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Highlights: Tech N9ne, ‘The Storm’


Underrated and underappreciated Midwest rapper Tech N9ne electrifies on his latest album, ‘The Storm.’ Continue reading Highlights: Tech N9ne, ‘The Storm’

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Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of 2014…maybe. 1) D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah  There was … Continue reading Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014

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The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 


As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” What pudding you ask – R&B album sales ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing that album sales are down across all genres, but if you examine R&B albums themselves, you’ll see that R&B sales are nothing short of abysmal. Basically, the commercially successful R&B album seems to be dead as it is. Below are a list … Continue reading The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 

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The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag


R&B sales just aren’t what they once were – there’s just no other way to state it. When a major label R&B album is released these days, the expectation – save for a select few artists – is that it’s not going to sell. Sure, that’s a hella pessimistic view, but what has dissuaded such a viewpoint as of late? Certainly, R&B album sales in … Continue reading The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag

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30 Simply Filthy R&B Songs!


Janet Jackson, Damita Jo

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?”

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Marsha Ambrosius’ Risqué Return


Tuesday, July 15th saw the return of British R&B singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius.  Following a three-year hiatus, the former Floetry member released her sophomore album Friends & Lovers.  While Ambrosius was steamy on her debut Late Nights & Early Mornings, she ups the ante this go-round.  Of course, when you see a song titled “69,” that indicates this is no ‘PG’ or ‘PG-13’ affair.  To see what I had to say about … Continue reading Marsha Ambrosius’ Risqué Return

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10 Takeaways from Marsha Ambrosius’ ‘Friends & Lovers’


Marsha Ambrosius • Friends & Lovers • RCA • US Release Date: July 15, 2014 British R&B artist Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of Floetry)released her sophomore album Friends & Lovers on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Friends & Lovers follows up Ambrosius’ 2011 debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, which was led by singles “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)” and “Far Away.” After … Continue reading 10 Takeaways from Marsha Ambrosius’ ‘Friends & Lovers’

Review: Daley, ‘Days & Nights’


 British singer Daley delivers an enjoyable, modern R&B debut with Days & Nights  Daley • Days & Nights • Republic • US Release Date: February 11, 2014 Call 2014 the year of British soul.  The U.S. has been blessed by the gifts of John Newman (Tribute), Sam Smith (Nirvana EP), and now one Daley Gareth with his full-length debut, Days & Nights.  Daley first made … Continue reading Review: Daley, ‘Days & Nights’

Review: Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio 2’


Black Radio 2 may not supersede the original, but is still quite the exceptional listen Robert Glasper Experiment⎪ Black Radio 2⎪ Blue Note ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 29, 2013 After a successful first installment of Black Radio (the album received a Grammy for Best R&B Album earlier this year), the Robert Glasper Experiment returns with another successful, star-filled line up in Black Radio 2. … Continue reading Review: Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio 2’

Playlist: A ‘Relationship’ Soundtrack for 2013 (Or Something Like That)


Love songs can be so touching and certainly can propel any relationship (and in some cases hookups…).  I have constructed a list of 12 ‘love’ songs that have the emotional and physical connection between lovers in mind… or something like that!  I attempted to make some narrative, but like most soundtracks, they’re all over the place anyways! Track 1 Raheem DeVaughn, “Complicated” (A Place Called … Continue reading Playlist: A ‘Relationship’ Soundtrack for 2013 (Or Something Like That)