Archive for Soul/R&B
The Q Side teamed up with the non-profit m.a.m.a. earth to put on a red carpet benefit concert in Santa Monica on March 6th that saw the comeback of an R&B legend along with some of the new stars of R&B. The event managed to raise over $3000 for the relief effort in Haiti, specifically, to help a grassroots organization called Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) who’s birthing clinic opened its doors this past Friday, March 5th in Jacmel, Haiti.
It was an amazing night that had performances from Mateo, Res, the legendary El Debarge, Think Tank and Bruno Mars (who’s currently featured on B.o.B.’s hit song Nothin’ On You).
Everyone was incredible but El Debarge’s performance was the highlight of the show and when he left the stage to loud cheers, people felt like they had just witnessed a monumental moment. The comeback of a legend who’s made it through controversy and returned to greatness. El is back in the studio working on new music with Babyface and he’s planning to release an album later this year.
This photo taken by Brian McGee captures the moment after I introduced El Debarge to Mateo, who’s poised to make an impact similar to the run El had with his brand of love songs. In fact, because of the rain that night, El didn’t bring his own piano and just jumped on Mateo’s instead. That is definitely what I call a moment.
This song Bruno Mars will appear on his upcoming album The Adventures of Bobby Ray (4/27). This video was directed by my friend Ethan Lader. As soon as I saw it, I texted him this: “It has a Tribe Called Quest feel and that’s the highest compliment I can give!!”
I’m going to start calling this guy the Scottie Pippen of R&B cause he’s so underrated! This new song I spotted at Onsmash is more proof that he’s definitely not one to sleep on.
A special treat that’s actually not going on her new album.
Visuals for one of the standout tracks from their freEp Boudoir Synema: The Great Mistapes which you can download HERE
The buzz you might have heard about this event is very real. It’s going to feature performances by new Atlantic Records artist Bruno Mars, the return of Jojo and some very special surprise guests.
Check out the details HERE.
The incredible first single from her upcoming album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh gets the live treatment backed by the legendary Roots crew.
One of the best real DJ’s dropped this incredible mix just before Valentine’s Day. I didn’t get around to posting it then but I’ve been listening to it constantly. This plays like the set you’d want to hear at your wedding reception! Nothing but classic R&B with a splash of hip hop from the golden era. Everything from Nas to Rick James, Mary J. Blige, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, R. Kelly, SWV and more. It’s all one MP3 but trust me when I tell you that you won’t want to skip anything.
So underrated and so consistently dope. This is off Citizen Cope’s first new album in 4 years entitled The RainWater that was just released.
Some very exciting things have been happening for our friend Mateo. He recently parted ways with MySpace Records which is leading to a lot of major label interest and he’s also started recording his full length album with Krucial (known for his production with Alicia Keys).
Today he released the third installment of his mixtape series Underneath the Sky which features an original song called Doubt and incredible reinterpretations of Bad Romance, Reign of Love, Forever and Empire State of Mind (which you can preview just below).
Download the mixtape HERE