Class & Trash Jams

Class And Trash Jams: Brian McKnight

We’re back and it’s time to slow things down with Brian McKnight.  We here at Class and Trash choose to remember him at his best and not for If U Ready To Learn.  (NSFW obviously…)

Here’s the list!

Class

1) One Last Cry

Do I even NEED to explain why this is one? The lyrics. His voice. We really don’t give this man enough credit! Such a simple arrangement that allows his voice to be showcased. Let face it when, when you can SING all you need is some instruments and YOUR instrument (the voice). ::glares at Britney Spears::

 

2) The Only One For Me

DAMN IT! We have a duplicate song but the song slays. The reason this song also stands out is because of when he was on Sister Sister. Such a good episode! Such a good black sitcom! Anywho…. He was one of my childhood vocal idols. If only my riffs and runs were as flawless my ass would NOT be a teacher nor writing songs asking to show you how your “P*ssy works.” Brian, you still nasty for that.

3) 6, 8 ,12

Okay, I tried to not put this on my list but I seriously enjoy this song. And nowwww Class is in his feelings…Bye y’all.

Trash

1) Back At One

Keeping it standard.  You just can’t deny how beautiful this song is.  I remember way back in middle school when this came out, people were using it to audition for talent shows.  Spoiler alert, they did not sound like Brian.

2) Still In Love

It’s a cover, but I’ll be damned if I talk about Mr. McKnight and not mention this song. Just freaking flawless.  You’re over there tearing up now!  Just the greatest.

3) The Only One For Me

I don’t care that his music has similar themes.  You want to be in love or save your relationships when you listen to him. ::ugly cries to the floor::

Did we miss your favorites? Share your favorites in the comments!

Class And Trash Jams: Beyoncé

It’s time to announce a new series here on your favorite site.  So because we’re committed to increasing the quality of your iPods, we’ve decided to share a few of our favorite jams for a particular artist each week.

Because Class picked the artist for this first week, it’s time to talk about Beyoncé.

Trash

1) Yoncé/Partition

Despite my next two choices, I love Beyoncé most when she embraces her hood side.  This song in particular changed my entire view on Beyoncé,  moving me from casual fan to staunch defender/junior associate Beyhive member.  The rap >>>>>>

2) Smash Into You

My absolute favorite of Beyoncé’s love songs. She delivers vocally and it’s simply a beautiful song.

3) Love On Top

5 KEY CHANGES.  FIVE!  Love the throwback to the Motown era, love her vocal layering. Did I mention the five key changes??

Class

If you don’t know…I am a PROUD BeyHive Member. 1- 9….EIGHT. ONE!

Beyonce’s catalogue is LITERALLY flawless. Her missteps are still better than mosts (yup B’Day may not have been my favorite but if you don’t think that stops me from listening, you’re WRONG.) What makes Bey better is that her live performance are FAR better than her recorded works. This is a HUGE statement considering her albums are perfect. Picking my three favorite songs might be one of the hardest challenges for me. So i’m only considering live performances. Wish me luck.

1) 1+1 (Dressing Room Edition) 

 

My. God. A keyboard. Beyonce’s Golden Vocals. Harmonies by the Mamas. ANY QUESTIONS?!

2) End Of Time (Revel Edition)

The. End. Of. Time. STOMP! The sickening pink pumps. I am unable.

This song instantly stood out to me on her classic 4 album. It is a perfect dancing song, running song, cooking song, cleaning song, do better in life song, etc. It is perfection and Beyonce ALWAYS gives it her 300%. I dare you to not stomp and body roll up….DARE YOU.

3) Resentment (Live from Las Vegas Edition) 

DO YOU HEAR HER RAT B*TCH RIHANNA?!?! GO IN BEY! SHE AIN’T EVEN HALF OF ME!!!!!!!!! YASSSSSSSS!

The passion Beyonce performed this with is INCREDIBLE. I don’t know who pissed her off that day but the result is incredible. Also…Why are the Mamas so sickening? I hate and love them.

And a special treat!

Never forget where it all began. Destiny’s Child. I stumbled across this gem and thought i’d share. Please enjoy them stomping the f*ck out of the football field. I miss DC3.