My Second Love…
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only kid that got asked by an older family member “what you know ’bout that?”. Anually, every family function, I was questioned about the knowledge that I should’ve lacked, because of my age. But how could I when it was all I grew up on.
My grandmother rocking back and forth in her chair, listening to either gospel or Oldies RnB on her record player. Chaka Khan was my favorite. My mother would blast Lenny Williams around the house, I’m pretty sure I don’t have to indicate the song. “Cause I Luuuuuhhhhhh-ve You.”. My father is hands down one of the manliest men, I know, but it doesn’t phase me to know that his top five favorite songs include “When Doves Cry” by Prince.
The day that I shed tears to Missing You by Case, is the day that I knew music had an effect on me. I was perfectly happy until I listened to that song. Or Come With Me by Sammie. I mean, the ones that make you sing along are the best ones. I want an RnB type love.
RnB makes you feel. It makes you rock. It makes you cry. It makes you love. Sometimes babies are even conceived to it. To me, Trey Songz, Bryson Tiller, Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, PartyNextDoor, August Alsina, and Jacquees are all our generation’s Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown, Maxwell, R Kelly, Christopher Williams, Musiq Soulchild, Usher and more…
I mean, back then, and even now, it’s something about a man that can sing about how much he loves you. And let’s not at all forget about my ladies.
Chaka Khan will forever be queen, along with Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle and oooh Etta James. Talk about women with power and strength.
Now we have our Beyonce, and Ciera, and Fantasia, and Tink, and Jennifer Hudson.
A good RnB jam can either have you crying, in love, or expecting. If it doesn’t do that, then what is it doing?
Favorites…God this might be a long list
Happily Ever After by Case: #WeddingSong
Dangerously In Love by Beyonce: Something about this song that makes every black girl born after 1995 come alive.
Teach Me How To Love by Musiq Soulchild: This and Player’s Prayer by Lloyd are the ultimate get your girl back songs. Like playa, if she don’t come back after you playing this on her voicemail, then she ain’t coming back b.
Best Friend by Olivia and 50Cent: I mean, this was the ultimate relationship goal, along with My First Love by Avant, and Down Ass Chick by JaRule. “but you took ya time, and now i’m satisfied, that’s why i want you all to me”
Can’t Be Friends by Trey Songz: I mean, I’ve never been in this situation but GOD. I sing along every time. Just like Free Yourself by Fantasia, and Missing You by Case. Situations that I pray to the Lord and Jesus himself I’ll never be in, but if I do, I’ll have a song to sing along to.
Feenin’ by Jodeci: First off, how can I make a playlist without them. Any one of their songs makes me feel something. “You can have my money, my house and my car.” Like that is the ultimate love. I can’t even imagine..
I can’t even categorize the rest of these songs. Like god. We got R Kelly, who is a master at including sex in everyday things, (Sex Weed, and Sex In The Kitchen). Then we have Next….. and 3 piece…. and Jagged Edge….and Total….JS……Changing Faces…… TLC…. Damn RnB.