Posts Tagged ‘Asylum Records’

Lyfe Jennings

Date of Interview: 10/16/2009

© 2009 Clayton Perry

In the world of contemporary R&B, Lyfe Jennings is the prototype for what hip-hop heads would consider a “street disciple.”  Like Nasir Jones, his musical cousin of another genre, Jennings has been vocal in tackling taboo issues that are ever-present in the social milieu.  But even thugs need love, too, and his catalog boasts tracks that spotlight the joys of life, love and the never-ending pursuit of happiness.

By straddling (and blurring) the lines of hip-hop and R&B, Lyfe Jennings has become of the music industry’s most unique stars.  And in spite of the mass media attention has been focused on his past, as an incarcerated felon, he has defied every stereotypical characterization that has come his way.  Accordingly, in 2008, the New York Times heralded Jennings as “a socially minded R&B singer.”

To date, Lyfe Jennings has recorded three critically-acclaimed albums: Lyfe 268-192 (2004), The Phoenix (2006) and Lyfe Change (2008).  In anticipation of his fourth and final studio effort, Mr. Jennings managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on the provocative “S.E.X.,” the early influence of Erykah Badu, and life as a father in the public spotlight.

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Ginuwine

Date of Interview: 03/18/2009

© 2009 Clayton Perry

When Ginuwine made his grand appearance on the musical stage, the world was smitten by “Pony,” his provocative, Timbaland-assisted smash.  And for more than a decade, Ginuwine’s adoring fans have watched him evolve through his private emotional battles, as he coped with the death of his parents (“Two Reasons I Cry”), transition from bachelorhood into the married life (“Differences”), and public life in the spotlight (“Same Ol’ G”).

Although he has five gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums to his credit, Ginuwine’s influence on contemporary R&B has been largely underrated.  In fact, many of the genre’s younger artists have incorporated elements of his video performance into their acts—dancing, singing and serenading, all at one time.

On June 2, 2009, Ginuwine will release his sixth studio through Notifi Records, with distribution being handled by Warner Brother Records.  In preparation for the release of A Man’s Thoughts, Ginuwine managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on fatherhood, “Last Chance,” and The Life.

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Marvin "Slim" Scandrick (of 112)

Date of Interview: 12/15/2008

© 2008 Clayton Perry

As the third Marvin in a line of Scandricks, “Slim” is best known for being the voice – and face – of 112.  His sensual vocals punctuated the smooth grooves of “Cupid” and “Anywhere,” and for the past decade, his silky tenor has reigned as one of R&B’s most distinctive voices.

In 2008, under the auspices of Asylum Records, “Slim” formed M3 Productions, his very own label.  And with the release of Love’s Crazy, he hopes to reintroduce himself to the world, as a solo artist and media mogul.

Upon the release of his first solo effort, “Slim” managed to find time in his busy schedule to settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on 112, the 23rd Psalm, and the inspiration behind M3 Productions.

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