo Theater, and New Editions
Barry White
Berry Gordy
Billy Paul
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Gamble & Huff
George Clinton
Janet Jackson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Sweat
Mary J. Blige
Motown Records
Nat King Cole
Patti LaBelle
Peabo Bryson
Stephanie Mills
The Dells
The Drifters

(Source: Click On Detroit)

Jordin Sparks Reveals She is Married and Expecting First Child

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is starting a family. The 27-year-old revealed to People that she secretly got married to her boyfriend Dana Isaiah in mid-July, while on vacation in Hawaii.

“We’re both really excited,” Sparks said about being a newlywed. “He’s been like, ‘I want to shout it from the mountain tops!’ We’re really proud to be married to each other and to be celebrating this.”

Sparks also announced she is pregnant with her first child that is due next spring. “It’s been really crazy because everything changes,” Sparks said about her pregnancy. “Once we got over the initial shock of it, now again just like it is with the marriage, to be able to share that this amazing thing is happening, it’s such a great thing. We did this together!”

It’s good to see that Sparks has found new love. Over the past few years, she had to endure very public breakups with her exes Jason Derulo and Sage the Gemini.