Category Archives: Hip Hop and R&B

Chrisette Michele Top 10

One of my favorite Soul/R&B singers is Grammy Award winner Chrisette Michele. Her sound is not one from this era. To me, that is the best thing about her music. She says that Sarah Vaughan is one of her biggest influences and you can hear it in her songs.

I’m still upset with myself because I missed her April performance in Baton Rouge. Any show with heron the marquee should be good with the addition of R. Kelly. Be sure to see them in a city near you.

Some that didn’t make the countdown:

If It’s Love 


Aston Martin Music 


Playin’ Our Song 


What You Do 


Let’s flow into the Top 10

10. I Don’t Know Why, But I Do   


9. I’m A Star 


8. Notebook 

 


7. Be OK 


6. All I Ever Think About 


Let your freedom Reign into the Top 5

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Jill Scott Top 10 Countdown and New Music

When we think of Women’s History Month we should be think of the strength that all women personify. I must say that Jill Scott is one hell of an example. The way that she writes a love song is comparable to no one else. Her songs take you on a ride that frankly you don’t want to get off of. Don’t believe me check out her VH1 Storytellers special.

She has recently put out new music and an anticipated album is sure to follow. The video for her new single, “You Don’t Know” is below.

She is a mother, singer, writer, actress, poet, and above all she is a poster child for Women’s History Month.

Some songs that did not make the top 10:

My Love 


Lovely Day 


Shame 


Hear My Call 


Crown Royal 


Sometimes I Wonder 


The Fact Is (I Need You) 


Gimme 


Please go to the next page to view the Jill Scott top 10 songs.

Black History Month Presents: Anita Baker Top 10

You know, since I have been doing top 10 countdown I have been covering artists that have a signature hit song, but Anita Baker has hits that to me are all so equal.

Maybe it’s because of lovely deep voice or maybe it is in the way she makes her music so personal. The eight-time Grammy winner Baker has gone on to influence other greats that we have come to love like Mary J. Blige.

Songs that did not make the Top 10


Ain’t No Need To Worry


Good Love


Top 10 Anita Baker songs


10. Lately


9. Just Because


8. Angel


7. Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year) 


6. You Bring Me Joy


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Young Veteran Series Presents: Kanye West Top 10

Yes, Mr. West is in the building. For a decade, Kanye has made a strong argument for being named the best rapper alive. The Chicago native has put out hit after hit and has never disappointed. I must say that I had lost a great deal of respect for West after he interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV VMA Awards in 2009. It was out of line and uncalled for, but since then he has let his music do all of the talking for him.

Let us look back at a a couple of his most memorable moments:

Though Kanye seems to have a tough, brash persona, his music is actually deep, sympathetic, empathetic, and very meaningful. In his latest song he portrays his mother in the third voice speaking down to Kanye and his daughter, North.

Click here for a previous release his newest song “Only One” featuring Sir Paul McCartney.

Kanye West is my favorite rapper, because he is not like the rest. He does not reuse the same material verse after verse. I personally, do not care about how much money someone has, how many women they are sleeping with, how many cars they driving, or how much an outfit costs. He discusses political and social ideals that are truly not ignorant. Though his opinion may not be in the majority, he is at least willing to share his opinion. For that reason alone he should be respected. Even Kanye said that he was the abomination of Obama’s nation.

Typically, when I write about an artist’s Top 10 songs I select ten songs and leave it there, but Mr. West deserves two separate countdowns. One is for the work that he has done on his own, and the other for all of the collaborations that he has done.

Top 10 Kanye West songs:

10. Heard ‘Em Say


9. Stronger


8. All Falls Down


7. Jesus Walks


6. Flashing Lights


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Happy New Kanye

It’s a new year and Kanye West is back with a new sound. In a song called “Only One” featuring Sir Paul McCartney is a ballad that has piano playing in the background. He dedicates the song to his daughter, North West.

The ballad is available on Itunes.

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Legend Series Presents: Patti LaBelle Top 10

When you talk about love you have got to mention Patti LaBelle. This Philadelphia native has been making hits since was the lead singer of the group, Labelle. The biggest song the group had was “Lady Marmalade”. As a solo artist LaBelle has worked with Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, and Ron Isley just to name a few.

She is an Oscar nominee, Grammy winner, and a recipient of multiple lifetime achievement awards. The newest member of the Legend Series is the diva, Patti LaBelle.

Top 10 Patti LaBelle songs:

Bonus: New Attitude


Bonus: Over the Rainbow


10. Gotta Go Solo duet with Ron Isley


9. Lady Marmalade


8. On My Own


7. When You’ve Been Blessed


6. Love Has Finally Come At Last with Bobby Womack

Young Veteran Series Presents: The Anthony Hamilton Top 10 Songs

Since bursting on the scene, Anthony Hamilton has been a constant hit maker. He reflects a style of R&B music that is not common on radio today. Anthony’s unique sound mirrors greats like Donny Hathaway and Luther Vandross. Greats like Al Green, Jill Scott, Jadakiss and others have flocked by the numbers to team up Hamilton. This is why he is a prime candidate to be featured as a Young Veteran.

Anthony Hamilton recently released his sixth studio album, Home for the Holidays. Artists like Gavin Degraw, Chaka Khan, and ZZ Ward all make appearances on the album.

This Grammy-winner continues to “Woo” audiences by putting the soul back into soulful music.

These are the top 10 songs featuring Anthony Hamilton.

10. Nappy Roots Featuring Anthony Hamilton

9. Best of Me

8. Cool

7. Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton- Why

6. Can’t Let Go

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What are the top 25 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014? Did your favorite make the list?

Regis Welch

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Great R&B and Hip Hop songs flooded the radio in 2014, but only a select few could make this exclusive 25 list. Artists like Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige returned to the music game hotter than ever. New stars emerged on scene like Jhene Aiko, Schoolboy Q, and Aloe Blacc. With stars like these music should be in a good place for a long time to come.

Some of the songs that did not make the top 25 list:

Rico Love- They Don’t Know

Ledisi- I Blame You

John Legend- You & I

Future- Move That Doh

DJ Khaled – Hold You Down

Bobby Shmurda- Hot Boy

I Love Makonnen- Tuesday

Beyoncé- Partition

Usher- Good Kisser

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