If you know football, you know Deion Sanders. Primetime! Mr. “Must Be The Money.” Neon Deion. The Hall-of-Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion hasn’t really needed an introduction since his meteoric rise in the NFL spotlight, but these days it’s his moves off the field that require conversation. The second season of his reality show, Deion’s Family Playbook premieres on OWN Network on Saturday, November 1st at 9p.m. EST. For those that aren’t familiar, the show features Deion in a light that many might not be familiar with—Deion as a family man raising 10 children. That’s not all however, as Deion also helps run a charter school in Dallas Texas, Prime Prep Academy for grades K-12, and a nonprofit organization, Prime Time Association (aka TRUTH), which teaches young adults through sports and education.


Jagged Edge's eight album, JE Heartbreak II finds the quartet reunited with producer Jermaine Dupri, label So So Def and their original management Mauldin Brand Agency. The theme here is all about bringing back true R&B, so the guys shy away from Rap features or features of any kind, as well as Hip-Hop infused beats. Slow jams are plentiful in this 12 song album and with Bryan Michael Cox assisting the Casey twins on songwriting and production, its very much reminiscent to the sound of early Jagged Edge albums.


Syleena Johnson is one of the bonafide soul singers of our generation and a true R&B Diva that has maintained a penchant for great music since the late 90s. Her musical diary in the form of her Chapter releases have been stacked with hit songs since the original Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness was released in 2001. Now with a new label, Blakbyrd Music, Syleena releases her sixth installment of the series, the true to life Chapter 6: Couple's Therapy. While she has grown in her years and through her experiences, the quality of music remains grand. An overall review just wouldn't do here, so we decided to deliver a track by track review of Syleena Johnson's Couple's Therapy.


Singer/Songwriter, Destiny ‘Adia’ Andrews was born in St Louis, Missouri but I’d say she hailed from Huntsville, Alabama. She calls herself a mutt when trying to describe exactly where she’s from, as she grew up all over. But “Huntsville is home” she insists. That’s where all her close relatives and her late grandmother – the most important piece to her puzzle—were from. Admittedly, She should probably come with a warning sign, one that reads “slow down, no assumptions just yet!” If you don’t know, Adia is a Gospel singer but not the average.


Following both the somewhat lackluster albums, No Mercy and Trouble Man, T.I. returns with Paperwork, a 15 track project that is essentially the second in a trilogy of albums from the Atlanta emcee - the first being Paper Trail, released in 2008. There are high moments and low points on Paperwork that ultimately allow for T.I. to showcase that he deserves to remain among some of the greats. Paperwork is intricate to the point where there is a sense that there were different personas at play in the studio. Pharrell executive produced the album, and that is a characteristic he has displayed in his previous trips in that role.


A ‘talented triple-threat that no one saw coming’ is the best way to describe new artist, Luke Christopher. With a collection of mixtapes floating around, Christopher has gained a fan base of followers calling themselves #TMRWGANG. He keeps them engaged by releasing a new song every Tuesday on his SoundCloud and #TMRWGANGTUESDAYS has already received over 2 million plays. His latest mixtape TMRW TMRW Pt. 2 can also be found on SoundCloud featuring contributions from Asher Roth, Baily, Shlohmo and Banks to name a few.

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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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