Listen to Marsha Ambrosius’ New Ballad ‘Old Times’

After getting adjusted to motherhood, Marsha Ambrosius awakens with a socially-charged ballad titled “Old Times.”

On the DJ Camper-produced track, Ambrosius sings her heart out as she reminsces about the good days with a loved one who lost their life to gun violence.

“Just like old times, just wanna love you right / Love you with all my might, love you for life,” she sings. “Just like old times, just wanna hold you tight / Love you with all might, love you for life.”

Ambrosius also premiered the music video for “Old Times,” enlisting Cricket (Larick Mathews) as director. The stirring video, which stars her daughter Nyla and real-life boyfriend, addresses police shootings of unarmed black men.

“Old Times” is set to appear on her forthcoming album, NYLA, which is named after her daughter. Speaking on the new album, which features production from Focus, Stereotypes, Harmony Samuels, Ambrosius says, “From beginning to end, it’s me letting go of everything I wanted to let go of in my life and experiencing things all over again through Nyla’s eyes. I had a lot of pent up energy, and channeling all of the energy into the music is what helped save my sanity. Poems turned into melodies and then a bunch of songs, which was like my personal therapy in a sense.”

This isn’t the first time Ambrosius has dedicated recordings to her first child. In 2017, she celebrated her the birth of Nyla with two sweet lullabies “Luh Ya,” and “Don’t Wake the Baby.”

NYLA comes nearly four years after her sophomore album, Friends & Lovers.

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

VanJess Give Their Man ‘Control’ on New Song

VanJess put their man in the driver’s seat on their new song titled “Control Me.”

On the bass-heavy track, produced by IAMNOBODI, the sister duo experience conflicting feelings on whether to let their dude run the show or not.

“Don’t wanna depend on you / don’t want to feel, even if it’s real,” sings the duo. “Make a n*gga wanna fall / Say you wanna’ control me, control me.”

“Control Me” comes behind a parade of previously released songs: “Through Enough,” featuring GoldLink, “Addicted” and “Touch the Floor” featuring Masego. All tracks will be featured on VanJess’ debut album, Silk Canvas, due on July 20 via Keep Cool.

The LP includes production credits from Kaytranada, Da-P, IAmNoBodi, Scribz Riley and Jay Kurzweil, to name a few.

Listen to “Control Me” below.

Ciara Returns with Upbeat Single ‘Level Up’

Ciara is back! The 32-year-old singer has released her new single titled “Level Up,” which samples DJ Telly Tell’s “Fuck It Up Challenge.” Produced by J.R. Rotem, the uptempo record is about knowing your worth and never settling for less.

“I just keep elevating, no losses, just upgrading / My lessons, made blessings, I turned that into money / Thank God I never settled, this view is so much better / I’m chilling, I’m winning, like on another level,” Ciara sings in the first verse.

Along with her new song release, Ciara also premiered the official video. In the dance-heavy clip, choreographed by Parris Goebel, Ciara and her dancers (The Official Royal Family) bring their A-game as they perform intricate moves in a vacant building.

“Level Up” is the first single from Ciara’s upcoming seventh studio album that will release on Beauty Entertainment/Warner Bros. Records. The album is the follow-up to 2015’s Jackie, which included her platinum single “I Bet.” 

Stream “Level Up” below.

Watch the video below.

6LACK Sheds Light on the Price of Fame in ‘Switch’ Video

6LACK makes headlines off his celebrity name in the music video for “Switch.”

Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the vivid picture finds the Atlanta-based singer laying motionless on the street after a motorcycle accident. A crowd of reporters swarms 6LACK — not to help, but to snap the first shot and send to media outlets.

Along the clip, 6LACK shares home videos that show him spending time with his daughter before he made it big.

“Switch” appears to be the first official release from 6LACK’s new album era. The “done” album will serve as the follow-up to his 2016 debut FREE 6LACK.

6LACK is featured on Khalid’s latest single “OTW” with Ty Dolla $ign.