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.
Slow Jam Saturday: Ruff Endz, Someone To Love You
R&B duo Ruff Endz burst onto the scene in the summer of 2000 with back-to-back hits in the form of “No More” and “Where Does Love Go.” from their debut album, Love Crimes. The group followed those singles up with the smash hit “Someone To Love You,” which made an appearance on the soundtrack to Chris Rock’s film Down To Earth.
For whatever reason, the label decided to wait to release the group’s sophomore album, Someone To Love You, until the spring of 2002. Unfortunately, this didn’t bode well for the group and put a blotch on their career. Due to a lack of promotional support and uncertainty in record labels about what kind of music would be popular at a time of transition in the music industry, the album failed to make an impact.
All that said, “Someone To Love You” is this week’s pick for Slow Jam Saturday, “Someone to Love You” by Ruff Endz is about the singer’s desire to be with someone who has been lonely and acting cold. In the song, group member David Chance feels a deep sense of empathy for this person and wants to understand the reasons for their behavior. He suggests their loneliness may be due to the lack of someone who cares for them and is always there.
Furthermore, the lyrics reflect the singer’s belief that the person has been waiting for a long time to find the right partner. He acknowledges that perhaps they have been searching for someone flawless or who fulfills their expectations like fairy tale princes do. He offers himself as a potential partner who can comfort them during difficult times.
However, he suggests that instead of focusing on fantasies, they should focus on the possibilities of finding someone to love them in the real world. Overall, the song is a romantic plea to be given a chance to love and care for someone waiting for the right person to come along. It conveys a sense of genuine care and understanding of the person’s emotions and experiences and hopes to provide comfort, fulfillment, and happiness.
Final Grade: A-
“Someone To Love You” from the same titled album 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.