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Finesse Takes Bruno Mars Back to the 90s, With Cardi B in Tow 

Bruno does it again! 
After shutting down 2017 with hit after hit, the Honolulu, Hawaii-born dynamo glides into 2018 with a remix and nostalgic video Finesse! Taken from his 2016 double platinum smash 24K Magic, the uptempo cut is co-written by Mars himself and The Stereotypes, and also produced by The Stereotypes along with Shampoo Press & Curl. Premiering on January 4, 2018, the bold, colorful, 90s inspired video pays homage to the Keenan and Damon Wayans created sketch comedy series In Living Color. Finesse was directed by Mars and Florent Dechard.  Complete his signature curly coif, 90s gear, and New Jack Swing dance moves, Bruno had us all in a gleeful time machine.

If that wasn't exciting enough, this particular remix features none other than Bronx bombshell, Belcalis “Cardi B” Almanzar! With her debut album Bartier Cardi still flying off the shelves, her number one smash Bodak Yellow won't be disappearing from the charts anytime soon. In addition, her collaborations on G-Eazy's No Limit and Migos' MotorSport made her the first female rapper to land her first three entries in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100, and also the Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs chart. With Finesse, Cardi can now thank Bruno for adding another hit collaboration to her catalog. It seems both Bruno and Cardi are both “finessed” with hitmaking quality, and will not be slowing down anytime soon.

-Ashly E. Smith

HIP HOP ROYALTY: JAZ-O AND JAY Z


CHECK OUT AN EXCERPT FROM OUR ARCHIVES, A SIT DOWN WITH THE LEGENDARY JAZ-O!


G: How has the industry changed since you first began? Do you think Hip Hop is dead or was it never gone to begin with?


"J: Hip Hop is SO alive right now. It never left, nor did it die and resurrect! Everything that evolves goes through a state of unrest, then slumber-not death, to re-awaken as something more! Something better-the best of all it was in addition to the deletion of the defect. Okay the industry answer: the people with the money stopped investing in the "classic" Hip Hop, or the aspect of the music genre based on lyrical content. Whether gangster or socially conscious, they worked to destroy music that would cause you to use your brain to enjoy."


"We're still making that music. But you have to dig to find it. Also, the masses "believe" in the media. So if the major sponsors, TV and radio stations don't promote you, you're not "hot". In the beginning with Hip Hop it was the ear-to-the-brain that told the story. Meaning, it was word-of-mouth and individual judgement by listening to the music itself. I got so much more. I'm working to keep my answers brief. I can write a book on each question. Let's not leave out the intervention of the world wide web! "