Gladius James Shares ‘Rich’ Video Featuring Wiz Khalifa

Emerging singer-songwriter Gladius James has dropped the visual for his new single “Rich” featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa.

Directed by Matt Barnes, the video finds James wondering around his apartment thinking about his love interest. Meanwhile, she is at home pouring her feelings into her journal and sketching. Khalifa keeps it cool as he recites his verse with a blunt in his hand.

“Making the song and video with Gladius was super tight cause the song is so fire,” Khalifa said in a press release.

James added, “It’s been almost two years since I wrote ‘Rich’ and at the time I didn’t write it for anyone specific. I honestly can’t explain where it came from. But as I’ve grown and I’m becoming a more refined individual, there’s part of me that believes I wrote it for myself. I’m speaking to my heart, I’m speaking to my feminine side, and I’m finding my inner value in the midst of feeling hopeless about myself.”

“Rich” is lifted from James’ forthcoming debut EP, Revelation, which will release this year on Island Records.

Watch Gladius James’ “Rich” video below.

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

BAYLi Sets August Release Date for ‘SUMMER’ Mixtape

Before the season changes, BAYLi wants to contribute a SUMMER soundtrack. The emerging singer has confirmed her debut mixtape — featuring already shared songs “Underneath” and “MYOB: Or Whatever” — will be heard in full on August 31. She also reveals SUMMER’s tracklist.

For the project, BAYLi will touch on break-ups, love, struggles of being an upcoming artist, parties, and facing deep-rooted insecurities.

Along with the SUMMER rollout, BAYLi drops a video for her new song titled “Out of Love.” In the quirky video, the singer hates being the third wheel and decides to break up a few loves scenes.

“It seems like no one wants to give me any love,” BAYLi says about the new video and song. “Everyone is too distracted by what’s on their phones or their work, and everyone else is taken. I want viewers to just know that even though the world feels like it’s falling apart, love yourself and give love!”

Watch the rom-com video for “Out of Love” below.

SUMMER mixtape track list:

1. “MYOB: Or Whatever”
2. “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”
3. “Problem”
4. “Right Now”
5. “U&I”
6. “Underneath”
7. “Kid”
8. “Out For Love”

DAWN Performs for NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Series

Surprise, surprise. As DAWN readies her album slayage, she takes her gifted talents to the NPR office for its Tiny Desk series.

Joined by two harmonizing vocalists and a two-man band, the New Orleans performer opened her set with “Waves,” a powerful anthem about gender equal pay.

After showing off her cocky ‘waves,’ the singer moved into “Vines (Interlude)” and “Lazarus” from her album, Redemption, released in 2016.

Before diving into “Lazarus,” DAWN commented on being labeled an “alternative R&B” artist. “I find it interesting when you’re a brown or black girl and you try to do something beyond R&B and hip-hop, it’s not always cool. They don’t get it. They think you’re trying too hard. They don’t know where to place you. I wrote this record because sometimes you’re misunderstood. You know exactly who you are, but everyone else can’t quite figure you out. I wrote this record for that person.”

DAWN recently released two new songs “Oh Lord” and “So Good.

Leon Bridges Shares Two New Versions of ‘Beyond’

Leon Bridges takes a stab at making his song “Beyond” acoustic — and nails it.

Filmed in an open studio, the crooner strips down the love ballad and effortlessly takes it to infinity and ‘beyond’ with the help of his live band.

Along with his acoustic version of “Beyond,” Bridges flips the song about old-fashioned romance again and calls this version the “Vibe Tape Mix.” And yes, issa vibe.

Bridges released the official video for “Beyond” in June. The song is lifted from his sophomore album, Good Thing.

Listen to both versions below.

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