My best friend in my head, Marsha Ambrosius, recently visited ‘The Breakfast Club’ to discuss her new music, experiencing sex after birth, and motherhood. Marsha also shared her TRUE experience with former group mate, Natalie, which caused the break up of Floetry. My girl held nothing back and gave TBC an EXCLUSIVE, for sure!

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CeeLo Green’s Alter Ego, Gnarly Davidson, wants you to know he has a crush on “Jay-Z’s Girl”.

We all know that Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z’s girl is his wife, mega superstar, Beyoncé, which makes for a comical song and visual that pokes fun at Beyoncé’s adoring fans. “Jay-Z’s Girl” is a spin from Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”. The John Colombo-directed video stars CeeLo’s stand-in, “Little Fun” as Beyoncé’s admirer.

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For the past ten years, I have noticed a decline in groups. When I say groups, I mean those 4, 5, and 6 member groups that effortlessly snatched our souls single after single. Those groups that give us a recollection of memories today, bringing us back to the days when music had substance and the radio was LIFE! I miss those days when our R&B groups used to sang their ASSES AWFFF, while either doing a choreographic routine or gyrating their hips on somebody’s stage!

TODAY….it’s like R&B groups have become a thing of the past. While I can appreciate the solo artists out there doing their thing (namely Ne-yo, Monica, and Jill Scott…just to name a few), I’m convinced that nothing gets your five senses jumpin’ like a good solid soulful R&B group!

 

 

 

 

 

  Groups were heavy duty in the nineties! From The Whispers to BoyzIIMen, my generation was definitely blessed to grow up as young adults during a time where music was created to transform you; lift you up, make you smile like your first love, and make you feel good like Saturday mornings. That’s what groups did for us!

Our girl groups sang lyrics that girls in love could only dream about saying and our boy groups were our perfect boyfriends in our heads. Groups gave us options to choose “our favorite”. Groups gave us an inside look at how a song can be created so beautifully with unified voices. Groups made us confident with singing their songs out loud with our friends without caring if we sounded terrible.

The vocal groups that dominated the nineties has left a tremendous impression on us. So much so, that we see how the vocal group phenomenon have all died down by the domination of pop and hip hop. Groups are indeed a thing of the past and I’m sad about all of it!

Today, the music that stay on rotation at our local radio stations  is music birthed by computers, as opposed to five part harmony. The demise of vocal groups took place when the popularity of R&B music left. It hurts my heart to see that the music industry struggles to keep it alive. There’s a much need for groups today, considering the fact that the industry is saturated with solo artists who prefers to either work by themselves or throw in a “featured artist” on a couple of singles.

It’s like groups have faded away into a distant memory. We miss the harmony, the matching outfits, the charisma, the package of talent displaying the individuality of each member collectively, and the overall feeling they gave us when singing our favorite tracks.

There’s a saying when you begin to miss an old lover.

I want that old thang back

R&B music and the groups that sang them made me feel all giddy.

I remember the days when I couldn’t WAIT to rip open that new CD I had purchased, just to hear that 3,4,5 part harmony blasting from my stereo’s speakers. I can’t even remember the last time I experienced that.

Where have R&B groups gone?

Will they ever come back?

 

Every New Edition fan and music lover alike are coming off their high after the super successful 3 part B.E.T mini-series, ‘The New Edition Story’.

According to Sisqo of Dru Hill, the Baltimore-based crooners could be the next super group to bring forth a B.E.T biopic.

Sisqo posted an image of him and his fellahs on stage with a caption that has fans developing anticipation.

After realizing the spelling error, he quickly corrects it, leaving the speculation fueling with the caption, “we got next”.

 

 

I guess Ginuwine is feeling somewhat “inspired”. According to his recent post about a potential biopic, he would be the “Bobby Brown” of the story.

I’d prefer to see a BoyzIIMen biopic! That would be dope! Especially since they had a cameo in the NE story. Big ups to Mike Biv for puttin’ MY favorite group out there for the world.

I wouldn’t mind a Dru Hill biopic, as well. After all, they are reppin’ my hometown of Baltimore. I’m proud of those guys, for sure!

Which group/solo artist you like to see a B.E.T biopic on?

Singer/actress, Letoya Luckett, is back on the music scene with brand new music and a brand new look to match!

The former member of Destiny Child, who rocked a shoulder-length wrap with a bang for many years, is now rocking a cute pixie cut and showing it off in her newest visual.

“Bak 2 Life” is the latest single from the forthcoming album,  ‘Until Then’. The Michael Vaughn Hernandez-directed visual to Luckett’s hot new single is an 8-minute movie that tells the story of a couple at odds. In one scene, Letoya’s character meets Cynthia, her man’s “best friend”, for the first time. The meeting turns into an uneasy moment for Letoya, as she watches the two inappropriately embrace. The plot thickens when Letoya suspects that her man is a little too friendly with his female best friend. The video ends with a heated argument between LeToya and her man, resulting in her leaving the relationship.

The scene with the girlfriend meeting the best friend has circulated throughout the internet, having fans asking themselves what they would do if they were in that situation.  The treatment conceptualized behind this thought-provoking visual provides a cautionary tale for those who are dealing with someone who has a best friend of the opposite sex.

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What would YOU do if you were Letoya’s character?

I remember how us black folks used to say “(s)he sound black!” when we were introduced to a Caucasian singer with a soulful voice. We never realized how absolutely ignorant that was to say but in some of our defense, it was only natural for us to react in such a way because we were pleasantly surprised that a non-black person could belt notes so soulful and with so much feeling.
According to Wikipedia, Rhythm & Blues (R&B) is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African-Americans, at a time when “urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat” was becoming more popular.

 

 

 

Today, R&B’s popularity has reached its’ highest peak with the help by some of today’s biggest entertainers, and guess what….NONE of them are black. I think it’s safe to say that R&B is no longer a “black thing”. In fact, our talented white entertainers are proving that soul has no color.

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I  want to dedicate this post to the late great Teena Marie. I was a kid when I discovered that she was white when my mother brought home her classic album Robbery. I was truly amazed because her music exudes a passionate soul that I thought only a black woman could vocalize. Her singing skills were impeccable, to say the least. I loved how her African-American fans embraced her & “adopted” her as their blue-eyed sister of soul. Since my discovery of Teena, I hold on to that memory when I’m introduced to a Caucasian R&B singer. At this day in age, when urban culture is becoming widely popular & accepted, the development of R&B singers goes far & beyond the kid from the projects now. The love of urban culture & the birth of R&B singers are also developed in predominantly white neighborhoods.

 

 

How do you feel about white artists labeled as R&B singers?