Janelle Monae, Robin Thicke Cover Vibe Magazine’s Summer 2013 Issue

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As VIBE celebrates its 20th anniversary, they tap R&B superstars Janelle Monae and Robin Thicke to grace the summer 2013 issue. The two singers are certainly making new rules for R&B, as they continue to mix different elements of music to bring us fresh hits. Part of their photo shoot was somewhat inspired by Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video.

In the cover story, Monae and Thicke dish on a variety of topics including how they define their music. Check out excerpts and photos from their cover shoot below.

VIBE: How do you define your music?
ROBIN THICKE: I think what Janelle and I represent is boundaryless music. There is no one way to define her or what she does. And if you listen to my album, it’s the same thing. Sometimes I’m rockin’ out, sometimes it’s soul, sometimes there’s some bossa nova. Her and I are products of the generations of funk, soul, rock ’n’ roll—and then hip-hop coming into the mix—all becoming what this new generation is. We don’t want to be defined. We don’t want to be pigeonholed.

JANELLE MONÁE: One of the things I always say is, ‘Categorize me and I’ll defy every label.’ I think we just love great music. I think regardless, if Mick Jagger is doing it, or Stevie Wonder, or Prince, or somebody at church, that’s the soul. I think that we both represent a very diverse palette for music.

THICKE: I can tell she’s probably just like me—that as soon as somebody says, ‘Oh, you’re this.’ She goes, ‘Well, then let me show you what else I can do ’cause I’m not just one thing.’

MONÁE: It’s about having fun.

THICKE: Well, not just that, but when you think about Stevie Wonder, or even Michael Jackson, you don’t say, ‘They’re R&B singers.’ You say, ‘That’s Stevie Wonder music. That’s Prince music.’

MONÁE: They tried everything.

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THICKE: I hope that after I make my 10, 20 albums people just go, ‘That’s Robin Thicke music. And when they hear Janelle, they know that’s Janelle Monáe music.’ That’s what we both try to accomplish. Even “Blurred Lines,” which is my greatest success…

MONÁE: That’s the jam.

THICKE: Sounds a lot like my other music. I love all kinds of music, so I can’t possibly just make one kind. I’ll make a song called “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy” with Nicki Minaj, and then a song that sounds like Jimi Hendrix that’s all guitar and live music. Most of the music I’ve made is live band instrumentation, no drum machines.

MONÁE: Same with me. We just finished [recording with] the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and then came back and rocked Coachella. I get very bored with the concept of marginalizing music and saying because I’m an African-American woman I [have to] stick to this genre. My iPod [has everything] from Judy Garland to James Brown to Prince to the Talking Heads. It just needs to be great and it needs to move me.

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THICKE: In the history of American music, black radio and white radio were segregated. But once everybody had rights…

MONÁE: And could be on the cover of their album…

THICKE: And white people are on the cover of VIBE and black people on the cover of Rolling Stone, there are no more rules and that’s how it should be. We shouldn’t be judged by our color or one song that we made.

MONÁE: We should be judged by the jam. Is it jammin’?

THICKE: Music is exploding right now and always will, because it’s not about the sound. It will always come down to the artist. What are they doing? What are they saying and how are they saying it?

MONÁE: And is it believable?

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The issue will hit stands on August 25.

(Source: VIBE)

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Roy Woods Announces Debut Album ‘Say Less’ and Shares Title Track

OVO Sound artist Roy Woods has released his new single “Say Less.” Produced by Luca and S.L.M.N, the track finds Woods telling a woman she doesn’t have to say much in order for them to get intimate in the bedroom.

“Heard you got a lot to say / Maybe you should say less / You ain’t gotta tell no lie / Baby you can confess 100 fahrenheit in my room / Maybe you should undress / Don’t talk say less,” he sings.

“Say Less” is the lead single and title track to Woods’ upcoming debut album that drops on December 1. The album will consist of 16 tracks with features from PARTYNEXTDOOR, dvsn, 24Hrs and PnB Rock.

Fans who pre-order Say Less will also get an instant download of “What Are You On?”

Listen to “Say Less” below.

Say Less Track List
1. Medusa
2. Little Bit of Lovin
3. Say Less
4. Take Time (Ft. 24hrs)
5. Something New
6. TOP Left
7. Bb
8. Back It Up (Ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
9. Glass
10. The Way You Sex
11. Monday To Monday
12. What Are You On?
13. Balance (Ft. ​dvsn & PnB Rock)
14. In The Club
15. B-Town
16. Undivided

Keyshia Cole Announces ‘Ride’ as Next Single

Without an official radio impact date, Keyshia Cole teases Kamiayah-assisted track as her new single from 11:11 Reset.

In a series of Instagram posts, the “I Ain’t Thru” songstress shared snippets of the Drumma Boy produced track, captioning “Coming next 🔥🔥.”

The wavy track, sampling Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary,” finds the Oakland pair sittin’ on ready and ready to pull up on anyone who gets out of line. “One hundred, nothing fake about me / She better watch what she say about me, ” claps Keysh.

Lyricist Kamiyah is mean with her delivery, too. “I got some bitches outside that’ll ride for me / No lie, two times, they’ll die for me,” spits the rising rapper.

11:11 Reset is available digitally and in stores now.

Crank up “Ride,” and remind haters they don’t want no problems.

Janet Jackson, Keith Sweat, Patti LaBelle and More Nominated For Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Some of the biggest names in music have been nominated for the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Motown Records, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Nat King Cole, Berry Gordy, Keith Sweat and Stephanie Mills are among the impressive list of nominees.

Ten artists with the most votes will be selected to join the Class of 2018. Winners will be announced in February, Black History Month. The first-ever televised ceremony will take place in June, Black Music Month.

In 2016, inductees included Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Manhattans, Freda Payne, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Carl Carlton and The Impressions.

See the full list of Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame nominees below.

Apollo Theater, and New Editions
Barry White
Berry Gordy
Billy Paul
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Gamble & Huff
George Clinton
Janet Jackson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Sweat
Mary J. Blige
Motown Records
Nat King Cole
Patti LaBelle
Peabo Bryson
Stephanie Mills
The Dells
The Drifters

(Source: Click On Detroit)