Ruff Endz Returns with New Album ‘Soul Brothers’

It’s been eight years since Ruff Endz — Dante Jordan and David Chance — released an album, but the duo returns with a brand new project titled Soul Brothers. The Baltimore natives quietly released the album on January 12 via Chance Music Group.

“This album is unique in the sense of being a project that represents David and Dante,” Chance told RnB Junkie. “This is a project that was birthed out of us being in the studio and our creation.”

Jordan added, “It’s positive music — something you can play anywhere and around any crowd…and not having to worry about the words or subject matter getting too racy.”

Soul Brothers is the follow-up to Ruff Endz’ third album, The Final Chapter (2008), which was promoted as their last project.

Ruff Endz is namely known for their debut single, “No More” (2000), which peaked at No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Their 2002 single “Someone to Love You” reached No. 49 on the Hot 100.

Stream Soul Brothers below. You won’t be disappointed.

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Ro James Drops New EP ‘Smoke’

Ro James has New Music Friday cover in Smoke with his new EP on ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.

The EP features four tracks including “Lost My Mind,” an ode to the Notorious B.I.G. The new project is the first installment of James’ two-part EP, Smoke & Mirrors. 

James’ EP series is just an appetizer. The “Permission” singer promises his sophomore album, a folllow-up to 2016’s Eldorado, is “coming soon.”

James is no stranger to releasing EP; he has three under his belt including Cadillacs, Coke and Jack.

Stream Ro James’ Smoke EP below.

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Stream Trevor Jackson’s New Album ‘Rough Drafts Pt. 1’

Trevor Jackson has released his new LP, Rough Drafts Pt. 1, on Born Art/EMPIRE.

According to Jackson, Rough Drafts was inspired by the idea of being a work in progress and that as humans we are all aspiring to become the best or final version of ourselves.

The 15-track offering — preceded by “NightTime” and “Apocalypse” — features guest appearances from inspirational rapper Lecrae (“All I Am”) and Jackson’s brother Iyn Jay (“27:17” and “Anakin”).

Rough Drafts is the follow-up to Jackson’s 2015 mixtape, In My Feelings. 

He is currently supporting Justine Skye on her Ultraviolet Tour, which kicked off this week in Washington, D.C.

Jackson has an exciting year ahead of him. Aside from his role in Freeform’s Grown-ish, which was renewed for a second season, Jackson will also star as Youngblood Priest in the upcoming remake of Superfly. The film, directed by Director X, is produced by Joel Silver and rapper Future. It is set to premiere this summer.

Listen to Trevor Jackson’s Rough Drafts below.

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Stream Toni Braxton’s New Album ‘Sex & Cigarettes’

The wait is over! Toni Braxton has released her eighth studio album, Sex & Cigarettes, on Def Jam Records.

The short-and-sweet project consists of eight tracks including the singles “Deadwood” and “Long As I Live.” Braxton hopes her new album will inspire women.

“It’s about girl empowerment, but at the same time, I’m dying inside because the guy has moved on,” Braxton told US Magazine. “Sex and Cigarettes [is] the next step for sexy and for my sound. I think as an artist you have to push the envelope even further and that’s what I think I did with this album. I think my fans are really going to like it.”

Sex & Cigarettes is Braxton’s first solo album in eight years. It is the follow-up to her 2010 project, Pulse, which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. In 2014, she released a duet album with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds called Love, Marriage & Divorce, which won Best R&B Album at the 57th Grammy Awards.

Listen to Sex & Cigarettes below.

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