SoulBack (featuring DJ Urban Philosopher) – The R&B Podcast Episode 16

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1:25: Faith Evans and Stevie J got married!
3:53: Our thoughts on Mario’s new single “Drowning” and the new album
9:25: Ciara’s new record “Level Up”
11:45: Lloyd’s album cover for “TRU”
14:56: Mary J. Blige’s new single “Only Love”
18:00: New Music from June’s Diary and Estelle
22:09: Zeplyn Tillman’s Playa Please Award rescinded for Queen Naija’s “Medicine”
27:38: We found a dope artist! Check out Anna Moore’s “One Day” EP
30:10: The Internet’s new album “Hive Mind”
31:23: Sade is coming back!
33:45: Dru Hill/Jazz/Playa new music + confusion?
38:47: Playa Please Award: Brandy, MTV Video Music Award and 112
47:56: DJ Urban Philosopher joins the podcast

Lots happened in R&B last week, so we had to come back with another episode. Mario was supposed to join us on this podcast, but he couldn’t make it so we brought in our boy DJ Urban Philosopher to give us some insight on the success of “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai. We also talk about new music from Mario, Ciara, Lloyd and Mary J. Blige. This episode also falls on Keith Sweat’s birthday so you already know we had to show him some love. We also discuss the lineup change in Dru Hill currently and speculate whether there’s internal issues going on with the group. We have confirmation that 112 is no longer a four man group, so we discuss what may have went wrong.

One comment

  • Mary says:

    Dear JuneBugs,

    Wow, we can’t believe its been two years since BET connected the 5 of us. It’s already been such a journey and we are so grateful for all your love and support since Chasing Destiny ended. From releasing our first mixtape ‘Male Edition’ and performing at the Essence Festival to touring with XSCAPE and now supporting Jussie Smollett’s ‘Sum of My Music Tour’, this journey has taken us places we’ve only ever dreamed of. But it hasn’t been easy.

    Following LA Reid’s departure from Epic Records at the start of 2017, we were released from the label. We’ve faced so many challenges working as independent artists to create music we love, music that inspires us, music that makes us feel, and on our own terms. But all these setbacks have only made us stronger and have brought us closer together.
    We’ve been working super hard on our debut EP and can’t wait to share our new music with you! Since this is our baby we want to make it perfect for you. Thank you to the Great @kellyrowland Thank You to our musical big brother, Jussie Smollett’s imprint Music Of Sound for introducing our EP to the world. We love you Jussie and had a complete blast opening for you this summer and your support has meant the world to us.

    Our debut EP ‘All Of Us’ is now available!

    Industry b.s. aside, we believe in music and R&B and this is just the beginning for us. Thank you sooooo much for being patient and riding so hard for us. HUGE shout out to our manager Frank Gatson who’s held us down through thick and thin, even after every “no” and after so many others turned their backs on us. Without him this EP would never see the light of day.
    We love you and appreciate you all of you! Enjoy.

    Sincerely yours,
    June’s Diary