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.

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Motown Records’ R&B Group JamesDavis Drops New EP ‘217’

Alternative R&B trio JamesDavis makes their formal introduction with the release of their first EP, 217, on Motown Records.

The three-track set, which is the first installment of their two-part EP series, fuses R&B with modern rock influences and pop undertones. The EP is described as an extension of epilogues constantly forming in their heads.

JamesDavis consists of a group of siblings — fraternal twin sisters Jess and Ray, and their younger brother Auston.

They plan to release the second part of the EP series soon, before following-up with their debut album.

Listen to 217 below.

Stream SiR’s Debut Album ‘November’

After much anticipation, Top Dawg Entertainment artist SiR has released his debut full-length album titled November. 

The 11-track project includes SiR’s previously released singles “Something Foreign” featuring ScHoolboy Q and “Something New” featuring Etta Bond. For production, the Inglewood native worked with Harmony Samuels, DJ Khalil and Andre Harris, to name a few.

In addition to SiR’s new album, he premiered a steamy visual for the closing track, “Summer in November,” directed by Karena Evans.

Next month, SiR will join Miguel on his War & Leisure Tour as a special guest.The 34-city tour kicks off in Portland, OR on February 22 and runs through April 12, ending in Berkeley, CA. Tickets are on sale now.

Stream November below.

Watch SiR’s “Summer in November” video below.

Stream Justine Skye’s Debut Album ‘Ultraviolet’

In a span of six years, Justine Skye has released a mixtape and three EPs. Today, the singer/model embarks on a new chapter in her career with the release of her debut album, Ultraviolet, on Roc Nation Records.

Skye went to Instagram to express her gratitude for everyone involved in creating the album. “Thank you everyone who worked on a was apart of the journey for my first album,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who’s been rockin with from the jump. Thank you thank you thank you.”

The 10-track LP features guest appearances from Jeremih (“Back for More”) and Wizkid (“U Don’t Know”); production credits include Hit-Boy, Austin Powerz, Frank Dukes, Fred Ball and Jeff Shum.

Listen to Ultraviolet below.

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