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Month: December 2009

YouKnowIGotSoul Top 25 R&B Songs of 2009

Here are my top 25 favorite songs from 2009. Obviously this is just my opinion, and I expect other people’s opinion to be very different from mine. Would love to hear comments and what your favorite songs are from 2009!…

Editor Pick: Aaliyah “Loose Rap” featuring Static Major

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/276.mp3] Continuing my celebration of Aaliyah on the day I named her r&b artist of the decade, here is one of my favorites from her 2001 “Aaliyah” album. The song was written by and features Static Major who had a…

Editor Pick: Avant “Everything About You”

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/274.mp3] When you got a beautiful woman by your side who loves you, this is the type of song you dedicate to her. This could have been a good follow up single to “Read Your Mind” off of his 2003…

Editor Pick: Jon B. “Bonafide”

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/273.mp3] I know not many will agree with me, but this many be my favorite song from Jon B’s debut “Bonafide” from 1995. The song is a bit unique, and in fact he doesn’t even do much to showcase his…

Classic Vibe: Michael Jackson "Gone Too Soon" (1993)

This touching song by The King was recorded as a tribute song to a teenager who was expelled from high school for having AIDS and eventually died from the disease. Songs like this which brought national attention to world issues…

Rare Gems: Latrelle “Dirty Girl” & “House Party” (Produced by The Neptunes)

Here are two songs from Latrelle, a singer who had previously been signed to L.A. Reid’s Arista label followed by Babyface’s Nu America label. A series of label mergers and internal politics however left her without a home and without…

New R&B: Alicia Keys "Heaven’s Door"

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/268.mp3] Japanese Bonus Track from her “The Element of Freedom” album which is in stores now. I’ve actually found myself liking the bonus tracks better than the album tracks, which is never a good thing.

Classic Vibe: SWV "Right Here/Human Nature" (1993)

I guess you could say I’m partial to this song because of the sample of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” one of my favorite songs of all time. What’s often overlooked about this song is a very young Pharrell Williams chants…

The Top 25 R&B Albums of 2009

It was not easy making these choices, and we’re sure they might be a bit controversial, but in the end, we felt these were the strongest albums beginning to end. We were actually shocked that in a year when we…

Rare Gem: Tha Rayne “Kiss Me” featuring Lupe Fiasco (Produced by Kay Gee)

Tha Rayne was a girl group founded by Kay Gee of Naughty by Nature who had intentions of creating the r&b version of Salt N Pepa. You might remember them from appearing on Jaheim’s hit “Fabulous.” Unfortunately, it never worked…