Retro is definitely back in. There has been an upswing in 50’s and 60’s themed music and videos lately in R&B (see Cee-Lo, Raphael Saadiqq, R. Kelly) and now you can add Lloyd to that list. Dedication To My Ex, his latest single from King Of Hearts, features contributions from Lil Wayne & Andre 3000. The video features a cameo from Wayne Brady. Lloyd is set to debut this video tonight on 106 & Park. Watch below: Continue reading
A couple of years ago around this time, Three/21 Media and Rik Cordero arranged this incredible 34 track mixtape complete with the best of Aaliyah, and several of her previously unreleased tracks (mostly remixes.) Tracklist and DL link below: Continue reading
Congrats are in order for Kelly Rowland. Her slow burning track with Lil Wayne is a certified hit, and has officially taken residence in the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Hip-Hop and R&B chart.
This is not Kelly’s first number one (she had a global smash with the David Guetta assisted “When Love Takes Over” last year) but its still a great look for her all the same. Her new project “Here I Am” is scheduled to be in stores sometime late this summer.
Of course, with any hit, you can expect tons of people jumping on the track, and “Motivation” is no exception. Below, check out remixes from Jeremih, The-Dream, and the pied piper himself, R. Kelly. Continue reading
His insatiable work ethic has driven him back into the studio, to create more hits for his fans to rock to. After releasing his latest album “Passion Pain Pleasure” back in September 2010, Trey has headlined his own tour, toured with Usher, and recently announced that he would be touring with Ne-Yo throughout the UK.
“We’ll be overseas for two months making sure that I’m world-renowned as a great tour act versus just another song,” he explains. “I put in a lot of work to be loved and welcomed in arenas and shows in America, so I want the same thing for overseas. I’m just exploring every opportunity, and I definitely will be making (new) music when I come back.”
He recently spoke with Billboard, and explained his passion for constant creation.
“I want to release an album this year, we’re starting in the studio now. I’m always thinking about music. I’m in the studio whenever I can be. Continue reading
Trey Songz wants to take over R&B, and he is definitely making a case for himself. The 25 year old Virginia native has come a long way from rocking cornrows and tall-tees. His style may have evolved..but, the music approach…hasn’t really changed. He’s still a crooner. He’s still using a lot of (maybe too much) vibrato. He’s still singing about sex…and lots of it.
His latest effort, “Passion, Pain & Pleasure” is in stores tomorrow… one short year after the release of his third album “Ready“ ( the project that really established him as a rising star.) Some might argue that it’s too soon, and that he might be over-saturating the market, but I’m all for striking while the iron is hot. There’s only a short window that you have to make your mark, before you’re sent cascading into D-List oblivion, and Trey’s making sure that window stays open a little while longer. Continue reading
It’s all male R&B in today’s Thursday 3!
Jeremih’s new single “I Like” features Ludacris. Now full disclosure…this song is not new, but the video is. It made its debut on 106 & Park earlier this week, and…it’s a general R&B video. Ladies will enjoy it though. Jeremih is under-rated as a writer and producer. He actually put on a really good show when I saw him at my Homecoming last year.
Trey Songz‘ new album Passion Pleasure Pain is scheduled to be released on September 14th, and songs are leaking left and right. The latest, is a track called “Love Faces”…and yes…it’s another bedroom track. I would complain about the lack of varied content that he’s been giving lately, but, he’s milking the sex-symbol thing for all it’s worth and I can’t blame him.
Finally in today’s 3, R. Kelly…the father time of R&B…is still trying to release a new album… the track I have for you today is called “She Knows What She Wants” and features Officer Ricky Rozay. Say what you want about R. Kelly but he has had some longevity in this industry…I just don’t particularly enjoy the new route that he’s taking his sound in. Check it out for yourself.
Trey Songz is one of the most exicting R&B artists in the game. His new album “Ready” will be in stores on August 4th. Each Monday, in anticipation of his impending release…he promised his fans new music each Monday until the album drops…here are the releases for June 8th…
UPDATE 6/9/09: Late Monday/Early Tuesday Trey released another remix track…DOA (Death of Kellz Autotune). The song had bloggers in an uproar on Tuesday morning, because they were under the impression that Songz was dissing R&B legend R. Kelly. Upon my first listen, I could not have agreed less with the general consensus. If you follow me on twitter, you know that I said that the whole thing was an encouragement/cry for the “old” R. Kelly to return, because he was playing to the masses and not living up to his full potential…a few hours later, Trey dropped this response on his personal blog:
” First off, anyone who is familiar with my history knows I’m a HUGE R. Kelly fan & have been inspired by him since my early beginnings musically. So while some may take this as disrespect, those who truly listen to the lyrics will understand my urging him to go harder.”
EXACTLY. The internet is full of instigators. You can read the rest of Trey’s response by clicking here and listen/download “DOA (Death of Kells Autotune) by clicking the link below. The 6+ minute track also includes the song “Invented Sex” featuring hip hop’s freshman phenom, Drake.
June is Black Music month. As a black music fanatic, I think it’s only fitting that everyday, I write a little bit on history, or advancements in the world of black music.
Today’s topic: The changing face of R&B.
Media convergence is a term we use in journalism school to discuss the intermingling of media forms, (newspaper, tv, radio, magazines, internet) but if you want to see it in action, you should get a Twitter account.Via the newest social networking craze, artists have taken the opportunity to become their own PR agents, keeping in contact with their fans, and offering exclusive content. One of the more popular actions on twitter is the live video chat. Hosted on sites like USTREAM, Justin TV and Kyte, live video chats offer artists the opportunity to clear up any rumors that they may have seen in the blogosphere, show exclusive concert footage, or for the sake of this post, behind the scenes studio footage. Artists Bow Wow and Soulja Boy two of the largest viewerships.
This week, R&B heartthrobs Sammie and Trey Songz decided to broadcast their collaboration studio session live via their respective channels on USTREAM and Jusin TV. The session produced the song SHE AINT MY GIRL a definite summer banger. While waiting for the track to be mixed down by the engineer, Songz and Sammie took time out to talk to the fans about the way the R&B game is changing, which was probably the most intriguiging part of the entire session. Songz made reference to R. Kelly and the comparisons that he’s recently been drawing to the R&B veteran. Making sure to cite Kelly as an influence, Songz stated that mixtapes were his lane, and that he was confused as to why Kelly would release one himself. (Kelly’s first mixtape “The Demo” was released early in the week, Songz is expected to release “The Anticipation” later this month.) Songz’s point does not lack validity. He’s been feversishly recording remixes to the top songs in hip hop and R&B, then releasing them to the masses via Twitter. Most recently, he released remixes to Beyonce’s “Ego” and Cassie’s “Must Be Love”. Whoever you chose, Songz or Kellz, their mixtapes have sparked a trend among artists everywhere.
Today it is commonplace for artists to go into the studio, record and release tracks without the assistance (or in some cases hinderance) of record labels. With the constant advancement in technology, convergence is taking on a whole new form in the music industry. The self-promoted, independent release and success of Drake’s So Far Gone mixtape is just another example of the music industry’s constant advancement, and R&B is leading the way.
Click the links below to listen/download Trey’s remixes to “Ego”, “Must Be Love”, and the Sammie assisted “She Ain’t My Girl”. His third album, “Ready” drops August 4th.
The world of R&B has changed dramatically in recent decades. Pop-tinged hooks and surfacy lyrics have replaced the meaning and worth that was plainly evident in the music of old. Today’s mainstream radio is noticibly lacking the soul of Marvin Gaye, the musicianship of Stevie Wonder, and the voice of Sam Cooke. Each of the preceding artists are legends in their own rite, so it is only fitting that up and coming R&B crooner Reggie Jamz would want to add his name to that legacy.
One might say that change is good. But Jamz knows the importance of mixing the quality of the old-school with the swagger and shock value of the new. The mix is lethal…in a good way, and will no doubt, along with his talent, propel him to the top of the charts.
Reginald James Grissom Jr has been singing since the age of three, but decided in middle school that he would pursue music professionally. The now 21 year old singer has since gained immeasurable experience, including being the winner of KBXX Houston’s Pepsi-Hatter’s Idol. Winning the contest produced a single “Too Late” which went on to be the #1 most requested song in the Houston area for 8 weeks straight, and remained in the Top 25 for over 4 months.
His music has a style all it’s own, but he’s been inspired by artists like R. Kelly, Marvin Gaye, and Jamie Foxx. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Jamz is ready to show the world what he’s got to offer. The singer has released two “buzz” singles, “Boyfriend #1” a direct response/remix to Pleasure P’s “Boyfriend #2” and a remix to the Jamie Foxx/T-Pain hit “Blame It.” You can check them both out on his myspace: myspace.com/reggiejamz.
With the swagger, skills and a strong US & UK fanbase, Reggie Jamz is definitely someone the R&B cats need to watch out for. He’s coming for their spot.