On this date in 2000, neo-soul pioneer D’Angelo dropped his second full length studio album to follow up to the epic 2995 Brown Sugar LP.
Recording sessions for the album took place during 1998 to 1999 at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, featuring an extensive line-up of musicians associated with the Soulquarians musical collective. Produced primarily by D’Angelo, Voodoo also features production from the legendary DJ Premier and neo-soul mainstay Raphael Saadiq. The album features lyrical themes regarding relationships, sexuality, growth, and fatherhood.
With the armor of heavy promotion and an anticipated release, the album was released to commercial and critical success. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 320,000 copies in its first week, and spent 33 weeks on the chart. It was promoted with five singles, including the hit single “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”, whose music video garnered D’Angelo mainstream attention and controversy. Upon its release, Voodoo received general acclaim from music critics and earned D’Angelo several accolades. It was named one of the year’s best albums by numerous publications.
Salute to D’Angelo and everyone who took part in creating this timeless masterpiece!
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On this date at the turn of the millennium, Ghostface Killah of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan released his second full-length album, Supreme Clientele. This album was the anticipated four-year follow-up to his critically acclaimed Iron Man debut. According to critics, this album has been ranked as Ghost’s best album to date.
RZA oversaw the production of the album, but it also included tracks from the Beatnuts’ Juju as well as in-house production from Inspectah Deck and DJ Allah Mathematics. Mainstream songs such as “Apollo Kids” and “Cherchez La Ghost” helped the album reach gold status within two months of its release.
Salute to Ghost, RZA and the entire WTC for their contribution to this Hip-Hop classic!
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Dropping the audio at the end of 2019, fast-rising New York recording artist LuKING enters 2020 with the official visual to his new hit, titled, “Dotted Line”. The song seamlessly pairs a blend of Hip Hop and R&B with thought-provoking, relatable lyrics.
In the video, LuKING is engulfed in an intense love triangle which leaves him having to choose which one of the leading ladies he will ride off into the sunset with, leaving the other to mourn from love loss. Who will he choose? Hit the play and find out.
On the video’s concept, LuKING said:
“The concept of the video was to portray a real-life situation of being in a dead-end relationship but then another female comes into your life and opens your eyes to what could be.”
Watch “Dotted Line” below.
Introducing Compton rapper Lazy. Today, ahead of his new EP, the promising new act reveals the first effort in the new song, titled, “Insecure”. Inspired by those around him, Lazy discusses the negativity revolving around those who don’t believe within themselves.
Throughout the track, Lazy comments on the daily nuisance of people in their feelings toxifying his energy. Looking for that new West Coast sound, then look no further than right here as Lazy is destined to become one of the biggest new Hip Hop artists of 2020.
About the new song, Lazy says, “I don’t wanna answer you, or text messages because your too insecure is how I feel every day.”
“Love & Hip Hop” star Safaree Samuels is putting his feelings into the music. The New York rapper has linked up with singer Loomis for their new, emotionally-driven “Purpose of Love” music video premiere. Watch and comment below!
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The rap news cycle never ends. Today, online personality Jonny Fastlane focuses on YG‘s publicized arrest, 2 Chainz getting searched overseas, Boosie Badazz putting out new music with NBA YoungBoy and more. Let’s talk hip-hop!
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The Internet remains undefeated. Social media has come forward to deliver some hilarious contributions to a now-viral #DollyPatronChallenge movement from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Janet Jackson to pop star Miley Cyrus. Look and comment below!
Hollywood superstar Will Smith is ready for those big Bad Boys For Life box office numbers to repeat themselves. The high-profile actor has stepped forward to hype fans up about going to see the action-packed thrill ride.
Big Facts: Last night, Big Willy hit up Instagram to plug the visual masterpiece and ask his 41.9 million followers if they’re pulling through to local theaters.
High-Key Details: This week, music mogul Diddy went online with a major salute to everyone’s favorite on-screen duo after Bad Boys For Life banked over $100 million globally.
Before You Go: The must-see movie is already expected to dominate the weekend box office for a second straight week.
“Bad Boys for Life,” the third installment in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led franchise, beat expectations over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, bringing in $62.5 million over the weekend and $73 million during its first four days in theaters. The film, which has enjoyed strong word of mouth, could add another $28 million to $30 million during its sophomore frame. (Variety)
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