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I guess I’m not the only one to listen to a Jodeci song from back in the day, hear K-Ci and JoJo sing, and ask myself, ‘Damn! Why doesn’t anybody sing like these guys anymore??’
The-Dream has been thinking the same thing, because in an interview with Vlad-TV, the singer/songwriter was very open about what he feels the game is missing these days. This of course includes the strong, “take em to church” voices from back in the day. It all came about when he was asked about his past dream of putting together an R&B supergroup with some of today’s big singers (including Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Trey Songz and Miguel). He responded by saying it wouldn’t work because the strong powerhouse voice would be missing:
The-Dream: “We would be missing one new, big a** voice. It’s like, where’s the big voice? Nobody really has that anymore. Like, that thing. Nobody has that Johnny Gill s**t. That just go to church, just come on…there’s no go to church voice now if you really think about it. I’m looking for ‘em. It’s hard to find ‘em.”
Interviewer: “That’s true. R. Kelly had that definitely.”
The-Dream: “R. Kelly still wasn’t purely like, ‘go to church’ though. He was more relying on tone. Which he has a great tone. K-Ci and JoJo, was that part of that group. Those big powerhouse things. They don’t really exist anymore. Maybe everybody stopped going to church and stopped getting whippings. Whippings usually create a great voice.”
Interviewer: “That pain, huh? That pain and fear!”
The-Dream: “That switch or getting beat with a rose stem. [laughs]”
Interviewer: “Jennifer Hudson I guess for the female side kind of has that.”
The-Dream: “Yeah. Bey. A lot of voices over there.”
Interviewer: “But not male voices, huh?”
Interviewer: “Is that how you got your start? From the church?”
The-Dream: “I’m quite sure some type of way, man I’m from the South. Everybody go to church and sing there first. You can’t sing nowhere if you don’t sing in church. It wasn’t like there’s a choir, you’re in the choir if you just come to church. It’s like, ‘Come one buddy! Let’s go.’ It was what it was.”
It’s an interesting thought, right? While I can appreciate the voices of some of my favorite male singers of today, including Miguel, Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, and more, the reality is, they don’t have the voices that ring out and leave those goosebumps like I get when I listen to Aaron Hall’s “I Miss You,” or Jodeci’s “My Heart Belongs To You,” or something from folks like Case, Luther, Johnny Gill, D’Angelo, and Michael Jackson. Do you agree that those powerhouse voices are missing?
I’m sure you’ve already heard about the messy situation that Chris Brown has currently found himself engulfed in due to a scuffle over the weekend. As we told you, Brown was arrested for felony assault after a party he hosted at Howard University in an effort to take part in their homecoming festivities (but this was not an official party the University was behind). He was arrested early Sunday morning outside of the W Hotel after he took a picture with some female fans, and two men allegedly decided to jump in the photo (who weren’t fans). Brown had some words for them and it turned into a physical altercation with one of the men, who is planning on pressing charges after reportedly having his nose broken. Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault. And while many folks are rolling their eyes at yet another Breezy incident, his fans and his famous friends are speaking out and standing by him. Even Bow Wow wrote a personal message on his Instagram (picture and all) for his embattled friend:
Been homies since day 1. Im talking bout got money together so much like bros if you aint have it on you my ni**a it was nothing i got you! Same on both ends! Keep yo head up stay focused you got a gift that your fans appreciate. Dont give these people no more reason to talk. Deliver them hits and focus on what YOU gotta do! Love my G #Freemyhomie! Hood & @wackstar yall scream at me let me know the 411! Hit me on the hip! Yall stay up too!”
And he’s not the only one showing love. Trey Songz even showed up in D.C. today to support Brown at his arraignment. Of course, Brown has been held in jail since he was arrested because he had to see a magistrate first. But his arraignment was delayed for a while because of an over-packed courtroom, and information on it (if it’s finally started and the end result) still hasn’t been made public yet.
An overflow room for fans wanting to listen in has been made in the court basement, and some of Brown’s family had to be put in a separate room because of the courtroom presence. Even outside, as Trey Songz entered, it seemed more like the red carpet of an awards show as fans who stood outside for hours with signs saying “Leave Chris Brown Alone” screamed “OH MY GOD, IT’S TREY SONGZ!!!” It’s all a bit too much for a courtroom appearance for a serious charge that could come with serious time (four years). We will keep you posted on what comes of his arraignment, but I know he must be appreciating the support right now…because he definitely could use it.
According to the Washington Post, district prosecutors lowered Brown’s felony assault charge to a misdemeanor. As court papers stated, Brown says that he didn’t strike the man who says he broke his nose at all. There was initially confusion as to who threw the first punch, because Brown’s security guard was also arrested and charged (and his charges were lowered too), so that could be why Brown caught a break. Where are security cameras when you need them? Anyway, according to TMZ, Brown was released without bail and was told to stay 100 yards away from the victim.
Despite recent reports that Baggage Claim was a bit of a flop at the weekend box office, director David E. Talbert took to Twitter to celebrate the film and praise it for being the number one comedy in America.
Thanks EVERYBODY for making Baggage Claim the #1 Comedy in America! Let’s keep it going and rock the box office this week!
— David E. Talbert (@DavidETalbert) September 30, 2013
— David E. Talbert (@DavidETalbert) September 30, 2013
It’s great that David has chosen not to allow naysayers and negative reviews to rob him of his latest accomplishment. In case you missed it, earlier this week we told you that the Paula Patton film debuted at number four at the weekend box office, grossing only $9.3 million, though Shadow and Act estimates that it will earn at least $20 million in the coming weeks. $20 million isn’t exactly a bad thing, since the film’s budget was reportedly only $8.5 million. Hopefully the romantic comedy does better in the coming weeks.
Did you check out Baggage Claim yet? Do you plan to?
If you’ve seen commercials for David E. Talbert’s Baggage Claim, you probably were thinking to yourself at the time, “Another Rom-Com!? I’m not about to spend my money on that!” I know that’s what I was thinking when I first heard about it months ago. Hey, just keeping it real. But after checking out the film for myself, I have to say, it’s worth every dime.
As the premise goes, Paula Patton plays Montana Moore, a 30-something flight attendant who gets the wake-up call of her (love) life when her little sister (Lauren London) gets engaged. She can’t be the only woman in the family not married! She makes it her mission to find herself a man and get engaged by the time her sister is set to have an engagement dinner–but how does one do that? Moore and her friends Gail and Sam (Jill Scott and Adam Brody) help her track down her ex-boyfriends on commercial flights so that she can “run into them” and make a love connection happen. In the process, fun foolery ensues, and by the end, you’ll be as delightfully surprised as I was. Here are five reasons why you should check out Baggage Claim. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
It’s Funny…No, Seriously
No, really. It’s not what you think it should be: a stale Jumping The Broom-type of comedy (no offense Paula). Instead, it’s a surprisingly hilarious film where Patton shines through (without being too bubbly in an annoying way) and literally embraces physical comedy. Folks are jumping in garbage cans, running through airports, getting hit by cabs and more–all in the quest to help Patton’s character of Montana Moore get a man. What would you do for love?
Mad Eye Candy
This might be an understatement. Damn near every guy in the movie has been in somebody’s wet dreams over the years (probably without clothes). Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Trey Songz, Derek Luke, Djimon Honsou, and more are just a few of the gorgeous guys I ogled on-screem. From every shade of the chocolate rainbow your eyes will be blessed with, and a few of the brothas will show you what their working with in bubble bath and bedroom scenes. *Drools*
The Supporting Characters Are Everything
If there wasn’t already enough reasons to love Jill Scott, this movie might give you another. She’s absolutely hilarious as the bus+y and flirty Gail, who gives terrible advice on love while trying to keep her own dating life afloat. And then there’s Adam Brody of The OC fame who plays Sam. He’s saucy and will literally have you damn near in tears with his comical observations about the men in Montana’s life. And the interactions between Scott and Brody are just as funny.
See A New Side Of Taye Diggs
When I see Taye Diggs, I don’t see funny. Honestly, I see the Broadway play Rent, and there’s nothing funny about that. However, in this film, Diggs plays a pretentious politician (a Republican at that) named Langston who’s all about being in charge and keeping his lady in the background. With his toy dog Juicy and his speech-giving tactics everywhere he goes, Diggs manages to keep you in stitches as the pompous political player the whole time.
Support Black Folks
Romantic comedies are making a comeback. And while they’re not like some of our favorites from yesteryear, ones like Baggage Claim are refreshing and entertaining, and deserve your eyes and dollars. It’s been promoted well and the end result is actually pretty well done. Go ahead and support some good looking black folks.
Hell No We Won’t Go: Artists Boycotting Florida Increases As JT, Rihanna And More Reportedly Take Stand
According to D.C. publication The Hill, the list of of artists joining Stevie Wonder in boycotting Florida over the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws is growing, and doing so fast. After George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Travyon Martin, at a concert soon after, Wonder announced his boycott of that state and other states with “Stand Your Ground” until these laws are struck down:
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”
After a bit of a hiatus from releasing new music, Trey Songz is back.
He’s been pretty much touring all over Europe for the past few months but has finally taken time to give some new material to his fans. Trey dropped his new single, “Sensational” on his Angel Network website, a social site for all things Trey songs and the people – okay, the ladies – who love them. One of the “perks” of being a member is that Trey will drop new music on the site from time to time before it is released anywhere else.
In “Sensational,” Trey is pretty much professing his love to his lady. He tells her that he’s been around the block but no one has ever compared to her. She makes him feel a way he’s never felt and he always wants to be with her. In his second verse, he breaks it down:
I can’t get enough of the things that you do, Wooo/Take your time don’t rush cuz you know what you do to get me in the mood/Your kiss, your lips taste sweet as honey…darling/I just lose myself in side of you, you/Touch me, hold me, need me, keep me, swear you’ll never leave me/And you’ll always be my sensational girl…
As you can hear, Trey has decided to be very ambitious and try his falsetto through most of the track. I’m not necessarily sure this is a good idea because it really isn’t his strongest vocal register. Also, that’s going to be very hard to hold on to and sound good singing live when it isn’t the key your normally sing.
Trey seems to be looking for a sound that fits him as he gets older. His last album, Chapter V, was clearly an example of that but it wasn’t a major hit with his fans. There’s nothing wrong with trying new sounds but he seems to be in an odd place musically where, if he “plays around” too much, he will alienate his core group of fans.
Anyway, check out his love song, “Sensational,” and tell me what you think (shout out to Miss Jia for uploading it to Soundcloud)!
Talk about an unlikely pairing!
First of all, was anyone even thinking of a “Dirty Laundry” remix from Kelly Rowland? I thought she’d said all she needed to say in the original song and we were done with it. Apparently, she wasn’t.
On Friday night, Power 105.1′s DJ Self premiered the song on his “Midnight Mix” show. It is a true remix in the sense that the lyrics are totally different, even Kelly has a different verse in the beginning.
But to be honest, the shining star is R. Kelly. He hits us with the “Oh oh oh oh oh” and you know it’s about to be on:
“…See the truth of the matter is everybody can’t do this/And that’s why I got these s**t talking R&B singers on my hit list/(They Running) But I remain standing tall 90 stories and that will never change/And they bite my style so much I swear should write a book/And when I look at tv, I say “Got damn, that’s my look”…”
Can you say shots fired? Of course, he could be talking about anyone but there’s a great chance that the verse was primarily aimed at Trey Songz. If you’ll recall, Trey did a remix about four years ago on the “Death of Autotune” beat and came directly for Kelly. But being the more seasoned artist, R. Kelly just cooly responded by saying, “What’s an elephant going to do when a fly or an ant lands on him? Those guys got some growing up to do.”
Clearly, that was then and this is now. R. Kelly hasn’t said much musically in quite some time outside of his “Trapped In The Closet” chapters earlier this year so this song is quite a return.
We’ll see if this buzz will help to generate more sales on June 18th when Kelly Rowland’s album, Talk A Good Game, hits stores.
Check it out and tell us what you think!
Whenever big events are taking place we’re always anticipating who our favorite celebs will bring as their dates. Just when we think it’ll be a model, they make us fall in love them even more by bringing their mamas instead. I always find it cute when they show mom dukes that she will always and forever be their leading lady. Video vixen, models, singers… fall back because the mothers are running this show.
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Any time you’re trying to describe an artist, there’s always a temptation to compare them to someone else. It’s easier to say “Keyshia Cole is like Mary J. Blige” than to say “Keyshia Cole makes raw, soul-infused R&B filled with themes of pain and personal transformation.” I get that. But sometimes the comparisons go too far, and we try to place up-and-comers in the same category as legends whose legacies have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape.
The late, great Michael Jackson is probably the most frequent victims of suspect comparisons. It seems that anyone who can dance and sing reasonably well is at some point dubbed the new or next version of The Gloved One. Usher is the new Michael Jackson. Chris Brown is the new Michael Jackson. Beyoncé is the new Michael Jackson. In the name of all that is holy, this must stop. I have seen all three of these “new Michael Jacksons” live, and I can attest that any one of their shows will change your night, if not your life. Usher is a consummate entertainer, Chris Brown is the best dancer I have ever seen anywhere, and Beyoncé
will leave you out of breath just watching her.
That said, to compare these entertainers to the King of Pop, a man who was arguably the most innovative, groundbreaking and important artist of all-time, hurts my feelings in ways I can’t begin to describe. I could possibly tolerate something more specific like “he can sing and dance well, kind of like a young Michael Jackson.” But to compare artists to someone who was incomparable won’t fly.
Another questionable comparison involves Trey Songz. I’ve heard him described as the next R. Kelly and/or D’Angelo. I’m sorry, what did you say? Just because you take your shirt off and sing sex-laced ballads does not make you heir to the throne of Kells or the inimitable D’Angelo. So I’m going to need people to cease and desist equating any crooner with a sexed up catalogue and a six-pack to either of these two very unique and musically-gifted individuals.
And then, there is perhaps the most egregious comparison I’ve heard yet: that Frank Ocean is this generation’s Luther Vandross or Marvin Gaye. For the love of Tyler Perry, we must stop this madness. I think we’ve all heard more than enough Luther and Marvin to know that Frank is neither, so I will kindly ask the people making these comparisons to have a seat for eternity.
Young Frank and his unique brand of R&B has certainly taken the world by storm. But to compare an individual with a mixtape and an album to legends who shaped entire eras, who left us with some of the most memorable music we have, whose musical styles don’t even resemble Ocean’s, is simply ludicrous. In the words of Claudette Wyms, one of my favorite characters on the former FX drama The Shield, “You’re stretching, son. Try yoga.”
These ridiculous comparisons also occur in the rap spectrum. I think we all laughed off the idea that Ja Rule was the new DMX, but among the more outlandish claims I’ve heard is that Kendrick Lamar is the new 2Pac. Girl, bye. I can’t even dignify that with a response.
Sure, there are similarities between artists, and comparisons are inevitable. Nicki Minaj is like Lil Kim or Foxy Brown, female rappers who blend sexuality with serious bars. Justin Bieber is like Justin Timberlake; they’re both white r&b/pop artists who got their start as teen idols. Lady Gaga is like Madonna; they’re fearless females who push the envelope and weave religious imagery and sex into their music.
But no one is the new or next anyone, much as each generation might want to lay claim to their own version of some superstar. Chris Brown is not the new Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean is not the new Luther Vandross. There is one Michael and one Luther and one Marvin and one 2Pac, and there will never be some newfangled knockoff. They’ll come through and create their own lane and legacies. But we lessen the legacies of certain icons by claiming there is some updated version, like they are a line of soft drink or an old computer program. What these people did is unmatched and will remain unmatched. Without taking anything away from these talented young artists — who deserve to be seen in their own light, and not in someone else’s shadow — let’s not pretend a legend who brought us something we’d never seen before and will never see again can somehow be duplicated.
What’s the craziest musical comparison you’ve ever heard? Sound off in the comments.
Solange, Tamia, Faith Evans And Trey Songz Added To Essence Fest; Iyanla, Steve Harvey And Kenya Moore To Lead Empowerment Sessions
We filled you in a couple days ago on the fact that Essence has a MAJOR lineup in order for this summer’s annual music festival. From Beyoncé and Jill Scott to Maxwell and Brandy, the hitmakers are headed to NOLA this July. And did we mention that their recent cover boy, LL Cool J, is also performing as well? Here’s to hoping his performance will be a bit more entertaining than what he did at the Grammys….Anyhow, we now can add Bey’s sister Solange and R&B stud Trey Songz into the mix, as Essence just revealed that they have been added to the lineup. They’ve also tapped the very underrated Tamia and Faith Evans to perform as well. While Solange and Trey will probably hit a main stage, Tamia, Evans, as well as the additions of Mali Music and singer Rachelle Ferrell, will perform in the festival’s superlounges.
And if you’re hoping to take part in changing that body from within instead of just shaking it down to the ground, the festival will of course have opportunities to speak with and learn from life coaches, fitness experts, members of the clergy and more through something called the Essence Empowerment Experience. There you can get fed with the help of the brilliant Iyanla Vanzant, as well as Steve Harvey, and I don’t know, maybe get some business advice or something from Kenya Moore (?) of Real Housewives of Atlanta. They’re also bringing in other big names to help, including John Lewis, Denise Warren, Karen Peterson, Kim Burrell, Kurt Carr and many others.
Once again, if you’re trying to be a part of all this fun, the Essence Music Festival is from July 4-7, and weekend packages are already for sale online. Get moving!