August 21, 2019
We are back with another episode of the #SoulBackPodcast. This week we interview Phillip Bailey of the legendary group Earth, Wind And Fire. We've had some big names come through this podcast, but there's no one bigger than Phillip. His group paved the way for many of our favorites and he joins us to discuss the impact of the group on music. He also talks about his new solo album "Love Will Find A Way" which contains production from Robert Glasper. He also shares wisdom about the evolution of music over the last 30 years and what the key is to stand out from the crowd. On our end we talk about new music from Johnny Gill, Snoh Aalegra, Bridget Kelly and also discuss Keri Hilson's comeback. We also touch on Brian McKnight's recent social media video and celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Mary J. Blige's "Mary" album.
0:01:25 - More on the exclusion of Guy on Edd's "op 50 R&B Artists
0:07:00 - Our thoughts on Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant's new song
0:09:05 - Snoh Aalegra's new album "Ugh, Those Feels Again" might be the best this year
0:12:30 - Keri Hilson's new music is coming in September
0:16:37 - Celebrating Mary J Blige's "Mary" album 20 year anniversary
0:20:35 - Who has the better discography: Kelly Rowland or LeToya Luckett?
0:27:45 - Phillip Bailey joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:28:19 - The new album "Love Will Find A Way"
0:34:02 - Getting day one fans on board with newer music
0:38:45 - The lack of music education in the school system
0:41:00 - The key to longevity for Earth, Wind And Fire and dealing with failure
0:46:40 - Phillip Bailey's definition of a "classic" and "legend"
0:49:15 - His foundation "Music Is Unity"
0:52:10 - Phillip shares a memory of Maurice White
0:55:45 - Playa Please Award: Brian McKnight's video on social media
1:01:00 - SoulBack Track Of The Day: Brian McKnight - Anytime
August 12, 2019
We've had a special guest on pretty much every #SoulBackPodcast episode this year but we had to take a break from that because Edd put together his list for the Top 50 R&B artists over the last 40 years. This caused a huge uproar on the internet, so we decided to dive deep into it and analyze the hits/misses on there. We debate about the inclusion of Bruno Mars and whether he actually fits into this list. We also talk about the Immature reunion tour which will feature Day26, J. Holiday, B5 and Ray J. As for the new music, we talk about new joints from PJ Morton, Mary J. Blige and Teyana Taylor. This episode is wild so you definitely want to listen to the whole thing. Kyle and Tom try to reason with Edd regarding his list, but we'll see what the outcome is.
0:01:00: Immature's reunion tour with Day26, J. Holiday, Ray J and B5
0:09:00: The popularity of Immature compared to B2K
0:11:22: Edd defends his Top 50 R&B Artists List
0:22:40: Bruno Mars being on the list and not Justin Timberlake
0:30:03: Can a general fan even name 3 Janelle Monáe songs? Replace her with Anthony Hamilton, H-Town, Guy and Donnell Jones?
0:38:10 Mariah Carey based on hits should be number one
0:41:23: The exclusion of Ginuwine, Trey Songz and THE BIGGEST SNUB OF ALL TIME....ASHANTI
0:45:40: Fans being mad that R. Kelly was on the list
0:48:38: New music from Teyana Taylor, Mary J. Blige, PJ Morton, Ashanti and Big Baby DRAM
0:53:55: The single cover for "Before You Walk Out Of My Life" by Monica, Burger King employees vs the cops, a female artist who passed on a booking offer because the opening act was a female???
0:58:25: SoulBack Track Of The Day: LL Cool J - Hey Lover (Featuring Boyz II Men)
August 4, 2019
On this week's #SoulBackPodcast episode, we have Raz B from B2k. We interview the star about his time in B2K, moving over to China for almost ten years and reuniting with his group for the Millennium tour. We also talk about Tank's discography and try to figure out if he's underrated or overrated. We also touch on Johnta Austin's much anticipated debut album "Love, Sex & Religion". We also debate whether the trendy sound from Bridget Kelly works for her and we also compare it to Meelah's new single. We also rewind time and discuss 90's music from the likes of Jodeci, Mary. Blige, H-Town and Blackstreet. Check us out!
0:00:28: Ranking Tank's discography
0:09:30: Drake's new album is actually a bunch of old songs?
0:13:30: Our thoughts on Johnta Austin's "Love, Sex & Religion" album
0:17:20: Bridget Kelly's new trendy song
0:20:39: The impact of Jodeci and Mary J. Blige's debut albums
0:28:05: Raz B joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:28:38: Talks about his experience living in China
0:34:30: B2K's reunion and the Millennium tour
0:40:56: The group's impact on R&B
0:46:03: Life after B2K and new project in 2019
0:52:40: SoulBack Track Of The Day: Johnny Kemp - Just Got Paid
0:54:01: Playa Please Awards: Donald Trumps tweets about A$AP Rocky, fans rewriting history about Boyz II Men vs Jodeci
July 29, 2019
We are back with another #SoulBackPodcast episode. This week we interview Salaam Remi. the legendary producer has worked with everyone in the game from Nas, Amy Winehouse and Miguel. He also produced one of our favorite songs last year which is Tamia's "Leave It Smokin'". We pick his brain on his approach to R&B as well as discuss his chemistry with some of his collaborators. We also ask him about what it's like making R&B music in today's era. On our end we talk about new music from Tank, BJ the Chicago Kid and The Bonfyre. We also touch on the new direction that Tank has been going in with his music over the last few years and debate whether Urban AC radio is still needed for an R&B artist. Check out this week of the podcast as it's a good one as usual!
0:01:38: Our exchange on Twitter with Tank and his new single "I Don't Think You're Ready"
0:08:05: Our thoughts on BJ the Chicago Kid's "1123" album
0:11:03: Does going number one on Urban AC even matter these days?
0:15:30: New music from The Bonfyre, PJ Morton and Jessie Woo
0:20:45: Q Parker (formerly of 112) has a new deal with eOne
0:23:26: Salaam Remi joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:26:30: Creating "Leave It Smokin'" with Tamia
0:28:45: Working with Miguel
0:31:45: Emptying his hard drive for the fans
0:35:05: His vision for Jordin Sparks when they started working together
0:38:40: Wanting artists to push him creatively and his early beginnings
0:43:25: Is it realistic to expect 90's R&B to come back?
0:47:05: The story behind "Cherry Wine" with Nas and Amy Winehouse, "Lions, Tigers and Bears" by Jazmine Sullivan,
0:50:15: Songs that never came out due to label politics like 10 Ne-Yo songs
0:56:10: SoulBack Track Of The Day: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
0:58:18: Playa Please Awards: Tom's chicken wings, R. Kelly requesting a computer in jail to finish his album, Michael Jackson and the VMA Vanguard award
July 22, 2019
We are back with another episode of the #SoulBackPodcast. Since Edd missed the last episode that we had with Elle Varner, we had to make it up to him by bringing in one of his favorite groups of all time Kut Klose. We interview the 90's female group that was discovered by the great Keith Sweat. We talk to Athena, Lavonn and Tabitha about their debut album "Surrender" as well as their experience in the industry. We also touch on Athena's debut album that was supposed to come out and find out if they're working on new music. On our end we talk about new projects from Elle Varner and Angie Stone. We also discuss the new Lion King movie with Beyonce. We also discuss Jadakiss' weird pizza that he eats. And of course we get into deep conversation about the terms legend and classics.
0:00:24: Edd explains his absence last week
0:04:55: Our thoughts on Elle Varner's new EP "Ellevation"
0:08:45: Our thought on Angie Stone's new album "Full Circle"
0:11:07: The Lion King movie and the soundtrack from Beyonce
0:18:11: Ciara "Level Up" going platinum and the difference between streaming versus sales
0:23:40: Should an artist's fame determine whether they're a legend?
0:29:40: Does a viral challenge help an artist and single in the long run?
0:35:02: #SoulBack Track Of The Day: Case - Happily Ever After
0:36:13: Kut Klose joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:38:36: Looking back at Kut Klose's debut album "Surrender"
0:45:16: Working with Keith Sweat
0:48:50: The reason why Kut Klose only has one album and Athena Cage's solo album that never came out
0:54:46: The key to having keeping a female R&B group together and new music coming soon
0:59:12: The motivation to put out new music
1:09:25: Playa Please Award: Jadakiss' crust pizza, Lil Uzi Vert mistaken for fan by security, Aubrey O'Day/Barack Obama's sperm
July 16, 2019
We are back on the #SoulBackPodcast despite some serious technical difficulties. Our mics had issues which would explain the sound quality of our podcast but it's all good because we still have some great content. Our boy Dan Bamber joins us as a special guest co-host as Edd is off this week. This somehow coincidentally falls on the same week that we have Elle Varner in the building. In this interview with Elle, we talk to her about her hiatus, her amazing debut album "Perfectly Imperfect" as well as her new album "Ellevation". Elle Varner talks to us about how happy she is currently as an independent artist and the freedom she feels she has when she's recording her music. On our end we talk to Dan about why he thinks T-Pain is great despite our criticisms and we also debate if Ciara is a legend.
0:01:00: More chicken wings discussion
0:05:20: Did T-Pain really kill R&B?
0:08:25: Who will go down as a legend: Ne-Yo or Ciara or both?
0:15:05: Our favorite R&B singers post 2010
0:22:30: The dumb mindset that an artist has to be "hot" before they can put out real music
0:26:00: D'Angelo vs Musiq Soulchild debate
0:30:50: Is "Voodoo" overrated?
0:38:45: Elle Varner joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:40:25: The backstory of the "Ellevation" EP
0:45:45: The hurt that came with her unreleased "Four Letter Word" album
0:47:47: Adapting as an independent artist
0:51:00: Being one of the only R&B artists from the post 2010 era to break through
0:54:00: Seeing the evolution of Gabi Wilson to H.E.R. from Elle Varner's perspective
0:57:03: Measuring success as an indie artist versus when she was on a major
July 8, 2019
On this week we are joined by one of the greatest R&B songwriters of our time Johnta Austin. The man is responsible for hits such as "Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige, "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey and "Sweet Lady" by Tyrese. We talk to the prolific singer/songwriter about his new single "Love Angel" along with his upcoming album "Love, Sex & Religion" which is considered R&B's version of the "Detox" album as it has been on hold for over a decade now. We also talk to Johnta about the state of R&B and also highlight some of the best songwriters in the game including Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly and Babyface. We also talk about Elle Varner's upcoming EP and the disappointing sales from Daniel Caesar. We also try to figure out what is considered a single in 2019 compared to what we're used to from the 90's and 2000's.
0:01:00: Tom's chicken eating ways
0:04:43: The greatness that is Robin Thicke's "That's What Love Can Do" single
0:07:00: R&B film news from Brandy, Chloe X Halle and the DeBarge biopic
0:14:02: Daniel Caesar's new album "Case Study 01" only sold 3000 copies???
0:15:56: Elle Varner is dropping an album soon after her extended EP "Ellevation"
0:20:10: The guest features on Jacquees' new album "Round 2"
0:24:45: What would Janet Jackson's career have been like if she wasn't related to Michael?
0:28:00: What is considered a single in 2019?
0:35:55: Johnta Austin joins us on the #SoulBackPodcast
0:36:40: Talking about the new single "Love Angel" aalong with his upcoming album "Love, Sex & Religion"
0:38:13: Adapting to today's era of R&B with shorter songs and no bridges
0:44:35: Realizing people still crave real R&B songs
0:49:20: Top 5 R&B songwriters of all time
1:15:05: Playa Please Awards: Chris Brown's "nice hair" comment, Taylor Swift's rant on tumblr about her masters
July 1, 2019
We are joined this week on the #SoulBackPodcast by the great Raheem DeVaughn. He just recently released his new album "The Love Reunion" after putting out "Decade of a Love King" less than a year ago. We pick his brain and find out why he's still grinding so hard as an R&B veteran. We also talk about Chris Brown's new "Indigo" album and discuss the future of Breezy's career if he continues to put out albums with so many songs. We also talk about Daniel Caesar's new project and debate whether Brandy should be collaborating with younger artists or if she should just stick to 90's veterans? We also touch on H.E.R.'s new single "Racks" as well as Johnta Austin's new project "Love Sex Religion". Check us out!
0:01:09: Teyana Taylor doesn't eat vegetables??
0:02:43: Our long, in-depth and honest review of Chris Brown's Indigo" album
0:22:45: Thoughts on Daniel Caesar's new album and his duet with Brandy
0:25:50: Should Brandy be collaborating with new artists?
0:32:10: Thoughts on new music from H.E.R., Ella Mai and Johnta Austin
0:35:35: Tony Toni Tone is reuniting
0:39:18: Playa Please Awards: Stevie Wonder can actually see according to Chaka Khan, Bow Wow's fake abs, A hacker trying to sell us a Ne-Yo demo for $20k
0:49:28: Raheem DeVaughn talks releasing two albums in one year
0:53:40: Collaborating with Tim & Bob on this album separately
0:57:31: The importance of physical CDs in 2019
1:05:37: Strategically leaving major label system back in 2010
June 27, 2019
0:00:37 – How do you eat your chicken wings? (part 3)
0:03:38 – Raheem DeVaughn is dropping a second album in less than a year
0:08:05 – The necessity of putting a rapper on an R&B song today
0:14:00 – Sabrina Claudio’s new record with Wale
0:17:15 – Intro is back!
0:23:35 – More R&B king talk with Jacquees and Keith Sweat
0:27:10 – Eric Roberson joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:28:14 – Eric Roberson’s consistent quality with his music
0:30:23 – The art of writing a sad song
0:34:00 – The journey as an independent artist
0:41:30 – Maintaining an artist’s individuality
0:48:15 – Legendary artists that are chasing trends
0:54:06 – How do we tell the new generation that trap music isn’t R&B?
1:08:28 – Playa Please Awards: Miley Cyrus begs for forgiveness from Hip Hop fans, KFC’s new Cheetos sandwich, Nelly’s tweet about Obama
June 18, 2019
The SoulBack trio is back with a new episode of the podcast. There wasn't a lot of new music this week so we looked back at some of our least favorite eras of R&B including 2009-2010. We also debate if Usher's "Yeah!" is a timeless song or if it's just a trendy song for its time. We also compare "This Is How We Do It" to "Yeah!". We also talk about Sisqo's second album and if it's the worst R&B album of all time. We also bring in Spectacular Smith from Pretty Ricky to talk about the successful Millennium tour, Pretty Ricky's history as well as his success with his company Adwizar. The company is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the world right now, so we pick Spectacular's brain a little bit about social media. Lots of knowledge on this episode, so check it out!
0:01:00 - How do you eat your chicken wings? (part 2)
0:08:40 - Our least favorite era of R&B
0:19:00 - Is Sisqo's "Return Of The Dragon" the worst R&B album of all time?
0:25:10 - The very confusing Elle Varner "full length EP" Ellevation
0:28:37 - Playa Please Awards: DJ Khaled's lawsuit against Billboard, Chris Brown's comments on Karrueche's boyfriend, The camera panning to Drake all the time at the NBA Finals
0:40:00 - Spectacular joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:41:24 - The success of The Millennium tour
0:44:30 - Balancing trendy versus core sound with new Pretty Ricky music
0:52:10 - Creating Pretty Ricky's hits with Static Major
0:55:25 - Life after Pretty Ricky with his business Adwizar
1:00:35 - Challenges running your own business and understanding your brand
1:08:37 - Pretty Ricky's plan to reach the people with their new album
1:13:11 - Applying corporate world knowledge to the music industry for Pretty Ricky