Queen Naija Releases New Single ‘Karma’

After giving her lover a taste of his own “Medicine,” emerging singer Queen Naija drops a new track called “Karma.” On the breakup anthem, Naija reminds her ex that the way he mistreated her will eventually catch up to him.

“Feels just like yesterday when we were homeless / Got you some bread and started treating me bogus / Talking ’bout you wanted something new / Like I wasn’t good enough for you,” she sings on the first verse.  She continues on the chorus, “You don’t gotta worry about me / You made it clear that you’re unhappy (yeah) / Go ahead and have your fun now / Just remember what goes around, comes around.”

The 22-year-old Detroit native began singing in church at age three and writing her own songs in third grade, but her focus shifted when she and her former husband found fame online with their popular YouTube channel. After her marriage fell apart last year, Naija returned to her lifelong passion and penned a powerfully unapologetic song detailing her side of the story — “Medicine.” The song debuted at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 in just three weeks.

“I wasn’t even thinking about trying to get the song on the radio or anything,” says Naija. “ I mostly did it because I knew people wanted to know what was going on with me and my ex, and I wanted to tell them myself why I wasn’t with him anymore.”

“Medicine” and “Karma” will appear on her forthcoming debut EP that will arrive this year. Speaking on the project, Naija says, “For me, it’s about changing people’s perspectives and letting them know they’re not alone in whatever they’re going through. I want to make music that captures people, that gets into your soul—the kind of songs you need to keep playing over and over.”

Listen to “Karma” below.

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

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.

K. Roosevelt Shares New Song and Video, ‘Adrenaline’

With the ink now dry on his new Def Jam deal, K. Roosevelt is already getting to work. The Los Angeles native has released a brand new song titled “Adrenaline,” off his debut self-titled EP, due July 27.

Supported by outmoded synths and artful bassline, the R&B newcomer recalls fond moments and precious memories of a special gal. “Used to say she’d cut me loose / If I played you like a fool,” he coos on the peculiar number. “Either way I’ll come with you / Understand me, comprehend it / I just want to know the truth.”

Roosevelt also premiered the video for “Adrenaline,” which was directed by Sean Brown. The retro-themed video finds Roosevelt playing a blue electric guitar outside of a West Coast-styled home. He later joins friends at the poolside for laughs and vibes.

On July 20, Roosevelt will continue the EP rollout with “Blinding My Way,” the second single. He will premiere its accompanying visual, too.

Before signing to Def Jam, Roosevelt received artist nurturing from producer Hit-Boy under his Hits Since ’87 label.