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Name: RJJ12
Country: USA
A fan since 1990. Favorite Mariah quotes, "It doesn't matter how I look, if I'm singin..." & "I can't even know what to say." I love R&B and Hip Hop, but I listen to any genre of music as long as the song is great. Love saaaanger/songwriters. I'm not a "yes" fan but I do give credit when its due.
Re: Wedding song (98,166) (98,173) by RJJ12 from USA
(Tuesday 15 June 2021; 05:16)
Music Box. It's a good choice if you are looking for someone to sing it. It's sung mostly in her middle register with few transitions and inflections. Part of what Mariahs song so hard to replicate is all the transitions. She's whispering on second, diving to a deep note the next, only to jump up to a high belt and then go into her falsetto. Who can keep up with that - lol.
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Spoiler alert (98,129) by RJJ12 from USA
(Thursday 10 June 2021; 00:38)
For those that don't want to wait until midnight.
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Somewhat Loved (98,128) by RJJ12 from USA
(Wednesday 9 June 2021; 23:48)
I heard the full song and I like it. The vocal approach is reminiscent of E=MC2. Sung straight forward and in her mid range. I really like the lyrics. The intro is beautiful and I love the verses. The bridge is a little busy. No big vocal moment at the end sans a few whistles. It's probably her most poppy sounding r&b song since Beautiful. It has potential. Not sure if Jimmy Jam and Terry’s label are going to put any money behind it for radio but it’s nice to have a new song. I really relate to the lyrics currently so I’ll be living with this song this summer.
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Re: Caution deserved better (98,123) (98,127) by RJJ12 from USA
(Wednesday 9 June 2021; 23:44)
The problem with Caution is the label didn't send any of its singles to all major radio formats, they only sent them to adult ac and urban ac to die a quick death and not even chart. I see Mariah is following Melissa to Range Entertainment. I'm wondering if they have a plan this go around to fund the radio promo themselves and reach out to the executives of big radio stations to set up deal where she promises to do interviews and Christmas concerts if they put her new singles on rotation. Gone are the days where labels put money behind her. She's going to have to use her contacts and own money to push her songs if she really wants a hit because Epic isn't giving her much support or a decent budget to score a hit. I know she is used to being catered to but if she wants to chart, Mariah and her team are going to have to take matters into their own hands. She has the money and the connections. It's time to put that into action. The Caution Tour was excellent. It really was a tour for the lambs. She did fan favorites like AYNAF and YDKWTD from the I AM album and the ABMB remix. It's my favorite tour so far.
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Carlos Santana collab (98,068) by RJJ12 from USA
(Wednesday 2 June 2021; 15:33)
I need them to work together. The Macy's commercial where she sings to his melody in Spanish and then starts scatting is nice. I've been wanting this collab for a long time.
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Breaking down the Lead The Way runs (98,062) by RJJ12 from USA
(Wednesday 2 June 2021; 01:33)
For all the Lead The Way lovers or just folks who love a good vocal breakdown, this is a must watch. I love how he plots every single note and every goes into detail in the small little inflections and changes within each run. She sings them so fast I guess I didn't realize how complex they are. It's one thing to be able to mimic her runs like the Lead The Way challenge but it's an entirely different thing to actually come up with these runs. This is a must watch. I felt like I was back in math class trying to get from point A to point Z. I love how the guy doing the analysis gives a lot of respect for the complexity of these runs.
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New game: favorite non single Walter album cut (98,061) by RJJ12 from USA
(Wednesday 2 June 2021; 01:27)
Let's play a game. Since so many people love Walter on this board, what is your favorite Walter produced non single, album cut. My vote is for All I Ever Wanted for the lyrics alone. "If you only knew, what I feel for you. If you only lived for me, the way I live for you." This song always gives me the feels. I seldom listen to it for some reason but when I do I get lost in the song. Anyone else? Your pick and reasons why.
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Re: So much better (98,059) (98,060) by RJJ12 from USA
(Wednesday 2 June 2021; 01:23)
I love I don't. I think it got a bad rap because it came out during the nightmare era and YGs intro was entirely too long and only brought the song down. I always listen to the no rap version of this song. I love the melody to the verses and the pre chorus and lyrically the first verse is very Mariah while the second verse is very Mimi. She looked great in the video but the 3 and a half minutes of meaningless posing without any attempt at a storyline killed the video. Had they had Mariah walking in the bedroom of that mansion catching her WBT lead in bed with another woman and Mariah storming out of the house while stealing the keys to his luxury vehicle, crashing it and it burst into flames with a trunk full of his belonging and the skirt of the wedding dress peaking out of the trunk... any lamb on this board could have came up with a great inexpensive concept. If you were hired to redo the I Don't video, what would your concept be and how would you roll out promotion for the song if you were in charge. Let's get this board moving again.
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Re: Somewhat Loved snippet (98,027) (98,032) by RJJ12 from USA
(Tuesday 25 May 2021; 09:14)
I loved it. The hook was catchy and I liked the bridge. Hoping for a vocal moment at the end. Her voice sounds really good and she is singing in full voice. Gone is the unnatural vocals on certain parts of her home performances. She didn't sound well on those. Though is the first song since Beautiful that has the mass appeal sound she was known for in her early years blending pop and r&b. I see Jimmy and Terry's people took the song down. Who are they signed to? I wonder if they are releasing it as a single and giving it a decent radio budget.
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Re: Somewhat Loved (98,019) (98,022) by RJJ12 from USA
(Monday 24 May 2021; 01:07)
I like it. If the piano sounds familiar it's because you have heard it before. It's Guy - Piece of My Love, which was sampled for Mariah's Crybaby along with a plethora of other songs.
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Re: The art of forgiveness (97,993) (97,997) by RJJ12 from USA
(Saturday 22 May 2021; 00:34)
This is a dead subject. Besides, they continue to take swipes at each other. The song goes number 1 finally and he does an interview again that she has "erased" him from the songs history when she gave him credit in a video weeks prior to the song going number 1. Plus, I would have stopped mentioning his name too when he when on record saying it wasn't his most favorite song he wrote (a swipe to her as a songwriter) and that the going up and down the scale as the melody was so basic (a swipe at her musicianship) he was worried what his musician friends would say. Plus there are times he is interviewed about the song and he barely if at all mentions her involvement. I knew after he came out last year about her trying to not give him credit there would be payback and it came with her only mentioning his name once in passing in her memoir. Brutal. I think he won this war when he sold his half of the royalties to someone other than her. Not sure they will make up, like, ever. It would be nice to forgive, even if they never work together because who wants to keeping carrying that for years. I would leave that situation where it's at.
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Re: Xscape versus SWV (97,965) (97,966) by RJJ12 from USA
(Wednesday 12 May 2021; 01:10)
Seems like there might be validity to this. Not sure they will get out of this one. I love Tiny and think she is an underrated singer but her willingness to do her husband's bidding just to keep him happy might be her downfall.
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Xscape versus SWV (97,962) by RJJ12 from USA
(Sunday 9 May 2021; 21:27)
Who else watched this last night? Xscape played the ABMB remix and they brought Da Brat to wrap. Both groups did really well.
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Re: Brandy collab / Skrillex (97,958) (97,959) by RJJ12 from USA
(Saturday 8 May 2021; 21:32)
Hey Ribbon. What’s on your wish list in regards to collabs for a new album?
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Brandy collab / Skrillex (97,957) by RJJ12 from USA
(Saturday 8 May 2021; 18:42)
Mariah's tweet to Brandy asking her if they are going to do background vocals. Sounds like a collab that kind of came out of nowhere. Both of these artists are known for their background vocals, so it would be interesting to see if they come up with something good. I would like Mariah to work with Jazmine Sullivan though, I think they would blend well vocally and write a good song. Skrillex posted a butterfly recently. I would t mind another collaboration with him. The Distance was very current day pop with some bounce once the beat kicked in. A new sound from her usual mid tempo r&b kick she's been on. I'd like an album full of up tempos. That would be very different for her and help inject some energy into her discography since a lot of her earlier work was ballads.
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Re: Looking for a live rendition of "My All" (97,942) (97,944) by RJJ12 from USA
(Thursday 6 May 2021; 20:36)
She did this a a lot during the SSFT 2016 in most cities.
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Re: Dionne Warwick (97,902) (97,903) by RJJ12 from USA
(Friday 30 April 2021; 02:23)
Dionne Warwick is a legendary old school diva who comes from a era where everyone was competition, where shade throwing is not only the norm but expected. She's smart and she knows making these statements will gain traction and continued relevancy. She did state that she loves Mariah's music and writes "incredibly well". So regardless if she feels she is an icon or not, she still gave her props for her music and writing capabilities which is more than some folks give her credit for. I wouldn't tangle with Ms Warwick though. Does anyone remember when she was on celebrity apprentice and she called Nikki Taylor a "hussy" and was the villain of the season. I was dying laughing.
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Re: JLo can't sing lamb interview (97,876) (97,877) by RJJ12 from USA
(Thursday 22 April 2021; 16:32)
A hit dog will holler. Don't think too hard you may hurt yourself. I am on the said board you mention where there are many like minded individuals who come to talk about their love of MC's music, not bash it and her over and over again. You are the only negative person on the board so you should take your own advice. Stop relying to my posts, I've told you before to leave me alone. Push on blondie.
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JLo can't sing lamb interview (97,872) by RJJ12 from USA
(Wednesday 21 April 2021; 19:36)
This was a really good interview with an interesting back story and behind the scenes details. I love how she takes her infamy with a grain of salt and owns her 15 minutes of fame. I really like their discussion regarding other toxic lambs within this sub culture and how people should learn to get along because we all gather together to discuss our love for MCs music. If you no longer love her music or hate the artist, maybe start up another board on your own and invite like minded folks who revel in negativity.
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The mixes (97,658) by RJJ12 from USA
(Monday 22 March 2021; 01:46)
Nice mixes of deeper cuts on her albums along with new takes on some old hits.
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Re: Favorite Mariah album? (97,319) (97,335) by RJJ12 from USA
(Tuesday 9 February 2021; 17:58)
Stacey it's my favorite album as well. I love the pic. Wish it would be used as an updated pic to the 25th anniversary to her perfect album with Slipping Away attached as a bonus. That era and the music was perfection.
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Re: Cool On You (97,332) (97,334) by RJJ12 from USA
(Tuesday 9 February 2021; 17:56)
Yeah I do not care for One Night sans the intro. I thought it was cheesy. I've let it play a couple times and it's tolerable but glad it didn't make the cut. I prefer Slipping Away to be added in a 25th anniversary edition of my favorite album Daydream.
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Re: E=MC2 (97,312) (97,323) by RJJ12 from USA
(Monday 8 February 2021; 16:09)
I love I Stay In Love and it should have been the second single over Bye Bye. It might be in the save vein as WBT but it's still good and one of the few vocal moments in the album. It would have been a number 1 record because that's what the public wanted from her at the time. The only problem with E=MC2 is that she stays in her mid range with no real vocal moments versus all the singing she was doing on the Mimi album and people weren't really feeling that. Plus she disappeared from all promo as Bye Bye was released and right before the album and didn't come back to promote until July. By then, the public was no longer interested in the album or single.
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Re: 4Real4Real (97,305) (97,322) by RJJ12 from USA
(Monday 8 February 2021; 15:59)
I always loved this song from first listen. The melody is super catchy. I know the some of the lyrics are questionable (hotter than cable tv?) but the melody is so good and the repetition of 4real at the end is just super catchy.
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Re: Cool On You (97,313) (97,321) by RJJ12 from USA
(Monday 8 February 2021; 15:50)
I love Cool On You from the first listen. It's classic uptempo sassy Mariah. I agree that the production sounds sparse and unfinished. I also wouldn't have minded some more vocal at the end of the song. I would have liked it as a single. I would have probably replace Bye Bye or OOC. They aren't bad songs but they don't really do anything for me.
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