October 10, 2021
The SoulBack R&B podcast is back! On this week’s episode, we celebrate Andrea Martin’s contributions to R&B. We also talk about the upcoming Silk Sonic album. We also touch on the latest releases from Anthony Hamilton, JoJo, Stokley and Sevyn Streeter. We also talk about R. Kelly's career now that he's officially guilty and what things will look like for him going forward.. Lastly we discuss some of our favorite songs from each artist in a fun segment.
0:01:30 – RIP Andrea Martin
0:06:00 – Silk Sonic announces debut album coming next month
0:09:08 – The brilliance of The Shindella's debut album "“Hits That Stick Like Grits”
0:14:50 – The art of sampling
0:20:21 - R. Kelly is officially guilty. Now what?
0:27:53 - New albums from Anthony Hamilton, JoJo, Stokley
0:34:20 - Mary J. Blige will be performing at Superbowl
0:37:00 - The Dru Hill burger
0:40:20 - Favorite songs discussion from these artists...
01:00:0 - Love Letters: Tyrese's Instagram post, Lil Fizz apologizes to Omarion
August 25, 2021
We're back with another episode of the SoulBack podcast. On this week's episode, we celebrate Chucky Thompson's contributions to R&B. We also talk about the success of BET's "The Encore" and the R&B supergroup BluPrint. We also touch on the new group The Chi which consists of Dave Hollister, Carl Thomas and Donell Jones. We also talk about the release of Aaliyah's "One In A Million" to streaming to platforms and what these upcoming Blackground releases mean for her legacy. Lastly we discuss our favorite R&B albums of 2021 so far.
0:00:30 – Remember R&B producer Chucky Thompson
0:04:15 – Why BluPrint was such a success
0:14:06 - Donell Jones, Carl Thomas and Dave Hollister form R&B supergroup The Chi
0:18:45 – The Blackground catalog is finally coming to stream platforms. Music from Aaliyah, Timbaland & Magoo, Tank, Toni Braxton and JoJo
0:28:34 – Love Letters: Aaliyah - 4 Page Letter
0:31:09 – Top 3 favorite R&B albums of 2021 so far
0:47:01 – Which album comes out first: Usher or Silk Sonic?
August 2, 2021
It's been more than a month but we're back with a new episode of the SoulBack R&B podcast. This week we have our friend and R&B singer/songwriter Kevin Ross with us. We talk about his journey as an independent artist, some of the challenges that he faced while on a major label and also some of the current issues that we're seeing in R&B right now. We also talk about Kevin's new single "Looking For Love". Lastly we get into a special love letters as we discuss the Kevin Ross penned "What's Best For You" by Trey Songz and analyze the lyrics. We compare the approach that Trey Songz takes on that record with Donell Jones' classic "Where I Wanna Be". Take a listen and see if you agree!
0:00:48 – New music from Kevin Ross, Silk Sonic and Kem
0:16:08 – BJ the Chicago Kid leaving Motown and going independent
0:21:32 - Learning to be profitable as an independent artist
0:28:14 - The stigma changing on Adult R&B and Urban AC radio
0:39:44 – Is modern R&B a victim of ageism?
0:54:38 – Is 90's and 2000's overrated in the grand scheme of things?
1:02:00 – Love letters: Trey Songz - What's Best For You
1:08:02 – Upcoming "Drive 2" project from Kevin Ross
June 27, 2021
We're back with a new episode of the podcast. We continue our discussion on The Encore show as the Cherish/702 conflict as really sparked up opinions on Twitter. We also talk about new music from Justine Syke, H.E.R. and Snoh Aalegra. Lastly we look at albums in 2021 and debate whether they should be considered playlists because of the amount of songs on these projects as well as the random features. Lastly we give a history lesson on T-Pain and his usage on R&B. We look at how he impacted the genre long term and what that meant for R&B.
0:01:06 – There's no tuna in Subway's tuna sub?!
0:02:00 – The drama on BET's "The Encore"
0:08:19 - Will this TV show benefit any of the artists musically?
0:12:32 - The album cover for Snoh Aalegra's "Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies"
0:15:08 – Is there a difference between a playlist and an album in today's streaming era? Using H.E.R.'s debut album as an example.
0:25:30 – Kyle will retire from R&B for good if this new Usher album isn't good
0:30:00 – T-Pain vs Usher: a discussion on autotune
0:46:00 – Love letters: Nivea - Don't Mess With My Man
May 24, 2021
We went on a little bit of a hiatus but we're back! We talk about the new R&B super group with members from Blaque, Cherish, 702, Danity Kane and Total as they will be broadcasting the recording of the album on BET. We also talk about new music from Teedra Moses and Anthony Hamilton. Lastly we discuss "signature song" from some of the most popular R&B songs today.
0:02:26 – New music picks of the week: Anthony Hamilton and Teedra Moses
0:09:00 – Our thoughts BET's "The Encore" and people who are in the R&B supergroup
0:31:00 – Chicken intermission: Free McFlurries at McDonalds?!
0:33:10 – Our thoughts on the SWV vs Xscape VERZUZ battle
0:40:40 – What is the signature song for certain R&B artists?
April 18, 2021
We're back with a brand new episode of the podcast. We debate which Aaliyah song on the "Romeo Must Die soundtrack is the best". We also talk about some new music from Sevyn Streeter, JoJo Hailey and The Isley Brothers. We also talk the latest on Usher's upcoming album. Lastly we try to find out what happened to the R&B singer Deemi. Check us out and also follow us @SoulBackPodcast on Instagram and Twitter.
0:06:00 – Tom's R&B Trivia
0:17:43 – Looking back at Aaliyah's songs on the "Romeo Must Die" soundtrack
0:25:00 – There should be a union for Rap and R&B artists funded by major labels
0:27:46 – New music picks of the week: Sevyn Streeter, JoJo Hailey and The Isley Brothers
0:33:59 – Jacquees covering Jon B, Donell Jones and Joe
0:40:11 – Is Usher's album finally done?
0:49:05 – Chicken intermission: Top 5 best chocolate bars?
0:53:48 – What R&B artists are still passionate about music making?
0:59:40 – Edd's love letters
1:04:35 – Whatever happened to Deemi?
April 5, 2021
We're back with a brand new episode of the podcast. We talk about H.E.R.'s dominance in R&B right now as she just won a few more GRAMMY's. We also talk about some new music from Ruff Endz, Pleasure P and Brian McKnight. We also talk about the state of the industry today and how it compares to the mid 2000's. Lastly we list out the top 10 saddest R&B songs of all time which includes Boyz II Men's "Doing Just Fine". Check us out and also follow us @SoulBackPodcast on Instagram and Twitter.
0:03:15 – Tom's R&B Trivia
0:17:19 – H.E.R. and her dominance in today's industry
0:30:53 – Kyle's chicken intermission: Favorite spreads on bread
0:38:40 – Artists in the 2000s all using the same producers
0:50:15 – New music picks of the week: Ruff Endz, Pleasure P and Brian McKnight
0:53:23 – The top 10 saddest R&B songs of all time
1:01:05 – Edd's love letters
March 29, 2021
We're back with a brand new episode of the podcast. We talk about the upcoming SWV/Xscape Verzuz Battle. We also talk about some new music from Tank, Gallant and Kindred the Family Soul. We celebrate Mariah Carey's birthday by talking about our favorite remixes by her. We also discuss Chris Brown's dominance at radio and discuss why it's an issue that he has no competition right now when it comes to young Male R&B acts. Check us out and also follow us @SoulBackPodcast on Instagram and Twitter.
0:02:00 – Conversation about hot sauce
0:03:00 – Tom's R&B Trivia
0:13:41 – Chris Brown's dominance at radio and how it's happening
0:27:17 – New music picks of the week: Tank, Gallant, Kindred the Family Soul
0:29:40 – Our thoughts on the SWV/Xscape Verzuz Battle
0:43:03 – Kyle's chicken intermission: McDonald's Meatball Burger
0:46:30 – Our favorite Mariah Carey remixes
0:56:20 – Edd's love letters
0:58:40 – Whatever happened to Gina Thompson?
0:00:00 – Plug whatever we have for the site
March 22, 2021
We're back with a brand new episode of the podcast. We talk about Ledisi's win at the GRAMMY's. We also talk about some new music from Joyce Wrice, Kelly Price and Silk Sonic. We talk about the impact of Bruno Mars and his R&B sound. We also discuss big news about a potential Dru Hill reunion tour with all the members as well as Keyshia Cole's final album. Check us out and also follow us @SoulBackPodcast on Instagram and Twitter.
0:02:32 – Ledisi's big win at the GRAMMY's
0:03:50 – Tom's R&B Trivia
0:14:02 – Can Silk Sonic save mainstream R&B?
0:24:33 – New music picks of the week: Silk Sonic, Kelly Price and Joyce Wrice
0:32:26 – A Dru Hill reunion tour is in the works
0:40:28 – Kyle's chicken intermission: The KFC Popcorn Chicken Pizza from Pizza Hut
0:44:02 – Keyshia Cole is retiring after this next album
0:51:50 – Edd's love letters
0:56:31 – Whatever happened to Aaron Hall?
0:00:00 – Plug whatever we have for the site
March 1, 2021
On this week's episode, we highlight the career of Rodney Jerkins aka Darkchild and his contributions to R&B. We talk about some of Rodney's most memorable productions, his work with Brandy, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston as well as his impact on the industry. We go through his discography in chronological order and discuss some of our favorite records that he's done. We're trying to celebrate all the great creatives that have made great R&B over the years, so check out our Darkchild episode!
0:00:00 – Chicken wings talk
0:01:17 – Rodney Jerkins' underrated legacy
0:05:00 – Revisiting Joe's "Don't Wanna Be A Player" and Mary J. Blige's "Share My World"
0:11:13 – Brandy's "Never Say Never" album
0:16:06 – Rodney Jerkins work with Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child and Coko
0:26:55 – Darkchild's work in the 2000's for Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson and Brandy
0:37:34 – Rodney Jerkins in the mid 2000's for Ray J, Tamia and Keyshia Cole
0:52:10 – Top 3 R&B records from Darkchild