BET Premieres New Digital Series ‘State of R&B’

BET has launched a new digital series called State of R&B. The three-episode series features a panel of music influencers including singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter, singer/songwriter Elijah Blake, singer Rachel Kerr, producer Harmony Samuels and songwriter LaShawn Daniels. The panelists candidly speak on a range of topics including their love for 90’s R&B, how technology has changed the music business and how they’ve been healed through music.

Episode 1: “90’s Back”

In the 1990s, R&B matured in a way a man or woman who has found their stride in life would. Fronted by artists with impeccable vocal abilities, performance technique and star power and backed by major labels, the ’90s saw R&B reign supreme. Music industry influencers LaShawn Daniels, Sevyn Streeter, Elijah Blake, Rachel Kerr and Harmony Samuels discuss the impact of 90’s R&B. The group discusses icons like Brandy while also paying homage to our Soul Train Awards honorees Toni Braxton and SWV.

Episode 2: “What’s Good Now?”

Technology has changed the music business. Now the way music is created, consumed and experienced has changed. Sonically, R&B is more explorative and discovery tools (streaming services) and social media have been key platforms to showcasing the genre’s versatility and influence. We’ll discuss what’s working, what’s interesting and what’s developing. Watch as music industry influencers LaShawn Daniels, Sevyn Streeter, Elijah Blake, Rachel Kerr and Harmony Samuels dish on the new model of R&B.

Episode: “Music Heals the Soul”

What is music’s role in today’s turbulent social and political times and people’s everyday lives? Based on the theme of this year’s Soul Train Awards, “Music heals the soul,” we end the series with an introspective conversation about the transformative power of R&B/soul music. Watch as LaShawn Daniels, Sevyn Streeter, Elijah Blake, Rachel Kerr and Harmony Samuels discuss the powers of R&B music. The conversation takes you on a journey of vulnerability, being authentic and trusting the process.

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Rotimi Releases ‘Baecation’ Video

It seems like almost every R&B artist is dropping some material on Valentine’s Day. In celebration of the loving holiday, Rotimi has released a visual for “Baecation” from his Jeep Music, Vol. 1 EP.

In the video, directed by Sean Edwards, Rotimi calls up his girl and surprises her with a romantic date around town. The two enjoy each other’s company at a park, before heading to take pictures at a photo booth.

According to a press release, Rotimi is gearing up to release another EP later this year, as well as return for the fifth season of the hit show on STARZ, Power. 

Last December, the actor/singer released a remix to “Kitchen Table” with Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign. The original version also appears on Jeep Music, Vol. 1. 

Watch Rotimi’s “Baecation” video below.

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K. Michelle Shares ‘Crazy Like You’ Video

Don’t mess with K. Michelle or you’ll come up missing. The versatile artist reveals her plans for revenge to her therapist Annabelle in the video for “Crazy Like You.”

The eerie picture starts with K. Michelle and several look-a-likes strutting around an abandoned warehouse in a revealing black outfit. The camera flashes to more women, one holding a tank of gasoline, who seem to be ready to set fire to the rain. Going back to K, sporting a platinum blonde ponytail, an over-sized dress and plaid boots, she gets comfy on a vintage sofa to share her plot for vengeance to a red-headed doll.

“Crazy Like You” is lifted from K. Michelle’s latest album, Kimberly: The People I Used To Know.

See how K. Michelle and her bandits get even with their mate below.

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Tone Stith Releases Video for ‘Let Me’

Tone Stith has released a visual for his track “Let Me,” which is lifted from his Can We Talk mixtape. The video features Stith trying to woo a woman with his slick dance moves.

“‘Let Me’ really caters to the women, literally. The song is about me doing everything for my woman,” Stith told Billboard. “I want all the women in the world to feel loved after hearing/ Watching this, because it’s all for them.”

Watch Tone Stith’s “Let Me” music video.

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