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PressPlay: 25 R&B Videos To Kick Off Summer

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Summer is here and in case you were wondering, I’m just as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Though each season holds its own weight in my book, there’s just something about summer that can make anyone feel their best and want to shine every chance they can. While everyone has their different reasons for feeling so good when summer creeps around, we here at ThisIsRnB will always give some of the credit to our playlist of summer R&B songs for that overwhelming emotion that the season brings out of us.

Although today’s R&B artists can still deliver a solid feel good sound for summer (i.e. DJ Khaled’s Rihanna and Bryson Tiller-assisted “Wild Thoughts“), there’s no denying that the majority of the top summer vibes came from the ’90s and early 2000s. Likewise, those same artists were all about making videos to match that same vibe and as a result, turned each summer into the biggest party that we would experience all year-long. So as an ode to those tracks and inspiration to make the next few months the best of your year, we decided to set you up with a dope list of R&B videos that are sure to set your summer off proper.

Excited about letting the top back, pulling out the shawt shawts, and getting tipsy on the rooftop? Jump into these 25 nostalgic summer videos to hype you up for your first day out (no Gucci) this season.

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TLC, Missy Elliot, Ne-Yo, Tyrese & More Perform on ‘Taraji’s White Hot Holidays’

Taraji P. Henson ushered in the holidays with her annual Fox special, “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays,” featuring some of the biggest names in music.

Teaming up for a throwback performance of “Sleigh Ride,” TLC’s Chilli and T-Boz brought their holiday classic to life. Then, as a special surprise, Missy Elliott emerged from behind Christmas presents to perform Left Eye’s spirited verse.

The track was pulled from A La Face Family Christmas, the 1993 album that famously also spawned OutKast’s classic “Player’s Ball.”

The show also featured other performances, Taye Diggs, Tyrese, and Ne-Yo also showed up in matching white suits for a revamped version of The Temptations’ take on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Keeping the “Empire” love rolling, Jussie Smollett also decked the halls with a stomp-filled performance of “Little Drummer Boy.”

Check it out below.

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Fantasia, Monica, & Tweet Perform Tribute to Missy Elliot at VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors”

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After a six-year hiatus, VH1’s “HIP HOP HONORS” returned to celebrate the best and brightest in hip hop with a twist.

Originating live for the first time in its history, Monday night’s (July 11) event in New York City paid homage to the female pioneers, trailblazers and trend-setters who led a movement and infiltrated the ranks of the male-dominated genre to make their voices heard and still do today.

The evening began with an inspiring statement from ‘Black Lives Matter’ founders Darnell Moore and Alicia Garza, and also included a special taped appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama honoring the women of hip hop.

The first tribute of the evening was to honoree Missy Elliott, which included an army of dancers and performances by Remy Ma (“Work It”), Nelly Furtado (“Get UR Freak On”), Eve (“Hot Boyz”) and Trina (“One Minute Man”). Elliott’s tribute also included presenters Pharrell, Timbaland, Busta Rhymes, Angie Martinez, Jazmine Sullivan and Keyshia Cole, plus a tribute to Missy’s work as a producer that featured performances from Fantasia (“Free Yourself”), Monica (“So Gone”), and Tweet (“Oops (Oh My)”).

Check out the performance tribute below!

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Watch: The Weeknd, Usher, Pharrell & Missy Elliot Perform on ‘The Voice’ Finale

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Tuesday’s season finale of “The Voice” was packed with star power.

The Weeknd performed a medley of his multiple No. 1 hits during a pre-taped set. He kicked things off with “The Hills” before seguing into his Fifty Shades of Grey single “Earned It,” and ended with “Can’t Feel My Face,” which Entertainment Weekly recently named the best song of 2015.

Usher made a surprise return to “The Voice,” as he joined finalist Jordan Smith for a duet of the R&B star’s mega EDM hit “Without You.”

Joined by coach Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott also hit the stage to perform her comeback single “WTF (Where They From)” live for the first time on television. The rap legend jumped out of a subway car and brought the music video to life in a subway station called “WTF Station.”

Check out all their performances below:

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New Music: Janet Jackson feat. Missy Elliot – BurnItUp!

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Make It Work!!

It feels kinda crazy, but we are only 1 week away from the release of Janet Jackson‘s much-anticipated comeback album!

We first got a taste of her new Missy Elliott assisted single “BURNITUP!” when video surfaced of Janet opening her tour with the song. Now, the track is finally here, and it’s every bit as much a jam as you’d hope from the two legends.

The beat is electronic and uptempo, with processed vocal samples and crisp house drums. Janet plays the sci-fi diva, exhorting “Mr. DJ” to “turn it up” and the crowd to “dance like no-one’s watching.” Missy is a burst of exuberance, rapping in double time.

Janet Jackson’s new album Unbreakable drops Oct. 2, you can pre-order it on iTunes now.

Take a listen below:

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Usher, Missy Elliott, Sevyn Streeter, Adrian Marcel Added to 2015 ESSENCE Festival!

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The 2015 ESSENCE Music Festival just got hotter. Following the announcement of the first round of performers, which included names such as Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, the famed publication has now revealed that legends Usher and Missy Elliot have been added to the list of main stage headliners.

On the heels of his international tour, Usher will make a highly-anticipated return to headline the Festival mainstage since his last performance in 2011. Missy Elliott will make her first ESSENCE Festival appearance, performing for the first time since her white-hot Superbowl XLIX performance last month.

Rising R&B stars Sevyn Streeter and Adrian Marcel have also been added to the list of performers for the four super lounges.

The 21st annual ESSENCE Festival will be taking place in New Orleans from July 2-5.

See the current list of performers below:

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Throwback Tuesday: Missy Elliott feat. Da Brat – ‘Sock It To Me’

Missy Elliott is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. Since Elliott is fresh off of killing a guest Super Bowl Performance, it was only right for us to throw it back to some classic Missy!

“Sock It 2 Me” was released as the second single off her debut album Supa Dupa Fly, it features a rap verse from Da Brat. The song is based on a sample from “Ready or Not, Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)” by the Delfonics. The track peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top ten on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The music video was directed by Hype Williams and was inspired by the Mega Man video game series. Enjoy the throwback above!

After the jump check out a rare clip of Missy performing “Sock It To Me” on Planet Groove.

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Watch: Faith Evans feat. Missy Elliot & Sharaya J – ‘I Deserve It’ (Video)

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Faith Evans is making it hot. Four years since the release of her last album, the R&B songstress returns in the music video for her upbeat new single “I Deserve It.”

With her girls Missy Elliott, Sharaya J and Keke Wyatt by her side, the First Lady hits the club in search of a mighty good man. But what she finds is a bunch of losers. Several suitors including YouTube sensation Ice JJ Fish try to put the moves on her, but it’s Terrell Owens who eventually knocks her off her feet.

Faith’s sixth studio album Incomparable is due out November 25 featuring contributions from Jazmine Sullivan and Karen Clark-Sheard.

Watch her Derek Blanks-directed music video below!

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