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Sisqo talks Dru Hill’s conception and self-titled debut album #ReturnToTheClassics
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Sisqo talks Dru Hill’s conception and self-titled debut album #ReturnToTheClassics

May 21st, 2013 | by Will 'ill Will' Lavin
Signed as a new act to Island Records back in 1996, Dru Hill were a young and talented vocal foursome with ties to gospel music who pretty much became an international success story overnight. Whether it was their authentic,...
Marcus Sanders revisits Hi-Five’s debut album | Return To The Classics
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Marcus Sanders revisits Hi-Five’s debut album | Return To The Classics

June 11th, 2012 | by Chris Williams
At the end of the 1980s, Jive Records asserted itself as the new home for popular hip-hop recording acts. As a result, they turned their attention to signing fresh R&B talent to their ever growing roster. During this...
Jazzie B revisits Soul II Soul’s debut album ‘Club Classics Vol. One/Keep On Movin’ | #ReturnToTheClassics
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Jazzie B revisits Soul II Soul’s debut album ‘Club Classics Vol. One/Keep On Movin’ | #ReturnToTheClassics

May 18th, 2012 | by Chris Williams
By the latter half of the 1980s, Soul II Soul had built a monstrous following as a sound system collective in the UK. Starting in 1982, Trevor “Jazzie B” Beresford Romeo, the sound system’s maestro began to develop and...
Teddy Riley revisits crafting Guy’s debut album | Return To The Classics
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Teddy Riley revisits crafting Guy’s debut album | Return To The Classics

April 8th, 2012 | by Chris Williams
By the late 1980s, R&B music was at a crossroads with its aging audience and sound. The genre itself was looking to go into a more youthful direction. Fortunately, help was on the way in the form of a teenage prodigy from...
Parliament’s 1975 LP Mothership Connection revisited with Bernard Worrell | Return To The Classics
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Parliament’s 1975 LP Mothership Connection revisited with Bernard Worrell | Return To The Classics

March 24th, 2012 | by Chris Williams
By the mid 1970s, Parliament had become a full fledged funk/R&B ensemble that was taking the world by storm. Starting in 1974, the group began experiencing a series of mainstream successes. After the releases of Up for the...
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We truly had magic: Karyn White reflects on her self-titled debut album | Return To The Classics

March 2nd, 2012 | by Chris Williams
As the late 1980s arrived, Warner Brothers Records was expanding its roster of urban talent. Benny Medina was dispatched to helm the grooming and production of new talent. Among his many signees to the new division at the label...
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En Vogue’s Funky Divas album revisited with producers Foster & McElroy | Return To The Classics

February 6th, 2012 | by Chris Williams
After selling over one million copies of their debut album, Born to Sing, En Vogue decided to experiment with their sound for their sophomore effort. Released on March 24, 1992 by Eastwest Records, with Funky Divas they delivered...
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Producer Chucky Thompson recalls crafting Faith Evans’ debut album, Faith (1995) | ReturnToTheClassics

January 2nd, 2012 | by Chris Williams
Coming off a successful string of debut releases from Hip Hop artists Craig Mack and the Notorious BIG, Bad Boy Records released Faith on August 29, 1995. Upon the release of Faith Evans‘ debut album, she was quickly dubbed...
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The Isley Brothers’ Between the Sheets LP (1983) revisited with Chris Jasper | Return To The Classics

December 18th, 2011 | by Chris Williams
As the 1980s arrived, the Isley Brothers were struggling to find their footing in the world of music. Coming off a highly successful decade in 1970s, where the group experienced an unparallel string of gold and platinum records,...
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Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required album revisited with co-writer Daryl Stuermer | Return To The Classics

December 10th, 2011 | by Chris Williams
After a lackluster performance on the recording charts with this second solo effort, Hello, I Must Be Going! Phil Collins went back to the drawing board and created his greatest musical work. No Jacket Required was released on...