5 Reasons We Love Jhene Aiko

Jhene Aiko
Jhene Aiko
Renée Rodenkirchen for TheCoveteur.com

From her angelic vocals to her creativity, R&B songbird Jhene Aiko has much to offer the world. She has taken the hearts of many R&B music lovers and has proven herself to be one of the best in the game. In celebration of her birthday (March 16), we have rounded up the top five reasons we love the R&B songbird.
Jhene Aiko

Her music/lyricism can resonate with anyone.

Jhene Aiko has music that can relate to anyone, especially her music about love. Not only that, Jhene is a clever lyricist and when she writes and sings she makes you feel it. Her ability with word play is undeniable. Her music is known to make you think and rearrange your life, mindset and spirit. Her music is inspirational, eye-opening and some of her songs aren’t even what they seem at first to the untrained ear. For example, in her song “Blue Dream” one would think she is singing about a guy but that’s not the case; she’s actually singing to the weed about the weed.

Here are a few lyrics from Jhene that we love:

“If home is where the heart is, I’m homeless cause I’m heartless” – “Snapped”

“If every thing was dipped in gold / Then baby it would never grow /Everything sweet ain’t sugar-coated” – “Stay Ready (What A Life)” feat. Kendrick Lamar

“If I never have you then I can never lose you” – “You Vs. Them”

“Similar ways, similar game, starting to feel the similar pain / Are you sure we haven’t met before? / I know ya face, I know ya name But I don’t know you? / Isn’t that crazy? isn’t that crazy? I think we may be in a different book / On a different page / You said you are different / But you’re the same Stranger.” – “Stranger”

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Kali Uchis Releases New Single ‘After the Storm’

Kali Uchis New Single

Kali Uchis has just released her new single “After the Storm.”

On the soulful single, which features rapper Tyler, The Creator and funk legend Bootsy Collins, Uchis expresses hope for a better tomorrow, and suggest other do the same.

The sun’ll come out / Nothing good ever comes easy / I know times are rough / But winners don’t quit / So don’t you give up / The sun’ll come out / But we’ve been struggling endless days / Someday we’ll find the love / ‘Cause after the storm’s / When the flowers bloom,” she sings.

The BADBADNOTGOOD-produced single is the third offering from Uchis’ upcoming debut album Fool’s Paradise, which is slated for a Spring releases. Previously released singles include Nuestro Planeta featuring Reykon and the sensual summer stunner “Tyrant,” which features British R&B singer Jorja Smith.

You can catch Kali Uchis as a featured act alongside Jhené Aiko on Lana Del Rey’s LA to the Moon Tour, which runs through mid February. You can purchase tickets here.

Stream “After The Storm” featuring Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins below.

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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