Just when R&B seemed to be dying an unfortunate death, leave it to R. Kelly to resuscitate the genre in a blink of an eye. Soulful and gentle, “Feelin’ Single” incites the urge to dance coolly across the floor. Like “Step In the Name of Love,” “Feelin’ Single” has an infectious softness about it that makes one forget all their worries. His voice is flawless on every note executing perfect harmonies on the hook. Light, fun and disco infused, the self-proclaimed King of R&B does the classic sultry combination like no other.
The timing for the track is perfect as cuffing season (when people find a winter beau to stay warm) ends, and summer fast approaches. Warm weather breeds the yearning for the benefits of being single. Well, for some. Feeling played by his girl the Pied Piper has a solution to deal with her late night hours– “hit the club and take somebody home with me.” This is the second single from his upcoming album Write Me Back, a follow-up to 2010’s Love Letter. A master of evoking something, anything within the listener, this track channels a bit of what makes Stevie Wonder great. It makes you feel the music. “Feelin’ Single” never felt so good.
Way back when, in late 2010, we were tasked with music supervising a brand new series set to premiere in January, 2011. The series was called Mob Wives, and to be honest, we were a little afraid. Ok, a lot afraid. But we knew it was going to be good, as the characters were undeniably compelling. The women’s rich histories, blended with their tough-as-nails personalities, all set against the NYC backdrop was going to produce nothing less than riveting television.
Rihanna has probably ran out of Fs to give about anyone having an opinion regarding her personal life. That didn’t keep hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons from coming to her defense on his website GlobalGrind.com. Our favorite bad girl has kept quiet thus far about the alleged shadeChris Brown threw her way in his freestyle over Kanye’s “Way Too Cold.” Shortly after 2Chainz’s “No Lie” featuring Drake dropped there was speculation on whether or not Drake was dissing the pop star when he rapped, “Then I f*cked her once and never f*cked again / She could have a Grammy, I still treat that ass like a nominee / Just need to know what that p*ssy like so one time, it’s fine with me.” Annoyed with the alleged attacks on Rihanna, on Mother’s Day Simmons tweeted, “Everyone needs to get off @rihanna’s d*ck…” with the link to a two paragraph post he wrote of the same title. In the letter Simmons calls out the double standard of rappers being able to sleep with a bunch of women without being called a h*, but a woman is scrutinized for her sexual liberation. Uncle Rush has a point, but this is all so…soap opera like. Read more…
He’s Will Smith’s son, son! Of course Jaden Smith would be nice on the mic, but we didn’t imagine he’d have lyrical punchlines that put some of his peers twice his senior to shame. One can hear the adolescence in the pitch of his 13-year-old voice in the short video to “Give It To Em.” But what he lacks in baritone he makes up for in rhymes. When he raps, “Young, black with accessories, and I’m doing well never seen a penitentiary. ‘Cause they can’t sentence the greatest emcee they’ve ever seen. No I’m not but if you gon’ battle me you better be,” all of his youthfulness becomes a distant thought. Read more…
Arkansas native Kris Allen went from being a virtually unknown musician to a household name in the span of just four short months back in 2009 when he won the eighth season of American Idol. Despite selling over 1.7 million copies of his chart-topping single “Live Like We’re Dying,” Allen has managed to stay incredibly humble and down to earth, as evidenced by his participation in Starburst’s Music With The Masters series. Recently, he spent the day at hanging out with sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Robert Frost Middle School in Los Angeles, where he performed a show in that school’s auditorium that benefited the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. In addition to his biggest hit to date, “Live Like You’re Dying,” he performed “The Vision Of Love,” the first single off his new album, Thank You Camellia, which will be released later this month.
This week on That Metal Show, we welcomed The Cult’sIan Astbury and Billy Duffy, as well as German metal vocalist DORO Pesch. We rocked out with TMS alum Frank Hannon, who returned as our guest musician for the second week in a row. We also asked Tom Morello to stop by our TMS Top 5 segment and help us come up with the Top 5 Black Sabbath riffs of all time.
Over the past 40 years, the legendary Tony Iommi has given us such a magnitude of amazing riffs that it’s nearly impossible to cut the list down to a mere five. How do you choose from the iconic “Heaven and Hell” riff (which fans sing along to in stadiums), the punishingly heavy, haunting riff of “Black Sabbath,” and the “Iron Man” riff, which is arguably the most recognizable of all time? After much debate, the boys were able to narrow down the TMS TOP 5 Sabbath Riffs. Here’s what they came up with: Read more…
No one but Jay-Z can host a press conference with the mayor of a major city standing next to Freeway and have people in the audience yelling, “Hova, Hova, Hova.” Today, the Brooklyn bred rapper, introduced by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, announced in a press conference that he would not only headline Budweiser’s “Made In America” two day concert in Philadelphia, but that he’s also curating the event.
As the curator, Jay-Z will select all of the musical acts, which puts the power in his own hands for presenting the type of show he’d want to see if he was an attendee. As someone who has been in the music industry for over 15 years and collaborated with artists that reach all across the spectrum, the choices are limitless. On September 1 and September 2, the festival will take place in Fairmount Park and will include other musical acts that haven’t been announced. Tight lipped as usual, Jay would only say that 70% of the musical guests have been confirmed. According to the New York Times, the “concert will assemble an eclectic lineup of rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance musicians, according to a news release from its organizers.” Read more…
When Nicki Minaj performs one never knows whether to expect Roman, Martha, just Nicki or all three. Usually all three make an appearance at some point, which makes for a thrilling and versatile set. Over the weekend Minaj performed at Wango Tango, the 15th annual all-day concert hosted by LA’s KIIS FM. A white long tutu clad Minaj performed “Did It On ‘Em,” “Beez In The Trap,” “Right By My Side,” “Roman’s Holiday” and a remix of Big Sean’s“Dance (A$$).” So far this year Minaj’s performances have been somewhat of a doozy. Remember the creepy exorcism at the GRAMMY awards? Well, for this performance Minaj channeled Roman, but also brought the element of hip-hop that we’d love to see more of. Read more…
We here at VH1 are strong believers that mothers are worthy of appreciation 365 days a year. That said, this Sunday is the official day we honor those special women in our lives. Seeing as how music has always been expressive and a reflection of the artist’s own life, it only makes sense that everyone from Tupac to Taylor Swift have created songs expressing their love for the woman that brought them into the world. Those songs cover the entire spectrum, from light and fun to heartfelt and emotional. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of our all-time favorite songs dedicated to moms. Since we don’t sing or rap, we’re leaving it to those that do to honor all the mamas. Happy Mother’s Day!
1. “Dear Mama”- Tupac
Tupac’s ode to his mother Afeni Shakur has to be one of the most touching and well known dedication songs in music.
2. “Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood
In this guitar heavy country song, Underwood reassures her mom that her husband to be is a great man, and marrying him doesn’t mean her mom is losing her.
3. “Hey Mama”- Kanye West
“It don’t got to be Mother’s Day or your birthday for me to call and say, ‘Hey, mama.'” When Kanye made this fun track for his mother, we never imagined it’d be the very song he’d perform in her honor after her death. Counting our lucky stars that she was able to hear it before she passed.
4. “The Best Day” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift probably has a lot of great days seeing as how she’s one of the biggest country singers and all. But spending quality time with her mom tops the list of best days she’s ever had.
When Boyz II Men’s “A Song For Mama” played on the popular late 90s movie Soul Food, eyes welled with tears. Soulful voices singing lyrics that helms mothers as Queens would make any mama proud. Read more…
Buzz around upcoming Harlem rapper Azealia Banks is not overhyped considering she creates music like the new track “Jumanji” she dropped today. This is why the uber talented fire spitter doesn’t need beef on her climb to the top. Produced by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook, “Jumanji” is enticing with its blaring horn and African drum sound. Frankly, the beat is bananas, and definitely nod your head worthy. And her riveting flow is speedy, aligning itself perfectly with the instrumentation. When she raps, “Don’t make me remove your kufi, I do it because it’s my duty,” you hear the hunger in her voice, that unrelenting passion and confidence in what she has to say. And we’re listening.
“Jumanji” is the first single from her Fantastic mixtape set to be released this summer. Banks’ debut album Broke With Expensive Taste has been pushed back for a potential fall release, but in the meantime she tweeted she will drop her LP “1991” within the next month. As Banks slowly but surely gains more attention we hope she steps away from Twitter feuds and sticks to dropping bombs in the studio. Let the music speak for itself. Check out a few of our favorite lines from “Jumanji.”
“They want my photo and pictures inside of they candid cameras/flawless, critics and scandals/man handle savage I damge ya/Real b*** all day/Uptown Broadway
“Reefer and cabanas/all my vehicles handsome”
“These b*** and their banter/f*** is up w/they grammar/they never talking money/I can’t never understand ‘em.”
“All of my b**** bougie/designer vagina Gucci/These n**** all kind of groupies/they flying they trying to scoop me.”