New Material From Mase, Tank, and Luke James [VIDEO]

Mase-Tank-LukeJames2The last week has seen the release of a lot of new music. Tank is taking his music in a new direction, Luke James takes a darker turn, and Ma$e … well, Ma$e is back (for better or worse).

So that you don’t have to do all of the legwork yourself, I’ve compiled them all here. Check out my synopses below and tell us what you think of each artist in the comments section.


Mase – “Nothing” featuring Eric Bellinger

Yes, the one and only M-A-dollar sign-E is back. And he brought his trademark slow raps with him. He dances around like a fool in the video to his single, which sounds suspiciously like Chris Brown’s “Loyal”, so watching the display instantly takes you back to the 90’s. And he still isn’t talking about anything, so don’t expect to be overwhelmed by his wordplay. But, the song is listenable enough. He pretty much shares it 50/50 with Eric Bellinger considering the singer handles the hook and bridge anyway.

What do you think, needed 90’s revival or pathetic at its worst?


Tank – “Stronger” and “Dance With Me”

Tank is coming back strong after that TGT album he released with Tyrese and Ginuwine. His new album Stronger was led by the dynamite single “You’re My Star”, but in preparation for the August 12, 2014 release date, he’s giving us even more fresh material to amp up the excitement.

On the title track “Stronger”, Tank proves again why he is one of the most sought after songwriters in the biz. Backed by a piano, the balladeer sings about how a breakup has made him a better, stronger man. All at once, Tank is able to show vulnerability and resilience, and he is at the top of his game vocally.

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His official second single “Dance With Me” marks a foray into two-step music. This is definitely a new sound for him, but he wears it well. The one hallmark of a Tank record that you can always count on is quality. So, even on a dance track, the production value is excellent. I wouldn’t have chosen to push this as a single, but I get the feeling that Tank is trying to make a statement about the musician he is becoming.

And as a bonus, check out the video he made for the accompanying dance, the Love Step.

Are you loving or hating Tank’s new musical direction?


Luke James – “Options” featuring Rick Ross

Luke James has been releasing singles for what feels like forever. The “I Want You” crooner seems to have everything he needs to put out a Grammy-worthy album except an actual album. But that is beside the point. His new single “Options” tackles heavy subject matter, gives a killer track, and makes a Rick Ross verse digestible.

For the video, he kept things simple, wearing all black with white sneakers on a black soundstage and using an array of lights for powerful effects that highlight the lyrics and emotion of the song. He flexes his acting chops too, expressing a range of emotion in a plethora of vanity shots. Might we have the next Tyrese on our hands? Maybe. But let’s finally get that album out first.

What do you think, is “Options” the single that will propel the release of James’s album?

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.

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