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.

On second thought, maybe she’s looking to be loved by anyone and doesn’t care where it comes from — even if its from conservatives who only “like” her out of convenience. That’s the only explanation I have for her decision to cape for Roseanne Barr, who said Valerie Jarrett looks like the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes had a baby”. Mo’Nique’s reason for offering support to Roseanne boils down to her appearing on The Mo’Nique Show (her short-lived late night show on BET) when many major black stars supposedly declined because the show was “too black.” She says Roseanne made a mistake and that she won’t put her on “the racist list.”

When it comes to bigotry, I don’t leave much room for error, but if we were to play along with the mistake line, how does Mo’Nique explain this bullshit photoshoot where Roseanne is dressed as Hitler?

She also says that her all-knowing husband, Sidney Hicks, says you know who your friends are during hard times, which is why she is going up for Roseanne. My first question would be: Did Roseanne ride for you all these years when you could barely find work in Hollwood? I’m gonna take a wild guess and say the answer is no.

Mo’Nique is full of shit. She’s siding with Roseanne because misery loves company and who better to align with than someone who’s on the Hollywood shitlist you’ve resided on for almost a decade now. I also can’t help but think this is a weird case of the balance theory, where the enemies of your enemies become your “friends”; Valerie Jarrett is a longtime friend of the Obamas, which means she’s probably friends with Oprah, and we all know how Mo’Nique feels about Oprah.

I have spent many years defending Mo’Nique to friends and family because I do think she has been treated horribly by the industry. However, I’m looking goofier by the day because she keeps putting her foot in her mouth. What am I gonna do now, Mo’Nique? Hmm? Since you got your degree and know every fucking thing. Watch Mo’Nique make an ass of herself below.

Jessie Reyez just dropped the video for “Apple Juice,” presumably a track from an upcoming album. The song is sung from the perspective of a person in a relationship with someone who has a dysfunctional past, and as a result, is unable to truly love. The down-tempo track will remind you of Beyoncé’s “All Night” and its video will remind you of her lavish vacations on the French riviera. Check it out below.

Miguel just released this new track that will remind of you of something from one of Prince’s earlier albums — in sound and, ahem, topic. It’s not clear if this song going to be on an upcoming album, but Miguel has confirmed that he will be performing it on the road for The Ascension Tour (which ya boy will be attending! Skrt Skrt). Listen to “Python” below.

The “I’m the One” crew (minus Weezy) is back together for this muhfuckin’ chune. I think we might finally have that song of the summer we’ve all been waiting for — “Nice for What” is nice, but it came a little early, and “In My Feelings” ate through the bottle quickly because you people won’t stop making challenge videos (still my jam, though). “No Brainer” jumps at you immediately and the video is just right. We are thankful.

I’m calling it now: This song is gonna debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 next week. Watch the video below.



“No Brainer” is the second single from DJ Khaled’s upcoming studio album (his 11th one), Father of Asahd (due October 19).