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.
Second Listen Sunday : Mya, With Love
R&B songstress Mýa will grace the stage of The Theater at MGM in Oxon Hill, Maryland, tonight along with Faith Evans and SWV as part of the Femme It Forward music series. I have seen SWV live more times than I can remember; however, I have not seen Faith; she was an opening for Usher on his 2002, 8701 Evolution tour. While I am looking forward to seeing Faith again for the first time in two decades, I am most excited to see my hometown girl; Mya, return to the DMV in what will be my first time seeing her in concert.
While I know all of Mya’s signature hits for this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I wanted to give a listen to one of her projects I had not heard since the initial release. On Valentine’s Day 2014, Mýa released her debut EP titled With Love. This four-track EP celebrates the release of her debut single “It’s All About Me” and her 16th anniversary in the entertainment industry.
Mýa opens the project with “Space,” which she co-writes with Latisha Hyman and Cliff Lewis. Set to the production of Yonny and Squat, the track finds Mýa letting her significant other know she does not need space and wants to be with them.
“Like a Woman” finds the singer collaborating with producer Antione Hart for the acoustic-inspired track where she lets her other half the best way to love her. I enjoyed the vibe, and if I were still pursuing film, I would use this track in one of my projects.
Mýa reunites with producer Yonny for the last two tracks, “House Party” and “Do It “. The former has a cookout groove to it that is overly infectious. While the latter is, the closest Mya may ever come to Trap R&B. However, the singer makes the song’s production suits her singing style and never comes off chasing trends. While the song may come off as overtly candid and sexual for some, I found the song tastefully done.
Since going independent with her music in 2008, Mýa releasing numerous projects that received critical acclaim and tons of fanfare. Featuring just four songs, all of which clock in under four minutes, is worth the stream.
Final Grade: B+
With Love 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.