For the third year in a row, I felt like this was a better year for individual songs and singles than it was for albums. I suppose it makes a certain kind of sense in a digital era that the … Continue reading
Posted in Best of 2013, Music
Tagged 702, Ab-Soul, Ahsan, best songs, Beyonce, Camp Lo, Dawn Richard, Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Kevin Michael, Last Offence, LastO, Latoiya Williams, Ledisi, Luke James, Meelah, Missy Elliott, Pete Rock, Pusha T, Rashad, Soulo, Sy Smith, Zo!
I think if you’ve followed Kelly Rowland’s career, you’ve always gotten the sense that she was holding something back. Like she was afraid to be as magnificent as we all know she can be. There was always the sense that … Continue reading
I’m rather opinionated about music. Folks know this. And while all that frustration criticism comes through loud and clear when I write or tweet, I’m definitely not as good at communicating that I understand and respect how profoundly difficult making … Continue reading
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Tagged A Song For You, appropriation, black music, black pop, black popular music, Brandy, Jamey Jaz, Janet Jackson, Jazmine Sullivan, Jimmy Jam, Kelly Rowland, Lalah Hathaway, making music, music industry, music producers, producers, Rahsaan Patterson, Salaam Remi, singer-songwriter, songwriters, standards, Terry Lewis, Tyrese, Usher
Like last year, I didn’t think 2012 was a strong year for albums. But there were a good number of individual songs that I loved this year. Here are the first 10 of the best songs of 2012 after the … Continue reading
Posted in Best of 2012, Music
Tagged 702, 80s synth pop, Antoine Dunn, Art Dealer Chic, Big Boi, black music, black pop, Bones, DJ, hip hop, Jay Electronica, Just Blaze, Kaleidoscope Dream, Keith Murray, Kelly Rowland, Luke James, Machine Gun, Meelah, Melanie Fiona, Miguel, Mo Better Blues, Museum, R&B, Rashad, RZA, soul music, The Black Keys, The Man With The Iron Fists
My thoughts on Kelly Rowland’s “Keep It Between Us” video.