Stream Victoria Monet’s New EP ‘Life After Love, Pt. 1’

Singer-songwriter Victoria Monet turns her heartbreak into music on her latest EP, Life After Love, Pt. 1. On the nine-track project, Monet shares her feelings from a past relationship. With song titles like “Wish I Never Met You” and “No Good,” Monet definitely didn’t hold back on being transparent with her fans.

“This project is the direct result of an unfortunate breakup I had with someone that I loved very much,” Monet told Teen Vogue. “We were together for six years. He was someone I worked with, lived with, and even shared a birthday with. I thought we were soulmates and that I couldn’t live without him, but this project says otherwise.”

She continued, “Part 1 tells the story of the emotions I went through in order: the regret, insecurity, falling back in love, self-pleasure, crying, and coming to my senses. It’s very personal and anyone who has ever gone through a breakup can relate to at least one of these songs. I want to be clear though, that I didn’t want to release this project until I was sure that we both healed from it. As songwriters and artists we get a lot of attention and gratification when we write about the moments that have hurt us, and in turn, sometimes we’ll seek out more hurt so we can write more things that people like. I chose not to let this project do that. Out of respect, my ex and I have talked about the fact that I’m talking about the breakup publicly and have an understanding for the creative healing process.”

Listen to Life After Love, Pt. 1 below.

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

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Release Joint Album ‘Everything Is Love’

Beyoncé and JAY-Z surprise fans with the release of their highly anticipated joint album, Everything is Love. The nine-track offering includes guest appearances from Pharrell Williams (“Nice”) and Migos (“Apeshit”).

The powerful couple is currently on the European leg of their On The Run II Tour. The North American leg will kick off on July 25 in Cleaveland, with stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Stream Everything Is Love on Tidal.

Watch their visual for “Apeshit” below.

Stream Jacquees’ Debut Album ‘4275’

It’s finally here! R&B heartthrob Jacquees has released his long-awaited debut album, 4275, on Cash Money Records. The album is loaded with 18 tracks with features from Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Jagged Edge, LaTocha Scott, Young Thug and Dej Loaf.

“The music is timeless. It’s classic. It feels good,” he told Rap-Up earlier this year. “You can play it in the morning, middle of the day, or night for the rest of your life. I’m very confident. If this was my last work, I would stand on it.”

The album includes the 24-year-old’s platinum-selling single “B.E.D.” and the Trey Songz-assisted track “Inside.”

Stream Jacquees’ 4275 below.

Rising Artist J. Swiff Drops ‘Lionhearted’ EP

Emerging artist J. Swiff has released his debut EP, Lionhearted. The five-track offering is filled with tales of young romance. From infectious tracks such as “Only One” to “Oh I,” J. Swiff is on the right road to stardom.

“This project was about finding the confidence to really go after something that I love to do, which was to sing,” J. Swiff tells Rated R&B. “Singing has always been something that I wasn’t as confident in. That’s why I changed the title from Confidence to Lionhearted. It took courage for me to step out of my comfort zone and do this project.”

J. Swiff has been receiving positive feedback since the release of Lionhearted, which fuels him to keep going. He is currently shooting a video for “Fantasy” and is already working on the follow-up EP titled Cigars and Sex.

“I am grateful for every opportunity and I thank God that he has blessed me with the good times and the bad times which has made me stronger,” he adds.

Listen to Lionhearted below.

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