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
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?
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
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
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
April 1, 2019
This week's podcast is a special one because we have Jon B. in the house! Not only is Jon responsible for classic hits such as "They Don't Know", he's coming out with a new pair of shoes that we're very excited about. We talk to Jon B. about his new single with Donell Jones and he also gives us a preview of the new album that he's working on. We also find out what happened to the "Hurricane" single as well as dig into his history a little bit. As far as our conversation, well we confirm that Avant is doing just fine so tell your friends!
0:00:15 - We have confirmed that Avant is alive and well
0:01:35 - Proper etiquette if you bump into your favorite artist at Disneyland
0:05:30 - Jagged Edge trivia
0:08:40 - New music from Jacquees, Maxwell, Marvin Gaye and Lion Babe
0:13:10 - Jaheim's epic Instagram rant
0:15:10 - Playa Please Awards: Recall on chicken strips because they contain metal, Daniel Caesar's ability to piss off the internet
0:18:20 - Jon B. joins #SoulBackPodcast
0:19:00 - New single "Understanding" with Donell Jones
0:23:30 - We talk about his upcoming album
0:28:41 - Why do a lot of people think Jon B.'s last album is "Pleasures U Like"?
0:33:15 - What happened to the "Hurricane" single and the "Mr. Goodnight" album?
0:38:25 - Fans in the US vs overseas
0:48:50 - R&B community fully accepting Jon B.
1:00:45 - We ask Jon B. for a pair of his new shoes
1:08:20 - Ranking Musiq Soulchild's discography
March 25, 2019
On this week's episode, we bring in Pam from the R&B group Total. The trio was signed to Puff Daddy's Bad Boy label back in the 90's and dominated the charts with their fusion of banging beats and sweet vocals. Pam talks about her solo music that she has coming up including the single "Why", memories with her group and also talks about the Puff's work ethic. She also drops some historical facts with us about Total's third album which was set to come out before they broke up. The #SoulBackPodcast also touches on new music from the likes of The Bonfyre and Rahsaan Patterson. We also touch on Raz B randomly quitting the Millennium tour for a quick minute, Jaheim's unconfirmed new job as well as Lloyd's unsung episode.
0:00:37 - Millennium drama with B2K has started
0:03:34 - More R&B trivia about Musiq Soulchild and Keith Sweat
0:07:34 - Recent success from The Bonfyre
0:14:35 - Marah Carey's "A No No" remix is not with Lil Kim or Cardi B?!
0:16:10 - New music from Rahsaan Patterson, Angie Stone
0:22:31 - Pam joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:22:59 - New solo music from Pam
0:26:14 - Total's history and their sound
0:31:11 - The lack of artist development
0:35:45 - Is a third Total album happening?
0:46:15 - Puff Daddy's genius with the Bad boy label
0:48:45 - Meelah from 702 was going to be part of the group for the third album
0:55:22: Playa Please Awards: Brandy's lip syncing concert, Irv Gotti on Lloyd's Unsung episode and people job shaming Jaheim
March 17, 2019
The #SoulBackPodcast is becoming a big deal so it's only fitting that we have the tallest man in R&B on this week's episode. We bring in Montell Jordan to the episode to breakdown his history in the music. Along with having one of the most recognized party anthems of all time ("This Is How We Do It"), the 6'8 hitmaker also wrote two of the most popular songs of the 90's ("Incomplete" by Sisqo and "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" by Deborah Cox. We also talk to him about the unreleased Queen project with Deborah, Tamia and Kelly Price. We discuss his move to the Gospel world and a possible return to R&B soon. We also touch on new music from the likes of Robin Thicke, Avant and Jagged Edge.
0:01:53: Is Solange's new album "When I Get Home" actually good?
0:04:00: Our thoughts on Jagged Edge's new autotuned single "Closest Thing to Perfect"
0:07:38: Avant returns with new single "Not Gone Lose"
0:09:10: Robin Thicke is back with "That's What Love Can Do"
0:11:33: New music from JoJo Hailey, Tao Soprano, Lion Babe, Lipstick Gypsy
0:16:20: Montell Jordan joins the podcast
0:17:00: Almost losing his life on tour with freak accident
0:19:00: Thoughts on inaccurately being labeled as a "one hit wonder"
0:23:25: The hidden gem "Coulda Woulda Shoulda" with Case
0:24:30: The backstory behind "Incomplete" by Sisqo and "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here"
0:27:37: The transition into the Church and gospel music
0:32:07: What happened to the Queen project with Deborah Cox, Tamia and Kelly Price?
0:40:47: Looking back at the Def Soul era
0:43:20: Is Montell Jordan making an R&B comeback?
0:44:53: The right way of adding Hip Hop influences into R&B songs
0:52:46: R&B Trivia featuring Keith Sweat songs
0:57:53: Playa Please Award: R. Kelly goes to McDonalds after getting out of jail
March 12, 2019
We have a special treat for you this week as we have Tim Kelley who is better known for his work as one half of the legendary R&B production duo Tim & Bob. Aside from his massive catalog which contains hits for everyone from Boyz II Men, Tamia and Bobby V, he's also been trying to keep R&B alive with his new role as Head of A&R at The SRG-ILS Group. Over the last couple of years, he's executive produced projects for the likes of Brian McKnight, Bobby V and Shawn Stockman. We talk R&B with him and you know we had to get into that new Solange "When I Get Home" album.
0:01:05: R&B quiz for Tom about Musiq Soulchild albums
0:06:00: Our thoughts on Solange's new album
0:11:40: Sammie's new album "Everlasting"
0:14:30: New music from Ne-Yo, PJ Morton and more
0:22:20: Tim Kelley joins the SoulBack R&B Podcast
0:24:12: His role at SRG
0:29:02: What's a female R&B artist that Tim should sign to the label?
0:33:01: The pressure of making R&B in 2019
0:40:00: History of "They Don't Know" by Jon B and "Missing You" by Case
0:47:50: Upcoming projects from Brian McKnight and Shawn Stockman
0:50:00: Younger artists invading the Urban AC charts is a good thing?
1:05:47: SoulBack Track Of The Day: "I Want You To Know" by Donell Jones
March 2, 2019
0:02:40 - India Arie's new album "Worthy"
0:04:25 - New music from Kehlani, Ciara, Brian McKnight plus more
0:14:10 - Jagged Edge has a new single coming and we're praying it's not like the last album
0:16:10 - Donell Jones joins us on the SoulBackPodcast
0:16:57 - Donell vs Darnell
0:17:45 - His songwriting and the impact of his sound
0:21:33 - The new Donell Jones/Jon B duet
0:25:30 - Backstory on "I Want You To Know", "Shorty (Got Her Eyes On Me)" and "Spend The Night"
0:32:00 - Working with Jacquees and King of R&B conversation
0:36:50 - Donell Jones talks about his upcoming album
0:50:00 - Playa Please Award: Ella Mai/Aretha Franklin R&B quiz and Jussie Smollet controversy
We finally got Donell Jones on the SoulBack podcast! We've seen so many requests from the readers to bring in the smooth R&B singer as a special guest, so we had to make it happen. We talk to him about his new music, his upcoming collaboration with Jon B as well as his involvement in Jacquees' career. He also clears the air about his actual name and if it actually is Darnell Jones. We also touch on new music from India Arie, Ciara plus much more. We also talk about Ella Mai's struggles to name three Aretha Franklin songs as well as the Jussie Smollet controversy.