Ella Mai released a new song over the weekend and it is “Boo’d Up” redux. I’m not familiar with any of her other work, so I can’t tell if this is her sound in general or her sticking to a formula that works. Either way, it’s not a bad song. Check it out below.

Earlier this week, LeBron James did an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, where they talked about King James’ recently launched ‘I Promise’ School, which serves at-risk children in Akron, Ohio. Click here for some of the amazing benefits that it guarantees its students.

During the interview, LeBron was asked what he would say if he was sitting across from Donald Trump, to which Bron said:


I would never sit across from him. I’d sit across from Barack, though.


As you can imagine, Donald Trump — whose greatest desire is to be accepted by rich and famous people — was big mad and rushed to the Twitter machine to let some steam off:

The Mike in question is Michael Jordan, and after this tweet, there were calls for him to speak up in support for LeBron. Within hours, he released this tepid statement via his publicist:


I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community.


That statement is as perfunctory as it gets, and if you’re familiar with MJ off the court, you probably already know that this is very on-brand. He may have never made the infamous “Republicans buy sneakers too” comment, but his unwillingness to endorse Harvey Gantt against renowned racist Jesse Helms in a 1990 senate race in Jordan’s home state should tell you all you need to know about Michael Jordan.

Issuing a one-line statement of “support” without addressing any of the surrounding issues that compelled said statement indicates that Jordan doesn’t actually give a shit. That statement amounts to “that’s none of my business,” and while he technically doesn’t have to care, I think it’s worth noting that this man has made hundreds of millions of dollars selling overpriced sneakers to black kids who can barely afford them. And all of the non-black kids buying them only do so because those black kids made them cool.

We can’t force MJ to do anything, but I beg of you: STOP BUYING THOSE GODDAMN SNEAKERS. They’re ugly, they cost too much, and the black man benefiting the most from your dollar doesn’t care about black people.

King Aubrey just dropped the video for “In My Feelings” and the early reviews are positive. The video is set in New Orleans and finds Drake giving us his best Louisiana drawl and wearing grills. Lala plays the now-world-famous KeKe and Phylicia Rashad plays her mother; there are also appearances from Shiggy (creator of the #InMyFeelingsChallenge) and Yung Miami of City Girls — the duo’s other half, JT, is currently serving time for fraud. Peep the clip below.


In the roughly two hours since its release, the video has racked up almost 500,000 views, and if it maintains this pace, “In My Feelings” will secure a fourth consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. I know I had predicted that “No Brainer” would debut at No. 1 next week, but that was before this video dropped. A No. 1 debut is still possible, but these additional streaming numbers for “In My Feelings” is going to make for stiffer competition.

The ’90s were all about big vocals, and while the first names that come to mind are Whitney and Mariah, there was a plethora of other insanely talented vocalists, including the ladies of SWV. They had some major hits in the early ’90s, but unfortunately, fizzled out towards the end of the decade despite putting out quality music — “Can We” and “Someone” are still my shit.

Released in December 1992, “I’m So Into You” was the second single from the group’s debut album, It’s About Time. Written and produced by Brian Alexander Morgan, the track is a bouncy up-tempo about taking another woman’s man. While creating the song, Morgan was attempting to break away from the New Jack Swing sound that dominated the airwaves at that time, but in retrospect, the song sounds derivative of that very style (which is by no means a bad thing).

Peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, “I’m So Into You” was the group’s first top 10 hit. And like every true classic, its appeal is evergreen. Treat yourself.

Tinashe has dropped another song from her upcoming album, Nashe. “Throw A Fit” is a basic-ass song and there’s no other way to describe it. The beat is okay as far as beats go (some parts will remind you of O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad”), but the lyrics are just a bit too unimaginative for my taste. If I didn’t think Tinashe was an talented artist who has given us amazing songs in the past (“Pretend” is a criminally underrated jam), I might be more receptive to this track. But in light of her previous work, this is just not good enough. Check it out below.

This past Friday marked 35 years since Madonna released her self-titled debut album. It might be hard to imagine, but once upon a time — before people knew what she looked like — Madonna was presumed to be black. Her early hits have since taken on lives of their own that almost render them genre-less, but they all borrow from styles that are unmistakably black.

We might call it “pop” today, but Madonna was making post-disco music and she did it well; and, of course, the music-buying public can never resist a white artist making black music, especially when they do it well. Madonna produced one top 5, one top 10 and one top 20 hit, and went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. Nobody knew it then, but this was the beginning of an legendary career.

Madonna wrote five of the album’s eight tracks (all by herself), including my favorite, “Lucky Star.” It was the album’s fourth single and biggest hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Watch the video below.