Suddenly Every Artist Is Either Mumbling Or Jamaican – YouKnowIGotSoul R&B Podcast Episode #61

YKIGS August 27, 2017 6

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1:45: Rank all the members of New Edition
5:00: Jodeci’s Mr. Dalvin releases a new single
6:52: Fake Jamaican accent in Urban music
9:46: Is Bryson Tiller R&B?
15:15: 112’s new single “Dangerous Games”
17:47: LUke James’ new single “Drip”
24:42: Keyshia Cole’s new single “Incapable”
26:20: Miguel’s new song “Sky Walker”
35:00: Brian McKnight’s new album “Genesis”
38:35: The buzz around new R&B artist Daniel Caesar
43:30: Responding to our interview with Tank
53:20: R&B Hall Of Fame nominations: Jill Scott and 112

I can’t believe it’s already been 3 weeks but we’re back with a podcast. There’s so much to talk about this week as there have been a lot of releases in the time we’ve been away including Jazmine Sullivan, 112, Luke James, Keyshia Cole and Miguel. We look at each of these songs and give our feedback. Along with that, we talk about Brian McKnight’s new album “Genesis” which was released very quietly. We also talk about the releases of Daniel Caesar’s new album as well as Elijah Blake’s “Audiology” project.

We also spend some time talking about the comments that Ledisi made about Urban AC. She said that the genre is getting a little boring and needs some excitement to it. We look at the different trends that are going on in Urban music such as the Jamaican influences as well as the trap productions and try to figure out where R&B can go from here. We also analyze our interview that we did with Tank last week and talk about where his career is headed as he releases his upcoming album “Savage”. The songs we’ve heard so far as very trap influenced, so we talk about whether we’ll ever see real R&B Tank again.

For this week’s hall of fame discussion, we nominate Jill Scott and 112. Both have very strong credentials, but will they get into the hall of fame?


  1. Omar August 29, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I’ve never really paid attention to the previous podcasts but THIS… this was an interesting listen, though I did only listen to the sections that sounded interesting to me. I’ll get round to the other sections later on.

    New Edition rankings spot on. Johnny and Ralph I would say too are better than Bobby, then you can throw a brick with BBD though I think Ricky is the more talented out the three.

    The 112 single is a welcome return for them – IMO a LOT better than ‘Strawberry’. I thought the focus on their use of AutoTune was a bit harsh considering their have been other old school artists/groups that have used AutoTune on their most recent projects (Jagged Edge on ‘Layover’?) but personally I don’t think that detracts from how good the song is.

    I agreed with your thoughts on the Luke James cut and fully agreed with your thoughts on where he is going with his career. It’s undeniable his vocal ability is unparalleled as can be heard on ‘Drip’, but it has sounded like through his career he is yet to find himself properly. I never really got into his first project because of that, but I do have high hopes for his new project.

    The new Keyshia Cole song is good, and I agreed with your assessment of Miguel’s song. At the minute I’m not that keen on it but might grow on me after repeat lessons. I have high hopes for his new project too, I reckon he will revert to that R&B sound he had on ‘Kaleidoscope Dreams’ (heres hoping anyway!).

    I thought the new Brian McKnight album was really good – miles better than the ‘Better’ album he put out last year. The sound of the album is more cohesive than the last project, though I do reckon there are a couple songs that might not sit well with some (the dance-like ‘Hungry 4 U’ for one). But it’s definitely a very good album.

    Haven’t heard of Daniel Caesar until now so that’ll be a project to go listen to. Was surprised however with the shout outs given for potential R&B albums of the year there was no mentions for Moonchild, Glenn Lewis & The Playlist or Teedra Moses (I know you can only S/O so many artists before moving on but just wanted my say), as I reckon personally they are the R&B records of the year that need to be topped.

    Very quickly, I don’t understand the hate for Bryson Tiller. Is it the voice, the music etc? I never listened to the Bryson part of this podcast (but I will later on) but I was thinking where you were saying artists like Miguel have chosen to go in their own lane of doing ‘pseudo-rap’ music, where before they were chasing more of a traditional sound with their music; can’t we just let artists like Bryson, Eli Sostre and Che Ecru have their own lane without having to depreciate the value of their music? What are your thoughts?

    Lastly, I’m a massive Tank fan but what you said about him rings true. Reading his interview makes it clear that his direction has completely changed and that he does not want to make ‘real R&B’ anymore, just because he wants a bit more mainstream airplay and recognition. It’s sad really, as when you think of how much his sound and voice progressed from ‘Force of Nature’ to ‘SLP 1’, had he carried out like that, he could have taken R&B by storm. At the end of the day his legacy and importance in R&B can’t be disputed, but really with where he is going now you can’t help but think of what could have been.

    With TGT, in the interview you posted with Tank where you questioned him on TGT, there was no mention of Ginuwine. Do you reckon it’s over for him as far as TGT goes, and if so, who would you like to see as a replacement if T(G)T do come back for one more project?

    • Omar August 29, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

      Sorry, where I said Teedra Moses, I meant Leela James!

    • YKIGS September 6, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks for listening!!!

  2. BobRNB August 29, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Dalvin wrote and produced the best uptempo Jodeci track (“Get On Up”), and the second best Aaron Hall uptempo track (“Curiosity”).AND he dropped 16 bars when they couldn’t afford a rapper.

  3. Tont August 29, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Daniel Caesar’s “Freudian” album is great and the “OG” Lovell’s “Real R&B Returns” Lp is sensational. Two gems that are reviving R&B/Soul Music. No autotunes or any other gimmicks. Simply awesome arrangements and vocal stylings. Give them a listen!

    • Omar August 30, 2017 at 2:28 am - Reply

      That Lovell album is flames!

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