Thank God for Rico Wade
So I’m at the 4th annual International Soul Music Summit here in Atlanta this weekend. Saturday I listened to panel discussions on the Performance Act Bill in legislation, Soul Music in TV & Film and the day ended with an artist panel.
Let me interject by reiterating that my perspective with Hardsoul is that today’s soul music should be progressive as the audience’s ear has progressed. To be specific, the Black music (and music across the board) listener’s ear has grown accustomed to Hip hop’s aggressive beats and the slickness and rhythmic cadence of the lyrics. Moreover, many of today’s “soul” artists seem to forget that this is entertainment in addition to art. But we’ll get to that. (more…)
If not the first, this is the most important album to usher in the new sound of R&B that merged soul and hiphop. Some soul purists might even resent this body of work because it was responsible for New Jack Swing being the sound of Black radio; which led to R&B having to have some element of hiphop in it for radio from that point on.
It’s good to see “ole buddy” keep it moving with a project that looks progressive and authentic. Sounds hot too with some quality artists.
Two of our most relevant soul producers…
I’m not really up on this guy, but this is pretty impressive