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Kehlani x Mr. Carmack Go ‘All In’ On New Collab For Yours Truly & adidas Originals

Kehlani is fast becoming one of my favorite sneaker-loving women AND in constant rotation on my Spotify cue so, when she linked with producer Mr. Carmack for this here new piece of fruit I pretty much pressed play and didn't look back. We have YoursTrulySF and adidas Originals to thank for "All In" which acts as the latest addition to their "Songs From Scratch" series. The track finds Kehlani at a crossroads with her partner, wanting a stronger commitment and keeping it 100 in the process. Sound familiar, ladies? Carmack combines beautiful beats with haunting strings and piano chords that make "All In" something I'll be streaming for awhile. Bet that.

For more background on the full process behind "All In," you can read the full rundown here. Peep the BTS video below.

The Rundown: Anthem Hack, Dire News For Bobbi Kristina, It's a Kanye News Day, "Saved By The Bell" Reunion, Kim Naked...Again x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @_lrnn in Nike Roshe Run Around The Web:

Anthem insurance data breach could be one of largest hacks in history (CBS)

Family Gathering to Say Goodbye to Bobbi Kristina Brown (People)

The "Saved by the Bell" Cast Then and Now Is an Absolute Marvel (Cosmo)

Haitian Jack Reappears, Talks Tupac Being Controlled & Calls Jimmy Henchman A B*tch (HHW)

Lil Wayne Announces 'The Free Weezy Album' (Billboard)

Lily Tomlin on Grandma, Weed, and Jane Fonda (Vulture)

Top 50 2015 NFL free agents (Yardbarker)

Dame Dash & Kanye West Cut Out The Middle Man, Start New Business Together (GG)

Ghostface Killah Reminds A Harassing Fan That Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ To F*ck With (TSS)

Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner Get Naked For LOVE Magazine (DailyBeast)

Is Kanye West Showing His adidas Line at New York Fashion Week? (Complex)

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From The 6: Drake Drops A Trio Of New Tunes

Drake turned 28 this past weekend and before he got mad at a strip club, he showed some birfday love to fans with three new tracks.

While "6 God," produced by Boi-1da and Syk Sense, is more of a "rumble young man, rumble" record, fans of Drizzy's sing/rap combo will enjoy the 40-produced "Heat Of The Moment" which comes complete with sultry female voice-overs and singing Drake rambles. As for "How Bout Now," Drake offers up the authorized version of a record which we heard a few weeks ago.

I ain't mad.

No word on if any of these will find their final home on Views From The 6. Listen up top and below.

Behind The Scenes: Tinashe - Pretend feat. A$AP Rocky [Video]

Photo: #ChicksNKicks | Tinashe - Air Jordan 11 "Gamma" - shot by WMS Photography After releasing her smash hit "2 On" earlier this year, Tinashe came right back with another track that I can't seem to get out of my head. "Pretend," which hit our ears back in August, finds the West Coast beauty teaming with A$AP Rocky for a mid-tempo break-up to make-up balled.

Now, Tinashe takes us behind the scenes of the official video for the Rocky assisted single which features the two stand-out artists playing love interests who just can't seem to connect. The self-professed "tomboy glam" girl also provides a look at the kicks she rocks throughout the video and WE. AREN'T. MAD.

Take a look at the 2-minute preview below and be sure to stay tuned for more as we near the release of Aquarius on October 7th via RCA Records.

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New From London Town: Ella Eyre – Comeback

We see you Ella in your Kicks!

Anywho! The London music scene sure does seem to be hitting our shores pretty tough this year, no? Next up is 20-year old London singer Ella Eyre who boasts not only a jam-worthy track but quite the unique voice. "Comeback" was premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show and marks the follow up to Ella's previous release, "If I Go" which managed to land on the UK charts at number 16.

Take a listen up top and familiarize yourself with Ms. Ella Eyre.

Chicks N' Kicks: Devi Dev | Converse Chuck Taylor Classic

The whole motivation behind this Chicks N' Kicks experience isn't as much about the shoes as it is about the women who walk in them. Positive energy, just like it's negative step sister, is contagious. So, it goes without saying (more often than not) the energy you put out is the same you'll receive. Earlier this month, I pulled up to Devi Dev's Houston home way too early for a Saturday morning shoot and Devi, clad in her PJ's with cup o' java in hand, greeted me and the team at the door with a smile, a bear hug, and a ready-to-work attitude. All positive everything.

As one of radio's marquee personalities Devon "Devi Dev" Brown makes her living by sparking great conversation so, it was really no surprise that her CNK Q&A flowed with a certain ease. From her start at LA's 93.5 KDAY to her days as Sway Calloway's other half on Sirius XM's Sway In The Morning on Shade 45, Devi's bubbly personality is one that has attracted and kept listeners glued for nearly a decade. Music, her undying love for her hometown (Los Angeles, in case you didn't know), and even "Scandal" recaps kept us chatting as Devi's face was beat to perfection, but it was our deeper conversations about life, the perception v. the reality of success, individual growth, and SO MUCH MORE that really introduced us to the amazing woman you hear on your airwaves.

Take a look below as Devi brings us into her comfort zone, gets real about her pre-fame struggles, and delivers a healthy dose of what I've dubbed, "Devi-isms."

Name: Devi Dev Age: 28 Location: Houston, Texas Occupation: Radio and Television OG (Get your daily dose via 93.7 The Beat) Kicks Shown: Converse Chuck Taylor Classic - OG Red Website/Contact: www.devidev.com Twitter: @DeviDev IG: DeviDev

Chan-Lo: Thank you so much for having us in your home. It really is an honor.

Devi Dev: Not a problem. Thank you so much for coming.

CL: Let's dive right in because I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that people are familiar with your name and your professional history. That said, you started off in LA radio at KDAY...

DD: That's right.

CL: Wrecked shop in Houston...

DD: Well...*laughs*

CL: Then, you made your way to New York with Sirius XM's Sway In The Morning on Shade 45 and return back to Houston where you're now at 93.7. How have those transitions worked to bring about the personality we see today?

DD: You know, it's crazy because I'm still in my twenties and I've been doing radio for 10 years. I guess I always have been about evolving, but I'm so blessed that great timing and opportunity just kind of melded together to create that for me. I think a lot of it has to do more with being a genuine person, being talented, and being humble; that really opens up a lot of doors.

Here's the thing, I saw a meme the other day that said "Oprah Wasn't Built In a Day" and I think one thing that I've realized, especially in this age of instant gratification...people think they have to be that now and that success is what a handful of people think about them. It's so much more than that.

CL: It's interesting that you say that. I recently heard someone say, "An overnight success is 10 years in the making..."

DD: Absolutely! That's the perfect quote. To quote The Outliers, "you've got to get your 10,000 hours in." Especially because of social media, people think someone's on - that's not leaving a legacy, that's not leaving an impact, and that's not really connecting. I say that all to say, that it's [more] about being consistent.

I've been on the radio 10 years and I haven't considered myself as "good" until maybe the last 3. No matter what anyone else thought, I knew that I hadn't hit my peak of what was possible.

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CL: Your time with Sway, in itself, had to be a big learning experience, yes?

DD: Absolutely. I can't speak highly enough of Sway. People don't understand what a massive influence Sway has been. He was actually one of my radio icons growing up when he did radio in the Bay [Area] for many years and then got syndicated in LA with The Wake Up Show. Aside from his work, Sway is such a completely together person that it inspires you to want to have a life outside of what you do. He inspires you to want to BE a great person and not just be perceived as one.

I remember when I was working with him at Sirius...every day he got mobbed. People are so drawn to him and every single person he made time for. Even if he only had an extra five seconds, he gave them that moment and honored that experience.

CL: Your fans have become familiar with the radio and television personality, but who is Devi on a personal level?

DD: Well, aside from the person you might hear on the radio, see on your TV, or on your Twitter timeline - because I be Tweetin'. *Laughs* Um, I'm really focused in my personal life on constantly growing as a person and my spirituality. I'm constantly reading books all the time and doing things to enrich my spirit. A lot of people, especially in this industry, get caught up in grind[ing] and "team no sleep" no, forget that! I wanna live! I wanna be alive. You can't forget to make a life. Aside from the grind to achieve my dreams, it's also my dream to be a great person when I'm just alone by myself and not on the radio or on TV.

A great mentor a few years ago told me, "Whether it's 5 minutes a day or 45 minutes a day, make sure you do something that is just for you - not career related, not family related - that nourishes your spirit."

CL: OK, let's go with that. How do you do that for yourself?

DD: Well, at first I didn't think that was possible. Even 5 minutes, I was like, "I gotta do this and I gotta do that" blah, blah, blah. But the more I did it, the more I felt the universe was opening up to [me]. So now, a typical day for me is waking up and meditating for thirty minutes, doing some reading, and getting my day going. All the stuff you see me on Twitter and Instagram doing, squeezing that all in [throughout the day] and THEN, going home to meditate again for thirty minutes, do some reading, and taking some time to catch up on my DVR or some of the hot shows and then I get sleep.

CL: It really seems like success is all about balance for you at this point...

DD: You have to be balanced and aligned! And I feel like you're not even going to be as blessed as you could if you don't show yourself that you are that important to you. Investing in yourself is such a huge thing. I used to think that meant putting money into my website or putting money into be able to go to this or that conference. I thought that was the epitome of me helping me, but outside of that if the entertainment industry crashed tomorrow - [I] still have to be able to sleep at night and know that outside of what people perceive, [I] make a mark in this world in a way that feels true to me...

CL: Being a good person is a little bit more important.

DD: It's so underrated. Especially in this age of Twitter and Instagram people think it's better to be perceived as a good person than to actually be a good person. In my belief system, I'm here to find myself and get to heaven. *laughs*. I'm here to live purposefully and in order to do that, you can't just be who you are at work you have to really get to know yourself.

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CL: It's interesting that you say that because we're all about empowering young women, and really anybody for that matter, to seek out better and greater for their lives. What are some of the things that you take with you on a professional level?

DD: There are two things. When I was 19, I was interning at Motown/Universal which is in Santa Monica. I was interning for a wonderful man name Big Paul who was the VP of Mix Show and he used to treat me as an intern with so much dignity and integrity that I felt undeserving. I remember one day I asked him, "Why are you so good to me?" and he said to me, "Dev, one day you could be my boss. You never treat people bad because you don't know where you'll end up." It's all about being a good person because it's the right thing to do, not because of what might be returned to you. In this industry, you're up or down on any given day. You never know if the kid who was hitting you for advice is one day going to be the President of a company and you're trying to be down.

The other thing happened years ago when I went to Chicago to see a taping of the Oprah Show. At this time, I really didn't have any extra money, like I barely got myself to Chicago. I was rationing my meals...

CL: I love that you're talking about this because I think more than a few of us can identify with that 'how-am-I-gonna-pay-my-rent' struggle at some point on our way to achieving success...

DD: Oh, absolutely! You get to that $30.00 overdraft fee and start tallying your expenses in your mind. So, I used this last little $10 I had during that trip to buy a coffee mug that I still use usually every morning. The front has an "O" on it and on the back it says, "Become more of yourself." That's resonated so deeply with me because, to bring it back to the earlier point, who are you if you're not becoming? Aside from all of this, aside from sitting here with you and doing this interview and this fun photo shoot, who am I as a woman? What am I going to become and who am I going to be to the people who really know me in my life? Sometimes you never really know, but it's the constant seeking that definitely makes me who I am.

Everyone has their own belief system, but at least in my opinion, you have to really believe in something bigger than yourself to truly be blessed. So, yea. Those are two things that are SUPER important to me.

CL: That's awesome. I'm not even sure what question I was going to ask next. *Laughs* Ok, so as someone who has really created her own lane on a professional level, how do you continue to raise the bar?

DD: I'm a radio geek. I'm one of the only personalities that goes to radio conventions with the program directors, marketing, and general managers. I want to know every aspect of what I do. It helps me in my craft and my brand just to know how the rating system works, how PPN works, how long a typical listener listens. I definitely seek outside of the box. Speaking directly to people in radio or want to be in radio: don't just worry about how you look online. You still have to get hired and you have to show and prove ratings and connecting with an audience. Twitter following looks good, but at the end of the day this is a business.

CL: Since this is Chicks N Kicks, we know you love your Chucks. What makes you feel feminine, but still comfortable?

My favorite shoes of all time are absolutely Chucks. Solid, black, low top Chucks. I've kind of broadened my collection so now I have high top leather Chucks and tweed Chucks. The other shoe you'll always catch me in are Air Maxes all different kinds.

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CL: Did you celebrate Air Max Day?

DD: I did! I didn't even know it was Air Max Day until I woke up and saw on Instagram. I was like, "Ahhhhh!" Air Maxes and Chucks are pretty much my staple. I'll switch out for heels if I have to go to an event, but this is really the kind of chick I really am on a regular basis.

CL: You have so much going on and we see the vision boards all around. What's next for you?

DD: My biggest goal this next year is to book more TV. I was so blessed to have that show with MTV, but I really would like to delve into more television, and not just hip-hop related television. I'd just like to connect to my audience - not just about music, but about life.

CL: Ask Devi...

DD: Well, I don't know about all that advice - depends on what you're asking *laughs*

CL: Ok, Devi-isms, coming soon.

DD: YES! That, and memes!

For more on D-E-V-I (and to pick up a few books from her reading list) visit her via Instagram and on Twitter.

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Make-Up: Juan Tamez Clothing: Jonnell Chavez Video x Photos: Calvin Green of Popular Press Houston Editing x Graphics: Chan-Lo x Jason Sanders of WMS Media

Chicks N' Kicks: Tinashe | Air Jordan 11 "Gamma"

"It's all about being inspired." - Tinker Hatfield I think its safe to say that the first season of Chicks N Kicks was a ridiculously cool experiment. We had no clue what we were doing, we just knew that somehow the inspirational women we were meeting and the sneakers we love just kind of fit together seamlessly. Today, we launch our second season of Chicks N Kicks a little bit wiser and more aware of the purpose of our vision: promote and uplift successful women who are making a name for themselves; proving that brains, beauty, and a great pair of kicks make for an amazing laced hustle.

That said, RCA recording artist and budding superstar Tinashe is a great kick off (pun intended) to our second season. As an entertainer, Tinashe has probably done more in her 21 years than many of us can imagine. Born Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, the Los Angeles native received her start in film at the age of five and has since appeared in over eleven feature films including Akeelah and The Bee and The Polar Express. Tinashe's stint in the five-girl band "The Stunners" helped cultivate her sound before embarking on a solo career at the ripe old age of 18.

In 2012, Tinashe released two critically acclaimed mixtapes In Case We Die and Reverie before inking a major deal with RCA Records. We met up with this rising star at the Le Meridian Hotel in the heart of Dallas, Texas to talk about her debut solo album (due for release this year), what sets her apart from the flood of talent in a city that breeds superstars, and her obsession with Jordan 11s.

Name: Tinashe Age: 21 Location: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: RCA Recording Artist/Actress Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 11 "Gamma" Website/Contact: www.tinashe2on.com Twitter: @Tinashe IG: TinasheNow

ChicksNKicks: We've almost seen a rush of artists coming out of LA in the last three years. What sets you apart?

Tinashe: I think I have an interesting perspective. I'm mixed, I'm from California, I'm 21 and I write my own music. Everyone has their own story to tell and I just want to be true to myself. I think embracing what's real about you [and embracing your differences] is what sets you apart from people. My dad is from Zimbabwe...

CNK: Your mom is from Iowa, right?

Tinashe: Yes! She's from Iowa! You know, it's such an interesting combination and I just try to embrace all the different sides of me and not limit myself to one thing.

CNK: Even though you're relatively young, you've been singing professionally for quite some time. Talk to us a little bit about your former girl group 'The Stunners' and how you eventually decided to go solo.

Tinashe: I started in 'The Stunners' when I was 14. I was working in major studios, writing music for people, and learning how to record music. The Stunners was a very valuable experience just to get my feet wet and learn. When I was 18, I really felt I was prepared to do my own thing - it's been a great ride for me to make my own music about stuff that relates to me.

CNK: We were talking earlier about the music that makes people feel something. Would you say your perspective makes you a more relatable to your audience?

Tinashe: Absolutely. I think being relatable is what connects you in an organic way, especially at the beginning of your career. I don't necessarily have a normal life, but I still go through the same stuff that a lot of people go through.

CNK: Speaking of being able to relate, In Case We Die x Reverie were two pretty personal projects that you dropped back-to-back in 2012. Tell us about that process.

Tinashe: I actually made In Case We Die in less than a month and Reverie in the same. I wanted people to have something really tangible to hold onto in terms of my style and who I was.

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CNK: How would you describe your personal style?

Tinashe: It's a lot like my personality - I like to showcase different sides of myself. There's definitely a strong side of my personality that's super laid back and more introverted; a lot of that comes across in [my wearing] sweatpants, t-shirts, and crew necks. I like to be comfortable and casual, but still swagged out. I like to wear a lot of boy's clothes. [laughs]

CNK: Would you say you're a little bit of a tomboy?

Tinashe: I guess, yea...in a way. I didn't used to, but as I grew up it's what made me comfortable. There's another side to me, though, that's va-va-voom [laughs], you know? That comes across in my music as well and sometimes I'll throw on some heels and a little crop top - you never know.

CNK: This is Chicks N Kicks - we obviously love tennis shoes. So, tell us about your favorite pair of sneaks.

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Tinashe: I love Jordan 11's. All of them. I'm obsessed with J's - I have Bred's, these are the Gammas. I have the Space Jams at home.

CNK: We heard you love the Cool Greys...

Tinashe: I do love me some Cool Greys. Those are actually the first pair I've ever bought.

CNK: OK, favorite way to rock your sneakers?

Tinashe: With a big oversized sweater, tee, or jersey dress. Super comfy, a pair of socks and just something that might make no sense. Just do me.

CNK: Last, but not least - what can we look forward to from you this year? I know your RCA debut will hit us later this year, correct?

Tinashe: I'm doing a whole bunch of shows, traveling around and meeting a lot of my fans in different parts of the country. I get to visit London in April and get ready to promo the album and then, hopefully, more singles and more videos.

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Thanks to: Tinashe Gloria at RCA Records Damon Lott at RCA Records Mike Nazzaro Jean Njamen of Nerdy Fresh Jason Sanders of WMS Photography Le Meridan Hotel - Dallas

Curren$y Talks Current State of the Sneaker Game With NiceKicks

New Orleans was a sneaker playground during NBA All Star weekend, so the folks over at NiceKicks decided to visit hometown emcee Curren$y Spitta’s crib to take a look at his massive kicks collection. Watch below as Spitta talks OG sneaker culture and his likes and dislikes about the current sneaker game.

Chicks N' Kicks: Jade Alston | Adidas Superstar 2.0

su·per·star (spr-stär)n. 1. A widely acclaimed star, as in movies or sports, who has great popular appeal. 2. One that is extremely popular or prominent or that is a major attraction.

The definition of a superstar is pretty self-explanitory. We're constantly bombarded with images, videos and stories about those folks who just tend to have a certain sense of "popular appeal." So, it's quite fitting that Jade Alston opted to wear a pair of shoes that are called, you guessed it...Superstars. You may or may not be familiar with singer/songwriter Jade Alston, but you will be. The Philly-bred beauty is far more than a pretty face and a pair of to-die-for legs, she's also ridiculously talented on both the mic and with a pen.

After honing her writing skills with the likes of Grammy recognized hit-makers Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony & Jon Jon Traxx and releasing two mixtapes (Single On A Saturday Night and it's follow-up Sunday Morning: Single On A Saturday Night, Pt. 2), Jade has captured the attention of the music world in more ways than one.

But, music isn't her only passion. This year she's using her own experiences as an artist to help others just like her as she launches her non-profit initiative The {Art}ist Label. The {Art}ist Label is an art-focused parent brand to several ventures that support The {Art}ist Label Inititiative. The {Art}ist Label Inititative is an effort to support art education among young people and to show the possibilities for careers in the arts. Jade's message to the youth is to “own your art.” The fashion forward singer is also tapping into her enthusiasm for other forms of art by working as a brand ambassador and designer for several up-and-coming fashion labels.

Whew! She's a busy gal. While Jade's star is yet to reach it's highest point, it's only a matter of time before this starlet is seeing her name in more lights than we can imagine, because, even in our brief conversation with her - it's clear this gal has a clear case of star appeal.

Take a look below as we talk Philly sound, peer comparisons and one killer fashion sense.

Name: Jade Alston Location: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Indie Pop/Soul Recording Artist & Songwriter Kicks Shown: Adidas Superstar 2.0 (White and Blue)/Adidas Original High - Vanity (Black and White) Website/Contact: www.JadeAlston.com

CL: Tell us a bit about how your background and how growing up in Philadelphia influenced your musical inclination. JA: Philly is so honest, so real. I think that’s why my music is that way. There’s something about the air here that forces you to be that way.

CL: There have been a number of prominent musicians that have come out of your hometown of Philly, PA. How would you say you differentiate from the likes of Jill Scott, The Roots and even new acts like Meek Mill?

JA: I’d say I’m a good blend of the “earthy” soul movement that started here, mixed with the new stuff that’s going on with hip-hop here. Like Kanye said, I got the Benz and the backpack. lol

CL: Would you say your perspective makes you a bit more relatable to your listeners than some of your female peers? JA: I wouldn’t compare myself to my peers. One of my main goals is independence. But I would say “relatability” is something I strive for when I write. You can make your own comparisons though. [Laughs]

CL: Speaking of other artists, - you’ve been dubbed “a combination of Toni Braxton and Aaliyah.” Do you agree with the comparisons?

JA: Ok, Ok, If I HAD to compare myself, then yeah I’d say those two are huge influences, among others. I can’t deny my warm, sultry voice. I didn’t choose it, it chose me, lol. And people do often say that my personality/vibe remind them of that homegirl thing Aaliyah had.

CL: Anyone who has heard your debut project, Single On A Saturday Night, can pretty much get the gist of the EP. Talk to us about it’s sister record, Sunday Morning: Single On A Saturday Night, Pt. 2. Do you think it gives listeners a better understanding of the sound we can expect from you?

JA: The second project definitely goes a little deeper into my sound but still not fully what I have in mind for my album. But it’s all about progression & I think this one is definitely a step up from the first one.

CL: I’ve got to say that I absolutely LOVE the Brownstone sample you used in “If I Was Your Girl” and I dig the high-energy we hear in “”Guessing Games.” How did those particular records come about?

JA: Both started with the beats from the production team, The Rose Bros. I honestly wasn’t sold on the “if I was your girl” beat right away. It took a couple hours to catch a vibe for melodies. Then the concept just came to me. Guessing Games was a little easier. They play the rough version of the beat & I immediately started singing melodies. It just felt really great, almost instantly.

CL: After the video for “Searching” you were definitely on our fashion radar. How would you describe your personal style?

JA: It’s always changing. But no matter what, my personal style always has some sort of homegirl element because that’s who I am.

CL: What should fans of your music look forward to in the coming months?

AR: Videos, new projects, more fashion evolution, collaborations, etc…We kinda shut down for a while to really revamp things. I’m excited to get things rolling again.

CL: Obviously, we love kicks. What are some of your favorite ways to rock your sneaks?

JA: If I’m wearing sneakers then I love to be sexy & show my legs in short shorts or skirts or something like that. I like to add a feminine edge.

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

JA: Stay tuned for what’s next. I’m pretty excited about what we have up our sleeves!

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We figured you might want to see this songstress in action so, take a look below as Jade performs her OWN rendition (complete with guitar) of Drake's new joint, "Girls Love Beyonce."

Photo Props: Jasmine Alston Graphic Props: Jason Sanders of WMS Photography/Media Additional Nods: Melissa Patterson, Jade Alston, Power 105.1FM