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List: The Best of August – Top 12 Records


As our last full month of summer came to a close, we now have to start saying goodbye to the hot days, short shorts, weekend day parties, and trips to the beach on a consistent basis. While this was something we’re definitely not looking forward to doing entirely, the good thing about the month of August is that it gave us some dope tunes to enjoy summer to just a little bit longer.

Whether it was the smooth sounds of Robin Thicke, or the positive tunes of Timbaland and V. Bozeman reminding us to just “Smile,” August brought us some of the best ways to segue into closing out the hottest season of the year.

So now that you know what you’re getting, dive right into our “Best of August – Top 12 Records” list below!

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New Music: R. Kelly – Backyard Party

R. Kelly Backyard Party

With anticipation and more questions brewing for his new album Buffet, R&B King R. Kelly surprises us with the first release off the album, and it’s just in time for your Sunday BBQs!  Kellz has a knack for providing the perfect song for any setting, and he makes sure to give us smooth summer vibes as August winds down with “Backyard Party.”

Over a breezy, steppin groove (think “Step In The Name of Love (Remix)”), Kelly makes us want to call up friends and family and set up a party asap.

“Finally it’s the weekend / All the hard works behind me, and I’ve just invited all my friends / I’m about to throw something on the grill, and get together and play some cards / A couple drinks, something to smoke, and do our thing / No one’s got hatin in their heart,” he sings.

R. Kelly’s Buffet is set to be released on September 25 via RCA Records. In a recent interview with Rocsi Diaz on HLN’s ‘The Daily Share’ Kellz explained: “I’m 27 years deep in the business, I’ve been blessed to do this music for so long and I’ve got a lot of great songs under my belt, and fans love it. But, I’ve got all different kinds of generations of fans now, and I have to feed everybody. You’ve got hip hop, you’ve got old school music, then you’ve got traditional R. Kelly, sensuous sexual kind of music. It’s just a variety of things, so I call it the buffet.”

Get your groove on with “Backyard Party” below!

UPDATE: Kellz has finally released the official audio. Hear the single below!

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R. Kelly Announces ‘Buffet’ Album Release Date!


The King is coming, sooner than you might think!

While he has been talking about his next album, Buffet, in a few recent interviews, R. Kelly is nearly ready to make it available to the world. Taking to his Instagram the R&B icon announced the album is due out September 25, and he will be performing a release show in New York City at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Listen: The Red Light Special R&B Podcast #8 with Special Guests R. Kelly & Melanie Fiona

Red Light Special Podcast

On this week’s episode of “Red Light Special” Rob and Kristin are joined by non-other than the R&B King himself – R. Kelly, for a quick interview where he says R&B is in a “state of emergency” and urges all of the artists in the genre to really keep the music alive, but he salutes artists like Trey Songz and the Weeknd. He also talks about what we can expect from his forthcoming new album Buffet, and gives advice on building the perfect playlist.

As if Kellz wasn’t enough though, they were also joined by Melanie Fiona who spoke about going independent, her new single “Bite the Bullet,” and her upcoming album Awake. Mel also spoke about all the talent in her native Toronto and saluted Drake for really giving the city a platform. She also talked about being in a group with Drake before they both blew up (we all knew this right?). And at the end Melanie sings live and sounds AMAZING.

Stream the full podcast below!

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R. Kelly Tells Great Michael Jackson Story, Talks New Album ‘Buffet,’ New Movie “Blue Suede,” and More During ‘Live Listening Lounge’


During a special ‘Live Listening Lounge’ event, Hot 97’s Peter Rosenburg and WBLS’ Deja Vu sat down with R. Kelly for an insightful interview. Kellz shared some stories, including his dream-come-true of working with Michael Jackson, and revealed some of the projects he has in the works, as well as his new album Buffet.

When Kellz was asked how he got the collaboration with MJ he said, “Micheal’s like the president. He can contact anyone.” Rosenberg asked him about the infamou album, Loveland and why it was never officially released. “Loveland wasn’t put out because of bootlegging and it was already introduced to the world before an official release,” he said.

Making a statement that will certainly shock most R&B fans, when asked which artist he would still like to work with today, Kellz paused and explained that he’s at his best when he’s wanted and knows exactly where an artist is trying to go, and that artist would be Trey Songz! He said he would actually love to do a full album with Trigga! (This needs to happen now!!)

R. Kelly also revealed that he is in the process of writing a movie called “Blue Suede,” that is inspired by his grandfather (a Blues musician) as well as B.B. King. The film tells the story of main character Illinois Blue that may be portrayed by Kelly himself, but he said that the part wasn’t written for him specifically. His famed hip-hopera, “Trapped in the Closet,” has a few chapters completed with more on the way, and may premiere in time for September.

Check out the interview below!

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R. Kelly Reveals His Weirdest Fan Story, Speaks On Today’s State of R&B

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R. Kelly swung by Hot 97 on Tuesday for an interview with new host Megan Ryte just days before his show at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

The R&B King first learned about Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young’s request to have him sing “Marry The P****,” at his wedding to Iggy Azalea. And his reaction was pretty classic.

“I can understand that,” he said. “That’s why I wrote it.”

He also stated his thoughts on R&B music today and commented on Tyrese’s challenge with Ebro in the Morning that artists should do a whole album without features.

“I believe if they put their mind to it, and really dig deep in the studio and tap in, it can be done,” he said.

But Kellz isn’t worried about featuring rappers on his own music or not, he’s done it all, he revealed a brand new collaboration to look out for off his upcoming album Buffet with Wale and Juicy J called “Marching Band.”

He also shares his craziest fan moment and whether he would step on a NYC subway to sing like Brandy did. Watch the interview below:

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Listen: R. Kelly Joins King Los on Praiseworthy “Glory”


Rising rap star King Los teams up with R. Kelly on his new single “Glory to the Lord.” Over Da Internz production, Los counts his blessings (“I could have been broke in a Honda Accord / Now I don’t rock it if it don’t say Tom Ford”), while Kellz crowns himself the “R&B James Brown.”

“I feel like I’m expanding the conversation on God,” Los told The FADER. “I want the church to understand the streets more and vice versa. People give thanks to God in many ways and when you’re from a poverty stricken environment the way you embrace God could be offensive to others but you have that right to love him in your own way. I’m thankful because I was supposed to be a statistic, but now I’m the one who made it out. Glory to da Lord!”

Take a listen to the praiseworthy single below:

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R. Kelly Announces 14th Studio Album ‘Buffet’


He’s not called the King of R&B for nothing…

While in Atlanta late last week for his performance at Funk Fest, R. Kelly stopped by V-103 to chop it up with Big Tigger, and while doing so he brought a little gift along, which was a brand new song called “Planet.”  The record is a inspirational, socially conscious type of song (something we haven’t heard from Kellz in a while, but miss) and he explained that he was inspired by the events in Baltimore, and all over the world as well.

“This is a reach out song,” said Kelly. “Ya know I always got to break it down before I put out my album, I gotta see what’s going on in the world and I got to say something about it.” Continuing, “It’s not just about the sex songs, sometimes it’s about issues, about what’s going on.”

It appears this won’t be a one-off single either, as R. Kelly has also revealed that he is prepping for his 14th studio album, which is going to be titled “Buffet.” Speaking with Rocsi Diaz on HLN’s The Daily Share, he made the announcement and shared the inspiration behind the title and concept.

“It’s all you can hear,” said Kellz. “I’m 27 years deep in the business, I’ve been blessed to do this music for so long and I’ve got a lot of great songs under my belt, and fans love it. But, I’ve got all different kinds of generations of fans now, and I have to feed everybody. You’ve got hip hop, you’ve got old school music with the “Step In The Name of Love” type, then you’ve got traditional R. Kelly, sensuous sexual kind of music. It’s just a variety of things, so I call it the buffet.”

If all goes according to plan the album will be out as early as this summer or early fall.

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