New Orleans Rapper – Mystikal is best known for his hit singles “Shake It Fast” & “Danger (Featuring Nivea)” back his back on the scene. Mystikal is currently featured on the Mark Ronson track “Feel Right”, which blazing up the charts. Not only has he worked with Mark Ronson but Mystikal is said to be working with Bruno Mars and Pharrell on his upcoming music projects. Checkout our exclusive interview with Mystikal from the Essence Music Festival 2015.
UK R&B/Neo-Soul Duo – Floetry is back and the ladies are currently selling out on their worldwide reunion tour. Both Marsha and Natalie haven’t performed together in 9 years since they decided to embark on solo endeavors. On their second stop in NYC – David Duane and Tabitha Williams spoke with Floetry exclusively to discuss their reunion. David Duane briefly asked the duo about releasing R&B music as an independent. Check out the conversation now and check them out in a city near you (Tour dates below).
Fresh off the Essence Music Festival stage – R&B/Soul Recording Artist, Raheem Devaughn stopped by the press room to catch up with David Duane. Raheem currently just got off of tour Ledisi and Leela James but has revealed that he’ll be back on tour with another female R&B artist. Now we asked him if it was K. Michelle since she’ll be announcing her fall tour soon but he said it wasn’t – so who could Raheem be touring with ? Sevyn Streeter ? Guess we’ll have to wait for the official announcement. He also revealed with us that his next single is but you gonna check this interview for all the exclusive details.
Update (As of 12:34pm EST): Raheem will be back on tour with Leela James speaking of which and the tour will kick off in October 🙂
Like only the most daring and gifted of musical artists, Stacy Barthe transforms her own hurt into songs that uplift, inspire, and fortify the soul. On BEcoming—Barthe’s full-length debut for Motown Records—the Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter boldly details her experience with suicidal depression, her troubles with drinking, and the triumph and struggle of her 180-pound weight loss. Throughout the album, Barthe graces that storytelling with her gorgeously powerful vocals and the sophisticated songcraft that she first revealed in penning tracks for the likes of Katy Perry (“Hummingbird Heartbeat”), Rihanna (“Cheers”), and Miley Cyrus (“Adore You”). Raw and uncompromising yet stirring and sublime, BEcoming proves both aching and joyful in its exploration of the complexity of the human condition.
To create the slow-burning, genre-bending blend of R&B and soul heard on BEcoming, Barthe worked closely with executive producer Malay. Also teaming up with producers such as Benny Cassette (Kanye West, Sky Ferreira) and DJ Camper (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown), Barthe relied almost entirely on live, organic instrumentation rather than programmed beats, samples, and loops. With featured artists including John Legend (who also serves as an executive producer) as well as Common and newcomer Ro James, the album achieves a timeless spirit but bears an urgency that makes even its quietest moments steeped in intensity and passion. “The album’s about my old self dying and about becoming the new me,” explains Barthe, who likens the metamorphosis captured on the album to a larva shedding its cocoon and emerging as a butterfly. “I used to weigh 380 pounds,” she continues, “so I’ve been cocooning all my life—waiting to become.”
Checkout our latest interview with Stacy Barthe from the Essence Music Festival 2015 and checkout “BEComing” Available NOW !!!!
R&B Songstress – Tweet is about to change the R&B/Soul game with her upcoming album “Charlene” dropping January 2016 on E1 Nashville. Yes, that’s right deal – Tweet sealed her new record deal with E1 Nashville. As it was previously mentioned, she’ll be reuniting with Missy Elliot and Timbaland to give that great “Southern Hummingbird” vibe. David Duane catch up with her briefly to discuss the exciting news – Check it out !
It’s a simple query, famously crooned in 1971 by soul legend Marvin Gaye, amidst a continuing civil right struggle in a nation at war both domestically and abroad. It’s a question still being asked today. Yet Bilal, like Gaye, offers no answers, merely a deep pondering on the current times with his moody fourth studio LP, In Another Life . “I’ve always seen myself like a Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley or Curtis Mayfield,” the golden-voice singer says, pointing to three of his many musical inspirations. “They could speak politically, but still wanted people to have something to play at night, to make love.”
Bilal fully embraces that duality on In Another Life , informed by CNN headlines and producer Adrian Younge’s dusty melodies. On the uncanny lead single “Satellites,” he takes the perspective of an extraterrestrial visitor observing a world in ruin. “We’re making music that speaks to the times that we’re in,” says Bilal, who’s collaborated with everyone from Beyoncé to Justin Timberlake to Robert Glasper. “So we have to make something that people of the future can go back to and say, ‘This is the way it felt back then.’ There are beautiful, sweet moments on this album and there are dark moments.” Checkout our latest interview with Bilal from the Essence Music Festival 2015.
Music is emotional. Your job is to make people feel something. The best way to do that is to sing and speak from something they’ve personally been through. That’s where I write from,” Amber ‘Sevyn’ Streeter says. The 29-year-old has already lent her pen to tracks for an elite roster of R&B players including Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and Estelle. As her single “Don’t Kill The Fun” featuring Chris Brown is blazing up the charts. Sevyn recently perform on the “Essence Music Festival” stage and also revealed to our boy – David Duane about her upcoming EP “Shoulda Been There” coming on July 17th !!!! Checkout the exclusive interview.
R&B/Soul Songstress, Elle Varner has been getting the world geared up for the highly anticipated sophomore album, “4 Letter Word” – had just released the new banger “Birthday” featuring 50 Cent. We caught up with out friend Elle to discuss working with 50 Cent, “Love”, and MORE exclusively with David Duane at Essence Music Festival 2015. Click the video below because this conversation is so EXCLUSIVE !!!!