5 Underrated Songs by Tiffany Evans

Tiffany Evans is one of the most powerful, yet underrated, vocalists out now. With her career spanning over 15 years, the singer-songwriter’s discography includes one self-titled album, one mixtape (143), two EPs (Tiffany Evans and All Me) and many leaked/unreleased and one-off songs. 

While Evans is known for her hits “Promise Ring,” “I’ll Be There” and “On Sight” featuring Fetty Wap, she has a lot of deep cuts that simply solid.

In celebration of her 25th birthday, Rated R&B has compiled a list of some of her most underrated songs (in no particular order).

“Talk A Good Game” (2015)

Lifted from her All Me EP, “Talk A Good Game” is a sultry tune that takes listeners on a journey in the bedroom. Evans flirts with her love interest, essentially telling him to put his words to action. “Put your money where your mouth is / Show me how you plan on getting this,” she sings. With over 900,000 streams on Spotify, it’s safe to say that “Talk A Good Game” is on plenty of lovemaking playlists.

“Lois Lane” (2012)

Co-written by Evans and Elijah Blake, the Superman-inspired track finds Evans looking to end a sour relationship. “Lois Lane” is featured on Evans’ fan-favorite mixtape, 143, which released in February 2013.

“I hate the way you’re so good at saving the day / When it comes to me, you always come a second too late / While our love’s going up, up, up and away / You won’t save this Lois Lane, you won’t save this Lois Lane,” she sings.

“If You Love Me” (2012)

Evans’ vocals really shine on “If You Love Me,” a heartfelt ballad that was the closing track on her 143 EP. Evans wants her man to prove his love for her by promising he will stick around. She hypothesizes if you love me, then you will never leave me. “You are the key / Key to my heart / I just know that we never / Ever could part / Baby, come back to me / If you love me, love me / Never, ever leave me,” Evans sings on the live instrumental track.

“Favorite Broken Heart” 

Although Evans was just a teenager when her self-titled debut album released in 2008, it didn’t stop her from singing about mature topics such as love. On “Favorite Broken Heart,” Evans gets closure from an ex and tells him she still has love for him even though they are separated. “Even though it’s goodbye / Before I run into you / I just wanted you to know / You’re my favorite broken heart,” she sings on the chorus.

“Me and You” (2015)

“Me and You” will light up any dance floor. On the bass-heavy track, Evans sings about a night on the town with her man.”There’s no place I’d rather be / Than to be here with you / I’m loving the way / That you’re making me feel this groove / (Oh yeah) We take the night / (Oh yeah) we take the night / (Oh yeah) we do it right / Just me and you,” she sings on the chorus. “Me and You” is also featured on Evans’ All Me EP.

What are some of your favorite songs by Tiffany Evans? Leave a comment below!

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Top 5 Tracks from Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ Album

Rihanna Unapologetic album

Rihanna has been, is, and will always be a hit maker; There’s a reason why she has fourteen No. 1 singles spanning all the way back to her second album (and just for the record, her debut single “Pon de Replay” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.) Coming off her Talk That Talk album in 2011, which featured international hits “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been,” it was time for Rihanna to take it up another notch when it came to her next album. Working with fresh blood in producers Mike-Will-Made-IT and Labyrinth while enlisting pop mainstays David Guetta and Stargate, the result was Unapologetic: an eclectic mix of EDM, trap, dance, R&B, and pop songs that scaled the musical and lyrical landscape. If this album was an avatar, it’d be “The Last Genre-Bender.”

Unapologetic marked two things: Rihanna’s first artistically complete album and first No. 1 album. While Rated R and Talk That Talk had some “woah” moments, this album found Rihanna elevating her musical core to new heights. She’s still Bad Gal RiRi, but with more wisdom, more vocal strength, and with a newfound sense of artistic confidence. It’s no wonder why it won a Grammy award for “Best Urban Contemporary Album.”

Here at Rated R&B, we’ve compiled what we consider as the best tracks from Rihanna’s seventh studio album. Check out the list below:

“Loveeeeeee Song” (feat. Future)

Future always shines when paired with female artists, but his “Loveeeeeee Song” collaboration with Rihanna might be his best duet to date. The Luney Tunez-produced cut finds the two artists flirting with idea commitment, but being temporarily satisfied with the current arrangement of keeping things purely physical. “I don’t wanna give you the wrong impression / I need love and affection / And I hope I’m not sounding too desperate / I need love and affection,” they sing. On this album full of hard-hitting choruses and club-ready bass drops, this smooth late-night thumper stands out in the best way. Rihanna’s verses and Future’s bridge eventually explodes into a lush, beautifully crafted final chorus between the two of them. If you think “Kiss it Better” is Rihanna’s best bedroom banger, then “Loveeeeeee Song” definitely gives it a run for its money.

“Get It Over With”

While the album spotlights an array of emotional lows and insecurities, there’s a silver lining thanks to this instrument-laden track. Written by Ms. Fenty, Brian Kennedy, and the ever-talented James Fauntleroy, “Get It Over With” is the ballad of broken dreams, but also a song of hope. “It’s dark in the day / I’ll say now don’t complain / Look up the sun is just a cloud away / You’re so afraid to cry / But your heart be feeling dry / It’s time to change,” Rihanna sings in the first verse. Fauntleroy is a master of stacking vocals, so it’s no surprise that we find Rihanna’s background vocals more than on point here. Paired with snaps and solemn violins, this song is the perfect mixture of resilience, strength, and sadness, which is why it makes this list.

“What Now”

Rihanna has mastered the art of emoting over the years, and “What Now” is just one flash of brilliance in her extensive discography. Co-written by fellow Bajan Livvi Franc and British producers Nathan Cassells and Parker Ighile, the song explores the dissatisfaction one feels when they’ve settled, whether that be in love, career, or life in general. “Whatever it is/It feels like it’s laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror/Whatever it is/It’s just laughing at me/And I just wanna scream,” she sings. The lyrics cut just as deep as its smashing chorus, but what really elevates this song is its climax where Rihanna repeats the cadence “I don’t know where to go/I don’t know what to feel/I don’t know how to cry/I don’t know, oh-oh, why!” The winding guitar, raw emotion, and pounding bass culminates into one of the best musical moments on the album.

“Nobody’s Business” (feat. Chris Brown)

Although this collaboration didn’t make as much of a splash as their “Birthday Cake” remix, Chris Brown and Rihanna still shocked fans by linking up on this groovy duet. Co-written by Rihanna and long-time collaborator The-Dream, the song finds the ex-lovers proclaiming their love for each other, and telling off nay-sayers in the process. “You’ll always be mine / Sing it to the world / You’ll always be my boy / I’ll always be your girl / Ain’t nobody’s business / Ain’t nobody’s business / Ain’t nobody’s business / But mine and my baby,” they sing. It’s no surprise that this track contains an interpolation from “The Way You Make Me Feel,” because this euro-dance joint feels like a new-age Michael Jackson record. Breezy and Rih trade parts effortlessly; their natural chemistry is apparent. Even five years later, this song feels fresh, yet timeless, which is why it lands on this list.

“Stay” (feat. Mikky Ekko)

There’s always something special about an artist’s voice over a grand piano, which is more than clear on this tender ballad. Written largely in part by featured artist Mikky Ekko, “Stay” is almost like the continuation of “Loveeeeeee Song,” except with more feelings and time invested. “Not really sure how to feel about it / Something in the way you move / Makes me feel like I can’t live without you / And it takes me all the way / I want you to stay,” Rihanna sings. Even though the song is obviously brilliant, the reason it makes this list is because of Rihanna’s vocal showing. While her voice holds the same type of raw emotion as “What Now,” Rih wields it quite differently, drawing the audience in and pulling away with each sharp breath, vocal crack and sustained note. This all lends itself to the push-and-pull of the actual relationship that the song speaks of, which really speaks to her growth artistically and dedication to the edgier, tougher vision for Unapologetic. Major props go to Kuk Harrell, who is the vocal engineer and producer on this song as well as the entire album.

Stream Unapologetic on Spotify below.

What’s your favorite song on Unapologetic? Let us know in the comment section below!

Stream T-Pain’s New Album ‘Oblivion’

It’s been nearly seven years since T-Pain released an album. The ‘rapper ternt sanga’ makes a comeback with his new project, Oblivion, via RCA Records.

The 16-track LP includes guest appearances from Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Ne-Yo, Tiffany Evans, Wale and more. Tory Lanez was originally supposed to be on the album but their song wasn’t able to get cleared in time. Fans shouldn’t worry, though. T-Pain has promised the song will be out in a matter of days.

“The Tory feature didn’t get cleared in time so it was either leave that song off and release it a few days later or push the album back until that one song gets cleared,” he tweeted. “Obviously I’ve pushed enough dates back lol. So enjoy the other 16 trax until we get that straight.”

T-Pain has confirmed in several interviews that Oblivion will be his last album on RCA Records before he takes the independent route — which could definitely be a great move for him. In 2011, he released Revolver, which debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard 200.

Stream Oblivion below.

T-Pain Enlists Tiffany Evans for New Song ‘Textin’ My Ex’

T-Pain Tiffany Evans Textin' Me Ex

Have you ever been tipsy and lonely on a late night and considered hitting up your ex? That’s the predicament that T-Pain finds himself in on his new single “Textin’ My Ex.”

“You don’t even know right now / Staring and my phone right now / Wondering if I should call you or leave you ‘lone right now / I’m in my zone right now/I’m just, chilling at home right now / Shots of Patron right now/I should put my phone right down / But girl I’m so alone right now,” he sings.

Evans doesn’t make things any easier, as she, as well as him are involved with other people, but she’s willing to give it a go anyway.

“You know I got a new man / But this unknown number, this is all you / Even though this ain’t right / I’ll give it to you I won’t think twice / Didn’t mean to hurt you / Just hope your new girl don’t catch you texting your ex,” she sings.

“Textin’ My Ex” is lifted from T-Pain’s upcoming album Oblivion, which drops on November 17. Listen below.