Marsha Ambrosius Just Dropped A FREE EP, Announces Tour! [Download]

Marsha Ambrosius, the reigning queen of baby-making music dropped a brand new EP yesterday, just, you know, because. Titled FVCK&LOVE, the six track EP serves as a logical follow-up to the singer’s last full length release, 2011’s Late Nights And Early Mornings. With song titles such as “69” and “Come”, it would be an understatement to say the singer only has love on her mind.

We’ve got the EP for you to download here.

You can also check out Marsha Ambrosius’ Friends & Lovers Tour info after the jump.

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Playlist – Mar ’14 [Video]

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new regular feature on Heard-Words! Starting today, we will be bringing you the best music videos the Internet has to offer. We’ve always felt that the music video is an art in its own right and also an important part of the experience of music in 2014. That said, it is our goal to bring you the freshest, most relevant, and provocative videos. Like all things digital, the sheer number of videos being released is daunting. It’s our goal to help you find the diamonds in the ruff.

To start things off, we’ve curated a selection of eleven great music videos released in the last month or so. Find a comfortable place to sit and take a first-hand look at why 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for music lovers!

You can find a list of the videos after the jump!

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EMA – Music Hall of Williamsburg [photos]

Noise rock fresh face EMA (born Erika M. Anderson) played an awesome show last night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The singer’s live performance remarkably sounded better than the recording. Particularly on the album opener “The Grey Ship” where strings shrieked with reckless abandon during the song’s frantic climax. The South Dakota born “California” singer will soon find life imitating art as she plays both weekends at Coachella.

Until then, check out our photos of last night’s show after the jump.

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Download: Three New Songs From Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold

The Fleet Foxes front man posted the following treat to the bands facebook page Monday afternoon:

Hi, Robin here. I recorded three songs in LA a couple weeks ago with my friend Noah. One is a new song that’s a duet with my buddy Ed Droste from the amazing band Grizzly Bear, one is a solo new song, and one is a cover. Hope you enjoy!

Huzzah for free music! Of the three, the first track is the clear winner, featuring an arpeggiated Fleet Foxes style rhythm and the harmonies of Pecknold and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste.

Check out the tracks after the jump. Continue reading Download: Three New Songs From Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold

Watch – Raekwon – Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang

Raekwon, Wu-Tang’s fabled Chef has dropped a new video on the eve of his fifth solo release.

The first third of the video is done in a hand-drawn animé-style consistent with the kung-fu theme of the album.. The video then transitions to a pleasant mish-mash of video footage interspersed with the animé. All in all, it’s a great video that definitely ramps up excitement for his new album, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, arriving in stores and desktops tomorrow.

Check it out after the jump. Continue reading Watch — Raekwon — Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang

Listen: Timbaland Featuring Brandy “Whatever You Like”

Brandy is rappin, y’all! I remember a couple years ago on one of those VH1 reality shows, Brandy was yammering on about recording a rap album. I never thought she would actually get it all together. And yet here she is with a single produced by one of the best in the game, Timbaland. Like it or not she’s making us listen.

Production-wise this is pretty standard fare for Timbaland, embellishing the track with his trademark synths. Timbo’s intro verse over brandy’s breathy vocals looped ad infinitum isn’t really interesting and if it wasn’t for the fact I so desperately wanted to hear Brandy’s verse, I would have skipped the track.

Brandy doesn’t come in until 1:27 in and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. She actually accomplishes the task of speaking in metered verse. That fact alone far exceeded my expectations. The singer sounds like an amorphous mix of Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and Nikki Minaj all rolled together in a vaguely interesting fashion. As for her potential as a rapper: Only the future can truly tell what will become of “Brand’Nu”, Brandy’s rap alter-ego. I’ll just say good for her for trying.

You can download the track after the jump. Continue reading Listen: Timbaland Featuring Brandy “Whatever You Like”

WATCH: Aretha Franklin In-Depth With Wendy Williams

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has been in the news as of late due to her mysterious health ailments and her feelings about which actress should play her in a movie. Daytime talkshow host Wendy Williams recently sat down with Franklin in her hometown of Detroit for high tea. Check out this historic interview see sides of Franklin that have rarely been seen in public.

Check out Wendy’s exclusive with Aretha Franklin after the jump. Continue reading WATCH: Aretha Franklin In-Depth With Wendy Williams

WATCH: Marsha Ambrosius Live From Her Album Release Party

The other day, I posted photos from Marsha Ambrosius’ album release party for her solo debut “Late Nights & Early Mornings”, if you missed it you can find them here. I also have video of her exclusive performance from her official album release party in NYC. Check ’em out after the jump.

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WATCH: NSFW Rick Ross Feat. Wale “Make It Rain” (Remix) Teaser

NSFW ALERT: This video is only 57 seconds long but contains at least as many pairs of ass cheeks and titties. That’s right, ass AND titties. You’ve been warned.

We now live in an age where even videos have trailers. And that’s exactly what Rick Ross and bringing with this clip from their yet to be released video “Make It Rain” (Remix).
I love Rick Ross for his outlandishly absurd imagery, distinct voice and bombastic yet street-orchestral “Maybach Music” production syle. Now he’s bringing one tailor-made for the strip clubs and I find myself in a place where I’m disappointed at the use gratuitous nudity yet still eager to see the video.

Check out the teaser after the jump and you’ll see what I mean. Continue reading WATCH: NSFW Rick Ross Feat. Wale “Make It Rain” (Remix) Teaser

Watch: Lil Wayne “6 Foot 7 Foot”

Weezy F. Baby’s got a brand-new Hype Williams-directed video that hasn’t been formally released. However thanks to the piracy magic of the interwebs, I’ve got the clip for you to enjoy NOW.  Supposedly the clip is, in part, inspired by the movie Inception, but I wouldn’t know, as I’m music obsessed, not movie obsessed.

That should really be enough information for you to click the more button. Lil Wayne. Hype Williams. Seriously, remember what our lives were like for that year that Weezy was locked up, and we had no stream-of-consciousness absurdist rap to keep us going? I thought so. Enjoy.

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