Throwback Thursday: Carl Thomas- “Summer Rain”

Carl Thomas is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer from Illinois. Thomas was discovered by Sean “Diddy” Combs when he performed at an open-mic at a New York nightclub. 

“Summer Rain” was a single off of Thomas’ debut album Emotional.  It peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song also appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film version of Shaft

“Summer Rain” is a summer R&B classic! Enjoy the throwback above.

Video: Tiara Thomas – Mary Jane

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Two weeks ago, Tiara Thomas released her stellar new EP ‘Up In Smoke.’  Today, the singer/songwriter debuts a music video for standout song “Mary Jane.”

Bringing every stoners dream to life, the songstress appears on the TV screen at a smokers crib on 4.20. Peddling “Mary Jane’s Magic Spray” Tiara coos the sexy hook, “What a shame, what a shame, I’ve been turned out by Mary Jane.”

They envision her driving in a model Ford Mustang on their table, but then through a burst of light she appears in real life, and spreads the vapors through the whole house, even Moms got lit.

Check out the playful new video below:

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New Music: August Alsina feat. Lil Wayne – Why I Do It

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August Alsina is back and he’s setting all the doubters straight on the brand new single “Why I Do It” featuring Lil Wayne.

Over a pulsating beat, the New Orleans native gives listeners a taste of what his life is like today, and why he doesn’t need to explain himself. Wayne comes through with two slick, boastful verses claiming to be d’ing down your chick and calls himself KG (Kush God).

“I ain’t stopping until I got it all, and I’m winning until there ain’t no room for losing,” sings Alsina.

August is currently working on his currently untitled sophomore album, which is expected to drop later this year.

Take a listen to their brand new collabo below:

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Watch: Jaheim Celebrates Love with “Back In My Arms” Lyric Video

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R&B crooner Jaheim returned this summer with the buttery smooth love song “Back In My Arms,” the first release of his currently untitled new album, which is due out this October.

If you haven’t heard the record yet, think Luther Vandross 2015 meets Jaheim 2002, and get ready to play it for your significant other who will certainly welcome your passionate embrace with this playing in the background.

As the single climbs the radio charts (currently No. 11 on Urban AC), Jaheim premieres the official lyric video, which features a montage of touching photos pulled from submissions to a contest he ran asking fans to upload their photos of what “back in my arms” means to them.

The soulful singer includes some pics of himself with his family in the clip as well.

Check out the touching lyric video below, and pick up the single on iTunes now.  Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out Jaheim’s new interview on “The Red Light Special R&B Podcast” here.

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Video: Omarion feat. French Montana & Kid Ink – I’m Up

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Omarion makes every dude jealous, except for French Montana and Kid Ink, as he throws a very sexy pool party in the summery video for his latest single “I’m Up.”

The wet-and-wild visuals take place at a luxurious mansion with plenty of eye-candy and playful antics in the pool and a bubble bath before they take it to the bedroom.

The song will appear on Omarion’s upcoming album Reasons, due Oct. 23. He can currently be seen accompanying Chris Brown on his “One Hell of a Nite” tour.

Peep the video below:

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New Music: Chris Brown feat. French Montana – Gangsta Way

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It’s a Gangsta’s Paradise for frequent collaborators Chris Brown and French Montana, who reunite once again for the unexpectedly smooth new track “Gangsta Way.”

Over gentle drums and a twangy guitar, Breezy sings about just kicking it in the hood, “You know I be riding around the town and down the block / I’m in my hood all day, it’s the gangsta way.”

French admits money hasn’t changed him, and promises to call his girl on Facetime when he’s overseas touring.

The two are currently playing shows nightly on Brown’s “One Hell of a Nite” tour. Over the weekend, Breezy announced that his upcoming seventh album will be titled Royalty after his daughter.

Stream the soulful collaboration below:

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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #13 with Special Guest Jaheim

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This week we have a very special edition of “The Red Light Special R&B Podcast” as our own founder and editor Jamie Wexler joined Rob and Kristin in the studio for a candid discussion. Topics included the start of ThisisRnB.com and our progression, plus future projects. We also spoke about The Weeknd’s brand new album Beauty Behind The Madness, which officially drops on Friday, Aug. 28, and the episodes special guest Jaheim.

Rob had to catch up with the R&B crooner at another location for their chat. They spoke about his new single “Back In My Arms” and how he was influenced by the legendary Luther Vandross. He also talked about his time in prison, and working with iconic producer Kay Gee.

Stream the full show below:

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New Music: Mario feat. Rick Ross – Forever

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Early this year, Mario released the new single “Fireball,” which was a sort of comeback, buzz track to announce his forthcoming album, and first as an independent artist.

In June, producer Scott Storch revealed that he had signed Mario to his burgeoning new label, and they were working on his new album together.  Today, we get to hear the first taste of their work with the brand new single “Forever” featuring Rick Ross.

The track feels very much like the sound we’ve come to know Mario for most recently, R&B strings with pop synths, accompanied by some heavy percussion. He’s not letting go of that, and he’s not letting go of his lady, as he sings about wanting an everlasting love.

“I want this forever, I want you forever,” he sings on the chorus, adding: “Stay here with me, baby / I just want to love you till you scream.”

Mario’s first album in six years is titled Never 2 Late, and it is scheduled to be released on November 27.

Take a listen to his new single below:

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