The SoulBack R&B Podcast
The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 53 (featuring Adrian Marcel)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 53 (featuring Adrian Marcel)

June 11, 2019

Edd is back on the podcast so we get into our usual chats about chicken, slurpees and of course R&B. We talk about the new Chris Brown and Drake single as well as the future of female R&B with artists like Queen Naija, H.E.R. and Ella Mai. We also bring in R&B artist Adrian Marcel as our special guest for this week's episode. The Oakland singer is one of our favorite R&B acts from this current decade and he just dropped his new album "98th". We talk to him about the new project as well as his experience working with a major label. He also talks about his role on the new Bobby DeBarge movie that's coming out. Check out the latest podcast!

0:01:45 - How do you eat your chicken wings?
0:04:40 - Our thoughts on Chris Brown and Drake's new single "No Guidance"
0:11:15 - The future of Queen Naija, Ella Mai and H.E.R. and their potential
0:21:15 - Adrian Marcel joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:22:00 - He talks about his new album "98th"
0:29:33 - His ability to combine traditional R&B with trendy sounds
0:36:15 - Label politics with the songs "Back To Sleep" by Chris Brown and "Spending The Night Alone" by Adrian Marcel
0:42:15 - Lessons learned in the industry
0:48:00 - His acting role in the new Bobby DeBarge movie
0:51:00 - Playa Please Awards: Quavo wants to do an R&B album, DJ Khaled's temper tantrum, Beyonce/Beyhive/Stephane Mills

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 52 (featuring Kyle and Wingo of Jagged Edge)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 52 (featuring Kyle and Wingo of Jagged Edge)

June 3, 2019

We are back with another episode of the podcast and we have one of our favorite groups of all time with us. Kyle and Wingo of Jagged Edge join us to talk about their upcoming album "A Jagged Love Story". We also highlight the group's ability to make R&B cool for men to listen to. We also discuss their ability to understand their roles as a group and the keys to them staying together for this long, especially with every group breaking up these days. We also talk about Blaque's new album "Torch" and give our thoughts on it. We also discuss new music from Tank, Shay Lia and B5. Check out the new episode!

0:00:37 - Empire, Star and Power will be canceled soon
0:02:02 - Our thoughts on Blaque's "Torch" album
0:04:50 - Should unreleased music stay in the vault or should artist release it for the fans?
0:09:16 - Our love for Shay Lia's new EP
0:10:44 - Tank adds Chris Brown to his new single "Dirty" as well a Keith Sweat sample
0:13:45 - Tyrese's rant about streaming vs album sales
0:18:00 - Kyle and Wingo join us on the #SoulBackPodcast
0:19:01 - Jagged Edge's epic run from 1999-2004
0:21:20 - Getting men to listen to R&B
0:22:31 - Details on Jagged Edge's upcoming double album
0:25:13 - Showing vulnerability in the music
0:29:02 - Jagged Edge's ability to stay together as a group
0:36:25 - What would the group be like if they had stayed with Michael Bivins instead of signing with So So Def?
0:38:40 - The first time they realized making music was going to be a real career
0:42:45 - Playa Please Award: B5's new EP name is called "New Jacksons"???
0:44:06 - SoulBack Track Of The Day: Blaque & NSYNC - Bring It All To Me

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 51 (featuring Brandi D of Blaque)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 51 (featuring Brandi D of Blaque)

May 27, 2019

For the first time ever, only one member of the #SoulBackPodcast is available to speak to the special guest, but it's all good because we brought in Brandi from the group Blaque. Her group came into the scene back in the late 90's with records such as "808" and they are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. We talk to Brandi about Blaque's debut album as well as their unreleased album "Torch" which is set to come out later this week. We also talk to her about her sisterhood with Shamari as well as Natina. We also talk about discuss the state of Ciara's career as well as new music from Kelly Rowland and Lucky Daye.

0:00:49 - KFC's new Chachos dish
0:01:42 - RIP Melvin Edmonds of After 7
0:03:50 - Is Lucky Daye's new project the album of the year?
0:05:25 - Kelly Rowland's surprise EP
0:07:12 - Ciara's mainstream career is over
0:11:48 - Putting money into your career as an independent artist
0:18:43 - The legacy of Sunshine Anderson's "Heard It All Before"
0:22:00 - Playa Please Award: Artist asks for a fee to join the #SoulBackPodcast, Domino's Pizza
0:29:55 - Brandi joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:30:35 - Looking back at Blaque's debut album
0:31:31 - The group's connection with NSYNC*
0:35:40 - Blaque's chemistry in the studio
0:40:10 - The release of "Torch" album 20 years later and her mixed opinions on the project
0:45:25 - The first time she realized the music business is not just about singing
0:46:45 - Grinding in the studio back in the day versus now
0:50:00 - The loyalty of Blaque fans

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 50 (featuring Black & Smoke of Playa and Dru Hill)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 50 (featuring Black & Smoke of Playa and Dru Hill)

May 20, 2019

We celebrate episode #50 of our SoulBack R&B Podcast by bringing in our family Digital Black and Smoke E. Digglera of the group Playa. The duo along with the late Static Major were responsible for creating classics for the likes of Ginuwine, Aaliyah and many more. Most recently they joined fellow R&B group Dru Hill and we are anxiously waiting for their new album which is set to come out later this year. We talk to Smoke and Black about their decision to join Dru Hill, protecting Playa's legacy during the whole transition and we also talk extensively about Playa's debut album "Cheers 2 U". Dru Hill's manager Kevin also joins us on the podcast to clear the air about the lineup changes with the group and what the future holds for the group. This is an epic episode that you don't want to miss!

0:02:10 - Black and Smoke join the #SoulBackPodcast
0:03:20 - #FatBoyShyt conversation
0:04:20 - Joining Dru Hill as new members and the brotherhood
0:09:08 - Combining two group sounds together
0:19:10 - Pushing Playa and Dru Hill's legacy ahead
0:24:00 - Dru Hill's manager Kevin clears the air on lineup change
0:32:00 - Reflecting back on favorite songs of Playa's "Cheers 2 U" album
0:39:48 - Playa's work on Nicole Wray's "Make It Hot" album
0:43:30 - The excitement of going back on the road and doing shows
0:55:13: SoulBack Track Of The Day: Aaliyah - We Need A Resolution

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 49 (featuring Rahsaan Patterson)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 49 (featuring Rahsaan Patterson)

May 12, 2019

We love real singers so we had to bring in Rahsaan Patterson who is undoubtedly one of the greatest to come out over the last 20 years. We talk to him about his new single "Sent From Heaven" as well as his upcoming project. We also discuss the importance of strong songwriting which has allowed Rahsaan to have a sustainable career. One of the records that he wrote was Brandy's "Baby" which is now considered an R&B classic to many. We also talk about Fantasia's new record "Enough" and her legacy as an artist. We also get into debate about the legendary status for D'Angelo and Chris Brown as we debate classic albums and songs. Edd also yells at anyone who spoiled the Marvel's End Game movie on social media.

0:00:40 - Japan loves R&B
0:02:46 - Fantasia's legacy when it's all said and done
0:09:00 - Does Chris Brown have any classic R&B songs?
0:14:31 - The D'Angelo debate
0:18:54 - Rahsaan Patterson joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:20:00 - Creating the new single "Sent From Heaven"
0:23:20 - The art of songwriting and releasing music in a timely matter
0:35:02 - Writing "Baby" for Brandy and the impact it had for Rahsaan Patterson's career
0:40:08 - The key to being a strong live performer
0:45:48 - Playa Please Awards: Chris Brown vs Chvrches, Taylor Swift copies Beyonce, people who spoiled the Marvel Avengers movie

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 48 (featuring Tao Soprano From Dru Hill)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 48 (featuring Tao Soprano From Dru Hill)

May 6, 2019

On this week's episode of the SoulBack R&B podcast, we bring in Tao Soprano formerly of the R&B group Dru Hill. Although he may not be an original member of the group, he spent over ten years with the group and definitely made an impact with his vocals. We talk to him about his new solo endeavor, the transition from being in a group to solo as well find out his origins with Dru Hill. We also get some perspective from him on what it's like to join a group as a non-original member. Lots of wisdom is spilled on this podcast! We also discuss upcoming albums from the likes of Lyfe Jennings, Elle Varner and Chris Brown.

0:00:55 - Burger King has releases "real meals"
0:03:55 - Lyfe Jennings is set to release his album?
0:06:40 - Mary J. Blige and Nas have a new song and they're going on tour soon
0:07:50 - The feature on Chris Brown's new album as well as his legacy
0:16:03 - Is Elle Varner's new project an EP, album or mixtape?
0:18:30 - Forcing ourselves to like bad CDs
0:20:27 - Tao joins us on the #SoulBackPodcast
0:21:45 - The departure from Dru Hill
0:24:00 - Challenges of being the new member in a group with a legacy already
0:29:10 - The key to being accepted by the fans
0:34:00 - New single "What Ever Happened to Love" and the solo journey
0:41:05 - The origins of Tao joining Dru Hill initially
0:46:53: SoulBack Track Of The Day: Bobby Valentino "Tell Me"
0:50:10: Playa Please Awards: Sonic movie, XXXTentacion wins Best R&B album, Paula Abdul's hat throw

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 47 (featuring Vivian Green)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 47 (featuring Vivian Green)

April 29, 2019

We are back with another episode! This week we have R&B singer Vivian Green on the podcast. We reflect back on her debut "A Love Story" and find out why she finds it hilarious when people call her a Neo Soul album. We also talk about the changes in her sound especially ever since she linked up with producer Kwamé. We also discuss some of our favorite songs from her discography. We also highlight some of our favorite projects including Joe's "My Name Is Joe" album and discuss the success of the Millennium tour with all the special guests that are coming out in each city. This is an information episode so check it out!

0:03:16 - Looking back at Joe's "My Name Is Joe" album
0:06:21 - What's the best Joe featured song?
0:08:05 - Celebrating Truth Hurt's "Addictive" 17 year anniversary
0:09:12 - Discussing Boyz II Men's hit records
0:15:23 - Vivian Green joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:16:12 - The incorrect "Neo Soul" label given to Vivian Green because of her debut album
0:23:50 - The evolution of Vivian's sound throughout her career
0:27:45 - Making music that shows her real personality with Kwamé
0:31:30 - No major label artist is completely themselves when it comes to making music
0:37:54 - Favorite songs in the Vivian Green discography
0:42:11 - The challenges of getting music out to the public
0:50:30 - The "You fell off" culture
0:53:17 - Thoughts on Lizzo's new album
0:54:15 - The success of the Millennium tour
1:00:22 - Is R&B the new Jazz music?

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 46 (featuring RL From Next)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 46 (featuring RL From Next)

April 22, 2019

We keep the great guests coming as this week we bring in our good friend RL from the group Next. We talk to him about the history of Next as well as his solo career. We also touch on his songwriting including the record that he wrote for Keith Sweat. He also shares some stories from his early Divine Mills days with Kay Gee from Naughty by Nature. Also learn about RL's daily routine which consists of waking up at 4 AM to go to the gym and then going to the studio after! On our end we debate whether Ne-Yo or The-Dream is a better songwriter. We also debate whether Chris Brown is the best entertainer of this generation. </em>

0:02:17 - Still raving about the new Jon B. and Donell Jones single
0:04:31 - Is Chris Brown the best entertainer in this generation?
0:12:27 - Remembering Avant's hit single "Separated"
0:15:05 - Best/Vocalist discussion featuring T-Pain, Pharrell, Ja Rule and The-Dream
0:18:45 - RL joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:20:16 - His daily routine
0:21:24 - Our friendship with RL over the years
0:23:45 - Developing his songwriting ability
0:31:15 - Was there any R&B beef between the 90's male groups?
0:41:15 - The challenges of maintaining as a group and the future of Next
0:49:30 - RL's solo career from his perspective
0:54:00 - Balancing trendy versus old school
1:05:23 - Better songwriter: Ne-Yo vs The-Dream
1:08:20 - Playa Please: The "Monopoly" song by Victoria Monet, radio payola for Ariana Grande

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 45 (featuring Musiq Soulchild)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 45 (featuring Musiq Soulchild)

April 15, 2019

This week we bring in legendary singer Musiq Soulchild to the podcast. Musiq is a longtime favorite of ours so we had to make this one happen. We talk about his recent music releases which includes features on basically every rapper and singers projects. We also get into his mind as a creative and learn about the journey from the start of his career. He also shares some insight on what he's looking for in terms of partnerships in music and gives his observations on what's going on in the industry. We also talk about new music from Chris Brown and Donell Jones. Lastly we try to decide if "Come And Talk To Me" by Jodeci is better than "Can We talk?" by Tevin Campbell. </em>

0:01:51 - Reflecting on Musiq Soulchild's debut album "Aijuswanaseing"
0:04:31 - Do international fans complain about R&B like we do?
0:05:41 - Jon B's new single "Understand" with Donell Jones
0:08:20 - Is Usher's new album the most anticipated project in the last decade?
0:11:00 - Q. Parker from 112's new "Bridge" project
0:12:20 - Chris Brown's new single "Back To Love"
0:15:15 - Did Claudette from City High have superstar potential?
0:17:15 - Better song: "Can We Talk" by Tevin Campbell vs "Come And Talk To Me" by Jodeci
0:21:34 - Musiq Soulchild joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:22:40 - What does Musiq do outside of the studio?
0:24:10 - His record "My Girl" with K-Pop producer Jung Key
0:26:10 - Still recording good music at this point in his career
0:31:10 - Creativity vs money as an artist
0:38:45 - The ups and downs throughout the Musiq Soulchild journey
1:08:45 - Upcoming projects from Musiq Soulchild
1:06:37 - Playa Please Awards: Cadbury Mini Eggs mayonnaise, Ella Mai is throwing shots at Jacquees

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 44 (featuring DJ Kay Gee From Naughty By Nature)

The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 44 (featuring DJ Kay Gee From Naughty By Nature)

April 8, 2019

On this week's SoulBack R&B podcast, we have DJ Kay Gee. Now of course know him from being part of the legendary rap group Naughty by Nature, but did you know he also introduced everyone to artists such as Next, Jaheim and Zhane? We chat with the producer about his Divine Mill imprint as well as his new artist Leah Jenea. He gives shares insight into where his group Koffee Brown is, early Jaheim stories as well as the good and bad that goes on in the music industry. We also find out Jaheims's "Just In Case" was originally a ballad by Koffee Brown!!! As for new music, we talk about Mariah's new "A No No" remix, Usher's "Confessions 2" album that's coming out soon along with Ciara's new album. We also talk about Beyonce's new Adidas shoes!

0:01:25 - Beyonce's new Adidas sneakers
0:03:50 - Pleasure P brings out Keith Sweat at the Millennium tour
0:10:30 - Ciara has already released almost half of her "Beauty Marks" album
0:14:15 - Mariah Carey drops another remix for "A No No" and it's still not Lil Kim, Cardi B and Missy Elliott
0:17:01 - Keri Hilson and Usher are putting out new albums this year
0:21:40 - Which album is the best: Faith Evan's debut, Deborah Cox "One Wish, Tamia's debut, Kelly Price's "Soul Of A Woman"
0:29:53 - Kay Gee joins the #SoulBackPodcast to talk WWE
0:29:53 - What happened to Koffee Brown?
0:38:10 - Will DJ Kay Gee be working with Next and Jaheim again?
0:43:10 - The art of not taking things personally when artists branch out
0:45:20 - Watching Hip Hop and R&B evolve over the years
0:51:20 - New artist Leah Jenea
0:54:00 - Artists ranting on Instagram
1:02:50 - Dealing with artists behind the scenes as a label owner
1:12:35 - Lil Nas X dropped a country song, Stans claim there's no such thing as a worst album
1:20:35 - Nipsey Hussle tribute