Hailing from the Windy City comes the freshest breeze in Urban pop we’ve felt in quite some time – Em Jai.
The buzzing beauty is building quite the name for herself amongst the year’s freshman class and, if we our recent chat with her is any indication, that talk is only set to grow.
Bursting onto the scene with her energetic debut EP ‘Love, Etc’, That Grape Juice recently got to learn more about the budding songstress who shared her story on breaking into the industry, breaking down sonic walls to fuse Urban and Pop music, and breaking hearts along the way.
Meet Em Jai, a name we’re sure will be on your lips in just a few months’ time. Remember where you saw it first…
On the hems of his top rated BET reality show ‘The Sheards’, the unit’s youngest J. Drew readies the release of his latest mixtape ‘Never Coming Back’. Available May 6th, the StarTrak producer has already teased fans with some of its offerings via a well-received trailer, but now the ‘Absolution’ craftsman is ready to soar with the EP’s lead single.
Fasten your seatbelts and take ‘Flight’ with the multitalented crooner below:
In a quest to continue its genre expansion, Cash Money CEO Birdman (aka Baby) unveils the visual of Chicagoan songbird Veronica – one of the latest signees to Miami-basedrecord label.
Fans on the mixtape circuit have long known of V as she has certainly made her rounds over the past few years aboard Myspace and a number of other outlets. Now, with Cash Money backing her yet-titled official debut effort, the songstress shares ‘What Happened To Us’ – the Polow Da Don produced cut which features rapper 2 Chainz.
Get into the YMCMB newbie’s first offering and tell us your thoughts.
As the world of Pop falls deeper into 2013, it’s clear to see that this year will provide no shortage of hotly anticipated music.
Of course, there’s Beyonce‘s fifth studio album, Justin Timberlake‘s third LP and Britney Spears‘ eighth, and now- in serving as one of the year’s newcomers- Elijah Blake readies the release of his debut effort, following the launch of ‘Bijoux 22‘ last year.
So, as to oil his machine before setting its wheels in motion, he releases the lyric video for his single ‘XOX’, featuring ‘Electric Circus‘ Rapper Common.
If Brandy is the anointed Vocal Bible, then New Jersey-born beauty Lachardon is undoubtedly one of her faithful disciples. Armed with a jazzy melisma rivaled by few you’ll find, Lachardon – born LaTayvia Cherry – has sweetly slipped her infectious vocal stylings all over well known hits for the last few years much to critical acclaim.
Now, the songstress is hard at work mixing up ‘Lemonade’ – her debut EP. Executive produced by Cherry herself, the set is on board to showcase the same honey vocals that have drawn many to buzz. Reportedly eyeing a May 2013 for release (That Grape Juice learned exclusively), to that we exclaim…if this is the ‘Lemonade’ she’s serving – we’re definitely buying!
Click below for New Jersey’s best kept secret’s take on past hits like Aaliyah‘s ‘Rock the Boat’, Beyonce’s ’1+1′, and her uncanny Brandy impersonation:
With the success of his ‘Bijoux 22‘ LP forcing many a Pop fiend to sit up and pay attention, 2013 will welcome the launch of Elijah Blake‘s debut album- hitting stores courtesy of Def Jam/Roc Nation.
Carving the lane for his material by way of cuts penned for part time vocalist Rihanna and R&B icon Usher, his arrival on the scene will mark the latest contribution to the genre by Def Jam, also responsible for Frank Ocean and ‘Make Me Love To Me’ singer Luke James.
Now check out ‘Vicky’s Secret‘, one of the strongest jams on ‘Bijoux’ and one we hope to hear on album #1.