Category Archives: Press Play Thursdays
Fast-rising and star are two words that are being used heavily to describe 22-year-old artist, Mara Hruby. Oakland, CA native has been working hard to make a name for herself in the music industry since early 2010. Her hard work paid off and she is now releasing her debut EP, “From Her Eyes”. Mara has been working on this album for 9 months which was obviously time well spent because she has a major buzz currently surrounding her.
“From Her Eyes” is an EP of cover songs originally recorded by male artists with each song representing a moment in her life. She covers male artist Mos Def, Andre 3000, D’Angelo, Bob Marley and others.
Mara’s video for her first single off the EP, “Is This Love?”, recently surfaced the net. “Is This Love?” is a cover of the original Bob Marley song. The video was shot by Slick Jackson in NYC. All too often in videos we see the money, cars, diamonds and girls but this video feels real and there is nothing more real than the streets of NY and a beautiful voice. Check out “Is This Love?” below and right below that, press play to hear more from Mara Hruby.
More from Mara Hruby…
Wiz Khalifa – “Black And Yellow”
Faith Evans feat. Raekwon – “Everyday Struggle”
Skillz feat. Raheem Devaughn – “Call Me Crazy”
T.I. feat. Rick Ross – “Pledge Allegiance To The Swag”
NE-YO – “Try Me Out”
The Foreign Exchange – “Maybe She’ll Dream of Me”
*GMPR’s Music Pick of the Week
…let me know what you think of this Thursday’s Selection!
Due to a crazy work week, I was not able to do Press Play Thursday but no one knows better than GMPR that people crave new music. So, I’m sorry but to make up for it you can find new music that released this weekend below.
Nicki Minaj feat. Will.I.Am – “Check It Out”
Kayne West feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj – “Monster”
Trey Songz – “Door Bell”
Fabolous – “You Be Killin Em”
This week, Press Play Thursday is super crazy. These songs are just so great GMPR has posted more than the norm. How can you say no to good music, so they all got posted. Here is a special treat from GMPR to you. Press Play and enjoy!
Marsha Ambrosius – “I Hope She Cheat On You (With A Basketball Player)”
Faith Evans – “Gone Already”
Raphael Saadiq – “It’s A Shame”
Mayer Hawthorne – “I Need You”
Nina Sky feat. Kidz In The Hall – “Only You (Take Me Away)”
Jaiden – “Mood Music”
Rock City – “All I Want”
I haven’t heard much from this bad girl songstress since she came to Hampton University my freshman year in 2006 and pranced around the stage grabbing her crotch confessing how much she needed a boss. Shareefa is back and just released a song titled, Ya Love. Raheem Devaughn is featuring on this track. I think it is the perfect summer love song. Listen below.
Shareefa feat. Raheem Devaughn – “Ya Love”
Pure is an R&B artist from Newark, NJ. A night at the club in Jersey isn’t complete if the DJ doesn’t play his latest hit, Body Talk. I have to admit when I heard Body Talk, I just knew Pure was going to be a one hit club wonder but after listening to more of his stuff I have changed my mind. He might get a little more than 15 minuets of fame. We shall see but for now here is featuring Red Cafe, the latest effort from Pure. Oh, and because I love you all so much I have posted Body Talk, as a Press Play Thursday Bonus Track. Body Talk is old news for you Jersey natives but for all of you outside of the garden state it’s a gift. Press play and enjoy!
Pure feat. Red Cafe – “Sample”
Pure – “Body Talk”
So you should know by now that Wale is releasing a mixtape on August 3rd. The countdown for More About Nothing has already begun but until the release date occupy your ears with The Eyes Of The Tiger, a very new track inspired by Tiger Woods and his infamous sex scandal. The song is kind of funny but its real talk.
Wale – “The Eyes Of The Tiger”
I am so excited to bring you new music this Thursday. With an interesting mix of music, there is enough to keep you occupied for at least 15 minuets. When you press play I am almost positive that you won’t be disappointed. Up first is Kingpen Slim.
Kingpen Slim, a DC artist , is too busy to beat his feet because he is working hard to bring us music we can bop to. He labels his music different and you know how much GMPR loves different. He says, “I like to call it ‘up south’. Being from DC we’re right in the middle and my music reflects that.” Kingpen Slim is for sure an artist to watch for. Major labels are interested so it shouldn’t be long before we hear a lot more from him. His newest single, “The Way You Move”, has an old school feel and it is super smooth. Check it out below…press play.
Kingpen Slim feat. Wale STS Phil Ade – “The Way You Move”
We have heard a lot from the sisters of Nina Sky in the past, both good and bad. There is not much to say about the vocals in their newest single, “You Ain’t Got It (Funk That)”, but there is a lot to say about the feel of the song. Listen for yourself and tell me what you think.
Nina Sky- “You Ain’t Got It (Funk That)”
Last Thursday, I introduced your ears to “Bottoms Up”, the first single off of Trey Songz new upcoming album. Although I thought it was a decent party song, It hasn’t been getting great feedback on the net. Many say “I Want You”, a track that has been surfing around the net, is more like the Trey everybody knows and loves. I like it. Do you?
Trey Songz – “I Want You”
GMPR is completely and utterly in love with this song by Rudy Currence. Currence is often compared to legends like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye but I have no doubt that he would fit in with the likes of Neyo and John Legend. He has released two full length albums independently through Mike Chek Entertainment and has recently signed with DTP Records. He should be releasing a new album very soon but for now check out his newest single, “Anymore”. Also, learn more about the R&B singer by clicking here.
Rudy Currence – “Anymore”