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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5 UK R&B Artists to Watch in 2018

Here at Rated R&B, our mission is to deliver interesting and engaging content on the R&B genre of music. R&B talent comes in many different shapes and sizes and sometimes comes from different countries as well. You’ve heard of Jessie J, Marsha Ambrosius, and Daley, but in this piece, we’re going to put you on the game to the most exciting up-and-coming R&B artists in the United Kingdom. With voices that liken to Ariana Grande and Eric Bellinger, there’s surely an artist on this shortlist that’ll pique your interest. Check out our list of the 5 R&B UK Artists to Watch in 2018 below:

Mabel McVey UK R&B Artist 2018

Mabel McVey

Polydor Records-signee Mabel came in with a bang in 2017 when her hit single “Finder’s Keepers” reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart. The song, which features rapper Kojo Funds, also peaked at No. 2 on the UK R&B Singles Chart. Her breezy vocals, pop radio appeal, and charming style are on trend, and she already has found Top 40 success in her latest collaboration with UK artist Not3s entitled “My Lover (Remix).” If you like what you hear in the video below, check out Mabel’s 2017 EP Bedroom, which is available on all digital platforms.

Angel UK R&B Artist 2018

Angel

Angel’s career blasted off with a string of hits in 2012, including UK Singles Top 10 earner and UK R&B Songs chart-topper “Wonderful.” Now signed to Motown Records, the London-born singer dropped consistently catchy tunes in 2017, including the SWV-interpolated and Eugene Wilde-sampled “Take You Home.” If he can continue this upward trajectory and his formula of mainstream sounds with a 90s R&B twist, Angel could very well land a solid radio hit by year’s end.

Jorja Smith UK R&B Artist 2018

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith was one of the buzziest artists of 2017 thanks to her features on Canadian rapper Drake’s multi-platinum album More Life. In addition to her criminally underrated summer collaboration with Kali Uchis called “Tyrant,” Smith also made some noise this past year with her 90s underground-esque banger “On My Mind.” Her knack for showing vulnerability whilst keeping her alluring mystique has set her up for riding off into the sunset of success in 2018!

Jacob Banks UK R&B Artist 2018

Jacob Banks

Banks broke big in 2014 for his assist of Chase and Status’ “Alive,” which peaked at No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Banks’ gruff and smoky vocals have been used in promotions across the globe, including popular sports game “FIFA 15” and popular TV shows like STARZ’s Power and USA’s Suits. After the release of his 2017 EP The Boy Who Cried Freedom, Banks is more confident than ever and ready to make a splash in 2018.

Ella Mai UK R&B Artist 2018

Ella Mai

Ella Mai might be the most recognizable name on this list, and that’s because this woman has been working! After a stint on the 11th series of X Factor UK in 2014, the singer signed with DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers label. She’s released not one, not two, but three EPs in a year’s time, and was recently one of the featured acts on Kehlani’s 2017 “SweetSexySavage World Tour,” which ended its run in November. Now working on her debut album and kicking off 2018 with a fresh single, Ella Mai is just one hit away from her big break, and if her current sound and relatable lyrics have anything to do with it, then she is well on her way.

Who’s your favorite artist on this shortlist? Let us know in the comment section below!

From 2008: R&B Albums That Turn 10 This Year

Another ten years has caught up with us in the realm of R&B music.

Let’s jog your memory for a minute. For starters, 2008 saw Mariah Carey touch the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the 18th time with “Touch My Body.” Usher showed his strength by “Moving Mountains,” while Beyoncé led ladies to the club, singing, “If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.”

We heard the debut projects from Day26, Jennifer Hudson, Tiffany Evans and Jazmine Sullivan. Also, 2008 ended listeners music drought from veterans Deborah Cox, Ashanti, Keith Sweat and Brandy.

Rated R&B has compiled a list of 31 R&B/soul albums that celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.

Randomness: On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won presidency, becoming the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States.

Raheem DeVaughn — Love Behind the Melody
Release Date: January 15
Record Label: Jive Records
Singles: “Woman,” “Customer” and “Text Messages”

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Top 10 R&B Albums of 2017

2017 started off kind of slow with R&B releases but quickly picked up as the year progressed. There were a good amount of newcomers like SZA and Daniel Caesar who made an impact on their debut projects. We also saw comebacks from R&B vets like Bell Biv DeVoe and Xscape. The Rated R&B editorial team has compiled a list of the top 10 albums of 2017.

Check it out below (please note: these are in no particular order).

Chante Moore – The Rise of the Phoenix

Chante Moore has taken “50 and Fabulous” to another level with her seventh solo studio album The Rise of the Phoenix. Her artistry has aged well over the course of her 25-year career, as she sounds “Moore” confident than ever. While the LP covers the entire spectrum of love, the album’s upbeat, feel-good tracks stand out the most for their radio appeal and contemporary sound. The album’s current sound doesn’t come at the cost of Ms. Moore’s vocals, as she showcases her range (including whistle tones!) on her most tender ballads of regret and vulnerability. Even the interludes deserve a playback! Chante Moore simply delivered, and if you just can’t get enough of this album, then her latest Christmas album should carry you through every holiday season to come. — Nathan

Standout Selections: “Something to Remember,” “Offa-U,” “Saving Grace,” “Pray,” “I’d Be a Fool”

Daley – The Spectrum

Daley is probably one of the most underrated R&B acts out now. Known for his spacey R&B sound, the British singer adds a little color to his sophomore effort, The Spectrum. Feel-good songs like “Sympathy” and “Slow Burn” will have you dancing to the rhythmic production. But don’t let that fool you, though. There are vulnerable moments of heartbreak (“Until the Pain is Gone”) and self-reflection (“True”). — Keithan

Standout selections: “Until the Pain is Gone” feat. Jill Scott, “On Fire,” “Sympathy” and “Second to None”

SZA – Ctrl

Insecurities, fear, and doubt may permeate the lyrical content of this body of work, but SZA is more artistically reassured than ever on her breakout record Ctrl. Sonically gorgeous, the album not only sounds better with each listens, but it feels better with each listen as well. Over time, you’ll find yourself liking songs you didn’t like before and loving the ones you initially did even more. It’s evident that SZA is still adjusting to the overwhelming response of praise for her debut effort, but as the only female R&B artist to find major urban mainstream success this year, it’s simply par for the course of success. If she continues to ride in her own lane, there’s no telling what destinations she will reach by the end of her musical journey. — Nathan

Standout Selections: “Broken Clocks,” “Garden (Say it Like Dat),” “Wavy (Interlude) [feat. James Fauntleroy)” and “Go Gina”

Daniel Caesar – Freudian 

A product of the black church, the Toronto-born R&B singer’s debut album, Freudian, is very much rooted in gospel influences — from the piano-driven sound to solid backing vocals from a full choir. While there is much celebration of love on this album, there are also songs of regret and sorrow, as if Caesar is grappling with his own personal struggles with religion and theology as it relates to a past love. Perhaps, this is why he chose to name his album Freudian. — Nathan 

Standout selections: “Get You,” “Best Part,” “Blessed” and “Hold Me Down”

K. Michelle – Kimberly: The People I Used to Know

K. Michelle has never been one to hold anything back, but on Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, she unveils every inch of herself in an unprecedented unapologetic fashion. The album kicks off with her rapping obscenities and concludes with one of her most soulful records to date – and in between lies an ode to James Brown, a timely Debarge sample-led criticism of mainstream media’s treatment of black women, a jazzy dose of shade to Kirk Frost (and his three or four earrings), and back-to-back country ballads. While this may sound musically sporadic, the flow of the album is quite natural and effortless. Her heart may lie in country music, but she knows how to make a solid R&B record; This is certainly her first album with multiple viable radio singles.The People I Used to Know is less about switching musical lanes and more about shifting artistic gears as the album progresses — leading the Memphis-bred songstress down the road to one of the most complete R&B works of the year. — Nathan

Standout Selections: “Takes Two” feat. Jeremih, “Crazy Like You,” “Giving Up on Love,” “God, Love, Sex, and Drugs”

Mary J. Blige – Strength of a Woman

Capitalizing on her divorce news and cringe-worthy moments that logged the past five years of her personal and professional existence, Mary J. Blige wore her troubled emotions heavily on sleeves of Strength of a Woman. Beginning with a powerful opening track that revisits Blige’s hip-hop soul roots and yields her first-ever music union with Yeezy, Strength scales between claiming back the power she regretfully hid behind the love for her estranged husband-manager to now recognizing how resilient she is well beyond her celebrity status. Blige even found time to be the right amount of petty and unleash a high dose of saltiness topped with sweet revenge over trapsoul instrumentations ushered in by a new school of hungry music tasters like Camper and Prince Charlez who wanted to see her win again. — Antwane

Standout selections: “U + Me (Love Lesson),”  “Set Me Free” “Survivor” and “Telling the Truth” featuring Kaytranada

Ledisi – Let Love Rule

Shining a fully charged flashlight of hope, Ledisi tunnels her way through all love’s madness on Let Love Rule. Even though the New Orléans native has the voice of an angel, Rule doesn’t digest well on the first or second listen. I say this not bash or discredit Ledisi’s musical abilities but to say, if you’re a frequent radio listener, this album won’t impress you. This record isn’t chasing the minute, ready to serve sounds of R&B. It’s an album that increasingly ages after each playback. With Let Love Rule, Ledisi uses this collection of ballads and melodic compositions to educate hearers about social injustices, how to present in your relationship and the power of waiting for the stars to align in your favor. She doesn’t do half bad either. — Antwane

Standout selections: “Here,” “All the Way,” “High” and “Us 4 Ever” featuring BJ the Chicago Kid

Tamar Braxton – Bluebird of Happiness

Bluebird of Happiness may universally signify prosperity, joy, and delight but Tamar Braxton’s album version has a far deeper meaning. Absorbed by samples from the yesteryears of R&B, the youngest Braxton sister uses her definition of Bluebird to share the private wounds from her dissolving marriage from Vincent Herbert. Balancing the dark and light colors of musical tones, this solid recording not only hears Braxton harping on the foulness of love but finding moments to celebrate its presence and all its other glorious wonders. While being fully against Braxton calling it quits as a solo artist, Bluebird of Happiness definitely leaves a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of her loyal Tamartian fans – for now. — Antwane

Standout selections: “The Makings of You,” “My Forever,” “My Man,” and “Wanna Love Me Boy”

Tank – Savage

Serving as the follow-up to 2016’s Sex Pain & Love II, Tank takes an aggressive approach on Savage. He instantly hooks listeners with the title track before taking them on a musical journey through the bedroom with songs like “When We” and “F It Up.” The album isn’t just about sex, though. There are moments when he’s just singing about love, whether it’s the good times or trying to rekindle an old flame. — Keithan

Standout selections: “When We,” “Good Thing,” “Do For Me” and “Nothing On”

Jhene Aiko – Trip

After making a false start with her 2016 single “Maniac,” Jhene Aiko made a strong recovery with her second studio album, Trip. Released with no prior announcement, the 22-track LP is Aiko’s open diary that uncovers some of her most vulnerable moments. From dealing with the death of her brother to breakups, Aiko takes her listeners on an emotional rollercoaster through love, pain, depression, and happiness. Trip may be her most raw and honest project to date. — Keithan

Standout selections: “Sativa” featuring Swae Lee, “While We’re Young,” “New Balance” and “OLLA” featuring Big Sean

Sabrina Claudio – About Time
**honorary mention**

OK, About Time may technically be a mixtape but Sabrina Claudio certainly made it feel like an album. Laced with angelic harmonies and mesmerizing lyrics, About Time finds Claudio singing about…time (literally). “During the process of writing these songs, I was worried about time for some reason,” she said. “And it didn’t have to do with a relationship — maybe just career-wise I was worried about time and it translated through my music.” — Keithan

Standout selections: “Belong to You,” “Frozen,” “Natural” and “Stand Still”

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