Stream Earl St. Clair’s Debut EP ‘My Name Is Earl’

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Buzzing singer-songwriter Earl St. Clair makes his official introduction with his debut EP My Name is Earl. Released on Def Jam Recordings, the EP features seven soulful tracks and includes a guest appearance from rising singer and Rated Next Artist PJ.

Clair opens the EP with a blues-influenced song called “Pain,” where he sings about losing his parents. “Its getting kind of bad / This heart I got I wish I didn’t have / I’d give anything to get my momma back / When she left my whole world was cut in half,” sings Clair. He continues,  “My daddy died before I turned 25 / But he left me a little money / I’d much rather have my daddy alive / Ohhh, why did God take him from me.”

He continues to sing about loss on “Three Story Home,” where he reflects on a past relationship. “I realize that you’re all that I need / Without you by my side then I can’t sleep / These nights don’t get easy when you’re gone / They get harder,” he sings.

Clair tries to fill the void in his heart on “Criminal” and “Bad Love.” The latter track has a nostalgic funk/R&B vibe that’s reminiscent of the late Rick James.

The EP ends with the guitar-driven track, “Beautiful War.” With all that he’s been through in his life, Clair believes it has only made him stronger. “War is never pretty but the outcome could be gorgeous,” he states.

Stream Earl St. Clair’s My Name is Earl EP below.

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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.

Roy Woods Shares Debut Album ‘Say Less’

OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records artist Roy Woods has released his debut album, Say Less. The album consists of 16 tracks including the title song and “Balance.” It also features guest appearances from his labelmates PARTYNEXTDOOR and dvsn, as well as PnB Rock and 24hrs.

Woods went on Instagram to express his excitement about his first full-length project. “This is a time that I dreamed of and worked my life off for,” Woods wrote. “I never thought I’d be here at 21 and the fact that my little sister Diana made the cover art means the world to me. I love you guys forever till death and never will Roy Woods stop being Roy Woods EVER. I love making music and I love my life with all you guys and I can’t wait to see you on tour soon.”

Stream Say Less below.

Miguel Releases ‘War & Leisure’ Album, Announces Tour and Debuts New Video

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It’s official: Miguel is back! The 32-year-old crooner has just released his third album War & Leisure. In an interview with WPGC’s Poet Taylor, Miguel spoke about the album’s meaning.

“It’s a snapshot of I guess my life right now. Not even my life- our life and times and the energy that I want to feel and remember in the midst of this,” he said. “I think it’s really important that we stay positive and that we are forward pushing and we do it in solidarity, but not in a way that’s not mindful. I think it’s just about being purposeful, and I think a lot of people are going to relate to the feeling of the album.”

The album includes features from Rick Ross, Kali Uchis, and QUIN, and was preceded by songs “Come Through and Chill,” which features rapper J. Cole and Salaam Remi, “Told You So,” “Pineapple Skies,” and lead single “Sky Walker.” The song currently sits at No. 58 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Earlier this week, Miguel announced The War & Leisure Tour with special guests SiR and Nonchalant Savant. The 34-city tour kicks off in Portland, OR on February 22 and runs through April 12, ending in Berkeley, CA. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 4.

Lastly, Miguel has released a visual for his War & Leisure cut “Now,” which is the final track on the album. The Happy Perez-produced record finds Miguel contemplating and reflecting on the current state of America.

“CEO of the free world now/Build your walls up high and wide/Make it rain to keep them out/That won’t change what we are inside,” he sings.

Watch the video for “Now” below.

Stream War & Leisure in its entirety on Spotify below.

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