Tiara Thomas Explores Sexuality in ‘I Need’ Video

Tiara Thomas is hella moody in the video for “I Need.”

In the Ken Irish-directed video, the singer-songwriter is found moping around in her bedroom (with her female bae) singing about the things she needs. She tries to find comfort in surfing on her laptop and smoking a blunt but it doesn’t seem to work.

Thomas released her latest EP FWMM earlier this spring. Her goal is to release one more before her debut album. I really want to get the best of out an album,” she said to Rated R&B. “I feel the only way to do that, I have to almost build my fan base back up. I don’t want to hurry and drop an album when I don’t feel like it could be at its full potential. I’d rather keep building up my base, keep bringing awareness to the Tiara Thomas brand. I’m going to put out one more EP and hopefully an album after that.”

Watch Tiara Thomas’ “I Need” video below.

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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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