Akon’s ‘Lonely’ Music Video Achieves One Billion Views on YouTube

In the music video for the 2005 song “Lonely”, the scene begins with Akon basking in the adoration of his fans as they give him a standing ovation at his concert. Nevertheless, the applause gradually diminishes, and Akon finds himself standing solitary on the stage. Although a friend extends an invitation to join a gathering of friends, he graciously refuses, preoccupied by a multitude of thoughts. The video then transitions to scenes of Akon reflecting on the actions that led his girlfriend, portrayed by actress Kat Graham from The Vampire Diaries, to abruptly leave him without explanation. As Akon wanders through the town, visiting an abandoned video game arcade and strolling down a bustling boulevard, Graham is depicted crying in separate scenes. She takes a plane ticket, packs her bags, and departs from the home she shared with the singer. The visual concludes with Graham arriving in a taxi and warmly greeting a man who is not Akon with a hug. “Lonely” served as the third single from Akon’s debut studio album, Trouble. The track achieved a peak position of No. 4 and spent a remarkable 20 weeks on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking Akon’s third solo entry on the chart. “Lonely” now joins the prestigious Billion Views Club on YouTube, following the success of Akon’s “Smack That (feat. Eminem)” with 1.1 billion views and David Guetta’s “Play Hard,” in which Akon featured alongside Ne-Yo, also with 1.1 billion views. “Akon’s “lonely” video Joins YouTube’s Billion Views Club”. Billboard.com. September 27, 2023. September 28, 2023.  

#rewindreview: T-Love ‘Return Of The B-Girl’ EP (1998)

  The West Coast B-Girl, T-Love touched down with a quick but heavy debut in ‘Return Of The B-Girl.’ My introduction to her was on D.J. Rhettmatic’s (Beat Junkies) ‘World Famous Beat Junkies Vol.2’ mixtape. The track ‘I’m Comin’ was this sort of spooky mix of raw HOP music with a ladies voice that was mixed and cut to perfection in which D.J. Rhettmatic is a professional at. Still it wasn’t until about a year later that I would hear a couple of other songs from T-Love during the beginning of internet streaming radio in 1999. Those cuts were ‘L.A. To Brooklyn’ featuring Siah & Yeshua Da PoED and the title track of this EP featuring Kool Keith, who at that time I was becoming a huge fan of due to his left of center rhyming and content. T-Love uses this twenty minutes of HOP music to showcase a “no fear” style of rhyming with a voice that commanded respect. Rapping alongside the aforementioned M.C.’s is a task and on ‘Wanna-Beez’ featuring Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) the two’s back and forth on the track makes one realize how as listeners we took for granted the effect of collaborations in a studio verses being emailed in. The record is produced by This Kid Name Miles (yes that’s his name) who provided T-Love with some awesome beats that although are well within the lines of “truskool” HOP music, do not sound the same or get stagnant. My biggest issue with this release as that it was only an EP. This is appreciated these days as so many releases leave listeners fatigued while a record like ‘Return Of The B-Girl’ made you wait with bated breath, only adding value to the project and one’s listening experience. What did you think of the album? Singles include: ‘I’m Comin’ Listen to QUANTUM LEAP RADIO every Saturday from 4-6p.m. CST & Thursday from 3-5a.m. CST on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston in HD2 Worldwide @kpft.org/listen/ & TuneIn app (under “kpft in HD2”) Catch past episodes by searching and following @fanlink.to/QuantumLeapRadio

Meek Mill Makes Deal With Fans To Share Rick Ross Collaboration Before Official Release

Meek Mill has announced that he’ll unveil his upcoming collaboration with Rick Ross, titled “Shaq & Kobe,” if his Instagram post from Tuesday garners 20,000 comments. The official release date for the track is set for Friday, September 29th. Surpassing expectations, the post had reached 21,000 comments by Tuesday afternoon. In his caption, Meek Mill encouraged fans to comment if they longed for the iconic MMG rap sound, countering claims that rap was in decline. He pledged to share the song ahead of schedule with the hashtag #KOBEANDSHAQ if the comment target was achieved before Friday. Numerous artists in the comments section expressed their excitement for the release, with Bobby Shmurda stating, “I Call the shots 🔥 a boss is one who guarantee we go eat,” and Rich The Kid leaving multiple fire emojis. Meek Mill and Rick Ross have a history of collaborations dating back several years. During an appearance on Drink Champs in May, Rick Ross reflected on Meek’s growth since signing him in 2011, emphasizing how rewarding it was to witness Meek’s development as an artist. He praised Meek and Wale, both of whom he signed, as talented individuals he had recognized as geniuses and exceptionally skilled from the beginning of their careers. “Meek Mill Offers to leak rick ross collaboration ahead of Release”. Hotnewhiphop.com. September 26, 2023. September 26, 2023.

Quavo Hints at an Upcoming Mixtape after his White House Visit to Address Gun Violence

Quavo, along with his mother Edna Marshall and TakeOff’s mother Titania Davenport, visited the White House on September 20 to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris and discuss solutions for addressing gun violence in the United States. Quavo’s motivation for this action was influenced by the tragic loss of TakeOff’s life outside a Houston bowling alley in November 2022. He expressed the need to take action and prevent such incidents from occurring in the future, particularly within the Hip-Hop community. Quavo emphasized the importance of better gun control measures to prevent harm to innocent individuals and make public spaces safer for everyone. After visiting the White House to advocate against gun violence, Quavo announced his intentions to release a new project. Despite recently dropping his second studio album, “Rocket Power”, he reassured his fans on (X) formally known as “twitter” that he’s planning to release more music. He mentioned an upcoming mixtape, expressing his commitment to delivering new content even during a busy holiday season. “Quavo Teases New Mixtape Following White House Visit To Tackle Gun Violence”. HipHopdx.com. September 22, 2023. September 22, 2023.

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