The SoulBack R&B Podcast
The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 111 *Revisiting The Year 2006 In R&B*

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 111 *Revisiting The Year 2006 In R&B*

September 20, 2020

On this week of the #SoulBackPodcast, we revisit R&B in 2006 and what was going out during that era of R&B. Names that will pop up during this conversation are Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Tamia, Danity Kane and Avant. We talk about some of our favorite albums and songs from that year and also discuss some of the sleepers that people may have forgot about. We also discuss the industry during that time and some of the trends were happening during that time.

0:00:01 - Reflecting back on the state of the industry of 2006
0:03:24 - Looking back at Ne-Yo's debut album "In My Own Words"
0:06:35 - Initial reaction when Justin Timberlake and Timbaland released "SexyBack"
0:13:36 - Looking back at Ciara's "The Evolution" and Tamia's "Between Friends"
0:18:20 - Other great R&B albums in 2006 including Jaheim, Donell Jones and Avant
0:17:33 - Looking at debut albums from LeToya, Cassie, Danity Kane
0:33:34 - Rookie Of The Year 2006
0:37:40 - Most anticipated album of 2006
0:40:17 - Most slept on albums of 2007
0:45:15 - The Twitter Thriller of 2007
0:48:00 - Top 3 albums of 2007 

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 110 *Revisiting The Year 2007 In R&B*

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 110 *Revisiting The Year 2007 In R&B*

September 13, 2020

On this week of the #SoulBackPodcast, we revisit R&B in 2007 and what was going out during that era of R&B. Names that will pop up during this conversation are Alicia Keys, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo, J. Holiday and Tank. We talk about some of our favorite albums and songs from that year and also discuss some of the sleepers that people may have forgot about. We also discuss the industry during that time and some of the trends were happening during that time.

0:00:01 - Reflecting back on the state of the industry of 2008
0:01:39 - Looking back at Alicia Keys' "As I Am" album
0:03:15 - Sophomore album success from the likes of Keyshia Cole, Bobby V, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo
0:05:24 - Musiq Soulchild going to Atlantic Records for "Luvanmusiq"
0:14:08 - Amerie and Mya dropping Japan only albums
0:17:33 - Looking at debut albums Chrisette Michele & J. Holiday
0:23:51 - Most slept on albums of 2007
0:26:00 - Most anticipated album of 2007
0:32:00 - The Twitter Thriller of 2007
0:35:06 - Top 3 albums of 2007 

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 109 *Revisiting The Year 2008 In R&B*

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 109 *Revisiting The Year 2008 In R&B*

September 6, 2020

On this week of the #SoulBackPodcast, we revisit R&B in 2008 and what was going out during that era of R&B. Names that will pop up during this conversation are Usher, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole. We talk about some of our favorite albums and songs from that year and also discuss some of the sleepers that people may have forgot about. We also discuss the industry during that time and some of the trends were happening during that time.

0:00:25 - Reflecting back on the state of the industry of 2008
0:01:40 - The impact of T-Pain and Kanye West
0:04:34 - Usher's "Here I Stand" and Mariah Carey's "E=MC^2" albums and them trying to match the success of their previous albums
0:08:42 - Beyonce's "Sasha Fierce" era
0:10:58 - Reflecting on Keyshia Cole changing her sound on "A Different Me"
0:13:01 - Brandy and John Legend direction change with "Humans" and "Evolver"
0:15:40 - Ne-Yo was the King of R&B in 2008 
0:17:11 - Looking at debut albums DAY26, Jazmine Sullivan, Jennifer Hudson and more 
0:27:43 - Most anticipated album of 2008
0:31:50 - The Twitter Thriller of 2008
0:34:12 - Most slept on albums of 2008
0:39:15 - Top 3 albums of 2008 

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 108 *Revisiting The Year 2009 In R&B*

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 108 *Revisiting The Year 2009 In R&B*

August 31, 2020

On this week of the #SoulBackPodcast, we revisit R&B in 2009 and what was going out during that era of R*B. Names that will pop up during this conversation are Maxwell, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Trey Songz. We talk about some of our favorite albums and songs from that year and also discuss who the winners were on the charts as well as the GRAMMY’s. We also discuss the industry during that time and some of the trends were happening during that time.

0:00:00 – Reflecting back on the shift in R&B during 2009
0:03:02 – Looking at Billboard’s Year End Hip Hop/R&B charts – hits from Pleasure P, Jeremih and Mario
0:17:11 – Looking at the GRAMMY 2010 awards to look at who was awarded for 2009 R&B
0:22:55 – Favorite three R&B albums from 2009 including Trey Songz, Maxwell, LeToya Luckett
0:26:35 – What album did we anticipate the most that year?
0:33:50 – The King of R&B of 2009

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 107 *Brandy/Monica Verzuz Discussion*

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 107 *Brandy/Monica Verzuz Discussion*

August 24, 2020

<em>We dedicate this #SoulBackPodcast episode to the announcement of Brandy and Monica's Verzuz battle which is set to take place August 31st. Nothing is cooler than seeing two of our favorite R&B legends coming together to play their beloved hits. On this episode we talk about their catalog, our favorite records from each of them and who we think has the upper hand when it comes to this battle.</em>

0:01:29 - Our initial thoughts on Brandy and Monica doing a Verzuz battle 
0:03:41 - Should this be based off hits or entire catalog?
0:08:30 - Should they use their new songs to promote their latest projects?
0:14:54 - The rules when it comes to using "The Boy Is Mine" during this battle
0:19:56 - Ranking Monica's discography   
0:33:00 - Top 3 Monica songs
0:36:00 - Ranking Brandy's discography   
0:52:50 - Top 3 Brandy songs
0:56:20 - Who will end up winning the Verzuz battle?

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 106

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 106

August 3, 2020

On this SoulBack R&B podcast, we talk about some of the latest releases from R&B this week including Brandy, Jagged Edge, Toni Braxton and 112. We dive deep into one of the most anticipated albums this year which is Brandy's "B7" album and give our thoughts on it. We also dissect Jagged Edge's 31 song album "A Jagged Love Story" and figure out if that was a good move by them. We also try to debate whether "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe is the best party R&B song from the 90's. Check us out!

0:01:00 - Poison vs Return Of The Mack vs This is How We Do It
0:04:37 - Our thoughts on Brandy's new album "B7"
0:26:10 - Our thoughts on Jagged Edge's new album "A Jagged Love Story" 
0:41:20 - New Music from Kem, Toni Braxton, 112
0:44:15 - SoulBack Track Of The Day: Jodeci - Freek'N You (Mr. Dalvin remix)
0:47:58 - New album announcements from Donell Jones, Trey Songz and Jacquees 
0:51:34 - Jermaine Dupri not wanting to work on a future Janet Jackson project
0:55:25 - Has R Kelly being canceled hurt the genre?

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 105

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 105

July 20, 2020

On this SoulBack R&B podcast, we talk about some of the latest releases from Chris Brown, JoJo Hailey, Mr. Dalvin and Ledisi. We also talk about Brandy's upcoming album and the promotion leading up to the release in two weeks. We also talk about some of the changing trends in the industry including deluxe versions of albums as well as streaming overtaking sales. We attempt to give our top 10 greatest R&B songs of the 90's which includes the Monica record "Before You Walk Out Of My Life". Speaking of Monica, we also celebrate the 25th anniversary of her debut album.

0:01:05 - Interesting video game facts
0:05:15 - The dangers of social media when it comes to mental health
0:14:35 - New music from Chris Brown, JoJo Hailey and Ledisi  
0:21:00 - Looking ahead to Brandy's upcoming album and the promotion for it
0:24:08 - How do we measure the success of an artist in 2020? 
0:29:00 - Redefining what a deluxe version of an album is in the streaming era
0:33:00 - Our favorite songs from Total
0:35:46 - Top 10 greatest R&B songs from the 90's
0:44:42 - Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Monica's debut album "Miss Thang"  
0:50:23 - SoulBack Track Of The Day: 702 - Gotta Leave 

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 104

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 104

July 13, 2020

On this SoulBack R&B podcast, we talk about some of the latest releases from Avant. H.E.R, Snoh Aalegra and Summer Walker. We also dive deep into JoJo's new acoustic album and try to figure out why more R&B artists don't do something like this. We also talk about Jagged Edge's upcoming double album and if it would be smart to make one side traditional R&B and the other side trap R&B. We also discuss Johnta Austin's recent tweet about songs that are vibes versus hits. Lastly we talk about Pretty Ricky and debate whether they should be considered Hip Hop or R&B. And of course we have to talk about August Alsina this week.

0:01:10 - The food in the NBA bubble at Disney World
0:03:00 - Our thoughts on Avant's "Can We Fall In Love" album
0:07:48 - Looking ahead to Jagged Edge's double album "A Jagged Love Story"
0:15:11 - JoJo delivers on her acoustic album
0:21:20 - New music from H.E.R., Snoh Aalegra and Summer Walker
0:28:11 - Johnta Austin's tweet about vibes vs hits
0:31:30 - Celebrating 20 years of Jill Scott's debut album
0:35:15 - What internet rumor excites you more: Raphael Saadiq working with Adele or Ariana Grande working with Lucky Daye?
0:39:19 - What are some songs that hit different when you actually go through the experience?
0:42:45 - August Alsina and entanglement
0:46:35 - R&B Trivia: Pretty Ricky edition

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 103

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 103

July 6, 2020

We’re back with another episode of the podcast. On this SoulBack R&B podcast, we talk about new music from Ty Dolla $ign, Ralph Tresvant and PJ Morton. We also discuss what direction Chris Brown and Bruno Mars should go on their upcoming albums. We also talk about some of the biggest trends in R&B history including the Millennium era, Crunk era and try to figure out what has aged horribly and what has worked. We also discuss the the origins of the Ashanti/Tamia “Into You” fiasco. Check us out this week!

0:01:22 – What would your last meal be?
0:04:30 – Our thoughts on Ty Dolla $ign’s new song “Ego Death”
0:09:15 – Did the August Alsina/Jada Pinkett Smith/Will Smith drama help August’s album sales?
0:14:41 – Our thoughts on Ralph Tresvant’s new song “All Mine” with Johnny Gill
0:17:30 – Remembering New Edition’s albums “Home Again” and “One Love”
0:20:20 – Our thoughts on PJ Morton’s new song “I Can’t Wait”
0:22:33 – Are Bruno Mars and Chris Brown in the same lane?
0:28:00 – The older you get, the less sad songs you listen to
0:31:10 – Old songs that sound super dated today
0:38:38 – The origins of “Into You” by Fabolous featuring Ashanti and Tamia
0:42:52 – SoulBack Track Of The Day: Shanice – Yesterday
0:46:10 – Playa Please Award: Vanilla Ice has a concert on Independence Day during a pandemic!

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 102

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 102

June 29, 2020

We're back with another #SoulBackPodcast episode. We talk about new music from Brian McKnight, Toni Braxton and Missy Elliott. We also discuss Tank's comments about wanting to do concerts in the midst of this pandemic. We talk about new projects from Sugah, Avant and Jagged Edge and discuss what we should expect from them on their upcoming releases. We also highlight an emerging R&B singer named Jayla Darden who has caught our attention. Lastly we talk about Ja Rule's amazing commercial about gyros.

0:01:24 - Remembering Super Mario Bros. 2
0:03:17 - Ja Rule's commercial about Greek food
0:05:30 - True/False: The hardest working artists are the ones that get to the top
0:15:20 - Our thoughts on Brian McKnight's final album "Exodus"
0:23:30 - Is this really Brian McKnight's last album?
0:28:50 - Our thoughts on Toni Braxton and Missy Elliott's "Do It"
0:37:10 - Addressing Avant's health rumors
0:38:20 - What does pre-ordering an album mean in 2020?
0:41:50 - Jagged Edge has pushing their album back for a whole year now
0:47:55 - Our thoughts on Jayla Darden's new song "Demonstration"
0:49:15 - SoulBack Track Of The Day: Tweet - Call Me and new EP with her girl group Sugah.
0:51:50 - Playa Please Award: Kanye West's new shoes, artists wanting to have concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic

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