Wednesday, February 2, 2011

R&B Duet Recommendations

It's February and Valentine's Day is around the corner.
If I decided to craft a playlist in honor of the occasion, I find it sad that I would only pick about one song from anything currently on the R&B charts right now.

Classic, non-pornographic love songs are too rare in commerical R&B these days.  Can somebody consider creating sizzling duets, a la Rick James and Teena Marie (R.I.P. to both) to get our pulses racing again?

Here's a list of R&B artists who would make beautiful music together.

1. India Aire and Jesse Boykins III.  I envisioned these two teaming up the minute I heard the soulful, folk-influenced tracks on Boykins' The Beauty Created.

2.  Leela James and Anthony Hamilton.  Apparently, they've already collaborated on a track...can they power through the politics and get it released?

3.  Jazmine Sullivan and Bilal.  Imagine an I-really-hate-how-much-I-love-you duet from the Philadelphia natives.  Remember Bilal's "Sometimes?"  It would be some burn-the-house-down-crazy brilliance.

4.  Mary J. Blige and Eric Benet.  He's back in my good graces after "Sometimes I Cry" and its refreshing video.  Their voices would play well off of each other.

Who's on your duet wish list?

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