*(Los Angeles, CA) – On the heels of an exhilarating year, singer and songwriter Whitney McClain drops new music, releasing her “Letters from a Broken Heart” EP.
McClain introduced “Fireplace,” the first cut from project this past winter; which has amassed over 2 million views to date.
Produced by Da Beatfreakz, Ralph Stacy, and Marlon L. McClain ll, Letters from a Broken Heart is comprised of “Fireplace,” “Good With Pain,” “Don’t Believe Ya,” and “Fall So Far,” rounding out the 4-song, project.
Now available at all digital music outlets, Letters from a Broken Heart is the first installment of a four-part EP collection to be released by Whitney. McClain embarked on her musical career in 2015 when her debut single, Bombs Away, quickly generated half of a million video views. Letters from a Broken Heart, which harks back to a myriad of Whitney’s formative influences, is the second EP release from the songstress.
Watch the new lyric video for “Good with Pain,” above or below.
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For more info on Whitney McClain, visit http://www.whitneymcclain.com, or follow her on social media! Facebook | Instagram | SoundCloud | Spotify | Twitter | YouTube
Lifetime Announces January Premiere Date for Salt-N-Pepa Biopic
*Lifetime’s biopic on Salt-N-Pepa is set to air at the top of the new year.
On Jan. 23, 2021, the TV movie will air at 8 p.m. with an after show interview special to follow at 11 p.m.
As previously reported by TheWrap, the 3-hour miniseries follows the story of nursing students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they fall into the world of rap and hip hop, after recording for a friend’s school project.
Salt-N-Pepa became the first female rap act to go platinum and earn multiple Grammy wins while paving the way for female rappers.
The miniseries will feature some of their greatest hits and will be executive produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton and Jesse Collins. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere will also executive produce from Flavor Unit, the report states.
The cast includes G.G. Townson as Cheryl “Salt” James and Laila Odom as Sandra “Pepa” Denton. Monique Paul will play Deidra Roper aka DJ Spinderella.
Jermel Howard will play rapper and Pepa’s ex-husband, Treach.
Cleveland Berto will play music producer Hurby Azor.
Here’s the official description from Lifetime:
“The miniseries Salt-N-Pepa follows the story of Queensborough Community College students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they fall into the world of rap and hip hop, after recording for a song for their friend Hurby Azor. Salt-N-Pepa made a huge impact in hip hop by being one of the first all-female rap groups, changing the look of hip hop and unafraid to talk about sex and share their thoughts on men. Salt-N-Pepa became the first female rap act to go platinum and experienced ground-breaking success with multiple awards, including a Grammy, paving the way for all female rappers to follow. The miniseries will also feature their greatest hits like Let’s Talk About Sex, What a Man, Shoop and Push It, among others.”
The film is produced by Sony Pictures Television and directed by Mario Van Peebles from a script by Abdul Williams (The Bobby Brown Story, The New Edition Story).
Scroll up and check out the trailer above.
Chas Bronxson’s ‘Dear Beyoncé’ Hilariously Highlights the Perils of A Super ‘Stan’ / WATCH
*Written by Chas Bronxson, a songwriter and podcast curator on Chuck D’s Rapstation Network, Anthem Tongue Radio; “Dear Beyoncé” is a harmonic and humorous look at the bygone era of ‘stans’ in a catchy musical tribute to Beyoncé.
A melodic R&B earworm of a song presents a hilarious glimpse into an obsessed character whose letter to Bey is colorfully played out in a musical short that won Best Music Video at the 2018 Annual Poconos Film Festival.
The song originated in 2011 when composer and songwriter Chas Bronxson was listening to an old sample by a rapper named Justin Warfield called “Season of the Vic.” He randomly said, ‘Dear Beyonce’ and rhymed it with ‘what I’m say...’ under the track and ran with it, creating a harmonic and humorous twist on the modern ‘stan’. The song and video sat for years as Bronxson focused on his label; producing other artists such as young Haley Smith (“I Miss My Daddy”) and developing his own projects.
Fast-forward. Seeing the variety of TikTok videos and comedic, music-laced spoofs taking off all over the internet during the Pandemic Shutdown, he decided the creativity of “Dear Beyoncé” would find a current audience. As well, with so many internet and self-made social media celebrities, he realized the age of the superstars and the sometimes rabid fan bases that followed them was declining. He understood that while fame is relative and seemingly everywhere, for some, there’s always that superfan. He released the video on September, 4th, 2020 (Beyoncé’s birthday).
Posting the video on his social media platforms, the short immediately garnered well over half a million views, 14,000 likes, and over 500 enthusiastic comments and shares within the first few days of the post. This encouraged Bronxson to release a free download of the radio edit of the song on his website Chasbronxson.com.
For the video, he offered his turn at humor and hi-jinx stating, “A flat music video tribute would be boring to people who aren’t into Beyoncé, even though the tune itself can be appreciated by anybody.” For music lovers in general, the forthcoming EP offers jazz, instrumental, acapella, afrobeat mix, and the uncut “Letter to Beyoncé.” Overall, the musicianship composition and songwriting skills stand out throughout the various versions of the song.
True Beyoncé fans who catch the ‘audio easter eggs’ with subtle Beyoncé references of over 20 of her songs and films win a cash prize. Meanwhile, in anticipation of Bronxson’s upcoming EP, he is offering a free download of the song on his website Chasbronxson.com.
His videos and works can be seen here https://www.mounrecords.com/videos
source: Gia Garel / [email protected]
Cardi B Blasts Wiz Khalifa Over His Criticism of 2021 Grammy Nominations
*Cardi B fired back at Wiz Khalifa’s recent Twitter Q&A about the 2021 Grammy nominations.
Wiz made time earlier this week to answer questions about the awards show and how many (often Black) artists are snubbed.
“As a Grammy nominated artist I know how it feels. N***as always think its unfair until they get their turn,” he wrote. “Just keep workin and that time’ll come through … I felt like I got throughly robbed for ‘See You Again.’ Haven’t been bacc since, but when tha time comes ima have a joint rolled and dope ass speech ready. And it’s Taylor Gang Or Die.”
One fan responded by noting that the Recording Academy doesn’t know “sh*t about music,” because Cardi is a Grammy winner, while Nicki Minaj is not. Wiz responded: “Most self made artists have this problem.”
Most self made artists have this problem https://t.co/IfM8NV58rM
— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) November 24, 2020
Cardi responded to Wiz’s remarks by posting a screenshot a DM he sent her four years ago, in which he congratulated her on her emerging success.
She went to question why he was entertaining “tweets that pit successful women against each other.”
Wiz responded to Cardi, noting that the considers her self-made and made clear that he does not “want a Cardi/ Wiz war goin on for no reason.”
Check out his series tweets below:
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