Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

ThisisRnB Presents: Summer Playlist (’90s Edition)

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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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Legendary Producer Kashif Launches Campaign to Produce “The History of R&B” Documentary

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Legendary producer, songwriter, and filmmaker Kashif Saleem has written and produced hits for the likes of Whitney Houston, Kenny G., George Benson, Janet Jackson, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Barry White and a host of others. He has recently embarked on a journey to share the history of the R&B genre and its global impact. With 70 million albums sold and many commercial production credits to his name, who better to assume the directing duties on this important documentary.

Over the past 10 years, Saleem has also become a filmmaker with clients including Hyundai Motors America, St. Joseph Health System, and Casey Family Programs to name a few. He has now taken his talents a step further combining two disciplines: music & film to work on his dream project, directing a ten part documentary series entitled “The History Of R&B Music”.

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ThisisRnB Presents: Summer Playlist (’80s Edition)

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When we think of ‘80s R&B we think of legendary artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and so many other influential acts from that golden era. You hear groundbreaking mixes of Funk bass lines, Disco beats, revolutionary creations with Hip-Hop and Soul, which all came together giving Rhythm and Blues a more danceable and contemporary sound.

Today, so many people question the stance of R&B and the direction that it’s going in. As we’ve learned nothing stays the same in this ever-evolving industry. So, to help you remember some of the best feel-good R&B of the past we’re taking you back with our 1980′s edition summer playlist!

Ready to kick off your shoes, get out your seat and boogie on down?

Then get into the ThisisRnB Summer Playlist (’80s Edition) below!

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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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