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Just yesterday, we reported about the way Tank had to check his friend and group member Tyrese. When Tyrese issued a challenge to R&B singers asking them to produce a full R&B album with no Hip Hop features, while conveniently standing in front of his Billboard Top 200 albums plaque, Tank didn’t take too kindly to it.
Tank chastised Tyrese for presenting the challenge as if he were the only artist producing R&B music. He mentioned people like Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott and more. He said Tyrese’s success is great but it was clear that he only posted the video and issued the challenge as a way to brag.
I read his comment and thought: facts.
But Tank, being that he has an actual relationship with Tyrese–a close one–, felt like he should have handled the situation better.
He issued this apology to both Tyrese and the entire R&B community.
I told y’all, I thought Tank was absolutely justified in checking Tyrese but I also agree that social media might not have been the place for it and it takes a big person to publicly admit when they’ve done something wrong.
Tyrese is obviously feeling himself these days. His independently released R&B album Black Rose did exceptionally well. So well, in fact, that six months after its debut, Tyrese is still bragging about it. He posted this video, conveniently standing in front of his Billboard 200 Top R&B Album plaque, issuing a challenge to real R&B singers.
Here’s my challenge to every R&B singer in the game, do a pure R&B album with no Hip Hop features. A pure R&B album. Can you do it?
Interestingly enough, Black Rose featured Snoop Dogg, a rapper, on the track “Dumb Sh-t” but apparently, that’s neither here nor there.
Well, one R&B artist didn’t take too kindly to the challenge. And he just so happens to be very close to Tyrese.
Tank, who is a member of Tyrese’s R&B super group TGT, and also featured on Black Rose, wasn’t really here for this challenge.
He left a comment on Fameolous expressing his distaste.
“no the challenge is shade! None of us have heard of Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, etc!! It’s not a challenge he’s just indirectly flaunting his success!..lol. Which is fine but don’t act like you the only one doing R&B Music!.. lol.”
Yes, Tank tell the truth please!
Y’all know I’m personally not here for Tyrese so I appreciate Tank for calling a spade a spade. This is all about bravado not any particular crusade for R&B music as Tyrese would have us believe.
Now, might Tank be a little salty that his solo album didn’t sell all that well? Perhaps. But he also knows Tyrese pretty well and is probably able to see through all the bull he likes to present as gospel.
There are plenty of “pure R&B singers” still in the game. Many of which have already completed Tyrese’s “challenge.” And more than just the ones Tank named. It’s insulting to his fellow peers if you ask me.
I’m sure all the REAL R&B singers in the game will watch this video and roll their eyes. They’ve been doing this. And just now that Tank has finally gotten some deserved shine, after over 20 years in the game, he wants to brag like it’s a feat never been accomplished before. Stop it. Particularly when the promotion of that album was a bit nefarious. (To give you the short version, Tyrese was stealing people’s Facebook videos, uploading them as his own and then hyperlinking the website to buy Black Rose.) Shady boots.
Either way, what do you think about Tyrese’s challenge and Tank’s response to it?
In 1893 the Unique Quartet recorded a song called “Mama’s Black Baby Boy.” This pre-dated vinyl and was recorded on a wax-covered cylinder using technology invented by Thomas Edison. The 120-year-old recording, along with a second Unique Quartet song, “Who Broke the Lock (on the Henhouse Door)?” from 1896, are copies of the oldest known recording of a black vocal group in the U.S. And they were auctioned on Saturday for $1,100 and $1,900 respectively. There are only two copies left of “Mama’s Black Baby Boy,” a recording so rare and delicate that the auctioneer doesn’t dare try to play it, reports the Associated Press (via The Grio).
The recordings can only be played on a special cylinder player that was a predecessor to phonographs, said Troy Thibodeau, manager of Saco River Auction Co. Not only are cylinder recordings becoming rare, recordings of black artists are even rarer. One appraiser had estimated they’d go for $25,000 or more — apiece.
“They’re in fantastic shape,” Thibodeau said pre-auction. “All it takes is a little bit of heat or a little bit of cold, and these things are junk. So, for more than 100 years, someone really took care of these things and treasured them.”
The recordings were up for auction along with a number of other items, including a shirt owned by General Custer, the captain who famously died at Little Bighorn in 1876.
Finding rare music by black groups is extremely hard. “All pre-digital black sacred music is at risk. The cylinders are made from pressed, hardened wax and grow brittle and chipped with age. Vinyl 78s, 45s, and LPs were melted down and recycled as part of the war effort during World War II,” said Robert Darden, who’s a professor at Baylor University in Texas and working to save the music by digitizing existing vinyl recordings through the Black Music Restoration Project. He estimates that 75 percent of gospel music recorded on vinyl from 1940 to 1970 has disappeared.
Listen to the song “Mama’s Black Boy” below.
There’s no doubt that music is a form of self-expression. And many artists not only use the recording booth as a hit-making platform, but also as a medium to impact social change and connect with their fans across the globe.
In celebration of Black Music Month we decided to highlight a few songs that have made an impact on Black culture throughout history.
From James Brown’s 1968 classic, “I’m Black and I’m Proud” and Queen Latifah’s tribute to sisters, to Kanye West praising Jesus, each song’s message has gone on to resonate with legions of listeners.
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For most of us, Black Music Month is every month as we often swoon to the sounds of our favorite African-American musicians on our iPods. But have you ever wondered how June became the designed month for Black music? An interview conducted by The Root illuminates just how songwriter and producer Kenneth Gamble campaigned for Black Music Month in 1979.
When asked what motivated him along with broadcasters Ed Wright and Dyana Williams to lobby for Black Music Month, Gamble explained that the history of African-American music had been dulled by the merciless music industry; artists have had their songs and lyrics stolen.
With the emergence of Black Music Month, the music industry benefits in the “additional marketing dollars.” June is used as platform to promote artists and albums to advertise and sell black music in a decimating music economy.
“It’s still working,” Gamble says, “because right now we’re talking about something that stared 34 years ago.”
At the time, Jimmy Carter was in office and Gamble was part of the Black Music Association, which was an organization that helped educate young musical artists.
Gamble says he was able to convince Carter to jump-start Black Music Month because of a Black Music night at the White House. “It was a beautiful night on the White House lawn,” Gamble reminisces. He remembered legends such as Little Richard performed, as well as Billy Eckstine. “When you talk about jazz, the blues, and rhythm and blues, this is what America produced, and it has influenced many other types of music.”
Black Music Month isn’t just an African-American cultural commemoration, Gamble says, but an institution needed to promote great artists like Miles Davis or Bessie Smith. He does not want us forget the many great contributions Black talented artists have added to American music.
I usually never watch the Grammys and honestly wasn’t planning on doing so last night. But when my friend asked me if I was going to participate in the festivities at brunch, I decided since I was avoiding the cold, to check it out. The show itself had high and low moments. It wasn’t fabulous but it certainly wasn’t the most boring thing I’ve seen. So, whether you missed it or want to relive it, check out the most memorable moments. The asterisks represent high points of the night.
I’m sure black musicians get into the game wishing and hoping for that crossover money. It’s one thing to have a hit in the black community, but when your songs go mainstream, that’s a wider audience and even more money. Whether these artists wrote these songs knowing they would go over well with all audiences, we can’t tell. What we do know though, is that after a while, this songs became just as, if not even more popular with white folk. Now you’re more likely to hear these songs at your company Christmas party than in the…more racially homogenous clubs some black people frequent.
No Diggity- Blackstreet
For a while I was surprised when I’d hear white people sing all the lyrics to this song, considering much of Blackstreet’s fan base was primarily black. But back in the ’90’s black groups had the pop radio stations on lock. And this song was in heavy rotation. It’s no wonder it became something of an anthem, a karaoke classic. The song is still popular with white folk, as I just recently heard it the the new movie, Pitch Perfect.
Christmas was just yesterday and hopefully Santa has already visited your house; but we’re still in the mood for Christmas music, so we chose Eartha Kitt’s slightly sultry, definitely demanding wish list for Mr. Claus. It’s one of our favorites. Is this your song too?
Every Christmas folks are running around like chickens with their heads cut off looking for that perfect gift to buy their loved ones. But on his Christmas album, which is everything, Luther told his lover, his boo thang that spending money won’t be necessary, he just wants a kiss for Christmas. Very sweet. If you’re not familiar with this one, check it out, you won’t be disappointed.