K-Ci & JoJo - "Show & Prove" | New Music

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Returning with their fifth studio album as a duo, R&B brothers K-Ci & Jojo have something to "Show & Prove." Read more


K-Ci & JoJo - "Knock It Off" | New Music

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K-Ci & JoJo return with their first new release in almost 5 years with the raunchy single "Knock It Off". The brothers and one half of R&B veteran group Jodeci attempt to reignite their earlier success with the bedroom aimed single which is taken from their forthcoming 6th album release (their last album Love was released in Japan only in 2008). Give it a spin below...

Listen To: K-Ci & JoJo - "Knock It Off"

To be honest, as generic as this is, it's not bad. I don't know if I'll be going to any of their shows, but this is definitely better than what I expected them to bring out.


Jodeci crash & burn and booed off stage at London R&B Superstars Show | News

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On a night set to ignite a love for all things '90s R&B related, an extremely poor live performance last night (March 23rd) cemented the demise of one of R&B's once great all male groups. Read more


Jodeci - 'Freek N You' (TOKiMONSTA Frickinyoo remix) | New Music

Returning to the classics, LA music producer Jennifer Lee, also known as TOKiMONSTA puts her own twist on R&B group Jodeci's classic "Freek'n You".Read more


Dalvin DeGrate recalls making Jodeci's 1991 album Forever My Lady | Return To The Classics

Critically acclaimed as a success by music industry insiders and culture writers of the time period, Forever My Lady was released on May 28, 1991 by Uptown/MCA Records. At the time, the genre of R&B was being dominated by the infusion of Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing style and it was at a real crossroads from a generation earlier where singers dominated the genre as opposed to the production of the music. The world would be introduced to two sets of brothers who would stake their rightful claim as trendsetters within the genre; Jodeci boasted the production and songwriting talents of the DeGrate brothers, Donald “Devante Swing​” DeGrate and Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate and the stellar vocals of the Hailey Brothers, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and Joel “Jo-Jo” Hailey.

Their style was a refreshing reminder of soulful ballads from a bygone era and the highly successful New Jack Swing style of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their vocal talents alongside Devante Swing’s production and songwriting skill set were something to behold given how young they were at the time. Their ages ranged from 17-19, but their music sounded like well-groomed R&B stalwarts. Aesthetically, their style was groundbreaking due to the “bad boy” machismo and bravado they personified on record and stage. A young Sean “Diddy” Combs assisted in crafting the ensemble’s image while Andre Harrell, Dwight “Heavy D” Myers and Al B. Sure! provided musical guidance for this particular album; which was recorded in the Hit Factory Studios in Manhattan, New York between the years of 1990-1991 Forever My Lady.

SoulCulture recently sat down with Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate, group member, musician and co-writer for the album to shed some light on how the album came together.
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Pretty Ricky x H-Town x Jodeci – "Knockin’ Your Heels Off" (Remix) | Music Video


Ladies you are going to love this.. US hip hop website WorldstarHipHop have premiered the visuals for the remix of Pretty Ricky's "Knockin Your Heels Off" featuring legendary '90s R&B groups H-Town and Jodeci and boy, are they bringing sexy back.

The three groups, who are individually known for making songs and videos to make the women of the world go weak at the knees have come together for to make the ultimate baby making record.

Check the video below, for the grown and sexy!


Hudson Mohawke takes on Jodeci's "Freek'n You" | New Music


Leading up to the release of his Satin Panthers EP, the young Glaswegian producer/DJ Hudson Mohawke has been re-upping some of his unofficial remixes on his soundcloud for people like myself who missed them the 1st go round. The latest one re-upped being his headnodder of a remix for Jodeci's 1995 classic "Freek'n You" from the R&B legends' third album The Show, the After Party, the Hotel. Press play and turn this all the way up!

Listen To: Hudson Mohawke - Freek

Hudmo also took on Keri Hilson's Lil Wayne featuring "Turnin Me On" which you can listen to after the jump.Read more


Jodeci's Diary Of A Mad Band LP revisited with Prince Charles Alexander | Return To The Classics

Diary Of A Mad Band was released on December 21, 1993 by Uptown/MCA Records. After achieving triple platinum status with their first release, Forever My Lady, Jodeci announced their return in resounding fashion with their sophomore album. Continuing their trademark sound centered on soulful balladry, Jodeci landed legions of adoring fans from both sexes alike for their real life lyrics and incredible musicianship contained inside of each song.

This album would see the group expanding their sound on the second half of the album by experimenting more with Hip Hop music infused with traditional R&B. The writing and production talents of Devante Swing were on full display once again with contributions from Mr. Dalvin, Timbaland and Missy Elliot. K-Ci’s vocal prowess was reminiscent of early 1970s soul singers such as Bobby Womack and his brother Jojo’s upper register delivered indelible notes that gave a distinguishable feel to each song, which set them aside from their contemporaries.

Jodeci consisted of the perfect amalgamation between the production and songwriting talents of the DeGrate brothers, Donald “Devante Swing” DeGrate and Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate and the incomparable vocals of the Hailey Brothers, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and Joel “JoJo” Hailey. This album would propel the brothers into a new realm of superstardom and cement their legacy as one of the best R&B groups of not only the 1990s, but in the history of the genre.

The DeGrate and Hailey brothers came from families steeped in the gospel music tradition for years. Both sets of brothers traveled extensively on the gospel music circuit and were well accomplished performers and musicians.

The DeGrate brothers served as pianist and drummer for their father, Rev. Donald Degrate’s gospel group, The DeGrate Delegation. The Hailey Brothers were performers in their father’s gospel group, Little Cedric and The Hailey Singers. The pair of brothers met in the late 1980s and formed the group Jodeci in 1990. They eventually received their big break in the fall of the same year. Their debut album Forever My Lady only foreshadowed what was to come from the group.

Between January 1993- August 1993 Diary Of A Mad Band was recorded in the Hit Factory Studios in Manhattan, New York.

SoulCulture recently sat down with Prince Charles Alexander, the audio engineer, mixer and studio musician for the album to give some insight on how the album became a success.
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Jagged Edge - The Remedy LP Snippets x "Baby" [Official Music Video]


Last month we brought you the new mixtape from R&B boys Jagged Edge, Love Potion: The Remedy Mixtape, to get us in the mood for their new album The Remedy and now they bless us with some visuals for their new single "Baby," which samples Surface's 1987 hit “Happy" and Jodeci's “Come And Talk To Me" - check out the video below.
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Lionel C. Martin: A Pioneer In Visual Production | InTheVisuals


Before there was Hype Williams, Little X and Benny Boom, there was Lionel C. Martin.

From 1987 to present, Martin’s videography reads like a scroll of all of the great talents of the past 25 years in urban and popular music. Martin is responsible for giving urban music videos life and authenticity at a time where Hip Hop and R&B desperately needed a pioneer to deliver a quality product for the world to see. Martin has produced videos for TLC, Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Public Enemy, Bell Biv Devoe, Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z, Keith Sweat, Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, SWV, En Vogue, MC Shan, Jodeci, Mariah Carey, Jill Scott, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G., Father MC, Hi-Five, Tupac, N’Sync, Backstreet Boys and many more.

Martin, a native of Queens, NY, was a trailblazing force in the 1980s when he helped launch the Video Music Box channel with his childhood friend, Ralph McDaniels in 1984. The Video Music Box channel was only seen in the Tri-State area at the time. The Tri-State area consists of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Martin was one of the first hosts on the show and his moniker was (The VidKid). The channel would play every Hip Hop video from the popular artists of the time period.

After its inaugural year, Martin devised an idea to expand the channel’s brand and this move helped to make the channel achieve legendary status. Martin alongside McDaniels made the decision to travel extensively through the emerging hip-hop scene to cover parties and shows to illustrate the influence that Hip Hop culture was having on New York City and the surrounding areas. It would prove to be pivotal in shaping the career path of Martin.

During this time, the Video Music Box channel was the only Hip Hop program in syndication on public television in the United States. It gave a voice and face to a culture that would begin to dominate the mainstream in the forthcoming years. Whilst working on the Video Music Box channel, Martin would see the types of videos that would come in from the artists and thought that the Hip Hop culture needed to have better representation for the art form. This is where his voyage of directing music videos begins.

Recently, SoulCulture sat down to talk with Martin about his contributions to urban music videos, behind the scene stories and the importance of maintaining pride in urban culture.
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Devante Swing (Formerly of Jodeci) Arrested After Trashing Restaurant (Video)

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Former '90s R&B heartthrob Devante Swing [of Jodeci] was arrested for drunken behavior at a Subway restaurant in California last weekend.

According to TMZ, and what is also evident in the sercurity footage below, Devante Swing [real name Donald DeGrate Jr] was arrested as a result of being drunk and disorderly which lead to him crashing into tables and falling on the floor. Read more


Jodeci: Forever My Lady (1991) | Classic Albums Revisited

Forever My Lady was released on Memorial Day weekend in 1991 and was critically acclaimed as a success by music industry insiders and culture writers of the time period.

The genre of R&B was being dominated by the infusion of Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing style at the time and it was at a real crossroads from a generation earlier were singers dominated the genre as opposed to the production of the music.

Jodeci consisted of the perfect amalgamation between the production and songwriting talents of the DeGrate brothers, Donald “Devante Swing” DeGrate and Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate and the stellar vocals of the Hailey Brothers, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and Joel “Jo-Jo” Hailey.

Their style was a reminder of soulful ballads of a bygone era and the infusion of the New Jack Swing style of the late '80s and early '90s. K-Ci’s vocal prowess was reminiscent of early 1970s soul singers such as Bobby Womack and his brother Jo-jo’s upper register delivered indelible notes that gave their records a distinguishable feel from their contemporaries. Read more


Brutha – Destination: Short Stay | Free Mixtape

Jermaine Dupri's R&B quintet Brutha have released their official mixtape Destination: Short Stay. Hosted by DJ Fine$$e, the 13 track compilation features a mix of original tracks and remakes of 90's R&B/soul classics from Jodeci, R. Kelly, Tyrese, LSG and 112.

Tracklist:

01. Destination Short Stay Intro
02. You Look So Good
03. Girls Love The Music
04. Last Time
05. Anywhere (112 Remake)
06. You Remind Me (R. Kelly Remake)
07. My Body (LSG Remake)
08. So Good
09. Freaking You (Jodeci Remake)
10. Sweet Lady (Tyrese Remake)
11. Booty
12. One Day On This Earth
13. Outro

FREELOAD [via ThisIsRnB]


Real Music Never Gets Old: An Interview with Next


Veteran R&B group Next recently performed live in London, treating fans with their classics, including “Wifey” and “Too Close,” as well as debuting new material. The live show marks the return for the trio, who are set to release a new album - seductively titled Next, Lies & Videotape – early next year.

Nowadays authentic R&B music is noticeably scarce in the mainstream charts. I remember growing up in the '90s; you’d hear a lot of credible R&B on the mainstream music channels. It had a soulful edge to it, with elements of swing, jazz and even hints of reggae mixed in. But these days R&B chart music barely resembles its rhythm and blues origins. It’s now watered down to cater to a more commercial audience, creating a new R&B/pop sound in the process – one that’s a million miles away from the genre’s previous generations.

In the late '90s urban boybands – or male vocal groups, as some like to call them – were really big: from the likes of Jodeci, 112, Blackstreet and Dru Hill, to Damage, Boyz II Men and H-Town. One band that was riding high in the late '90s/early '00s were Next.

Formed in 1997 by Robert Lavelle "R.L." Huggar and brothers Raphael "Tweety" Brown and Terry "T-Low" Brown, Read more