Sunday, May 31, 2015

Song of the Day: "Where I Wanna Be" (Donell Jones)

"Where I Wanna Be" - Donell Jones
  • Writers: Donell Jones & Kyle West
  • Producer: Donell Jones
  • Record Label: LaFace/Arista
  • Released in 2000 from Where I Wanna Be
  • Peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and #29 on the Hot 100

Cut: "I Thought" (Brandy)

Brandy's third album 2002's Full Moon helped earn Brandy the monicker of "The Vocal Bible" and part of this has to due with her amazing layered vocals, runs, and husky voice that were really showcased on this project.

While "I Thought" never received the single's treatment from Brandy's groundbreaking "Full Moon," it remains one of my favorite cuts from the songstress and one of my personal standouts from this album.

Therefore, take a listen to the Rodney Jerkins produced thumper "I Thought" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Nobody Knows" (The Tony Rich Project)

Released in 1995 from his then forthcoming debut album Words, "Nobody Knows" is a solid acoustic R&B ballad written by Joe Rich and Don DuBose and produced by Tony Rich.

"Nobody Knows" would go onto peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and earn Rich a 1997 Grammy nominations for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. With that said, take a second listen below to this classic from Rich and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Stormy Monday" (Etta James)

The legendary and late Etta James' discography has numerous live albums within it and one of those albums is her Live In New York album.

With that said, one of the standout Blues joints from the effort is James' live rendition of "Stormy Monday." Take a listen below to this phenomenal live audio of Etta James' "Stormy Monday" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Higher Love" (Whitney Houston)

Earlier this week, I finished reading Narada Michael Walden's book Whitney Houston: The Voice, the Music, the Inspiration and of course this reading encouraged me to revisit Whitney Houston's discography and some of her lesser known songs including "Higher Love."

Originally Steve Winwood's 1986 #1 hit, "Higher Love" was  rerecorded by Houston, and intended to be included on her 1991 third album I'm Your Baby Tonight. The song was subsequently dropped from the album, however, it was released as a bonus single for the special Japanese release of her third album.

With that said, below you will find Whitney performing her take of the Steve Winwood classic during her regional Feel So Right Tour in Japan, 1990. Watch Whitney in all of her glory below and Enjoy!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Podcast: "The BackBeat Ep. 1: Got 2 Be Real"

After a few months of my friend Kyera asking me to do a podcast with her on music, we finally sat down yesterday and made our first episode. It might be a little rough around the edges but we had fun with it and I thought I would share it with you all.

On the first episode of The BackBeat, Marcus and Kyera discuss the Cheryl Lynn/Anita Baker beef, K. Michelle's response to Jaguar Wright, Azealia Banks, Lil Mama's new video for "Sausage," Erica Campbell's "I Luh God," #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat, A$AP Rocky's ALLA LP, anticipation for Tamia's new album and much more.

Cut: "Breaking The Law" (Emeli Sandé)

While Emeli Sandé is busy recording and working on her sophomore album, which is rumored to be set for release next year, I am still revisiting her sublime debut album Our Version of Events, which was primarily produced by Naughty Boy.

Co-written by Emeli Sandé, Shahid Khan and Ben Harrison, "Breaking The Law" was written by Emeli for her sister and while it was used in a different context for the show last night, this cut really should've become a single in my book.

Therefore, take a listen below to "Breaking The Law" below and Enjoy!

Interview: Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey phoned into Kyle and Jackie O radio show in Australia earlier this week and during the show, Mariah Carey opened up about writing her latest hit single "Infinity" just for the show because ending with "Touch My Body," didn't go with the vibe of the show, living in Vegas, doing anything lavish for her babies, as well as if there has been a drop off in fan mail due to social media.

In addition, Mariah Carey opened up about her expanding fanbase, her experience on American Idol, and so much more. Peep Mariah's latest interview below and if you have the opportunity go out to Vegas this summer to see Mariah on her current Vegas tour.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cut: "Love, Love, Love" (Donny Hathaway)

Donny Hathaway's last studio album 1973's Extension of a Man offered up some of the best material from the famed crooner and one of the cuts from his classic LP has to be "Love, Love, Love."

Sampled by Jay-Z for his hit "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Love, Love, Love" was released as the lead single from Extension of a Man, but is often forgotten as one of the gems from his discography. With that said, take a listen to "Love, Love, Love" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)" (Lianne La Havas)

Like myself, Lianne La Havas was captivated with Jill Scott's sublime debut album Who Is Jill Scott?: Words And Sounds Vol. 1 and during a special rendition of Candid Cover on Billboard Sessions, Lianne performed a solid rendition of "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)."

While no one really owns this song in my book besides Jill Scott, Lianne La Havas offers a brilliant interpretation of "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)"and you can watch her beautiful cover of it below!

Second Listen: "Who Am I to Say" (Hope)

Back in 2007, Tyler Perry released the feature film Why Did I Get Married? and the accompanying official soundtrack for the film featured some great classics and a few new gems, including the introduction to singer/songwriter Hope and her joint "Who Am I to Say."

While the version of "Who Am I to Say" on the soundtrack to Why Did I Get Married? feature a bossa nova arrangement, the original rendition from Hope offers more of a somber ballad interpretation and you can revisit her breakout joint "Who Am I to Say" below!

Rare Performance: "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" (Aretha Franklin)

The official soundtrack for the remake of Sparkle reignited interest in the original soundtrack and while the vocals to the remake in my opinion do not match the Queen of Soul's from the original Curtis Mayfield compositions, the women of the 2012 remake put together a solid and phenomenal effort in their own right.

Either way you feel, Ms. Franklin in my book has the top rendition followed closely behind by the funky divas of En Vogue. With that said, peep this rare performance of "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" below from the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin and Enjoy!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Song of the Day: "We Can't Be Friends" (Deborah Cox & R.L.)

"We Can't Be Friends" - Deborah Cox & R.L.
  • Writers and Producers: Shep Crawford and J. Russell
  • Record Label: Arista
  • Released in 1999 from One Wish
  • Peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Remix: "Glitter and Gold (Tom Farrago Remix)" (Rebecca Ferguson)

I don't know about you, but Rebecca Ferguson's "Glitter & Gold" is definitely always on my uptempo playlists and though "Glitter and Gold" didn't received the single's treatment here in the States yet, Tom Farrago's remix of the joint has me feeling the song even more than the sleek visual that accompanies the official release.

With that said, take a listen to "Glitter and Gold (Tom Farrago Remix) after the jump and Enjoy!

Cut: "Caged Bird" (Alicia Keys)

Back in 2001 with the release of Alicia Keys' debut album Songs in A Minor, she included a special song "Caged Bird," which riffs on and modified the words from Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings."

As we continue to honor her legacy and mourn the loss of Dr. Angelou, I thought it would be nice to revisit this cut from Alicia Keys as she stays true to the theme and spirit of the originally powerful song. With that said, take a listen below to Alicia Keys' "Caged Bird" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Que Sera, Sera" (Corinne Bailey Rae)

In early 2011, Corinne Bailey Rae released "The Love E.P." and my advisor hipped be today to Corinne's thirteen minute rendition of "Que Sera, Sera" originally performed by Doris Day and made popular by a variety of artists including Sly and the Family Stone.

With that said, below you will find Corinne's rendition from Glastonbury back in 2010, though the rendition on her EP was lifted from a rousing performance at DC's 9:30 Club. Therefore watch her performance of "Que Sera, Sera" below from Glastonbury and Enjoy!

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!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Song of the Day: "Make It Last Forever" (Keith Sweat ft. Jacci McGhee)

"Make It Last Forever" - Keith Sweat featuring Jacci McGhee
  • Writers: Keith Sweat and Teddy Riley
  • Producers: Keith Sweat and Teddy Riley
  • Record Label: Vintertainment/Elektra Records
  • Released in 1988 from Make It Last Forever
  • Peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot Black Singles chart

Cut: "So Good" (Destiny's Child)

Featured as the second track on Destiny's Child's sophomore album The Writing's on the Wall, "So Good" is one of my favorite Destiny's Child songs and also happens t be one of LaTavia Roberson's favorites as well, of the original lineup and current R&B Divas: Atlanta fame.

Cowritten by Beyoncé Knowles, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, Kandi Burruss and produced and co-written by Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, "So Good," is a slept on joint within Destiny's Child's discography and I thought it would be nice to revisit it below.

Second Listen: "So Gone" (Monica)

Back in 2003, Monica released "So Gone," which was one out of several tracks rapper-producer Missy Elliott wrote and produced along with Kenneth Cunningham and Jamahl Rye from production duo Spike & Jamahl for Monica's fourth studio album, After the Storm. Incorporating elements of hip hop and 1970s-style quiet storm as well as soul music, it features a sample from the 1976 song "You Are Number One", penned by Zyah Ahmonuel and performed by The Whispers.

Following the less successful chart performances of previous singles "All Eyez on Me" and "Too Hood", J Records released the song on April 8, 2003 as the lead single form After the Storm in the United States. The song was lauded by critics, who praised its vintage touches and sparse hip hop–influences.

"So Gone" became Monica's biggest commercial success in years, reaching number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top of both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot Dance Club Play charts, becoming her first chart topper since 1998's "The First Night".

With that said, take a second listen below to Monica's "So Gone" and Enjoy!

New Joint: "If I Don't Have You" (Tamar Braxton)

While Tamar Braxton has been busy co-hosting FOX's daytime talkshow The Real and co-starring on Braxton Family Values, Tamar has also been in the studio working on her forthcoming fourth album.

With that said, after teasing her Tamartians on Twitter with #TamartianSurprise, the Grammy-nominated songstress is finally back with her new single "If I Don’t Have You," which also dropepd on iTunes late last night.

Produced by Da Internz, Tamar's new single is another solid effort lifted from her forthcoming album Calling All Lovers, which is slated for a July 31st release. While it is unclear if my favorite joint "Let Me Know" will be featured on her upcoming album, I sure hope it does.

Take a few minutes to listen to Tamar's latest ballad "If I Don't Have You" below and lookout for Calling All Lovers when it's released July 31st!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Song of the Day: "Sweet Life" (Frank Ocean)

"Sweet Life" - Frank Ocean
  • Writers: Christopher Francis Ocean & Pharrell Williams
  • Producers: Pharrell Williams & Christopher Francis Ocean
  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Released in 2012 from channel ORANGE
  • Peaked at #124 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart

Cut: "Breaking The Law" (Emeli Sandé)

While Emeli Sandé is busy recording and working on her sophomore album, which is rumored to be set for release next year, I am still revisiting her sublime debut album Our Version of Events, which was primarily produced by Naughty Boy.

Co-written by Emeli Sandé, Shahid Khan and Ben Harrison, "Breaking The Law" was written by Emeli for her sister and while it was used in a different context for the show last night, this cut really should've become a single in my book.

Therefore, take a listen below to "Breaking The Law" below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Love Rain (Suite)" (Jill Scott)

On my way back from the San Diego Jazz Festival this past weekend, my friend Kevin and I were jamming to Jill Scott's first live album Experience: Jill Scott 826+ and the career defining live performance of "Love Rain (Suite)," which for both of us was the standout from that live set.

While the recorded version of "Love Rain" is a solid cut from Jill's sublime debut album Who Is Jill Scott: Words & Sounds Vol. 1, the recorded version aptly entitled "Love Rain (Suite)" upped the ante so much on this cut that it stole the entire live recording in my book becoming a distinct moment is Jill's storied career.

With that said, take a listen below to Jill Scott's sublime audio performance of "Love Rain (Suite)" and see if you can hear her then background singer Vivian Green!

Second Listen: "Right Here" (SWV)

I had the pleasure of attending the San Diego Jazz Festival's closing night this past Sunday and one of the highlights from the show as SWV's sublime set where the Sisters With Voices along with their live band performing a rousing set of classic hits and cuts.

With that said, one of those such hits was their Michael Jackson "Human Nature" flavored joint "Right Here," which was originally featured on the groups 1992 smash LP It's About Time. Therefore, take a second listen to "Right Here" below and Enjoy!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Live Audio: "Fool That I Am" (Adele)

One of Adele's biggest vocal influences was the late Etta James. Adele often credits listening to James' records as helping her find her own voice. With that said, following her passing a few years ago, Adele took to her website to post a brief reflection on the legendary singer.
"What a lady Etta James was. She was the ultimate original. Her voice was breath taking and her songs are reflections we all recognise in some way or another. Its an honour every time I hear her voice. I saw her at BB Kings in New York a few years ago, and it was something I will remember forever. Thank you to Etta James. And i send all my love to her family and friends xxxx" – Adele
Therefore take a listen to this amazing live audio of Adele covering the Etta James classic "Fool That I Am" during one of her concerts back in 2008 below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "I Want You" (Erykah Badu)

Was reminiscing last night about how Erykah Badu set it off earlier that night in San Diego and one of the most riveting moments of her set was her rousing performance of her cut "I Want You."

Lifted from her third studio album Worldwide Underground, "I Want You" was never released as a single from the album but proves to be one of the most riveting moments of a Badu show as I've seen her perform it multiple times with the same enthralling reaction from the crowd.

Crafted by Badu, Audrey Magett, James Poyser, and B. Rashad Smith, we can all (re)visit E.Badu's classic cut "I Want You" after the jump!

Amazing Cover: "If Only You Knew" (Coko)

Coko from SWV has one of the most dynamic voices that R&B has seen in the past 20 plus years.

With that said, the front woman to SWV performed at BB King's R&B Night several years ago and busted out an amazing cover of Patti LaBelle's classic "If Only You Knew."

While many should steer clear of LaBelle's discography, Coko possesses such control over her powerful and dynamic vocals that her cover warrants tremendous praise, Check out her aw inspiring cover after the jump and Enjoy!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Song of the Day: "Pretty Wings" (Maxwell)

"Pretty Wings" - Maxwell
  • Writers and Producers: Maxwell and Hod Davis
  • Record Label: Columbia 
  • Released in 2009 from BLACKsummers'night
  • Peaked at #1 on U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • Won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Live Audio: "Distant Lover" (Marvin Gaye)

The follow live audio of Marvin's is clearly one of my favorite live audio recordings hands down and for those who have been following this blog awhile, should probably note this already as it seems as though I post this same live audio clip of Marvin Gaye almost every month.

With that said, take a few minutes and listen as Marvin croons out an opus of perfection on his live joint "Distant Lover." While in my book this live recording is definitely better than the recorded version, listen below to Gaye's crooning of "Distant Lover" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "T.O.N.Y." (Solange)

One of the numerous standouts from Solange's sublime sophomoric body of work Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, has to be her infectious single "T.O.N.Y." Written and produced by Jack Splash and Cee-Lo Green, "T.O.N.Y." was released as the album's third and final single and "T.O.N.Y." is used as a metaphor and shortening of "The Other Night oh Y?", referring to a one night stand.

With that said, take a second listen below to Solange's "T.O.N.Y." and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Just Right for Me" (Monica ft. Lil Wayne)

More than three years after giving us her last studio album New Life, Monica is gearing up to release her latest LP Code Red later this year and the first official single from the project hit the net earlier this week.

Featuring Lil Wayne on an opening verse, the Plow Da Don-produced "Just Right for Me" is a solid mid-tempo that has a lovestuck Monica crooning it out on the chorus how much her man is "just right for me."

With that said, take a listen below to "Just Right for Me" and lookout for her forthcoming album Code Red when it's released later this year with production from Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Dallas Austin.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Song of the Day: "My Life" (K. Michelle ft. Meek Mill)

"My Life" - K. Michelle ft. Meek Mill
  • Writers: Kimberly Pate, Bianca Atterberry, Ervin Ward II, Dean Beresford, Robert Williams
  • Producers: Nexx Generation
  • Record Label: Atlantic Records
  • Featured on 2013's Rebellious Soul

New Video: "Satellites" (Bilal)

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Bilal is building off of the momentum he has found in recent months through working with Kendrick Lamar and is set to release his forthcoming fifth studio album In Another Life, which is lead off by the first single "Satellites," and features appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. and Kimbra.

With that said, the official video for "Satellites" focuses on the cultural landscape of today including the escalating police brutality incidences, poverty, homelessness, as well as mental illness. Peep the official video for "Satellies" below and lookout for  In Another Life, when it's released June 30th via Purpose Music Group/eOne Music.

Second Listen: "Everything I Do" (Beyoncé ft Bilal)

Back in 2003 "The Fighting Temptations" film was released and the accompanying soundtrack gained critical praise for the vocal stylings of Beyonce and the cast.

With that said, one of the standouts from the soundtrack was the Beyonce and Bilal duet "Everything I Do." While the song was briefly showcased in the film, the song is a solid effort that shows of the phenomenal vocal stylings of both Beyonce and Bilal.

Take a second listen below to "Everything I Do" and Enjoy!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Live Clip: "Exit Wounds" (Luke James)

Luke James stopped by FOX's THE REAL this past Tuesday to promote his self-titled debut album Luke James and perform his new single "Exit Wounds."

Featuring just the piano track, Luke belted out the emotional ballad sublimely and hopefully his performance will attract more listeners to his solid debut album Luke James, which really does deserve more critical and commercial attention if you ask me.

With that said, peep Luke's performance of "Exit Wounds" below from THE REAL and Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Song of the Day: "Who Can I Run To" (Xscape)

"Who Can I Run To" - Xscape
  • Writers: Alstin, Roebuck, Simmons
  • Producer: Jermaine Dupri
  • Record Label: Columbia Records
  • Released in 1995 from Off the Hook
  • Peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • A cover of The Jones Girls' 1979 song

Trailer: "Amy" (Amy Winehouse)

After making its official Cannes debut, the official trailer to Amy has hit the net. Focusing on one of music's most memorable and talented artists of the last 25 years, the film looks at the meteoric rise of Amy with her debut album Frank and then her global smash sophomore LP Back to Black, which has been heralded by many as one of the greatest bodies of works from the 2000s.

With that said, the film also engages her troubling personal life that eventually led to the loss of one of music's most unique and true voices. Watch the trailer for Amy below and lookout for the film when it  hits limited theaters July 3rd before expanding nationwide July 10th.

Second Listen: "Feels Good" (Tony! Toni! Toné!)

In 1990, Tony! Toni! Toné! would go onto release "Feels Good," which would become the trio's first top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at #9) and peaked at #1 on the Hot Black Singles chart.

Lifted as the third official single from Tony! Toni! Toné!'s sophomore set The Revival, "Feels Good" is one of those classic 90s New Jack Swing joints that warrants a second listen below!

Amazing Cover: "Distant Lover" (CJ Hilton)

Back in 2014, CJ Hilton released his own cover of the Marvin Gaye classic "Distant Lover" to honor the passing of the late, great vocalist. While it was released last year, I thought it would be nice to revisit this cover while we await to hear what CJ is working on next.

Therefore, take a listen below to CJ's cover of the late great Marvin Gaye's "Distant Lover" and you be the judge on how he marks to Marvin's version. In my opinion, it's a little too vocally polished for this type of song, but it's clear that CJ can sing. Either way, you be the judge below!

Live Clip: "Lady/He Loves Me/Outstanding" (Avery*Sunshine)

Back in 2010, Avery*Sunshine opened up for Ledisi during one of her tour stops and during Avery's set, she performed a sublime medley of hits from the likes of D'Angelo, Jill Scott, and The Gap Band.

Merging the D'Angelo classic "Lady," Jill Scott's evergreen ballad "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)" and the iconic Gap Band's "Outstanding," Avery*Sunshine sets the stage on fire with her brand of soul and I really hope she records her medley of these three classic hits one day because this Avery*Sunshine creation is truly the jam.

With that said, take a few minutes and take in Avery*Sunshine's phenomenal medley below!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Live Audio: "I'm Every Woman" (Whitney Houston)

Back in 1978 Chaka Khan took this Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson penned to the top of the charts and  almost two decades later Houston would do the same with "I'm Every Woman." While Chaka performed a sublime tribute rendition of "I'm Every Woman" at the 2012 BET Awards, I thought it would be nice to take a listen to Houston's own live rendition of the classic.

Lifted from her 1994 concert stop during her The Bodyguard World Tour, Houston shuts it down during this encore performance. Listen below to Whitney Houston's live rendition of "I'm Every Woman" and Enjoy!

Album Cover: "WILDHEART" (Miguel)

Miguel's highly anticipated third album WILDHEART is slated for release next month on June 30th and yesterday the GRAMMY-winning R&B singer/songwriter released the official album cover featuring Miguel shirtless in a cloud while caressing a naked women.

Speaking to VH1 about the follow-up to his 2012 breakout sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel said that this album is "just more aggressive. It’s just raw. That’s why I love this album."

Led off by the Wale-assisted single "Coffee (Fu**ing)," the album WILDHEART also features new joints such as "nwa," "Hollywood Dreams," "Leaves," "Face the Sun," "A Beautiful Exit," and "In the Valley."

With that said, peep the official album cover above and view the video teaser for "Coffee" below.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Song of the Day: "Next Lifetime" (Erykah Badu)

"Next Lifetime" - Erykah Badu
  • Writers: Erykah Badu & A. Scott
  • Producer: Tone the Backbone
  • Released in 1997 from Baduizm
  • Peaked at #3 on the Billboard US Hot R&B Songs Chart

New Video: "Hard To Do" (K. Michelle)

K. Michelle has been busy on tour promoting her sublime sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? and now the set's latest single "Hard To Do,"'s official music video has hit the net.

Featuring a zebra, a few peacocks, and a love interest, K. Michelle is the focus of "Hard To Do" and I am so glad that this single has finally gotten the official visual treatment as it's about time we hear another great new K. Michelle single on the airwaves.

With that said, watch K. Michelle's wilderness inspired video for "Hard To Do" below and Enjoy!

Video Preview: "Infinity" (Mariah Carey)

Earlier today, Mariah Carey released a teaser for her forthcoming video for her new single "Infinity," which is her new single and closes out her Vegas residency show every night.

Featuring Mariah in her dressing room, getting ready to hit the stage at her Las Vegas show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the Brett Ratner-directed clip is slated for release later this week after her greatest hits album #1 to Infinity hit stores today.

Peep the preview of her video for "Infinity" below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Superwoman" (Lil Mo ft. Fabolous)

Was catching up on TV One's R&B Divas this weekend and Lil Mo in my book is the clear the breakout star of the show. With that said, I was trolling YouTube reliving some of Lil Mo's performances and I stumbled upon this phenomenal mashup of her performing the Karyn White classic "Superwoman" with her Fabolous assisted hit single "Superwoman."

With that said, watch her phenomenal performance lifted from BET's 106 & Park after the jump and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Giving Myself" (Jennifer Hudson)

Check out this amazing live radio performance of "Giving Myself" that Jennifer gave to The Steve Harvey Morning Show back in 2008 while she was promoting her self-titled debut album Jennifer Hudson.

She is blowing on this audio clip and these are the type os songs I hope will continue to find their way into her discography over time. Take a listen below to Jennifer Hudson shut it down on her Robin Thicke written cut "Giving Myself" and Enjoy!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Song of the Day: "Don't Make Me Wait" (Jazmine Sullivan)

"Don't Make Me Wait" - Jazmine Sullivan
  • Writers: Carlos McKinney and Jazmine Sullivan
  • Producer: Carlos McKinney
  • Record Label: J Records
  • Featured on 2010's Love Me Back

Amazing Cover: "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" (Jennifer Hudson)

During the promotional tour for Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson performed at several mini-showcases to introduce herself the the critics and tastemakers before and after the film was released. During one of these events, Jennifer offered up a sublime interpretation of the Gladys Knight & The Pips classic "Where Peaceful Waters Flow."

Though it is not a recognizable classic from Gladys Knight & The Pips, Jennifer made "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" her own and in my opinion should record an official cover of this for her a forthcoming album. Either way, watch her sublime cover of "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" below and Enjoy!