R. Kelly Is Up To His Old Tricks on ‘The Buffet’


R. Kelly • The Buffet • RCA • Release Date: 12.11.15 R. Kelly has never had a problem with being prolific – apparently, he wrote 462 songs for his latest album, The Buffet. After listening to The Buffet, one has to wonder what percentage of those 462 songs involved sex. Likely the percentage is high given…

Ty Dolla $ign Delivers Compelling Debut Album With ‘Free TC’


Ty Dolla $ign • Free TC • Atlantic • Release Date: 11.13.2015 What’s the best way to stylistically categorize Ty Dolla $ign? Ultimately, the Los Angeles bred musician is a blend of R&B singer and rapper. This balance is reflected on Ty’s full-length debut album, Free TC. Why is the effort entitled Free TC? It…

Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall – Review


Andra Day ‘nails it’ on her retro-soul debut Cheers To The Fall Andra Day • Cheers To The Fall • Buskin/Warner Bros • Release Date: August 28, 2015 For a while in 2015, it seemed the days of being excited about a new R&B artist or new R&B album were done.   The early part 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…

Review: Eli Paperboy Reed, ‘Nights Like These’


Reed’s latest LP finds the soulful singer updating his sound Eli Paperboy Reed • Nights Like This • Warner Bros • US Release Date: April 29, 2014 Retro-soul music isn’t exactly the most lucrative style of music in 2014 (neither is R&B for that matter, LOL). Sure, the preservation of soul is incredibly important, but it…

Review: SZA, ‘Z’


  SZA leaves a superb first impression on her full-length debut album Z SZA • Z • Top Dawg Entertainment • US Release Date: April 8, 2014 For many up and coming R&B artists, alternative R&B seems to be a sound choice for establishing artistry. With R&B going through an identity crisis (not unlike other…

Review: SoMo, ‘SoMo’


SoMo’s major label debut leaves the listener underwhelmed  SoMo • SoMo • Republic • US Release Date: April 8, 2014 YouTube has become the ‘it’ means of being discovered as an artist these days. Honestly, the art of self-promotion is truly savvy, aggressive gameplay personally. Where so many talented artists don’t have the confidence or…