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Love Is For Suckers And R&B Singers (by J. Tinsley)

Posted by T. Adeyemi on June 24, 2010

Love is some scary, scary sh!t, man.

You wait your entire life to meet someone who complements you in the best way possible. You find that person and Like turns to a Lust that morphs Infatuation, thus spawning Love. That love sometimes leads to marriage and – God-willing – you get to spend the rest of your life with a person you couldn’t imagine living without. Beautiful stuff.

Unfortunately, for a large portion of the country, that fairy tale doesn’t always produce a happy ending. What was once thought to be love was actually a facade forcing a person to question their own self-worth and if the idea of love is even achievable. The worst possible ending in what is life’s biggest risk.

However, it’s the thought of growing old with someone like Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee that makes the concept of love so addictive. Compelling enough to still take that risk, knowing consequences of what can happen if statistics trump fantasy.

Music only helps with this persuasion.

Raphael Saadiq’s The Way I See It is still a personal favorite some two years after its original release. It was R&B, but not the usual sound normally associated with today’s genre. Rather, the album was full of tunes with a feel the generation before me fell in love with. The Motown vibe. One track in particular which created the soundtrack to love and all of its positive traits was the Joss Stone assisted “Just One Kiss.”

Stone’s powerful voice resulted in a perfect match with Saadiq’s unique style of crooning. Meanwhile, the beat was already set up to have your aunts and uncles two stepping at the next family cookout while they reminiscence on their younger days. Truthfully, it was a record with replay value long after the album itself left the charts. The only negative aspect about the track is the duration. It’s only two and half minutes long.

The entire composition was a journey on how love is ideally supposed to play out – from the moment you meet that person until the end of eternity. Then again, it’s not as if there is an official how-to guide, either. Bottom line, “Just One Kiss” is feel good music anyone can relate to. For those who are in love, you’ll find comfort knowing a song mimics your exact point in life. For those aren’t, you can still walk away knowing you’ve heard a quality song with a quality message.

Will I ever fall in love? Of course. Whenever Ms. Dash is good and ready, of course.

Raphael Saadiq Feat. Joss Stone – “Just One Kiss” | Download


One Response to “Love Is For Suckers And R&B Singers (by J. Tinsley)”

  1. Jeev said

    If i rhyme about killing my own people the shit is cool but if rhyme about love then i am a fucking fool – MF Grimm
    love doesn’t have to be finding a soul mate/intimacy it can be loving your fellow man, the world would be a much better place.

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