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Why don’t I love Frank Ocean?

[Random, I know. I wrote this sometime last year, thought of it today, realized I never published it anywhere and decided to post.] As the title of this post suggests, when it comes to the music world’s love affair with Frank Ocean, I am mystified. The Ocean lovefest is like a party I’m not invited […]

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The-Dream explains why R&B isn’t meant to be mainstream and the music industry has become slavery

Excerpts from my recent interview with The-Dream, who dropped his fifth album “IV Play” last week: On the state of R&B: “R&B is never meant to be mainstream. It’s too close to what hurts and what love is. Love is few and far between, and what hurts — people don’t really want to talk about […]

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Sleeping on The-Dream? 10 songs that prove the Radio Killa is a music genius

Terius “The-Dream” Nash has created megahits for a long list of artists and released a collection of high-quality solo albums — his fifth album “IV Play” dropped this week — but there are still an alarming number of people sleeping on his talent. I recently heard someone describe him as a more sophisticated version of […]

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Justin Timberlake and the disappearance of black R&B artists

Justin Timberlake is everywhere. Or at least he seems to be. The actor and pop/R&B phenom recently hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the fifth time — a historic event that drew appearances from comedic heavyweights like Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase — and followed that up by co-hosting “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” […]

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