WEEKLY THROWBACK

Throwback Thursday: Jamie Foxx, Fantasia & Tank Perform “Do What It Do” at 2006 Grammy Gala

We are throwing it back today, but not too far.  Each year at Grammy time, music legend Clive Davis hosts his annual pre-Grammy Gala, and we are taking it back to the 2006 event, where singer/actor Jamie Foxx performed a special version of his hit “Do What It Do.” This live performance version included R&B vocalist Tank on backgrounds, and featured an impromptu audience performance from powerhouse singer Fantasia. One word VOCALS!!!!

Jamie acknowledges some of the legends that were in attendance, such as Diana Ross and Babyface. He sings to Fantasia, “I’ll cook and clean; Babyface taught me what to do. Babyface wave your hand.” The energy, chemistry, and atmosphere in this room were simply amazing. Count on Foxx to cut up in a good way in such a formal setting. He later brought out Mario and Jodeci to sing as well!

“Some say that Hip-Hop killed the R&B singer but the record sales say he’s still alive. If you love R&B, if you love real music stand up,” said Foxx. “I’m a student too and I’m not ashamed to say R&B is alive.”

Enjoy the special throwback above!


Throwback Tuesday: The Whispers – ‘Rock Steady’

The Whispers is a group from Los Angeles, with a consistent track record of hit records dating back to the late 1960s. The group were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003, and were winners of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s prestigious Pioneer Award in 2008.

The classic single “Rock Steady” was released from their 1987 album Just Gets Better with Time. The single was produced by the legendary production duo Antonio “L.A.” Reid & Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. The single also became their first Top 10 success on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 7, while also capturing the No. 1 spot on the R&B chart.

The legendary group is known for their longevity and their lead Scotty Scott’s fluid, melodic voice. Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Thursday: Lauryn Hill feat. D’Angelo – ‘Nothing Even Matters’

Lauryn Hill is an iconic R&B & Neo-Soul singer–songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. Her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, has sold over 8 million records and earned her five Grammy Awards: including ‘Best New Artist,’ ‘Best R&B Song,’ ‘Best Female R&B Vocal Performance,’ ‘Best R&B Album’ and ‘Album of the Year.’

“Nothing Even Matters” was a song off of her debut album that featured fellow Neo-Soul icon D’Angelo. The ballad showcased a brighter, more intimate perspective on the subject of love. The song was inspired by Hill’s relationship with Rohan Marley. Speaking about the songs lyrics Hill remarked: “I wanted to make a love song, á la Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, and give people a humanistic approach to love again without all the physicality and overt sexuality.

The song has been referred to as one of the best R&B duets ever, as both singers possessed nice vocal ability, soul, and charisma. The song expresses how love can make everything else seem irrelevant. Enjoy the throwback above!


Throwback Tuesday: Usher feat. Monica – ‘Slow Jam’

In case you were living under a rock and didn’t know, Usher is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He is also one of the best-selling musical artists in American history with over 65 million records sold worldwide.

“Slow Jam” was a single off his multi-platinum sophomore album My Way. The single, produced by the legendary Babyface, features powerhouse vocalist and fellow ATLien Monica. The song was a cover of Midnight Star’s 1983 hit of the same name.

During the ’90s Usher rose to fame as one of the smooth-crooning, soulful princes of R&B. Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Thursday: Uncle Sam – ‘I Don’t Ever Want To See You Again’

Uncle Sam is a R&B singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan.”I Don’t Ever Want To See You Again” was a single from his eponymous debut album.

The album was produced by the iconic R&B group Boyz II Men. The single reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 2 on the R&B chart in 1997. The record sold over one million copies and allowed Uncle Sam to showcase his soulfulness. You can absolutely hear the Boyz II Men influence in the vocal styling.

Remember when R&B sounded this good? Remember when it was this deep? Uncle Sam poured his heart and soul into this record to tell the story of him finding out that his lady was cheating with his best friend.

Enjoy the throwback above.


Throwback Tuesday: Hi-Five – ‘I Like (The Kissing Game)’ & ‘She’s Playing Hard To Get’

Ahhhhhh don’t we miss the “R&B Group” days!!!!

Hi-Five is a R&B quintet from Waco, Texas. The band was formed in 1990, and consisted of the late Tony Thompson, Roderick “Pooh” Clark, Marcus Sanders, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley. Easley was later replaced by Treston Irby.

“I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” is their biggest hit to date, off their eponymous platinum debut album, Hi-Five. The single went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album was produced by legendary producer Teddy Riley.

“She’s Playing Hard To Get” was a single off their second album, Keep It Goin’ On. The single reached No. 5 on the Billboard Pop chart and No. 2 on the R&B chart. The group is known for their smooth signature sound, tight harmonies, and high pitched yet sweet vocal styling.

Earlier this year, the group stated that they miss the presence of many R&B groups. They also stated that in the ’90s and early 2000s music was more driven by the artistry and it’s now driven by how much money you can make. They stated that groups like them, Jodeci, Jagged Edge and more were putting out timeless records. The quintet also shared the fact that they feel like its scary that there are no new R&B groups emerging or sustaining.

Enjoy “I Like (The Kissing Game)” above and “She’s Playing Hard to Get” below.

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Throwback Thursday: Anita Baker – ‘I Apologize’

“Operator get my baby on the line”

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Anita Baker has been God’s gift to R&B since the mid-80s. Her music has impacted the genres of R&B, Gospel, and Jazz music. Baker is known for her soulful and sultry vocals. Her voice is so unique as its rhythmic tone is mellow and serene. Her voice is so unparallelled and influential that singers like Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton have credited her as one of their biggest influences.

“I Apologize” was released in 1994 as the second single from her Rhythm of Love album. The single peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The record won her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Enjoy the classic above!


Throwback Tuesday: H-Town vs. Portrait (Robert Townsend Show)

R&B used to be sooooooooo good there was showmanship and even a competitive nature about it where singers would battle vocally.

Today we are flashing back to the Robert Townsend show competition between ’90s heartthrobs H-Town & Portrait. The groups battled it out with an old school classic, new school classic, a plug round for their new single, and last but not least, a performance round of their favorite song of all time. When it seemed as H-Town had stolen the hearts in the crowd Robert Townsend took it to a final round titled the Musical Moment of Truth Round. H- Town continued to hold it down with their lead singer, the late Dino’s gritty soul, and Portrait held it down with their range and tight harmonies.

We see cyphers and rap battles for rappers so often, but wouldn’t it be awesome to see R&B singers with a platform to battle it out vocally for fun?! Townsend announced at the end of the show that it was a tie between the two groups. Let us know who you believe should’ve won.

Enjoy part 1 above, and check out part 2 below!

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