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Raheem DeVaughn really isn't playing fair this week. Yesterday he dropped a bomb over Baghdad on Little Trey Songz with his dramatic interpretation of "Invented Sex," and now he is hitting us upside our heads with "I Don't Care," the second single from his third album, The Love and War Masterpeace, due out March 2nd. The production here is tight, the chorus is catchy and he sounds great singing it. After listening to this song, it's pretty much a given that there'll be no junior-year slump for Raheem. Add this one to the growing list of highly-anticipated albums for 2010. And for the second day in a row, this song is available as a freebie, too. Listen and then download below. You're welcome.
Raheem DeVaughn: "I Don't Care"
I really think more artists should do what Mos Def allowed Global Vision Studio to do--film the studio sessions as the artists create the songs that will eventually appear on their finished projects. It's refreshing to see Mos as he figures out which songs will make the cut, and even work out the album's order. It's nice to look back and see this footage, especially knowing how everything worked out--The Ecstatic was on many Best of 2009 lists. Take a look. Oh, and Happy Friday.
Ever wonder what would happen if your favorite hip hop artists got the orchestral treatment? If they left the machines behind and were backed with real live instruments? To me, that would be timeless. Well, not only for me. VTech & Mochilla had the same idea, and delivered last year with three events that helped create a bridge between producer/arrangers of yesteryear to the modern day hip hop producer. The series, appropriately entitled Timeless, showcasing three distinct groups: the Suite for Ma Dukes orchestra, Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke, and Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai. The entire collection will be available March 30th, when a very limited edition box set DVD (so limited, it will be numbered up to 4,000 and includes liner notes, a free poster and extra songs) is released. In the meantime, a track from the Suite for Ma Dukes event entitled "Take Notice," a track from J Dilla's Rough Draft EP, is available for download below, with the video after the bounce. Mixed and mastered by legendary Grammy award-winning producer/mixer Bob Power, this joint rocks. Take a look. And listen. And be prepared to cop Timeless when the time comes. Enjoy.
The Suite for Ma Dukes Orchestra "Take Notice" [Download]
As Mary J. Blige hyperbolically effused that the return of R&B is "the best thing to happen in the universe" in a recent interview for MTV, my interest was momentarily piqued. She cites Maxwell and Whitney as a few examples, which is fair enough, and clearly her inclusion in the list is implied. Then I got confused. Are these the people that have ushered in some kind of R&B renaissance? If so, where exactly did R&B go? If folks like Alicia Keys and Trey Songz are to be included (both were mentioned by the author of the article), even Mary herself, and they've been consistently releasing material for several years now, when did this return start? Who are the keepers of R&B? And is it really back? What say you, fellow Bouncers? Are we in the midst of an R&B comeback?
Welcome to the first installment of "The Mixologists" for 2010. Here at SoulBounce, we strive to bring you the finest of what Soul music has to offer. That being said, allow me to bring you the contribution of Amsterdam DJ and oft-mentioned producer around these parts, FS Green. Not only did he have us at "hello"--that is, his Mixing Monthly series he collaborated on with fellow Dutchman and rising producer Full Crate--but he's brought us aural pleasures all last year, many of which were highlighted on this website. Be sure to peep their 22tracks collaboration as well. Without further ado, feast your ears and imagination on his New Year's gift to all of us. It may be short--under 38 minutes--but it's oh so very sweet. And be sure to share your gift with others. It's the right thing to do. Tracklisting after the bounce.
SoulBounce Presents The Mixologists: FS Green [Download]
Soul music lovers, 2010 is our year. If you had any question with albums by the likes of Sade, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and many, many more on the horizon, then the news that Jill Scott is hard at work on her fifth studio album is the unequivocal answer. Entitled The Light of the Sun, Jill's new set will be released on Hidden Beach this Spring or Summer to be followed by her return to the stage as one of the headliners of this year's revival of the Lilith Fair festival. According to a press release highlighting this project, "the album embarks Jill on a flurry of emotional poetry as both her
career and personal life have skyrocketed with success in Hollywood and
birth of first child." Don't know about y'all, but I'm sold. Yup, it sounds like 2010 will be Jill's year as well. [H/T: PRNW via SUK]
- Get your ticket, VH1 is airing Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America on Feb. 5th! [EUR]
- Sorry Jamie Lidell, Alice Russell, Teena Marie and a host of others, apparently your soulfulness is not persuasive enough for this list. [DRJ]
- Let's hope Boyz II Men doesn't wait 'til the water runs dry to host their 20th anniversary cruise. Heh. [THMB]
- Raphael Saadiq and Martin Lawrence are producers of a TV show staring Tatyana Ali that sounds extremely promising. [THR]
I've always loved Keke Wyatt's voice. So when word started spreading that she was on the comeback trail, I remember smiling to myself. Well, with the release of her new video for "Who Knew?"--which is both the title of the lead single and the name of her new project--Ms. Wyatt is all the way back. The newly svelte Keke looks more than happy in the clip, swaying effortlessly and often (with the help of some beefcake and some caked on eye makeup, no less) to the midtempo track, releasing her mojo for the world to see. To say the movements don't match the lyrics, or that she's not giving us the fullness of her voice here, would be nitpicking. Really, it's just good to see Keke back, front and center. The album, Who Knew?, hits stores February 23rd on Shanachie Entertainment Records.
If you know anything about Raheem DeVaughn's career and the many mixtapes that he's put out, then you know that he will take your song and half the time flip that joint so lovely that his version sounds better than yours. Ooops! Sorry! But you can't blame the man for doing what he does so effortlessly and boy does he do the damn thing on "Re-Invented Sex," his version of Little Trey Songz's "Invented Sex." The thought of Songz inventing anything remotely resembling sex was always "Def Comedy Jam when Martin Lawrence used to host" laughable to me, but in DeVaughn's case it's way more believable. As a grown woman, hearing a grown man sing about doing the grown up appeals to me more than Little Trey's original. Raheem has some great lines in his version and keeps it sexy without sounding too pervy. This joint can be found on Raheem's new mixtape, Mr. February, which drops on January 15th via 368 Music Group and serves as the appetizer for the main course that is his next album, The Love and War Masterpeace, coming on
February 16th March 2nd.
Raheem DeVaughn: "Re-Invented Sex"