New Music Releases — February 2014
February is upon us, and unless somebody decides to pull a Beyonce, there’s a few clear winners for the month’s most anticipated albums.
ScHoolboy Q kept busy in 2013, by releasing some singles and sprinkling in some guest verses. There was no sign of a release date for ‘Oxymoron,’ but the MC answered fans’ inquiries in his guest verse on Isaiah Rashad‘s ‘I Shot You Down (Remix)': “They set my ‘Setbacks’ is free, my ‘Habits’ won in my sleep / So January agree, get a taste of this gangsta / See I’m just tryna eat with a freak of the week.”
On the R&B front, Ashanti is finally back, and she’s coming through with some help. In addition to Rick Ross on ‘I Got It,’ her ‘BraveHeart’ LP is expected to feature Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill, French Montana and R. Kelly, among others. Will Ashanti be able to capture some of her early 2000s glory? The Feb. 18 release will hold the answer.
Grammy award-winning duo Toni Braxton and Babyface have the month’s first anticipated release with ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce.’ The project’s lead single, ‘Hurt You,’ didn’t just hit No. 1 on the Adult R&B charts; the song was the duo’s first collaboration since ‘Give U My Heart’ off 1992’s ‘Boomerang’ soundtrack. ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce,’ which drops Feb. 4, will be Braxton’s first album since 2010’s ‘Pulse’ and Babyface’s first since 2007’s ‘Playlist.’
Kat Dahlia will finally release her debut album after making her case as a talent to look out for last year. She follows up her ‘Seeds‘ mixtape with ‘My Garden,’ which features the soulful lead single, ‘Crazy.’ The video for that song is expected to drop on Feb. 18.
Toni Braxton & Babyface, ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’
ScHoolboy Q, ‘Oxymoron’
Kat Dahlia, ‘My Garden’