Cuffing Season: 10 R&B Songs To Dedicate To Your New Boo

Ah, summer! Hot weather, buzzing beaches, sizzling summer parties and no time for serious love. Now, summer is slowly, but surely, passing away as fall quickly approaches. As the weather changes, those relationship statuses on Facebook tend to change from “single” or “it’s complicated” to “in a relationship” and everyone starts to tweet about their new boo.  Yes, I believe it is cuffing season.

Whether you’ve already snagged your boo  or  you’re in the process of drafting a potential partner for this year’s cuff season, we have a range of R&B songs to dedicate to that special person (even if they’re just seasonal).

“The Way” – Ariana Grande

Once you have made the first move to begin anew with your fall love interest, Ariana Grande’s s summer jam, “The Way,” is the perfect song to describe the feelings you are experiencing with new love. In “The Way,” Grande sings of how her man swept her off her feet (“You got my heart, don’t know how you did it”) and now she is loving the way he makes her feel.

Show your partner you’re genuinely feeling them by reciting Ariana: “Be your lover, your friend, you’ll find it all in me/Stay by your side, I’ll never leave you/And I ain’t going nowhere ’cause you’re a keeper.”

“The One” – Tamar Braxton

Maybe you’ve gained a bad rep for dating multiple people at once, and now your new love interest is worried you will carry that bad habit into your relationship. Allow Tamar Braxton to assure your new boo that they are the one for you (at the moment). Maybe you heard your new sweetie was the habitual two-timer in their past relationships, but the past is in the past, right? Show your new love that whatever they have done in their past hook-ups and relationships does not matter to the new love you are developing together (“And you’ve had a few, boy one too many/But I’m the only one to wake you up”).

Assure your love, and tell them: “You know very well, you’re a star/Cause I don’t go that far, look where we are/And ain’t none like you, one in a million/But I’m the only one to count.”

“It Won’t Stop” – Sevyn Streeter

Breakout artist Sevyn Streeter heated up the summer with her blazing single “It Won’t Stop,” but it’s not too late to dedicate this song to your first round draft pick for cuffing season. Does your new boo bring you take-out, looking as good as the Chinese fave he/she ordered for you? Well, Sevyn Streeter begins the sexy song with this relatable scenario (“I love when you pulling up in your jeep/Bumpin all your beats/Js on/With your shades on/Just to bring me something to eat”), making the lyrics very personal.

Or maybe you have a boss boo who does his/her thing (whether running things in the streets or in their work), but takes gentle care of your heart. Sevyn hits that scenario as well as she sings,  “You the man up in these streets/But when it comes to my heart/That don’t mean a thing.”

Sevyn, being the great lyricist she is, sings of love, admiration for her man and her favorite things they do together, like relaxing on the beach, making “It Won’t Stop” a beautiful song for your new mate.

While you’re riding around with your boo, turn the music up when Sevyn sings, “Everyday/I cant breathe/You take my breath/Away from me/Here’s my heart/You got the key/Put that on eternity/I love you til infinity.”

“DUI” – Ciara

Although fall is approaching, Ciara’s sensual “DUI” record will turn up the heat with your fall boo. Ciara sings about being so intoxicated with her man’s love and his tempting touch while driving, that she will surely be pulled over and receive a DUI.

This song allows you to appreciate the sexiness of your partner and stroke their ego, which is a good thing to do sometimes. As her man continues to tease her while she’s driving, Ciara’s lyrics become even more passionate, allowing your boo to feel your passion for them through her steamy lyrics.

Spice things up by lip syncing this part of the song: “And it’s so hard to steer/Put your lips to my ear/But I’m giving you the right of way/Do what you want to me baby/Lipstick all over your neck/These seats are dripping with sweat/Here’s a night we won’t forget.”

“Why I Love You So Much” – Monica

Allow Monica’s 1996 classic hit, “Why I Love You So Much,” to help you explain to your lover some of the reasons why you care for them so much. From showing you love in front of their friends to taking their time in moving to the next level, Monica sings of how she appreciates the things her man does to show his love.

Score points with your baby with this line: “Since I’ve been your girl/Oh my whole life has been much better than ever before/You got a tender sweet love, yes you do/That weakens me and takes over me whenever we touch.”

“Love on Top” – Beyoncé

This person was pretty hard to snag as your boo. You endured hard times, accompanied by tears and heartbreak, but finally they decided to take the step to be fully committed to a relationship with you. Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” is the perfect to describe your new love triumph.

Beyoncé helps you celebrate your new love as she sings, “Now everybody asks me why I’m smiling out from ear to ear (They say love hurts)/But I know (It’s gonna take a little work)/Nothing’s perfect, but it’s worth it after fighting through my tears/And finally you put me first.”

“Sure Thing” – Miguel

Guys, take note. Miguel’s “Sure Thing” is a now classic love song, where he uses several metaphors to promise to love his girl in so many ways. If your chosen one is someone you intend to be with unconditionally, this song is the right one to dedicate to them.

Tell your boo, to never sweat these words: “Even when the sky comes falling/Even when the sun don’t shine/I got faith in you and I/So put your pretty little hand in mine.”

“Promise” – Ciara

You were searching for that one person to call your own, and now that you’ve found him/her, dedicate “Promise” to them. The song is another sexy Ciara jam that helps the ladies promise true love and dedication to their partner through sweet words (“There’s nothing I won’t do/To spend my life with you/I’ll give my all to you/I promise that I will never lie to you boy”). You could even learn the video’s choreography and perform it for your boo to add points.

Whisper these sweet nothings to your baby: “This mood is so right/It feels so right/You can be my prince, my knight/You can be my superman/Save me here I am.”

“Differences” – Ginuwine 

Is your boo someone who has changed your life for the better? Take it back to the 90’s with Ginuwine’s classic love jam, “Differences.” The singer passionately sings of his appreciation for the woman in his life and how she has changed him into a better man. This classic song is not only the perfect slow jam to cuddle up with your boo, but serves as a way of showing gratitude for their support and love.

Tell them how they’ve changed you, by reciting: “Girl, you open me, I’m wide open/And I’m doing things I never do
But I feel so good, I feel so good/Why it takes so long for me finding you.”

“At Your Best (You Are Love)” – Aaliyah 

Aaliyah served up a classic R&B joint that creates the perfect love vibe with “At Your Best (You Are Love).” New relationships are still susceptible to minor altercations and communication flaws. Need to remind your boo why you adore them or help them understand why you have such a tough time communicating your feelings? Dedicating this song to your significant other will ignite the necessary sparks in any relationship.

Just sit back, and play this record with them, hinting at this part: “But at your best you are love/You’re a positive motivating force within my life/Should you ever feel the need to wonder why/Let me know.”

From sensual songs to devoting records, we have compiled a perfect array of songs to dedicate to your fall boo for this year’s cuffing season. Who knows, with these songs, you may keep this boo season after season.

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Miguel Performs ‘War & Leisure’ Songs for Vevo

Following the release of his War & Leisure album, Miguel partners with Vevo for an exclusive performance series.

The California native traveled to New York for an intimate performance captured live at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. He performed four songs off the album including the Travis Scott-assisted “Sky Walker,” the J.Cole-assisted “Come Through and Chill,” “Pineapple Skies” and “Told You So.”

“Part of this album’s purpose was finding a balance between being aware of what’s going on and not letting it weigh me down,” he told Vevo.

Vibe to Miguel’s performance below and be sure to check out War & Leisure. 

“Pineapple Skies”

“Sky Walker”

“Told You So”

“Come Through and Chill”

Miguel Releases ‘War & Leisure’ Album, Announces Tour and Debuts New Video

War & Leisure Miguel

It’s official: Miguel is back! The 32-year-old crooner has just released his third album War & Leisure. In an interview with WPGC’s Poet Taylor, Miguel spoke about the album’s meaning.

“It’s a snapshot of I guess my life right now. Not even my life- our life and times and the energy that I want to feel and remember in the midst of this,” he said. “I think it’s really important that we stay positive and that we are forward pushing and we do it in solidarity, but not in a way that’s not mindful. I think it’s just about being purposeful, and I think a lot of people are going to relate to the feeling of the album.”

The album includes features from Rick Ross, Kali Uchis, and QUIN, and was preceded by songs “Come Through and Chill,” which features rapper J. Cole and Salaam Remi, “Told You So,” “Pineapple Skies,” and lead single “Sky Walker.” The song currently sits at No. 58 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Earlier this week, Miguel announced The War & Leisure Tour with special guests SiR and Nonchalant Savant. The 34-city tour kicks off in Portland, OR on February 22 and runs through April 12, ending in Berkeley, CA. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 4.

Lastly, Miguel has released a visual for his War & Leisure cut “Now,” which is the final track on the album. The Happy Perez-produced record finds Miguel contemplating and reflecting on the current state of America.

“CEO of the free world now/Build your walls up high and wide/Make it rain to keep them out/That won’t change what we are inside,” he sings.

Watch the video for “Now” below.

Stream War & Leisure in its entirety on Spotify below.

5 R&B Artists Who Should’ve Been Nominated for a 2018 Grammy

Nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and as predicted Bruno Mars led the R&B pack with six nods including Best R&B Album for 24k Magic. Childish Gambino, Khalid and SZA followed with five nominations each.

As artists thanked the Recording Academy for their consideration, some fans and critics called out the Academy for snubbing certain artists. Many fans were in shock when artists like Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton did not receive any nominations.

Although nothing can be changed at this point, here are five artists who should’ve been nominated for a 2018 Grammy.

Best R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)

“Before I Do” — Sevyn Streeter

It is safe to say the Recording Academy missed the mark by not nominating “Before I Do” by Sevyn Streeter. Lifted from her long-overdue debut album, Girl Disrupted, the guitar-led tune helped Sevyn claim her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. The slow jam had the singer-songwriter proclaiming her readiness for love. Feeling considered that her man of interest is already taken, she asked valid questions before she made a decision with her heart. Along with daunting lyrics, Streeter’s silky voice meshed well behind the elements of “At Your Best (You Are Love)” by the Isley Brothers and covered by the late Aaliyah.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)

“Blind” by Tamar Braxton

It is obvious that Tamar Braxton’s team and other music industry leaders overlooked the Bluebird of Happiness ballad “Blind” for this ideal category. Containing an interpolation of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, the emotionally charged song includes the needed qualities – instrumental traditional R&B recordings – to justify a worthy nomination.

Best R&B Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

“U + Me (Love Lesson)” — Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown & Mary J. Blige, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)

Even though Mary J. Blige’s “Thick of It” remained atop the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for 16 weeks, it was her follow-up single “U + Me (Love Lesson)” that caused a frenzy. Co-written by Blige, Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown, the honest tune is arguably one of the most underrated R&B songs of the year. The well-composed jam recounts Blige’s gut feelings after filing for divorce from her manager-husband of 12 years. Must’ve been crazy to think that you loved me / I saw all the signs but I just couldn’t say nothing,” she sings.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

Savage — Tank

Tank’s music deserves more love from the Grammys – especially his newly released album, Savage. With eight solo projects – dating back to 2001’s Force of Nature – under his belt, it is a shame that his 2007 Sex, Love & Pain release is his only full-length project nominated for Grammy. Tank’s latest single “When We” is currently commanding urban adult contemporary radio. It also cracked the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 92 this week, making him one of the first solo R&B artists to achieve this feat this year.

Best R&B Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)

Back 2 Life — LeToya Luckett

After a six-year hiatus from music, LeToya Luckett made a comeback with her third album, Back 2 Life.The singer-actress blessed fans with a 13-track LP filled with fresh quality material. From the album’s introductory track “I’m Ready” to its lead single “B2L,” which reached No. 6 on urban adult contemporary radio, the modern release warranted more RESPECK.

The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 on CBS.

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