Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Interview: Aretha Franklin

After rocking the Ed Sullivan Theater with her soulful rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin sat down with David Letterman for a trip down memory lane during her Late Night interview she opens up about being cut from The Ed Sullivan Show at the last minute.

In addition, the dame of all divas opens up about the origins of the word and so much more during her brief interview. With that said, peep the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin's interview from Late Night with David Letterman below and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Send It On" (D'Angelo)

D'Angelo's "comeback" single is rumored to be released sometime this year, but who knows when the lead single from his forthcoming third album will be released and honestly, when it's ready, it will be ready. D'Angelo doesn't owe us anything in my opinion and his discography of Brown Sugar and Voodoo are sublime on their own, but time will tell.

With that said, let's take it back and enjoy this 2000 throwback performance of D'Angelo singing "Send It On" from his Voodoo Tour. This tour stop performance in Brazil, showcases both D'Angelo's phenomenal pipes, but also the solid group of musicians and background singers that he enlisted to help bring his vision to life. Watch the dope performance below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Celebration" (Kool & the Gang)

"Celebration" - Kool & the Gang
  • Writers: Donna Johnson, Claydes Charles Smith, Earl Eugene Toon Jr., James "J.T." Taylor, Ronald Nathan Bell, George Melvin Brown, Dennis Ronald Thomas, Eumir Deodato, Robert Spike Mickens & Robert Earl Bell, Kool & the Gang
  • Producers: Kool and the Gang and  Eumir Deodato
  • Record Label: Mercury Records
  • Released in 1981 from Celebrate!
  • Peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Soul Singles chart

New Joint: "Personal" (Jessie J)

Jessie J has been heating up the charts with her Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande assisted single "Bang Bang" and after releasing "Burnin' Up" with 2 Chainz last week, Jessie J is back with a new ballad entitled "Personal," which she co-wrote with Elle Varner and Jenna Andrews.

Featured on Jessie J's forthcoming third album Sweet Talker, due October 14, the set features production from the likes of Diplo, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Max Martin, De La Soul, and violinist Lindsey Stirling.

With that said, take a listen below to "Personal" and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Rolling In The Deep" (Aretha Franklin)

If you thought Adele's rendition of her Grammy-winning hit had soul, then brace yourself as the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin stopped by CBS's Late Night with David Letterman and unleashed a powerhouse rendition of her own.

Backed by some familiar faces, is that Cissy Houston in the background?, Aretha easily made her way through her soulful cover which includes a riff on the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

Lifted as the first official single/cut from her forthcoming October 21st LP Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, I don't know about you, but I hope she takes this album on the road, because I would personally love to see her in concert at least one more time!

Either way you feel, peep Aretha Franklin's sublime cover of "Rolling In The Deep" below from the Late Show with David Letterman and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Living For The City" (Stevie Wonder)

Back in 1973, Stevie Wonder released his sixteenth studio album Innervisions and while the set would go onto win the 1974 Grammy Award for Album of the Year in addition to Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording, the second single from the set, "Living For The City" is my personal favorite from the album.

With that said, "Living for the City"would go onto peak at #8 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and #1 on the R&B chart and Rolling Stone ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Therefore, take a second listen below to Stevie Wonder's classic "Living For The City," which is lifted from his classic album Innervisions and Enjoy!

New Video: "Pretend" (Tinashe ft. A$AP Rocky)

Yesterday, Tinashe released the official video to her Detail-produced single"Pretend," which is her followup single top 25 hit single "2 On" and the official video gives a nostalgic college vibe with a bit of a twist.

Featuring A$AP Rocky, "Pretend" has quickly risen into heavy rotation on my iPhone and the dark mysterious visual for "Pretend" fits the vibe of the record perfectly. Peep the official video to "Pretend"below and lookout for Tinashe's debut album Aquarius when it's released October 7th!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Amazing Cover: "Rolling in the Deep" (Aretha Franklin)

The Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin released her roaring cover of Adele's Grammy-winning hit single "Rolling in the Deep," which is lifted from her forthcoming album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics due out October 21 on RCA.

Featuring some sublime production, Ms. Franklin melds "Rolling In The Deep" with a phenomenal riff on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" towards the end of her soulful cover.

There is a reason why Ms. Franklin is the undisputed Queen of Soul and for those that doubted her crown, her rendition of "Rolling in the Deep" and I am sure the rest of her album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will convert her doubters.

With that said, take a listen below to Aretha Franklin's amazing cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Never" (Jaheim)

"Never" - Jaheim
  • Writers: Chisolm, Emmanuell, Daniel Farris, Davion Farris & Jaheim Hoagland
  • Producer: Daniel Farris
  • Record Label: Atlantic Records
  • Released in 2007 from The Making of a Man
  • Peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

New Joint: "Soul of a Woman" (BJ the Chicago Kid)

BJ The Chicago Kid is back and while he is busy in the lab cooking up his forthcoming Motown debut album, the artist-on-the-rise has taken time out to give his growing fanbase a new joint to ride with until he releases his debut.

With that said, earlier today, BJ The Chicago Kid released a sublime throwback joint entitled "Soul of a Woman," which gives off this feel good old-school soul feeling to this solid mid-tempo.

Therefore, take a few minutes and stream his new joint "Soul of a Woman" below and if you like what you hear, cop the free download while supplies last!

New Joint: "Bet" (Tinashe ft. Devonté Haynes)

Earlier today, Tinashe released her latest joint from her forthcoming highly-anticipated debut album Aquarius and it's a collaboration with one of the hottest producers at the moment in my opinion Devonté Haynes aka Dev aka Blood Orange.

With that said, their collaboration is the simmering mid-tempo "Bet," which made me rush over to iTunes to pre-order her forthcoming October 7th LP Aquarius. I don't know what it is about bet, how effortlessly Tinashe's vocals fit on the Dev crafted instrumentation or how haunting the beat is, but "Bet" is a winner in my book and will hopefully get the single treatment as we move further into cuffing season.

Therefore, take a few minutes below and soak in "Bet" from Tinashe and Devonté Haynes and Enjoy!

Cut: "Remember Me" (Diana Ross)

Back in 1970, Diana Ross recorded and released the Ashford & Simpson written and produced joint "Remember Me" and while the song would go onto become her third top forty pop hit within a year peaking at #16 on the Pop charts and even becoming a top ten hit (peaking at #10) on the Soul charts, this is an often forgotten joint from Ross' vast discography.

With that said, take a listen below to this "cut" from Ms. Ross that would lead her 1971 album Surrender below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Until The End Of Time" (Justin Timberlake ft. Beyoncé)

While Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé both released albums last year and have since been touring the world, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit their 2007 duet "Until The End Of Time."

Lifted from Justin Timberlake's last release FutureSex/LoveSounds, "Until The End Of Time" would go onto peak at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart even without a video or promotion.

With that said, take a second listen below to "Until The End Of Time" below from Justin and Beyoncé and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Mirrors" (Boyce Avenue ft. Fifth Harmony)

I wanted to revisit this live audio cover via Boyce Avenue and rising-group Fifth Harmony of their collaboration on the cover of Justin Timberlake's hit single "Mirrors," because it recently came on one of my summer playlists and thought it would be great for us all to relisten to this sublime cover.

With that said, the two groups collaborated on Boyce Avenue's YouTube channel on this sublime cover and then Boyce released the live audio via iTunes a few weeks later. For me what makes this audio stand out are Fifth Harmony's sublime vocals and I really hope that their forthcoming debut album will give them moments to vocally shine as all five of these girls clearly can sang.

Therefore take a listen after the jump to their live audio cover of Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" and Enjoy!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "I Wish I Never Met You" (Sam Sparro)

Back in 2012, Sam Sparro released his sophomore LP Return to Paradise and while it hasn't made such a splash  hopefully more people will (re)discover the brilliance of Sam Sparro and his work, including his breakout single "Black & Gold."

With that said, the second single lifted from Return to Paradise is Sam's thumping "I Wish I Never Met You" and below you will find a spirited performance from Sam, his background singers and a pianist on the upbeat number.

Watch it all go down after the jump and work has it that Sam is busy working on his forthcoming third LP, so maybe some new music at the end of 2014?

Song of the Day: "Use Me" (Bill Withers)

"Use Me" - Bill Withers
  • Writer: Bill Withers
  • Producer: Bill Withers
  • Record Label: Sussex Records
  • Released in 1972 from Still Bill
  • Peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100

Amazing Cover: "Going On" (Ella Eyre)

While I am not familiar with Ella Eyre at all, I stumbled upon her take of the Gnarls Barkley nominated joint "Going On" last year and thought I should revisit it with all of you.

Featuring some powerhouse gritty pipes, Ella hails from London and her rendition of "Going On" is slated to appear on her forthcoming December 15th EP "Deeper." While the original was produced by Danger Mouse, Ella's version stays true to the melody but changes up the instrumentation a bit.

With that said, take a listen below to Ella Eyre's rendition of Gnarls Barkley's "Going On" and get to know Ella a bit better in the process!

A Cappella: "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" (Keke Wyatt)

Keke Wyatt performed a snippet of "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" on one of the earlier episodes of TV One's breakout hit R&B Divas and I wanted to hear more as she is a monster on these vocals so a few years ago, I search YouTube for another rendition.

With that said, I stumbled upon this a cappella rendition of her performing "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" while getting dressed after a photo shoot and Keke slays it.

Therefore, take a few minutes this sunday to get anointed by Keke's vocals on "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "My Boo" (Usher & Alicia Keys)

A decade ago, Usher and Alicia Keys released their duet "My Boo" as the fourth single from Usher's Confessions (2004). Featured on the re-release of his diamond-selling LP, Jermaine Dupri produced the song and co-wrote it along with Usher, Keys, Adonis Shropshire and Manuel Seal, Jr..

Staying atop the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks, the song ranked as the 24th biggest song of 2004 and for the decade of 2000-2009, it placed 36th among the top 100 songs of the decade. Still a jam and classic in its own right, I can't believe its been almost a decade since this one first hit the airwaves.

With that said, take a second listen below to Usher and Alicia Keys' collaboration "My Boo" as both Keys and Usher are busy working on new material for release!

Cut: "Slow Jam" (Usher & Monica)

Back in 1997, Usher released his sophomore album "My Way" and while the effort is best known for his hit singles "You Make Me Wanna...," "Nice & Slow" and the title-track "My Way," his cut with Monica, "Slow Jam" is one of those classic 90s jams that true fans of Usher and Monica jam to on the regular.

With that said, take a listen after the jump to Usher's cut "Slow Jam," featuring Monica and Enjoy!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Live Clip: "Holy Grail/Forever Young" (Jay Z & Beyoncé)

Earlier tonight in Central Park, Jay Z and his wife Beyoncé closed out the Global Citizens Concert with a short set that encompassed their Grammy-nominated collaboration "Holy Grail" as well as "Forever Young."

While Beyoncé suffered a wardrobe malfunction of sorts with her blouse after going ham on stage during "Holy Grail," being the megastar and entertainer that she is, she kept it on moving and you can watch their phenomenal performances of "Holy Grail" and "Forever Young" below!

Song of the Day: "Right There" (Ariana Grande ft. Big Sean)

"Right There" - Ariana Grande featuring Big Sean
  • Writers: Ariana Grande, Harmony Samuels, Carmen Reece, J. "Lonny" Bereal, James J-Doe Smith, Al Sherrod Lambert, Sean Anderson, Jeff Lorber
  • Producer: Harmony Samuels
  • Record Label: Republic
  • Released in 2013 from Yours Truly
  • Peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100

Amazing Cover: "The Reason" (Heather Headley)

Back in 2004, the title track to Hoobastank's sophomore album The Reason would go onto peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's biggest hit to date.

Fast-forward eight years and Heather Headley has breathed new life into this classic ballad from Hoobastank with the release of her fourth studio album Only One in the World.

While it was never released as a single, it is one of my favorite songs from Heather's Only One in the World and her discography as a whole and warrants a listen below of her sublime cover.

A Cappella: "So Emotional" (Whitney Houston)

Whitney Houston was known as 'The Voice' for a reason and when you listen to her isolated vocals from many of her popular recordings, you get a sense of just how powerful and aw-inspiring her vocal chops really were.

With that said, below you will find an isolated vocal performance of Whitney Houston of what would end up becoming the final mastered vocal for her #1 hit single "So Emotional." Recording during Houston's early years, it is mind-blowing to think that her voice wasn't even in its prime when she recorded this phenomenal vocal.

Take a listen below to her isolated a cappella rendition of "So Emotional" and Enjoy!

New Video: "I Get It" (Adrian Marcel ft. Casey Veggies)

Adrian Marcel has been building his profile slowly, but surely in the industry and after breaking-out with his single "2 AM," he's back with another solid joint, this time "I Get It," which features Casey Veggies and is lifted from his Weak After Next mixtape.

With that said, the visual is simple with Adrian and Casey chilling in the their hood as the music plays some sexy ladies roll through.

Peep the official music video for "I Get It" below and lookout for Adrian's forthcoming debut Republic EP later this year followed by his debut album projected for release in 2015!

Second Listen: "I Remember" (Keyshia Cole)

Back in 2007, Keyshia Cole released her sophomore album Just Like You and the second single from the platinum-selling set was her powerful ballad "I Remember" which she co-wrote with producer Greg Curtis.

Officially released from the set that December, "I Remember" would climb the charts to #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as well as #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. With that said, as Keyshia has released a follow-up to "I Remember" in the form of "Remember (Part 2)," I thought it would be nice to revisit the original.

Therefore, take a second listen below to "I Remember" from Keyshia Cole and lookout for her sixth album, Point of No Return, when it's released later this year!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Amazing Cover: "Someday We'll All Be Free" (Gregory Porter)

Lifted from Gregory Porter's performance at the LantarenVenster in Rotterdam, Netherlands from back in 2012, Gregory proves why all of the buzz and breakthrough success that he has been receiving is clearly warranted.

Therefore, watch Gregory Porter's performance of "Someday We'll All Be Free" below and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Love Is A Losing Game" (Amy Winehouse)

Back in 2007 at the Mercury Price Awards, Amy Winehouse offered up a phenomenal performance of her ballad "Love Is A Losing Game," which is off of her sophomore album Back To Black.

In honor of the late songstress' continued legacy, I thought it would be nice to showcase  this sublime performance from Amy as we continue to remember the valuable impact that she's had on music, especially with the current British wave that she helped usher in.

With that said, watch Amy's solid performance of my favorite joint from her "Love Is A Losing Game" below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Missing You" (Case)

"Missing You" - Case
  • Producers: Tim & Bob
  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Released in 2001 from Open Letter
  • Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • Nominated for a 2002 Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

TV Rewind: "Braxton Family Values" Season 4 Ep. 7

Last night on We TV, the seventh episode of season four's Braxton Family Values aired and the sisters finally come to a consensus about the future of The Braxtons project, which will now be a single, not a full on album.

In addition, Tamar goes to Atlanta to find her female background dancers, Trina hosts a Bar Chicks even in Los Angeles, and the sisters break the news to their momma about the change of musical plans for The Braxtons.

Peep the latest episode below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Cosmic Journey" (Solange ft. Bilal)

Back in 2008 Solange released her sophomore album Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams and it quickly became one of my top 5 favorite releases from 2008. Though it didn't received the type of commercial or critical acclaim that it deserved, Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams featured a distinct sonic quality that mixed 60s and 70s classic soul with techno and electric-synth pop of the 80s.

With that said, one of the standout joints from the set is Solange's soulful opus with Bilal "Cosmic Journey." Spanning over six minutes the joint deserves a listen or two  and if you don't have it, you should pick up her sublime sophomore effort. With that said, take a second listen below to "Cosmic Journey" and Enjoy!

Album in the Works: "Strong As Glass" (Goapele)

Goapele is gearing up to release her fifth studio album Strong As Glass next month on October 21st via Primary Wave and as an official followup to 2011's Break of Dawn, the 10-track set is led off by her current single "Hey Boy."

Featuring collaborations with Snoop Dogg as well as Eric Benét, the release of Strong As Glass will be followed by a North American tour to support her latest album. With that said, peep the official album cover art above and the tracklisting below and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Super Chris" (Chrisette Michele)

Chrisette Michele is finishing her stint on R&B Divas: Los Angeles and is now gearing up to release her forthcoming album The Lyricists Opus this November.

With that said, the first official single lifted from her forthcoming album comes in the form of "Super Chris," which showcases both Chrisette's powerhouse vocals and the lush live instrumentation that the set is all about.

Therefore, take a listen below to "Super Chris," which is the first single lifted from The Lyricists Opus and lookout for her conceptual project when it arrives this November!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Therapy" (Mary J. Blige)

After announcing her forthcoming new album The London Sessions, Mary J. Blige flew back across the pond to the UK and performed her new song "Therapy" during a performance at BBC Two's Later…with Jools Holland.

Bringing the house down with her iconic pipes on the Sam Smith co-written joint "Therapy," Blige has truly built a lot of anticipation for her upcoming December 2nd set and you can peep her performance of "Therapy" below ahead of The London Sessions release!

Song of the Day: "Pony" (Ginuwine)

"Pony" - Ginuwine
  • Writers: Static Major, Elgin Lumpkin, Tim Mosley
  • Producer: Timbaland
  • Record Label: 550/Epic
  • Released in 1996 from Ginuwine...the Bachelor
  • Peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart

Live Audio: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Aretha Franklin)

Back in 1972, the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin recorded a live album in Philadelphia entitled Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly, 1972. The set boasted a phenomenal live showing from Ms. Franklin and one of my all-time favorite jams from her, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was included on this live LP.

With that said, after the jump you will find the live audio of Aretha accompanying herself in addition to crooning out a sublime rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

New Joint: "Rhythm Of Love" (Danity Kane)

Despite breaking up last month, Danity Kane are moving forward with releasing their third album aptly entitled DK3 as a last hurrah for their dedicated fans. With that said, their set is slated to release on October 28th and the pre-order for the album will go live tomorrow, Friday September 28th for the ten-track set.

With that said, in addition to releasing the official album cover and tracklisting for DK3, Danity Kane have also released their new single "Rhythm of Love, which is the latest single from the trio that follows the set's lead single "Lemonade."

Having performed it along with other new joints such as "All In A Day's Work" during their reunion summer tour, "Rhythm of Love" is a solid mid-tempo from the now defunct trio and you can take a listen to it below as well as peeping the official tracklisting to DK3, due October 28th!

TV Rewind: "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" Reunion Pt. 1

Last night on TV One's R&B Divas: Los Angeles reunion (part one of two), the divas reconvened to discuss the ups and downs of the season and Chanté Moore seems to be the center of most of the drama, even bringing a security guard to the reunion because of false threats.

In addition, Michel'le opens up about getting help for her mental issues, Chrisette and Leela James open up about joining the first season, all of the ladies talk about their love lives, and so much more.

With that said, peep part one of the two part reunion of R&B Divas: Los Angeles below and lookout for part two of the reunion next week!

Second Listen: "Rock Steady" (The Whispers)

Back in 1987 The Whispers released their instant classic "Rock Steady," which was lifted from their eight studio album Just Gets Better with Time. Produced by Babyface and LA Reid, the song would go onto peak at #1 on the Hot Black Singles chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Still one of those jams that will get everyone up at a party, "Rock Steady" is one of the greatest jams from the 1980s in my opinion and arguably of all time. With that said, you can take a second listen to it below to The Whispers' "Rock Steady" and Enjoy!

Mashup: "Something About The Fire (Carlos Serrano Mix)" (Adele)

Adele and Daft Punk both owned the Grammy Awards with their respected albums 21 and Random Access Memories and back in 2012, someone created a sublime mashup of Adele's #1 hit "Set Fire to the Rain" and Daft Punk's "Something About Us."

While I am a little (okay a lot late) on this phenomenal mashup "Something About The Fire (Carlos Serrano Mix)" it is a sublime mashup to get your Friday night kicked off with and you can take a listen to Carlos Serrano's sublime mix below.

New Joint: "Something Good" (Estelle)

Estelle is gearing up to release her fourth studio album True Romance on November 4th and ahead of the set's release, the second official single has been lifted from the set in the form of "Something Good."

A solid up-tempo joint from the Grammy-winning singer/rapper/songwriter, "Something Good" is a great joint to usher us more fully into fall as it starts to get cooler in most places here in the States.

With that said, take a listen below to "Something Good" from Estelle below and lookout for her upcoming album True Romance when it's released November 4th!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Spirit In The Dark/ Reach Out and Touch" (Aretha Franklin)

Over 33 years ago, Ms. Aretha Franklin performed a stirring soul-raising concert at the Olympia in Paris. With that said, below you can find a video lifted form her monumental show where the Queen performs "Spirit In The Dark," as well as "Reach Out and Touch."

While it's been a minute since the Queen of Soul has belted it out oversees due to her fear of flying, hopefully she will once again grace international crowds as the rest of the world deserves to hear the Queen of Soul a few more times in my opinion.

With that said, watch Ms. Aretha Franklin below as she accompanies herself on the piano on "Spirit in the Dark" and "Reach Out and Touch."

Song of the Day: "How Will I Know" (Whitney Houston)

"How Will I Know" - Whitney Houston
  • Writers: George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam & Narada Michael Walden
  • Producer: Narada Michael Walden
  • Record Label: Arista Records
  • Released in 1985 from Whitney Houston
  • Peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 & the Hot Black Singles chart

Interview: Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson stopped by Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club earlier this morning to promote her just released third album JHUD and while being interviewed by the trio, Jennifer Hudson revealed a lot about herself including that her dream role would be to portray Aretha Franklin in the rumored biopic about the songstress's life, why she entitled her new album JHUD, as well as that she will eventually get married but that she and her fiancé are in no real rush.

In addition, Jennifer commented on the celebrity nudes scandal, wanting to go on tour to support JHUD, upcoming film projects that are in the works, and so much more. Peep Jennifer's interview below with The Breakfast Club and if you haven't gone out to support her and get her latest album JHUD, go out as it is in-stores now!

Second Listen: "Flyin' High ( In The Friendly Sky)" (Marvin Gaye)

Overy two years ago marked the 40th aniversary of Marvin Gaye's monumental and groundbreaking concept album What's Going On, and I've always felt that it's important for those less familiar with the album to get familiar with the album past its title track.

With that said, What's Going On is my favorite album of all time and one of the iconic joints from it has to be "Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)." Take a second listen to Gaye's classic "Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)" below and Enjoy!

Mashup: "Love Wicki Like This" (Ahmed Sirour)

Back in 2012, Ahmed Sirour released another banger in the form of his mashup of Faith Evan's 1998 hit single "Love Like This" and The Fatback Band's 1974 joint "Wicki Wacky."

Ahmed is one talented cat and how he puts together these remixes, mashups, and covers is unbeknownst to me, but my ears have certainly been reaping the benefits! With that said, this sublime mashup was available for a free download, and luckily I got mine while supplies lasted of this phenomenal mashup of The Fatback Band and Faith Evans.

Without further ado Ahmed Sirour presents...Fatback Faith "Love Wicki Like This" after the jump!

Live Clip: "The Way" (Ariana Grande)

These past few weeks have surrounded Ariana Grande with rumors about diva antics and behavior off camera and while the rumors continue to swirl, Ariana is business as usual. With that said, this past weekend here in Los Angeles, Ariana brought her My Everything promotional train to the Power 106 All Star Game and performed her summer smash "Problem" in addition to the song that started it all "The Way."

With that said, peep Ariana's sublime performance of "The Way" below and if you like what you hear and see, you can check Ariana out on tour next year on her Honeymoon Avenue Tour at the top of next year!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Video: "Love 'Em All (Lyric Video)" (K. Michelle)

Last Tuesday, K. Michelle debuted her new single "Love 'Em All" from her forthcoming sophomore album and now, she has released the official lyric video to tide us over until the official music video for "Love 'Em All" debuts in the near future.

Featuring the mannequins from the "Love 'Em All" single cover artwork, the mannequins pop up in various locations throughout New York City as K. Michelle's powerful words blaire throughout the video.

Peep the lyric video for "Love 'Em All" below and lookout for the official music video for K. Michelle's latest single soon!