Originally conceived as a companion disc to last year’s “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown’s “Fortune” instead comes to us this summer as its own entity. There’s been no shortage of Chris Brown material lately so his loyal fans haven’t had to burn with anticipation, but nevertheless, he’s delivered an LP that they should be satisfied with—that’s the good news. On the other hand, those who would approach a Chris Brown record with skepticism won’t be swayed, because words like “fresh,” “new,” or “good” don’t really figure into the equation.
Over a month after teasing behind-the-scenes footage and photos, Tamia has fully returned back to music with the release of her "Beautiful Surprise" video, taken from her upcoming album of the same name due later this summer.
As the Maybach Music Group continues to refine it’s roster and create new stars, the time seems right for another group affair—“MMG Presents: Self Made vol. 2.” While the basic idea of the album is the same as the first “Self Made,” the upgrades made to the label over the last year have translated into the music itself, making for an overall better album.
On London-based duo AlunaGeorge's latest single "Just a Touch" (see below), vocalist Aluna Francis coos "I'm not as hard as a rock, I'm just not easy to break," and the same could be said for their EP You Know You Like It, released in April.
It took me a little while to come around on 2 Chainz. While I liked a thing or two that he did with Playaz Circle, with so many rappers being shuffled in and out of "the game" on a weekly basis, I initially assumed that 2 Chainz would fade out quickly and I could get away with just ignoring him. One highly-successful mixtape and G.O.O.D. Music contract later, I'm man enough to admit that I was wrong—I fox with 2 Chainz. To celebrate the release of the first video from his official solo debut ("No Lie" with Drake, above), I present a gallery of the things that I've come to love about 2 Chainz to help you see the light if you haven't already.