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Harvey Mason Jr.

Rare Gem: Steve Russell (Of Troop) “Gots Ta Be” (B2K Demo)

Steve Russell had a great deal of success as part of the r&b group Troop throughout the 90’s. Hits like “Spread My Wings”, “All I Do is Think of You” and “Sweet November made them one of the premier acts…

Editor Pick: Javier “Slow Motion” (Produced by The Underdogs)

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/1599.mp3] This Underdogs produced gem was included on Javier’s debut album back in 2002. As he mentioned in an interview we did with him earlier this year, he never felt that r&b was his main style and was kinda pushed…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents Anatomy of a Hot Song: The Creation of Tyrese’s “How You Gonna Act Like That”

By his third album “I Wanna Go There” in 2002, Tyrese was already well on his way to becoming the movie star he is today, appearing in “Baby Boy” the previous year. For this album, he worked with The Underdogs…

Rare Gem: O’Ryan “No More” (Produced by The Underdogs)

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/2104.mp3] This song has significant meaning to me because I remember trying to find this song back in the day after watching a video of Tank and the rest of The Underdogs writing the track. It wasn’t until years later…

YouKnowIGotSoul Presents: Top 10 Best R&B Songs Produced by The Underdogs

When it comes to producing R&B hits, there aren’t many producers who are as solid as The Underdogs. From their ability to write terrific lyrics to their incredible musical ability and great sense of melody, it’s no surprise why Harvey…

Interview: An “Underdog” in Name Only, Harvey Mason Jr. Has Grown Into One of R&B’s Elite Producers

Over the past decade in r&b, the terms Harvey Mason Jr. and The Underdogs have been synonymous with hit records. Even the most casual r&b fan is sure to have heard of the Underdogs, and if they haven’t, the odds…

Editor Pick: Tyrese “Come Back To Me Shawty” (Produced by The Underdogs/Written by Tank & Walter McCarty)

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/1431.mp3] Though Tyrese’s “Alter Ego” album will probably be remembered as his attempt to rap on songs, there were still some good R&B songs on the CD too.

New Music: Elliott Yamin “Still Gonna Try” (Produced by Harvey Mason Jr.)

Elliott recently released his third solo album “Gather ‘Round” exclusively in Japan.

Editor Pick: Brandy “Truthfully” (Written by Marc Nelson)

[audio:http://www.ykigs.com/1261.mp3] I’ve actually always loved this song, but I love it even more now that I know the story behind this song. The fact that Brandy recorded the main vocals in one take is truthfully (pun intended) amazing. Big props…