Friday, May 6, 2016

Podcast: "Dammn Baby" (The BackBeat)


This week we get into Janet’s “Dammn Baby” music video and her pregnancy announcement, KRS Dismissing claims of Afrika! Bambaata’s sexual molestation, dueling Whitney Houston documentaries, Kylie Jenner being featured on the track "Beautiful Day "by Burberry Perry, new music from Alicia Keys & Ariana Grande, as well as getting a bit into Drake’s Views from the 6.

Also stay tuned to the end where Marcus gets into his songs of the moment from Gallant, Beyonce and Groove Theory, while Kyera gets into songs from Drake, Yo Gotti, and Justin Timberlake.

New Joint: "Into You" (Ariana Grande)


Everything I've heard from Ariana Grande's forthcoming third album Dangerous Woman has been on point and the latest teaser/buzz single "Into You" is no exception. Co-produced by Max Martin and co-written by Grande herself, the EDM fueled jam is a more grownup sound and lyrical bent to it than her previous album releases.

Featuring lyrics such as "a little less conversation/ a little more touch my body," Ariana is maturing lyrically and I'm excited that she is getting more involved in the writing process. With that said, take a listen to "Into You" below and lookout for Dangerous Woman when it's released May 20th!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Live Clip: "The Color Purple" (The Color Purple)


Earlier today after learning on the show's Tony Award nominations, the cast of The Color Purple took to NBC's The Today Show to perform the musical's title song "The Color Purple."

Led by Cynthia Erivo, the cast offered up a spell-binding performance which is even more amazing given the early call time as well as the fact that Cynthia herself was out and about on the town last night looking stunning at The Met Gala.

Watch this powerful rendition of "The Color Purple" below and Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Live Videos of the Day: "Sometimes It Snows in April" (D'Angelo & Princess)


Earlier tonight, D'Angelo paid a moving tribute to Prince by covering his classic "Sometimes It Snows in April" with help from Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum's cover band, Princess, for The Tonight Show audience.

With that said, what the trio's touching tribute of "Sometimes It Snows in April" below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Dangerous Woman" (Ariana Grande)


Last night on NBC's The Tonight Show, Ariana Grande continued her promotional rounds for her forthcoming album Dangerous Woman and on the show, Ariana Grande belted out the title track to her upcoming third album.

With that said, watch Ariana Grande's powerhouse performance of "Dangerous Woman" below and Enjoy!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Podcast: "Music Is On Life Support" (The BackBeat)


On this week’s episode, we honor the late, great, legendary Prince sharing some of our fondest memories of the musical icon. In addition we briefly talk about Birdman giving the shortest interview in Breakfast Club history in addition to the casting news of BET’s New Edition miniseries.

We hope you enjoy!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Amazing Cover: "Purple Rain" (Jennifer Hudson & The Color Purple Cast)


Earlier tonight in New York City, Jennifer Hudson along with her fellow The Color Purple cast offered up a riveting tribute to Prince with his iconic classic jam "Purple Rain."

With that said, take a few minutes out of your mourning and watch Jennifer Hudson and her fellow cast members break it down on "Purple Rain" and let Prince continue to live on through his music!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Joint: "Phenomenal Woman" (Laura Mvula)


I don't know about you but every single new single lifted from Laura Mvula's forthcoming sophomore album The Dreaming Room has been fire.

With that said, following her thumping joint "Overcome" and the powerful "People," that features a verse from Wretch 32, Laura is back with another powerful joint,  "Phenomenal Woman."

Deriving its title from the Maya Angelou poem of the same name, ""Phenomenal Woman" is another banger from Laura and if you haven't pre-ordered her upcoming album, I'd definitely head over to her website and do that now!

Either way, take a listen below to "Phenomenal Woman" and lookout for The Dreaming Room when it's released June 17th.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Song of the Day: "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (Aretha Franklin)


"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" - Aretha Franklin
  • Writers: Chips Moman & Dan Penn
  • Producer: Jerry Wexler
  • Record Label: Atlantic Records
  • Released in 1967 from Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  • Peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart
  • Ranked #476 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time



New Joint: "Let Me Love You" (Ariana Grande ft Lil Wayne)


We are almost a month away from Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman era with the release of her third studio album on May 20th and ahead of the set's release, Ariana has released a new joint from her highly anticipated LP.

Entitled "Let Me Love You," the smooth mid-tempo joint features Lil Wayne and is reminiscent sonically for me of Kelly Rowland's monster smash "Motivation." With that said, take a listen below to "Let Me Love You" below and lookout for Dangerous Woman on May 20th.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Song of the Day: "The One I Gave My Heart To" (Aaliyah)


"The One I Gave My Heart To" - Aaliayh
  • Writer: Diane Warren
  • Producers: Daryl Simmons (album version); Guy Roche (single version)
  • Record Label: Blackground
  • Released in 1997 from One in a Million
  • Peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart



Friday, April 15, 2016

New Joint: "People" (Laura Mvula ft Wretch 32)


I don't know about you, but I can't wait for Laura Mvula's forthcoming sophomore album The Dreaming Room, which is slated for release in the UK on June 17th.

With that said, a new single has been lifted from the project in the form of her Wretch 32 collabo "People" that lyrically is offering up some powerful food for thought.

Take a listen below to "People" where Laura vocally take you into a trace but her lyrics offer some serious cognitive dissonance and lookout for The Dreaming Room in June!