Jake&Papa Bring Back ’90s Memories in ‘Better Than Before’ Video

Jake&Papa aren’t taking their foot off summer’s neck. The dynamic pair has released a meaningful video for their new single “Better Than Before.”

In the telling visual, directed by Dana Rice, a young boy is seen paying a heartwarming visit to see his estranged father who is behind bars. In between clips, Jake&Papa sing a few nostalgic words that take from Mary J. Blige 1997 hit “I Can Love You” featuring Lil’ Kim.

“When we were kids, we used to visit our dad when he was locked up. On those drives, our mom used to play Mary J’s Share My World album,” said Jake&Papa in a joint statement about the song and video. “She played it so much that every time a song from that album plays now, it takes us right back to that time. We can almost smell the visiting room. So the video for ‘Better Than Before’ brings those memories to life and tells a true story.”

“Better Than Before” follows Jake&Papa’s previously released singles “All the Way” and “Back to the Future” featuring Quincy White. The trio of songs is expected to land on Jake&Papa’s upcoming release, a follow-up to 2017’s Tattoos&Blues.

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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