New Music Friday: Silk Sonic, Lil Wayne, John Legend, and Rick Ross

Silk Sonic, consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, dropped their debut album full of smooth soul, An Evening with Silk Sonic, on Friday The nine-track project features Bootsy Collins and Thundercat. Wednesday night, the multiple Grammy winners turned Hollywood’s Peppermint Lounge into The Silk Room, and performed songs from the album at an invitation-only party attended by Janelle Monae, Ella Mai and Ty Dolla $ign. They also reached back to 2016 for Mars’ five-times RIAA-Platinum hit, “24K Magic.” The 70s-themed event featured disco balls and servers on skates.

Lil Wayne continued his celebration of the 10th anniversary of his 2011, five-times RIAA-Platinum Tha Carter IV album with part one of Tha Carter IV visual album. Weezy released a video for “She Will” early Friday, and “Blunt Blowin” goes live at 5 p.m ET/ 2 p.m. PT Friday. Visuals for “Nightmares on the Bottom” and “President Carter” will be released on Saturday. Tha Carter Singles Collection 7” vinyl box was also released Friday featuring 19 of Wayne’s biggest “Tha Carter” series hits on 45 for the first time.

John Legend is celebrating the holidays with new music and a new record label. After 17 years with Columbia Records, the EGOT winner has moved to Republic Records, and he released a new Christmas song, “You Deserve It All.”

Finally, Rick Ross returns with “Outlawz” featuring Jazmine Sullivan & 21 Savage. It’s the first single from his eleventh studio album, Richer Than I Ever Been, dropping December 10. The Boss made the album announcement in unique fashion on November 4 during the Miami Heat home game against the Boston Celtics at the American Airlines Arena.

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