I’m not always in the mood to listen to After 7 every time it’s cloudy, but I never want to listen to After 7 when it’s nice outside. Their name is After 7 though so maybe they were making music for dusk and other low-light situations. In any case, those Edmonds brothers could sing and I never understood how Babyface became famous over those two anyway (I don’t really know what to say about that third wheel in the back though…did he ever do anything?).
Sidenote: Early 90s videos by male groups and solo artists are always distressing because the men are usually brown-skinned and the women are light-bright-almost-white, looking like Lisa Bonet. Every single time. :-/
Remember when black dudes randomly started making the same song? Glenn Lewis, Maxwell, Musiq Soulchild, Jimmy Cozier, Carl Thomas…everybody was putting out thoughtfully sweet R&B jams. Let’s do that again. Poppin’ bottles and making it rain on strippers is a little tedious after awhile.
I just knew I was going to grow up and marry Glenn Lewis. Move to New York, find me a gay, smooth-singing, neo-soul crooner with nice eyebrows.
Until I got here and realized those guys only date white dudes.
In remembrance of Fontella Bass, appreciate this song please.
Often placed alongside hits by The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, and The Marvelettes, “Rescue Me” captured the girl-group sound of the 60s while performed by Fontella Bass solo. Banking on the heavy bass typical of the “Motown Sound,” Chess Records hit big with this song in 1965 and it still remains a classic.
Lloyd “Get it Shawty” Remember when bangin’ R&B jams didn’t sound like Eurotrash leftovers? That Streetlove album was really underappreciated. There is some really good production going on and this was My Jam right here.
Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne “You” I actually forgot Lloyd had a lil’ body on him. I also forgot that time when D. Woods used to have a job. This is such an effective use of samples. I need more of this and less of whatever Usher is doing please.
This album goes so hard. Everytime I stop listening to it and then pick it up again after a few months I’m like “Rafi…what are you doing with your life? You can’t just NOT listen to Zhane. That’s crazy talk.”
Also it is really cold in my room and this song feels like summer.
I FORGOT I KNEW THIS SONG! I am so buggin right now.
So. A couple of weeks ago, I took the train out to Long Island to hang out with my friend that I met on tumblr (and her husband and her kid and this is a completely normal thing to do so get out my face) and we were watching VH1 Soul in the living room. Between the two of us, we knew every video they were playing, but this Five Star group was a mystery to both of us. They were fly, and the lead chick sounded like Ralph Tresvant, but still……total mystery.
Fast forward, and I’m sitting in the bed randomly reading about Tilky Jones on Wikipedia (don’t try to figure out how my mind works) and Five Star popped up in my head. Quick youtube search, and boom. This. Song. That I know every word to.
Apparently they were a really big deal in the 80s over in the UK, and are now about to be a really big deal in the 10s over in my apartment.
Why didn’t I know Hi-Five were still together? Yes…”Kissing Game” Hi-Five from when I was like 3. And this song is good too! Actual R&B music not run through a processor of Eurotrash and cheesy dance breakdowns? WHAT?! THIS IS A THING?! Shut your mouth. An actual group of 5 guys singing a well-written song with harmonies and fly dance moves?
I don’t even know what to do with myself. These old-ass dudes put this down.