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


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.

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

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Stream Mýa’s’ New Album ‘T.K.O. (The Knock Out)’

Just one-day shy of her self-titled debut album’s 20th anniversary, Mýa releases her eighth album T.K.O (The Knock Out).

The album includes 12 tracks with guest appearances from rappers and musicians GoldLink, AGuyNamedCliff and MyGuyMars. Mýa T.K.O. also includes her previously released tracks “Damage,” “Ready for Whatever,” “Ready, Pt. II” and “You Got Me.”

T.K.O (The Knock Out) will follow Mya’s 2016 album, Smoove Jones, which was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Tomorrow (April 21) marks the 20th anniversary of Mya’s self-titled debut album. The platinum-selling LP featured two top 10 singles: “Movin’ On” featuring Silkk The Shocker and “It’s All About Me” featuring Sisqo.

Stream T.K.O (The Knock Out) below.

Stream Tinashe’s New Album ‘Joyride’

After several delays, Tinashe has finally released her sophomore album, Joyride. The album consists of 13 tracks with appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, Little Dragon, Future and Offset.

The 25-year-old singer shared with Vulture what she took away from the album’s delay. “It pushed me to create the version of the album that is coming out now,” she said. “I made the mistake of even talking about the project too soon. When I look back on the entire journey of it, I’m very thankful for the time that it did take. It was important that it ended up taking as long as it did.”

Tinashe added, “There were times along the way were there were creative discrepancies, but I’m happy to say that this project is all me. Everything from the cover art, to the sequencing, to the number of seconds in between the tracks, that’s me.”

Joyride is the follow-up to Tinashe’s debut album, Aquarius, which released in 2014.

Stream Joyride below.

Stream Eric Bellinger’s New Album ‘Eazy Call’

Eric Bellinger makes an Eazy Call to fans with his brand new album.

For the 15-track offering, Bellinger recruits an all-star cast of R&B and hip-hop artists including Ne-Yo, Sammie, Mila J, Tink, Ma$e, Dom Kennedy, AD, Scootie, Wale and Chevy Woods.

Speaking on Eazy Call, Bellinger declares this album is, “Eazily my best work yet,” he wrote on Instagram. “I like to think of this project as my Greatest Hits Album of songs that have yet to be released!!!”

Eazy Call is Bellinger’s first project since the release of his acoustic version of Eric B for President: Term 2 . His third album, Cuffing Season, Part 2, was released back in 2015.

Listen to Eazy Call below.

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