The Weeknd took to fellow Canadian Drake’s “OVO Sound Radio” to debut his latest track. With Abel being one of the leaders of the new R&B scene, he decided to pay homage to an R&B legend (R.Kelly) and cover his classic track “Down Low“. “Down Low” was R.Kelly at his song writing best and Abel adds enough flare to the track to update it for a newer audience. We do not know if this track will live on an official release from The Weeknd or if it is just a loosie, but no matter I am sure this rendition will make the “Pied Piper” proud.
Chris Brown is still dishing up remixes to his undeniable hit “Back To Sleep” off of his album “Royalty“. So far Breezy has given us 3 remixes featuring some of today’s top R&B heavy weights. Each remix caters to specific demographics such as the first remix catering to the pop crowd with former One Direction member Zayn making an appearance. With the second remix, Chris gathers August and Trey to cater to the new age R&B, and with the third remix, it’s clearly for the old heads with R.Kelly delivering a verse.
A few years ago, I released my first compilation series titles “#EatTheBoxFromTheBack Vol.1“. It was a collection of sultry, slow R&B joints that was guaranteed to get the mood right. With Valentine’s Day upon us, I felt it was the perfect opportunity for me to bring the series back.
R.Kelly came thru in the clutch and delivered a banger for Valentine’s Day. The track “She Deserves” comes as a loosie, because it wasn’t on his last released album, “The Buffet” and probably won’t have a proper home. I must admit, lately I have stayed away from his music, because the New Kelly didn’t appeal to me. Yet this joint has the makings of the old “90’s R.Kelly” which I am a fan of. Kelly takes the time to lay down an ode to women explaining how to romance your queen.
Rick Ross is attempting to accomplish a feat that few artists are even willing to attempt. That is to drop two successful albums in one year. Back in the 90’s, this was not must of a stretch. If you all remember, Dmx not only dropped two albums in 1998, he dropped two platinum albums. Welcome to the digital age! Times have changed, and in 2014 so far, no rapper has earned a platinum plaque yet. Even as successful at Rozay has been throughout his career, that elusive platinum plaque still eludes him. With his upcoming album “Hood Billionaire” going down as album 7 for Ross, the platinum plaque still may not come, yet a good album is almost guaranteed from Ross. With 6 albums under his belt (not counting Hood Billionaire), his track record for quality material has been superb. Yet Hood Billionaire will without a doubt add to Rozay’s legacy. Using some frequent collaborators (Jay Z , R.Kelly) and beat makers (Timbaland, Lex Luger) Ross dishes up that luxury, dopeboy rap he is known for.