VIDEO: Watch PJ Morton’s Redo of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

PJ Morton All I Want For Christmas Video

It might be too soon for holiday music, but I couldn’t resist not telling you about singer-pianist PJ Morton’s new holiday song and his upcoming Christmas album.

Although PJ Morton is the keyboardist for the pop band Maroon 5, as a solo artist, his musical style is deeply rooted in the soul songbook of Stevie Wonder. Case in point: His Grammy-nominated album Gumbo is a delectable listen (excuse the pun) of soul and R&B music. Songs like “They Gon’ Wanna Come,” goes full Innervisions in both its orchestral sound and introspective lyrics. He takes his Wonder influence a step further on “Religion” where he denounces terrorist acts done under the auspices of God, as well as on the reflective track “Claustrophobic.” You can stream his entire project here.

Next up on PJ Morton’s plate is his holiday album Christmas with PJ, which arrives at digital stores on Friday (Nov. 9). The eight-song collection features the 37-year-old musician’s unique reworkings of your holiday classics.

For example, the set’s lead single is his remake of Mariah Carey’s 1994 holiday mainstay“All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Unlike Carey’s boppier version, Morton gives us a Stevie Wonder-esque vibe with his rendition complete with Stokley Williams (from the R&B group Mint Condition) dueting with him and playing the drums.

In his music video below, we see old home movies of a young Morton and his family enjoying Christmas year after year. The visual is intercut with scenes of Morton and Williams performing in the studio.

Check Out PJ Morton's "All I Want For Christmas is You" Feat. Stokley



As for Morton's upcoming Christmas album, the singer-pianist re-flips several of your favorite yuletide ditties. For example, Morton remixes Donny Hathaway's soulful holiday song "This Christmas" into a joyous New Orleans bounce track. Along with bounce artist HaSizzle's energetic vocals on the song, it will no doubt make you want to shake your butt under the mistletoe.

“I went all the way there with the string orchestra and the horns on top of the bounce beat. I don’t think anyone’s gone that far, to have an orchestra over bounce drums," he told Offbeat magazine about the song. "But that’s me, though! That’s the dichotomy of PJ. A brown beat for Jesus’ birthday with a full orchestra on it. Come on!"

If you want to know how PJ Morton gets ready for Christmas, click the link below. Also, I included one of my favorite songs from his Gumbo project - "How Deep Is Your Love."

Don't sleep on PJ Morton. You can cop/stream his Christmas With PJ album here.

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Snoop Dogg Boasts About His Whips on 'My Carz' (Produced By J Dilla)

Snoop Dogg My Carz

Snoop Dogg’s new album, Coolaid, formally drops on Friday (July 1) but he’s been releasing several tracks from the LP to get fans interested in the project. The hip-hop vet’s newest loosie is “My Carz,” a track produced by the late and great J Dilla.

The electro hip-hop-infused production is not entirely new. The late studio maestro used the beat on “Trucks,” which currently appears on the just-released The Diary album. Also, the song samples Gary Numan’s classic 1979 track, “Cars.”

As for the lyrics, the Doggfather is simply boasting about his fleet of whips and chicks he likes to rotate on the daily. "My carz, they hot / My paint is wet / My bitches, they bad / And that's probably why you're mad," he rudimentarily spits.

"My Carz" is not the best Snoop Dogg performance, but it's good to hear the hip-hop vet rap over a  Dilla beat despite it being a very dated J Dilla beat.

You can cop Snoop Dogg's Coolaid album via iTunes. Peep the track below.

 

Listen to Snoop Dogg's Song "My Carz" Produced by J Dilla


Lion Babe Drops Summery Single 'Endless Summer,' Announces New Mixtape


Lion-Babe-Endless-Summer

 

With the official start of summer just around the corner (June 21), it’s time for artists to drop some music that’s perfect for the warm weather. Enter: Lion Babe. The New York duo just announced title of their new mixtape, which is called Sun Joint.

The first single from the project is the summery tune, “Endless Summer.” The collection boasts 11 songs and is being described as a feel-good mixtape with a variety of sounds including “soul, funk and electronics and earworm melodies.”

The project will also feature "Jungle Pussy" on one track and co-production from DJ Dahi on another. There's also two guest appearances from Angel Haze and Raury.

The Sun Joint mixtape, which will be available on June 21, is the follow-up to their debut album Begin, which is easily one of the best albums of 2016.

You can catch Lion Babe on tour this summer. To peep their itinerary, head over to TeamLionBabe.com.
Listen to Lion Babe's Song "Endless Summer"


New Music: Ludacris - 'Charge It To The Rap Game' [AUDIO]

 

Ludacris Charge It to the Rap Game

 

The rap game is out of control. For Ludacris, the industry is like a crap game -- you win some and you lose some. On his new single, “Charge It to the Rap Game,” the Atlanta rhymer details some of the outlandish shit that has happened to him during his 15-year career.

"Everyone out for money / Executives out for blood / If you don't keep the music current then labels will pull the plug, get it?" he raps. "Hard to admit when shit don't go the way you planned / While everybody is on Instagram just frontin' like life is grand."

Producer !llmind provides the fluttering computer beat and hand claps that will make your head nod. Overall, this is a dope song.

"Charge It to the Rap Game" will appear on Ludacris' upcoming album Ludaversal, which hits stores on March 31.

Listen to the track below.