Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Video: Fuck Apologies" (JoJo)


Earlier today, JoJo released her new single "Fuck Apologies" with the assistance of Wiz Khalifa. While it's been a little while since we've heard from the vocal phenom, "Fuck Apologies" is the first single lifted from JoJo's highly anticipated third studio album, Mad Love, which is slated for release on October 14 via Atlantic Records.

Mad Love marks JoJo's return to music of sorts following a ten year hiatus since she released 2006's The High Road.  It will be JoJo’s first time releasing an album in ten years.

With that said, "Fuck Apologies" is a more mature record for the new 25 year old singer/songwriter and I am sure her fans who've been waiting patiently for over a decade for new music will be pleased with the single's release as well as her upcoming album release.

Watch and listen to JoJo's new single "Fuck Apologies" below and Enjoy!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Podcast: "Receipts Paid" (The BackBeat)


This week, we get into the moment the internet exploded with snake emojis after Kim Kardashian exposed Taylor Swift for lying on Kanye West. We talk about Lauryn Hill and financial literacy as well as Rihanna joining the new season of Bates Motel. We end with a shout-out to Rhapsody for signing to Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation.

Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear our songs of the moment. Marcus chooses cuts from Lil Kim, Ariana Grande, and Alicia Keys while Kyera highlights new songs from Kehlani, Lizzo, and SchoolBoy Q.

Enjoy!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mashup: "Into You In A Million" (Ariana Grande & Aaliyah)


I don't know who came up with this brilliant mashup of Ariana Grande and Aaliyah but I really hope Ariana hears it and gives us a live remix of sorts with her current single "Into You" with Aaliyah's "One In A Million" beat.

With that said, this brilliant mashup "Into You In A Million" features both vocals from Aaliyah and Ariana Grande over Timbaland's brilliant production from "One In A Million". Take a listen below and cop the free download while supplies last!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Podcast: "Stay Woke" (The BackBeat)


We’re back! This week we get into Ian Connor getting dragged by Amber Rose over rape accusations, Justin Timberlake getting his White Privilege checked, Azealia Banks admitting to skin bleaching, Apple getting into preliminary talks to buy TIDAL, Frank teasing us with a possible release date this month, and Jennifer Hudson signing to Epic Records. Also make sure you catch our songs of the moment where Kyera introduces us to Kamaiyah, Little Simz, and touts the rapper of the summer Cardi B. Marcus, remembers the late Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. (April 20, 1951 - July 1, 2005) with three selections; one which is a must for any fourth of July BBQ playlist!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Second Listen: "Fake" (Alexander O'Neal)


Back in 1987, Alexander O'Neal released his biggest hits to date which was the infectious thumping joint "Fake." Peaking at number one on the R&B charts"Fake," which was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis helped spur sales of O'Neal's sophomore album Hearsay and would make him an international star.

"Fake"  still goes for me in my book and its Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis beat is still as fresh as it was back in 1987. With that said, take a second listen to the old-school jam "Fake" from Alexander O'Neal below and Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Song of the Day: "Power of Love/Love Power" (Luther Vandross)


"Power of Love/ Love Power" - Luther Vandross
  • Writers: Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller, Teddy Vann
  • Producers: Luther Vandross & Marcus Miller
  • Record Label: Epic
  • Released in 1991 from Power of Love
  • Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart



Interview: Kaytranada


Hailing from Montreal, Kaytranada and his 99.9% album are currently taking the music industry by storm. With features from Craig David, Anderson. Paak, Vic Mensa, Goldlink and many more the sound is genre bending and will have you on the edge of your seat with the turn of every track.

Joining Sway in the Morning he speaks on his childhood in Canada and how he came across Fruity Loops and began to make music. Taking inspiration from everything from The Neptunes to Michael Jackson to 90's pop, he began crafting a sound all his own.

Getting noticed on Soundcloud through his various beats and remix's he caught the attention of Janet Jackson and Madonna. Given the VIP treatment by Madonna while opening up for her he speaks on how touring opened up the door for depression after going through the same routine day in and day out. Revealing his sexual orientation to The Fader he opens up about how coming out of the closet helped ease his depression.

During the rest of his time he speaks on the different in the music scenes of Montreal and Toronto and jokes about making a giant Canadian collaborative album.

Watch his interview below from Sway in the Morning and if you haven't gotten his new album 99.9%, go check it out!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Podcast: "Express Yourself" (The BackBeat)


On this week’s episode of The BackBeat, we discuss the historic 2016 TONY Awards in which all four acting categories in a musical went to people of color. Next, we discuss VH1’s plan to bring back their Hip Hop Honors show with Queen Latifah as the first honoree this year. Do you remember Miki Howard? If you don’t we have you covered with a short review of her recent biopic, Love Under New Management. We take on the 2016 XXL Freshman Cover, which doesn’t feature any women artists before we discuss Prince’s induction into the Apollo Walk of Fame. We end with reflections on recent concerts from Anderson Paak and Beyonce!

Stay tuned until the end of the episode where we discuss our songs of the moment! Marcus chooses cuts from Chasing Destiny, Miki Howard, and Kaytranada. While Kyera takes us down south to New Orleans with bounce classics from Big Freedia, Nicky Da B, and Sissy Nobby.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Second Listen: "Keep It Between Us" (Kelly Rowland)


While Kelly Rowland is in the midst of working on her forthcoming studio album, I am still stuck jamming to her smooth cut "Keep It Between Us" from her third studio album Here I Am.

While "Motivation" really went hard on the charts from Here I Am, Kelly semi released "Keep It Between Us" from the LP and it really is my favorite release from her third solo album. With that said, you can take a second listen below to this solid cut and Enjoy!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Song of the Day: "Crown Royal" (Jill Scott)


"Crown Royal" - Jill Scott
  • Writers and Producers: Jill Scott and Lee Hutson, Jr.
  • Record Label: Hidden Beach Recordings
  • Featured on 2007's The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3



Monday, May 30, 2016

Second Listen: "All at Once" (Whitney Houston)


Whitney Houston's self-titled debut album spurred numerous #1 hits, but one of my favorite songs from her discography, "All at Once," never received the official single's treatment here in the States.

While it was released in several countries in Europe and was even certified gold in Japan, the Michael Masser and Jeffrey Osborne written ballad never got its just due and you can (re)visit this classic song from Whitney's discography below!

Friday, May 27, 2016

New Video: "Lake by the Ocean" (Maxwell)


After releasing his new single "Lake by the Ocean" a few months ago, Maxwell is back with the song's official music video. Directed by  Philip Andelman, the visual for "Lake by the Ocean" opens in a village that is in dire need of water. The visual then follows a beautiful woman from the village, as she heads out on her quest to see Maxwell perform at a distant cafĂ©.

With that said the visual is both stunning and powerful, offering some social commentary in addition to a love story. Watch Maxwell's latest video for "Lake by the Ocean" below and lookout for the release of blackSUMMER'Snight when it's released July 1st!