Review: Dru Hill Recalls Days Of R&B Past At NYC Showcase

Things done changed when it comes to R&B. A decade or two ago, you couldn't go a minute without hearing a group like Destiny’s Child, Next or TLC on the airwaves. In the '90s, quartets were prevalent, but after the mid-2000s they became a nostalgic memory. With Dru Hill as the special guest at SOB’s for RnB Spotlight (July 27), which paid homage to the 90s, the show served as a reminder of what the game has been missing.

Before they appeared, there was a slew of impressive upcoming acts including R&B groups Gotham Citi, Havok Jones, soloists Chris Jackson, Myra Smith and Patricia Mytime that warmed up the crowd. Keith Murray was even pulled out of the audience to do a brief snippet of his 1994 hit “The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World.”

As soon as the Baltimore brethrens hit the stage, a crowd of already antsy 30-somethings became even more infused with vigor. Though there wasn't much dancing room, that didn’t stop the foursome dressed in all black from cutting a rug as they recreated choreography from their videos.

After opening up with their ‘96 hit “Tell Me,” Dru went straight into the So-So Def remix of “In My Bed.” When the beat dropped, the group mirrored the crowd’s plethora of energy, with Sisqo hitting an impromptu Nae-Nae dance as they crowd sang and drowned out his vocals.

At one point, a fan chanted “Thong Song! Thong Song!” from the crowd to the once platinum-haired frontman. But the newest member, Tao, wasn’t having it.

“The next nigga that ask for the “Thong Song” is gon’ get it,” he said to the overzealous fan. “Dudes don’t ask for the 'Thong Song.' Ladies you ask for the 'Thong Song!'”

Dru Hill’s vocals were still as rich and smooth as they were on their self-titled debut album almost two decades ago. During the group’s heyday and his solo career, Sisqo was the most eccentric looking one, rocking a slew of vibrant outfits and colored crowns that shuffled from blonde, to platinum and even a red caesar cut. Now, Nokio brandishes the blonde color job with black nail polish and a bizarre-looking microphone decked with a videocam.

Dru Hill’s performance allowed the fans to relive the past and hopefully welcome the future. Singing groups are out there but unfortunately they are not on the forefront. After that performance, Jazz, Nokio, Sisqo and Tao let it be known that any group looking to fill that void left in R&B will have big shoes to fill. —Tanay Hudson

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Missy Elliott is coming. With the release of an Instagram video featuring a celebratory dance, the legendary musician signaled that new music is on the horizon.

"I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood “Keep On Movin” I’m bout to show yall I’m on some next ish," she wrote in the caption of her video announcement on Wednesday (April 17). The video features her boppin' along to Soul II Soul's "Keep On Moving." Her hair is in braids, she's rocking gold hoops and sports a beautiful smile on her face.

The Virginia native's last album was 2005's The Cookbook, which featured the hit single "Lose Control" with Ciara and Fatman Scoop. Since then, she's released solo singles such as "WTF (Where They From)" with Pharrell Williams, "Pep Rally," and was recently featured on Lizzo's new song "Tempo."

Just because she hasn't released a full-length project doesn't mean she hasn't been busy. Missy's hard work has paid off, and she will be the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame this summer. She was also recently named Berklee College Of Music's Honorary Doctorate Recipient.

We can't wait to hear what she's been up to.

 

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Kodak Black Arrested At US-Canada Border On Weapons And Drugs Charges

While returning to the U.S. from Canada on Wednesday night (April 17), Kodak Black, as well as three individuals, were stopped by Customs Agents at the border. After the authorities searched the vehicle, they were arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon, TMZ reports.

The "Tunnel Vision" artist was scheduled to perform in Boston, Mass., as part of his Dying to Live tour. However, the concert was canceled which generated outrage from fans and confusion from some of Kodak's camp who weren't aware of the rapper's whereabouts. It has been reported that the rapper is still in custody and being held on a $20,000 cash bond or $40,000 bond.

Since the start of his career, Kodak's name has remained in the midst of controversy. Recently, the rapper landed at the center of attention for his back and forth with T.I. The latter removed artwork that depicted the Florida native from the Trap Museum in Atlanta, Ga., following Kodak's comments about Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle. The beef between the two escalated to the point that Kodak released a diss track aimed at T.I. called "Expeditiously."

Kodak's run-ins with the law have also been a topic of discussion. The 21-year-old was released on August 18, 2018, after serving seven months for marijuana possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Kodak currently faces criminal sexual conduct charges and faces up to a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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Gas Station Fight Breaks Out Over Possibly Stolen Hot Dogs

A fight reportedly broke out at an Akron, OH gas station over allegations of stolen hot dogs. Per 19 News in Akron, four women jumped a man who was attempting to help a woman they were allegedly beating up.

Per the report, the fight broke out after the women were accused of stealing hot dogs by the woman in the store. They tried to attack the woman when they left the store, which caused the man to step in attempt to intervene.

“I know the video makes it look like he was trying to fight them, but they were actually jumping him,” according to Cam Dancy, who was present during the time of the attack. “They were throwing trash cans and the windshield wiper thing, and one girl ripped the gas pump off and tried to hit him with that.”

“Then I see gasoline flying everywhere and they’re all just jumping at him,” Dancy continues. The New York Daily News, the man was seen "shoving one woman to the ground in the parking lot. Her friends then swarmed him, throwing a squeegee, a gas hose and what appear to be plastic garbage can lids at him."

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