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RR’s ’09 Best R&B Albums: #1 The-Dream “Love vs. Money”

The Grammy Committee will disagree, but The-Dream’s Love vs. Money was the best Rhythm and Blues album of 2009. On his sophomore disc, Dream lived up to his Radio Killa alias with “Rockin That Shit” and then showed no mercy by “Walkin’ On The Moon” with Kanye West. Next, Mr. Nash showcased his slow groove majestry on “Put It Down” and “Sweat It Out”. But it’s on the dramatic “Fancy” where Dream truly proves his excellence. For a steady six […]

Ed Lover’s 2009 C’mon Son Awards

Don’t front you know Ed got you open this past year, coining one of hip-hop’s strongest new catchphrases. It’s a daily operation of today’s stars doin’ dumb shit and now two words sum up our collective feelings: C’mon son. Here’s a salute to the dubious ones who kept us chitter-chattering about them in the last year of the past decade. Watch the video and then get your vote on here.

RR’s ’09 Best Mixtapes: #2 J.Cole “The Warm Up”

Before coming off Roc Nation’s bench, J.Cole runs practice drills on, The Warm Up. From the opening whistle, Cole declares he was ready for the big leagues on “Grown Simba” and proves he can handle his own over daunting tracks (“Dead Presidents II”). Elsewhere, he gives direction to black girls lost on “Light’s Please” while looking for the perfect match on “Dreams”. Then, over a calm horns, Cole lets hope float on “I Get Up” and “Dollar & A Dream […]

RR’s ’09 Best R&B Albums: #2 Alicia Keys “The Element Of Freedom”

You gotta hand it to Alicia. Unlike pretty much every other artist on the planet, she doesn’t oversaturate herself to stay hot. She does it the old school way. Takes a significant hiatus in between albums and comes back with nothing but her finest material. The single choices have been rock-solid so far. “Doesn’t Mean Anything” is dandy. “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” is thrilling. And while I appreciate her trying to make a Beyonce collabo work (“Put It […]

RR’s ’09 Best R&B Albums: #2 Alicia Keys “The Element Of Freedom”

You gotta hand it to Alicia. Unlike pretty much every other artist on the planet, she doesn’t oversaturate herself to stay hot. She does it the old school way. Takes a significant hiatus in between albums and comes back with nothing but her finest material. The single choices have been rock-solid so far. “Doesn’t Mean Anything” is dandy. “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” is thrilling. And while I appreciate her trying to make a Beyonce collabo work (“Put It […]