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Jagged Edge – Layover

When we discuss the best R&B groups, the likes of Jodeci, 112 and Jagged Edge are firmly in those discussions. The latter was more recent in ways, and with some of their songs outlasting others, they have managed to maintain a legacy. Though not many knew what had actually happened, in the recent Unsung episode, we got to learn more on JE and their dip, with mostly attributed to one member. The important part is not only the music created, but the people behind it, and although Jermaine Dupri can be attributed to a lot of their success, some of their biggest records were thanks to themselves, so it’s to be understood that as far as creating quality music, they’re more than capable.

Bringing us to Layover, the latest offering from JE. Whilst they might not be as relevant today, it does not take away from the music one bit, as they have crafted a project worthy to sit within their discography. Three years after the release of their Greatest Hits album, the boys return with more. Having listened to it a few times, true Jagged Edge fans will not be disappointed, with tracks like Give In, and Lying, embodying the classic JE sound, it sounds like they took the best tracks they had crafted since and compiled them. The familiar tones of the lead singing twins, it’s all present and sounds very up to date, cuts like You Before Me, can almost take you back to their prime. Now while the album lacks a top ten record, especially in today’s climate, there is a lot of growth and maturity in this album, and I wonder what could be if they linked back with JD.

Overall, if you enjoy R&B, then there for sure are more than enough tracks to satisfy, and just good to see the guys back to doing what they do best.

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“If you’re a fuck nigga, a backstabber, you disloyal, I pray death upon you” – 21 Savage

21 Savage has been enjoying quite the success, obtaining x2 Platinum certifications with X and No Heart, and the project Savage Mode, which has maintained it’s relevance since it’s release last summer. Amidst the obvious face tatt and the savagery, he can be considered a “real rapper”, and I agree, however not for the same reasons.

In his most composed interview thus far, he showed something that the fake ones don’t, vulnerability. Especially when speaking on why he doesn’t like to fly commercial. It’s not a weakness whatsoever, as he speaks sincerely, and honestly. He is not afraid to speak from the heart, and that’s what prompted me to post this. A product of his environment, he appears positively evolved from our first introduction. When mentioning Chicago as one of the cities he likes, he refers not to the obvious violence, but rather the architecture and structure. He speaks on wanting to work with legendary R&B group Jagged Edge, and wanting to win a Grammy, which are some encouraging aspirations.

Shout out to B Dot & Elliott Wilson, because they made the effort to although touch on the obvious questions, but to get a further insight to the man behind the music.

I always knew of his influence, however, after this interview, there’s no doubt that he could (in future) go on to create even more open and introspective music (potentially even politically charged and conscious), as a real voice for the generation.

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Day26 – Girlfriend

There has not been a real male R&B group (I choose not to use the term ‘boy band’) that could be considered among the likes of Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Dru Hill, Blackstreet, 112, Jagged Edge and the list goes on, However, the man behind two from that list (Jodeci & 112), P. Diddy, set out to change that, his highly successful Making The Band franchise helped draft up five hopeful singers in the hope to turn them into a R&B force.

The result is Day26, who I must say are not that bad, it takes a lot to compete with greats such as 112 and Jagged Edge, who have both given us an array of classics. Day26’s debut album was not that bad, it had a good selection of tracks, some even made it into my playlists, tracks such as Co-Star and Since You’ve Been Gone, they were the signs of the groups large potential.

Fast forward to now ‘Girlfriend’ is the second single taken from their second album, Always & Forever.

This song is so far their best attempt at claiming a spot in rankings for the top R&B groups. The heavy beat commands the tempo as the synth-based melody dictates the songs feeling. Each member gets an opportunity to display their ability, with second singer Que making most of his chance. Girlfriend is one for the fellas however, the ladies will take to it even quicker for the way it is presented. Lyrically, it really does the beat justice, it is a good topic, drifting from the usual subject of sex to a more appreciating theme. The video is a great contrast to the song and overall with the performances helps deliver the song with greater effect.

Fáris Rating:
8/10

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Johnta Austin – If I Was (Your Boyfriend)

I’m a big fan of Johnta Austin, so I was glad to hear this:

In today’s over saturated industry it is always good to hear something fresh or something classic, Johnta delivers both with this one. A singer and songwriter, Johnta Austin is more famed for his songwriting capabilities (having penned the hit Sweet Lady for Tyrese as well as more recently writing two Grammy award winning tracks in the form of Mariah Carey’s We Belong Together and Be Without You for Mary J. Blige).

‘If I Was (Your Boyfriend)’ has the feel of a classic R&B single (think more Jagged Edge, makes sense as he works closely with Jermaine Dupri). The song has Johnta letting the girl know that she is with the wrong guy (like Trey Songz – Can’t Help But Wait..which funnily enough was written by Johnta Austin), but not just the wrong guy, more so that she doesn’t know what love is unless she got with him (Johnta).

It’s not confirmed if this will become an official single for not, or even if he will keep it for himself, either way it is a nice track and shows the consistency that he delivers which is why Johnta Austin is so sought after in the R&B world.

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