Saturday, February 4, 2017
Beyonce’s PREGNANT with twins!!!! We discuss how she kicked off Black History Month with her announcement and whether or not she will perform at the Grammys and Coachella. Next, we discuss Mariah Carey’s new single “I Don’t” featuring YG and the iconic scene of her burning her 250 thousand dollar wedding dress. Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony gets political while disagreeing with Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” Also, Nicki Minaj accuses Giuseppe Zanotti of racism with the “Nicki” shoe. Finally, Faith Hill does not have a duet album with Biggie but Faith Evans does! It’s called the King and I and it will drop on May 19th.
Stay tuned to the end of the episode where we choose our songs of the moment. Marcus picks tracks from Kehlani, Lennon and Maisy, and Donnell Jones. Kyera is bumping new songs from Big Sean, The Migos, and Syd.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
In this week's episode of The BackBeat, we get into Kanye West not being invited to perform at the inauguration while Chrisette Michele and Jennifer Holliday were. We also get into Alicia Keys pushing back against gender norms as well as Taylor Bennett and Makonnen coming out as bisexual and gay respectivley.
Make sure you tune into the end of the episode to get into our songs of the moment. Kyera choses songs from The Brothers Johnson, Funkadelic, and Prince. Meanwhile Marcus selects songs from Jimmy Scott, Ariana Grande, as well as Sevyn Streeter.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
In this week’s episode, we give a shoutout to Janet Jackson who just gave birth to her son Eissa Al Mana, talk about Chris Brown and Soulja Boy feuding over Karrueche Tran, get into Kim Burrell coming sideways at the LGBT community, and breakdown Mariah Carey's NYE performance.
Friday, December 16, 2016
In this week’s episode, we breakdown the 2017 GRAMMY nominations from Beyonce, Kanye West, Drake, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, and Adele leading the pack to some of the omissions including Laura Mvula, Alessia Cara, and Travis Scott. We also get into J. Cole’s new album, Jeremih getting kicked off PartyNextDoor’s tour, and Nicki Minaj coming under fire for posting an Instagram video of a mentally ill woman.
Enjoy the episode!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
In this week’s episode, we discuss Kanye West and Azealia Banks reaction to the Trump Presidency. We get into Aretha Franklin’s beautiful rendition of the national anthem at the Detroit Lions Game. Speaking of legends like Ms. Aretha Franklin, we discuss the upcoming VH1 Hollywood Divas special with performances from Mariah Carey, Teyana Taylor, and more. Next, we get into Jay Z’s multi-million dollar bid for Prince’s unreleased music before we end by talking about new music from Alicia Keys, Tinashe, Emeli Sande, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd. We hope you enjoy the episode!
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!