ThisisRnB Presents: Summer Playlist (’90s Edition)


There’s no denying the evolution of R&B throughout the years. From the groovy disco sounds of the ’70s to the dance heavy synths found in the ’80s, R&B has had the power to take you through an emotional roller coaster decade after decade.

While to some the ’90s might be the era of bubblegum pop or alternative, but to those like us here at ThisIsRnB, it was the golden era of the R&B music that we still love today. Known just as much for it’s introduction of unique and progressive sounds, it was also that era that introduced the world to iconic artists like Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Aaliyah, R. Kelly and many more of today’s most influential acts.

Delivering so many classic R&B hits, the ’90s also hosted the reign of many legendary producers such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Babyface and L.A. Reid, Teddy Riley, Dallas Austin, Timbaland and Missy Elliot, and even Pharrell Williams. It was also the decade that made film soundtracks filled with R&B singles even more anticipated than the films themselves. While the New Jack Swing movement was coming to an end by 1994, the new wave of R&B was far from doing the same. Bringing about teen sensations Aaliyah and Brandy, and pushing R.Kelly into the forefront of the genre with his 12 Play album, the 1990′s brought R&B music into the commercial mainstream and opened up a rarely traveled lane for many artists to cross over to a world that was previously closed to them. Although love songs, ballads and dance tracks were the staples of R&B, there were a few artists who changed the definition indefinitely.

Beginning their reign as Hip-Hop and R&B’s most called upon, Timbaland and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott helped with delivering genre-advancing sounds provided by Ginuwine and an all grown up Aaliyah. Teddy Riley, who contributed so much to the decade, was also grooming his protégés Pharrell Wiliams and Chad Hugo – known as The Neptunes – to create a distinguished sound used by Blackstreet, SWV, and more. By 1997 though these were changing again. The introduction of Neo-Soul began with artists Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and Maxwell, who all made their mark on the industry and added another sub bullet underneath the typical definition of R&B. Truly one of the moments that will forever reign supreme in the history of R&B, the ’90s has given us some of the best music to dance, cry, and make love to all at once!

Summer is always one of those times when we love to go back and play our favorites from the past.  Join us as we take a stroll back and remember the times that had us “All Cried Out,” getting “Hot Like Fire,” creating a “Fantasy,” and “Too Close” to R&B perfection.

Jump into our ‘Summer Playlist (‘90s Edition)‘ below!!

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Premiere: Listen to George Tandy Jr.’s New Song “Alone”

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Rising R&B crooner George Tandy Jr. made history when his debut single “March” reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart, being the first independent artist to ever do so on that chart.

Now, getting ready to release his debut album The Foundation on July 29, via RedStar/Republic Records, the multi-talented artist is giving fans and new listeners a taste of the album with the brand new song “Alone.”

Over soft infectious keys, Tandy lights up the track vocally while singing about the struggle of dealing with separating and finding the strength to be by yourself again.

“This is really hard to unravel, and it’s almost hard to believe / That with all these roads untraveled, and it’s just my shadow and me,” he sings on the heartfelt ballad.

Tandy’s second single “Jaded” is on iTunes now. He is currently on the road touring in anticipation of his album release.

Take a listen to the premiere of “Alone” below!

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Throwback Thursday: The Isley Brothers – ‘Between The Sheets’

The Isley Brothers are an iconic R&B group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. The group has been cited as having enjoyed one of the longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in popular music. “”Between the Sheets” is a quiet storm funk hit song released on their 1983 album of the same name. Like many of the group’s releases, songwriting credit was shared with all six band mates (though only Marvin and Ernie wrote the song), “Between the Sheets” was recorded in November 1982 and was released in early February 1983 hitting the charts two months later. The song made a huge impression on the Isleys’ long legion of R&B fans who took the song to No. 3 on the Billboard Top R&B Singles chart while it peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart. The song’s R&B success helped their Between the Sheets album go platinum.

The song would be heavily sampled in the years to come by hip-hop artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Common, Jay Z, Drake, UGK and more. Artists outside the hip-hop genre have also sampled the song including Gwen Stefani, who sampled it for her single, “Luxurious,” while Whitney Houston used part of the lyrics on her 2002 single, “One of Those Days.”

Enjoy the classic video above!!

Watch: Beyoncé’s New Version of “Crazy In Love” featured in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer


The trailer for the highly-anticipated film-adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ has finally been disrobed. After the net went abuzz for a moment when Beyoncé shared a teaser for the trailer via social media, we now know that the film will include at least one song from the R&B superstar – a new version of her classic hit “Crazy In Love.”

With new vocals and a darker more mysterious tone to the record, it adds the perfect audio backdrop to the titillating sneak peek at the movie, which will hit theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015.

Get a preview of the new version and look at the movie with the first trailer below!

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Indie: R&B Duo G.NAX Release New “Foreign” Remix

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Atlanta based R&B duo G.NAX, from Canada, are back with a brand new remix.

While working on their debut album due out later this year, Gene & Mr. Axnt decided to switch up the lyrics and add more melodies to Trey Songz hit single “Foreign.” Gene & Mr. Axnt teamed up with hometown DJ Sean Mohtorious for the remix, while model Widline Desire graces the cover.

“Yeah we drop another remix and you know we had to kill it / They be chopping up the lyrics but nobody can deliver like we do,” they harmoniously sing on the hook.

Take a listen to their new remix below:

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New Music: Smokey Robinson feat. John Legend – Quiet Storm


Legendary artist, songwriter, producer Smokey Robinson is bringing something special to new and old fans this summer with the upcoming release of his new duets album Smokey & Friends, due out August 19 via Verve Records.

The LP includes a roster of contemporary and classic artists who revisit the best loved songs from Robinson’s unmatched catalog of hits, including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.

On the Randy Jackson-produced set, Robinson is joined by old friends like James Taylor, Sir Elton John, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, and Mary J. Blige, as well as with some of today’s hottest artists including John Legend, John Mayer, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, CeeLo, Ledisi and Jessie J.

John Legend has joined Smokey for a duet of his elegant ballad “Quiet Storm” off of his 1975 album A Quiet Storm.

The contemporized version feels like a new classic upon the first notes. Take a listen below!

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Danity Kane Previews New Song ‘Roulette’

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*Taps foot impatiently* While we’re still waiting on the ladies of Danity Kane to drop their highly anticipated third album, the gorgeous trio is slowing unwrapping track after track right before our eyes.

In true DK3 fashion, the ladies took to Instagram last night to preview a new single titled “Roulette“. Found on Aubrey’s personal Instagram, the 15-second clip hosts sultry vocals from the ladies over an addicting beat.

Hopefully the next official single to drop from the ladies, we can’t wait to see what the revamped group brings to the table this time around.

Check out the snippet below!

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New Music: Lloyd feat. Big K.R.I.T. – On Call

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Lloyd is making a comeback thanks to his work with producer Slade Da Monsta. Following their hot collabo on the single “All I Need,” the Atlanta based producer has released his new mixtape Hotter Than July 19, which boasts another record by the R&B singer titled “On Call” featuring Big K.R.I.T.

Over a smooth instrumental, the New Orleans native sings out to his lady that she has shown him what real love is, and he will always have time for her.

“Girl I want you to know that the love I have in my heart is for you / I never knew the feel of real love until you came into my life, I didn’t know what to do,” he sings.

Take a listen below:

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