It’s been six years since audiences experienced the rating-breaking three-part mini-series, The New Edition Story. I still remember my excitement walking into an advance screening of Part 1 on a cold January night. One of my favorite scenes occurs in this part when a young Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins are supporting a pre-teen Bobby Brown in a talent show. The local Boston-based group, The Untouchables, is performing a cover of Philly soul group Blue Magic’s “Spell” before Bobby takes the stage. After hearing another cover version of the song in Michael Bivin’s documentary, The Hustle of 617 Biv, I decided to feature it for Slow Jam Saturday.
Single Review : Eric Roberson, I Apologize
It seems like just yesterday, Eric Roberson blessed fans with “Things Meant For Me,” but he’s back with another single in the form of “I Apologize.” The creators of “I Apologize” are Eric Roberson, Jairus Mozee, Brett “B Dubb” Baker, and Rodney Jones. Mr. Roberson has shared that the song draws inspiration from a range of musical influences, including the theatrical musicality of Stevie Wonder, the heartfelt wordplay of Commissioned, and the unapologetic low-end approach of A Tribe Called Quest.
When it comes to music, Eric is a true talent. He has the ability to cover classic songs flawlessly, and his slow cuts are the perfect remedy for those in a bind with their significant other, walking down the aisle, or on a night of sensuality. Eric’s devoted fans know that he truly shines when it comes to ballads. In his latest slow jam, he takes a soulful approach and crafts a beautiful tribute to his beloved. The result is an elegant and heartfelt ode that is sure to leave listeners swooning.
The lyrics include, “I apologize for not finding you sooner, baby / I feel like your kisses were meant for only me, babe,” he sings in the heartfelt chorus. “I been waitin’ for your love.” Roberson beautifully enhances the song’s message with his wise and discerning perspective. As a man discovers his one and only true love, he may realize that each past relationship served as a stepping stone leading him directly to his soulmate. This newfound understanding brings a sense of clarity and purpose to the journey of love and relationships.
Roberson continues to be one of the most promising voices in R&B, and I look forward to seeing what else he has in store for 2023.
Final Grade: A
“I Apologize” is available on all streaming platforms.
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R&B fans were elated this past summer when R&B legend Raphael Saadiq announced he had reunited with Tony! Toni! Toné! for a fall tour. The tour kicked off this past Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama, with twenty-five planned stops. I plan on attending the Oxon Hill, MD, stop this coming Monday.
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