Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Video: "Formation" (Beyoncé)

Out of nowhere like a thief in the night, Beyoncé yet again stuns the world with her new video for "Formation." Whether this is for the lead single for her forthcoming sixth album, or just Beyoncé having fun, what is clear is that she continues to get better and better.

Taking directing credits for her most visually stunning video in her discography set in New Orleans, Beyoncé came to slay and that she does visually, lyrically, and with choreography. "Formation" is destined to be a hit and possibly performed tomorrow during the Super Bowl halftime show so start memorizing choreography now!

With that said, watch Beyoncé's new video for her new song "Formation," which features Big Freedia giving some testimony below and get your coin ready for the single and possible album release out of nowhere.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Live Clip: "Remember The Music" (Jennifer Hudson)

Jennifer Hudson has been taking Broadway by storm with her powerhouse performance as Shug Avery in The Color Purple Musical and during a moment off from the stage, Jennifer took to a rhersal space to offer up a sublime performance of "Remember The Music."

Lifted from Empire's first season where Jennifer Hudson guest starred in a multi-episode arch, Jennifer's piano-led ballad allowed her powerhouse vocals to command centerstage. Maybe it's just me, but her already impressive and powerhouse vocals have just gotten better since her American Idol and Dreamgirls days.

With that said, watch Jennifer Hudson's impressive performance of "Remember The Music" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "I Will Always Love You" (Keke Wyatt)

Yesterday, Keke Wyatt took to YouTube to honor the late Ms. Whitney Elizabeth Houston also known as "The Voice" with her #KekeCovers series. Leaving the following message, Keke wanted to honor one of her inspirations and one of the greatest of all-time.
February 11, 2016 marks the four-year anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest voices of all times, Ms. Whitney Houston. She was my inspiration and a vocal force to be reckoned with. In honor of the musical legacy she left behind, I'm paying homage to Whitney with my next installment of #KekeCovers.
With that said, watch Keke's sublime cover of the Whitney Houston Bodyguard classic "I Will Always Love You" below as we continue to honor the late, great Ms. Whitney 'The Voice' Houston.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Song of the Day: "Be Ever Wonderful" (Earth, Wind, and Fire)

"Be Ever Wonderful" - Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • Writers: Maurice White, Larry Dunn
  • Producer: Maurice White
  • Record Label: Columbia Records
  • Featured on 1977's All n' All

Cut: "Light On" (Rebecca Ferguson)

Been getting back into Rebecca Ferguson as of late and while she has yet to officially release her sophomore album Freedom here in the States, she did release a new song this year, "Light On" overseas.

A powerful ballad, the instrumentation on "Light On" fits Rebecca's powerhouse husky vocals perfectly and allows her best asset, her vocal prowess take center stage. Written by Alexander Geringas and Nikki Leonti and produced by Geringas, it was released at the tail end of 2013 in German and is such an underrated gem in my book.

Take a listen to "Light On" below and Enjoy!

Remix: "Say It" (Chrisette Michele)

2016 is turning a big year for GRAMMY-winner Chrisette Michele as she gets ready to release her forthcoming album Milestone, get married, and drop a mixtape steady Gang Mix, which is slated for release on February 27th.

With that said, to build buzz for her forthcoming mixtape, Chrisette released her own smooth take on Tory Lanez breakout hit "Say It," which samples the Brownstone classic "If You Love Me."

With that said, the remix is said to be featured on Chrisette's February 27th mixtape Steady Gang Mix, and after Tory's disappointing performance of his single on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (maybe he was under the weather or nervous), her take is a welcomed remix in my opinion.

Second Listen: "Hollywood" (Rufus ft. Chaka Khan)

Back in 1977 Rufus released their platinum album Ask Rufus and the second single from the set "Hollywood" would go onto become a solid hit for the group peaking at #3 on the Hot Soul Singles chart and #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Though the lead single "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)" would go onto become the biggest hit from Ask Rufus, "Hollywood" in my book is the biggest classic from the album and is such a solid thumper that deserves a second listen. Therefore, take a second listen to "Hollywood" below and Enjoy!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Second Listen: "I Need This" (Jessie J)

Jessie J was one of music's breakout starts in 2011 with the release of her debut album Who You Are. While Jessie has moved onto a new album, one song in particular that I've grown to appreciate is Jessie's mid-tempo "I Need This."

Fans of Chris Brown might be familiar with the song as his take of the song was on 2008's Graffiti (Deluxe Version). Though Brown placed it on the deluxe edition of his third album, Jessie J originally cowrote it and eventually record it for her debut album Who You Are.

With that said, take a hopefully second listen below to Jessie J's rendition of  "I Need This" and Enjoy!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Podcast: "No Tears" (The BackBeat)

In this week’s episode, Iggy Azalea is back on twitter and this time she is taking shots at her record label for holding her back by not funding her music video for "Azillion". Meanwhile, Macklemore calls out Iggy Azalea, Elvis, and Miley Cyrus for appropriating black culture in his new song "White Privilege II." Speaking of white privilege, Sam Smith is shocked by racism in London *side eye alert* after witnessing his friend get racially and verbally harassed. In terms of political wokeness and activism, rappers such as Big Sean, Meek Mill, and Diddy are donating money and water to help the City of Flint during their water crisis. They are also calling out racism and the lack of governmental concern for the city’s 60 percent black population. We also call out R. Kelly for his utter lack of remorse for his long history of alleged sexual assaults against young women during his recent Billboard interview. Finally, we fan out to Beyonce’s Bday...the album is almost 10 years old!

During the songs of the week segment, Kyera shows love to Anderson.Paak’s new album Malibu. And Marcus chooses some cuts from Toni Braxton, Laura Mvula, and Rihanna.

Cut: "I Believe In Music" (Donny Hathaway)

Back in 1971 Donny Hathaway released his sophomore Atco release entitled Donny Hathaway and while the disk is probably best remembered for Hathaway's sublime covers of "A Song For You" and "Giving Up," one of my favorite gems from this record has to be "I Believe In Music."

While it will never appear on a greatest hits album of Hathaway's, "I Believe In Music" is a solid mid-tempo from the later crooner that deserves a "rediscovery" in my opinion. Therefore take a listen below to Hathaway's "I Believe In Music" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Talk About Our Love" (Brandy ft. Kanye West)

Over a decade ago, Brandy released her fourth studio album Afrodisiac and the set's lead single was her Kanye West assisted and produced joint "Talk About Our Love," which would welcome Brandy back to the charts after a mini hiatus.

Peaking at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "Talk About Our Love" featured Brandy's signature vocals on top of a rather slept on joint from Kanye West in my opinion. With that said, take a second listen below to "Talk About Our Love" and Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Live Video of the Day: "The Star-Spangled Banner" (Whitney Houston)

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Whitney Houston's iconic rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner," which in my book, no one can ever do it better than The Voice, Ms. Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

As we celebrate her groundbreaking moment in music history, The New Yorker has written an inspiring piece about Ms. Houston. Click here to read The New Yorker's sublime piece on Houston and the monumental impact she has had and watch her spirited rendition below!