For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I decided to visit the Buckeye State and pay homage to The Rude Boys. The Cleveland-based quartet consisted of Larry Marcus, Melvin Sephus, Edward Lee “Buddy” Banks, and Joe Little III. Initially breaking onto the scene in 1990 with the hits “Written All Over Your Face” and “Are You Lonely For Me” from their debut, they wasted no time returning to the studio.
Single Review: Kevin Ross, Show & Prove
R&B talent Kevin Ross continues to bless fans with exemplary music as he prepares to release his upcoming project Midnight Microdose. Last month he dropped the lead single “Look My Way.” That soulful, melodic track blended R&B and hip-hop elements and showcased Ross’s extraordinary vocal range and songwriting ability. However, Ross takes it to the bedroom with “Show & Prove” for the follow-up.
The song “Show & Prove” is about Kevin Ross promising to show someone he is worth investing in physically rather than talking about it. He promises to be patient and have a rare connection with the other person that will strengthen over time. He encourages the other person to make the first move. He suggests that if they take a chance on him, he will prove his worth through actions. Ultimately, he urges the other person to not believe what others say but instead to trust him, as he will show and prove his worth.
If the first two singles indicate where Ross is taking his next album, I can’t wait to hear the entire project.
Final Grade: B+
“Show & Prove” is available on all streaming platforms.
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Valentine’s Day 2024 may have come and gone, but I still plan to use highlight songs with the V-word for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. The artist I chose is a southern gentleman by the name of Lloyd. Initially breaking onto the scene as a member of the preteen-boy band N-Toon, Lloyd’s solo career kicked off in 2004 with the hit “Southside.”
As we continue to celebrate the month of love, I chose “Valentine by Ryan Leslie as the second song with the word valentine for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. Leslie broke into the music industry in 2003, writing hits for Beyoncé and New Edition. Leslie released the singles “The Way That U Move Girl” and “Used 2 Be” featuring Fabolous. However, his debut album was never officially released due to creative differences with his record label. In late 2007, Leslie finally broke through with the bop “Diamond Girl,” and his self-titled album would finally hit record stores on February 10, 2009. Leslie also succeeded with the follow-up singles “Addiction” and “How It Was Supposed to Be.” Surprisingly, though, Leslie didn’t drop “Valentine” as the fourth single, which would have timed perfectly with the album release date.