R&B Has Some Big Problems In 2017 – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #37

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.


The Best R&B Albums of 2016 – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #36

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”.


2016 R&B Was Not Grammy Worthy – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #35

December 11, 2016



The Grammy nominations just came out yesterday, so we take some time to look at each category. We also point out some of the biggest snubs in the R&B category including Tweet and Monica. We also look into the process of getting nominated at the Grammy’s. We also talk R&B in 2016 and voice our displeasure with it as this might be the worst year in terms of quality of R&B. We also look forward to some new projects including Lloyd’s EP “Tru” as well as upcoming albums by Sevyn Streeter and Mary J. Blige.


Can Bruno Mars save R&B? – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #34

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.


The Death of the R&B Group – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #33 (Special Guest Digital Black of Playa)

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.


The Greatness and Inconsistency of Alicia Keys – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #32

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.


End Of An Era With Joe Thomas’ Potential Retirement – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #31

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 76ers game.

Finally we talk about some of our favorite Halloween candies as well as the ones that we hate. Pink starbursts all the way.


Should We Be Concerned About Usher’s Album Sales? – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #30

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!


Should Usher Release His New Album On Tidal? - YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #29

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 scene.

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.


Is Beyonce Stan Culture Hurting R&B? - YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #28

May 17, 2016

The three most dangerous men in R&B are back with another podcast. We’ve been gone for a good minute, but we’re back to talk about all things in R&B. We start off the podcast talking about Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album and get into a discussion about the stan culture. We look at the damaging effects that cyber bullying has on the world of R&B. Kyle and Tom reflect on the origins of stan which actually from the message boards a decade ago. As for Beyonce’s new album, we rank her discography from best to worst.

We talk about some new music that come out including Mario’s new single “I Need More”. The single features a new sound for Mario, so we debate whether it’s the right move for his career. We also talk about Lloyd’s comeback to R&B with his new single “Tru” and his commitment to bettering himself as he just completed his GED recently. We look into his discography and compare it to Bobby V’s, so you’ll have to listen to see which one we think is better.

A couple of new albums we preview on this podcast are Keith Sweat’s “Dress To Impress”, Slim of 112’s “Refueled” and Ro James’ “Eldorado”. Finally we wrap up the podcast by talking about Musiq Soulchild’s latest release “Life On Earth” .

A lot for us to catch up on in R&B, so you don’t want to miss this episode of the podcast!