Shynell Blanson, who goes by Fridayy a name that embodies her laid back vibe and also carries the excitement for night time is a 25 year old songstress who grew up in Oakland, CA. Fridayy recalls singing for as long as she’s been able to speak, and she hasn’t t stopped since. She graduated from Oakland School for the Arts a prolific arts charter high school where she was able to hone in and better her craft and. Her new single “Ain’t Worried” which dropped today is a sultry “true story” freestyle ballad. Fridayy is VERY excited to see how the people will respond to her voice and melodies! Check out the single “Ain’t Worried” and follow the Fridayy movement!
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The world has been waiting for Meaku. With musical abilities that cross multiple genres including Pop and RnB, and as a long term heavy hitter in the more recently popularized genres of RnBass and Afrobeat as a singer, songwriter, engineer and producer the Nigerian American melodic mastermind is organically leading and creating his own musical movement. Hypnotic, dynamic, and seamless from start to finish, the highly anticipated EP release from Meaku eloquently entitled “Rooted” features eight singles along with a bonus track that ranges from smooth and sultry to up-tempo and rhythmic dance hits all crossing barriers within the genres of RnB, Trap, Pop and Afrobeat. Each single elicits an emotion whether it be love, bliss, or the overwhelming feeling of being the “Original Somebody,” the first Afrobeat fusion single set to release from the project. Additionally, the hit ballad “All I See Is You” has racked up an impressive 2.3 million and counting streams on Spotify captivating music lovers with the artists sensual and harmonic approach to the topic of love and relationships. Meaku delivers a beautifully crafted musical project that is a powerful addition to both this year’s crop of albums by African and American artists. His unique musical blends flowing together flawlessly accompanied with his harmonic singing style and slick vocals, Meaku delivers a body of work that is naturally “Rooted” thus guaranteed to be timeless.
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Check out the music video for #TDBTDC (Calm Down) Co-Produced by LaMay Day’s very own Sharíck LaMay and Co-Edited by Rich Pinn Below!
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Did you hear about the Weeknd’s billboard sweep this past Sunday? Well, with eight wins he’s not making it easy for any of his fellow musicians! 2016 wasn’t the first time rhythm & blues had pushed mainstream boundaries; legendary artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross to iconic artists who continuously crossed genres such as Prince and Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most mind-bending sounds of their respective generations on the radio. Inspiring musicians to make R&B their vehicle for sonic exploration and they demanded attention. Artist such as the Weeknd with his nightmarish seductions; Solange Knowles, Miguel’s laid back perspective on music , Frank Ocean, Stacey Barthe, Blood Orange’s stylish retro dance-pop and many other artist; darkly crystalline RnB – inflected electronic music. Some of these musicians were arriving through traditional RnB channels (usually the black performers) and others through traditional indie-rock outlets (usually the white ones). They were unknowing co-conspirators, not a unified movement. That’s partly why this wave of R&B innovations felt so big: Black musicians were experimenting with traditionally white sounds at the same time white musicians were experimenting with traditionally black sounds, all of them blurring together to create alternative RnB.
Let’s compare and contrast two of the biggest artist in alternative RnB. After years ghost-writing and waiting inthe background, Miguel hopped onto the scene in 2010 and has since then undertaken something like an image revamp, improving his overall output at the same time. The Weeknd blossomed into fame in early 2011 on a hipster horse-powered frenzy of hype mostly down to the brilliant “House of Balloons” mixtape and a little bit of sponsorship from fellow Canadian homie Drake. Undoubtedly, both great artists in their own right but make no mistake; both artist aren’t making it easy for each other and with RnB slowly dying these two artist are definitely giving RnB more and more life!
Although both artist circle near the same subject matter, Miguel; having toed the contemporary RnB line for a year as he broke out, has become more experimental with the “Art Dealer Chic” EP series and then dropped the AMAZING “Kaleidoscope” followed up by “Wildheart” showcasing his clear growth and gradual improvement, however the Weeknd must be doing something right hence his eight wins. In conclusion alternative RnB can be perceived in so many amazing aspects but please believe it’s NOT all the same.