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 : 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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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.