IN DEPTH: ANOTHER ROUND WITH NICCI GILBERT (@NICCIGILBERT)
Our friend Nicci Gilbert is doing so many things these days! Between starring in 'RnB Divas: Atlanta,' executive producing the franchise, reuniting with Brownstone, her curvy ladies clothing line Curvato, and several other television and film projects, she has her hands full. Her busy schedule didn't stop her from taking the time to have a very lengthy catch up session with us. This is our second interview with Nicci. She is always supportive of the site, the brand and me. I wouldn't call this an interview because it was really like catching up with an old friend.
'BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES' SEASON 4 PREVIEW
So much has happened to the Braxton sisters since the first season of their hit WETV show. Toni announced retirement and on this season she comes out of it.
NEW VIDEO: TONI BRAXTON (@TONIBRAXTON) and BABYFACE (@KENNYEDMONDS) 'HURT YOU'
When two legends get together and make music it's always something worth listening to and watching. Toni Braxton and Babyface prove that to be true with the video for their song 'Hurt You.'
NEW VIDEO: JANELLE MONAE (@JANELLEMONAE) and MIGUEL (@MIGUELUNLIMITED) 'PRIMETIME'
Janelle Monae is one of the most innovative artists out there right now. Her creativity is on another level. This video with Miguel is beautiful and poignant from beginning to end. Janelle and Miguel blend their voices effortlessly to make what I think is a great RnB song.
Kasseem's Dream is the brainchild of Kasseem Dean, Jr., son of Mashonda Tifrere and Swizz Beats. He wanted to create a place online where children could go to be inspired by the arts and positivity in a way that they can relate to.
With two amazingly talented parents, it was only a matter of time before Kasseem found his niche and a way to make his dreams a reality. Raised to appreciate, love, and create in various art forms; Kasseem thinks every child should have the opportunity to nurture their creative gifts.
The site itself displays Kasseem's art, has articles for parents , fashion and style tips, as well as photos of Kasseem enjoying life with his family and friends and soon Kasseem's Dream will be launching their own store.
Go to www.KasseemsDream.com and be inspired!
'What Now' is my absolute favorite song on Rihanna's most recent Unapologetic album and probably one of my favorite Rihanna songs of all time. This video adds stunning visuals to a stunning vocal performance by one of the world's biggest super stars.
Rihanna is one of those artists that does her own thing and doesn't care but, comes back every now and then to show you that she is in fact a force to be reckoned with in every way imaginable. The Rihanna vocal cynics should all have their mouths closed as she belts her way through this emotional ballad.
In true Rihanna form she manages to look effortlessly flawless. I am super proud of the way this video came out. The 'Pour It Up' video wasn't quite my speed and I was desperate for some new Rihanna.
I'm surprised we don't have a brand new single from her already because she usually has an album prepared for the holidays. Maybe she is finally going to take a break for the first time in eight years? I hope she doesn't take too long!
As a Britney Spears fan I can say that this is such an amazing moment for me. For years I have been wondering if I would ever hear the sound of Britney Spears' natural singing voice and that day has finally arrived and she sounds so damn beautiful. Thank God for this moment
'Perfume' was posted via Britney's official Facebook page.
Our friend Steff Reed has released his EP The Intervention. Steff is one of our favorite indie artists because his artistry is a reflection of his life experience and his soul. There aren't many male artists that are this vulnerable in their art for sake of being judged however, Steff effortlessly pulls it off.
Join me on the track by track journey through The Intervention
1) Sadistic - Steff croons about a sadistic woman that he is involved with. The moment feels wrong but, it's not right. With racy lyrics such as "as she moans, I want to feed her appetite, her legs wrapped around me tight," Steff thrusts you into the song with a visual that can only be compared to a movie.
2) Out on the Ledge - The first single from the EP, and the song that made me fall in love with Steff's artistry, is as an honest account of depression and frustration about life's circumstances. "Got nothing to lose, cus I'm already gone. Got nothing to lose, I feel so alone..." is something that I can certainly say I have experienced as have many others that I know. It speaks to the life of an artist/creative.
3) Trials of Job - For those that don't get the biblical reference to Job, Job was a man in the bible that suffered and lost everything. Steff takes the time to sing about his trials that have tested his faith in this song. This song is where you will find my favorite background vocals and harmonies on the EP.
4) Funeral - Steff sings about putting part of himself in the past and having a funeral to solidify the death of these qualities. 'Funeral' is in my opinion, the most creative song on the album. Another song that creates such a vivid visual.
5) The Intervention - Cocoa Sarai steps to microphone to speak about her life experience. I didn't expect this moment but, it was poignant and is right in line with the feel of this project.
6) Alright - This is one of my favorite songs on the EP. As any artist or creative person can attest to, even when the tunnel seems so long we can always see a glimmer of light at the end. 'Alright' is the perfect end to the emotional journey of The Intervention, with a positive message of knowing that everything will be alright.
The Intervention is a solid body of work. Steff's voice isn't the focus on this EP, his story is. As a listener, and fan, it's apparent that the creation of this EP served as an outlet and therapy for Steff. He references the bible a bit during, which makes it obvious that although he has gone through things in his life, his faith is quite important to his journey and getting through. Well placed harmonies, dope background vocals, and relatable lyrics make this project something that every fan of music should at least give a listen. I can guarantee there is at least one song that will strike your fancy.
Take a listen to the entire EP below.
Not only is Ariana Grande such an amazing singer and the only singer as of late that can be classified as the second coming of Mariah, she is also super adorable.
Her latest video 'Right There' featuring Big Sean is set at a masquerade ball. I have a thing for videos that just look like they were fun to shoot and this video surely does.
Check it out below
KeKe Palmer is one talented young lady. Fresh off of her role in the TLC biopic, Keke is releasing new music. 'Work Like You Love Me' is a sexy and sassy song. I enjoyed listening and the songs certainly hot but, I did miss the killer vocals that I'm used to hearing from KeKe.
Check it out below.
Child listen! Justin Bieber ain't playing any games! Lord Jesus this song did something to my loins! I am LOVING this new material from the Biebs. I just wish his voice would mature a tiny bit! I am in no way surprised about his R&B direction, he did sign to Usher for a reason.
You can just imagine what 'Hold Tight' is about.
Lady Gaga is such an amazing artist. She truly loves what she does and puts more thought into what she does than most artists. Her latest song with R. Kelly is no different. On 'Do What U Want' Gaga sings about not giving up control of her voice and her thoughts but, basically she's willing to sacrifice her body. This seems to be a dig to the public that judges her and the industry that sells her.
R. Kelly being on the song didn't do much for me. The way Gaga sang this song was with such a statement, so it would have been better for me if she was alone on it but, I think R. Kelly sounds nice on the song.
Check out 'Do What U Want' below.
One of the world's greatest voices is back with her single 'Somebody Loves Somebody' from her upcoming album, Loved Me Back To Life.
Celine is exceptional at mixing her classic music with a new and current sound. She sounds amazing! I am so excited for this new album.
Check out the new hit below.
Selena Gomez is one of those artists that people consistently talk about as not being a good vocalist. I actually like Selena and I think that if they played up the huskiness of her voice that people would see the potential in her voice.
Selena performed her song 'Slow Down' on 'The View' this morning. The show was live and there were several issues with the sound system. Selena still performed and the cast thanked her for her professionalism after.
Check it out below.
During tonight's episode of 'Tamar & Vince,' Tamar FINALLY got what she's wanted all season!
The video for her song 'Hot Sugar' is here
Lady Gaga is one of those artists that is extremely unpredictable. That being said her latest snippet release is with R&B legend R. Kelly. Funny thing is when you think about this collaboration it doesn't seem like it would work but, it actually does. I'm not a fan of R. Kelly as a singer but, I really am enjoying what little I've heard on this song.
Check the randomness play out in a Best Buy commercial below.