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That’s My Jam R&B Chart – September 2010 [R&B Chart]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on September 21, 2010

Chris Brown appropriately marks his second month in the No. 1 spot of That’s My Jam’s R&B Chart with “Deuces,” but Trey Songz‘s “Bottoms Up” with Nicki Minaj is quickly racing to the top. Monica also heads upward and Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” becomes the first That’s My Jam charter to rebound from a decline, securing itself in the No. 6 slot. Another Usher track, Alicia Keys and Fantasia fall, and Usher, Drake and Jazmine Sullivan make debuts.

Click here to get information on chart methodology. Click on song titles to see videos or hear audio.

1. Chris Brown feat. Tyga & Kevin McCall “Deuces” (1)
2. Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj“Bottoms Up” (10)
3. Monica “Love All Over Me” (7)
4. Usher feat. Jay-Z“Hot Tottie” (-)
5. Usher“There Goes My Baby” (2)
6. Usher feat. Pitbull “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” (9)
7. Alicia Keys “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” (3)
8. Drake“Find Your Love” (-)
9. Fantasia “Bittersweet” (8)
10. Jazmine Sullivan “Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles)” (-)

Hot on That’s My Jam’s R&B Chart 1 Year Ago
1. Mario feat. Gucci Mane & Sean Garrett – “Break Up”
2. Maxwell – “Pretty Wings”
3. Ginuwine – “Last Chance”

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The Best MTV Video Music Awards Performances (15 to 1) [Showstoppers]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on September 12, 2010

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards air tonight! We’ve already discussed who we thought should headline the show, but now it’s time to commemorate those who left lasting impressions on the VMA stage. Rookies: take notes on our 30 favorite performances, presented in countdown order. (Check out 30-16 first!)

15. Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way/Larger Than Life” (1999)
A high-energy effort that blends song and dance.

14. Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z – “Baby Boy/Crazy In Love” (2003)
Though Bey was hanging upside down, viewers were the ones who were dizzy after this whirlwind throwdown.

13. Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris – “Confessions Pt. 2/Yeah!” (2004)
Besides the hotness of Usher’s striptease, the heat was turned up with a trampoline that brought the bounce.

12. New Edition – Medley (1990)
The FIRST on-stage appearance of all six members of New Edition, plus a slew of solo hits.

11. En Vogue – “Free Your Mind” (1992)
Real sangin’ and dancing? En Vogue could do no wrong with this funky rock number.
Watch here!

10. Britney Spears – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction/Oops! … I Did It Again” (2000)
It’s all about the body, and Britney showed off hers in a sheer suit while gyrating away her sorrow.

9. Michael Jackson – “Dangerous” (1995)
The original performance is much longer and much more involved, but a little “Billie Jean” and some “Smooth Criminal” help make this “Dangerous” routine. Proceed with caution.

8. Janet Jackson – “That’s the Way Love Goes/If” (1993)
Simple, subtle, subdued. No wonder viewers are drawn in, hungry for more, until it explodes in the form of the technically hypnotic choreography of “If.”

7. Beyoncé – “Single Ladies” (2009)
How does one re-invigorate the most imitated dance routine of the year? By bringing out 30 or so sexy ladies to give it some pop.

6. Paula Abdul – “Straight Up/Cold Hearted/Forever Your Girl” (1989)
From tap dancing to aerial acrobatics to innuendo-laden moves, Paula proves she was an idol long before that singing show.

5. NSYNC – “This I Promise You/Bye, Bye, Bye/It’s Gonna Be Me” (2000)
They don’t call these guys NSYNC for nothing, and the intricate TV routine demonstrates how true the moniker is. The party at the end also doesn’t hurt.

4. Madonna – “Express Yourself” (1989)
Quite tame compared to performances since, but the Running Man, Madge’s first time publicly voguing and around-the-stage antics engage in a “less is more” kind of way.

3. TLC – “No Scrubs” (1999)
Mellow at first, picks up in the middle and the end — well, let’s just say, if you haven’t seen this performance, you’ll be more than a little surprised at how well TLC gets down.

2. Chris Brown feat. Rihanna – “Wall to Wall/Umbrella/Kiss Kiss” (2007)
During happier times for the pair, Breezy saved this dry-as-a-bone VMAs with an electric performance of his then-new material and stunning new love interest, Rihanna.

1. Britney Spears & NSYNC – “…Baby One More Time/Tearin’ Up My Heart” (1999)
Two superstars before their peak, no filler material and all funky. Britney and NSYNC school their peers on how to properly share a performance slot on the VMA stage.

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Heard Around the Web [New Jams]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on September 6, 2010


Ace of Base
“Bla Bla Bla (On the Radio)” [Idolator]

“Intro to Love” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Brandon Flowers
“Was It Something I Said?” [Idolator]

Candi Lynn
“Hop’n Pop’n” (Disco Fries Remix) []

“Our Summer” and “Volcano” []

Emily Osment
“Love Sick” [Prophet Blog]

Jesse Boykins III feat. MeLo-X & Trae Harris
“Prototype” [Mixtape Maestro (2.0)]

“In the Dark” [C.S. Perspective]

Justin Bieber feat. Raekwon & Kanye West
“Runaway Love” (Remix) [Mixtape Maestro (2.0)]

Karina Pasian
“I Stand” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Kylie Minogue
“Change Your Mind” [We Are Pop Slags]

Lil Eddie
“Electric” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Lil Eddie
“Charge It to the Game of Love” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“If You Go Away” [We Are Pop Slags]

“Everything’s Alright” [C.S. Perspective]

Niamh Egan
“You’re the One” []

Pitbull feat. T-Pain
“Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Savage Skulls & Douster feat. Robyn
“Bad Gal” [We Are Pop Slags]

Shakira feat. Dizzee Rascal

“Loca” [Idolator]

“Should I Stay” [RnB Music Blog]

Sied van Riel
“Crossroads” [New Trance Music]

“Once Upon a Time” [C.S. Perspective]

“Almost Wrote You a Love Song” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Trey Songz feat. Drake
“The Usual” [Idolator]

“Scribble” [That’s My Jam]

Usher feat. Jay-Z & Lil Kim
“Hot Tottie” (Remix) [Idolator]


Ash Koley
“Don’t Let Your Feet Touch Ground” [PopDirt]

Audio Playground
“Shadows” [That’s My Jam]

Big Boi feat. Yelawolf
“You Ain’t No DJ” [Idolator]

Brendan James
“The Lucky Ones” [PopDirt]

Brooke Fraser
“Something in the Water” [PopDirt]

“Fuck You” [We Are Pop Slags]

Darien Brockington
“Rain” [Grown Folks Musik]

Donell Jones
“Love Like This” [Grown Folks Musik]

“Stare into the Sun” [We Are Pop Slags]

Green Children
“Dragons” [PopDirt]

Jared Even
“In Love with You” [Prophet Blog]

Jason Reeves
“Helium Hearts” [PopDirt]

Jazmine Sullivan
“Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles)” [Bring Da Beat Back]

Jesse Idol
“Movie Night” [Grown Folks Musik]

“Girlfriend Ringtone” [RnBDirt]

Kyle Andrews
“You Always Make Me Smile” [PopDirt]

Kylie Minogue
“Get Outta My Way” [We Are Pop Slags]

Lunakidz feat.
“Speak My Mind” [That’s My Jam]

Mark Ronson feat. Kylie Falconer & Spank Rock
“The Bike Song” [We Are Pop Slags]

Miami Horror feat. Kimba
“I Look to You” [PopDirt]

Mindless Behavior
“My Girl” [That’s My Jam]

Miranda Lambert
“Only Prettier” [Prophet Blog]

R. Kelly
“When a Woman Loves” [Idolator]

Reflekt feat. Delline Bass
“Need to Feel Loved” (Adam K and Soha Remix) [New Trance Music]

Same Difference
“Shine on Forever (Photo Frame)” [Chart Rigger]

Sean Kingston
“Follow Me (Twitter Song)” [Bring Da Beat Back]

Selena Gomez & The Scene
“A Year without Rain” [Idolator]

Tara Simmons
“I Cannot Be Saved” [PopDirt]

Trey Songz
“Can’t Be Friends” [RnB Music Blog]

“Always Love a Film” [That’s My Jam]

Vince Harder feat. K.One
“Alone No More” [PopDirt]

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Heard Around the Web [New Music]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on August 2, 2010


Aaron Smith feat. Cataracs
“Love Letter” [That’s My Jam]

Alex Winston
“Choice Notes” [Idolator]

Armin van Buuren & Ferry Corsten
“Minack” [New Trance Music]

Armin van Buuren feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor
“Not Giving Up on Love” [New Trance Music]

“It’s Amazing” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“I’ll Be There” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“Person Next to Me” [Prophet Blog]

Bobby V. feat. Plies
“Phone #” [That’s My Jam]

Britney Spears
“Am I a Sinner,” “Mad Love” and “When I Say So” [Idolator]

Carrie Underwood
“Mama’s Song” [Prophet Blog]

David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
“It’s the Way You Love Me” (Extended Club Mix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“Fast Car” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jimmie Allen
“Stay Away” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Kat DeLuna feat. Akon
“Push Push” (D.C. 420 Electro Club Mixshow Remix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“Scream” [Prophet Blog]

“4th of July (Fireworks)” (WAWA Remix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Kimberly Caldwell
“Mess of You” (Acoustic) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Lady GaGa
“Monster” (Vela’s Freestyle Mix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“Radio” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Lydia Caesar
“Masterpiece” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“Picture Frame” and “Cold As Ice” [Prophet Blog]

Mike Posner
“Bow Chicka Wow Wow” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Natalia Kills
“Mirrors” [Prophet Blog]

“Hurt Me” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“Tippin in the Club” [Idolator]

“Just a Dream” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Nina Sky feat. Kidz in the Hall
“Only You (Take Me Away)” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Shawn Desman
“Night Like This” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“Impossible” (D. Ford’s New Orleans Bounce Mix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“No Gravity” [Prophet Blog]

Teairra Mari feat. Mavado
“Coins” [Prophet Blog]

Tiffany Dunn
“Love Me Long Time” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Trey Songz
“Easy on Ourselves” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

tyDi feat. Audrey Gallagher
“Calling” [New Trance Music]

Usher feat. Jay-Z
“Hot Toddy” [Idolator]

Usher feat. Fatman Scoop, DJ Class & Will.I.Am
“OMG” (DJ Class Remix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

The xx
“Shelter” (John Talbot Remix) [XLR8R]


Aaron Smith
“Said It All B4” [That’s My Jam]

“Could You Believe” []

Britta Persson
“Meet a Bear” [PopDirt]

Bruce Haack
“Party Machine” (Prince Language’s After-Party Remix) [24:hours]

“Sun” [XLR8R]

“Don’t Turn the Lights On” [XLR8R]

David E. Sugar
“Party Killer” []

Estelle feat. John Legend
“Fall in Love” [Bring Da Beat Back]

Gareth Emery feat. Lucy Saunders
“Sanctuary” [New Trance Music]

Holy Ghost
“I Know, I Hear” [XLR8R]

“Closer” [PopDirt]

Jessica Jarrell
“Up and Running” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Kaskade feat. Martina Sorbara
“Fire in Your New Shoes” [PopDirt]

“Cuckoo” [Prophet Blog]

Lumidee feat. Styles P
“End of Time” [Grown Folks Musik]

“I Call the Shots” [Prophet Blogs]

Natasha Bedingfield
“Touch” [Idolator]

“Hang with Me” [Chart Rigger]

Sarah VonderHaar
“All Mine” [PopDirt]

Savvy & Mandy
“Words” [PopDirt]

Sky Sailing
“Brielle” [Idolator]

Sterling Simms
“Baby” [Grown Folks Musik]

Tegan & Sara
“On Directing” [PopDirt]

Toddla T
“Sky Surfing” [XLR8R]

“A Plan in My Head” [PopDirt]

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Heard Around the Web [New Music]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 14, 2010


Chris Brown
“Matrix,” “Your Body” and “Without You” [C.S. Perspective]

Christina Aguilera feat. Nicki Minaj
“Woohoo” (Over Urban Mix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Ciara feat. Andre 3000 & Bei Maejor
“Ride” (Remix) [Prophet Blog]

Enrique Iglesias feat. Nicole Scherzinger
“Heartbeat” [C.S. Perspective]

Faith Evans feat. Snoop Dogg
“The Way You Move” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
“Club Can’t Handle Me” [Idolator]

Jesse McCartney
“Tryin'” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Joe Jonas
“Make It Right” [Idolator]

Jordin Sparks
“Average Girl” [Idolator]

Katie Melua
“A Happy Place” [Prophet Blog]

“4th of July (Fireworks)” (Richard X Mix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Kelly Clarkson
“Ready to Go” [Prophet Blog]

Kelly Rowland
“Grown Ass Woman” [RnB Music Blog]

Kelly Rowland
“Rose-Colored Glasses” [Prophet Blog]

“N-N-N-Neva Baby” [Idolator]

Mariah Carey
“Angels Cry” (Jump Smokers Remix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Mark Ronson feat. MNDR & Q-Tip
“Bang Bang Bang” [We Are Pop Slags]

“Steppin’ Up” [C.S. Perspective]

M.I.A. feat. Jay-Z
“XXXO” (Remix) [Stereogum]

Mirror People
“The Heart of the Sun” [24:hours]

“I Go Away” [Stereogum]

“Champagne Life” [RnB Music Blog]

“Hot Summer” [Stereogum]

R. Kelly
“I Know You Got a Man (I Don’t Care)” [RnB Music Blog]

Sean Kingston feat. Nicki Minaj
“Letting Go (Dutty Love)” [Idolator]

Tiefschwarz feat. Daniel Wilde
“Home” [24:hours]

TJ Kong & Nuno dos Santos feat. Edward Capel
“Emerald Bay” [24:hours]

Travie McCoy feat. T-Pain
“Ms. Tattoo Girl” [Idolator]

“Love Em All” [C.S. Perspective]


Allstar Weekend
“Dance Forever” [PopDirt]

“Baltimore Clap” [XLR8R]

“Catch Me If You Can” [That’s My Jam]

Crystal Kay
“Flash” [Prophet Blog]

“What’s Not to Love” [RnBDirt]

Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
“I Like It” [That’s My Jam]

Fedde Le Grand, Funkerman & Dany-P Jazz
“New Life” []

Glime feat. Outsider
“Love is War” [Pop+Nation]

I Blame Coco
“Self Machine” [PopDirt]

Ian Carey feat. Mandy Ventrice
“Let Loose” [PopDirt]

King Midas Sound
“Lost” [XLR8R]

Lady GaGa
“Alejandro” [That’s My Jam]

“When I’m Alone” [Prophet Blog]

Michelle Branch & Timbaland
“Getaway” [Prophet Blog]

“Shake to the Earthquake” [PopDirt]

Paradiso Girls
“Who’s My Bitch” [Prophet Blog]

“Rockstar 101” (Director’s Cut) [Bring Da Beat Back]

“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” [Idolator]

“Loss for Words” [XLR8R]

Trey Songz
“Already Taken” [Idolator]

Various Artists
“It’s On” [PopDirt]

“Rocket to Uranus” [That’s My Jam]

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Black Music Month – Pop [iTune-Ups]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 11, 2010

June is Black Music Month and to celebrate the occasion, That’s My Jam will feature some of the best contributions by black musicians in the genres its readers love: dance, pop and R&B.

Next on the agenda is pop, the fun, MTV- and radio-ready chart-toppers whose catchy lyrics and melodies keep listeners singing along. Download these recommendations for some happy listening.

Chubby Checker
“The Twist” (1960)
― Reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1960 and 1962

The Supremes
“Baby Love” (1964)

Four Tops
“Reach Out I’ll Be There” (1966)

Aretha Franklin
“Respect” (1967)

Marvin Gaye

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
― A successful chart hit the previous year for Gladys Knight and the Pips

Jackson 5
“ABC” (1970)

Stevie Wonder
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (1970)

Al Green
“Let’s Stay Together” (1971)

The Temptations
“Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972)

Bill Withers
“Lean on Me” (1972)
― Remade in 1987 by Club Nouveau. Both versions made it to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100

Carl Douglas

“Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)

Ohio Players
“Love Rollercoaster” (1976)

Thelma Houston
“Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1977)
― Houston’s version is a cover of a hit originally performed by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

Donna Summer
“Bad Girls” (1979)

“Let the Music Play” (1983)

“When Doves Cry” (1984)

Pointer Sisters
“Jump (For My Love)” (1984)

Tina Turner
“Private Dancer” (1985)

Jody Watley
“Looking for a New Love” (1987)
― Introduced the popular phrase “Hasta la vista, baby” to pop culture

Billy Ocean
“Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” (1988)

Bobby Brown
“My Prerogative” (1988)

Janet Jackson
“Miss You Much” (1989)

Tyler Collins
“Girls Nite Out” (1990)

Michael Jackson
“Remember the Time” (1992)

“Dreams” (1993)

“Stay” (1994)
― Eternal’s roster hails from London

“Waterfalls” (1995)

BLACKstreet feat. Dr. Dre & Queenpen
“No Diggity” (1996)

Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z
“Heartbreaker” (1999)

Samantha Mumba
“Baby Come Over” (2001)

“Foolish” (2002)

“Scandalous” (2004)
― Replaced Britney Spears’ “Outrageous” as the theme for Halle Berry’s flick, Catwoman

S.O.S. (2006)

Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & Doe
“The Way I Are” (2007)

Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
“Break Your Heart” (2010)

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New Jack Swing 4 Ever [Vintage That’s My Jam]

Posted by on March 28, 2010

[Originally published 06.04.08]

While hip-hop and R&B are almost impossible to differentiate in today’s music landscape, that wasn’t always the case. In the late 1980s, the two were proudly separate genres until producer Teddy Riley pioneered a fusion between the street-oriented beats and traditional R&B vocals called new jack swing. Riley, along with Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling, formed the genre’s premier group, Guy, whose self-titled debut album featured classics such as “Groove Me,” “Teddy’s Jam,” “I Like,” and a personal favorite, “You Can Call Me Crazy.”

What soon followed was a near domination of R&B and pop radio by new jack swing acts such as Al B. Sure!, Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown; television shows such as A Different World, In Living Color and The Arsenio Hall Show giving air time to the music and the artists; mainstream performers such as Paula Abdul, Jeremy Jordan and New Kids on the Block embracing elements of the genre; and high-profile artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson devoting nearly entire albums to the sound that was popular until the early 1990s.

That’s My Jam chatted with two members of the NJS4E (New Jack Swing 4 Ever) Family about their Web site,, which pays homage to new jack swing’s founders, heroes and contributors.

THAT’S MY JAM: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, gentlemen. First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Vijay “Jode” Chandegra. I am a professional with a love for all things new jack. The idea behind the site is to promote the music to those that have an interest in it by doing anything we can to get the love out there.
ANDREW KNYTE: Well, my name is Andrew, and I’ve spent time in Canada and the United States, and was born overseas from the West. I like to think I maintain a global perspective on things and I think that shines through on the spirit and personality of

When did you first fall in love with new jack swing?
CHANDEGRA: The moment I heard “Groove Me” by Guy. I used to put it on all of my tapes for about three months straight. I loved “I Want Her” by Keith Sweat before that, but just didn’t know that the genre/sub-genre was called “new jack swing.”
KNYTE: I fell in love with new jack swing during the summer of 1990. I was in the seventh grade back then, and about two years earlier, I, like everyone else in the Canadian city I lived in, were into heavy metal. But new jack swing offered me a form of music that I could more closely identify with, and that spring/summer had some great releases, particularly by BBD, Johnny Gill and En Vogue.

What is it about the music that is so appealing to you and to its fans?
CHANDEGRA: New jack has always been about the good times philosophy. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have in your pocket. It’s about enjoying life ― no matter what challenges it brings you. If you’re feeling down, then listen to an uptempo new jack track and see how long that frown stays there. You can’t help smiling.
KNYTE: I think for me, new jack is inclusive of everyone. It’s a big party. It’s very positive/upbeat/optimistic, and from a class standpoint, it’s upwardly mobile. There are two aspects to it I guess: the sociopolitical aspect and the entertainment aspect. It’s undeniably entertaining. I mean most pop/R&B music today owes a great deal to NJS. And again, since I’m always thinking on a societal level as well, for me it was a much more pro-social expression of urban culture than, say, gangsta rap.

What are your favorites within new jack swing, such as artists, songs and albums?
CHANDEGRA: Favorite new jack artist would probably be Guy, the creation of Aaron and Damion Hall, and super-producer Teddy Riley. My favorite NJS track varies, but right now it’s Heavy D & The Boyz’s “Is It Good To You.” My favorite new jack album is Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. It was the epitome of the style and no one did it better than MJ on that set.
KNYTE: That’s an easy one for me. Hands down, New Edition. Some would argue that the group isn’t pure new jack, but by 1988, during their Heart Break era, they were undeniably the “cool kids” and all their singles from “If It Isn’t Love” to “N.E. Heartbreak” embodied the burgeoning new jack spirit that had started to emerge in 1987. NJS album? I’d have to give it to The Future by Guy. Musically, they were trying to expand their horizons and become “major league” ― beyond the exploratory mining shaft they excavated with the first album, which is still probably the most important album of the movement. NJS song? Definitely a hard one, but I’d have to give it to … tied between New Edition’s “Crucial” (the eight-minute remix version) and Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Do Me!,” specifically the Wolf and Epic Remix that was featured in the music video. Not a fan so much of the other versions, including the album one.

How did the idea for the parties come about and what goes on at them? Do people dress in clothing from back in the day?
The idea for the parties began as a friend’s get-together. I was going to throw a party for 50 friends where it would be new jack swing, hip-hop soul, classic soul and Golden Era hip-hop being played all night. It turned into NJS4E’s first party and it has just picked up since then. We have now done parties in New York, Amsterdam, Chicago and London, with more planned wherever people demand it. Some people do dress in the new jack clothes of yesteryear. It’s all a bit of fun. The music, the energy and the hassle-free attitude are what make the parties unique.

Why is it important for you and your comrades to continue promoting and informing the public about new jack swing?
Because it’s a forgotten genre. It’s a moment in time that people don’t talk about enough. If I were to go to a club today, they would accommodate all types of requests for house, disco, soul, indie, rock and hip-hop. But new jack seems to be left off. So we thought we would redress the balance. There is clearly a demand for it and the music-buying public is realizing that “music” is not necessarily what the record companies make them believe it is. There are many “urban” artists that do not feel the need to sing about diamond necklaces, drinking Cristal or driving six-liter super cars. There are musicians that still write and sing about love, life and the journey that we all go through. It is about “real” music and making sure that it is something that is not forgotten. That is why we do what we do, and although new jack is only a small part of it, it’s the part that means the most to us.
KNYTE: For me it’s also important because there was a lot of progress ― again, on a social level ― during that time period being made. Using the N-word, calling women by the B-word, and making pot-smoking a lifestyle to be proud of, without a thought toward moving up in the world and being a productive member of society, were definitely not what the New Jack Era was about. TV shows like A Different World, being set on a historically black college campus on prime-time network TV? I think that was a pretty big deal. And it seems almost unthinkable now that a show like that could survive on prime-time network TV. I think in many ways, “urban” culture has taken strides backward since new jack ended. We’re seeing some improvements now, but the mid-’90s through the early ’00s were definitely depressing for me. “Laffy Taffy” by D4L and “Ai Yi Yi” by the Ying Yang Twins, for me, are just frankly embarrassing ― no disrespect to those artists. We can do better, and with NJS, we did do better. What I’m trying to say musically is that during that time, there was diversity in how urban culture was presented. For every clown you had like Biz Markie you had a smooth dude like [Big Daddy] Kane, a political dude like KRS-One or Chuck D., and maybe a gangsta like Ice Cube. Lately, it seems like urban culture, particularly hip-hop, is either a gangsta or a clown. Nothing in the middle, but Kanye and Jay-Z helped out towards that end a lot. Like I was saying before, during the NJS Era, we did better. And I want to make sure we don’t forget that. This means a lot to me.

What has been your greatest success with the site?
Our greatest accolade would be being nominated for a prestigious Vh1 Hip-Hop Honor Award for “Best Honoree Web site.” That was the greatest validation that we could have hoped for. It meant that we were doing something right. Vh1 is a great supporter of “black” music and its heritage, and coming from them was an honor. Also, the way in which the artists and producers from the genre have welcomed the “push” towards “real” music that we have tried to propel and continue to strive towards.
KNYTE: I would agree with Vijay on that, but I still think we’re still only getting started. My vision for NJS4E and its impact on the cultural zeitgeist of how music is perceived and consumed among the general public is quite staggering. And we’re taking steps toward making that vision a reality.

Besides your own site, are there any other sources you recommend to new jack fans to get information or listen to the music?
The world has changed so much since new jack was around. Fans of the artists can actually get in touch with a lot of the artists themselves via MySpace and other social networking sites. Someone said to me recently, “Doesn’t it detract from these artists’ superstar status to be directly in touch with the fans?” I responded by saying, “No. It actually shows that the artists are actually human beings. What better way of reacting to a fan’s loyalty and support than to say it yourself?”
KNYTE: I would just do a Google search. Wikipedia can do an excellent job of pointing you in the right direction, too. So can YouTube.

What artists/songs of today do you recommend to fans who maybe haven’t “moved beyond” new jack swing?
There are some artists that are being quite creative with their songwriting and musical journey. Ne-Yo is very good songwriter and his songs tend to evoke a lot of emotion.
KNYTE: There is a new guy on the scene named Ryan Leslie. Check him out. I’d also watch a new guy named Nasri. He’s currently making music for the reunited NKOTB, but his influences are all new jack swing (it says on his MySpace profile ― look at the artists) and I have a feeling he could be huge.

Is there anything else you’d like That’s My Jam readers to know about new jack swing and
We have a lot in store for 2008. We are doing a tribute concert for Kenny Greene of the R&B group Intro. He was the guy that spearheaded the careers of Mary J. Blige, SWV and Ashanti. That’s going to take place in New York in October. We have a few other surprises in store too, so watch this space at
KNYTE: Here is one thing I would like to say: if you dig what we are doing, consider rocking one of our T-shirts. It would do a lot to support what we are doing, and I’ll be more than happy to make sure you are taken care of if you ever make it to one of our events. You can grab one of the T-shirts at the Web site, look on the left side and click on “store.” As far as the United States is concerned, even though the site started here, we are frankly getting more love in Europe. So I’m asking the Americans who are reading this ― if you want a new jack event in your neck of the woods, let us know. Hit us up on MySpace ― we’ve done three events in New York City in the past year, and one in Chicago in 2006. But we are eyeing Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. If your city isn’t listed, get our attention. And another thing ― the new Web site will be launching in late August. And more surprises are on the way towards late ’08. So get ready. Alright, that’s it! Thanks for reading everyone!

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Best of the VMAs – Beyoncé/Jay-Z: "Baby Boy/Crazy In Love"

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on September 1, 2008

The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards air on Sunday, Sept. 7. It’s not That’s My Jam’s intention to make this year’s edition look whack by posting some of our favorite, most entertaining performances from the past, but if that’s the conclusion you draw after watching these memorable snippets, we understand.

From 2003, here’s an upside down Beyoncé with her club banger, “Crazy in Love.” Jay-Z (naturally) makes an appearance.

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