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


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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Tinashe Sets Release Date for New Album ‘Joyride’

Let us rejoice! Tinashe’s oft-delayed sophomore album, Joyride, will finally see the light next month.

The singer has announced her new project will release on April 13 via RCA Records. She also unveiled the official artwork, which shows her in a dress with a jetpack attached. “The wait is over,” she captioned on Twitter.

Joyride will include previous singles “No Drama” featuring Offset and “Faded Love” featuring Future.

The LP is the follow-up to Tinashe’s debut album, Aquarius, which released in 2014.


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Mya Announces New Album ‘TKO’ + Previews New Single ‘Damage’

Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since Mya released her self-titled debut album? The R&B veteran will celebrate this milestone with a brand new album. Titled TKO (The Knock Out), Mya’s eighth studio album is set to release on April 20, just one day before the 20th anniversary of Mya. 

The album will feature her previous singles “Ready for Whatever,“Ready, Pt. II” and “You Got Me.” Before TKO drops, Mya will release another single called “Damage” on March 23. The sultry song is available for pre-order now.

TKO will follow Mya’s 2016 album, Smoove Jones, which was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Listen to a snippet of the record on Amazon.

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Kali Uchis Announces Debut Album ‘Isolation’

Rising soul artist Kali Uchis will release her debut album, Isolation, on April 6 via Interscope Records.

The Colombian-American singer shared the news moments before making her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where she performed “After the Storm” with Tyler, The Creator.

“Wow you just dunno how amazed I was to finally announce my FIRST ALBUM!!! & to perform my song for the first time on TV!! thank you so much everyone who has been supportive & open to growing with me,” Uchis wrote on Instagram.

Isolation will go on presale on March 23.

Uchis was nominated for a Grammy this year for her guest vocals on Daniel Caesar’s hit single “Get You.”

Watch Kali Uchis perform “After the Storm” below.

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