PJ Morton Performs For NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Series

Before PJ Morton wraps up his More Gumbo Tour overseas, he visited NPR’s office for its Tiny Desk Concert series.

Supported by a 10-piece string section and background vocalists (The Amours), Morton stirred and served up three towering tracks from his Grammy-nominated Gumbo album including “Claustrophobic,” “Go Thru Your Phone,” and “First Began.” The latter tune was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Morton shared the inspiration for his song “Claustrophobic,” before performing it for the Tiny Desk crowd.

“So many people didn’t want me to be myself,” he said. “But I decided I was going to be PJ no matter what people told me and tried to get me to do.”

In March, Morton released an amazing live version of his Gumbo album.

Watch PJ Morton’s Tiny Desk performances below.

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.

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