Saturday, October 31, 2015
In honor of Halloween, I though it might be nice to revisit a classic song that has become synonymous with Halloween.
With that said, I offer up Nina Simone's sublime rendition of Screamin' Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You." Though Screamin' Jay Hawkins released his rendition back in 1956, the song didn't chart until Nina Simone covered the joint in 1965 where it would go on to peak at #23 on the Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles.
Take a listen below to Nina Simone's amazing cover of "I Put a Spell on You" below and Enjoy!
Back in 1984, Michael Jackson released "Thriller," the seventh and final single from his sixth studio album, 1982's Thriller. Written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones, "Thriller" received positive reviews from critics and became Jackson's seventh top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart from the album, peaking at #4 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart.
With that said, as we celebrate Halloween, I thought it would be nice to revisit Jackson's "Thriller" as it was ranked number one on "The Top 10 Halloween Songs" list by Billboard. Therefore, take a few minutes below to enjoy the spooky music video for Jackson's "Thriller," which was adapted by American Werewolf In London director John Landis and Enjoy!
Friday, October 30, 2015
Back in 1977, Patti LaBelle released her debut self-titled solo album Patti LaBelle and one of the standouts from her early set has to be the emotional ballad "Do I Stand A Chance."
Co-written by LaBelle, Budd Ellison, Armstead Edwards, "Do I Stand A Chance" is one of those joints that only diehard Patti LaBelle fans are aware of as it's such a deep cut in her discography, that it is often forgotten by fans.
With that said, take a listen below to the sublime cut "Do I Stand A Chance" and Enjoy!
Thursday, October 29, 2015
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."
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Back in 1993, Toni Braxton released "Another Sad Love Song," which was the first official single from Toni's self-titled debut album, Toni Braxton. Though she had released two singles prior to "Another Sad Love Song," this was the single that put Toni on the map to superstardom and would create the legend that we are familiar with today.
While "Another Sad Love Song" was her first major hit, a lot of work from her debut album Toni Braxton seems to of been forgotten in the current context and it's a shame because Toni's debut album is one of the best debuts of the 1990s in my opinin.
With that said, take a listen after the jump to the smooth ballad "Another Sad Love Song" and Enjoy!
While I've still been enjoying D'Angelo's Black Messiah, I've also been revisiting his discography and of course his sublime duet with Erykah Badu has been gracing my ears as well.
With that said, D'Angelo and Erykah Badu offered a sublime cover of the Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell classic "Your Precious Love" back in the mid-1990s as the two were still building their now legendary careers.
Written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, D'Angelo and Badu's cover of "Your Precious Love" is a great reinterpretation and was featured on the High School High soundtrack back in 1996. Listen below to their smooth duet and Enjoy!
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!
Monday, October 26, 2015
Tinashe stopped by Ebro in the Morning on Hot 97 and the conversation started off regarding her thirst trapping on Instagram and Playboy. In addition to talking about social media and Drake's "Hotline Bling," Tinashe talked about working with Chris Brown on her new single "Player," the craziest thing she's seen on tour with Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill.
Tinashe also spoke on weed, her thoughts on her Janet Jackson tribute performance at the 2015 BET Awards, her song "Party Favors" with Young Thug, her mixtapes, how Tinashe has never seen the Back to the Future films, and so much more. Peep their interview with Tinashe below and Enjoy!
The Queen of Soul Ms. Aretha Franklin took to San Francisco's Fillmore West on March 6th, 1971 and turing the place out with her thumping Ray Charles assisted rendition of "Spirit In The Dark."
Spanning nearly 25-minutes, the duo performed an electrifying, once in a lifetime performance of "Spirit In The Dark" that any soul fan has to see at least once in their life.
With that said, peep this rare black-and-white footage of Ms. Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles sharing the stage on "Spirit In The Dark" after the jump and Enjoy!
With that said, take a listen to their phenomenal live version of their classic jam "Devotion" from Gratitude below and Enjoy!
In July of 1982, Evelyn "Champagne" King released her future hit and classic single "Love Come Down." Produced by Morrie Brown and written by Kashif, "Love Come Down" was the first single released from her multi-platinum, number-one R&B album, Get Loose.
Peaking at #1 on both the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart and the Dance charts, "Love Come Down" would also go onto peak at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. and become a solid top twenty hit for Evelyn "Champagne" King.
With that said, take a listen below to this solid cut "Love Come Down" below and Enjoy!
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Back in 1966, Ray Charles released his take of the Buck Owens' song "Crying Time." Written and originally recorded by Owens, in 1964, the song failed to chart, though Charles' rendition would go on to peak at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #5 on the R&B Charts.
Charles' rendition even went on to win the first and only Grammy Award for Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance - Male or Female back in 1967. With that said, take a second listen after the jump to "Crying Time" and Enjoy!
Back in 2011 and parts of 2012, Demi Lovato would often perform a sublime acoustic cover of Lil Wayne's hit single "How To Love" during her sets. While on paper the idea doesn't seem to gel, Demi's sublime vocals along with a solid melody from "How To Love" proved to be a winning combo.
With that said, maybe one day Demi will record her acoustic cover as a bonus track for one of her LPs as it really is a standout performance in her discography in my opinion. Peep her performance of "How To Love" from her Club Nokia performance from back in 2011 below and Enjoy!
Take a listen below to Melody Thorton's take on Cee-Lo Green's "Love Gun." Originally expected to appear on Melody's upcoming solo project, Cee-Lo instead used it on his album The Lady Killer with the Paradisco Girls' Lauren Bennett.
While I prefer Melody's version to the one used on Cee-Lo's album, the song as a whole is a nice catchy song and proves to really showcases Melody's phenomenal vocals. Listen below and Enjoy!
To celebrate his 30th birthday, Miguel dropped an unreleased song from his music vault entitled "U R on My Mind," which he recorded back in the fall of 1999 with Blu and Anthony Williams.
While Miguel is currently promoting his third album, Wildheart "U R on My Mind," is definitely a neo-soul groove inspired by the likes of D'Angelo and recorded by Miguel when he was 14. With that said, take a listen below to "U R on My Mind" and Enjoy!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
- Writers: Chaka Khan and Tony Maiden
- Record Label: ABC Records
- "Sweet Thing" was released in 1975 from Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
- Peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles
Back in 2010, Oprah Winfrey was honored during the Kennedy Center Honors and during her tribute, Jennifer Hudson took the stage and performed an amazing cover of The Color of Purple's powerhouse ballad "I'm Here."
Truly a class act, Hudson transforms this uplifting power ballad and makes it her own in a way that has had me wanting her to release her own recorded rendition. With that said, watch Jennifer Hudson's sublime performance of "I'm Here," which she was requested to perform from Oprah herself below and Enjoy!
I was listening to Justine Skye's sublime EP Emotionally Unavailable and her ballad "Sugarcoated" really jumped out to me for some reason.
Offering a phenomenal vocal performance from Skye, as well as some touching lyrics such as "In real life I'm a smart girl, but I do stupid stuff sometimes," "Sugarcoated" would seem to be a great cut to select as the next single from Emotionally Unavailable.
As we move into cuffing season, I am sure a lot of folks are going to need a slow jam to get emotional over and as Justine gets ready to hit the road, "Sugarcoated" would be a great choice to get folks to give emotionally Unavailable a second listen.
With that said, take a listen to Justine Skye's cut "Sugarcoated" below and Enjoy!
Was jamming to my "Grooves" playlist last night while I enjoyed a nice relaxing night and Erykah Badu's cut "I Want You" of course came blaring through my speakers.
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!
Friday, October 23, 2015
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" – AdeleTherefore 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 lookout for 25 when it's released November 20th!
After almost a five years since the release of her landmark sophomore album 21, Adele is back with the lead single "Hello," from her forthcoming third album 25. In true Adele fashion, "Hello" was more than worth the weight and features poignant lyrics and powerhouse vocals from the Queen of British Soul.
With that said, in addition to releasing her new song "Hello" today, Adele dropped the accompanying visual which features Tristan Wilds as her former love interest in the beautifully shot video. Watch the powerful video for "Hello" from Adele below and lookout for 25 when it's released worldwide on November 20th!
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Below, you will be able to take a listen to Smokie Norful's amazing cover of the Whitney Houston classic "Run To You." Smokie recorded the song for his 2006 album Life Changing, and turned the soulful ballad into a gospel spiritual that I am sure even Houston would approve.
With that said, listen to his smooth honey-tinged voice tackle the Houston classic after the jump and Enjoy!
Back in 2011, Marsha Ambrosius released her debut solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings and one of the standout joints from her LP has to be her rearrangement of the Lauryn Hill penned and original "Lose Myself."
While Lauryn Hill's rendition was featured on Surf's Up (Motion Picture Soundtrack), Ambrosius' smooth silky soulful take of "Lose Myself" is a welcomed cover from Late Nights & Early Mornings.
With that said, take a listen below to Marsha's smooth cut and cover of the Lauryn Hill original "Lose Myself" and Enjoy!
With the release of Black Radio 2 almost two years ago, a lot more people, myself included revisited Robert Glasper's Grammy-winning LP Black Radio, which features a who's who in music today, just as its followup Black Radio 2 does.
With that said, my clear favorite from the first LP in the Black Radio series has to be the Lalah Hathaway assisted take on the Sade classic "Cherish the Day." Therefore, take a second listen below to Lalah Hathaway and Robert Glasper Experiment's amazing collaboration on Sade's "Cherish the Day" and Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Last night I was talking to my friend Terron about vocalists and somehow we got on the topic of the forever slept on and underrated vocal phenom Rahsaan Patterson. We both agreed that he could chop anyone up in a few notes with his aw-inspiring range and heavenly tone.
With that said, Terron told me to listen to any of his covers of Sade's "Love Is Stronger Than Pride" and so off to YouTube I went and found this sublime live audio recording of him performing this Sade classic in Tokyo from back in 2007.
Therefore, soak in this sublime live rendition of Sade's "Love Is Stronger Than Pride from Rahsaan Patterson below and Enjoy!
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!
Back in 2006, Heather Headley released her sophomore album In My Mind and while the album only released two singles, one of my favorite cuts from her Gold-certified LP has to be "Am I Worth It."
Produced by Warryn Campbell, this smooth mid-tempo joint is just one of those great joints that only true fans of Headley are probably aware of. With that said, take a listen below to "Am I Worth it" and Enjoy!
Released as her second single from Moodring, "Fallen" was a nice smooth joint that went rather overlooked back when it was released in 2003. "Fallen" in my opinion was one of Mya's finest records and hopefully her next album will feature more songs in line with "Fallen" instead of the dance/pop trend that a lot of her peers are currently doing.
Either way, take a second listen to her "Fallen" below and hopefully it will encourage you to revisit Mya's phenomenal LP Moodring, as it was such a sublime album from the famed singer/songwriter that warrants further attention in my book.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
A few months ago, VIBE posted a stirring rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" done by none other than GRAMMY-nominee Jazmine Sullivan. Considered a vocal phenom in her own right, Jazmine Sullivan reinterpreted the stunning power ballad from The Bodyguard into a more soulful bluesy number that only her contralto vocals could.
With that said, peep Jazmine's sublime cover of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" below and Enjoy!
While Miguel is busy promoting his third album WildHeart, I thought it might be nice to revisit "Sure Thing," which Miguel released as the second single from his debut album All I Want Is You.
Written by himself, his brother and R&B singer Jawan Harris, and produced by Happy Perez, the song marked Miguel's first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and was his most successful single to date, until "Adorn's" release in 2012.
Going onto be certified platinum, "Sure Thing" is one of Miguel's biggest hits to date and as he continues with the WildHeart era, I thought it might be nice to revisit one of the songs that began his career. With that said, take a second listen to "Sure Thing" below from Miguel and Enjoy!
GRAMMY-winner Monica is hitting the road this Fall with her forthcoming The Code Red Experience ahead of the album's release this December. Entitled code red because of the emergency Monica sees in the genre of R&B, Monica is one of the genre's consistent heavyweights and her blending the original with the current is something I am sure we are all looking forward to.
With that said, Monica stopped by FOX's Good Day LA yesterday to announce The Code Red Experience that will feature Rico Love that kicks off next month in Las Vegas at the Brooklyn Bowl and will conclude December 13th in New York at the Gramercy Theater.
With that said, peep Monica's interview and the tour dates below and lookout for her album Code Red when it's released this December!
Monday, October 19, 2015
Though Craig David has been away from the spotlight for a minute, the crooner's smooth and soulful vocals have been missed by many. While a number of popular artists rely on autotune and crafty studio techniques, Craig David is the real deal.
With that said, take a listen below to his phenomenal cover of the Kings of Leon smash hit "Use Somebody." Lifted from his BBC 1 Xtra Live Lounge performance, Craig David strips his cover down and croons it out perfectly. Listen below and Enjoy!
Back in 2010, Duffy released her sophomore album Endlessly and while it did not match the commercial success of her debut album Rockferry, Endlessly offered up some sublime material from the Grammy-winning songstress including her co-written title-track "Endlessly."
Though it was never released as a single, "Endlessly" is a somber ballad from Duffy that puts her vocals on full display. With that said, take a first or second listen below to "Endlessly" and Enjoy!
During this weekend, Miguel was one of the performers at 1Xtra Live 2015 in Leeds and during his set, he of course performed "Coffee," which is the lead single from his third album Wildheart, which was released earlier this year.
While Miguel's Wildheart, hasn't caught on as quickly as Kaleidoscope Dreams, it's a solid effort and has a few bangers on it in my opinion. With that said, watch Miguel's performance of "Coffee" from 1Xtra Live below and Enjoy!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
I was on Twitter moments ago and one of the accounts I follow Shady Music Facts had a video teaser of Adele's new song that is rumored for release at the top of November, with her highly anticipated followup to 21, 25 set to follow later that month.
With that said, it's unclear what the song is titled, but as always Adele brings it vocally and you can get the preview of her new song below!
Over five years ago, Lalah Hathaway took part in the Earth, Wind and Fire tribute during the televised Soul Train Awards. During the segment Lalah performed a sublime rendition of "Love's Holiday" which she recorded several years ago for the EWF tribute album Interpretations.
While her sublime live rendition from that night seems to of disappeared from the net, luckily we still have her recorded tribute cover for "Love's Holiday" from Interpretations. Therefore, take a listen below to her phenomenal rendition of "Love's Holiday" and Enjoy!
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!
Was going through a playlist I had and Aaliyah's "Come Over" came on and I thought it would be appropriate to take a second listen to the her last solo single as. This song is one of the six previously unreleased tracks on Aaliyah's first posthumously released compilation album, I Care 4 U. It was released in US as the third single from the album.
"Come Over" charted well, peaking at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, thanks to its heavy rotation on radio stations. With that said, Aaliyah's vocals for "Come Over" are actually lifted from a demo version of the original version sung by Changing Faces which appeared on their 2000 album Visit Me.
Take a second listen after the jump to "Come Over" and Enjoy!
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Miguel took to Twitter yesterday to reveal that "Waves," will be the latest single from his third album Wildheart and also released a thirty second clip of the trippy video which also features a quick cameo appearance from J. Cole, who appears in the club singing along to some of the lyrics.
With that said, peep the official teaser clip of Miguel's "Waves," and lookout for its release soon!
I had the pleasure of seeing Janet Jackson last night in Inglewood at The Forum during her Unbreakable World Tour and one of the numerous standouts for me during her set had to be "I Get Lonely."
Lifted from her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope, the song was written and produced by Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Jackson's then-husband, René Elizondo, Jr. (co-wrote). Released as the album's third single, "I Get Lonely" expresses loneliness and the desire for an estranged lover and became Jackson's eigthtteenth consecutive top ten hit on the Hot 100, setting a record as the only female artist to achieve that feat, surpassed only by Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
The song received a BMI Pop Award for "Most Played Song" and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. With that said, take a second listen to "I Get Lonely" below and Enjoy!
Friday, October 16, 2015
In this week’s episode of The BackBeat, we discuss why TI should have just shut the hell up instead of saying his sexist comments about Hillary Clinton & women presidents, we review Bryson Tiller’s new LP Trap Soul, & share our thoughts on the American Music Award nominations, which recognized both Fetty Wap for Best New Artist and D’Angelo’s Black Messiah LP for Soul/R&B Album. We also look out how hip-hop culture is slowly taking over primetime with new shows by Ludacris, Diddy, and Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino are in the works. We get into our feelings over Bobby Brown’s alleged “tell all” book on Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina, as well as highlight the activism of Lady Gaga and Lupe Fiasco through their foundations to serve teenagers struggling with mental illness and bring start-ups to inner city communities.
Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear what our Songs of The Moment are this week! Marcus chooses some great songs from Amel Larrieux, Tamar Braxton, and Janet Jackson. Kyera dips into the discography of Musiq Soulchild, Lady Leshurr, and The Internet.
Back in 1994, Chanté Moore released her sophomore album A Love Supreme and while none of the songs made a splash on the Billboard Hot 100, one of my favorite joints from Chanté is featured on said album.
While most people will recall Chanté's biggest hit, "Chanté's Got a Man" from her third studio album, I'll always remember Chanté for "Your Love's Supreme." With that said, take a listen below to Chanté Moore's cut "Your Love's Supreme" and Enjoy!