Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Video: "Black Man In A White World" (Michael Kiwanuka)

British soul singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka announced yesterday that his sophomore album Love & Hate is slated for release May 27th. A followup to his 2012 debut Home Again, Love & Hate promises to be a more experimental than his debut as a press release references a 10-minute "opus" akin to Pink Floyd.

Either way the rest of the album turns out, the lead single "Black Man In A White World" is a powerful anthem and the accompanying music video which was shot in LA is just as powerful. Watch Michael's powerful video for "Black Man In A White World" below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "No Time For It" (Fantasia)

While Fantasia is busy putting the finishes touches of her fifth studio album with the likes of mega producer Ron Fair, she found time to release a sublime acoustic performance of her current single "No Time For It."

Released last week to continue the buzz following Tasia and her forthcoming tour with Anthony Hamilton, I hope we get a video for "No Time For It" as it's been over two months since the single's original release in January.

With that said, watch Fantasia's powerful performance of "No Time For It" below and lookout for her on her joint headlining tour with Anthony Hamilton when it kicks off April 21st in Buffalo, New York!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Podcast: "Guess Who's Back?" (The BackBeat)

In this week’s episode, we remember Phife Dawg and honor his legacy with A Tribe Called Quest, get into release rumors surrounding Beyonce’s forthcoming sixth album, get into Azealia Bank’s SLAY-Z Mixtape, breakdown K. Michelle’s latest album More Issues Than Vogue, and celebrate Rihanna making Black Girl Magic History!

During our songs of the week segment, Kyera introduces us to Dayme Arocena, celebrates Remy Ma and Fat Joe’s latest collabo, and gets on fleek with Cardi B. Additionally, Marcus chooses to get dangerous with Ariana Grande, introduces us to Darion Ja’Von, and celebrates K. Michelle.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Live Clip: "Dangerous Woman (A Cappella)" (Ariana Grande)

Just when you thought you'd grasped the depths of Ariana's vocal talents, she drops an a cappella version of her performing "Dangerous Woman," the title-track and lead single from her forthcoming third album Dangerous Woman.

Shot while she was taking photos for her new album's cover art, Ariana effortlessly belts out her latest hit, nailing even the bridge which would offer even the strongest of singers a bit of trouble. With that said, Watch Ariana murder "Dangerous Woman" and have a little fun while doing it below and Enjoy!

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Joint: "Love Me" (Keke Wyatt)

Keke Wyatt is back with her new joint "Love Me," which is lifted from her forthcoming album Rated Lover, slated for release April 22nd.

Written by Keke, Brandon Hesson and Dominic “Dom” Gordon, the smooth mid-tempo allows Keke's sublime vocals to take centerstage and I don't know about you, but I can't wait to hear what Rated Lovers has in store. Take a listen below to "Love Me" and Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Live Clip: "When You Believe" (Mariah Carey & Whiney Houston)

Mariah kicked off her European Sweet Fantasy Tour earlier this week and during her show in Glasgow, Mariah took the time to honor her late friend and former collaborator Ms. Whitney "The Voice" Houston.

Having performed "When You Believe" live twice with Houston, once during The Oprah Winfrey Show and the other at the Oscars, it was nice to hear Mariah singing with Houston again despite Whitney's absence. With that said, watch this touching clip below and Enjoy!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Song of the Day: "So Into You" (Ledisi)

"So Into You" - Ledisi
  • Composers: Rex Rideout, Ledisi Young & Darrell Crooks
  • Record Label: Verve Forecast
  • Released in 2011 from Pieces Of Me

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Second Listen: "You Give Good Love" (Whitney Houston)

Released on February 22, 1985, Whitney Houston's "You Give Good Love," would become her first official single, lifted from her self-titled debut album Whitney Houston. Eventually peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the R&B charts, "You Give Good Love," would introduce the world to the world class talent that was Whitney Houston and the song would launch one of the biggest careers in pop music history.

With that said, take a second listen below to "You Give Good Love" and relish in the memory and talent of Whitney Houston as we continue to remember her sublime talent.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Podcast: "Do Your Research" (The BackBeat)

Hey Friends! On our new episode, we talk about the tragic trailer for the new Nina Simone movie starring Zoe Saldana. Next, we fan out over Kendrick Lamar’s surprise album “Untitled and Unmastered.” We then discuss Sam Smith’s problematic Oscar acceptance speech. Also, we breakdown hip-hop drama between Joey BadA$$ and Troy Ave followed by a discussion of Tank vs. Tyrese. Finally, we show love to the new Hamilton mixtape that is dropping soon!

Stay tuned to the end of the episode where we discuss our songs of the moment. Kyera chooses songs from the Hamilton Cast Recording, The Alabama Shakes, and Chris Brown. Marcus chooses cuts from Jazmine Sullivan, Erykah Badu, and Fifth Harmony.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Video: "Been To The Moon" (Corinne Bailey Rae)

Corinne Bailey Rae is back! After teasing a musical comeback, the GRAMMY-winning songstress has released her new single "Been To The Moon" earlier this week along with the accompanying music video.

Lifted as the first single from her forthcoming The Heart Speaks In Whispers, "Been To The Moon" is a funky midtempo and is a welcomed return since her 2011 set The Love EP. The video features Corinne in a golden jumpsuit after she has crash landed on another planet.

Peep the official video for "Been To The Moon" below and lookout for the release of The Heart Speaks In Whispers when it's released May 13th!

Second Listen: "Should I" (Grenique)

Take a second listen to Grenique's  smooth joint "Should I," which is off of her 1999 debut album "Black Butterfly." Grenique's "Should I" is a perfect smooth soul classic that never really got its due in my opinion and is a great jam to start your Saturday off.

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