6LACK and Timbaland Hit the Studio, Tease New Song

R&B newcomer 6LACK is making major moves. The Baltimore-born singer was spotted in the studio with legendary producer Timbaland. The two creatives are cooking up something special for fans.

In an Instagram post, Timbaland shared a snippet of what he and 6LACK have been working on. The clip shows the two vibing to the unknown track in a studio before ending with the text screen “Album Coming Soon.”

6LACK recently unveiled his new look during his performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Preview 6LACK and Timbaland’s collaboration below.

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

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Anita Baker to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2018 BET Awards

After more than 30 years of music service, Anita Baker will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 BET Awards.

Since releasing her debut album The Songstress in 1983, Baker’s music journey has been incredible to watch. Every time she sings, her warm presence is felt in heartfelt songs like “Angel,” “Body & Soul,” “I Apologize” and “Giving You The Best That I Got.” It’s that same voice that has earned her eight Grammy Awards, multi-platinum success, a string of hits and other much-deserved accolades.

While many previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients have performed at the ceremony, Baker will not grace the stage due to an upper respiratory infection. Instead, she plans to “simply sit and accept” her honor from BET.

The big question at hand is, who will be performing during the tribute for Ms. Baker?

Hosted by Jamie Fox, the BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

Listen to 6LACK’s New Single ‘Switch’

It’s been a few months since we’ve heard solo material (“Cutting Ties“) from 6LACK but he’s back with a new single called “Switch.”

Backed by a blaring bass and background vocals from Ty Dolla $ign, the track hears the Georgia native challenging his listeners to wear the hat of someone else to see if they could survive all the troubles the other person endures.

“Now switch / Tell me how it feels, to be somebody else,” he sings on the mesmerizing chorus. “Now switch / It wasn’t what you thought it was, another story to tell.”

“Switch” could mark the sign of a new album era for 6LACK. He took to social media to announce details on his untitled follow-up to 2016’s FREE 6LACK. “I think my album is done. Love, Bear,” he shared.

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6LACK is currently on Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour, which kicked off on June 19 in Auburn, Washington.

Take a listen to “Switch” below.

Janet Jackson Covers Essence Magazine’s Happiness Issue

Janet covers July/August 2018 issue of Essence Magazine

Janet Jackson is all about positivity. The music icon graces the cover of Essence’s July/August issue, which is all about happiness.

Instead of doing a traditional interview as a cover story, Jackson decided to pen a heartfelt essay to black women titled “Letter From My Heart.” In the transparent letter, she reveals herself like never before. She talks about lessons she learned from her childhood to adulthood, including her early struggles with depression, low self-esteem and failed relationships to her eventual growth as an artist, discovery of peace and learning to “fully embrace God’s love.”

Here are excerpts from the letter:

In Her Childhood: “I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love. But I wasn’t happy with the way I looked…”

In Her Teens: “Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can…’”

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In Her Thirties: “These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way way through it…”

Today, at 52: “Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God…”

The July/August issue is now on newsstands. Next up, Jackson will headline the 2018 Essence Festival on Sunday, July 8 in New Orleans.

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