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 the album – 11 tracks – was issued. For those … Continue reading Review: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire (Deluxe)
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 Shine. Since Shine arrived back in 2008, it is no … Continue reading 3 Takeaways From Estelle’s ‘True Romance’
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. Here are 30 simply filthy R&B songs that indulge into the physical as opposed to emotional.
1) Usher, “Good Kisser” (2014)
“Good Kisser” definitely is “not that innocent.” Think kissing a banana… or don’t.
2) Marsha Ambrosius, “69” (Friends & Lovers, 2014)
The 2 Live Crew sample confirms the song title is accurate: “Face down, a$$ up / that’s the way we like to…” Catch the drift?
3) R. Kelly, “Cookie” (Black Panties, 2013)
Oreos will never taste the same in the hands of R. Kelly. “How many licks does it…” – sorry that’s a Tootsie Roll.
4) Rihanna, “Cockiness (Love It)” (Talk That Talk, 2011)
Can you say double entendre? The key words that stand out are suck, cockiness, lick, eat, swallow, and come. Rihanna – you so nasty girl!
5) Trey Songz “Love Faces” (Passion, Pain & Pleasure, 2010)
The only thing the song title leaves to the imagination are the facial expressions Trey and his girl make as they do it. Yep, that’s it in a nutshell.
6) Kelly Rowland, “Kisses Down Low” (Talk A Good Game, 2013)
Any time the word “arch” is used in an R&B song, it’s definitely not referring to the foot.
7) R. Kelly featuring Ludacris, “Legs Shakin’” (Black Panties, 2013)
There’s no restless leg syndrome going on here… Need clarification: “I’m goin’ down, down, down / and do it ‘til your legs shakin’.” There it is.
8) Tweet, “Oops Oh My” (Southern Hummingbird. 2002)
Self-love may be a common occurrence, but it’s doesn’t commonly occur via the pop song. Well, ‘cept for Tweet’s “Oops Oh My.”
9) Jeremih, “Birthday Sex” (Jeremih, 2009)
Few would deny this would be a fantastic birthday gift. The even better gift would be if everyday could be your birthday. Think about it.
10) Estelle, “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)” (2014)
Imagination is a thing of he past apparently. Estelle keeps it 100. In fact, she keeps its 150.
11) Janet Jackson, “Sexhibition” (Damita Jo , 2004)
So basically Janet and company combined the words “sex” and “exhibition.” It is what it is, though it seems kind of redundant – particularly at the end when Janet says, “relax, it’s just sex.”
12) Kelly Rowland, “Motivation” (Here I Am, 2011)
Well at least Kelly found a different way to sing about sex – her plan is to “be your motivation.” And to add, “And when we’re done, I don’t wanna feel my legs…” Whoa – “oh lover” is right!
13) Beyoncé, “Rocket” (Beyoncé, 2013)
The opening lines let the listener know they’re in for a ride: “Let me sit this a$$ on you…”
14) Jaheim, “P**** Appreciation Day” (Appreciation Day, 2013)
Talk about being dramatic: “So warm it’s so soft, it’s so tight, it’s the greatest / so I laid in it, played in it / stayed their ‘til daybreak…” Freaky, freaky, freaky!
15) T-Pain, “Put It Down” (Epiphany, 2007)
Wonder what Teddy Pain means when he says, “I’mma stick, stick, stick, stick, ooh?”
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 fooled around (no pun intended) with being risqué on songs … Continue reading Estelle Shocks A Little Too Much on “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)”
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 a difficult background, delivers an album based on his life experience. That … Continue reading “Where Is the Love” in R&B Music?
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 quite relatable and others maybe not so much. Regardless, there … Continue reading Playlist: Songs of Thanks… Some of ‘Em
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 one of these two central issues. Commercial Viability Commercial issues … Continue reading R&B Had A Difficult 2012