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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  • 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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Wale, “It’s Complicated” & “Self-Promotion” EPs Back to Back

Wale has been on a roll with dropping these EPs (extended play) lately. In Mid March, he dropped the EP It’s Complicated that had 4 songs on it, including “Black Bonnie” featuring Jacquees, which I absolutely LOVE, it’s more slow melody EP. Then yesterday he dropped Self Promotion., which is more hip hop based with a splash of slow melody. Not only did he release these two EPs two months apart but he just released a whole album last April, Shine. I guess he figured, he gotta stay relevant and by that, he’s dropping back to back EPs.

I respect that he’s independent and that sound is different than other artists to me. There “may” be artists who have his same flow but I believe he is the first to do so with poetic words. It’s Wale’s delivery that makes his music different and as a artist/rapper, he can express his feelings in a poetic flow without sounding like a punk lol. 

What are your thoughts about Wale dropping these back to EPs?

Comment below!

Childish Gambino “This Is America” Video, Review and Thoughts

On Saturday, Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover for his government name that he uses for acting purposes, dropped a song and video titled “This Is America” and let me tell ya….it was needed. 

He starts off the video, topless, dancing then BOOM, he shoots a guy with a pillow case covered over his head, in the head. But the way he shoots him is in the stance with one leg stretched in an angle and the other bent slightly. After researching, that stance that he shot the guy in, was part of a Jim Crow caricature dance.  Jim Crow is the practice of segregating black people. With him doing that stance, he wants to show that Jim Crow is still I a thing in America, hence “This Is America” title; the lyrics are “Don’t Catching You Slippin Up.” 

He goes on doing a bunch of trendy dances, with students dressed in uniforms. The dancing was going on in front of us but did you pat attention to the craziness happening behind the dancing? NOPE, that was the point. Dancing could be used as a distraction in America to distract us from what’s really going on. That could be social media in a sense too.

Next scene is a black choir singing, Gambino comes out and shoots them, hinting at the 2015 Charleston Church shooting. Self explanatory message.
 

You see a burning car and a police car with sirens on, people around, and a person on a horse

Gambino continues to dance again with the school kids but in the background, You see a burning car and a police car with sirens on, people around, and a person on a horse. He lifts his hand up acting as if his hand is a gun, then everyone disappears, he lights a blunt. Then the guy he shot with the pillow case over his head, is playing the guitar. Gambino then hops on a car, one of many that are portrayed in the video, and dances until the video goes black. As the video is zooming out, you see SZA sitting on the car. After the video goes black, he is seen running fast because there are people chasing him, then the video ends.

Every time I watched this video, I saw something new. How I perceived this video is this, Americans shoots and kills innocent people, but distracts us from some of those stories by people dancing or new trends on social media. Overall, I like the video, Childish Gambino is good for creating music that makes us sit back and listen.

What are your thoughts?? Comment them and check out the video below!

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Coachella Recap 2018

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Coachella was the talk of social media this past weekend ESPECIALLY Beyonce. She stole the show for the WHOLE WEEKEND, with her HBCU band, her reunion with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Destinys Child and bringing her sister Solange on stage to kill it with her. Beyonce has the whole Beehive wanting to pledge Beta Delta Kappa, which is the sweatshirt she wore in the second picture. Fans drew the conclusion that Beyonce was a sorority and they wanted to pledge. The letters B-A-K were on her sweatshirt and it could mean B-Beyonce, A-symbolizing Delta, but could also be related to the Roc Nation sign, and the K-for Knowles.

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Our fav Cardi B performed “Best Life” with Chance the Rapper, “She Bad” with YG, “Bartier Cardi” with 21 Savage, “Ring” with Kehlani and even “No Limit” with G Eazy. Her attire with full blown Left Eye vines with the all white  and even the ponytails.

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Bae SZA took stage and performed “Drew Barrymore” then she brought out K-Dot (Kendrick Lamar) for “Doves in the Wind” “All the Stars”. 

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Migos even took the stage and performed some of their old hits like “Fight Night”

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Of course there were more performance, but these were just the highlights. Make sure you check out my next post about the Coachella Fashion looks over the weekend.

Danii Gold out!

 

 

Happy Birthday Marvin Gaye: Who Sampled His Work?

Today  is the late Marvin Gaye‘s birthday. Coincidentally he died a day before his birthday, in 1984.

 He’s had so many hits that of course his songs were sample by the following artists:

  • Kanye West- “Spaceships”, College Dropout album sampled from “Distant Lover”

  • Robin Thicke, T.I. & Pharrell- “Blurred Lines”, sampled from “Got To Give It Up”

  • The Jackson- “Shake Your Body”, Sampled from “Got To Give It Up”

  • Ja Rule & Ashanti- “Mesmerized”, Sampled from  “Stop Look, Listen”

  • Smilez & Superstar- “Tell Me”, Sampled from “Stop, Look, Listen”

  • Method Man & Mary J Blige- “All I Need”, sampled from “All I Need To Get By”

  •  Chris Brown- “Back To Sleep”, sampled from “Sexual Healing”

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Thats just to name a few artists who sampled the GOAT music. He was Inducted in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and Received a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1990.

I know I wasn’t even thought of when his music was released but I have an old soul and appreciate older music!

Happy Birthday to Marvin Gaye!

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Danii Gold out ✌🏾

R&B Music from New Artist 2017

This year a lot of R & B artists caught a break and starting popping this year. Even though some of the artists have been making music for years, this year they started to get a lot of attention. For instance:

h.e.rH.E.R, has had an hidden identity for the longest until recently, it came out that her real name is Gabi Wilson. In 2010, she performed at the BET Awards, a Capella of “Fallin” for Alicia Keys. H.E.R. stands for Having Everything Revealed, which is ironic because she;s been keeping her identity hidden. Regardless of her identity, she makes great music. She falls in the category of alternative R&B with other artists such as Jhene Aiko, Erykah Badu, Kehlani, DVSN, Miguel, SZA, The Weeknd and plenty other artists. Her music has a soft soft with a bit of funk to it.

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A1; you may know him from Love & HipHop Hollywood, but he not only produced songs or Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and K. Michelle  BUT he also produced 13 songs on Chris Brown’s album, Heartbreak On A Full Moon. He is another individual who used his platform on Love & Hip Hop to showcase his skills and become more known in the entertainment industry. Personally, some of my favorite songs on the new Chris Brown alum were coincidentally produced by him.

 

 

Tone Stith, is a singer from South Jersey that has that Drake touch to his music–but higher notes. Ironically, his manager is Drake’s old starting manager and clearly he saw the same potential in Tone. He released his first album titled “Can We Talk” and previously, he wrote “Liquor” and “Make Love” for Chris Brown. Need I say more? Clearly he has enough boasting. Check out his music.

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Sabrina Claudio, is another alternative R&B artist who has a sensual touch with her music. Her first single was “Unravel Me” and following that, “Belong to You.” She put out her first EP, Confidently Lost, in March of this year and then released her first album  About Time in October. Sabrina’s music is…sexual, to say the least. Since she falls in that alternative R&B category, you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Since she’s still early in her career, you may want to jump on her band wagon now.

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Xavier Omar, who was also known as SPZRKT, is a known as a soulful singer. When he was known as SPZRKT, he relased an EP titled Hours Spent Loving You. Once he changed his name, Xavier released his second EP in 2016 titled The Everlasting Wave and more recently, he released Pink Lightning, his third EP. His music is definitely love/relationship-base with lyrics such as “Baby I’m afraid, of loving you” and “Acting like you meant well when you ain’t—now you’re playing both of us.”  You can tell that he’s been hurt. Women sing about being hurt by someone all the time; Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, K. Michelle; so hearing a man sing and pour his heart out about being hurt is a good enough reason to listen to his music. I suggest you listen to “Afraid” and “Runnin Round” gradually work your way into the other songs.

AB40D0AD-7F73-4535-ADD4-4E0CD700DB06Lastly, I’m sure some have heard of him but by now BUT if you haven’t, check out Daniel Caesar. His music definitely is slow, “in my feelings” neo-soul type of jamming. Daniel released his first alum Freudian, in August of this year and it has been a hit. His first single “Get You” accumulated on 12 million stream on iTunes music. One of my favorite songs by him is “Best Part” featuring H.E.R.. At this point, his songs may be playing on the radio, along with H.E.R., but he is definitely a nice new neo-soul artist to listen.

All these artist have a special touch with their music especially the alternative R&B artist. Since some of their albums were released in the last month of 2017, you still have some time to get hip on their music. Thank me later 😬😬

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 ✌🏾