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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 […]

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Just Let ‘Em Sang: 2012’s Best R&B Songs

Although 2012 was a pretty quiet year on the R&B tip, a few songs from the genre made some noise, so we’d like to pay them respect. Some of you guys might have even forgotten about these songs, since a couple of them weren’t given as much attention as hip-hop/rap this year. As a matter of fact, some of these songs weren’t even given proper radio play. But they still […]

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Hood Harmonies: 2012’s 10 Best Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B Collaborations

Method Man and Mary J. Blige seem to have perfected the rap/hip-hop and R&B synergy better than most. It seems everyone and their mother has heard “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” at least once in their lifetime. True rap/hip-hop and R&B heads look back on this song fondly, and the newer generation is just becoming familiar with the song’s brilliance. In 2012, the dopest […]


Grammy Award Nominations 2013 Recap

As has become the custom, this year’s Grammy Award nominations were announced last night via a live prime-time telecast, broadcast on CBS and hosted this year by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift. This year’s nomination show took place in Nashville, and understandably the live performances were dominated (but not monopolized) by the town’s country vibe. The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley set the tone for the evening by kicking […]


The Black Album (or, Goodbye For Now)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Regretfully, we are saying “goodbye for now” to Shane Danaher, who has been our correspondent in the hip-hop category almost since MIMO began. We’re grateful for his contributions to this site, and we wish him well in his new adventure.–Jeff McQ *** Though I’d like to say that I’m moving to Thailand for reasons far sexier (say, to escape a life of counterfeit microwave sales), I’m in fact […]


R&B’s New Rhetoric

With the recent release of The Weeknd’s Trilogy, this year’s pleasant aberrations in R&B have gathered enough momentum affect a sea change in the genre. The release brings Weeknd into the same echelon as Frank Ocean, who earlier this year chalked up a game changing, commercial and critical hit with his debut record, channelORANGE. Even if, in Weeknd’s case, the “critical” portion of that success threatens to overshadow the “commercial,” […]


The Essential Hip-Hop Albums of the Year So Far

We’re a little more than halfway through 2012, and while the apocalypse still has plenty of opportunities to wipe us from the face of existence, let us not go quietly into that dark night without first checking out these albums, which have already made for a solid year in terms of its hip-hop offerings. This should go without saying, but if you haven’t listened to these already, then you have […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 7.13.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape July 13, 2012.   Frank Ocean ft. Earl Sweatshirt, “Super Rich Kids” Between a much-publicized announcement concerning his sexual preference, a monkeyed-with album release date and a possible snub by Target, Frank Ocean has had a busy week. Amongst his various newsworthy maneuvers, it’s almost possible to forget that Channel Orange, Ocean’s debut, is a fantastic, weird, stylistically singular example of R&B futurism. “Super Rich […]


How Frank Ocean Accidentally Became the Summer’s Most Important R&B Star

Frank Ocean’s revelation last week of his protean sexuality has resulted in one of the strangest career whorls in modern pop music. In case you’ve been keeping to your Unabomber-style shack this past week, Frank Ocean—R&B singer and least-crazy member of weirdo-rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All—posted a missive to his Tumblr in which he detailed a sexual relationship he had with a man at the age […]