Review: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire (Deluxe)


Empire Cast • Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire • Columbia • US Release Date: March 10, 2015 One of the hottest new shows on television, Empire, released its first season soundtrack on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. In the stores for those who still partake of the physical CD, only the standard edition of…

3 Takeaways From Estelle’s ‘True Romance’


Estelle • True Romance • Established 1980 / BMG Rights Management • US Release Date: February 17, 2015 After a three-year break, Estelle returned with her fourth studio album, True Romance, released via Established 1980 / BMG Management Rights. Estelle’s claim to fame stateside has been one particular song, “American Boy,” from her sophomore album…

30 Simply Filthy R&B Songs!


Love hasn’t faded from R&B completely, believe it or not. That said sex is definitely in its trendiest position ever within the genre. Folks, parental advisory labels are popping up everywhere these days and for good reason. Basically, “Darling Nikki” would barely qualify the explicit label these days. Some R&B songs are just simply filthy….

Estelle Shocks A Little Too Much on “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)”


Estelle • “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)” • BMG Rights Management • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 Something has clearly happened to my girl Estelle.  Even that statement is an understatement. Estelle’s new single “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)” is nothing short of shocking and I do mean NOTHING short.  Estelle has…

“Where Is the Love” in R&B Music? 


Contemporary R&B music has explicit physical pleasure covered, but what about genuine emotion and relationships? An up and coming voice in R&B by the name of August Alsina released his full-length debut album entitled Testimony. Testimony is street-savvy, sporting titles including “Porn Star”, “Fml”, “Ghetto”, and “I Luv This Sh*t”. Rightfully, Alsina, a rough-and-tumble artist with…

Playlist: Songs of Thanks… Some of ‘Em


There are so many things to be thankful for in life, or at least I think so.  What better during Thanksgiving and the holiday season then to have a playlist filled with ten ‘songs of thanks’ to spin?  Exciting huh? The artists featured on this playlist are thankful for various things in life – some…

R&B Had A Difficult 2012


R&B had a difficult 2012. I know that those who heavily supported/continue to support  the genre are probably dismayed by that initial statement. I too am dismayed, but the statement couldn’t ring truer. The issues with R&B in 2012 lie within (1) commercial viability and (2) identity crisis.  Most issues within the genre fall within…