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.
Remember JoJo? No, not that JoJo, this JoJo. The JoJo that launched her career when she was just thirteen and starred in a movie with Robin Williams. Well, JoJo isn’t thirteen anymore, and since her hit album she’s been doing all sorts of good stuff–most of it under the radar. There was that cover of Drake’s “Marvin’s Room” that sounded (dare I say) better than the original? Last year’s “Disaster” even peaked at 29 on the Billboard charts last year. Most exciting, however, is JoJo’s newest project: an EP called Agápe.
Listen for yourself.
A young, pop singer past, JoJo has begun edging herself back into the spotlight with adept covers and sexy singles that have her sounding ever more like a grown R&B star. “Demonstrate,” her brand new single that is produced by Drake‘s partner in crime, Noah “40” Shebib, is no exception. Now 21-years-old, JoJo offers to demonstrate that which she can’t say. “I can let my body explain, I know I can demonstrate,” she sings after a tinny guitar intro. She moves capably from a near-whisper to an almost whistle-register and back without overwhelming the patently patient and self-conscious 40 beat, much like she did with his “Marvin’s Room.”
If it’s got her doing like this, we hope she keeps letting that “freaky sh**” run her mind. If she can keep this up, and if R&B continues to get weirder and darker like it has, she’ll prove a real force when her third studio album, Jumping Trains, comes out later this year.
New Music: Jojo – ‘Demonstrate’ [Produced By Noah ’40’ Shebib] [Rap-Up]
Dozens of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Justice and Adam Lambert, gathered in Los Angeles on Sunday night for the annual Do Something! Awards, an event in which they were able to honor their peers and some of the most devoted young people in the country committed to social change.
The award show, hosted by Jane Lynch and featuring musical performances from Demi Lovato, Foster The People and OneRepublic featuring B.o.B, is taping tonight at the Hollywood Palladium, but will air on VH1 this Thursday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. However, you don’t have to wait that long to catch a glimpse of all the celebs in attendance who walked the blue carpet tonight —and a few shots of rehearsals, too!— in our gallery below.
Earlier this month, Drake released a new song called “Marvin’s Room” on his blog, October’s Very Own. If you haven’t heard it yet, the track consists of an intoxicated Drizzy vulnerably addressing an ex-girlfriend, trying to convince her that she can “do better” than the boo with whom she’s currently in a relationship. Coaxing her with his evocative fairy dust, the still-smitten singing rapper can seemingly not let go. Now considered a contemporary drunk-dialing anthem, “Marvin’s Room” is
Wheelchair Jimmy’s Drake’s personal adjusting-to-celebrity confession session, yet still relatable enough to potentially rouse emotional baggage from our own civilian relationships past. Lucky us!
Striking similar chords with female vocalists, pop/R&B singer JoJo decided to remake the song last week, delivering her own version from a female’s point of view, and snagging quite a bit of buzz off her naughty lyrics. Teyana Taylor, too, just transformed “Marvin’s Room” into “My Room,” proving that she clearly didn’t give a damn about the poor guy in the original song’s title. And speaking of this “Marvin,” you probably noticed that Drake doesn’t mention him at all on the track, triggering a head-scratcher we found ourselves dealing with: If he’s important enough to garnish the song’s title, why the EFF don’t we know who Marvin is?