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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.