Second Listen Sunday: Ginuwine, The Life

Second Listen Sunday : Ginuwine, The Life

R&B singer Ginuwine took a different approach with his music when his third album, The Life, arrived in 2001. One of the first things that immediately surprised fans was that super-producer Timbaland’s production was scarce on the album, as he only produced one track on it.

Slow Jam Saturday: Justin Timberlake, Why, When, How

Slow Jam Saturday: Justin Timberlake, Why, When, How

In the spring of 2002, boy band NSync decided to take a hiatus following their successful Celebrity tour. During this time, the group’s co-lead singer Justin Timberlake began working on his solo album Justified, which went on to sell ten million copies worldwide.

Second Listen Sunday :Marques Houston, Naked

Second Listen Sunday :Marques Houston, Naked

Marques Houston spent the bulk of the nineties as the lead singer of the teenage R&B group, Immature. The group released four albums before changing their name to Imx, as they began to mature.

Slow Jam Saturday : Ruben Studdard, Make Ya Feel Beautiful

Ruben Studdard, Make Ya Feel Beautiful

After dabbling in gospel music on the I Need an Angel album, Season 2 American Idol winner Ruben Studdard returned to R&B for his third album, The Return. “Change Me” was the album’s first single, however the album’s second single, “Make Ya Feel Beautiful,” is the pick for this week’s Slow Jam Saturday.

Second Listen Sunday : Lionel Richie, Lionel Richie

Second Listen Sunday : Lionel Richie, Lionel Richie

The year was 1982, and Lionel Richie had spent fourteen years with The Commodores when he decided to embark on a solo career. Similar to most solo artists, Richie took the route of self-titling his solo debut.

Slow Jam Saturday : Brian McKnight, Good Enough

Slow Jam Saturday : Brian McKnight, Good Enough

Brian McKnight was already a force in R&B music when his seventh album, U-Turn, hit stores in March 2003. The album took inspiration from McKnight’s separation from his wife, evident in the first single, “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda,” where McKnight points out his flaws.

Second Listen Sunday: Al B. Sure! In Effect Mode

Al B. Sure! In Effect Mode- Al B Sure

Die-hard music fans know that one of the most incredible tours of the decade was the New Edition Heartbreak tour. The acts on the bill were New Edition, Bobby Brown and this week’s second listen Sunday pick Al B. Sure!’s debut album In Effect Mode.

Slow Jam Saturday: Guy, Rescue Me

Guy, Rescue Me

After releasing their second album, The Future, Guy took a hiatus in 1990. Group members and brothers Aaron and Damion Hall would release solo albums, while Teddy Riley would become an in-demand producer and form another group, Blackstreet.

Second Listen Sunday: Tank, Sex, Love & Pain

Second Listen Sunday: Tank, Sex, Love & Pain

After what seems like an eternity, Tank’s first three albums have finally arrived on streaming platforms. For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I decided to revisit Tank’s third album, Sex, Love & Pain. Tank already had a substantial fan base following his first two albums, Forces of Nature and One Man.

Second Slow Jam Saturday : Playa, Birthday and Hi-Five, Birthday Girl

Playa, Birthday and Hi-Five, Birthday Girl

For this week’s Slow Jam Saturday, I wanted to pay homage to the love of my life, my wife, Darcie. Today is her 40th birthday, so I am going against the norm and featuring two songs for Slow Jam Saturday. Up first is “Birthday” by Timbaland feat. Playa from the 1998 album, ‘Tim’s Bio: From The Motion Picture – Life From Da Bassment.’

Album Review :Stokley, Sankofa

Album Review :Stokley, Sankofa

Mint Condition frontman Stokely, returns to the scene with his sophomore solo album, Sankofa. Prior to the COVID pandemic, Stokley released the singles “She”, a ballad that recalled the classic Mint Condition sound, and the up-tempo bop, “Vibrant” feat. Snoop Dogg. Thankfully, the pandemic did not slow Stokley down and he released two more promotional singles earlier this year.

Second Listen Sunday : Babyface, The Day

Babyface

Babyface was already a legendary hitmaker when his fourth album, The Day, arrived in stores in the fall of 1996. For the album’s first single, “This Is for the Lover in You,” a cover of the Shalamar classic, Babyface linked up with LL Cool J and the former members of Shalamar: Howard Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniel.