Stop Overusing the Term “King” : R&B Edition

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Anyone who knows R&B, knows that the 90’s had the best R&B. The debate is who is the “king” of R&B. If you are into today’s R&B, you may have heard of the king of “eeee”, Jacquees.

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Jacquees claims to be the “King of R&B”; I’m guessing he means of today’s generation. My issue with this is…he disregarded Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Daniel Caesar, Eric Bellinger, the list can go on. What baffles me is…Jacquees’ single   “B.E.D” was part of the bridge of R&B Avant’s song “Read Your Mind.” THEN there’s him making a Quemix to Ella Mai’s “Trip” record. I loved the remix BTW, but he’s clearly not original. He’s seen on YouTube remaking Chris Brown “Yoooo” song and Soul For Real’s “Candy Rain” videos. Oh Jacquees (eye roll).

The way I see it, there are different kinds of categories to place artists a far as the “King of R&B”. There’s different eras like the 80’s R&B, the 90’s R&B, the 2000’s R&B and the 2010’s R&B. Now, we can split those decades up by early 80’s, 90′ 00’s 10’s and the same for the mid/late decade.

For the 80’s, the R&B Kings were:

  • Luther Vandross (1981-1988)
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  • Bobby Brown (1986-1988)
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  • Teddy Pendergrass (1980-1988; and late 1970’s)
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90’s

  • Keith Sweat (1991-1998) (late 80’s)
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  • R. Kelly (1992-1998) (00’s too)
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  • Usher (1994-1999) 
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00’s

  • Usher (again; 2001-2016)
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  • Chris Brown (2005- currently)
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  • Trey Songz (2005-currently)
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  • Ne-Yo (2006-currently)
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  • Tha Dream (2007-2009) (2012-2016)
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So after that break down, you can tell that there’s some overlapping, like the 90’s singers dipped into the 00’s and the 00’s dipped into the 2010’s. These artists have worked hard enough to earn the title or even QUALIFY for being the “King of R&B”

Jacquees has started this uproar and he probably did it intentionally with his sneaky ass. BUT he had the audacity to interrupt a cameraman asking Keith Sweat about the King of R&B debate. Keith barely had the chance to answer before lil Jac-ki-ki popped up out of nowhere adding his two sense saying he was the King of R&B for the 16-25 age crowd. BOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY PLEASE! YOU JUST CAME OUT! Luckily Uncle Keith didn’t sweat it (did ya catch that?) and said he was the King of getting the bag. Lil Jacq-ki-ki need to respect his elders in the music game, sit back, and try to sell out an arena or something.

I feel like, if you are good at something, then let someone else give you a reigning title. I don’t recall hearing Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergrass bickering about who was better during their time. OR Tyrese and Usher. If you are the best at your craft during a certain period of time, stay humble, at least until you win a Grammy or something. 

I’ll say it again, Jacquees needs to sit down somewhere and respect the game AND this new generation of artists need to stop overusing the term “King.” You got Tekashi69 saying he’s the “king” of New York. I’m no big New York fan but i’m pretty sure Jay-Z wouldn’t pass that torch to him. 

Let’s just pray that Jacquees humbles himself and retracts his statement.

What are your thoughts? Comment them below.

Danii Gold out!

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Ella Mai Album Review

SO I’ve been jamming to Ella Mai’s new (AND first official) album all weekend self-titled  Ella Mai and it took my two times to get into it. Overall I enjoyed it.

[Side bar] Remember in her last EP, when the songs would end, she would stat talking and intro the next song? Well that’s what she did with this album. She uses the first letters of her name to describe the song.

She starts off the album with E for “Emotion”, in the song Good Bad. She just talks about being good and bad for a guy; just like guys can be good for us but at the same time can be bad for us.

The next song “Dangerous” is about being with someone can be dangerous but she’ll take the risk because of love. (that’s deep , right?)

The fourth song is “Sauce”, she talks about having sauce, swag in simpler terms, and how she’ll be cool with a guy but she can’t deal with him on a different level and she’s honest with him about it. 

The fifth song is “Whatchamacall it, which she intros as L for Lust. The song features the talented Chris Brown, and they talk about cheating but sugarcoat saying it’s not cheating but instead it’s a “What cha ma call it” LOL. 

 The next track is “Cheap Shot” is Ella talking about how a guy caught her attention when she wasn’t looking, probably at a vulnerable place in her life. She goes on saying that the pain she had plus having him in her life makes her do things that she wouldn’t typically do. That could be good or bad.

The seventh track Shot Clock is one of my favorites. It’s about a dude trying step to her but he kind of stalling and she telling him he’s got 24 seconds to say what he’s got to say or he’ll miss his opportunity.

The eighth track she intros as the second L in her name, signifying Love, which is what Boo’d Up; which everyone knows since the radio has played it out. Self -explanatory.

The 9th song, “Everything” featuring John Legend is another one of my favs. She talks about how he, a boyfriend, pays attention to everything about her, and how he keeps her on her toes. She sees their relationship as being something that can last forever. Mr. John Legend himself comes in and sings his verse from the man perspective of course, stating the same things, how he loves that his lady pays attention.

The next song, she intros as A for assertive, for the song “Own It”. Ella Mai gets naughty and samples Adina Howard’s “T-Shirt & Panties”. She talks about waiting and wanting her man and saying she’s ready for him. She said she’ll let him play in it, stay in it, taste it ALL DAT! But y’all gotta listen to it lol.

The 11th track she intros as M for mystery for the song Run My Mouth. She’s naughty in this song too, saying she wants her guy satisfaction, so good that it makes her wanna run her mouth and tell. UH HUH! I know that’s right Ella.

The 12th song “Gut Feeling” features H.E.R. and it’s self-explantory, having a gut feeling that your guy is cheating on you. Could it be your institution or just you overthinking the situation?

The next song is “Trip” which stands for A in Mai, for Aware. I think this is a good transition from “Gut Feeling”, because that’s her possibly overthinking, then Trip comes on and it’s like “dang my bad, I’ve been trippin.”

The 14th track, “Close” is about her wanting to be physically close to her guy, so she can kiss on him. Pretty simple right lol

The 15th track intros the last letter, I for Inner for the track “Easy.” Another simple songs, she says Love is easy so why make it hard. It’s easier said than done for some people.

The last song “Naked” another favorite and was even on her previous EP. Ella want her guy to love her naked, not just the clothes but without make up and all that. (Ain’t that beautiful?)

Well, like i said, I really enjoyed her album and I’ve been listening to it non-stop for 4 days.

What are your thoughts on the album? Comment below and let me know!

Happy Birthday to The King of Pop, Michael Jackson

Today is Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. He was such an influence on many generations, starting from the 1960’s until now, CURRENTLY in music.

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He was nominated for 38 Grammys and actually won 13 from 1979 up until 2010, after  his death in 2009.

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Michael released 10 studio and even had a role in The Wiz as the Scarecrow, one of the main character (DUH) just in case you didn’t know.

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His songs have been sampled by artists like SWV (“Human Nature Remix”), Chris Brown (“She Ain’t You”), LL Cool J (“Hey Lover”), and many more! Just recently, Drake used Michael Jackson’s vocals on his song “Don’t Matter To Me.” The vocals came from an unreleased song from MJ.

Michael’s music is still relevant today as well as his dance moves. He’s influenced artists such as Chris Brown, Beyonce, NeYo, NSYNC, Kanye, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jay-Z and of course many.

May he continue to Rest In Peace and let his legacy live on!

What was your favorite song or songs (because you can’t just pick one ) by the King of Pop? Comment them below!

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Danii Gold out!

Chris Brown Concert Lit!

Soo I went to see Chris Brown Sunday July 29 (I know I’m late making this post).
Of course he was GREAT! He started out singing “Heartbreak on a Full Moon”, then went into performing “Juicy Booty”, “Questions”, “High End”, “Yellow Tape” and my FAVORITE song on the album “Hope You Do” which is a melody sample from Donnell Jones “Where I Wanna Be” . I could’ve left the concert after he performed that because I was THAT impressed at that point! BTW if you haven’t already, make sure you check out the review I did on Heartbreak on a Full Moon Album
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After he performed his songs off the Heartbreak on a Full Moon album, he took us back to 06 and sang “Yooo”, his second single off the first album, then “Poppin”. To put the icy on the cake, he performed “Take You Down”, which we all know is the SHIT! Mind you, while he was performing all these songs, he dancing…his ass off. Not only can this man, sing, rap, dance, but he can act and produce. Call him what you want but don’t forget to mention that this man is talented.

Sidebar: I missed 6lack’s performance but I did catch H.E.R. and did good! She’s more of a mellow, chill performer. She didn’t dance much at all, but while she singed, she played her guitar. She performed my ALL TIME favorite sung by her, Best Part. Overall, I liked her performance.
Another sidebar: I went to see C Beezy for the first time in concert back in 06, with Neyo (hence, the feature photo). Crazy thing is, I completely forgot because I went to so many concerts when I was younger. But needless to say…I’ve been a fan!!
Have y’all seen Chris Brown in concert? If so, where at and how did you like it?
Comment below, let me know!
Danii Gold out!

30 Day Challenge: Day 7

My favorite song….MORE THAN ONE, I can’t pick JUST ONE lol!!

Best Thing I Never Had- Beyonce

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Ohh Baby Baby- Smokey Robinson

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5 Steps- Dru Hill

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Hope You Do- Chris Brown

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Games We Play- Trey Songz

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Colors- Yo Gotti 

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Something About the Night- K. Michelle

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Supermodel- SZA

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Weak- SWV

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Cardi B WHOLE ALBUM

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In My Feelings- Kehlani

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Yeahhh I have too many lol, And there’s more too but I’ll stick to these.

Danii Gold out!

Which Artists had the best year?

2017 was a good year for some artists, from high record sales, to mega revenue coming through on their end. I can only image the their net worth by the end of this year. As I said in my blog post [Album Releases of 2017 ]  this was a great year for music. It’s been so great, that a few of these artist probably had the year out of them all, musically. Check out these artist below.

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Migos; as a whole the trio has been winning, starting from the beginning of the year when in January, Donald Glover gave them a shout out at the Golden Globes award show,  for their song “Bad & Boujee” the recognition, Bad and Boujee rose up on the charts and became number 1 on the Billboard awards. Migos as a group have released four singles and currently 1 “Motorsport” is in the top 10 on the billboards. Quavo was the most successful member outside of the group, featuring in four songs including “Congratulations” by Post Malone, “You the One” by Dj Khaled, “Good Drank” by 2 Chainz and “Strip That” by Liam Payne and many more. They even got more attention for their live interview with Joe Budden and the Everyday Struggle cast, that went terribly wrong.

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Cardi B; she went from the strip club, to Love and HipHop for two season, to her first big single number 1 on the top 100 chart. More recently, she was recognized for having three hit songs on the billboard chart at one time with her single; “Bodak Yellow”,” No Limit”, and “Motorsport.” Bodak Yellow sold 3 million units, making the single certified 3x Platinum, per the RIAA standards. She also graced mazaginr covers such as Fader and New York Mag AND she even got proposed to by Offset from Migos. Talk about a lit year!

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Next, there’s my girl SZA, (whom I saw in concert on December 19, and it was awesome). She’s been out since 2014 and featured on Wale’s album The Album About Nothing, singing the chorus on “The Need To Know.” She was also on featured on Rihanna’s album Anti, singing on “Consideration.” She’s released three EP’s but Her first album titled CTRL is what got her her mega fan base.  Her first single “Love Galore”, received her a platinum plague, selling one million units, per RIAA. Her song “The Weekend” wasn’t even released as a single it received a platinum plague. She also received FIVE Grammy nominations for the 2018 awards. WOOT WOOT, GO SZA!

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Switching focus to Rihanna and her selling her Fenty Beauty make up line. She earned $72 million in sales in just ONE MONTH of selling the product. Rihanna debuted the make up in September, starting out with 40 shades and 9 highlighters and other makeup products; she also has a partnership with Puma.

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Lastly, I’m gonna add Chris Brown to this list. He put on a 45 track album, Heartbreak On A Full Moon, and it sold over 64,000 units in a week. (Check out my blog post about Chris Brown Album Review)–   But he is the first artist to successfully release an album that long and be very success with it. ALL of his albums have been in the top 10 on the charts; and two were number 1.

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So the question I have for y’all is: who would you say had the best year out of the five artists? Comment your thoughts below!

Danii Gold out ✌🏾