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: Lucky Daye, Careful
Former American Idol contestant Lucky Daye may have been eliminated after reaching the Top 20 in Season 4. However, he’s steadily built a name for himself in R&B music. He has released two albums and three EPs and received accolades from Billboard, Complex, and other music publications, making him a notable presence in the music industry.
His music has charted on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and he collaborated with several notable artists.
For his latest release, Lucky provided the lead single to The Original Motion Picture “Magic Mike’s Last Dance.” In the song, Lucky Daye tells us to be careful what we wish for.
This song warns the listener not to allow themselves to get “carried away” and that they may do something they regret later. The chorus emphasizes this caution by warning the person to be careful what they wish for because they may not like the outcome. The singer also makes it clear that they have the power to take the person they’re singing to on a journey that they won’t forget. Ultimately, the song is a warning to take caution and think before acting.
Having seen the film, I can see how it ties into its storyline. Hopefully, Mr. Daye is cooking up a tour for 2023, as I envision this song coming over great in concert with his female fans.
Final Grade: B+
“Careful” 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.