Stream Jahkoy’s New EP ‘Foreign Water’

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R&B newcomer Jahkoy has released his brand new EP, Foreign Water, via Def Jam. The 7-track project includes a feature from ScHoolboy Q on the opening track “California Heaven.”

Speaking on his EP, Jahkoy told Fader, “I want to engage with everyone. Foreign Water is a global sound. It can appeal to you wherever you are, no matter where you’re from or what you like. I’m really excited for Foreign Water to come out. I’ve worked with some of the greatest producers: Rico Love, Jeremih, Yung Berg, my homie NOVA, my buddy Mars Today. I gave Foreign Water a lot of time and attention because it’s my introduction. We just finished all the mixes last night and submitted it for mastering and I feel really good about it.”

He also explained the concept behind Foreign Water. “With all the rising stars coming out of Toronto, the first thing that comes out of people’s mouths to me is always ‘there must be something in the water,'” he said. “It wasn’t just one or two people — it was everybody saying this to me. So this is me delivering the Toronto experience, without [people] having to go there. The foreignness of everything [in me] is what inspired it: coming from Canada, being from the Caribbean, and getting everybody involved in the spirit of the city like people do with other cities that they come from.”

Stream Foreign Water below.

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Stream Guordan Banks’ Debut Album ‘Unpopular’

Guordan Banks has been grinding for years as a singer and a songwriter. After scoring a hit with “Keep You in Mind,” the Philadelphia native has finally released his highly-awaited debut album, Unpopular. Led by the single “I Wanna Be Yours,” which has over 1.3 million stream on Spotify, the album includes guest appearances from Sonya Elise and Tdot illdude.

In a past interview with Rated R&B, Banks shared the inspiration behind Unpopular. “It’s pretty much how, for me, I stuck to who I was. I never tried to conform or fit in or be anyone else. I just stayed true to myself and my sound,” he said. “A lot of the same people who love my music now kind of didn’t understand it then. But it’s OK because that’s how things happen. I just want to send a signal that stay true to yourself, believe in who you are, make the mirror your best friend…that’s how you really get to identify with true love within yourself. One day people will see it and you will inspire someone else to be themselves. I think that’s a short story of why I named it Unpopular.”

Listen to Unpopular below.

Stream Vedo’s New Album ‘From Now On’

Emerging artist Vedo has released a brand new album titled From Now On. The album features 11 tracks, including the Natasha Mosley-assisted song “4 Walls.”

“Guys are too hard to say ‘I Love You’ and the women are too hard to ‘let the man be the man,'” Vedo told Rated R&B. “We need more love. The purpose of the album is to bring back the true essence of R&B and embody the woman.”

From Now On features production by Fortune, Tariq Beats, Paul Cabbin, VOV, Arto Beatz, Eif Keyz, Abel Beats, K City, Dee Money, Major 88, Vontae Thomas, Swiff D and VSN.

Vedo is an Atlanta resident by way of Benton Harbor, Mich. In 2013, Vedo competed on season four of NBC’s The Voice, where he was on Team Usher. After being eliminated and suffering the loss of his mother from stage 4 lung cancer, he continued to channel his musical abilities and push through to chase his dream. Aside from being an artist, Vedo also is a songwriter. He has written records for artists like Jason Derulo, Jacquees and Chris Brown.

Stream From Now On below.

Stream K. Michelle’s New Album ‘Kimberly: The People I Used to Know’

K. Michelle has released her fourth studio album, Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, on Atlantic Records. The 21-track project features guest appearances from R&B hitmakers Chris Brown and Jeremih.

The Memphis native shared a handful of songs leading up to the album’s release including “Make This Song Cry,” “Birthday,” “Either Way” and “Kim K.” On the latter track, some people assumed K. Michelle was throwing shots at Kim Kardashian. However, she explained the song is about cultural appropriation.

“I see some blogs trying to make My song ‘Kim K’ messy, lord if u only knew how fly I think she is,” K. Michelle tweeted. “People are me would tell u. The statement behind the song is black Women are rarely given credit for our cultural trends and flyness.”

She continued, “Truths can be spoken without a shade tree behind them. For ages Black women have been taught by society that our image isn’t good enough for mainstream or that we need to make changes. I believed them and made those SOME of those changes, only 2 regret it.”

On The People I Used to Know, Michelle takes listeners on a journey through her mind. “The album shows me and all my bipolar-ness so it really shows that and I hit on every single emotion of being a woman and being a growing woman,” she once told Billboard. “So it has, even for a man, a lot of things you can relate to you, a lot of life issues this time not just heartbreak but life in general.”

The People I Used to Know is the follow-up to K. Michelle’s 2016 album, More Issues Than Vogue, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Stream Kimberly: The People I Used to Know below.

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