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The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 46 (featuring RL From Next)

We keep the great guests coming as this week we bring in our good friend RL from the group Next. We talk to him about the history of Next as well as his solo career. We also touch on his songwriting including the record that he wrote for Keith Sweat. He also shares some stories from his early Divine Mills days with Kay Gee from Naughty by Nature. Also learn about RL’s daily routine which consists of waking up at 4 AM to go to the gym and then going to the studio after! On our end we debate whether Ne-Yo or The-Dream is a better songwriter. We also debate whether Chris Brown is the best entertainer of this generation.

0:02:17 – Still raving about the new Jon B. and Donell Jones single
0:04:31 – Is Chris Brown the best entertainer in this generation?
0:12:27 – Remembering Avant’s hit single “Separated”
0:15:05 – Best/Vocalist discussion featuring T-Pain, Pharrell, Ja Rule and The-Dream
0:18:45 – RL joins the #SoulBackPodcast
0:20:16 – His daily routine
0:21:24 – Our friendship with RL over the years
0:23:45 – Developing his songwriting ability
0:31:15 – Was there any R&B beef between the 90’s male groups?
0:41:15 – The challenges of maintaining as a group and the future of Next
0:49:30 – RL’s solo career from his perspective
0:54:00 – Balancing trendy versus old school
1:05:23 – Better songwriter: Ne-Yo vs The-Dream
1:08:20 – Playa Please: The “Monopoly” song by Victoria Monet, radio payola for Ariana Grande

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