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New Music: Playa “Let It Go” (Produced by Kanye West)

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/295.mp3] Although this song is not new (it was recorded for Playa’s second album in the early 00s), it was recently released on Playa’s “Unreleased Compilation.” Alicia Keys released “You Don’t Know My Name” with the same beat in 2003…

New Music: Static Major “All The Way To Heaven”

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/294.mp3] When I first heard this song, I definitely was not sold on it being the first single from the forthcoming “Suppertime” album. However, like many of Static’s gems that are usually so different than anything else, the song really…

Editor Pick: Glenn Lewis “Take You High”

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/293.mp3] Attention Glenn Lewis, we need you back ASAP! After hearing his debut album “World Outside My Window,” I became a big supporter of him as an artist and felt he would be in for plenty of future success. Unfortunately,…

Classic Vibe: Glenn Lewis "Don’t You Forget It" (2001)

“Don’t You Forget It” was the first single released from Glenn Lewis’ debut album “World Outside My Window.” Lewis, who has always drawn comparisons to Stevie Wonder due to his voice and singing style, for some reason has been widely…

Rare Gem: Chico DeBarge “Playa Hater”

This song is not rare in the sense it was unreleased, in fact it actually had a video, but it’s rare for the fact it curiously was only released as a single and never appeared on an album. We can…

Editor Pick: Carl Thomas “Woke Up In the Morning”

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/291.mp3] I think what gets me about this song is it borrows the beat from fellow Bad Boy label mate The Notorious B.I.G.’s “My Downfall” and carries the same subdued tone. Whereas Biggie raps about his enemies plotting on his…

Editor Pick: Babyface “Stress Out” (Produced by The Neptunes)

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/290.mp3] I really like this song for two reasons: very good production from the Neptunes in their prime, and the lyrics on this song are amazing. It might not be groundbreaking material, but I love to play this song when…

Classic Vibe: Babyface "For the Cool in You" (1993)

Even though it may never have been reflected in record sales, I’ve always felt that Babyface was one of the most talented artists in r&b. Besides his silky smooth voice, he is also a masterful writer who has penned hits…

Editor Pick: Tank “Make Me Wanna Sing” featuring Sparkle

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/289.mp3] This was easily my favorite song from the “One Man” album. One thing I will say about Tank is, he has shown tremendous growth through each of his first three albums. In fact, if I had this site up…

New Music: Mary J. Blige “Closer” (Produced by Ryan Leslie)

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/288.mp3] Another bonus track from her “Stronger WithEach Tear” album that is out now.