Sevyn Streeter and Luke James Remake ‘Nothing Even Matters’


Sevyn Streeter and Luke James join forces to remake Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo’s 1998 duet “Nothing Even Matters.”

Streeter’s and James’ distinctive voices blend perfectly together, while adding their own touch to the classic love tune.

Streeter is gearing up to release her debut album, Girl Disrupted, later this year on Atlantic Records. Meanwhile, James recently starred in BET’s The New Edition mini series as Johnny Gill.

Listen to Sevyn Streeter and Luke James’ “Nothing Even Matters” cover below.

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Stream Victoria Monet’s New EP ‘Life After Love, Pt. 1’

Singer-songwriter Victoria Monet turns her heartbreak into music on her latest EP, Life After Love, Pt. 1. On the nine-track project, Monet shares her feelings from a past relationship. With song titles like “Wish I Never Met You” and “No Good,” Monet definitely didn’t hold back on being transparent with her fans.

“This project is the direct result of an unfortunate breakup I had with someone that I loved very much,” Monet told Teen Vogue. “We were together for six years. He was someone I worked with, lived with, and even shared a birthday with. I thought we were soulmates and that I couldn’t live without him, but this project says otherwise.”

She continued, “Part 1 tells the story of the emotions I went through in order: the regret, insecurity, falling back in love, self-pleasure, crying, and coming to my senses. It’s very personal and anyone who has ever gone through a breakup can relate to at least one of these songs. I want to be clear though, that I didn’t want to release this project until I was sure that we both healed from it. As songwriters and artists we get a lot of attention and gratification when we write about the moments that have hurt us, and in turn, sometimes we’ll seek out more hurt so we can write more things that people like. I chose not to let this project do that. Out of respect, my ex and I have talked about the fact that I’m talking about the breakup publicly and have an understanding for the creative healing process.”

Listen to Life After Love, Pt. 1 below.

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Janelle Monáe Releases Two New Songs: ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘Django Jane’

It’s officially Janelle Monáe season. The Grammy-nominated singer makes a strong return with two new songs and accompanying visuals — “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane.”

The visual for “Make Me Feel” was directed by Alan Ferguson (who is married to Solange). The colorful clip captures the spirited, celebratory voice of Monáe as she affectionately nods to the ripe sounds surrounding the 1980’s music and dance revolution. “It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender / An emotional, sexual bender / Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better / There’s nothing better,” she sings.

“Django Jane” shows Monáe in another light. The singer switches up her style for a more conscious, rap-inspired tune. The video was directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning with additional vagina monologue footage directed by Lacey Duke. The song is a powerful black girl magic womanifesto that celebrates the strength of black women and black culture while addressing the trials and tribulations of identity in the 21st Century.

Both tracks will appear on Monáe’s upcoming album, Dirty Computer, which is set to arrive on April 27. Monáe opened up about her new album in an interview with Beat 1’s Zane Lowe. “You know I always knew that I had to make this album,” she revealed. “I actually had this title on this concept before my first album The ArchAndriod and it scared me because a lot of the things that I knew that I needed to say were very deep, very personal, from the heart. You know this is an extremely vulnerable album and it took me a while to make it because I’m a self editor.

She continued, “I self-edit myself a lot. I’m like I don’t want to talk about this, I don’t want to talk about that. I had to kind of have people at Wonderland on my team to hold me accountable to it. They were like OK, you said you wanted to make this album before your first album, this is the opportunity for you to just really choose honesty over mystery. I know that there are a lot of things that I haven’t discussed and I think this is the album that you’ll get an opportunity to get a closer glimpse into my mind and into my heart.”

“Make Me Feel”

“Django Jane”

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Premiere: KoraTheArtist Shares New Single ‘Sail Away’

Rising singer-songwriter KoraTheArtist has released her new single “Sail Away” featuring Flex Kartel. The mid-tempo banger is lifted from the D.C. native’s forthcoming EP that is slated to release later this year.

“’Sail Away’ for me means to rise to the next dimension or to ‘surf’ over the craziness and hate we face. I wanted to dig deep into the message but still give off a vibe that will have you replaying the song over and over again,” KoraTheArtist tells Rated R&B. “With this record, I needed to break through stereotypes and social barriers and put together an inspirational set of melodies and soulful vocals. Accompanied by EBM artist Flex Kartel, he truly uplifted the message with supporting lyrics that added what I call that ‘sauce.'”

Kora has been putting her pen to good use. She collaborated with producer David Knocks (Future, Trey Songz) to co-write all of the music for BET’s Eclipsed, which stars Danai Gurira (Black Panther).

Listen to the exclusive premiere of “Sail Away” below.

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