Best R&B Albums In 2017 – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #71

December 15, 2017

0:20: Our thoughts on K. Michelle’s new album
7:35: Is it okay for R&B artists to do other genres if they’re passionate about it?
13:45: Miguel’s first week sales
20:45: The best three letter R&B artist debate
25:30: Justine Skye’s potential as the next R&B star
29:13: Best R&B albums in 2017
48:45: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Mary J. Blige

It’s been a crazy week for R&B! K. Michelle dropped her new album “KIMBERLY: The People I Used To Know” and went off on her entire label. We were a little more civilized with our approach but we also have some things to get off our chest. We start off the podcast talking about K. Michelle’s new project and look at her career. We talk about her desire to do Country music and how that will affect her career. We also talk about Miguel’s first week album sales and dsicuss whether he’ll be able to bounce back. We also spend some time talking about Justine Skye’s upcoming album “Ultraviolet” which is definitely one of the albums we’re looking forward to next year. We also talk about some of our favorite R&B albums of the year which include Glenn Lewis, Tone Stith, Kevin Ross and Musiq Soulchild. For our hall of fame discussion, we try to nominate Mary J. Blige.

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R&B Predictions At The 2018 Grammys – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #70

December 4, 2017

0:35: Keith Sweat's picture with 21 Savage
2:45: Grammy talk
35:40: Our thoughts on Miguel's new album "War & Leisure"
39:52: En Vogue's comeback
45:05: Craig David returns with new music
47:40: The struggle for artists to release a debut album after 2010
51:30: The idea of linking new R&B artists with Pop acts like SZA and Maroon 5
59:15: R&B community accepting Jessie J with open arms
1:01:15: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Usher and Lalah Hathaway

The Grammy nominations are out and it's apparently Bruno mania on the internet right now. Over here, Tom is celebrating Musiq Soulchild's nomination like it's 1999 all over again. On this episode, we run down each R&B category at the Grammy's to talk about the likes of Bruno Mars, SZA, Daniel Caesar, Childish Gambino and Ledisi. We also talk about some snubs at the Grammy which include Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton.. Afterwards we talk about Miguel's new album "War & Leisure" and look at where it stands in terms of his discography. We also talk about the two new singles that En Vogue put out last week including the Snoop Dogg feature. We also talk about the success of Craig David over the last decade despite the lack of radio hits. We also talk about different approaches that would lead to more exposure for new R&B artists such as putting them with Pop acts. This is all due to new artists struggling to release debut albums after 2010. We also talk about Jessie J's performance at the Soul Train awards and whether her transition into R&B will work for her career. For our hall of fame discussion, we try to nominate Usher and Lalah Hathaway.

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We Are Thankful For Great R&B Comebacks Like Xscape’s – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #69

November 26, 2017

2:16: Kyle meets Ashanti (and Ja Rule)
11:15: Thoughts on Ashanti's new single
15:50: Thoughts on Lalah Hathaway's "Honestly" album
19:13: DAY26's comeback single "4 Shots"
22:10: Dru Hill drops a new Christmas album
24:50: Has Miguel's window closed to become a superstar?
27:45: The return of T-Pain
33:40: Xscape's comeback and their tour
37:07: Tyrese's social media antics
39:00: Mariah Carey sign with Roc Nation
48:58: Stephanie Mills statement about the state of R&B
52:06: Discussion about alternative R&B artists

Happy thanksgiving to all the R&B lovers! We have been gone a few weeks due to family priorities and the flu that's been going around, but we are finally back. We start off the podcast talking about the much anticipated meeting between Kyle and his favorite artist Ashanti. We also talk about her new single "Say "Less". We also talk about the releases of some new music from the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Boyz II Men, DAY26 and Dru Hill. We also talk about some of Miguel's new releases including "Pineapple Skies" and whether he still has time to be the next R&B superstar. We also talk about the return of T-Pain and whether his contributions in R&B have damaged the genre for good.

We also talk about Xscape's impressive comeback and how it compares to TLC's from earlier this year. We also talk about some recent news including Tyrese's social media meltdown, Mariah Carey's new management and Stephanie Mill's statement about R&B today versus Pop artists. Lastly we have a discussion about the success from the likes of SZA, Syd and Daniel Caesar. We try to figure out if them being successful if it's a win for the genre of R&B if they don't label themselves as R&B artists. No hall of fame this week, but lots of great discussion!

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Our Halloween Consisted Of 45 Damn Chris Brown Songs – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #68

November 4, 2017

2:20: Review of Chris Brown's new album "Heartbreak On A Full Moon"
19:25: Review of 112's new album "Q Mike Slim Daron"
30:00: Were R&B fans pissed when Usher dropped "Yeah!"?
31:20: Is Sam Smith the king of blue eyed soul?
34:00: Tyrese's meltdown on social media
37:05: Our twitter beef with Keyshia Cole continues
43:35: Our thoughts on some of the new R&B artists
1:01:45: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Gerald Levert

We are back with a new podcast and we have a lot to talk about! We start off the podcast talking about Chris Brown's new album "Heartbreak On A Full Moon" which has a grand total of 45 songs. We talk about the marketing behind the project, his cheat sheet to beating the Billboard charts and his decision to release the album on a Tuesday instead of Friday. We try to figure out if it was necessary to have 45 songs and if it would have been a better album if it was trimmed to the traditional 12.

We also talk about 112's comeback album "Q Mike Slim Daron" and see if it's a nice addition to their legendary discography. We look at their decision to adapt to the current sound of R&B and if they successfully pulled it off. The conversation leads to one about 2004 when the crunk sound came in and shifted the sound of the genre to a more Hip Hop driven vibe. Afterwards we debate who the king of blue eyed soul is.

We also touch on some crazy thing that have happened on social media including Tyrese's meltdown on Instagram as well as our internet beef with Keyshia Cole. We also spend a good portion of the podcast talking about new R&B artists who have taken the world by storm such a SZA, H.E.R. and Brent Faiyaz. For our hall of fame discussion, we try to nominate Gerald Levert.

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Please Unblock Us Keyshia Cole, We Love You! – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #67

October 23, 2017

2:00: Review on Keyshia Cole's new album "11:11 Reset"
8:20: 112 and Jagged Edge's new collaboration single
11:40: Why are a lot of R&B songs missing the feeling these days?
20:00: Keyshia Cole's low album sales
29:40: H.E.R. releases new music
34:00: Revisiting Tweet's debut album "Southern Hummingbird"
38:00: Discussing why R&B has fallen out of the mainstream
56:30: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Keyshia Cole

This week Keyshia Cole released her new album "11:11 Reset" and of course we have plenty things to say about it. In previous episodes of the podcast, we have joked about our Twitter beef with Keyshia but we're actually huge supporters of her music. We talk about some of the highs on the album including the song "Right Time" along with some of the bad such as her first week sales. We also talk about the new 112 and Jagged Edge single "Both Of Us". Some have complained about the use of autotune on the record, but we thought the song was pretty solid! We also talk about the usage of autotune and if it's the reason that a lot of songs are missing the feeling that we got from classic R&B songs.

We also talk about the release of Kenny Lattimore's new album "Vulnerlable" and H.E.R.'s "B-Sides project". We also revisit Tweet's debut album and try to figure out if people were mad that the Timbaland singles sounded nothing like the rest of the album.

Lastly for this week's Hall Of Fame discussion, we try to nominate none other than Keyshia Cole.
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We Took Ashanti For Granted In 2002 – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #66

October 9, 2017

0:55: Tank's evolution as an artist
3:30: We took Ashanti for granted
6:22: More social media drama from Tyrese
10:45: Review of Chanté Moore's new album "The Rise of the Phoenix"
16:10: Review of Vivian Green's new album "VGVI"
18:15: Review of Demetria McKinney's new album "Officially Yours"
20:30: Review of Kevin Ross' new EP "Drive"
23:11: Bridget Kelly's new single
28:25: Chris Brown's documentary "Welcome To My Life" and his new album cover
32:00: The stan culture and the support for their artists
39:00: Gearing up for the release of Keyshia COle's new album
44:00: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Babyface and B2K

YouKnowIGotSoul celebrated its 8 year anniversary a couple of days ago and we're back again with another podcast. We start off the podcast talking about Tom's love for Tank in 2009 and how that has changed as Tank's sound as evolved. We also look at the impact of Ashanti back in 2002 and if we took her for granted especially with the way music is going today. We also touch on Tyrese's drama with The Rock as some of our readers aren't too happy with him right now.

For new music, we give our thoughts on new music from Chanté Moore, Vivian Green, Demetria McKinney, Bridget Kelly and Kevin Ross. We also look into upcoming releases from two of R&B's biggest artists Chris Brown and Keyshia Cole. We also quickly discuss Chris Brown's new netflix documentary and talk about his massive fanbase.

For our R&B hall of fame, we try to nominate the legendary Babyface as both a songwriter/producer and a solo artist. We also try to nominate B2K based off the impact that they had with the "You Got Served" movie and the craziness with the "Scream" tour and BET's 106 & Park.

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Michael Jackson Is Still Outselling R&B Artists In 2017??? – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #65

October 8, 2017

1:00: Visiting Janet Jackson’s tour bus
3:15: Making amends with Pleasure P
7:15: Review of Tamar Braxton’s “Bluebird of Happiness”
15:50: Review of Tank’s “Savage”
25:10: Review of Ledisi’s “Let Love Rule”
29:00: Review of Jhene Aiko’s “Trip”
33:20: Return of Melanie Fiona and Mya
38:30: A new Michael Jackson just came out
42:25: Final album sales for Musiq Soulchild and problems with streaming
50:35: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Justin Timberlake

After being absent for a week, we’re back with another episode. This week we talk about new album releases from Tank, Tamar Braxton, Ledisi, and Jhene Aiko. Each album has flaws, but it was actually a pretty solid set of releases from most of these artists. We looked at Tank’s new album and tried to critique it as both a traditional R&B album as well as a Trap Soul project. We also talk about the return of Canada’s very own Melanie Fiona and try to figure out whether she still has a place in R&B today.

We also discuss streaming in 2017 when it comes to R&B artists. Perhaps the reason for low album sales is because everyone is streaming the albums, but that might not be the case. We also talk about the problem of Michael Jackson albums still being released in 2017 as his label just put out the new Halloween compilation album “Scream”. On this podcast we also touch on topics such as Kyle finally meeting Ashanti, making up with Pleasure P and getting inside Janet Jackson’s tour bus.

For our hall of fame discussion, we try to nominate Justin Timberlake.

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Damage Caused By Urban Radio Blocking Out Love Songs – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #64

September 30, 2017

3:00: Review of Musiq Soulchild's new album "Feel The Reel"
13:00: Tamar Braxton announces retirement from music
16:06: Tyrese's crazy comments on social media
18:15: Toni Braxton's new single "Deadwood"
23:24: Review of Sammie's new album "Coming Of Age"
27:10: K. Michelle's new song with Chris Brown
29:10: How old is it to still be turning up?
34:25: New albums announced from Craig David and Syleena Johnson
40:41: Is the romance gone in R&B?
48:30: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Al B. Sure! and TLC

Another week of great R&B music to talk about. We start off the podcasting talking about the release of Musiq Soulchild's new album "Feel The Reel" and our thoughts on the double album. It's taken all of us quite some time to digest 20 something songs but we've finally listened to enough of it to formulate our opinions. We also talk about the recent announcement that Tamar Braxton's new album "Bluebird of Happiness" will be her final release. We try to decide whether she'll hold true to her word or if she'll come back eventually. We also touch on Toni Braxton's new single "Deadwood" which we feel leans towards the AC format. Another album that came out last week was Sammie's "Coming Of Age" so we give our thoughts on that project.

We also get into talking about new music from K. Michelle, Chris Brown, Pleasure P, Brooke Valentine, Craig David and Syleena Johnson. These artists are all putting out different types of R&B so we discuss whether the variety is good or if we've strayed too far away from the romance in R&B. Afterwards we talk about whether the lack of love in R&B is because of social media or if today's R&B is actually causing more ratchet behavior in society today.

For our hall of fame discussion, we try to nominate Al B. Sure! and TLC.

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Get Your Wigs Ready, The Braxtons Are About To Snatch Them – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #63

September 10, 2017

1:28: Underrated R&B artists
5:12: Is it possible for your music tastes to evolve over time?
8:15: K. Michelle's new single "Birthday"
12:17: Tamar Braxton announces new album "Bluebird of Happiness"
15:05: Toni Braxton announces new album "Sex and Cigarettes"
17:18: New songs from Miguel and Sam Smith
22:45: Tours from Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson
27:30: Best song from each R&B artist
52:11: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Anita Baker, Tevin Campbell and Frank Ocean

I know we just put out our last podcast week fairly recently but there's just so much to talk about in R&B. With new music released from the likes of K. Michelle, Miguel, Sam Smith and Musiq Soulchild, we just had to give you guys our opinion. We also get into the discussion of underrated R&B artists on this podcast including Kenny Lattimore. Along with that, we talk about upcoming albums from Toni and Tamar Braxton. We look at Tamar's impact on R&B right now and see how her discography matches up to her star status. Toni Braxton's new album "Sex and Cigarettes" was announced earlier in the week, so we try to figure out if Toni still has a place in music today and what we're expecting from her.

Then we get into our special topic for this episode which is simply choosing the best song from every artist. Not our favorite songs, but undeniably the best songs from all our favorite R&B artists. And for this week's hall of fame discussion, we continue our conversation on Anita Baker, Tevin Campbell and also nominate Frank Ocean.

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Ranking The Best R&B Albums of the 2000s – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #62

September 7, 2017

2:45: Edd's first Keith Sweat concert
6:00: Kyle's first Ashanti concert
8:20: Marsha Ambrosius's new 90's inspired single
13:10: Usher is in the studio with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox?
16:30: Musiq Soulchild releases more songs off his upcoming album
20:20: Legacy of Day26 after 10 years
23:30: The weird era of R&B in the late 2000's
29:20: Ranking The Best R&B Albums of the 2000s
1:13:14: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Anita Baker and Tevin Campbell

It was a slow week in R&B but it's never a dull moment with us. We start off the podcast talking about some of our first concert experiences as Edd talks about his first Keith Sweat experience and Kyle talks about his first Ashanti experience. Afterwards we talk about taking 90's R&B albums for granted as there were albums that didn't get the love that they should have got. Afterwards we talk about some of the new singles that came out including Marsha Ambrosius, Musiq Soulchild and Sammie.

Afterwards we talk about the legacy of Day26 as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary. We also revisit R&B during the late 2000's and try to figure out why people have forgotten about artists that came out during that time period. Afterwards Edd talks about the list he published about the top R&B albums of the 2000's.

For our hall of fame discussion, we try to nominate Anita Baker and Tevin Campbell.

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