Cardi B just dropped “Press,” a song that is very reminiscent — in production and in mood — of her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow.” As the title might indicate, Bardi is rapping about the press and how she doesn’t need more of it, which is arguably false but definitely makes for a good song lyric.

Recently, Cardi has lashed out at certain media outlets, particularly the Shade Room, for only covering negative stories about her, so one may assume that is what inspired these lyrics.

“Press” is presumably the third lead single — after “Money” and “Please Me” — from her highly anticipated sophomore album. Check it out below.

Earlier this week, during her Caution World Tour stop in London, Mariah Carey dug deep and sung the chorus of “Slipping Away,” which is a B-side that only a true R&B connoisseur would be familiar with. The song was the B-side for “Always Be My Baby,” but was never included on any of her albums — against Mariah’s wishes.

Mariah has explained on a number of occasions that the song was thought of as too “urban” for her image at the time, which may seem weird today, but if you consider her “pop” polish circa ’95, it kinda makes sense. I mean…it’s bullshit and definitely reeks of racism, but it can be explained. Sort of.

The album that it was excluded from, Daydream, also had “Fantasy” and “Long Ago,” which are certainly more “urban” if we really wanna talk about it, but perhaps Tommy Mottola had an “urban” track quota for his then-wife.

In any case, “Slipping Away” is a groovy-ass mid-tempo that will take you right back to that era of R&B. They simply don’t make ’em like this no more and Columbia Records played itself by not at least including it on Daydream. Click play and thank me later.

For some reason, I thought there was already a video for City Girls’ “Act Up,” but that’s probably a result of the million viral videos that use the song as their soundtrack. The song’s official music video dropped a few hours ago, and while I didn’t have any particular expectations, I certainly didn’t think this is what it would look like. For such an in-yo-face track, the video is pretty tame.

Lil Yachty, who wrote most of the song’s lyrics, is featured throughout the video, as well as clips of fans rapping to the song as part of the #ActUpChallenge. Peep the clip below.

For a variety of reasons, the ’90s were some of the best years in the history of popular music. One of those reasons is that the decade gave us some amazing covers. Remakes were done with love and care, and quite often, they outshone the originals — “I Will Always Love You,” anyone?

“This Woman’s Work” is a song that was written, produced and originally performed by Kate Bush. Released in 1989, the song is a beautifully haunting tale the trials of childbirth, sung from the perspective of a man waiting outside of a hospital room while his wife is in the delivery room. Kate Bush wrote the song specifically for a scene in the move She’s Having a Baby.

Maxwell covered the song in 1997 for his MTV Unplugged set. His version since been added to the canon of baby-making jams, which is interesting when you consider what the lyrics are about, and also a true testament to the fact that Maxwell can make anything sound romantic.

A studio version of the song was recorded for Maxwell’s third studio album, Now, and released as a single in 2002. However, the Unplugged version is the clear winner.

In honor of this classic cover and in celebration of Maxwell’s 46th birthday (which is today), join me in revisiting this classic.

Young Thug came summer-ready on “The London,” which is your standard thot anthem. The track features J. Cole and Travis Scott is full of caption-ready quotables —- expect to see LaFlame’s “6’1” but the money 9’2”” line all over Instagram in the coming months.

“The London” is the lead single from Young Thug’s upcoming album, GØŁDMØÜFDÖG. Click play.

DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd dropped this past Friday, and its release has been accompanied by a flurry of music videos — six in total. “Wish Wish,” featuring Cardi B and 21 Savage, is latest of the six.

The song has Cardi B rapping about about her haters (per usual) over a nondescript Tay Keith beat. And then there’s 21 Savage. Check it out below.

Chris Brown just dropped the video for “Wobble Up,” which features Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy. There’s a lot of dancing (as expected) and a lot of colors.

The video is pretty much perfect aside from an appearance by problematic-ass Dan Rue. There’s also a somewhat out-of-place appearance by Tyga, but that’s neither here nor there. Oh, and G-Eazy looks like the senior vice president at an insurance brokerage firm in this video. But other than that, there’s nothing else to critique. Click play.

Lord, I see what you’ve done for other people, specifically Lil Nas X, and I want that for me.

The Nicki-Minaj-stan-turned-superstar is living proof that our fortunes can change drastically at any given moment. We stan and we are inspired.

This past Friday, he released the much-anticipated video for his viral hit, “Old Town Road,” and it lived up to expectations.

Dubbed a “movie,” the video starts off on Old Town Road in 1889, where some white people who aren’t welcoming to “outsiders” try shooting our favorite nigga; this is an obvious allegory for the situation where Lil Nas X was yanked off the country music charts, and for that alone, the video is a winner. Running for cover, Lil Nas X hops into a well that turns out to be a time-traveling tunnel. He ends up in 2019, and Old Town Road is now a lot blacker, friendlier and cooler.

With the release of this video, “Old Town Road” will probably spend at least another two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, where it has ruled for six weeks thus far. Not bad for a debut.

In addition to featured singer and former one-hit-wonder Billy Ray Cyrus, the video includes appearances from Chris Rock, HaHa Davis, Vince Staples and Diplo.  Check it out below.

Ralph Tresvant turns 51 today, which also happens to be Janet Jackson’s birthday. If this blog wasn’t already overrun with Janet posts, she’d be this week’s TBT pick, but I think this is a great opportunity to talk about the very first baby-making jam I ever loved.

“Sensitivity” is the debut single from Ralph Tresvant’s self-titled debut solo album. It was released in 1990, and at the time, all of the members of New Edition had gone on to pursue separate projects. Bobby Brown was a few years into a wildly successful solo career (after being kicked out of the group); Johnny Gill, who replaced Bobby, was back to making music solo; and Bel Biv Devoe, featuring the remaining three members of the group, was riding high on the success of “Poison.”

Ralph was the last to show what he was working, but when he finally did, it was magical. “Sensitivity” is a silky mid-tempo with a melody that no warm-blooded mammal can deny. It is cupcakin’ music at its very best and exemplifies so much of what is missing in R&B today. It is also an amazing reminder that Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (who wrote and produced the song) are actual geniuses that don’t get nearly enough recognition.

“Sensitivity” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Ralph Tresvant’s biggest hit as a solo act. Click play.