Friday, October 9, 2015

New Joint: "T.M.I." (Tiffany Evans)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Tiffany Evans is one of the most underrated artists in the game today. Not only does she possess a once in a generation voice, but she has truly honed her craft to where she is not constantly overpowering us with her powerhouse vocals, which some twice her age still haven't even been able to master.

With that said, Tiffany is getting ready to release a new EP with All Me on October 30th and ahead of its release, she's released a sublime smooth mid-tempo/slow jam entitled "T.M.I." Take a listen to "T.M.I." below and lookout for her upcoming EP when it's released October 30th!

New Video: "I Tried" (Melanie Fiona)

Earlier today, Melanie Fiona released the official video for her new single "I Tried," which is lifted from her forthcoming third album, Awake and slated for release early in 2016. Produced by Andre "Dre" Harris, "I Tried" follows Melanie's "Bite the Bullet," and regards both the internal and external fight that we all go through throughout our daily.

With that said, the official music video for "I Tried" features several powerful messages posted via Awake News along with a caged Fiona in a glass box. Watch Melanie's video for "I Tried" below and Enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Song of the Day: "Too Close" (Next)

"Too Close" - Next
  • Writers: Kay Gee, Terry Brown, Robert Huggar & Raphael Brown
  • Producer: Kay Gee
  • Record Label: Artista
  • Released in 1998 from 1997's Rated Next
  • Peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart
  • Went onto peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Year End Chart of 1998

Remix: "Wild Ones Two" (Jack Back ft. David Guetta, Nicky Romero and Sia)

2012 was the year of Sia if you ask me and Flo Rida's Sia assisted single "Wild Ones" was one of the biggest songs of 2012 eventually peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

With that said, Jack Back, David Guetta, and Nicky Romero have taken Sia's infectious hook and looped it into a new groove for "Wild Ones Two." Take a listen below to the remix of "Wild Ones" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Nasty Girl" (Vanity 6)

Back in 1982, Vanity 6 released the second single from their self-titled debut album Vanity 6 and the 80s charged song was no other than "Nasty Girl." Written and produced by Prince for his protégé girl group Vanity 6, Prince gave the songwriting credit to lead singer Vanity, although he was the writer and composer.

Backed by The Time, due to the song's explicit lyrics, "Nasty Girl" was met with resistance on mainstream American radio, peaking within the U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. It did however become a sizable hit on U.S. R&B radio and it hit number hitting #7 on the Hot Black Singles chart. Take a second listen to "Nasty Girl" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Killing Me Softly" (Luther Vandross)

Back in 1994, Luther Vandross recorded a take of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly" for his covers album Songs and of course his rendition of the iconic song by Ms. Flack was beyond on point.

With that said, below you will find Luther performing "Killing Me Softly" during his PBS special that originally aired during the release of Songs. Watch the phenomenal performance below and Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Song of the Day: "Hands Tied" (Toni Braxton)

"Hands Tied" - Toni Braxton
  • Writers: Heather Bright, Warren Felder, & Harvey Mason, Jr.
  • Producer: Oak
  • Record Label:  Atlantic
  • Released in 2010 from Pulse
  • Peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Remix: "Breathe (SevnthWonder Bootleg)" (Toni Braxton)

A few years ago, a friend of my Tarica sent me this sublime remix by Sevnth Wonder in the form of "Breathe (SevnthWonder Bootleg)" and I've been jamming to it in rotation ever since. As today is Toni Braxton's birthday, I thought it would be nice to revisit this sublime remix.

Sampling Toni's vocals from "Breathe Again," Sevnth Wonder infuses an upbeat tempo and pitches Toni's vocals in a way that really create a new masterpiece in my book. Therefore, take a listen below to "Breathe (SevnthWonder Bootleg)" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "I Believe in You and Me" (Ahmed Sirour)

As the holiday season quickly approaches and Christmas looms just months away, I am always reminded of the Whitney Houston film vehicle The Preacher's Wife and of course Whitney Houston's cover of The Four Tops' "I Believe in You and Me" from the film, as it became one of the many standards in the late songstress' repertoire.

With that said, Ahmed Sirour's  powerful and highly somber rendition/ tribute cover of "I Believe in You and Me," is still one of the songs that helps me mourn the loss of and celebrate the legacy of the late and great Ms. Whitney Houston.

With that said, listen below to his amazing cover of "I Believe In You and Me" and if you enjoy what you hear, you can click here to purchase it along with his "The After 2AM Sessions LP."

Second Listen: "You Used to Love Me" (Faith Evans)

Back in 1995 ahead of Faith Evans' debut album Faith, the now classic joint "You Used to Love Me" was released to radio as her debut single.

Written by Evans herself and produced by Diddy and Chucky Thompson, "You Used to Love Me" would go onto peak at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

"You Used to Love Me" would also go onto become Faith's first gold single and you can revisit "You Used to Love Me" below with a second listen!

Cut: "Doubt" (Mary J. Bige)

With Grammy Award eligibility coming to an end, I am sure Mary J. Blige's latest album The London Sessions, will be in contention because the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul stepped out of her boundaries and comfort zone and put together a solid body of work.

With that said, my favorite song from the set has to be "Doubt," a smooth mid-tempo that showcases off both Mary's powerhouse vocals but also her pen as she co-wrote this song that truly speaks to all of us about self-doubt. Therefore, take a listen below to Mary's cut "Doubt" and Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Song of the Day: "Right Now" (Al B. Sure!)

"Right Now" - Al B. Sure!
  • Writer: Al B. Sure!
  • Producers: Kyle West and Al B. Sure!
  • Record Label: Warner Brothers
  • Lifted in 1992 from Sexy Versus
  • Peaked at # 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart