Music Birthday: Rick James

Today, February 1, 1948, Rick James was born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in Buffalo, New York City, New York. James was featured on a 2020 single from Anthony Hamilton called ‘Back Together.’  The song, produced by 9th Wonder, pays homage to the 80s classic, ‘Fire and Desire’ by Rick James and Teena Marie.  Hamilton is…

Mint Condition: “E-Life”

Today, November 17, 2017, Mint Condition released “E-Life.” This album has 13 soulful songs that speak to love and life on an adept level. Complete with feather-like vocal textures; sultry, funky beats and truthful lyrics, leading to the acclaim it deserves. Speaking of acclaim, “E-Life” peaked at no. 119 on the US Billboard 200, and…

Anthony Hamilton: “Comin’ From Where I’m From”

Today, September 23, 2003, Anthony Hamilton released “Comin’ From Where I’m From,” his sophomore studio album. This album was a commercial success, peaking at no. 33 on the US Billboard 200, and no. 6 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.  Mark Batson produced a few of the tracks on “Coming From Where I’m From,”…

Music Birthday: Havoc

🔊🥳Today, May 21, 1974, Havoc was born Kejuan Waliek Muchita in Queens, NYC, NY. Havoc produced Jadakiss’ hit single ‘Why?’ ft. Anthony Hamilton. The song reached no. 11 on the US Hot 100, and it’s included on Jadakiss’ gold-certified “Kiss of Death” album. ’Why?’ has been sampled by many artists, including J Dilla’s ‘Stop!’

HomageCollage: Anthony Hamilton, “What I’m Feelin’”

🔊💜Today, March 25, 2016, Anthony Hamilton released his seventh studio album, “What I’m Feelin’.” This album, a co-executive production by the iconic Mark Batson, peaked at no. 15 on the US Billboard 200. Two songs from this album peaked on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs Chart: ‘Amen,’ a production by James Poyser and Salaam Remi…

Music Birthday: Anthony Hamilton

🔊🎉Today, January 28, 1971, Anthony Cornelius Hamilton was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. ‘Mama Knew Love,’ from his sophomore studio album, “Coming From Where I’m From,” sampled Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint (Momma Loves Me).’ The album peaked at no. 33 on the US Billboard 200, and no. 12 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums Chart.  

HomageCollage: Anthony Hamilton, “Ain’t Nobody Worryin’”

🔊💜Today, December 31, 2005, Anthony Hamilton’s “Ain’t Nobody Worryin’” peaked at no. 19 on the US Billboard 200. This is Hamilton’s third studio album, and it spawned ‘Can’t Let Go’ as a single. Song was produced by Mark Batson, just like Eminem’s ‘Insane,’ Leanne Rimes’ ‘Love Line,’ India.Arie’s ‘Strength, Courage, & Wisdom,’ Lathun’s ‘Sweetest Thing,’…

HomageCollage: Anthony Hamilton, “Home for the Holidays”

🔊💜Today, November 29, 2014, Anthony Hamilton’s “Home for the Holidays” peaked at no. 80 on the US Billboard 200. This is Hamilton’s sixth studio album, and his first Christmas album. Album was primarily produced by Kelvin Wooten, producer of music by Raphael Saadiq, Kim Scott, Eric Clapton, Sunshine Anderson, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Emily King, Chrisette Michele,…