Thursday, August 27, 2009

LeToya Luckett Lady Love Review

LeToya Luckett is a lady of many different sides and personalities. As a member of the group Destiny's Child she played the role "goofy" member. LeToya displays her many different sides in her music. Her debut album "LeToya" came out in 2006. The album was great, and it gave an idea of what a "H-Town chick" really was. The album consisted of many different topics from love to partying, to heartbreak. But This album only showcased the young H-Town chick. which is only one side of LeToya. Now Ms. Luckett is back with her sophmore album appropiately titled "Lady Love". The album consists of many different songs showcasing the many sides of not only a young woman but love general, it shows the good and bad and how it can affect someone. In my review I'll break down the album song by song and give my opinion on each one and the album as a whole.

1. Lady Love: The album starts of with the soft sound of a music box, but quickly switches gears to an infectious beat and LeToya singing in a sexy and sultry voice. This song is a ladies anthem. Letoya lets a man know that no other woman around can do for him all that she can. She lets him know she's a independent lady but can accomidate all of his needs. 4/5

2. She Ain't Got...: This Cory Bold produced track is definitely a stand out track. I mean, who can't relate to this??? LeToya's voice flows over the rapid beat and the lyrics are VERY sassy! She let's a cheating boyfriend know that the "hoe" that he is cheating ain't got sh*t on her! 5/5

3. Not Anymore: This Ne-Yo written song is where the album shifts to a slower pace. The song is a piano driven ballad. The song is about a broken-hearted girl who finally opens her eyes and realizes that she deserves way more that what her so called boyfriend is giving her. Although I like this song I don't feel it was a good single choice, being that is was her 1st single off of the album. 3/5

4. Lazy: I'll be honest, when I first heard this song when it leaked I thought to myself "blaaaaaaah[!]" I thought the song was boring, but I wasnt really listening to the lyrics. This song is off the hook! LeToya sits her man down and lets him know that she no longer wants to be in a relationship, because she is afraid of the heartbreak that may come. She has been so much in the past that her heart has given up on love all together and has become "lazy".

5. Good To Me: This is my favorite song on the album, When I heard this song I couldn't believe this was the same LeToya from the debut album. LeToya lists all the things she wants in a man, and lets it be known when she finds this man she will love him unconditionally. 5/5

6. Over: On this song LeToya warns her man that if he were to ever cheat on her that the relationship would be "over". Things in the relationship don't seem to be going too smoothly from the lyrics, but she warns him before he makes a big mistake and loses everything they have. 4/5

7.Regret(Ft. Ludacris) I guess the guy didn't take Toya's advice! This song is a anthem for anyone who has ever been cheated on. LeToya lets the cheating man know "I made you cool. You wasn't that dude, until I started f*****g with you!" She basically tells him that everything he had, he got from her, and that he is now nothing without her. Ludacris comes in as the "new" boyfriend and basically lets the old guy know he is gonna do all that the other man was incapable of doing. 5/5

8. I Need A U: Lady Love unleashes her sexy side on this track! She sings over a soft bass beat in a airy yet sultry tone very reminiscent of Janet Jackson. She cries that whenever she is alone in her room at nite she needs a man to keep her keep her company and do all the things that lovers do. This song showcases a side of LeToya that has not been showcased atleast not to this extent. Instead of a usual bridge LeToya speaks about how wished she had a man with her at that very moment. The song then climaxes with a electric guitar that goes into the final chorus. 5/5

9. Take Away Love(Ft. Estelle) LeToya gets help from UK singer/Rapper Estelle on a song where she tells a man that she no longer wants to be in a relationship. You can say this song is basically the same like Lazy because generally speaking it is. However if you listen closer they are completely different, This song is about a guy who just cant get a clue. She has tried over & over to let him know he is not who or where she wants to be, so her final option is to take her love away. Estelle's verse is dope! 3/5

10. After Party: This song is probably the only song on the album that I dont particularly care for. It's just not my style. Its almost like everything she says goes in one ear and out the other because I can't begin to tell you what the song is about..... 2/5

11.Drained: This is my JAM! LeToya turns the tables which is something I love when female singers do. Instead of singing about getting her own heart broken she sings about breaking her mans heart and draining him of all of his love. She later pleads for forgiveness and another chance. 4/5

12. Tears: LeToya gets sexy once again! This song is pretty dope. Its about a lady who allows her man to take complete control, but not in a bad way. It is up to the listener to choose whether it is a sexual or emotional type of control. Whatever the case may be the tears she has are tears of joy. 4/5

13.Matter: On this song Toya pleads with a man who has left her for another woman. She tells him that The woman he is now with will never be able to love him the way she does. She pleads with him to come back to her and lets him know the other woman doesn't matter to her. 5/5

14.Love Rollercoaster(Mims & LeToya): I like this song A LOT! This song is SO relatable! Mims Obviously plays the guy in the relationship and spits verses about how the the girl cant seem to keep a stable mood, and how his girl be trippin on him making mountains out of molehill. While LeToya swears that its all on him and that he has changed his ways from what they used to be, which causes her to feel like she is on a emotional rollercoaster. 5/5

15. Don't Need U: This is a great song! Its about finally realizing that you can do without your ex. After all, there IS a reason why you left them, right? On This song LeToya lets her ex know that there are no hard feelings. And she will continue to carry on with her life, rather that soak in her hearkbreak. 4/5

16. Don't Let Me Get Away(iTunes Bonus Track): This drum driven and clap assisted track is nice. LeToya sings over the beat to a guy who is beginning to drop the ball when it comes to their relationship. She reminds how he had to put in work to win her over, and warns him to not let her get away. Although the song is nice I definitely see why it didnt make the physical copy...3/5

As a whole I think this album is AMAZING! It is a total upgrade from her debut. Not to take away from "LeToya", because that album was great too. This album diplays A LOT of growth! LeToya has grown so much as a person & artist. On her debut she placed herself in a box with the whole "H-Town Chick" vibe she was using. This album is a bit more sophisticated. And shows more sides of LeToya. Although She definitely Shows The H-Town Chick is STILL there(i.e. She Ain't Got & Regret just to name a few). Another factor is the vocal growth! LeToya has most definitely stepped it up this time around vocally! She is hitting notes she would have never dared to hit on her first album. This album is worth every penny! if you are an R&B head like myself you will definitely appreciate this album. For the most part it is pretty laid back. there are a few "up beat" songs but the album mainly consists of mid-tempo's and ballads. If you havent already PLEASE go out and BUY this album it is definitely worth it. LeToya is so much more than just an ex member of Destiny's Child. And she is More than just a H-Town Chick. LeToya Nicole Luckett is Lady Love!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lady Love instores & online NOW!!!!!!!

LeToya Luckett's sophmore album Lady Love was officially released today so be sure to grab a copy or two! I already got mine!

Showing love to Aaliyah

Today marks 8 years since the tragic death of R&B singer Aaliyah Dana Haughton. I used to be a BIG Aaliyah fan when I was a little kid. I remember learning the entire "Are You That Somebody" Routine. Her "One In A Million" album was one of the first albums I ever got! I remember my mom bought me the cassette! Her last album "Aaliyah" is a CLASSIC I played that album until it broke! back in 2001 and have bought it again TWICE since then! If you dont have that cd you NEED to get it. I just wanted to make a post recognizing the late singer, because she was truely AMAZING! Ive searched youtube and I some videos of her performing my favorite songs! and my favorite video off her last album(can you spot Electrik Red's Binkie & Lesley??)

Age Aint Nothing But A Number LIVE On All That:

One In A Million LIVE at Summer Jam:

Rock The Boat:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Flashback Joint

In Honor of LeToya Luckett releasing her new album tomorrow, my flashback joint of the day is her second single "She Don't" from her first album "LeToya"

Be sure pick up Lady Love tomorrow!

Lady Love instores TOMORROW!!!!!

LeToya Luckett is releasing her sophmore album Lady Love tomorrow! LeToya split from Destiny's Child along with LaTavia Robertson back in 2000. After that the two formed a group called "Anjel". Unfortunately Anjel did not work out so LeToya decided to take the solo route. Luckett released her first solo debut on Capital records back in 2006. the album was self titled "LeToya" and it was a BIG success! It debuted at #1 on the billboard 200 charts selling 165,000 copies its first week! To date the album has sold 800,000 copies! Her first single "Torn" reached #2 on billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song chart. Her second single "She Don't" was also a success! LeToya has been hard at work ever since! She went on tour with Mary J. Blige as a supporting act on "The Breakthough Experience Tour" in 2006. And she owns two boutiques in Houston,TX both called "Lady Elle". LeToya has now returned to the music scene with 3 new singles. The first being a Ne-Yo written ballad "Not Anymore". Second the up-beat and sassy Cory Bold produced "She Ain't Got...". And third the Tank produced "Regret" featuring Ludacris. The album drops TOMORROW!! And I will most definitely be picking up my copy in the morning!! Expect a full review later on in the week, I may even do a "LeToya" review just for the heck of it for all you have yet to hear the album! Here are a few Flashbacks of Ms. Luckett...

OLD DC Interview:

LeToya on "Say My Name":

LeToya on "hey Ladies":

Beyonce & LeToya on "If You Leave"

LeToya on "Bills Bills Bills":

Friday, August 21, 2009

Keri Hilson & Friends spotted shooting new video

Wednesday night Keri Hilson was spotted in Hollywood shooting a video for her new single "Slow Dance". Keri is a established songwriter aswell as a singer so she had a couple of friends there with her to make cameo's in the video such as Polow da Don, Monica, Chris Brown, Omarion, and even Melody from The Pussycat Dolls. check out some footage of them shooting the video: need to get their stuff together because they dont know who Kelly Rowland is, and apperantly they dont know who Keri Hilson is either! They think is a new Chris Brown video....

Kelly Rowland & Brandy spotted hanging out!

Wednesday 8/19/09 Kelly Rowland & Brandy Norwood were spotted shopping in the Los Angeles Beverly Hills area. They were seen in the MAC store where they had the entire store shut down to shop! Both ladies looked cute! The sad thing is the paparazzi didnt know that the young lady shopping with Brandy was infact Kelly Rowland from DESTINY'S CHILD!!!! I don't know whether to laugh or feel bad! In my own opinion Kelly is the bigger "celebrity" or atleast more current than Brandy but that may only be over in the UK....The paps waited for the ladies to exit the store so they can snap away and record videos. When they did all attention was given to Brandy. The only thing said to Kelly was, was she there to support Brandy!, infact on the youtube link the description says "Brandy and a friend go shopping..." Here is a photo and a video of the ladies in & exiting the MAC Boutique on Robertson Blvd.(click the link to see the video)

Im glad to see Kelly & Brandy are friends again! They used to hang out back in the day but the friendship ended a few years ago when Brandy told Kelly to let Mathew Knowles go as her manager, because his only interests were in his daughter Beyoncé. It seems as though the ladies have let the past go and have become friends again! Both are signed to new lables(Kelly as even let Mathew Knowles go!) and are working on new albums! Hopefully they will do a track together one day!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Melanie Fiona Energy Live Sessions

So Melanie Fiona is a new R&B singer from Toronto. She has a single on radio & tv called "Give It To Me Right". She is gearing up for the US release of her debut Album "The Bridge" which drops this tuesday! 08/18/2009. She did a performance at a unknown club in Zurich(Switzerland). Four songs are on the net check them out here:

Monday Morning:

It Kills Me:

Give It To Me Right:

Heartless(Kanye Cover)

Give It To Me Right Video:

WOW! Melanie did her thing on these performances! She can definitely SING I like how the 1st song started off slow and then picked up a little. Her style reminds me of Solange a little bit. She mixes modern R&B with old school motown. Her Heartless cover was nice I liked the Reggae feel she gave to it, then switched it over to hip hop with a dash of rock! She is SICK! The Bridge drops 08/18/2009 Grab a copy, I think this will be a hot one! Definitely expect a FULL review of it sometime this week.

Keri Hilson Wal-Mart Soundcheck

Keri Hilson did a interview & performance with Wal-Mart for their Soundcheck series a few months ago. Im guessing the videos have just surfaced because this is my first time hearing anything about can check all video here:


Knock You Down:

Turnin' Me On:

Slow Dance:



I thought she did a great job on the performances! The best was Slow Dance(I am so pissed that it was cut off!) The interview was pretty cool. It allows you get a better feel for who Keri is and where she gets her inspiration from. Keri & I have the same fave songs from her cd! Rumor has it that Hilson's next single will be Slow Dance!! Im so excited and I hope it is true! Also it said that she is planning on re-releasing In A Perfect World... The current edition is instores NOW so if you haven't already PLEASE go and pick up a copy or two! It is definitely worth the money!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Beyoncé song!!

A New Beyoncé track called "Poison" has leaked. It appeared on DJ Haze's new mixtape called " Big R&B Ego". Im a HUGE Bee fan so ofcourse I LOVE the song take a listen here:

This song is AMAZING!!! She took it back to the "Dangerously In Love" days. the production, lyrical content, & vocals are all on point! I dont know why this song didnt make the IASF cd. Hopefully it will appear on the re-release due next year...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Flashback Joint

Junior M.A.F.I.A. Get Money:

I used to LOVE this song when I was a kid. And I recently fell back in love with it! Lil' Kim rocked this joint! Charli Baltimore looked cute in this video! I think its time for both ladies to make a comeback to the music scene!!

Charli Baltimore recently spoke with Vlad TV about not being in The "Notorious" movie & Lil Kim's actions at Biggie's Funeral:

Ouch! at the Lil' Kim comments....

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Unchartered Waters

(l-r Audra Lyndriette Seven Brave)

New R&B group RichGirl have been having their songs leak left and right! It seems like everytime I get online a new track has leaked! I dont mind it one bit cuz their music is like crack to my ears!!! I love RG!!!! Like seriously I get the same feeling I get listening to these ladies that I got listening to Destiny's Child during the Bills Bills Bills days! The latest song to leak is a song called "Uncharted Waters" take a listen:

The song is produced by B. Cox. And I LOVE it!! It is a standard Cox track but it lets the ladies voice shine. (Especially Seven!) RichGirl plans on releasing their debut album later this year.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

RichGirl performs on WNBA All-Star game!

While opening for Beyoncé on the north american leg of her "I Am..." world tour RichGirl also performed at the WNBA All-Star game in Coneticutt last month at the Mohegan Sun Arena RG performed their song 24's. Check out the performance here:

I think they did a GREAT job especially giving the fact that it was their first televised performance! Lyndriette & Seven are by far my favortites! Althought all ladies are talented and fine as hell!! RichGirl's debut album is expected to drop later in the year.