Mary J. Blige ft. Diddy x Lil Wayne–Someone to Love Me (Naked)

I figured this pic embodied the personality she was going for, I mean…we DID miss this Mary right? The Wayne feature was so unnecessary tho, but whatever. [audio] Download: Mary J. Blige ft. Diddy x Lil Wayne–Someone to Love Me (Naked) Continue reading Mary J. Blige ft. Diddy x Lil Wayne–Someone to Love Me (Naked)

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The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2009

We’re at year’s (and decade’s) end!  That, of course, means that all entertainment publications are doing “best of” lists.  Below you’ll find my top 10 Best R&B Albums of the year.  Look out for a singles list soon!

Criteria: All albums MUST have been released between January 1 and December 31. Your feedback is welcomed!

10. In A Perfect World…, Keri Hilson

Release Date: March 24, 2009

Easily the most talked about new artist of 2009 from any genre, Keri Hilson made a major splash in November 2008 with “Turnin’ Me On.” Featuring rapper Lil’ Wayne, it became a huge hit after the album’s lead single, “Energy,” stalled on the charts. Hilson had been writing and/or singing back up for several marquee artists prior to releasing her debut, including Tank, Britney Spears and Timbaland, just to name a few. And on her debut, she doesn’t disappoint. Artistically, she scored wonderfully with all four singles: “Energy,” “Turnin’ Me On,” “Knock Me Down” and “Slow Dance.” Other highlights, such as “Make Love” and “Alienated,” prove that while Keri still has a long way to go musically, she’s no fluke.

9. Stronger With Each Tear, Mary J. Blige

Release Date: December 21, 2009

Here on Blige’s 9th album, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul delivers her shortest and probably most concise set of songs since her 1992 debut album, What’s The 411?. Vocally, Mary sounds better than ever, delivering probably some of her best performances to date. The last four tracks alone make this one of the year’s best, and songs like “Kitchen” and “Hood Love” (with Trey Songz) are sure to have fans buzzing.

8. Ryan Leslie, Ryan Leslie

Release Date: February 10, 2009

Ryan “R. Les” Leslie had been producing music for other artists for quite awhile, but finally, in 2009, the Harvard alum decided that it was time for listeners to hear HIS voice. On his self-titled debut album, he delivers one of the strongest and most memorable R&B albums of the year and easily one of the strongest debuts of any genre. The first two singles, “Diamond Girl” and “Addiction,” signaled what direction the album would take, and it never disappoints. Tracks like “You’re Fly,” the album-closer “Gibberish” and the third single, “How It Was Supposed To Be” might make one wonder why Leslie took so long to release his debut. But it was well worth the wait.

7. Epiphany, Chrisette Michele
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