Being born in the 90’s certainly touched the new up and coming triple-threat artist Jo’zzy aka @dopebyaccident in a special way. She’s the protégé’ of super producer Timbaland and a talented singer/songwriter/rapper. Not only is the 90’s an inspiration and influence, but a way of life for this 24 year old; whose real name is Jocelyn Donald. She says of new single “Tryna Wife”, “It’s just nostalgic music and only the beginning. Some of today’s R&B and Hip-Hop can be so watered down and cookie-cutter, but my style of music makes you think of the 90’s.”


"They only get to see a certain part of your life and it’s not even fifty percent. It may be about fifteen percent of your life that these people are getting to watch so that’s never a good thing because you become this fifteen percent of what people get to see and there’s way more to most of us that are on that show..."  ~Bambi


“One thing I feel that happens a lot on the urban side of music, not as much on the mainstream pop side of music is that if artists don't come out for a few years, we forget that we loved them. This was not just some song I liked, but this was my favorite group in the world. I feel like the urban audience, we don't hold our stars up like the pop audience do. Their stars will put out an album tomorrow and it will still be double, triple, quadruple platinum…”  
~Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge 


Are you a fan of good 90’s music? A fan of music that allows you to still leave something to the imagination? Then you might want to cop that new Hi-Five The EP. Yes, that’s right—Billy, Faruq, Marcus, Shannon and Treston aka Hi-5 are making a comeback and Billy Covington and Faruq Evans assured Parlé Magazine in a recent interview, that they’re here to stay!


You've probably been a fan of Rico Love for years and didn't even know it. He has penned and produced chart topping hits for Usher, Keri Hilson, Fantasia, Chris Brown and Beyoncé to name a few. His EP, Discrete Luxury, was released late in 2013 and includes six new tracks including hit singles "They Don't Know" and "B*tches be Like." The EP serves as the prelude this debut album, Turn the Lights On, which is also the singer/songwriter’s memorable catch phrase. While Rico has made a name for himself mostly behind the scenes, the new record is his chance to not only expand his repertoire but show and prove that he has what it takes as a solo artist.


Kareem Nelson, didn’t tell the typical childhood story I expected to hear in a recent interview with the Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) founder. He described a great childhood, a mother that provided everything he wanted and needed, if not more. As an only child, he said he had the best of everything, but the “streets” were still calling. “I chose the streets,” Nelson admitted. There was a sense of brotherhood and freedom that led him to the lifestyle that so many of our young Black men follow. Fast money, cars and women is the name of the game and where so many get caught up. For twelve years Nelson was about that life, until one night everything changed.


 
 

 

 

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Passion, Pain & Pleasure is Trey Songz’ fourth studio album. Leading with a ballad "Love Faces," Trey sets the tone for the entire project flowing back and forth between his vocals and an R. Kelly sound that despite it’s over usage, actually works. The following track, "Massage," is the album's quiet storm moment that is destined to become a favorite among fans of the singer and those embarking on a journey into the artists' music. "Massage," follows the mood of “Invented Sex” from his Grammy nominated Ready, but suits his vocals a little better with percussion and piano breezing by in the background.
The lead single "Bottoms Up," offers a club vibe and features Young Money rapper, Nicki Minaj. At first listen, it becomes one of the most memorable off of the seventeen cut collection as does "Can't Be Friends," where Trey sings his heart out about a love turned friendship that can be no more. "Please Return My Call," continues the same saga of yearned romance while "Red Lipstick," adds to the album title's momentum with its bedroom swag, as does "Doorbell."
"The Unusual," fits the inevitable radio friendly format with rapper Drake adding to the cut. Despite its radio attractiveness, the beat borders on bizarre and distracts from the lyricism of Trey's vocals and Drake's verse. Passion, Pain and Pleasure closes with three cuts that embody the theme of the album emphatically. "Unfortunate," wallows towards Prince territory with its drawn out hooks and echoing chorus; "Blind," carries with it a rock and roll sound that fits the tale Trey sings about and "You Just Need Me," resounds in a top 40 format and puts the final touch on the album.
Passion, Pain and Pleasure is no Ready and while it may be compared to its predecessor; Trey Songz manages to keep the listener's attention throughout. Trey Songz worked with several producers on this album such as Troy Taylor, Mario Winans and Bryan-Michael Cox. The album's sound is distinct and adds gravity to the singer's repertoire of work.
Passion, Pain and Pleasure receives a PARLÉ
Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ…Classic
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Passion, Pain & Pleasure is Trey Songz’ fourth studio album. Leading with a ballad "Love Faces," Trey sets the tone for the entire project flowing back and forth between his vocals and an R. Kelly sound that despite it’s over usage, actually works. The following track, "Massage," is the album's quiet storm moment that is destined to become a favorite among fans of the singer and those embarking on a journey into the artists' music. "Massage," follows the mood of “Invented Sex” from his Grammy nominated Ready, but suits his vocals a little better with percussion and piano breezing by in the background.


The lead single "Bottoms Up," offers a club vibe and features Young Money rapper, Nicki Minaj. At first listen, it becomes one of the most memorable off of the seventeen cut collection as does "Can't Be Friends," where Trey sings his heart out about a love turned friendship that can be no more. "Please Return My Call," continues the same saga of yearned romance while "Red Lipstick," adds to the album title's momentum with its bedroom swag, as does "Doorbell."  


"The Unusual," fits the inevitable radio friendly format with rapper Drake adding to the cut. Despite its radio attractiveness, the beat borders on bizarre and distracts from the lyricism of Trey's vocals and Drake's verse. Passion, Pain & Pleasure closes with three cuts that embody the theme of the album emphatically. "Unfortunate," wallows towards Prince territory with its drawn out hooks and echoing chorus; "Blind," carries with it a rock and roll sound that fits the tale Trey sings about and "You Just Need Me," resounds in a top 40 format and puts the final touch on the album.


Passion, Pain & Pleasure is no Ready and while it may be compared to its predecessor; Trey Songz manages to keep the listener's attention throughout. Trey Songz worked with several producers on this album such as Troy Taylor, Mario Winans and Bryan-Michael Cox. The album's sound is distinct and adds gravity to the singer's repertoire of work.

 

Passion, Pain & Pleasure receives a PARL

 

Rating:

P…Horrible

PA…Tolerable

PAR…Good

PARL…Kinda Great

PARLÉ…Classic  

 

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