Angel Haze — Classick
The Detroit native made waves online last week when she released “Cleanin' Out My Closet,” a personal tale rapped over Eminem’s track of the same title and beat, where she revealed her experiences with child abuse growing up. Now, the follow-up to that song is an entire mixtape on which listeners can find “Cleanin' Out My Closet,” along with other tracks like “Gossip Folks,” “B*tch Bad” and other songs rapped over beats by Missy Elliott, Lupe Fiasco and more.
Raven Sorvino — “Shinin’ on ’Em”
Raven Sorvino is another woman emerging on the hip-hop scene who is making a major name for herself without the use of flashy wigs and hyper-sexualized lyrics. She brands her style of music “playa music,” and that’s about right. The Los Angeles native teamed up with producer M. Stacks for “Shinin’ on ’Em,” a laidback and funky braggadocio tale about—you guessed it—getting the money and being a star.
Jack Davey — “Sh*t Gets Deep”
Jack Davey, frontwoman of electronic-soul duo J*DaVeY, recently released the first part of her three-part EP, L0-F! Side A, and she’s gearing up to drop the album’s counterpart, Side B, on November 6. In anticipation of the latter, Jack released the first single, “Sh*t Gets Deep,” where she calls out hypocritical people. Jack sings, “You call a bluff but can’t take it the same” against a bluesy rock tune produced by Joey Strat of The Knux. See if you don’t look at yourself in the mirror after listening to this one!
Cody Chesnutt — Landing on a Hundred
It has been 10 years since Cody Chesnutt released his debut double-album, the extremely well received The Headphone Masterpiece. Aside from an EP and a self-released live album, the Southern rock/soul singer has been low-key. But that’s about to change, because Landing on a Hundred is out today. The new album features 12 songs covering a wide spectrum of topics from social consciousness to overcoming struggle and, of course, he brings his signature sound that fans have fallen in love with.
Cee Lo — Cee Lo’s Magic Moment
From pet cats to Toucan Sam-style attire, you never know what to expect from Cee Lo Green, so it shouldn’t be much of a shocker that he released a Christmas album two months early. Cee Lo’s Magic Moment, available today, features classics like “This Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Silent Night” and more saaaanging by Mr. Green.
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Starrene Rhett Rocque is a pop culture junkie who often fantasizes about becoming a shotgun-toting B-movie heroine, and aspires to save the world from the impending #ZombieApocolypse… In reality she’s a freelance entertainment journalist/blogger who muses about music, TV, movies and love. Follow her on Twitter @GangStarrGirl.