Archive for the 'R&B' Category

28
May
10

Damn B-Rocka!

Brandy made her foray back to the stage on Wednesday night in L.A. at the weekly R&B Live Showcase. She performed 4 songs from her extensive musical catalog. As expected she SLAYYYYYYYED! Check out performances of her classic, Almost Doesn’t Count and a cover of Etta James’ At Last below:

AMAZING! Nothing else to say!

11
May
10

Rest in Peace to a PIONEER!

I know I am madd late, but better late than never right! Especially when it comes to the death of a GREAT! On Sunday, the incomparable Lena Horne passed away at the age of 92. As most people were, I was very shocked to learn of her passing. She lived a life full of accomplishments, while blazing the trail for the Whitney’s, Janet’s and Beyonce’s to do what they do now. My earliest memory of Ms. Horne was her portrayal of Glenda the Goodwich in one of the best black movie musicals ever, The Wiz. Other memories of  Lena Horne that stand out for me are her appearances on The Cosby Show and A Different World. She was definitely a REGAL  and LEGENDARY individual, who will be forever missed. #RIPLenaHorne.

HERE’S MS. HORNE’S APPEARANCE ON THE COSBY SHOW BACK IN 1984:

08
May
10

DIDN’T CICI LEARN THE LAST TIME?

It’s seems as if ‘Fantasy Ride’ is happening all over again! Ciara’s new material created with The Dream and Tricky Stewart is continuously leaking. SMH! Clearly I thought her and LaFace/Jive would have learned from the Fantasy Ride scandal. I think about 1/2 of the world had that album about a year before it was officially released. Anywho, check out the new tracks leaked earlier this week, “I Run It” and “This Is What Love Is” below:

I RUN IT

THIS IS WHAT LOVE IS

I definitely prefer the “I Run It’ track over “That What Love Is”. The background vocals on “I Run It” are wonderful. I am a sucker for melodic background vocals (a trend that Brandy started in R&B whether people wanna give her credit or not). However, I pray that these tracks are just trash bin tracks and she’s really gonna serve the business on the new album. I mean, the tracks posted above aren’t bad, but they just don’t make me excited for the new album. I’ll admit, before the “Ride” single and video dropped, I wasn’t even checking for a new Ciara project. I personally never find consistency when it comes to Ciara albums. If anything, I always manage to find AT MOST a handful of tracks that I can fux with. Here’s hoping that this is not a representation of the album!

08
May
10

For those who counted her out, eat your face!

Despite the recent media backlash of Nip’s recent ‘Nothin’ But Love’ world tour, she is pressing on with her shows, making recent stop in Italy. She performed in both Milan and Rome. Check out the ‘I Look To You’ Rome performance from May 3 below:

This performance clearly indicates that Whitney is working that voice and putting those damn Newports down! Her head voice soars and her runs are clean and controlled. Everyone that knows me, knows that my favorite female artist of all-time is Whitney Houston, so it really does my heart good to see this performance. But where’s the media when she has good performances like this? Right, NO WHERE TO BE FOUND! That’s okay though….they make you to break you and clearly we thought Whitney was gonna perish like the rest of ’em. Just goes to show you that it ain’t over ’til God says otherwise! Now all I need for her to do is get those chops ready for that U.S. leg! I want tickets for graduation!

13
Jan
10

Sade – “Soldier of Love” (music video)

Legendary Jazz and Soft Rock singer Sade has finally released the official music video for her new single, “Soldier of Love”. Check it out below:

Classic Sade! And I like it! First of all, let me state that I am very excited that Sade is returning with a new movement. The video is very dark and conceptually fits with the song. I like! “Soldier of Love” has already reached #15 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The album of the same title, hits stores on February 8th!

13
Jan
10

Ryan Toby – “Sometimes”

Ryan Toby, best remembered for his appearance in the “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” movie or his stint as 1/3 of the group City High, is on the horizon again, as a solo artist. He released his first solo record back in 2007 called Soul Of A Songwriter, which was released independently. Fully taking on the role of songwriter, he’s written songs for the likes of Bobby Brown, Tyrese and Joe. Check out his new leaked track, “Sometimes” below:

http://usershare.net/k6y55efhk0vp

While not anything to SCREAM over, the track is nice and has nice vocal arrangements (especially in the hook). The hard pulsating production is great as well. Whether he will use the song for himself or sell it to another artist, the song is decent and well constructed. With that said, I am looking forward to hearing more material from Ryan Toby.

10
Jan
10

Sammie – “It’s Time (EP)”

Everybody remember Sammie? The young guy who came onto the music scene back in 2000 with the hit single for all the little kids, “I Like It” from his album From the Bottom to the Top. His last album, the self-titled Sammie, dropped back in 2006 and featured the moderate hits “You Should Be My Girl” and “Come With Me”. He also featured on the #1 single from SouljaBoyTellEm back in 2008 called “Kiss Me Thru the Phone”. All grown up and ready to make moves again, Sammie is set to once again prove his place in (Grown folk) R&B with a new album titled Coming of Age, due this year. Literally days ago, he released an EP via his twitter page called It’s Time. Check it out via the link below:

http://www.zshare.net/download/70976967ac1618c9/

I must say that I am definitely feeling this new sound from Sammie. He’s always been a great vocalist, but via this EP, one can definitely hear growth. If you are an R&B fanatic, I would recommend this EP (especially “Sex In the Rain”….he vocally slays on this track) to you. If this is any indication of what is to come of his album, I am all ears. Keep the hotness comin’ Sammie. We love it here at MuzikFix!