Many R&B heads were wholly won over by the audio for this on its release, and the veteran trio follow that buzz up with a set of suitably throwback visuals, upping that buzz ahead of the album release on 20th August.
Unnecessarily dramatic, overly emotional and more- it’s textbook old school R&B. From the boyband-esque white outfits, to the expansive landscapes they croon within, and the largely unconnected dramatics surrounding their individual verses, it’s a lot of fun in truth and one of those music videos that you have to suspend your ‘critical’ side to watch; that is never a bad thing, as it lends itself to a far more fun, enjoyable experience. Tank croons in front of a burning house, Tyrese pulls up his car at a petrol station whilst arguing with his lady, whilst Ginuwine gets hyperactive on a motorbike with female accompaniment. There’s no attempt at storyline or hidden messaging, and its simplicity is fine in truth, allowing for a nostalgic video to accompany those soaring vocals and soulful production.
A lot of fun if you don’t take it too seriously, and backed by an addictive R&B track. Look out for that Three Kings album in a few weeks.
Collectively known as TGT, this trio of (relatively) old-school R&B crooners are gearing up for a collaborative album, with Three Kings set for arrival on 20th August.
It’s an R&B scene rather devoid of big names at the moment, and I suspect this could end up being a surprisingly popular album. My confidence in that statement comes from the superbly throwback stylings of this fantastic slow jam, harking back to the early-00′s soundarguably the last period whereby soul was still the primary influence on R&B music (it’s now pop, of course). Tank eases the track in well with a smooth performance, allowing the hook he primarily delivers to really impress with its soaring, emotional vocals, and it’s that hook which will certainly win over the original R&B heads. Tyrese follows up with a little more intensity in his verse than Tank, continuing the hook’s momentum well in his distinctive strained style, before another hook break and the piece de resistance verse from Ginuwine, who most certainly reminds everyone of his talent with a superb performance straight out of his prime.
Whilst it’s an unquestionably old-school jam, it ends up sounding pretty fresh in today’s landscape due to the dearth of releases of this nature, and with all three delivering top tier performances that are individually excellent, and admirably cohesive too- it bodes well for that album, and I look forward to more pre-album releases soon.
This week’s episode features some true luminaries of the R&B game, including the emergence of previously-unreleased Nate Dogg material, the first such release since his unfortunate passing earlier this year.
Running a little late than usual this week, but it’s here and that’s what counts. An interesting lineup once again this week, with the old-school, the current game, and newcomers all represented in this diverse edition.
To me, the early hours of ‘Saturday’ count as Friday, so welcome to the first on-time R&B Friday in a few weeks!
Not a great deal to recap on this week, with the only notables being another official remix to Lloyd’s Lay It Down, and an all-British collaboration from Alesha Dixon and Jay Sean. However, it’s more than made up for with this week’s episode: with almost 20 tracks from the likes of Trey Songz, Pitbull and many more, there’s lots to enjoy and keep you going until next week.
I’m sure many visitors will have been reeled in by the artists themselves, but for me the beat is the star of this one as it’s as good a hip-hop beat as I’ve heard recently.
It’s in that hallowed middle ground of being one for the hip-hop heads and also being accessible to the mainstream, though much like Cafe’s current standing as a rapper it will probably appeal slightly more to the mid-range hip-hop fans. Tyrese comes through with a good hook too. Don’t miss this.
Plenty of stuff there, and plenty of stuff below. This has to go down as one of the strongest R&B Fridays in recent memory too, there’s nothing I wouldn’t recommend from this week’s batch. Entrance below.
Consistency is the key, and like last week there are 18 tracks for you to check out. Pretty much full of names you should be familiar with by now, giving everything a go this week is made a lot easier in that respect.
Savour these episodes-next week could be my last R&B Friday for a few weeks as I’m going away. What/who will substitute for them you ask? Wait and see. Still one more to go after this one though!
50 tracks. I had to plough through 50 tracks this week! Expect a part 2 post in the next few days as a result.
The crazy thing is that pretty much all of the tracks are from really big name artists, which makes this episode (and the sequel) pretty stacked at 22 tracks each (5/6 of the tracks were poor, hence a 44 total!).
Lloyd, Keri, Leona, R-Les, and many more are all waiting for you after the click. There’s some real quality in here (especially from Johnta and Lloyd) and this is possibly the best episode ever, so be sure to check this one out whether you’re a new fan or a regular.
I’m feeling a bit lazy, and the football (soccer) will have started by the time I’ve published this, so here’s some stuff I’ve got from the last couple of days. 4 very diverse tracks though, grab ‘em. More coming later.
Earl Simmons will always be one of my most favourite rappers ever, his first 5 albums went straight to #1 in the States, which considering how hardcore his music is – was a phenomenal feat. For certain reasons, his career went from bad to worse though but it’s great that he seems to be concentrating on music again.
New/unreleased tracks this week from Usher, Lloyd, Tyrese and many more to keep you going. Before you scurry off to click through, there have been a couple of tracks dropped this week that were more than capable of headlining today’s episode, but I chose to release them earlier. Head here, this way, that way, and finally here to see which stuff I’m talking about.
Once you’ve done that, come back here, and continue your R&B adventures with more quality music. Deal?
My bad, things got a bit out of schedule yesterday and I didn’t get time to put this up. Ah well, it’s here now. Usher and R. Kelly headline this episode, and with Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys, Jason Derulo and more following up, you know this a good episode. Big names and big tracks after the click.