HomageCollage: Kid Ink, “Full Speed”

🔊💜Today, January 30, 2015, Kid Ink released his third studio album, “Full Speed.” This album peaked at no. 14 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned three singles in support. Each other singles charted the Hot 100: ‘Be Real’ ft. DeJ Loaf (no. 43), ‘Body Language’ ft. Usher & Tinashe, and ‘Hotel’ ft. Chris Brown…

HomageCollage: Total, “Total”

🔊💜Today, January 30, 1996, Total released their eponymous debut album. Total released the sensual ‘Kissin’ You‘ as a single to support their eponymous debut album, and it was produced by the incomparable Raphael Saadiq. The song has since been sampled several times, most notably in K. Michelle’s ‘Hard to Do,’ Teairra Marí’s ‘Missin’ You,’ and…

Music Birthday: Big Freedia

🔊🎉Today, January 28, 1978, Big Freedia was born Freddie Ross, in New Orleans, Louisiana. On top of releasing three albums, and three extended plays, Freedia has been featured on some of the hottest pop songs to-date, including RuPaul’s ‘Peanut Butter’ & ‘Freaky Money,’ Beyoncé’s ‘Formation,’ Diplo & DJ Snake’s ‘Drop,’ and Drake’s ‘Nice for What.’…

HomageCollage: Ne-Yo, “Non-Fiction”

🔊💜Today, January 27, 2015, Ne-Yo released his sixth studio album, “Non-Fiction.” Two singles released in support of “Non-Fiction” were ‘She Knows’ ft. Juicy J, and ‘Time of Our Lives’ ft. Pitbull. Both singles reached the US Hot 100, at nos. 19, and 9. ‘Time of Our Lives’ samples three hits: Chaka Kahn’s ‘Fate,’ and Juvenile’s…

Music Birthday: Vincent Herbert

🔊🎉Today, January 27, 1973, Vincent Herbert was born in Newark, New Jersey. 20 years before serving as executive producer of Tamar Braxton’s sophomore studio album, “Love and War,” Herbert produced ‘How Many Ways’ for Toni Braxton’s eponymous debut solo studio album. Herbert used a sample of ‘God Make Me Funny,’ by The Headhunters & Pointer…

Music Birthday: TOKiMONSTA

🔊🎉Today, January 26, 1987, TOKiMONSTA was born Jennifer Lee, in Los Angeles, California. On February 20, 2014, TOKiMONSTA posted to her Facebook Page, soliciting more views of her personal favorite feat, ‘The World Is Ours.’ The song was published on YouTube on November 22, 2009, and has since been viewed more than 1.9 million times. 

Music Birthday: Kirk Franklin

🔊🎉Today, January 26, 1970, Kirk Dewayne Franklin was born in Fort Worth, Texas. On January 22, 1999, Franklin’s first Christmas album, with the Family, “Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas,” was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. This urban contemporary gospel album was released on November 7, 1995, and it peaked at…

Music Birthday: Anita Baker

🔊🎉Today, January 26, 1958, Anita Denise Baker was born in Toledo, Ohio. On December 3, 2013, 11 years after it’s release, Baker’s first compilation album, “The Best of Anita Baker,” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album consists of music by Baker from 1983 – 2002. One of the hits…