JoJo on New Album: ‘I Just Want to Be as Raw as Possible’

A new JoJo album is on the horizon. The singer chopped it up with Sway Calloway of MTV’s TRL to share details on her upcoming project.

After recapping a photo-opt with Anderson.Paak, Thundercat, and Raphael Saadiq, JoJo said she is in the beginning stages of her new album. She told Sway, “We’re getting the dream team together.”

For the artistic direction of the new work, JoJo told Sway, “You know how hip-hop has influenced my life. I really want to bring that to the forefront of this project and make sure that it’s interwoven throughout this entire project.”

She continued, “I want to write in a way to where I’m being completely transparent to where it speaks particularly to young women. I want it to be hard. I want beats to be hard and I want the content to be real. I have nothing to hide and I just want to be as raw as possible.”

The forthcoming untitled LP will be JoJo’s first full-length release since 2016’s Mad Love, which featured appearances from Remy Ma, Alessia Cara and Wiz Khalifa. The new album is expected to be released on her new label imprint Clover Music alongside Interscope Records.

JoJo wrapped up her Leaks, Covers and Mixtapes Tour in late June.

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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.

Exclusive: Sade Bandmate Says New Album is in the Works

Sade is one of the few artists who can take a lengthy hiatus, drop an album, steal the show and take another break. The singer started her first disappearing act after she took eight years to release a follow-up to 1992’s Love Deluxe. After releasing her album Lovers Rock in 2000, Sade wasn’t heard again until 2010’s Soldier of Love.

It’s been eight years now, and Sade still hasn’t fully emerged from her music slumber to bless us with a new full-length album. She did, however, tease us with an original song (“Flowers in the Universe“) contribution to Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack. Although, official solo music could be coming soon.

Sade’s longtime collaborator and famed British musician Stuart Matthewman — who is an original member of the band — exclusively tells Rated R&B, “We’re working on a new album.”

Matthewman says Sade and their creative team currently have “a bunch of songs” that eager fans will hear once they’re satisfied with the final product. “When we’re happy, then we’ll let everyone else hear it.”

Like his comment in a previous interview with Rated R&B, “It might sound funny but we write and do music to please ourselves and just hope that [we] have good taste and other people will like it.”

Matthewman says Sade’s label home, Epic Records, respects her artistry and doesn’t pressure the release of new music. “The record company knows there’s no point in nagging us or giving us deadlines. It doesn’t really help the process,” he says.

While other artists are content with releasing music more frequently to remain in the limelight, Matthewman says, “[Sade’s] not interested in the fame or any of that [other] stuff. She likes to put out art. So when it’s ready, it will come out.”

Matthewman tells a funny, yet relevant story that perfectly sums up the expected time frame for Sade to drop new music. “Years ago, I think it was when ‘By Your Side,’ the song came out, and big posters were stuck around New York. Someone sprayed or wrote on top of it, ‘Bitch sings when she wants to.’ Sade loved it.”

Tone Stith Owns the Court in ‘Light Flex’ Video

Tone Stith brings out a vintage Lasonic boombox and colorful jerseys for his new video “Light Flex” featuring 2 Chainz.

In the active video, Stith and a few friends hit the basketball court to flaunt their impressive offensive and defensive skills. The five players also entertain us with flashy dance moves in the absence of 2 Chainz.

“Light Flex” one of the many songs on the Uncle Drew soundtrack, which was released on June 15. The star-studded soundtrack includes appearances from Khalid, Yo Gotti, Remy Ma, YBN Nahmir, Gucci Mane, G-Eazy, 21 Savage and more.

Before attaching himself to the Uncle Drew compilation project, Stith released a series of songs including “Long Run,” “Lonely” and “A Little Bit of Lovin‘.”

Watch the video below.

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