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Slow Jam Saturday: Keyshia Cole, I Should Have Cheated

The Princess of Hip Hop Soul, Mrs. Keyshia Cole, is currently headlining the “The Love Hard Tour” with fellow R&B acts Trey Songz, Jahiem, and K. Michelle. So, in that regard, I felt it was only fitting to go back to 2005 and revisit the third single, “I Should Have Cheated,” from her debut album, “The Way It Is,” for this week’s Slow Jam Saturday.

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Second Listen Sunday: The Weekend, Kiss Land

For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I embarked on a musical journey to the Land of Maple Syrup, a nickname for Canada due to its significant maple syrup production. I revisited a pivotal moment in The Weeknd’s career with his major label debut, ‘Kiss Land.’ This album marked a significant transition for The Weeknd, following the success of his 2011 mixtapes’ House of Balloons,’ ‘Thursday,’ and ‘Echoes of Silence,’ and the subsequent compilation album ‘Trilogy.’ ‘Kiss Land’ was his first studio album, a testament to his growth and evolution as an artist, and it was released on September 10, 2013.

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Slow Jam Saturday : Kevon Edmonds, Never Let You Down

Frankie Beverly, a renowned music legend, is embarking on his “I Wanna Thank You” Tour, marking the end of his illustrious career. In this week’s Slow Jam Saturday, I would like to showcase a cover version of the beloved ballad “Never Let You Down” by Frankie Beverly & Maze.

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Second Listen Sunday: Carl Thomas, Conquer

This week’s featured album for Second Listen Sunday is Carl Thomas’s “Conquer.” Thomas, known for his work as a hook singer at Bad Boy Records, is set to join R&B icons Tank and Keri Hilson on ‘The R&B Money Tour. Considering this upcoming event, it’s fitting to delve into the often overlooked ‘Conquer. After a hiatus following his third album, ‘So Much Better’ in 2007, Carl Thomas returned to the scene with ‘Conquer’ in 2011.

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Slow Jam Saturday: Keri Hilson, Slow Dance

Keri Hilson, a talented and alluring artist, has been focusing on her acting career. However, she is preparing to embark on ‘The R&B Money Tour’ alongside other R&B acts such as Tank and Carl Thomas. For this week’s Slow Jam Saturday, I would like to highlight one of my favorite slow songs by Keri, “Slow Dance.”

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Second Listen Sunday: Lionel Richie, Dancing on the Ceiling

In light of this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I would like to take a retrospective journey to 1986 when the Boston Celtics were reigning NBA champions, and Lionel Richie had recently been awarded an Oscar for his ballad “Say You, Say Me” from the film “White Nights.” The public eagerly anticipated a new album, and on August 5th, Richie released his third solo project, “Dancing on the Ceiling,” made available in record stores.

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Slow Jam Saturday: A Few Good Men, “Have I Never”

R&B groups were all the rage in the nineties. A new group released a new album or single with quality music every week. For this week’s Slow Jam Saturday, I wanted to highlight A Few Good Men’s “Have I Never” ballad. The group was signed to LaFace Records and initially hit the scene in 1994 with their debut, “A Thang for You.

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Second Listen Sunday : Marvin Gaye, I Want You

The year was 1976, and Marvin Gaye was on top of the world. Three years earlier, he solidified his place as an R&B lover man with his groundbreaking album “Let’s Get It On .”For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I wanted to revisit Marvin’s follow-up, “I Want You.” The album “I Want You” marked a notable shift in Marvin Gaye’s musical direction, inspired by his relationship with Jan Hunter. Gaye’s music moved from his traditional Motown and doo-wop-influenced sound towards a more funky and light-disco soul. Despite this change, the album continued to explore the sexual themes in Gaye’s previous work, expanding on them further.

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Slow Jam Saturday: The Whispers, “I’m Gonna Make You My Wife”

Yesterday was the sixteenth anniversary of my marital union. In honor of this occasion, I have selected a song for this week’s Slow Jam Saturday that celebrates the sanctity of marriage. While I considered several options, such as Robin Thicke’s “Angels,” Luther Vandross’ “So Amazing,” or Myron’s “Give My All to You,” all of which played a significant role in my wedding, I ultimately decided on The Whispers’ “I’m Gonna Make You My Wife” due to its particular resonance with me.

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Second Listen Sunday: B5, Don’t Talk Just Listen

For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I took a trip back to 2007 and revisited “Don’t Talk Just Listen” from the group B5. Hailing from the Peach State, B5 comprised the Breeding Brothers, Bryan, Carnell, Dustin, Kelly, and Patrick. Initially finding success two years earlier with their cover of The Jackson 5’s “All I Do,” their debut did just enough with their preteen fans to warrant a second album.

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