Someone Needs To Tell Mary J. Blige To Hit Us Up – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #46

April 3, 2017

1:07: New music from Leela James, Daley, Jill Scott, La’Porsha Renae and more
6:00: Mary J. Blige collaboration with Kanye West
12:35: Impact of LSG compared to TGT
18:00: Discussing each Mary J. Blige album
35:14: Edd addresses the podcast haters
39:55: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Brian McKnight and Deborah Cox
48:12: Whatever happened to Tony Rich?
50:40: Food discussion

Major League Baseball is back soon and guess what? We are back as well! We start off the podcast talking about some of the new releases in R&B this week including the release of Leela James’ new album “Did It For Love” as well as La’Porsha Renae’s “Already All Ready”. We also talk about Daley’s new duet with Jill Scott which is an early contender for song of the year. We also talk about the impact of LSG and if they were hyped as much as TGT.

Afterwards we talk about Mary J. Blige’s new collaboration with Kanye West on the song “Love Yourself”. We discuss the marketing for the upcoming album “Strength Of A Woman” and our expectations for it. Then we discuss Mary J. Blige’s discography and try to decide to which CDs we would call a classic.

We get into the R&B hall of fame and determine whether Brian McKnight and Deborah Cox belong in it. For the Milk carton edition, we discuss the career of Tony Rich. As for the food discussion, we discuss what is an appropriate time for people to be drinking soda in the morning.

Lots to talk about in this week’s R&B. Check us out!


Introducing The R&B Hall Of Fame – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #45

March 27, 2017

1:55: Tom apologizes to TLC once again
3:25: Thoughts on Trey Songz’s new album “Tremaine”
7:43: Tamar Braxton’s new deal with eOne
13:21: Is Keith Sweat the sexiest man alive?
15:00: Adina Howard is coming back with new music
17:37: Whatever happened to Sam Salter?
19:40: The R&B Hall of Fame (D’Angelo, Trey Songz, Keith Sweat, Alicia Keys, Tyrese, Aaliyah, Dru Hill and Erykah Badu)
47:35: Food discussion

We are back with a brand new podcast! We start off the show like the last few as Tom has to apologize to TLC one more time. Not too long ago, Tom talked about how much he disliked Ed Sheeran’s new single but we just found out that he borrowed the melody from TLC’s “No Scrubs”. Afterwards we talk about Trey Songz’s new album and give our thoughts on “Tremaine”. We also talk about his place in R&B right now and predict his album sales first week.

We then talk about Tamar Braxton’s deal with eOne. She left Epic not too long ago and now has signed a million dollar deal with the indie label eOne. We also talk about some other comebacks from the likes of Cherish and Adina Howard. We also discuss a flyer we saw for an upcoming Keith Sweat event and the promoter put on there that Keith was the sexiest man alive.

For our milk carton feature, we talk about Sam Salter and try to figure out where’s he gone. Then we talk about our new segment which is the R&B Hall Of Fame. We list out some artists that we think belong on the R&B hall of fame and we discuss why they should or shouldn’t be on there. Some artists on there include Aaliyah, Dru Hill and Trey Songz. Lastly we get into our food discussion where we talk about the sauces at McDonalds and how you can now get them in the grocery stores.


March Madness: 112 vs Jagged Edge vs Dru Hill vs Next – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #44

March 20, 2017

0:15: TLC's "I Love The 90s Tour" with Montell Jordan and Naughty By Nature
4:50: Patti LaBelle announces new album
6:04: Patti pies and cobblers
7:25: Weird time in Trey Songz career
12:05: Review on Kevin Ross' debut CD "The Awakening"
17:15: 112 vs Jagged Edge vs Dru Hill vs Next
32:02: Top vocalist for male and female R&B groups
35:06: Whatever happened to Gina Thompson?
43:45: Food discussion
53:40: Songs that made us feel old

YouKnowIGotSoul is back with another podcast and for the second week straight, Tom is apologizing to the TLC fans for something! The group announced that they'll be hitting the road this summer for their "I Love The 90s Tour" and this all happened shortly after we commented on how the group hasn't toured in forever. We talk about the impact of these nostalgia tours and if they're dangerous for an artist.

We also talk about some new R&B albums that are due out later this year including Trey Songz, Kevin Ross and Patti LaBelle. We discuss different marketing ideas that Patti can incorporate into her new album such as her Patti pies. We talk about the state of Trey Songz's career and where he fits in today's R&B world with the addition of all the trap music that's going on. Kyle gives a quick review on Kevin Ross' debut album and calls out every other R&B media outlet for not covering him even though "Long Song Away" is one of the top songs on the Urban AC chats right now.

Afterwards we debate a topic that's been talked about for over 20 years now and that's of course the 112 vs Jagged Edge vs Dru Hill vs Next battle. We take turns ranking into group's discography to see where their music lands on our lists. We each have different opinions on their projects but we can all conclude that every group had some real classics. We then talk about Gina Thompson and try to figure out what she's up to these days. We finish the podcast by talking about french fries and try to figure out which fast food chain has the best ones. Somehow McDonalds is not number one but you'll have to listen to see who ends up winning.


Hip Hop Needs To Leave RnB Alone – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #43

March 13, 2017

0:26: Reflecting on Notorious B.I.G. –
2:45: Faith Evans’ duet album “King and I”
4:52: Could Joe be replacing Ginuwine for TGT?
8:03: The quiet promotion for Trey Songz’s upcoming album “Tremaine”
13:31: La’Porsha Renae controversial comments
15:55: Apology to TLC fans
26:02: Whatever happened to Jesse Powell?
28:52: 2006 was the last great year for both R&B and Hip Hop
33:26: Hip Hop needs to leave R&B alone
41:10: What artists killed R&B?
46:45: Album title challenge
49:55: Food discussion

YouKnowIGotSoul is back with another podcast after a week of listening to Biggie Smalls. We start off the podcast reminiscing on the greatness of Biggie as well as his legendary verse on 112’s song “Only You”. We also talk about Faith Evans’ upcoming album titled “King and I” and our expectations for the album. Afterwards we talk about Tyrese’s recent actions including his upcoming rap album as well his comments on Joe’s instagram page. We theorize on whether Tyrese is approaching Joe with the idea of joining the supergroup that was once known as TGT.

We then talk about some of the upcoming R&B releases such as Trey Songz’s upcoming album “Tremaine”. We talk about how there hasn’t been a lot of promo for the album aside from the music videos. There is no Trey Songz single at radio right now, so we discuss what his plans are for releasing the album. We also talk about Motown’s La’Porsha Renae controversial comments about homosexuality and whether this will end up being promo for her upcoming album “All Ready Already”.

Afterwards Tom apologies to the TLC fans for misinforming everyone about the kickstarter that the group had for their upcoming album. It turns out that the group has been updating everyone who contributed to the kickstarter. Afterwards we try to figure out where 90’s R&B artist Jesse Powell has disappeared to. Edd takes it back to 2006 as he lists some of the best projects that came out that year and explains why that time was so great for R&B and Hip HOp. Kyle brings up some artists that may have contributed to the downfall of R&B and we talk about who we feel is responsible for the music on the radio today.

The food discussion this week is the fake chicken at Subway as well as the new home delivery service by McDonalds.


Tales Of An Emerging Artist - YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #42 (Special Guest Gaetano)

March 8, 2017

2:40: Ashanti vs Tamia on the Fabolous hit "Into You"
6:00: Xscape's return to music
11:15: TLC's upcoming album
16:35: R&B Trivia
19:44: Discussing Billboard's article about Chris Brown
22:30: Gaetano shares experience at "The Making Of The Band"
29:11: Story about meetings with label executives
41:25: Food discussion

The podcast team is back to bring you another episode about R&B! This week we are joined by our good friend and emerging artist Gaetano. Most recently he got a placement on the Fat Joe and Remy Ma album "Plata O Plomo" so it was the perfect time to bring him back to our podcast.

We start off the podcast debating whether the Ashanti version of Fabolous' 2003 hit "Into You" was better than Tamia's. Afterwards we discuss the challenges that an artist from the 2000's would have if they were to release music in today's music industry. Then we talk about the breaking news about the return of the R&B group Xscape. The group which consists of Kandi, Tiny, Tamika and LaTocha will be making new music in the near future, so we discussed the importance of them as a group and whether they needed their mentor Jermaine Dupri in order for this comeback to be successful.

We also talk about the upcoming TLC album. The group put together a kickstarter more than two years ago and raised more than $400,000 to create a new album, but nothing came out of that until now. They've announced they will be releasing an album sometime this summer. As usual, we ask Edd about his thoughts about Chris Brown's recent problems. Billboard put together an article recently discussing his alleged drug issues, so we weigh in on everything.

Lastly, Gaetano shares his experiences in the music industry. If you remember from our last episode, we've had a lot of challenges dealing with unprofessional-ism in the industry and it turns out up and coming artists like Gaetano go through the same thing as well. He discusses what happened at label meetings he was a part of and how it all fell through the crackers.

The food discussion for this week is about cake! We all love cake.


The Music Industry Almost Destroyed Us At The Start - YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #41

February 26, 2017

0:48: New Charlie Wilson album
3:10: Lionel Richie’s tour with Mariah Carey postponed
3:50: New Glenn Lewis project with DJ Jazzy Jeff
6:32: Mary J. Blige’s new single
11:22: Tank’s concert setlist
13:00: 112’s comeback
16:55: Soulquarius R&B festival
22:00: Music industry stories with YouKnowIGotSoul
39:05: Thoughts on Grammy awards for R&B categories
44:40: Food discussion

We are back with another podcast! With Edd too busy covering the Nicki Minaj/Remy Ma beef, Kyle and Tom take over to discuss the latest in R&B this week. We start off by talking about Charlie Wilson’s latest album “In it To Win It” which ended up selling around 50k first week. We talk about the longevity of Uncle Charlie and how he’s been able to continually tour at his current age. We also talk about his marketing strategy to integrate his album sales into his concert tickets. Afterwards we talk about Glenn Lewis’ new project “Chasing Goosebumps” with DJ Jazzy Jeff. We discuss Jazzy Jeff’s influence on R&B as well as Glenn Lewis’ hiatus since the release of his last album.

Later on we talk about the release of Mary J. Blige’s new single “U + Me (Love Lesson)”. We discuss the impact that song will have on radio and whether it will match the success of her current single “Thick Of It”. We then talk about 112’s upcoming project. They are now signed to a label so expect some new music from them later this year.

Afterwards we talk about some of our experiences dealing with people in the music industry. Not all of them have been positive, but it’s fun to look back at them in retrospect and laugh about some of the stories. There have been numerous times where we had to wait a long time for interviews. We also look at moments where interviews were cancelled the very last minute. Afterwards, we run through the Grammy awards to give our thoughts on the winners as well as the Grammy committee.

For our food discussion, we talk about Chinese food and the concept of that type of cuisine in the hood. We try to find out why there is a need for bullet proof windows in those areas. This is a podcast you don’t want to miss!



For Some Reason Keyshia Cole Hates Us - YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #40

February 17, 2017

0:37: Singers who can’t actually sing
10:25: 90’s R&B groups that don’t get enough love
13:35: Keyshia Cole’s new project
18:56: Keyshia Cole blocked us on Twitter?
20:50: Veterans incorporating trap music in their songs
25:08: Trey Songz new dating TV show on VH1
31:12: Ranking Mariah Carey’s discography
54:55: Success of the New Edition biopic
1:01:15: Food discussion

Tom is away for this episode, but Edd is back to give you the real. We start off the podcast by discussing a list we found online that talked about singers that can’t actually sing. Some of the artists on the list included Alicia Keys, John Legend and Edd’s favorite artist Keith Sweat. We also discuss why some of these artists don’t deserve to be on the list. Afterwards we talk about 90’s R&B groups and why it’s hard to show everyone love on their podcast. We’ve heard some complaints that we don’t talk enough about groups like H-Town, but there’s only so much that we can talk about in an hour each week.

We also talk about Keyshia Cole’s new single “You” featuring French Montana and Remy Ma. We talk about the expectations that we have for her upcoming project after the disappointment that was her last release “Point of No Return”. Kyle brings up that Keyshia Cole randomly blocked us on Twitter, so we try to figure out what we did.

Afterwards we talk about the reunion of 112. On their Instagram page, they previewed a song that sounded like trap music so Edd goes on a rant about veterans trying to record with the trap sound. We talk about Missy Elliott’s new single “I’m Better” and why having the Migos on the song wouldn’t be a good idea.

We take some time to rank Mariah Carey’s discography from worst to best. Edd actually wrote a whole post about her discography, so we give you the condensed version on the site. From albums like “Glitter” to “Music Box”, we highlight the best and weak parts of each album. You’ll have to find out for yourself where we rank each album.

For the food discussion, we talk about all day McDonalds breakfast and how it’s finally becoming a thing in Canada.



Following The Trends in R&B Music - YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #39

February 8, 2017


2:25: New Mariah Carey single “I Don’t”
4:46: Legends trying to cater to a younger generation
6:06: Incorporating current Hip Hop/Trap artists into R&B songs
9:24: Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige on Urban AC format today
14:20: Evolution vs trends
16:11: Timbaland’s contribution to the genre
22:25: The emergence of Trap music in R&B
24:00: New Edition biopic on BET
25:35: Bell Biv DeVoe’s latest album “Three Stripes”
27:09: Musiq Soulchild’s latest single “Simple Things” and label situation
32:12: The emergence of new artist Kevin Ross and his single “Long Song Away”
34:45: Food discussion

There’s nothing better to talk about than old and new R&B music with the YouKnowIGotSoul team. We start off the podcast talking about the new Mariah Carey single “I Don’t” which samples Donell Jones’ classic song “Where I Wanna Be”. Afterwards we talk about artists such as Mariah Carey, Usher (“No Limit”) and Mary J. Blige (“Thick Of It”) who have attempted to adapt to the music today. The purpose is to cater to the younger generation, so we discuss whether it’s necessary for legends to even do that.

Speaking of adapting to the music industry, we talk about the key differences between a trend in music versus the genre evolving. We view New Jack Swing as a trend (a very good one) based on its short longevity. We also dissect Timbaland’s contributions in R&B to see if his sound would be considered a trend or not. Lastly we talk about the inclusion of Hip Hop into R&B and how that has affected the genre as evidenced by the influx of trap music on the radio right now.

We also discuss some new music that has come out from the likes of Bell Biv Devoe (“Three Stripes” album), Musiq Soulchild(“Simple Things”) and Omarion. We also talk about an album that we are looking forward to this year which is Kevin Ross’ debut “The Awakening”. The project is set to come out on Motown Records in March.



If The Love Isn’t Like 90’s R&B, We Don’t Want It – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #38

January 22, 2017

1:13: People missing 90's R&B
3:45: The art of slow jams
8:21: The legacy of TLC and their upcoming album
13:10: Transition from the 90's to the 2000's
15:35: The lack of 90's influence in today's music
18:13: Ten albums that impacted our teenage life and are they all classics?
37:00: Chrisette Michele's performance at President Trump's inauguration and the backlash
44:00: Food discussion

We are back with another podcast! The other week Twitter was going crazy about 90's R&B and it proved to everyone that there will be another era like that in music. We talk about the impact of 90's R&B and what we miss about that time. We highlight some of our favorite albums which include Avant, Usher, Mario and Donell Jones. We also talk about the legacy of TLC and what their plans on in the near future. We bring up Chrisette Michele and what the performance at President Trump's inauguration means for her career. Lastly we talk about Chicken Nuggets and try to determine which fast food restaurant makes the best ones.


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.