New Music Friday: Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne & DaBaby, Chloe Bailey and Ari Lennox

Written by on September 10, 2021

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Alicia Keys released a seductive new collabo with Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd, titled “LALA,” on Friday.

“This song is the beginning of a world you’ll never want to leave,” the 15-time Grammy winner commented on Instagram.

Alicia and Swae sing in unison, “I’m ready when you’re ready/Someone watchin’ would be so jealous/I try not to think but you made me/All in my satin sheets, you’re layin’.”

Keys will appear Sunday on the MTV VMAs, and promises “a showstopping performance.” 

Following a series of recent freestyles, DaBaby dropped his new single, “Lonely,” featuring Lil Wayne. He calls Weezy the greatest rapper of all time, and he posted an Instagram video of Wayne recording his verse.

On the track, DaBaby reacts to the backlash from his recent homophobic comments that led to him being banned from several events. “People try to, you know, assassinate your character, man, assassinate who you are, man, and everything you put that hard work in for,” he raps. “Sometimes you gotta demonstrate, you know, that’s how I came in. I don’t mind demonstrating. I don’t mind exercising, you dig what I’m saying?”

Chloe Bailey from Chloe x Halle makes her solo debut with “Have Mercy.” 

“It feels like a dream. Love you guys, can’t wait to perform it at the VMA,” 23-year old singer posted on Instagram.

Chloe will perform the song live for the first time Sunday on the MTV Video Music Awards. She’s signed to Beyoncé‘s Parkwood Entertainment, and she recruited Queen Bey’s mom, Tina Lawson, for a cameo in the ultra sexy video.

Finally, Ari Lennox dropped her new single, “Pressure,” produced by Jermaine Dupri, with a video she says was “inspired by Diana RossDonna Summer, and every fine a** woman in the 2000s.”

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