Fantasia’s Return & New Video Is “BitterSweet”

I’m happy to bring you the video for Bittersweet, the lead single from Back To Me, Fantasia’s first album in four years.  The video was directed by Lenny Bass and features professional football player Devin Thomas as Fantasia’s love interest.

After experiencing a rocky road filled with missed performances, financial problems and a failed relationship, Fantasia regained our attention with her reality show, Fantasia (For Real) which followed her as she re-established herself as the season three American Idol winner that we came to love.  

Her new album comes out this August but in the meantime, check out the video for Bittersweet and tell me what you think.

Album Review of The Sellout by Macy Gray

After Macy Gray’s 2007 album BIG (one of her most mature albums) didn’t do as well as expected, she jokingly stated that she considered going out and hiring the hottest producers, the best writers and get real skinny instead of staying true to herself. Lucky for us, none of them called her back.

On June 21st, The Sellout, her first album in three years will be released by Concord Records in the U.S., Island Records in the U.K. and Universal Music Group, internationally.

Featuring 12 news songs, my favorite song is title track Sellout, because it sets the tone for the entire album. After listening to this album it’s evident that Macy set out to be herself, Period. Whether she was emancipating herself from a relationship or empowering herself, the message of self preservation is clear throughout the entire album.

Macy gives listeners the perfect blend of fun and funky with songs you can Rock out to like Kiss It to the inspirational Beauty in the World. As the lead single, Beauty in the World explores and admires the many unique and lovely things that the world has to offer. Another standout song is the retro influenced That Man. Bobby Brown fans get a real treat as he joins Macy on the racy yet simpistic ballad Real Love. Other collaborations include The Bodyrockers’ Kaz James and Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum formerly of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver.

In a recent article on Huffington Post Macy questioned the place of a 40 year old woman in a music industry that underestimates the souls of youngsters. She goes on to say, “there are over 40 million women, in the United States alone, in their 30s, 40s and beyond, that are starving to be musically inspired and lyrically represented.”

As one of those 30+ year old women she speaks of, listening to the Sellout was not only a refreshing break from the norm but addressed issues that I could relate to. 

New Music: June 1st & June 8th

It’s June and it’s Black Music Month! So much music is coming out this June and it’s my business to make it your business so as P.Diddy says…..LET’S GO!!!

R & B

Playlist: The Very Best of R.Kelly ~June 1

R.Kelly has had his share of legal troubles but you can’t deny the fact that the Pied Piper is one talented brother.  Whether you’re into is baby making music, soul searching anthems or two stepping hits, his career has produced some great songs for himself as well as others. {Click for Tracklist}

Bionic by Christina Aguilera ~June 8

After having a baby boy and living life, the little white girl with the soulful big voice returns.  I know she’s a megastar but for some reason I don’t think she gets the credit she deserves.  She is the only person who can blow today’s popstars out of the water and belt out a tune like only a Stax or Motown recording artist can. {Click for Tracklist}

Hip Hop

Dopeman Music by Scarface ~ June 1

This Ghetto Boy turned solo artist is one of the few rap artists that I listen to as an adult.  I have to admit, I am not familiar with his earlier work.  I listened to him growing up because I have a brother 8 years my senior but I had no clue what he and his boys were talking about.  I became a true fan of his after 2002’s The Fix and if you get this mixtape I’m sure it will not disappoint.  I consider Scarface the Soul of Southern Rap Music and so should you. {Click for Tracklist}

El Che by Rhymefest ~June 8

A few years back, I heard about Rhymefest by way of the world’s most famous College Dropout, Kanye West.  I haven’t heard much from hims since then but he’s back with a new album.  Described as a smart urban hip-hop record addressing contemporary issues with strong melodic hooks. It’s a bit of a through back with live drubs, horns, guitar, basss and background vocals. Featuring guest MCs: EL, Little Brother, Darien Brockington and Slique. {Click for Tracklist}

Gospel

Playlist: The Very Best of Fred Hammond ~June 1

Fred Hammond and his entourage of gospel singers have gotten me through many days.  This greatest hits album contains some of his most memorable songs and my all time favorite Let The Praise Begin. {Click for Tracklist}

Get Ready by Forever Jones ~ June 8

Forever Jones is a gospel band with a remarkable story.  After being told by doctors that she was unable to have children, Kim and Dewitt Jones were blessed with five wonderful children and recently welcomed their first grandchild. Each member in this family group holds their own as they all either play instruments, sing, write or produce. {Click for Tracklist}