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Tamar Braxton’s HOT SUGAR!

By Stephfon Guidry

a4b34-tamarbraxtonhotsugarthewalkinmannequinTamar Braxton is sticky, sweet, and sexy in her new music video for “Hot Sugar” off her debut album “Love and War”. Tamar (@TamarBraxtonHer) is serving the kids a #SNATCHED body and sex appeal.  Hypnotizing her fan base the “Tamartians” gag over her looks and choreography. Tamar serves face and opulence with a wet look close up in the beginning of the video.  Tamar takes a bold move, in keeping the sets and effects to a minimum which ultimately strengthens the edginess of the music video.  The ‘Hot Sugar’ video features a gang of gays popping and dropping in kilts keeping in step with Tamar’s exuberant energy. A new mom and mogul, Tamar is taking over with this fire video for a club banging hit. She throws her body and hair from side to side seducing you as she lures you to sing to “He want that Sugar, that HOT SUGAR all night!” But if you are still questioning her talent, I’ll let the “Hot Sugar” snatch your sweet tooth so check it out

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New Music Video: J. Cole “Crooked Smile”

By Stephfon Guidry

J.Cole-Crooked-SmileJ. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” is a sit down and listen track with a video that demands attention from his “Born Sinner” album. J. Cole spits out storytelling lyrics detailing a tale of two fathers. He portrays a father preparing for his daughter’s birthday as another featured actor is playing Cop. It is in their clash that everything in the story gets gritty and real. J.Cole’s music video visually depicts this hard knock life of being a family man and getting caught up. The bullet has no name or age limit which is so true to current events. Gun violence is present everywhere in America as the video states and it is no longer a random happenstance.

“Crooked Smile” is bursting with lyrics all about self-love and embracing your flaws. TLC is a perfect fit for the chorus to the track for this uplifting single. J. Cole pairs emotional lyrics with deep imagery. The dedication is clear and painfully beautiful for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7 year-old victim to gun violence in a police raid. Take a few moments and let “Crooked Smile” lyrically bring a smile to your face then visually bring tears to your eyes.

Miley Cyrus Breaks the Mold in “Wrecking Ball” Music Video

By Stephfon Guidry

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Red lipstick, Doc Martens, a T-Shirt and panties on the “Wrecking Ball” music video demolishes Miley Cyrus’s All American pop persona. The song is packed with vulnerable lyrics leaving her emotions naked to your ears and eyes.  She takes the video to the edge with raunchy sexual visuals and tattoos. Grinding a wrecking ball, destroying cement walls or almost giving a sledgehammer fellatio Miley Cyrus’s video is a middle finger to her haters.

Miley Cyrus rocks out in “Wrecking Ball” without a care for any of her recent press about her ethics or moral character. Miley Cyrus gives an unapologetic video in lieu of her recent MTV music awards nude twerking debacle. Her tongue wagged for all to see in sighting horrified faces from the Smiths and unbothered expressions from the Barbadian bad gal Rihanna herself. It all boils down to one question does sex sell? Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music video is borderline sex-tape or just enough with this girl who can’t be tamed!

Tamartian’s ‘Love & War’ has Landed!

By Stephfon Guidry

tamar-love-and-war-coverLove & War catapults Tamara Braxton from reality TV Star to R&B sensation. Tamar delivers sensational trained and ranged vocal ability on her new album. With a legion of fans and “Tamartians” the Real talk show hosts vows to let her music legitimate her as an artist. She is more than her hair flips, catch phrases, and talk “Love & War” plays like a musical love letter. Tamara Braxton clearly sings about what she knows and who she is—a grown woman in love and it works! Love & War is packed with jams like “The One”, “All the Way Home”, “Hot Sugar” , “Stay and Fight” and “Pieces” which is why it is flying of shelves.  So are you ready to crown Tamara Braxton a Queen of R&B or is she just out of this world with her Love & War Album?

John Legend Bares all in New Album “Love in the Future”

By Stephfon Guidry

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John Legend’s ‘Love In The Future’ is all about love whether you’ve got it, want it, lost it or are lusting for it; beginning to end the album tells some chapter in your life’s love story. John Legend plays with new and old sound that all compliments his vocals perfectly. He is truly coming into his own as a vocalist. Male R&B is rekindled as John Legend belts out each bridge, verse and chorus song after song in Love In the Future.

He released “Who do We Think We Are?” featuring rap titan Rickey Rozay aka Rick Ross. The decadent lyrics and tone of the song craft a brand new love story. As his 2nd released music video, “Made to Love” portrays love as psychedelic drug melting with lust and music. Love in the Future is a definite staple for late nights and early mornings in the bedroom.

Love in the Future takes you on a ride in music with songs like “The Beginning”, “All of Me”, “Dreams” “For the First Time” & “Wanna Be Loved”.  The album takes notes from the past to with 70’s inspired music then flashes forward, keeping a constant pulse on fresh R&B. As if his “nude” spoof viral video wasn’t enough exposure, John Legend bares his heart and soul in Love in the Future. Is the “Love In the Future” a step forward or step back for John Legend? Give it a listen and let HC know!!

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Lady Gaga’s brings ARTPOP to Life @ iTunes Music Festival

By Stephfon Guidry

lady-gaga-artpop-details-coverArt, music, and pop-culture fusion are a few of the words that come to mind when describing the experience of Lady Gaga’s concert for the iTunes Music Festival. She gave the little monsters everything including seven new tracks off her upcoming album, ARTPOP, set to drop November 11th. The show blurred the line between visual art and music as Lady Gaga had multiple on-stage costume changes, high energy dancing, and out of this world conceptual art.

The monsters raised their hands and swayed to the music drinking in the moment of being given a worldwide premier of new tracks from their Pop Diva. The ARTPOP single was a haunting melody of love which Gaga sang in a mermaid-esque costume drawing in the crowd with every note. Juxtapose to this singles pop feel, “Aura”, featured a darker mood and rave music. Lady Gaga hung mid-air in a cage for part of the song then was released by one of her dancers to break into hardcore choreography. Lady Gaga’s iTunes performance pushed boundaries of taste and expectation of her as a performer with each new song she performed. From dancers in pig masks, the mid-drift bearing outfits, the ridiculous energy it took to pull it all off and imagination of Lady Gaga put on a show for the iTunes Music Festival.

Do you love it or hate it? Regardless, you will be talking about her; Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) knows exactly how to keep it current. New singles from the ARTPOP album performed included “Jewels and Dreams”, a hip hop single featuring Atlanta rapper T.I., “Sex Dreams” , “Manicure”  and a ballad “I Wanna Be With You”! The iTunes music festival is set to run the entire month of September with Justin Timberlake, Elton John and Katy Perry.

Jaheim’s New Music Video: ” Age Ain’t a Factor”

By Stephfon Guidry

Jaheim-Age-Aint-a-Factor-iTunesJaheim’s still got his signature swag and more with his current music video, “Age Ain’t a Factor”. Celebrity photographer and director, Derrick Blanks, shoots the music video as a photo shoot embodying the song title by having three beauties model for Jaheim. The “Age Ain’t a Factor” music video outshines the song with a visual cornucopia for Jaheim’s grown and sexy target audience. He is a long way from the bandannas and braids, Jaheim takes backstage to the elegance of the women he photographs as they each lip-sync his song.

The timeless beauties featured in the video are Lisa Raye (@TheRealLRaye), Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox), and Cynthia Bailey (@CynthaBailey10) none of which are camera shy. Each woman models for Jaheim, making men want to be him and showing the grace of each queen. Saying Black don’t crack is an understatement, it’s like each woman’s figure and face dare time to touch it. Lisa Raye dishes out curves in a cream wrap dress. Vivica A. Fox slinks in and out of shadows like a sex kitten waiting to pounce for the camera. Saving the best for last, Cynthia Bailey gives you #Life! She serves goddess tresses and a #BAWDY that most women her age pay for. The “Age Ain’t a Factor” music video is flooded with beautiful women and grooving music this is Jaheim in his element. Check out the music video before Jaheim’s (@officialjaheim) new Album “Appreciation Day” hits stores Today September 3rd.

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Toni Braxton and Babyface Duet – ‘Hurt You’

By Stephfon Guidry

toni-braxton-babyface-hurt-you-thatgrapejuice-e1376772749386Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds deliver a duet about painful love in ‘Hurt You’. The R&B heavy weights need no introduction and the song is mid-tempo and stirring. The lyrics fit like pieces in puzzle of this love story they sing to each other. Each singer utters, “God knows I never meant to Hurt You”, repeatedly with conviction as if to prove the sentiment to one another. The song captures the feeling of an apologetic break up or lover’s quarrel. This track is perfect for both Toni Braxton and Babyface each with their own hits like:  “Just Be a man about it”, “He Wasn’t Man Enough”, “6,8,12” and “Nobody Knows It But Me”. Will you Jam it or Slam it? Let @HomoCouture know on Twitter or Facebook #KeepItCurrent.

Damien Crawford’s ‘TURNT UP’ Music Video

By Stephfon Guidry

damienDamien Crawford’s newest video “TURNT UP” turns out a fresh beat, trendy looks and energetic cinematography. The video doesn’t give you #TwerkTeam but the song definitely gets you on the dance floor.

Crawford sings “Shake your Body (Body), Touch your Body (Body)” commanding fans to dance like its Friday night and you just got paid. His energy in this up-tempo R&B track is magnetic. He seduces the camera with his overall performance but on the flipside the choreography comes off a little tame. Kudos to the stylist for the wine colored tailored suit, the tiger tee with the tail accessory, and his camo-print pants with color blocking.

The TURNT UP video makes you stop, look, and listen. The music video’s vibrant visuals capture the life of the song. From beginning to end, the quality of the video is polished and packed with performance. Will Sheridan’s rap feature add a Hip Hop edge and flavor enhancing the entire music video! To sum up Damien Crawford in the TURNT UP music video, he’s a “tall, trendsetter, who’s talented.” Don’t take my word for it check it out on his Youtube , Like his Facebookand follow him @DAMIENCRAWFORD on Twitter and Instagram. Enjoy!

Chris Brown Drops “Love More”

By Stephfon Guidry

love-more-audio-chris-brownThe 808 thumps in your speakers and Chris Brown is back in your eardrums with new single “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj. Chris Breezy embraces his edgy bad boy image with this sexed up track.

The music video begins with an all black SUV accented with neon lights there is almost a futuristic feel. Continuing the neon motif, Chris appears behind an X-ray wall half-dressed showing off his tatted up physique and nonchalant swagger. On the way to the club Chris jokes with his friend in the car and some hot chicks in the backseat. Greeted by a club overflowing with women and rocking a b-boy style, Chris Brown dances circles with around the gorgeous beauties on the dance floor. The choreography doesn’t disappoint as Breezy leaves it all on the floor with precision.

Queen of the Hip Hop feature Black Barbie Nicki Minaj spits a few bars, stealing hearts and boyfriends. “Love More” is the lead track of Chris’s Upcoming album “X”. Shockingly Chris Brown tweeted, “Don’t worry mainstream America. After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.” With a Hot beat, catchy hook and sickening feature Love More follows the formula for a successful single but ultimately it’s up to sales so are you going to jam it or slam it? Let @HomoCouture know your thoughts tweet us or hit us up in Facebook!

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Lady Gaga wants the “APPLAUSE” of her little Monsters

By Stephfon Guidry

Lady Gaga - Applause (Ernesth García)LADY GAGA’s ARTPOP lead single “Applause”: stomps into your speakers. “Applause” hypnotizes fans with its hook and music that you can’t get out of your head unless you’re dancing.

With a gaggle of prancing drag queens lip-syncing for their lives the lyric video for Applause documents Lady Gaga’s night out at Micky’s in Los Angeles. #iLive for the way the @RuPaulsDragRace alumni (Shangela, Raven, Morgan McMichaels, Chanel & Detox) work the stage and party it up with Gaga, in essence giving life to the song Applause. The lyric video went viral with almost 5 million views while the official music video captures 7.9 million and still climbing. The official music video was released on Good Morning America and it visually pulses with Lady Gaga. The video goes from black and white to Lady Gaga stomping a catwalk, to Popping out of a magic hat all matching the energy of the song Applause. But is the music video too much? Does her artistic expression over shadow the music? Lady Gaga tweeted some insight on the music video, “It’s inspired by the entertainer’s passion for shape shifting. Would you do ‘anything’ for the Applause? Iconography in motion, as magic.” While I respect her artistic freedom, I enjoyed the lyric video of dancing with drag queens more than the iconography of the official music video.

Lady Gaga officially released the track on August 12 instead of August 19, after it leaked on the internet. Her enthusiastic reaction didn’t reach the music charts as it missed the Billboard Top 100 in the shadow of Katy Perry’s Roar. However the lead single did reach #16 on the Dance/Electronic charts. Applause is the lead single for ARTPOP Lady Gaga’s upcoming album set to drop 11/11 the Monsters and fans are hungry for another album from this pop culture diva. But the question is will Lady Gaga have record sales with ARTPOP only time and money will tell. So @HomoCouture readers let us know are you #Monsters jamming Applause or just #OverItDotcom?

Bry’Nt Drops New Single “Keep the Streets”

By Melvin Browne

tumblr_mr3zvoNn1a1snbnfto1_1375791974_coverBry’Nt is much more than just a sickening #BAWDY and pretty face. With the success of his mixtapes Pornstar and Pornstar II: Director’s Cut, his fans are now aching for more. “Keep the Streets” is his new and second single from his much anticipated debut album “Bry’Nt Park”.

Keep the Streets” is a lyrically rugged reality surrounding hustling, running the streets and stacking money. The singles style is very edgy and enticing but the beat is definitely on point and takes the cake. Watch out for the featured artist Ashlyne, who brings a hot new element to the Bry’Nt sound. With such heavy lyrics, her subtle tone really allows the story to come to life. But don’t get it twisted, cuz she sending bum bitches back up back to fleet lol! We ain’t about that life but if we were, we’d definitely be giving Bry’Nt and Ashlyne a call!

Get into Bry’Nts new single “Keep the Streets” and read these straight gutter lyrics. Rap is back.. Gay or not, he’s definitely on point with this one. Hopefully we’ll get to hear it live at a HC event! Purchase “Keep the Streets” on iTunes and be sure to Follow Bry’Nt on Facebook, ReverbNation and Twitter for updates on his upcoming music videos and the release of his debut album “Bry’Nt Park” Enjoy!

Bry’Nt Verse 3:

I must admit I stayed around her

Even though she was a grimey crook

She had the boy doing numbers

Like I had ’em hooked

Other niggas destitute

Her dough was growing by the foot

She ain’t like the rest of fools

‘Cause she ain’t do it by the book

Bry’Nt leaves your ears in stiches with a wicked ending:

Far from being threatened

They just popped up like a pimple

Busting

She took her last breath

Last step

Nothing left

Dropped her in a fast death

Kendrick Lamar Takes “Control”

By Stephfon Guidry

vibe-kendrick-lamar-control-verse-lyricsBig Sean’s “Control” shoots lyrics like an automatic glock taking out the competition one line at a time. Big Sean follows this new Hip Hop trend of spitting lyrics without a catchy hook or auto tune. “Control” features Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. Quickly becoming a beast in the rap world, Kendrick Lamar’s feature opens the ears and eyes of all his hip hop cohorts as he literally lists the Haves and Have Not’s…

I heard the barbershops spittin’ great debaAnnotatetes all the time

Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas

Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all

New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved

And I ain’t rockin no more designer shit

White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous

I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit

But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is

And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale

Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake

Hip hop is evolving and rappers are a thing of the past, the radio is no longer the goal the flow is standard. Kendrick Lamar’s verse draws a line in the lyrical sand to all those holding a mic to get back to the essence of rap and hip hop, Which Big Sean more than achieves this with controversial single “Control”. #KeepItCurrent and give it a listen.