All Articles Tagged "Tevin Campbell"
TV One’s longest-running original series and fan favorite, Unsung, has profiled some of the most beloved artists over the years, giving music lovers the inside scoop on their untold stories. Shared predominantly via interviews with profiled artists and people closely associated with them, the five-time NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series never disappoints. And Unsung fans can now devour the equally successful spinoff, Unsung Hollywood.
But have you ever asked yourself, “Why don’t they do an Unsung on ___?” Chances are, you have. But not every artist believes they are unsung. Not to mention, when dealing with groups, not every member is on board with revealing information about their personal lives, let alone the drama that affected or derailed their careers.
That being said, if we had our way, we’d still like to see episodes on the following artists. Who would you add to this Unsung wish list?
A true hip-hop pioneer, both as a member of Boogie Down Productions and as a solo MC, the Teacha has been spitting rhymes for decades. And while we know KRS-One through his music, there’s a lot we have yet to learn about the man himself and his undoubtedly heady story.
We could go on for days about Tevin Campbell’s voice and his hit songs back in the 90s, but you already know about those. What’s more important here is that one of our favorite R&B singers of all time is back!
It was just a few weeks ago that we caught the “Can We Talk” crooner performing at B.B. Kings in New York and when we ran into him on the red carpet at Faith Evans’ record release party we had to ask him if he’s staging a comeback. Thankfully, he told us he is! Check out what Tevin has in the works and why he’s been gone for so long in the video above. Are you excited?
Who else couldn’t get enough of Tevin Campbell back in the day? I had a huge crush on the crooner, and his voice, to this day, is one of my favorites. But of course, aside from popping up at the BET Awards for an O’Jay’s tribute, Campbell has been on a hiatus from music for quite some time. His last album was released in 1999. But Campbell is back! He’s been touring for the last few months, and stopped in NYC this past weekend to remind folks and fans of what they’d been missing. Hitting the stage at B.B. Kings, Campbell performed some of his big hits, from “Round and Round” to “I’m Ready,” and my favorite, “Can We Talk.”
For me, Campbell sounded just as good and soulful as he did in the ’90s, tambourine in hand and bow tie on his neck. Those in the building at the time must have felt the same way I did about his vocals, because they were jamming and singing along to every word. He looked healthy and happy, and I’m all here for a return to music. R&B needs voices like his. Check out his performances of “Can We Talk” and “I’m Ready” below and let us know if you think Campbell’s still got it.
They Didn’t Name A Highway After Him For Nothing: Songs You Probably Didn’t Know Babyface Wrote And Produced
Okay, so it’s just a 25-mile stretch of a highway in Indianapolis, but nonetheless, that’s a really big deal! Seriously though, what would R&B music, as well as pop, sound like if it weren’t for Babyface? The man has been writing classic jams and put together much loved soundtracks since the early ’80s. He gave Bobby Brown some of his biggest hits, helped make Toni Braxton a star, and managed to write some of music’s must-hit-repeat jams when we weren’t paying attention. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, sometime alongside writing partner LA Reid, other times with an array of other talented writers, but often on his own, has helped pen and produce songs that have made us dance, cry, and break up with shady folks. Your iPod wouldn’t be the same without the brotha. Here are a few songs by the legend that you might not have known he was behind.
After years of being confused about it, I’ve found that clearly, not everyone is supposed to be or going to be as big as an Usher, a Beyoncé, and most probably won’t get anywhere near MJ status on a global scale. But when highly talented individuals, especially good looking male singers with great pipes, don’t get or don’t get to sustain the popularity they once had, I always wonder why. Such is the case with the following 10 fellas, who throughout my pre-teens and adulthood, I’ve been a fan of. So what are they doing now and what went wrong on the road to stardom? Shall we find out?
And be ready to click (you’ve been warned, so save the complaints).
“And don’t you forget iiiiiit!” That was my jam! For those who don’t remember Glenn Lewis, the neo-soul singer with his funky curls and smooth voice garnered many a female fan after dropping songs like “Don’t You Forget It” off of his debut disk, World Outside My Window in 2002. The Canadian crooner was doing fairly well sales wise as his debut album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, but as he prepared to release his second album with the single, “Back For More,” his release date got pushed back, and his album just wound up being shelved. Things haven’t been the same since…
After leaving and joining different labels, you’ll be happy to know that Lewis signed with EMI Music in 2011 and is said to be working on a new project. However, we’ll believe it when we see it. He still looks good though!
Where are these 90’s R&B male singers, you ask? Your guess may be as good as ours, but as a contrast to the popular TVOne hit reality series, R&B Divas, we would love to cast these men as our R&B Fellas.
After releasing a new single this year, a duet with KeKe Wyatt called “You & I,” this gave us a reminder of the R&B singer, who sung the hits “Don’t Take Your Love Away” and “My First Love.
Let’s face it, gone are the days when R&B music would top the Billboard 100 without sounding like a mix of techno or house music. Sure, you have artists like Usher and Chris Brown throwing out a few dance-worthy tracks here and there, but that’s nothing compared to the overload of pop music on the radio everyday (some of it Brown and Usher contribute to). Don’t take this the wrong way, the whole dance-meets-pop music thing can be fun sometimes, but don’t you ever miss hearing that those classic R&B vocals and tracks from back in the day? The “Come and Talk to Me,” “Candy Rain,” “Groove Me” type of joints we used to act a fool to? And while these crooners did talk about sex from time to time, that’s not ALL they talked about every time you listened to them (C’mon Trey, it’s getting old). Sadly, it appears that none of today’s most popular artists are capable of providing the type of classic music we reminisce over, and would rather spend their time dancing in skinny jeans talking about how they’ll “beat it up.” *Sighs* Let’s have a look at some of our favorite male R&B artists that no one has been able to match in recent times. This is who we like to call the real men of R&B Music.