R&B’s biggest night also know as The Soul Train Awards airs tonight at 8/7C on BET and Centric. Make sure you check out the red carpet at 7 with Wendy Williams. Both Keith Sweat and Dionne Warwick will be honored. Performers include Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Jon B, Bobby V, K Michelle, Faith Evans, TI, Candice Glover, Big Daddy Kane, Gladys Knight, Ron Isley, Chrisette Michelle, Eric Benet, Doug E. Fresh, Dave Koz, Evelyn King, Keith Sweat, Kenny Lattimore, Rubben Studdard, Smokey Robinson, Stokely Williams, Wale, Warren G, Eddie Levert, David Foster, and James Flauntleroy. Get aboard the train!!!
Check out the performers below
Actor Paul Walker, who gained fame as an undercover detective in the hugely successful “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, was killed Saturday in a car accident in Valencia, his representatives confirmed.
The single vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop. Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. Two people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a statement on his Twitter account, Walker, 40, was attending a charity event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan for his organization Reach Out Worldwide, formed in 2010 as a quick response first-aid organization.
“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide,” the statement read. “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”
Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said they were still at the scene and could not confirm the names of either victim.
Representatives with Universal Pictures confirmed Walker’s identity and released a statement:
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
At the time of his death, Walker, who also starred in “Pleasantville” and “Varsity Blues,” was working on the seventh film of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
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Tupac performed at the House of Blues on July 4th, 1996 and no rapper has emerged who possessed the magnetic passion of Tupac Shakur. The DVD of Tupac’s performance at the House of Blues opens as the concert opens, wasting no time and fading in as the curtains open.
On the first song, “Ambitions Az a Ridah,” from his album, “All Eyes on Me,” Tupac starts the show with his usual blend of charisma and undeniable energy. On the mic he sounds almost as good as he does on records; most rappers don’t even come close, sounding almost unrecognizable in live performances. But Tupac avoids this familiar pitfall for rappers, infusing each sing with clarity while maintaining a nice swagger.
The second song is “Shed So Many Tears,” which he cuts off early to get to what at the time was a brand new song, “Troublesome.” He introduces the song by calling out Nas, Mobb Deep, and Bad Boy Records. “They talk a lot of sh*t, but that’s after I’m gone. Cause they fear me in the physical form.”
The next song is “Hit ‘em Up,” which he performs with controlled rage, bad-guy charisma, confidence, arrogance, and just plain joy. He follows that song with “Tattoo Tears,” a song where he flexes his ability to connect with the audience. He raps to them; “They don’t understand what we go through.”
Tupac was an extremely introspective person, even shy by some accounts, and it was through the audience that he most fully expressed himself. That’s why his subject matter was so often controversial, because he wanted you talking about him, not just listening to him.
He follows that with “All About You,” a radio hit and one of his more commercial songs. The next song is “Never Call U B***h Again,” which is his attempt to reconcile with the ladies for using derogatory names towards women, which has since become an acceptable standard in hip-hop. With “How Do You Want it,” Tupac completes his seduction of the females. He apologized to them with the last song, and now he brings on K-Ci. JoJo, and Mr. Dalvin to seal the deal and send the women into frenzy.
Tupac wasn’t even the headliner of this concert, Snoop Dogg was, but there was little denying that it was Pac that stole the show. He simply connects with the audience on a more visceral level than most artists. The second half of the DVD contains a set by Snoop Dogg, who in 1996 was an emerging star and rapping with a hunger that we no longer see in the laid-back rapper. This is especially evident on “Murder Was the Case,” one of the best examples of ghetto storytelling in rap, and an obvious product of Slick Rick’s influence of Snoop.
While Snoop’s set is entertaining and on point, it’s a little disappointing that Tupac’s set ends so quickly, especially since his is the only picture on the cover and the only name in the DVD title. And while more than half of the DVD is Snoop’s set, it’s more of a Death Row party than a solo concert, as we see the label at it’s prime with rising stars Kurupt, Daz, and Nate Dogg just coming into their own.
Tupac reappears at the end of the show to perform “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” with Snoop.
Tupac was America’s favorite outlaw, and in many circles still is to this day. This was his final recorded performance, but at least his presence was undeniably felt, and still permeates American culture to this day.
1.) Ambitions as a Ridah 2.) So Many Tears 3.) Troublesome 4.) Hit ‘Em Up 5.) Tattoo Tears 6.) All About You 7.) Never Call U Bitch Again 8.) Freek’n You (feat. K-Ci & JoJo) 9.) How Do You Want It (feat. K-Ci & JoJo) Tha Dogg Pound (Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz, and Nate Dogg) 10.) Murder Was The Case 11.) The Shiznit 12.) If We All Gonna F*ck 13.) Some Bomb Azz (P*ssy) 14.) Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None) (feat. Nate Dogg) 15.) New York
16.) Big Pimpin’ (feat. Nate Dogg) 17.) Do What I Feel 18.) G’z And Hustlas 19.) Who Am I (What’s My Name) 20.) Me In Your World 21.) For My N*ggaz And B*tches 22.) Doggfather 23.) Gin And Juice Finale — Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Outlawz, Nate Dogg, K-Ci and JoJo 24.) 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted
Released on November 30, 1982, the classic ‘Thriller’ is the sixth studio album by recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released by Epic Records as the follow-up to Jackson’s critically and commercially successful 1979 album Off the Wall. Thriller explored similar genres to those of Off the Wall, including pop, R&B, rock, post-disco, funk, and adult contemporary music. Seven singles were released from the album, all of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time, with sales estimated between 51 and 65 million copies worldwide. The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including for Album of the Year. Thriller enabled Jackson to break down racial barriers in pop music via his appearances on MTV and meeting with President of the United States Ronald Reagan at the White House. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools—the videos for “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, and “Beat It” all received regular rotation on MTV.
Kanye West gave Sway one of hist angriest interviews of all time. During an interview on Shade45, Sway questioned Kanye’s tactics of entering the fashion world and Kanye let loose a barrage of inflammatory comments aimed at Sway’s former clothing line, knowledge of the fashion industry and more.
After ranting “you ain’t got the answers, Sway”, Kanye eventually articulated his frustration with Sway’s question regarding why Kanye doesn’t empower himself instead of tearing down companies:
“This industry of what I’m trying to get into. Ain’t nobody never broke down. Ain’t nobody broke down. We all slaves, I ain’t trying to disrespect you on your show. [...] Y’all ain’t experience nothing but a moment out of the movie out of Glory. Back in the days, the slaves had enough money they could buy their own freedom. We slaves to Nike. We slaves to Benz. We slaves to public perception.” Check out the interview above.
Following their Single for Summer series, LA R&B duo Jake&Papa, are back with an acapella cover of Jodeci’s classic Freek’n You, followed by a snippet of Black Opium, off their upcoming Athena’s Erotica EP, due January 2014.
The quick “Road to Athena’s Erotica” clip also gives you a glance at their in-studio listening session. Everyone is covering my family and favorite group Jodeci even 8 years after their last studio album! This says a lot about the best R&B group to do it; Jodeci!!! R&B group Gotham Citi recently did a Jodeci ‘Cry For You’ cover as well. Check out the video of Jake and Papa singing below.
Jon B is one of the smoothest r&b singers, instrumentalist, and producers of our time. Despite his double platinum debut album ‘Cool Relax’ many believe that he is largely underrated and doesn’t get the full recognition that he deserves.
Born in Rhode Island and raised in Pasadena, California, Jon B comes from a musical family; with his father David, a professor of music, his mother Linda, a concert pianist and his siblings Deborah, a violinist and his brother Kevin, a cellist. He first started singing at the age of four, and learned piano and keyboard by nine. By 16, he played bass and drums as well. Because his grandparents also owned a record store, Buck was raised on a varied musical diet that included influences like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
In 1992, Jon B. was shopping demos around when he caught the attention of Tracey Edmonds, then President and CEO of Yab-Yum Records. He was contracted as a songwriter for Edmonds and her husband, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and wrote songs for After 7, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Color Me Badd and others.
On September 16, 1997, Jon’s second album, Cool Relax, was released. The album contained three of Jon’s biggest hits; the Tim & Bob produced “They Don’t Know”, “Are U Still Down” (which featured Tupac Shakur), and “I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)”. Videos were shot for all three songs, including a video for the remix of “Cool Relax” featuring Guru and “Don’t Say”. Actress Sanaa Lathan appeared in the video as Jon’s girlfriend. Cool Relax was hailed as one of the best R&B albums released that year and was certified double platinum. This was his most successful album and “They Don’t Know” was his highest chart topping single of his career.
The hit ‘Are You Still Down’ Ft the late great Tupac Shakur is a timeless classic and arguably one of the best rap and r&b collaborations of our time. Enjoy the video.
Future finds love in outerspace in the cinematic video for “Real and True.” Following their Bangerz collaboration “My Darlin’,” the Atlanta rapper reunites with Miley Cyrus in the Rankin-directed visuals, which also star and feature Mr Hudson.
Future plays an astronaut who falls in love with Miley’s alien character during his outer space voyage. Despite being from different planets, their love lasts the test of time.
“It’s about somebody sacrificing their life for love,” Future told MTV News of the concept. “This video is probably one of the most special videos to me.”
The Mike WiLL Made It-produced track, which was inspired by his relationship with fiancée Ciara, will appear on his sophomore album Honest.
Lady Gaga launched into her first song as musical guest on last night’s Saturday Night Live with some seriously wild, funked-out dance movies for “Do What U Want,” her hot and steamy duet with R. Kelly. Things got a litle physical as soon as R Kelly made his entrance, and then the two took it to the floor, with Kelly simulating sex (or just keeping fit with some push-ups) on top of Gaga.
Check out the video.
For her second act, Gaga opened the song “Gypsy” singing alone at a spectacular pink piano, dressed in a bodysuit with sleeves that jutted out from her shoulders like butterfly wings. About a minute into the number, where the song shifts from ballad to rollicking anthem, a full band stepped out from the shadows and an onstage party ensued, complete with a shirtless male dancer.
The two crowd-pleasers off the freshly-released Artpop mark Lady Gaga’s third run as Saturday Night Live’s musical guest. She also made her debut as host of the show last night, and managed to sprinkle a few more musical moments into her sketches.
Recently Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was honored with the long overdue 2,508th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Guest speakers included Usher, Diddy, and L.A. Reid. Celebrity guests in attendance were Stevie Wonder, Kenny G, Johnny Gill, Toni Braxton, Raphael Saadiq, Andre Harrell, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Holly Robinson-Pete and many more.
The multi-talented Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is an accomplished artist and his work footprints are all over the work of many of today’s artists and major hit songs.A 10 time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own, Edmond’s impeccably crafted explorations of love, romance, and relationships have made an indelible imprint on the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world with more than 125 Top-10 R&B and Pop Hits.
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R&B Fans everywhere always mention two groups names when discussing the best R&B groups to do it (especially of the 90s). Those two groups are Jodeci and Boyz II Men. Jodeci and Boyz II Men often joked with each other and called themselves the evil twins as the two groups were the antithesis of each other.
The 1990′s garnered many R&B groups but none quite like Jodeci and Boyz II Men. It was an era dominated by New Jack Swing where Boyz II Men brought sweet vocals and tight harmonies and Jodeci married R&B soul and Hip Hop to create a sound that is classic and timeless even today. You can’t talk about R&B, soul, and New Jack Swing without mentioning both groups.
Now who your favorite of the two is based on personal preference but I am undeniably biased to go with Jodeci my hometown hero (hailing from Charlotte, NC and now my family). Boyz II Men is the best commercially selling R&B group but Jodeci is the best to do it (in my humble opinion) because of their rare vocals and soul, live instrumentation, vocal arrangement, production, soulful four part harmony, the fact that they were actually a band with DeVante and Dalvin as true instrumentalists, and their bad boy image to say the least.
Travel back to the 1992 Soul Train Awards and check out Boyz II Men and Jodeci perform with Jodeci taking home the award for Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo.