As I mentioned earlier this month, Chipmunk has been working with Keri Hilson! Another extremely good look for him and no matter your opinion on him, he is doing pretty unprecedented stuff at the moment. I just hope this opens doors for other UK artists.
Visuals are nothing to shout about and is rather forgettable to be honest. The song itself is another good effort from Chipmunk, with it actually being a better lyrical effort from him than he gave us with Champion. Keri Hilson gives us a classic Keri hook, and looks good doing it, not quite as re-playable as the Chris Brown collabo though.
Audio is available on iTunes now, with his new album being released 18th of April.
Chris Brown’s really putting the work in with his recent spate of features, and here he hooks up with the ever-lovely Keri Hilson for her latest single.
Having not quite got around to listening to Keri’s recent album, this track is entirely new to me and I’m certainly a fan. The slow, sultry nature is a little more intense and passionate than your usual slow jam, and hence makes for a nice blend of styles. Both come through with very solid performances, which isn’t entirely surprising given their respective track records on this bedroom music style.
Video fits the song nicely, with a dark and steamy feel enhancing the lyrical and vocal vibe. Nothing particularly groundbreaking in terms of style, but it doesn’t need to be here and the video presents the song in a very good light. Naturally with CB involved, there are snippets of dancing thrown in throughout, and they mix things up nicely with the duo’s joint routine being particularly enjoyable.
A pretty short episode this week, but with good reason. Recently, it’s become a bit annoying (for me, probably not for many of you) that most episodes are comprised primarily of pop music, and not R&B. This week, I wanted to avoid that, and hence I can say I’m genuinely a fan of this week’s episode, which I’ve not been able to say for a while.
Genuine reason on the delay this week: I wasn’t happy with the amount of good quality material as of yesterday afternoon, but the R&B/pop world has delivered in the last 24 hours or so to make sure that situation has improved.
This week’s #TimbalandThursdays is upon us and this is a track that has me in two minds. On one hand Timbaland’s verses on this are filled with autotuned nonsense over an average at best beat. On the other hand Lyrica Anderson (what a name!) provides a fantastic hook which elevates the beat to decent status and makes the overall track an enjoyable listen. Click below to get hold of it.
To me, any time between midnight and 4am counts as the ‘night before’, so by my reckoning this is still a Friday night and hence on time. Don’t question it, just embrace it.
Short recap this week, with just the three noteworthy and relevant posts from the R&B/pop world: Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding’s collaboration got some visuals, a pretty interesting electro remix of Diddy-Dirty Money’s I Hate That You Love Mewas liberated, and finally Musiq Soulchild came through with one of the better tracks of January, with his first single from his upcoming sixth album.
Formalities are now dealt with, commence your clicking as of right…now.
Again, I’m aware it’s a Sunday…it is (or was) Christmas though, so finding a few hours to throw this together wasn’t really going to happen. I’m surprised there is enough material, given that the industry usually shuts down a little around this time of year, but it seems most artists are intent on continuing success they’ve found this year.
Sometimes in life you have to do things you don’t want to do. This is one of those occasions. In Ajay’s (temporary) absence, it’s probably best I get this out there as it seems a pretty big deal on the R&B scene. Beat-maker of the moment Boi-1da gets the nod for this one, with a strong J. Cole verse mixing things up halfway through. I can’t particularly comment on Keri’s vocals as I know about as much about R&B as Nick Clegg knows about keeping promises.
Well, there’s no shortage of things to talk about on this one. First off, there are plenty of cameos: on first watch, I picked up Rick Ross, Dawn Richard, Faith Evans, JoJo, Polow Da Don and Lloyd. Always nice to see lots of artists coming together.
Secondly, I’m not sure Keri has done a video/song as ‘promiscuous’ as this one: there’s no lack of skin and, er, gyrating/thrusting. I didn’t quite pick up on it when the audio was released, but the lyrics are pretty ‘sexually honest’ too, and it’s undoubtedly her riskiest effort to date. Personally, I don’t think she needed to go down this route, but there we are.
The final point would be that despite the heavy sexual emphasis, there is actually some semblance of a story going on, which is respectable. It’s a shame (or not, if I’m honest) that it’s lost amidst a sea of smut. Audio is here.
Whilst the rest of the music world seems to have taken a much-needed breather this week (album releases aside), there’s been no shortage of new and/or unreleased R&B and pop material in the 76th instalment of R&B Fridays.
Kanye and Keri hook up once more for a track, this time collaborating for a remix to Keri’s latest single. The original was very much an anthem for the females, and Kanye adds a typically masculine take on the situation, as his braggadocios lyrics and arrogant style are in full effect here with a range of catchy punchlines. Kanye switches up flows effectively to enhance those rhymes, and hence makes a worthwhile contribution to the track.
A more digestable episode this week, which makes a nice change for us all having had a few extended instalments in recent weeks.
Outside of this episode, it’s been a fairly quiet week for R&B, with just the three notables: a video for Rihanna and Drake’s collaboration, new music from UK upcomer Talay Riley, and the latest drop from Trey Songz’s upcoming mixtape.
Click below for the 75th instalment of R&B’s favourite weekly episodical.
Another track from the #Lemmeholdatbeat mixtape, Trey takes on another current hit and adds a very enjoyable twist, with the help of Keri Hilson.
I criticised his choice to rap over the Runaway beat, but he gets it very right here as his rapping style fits the soft production very well, whilst he returns to singing for a nice duet hook with Keri. Really enjoyed the original, and I have to say that this remix is almost as good as it: the only thing it lacks is the emotion Diddy puts into his verses that really strengthen the lonely, desperate feel of the track. Trey’s slightly ‘brasher’ twist on the track is still very likeable though, and worth a download.
R&B Fridays and GOOD Fridays: all good things that are meant to drop on Fridays never do.
This is one of the strongest tracks in the GOOD Friday series from a production standpoint, with a great beat that is unlike any production I’ve heard from Kanye to date. It’s got an simple, dark melody that you’d usually hear on a Crooked I or Royce Da 5’9″ track, accompanied by some rough, hard percussion that would satisfy any hip-hop head. I think CyHi’s verse is the winner here, coming through with a catch southern flow that’s laced with some great lines.
New singles from Keri and Rihanna headline this episode, along with plenty of other tracks from a range of talented artists. Before that, the customary recap: a great track from UK newcomer Talay Riley, Drake’s lead track from his upcoming mixtape, plenty of R&B-related artwork, and finally the official video for Keri Hilson’s Breaking Point.
I’m very proud of this episode. I’m pretty happy with almost every track, and as a result it’s reduced down to around 15 tracks. Very digestable, and hence easy for you to give most of it a shot. Click on and agree with me, all of you. Thanks.
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.
The 62nd episode of everyone’s favourite R&B dose brings you a bunch of big names and big tracks.
Before clicking on, be sure to have a look through the R&B-related posts from the week gone by: a great collab from Sean Garrett and Drake, visuals for Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj’s Bottoms Up, the first single from Lloyd’s upcoming album and finally Jay Sean’s new video.
All done? Proud of you. Click on and reward yourself.
One from that recent T.I. mixtape, and also likely to be on King Uncaged. Having some serious hard drive issues right now, so watching this video hasn’t quite happened yet, but I doubt most of you will need a second invite to watch a video with Keri in.
R&B Friday followers will know that Bei Maejor is a seriously good artist, what you may not know is that he’s also a pretty good producer too. This track features Keri Hilson and is off his upcoming mixtape, uʍop ǝpısdn, which he not only wrote all himself, but produced it all too.
Production on this has that classic video game samples, which are always good to hear (especially those who are 20+years old, who can reminisce on these sounds)! The mixtape should be available to download within the next few weeks so look out for that.
After the success of last week’s R&B Friday, I’ve once again picked up Ajay’s mantle this week and have for you another quality episode.
Here we have for you some big names in Ciara, Usher, JLS, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Omarion and we also have for you some newcomers. Up and coming regulars of this weekly feature like Jackie Boyz & Rock City also make an appearance, as you’d expect by now.
So click on for a load of tracks that will keep you entertained until your next scheduled fix!
Edit:I’ve since received the official album version of the new Usher track (with a different, new Pitbull verse) so come inside and grab the even higher quality one.
Another leak from T.I’s upcoming King Uncaged album. I haven’t given this (or the other recent drop) a listen yet, but I really enjoyed/still listen to I’m Back and I’ve got really high hopes for both.
Whilst I partly agree with Indi’s view on some of T.I.’s verses being lacklustre since his release, I do think I’m Back was raw passion at its finest and he has delivered some worthwhile verses too. Hence, I’m looking forward to see what Tip brings in these newest leaks.
Sorry for the delay, but this was a hard episode, a busy day, and there were upload problems! There are 149 tracks in this, but I’m not going to lie and pretend I’ve listened to them all because I haven’t. The difficulty comes in figuring out the best way of shoehorning them all into one episode: I’ve opted to split up the stuff in .zip file ‘packs’ for artists who had 10+ songs, instead of doing part 2, 3 etc.
Whilst that should work for most, some of you are backwards so I’ve made a mini-tutorial on how to use .zip/.rar files here (Office 2003 or older? Click here). The things we do for you.
So here’s the deal. This is the stuff that I couldn’t fit into the last episode, but as I’ve got so much new material to post today (and I’m feeling lazy/tired), I’m foregoing my usual track-by-track analysis and just posting up the links.
Pick off what you want, and be prepared for an absolute massive R&B Friday this week. Why? Because I have about 150 tracks for it already. Yes, you read that right. Goodbye life.