Posts tagged rnb

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El DeBarge

El DeBarge ft. Faith Evans | Lay With U

Okay, so my day got off to a real shitty start today.  And the beauty with music, is that it can fit your mood and in some cases the right music can change your mood.  This song has given some much needed promise to the rest of my day, but enough about me.

This is another track from the upcoming El DeBarge album “Second Chance.”  Yeah sure, the track is a little soft and definitely has an old school vibe, but it’s 100% feel good music, and that’s never a bad thing.

Now if we can just find Johnny Blackstar and bring Soulstar back, all would be right in the world again.

Get “Lay With U” here.

Erykah Badu | Much Needed Twitter Rant
Well, someone of prominence in the R&B world finally said what many of us have been saying amongst ourselves for the last year or so.  And while I’m always a proponent of good house music, I’m afraid that genre too is being desecrated as a result of the fist pumping techno mashup Jersey Shore f*ckery that we hear on the radio these days.
To be fair, I realize music and artists have to evolve, and the landscape has changed SO dramatically that the dollars and success don’t flow as easily as they once did.  However, to Ms. Badu’s point, that’s no reason to abandon a genre in order to appeal to the masses, if anything, it should serve as reason to put more heart into ensuring the integrity and longevity of the genre.
If the energy that many R&B and Hip Hop artist are spending making disposable bubble gum ass music was spent pushing quality music to their root audiences, Hip Hop, R&B and House music could again be pushed to levels of collective respectability.  More importantly, I think the generations of listeners would be in a better place to evolve with the music.  Since the music lacks any sophistication, thought or emotion and because the listeners attention span is so short, all this music with no substance stands no chance at impacting lives of its listeners.
Dumbing music down may appeal to the masses, but it’s going to prove career limiting to many artist crossing too far over those lines.  I just have a hard time seeing a 38 year old at a 20 year high school reunion in 2030 wanting to hear Usher’s “Dj Got Us Falling In Love.”  Who knows though, I could be wrong, chances are if that happens they could still be wearing a Ed Hardy t-shirt too.  Or maybe I’m just old.

Erykah Badu | Much Needed Twitter Rant

Well, someone of prominence in the R&B world finally said what many of us have been saying amongst ourselves for the last year or so.  And while I’m always a proponent of good house music, I’m afraid that genre too is being desecrated as a result of the fist pumping techno mashup Jersey Shore f*ckery that we hear on the radio these days.

To be fair, I realize music and artists have to evolve, and the landscape has changed SO dramatically that the dollars and success don’t flow as easily as they once did.  However, to Ms. Badu’s point, that’s no reason to abandon a genre in order to appeal to the masses, if anything, it should serve as reason to put more heart into ensuring the integrity and longevity of the genre.

If the energy that many R&B and Hip Hop artist are spending making disposable bubble gum ass music was spent pushing quality music to their root audiences, Hip Hop, R&B and House music could again be pushed to levels of collective respectability.  More importantly, I think the generations of listeners would be in a better place to evolve with the music.  Since the music lacks any sophistication, thought or emotion and because the listeners attention span is so short, all this music with no substance stands no chance at impacting lives of its listeners.

Dumbing music down may appeal to the masses, but it’s going to prove career limiting to many artist crossing too far over those lines.  I just have a hard time seeing a 38 year old at a 20 year high school reunion in 2030 wanting to hear Usher’s “Dj Got Us Falling In Love.”  Who knows though, I could be wrong, chances are if that happens they could still be wearing a Ed Hardy t-shirt too.  Or maybe I’m just old.

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Foreign Exchange x Jesse Boykins III x Median | Make Me A Fool

This is a new track from the upcoming Foreign Exchange album “Authenticity” which will hit stores October 12.  It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from the FE crew, but there are a lot of guest appearances on this album, it promises to be dope. 

Tuesday is right around the corner, this should hold you until then!

Download Here.

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Marsha

Marsha Ambrosius | Hope She Cheats (Quiet Storm Remix)

It’s good to see Marsha and Natalie both back making music, if not together, then independently.  The original track is pretty dope, and this remix isn’t bad either.  It’s definitely chilled out for some late night jazz club type ish, but it showcases Marsha’s incredible voice and reminds us of how fortunate we should be to have her back. Yay!

I’ve included the remix with Fabo & Maino below as well, enjoy!

Quiet Storm Remix | Original Remix ft. Fabolous & Maino

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Child Rebel Soldier

Don’t Stop | Child Rebel Soldier | Kanye West x Lupe Fiasco x Pharrell

Yes, this is as f’n dope as you might expect it to be, and just in time to make the rotation for the annual Miami trip.

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Drake

Drake | I Get Lonely Too

Drizzy is back with the latest installation from the upcoming mixtape “It’s Never Enough.”  It’s nice to get the consistency of an entire R&B song from this dude without it getting disrupted by lyrics or a guest spot that seem misplaced.  His ace, Noah “40” Shabib, is on the production side of things and the whole track remains tight throughout.  If this is what we can expect, “It’s Never Enough” is showing us some serious promise.

I Get Lonely can get had here.

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Amanda Diva

Amanda Diva ft. Terri Walker | Manchild

If you’ve ever had a chance to see Amanda Diva, you can just tell she has one of those magnetic personalities, she’s funny, smart, and constantly on her grind as an MC, a singer, a poet, and artist (she draws and paints too!).  Don’t believe me, watch this, she’s talented, real, and positively dope.

This new track comes from her upcoming EP “Technicolor Lover” and features the lovely Terri Walker. 

Learn more about this future household name at www.amandadiva.com.

Get “Manchild” here.

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Pretty Girls

Keri Hilson | Pretty Girls

Keri Hilson gets some production help from Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony off this track from her upcoming album No Boys Allowed which is set to drop on November 30th.  This track, like the album title seems to have the ladies in mind, and hey who can be mad at that.

Download it here.

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Nothing

Goapele x Kanye West x Prince | Nothing Compares 2 U

The Bay Area’s golden girl is back at it, blessing us with her own rendition of Prince’s classic ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, but mashed up against the new Kanye West ‘Runaway’ beat. 

While it’s tough to think about someone (even our beloved Goapele) covering a Prince track, this is different enough that it doesn’t try to compete with the original.  And considering Prince thinks the “Internet is dead,” I’ll take a chance with this remake over some of his new stuff. 

Besides, I’ve had the good fortune to meet Goapele, she’s a kind, sweet, warm hearted woman, with a great voice.  She could never do a classic joint any harm.

Download it here.

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Dior

Kanye West x Kid Cudi x Pusha T x John Legend x Lloyd Banks x Ryan Leslie | Christian Dior Denim Flow

Well, after a bit of beef with bloggers this week (really his beef should have been with the person that hacked him NOT the bloggers), Kanye still delivers a G.O.O.D. track albeit on a Saturday, and it’s not bad.

Another all-star cast of folks, I think it’s kinda dope but you be the judge!

Download here.