NEW MUSIC: Janelle Monae And Her Wondaland Artists Rise Up For ‘Hell You Talmbout’

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Janelle Monae and her Wondaland Records roster join together for a revolutionary song called “Hell You Talmbout.”

Over the beat of drums, the Monae and company use their voices to shed light on racial inequality that’s happening in the United States. They also bring awareness to some victims of racial injustice and police brutality including Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Emmett Till, Sean Bell, Walter Scott, Phillip White, Aiyana Jones, Kimani Gray, Michael Brown, Miriam Carey, Amadou Diallo and Sharonda Singleton.

“This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions,” said Wondaland in a statement. “We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves… Won’t you say their names?”

Monae and Wondaland will release their highly-awaited EP, The Eephus on August 14. It will include buzzing singles “Yoga” and “Classic Man.”

Stream “Hell You Talmbout” below.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Jake&Papa Share New Song ‘Back To The Future’ Featuring Quincey White

Jake&Papa aren’t looking to go “Back to the Future” on their new track featuring rapper Quincey White.

On the melodramatic track, produced by Isaac Hayes, the duo put their best foot forward as they look to move on from a dissolved relationship. Quincey White adds a blazing verse, citing “once I love, I love hard.”

Jake&Papa explained the inspiration behind their new track. “‘Back to the Future’ is an ode to a classic movie and a figurative high-step over the classic I-want-that-old-thing-back maneuver,” the said in a statement. “The future that we once built is now the past, but we can’t go back there.”

“Back to the Future” is the first recording we’ve heard from Jake&Papa since their 2017 EP Tattoos&Blues, which included their lead single “Phones.”

Take a listen to “Back to the Future” below.

Chaka Khan Shares New Song ‘Like Sugar’

Chaka Khan has released her new single, and it tastes “Like Sugar.”

Giving us a sickening bassline, a throbbing undertone beat and a high-energy of soul, the Queen of Funk fits right in line on the Switch-produced track. The legend fiercely sings about getting close to a dreamy guy, who she wants to put her funky groove on. “It’s like sugar/ So sweet/ Good enough to eat,” she sings.

“Like Sugar” follows her 2017 track “I Love Myself” featuring B. Slade. The fresh tune will appear on the long-awaited new album, which will be released on Switch’s new label imprint Diary Records. The album will mark Khan’s first studio album since 2007’s Grammy-winning Funk This.

Listen to “Like Sugar” and its remix below.

Listen to Justin Love’s New EP ‘When Love Returns’

Rising singer Justin Love has released his new EP When Love Returns.

The nine-track offering, which features no guest appearances, is packed with radio-friendly melodies and laid back vibes. The project includes previously released tracks “Models” and “Bed Springs,” which has an accompanying visual. He even gives us a taste of his iSingHipHop, an alter ego he cites as his “bread and butter.”

In April, Love shared with Rated R&B the stories he wanted to tell on his new EP. “When Love Returns is literally the return of love,” he said. “I haven’t dropped material in a good two or three years because of a situation I was in. I was legally tied to working with other people I didn’t want to work with. I couldn’t blatantly say that to my fans, though. I could only hint that towards them at least at that time.”

He added, “Now, I can say whatever I want. I was just legally bound to people. When Love Returns is just the return of me showing the world that I’ve been working and I’m here to stay. I’m going to give a bunch of different vibes. They’re going to get a little iSingHipHop, which is my hip hop-singing shit.”

Love is currently working on his debut album, which will be released independently. He plans to support the album with a tour.

Listen to When Love Returns below.

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