Bilal Discuss “In Another Life” | Collaboration with Kendrick Lamar | & More with @MFWERadio @ Essence Music Festival

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It’s a simple query, famously crooned in 1971 by soul legend Marvin Gaye, amidst a continuing civil right struggle in a nation at war both domestically and abroad. It’s a question still being asked today. Yet Bilal, like Gaye, offers no answers, merely a deep pondering on the current times with his moody fourth studio LP, In Another Life . “I’ve always seen myself like a Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley or Curtis Mayfield,” the golden-voice singer says, pointing to three of his many musical inspirations. “They could speak politically, but still wanted people to have something to play at night, to make love.”

Bilal fully embraces that duality on In Another Life , informed by CNN headlines and producer Adrian Younge’s dusty melodies. On the uncanny lead single “Satellites,” he takes the perspective of an extraterrestrial visitor observing a world in ruin. “We’re making music that speaks to the times that we’re in,” says Bilal, who’s collaborated with everyone from Beyoncé to Justin Timberlake to Robert Glasper. “So we have to make something that people of the future can go back to and say, ‘This is the way it felt back then.’ There are beautiful, sweet moments on this album and there are dark moments.” Checkout our latest interview with Bilal from the Essence Music Festival 2015.

 

Sevyn Streeter Reveals Upcoming EP – “Shoulda Been There” | Debut Album | & More with @MFWERadio @ Essence Music Festival

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Music is emotional. Your job is to make people feel something. The best way to do that is to sing and speak from something they’ve personally been through. That’s where I write from,” Amber ‘Sevyn’ Streeter says. The 29-year-old has already lent her pen to tracks for an elite roster of R&B players including Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and Estelle. As her single “Don’t Kill The Fun” featuring Chris Brown is blazing up the charts. Sevyn recently perform on the “Essence Music Festival” stage and also revealed to our boy – David Duane about her upcoming EP “Shoulda Been There” coming on July 17th !!!! Checkout the exclusive interview.

Elle Varner Talks “Birthday” With 50 Cent | LOVE | & More with @MFWERadio @ Essence Music Festival

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R&B/Soul Songstress, Elle Varner has been getting the world geared up for the highly anticipated sophomore album, “4 Letter Word” – had just released the new banger “Birthday” featuring 50 Cent. We caught up with out friend Elle to discuss working with 50 Cent, “Love”, and MORE exclusively with David Duane at Essence Music Festival 2015. Click the video below because this conversation is so EXCLUSIVE !!!!