Hip-hop producer Diplo was recently nominated for the Grammy Producer of the Year accolade mainly due to the strength of his production on Usher’s “Climax”. The song became a huge success worldwide, and helped propel Usher’s fledgling urban career to new heights. Diplo received his largest production check since M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” (Beyonce’s “Run The World” didn’t earn that much commercially, and unfortunately “End Of Time” was never given the official single treatment). While Marsha Ambrosius’ debut album ‘Late Nights and Early Mornings’ has sold 420,000 units to date, the singles did not carry large value when it came to crossover success. The first single from her upcoming ‘Friends and Lovers’ release hopes to mirror the success of “Climax”, and there’s no stopping the former Floetry singer with Diplo by her side. “Cold War” packs a strong chorus and a midtempo beat to die for and has garnered the songstress huge radio adds over the last few weeks. As someone who wasn’t really a fan of her solo work initially, her latest single gives me hope that she now holds the full package for commercial success. Marsha’s new single centers around the harrowing lyric “this is a cold war we’re fighting / and neither one of us wants to surrender, love is slowly dying”. The video stars ‘The Wire’ standouts Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar) and Felecia Pearson (Snoop) in a dark tale showcasing the ups and downs of love. If “Cold War” is any indication of Marsha’s future, we can expect not only a #1 album but also an album that holds crossover shelf-life for years to come. Watch and download Marsha’s “Cold War” below.