Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

ThisisRnB Presents: ’30 Years of Def Jam R&B’

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When it comes to hip hop, there’s perhaps no other label that can serve as the almanac of the culture like Def Jam Records. From its doors opening 30 years ago, to the thriving, sustaining business it is today, the label has served as the cornerstone of hip hop culture providing us with an abundance of acts including from it’s inaugural era in the ’80s, (LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Slick Rick) to the 90-00s golden era of hip hop (DMX, Jay Z, Foxy Brown, Ludacris, Scarface) to even it’s current era (Kanye West, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Nas, Big Sean). Def Jam continues to set the benchmark for the genre and their contributions have certainly made a noticeable dent in the framework of the culture over the last 30 years.

Alongside their thriving rock-hard raps, Def Jam Recordings is also recognized for their contributions to R&B music. From their first R&B release in 1986 with Oran “Juice” Jones, Def Jam has made their mark in R&B. Over the past three decades they’ve incorporated spin-off labels like Def Soul Recordings, created subsidiary imprints like OBR Records, merged with Island Records to create ‘Island Def Jam’ all the while introducing the world to acts like Ashanti, Ne-Yo, Musiq Soulchild, The-Dream, Frank Ocean, Rihanna and making them into superstars. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records, we are celebrating their R&B contributions by counting down the Top 30 Def Jam R&B Hits.

Get into the Def list below!

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Comedy: YouTube Stars The Playmakers Give R&B Classics Sunday Praise!

Ahhh…Sunday Morning. Whether you’re heading to church to get your praise on or are a regular attendant at Bedside Baptist, Sunday’s are the time of the week that we get to relax and prepare ourselves for the next few days to come.

For us over here at ThisIsRnB.com though, the work is never done as we are responsible for keeping you up to date on R&B matters. So, when things such as Holy remixes to your favorite R&B jams are brought to our attention, it’s only right that we supply you with them. Yes, you read that correctly – HOLY REMIXES.

From Jodeci to Tyrese and everything in between, this hilarious video features Gospel renditions of your favorite R&B classics. Asking if there’s “any more room in those pews” and getting us ready for “service, service, service time”, we’re sure that you’ll find as much humor in this as we did.

Take a look at the video above and get your Sunday morning laughing praise on!


Listen: ThisisRnB Radio Podcast #11

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Okay, so you might have realized we haven’t released a new podcast all year… well we were busy! But, with the end of the year just around the corner, we couldn’t go any longer without at least one new ThisisRnB Radio Podcast for you!!

So, just in time for your holiday weekend travels, or just to enjoy while at home, this 100 minute mix features some of the years best, and many of our favorite tracks from the biggest stars, to names you might not yet be familiar with!

Nothin else to say, without further ado, follow the jump to stream and download the ThisisRnB Radio Podcast #11 now!! Enjoy!!

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New Music: August Alsina – In Your Hood (Tags)

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August Alsina has been taking over the charts with his smash hit “I Luv This Sh*t” and he won’t to be going anywhere any time soon. Following the release of his “Honest” acoustic remix, a new track has hit the net, titled “In Your Hood.”

The SteetLove produced song, has the New Orleans native belting out his feelings to a past love about their old times together. In one of the verses, Alsina says, “Now I’m reminiscing every time I pass your block/ I’m faded so I might get out and knock.” Not afraid to “trip off of his past,” this is one of those songs that will put you in your feelings about that special one that got away.

Take a listen to the new track after the jump:

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Poll: What’s Your Favorite R&B Album of the Year, So Far?

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This year we’ve seen one of the most impressive R&B album lineups to hit the shelves. What’s even more impressive though, is the back-to-back chart topping hits that have been pulled from each album and the impact they’ve had on the current state of R&B.

Since the top of the year, we’ve been blessed with the sounds of Chrisette Michele, Kelly Rowland, the big return of Justin Timberlake (who dropped two awesome albums in one year), John Legend, debuts from three of R&B’s most elite crooners, T.G.T., bad girl of the south, K. Michelle, and two of this year’s top breakout artists, Tamar Braxton and Ariana Grande.

But, it doesn’t stop there… Upcoming albums to be released in the remainder of the year include: Chris Brown, R.Kelly, Lyfe Jennings, Mario, and rumored albums from Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

With all of the incredible LP’s that have already been released, it’s hard to not be excited about what’s to come!

Until then though, tell us your favorite R&B album of 2013 so far, with the poll below:

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Playlist: AllMusic Presents ‘R&B 40: 1995′

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As time passes on it’s safe to say that the 1990′s continue to be one of the most beloved decades of music. One that many cherish as their favorite era for all the legendary recordings and styles that were created throughout those years.

Some can argue that nothing was bigger than R&B though. As we so often do, it’s great to go back and listen to our favorite records from those years, and we are once again excited by the recent list released by AllMusic.com. The music reference website has a series of playlists where they compile and rank the 40 biggest songs of a single year from the ’90s. They have now released their tribute to the best R&B records from 1995, another very special year with some massive hits from legendary acts like Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and TLC , along with debuts from D’Angelo and Monica.

If you are old enough to remember these records, enjoy and reminisce, but if you are younger and are looking to hear something you missed, this is a great way to catch up on much of the classic ’90s cuts. Check it out below, and enjoy!

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Playlist: AllMusic Presents ‘R&B 40: 1994′

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As time passes on it’s safe to say that the 1990′s continue to be one of the most beloved decades of music. One that many cherish as their favorite era for all the legendary recordings and styles that were created throughout those years.

Some can argue that nothing was bigger than R&B though. As we so often do, it’s great to go back and listen to our favorite records from those years, and we are once again excited by the recent list released by AllMusic.com. The music reference website has a series of playlists where they compile and rank the 40 biggest songs of a single year from the ’90s. They have now released their tribute to the best R&B records from 1994, another very special year with some massive hits from legendary acts like R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson, along with debuts from Brandy and Aaliyah.

If you are old enough to remember these records, enjoy and reminisce, but if you are younger and are looking to hear something you missed, this is a great way to catch up on much of the classic ’90s cuts. Check it out below, and enjoy!

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ThisisRnB x VEVO Present: ’13 R&B Artists To See Live in 2013′

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Earlier this year we collaborated with online music video giant VEVO to curate a list of the ‘Best R&B Videos of 2012.’ Today, we are happy to present our latest collaboration — ‘13 Artists To See Live in 2013.’

With concerts, festivals and simply the live performance business back to the forefront of the music businesses revenue machine, we highly encourage you to get out and see more live music. There are so many talented acts to see live, from not only the ones featured on this list, but from every genre and walk of life. With summer coming, it’s the perfect time to check touring schedules and get out there!

Click Here To See The Playlist: ’13 R&B Artists To See Live in 2013′