Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Joint: "Marry You" (Childish Gambino)

Donald Glover is set to appear tomorrow in Magic Mike XXL and ahead of the film's release, the actor turned rap as Childish Gambino is now trying his hand as a singer, covering Bruno Mars' wedding anthem "Marry You," which is featured on the film's soundtrack.

Featuring a solid crooning voice, I am interested to hear what Childish Gambino has been cooking up in the studio and if his forthcoming effort is going to be a mixture of singing and rapping. With that said, take a listen below to his cover of "Marry You" and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "The Glow of Love" (Luther Vandross)

Back in 1980 a then unknown Luther Vandross continued his journey from behind the background  vocalist slot to headliner and with the assistance of Change and their debut album "The Glow of Love," Vandross helped position himself to garner a recording contract.

Helming lead vocals for the title track as well as their single "Searching," Vandross' vocal work with the group would help lay the foundation for his legendary career. With that said, on his live album, Vandross opted to close out the album and show with the upbeat number that helped launch his career. Listen below to his live rendition of "The Glow of Love" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Music" (Leela James)

Back in 2005, Leela James bursted onto the scene with her thumping ode to soul music entitled "Music." Though "Music" and her accompanying debut album A Change Is Gonna Come, didn't make the splash they both warranted, "Music" was the first sign of the musical genius of Leela James.

With that said, take a trip down memory lane with a second listen of Leela's "Music" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "High and Dry" (Roman GianArthur)

While Wondaland Records has really been promoting Jidenna and rightfully so because he single "Classic Man" is one of the songs of the summer, I can't wait until Roman GianArthur gets some shine because this brother is truly talented.

Case and point is his sublime mashup of  Radiohead's "High and Dry" with D'Angelo's "Send It On" for a phenomenal cover of "High and Dry." So soulful, Roman is definitely and artist to watch and I can't wait to hear what cut he is contributing to Wondaland's forthcoming Eephus EP.

With that said, take a few minutes and get into his aw-inspiring cover of "High And Dry" below and Enjoy!

Monday, June 29, 2015

New Joint: "I've Got Life" (Lauryn Hill)

Earlier today, Lauryn Hill's riff on the Nina Simone classic "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" hit the net in the form of "I've Got Life."

Featured on the forthcoming compilation album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill's "I've Got Life" features some very politically charged lyrics further proving that her pen game has always been strong and never gone away. With increase performances and public appearances, it seems as though Ms. Hill is back on her own terms and I can't wait to hear what that brings us.

With that said, take a listen to the full version of "I've Got Life" 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!

Second Listen: "He Is" (Heather Headley)

Back in 2002, Heather Headley released her debut album This Is Who I Am and the album would go onto garner her two Grammy Award nominations one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

With that said, her second single "I Wish I Wasn't" became her breakout hit, "He Is" was the song that started it all and is highly underrated just like Headley and her musical discography in my book.  Take a second listen to "He Is" below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "BET Awards Medley" (K. Michelle, Tamar Braxton, Patti LaBelle)

Last night, K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton squashed their two year beef at the 2015 BET Awards with the assistance of the legendary Patti LaBelle. While their beef has lit up the blogs and social media for years, it seems as though the ladies are over it and have decided to focus solely on the music.

With that said, K. Michelle kicked off their shared set with her current single "Hard To Do," which is lifted from her sophomore Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? and then Tamar followed with her new single "If I Don't Have You."

After K and Tamar performed their individual singles, Tamar told the BET Awards audience, "Life is all about forgiveness, love, and unity, so tonight, I’m sorry K. Michelle, and I also forgive you." Interestingly enough, Tamar met K for the first time during rehearsals for their performance and then the duo went into a spirited rendition of the Patti LaBelle classic "If Only You Knew" where Mama Patti joined the duo towards the end.

With that said, peep the trio's performance below and Enjoy!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Live Clip: "Janet Jackson BET Tribute" (Tinashe, Jason Derulo, Ciara)

Earlier tonight, Janet Jackson was honored at the 2015 BET Awards and ahead of her acceptance speech, Tinahse, Jason Derulo and Ciara honored Ms. Jackson if you nasty with a dance tribute.

With that said, peep the performance below ahead of Janet's forthcoming Unbreakable World Tour, which is slated to kick off on August 31st!

Playback: "If I Have To" (Avery Wilson)

Avery Wilson is set to perform later tonight at the 2015 BET Awards and ahead of his performance, I thought it would be nice to take a playback to his first single "If I Have To," which is lifted from his forthcoming RCA Records debut album.

I predict now that Avery is going to have a "star is born" moment tonight at the BET Awards if all goes his way because at his core, Avery is simply a stellar vocalist and if they showcase him right, I am sure he will gain millions of new fans.

With that said, take a listen below to Avery Wilson's debut single "If I Have To" and Enjoy!

Cut: "Mo Better" (Raheem DeVaughn)

Back in 2008, Raheem DeVaughn released his sophomore album Love Behind the Melody and one of the cuts from his album was the nearly 8 minute smooth joint "Mo Better."

Though it never received the single's treatment, "Mo Better" is one of those joints that true fans of Raheem's known about and truly enjoy.

With that said, take a listen to Raheem's cut "Mo Better" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Otherside of the Game" (Erykah Badu)

Back in 1997, Erykah Badu released her debut album Baduizm and the game would be forever changed. Ushering in what would be referred to as neo-soul, Baduizm and Badu laid the framework for many of the legends we celebrate today.

With that said, lifted as the third single from the set, "Otherside of the Game" was a powerful ode from Badu highlighting the struggle of a ride or die chick in a relationship with a drug-dealing boyfriend and at that time offering a perspective that hadn't been heard on radio before.

While the song didn't match the success of "On & On" or "Next Lifetime," "Otherside of the Game" is a classic within Badu's discography and warrants a second listen below!