Sup my R&B family!

Welcome to my new blog. Finally… i think it’s time to deliver your one stop for R&B news, interviews, reviews, moans and what not in the world of me, Ronnie H and my superliscious R&B correspondent Michelle aka MichelleLicious!
If you don’t know what it is i does, YOU’RE LATE (but better late than never eh.)
I’m the RnB specialist of 1Xtra

I present The 1xtra RnB show Mondays from 10pm, The 1Xtra Chart show Saturdays from 1pm til 4pm and i gets all up in the mix on Sunday from 1pm til 4pm ol skool style!

On my R&B show i’ve interviewed everyone who’s anyone in the world of R&B. From R Kelly, Usher, Lemar, Corrine Bailey Rae, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Angie Stone, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige, Justin Timbalake, Jay Sean, Robin Thicke, The Dream, Chris Brown, Beyonce & Neyo.
Infact, i’ma launch this blog with my i/view with one of the biggest superstars in the game right now…12 time Grammy winner…Alicia Keys!!!

Coming soon…i’ll be uploading my past interviews with the aforementioned in my Archive section over there on the right so hold tight!
You can Look forward to all my video interviews with the R&B stars of now also, watchout for a crateful of my R&B mixes coming @ ya real soon 🙂

Now if you’re familiar with my 1xtra RnB show you may have heard MichelleLicious’s news bits on there. You’ll soon get to know that Meesh won’t be pulling any punches (Ouch!).

Go on girl!

HIYA! If you don’t know me and want to get to know follow me on twitter here. I tweet a lot about random things, food, tv, music, I moan and I’m always quoting a lyric. I’m also very opinionated! When I LOVE a song I can listen to it on repeat EASILY over and over again. Right now the tune on repeat is my good mate Tinie Tempah’s, Pass Out (out March 1st)

Anyway, back to it!  Here are my 5 to watch in the world of UK RnB for 2010. In no particular order, here we go..

DALEY

I first heard of this young man when Ronnie played his tune Rainy Day when I was working on the RnB show and instantly fell in love. Daley hails from Manchester and has some serious soul, plus he has a different kinda swag. He did a live session at Maida Vale for BBC Introducing and he can BLOW. I saw him live a couple of week back at Sound where he sang Maxwell’s, Pretty Wings and it was a beauty. Check out his myspace page and follow Daley on twitter.

BLUEY ROBINSON

BLUEEEEEEYYYYY Aka Billy Jackson (Sorry Blue.) Hes been tipped as Ronnie’s one to watch for 2010, along with a lot of people, including Ryan Leslie who remixed I Know which can tear up a dance. He’s busked in NY and braved the London underground, even though the stoosh commuters ignored him! He’s got a beautiful voice, so much so hes been signed to a major which is a big look. And hes from South London, WOY! Follow him on twitter here and have a look at his myspace page.

SELAH

Selah has been doing her thing since 2006 when Lemar sponsored her as his unsigned artist to perform at the BBC Maida Vale studios for 1Xtra. She featured as the vocalist on DnB producers ‘Blame’ track Because of You that got heavy rotation on the daytime playlist on 1Xtra and was Radio 1’s Zane Lowe’s HOTTEST RECORD IN THE WORLD. Since then Selah’s tune ‘Superstar’ has been getting big love and shes been signed to Sony/RCA records. Not bad eh? She’s got a YouTube page where she sings and stuff, proving her wicked technical ability without a studio. Click here to follow her movements on twitter.

MCLEAN

I heard McLean’s (formally known as Digga) tune ‘Broken’ time ago and fell in love with his voice instantly. Last year there was a remix with Tinchy Stryder (although I personally didn’t think the tune needed it..) Now to bring us up to date he’s teamed up with Fraser T Smith (the man behind Tinchy and N Dubz – Number 1, Kano – Typical Me, the list actually goes on, but you get my drift from those 2 tunes alone) for his new song ‘My Name’. The video’s very good and there’s a remix with Sky Walker Scorcher, out 8th March. Mclean is here on twitter.

LIAM BAILEY

Hailing from Nottingham Liam has hooked up with the legendary Salaam Remi for his new project. I’ve not heard any of his stuff yet but I’ve seen some videos on youtube and dude can singgg and can play the guitar. Any if Salaam Remi has time for him, you know its gonna be big tings. Peep him at his purest.

Honourable mentions

Darren B

Young Nate

Iyaz

Talay Riley

Emile Sande

Cleo Soul

Effie

Grand Thomas (heard him on Scorchers album, voice is GONE)

Have I missed anyone? Let me know.

Love.

Follow me on twitter here! PEACE OUT.

So here was another great opportunity to check out an incredible artist at work but this time in the close setting of the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios in London.
I arrived early, so early infact, i caught most of the soundcheck which was siiiick!
Lucky me was going to interview the multi talented Alicia Keys. We met up backstage for a lil chat before she headed out to entertain the intimate crowd of 100 willing and waiting fans.
Alicia’s a singer, songwriter, pianist, producer, she’s beautiful and…she cooks!!
Oh my dayz the perfect woman…but is there anything she isn’t good at??? Find out now with one click!

Erykah Badu will release her fifth studio album, “New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh,” on Feb. 23, 2010 on Universal Motown.

The 38-year-old Dallas, Texas, born singer says the set is called “Part II” because unlike 2008’s more conscious-driven “New Amerykah Part I: 4th World War,” she is “more free and full of life” this time around.

“I called it ‘Part II: The Return of the Ankh’ because this album is the sister of the left side of my brain — it is the right side,” Badu explained during a listening session this week at New York City’s Chung King Studios. “‘Part I was the left side of my thoughts — it was more socially political and my thought process was more analytical. This time there wasn’t anything to be concerned with — the album is more emotional and flowy and talks about feelings. It reminds of the days of ‘Baduizm’ — this is just about beats and rhymes in a cipher.”

Tracks like “Window Seat,” featuring The Roots’ ?uestlove on the drums and James Poyser on piano, finds Badu requesting “a window seat…I don’t want nobody next to me,” over drums and clasps. Meanwhile, she questions “What did I do to make you fall so far from me?” atop keyboard riffs on the 9th Wonder-produced “20 Feet Tall.”

On the banjo-laden “Don’t Be Long,” Badu pleads her lover to return soon although she understands “you gotta get your hustle on.”  She taps into her inner B-girl and pays homage to the Notorious B.I.G. on tracks like “Get Money,” which features elements of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. feat. Notorious B.I.G. track of the same title, and “Incense,” on which she harmonizes the Biggie lyrics, “there’s gonna be a lot of slow singing and flower bringing if my burglar alarm starts ringing,” over a beat reminiscent of Alicia Keys’ “Unbreakable.”

Some of the other stand-out tracks include “Fall In Love” which finds her candidly warning potential lovers, “You’re loving me and I’m driving your Benz / you’re loving me and I’m f*-king your friends;” the harp-heavy ” Out of My Mind Just in Time (Part I) (Undercover Over-Lover),” on which she pleads, “I hate for you, when I hate you too, if you want me to;” and ” Out of My Mind Just In Time (Part 2),” on which she confesses, “I am a recovering undercover over-lover / recovering from a love I can’t get over / and now my lover thinks he wants another,” over piano strokes.

”Jump In The Air” was slated to appear on the album, but parts of it leaked on the internet earlier this week, and as a result Badu is unsure if she will include it on the set. “If anything leaks, I won’t put out this album,” she said about potential future leaks. “I worked too hard for that to happen. Let a bitch make some money some kind of way.”

The track is said to feature nine MCs including Lil Wayne and her son Seven’s father, rapper Andre 3000.

In the past six years, Badu, who has been working on this album since the release of “Worldwide Underground” in 2003, has recorded over 50 songs for “Part II.” She hopes to release an already-completed album titled “Low Down” shortly after this release.

”New Amerykah Part I” has sold 359,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

by Mariel Concepcion, N.Y

Young Nate dropped a free EP for the lovers called ‘The Last of The Sweetboy’.

This includes songs with features from Scorcher, Tinchy Stryder, unreleased tracks and snippets of new material.

I think Nate is quality, Ronnie’s a big supporter and had Nate follow him on his unsigned freshers tour back in September. I feel with the right track and with enough backing he could blow. Hopefully the new album will be a good look for him.

Click here for the download and follow him here on twitter.

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who appreciates and loves good music knows that Teedra Moses deserves a 21 gun salute.

Her first album ‘Complex Simplicity’ was SERIOUS. Her voice is so sweet it gives me toothache. This is a 12 track free EP for Valentines Day but to  be honest, if you know love this can run at any time.

Click here for the free download.

Cannot WAIT for Teedra’s new album.

Shout to Semtex/Roy for this one.

Let Love live!

M.

Ps. This is my sexy Love tattoo on my wrist.

Yeyur

I’ve Just been to checkout the flick ‘Precious’ directed by Lee Daniels. Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, it was an acting debut for Gabourey Sidibe who plays the title character who goes thru the mill in the movie let me tell you.
Its actually not hard to see why Oprah got on board as Executive Producer as the flick tells a very powerful story.
Exhilerating performances from comedienne Mo’Nique, who’s already bagged a Golden Globe for her role as mum of Precious, and Mrs Robin Thicke aka Paula Patton as the caring shool teacher. (Why wasnt she at my school???)
Both Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz are convincing in supporting roles although i did find myself over analysing their performances because of who they are. I cant see me being the only one to do this. All that said a really enjoyable film. Ladies and soft lads will probably shed a lil tear or two.
Important note: Heavy tunage from Mary J Blige, Jean Carne, MSFB and Queen Latifah on the OST. Lovin that! 4/5

Now.. I know several times I’ve made my opinion on Beyonce clear. Love her pre B’day aka pre Jay Z.. but I wouldn’t call her a stupid girl.. unlike Pink.

Shameguy.