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 café.

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!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Podcast: "Houston, We Have A Problem" (The BackBeat)


This week we get into Azealia Banks’ latest Twitter beefs, Whitney ‘Houston we have a problem’ hologram being cancelled from The Voice, Kesha getting banned and now reinstated to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, Ameriie’s comeback, Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo” becoming a top 10 record two decades later, as well as a quick review of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman.

Also stay tune until the end to hear our songs of the moment where Kyera raves about new music from Chance the Rapper's mixtape Coloring Book and Marcus revisits Ameriie, Whitney Houston, and Ariana Grande.

New Video: "Into You" (Ariana Grande)


After offering up a solid performance of her new single "Into You" at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, last night, Ariana Grande released the official video for Dangerous Woman's second official single.

Featuring model Don Benjamin as her romantic interest, Ariana definitely turns up the heat a bit and I bet that this video will help push into you further up the Billboard charts possibly to a new top 10 position.

With that said, watch her new video for "Into You" below and if you haven't heard and/or purchased Dangerous Woman, there is no time like the present.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Trailer: "Mariah's World" (Mariah Carey)


Today marks the NBC Upfronts andMariah Carey's forthcoming E! docuseries Mariah's World was unveiled to advertisers.

Mariah's World  will feature eight one-hour episodes that follow Carey as she goes on her latest world tour the Sweet Fantasy tour in addition to planning  her wedding to James Packer.

Watch the teaser trailer below for Mariah's World and lookout for the series later this year!

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.