Monday, October 31, 2016
This week’s episode we get into Sevyn Streeter being unable to sing the national Anthem at 76ers game, Amy Schumer attempting to get in “Formation,” Ice Cube putting his own twist on a forthcoming Disney musical adaptation of “Oliver Twist, as well as Kevin Gates getting sentenced to 6 months in jail for kicking a fan in the chest. We also talk briefly about Raven Symone leaving The View for a “That’s So Raven” spin-off, JLO starring in NBC’s forthcoming live musical adaptation of “Bye Bye Birdie,” and Ciara’s buddle of joy!
Also don’t forget to check out our songs of the moment from Meek Mill, Joe Budden, NoName, Emeli Sande, H.E.R., and Tamar Braxton.
Friday, October 21, 2016
In this week’s episode, we discuss Nicki Minaj’s new interview with Marie Claire in which she talks about being an entrepreneur and the double standards for black women in the entertainment industry. We touch upon Kid Cudi’s new video “Frequency” and the awareness he is bringing to mental health. Next, we discuss Emeli Sande’s new song “Garden” ft. Jay Electronica and her upcoming album, which we can’t wait to hear. We run through the nominees for the 2016 American Music Awards--where Drake and Bryson Tiller scored huge nominations. Finally, we plug Michel’le’s movie “Surviving Compton,” which airs on Lifetime this Saturday (October 15th) at 8pm.
Don’t forget to stay tuned in until the end of the episode to hear our Songs of the Moment. Marcus chooses cuts from Aretha Franklin, Mary J Blige, Whitney Houston, and DVSN. Kyera gives us some of her favorite songs from Mahalia Jackson, Solange Knowles, and Vince Staples!
Saturday, October 8, 2016
This week on The Backbeat, we get into Mary J Blige singing to Hillary Clinton, Solange dropping her new album A Seat At the Table, as well as new music from The Weeknd. We also talk about Tinashe exposing sexism within the music industry and give a shout out to Shawty Lo who recently passed away in ATL.
Be sure to tune into the end of the episode where Kyera gives us songs of the moment from Shawty Lo, Usher and Mac Miller. Marcus also gives us some jams from SZA, SG Lewis featuring Gallant and a collaboration between Yuna and Usher.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
This week, we briefly get into the VMAs and discuss Lady Gaga’s latest career and new song Perfect Illusion, which is an interesting fusion of pop, rock, and disco. We also get into Kanye West’s Yeezy 4 Fashion Show, which has been getting more criticism than praise. Next, we discuss Tyga signing to Good Music and Ariana Grande’s upcoming tour and her new skills as a rapper. We end our hot topics with a discussion of Sean Paul’s critiques of Drake and Justin Bieber in regards to the appropriation of dancehall in mainstream music.
Stay tuned to the end of the episode where we break down our favorite songs of the moment. Marcus chooses hits from Laura Mvula, 99 Souls, and Tinashe. Kyera’s favorite songs right now come from K. Michelle, Travis Scott ft. Andre 3000, and D.R.A.M ft. Lil Yachty. Enjoy the show!
Friday, September 2, 2016
This week on The BackBeat, we get into Frank Ocean’s highly anticipated new album Blond, which has caused quite the commotion in the music industry. Find out what we love about the album. We also celebrate Aaliyah’s musical legacy after the 15th year anniversary of her passing. Finally, we commend Questlove for his new position as the first ever artist and strategic ambassador for Pandora. We can’t wait to tune in to his new radio program called Questlove Supreme on the streaming site.
Stay tuned to our Songs of the Moment. Kyera picks her favorite tracks from Frank Ocean while Marcus chooses cuts from Ocean’s album Blonde, The Get Down, and Janelle Monae. ENJOY!
Saturday, August 27, 2016
I was watching BET Soul last night and the video for Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown collaboration "No Air" came on during one of the channel's mixes and I was instantly reminded of this 2000s sweetheart classic.
Lifted from Jordin Sparks' debut album and produced by The Underdogs, this 2007 hit took me back a bit and I can't believe I forgot about this gem from Sparks and Brown. With that said, take a second listen below to "No Air" and Enjoy!
Friday, August 12, 2016
This week on The Backbeat, we talk about Jhene Aiko filing for divorce, Rihanna being cast in Ocean’s Ocho as well as receiving the 2016 MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In addition we get into Jennifer Lopez being cast as Griselda Blanco in an HBO Original Film, Fantasia’s “The Definition Of…,” and Chance the Rapper’s Billboard cover story.
Make sure you stay tune until the end to hear songs of the moment from Marcus and Kyera. In a semi flashback friday edition, Marcus gives us selections from Tevin Campbell, Kelly Price, and Janet Jackson while Kyera touches on Monica, Drake, and Young M.A. who is a rapper on the rise!
Thursday, July 28, 2016
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
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.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
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
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
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!