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This song is the property of Lil Nas X.
This song is the property of Ricardo Williams.
Singer/songwriter Johnny Gill (New Edition) 53
Singer/songwriter/producer Donell Jones 46
Singer Denise Nicole White aka Avery Sunshine 44
Singer Vivian Green 40
Singer Shirley Murdock 62
Singer Leela James
Singer Calvin Simon (Parliment-Funkadelic) 77
Bassist Eric “EQ” Young grew up admiring the late Louis “Thunder Thumbs” Johnson of the Brothers Johnson and spent several years wood shedding to refine his art. He began his career as a side man for Bay Area acts before coming to the attention of Michael Cooper of Con Funk Shun and becoming bassist for that band. Young went on to release the album “Just 4 U”, which featured the single “Never Stop Loving.” Now, Young returns with a remake of The Brothers Johnson classic “Stomp”, taken from their 1980 album “Light Up The Night.” “Stomp” was a percolating dance number that shimmered from the production work of Quincy Jones. It added jazz and classical elements, along with Afro-Latin percussion and sweeping strings to the funk George and Louis Johnson brought to the party. Young proves he’s up to the challenge of doing the original justice as he puts his brand of stank on “Stomp.” Fans will enjoy this one. Rapper Lil Nas X has expanded his reach beyond music. The MC recently teamed with Wrangler to unveil an assortment of graphic t-shirts, jeans and denim shirts. Prices range from $39 for t-shirts to $129 for custom made pants for men and women. Wrangler has described the collection as fresh remixes of classic Wrangler styles for the kind of modern cowboy who can’t be put in a box. Wrangler jeans owners can take a photo of the back pocket for access to a behind the scenes look at Lil Nas X’s video “Old Town Road.” Fans can shop for the collection at Wrangler’s website.
Sad news out of the world of R&B. Melvin Edmonds, one third of the R&B trio After 7, has died after a long illness. Edmonds provided the expressive counterpoint to brother Kevon’s sweet first tenor leads on a string of hits in the late 80s and early 1990s. After 7 became a fan favorite and survived much and remain relevant today. After 7 was formed at Indiana University by Melvin Edmonds, Kevon Edmonds and friend Keith Mitchell, and played local gigs in the Bloomington area. Meanwhile, the Edmonds’ older brother, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, became a member of the R&B/funk band The Deele, and ultimately joined bandmate Antonio “LA” Reid to become a songwriting/production team which went on to write and produce tracks for Boys To Men, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown and a slew of other acts, while Babyface enjoyed a successful solo career. In 1998, Reid and Edmonds enterd an artist development deal with Virgin Records and approached After 7 regarding signing with the label. With some trepidation, the trio, then all in their 30s signed, and the result was a self-titled debut album that became a smash, and contained the hits “The Heat Of The Moment” and “Ready Or Not.” After 7 went on to become a consistent act, charting with such hits as “Nights Like This”, (taken from the Five Heartbeats soundtrack), a cover of The Originals hit “Baby I’m For Real”, and “Til You Do Me Right.” While the group continued to score gold albums, by 1996 they were in their 40s and considered an adult act. Their relationship with Virgin Records soured, and they found themselves without a recording contract. Babyface brought brothers Melvin and Kevon together with K-Ci and JoJo to form the one time group Milestone, which had the hit “I Care ‘Bout You” (taken from the Soul Food soundtrack). Shortly thereafter, After 7 disbanded and Melvin took a job as a truck driver while Keith worked construction. Kevon Edmonds released the moderately successful solo album “24-7”, and during his tour he brought Melvin’s son Jason along to sing backup and help with After 7 covers. This lead to a reunion of sorts in 2009, Keith Mitchell joined Kevon and Jason Edmonds to tour as a new version of After 7. Sadly, Melvin suffered a stroke in 2011, which prevented him from rejoining the group. In 2015, After 7 returned to the studio, with all four members on board. With the assistance of Babyface and Daryl Simmons, they recorded the single “I Want You”, which reached No. 6 on the Urban AC charts. The quartet released a second single, “Let Me Know”, in June 2016, with similar success, and followed up in October of that year with “Timeless”, an artistic triumph that found the group sounding better than ever. For fans who enjoy quality music, which certainly includes After 7 performances, this is a huge blow. After 7 created timeless classics, and Melvin Edmonds’ contributions will live on. Rest peacefully Mr. Edmonds. You will never be forgotten.
Singer/songwriter/musician Rachelle Ferrell 55
Singer Ronald Isley (The Isley Brothers) 78
Singer Carl Carlton 67
Remembering rapper Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace (May 21, 1972-March 9, 1997)
Rapper/producer Kejuan “Havoc” Muchita (Mobb Deep) 45
This song is the property of Rich The Kid/Kobalt Music Publishing.
Dimitri Roger, known professionally as Rich The Kid, is an American rapper/songwriter from Queens, New York. In 2013, he released his debut solo mixtape “Been About The Benjamins”, and later that year released the collaborative mixtape series “Streets On Lock Vol. 1”, “Streets On Lock Vol. 2”, “Streets On Lock Vol. 3” and “Streets On Lock Vol. 4” with Migos. In August 2014, Roger released his second mixtape “Feels Good 2 Be Rich.” Roger has collaborated with Migos, Young Thug, Kirko Bangz, Rockie Fresh, Stalley, Soulja Boy, RIFF RaFF, Jeremih, K Camp, Young Dolph, Yo Gotti, French Montana and Chinx & Kodak Black. In December 2014, Roger released his third mixtape “Rich Than Famous.” He has released the albums “The World Is Yours” (2018) and “The World Is Yours 2” (2019).
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Montell Du’Sean Barnett, known professionally as Montell Jordan, is an American singer/songwriter/producer/pastor from Los Angeles, CA. Jordan began singing and playing piano in church where his parents were deacons. Following his graduation from Pepperdine Univesity, Jordan began working for Williams Television Time, where he helped make television commercials. In an effort to jump start his musical career, Jordan invited his co-workers to see him perform at a showcase. According to Jordan, Janet Jackson and Shanice Wilson attended the show. Shortly thereafter, Jordan made his first mixtape and flew to New York with Def Jam Records CEO Russell Simmons. Jordan signed to Def Jam in 1995 and became the second male R&B artist signed to the label. In 1995, Jordan released his debut album, “This Is How We Do It.” The album’s first single, “This Is How We Do It”, became a #1 hit. Jordan followed that success with the hits “This Is For The Honeyz”, “Let’s Ride” and “I Like.” In addition to his solo work, Jordan has written and produced for Christina Milian, 98 Degrees, Shae Jones, Deborah Cox, Lil Mo and Sisqo. He has released the albums “This Is How We Do It” (1995), “More” (1996), “Let’s Ride” (1998), “Get It On Tonight” (1999), “Montell Jordan” (2000), “Life After Def” (2003) and “Let It Rain” (2008)
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Quavious Keyate Marshall, known professionally as Quavo, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/producer from Athens, GA. He is a member of the rap group Migos.
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Daron Jones is an American singer/songwriter/producer from Atlanta, GA. Jones released his debut album “Uncensored” in December 2010. He went on to release the mixtape series “The Unofficial Diary Of Daron Jones Vol. 1” and “The Unofficial Diary Of Daron Jones Vol. 2”, which contained remakes of R&B classics. Jones has produced songs for Pink, Usher, The Notorious B.I.G., The Isley Brothers, Kelly Price and others.