For close to 30 years, Mary J. Blige has reigned as the undisputed queen of hip-hop soul. Now, her deserved status and years of lasting contributions to the music industry has earned her 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination. Even as the only artist with Grammy wins in four distinct genres, this marks the first
Atlanta native DIXSON is bringing the heat on his seductive new single “KREAM.” I’ve heard countless interpretations of the Wu-Tang classic, so I figured there was nothing left to do that felt original. Well, I’ll happily admit that I was completely wrong. DIXSON not only makes the best use of the sample but his acronym
Voting for a winner in one of the 83 Grammy categories is similar to selecting a victor in various federal, state, and local races for general elections. The right to vote for elected government officials is open to those who meet the citizenship, age, and other special requirements. Much the same, the Recording Academy has
Critically-acclaimed British R&B/soul artist Kara Marni recently released, “Trippin (Tripped Out Soul Mix)” – a special collaboration with the legendary Verdine White of the GRAMMY-award winning group Earth, Wind & Fire. The track is a soul rework of her feel-good R&B anthem “Trippin,” which samples Amerie’s “1 Thing” and teases what’s to come from her third EP
Brent Faiyaz has his running shoes on this year and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Like an Instagram photo dump, the Columbia, Maryland native has uploaded three new songs to Dropbox under the file folder labeled, DO NOT LISTEN. “Circles” features the retro-pop songwriting duo Purr and contains pitch vocal shifts pulling from all directions.
With her new single “Same Love” well on its way to climbing the R&B radio chart, Ledisi debuts the official music video. The Ron T. Young-directed video captures Ledisi beaming in a chic home, where she spends time smiling from ear-to-ear on a retro wall phone. She takes a few sips of red wine and
The genius of musical duo Louis York (Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly) continues to shine on. The pair just dropped “Theme From Black Bottom Saints.” Kicking off Black History Month with a bang, “Theme From Black Bottoms Saints” pays homage to the gritty-soulful sound that came out of Detroit in the 1920s from artists such
Rising singer-songwriter Canjelae recruits rapper and fellow songwriting force TK Kravitz for her new song “Wordplay.” Composed by Canjelae and Kravitz, “Wordplay” is a sultry jam that highlights the bedroom experiences of both artists in full expose. “If I came in at 3 o’clock in the morning / Would you be ready when I hopped
With the release of her brand-new project “Silhouette”, Brandy Haze continues to remain a much talked about artist within the realm of upcoming singer-songwriters. Inspired by the many ups and downs that comes with relationships, the project boasts a beautiful track list of four widely sultry and seductive tracks that instantly fills day, or night with
If anyone doubted The Weeknd’s talent, his Super Bowl LV halftime show is enough to silence critics. Dressed in a red blazer, The Weeknd opened his 14-minute set with “Call Out My Name,” before diving right into his number-one single “Starboy.” The Weeknd delivered an electrifying performance that revisited some of his finest tunes such
It should be in the fine print for Jazmine Sullivan to release live renditions of songs from her projects. Ahead of her anticipated national anthem performance at Super Bowl LV on Sunday (Feb. 7), the gifted vocalist has shared the live version of “Lost One.” This unplugged take on Sullivan’s return single is stripped from
ThisIsRnB is recognizing the great impact and contributions to the R&B genre since 1971 by Philadelphia’s own Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff affectionately known as Gamble and Huff. This year marks 50 years of great music and production by the dynamic duo along with phenomenal songwriter, storyteller and lyricist Mr. Tom Bell. Together, they have
Rising singer Norelle has dropped off her new single titled “Back Into You.” On the sultry track, produced by Mr. DaMention, the Los Angeles-based singer opens up about being addicted to her toxic lover. “Tease me with your promises / Whispering sweet nothings in my ear / I fall right back into you,” Norelle sings.
Rising star Tone Stith seems to never lack in the vibe department. The promising singer-songwriter has released his latest single “FWM.” An ode to nightlife during the pandemic, “FWM” is a moody R&B banger produced by Luis Bordeaux and Non Native. The pulsing single details the classic of finding love in the club. “Why you
Listen now: https://soundcloud.com/user-781752073/all-i-got-x-fulani/s-RsEWHaqtJG5 Yung Fulani is a young, upcoming artist with Gambian and American heritage that has just released her brand new single entitled ‘All I Got’. With her emotional maturity and resonance, the impression of experience beyond her years, honesty and vulnerability, this smooth groove is sure to capture some of the more discerning
Serenading songwriter Robin Thicke hopes to turn on the charm this Valentine’s Day with his latest single, “Lucky Star.” Riddled with romance was written by Thicke, Nasri, and James Gass, “Lucky Star” offers an intimate guitar strum and a message that is sure to make you fall in love. “Lucky Star / Make my dreams
LISTEN NOW: https://music.empi.re/growingpains Emerging R&B sensation Otis Kane delivers his new EP Growing Pains, a stunning follow up to his 2020 debut EP Therapy. The project is an evolving love story, beginning at the end of one relationship and blossoming wildly into another. “This EP is a representation of growth for me; as a person,
The once-elusive superstar H.E.R. is everywhere these days. This time, she’s lending her superb abilities to a new track titled “Fight For You.” The ‘60s R&B-inspired jam, composed by H.E.R. and D’Mile, is lifted from the soundtrack of the upcoming motion picture Judas and The Black Messiah. On the soul-stirred single, H.E.R. advocates for the
Music executive Ron Fair exclusively told Rated R&B that Keyshia Cole’s new music would be “extraordinarily satisfying,” and she didn’t disappoint. After receiving her deserved flowers during last month’s Verzuz battle with Ashanti, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has shared a new song titled “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love.” The kiss-off anthem was co-written by Cole
After securing his first Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs Chart (“Like I Want You”), Givēon shares an acoustic rendition of his fan-favorite track “Still Your Best” in form of a video. In the clip, Givēon gets into a heated exchange with his former lover who decided to leave him for another guy.