R&B Fridays: Episode 116


Is R&B currently suffering from one of its worst recessions? Outside of a few upcoming stars (Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and others) there hasn’t been much in terms of consistent quality, and outside of the aforementioned two artists, it’s increasingly difficult to see where the recovery will come from.

However, one of the few artists in recent years to really come away with credit recently released a free album, as The-Dream dropped off a new project, and even if R&B is struggling, soul season is underway with debut visuals from John West and the latest single from Goapele.

Click below for this week’s six pack, and see if an R&B comeback is on the cards.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 91


Yeah, we’re delayed again. You’re all pretty much used to it now though. When we hit that 100th episode, I may just have to rename this to something a little less ‘day specific’…

Catch-up: delayed visuals for Usher’s More, the video for Yasmin’s Finish Line and an official remix, very enjoyable video for Musiq and Swizzy’s single, XV’s remix of Erin Christine’s Naked, and finally Wiz Khalifa jumps on a remix with Cee-Lo.

Lots of features and guest spots in this week’s episode, so get your mice at the ready and get clicking below.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 78


Flying ever quicker towards that milestone 100th episode, episode 78 stops off at many of your favourite artists, having already done so a few times this week: we were given the new Michael Jackson video, R. Kelly then covered one of MJ’s biggest hits (as well as turning back the clock with some live performances), and Tinie Tempah unleashed his latest video.

However, it’s been the upcoming names that have really shone this past 7 days, with Jesse Boykins releasing the highlight of this week’s R&B/soul and Theophilus London adding a modern spin to Tweet’s Oops, courtesy of a Lindsay Lohan assist.

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Kanye West, Pete Rock, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Curtis Mayfield and Charlie Wilson-The Joy


The most eclectic line-up since the inception of G.O.O.D. Fridays? It has to be up there.

Pete Rock serves up a deep, booming and atmospheric production that will definitely satisfy the hip-hop heads: it’s all about thick bass, pounding percussion and soul samples. It has to be said that Jay seems to have really upped his game on these GOOD Friday tracks, and both him and Kanye do decent jobs on verse duty, whilst Charlie Wilson and Cudi only really provide background vocals.

From top to bottom this is unquestionably a hip-hop track, and not the usual genre crossover you tend to find with ‘Ye’s material. Very replayable.

Kanye West-The Joy ft. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi

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Kanye West–Lord Lord Lord ft. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson


What a massive line-up this is, don’t you just love G.O.O.D. Fridays? This is a very laid back track, which suits Mos Def’s style (who opens up the track with arguably the best verse). Keep the G.O.O.D music coming Kanye!

Kanye West – Lord Lord Lord ft. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson

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Kanye West, Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, Kid Cudi and Charlie Wilson-Good Friday


As Murray, Indi and myself were having an OTU ‘meeting’ for the last 24 hours, we apologise for the quietness around here.

Kanye’s weekly offerings continue with this mega-collaboration, with many of G.O.O.D. Music’s big hitters coming through. Not entirely sure why Charlie Wilson was picked ahead of John Legend (no offence, just didn’t know he was that affiliated with G.O.O.D.) but he’s got a good voice so we’ll let it go.

Kanye West-Good Friday ft. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean and Charlie Wilson

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R&B Fridays: Episode 65


19 tracks from 19 different artists this week tells you that this episode is stacked with variety. Mostly established names too (at least in the R&B Fridays series!), so this is definitely one to be getting involved with.

As per usual routine, let’s catch up with the R&B week gone by: the new Rihanna single, Ne-Yo’s latest video, hugely anticipated visuals for Bruno Mars’ debut single, the official tracklisting for Bruno’s debut album, much-delayed video from Auburn, and finally the latest collab from Taio Cruz and Tinchy Stryder.
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Kanye West, Beyonce and Charlie Wilson-See Me Now


Kanye’s taken to his blog to let loose some new music, that was actually only finished earlier today. See Me Now is pretty contrasting to Power, with an upbeat approach and positive vibes coarsing through the track. The trio of ‘Ye, No I.D. and Lex Luger huddle up to piece together this uplifting, bouncy and soulful production that will definitely remind you of the College Dropout, but with a much more triumphant spin.

Beyonce does a great job on her feature, sharing the hook with the unmistakable vintage vocals of Charlie Wilson. Ye’s verses are strong, and definitely have some real replayability about them with some great lines and as with the production, triumphantness is the name of the game here. Some of you may recognise a couple of these lines from his recent social networking tour too.

6 minutes of great listening in my opinion, and 2 out of 2 on the album leaks (assuming this makes the album as its not confirmed) so far. The comeback is well and truly on.

Kanye West-See Me Now ft. Beyonce and Charlie Wilson

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