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Jodeci’s Mr. Dalvin Speaks On ‘The Past, The Present, The Future’ + The Group’s Triumphant Return

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Back in 1995, a Democrat was in the Oval Office, O.J. Simpson was on the brink of some serious jail time, and Jodeci released their third album, The Show, The Afterparty, The Hotel. Fast forward 20 years later: Once again there’s a Democrat in office, O.J’s locked up, and Jodeci has released their fourth record, The Past, The Present, The Future. The group’s new full-length represents more than merely a return to music—it’s also a symbolic victory. The disc stands as a testament to their resiliency, in spite of the various setbacks that threatened to derail them for good. Slick new singles like “Nobody Wins,” “Every Moment,” and “Checkin for You” have removed any doubt that the anointed “Bad Boys of R&B” are really back.

We spoke to group member Mr. Dalvin about reuniting with long-time producer Timbaland, keeping the Jodeci mystique alive in the age of social media, and getting the comeback rolling after such a long hiatus.

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Jodeci’s New Single “Every Moment” Proves Their Reunion Was Worth The 20 Year Wait

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-By Renaud Jean Baptiste Jr. 

Rumors of a Jodeci reunion have been floating around yearly since the group’s unexpected hiatus in late 1995, shortly after the release of their third album, The Show, The Afterparty, The Hotel. We’re talking the days of dial-up modems and AOL disks, folks. Fast-forward 20 years and those rumors may finally be put to rest thanks to the release of a new single, “Every Moment.” This is the song every Jodeci fan was hoping for, reintroducing the world to the group’s distinct harmonies and melodies that made them R&B mainstays in the early to mid-90s.

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Elton John & David Furnish Tie The Knot, Jodeci Drops “Nobody Wins” After 18 Year Hiatus + More On Last Lap

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Joe Cocker dies at 70, Lea Michele covers Frozen‘s “Let it Go”, T.I. stands up for Iggy Azalea during Azalea and Azealia Banks‘ Twitter feud and more on Last Lap.

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A Comprehensive Guide To Music Blogs By Genre

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Music junkies depend on all of the best blogs to introduce them to the next big artist or hot new record that mainstream radio won’t pick up for another few months. Now that CDs are basically obsolete, blogs have taken over to replicate the experience music lovers once felt when they ripped off the plastic CD casing to crack open an exclusive lyric booklet and (if you were lucky) a free poster. Today, fans dive into the interwebs to find that perfect song or to feel the adrenaline the moment they find a new underground artist they want want to keep as their own little secret. With that being said, here’s a comprehensive guide to music blogs by genre that (along with VH1, naturally) will revitalize your relationship with music once again.

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The 10 Biggest R&B Group Beefs + Breakups Of The ’90s

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Let’s be honest. Nineties R&B remains one of the only genres in music where, “Oh, girl! That’s my song,” is said compulsively without a trace of irony. But while three- to five-part harmonies reigned supreme back in the day, so did bitter fallings out between members and labels. Even TLC was touched by group conflict before the unexpected death of their beloved bandmate Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. But through the loss, remaining members T-Boz and Chilli stuck it out to the tune of 20 years as their latest compilation album suggests. Meanwhile the shelf life for most groups born in that glorious era was over before you could say 1999. We count down the ones that devastated us and our tape decks most.

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K-Ci and JoJo Talk About Their New Album and Their Passion for Making Music

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Curiosity came over me when I learned that K-Ci and JoJo were coming out with a new album. Like every other female who came into her grown-and-sexy in the ’90s, I ooohed and aahhed and found myself beside myself over and over again as the R&B group Jodeci dominated with songs like “Forever My Lady”, “Love U 4 Life”, “Come and Talk to Me” and “Feenin’.” Whereas brothers DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin were easy on the eyes, arguably it was K-Ci (known as the Bobby Womack of R&B) and JoJo (known as the Stevie Wonder of R&B) who quickly became known as the voices of the group, the vocal masters of our ears.

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Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream Puts The Soul Back In R&B, Despite His Feeling That The Genre Has Become A ‘Caricature Of Itself’

Kaleidoscope Dream is the magical sophomore album by Miguel, an LP in which he infuses the sounds of rock, soul and funk into the expanding box that is modern R&B. On “Adorn,” which is currently No. 1 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts, he croons about love and intimacy over the funky bass line. “‘Adorn’ is romantic, but it’s dirty at the same time,” he told us the day his album dropped. “It’s all the highs of love with all the coolness of the party.” Then there’s “Use Me,” “Do You,” “Arch & Point,” and “Pussy Is Mine” that explore the beauty of intimacy. While “Do You” is as much about the sensuality (“Do you like hugs? Do you like love?”) as it is about sex (“I wanna do you like drugs tonight”), the provocative “Pussy Is Mine” is completely about Miguel’s friend with benefits making him feel like it is all his. Read more…