Gemaine and Charlie Heat Inspired By Gangster Film Swagger On "New Jack City"

Gemaine and Charlie Heat release joint project "New Jack City"


Compton R&B singer-songwriter Gemaine and super-producer Charlie Heat (Kanye West, Kehlani, Madonna) release their 11-track album "New Jack City".


Inspired by the pace and swagger of gangster films like the gritty 1991 thriller New Jack City, Gemaine and songwriting partners Charlie Heat and Ymtk developed a spacious musical signature that lends cinematic flair to even the most effervescent jams with tender lyricism and unapologetic sex appeal.

 
 

“You can expect some fearless risk-taking, needle-moving type of music,” explains Gemaine. “We have all kinds of styles and flavors of R&B that really resonated with us. The album is like a playlist, both colorful and consistent and always having that real R&B signature to it.”


To celebrate the album release, they just shared a music video to their bouncy-worthy track “Giddy Up” where they embrace their fame and success while partying aboard a big rig rolling down the highway.


“When Charlie started playing those chords, the melody hit me immediately,” Gemaine describes. “‘Giddy Up’ were the first lyrics that came to mind. The classical strings mixed with the playful melody I sang made me want to make a 2022 ‘Back That Azz Up’ with my own twist. Kendrick Lamar heard the song and inspired me to finish it after he complimented the contrast of how soulfully my voice sounded with the raunchy lyrical content.”

 
 

Previous album single “Conditional Love” premiered alongside a music video on BET Soul. The music video also played on Revolt’s independent artist spotlight show “Untapped.” The syrupy smooth track “Lay It Down” was selected on Uproxx “Best R&B of The Week” while the intimate and soothing lead single "No Questions" was handpicked for Discovered on Apple Music. Together the tracks have landed on DSP playlists including Archodia Play's Hot New Music, Apple’s “Breaking R&B,” Spotify’s “Alternative R&B,” Amazon’s “Fresh R&B” and TIDAL’s "Future Soul."


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