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Beyonce Jay Z On the Run Tour

Jay Z And Beyoncé “On The Run” Summer Tour

Not only are Jay Z and Beyoncé on the run from scandalous headlines (Solange elevator brawl, anyone?) but they are “On The Run” with their first mega mash-up tour launching June 25th in Miami.  The 16-city national tour will hit the majors; Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, Houston and San Francisco. The Internet basically exploded when tickets went on sale.  Pre-order sales were so high in California that the multi-million […]

Kelis Food

Kelis “Food” – Album Review

Ninja Tune / IRIS (2014)

Her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, so dam right, we expect her kitchen to cook up some good grub.  Our expectations don’t fall short on Food, the latest effort from Kelis. The eccentric singer and certified chef takes her music to another level of soul in her unpredictable career.  2003’s Grammy nominated Tasty was Kelis’ biggest success to date – led by club hit “Milkshake” which went […]

Chris Brown

What’s Wrong with Chris Brown?

Y’all remember that delightful kid with the velvet voice beaming, flirting and spinning like a young Michael Jackson in “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)?”  Remember him?  That was Chris Brown. That was a different time. Nowadays, unfortunately, all we see is a string of unflattering headlines.  Domestic Violence.  Bar fights. Drake stand-offs.  Substance abuse.  Arrests.  Rehab.  More arrests.  Where did that guy go? Chris Brown spent last weekend behind bars in […]

Frank Ocean

Four R&B Albums To Watch For in 2014

From John Legend’s Love In The Future to Beyonce’s surprise self-titled visual album, 2013 was a great year for R&B. From the looks of things, 2014 is shaping up to be just as memorable. Here are four R&B albums in particular that I think you should be watching for in 2014. 1)    Frank Ocean, TBD The Odd Future crooner-turned-solo artist captivated fans with his 2012 debut Channel ORANGE, an album […]


Drake and Noah Shebib Cancel Posthumous Aaliyah Album

MIMO is happy to welcome a new writer to our staff: Berenice Famili, who will be covering our hip-hop and R&B categories. Her debut piece is below. –Ed. So, remember that posthumous Aaliyah album that Producer Noah “40” Shebib and Drake were planning to release? Well, it looks like it’s not happening anymore–it has reportedly been canceled. Shebib stated in a recent interview with Vibe magazine: “The world reacting to […]

Beyonce Drunk In Love

Beyoncé’s Stroke of Genius Pays Off

Self-titled surprise release breaks sales records

Last week, as you may recall, R&B star Beyoncé took a huge gamble by issuing a surprise, release of her self-titled album, effectively bypassing the media outlets completely by announcing no release dates and releasing no singles—no advance promotion or marketing whatsoever. She sweetened the pot further by including a complete music video package with the album—a music video for each track, plus three additional videos. A year-and-a-half’s worth of […]

Beyonce self-titled album

Surprise! Beyoncé Drops New “Visual Album” Without Warning

Wow. Way to keep things under wraps, Bey. This morning at around midnight, pop/R&B megastar Beyoncé set the music industry and the Internet ablaze with news of a surprise, self-titled album release—proving that even in the age of instant information, leaks are preventable, and that sometimes the best press strategy is no press at all. And this is not just any album. In what Bey is calling a “visual album,” […]

Pharrell Happy Video

Pharrell Releases 24 Hours of “Happy”: Video

This must be a week of video “firsts.” A couple of days ago, Bob Dylan released an interactive, 16-channel flip-through video for his classic hit “Like a Rolling Stone.” Today, R&B artist/rapper/producer Pharrell Williams has released the first-ever 24-hour music video for his tune “Happy” off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. In a nutshell, the video plays the song “Happy” on repeat while person after person sings and/or dances in […]

Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” (Album Review)

RCA (2013)

To say the least, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience comeback album was received well earlier this year.  The record sold 968,000 units its first week out, setting a bar that no other artist has met or exceeded since. Drake’s Nothing Was The Same fell well short, selling 650,000 units at retail since its Sept. 24 release. It wasn’t all that surprising, actually; Timberlake and super-producer Timbaland don’t know how not […]

Meaku Feel My World

Meaku “Feel My World”–Mixtape Review

MeakuMusic.com (2013)

Press play on “Her Body” off R&B triple-threat Meaku’s mixtape Feel My World and you’ll immediately think, “this guy sounds like R. Kelly.” There’s a purity in the Nigerian-American singer’s satin vocals, and yes, they evoke the Pied Piper. Backed by production that steers towards slower tempos and acoustic guitars, Feel My World is largely devoid of big-name guest features and producers, which means sole focus is on Meaku. After […]

John Legend Love In the Future

John Legend “Love In the Future” –Album Review

G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia/Sony (2013)

With its relatability (and humming-bility), “Ordinary People” quickly established John Legend as, for lack of better description, the next great neo-soul legend. The Pennsylvania-bred vocalist’s vintage songwriting ability effectively combined with a velvety tenor and piano chops for days, making him a marquee signee at Kanye West’s Getting Out Our Dreams (G.O.O.D.) Music label. Lately, however, Legend has become a dependable vocalist for the likes of rapper Rick Ross and […]

Chris Brown

Chris Brown Suffers Seizure: Report

Rihanna’s ex and R&B heartthrob Chris Brown is no stranger to TMZ headlines. After tweeting earlier this week that he was contemplating retirement following the upcoming album X, the gossip website is reporting emergency crews were summoned to the L.A. recording studio Record Plant after Brown reportedly suffered a seizure. Brown’s representatives haven’t issued a statement, but a Los Angeles Fire Department official confirmed to E! News that crews responded […]

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” – Album Review

Star Trak/Interscope Records (2013)

“Robin Thicke is a brotha.” That was a timeline post last week from one of my Facebook friends – who happens to be African-American –and in many ways, it effectively pinpoints the artistic and career merits of Canadian actor Alan Thicke’s son. Known as much for his marriage to stunning actress Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has found a rabid fanbase for his brand of R&B, in the vein of DeBarge, […]

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