Bruno Mars and Cardi B Team Up for ‘Finesse (Remix)’

Bruno Mars is kicking off the new year with fresh tunes. The singer has enlisted budding rapper Cardi B for the official remix to “Finesse.”

Cardi opens up the track with a hot verse, before handing it back to Mars. “Bossed up and I changed the game (you see me) / It’s my big Bronx boogie, got all them girls shook / My big, fat ass got all them boys hooked,” Cardi raps.

Along with the song premiere, Mars surprised fans with an accompanying visual. Co-directed by Mars and Florent Dechard, the ’90s-themed video pays homage to the sketch comedy series, In Living Color. 

“This video is dedicated to one my favorite T.V shows of all time,” Mars tweeted. He also thanked Keenan Ivory Wayans, the creator of the show. “Shout out to the people over at Fox Studios and a very special thank you to @keeneniwayans,” he wrote.

The original version of “Finesse” appears on Mars’ chart-topping album, 24K Magic.

Both Mars and Cardi are nominated for Grammys this year. Mars is up for six nominations including Album of the Year (24K Magic). Meanwhile, Cardi’s hit single “Bodak Yellow” scored her two nominations.

Watch the video for “Finesse (Remix)” below.

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

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Stream Janine’s Debut Album ’99’

Janine has finally released her debut album, 99.

Produced by Jono Dorr and œç¡l, the 11-track offering finds the Atlantic Records signee opting out of guest appearances. This approach allows listeners to stay focused only on her alluring voice and lyrical content. The LP includes fan favorites “Unstable,” “Never the Right Time,” “Hold On,” and “Too Late.” The latter track has an accompanying visual.

Janine shared the significance of her album title. “The name 99 stands for being one step away from being complete,” she said. “It’s also the time I started to become conscious of the music I really liked. A lot of music from the late ’90s and early 2000s ended up being a huge influence on the album.”

Janine recently celebrated her 99 album release party with her family, friends, fans and industry tastemakers in Los Angeles. She made a homemade hot sauce for everyone as giveaways.

Dive into Janine’s new album 99 below.

Drew Scott Releases ‘Mindful’ Song

After sharing “Unhealthy” in January, Drew Scott makes a return with a brand new song titled “Mindful.”

Over a reggae-influenced beat, Scott reminds his woman that she is his only love. “Girl when it comes to my heart, I swear you are the only one,” he sings.

Scott explained the meaning behind “Mindful” in a statement to Rated R&B. “With technology these days, it’s easy to get distracted even when you’re in a relationship,” he said. “’Mindful’ is a reminder to cut out all the noise. Forget what everyone else is saying and focus on what makes you happy.”

“Mindful” is the third single from Scott’s upcoming project, Places I’ve Ever Been, Vol. 3, which releases on June 15. Scott plans to release a visual for “Simple” within the next couple of weeks.

Vol. 3 is the follow-up to Scott’s 2016 EP, Detour

Stream “Mindful” by Drew Scott below.

Scott also dropped a song called “500°.” Listen below.

Jessie J Shares Final Installment of ‘R.O.S.E’ Album (Empowerment)

Jessie J concludes her R.O.S.E. tetralogy with the final installment titled Empowerment.

On the four-track offering, the vocalist searches for love and serenity. She delivers a standout performance on “Somebody’s Lady,” which is a beautifully sung ballad on longing to be that special woman in a man’s life.

Collectively, Jessie J has showered fans with 16-tracks throughout the campaign for R.O.S.E. She released the first three installments Realisations, Obsessions and Sex earlier this week.

One thing is certain: Jessie J kept listeners itching for more new music with each release. Will other artists follow this unique album roll out? Only time will tell.

Listen to Empowerment below.

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