January 7, 2017
1:06: Mariah Carey lipsync fiasco
5:47: Mariah's upcoming tour with Lionel Richie
8:02: The return of Trey Songz braids
14:45: Chris Brown's boxing match with Soulja Boy
19:25: Chris Brown's decline as an artist
32:25: Social media's effect on R&B
45:32: New R&B releases in 2017
49:40: Pharrell's image now versus 10 years ago
52:00: Food discussion
Happy new years to everyone! We are back with a new podcast for you. First off, rest in peace to the legendary George Michael. We start off the podcast talking about Mariah Carey's NYE fiasco and the impacts that it'll have on her career. We also talk about her upcoming tour with Lionel Richie. We also talk about Trey Songz' latest incident as well as the return of his braids. We discuss his hairstyle and how that will coincide with his upcoming album "Tremaine" which is set to come out later this year. We chat about the Chris Brown/Souja Boy foolery going on and what that means for R&B and Hip Hop. We also discuss Chris Brown's inability to stay out of trouble and how much it is hurting his career. Lastly we talk about the effect that social media has on the genre of R&B as people are skimming songs nowadays.
December 14, 2016
We’re at the end of the year, so it’s time to talk about some of our favorite R&B albums of 2016. Edd lists some of his favorite albums including Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Maxwell. Kyle and Tom also list out some of their favorite albums on YouKnowIGotSoul which includes the likes of Tweet, Monica and Musiq Soulchild. We also talk about some of the albums we were disappointed in this year including Fantasia, Usher and Alicia Keys. We also talk some more about Mya’s Grammy nomination for her album “Smoove Jones”. Lastly we talk about some of our Neptunes produced R&B records including Kelis’ “Caught Out There”.
November 21, 2016
We are back with a brand new episode of our R&B podcast to give you the real on Bruno Mars' new album "24K Magic" which just came out Friday. The project has a very heavy early 90's vibe to it, so we try to figure out if it will bring back R&B to the radio. We also discuss the longevity of new albums these days. Our guest Lachele claims that most people only listen to new albums for about a month before they go back to the old stuff.
We also rank our top 5 male and female vocalists. Artists such as Eric Benet, Brian McKnight, Faith Evans and Kelly Price appear to be names that top everyone's list.
November 14, 2016
We're back with another podcast. It's been a minute since we had a special guest, so we decided to reach out to Digital Black of the R&B group Playa. If you don't remember them, they had the hit single "Cheers 2U" and they also wrote songs for the likes of Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Nicole Wray. We started off the podcast by talking about Da Bassment and all of the artists that came from that camp. We also talk about Timbaland's impact on R&B and whether it had a negative impact on the genre.
We also talk about some of the R&B artists who have gotten forgotten like Tevin Campbell and Al B. Sure. We discuss whether the impact of Jodeci and Mary J. Blige had a part in a lot of the New Jack Swing artists fading away. We talk the lack of R&B groups and slow jams in today's industry. We also talk about Joe's new album and whether it passed the YouKnowIGotSoul review.
For the food discussion, we discuss fried chicken and whether KFC is at the the top of anyone's list. Being that Digital Black is from Kentucky, you would expect him to say yes but stay tuned.
November 7, 2016
Alicia Keys' new album "Here" is finally out and as always, we're here to give you the real on the album. We talk about the promotion behind the album, the omission of the lead single "In Common" and the disappointing first week sales. The album is projected to sell 33-38k which is a huge drop off from her last album. We also try to figure out how Solange has managed to sell more than the 2000's superstars Alicia Keys and Usher.
We also talk about Tinashe's new mixtape "Nightride" and her journey being on RCA records since signing with them a few years back. We've seen her going in a lot of different directions so we try to figure out what the best lane for is right now. Afterwards we talk about some of the new R&B releases that have come out this year including the chart topping single "Thick Of It" by Mary J. Blige and the new Bruno Mars joint "Versace On The Floor" which sounds like it's straight from 1991. We also briefly debate whether Bruno Mars could possible bring R&B back.
October 29, 2016
YouKnowIGotSoul is back to bring you the latest in R&B. We start off the podcast by talking about Joe’s potential retirement. He mentioned to us in an interview that his upcoming album “My Name Is Joe Thomas” may be his last because of low album sales across the board for R&B. We also talk about Alicia Keys’ upcoming album “Here”
which is set to come out next week. The release is a surprise to us as
there hasn’t been any buzz for the album. We then get into our
discussion about Usher and his decision to release “No Limit”.
We also talk about some recent R&B releases such as Solange’s surprise album, Bobby V’s movie soundtrack,
Eric Benet project as well as After 7’s return to the industry. One
song we highlighted on the After 7 album is “Runnin’ Out”. We touch on
some other news going on in R&B right now such as the 112 comeback
and Sevyn Streeter’s recent national anthem incident at the Philadelphia
Finally we talk about some of our favorite Halloween candies as well as the ones that we hate. Pink starbursts all the way.
September 19, 2016
It’s finally that time. Usher has released his new album “Hard II
Love” and we give you the real on the album. Do yourself a favor and check out our review on the album and then give the podcast
a listen to digest our disappointment with the album. Along with our
special guest and part time contributor Zeplyn, We talk about the
overall project as well as the impact that the album has on Usher’s
legacy. Afterwards we talk about the low first week sales of the albums
and try to figure out contributing factors.
We also talk about some of the new releases that have come out this
month including AZ Yet, Dave Hollister and the very mysterious project
by RCA recording artist H.E.R.
She is an artist that popped of nowhere and managed to hit #1 on the
R&B iTunes charts through word of mouth from various artists such as
Tyrese and Alicia Keys. We take the time to talk about the marketing
strategy behind the project as well as the long term effects.
This is a podcast you don’t want to miss!
August 14, 2016
It’s been quite some time since the last podcast, but we’re finally back to talk about new music and new albums in R&B. We start off the podcast talking about the new singles from Tinashe (“Superlove”) and Sevyn Streeter (“Prolly”).
We discuss the younger generation of R&B fans the pressure that
they face when competing with Hip Hop artists on the radio. BJ The
Chicago Kid is an artist who has managed to make it work, so we look at
his situation to see how he’s been able to survive in today’s R&B
We talk about some of the latest R&B releases including CDs from Fantasia (“The Definition Of…”), Chrisette Michele (“Milestone”), Maxwell (“blackSUMMERS’night”), Anthony Hamilton (“What I’m Feelin”).
We’ve seen some solid releases this year, but we talk about how it’s
been disappointing that none of the releases have been great.
Usher will be dropping his new album “Flawed” later this
year, so we talk about whether it’ll make sense for him to release the
album via Tidal. Other superstars like Kanye West, Beyonce and Rihanna
have gone that route, but it might not be the best idea for Usher.
Afterwards we talk about Usher’s fanbase and discuss whether his fanbase
from the “Confessions” album is still there.
Lastly we talk about some new music that we can be expecting soon
including Jon B who is now signed to Warryn Campbell’s label My Block as
well as the R&B group AZ Yet who have reunited.