Music Reviews

I am a music critic, currently appearing as contributing editor on the popular music blog site Soulbounce.com. Here are some of my posts below:

First Spin, Free Music

Will You Be Rocking This New Song By Raheem DeVaughn & Friends ''Til The Lights Come On'?

368 Music Group is Raheem DeVaughn's music label that he started with his partner Andre Hopson aka Dre the Mayor recently in an attempt to represent artists specifically from the Washington, DC metro area. Kudos to Raheem for using his celebrity...
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Thursday September 02

Reviews

Fantasia Is 'Back' And Bringing The Drama

The comparisons between Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson have been long-standing since both women were featured contestants in 2004 on Season 3 of American Idol. When Fantasia won, some naysayers said Jennifer was robbed and should have won. While I...
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Thursday September 02

Video SoulBounce

Cee-Lo Sings 'F#&% You' Again And We Love It

When Cee-Lo gave us the preview of the song "F#&% You" a couple of weeks ago, I played that song at least once a day the week of its release. It was hilarious. The typography gave us the lyrics note...
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Wednesday September 01

First Spin, Free Music

Bop Alloy Gets 'Jazzmatic' On Us

Baltimore-based MC Substantial has joined forces with producer Marcus D out of Seattle to form the duo Bop Alloy who specialize in jazz hop--think A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr. Fresh from a Japanese tour, the twosome is putting...
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Monday August 30

First Spin, Video SoulBounce

Seal Lets Us In On His 'Secret'

Before officially becoming more well known for his highly-publicized marriage with German model Heidi Klum than for his musical career, Seal has decided to come back into our line of vision with a new video for the single "Secret" from...
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Friday August 27

A Soulful Noise, Events

Celebrate As Chuck Brown Turns 74 Years Young, Readies Live Release

In case you were wondering who you have to be to have an entire city honor you, a street in the Nation's Capital named after you and the Washington Post call you "as important to our city as that tall...
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Wednesday August 25

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #5 'ABC'

That's how easy love can be...
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Wednesday August 25

Reviews

'Intimacy' Is Kem's Forte

Few artists can capture an entire relationship with a woman so fully and completely as singer Kem does with almost seamless precision on his new album, Intimacy Album III. Forget simply calling it baby-making music. Kem makes music that women...
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Friday August 20

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #8 'Never Can Say Goodbye'

Tell me whyIs it soDon't wanna let you go...
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Wednesday August 18

Soul Cynic

Why Badu & Other Performers Need Not Be Tardy For The Party

I didn't attend Erykah Badu's concert this past weekend at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, but I, like many of you, heard the news that the power was turned off at 11 pm, hindering her from finishing her show and disappointing...
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Monday August 16

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #12 'I Want You Back'

When I had you to myself I didn't want you around...
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Wednesday August 11

Video SoulBounce

What's The Skinny On Fatso's 'Jeans'?

I'm becoming incredibly impressed with the quality of music videos from indie artists compared to some of those by their mainstream counterparts whose videos are wack out the wazoo. This particular video for "These Jeans" starring and directed by hip-hop...
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Tuesday August 10

Bounce-Worthy

Bounce-Worthy: Akua Allrich

Singer Akua Allrich is defining the title "fusion artist" with her debut disc A Peace of Mine, which features songs from every genre of soul music you can fathom. Akua could have created two full albums out of this brimming CD,...
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Tuesday August 10

Video SoulBounce

Tabi Bonney Teams Up With Kokayi & Alison Carney To Reach 'Higher Stars'

I unabashedly tend to focus many of my posts on folks from my immediate city of DC because I'm here, they're here and it makes for an easy connect and DC talent gets slept on with the quickness nowadays it...
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Thursday August 05

Video SoulBounce

Latoiya Williams Is Back Because She 'Can't Leave You Alone'

Remember Latoiya Williams from her 2007 song "Fallen Star" with the corresponding video where Snoop Dogg was showing us his best '70's moves? Well, if not, it was a fun, retro romp where we listened to Latoiya showcase her dynamite...
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Thursday August 05

Video SoulBounce

Janelle Monáe's 'Cold War' Video Brings Joy & Pain

Absent of futuristic intros, monochrome costuming and frenetic dancing, Janelle Monáe's "Cold War" video is a stark departure from we have come to expect from the petite powerhouse. However, the video for this song, which was one of the early leaks...
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Wednesday August 04

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #20 'Got To Be There'

'Cause when I look in her eyes I realizeI need her sharing her world beside me...
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Wednesday August 04

First Spin, Soul On Film

Idris Elba Is Looking For Some New 'Takers'

The new Idris Elba movie Takers, which opens this month, is sure to take us on a ride. It promises not only a plot of intrigue and espionage but tons of eye candy from every hue on the color spectrum. The...
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Tuesday August 03

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #21 'Man In The Mirror'

I'm starting with the man in the mirror I'm asking him to change his ways...
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Tuesday August 03

A Soulful Noise, Soul Cynic

Is Wyclef Jean Ready To Become The Next President Of Haiti?

The rumor mill picked up steam last week as credible online sources began spreading the news that Wyclef Jean will be announcing his plans to run for the presidency of Haiti. Apparently, because of his success as the face of...
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Tuesday August 03

Bounce-Worthy

Bounce-Worthy: Tamika 'Love' Jones

What do you get when you have an artist who vocally reminds you a bit of Jill Scott combined with the raspy soul of Mary J. Blige and the bare richness of India.Arie? Well, for me, that mix is how I...
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Tuesday July 27

Video SoulBounce

'Fall In Love' With Estelle & John Legend

Estelle sings back into our good graces with this pleasant video for the song "Fall In Love" with John Legend and a cast of incredibly gorgeous people. It's your classic girl-meets-boy video with the boy she's after being an absolute babe...
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Tuesday July 27

Video SoulBounce

Tabi Bonney Shows Us Why He's Our New Super 'Hero'

Tabi Bonney has won me over with this new video, "Nuthin But a Hero." The absence of trendy cool and contrived swagger makes this video one of Bonney's best to date. It is absolutely perfection in my eyes--from the beautiful...
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Tuesday July 27

Video SoulBounce

Is The Roots' New Video All Flame And No 'Fire'?

The Rik Cordero-directed video for The Roots' single "The Fire," featuring John Legend, will most likely confuse you at first watch. Why? Well, let's see. You may be confused when you notice that not one member of The Roots makes...
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Monday July 26

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #27 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You' Feat. Siedah Garrett

My life aint worth living If I can't be with you...
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Friday July 23

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #28 'P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)'

Tenderoni you've got to be Spark my nature Sugar fly with me...
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Monday July 12

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #37 'You Can't Win'

You get in way over your head And you only got yourself to blame...
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Monday July 05

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #42 'Earth Song'

What have we done to the world? Look what we've done....
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Friday July 02

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #43 'They Don't Care About Us'

Beat me, hate me You can never break me...
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Thursday July 01

Relax in Paradise

Remembering, Missing Phyllis Hyman

Statuesque and magnificent, Phyllis Hyman visually represented the ideal of a modern-day goddess. Over six feet tall in heels and donning headgear reminiscent of the crowns worn by Egyptian royalty, Phyllis was a sight to behold. When she opened her...
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Wednesday June 30

Video SoulBounce

Toni Braxton Proves That She's All 'Woman'

Though I am not a big fan of all of the songs on Toni Braxton's new album, Pulse, as I shared in my review of the collection, I did enjoy the track "Woman" a teeny bit. The thing is, I didn't...
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Tuesday June 29

Reviews

Angela Johnson Gets Up Close & 'Personal' On Her New Release

Two things are certain when you listen to Angela Johnson's new album It's Personal: (1) Angela is proud of not being part of the mediocrity found on the radio and (2) she wishes the radio played more substantive material. These...
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Friday June 25

Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs

SoulBounce's Top 50 Michael Jackson Songs: #50 'Black Or White'

I said if you're thinkin' about being my brotherIt don't matter if you're black or white...
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Tuesday June 22

Bounce-Worthy

Bounce-Worthy: TwinSpirit

Singer TwinSpirit is that type of vocalist that helps you fall in love with soul music all over again. Starting out as a member of the female R&B trio Authentik Soul, she developed her strong stage presence with the soul...
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Friday June 18

Events

SoulBounce Faves To Perform All Weekend At Baltimore's African-American Heritage Festival

This weekend the African-American Heritage Festival in Baltimore (formerly called the AFRAM) promises some top-notch talent as the summer festivals get into high gear. On the roster are SB faves The Foreign Exchange, Leela James, Robin Thicke, Julie Dexter and Megan Livingston...
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Wednesday June 09

Video SoulBounce

Zap Mama Is 'Drifting' Into New Musical Waters. Please Drift Back.

I do not want to give the impression that I am not a fan of artist reinvention, because, that would be inaccurate. However, I don't think I feel comfortable, as a fan of Zap Mama, with the direction I see...
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Tuesday June 08

Events

CASRAM Returns With Ladies Rockin' The Mic Right

So they ask, "Can a sista rock a mic?" Well, we know the answer--hell yeah she can! Nowhere is that more seen that at the Can A Sista Rock A Mic? Music & Arts Festival aka CASRAM, which is back...
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Tuesday June 08

Pause For A Cause, Video SoulBounce

Some Theme Music For Obama When He Finds Which 'Ass To Kick'

Music is so necessary amidst the madness that is taking place currently in the United States with the BP oil well explosion and subsequent oil leak that has dumped millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf, affecting the Louisiana...
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Monday June 07

A Soulful Noise

On His 52nd Birthday, Prince Is Still One Sexy Mutha$!%@#

Today is Prince's birthday, and I unconsciously began celebrating his 52nd born day without realizing it. Last week I was convinced I was the last Prince fan on the planet who hadn't seen Under the Cherry Moon, so I watched...
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Thursday June 03

Video SoulBounce

Green Tea Shows Off Her 'Superman'

WARNING: If you are not in the mood to see real-life lovers grinning, giggling and basically enjoying their love thang on camera, turn away, don't push play and proceed to the next post.Green Tea debuts her first video from her...
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Thursday June 03

First Spin, Free Music

Trent Reznor Offers A 'Fur-Lined' Treat From How To Destroy Angels

I love the sound of the word "free." And Trent Reznor unloads a free gem of a download for us as he introduces his new band, How To Destroy Angels, which formed after last year's break-up of Nine Inch Nails....
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Friday May 28

A Soulful Noise, Events

Dionne Farris Will Be Sitting 'On Top Of The World' At CASRAM

I don't know about you, but I count Love Jones as one of the best love stories of all times. I'll be real, that credit is due, not only to the sizzling chemistry between Nia Long and Larenz Tate, the...
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Thursday May 27

I Was There, Reviews

Dissection Of A Concert: DC Becomes Stevie Wonder-land

Last week, when we announced that Stevie Wonder was turning 60 years-old, we also hipped you to the fact that he would be coming to DC to perform at a free private concert at the Verizon Center. The concert was...
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Wednesday May 26

First Spin

J. Holiday's Sister Quineice Thinks She's 'Beautiful' And You May, Too

It's usually tough for an artist to get shine if they already have a famous relative who folks know and love. However, that may not be the case of petite powerhouse Quineice, sister to singer J. Holiday, who drops her...
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Tuesday May 25

Bounce-Worthy

Bounce-Worthy: noon:30

Many can thank acts like Living Colour, Saul Williams and Janelle Monáe for making it known that black folks choose to create music in genres other than R&B and hip hop. The all-girl group noon:30 out of Washington, DC is among those rising stars...
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Monday May 24

Reviews

Leela James Shares Her 'Soul'

Big-voiced Leela James takes the new jacks of today back to the sound that our elders were dancing to in the '60s and '70s on her new album, My Soul. She wasn't playing when she named this album. When she...
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Friday May 21

Soul Cynic, SoulTube

Here We Go Again, BET

It's been almost a year since that offensively awful 2009 BET Awards telecast that was so terrible you couldn't turn away--like one of those accidents out of the movie Final Destination. I learned how to Twitter while watching that show....
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Wednesday May 19

Bounce-Worthy

Bounce-Worthy: Dionne

With charisma and soul that is in the same vein as Julie Dexter, Angela Johnson and Patrice Rushen, singer/songwriter Dionne captivates with her melodic vocals featured on her new single "Move" that is featured on her upcoming album Unrealistic, which drops this...
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Tuesday May 18

The Interwebs

The Twitterverse Shows Us That Less Is Sometimes More

Remember when we followed our favorite artists on MySpace, thrilled when they took time out of their busy existence to add us as one of their "friends"? So eager to be in the stratosphere of someone we enjoy(ed) musically, we...
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Friday May 14

Soul Cynic

Do Indie Artists Make Better Music Or Is That Just A Myth?

Entertainers would have us all to believe that the listening audience is a fickle lot. One second we are heralding an act as the greatest thing since sliced bread, then, when someone or something comes along with a catchier tune,...
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Thursday May 13

A Soulful Noise, Events

Stevie Wonder Turns 60, Free Concert Planned In DC

Today is Stevie Wonder's 60th birthday, and the legendary singer deserves a happy-dance and his song "Happy Birthday" sung in his honor for consistently bringing us classic soul that endures over time. But, while speaking of happy dances, it looks...
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Thursday May 13

A Soulful Noise, Reggae Riddims, Releases

Ziggy Marley Goes Disney On Us

Celine Dion became known across the world when she did "it" with Peabo Bryson for Aladdin. Christina Aguilera did it for Mulan before she broke big. Vanessa Williams did it for Pocahontas during the heyday of her musical career. What...
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Wednesday May 12

Soul Cynic

Does Music With A Message Still Matter?

When Raheem DeVaughn was interviewed by NPR last month, he made it clear that he took seriously his role as an artist and someone with the power to impact world issues through his music. He said, "No matter what road...
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Thursday May 06

A Soulful Noise

Sergio Mendes To Bring The 'Bon Tempo'

Sergio Mendes' 2006 release Timeless is part of my cherished list of Top 20 Albums of All Time. Yes, I love the album just that much. My Top 20 consists of records that you can listen to from start to...
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Wednesday May 05

Reviews

Toni Braxton's 'Pulse' Barely Beats On New CD

Before listening to Toni Braxton's new album, Pulse, I watched The Wendy Williams Show this morning to check out Toni's performance of "Hands Tied" and the singer, clad in a sexy cat suit with rope as an accessory, performed well,...
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Wednesday May 05

Soul Cynic, SoulTube, Video SoulBounce

Will Michael Lynche Be The Next Ruben Studdard On 'Idol'?

I can be honest and say that I have watched barely three episodes of this season's American Idol. While the show irritated me early on in its newness when the race came down to Tamyra Gray and Kelly Clarkson and...
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Tuesday May 04

Video SoulBounce

Jaheim Finds His 'Way Back' In New Video

Since debuting his newest CD Another Round, Jaheim has demonstrated that he is doing what it takes to stay in the game for the long run. The new video for his single "Finding My Way Back" is making it easy...
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Tuesday April 27

Bounce-Worthy

Bounce-Worthy: Gloria Ry'ann

Photographer and podcaster Stevie Robinson is what Malcolm Gladwell, author of the book The Tipping Point, would describe as a maven--one who always seems to have the know about the hottest new thing. When it comes to music, Stevie is...
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Friday April 23

First Spin, Free Music, Mixtape Roundup

Fly Gypsy Presents The 'FG*XL:remixtape'

Enter your Friday afternoon with this latest offering from the duo Fly Gypsy as they present their latest project, the FG*XL:remixtape. This collection's first track, "I Want It All," pays homage to Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock's "It Takes...
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Friday April 23

Events, Pause For A Cause

John Legend, The Roots & More To Rally For The Earth In DC

So Earth Day came and went yesterday, but singer John Legend, hip-hop icons The Roots and the legendary former lead-singer of The Police, Sting, will be participating in Earth Day festivities that will be going on this Sunday, April 25...
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Tuesday April 20

Listicle, Video SoulBounce

Who Fills The Void Lauryn Hill Left Us?

Yesterday's post about Brandy adding rapping to her triple threat status of actor, singer and mother had me thinking about the first lady who comes to mind as a singing and rapping dynamo: Lauryn  Hill. How kismet it seemed that...
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Monday April 19

A Soulful Noise, Rap Snacks, SoulTube

Brandy Is Getting Bran'Nu On Us

The alter ego fad is contagious it seems. And, while Beyoncé's Sasha Fierce popularized the idea that sweet Southern belles can transform into wanton, gyrating vixens on stage, Brandy Norwood is set to show us that girl-next-door types can also...
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Wednesday April 14

Video SoulBounce

Maxwell Is A 'Fistful' Of Classic Soul

Maxwell dons the look of classic soul well. Throw in the vintage feel of the black and white footage, his band in the shadows and a heavy helping of emoting and you have Maxwell in his new video for the...
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Wednesday April 14

Video SoulBounce

Toni Braxton's 'Heart' Is Pure Gold

Good Lord I love this song. Toni Braxton's new video for her single "Make My Heart," off of her May 4th release Pulse, is the type of music that I absolutely adore dancing to. Toni drops it with double doses...
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Tuesday April 13

SoulTube

Who Should 'UnSung' Sing About Next?

TV One's UnSung is well into its third season, and I must say that this is one of my favorite shows on TV One. I enjoyed the Rose Royce episode very much. (Was I alone in thinking at some point...
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Monday April 12

First Spin, Video SoulBounce

Macy Gray's New Vid Is A 'Beauty'

Though her last album, Big, came out in 2007, Macy Gray's most memorable appearances as of late for me have been her acting roles in fun flicks such as the 2006 big-screen movie Idlewild with Andre Benjamin, Paula Patton and...
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Friday April 09

A Soulful Noise, SoulTube

Maxwell To Bring History-Making 'Tears' To 'Stars'

I am not ashamed to admit (though I probably should be) that I have begun to watch the show Dancing with the Stars this season. The comedy that has ensued thus far--between the gracelessness of poor Kate Gosselin to the...
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Friday April 09

Bounce-Worthy

Bounce-Worthy: Dastardly

Dance floors from Baltimore to New York will most likely be packed as Bmore Club music lovers flock to drop it like it's hot to this newly released single "Nasty Girl" from the Washington, DC-based duo Dastardly, a pairing between...
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Friday April 09

I Was There, We Hear

Has Navasha Daya Left Fertile Ground?

Fertile Ground is one of my top 10 groups of all time. From the instrumentation and production led by genius producer James Collins to the mesmerizing vocals of Navasha Daya, I became a fan in 1999 when a good friend...
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Friday April 02

Video SoulBounce

Janet Gives Us 'Nothing' New, But We Still Love Her

Here's a fact: You will still love Janet Jackson from her head to toes, even after watching this very dull advertisement clothed as a music video, promoting the new Tyler Perry flick Why Did Get Married, Too, which opens today...
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Wednesday March 31

Soul Cynic

Arresting Badu Would Prove Her Point

How ironic that yesterday as we were winding down "Du Day Part Deux," blogs were ablaze with word that Erykah Badu may be arrested for her "Window Seat" video if at least one person who witnessed her midday public striptease was...
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Wednesday March 31

Video SoulBounce

Janelle Monáe Shakes Her Shimmy On The 'Tightrope'

Janelle Monáe groupies like myself can hardly wait for the May 18th release of her new CD The ArchAndroid, but we were given a teaser today when MTV debuted her video to her single "Tightrope" that was released last month...
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Monday March 29

Video SoulBounce

Kelis' 'Acapella' Video Is A Vibrant Thing

Pardon me for forgetting that Kelis had a nice voice. While we reported back in November that we weren't exactly feeling this song, the video may help it grow on us a little more. When Kelis brought all of the boys to the yard...
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Monday March 29

Video SoulBounce

C. Love Tells Haters They 'Can't Hold Me Down'

Every now and again, you come across an artist who you look at completely different once you see and hear their music in video format. C. Love is one of those artists for me. C. Love has been building quite a...
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Thursday March 25

SoulTube, Video SoulBounce

Jill Scott's Bad Side Made Its Debut On 'Law & Order: SVU'

NBC's police drama Law & Order: SVU had a soul injection last night when Jill Scott starred as a key figure in the episode's hour-long mystery. Jill, in all of her ageless loveliness, played the abusive caretaker of her disabled...
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Tuesday March 23

First Spin

Akon's 'Strawberry Letter' May Not Be So Rotten After All

It is only fair that I start off by saying that I can't stand Akon. I am offended that his stage name reveres being in jail. I was offended by the video I saw of him punching a woman in...
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Friday March 19

Rewind, Video SoulBounce

Jill Scott's Best Live Collabos

Jill Scott is fierceness all by her lonesome, but every now and then again she will partner with someone who will complement the Jilly from Philly style we dig on so much. While it would be all too easy to...
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Tuesday March 16

I Was There, Reviews, Soul Cynic

Dissection Of A Concert: Janelle Monáe Does D.C.

The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. is a grungy, standing-room only spot that is the poor-man's haven for cheap tickets to see acts of all kinds--from uber-stars to up-and-comers--in every genre of music you can imagine. Last night, a Monday...
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Monday March 15

Free Music

Bomani Armah To Unleash A 'New Classic' At SXSW

Bomani Armah's name got some major hyping a few years back when BET released an animated video to his track "Read A Book," which was a satirical mantra dissing the popular trend of being a dummy. While the message of...
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Tuesday March 09

Video SoulBounce

Fly Gypsy 'Wanna Rock' For Brooklyn

Kowboy Kom and Alexei, better known as the duo Fly Gypsy, brings us a new video set in Brooklyn for their take on Snoop Dogg's "I Wanna Rock." This group has been making waves musically, performing all over the map...
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Monday March 08

Listicle, Soul On Film, SoulTube

Movie Soundtracks Worth Doing A 'Kanye' For

Whether you were watching the Oscars last night to witness Mo'Nique win for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Precious or you wanted to turn on the famously boring awards show to lull you sleep, you may...
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Tuesday March 02

Reviews

Raheem DeVaughn's 'Masterpeace' Is A Masterpiece

With a resounding introduction speech from none other than Dr. Cornel West, Raheem DeVaughn's new album, The Love & War Masterpeace, begins with an exclamation point that doesn't end, even after the last song....
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Tuesday March 02

Events

The Capital Jazz Fest Promises More Soul To The Bounce

The Capital Jazz Fest, held the first weekend in June at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, is normally one of the more Soul-infused Jazz festivals around. However, this year for the 18th annual event, the lineup is not merely...
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Thursday February 25

Video SoulBounce

'Spend Some Time' Watching Maysa's New Video

Maysa always gives good voice and that doesn't change on her latest single "Spend Some Time" from her new CD, A Woman in Love. The smoky vocals of this jazzy soul chanteuse are at their best and the classic adult...
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Tuesday February 23

Video SoulBounce

Tabi Bonney Has A 'Fever'. Hope It's Not Contagious.

Tabi Bonney is one other DC rapper (the other being Wale) who has made recent rounds on MTV and other mainstream vehicles to gain exposure as the latest Hip-Hop lyricist reppin' the Nation's Capital. But here's the thing, he isn't...
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Monday February 22

Reviews

Megan Livingston Introduces Us To 'Black Beckee'

"Look at me sitting on my knees, you look like you might kill me. I'll do anything to please." This line from the Megan Livingston song "The Apologetic Album" is an eerie opening to a song that could possibly be...
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Thursday February 18

First Spin

Janelle Monáe Fights A 'Cold War'

Expanding the musical vein she introduced us to in her previous disc, Metropolis, Janelle Monáe released two new singles last week, the second of which, "Cold War," is another aural treat for her steadfast fans. New listeners to her sound...
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Monday February 15

Video SoulBounce

'Jump Up' With Erykah & Lil Wayne

"I know you want to...jump up in the air and stay there" is the catchy hook of Erykah Badu's "Jump Up In The Air and Stay There," which features Lil Wayne giving a little lyrical love to accent this song...
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Friday February 12

Releases, Reviews

Jaheim Pours His Soul Into 'Another Round'

Jaheim was a brave soul to drop a new album on the same day that the band Sade dropped theirs after a ten-year hiatus. But, upon review, there was no need for him to be fearful. Vocally and production-wise, Jaheim's...
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Tuesday February 09

A Soulful Noise

Break Up To Make Up: Groove Theory Reunites

Last week news floated around the web that the '90s duo Groove Theory are getting back together.We got  a bit preoccupied with the blizzard of life in DC to report on it here at SBHQ, but now that there...
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Tuesday February 09

Reviews

Nneka Provides 'Concrete' Evidence Of Greatness

2010 is bringing in some amazing new music. We aren't necessarily counting new and scary musical outputs like the recent Badu/Lil Wayne match-up, but new and pleasing sounds like those coming from African import Nneka on her new release,...
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Monday February 08

Reviews

Sade Soldiers On With A New CD

SoulBounce has been keeping you updated with the news of Sade's latest, Soldier of Love, and the released tracks and videos have only heightened the anticipation for her long-overdue return. Only Sade could be absent from the music scene for...
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Friday February 05

First Spin

Julie Dexter 'Transitions' With Zo!

Julie Dexter is back! Though she hasn't dropped a new album just yet, she is offering an audio tease with her new track "Transitions," which is produced by Foreign Exchange fam Lorenzo "Zo!" Ferguson. This track will surely be as...
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Friday February 05

Reviews

Icon Gil Scott-Heron Is Back 'Here'

New music is not always a good thing. But, it is most definitely a great thing when it is from a musical icon who never fails to push the envelope of creativity and originality. Gil Scott-Heron has graced us with...
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Thursday February 04

Soul Cynic

Why Is Maysa Still Considered An 'Underground' Artist?

In November, when jazzy soul chanteuse Maysa won the Soul Train Music Awards' Centric Award for Best Underground Soul artist--beating out the likes of Laura Izibor and Eric Roberson--most folks were probably shaking their heads wondering, "Why is Maysa...
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Tuesday February 02

First Spin

'U Were There' With Substantial And JSOUL

Despite the fact this man is incredible eye candy, the MC Stan Robinson known as Substantial does not allow his good looks to detract from his constant grind and the release of back-to-back singles produced from some of the illest...
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Friday January 29

Reviews

Swimming With Corinne Bailey Rae In 'The Sea'

By now we should all be aware that the darling known as Corinne Bailey Rae has been MIA for a spell because she suffered the unexpected loss of her husband. Jason Rae died of a drug overdose, at the pinnacle...
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Thursday January 28

Video SoulBounce

Smoke One With Amber Mimz's 'Dutch Master'

You may have heard the name Amber Mimz when she was featured during an Eric Roberson-hosted evening of Soul elegance last Spring at Sol Village at S.O.B.'s. Ms. Mimz, as she is called in some circles, is a 20-something DMV-based...
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Thursday January 28

Video SoulBounce

Megan Livingston May Just Be 'The One'

I came across the music of Labtekwon after a chance meeting on Facebook in 2008 and was totally dazzled by the lyrical prowess of this quirky Hip-Hop MC who is the epitome of originality and out-of-the-box ingenuity. His video for...
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Wednesday January 27

First Spin

Rogiérs Gives Us A New Sound With 'Forever'

It's always good to hear about artists who started out as background singers or musicians getting an opportunity to come out on their own. Some of our greatest Soul singers like the late Luther Vandross spent a considerable amount of...
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Wednesday January 27

SoulTube, Video SoulBounce

N'dambi Sits On Mo'Nique's Couch Tonight

N'dambi describes her CD she released last fall, Pink Elephant, as "short stories written to music." This former Badu background singer has attracted fans en masse with this CD, which has propelled N'dambi on a world tour and onto...
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Monday January 25

A Soulful Noise

Soul Guru Donnie Simpson Says Goodbye To Radio

Maybe you'll be telling your age if you can remember the days where Donnie Simpson's green eyes smiled out at you as you happily watched BET's Video Soul in eager anticipation. In those days, BET was not as notorious...
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Friday January 22

First Spin, Mixtape Roundup

Green Tea Is A 'Beautiful Weirdo'

"Rose Colored Glasses," the new single by singer Green Tea from her freshly-released mixtape Beautiful Weirdo, is a funky groove that instantly announces a new turn for the DC-based artist who has been on the scene for some time, making...
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Thursday January 14

A Soulful Noise

Whitney Gives Good Love Again With 25th Anniversary Collection

Whitney Houston's comeback thus far has been almost miraculous. For the diva who made the phrase "Crack is wack" one of the most memorable phrases of the last decade, now has proven to be the most appropriate time to...
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Wednesday January 13

First Spin

H-Town & Friends Are 'Knockin Your Heels' Again. We Don't Know Why Either.

In October of 2009, H-Town ventured a comeback with Jodeci in tow, releasing the single "Knockin Your Heels." The song created barely a buzz, so, pray tell, what was the rationale for creating a remix to this lackluster doozy that...
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