Posts tagged BRANDY

HEAR 14 DEEP BRANDY ALBUM CUTS
In a string of nine tweets this past Saturday, Solange wrote that R&B has long been experimental, and expressed frustration at music critics for, “acting like it just popped off last year.” She suggested a familiarity with Brandy as a pre-requisite for writing about R&B. Now, whether or not an extensive knowledge of Brandy’s back-catalog is really key to thoughtful writing, her albums are a pleasure to revisit, marked by incomparable singing and well-chosen production (from Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Kanye West, Sean Garrett and more). We’ve assembled 14 favorites, spanning Brandy’s five studio albums.

HEAR 14 DEEP BRANDY ALBUM CUTS

In a string of nine tweets this past Saturday, Solange wrote that R&B has long been experimental, and expressed frustration at music critics for, “acting like it just popped off last year.” She suggested a familiarity with Brandy as a pre-requisite for writing about R&B. Now, whether or not an extensive knowledge of Brandy’s back-catalog is really key to thoughtful writing, her albums are a pleasure to revisit, marked by incomparable singing and well-chosen production (from Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Kanye West, Sean Garrett and more). We’ve assembled 14 favorites, spanning Brandy’s five studio albums.

INTERVIEW: BRANDY
"People are so used to me singing love songs, so it’s hard to accept the rap side of who I am. But I always tease my team, like, so Justin Bieber can rap and Chris Brown can rap and Lil Wayne can sing, but I can’t get my cadence on?"

INTERVIEW: BRANDY

"People are so used to me singing love songs, so it’s hard to accept the rap side of who I am. But I always tease my team, like, so Justin Bieber can rap and Chris Brown can rap and Lil Wayne can sing, but I can’t get my cadence on?"

NEW PLAYLIST: R&B PRODUCTION’S RAP TURN
Brandy, the church singer turned mega-selling sitcom actress turned Dancing With the Stars contestant, is currently at the crest of a musical comeback. Her light-on-its-feet new album, Two Eleven, named after February 11th, the day of her own birth and mentor Whitney Houston’s death, debuted at number three on the US charts and produced a top ten single in “Put it Down,” Brandy’s first song to perform as well in a decade. “Put It Down” was produced by Bangladesh and Sean Garrett, Brandy’s main collaborators on the record, which also features R&B newcomers Mike Will Made It and Switch, guys who made their names with rap hits like “Bands a Make Her Dance” and hyperspeed, experimental beats for M.I.A. and Major Lazer, respectively. Here’s a look at songs that pair R&B writers and producers like Garrett and Dawn Richard with rap innovators like Bagladesh, Will, Zaytoven and Polow da Don. Garrett wasn’t the first guy to make crisp, mid-tempo R&B ballads that comfortably incorporate the space and knock of rap production, but he’s been an unsung proponent of it and had a hand in many of these songs, like the blinking piano line of Diddy Dirty Money’s “Loving You No More” and the happy, marching band cheese of Kelly Rowland’s “Like This.” There’s also a pair of moody tracks written and produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins for Brandy’s 2002 album Full Moon, which holds up surprisingly well.
Mario, “Break Up”
Brandy, “Slower”
Diddy Dirty Money f. Drake, “Loving You No More”
Brandy, “Do You Know What You Have”
Brandy, “Apart”
Brandy, “Like This”
Ciara f. 50 Cent, “Can’t Leave Em Alone”
Teairra Mari, “Phone Booth”
Usher, “Papers”
B.O.B. f. Playboy Tre, “Just A Sign”
Kelly Rowland f. Eve, “Like This”

NEW PLAYLIST: R&B PRODUCTION’S RAP TURN

Brandy, the church singer turned mega-selling sitcom actress turned Dancing With the Stars contestant, is currently at the crest of a musical comeback. Her light-on-its-feet new album, Two Eleven, named after February 11th, the day of her own birth and mentor Whitney Houston’s death, debuted at number three on the US charts and produced a top ten single in “Put it Down,” Brandy’s first song to perform as well in a decade. “Put It Down” was produced by Bangladesh and Sean Garrett, Brandy’s main collaborators on the record, which also features R&B newcomers Mike Will Made It and Switch, guys who made their names with rap hits like “Bands a Make Her Dance” and hyperspeed, experimental beats for M.I.A. and Major Lazer, respectively. Here’s a look at songs that pair R&B writers and producers like Garrett and Dawn Richard with rap innovators like Bagladesh, Will, Zaytoven and Polow da Don. Garrett wasn’t the first guy to make crisp, mid-tempo R&B ballads that comfortably incorporate the space and knock of rap production, but he’s been an unsung proponent of it and had a hand in many of these songs, like the blinking piano line of Diddy Dirty Money’s “Loving You No More” and the happy, marching band cheese of Kelly Rowland’s “Like This.” There’s also a pair of moody tracks written and produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins for Brandy’s 2002 album Full Moon, which holds up surprisingly well.

  1. Mario, “Break Up”
  2. Brandy, “Slower”
  3. Diddy Dirty Money f. Drake, “Loving You No More”
  4. Brandy, “Do You Know What You Have”
  5. Brandy, “Apart”
  6. Brandy, “Like This”
  7. Ciara f. 50 Cent, “Can’t Leave Em Alone”
  8. Teairra Mari, “Phone Booth”
  9. Usher, “Papers”
  10. B.O.B. f. Playboy Tre, “Just A Sign”
  11. Kelly Rowland f. Eve, “Like This”