The R&B singer turns 27 today...
Happy birthday, Jacquees!
The self-proclaimed "King of R&B" turns 27 today, and celebrated the occasion in style a few nights ago with close friends and family. The R&B crooner has put out a steady stream of music for years now, but those who only know him for his singles are missing out on a massive catalog of fantastic contemporary R&B music. Here are some of the young singer's best deep cuts that only the true fans know.
Rodeo Feat. T-Pain
Off his Cash Records mixtape This Time I'm Serious, this slow-grind bedroom anthem features a sultry verse from the legendary autotuned crooner, T-Pain. His digital warblings bounce all over the "Rodeo's" minimalist instrumental, and he closes out his verse with an impressive belt that shows the singer hasn't lost a step when placed alongside new talent.
Lay Ya Down Feat. Tank
With another legendary feature from the R&B champion Tank, "Lay Ya Down" is a bouncy, sex-tinged track that's flirtatious and playful, and infectiously catchy. When singing alongside Tank, Jacquees's booming voice sounds right at home as the two confident casanovas harmonize.
On It Feat. Birdman
Whenever Birdman and Que hit the studio together, it's expected they're gonna create a funky radio hit about tearing the club up, and "On It" is by far the duo's slickest track together. The song's rhythmic high hats and snappy drums give Birdman's tame rapping a bit of a melodic push, while Jacquees alternates between spoken-word raps and melodic warbling with ease.
One of Jacquees's earliest hits, "No Questions" has aged gracefully and is still a steamy R&B track perfect for a late-night escapade. The track's hook is an absolute earworm, as Que navigates a claustrophobic party full of ladies, smoke, and balloons. It's crazy to think that at just 19 years old, Que was serenading ladies with a veteran-level R&B swagger.
Studio Feat. Young Thug
Similar to Que and Birdman, whenever the singer and Thugga decide to collaborate, the result is usually something unique. While "Studio" is still well-within Que's comfort zone of sexy bedroom jams, the driving chorus and buoyant feature from Young Thug keeps the track light, multifaceted, and extremely catchy.
Another seductive bedroom track off of Jacquees's 19-EP, IDGAF is Jacquees's slowest song to date. Over nothing more than the sound of a dripping faucet, and the strums of a guitar, Jacquees takes us through a forbidden love affair and shows off his pipes in the process.
You Belong To Somebody Else Feat. Dej Loaf
Off of Dej and Que's magnetic collab album F**k a Friend Zone, "You Belong to Somebody Else" is an emotional R&B ballad that finds both seductive crooners yearning in a deeper way than normal. "I know you really, really want it," the duo sings on the hook. "But you belong to somebody else."
Off of the critically slept on 2012 project Fan Affiliated, "My Attention" remains one of Que's earliest gems, and was the biggest indicator, at least to this writer, that the young singer was destined to be a star. With a catchy hook and impressive vocal flourishes, "My Attention" was a slept-on hit.
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Neo Nazi's, Furries, Flat Earthers, UFO Hunters, for Andrew Callaghan they all got something to say
Update 4/15/2021: After announcing in March that they had parted ways with former backers Doing Things Media — over contract disputes and disagreements about the political nature of their content — the All Gas No Brakes crew have returned as Channel 5 with Andrew Callaghan.
Having lost access to their old content and revenue streams, the team are hoping to rebuild, and have just dropped their first video on the new channel, delving into this year's spring break chaos in Miami Beach, Florida.
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Andrew Callaghan has always been drawn to the absurd.
Born and raised in Seattle, the budding Internet star and host of the web series All Gas No Brakes described himself as a mischievous teenager. A "fourteen-year-old stoner" who divided his time between "anarchists and hip-hop kids," he regularly found himself surrounded by unsavory characters.
During his freshman year of high school, Callaghan enrolled in a journalism class, and his teacher actively encouraged him to write on the seedy lifestyle he experienced.
"I was already getting myself into weird, sketchy shit for my own enjoyment," Callaghan told me. "So being able to have a platform to share those experiences was like the ultimate gratification."
Callaghan wrote investigative op-eds on how to access the Deep Web and described how to buy drugs off the now-defunct Silk Road. He talked first-hand about life inside Seattle's tent city during the Occupy movement and about his experiences hanging out with Juggalos in Seattle's sleazy Westlake Center. His classmates and his teacher were fascinated.
Callaghan, who travels around the country in a beat-up RV and interviews people, has somehow made a career out of meeting America's strangest characters. Trump supporters, Flat Earthers, Furries, UFO Hunters ––he's even met Diplo.
While Callaghan regularly hears and sees abhorrent things on the road, he has an uncanny ability to remain completely unfazed. He often lulls his subjects into a false sense of security.
"I call it hyper-agreement," he said. "Just don't be a dick, and validate your interviewee with aggressive head nods and inquisitive facial expressions." It's a similar tactic to what you might see on "The Daily Show" with their 'man on the street' segments.
During the tense Anti-Antifa rally in Portland, Oregon, last summer, Callaghan became partially embroiled in an absolutely ludicrous standoff between a white supremacist and an Antifa supporter. "[Antifa] needs to go the hell away," said Callaghan's interviewee. "We need to go the hell away from our city?" called out a bystander on his bicycle, "F*ck you." As the two squared off, Callaghan documented it all, his microphone seen in the corner of the screen.
Even when things go off the rails, Callaghan somehow remains fearless. "You just can't convince certain people of certain things, especially when they believe that public information is controlled by nefarious puppet masters," he said. "Things often go wrong afterward. I've gotten a handful of lawsuit threats...frat bros try to fight me."
In fact, it's in the quieter moments that Callaghan struggles to keep his composure. At the 2019 Flat Earth Conference in Dallas, Texas, three separate Flat Earthers justified their beliefs by quoting Protocols of the Elders of Zion a propaganda book used by Hitler in the 1930s to sway public opinion against the Jewish people.
"I had a hard time holding my tongue," he admits.
While All Gas No Brakes is still in its early stages (he recently asked his fans for donations so he could start to put together a production team), Callaghan has amassed years of experience interviewing off-putting characters. At nineteen, Callaghan hitchhiked across the country for 70 days completely alone.
"After I took my last final, I basically sprinted out of campus," he told Office Magazine. "I left everything in my dorm, all of my stuff...I just didn't even think about it."
When his adventure ended, he composed an online zine, fittingly titled All Gas No Brakes, where he wrote on a few of his most noteworthy encounters.
From there, he wound up working as a doorman on New Orleans' infamous Bourbon Street. "I always thought of Bourbon Street as the last frontier of anarchy in the western world," he told Office. "It's this backward city of corrupt institutions. People come here from all across the world and they get possessed by this spirit...you're truly able to see what humans are like in their raw form."
One day, he abruptly quit his job and decided to document what he was seeing in a "smart and funny way." He became the anchor of "Quarter Confessions," a relatively popular Instagram and YouTube channel that documents drunk people on Bourbon Street. "Sometimes I miss the consistent, chaotic simplicity of Bourbon Street," Callaghan told me. "But [the yelling] got old."
As All Gas No Brakes has gained traction. The show has garnered the attention of a few notable celebrities, such as millionaire playboy Dan Bilzerian. "He's a fan and a mega-tool," Callaghan said of the infamous poker player.
The two were scheduled to meet up while Callaghan was filming in Las Vegas. Bilzerian thought it'd be fun to crash a party together. "[He] flaked at the eleventh hour with a text that read, 'sorry bro, I think I'm gonna smoke and bang these girls,'" Callaghan said.
"I could roast him further, but that's enough said. Dude's corny, take my word for it."
As the show has grown, Callaghan has somehow managed to turn a handful of his subjects into reoccurring characters, almost like it's a sitcom. On his most recent trip to Las Vegas, he hit the strip with Mr. Daddy and Luchi, two strange men he had met on two separate occasions a few months prior.
"I like the idea of recurring characters," he said. "Plus [they] embody two staunchly different but equally essential Vegas character types–the unstoppable coke dive and the aspiring promoter who whispers sweet dreams of exotic cars, Versace robes and 7 to 1 gender ratios [at parties.]"
Moments like this are everything to Callaghan. "Every day is a new adventure and because of the show, I have friends everywhere." While his passion project is only just starting to take off, Callaghan already has enough stories to fill a memoir. He's seen Juggalos pee on each other's heads at Mike Busey's Sausage Castle in Orlando, Florida.
He interviewed Kimberly Guilfoyle at Donald Trump Jr's book signing, as well as a woman who referred to the LGBTQ community as "witches" and proudly believed that people should only date within their race.
"Just today I crashed the press conference at the AVN awards, where I asked [adult film star] Alexis Texas if she's ever worried she won't get gifts at Christmas if her family sees she's been naughty."
He hopes to one day see All Gas No Brakes become its own "gonzo" journalism show, but for now, he's just focused on interviewing a man named Daryll. "[He] believes he's an alien named Bashar."
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The single is Erika's funkiest track yet...
After the South-Floridian's silky dance single "Self Control" went #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, pop singer Kendra Erika surprised everyone with the release of a piano-driven ballad.
"Song of Hope," which is now one of Kendra's biggest singles, is anything but a club-ready dance track – it's actually more fitting for a good cry – but with "Pure Love," Kendra Erika's new single which premieres today exclusively on Popdust, the pop singer brings the vibe back up to cruise control just in time for summer.
"The bonafide cruise control song," Kendra said of the rhythmic track. Saturated in '80s synths and smooth drums, Kendra's voice steadily glides along like a new Mercedes. "It's excellent for a spontaneous drive," Kendra explains. "'Pure Love' is for anyone that is looking for something smooth to listen to and vibe on. It sets a real nice tone, and puts you in a state of fluidity to start the day or unwind at night."
The new single sets the tone for Kendra's upcoming untitled debut, which is set for release later this year via her own label, Oystershell music. Working alongside Grammy-winning producers like Damon Sharpe (Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez,) and Ned Cameron (Kid Ink, Lil Wayne), Kendra's debut is sure to contain a plethora of different vibes.
Check out the new single below:
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