New Hip-Hop and R&B

Aretha Franklin Knew You Were Waiting:

The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998

Release Date: 02/07/12
Genre: R&B Soul 

Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin (1980 -1998) showcases the voice that always brings you back home. Every song is either in recurrent rotation at Top 40, Adult AC or Urban AC. Aretha Franklin is our national treasure, but she really belongs to the world. The new chronologically-sequenced, 16-song collection is the first major U.S. release to focus on the nearly two-decades. These range from her label debut, 1980′s #3 comeback R&B smash United Together (her first Top 5 hit in over three and a half years) to 1998′s iconic #5 R&B entry A Rose Is Still A Rose, written, produced and arranged by Lauryn Hill.

Official Tracklisting! United TogetherLove All the Hurt Away (duet with George Benson)Jump to ItGet it Right

Freeway of Love, Who’s Zoomin’ Who, Sister’s Are Doin’ It For Themselves (duet with the Eurythmics), Another Night, Jumpin’ Jack FlashJimmy LeeI Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (duet with George Michael)Through the Storm (duet with Elton John)It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be (duet with Whitney Houston)Ever Changing Times (duet with Michael McDonald)Willing to ForgiveA Rose is Still a Rose

The Very Best of Charlie Wilson

Release Date: 02/07/12     Label: Interscope, Jive, P. Music      Genre: R&B Soul

Tracks 1. Outstanding  2. There Goes My Baby  3. Supa Sexxy  4. You Are  5. Charlie, Last Name Wilson 6. Floatin’

7. Magic 8. No Words 9. My Girl Is A Dime  10. Shawty Come Back  11. Cry No More 12. Lotto 13. Musta Heard

14. Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)


Release Date: 01/01/12    Label: Legacy    Genre: R&B Soul

MOVING ON’s wide-ranging textures touch hip-hop, edgy R & B, pop, soul and jazzy acoustic feels. “Take This Dollar,” for instance, is one of the finer examples of pop songwriting you will encounter on today’s scene while the R&B club banger “Bad Gurl,” is likely to be an Urban radio single.  K’Jon is even creating a new “Bad Gurl” line dance which will be showcased in an upcoming “Bad Gurl” video. Such songs as “I’m Good Boo,” “The Reason” and “Moving On” give a nod to the “steppers” scene and ballroom communities that have supported K’Jon over the years. “I’m forever grateful to the steppers and the ballroom communities who have constantly supported me throughout my career,” K’Jon notes, “so I will always make “steppin'” songs to keep that portion of my fans happy.” He also name-checks the city of Detroit, his home base, on “Super Man,” referencing the town’s contributions to the world in the realms of music and automobiles.

Indeed K’Jon’s Detroit identity finds another outlet in “Dancing Shoes,” the film he is in the process of shooting, playing a feature role and assuming co-directing responsibilities.  Set in the Motor City circa 1940, the film revolves around the good-natured dance rivalry between Detroit ball-roomers and Chicago steppers. And K’Jon has stayed busy endorsing, producing and writing for aspiring local artists under his umbrella, featuring several on MOVING ON.

Mario ‘Restoration’

Release Date: 02/07/12     Label: J Records     Genre: R&B Hip-Hop

On February 7th, 2012, seven days before Valentines Day, Mario fans were able to get their hands on his upcoming album ‘Restoration,’ just in time to use a soundtrack for V-Day. The album released on RCA Records A.K.A the R&B capitol of the industry right now. Fans can expect contributions from Rico Love, CJ Hilton and more. Mario is also working on a mixtape which will be a mixture of Street, R&B & soul. Mario will also be getting his hosting-on on this years AMA’s red carpet, airing November 20th.

Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

Release Date: 02/20/12    Label: Cinematic Def Jam Records   Genre: R&B Soul

Meridian, Mississippi emcee/producer (and freestyle series alum) Big K.R.I.T. has joined forces with to bring fans his highly-anticipated Cinematic Music Group and Creative Control debut, a brand new street album entitled K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.

Produced entirely by K.R.I.T. himself, the DJ Folk, Wally Sparks & Jonny Shipes-hosted project comes complete with reader-approved features “2000 and Beyond,” “They Got Us,” “Moon & Stars” and “No Wheaties.”

Making guest appearances throughout K.R.I.T. Wuz Here are CMG labelmate Smoke DZA, as well as Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y and Devin the Dude.

01. Return Of Forever (ft. Big Sant)
02. Country @*#$!
03. Just Touched Down
04. Hometown Hero
05. Viktorious
06. See Me On Top
07. Glass House (ft. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y)
08. Children Of The World
09. They Got Us
10. Good Enough
11. No Wheaties (ft. Curren$y & Smoke DZA)
12. Something
13. Moon & Stars (ft. Devin The Dude)
14. Never Go Back
15. Gumpshun
16. 2000 & Beyond
17. I Gotta Stay
18. Small As A Giant
19. Voices

Maino – The Day After Tomorrow

Release Date: 02/14/12   Label: Alantic Records   Genre: Hip-Hop

Maino released his debut album If Tomorrow Comes… in 2009, the Brooklyn MC wasn’t quite sure how his rap career would pan out. Before hip-hop Main made his bones in the streets and even completed a stretch in prison before dedicating himself to music. Well, tomorrow has come and three years after his first LP, Maino is a certified hit maker. Standing triumphant, the “Hi Hater” spitter is getting set to release his second LP The Day After Tomorrow on February 28, and he gave a select few writers a preview at Skyline Studios in NYC. Of course RapFix was on hand.

Maino is clearly in a good space. On TDAT he picks up where he left off with his 2009 motivational hit “All of the Above.” Even when he raps about not seeing his son enough due to his hectic touring schedule, Maino promises to keep going on the sentimental sounding “Never Gon’ Stop.” Maino is no longer a dweller of New York’s underground, now he is clearly having the time of his life, enjoying his success for the most part. On the Buckwild-produced “Nino Brown,” he reps for all of the street hustlers who have made it out of the game to make legal money.

1. Intro 2. Never Gon’ Stop 3. Make That Money 4. Nino Brown 5. Need A Way Out featuring Mista Raja

6. Unstoppable 7. Gangstas Aint Dead featuring Push Montana and Mouse 8. Cream featuring T.I. & Meek Mill

9. Let It Fly featuring Roscoe Dash 10. That Could Be Us featuring Robbie Nova 11. A Dream 12. Heart Stop

13. Heaven For A G 14. Messiah 15. Glad To Be Alive 16. Day After Tomorrow

Tony Williams Lifetime Drums – Life Time CD

Release Date: 02/14/12   Label: Blue Note/Warner Brothers    Genre: Jazz-Rock Fusion

Tony Williams’ groundbreaking stint with Miles Davis’ quintet of the ’60s redefined the role of the drummer in a jazz ensemble. LIFE TIME, not to be confused with Williams’ later fusion group of the same name, is his first release as a leader. Recorded when the drummer was only 18, it is a masterpiece of the “New Thing” movement of the period. The maturity and depth of creativity that Williams displays here, both in his drumming and composing, is startling and well beyond his age. Sometimes we need a little jazz in our lives.

Monica: New Life

Release Date: 02/21/12     Label: RCA      Genre: R&B Soul, Hip Hop

Fans had grown accustomed to three- and four-year gaps between Monica releases, but the singer returns a year-and-a-half after Still Standing with New Life, her seventh album. Featuring collaborations with Polow da Don and Missy Elliott, New Life is led by the Elliott-produced single “Anything (To Find You),” co-written by Jazmine Sullivan and featuring Rick Ross., Rovi

Tyga – Careless World

Release Date: 02/21/12    Label: Young Money, Cash Money Universal Republic    Genre: Hip Hop

Tyga, with his continuously pushed back Careless World: Rise of the Last King (which is due to hit store shelves on February 21st, 2012.) is expecting this album to hit some high digits due to the fact it’s loaded with smash hits such as “Rack City“, “Still Got It” and “Faded” featuring Lil Wayne. The album includes collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Big Sean, J. Cole, Nas, Wale, Lil Wayne, and Robin Thicke. Really, this album is going to be amazing!

Tyga – Careless World (2012) Album Tracklist:

  1. Light Dreams02. I’m On It (featuring Lil Wayne)

    03. Far Away (featuring Chris Richardson, produced by Jess Jackson)

    04. Still Got It (featuring Drake, produced by Noah “40″ Shebib and Supa Dups)

    05. Apollyon’s Theme (produced by Jess Jackson)

    06. Wonder Woman (featuring Chris Brown, produced by Cool & Dre)

    07. Tomorrow Is Today (featuring Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean)

    08. Mr. Night Bros (featuring Lil Wayne & Game)

    09. Really Raw (featuring Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg & Game)

    10. Clap For Me

    11. Young, Rich And Famous

    12. TBA (featuring Wale)

    13. Rack City (produced by DJ Mustard)

    14. Immortal Technique Flow (featuring Busta Rhymes & Soulja Boy)

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