Liz Loughrey: Rise Up!



Liz Loughrey’s Rise Up! is more then just a song it’s a movement, says Liz. The positive impact Rise Up! has been spreading is one that this world needs right now. The song promotes positive change and calls for people to come together and let love reign supreme in their lives, communities, etc. Rise Up! is that song that will be remembered for years to come, it’s uplifting, thought- provoking and makes you want to get up and make a change.



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Top 20 Favorite Albums of 2016 So Far ( Nesha Says Collaboration)


We have a few more months until 2016 is over and lots more music to be released. The following albums are just a few of the many that have been in heavy rotation this year. Along with Stanesha of Nesha Says we’ve comprised a list of some of our favorite albums of 2016 so far!!


Snoh Aalegra ‘Don’t Explain’
This album is a pure classic. It’s reminiscent of a James Bond movie score on vinyl and some may even compare her to the late great Amy Winehouse. However, Snoh is in her own lane with her retro music style and new age flare.
Solange ‘A Seat at the Table’
Powerful, Thought Provoking, Empowering what more could one ask for? A Seat at the Table though recently released, has been causing quite the stir and was very necessary.
Anderson Paak ‘Malibu’
Anderson Paak is amazing!!! Malibu takes the listener on a journey from high to low and everywhere in between. It’s one ride that music lovers would enjoy!!
Bas ‘Too High to Riot’
Dreamville Records own Bas is back with his sophmore LP and showing everyone just why he’s the one to bet on. Favorite Tracks from the album Matches, Too High to Riot, and Ricochet.
NAO ‘For All We Know’
Nao displays electro-soul at its best. The 18 track album is seamlessly woven together and pushes the London born singer to a whole new level of genius.
Yuna ‘Chapters’
Although this was my first time hearing one of her albums I was immediately taken away. Yuna’s voice so delicate and inviting makes each track even better then the last. Definitely contemporary R&B at its finest.
James Blake ‘The Colour in Anything’
Now who doesn’t love James Blake? Each song captures the soul and holds on tight. Favorite song off this album Timeless, Waves Know Shores, Noise Above our Heads, and Modern Soul.
Ology ‘Gallant’
Another great R&B album of this year hands down. Ology is theraputic and revealing but yet leaves more to be desired. Could this be all part of Gallant’s plan to keep us hooked??? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Dvsn ‘Sept. 5TH
Hallucinations…… enough said. Just kidding, there’s more to the album then just that song, but it’s a definite recommendation nonetheless. If you’re looking for grown and sexy music well the OVO artist has all you need.
Jon Bellion ‘The Human Condition’
The Human Condition is a must listen. Jon Bellion’s unique take on R&B, Pop and Hip-Hop is one of the reasons why he’s been the pen behind some of music’s superstars. The animated yet soulful tunes are his signature and he does it oh so magnificently.
11-20 (Nesha)
Eric Bellinger ‘Eric B. For President’
One of the most consistent artists in the game, when it comes to releasing cohesive projects, Eric Bellinger’s Eric B. For President: Term 1 continues his reign. My favorite tracks are “In My Prime” and “My Check.”
Usher ‘Hard II Love’
I have not bothered listening to an Usher album in full since Confessions because I knew that they wouldn’t match-up. However, Hard II Love comes very close. Must hear tracks are “Missin’ U” and “Bump,” among a few others.
H.E.R. ‘H.E.R., Vol. 1’
In an era where instant gratification is at an all-time high, an anonymous release is rare. H.E.R is the self-titled, first volume, R&B masterpiece from a somewhat unknown singer. A little detective work will lead you to figuring out who it is and the music is so great that you will be driven to solving the mystery.
Fabolous ‘Summertime Shootout 2: The Level Up’
Another one: Fab does it again. Another project filled with the rapper’s signature style. Favorite track: “Ashanti.”
Tink ‘Winter’s Diary 4’
The fourth installment of Tink’s Winter’s Diary series is 15 tracks of classic Tink. Favorite tracks include “All Falls Down,” “Show It” and “Modern Wave.”
YG ‘Still Brazy’
I don’t like this album as much as I like YG’s debut, but it was a cohesive follow-up. The lead single “Why You Always Hatin’?” remains my favorite song on this album. “Who Shot Me?,” “Word Is Bond,” “I Got A Question,” “Bool, Balm & Bollective” and the title track are also standouts.
Beyoncé ‘Lemonade’
Beyoncé has always been reflective in her music whether she was aiming to simply make people dance or tell a story, but there is something different about Lemonade. The project shows a more transparent Bey.
Drake ‘Views’
Beyoncé has always been reflective in her music whether she was aiming to simply make people dance or tell a story, but there is something different about Lemonade. The project shows a more transparent Bey.
Ro James ‘El Dorado’
 “Permission” blew up this year and rightfully so. If you love that record you will also love Ro James’ debut album El Dorado. Favorites include “You Already Knew That” and “A.D.I.D.A.S.”
 Mila J ‘213’
Mila J released a few projects within 2015 and 2016, but among them my favorite is 213. The entire EP is a nod to her native California and the lead single “Kickin’ Back” captures that signature west coast sound.


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Gold Complex: Backbone



Happy Friday afternoon to each and everyone of you beautiful humans. Friday’s should be filled with fun and laughs and unwinding from the week and Gold Complex’s latest song Backbone is sure to help you do just that. Its fun, witty, sexy and all about “saying what you mean and meaning what you say, especially when it comes to a relationship (says Will Bowes, lead singer of Gold Complex).” The single is off the octet’s debut self-titled EP and can be downloaded from Soundcloud. Press play and vibe with Gold Complex to Backbone!!!







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Bibi Bourelly: Ballin


If you haven’t checked out Bibi Bourelly what are you waiting for? Her EP Free The Real is hands down one of the best that have been released this year. Now she’s back with another melodic tune. Press play and vibe with me to BiBi’s ballin!!

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Solange: A Seat at the Table

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Unapologetically Fearless, Unapologetically Real, Solange speaks truth. Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, A Seat at the Table reveals and empowering message of black empowerment and self discovery. Simplistic, Harmonious, Haunting, and Deliberate, ASATT  delivers a one-two punch two the world. The albums release along with a digital book, photos and poetry (for the first 86 people to sign up on the new site) is Solange’s first album in 8 years. Wisely crafted and released during a time when race (being black in America) has been trending consistently.A Seat at the Table is one of those albums that is needed in this day and time for obvious reasons. 726







The 21 track album is composed of funk, hip-hop, electro, pop-soul, and r&b vibes. The first track Rise is that old school 70’s vibe Solange acquainted us with 8 years ago. The lyrics advocate staying true to yourself in the failures and successes of life. Weary the second track off the album reaches even deeper, showing the struggle of not feeling like you belong in a world that doesn’t accept you, but finding the voice to say I do belong. Don’t Touch My Hair the 9th track off the album is a declaration of setting boundaries and establishing one’s personal identity. solange-album-093016-1475246699-compressedsolange-a-seat-at-the-table-book-1475087745-compressedF.U.B.U featuring The-Dream and BJ the Chicago Kid can easily be named an anthem for black empowerment. For those who remember the F.U.B.U acronym stands for; For Us By Us and gave us pride in wearing our own.

A Seat at the Table features Lil Wayne, Dev Hynes, Magical Cloudz, Q- Tip, Kelly Rowland, Kelela, Sampha, Andre 3000 and more. With such creativity and heartfelt lyrics Solange has penned a timeless body of work. She’s declaring no more will I beg, hide or apologize for who I am and what race that I am. Also ,whether or not you accept me matters not, for I deserve A Seat at the Table and it’s my choice to sit or stand. Thanks Solange for opening your soul once again this right here is what’s needed.

Don’t Touch My Hair






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Cosmos & Creature: Young


Progressive-Pop duo Cosmos & Creature comprised of the very talented Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore have just released their newest single “Young” off their upcoming EP. The liveliness of the track represents the nature of the duos sound. Cosmos & Creature brings a new twist to the pop world by adding a bit more soul and creativity. Care to know more about the duo? You can connect with them on either of the following:



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Melodic Monday’s

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Nikki Flores                                              Devin Tracy                                                Blueyes

A diverse bunch with really cool vibes. Press Play and vibe with me

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Stanaj: Ain’t Love Strange


Who doesn’t love a good love song and come on what’s hump day without one? Sure it’s just another day, but seriously who can pass up the smooth and delicate vocal styling of Stanaj? I’d like to thank pure inquisition to this latest discovery. Next week the Mid- Week playlist will return, but right now turn the speakers up and vibe with Stanaj’s Ain’t Love Strange off his latest record The Preview.

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L26 Records DMV


With it’s launch in August 2016 L26 Records is looking to solidify its place in the music industry. Founder/CEO Lamont McCoy has been working hard to put together a roster that will take music to the next level. Although the artists on the label are more geared towards Hip-Hop and R&B, McCoy is open to all genres. As of late the artists have been recording and cultivating new music, an EP titled “Koolington” by rapper JT The City’s Villain and Soundz Of RnB’s latest single Heard About Me will be released soon (keep your eyes peeled for updates). Also you can check out L26’s Acoustic Night held at Culture Coffee in DC every last Friday of the month, as well as “The Limelight DMV” which is held every first Wednesday of the month at Avery’s Bar & Lounge.

L26’s Mission is “to create a platform for music artists to showcase and advance their talents” (Lamont McCoy) and so far they seem to be doing just that, with their next event being held during Atlanta’s A3C festival. Now that’s a pretty big deal, wouldn’t you say? All in all the work being put into this label from founder to artists definitely shows and with consistency and dedication L26 can become a a good way!! To connect with L26 head on over to their Contact page and you can also check out the label on Instagram and Facebook .

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