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We haven’t heard any new music from Ashanti since the release of her independent LP BraveHeart. The Long Island singer is ready to give her fans what they’ve been waiting for.

Today The Long Island released her new Ty Dolla $ign assisted single “say Less,” produced by DJ Mustard. While Ashanti has not announced a title or release date for her new album, The feel-good single is available on iTunes and Apple Music.

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It’s 8:00pm. Candles lit. Takeaway ordered. Wine bottles at the ready. That’s great, but if you really want to set the scene and make an impression, it’s time to compile your slow jams playlist.

Whether they are played quietly in the background during an intimate moment at home or are part of a liquor-fuelled bump and grind in the club, slow jams are enjoyed by all R&B music fans, and everyone has their favourite. Here are the best of the best from the past 20 years.

  1. Ashanti – Movies 

Pre-Young Money it was Irv Gotti’s hip-hop label Murder Inc. that was dominating the charts, lead by rapper Ja Rule and R&B singer Ashanti. “Movies”, which was taken from her self-titled debut album in 2002, talks about the fairytale, head over heels type of love seen in films. “I wanna be like those girls in the movies, to have a man so in love it makes him drop to his knees”, she sings.

  1. Mya – Fallen 

If you’ve ever fallen in love, listening to this song will certainly have you reminiscing about the good old days. Although, if you’re single, it may wrongfully encourage a cheeky “I miss you” text to the ex or have you trawling through all those unanswered DMs on Twitter. Be careful.

  1. Ginuwine – When We Make Love 

Playing out like an A-Z songbook on the sounds of lovemaking, the next track on the countdown comes in the form of Ginuwine’s “When We Make Love”. Lyrically, he talks about… Well, take a listen for yourself below. #NSFW

  1. Brandy – Put That On Everything 

How far would you go for bae to show you love them? Pull a star out the sky? Walk through the desert heat? Apparently, Brandy would do just that! Pick up some more tips and take a listen below:

  • Aaliyah – At Your Best (You Are Love)

The Isley Brothers originally released “At Your Best” back in 1976, but today it is probably more recognised as an Aaliyah track, produced by R. Kelly for her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number”. What’s impressive is that Aaliyah, while only 15 at the time of release, sounds beyond her years. In a genre where vocal trills and frills are aplenty, she delivers a sublime performance demonstrating both restraint and control in her voice.

  1. Jon B – They Don’t Know 

“They Don’t Know” is a classic slow jam by one of R&B’s forgotten stars, Jon B. Released in 1997, the track was the singer’s biggest hit to date.

Having already pulled stars from the sky and walked in the desert heat, your relationship will now be moving rather quickly and just about everyone will want to share their opinion – with some being less welcome than others. Despite your best efforts, all the outside chitter-chatter is starting to impact the two of you moving forward together. Unfortunately, we’ve all been there. Jon B’s solution? Don’t listen to what anyone else has to say. Simple.

  • Ashanti – Baby 

“Baby” was the third consecutive hit single taken from Ashanti’s self-titled debut. Although lyrically very simple (I counted approximately 77 repetitions of “baby”), you’ll struggle to listen to this one and not find yourself murmuring the lyrics and melody over the next day or so.

  1. SWV – Rain 

SWV’s “Rain” has all the right ingredients of a classic slow jam. Great vocals. Great Melodies. Great lyrics. However, coexisting in a discography of huge hits such as “Right Here” and “Weak”, “Rain” feels somewhat underrated. Still, it doesn’t take away from the fact it’s a great song.

  1. Keisha White – The Weakness In Me 

While a top 20 hit for Keisha White in 2006, the original was recorded by Grammy Award-nominated British singer Joan Armatrading in the early 80s. However, Keisha brought the song up-to-date and made it her own, proving that, in a genre dominated by US singers, the Brits can certainly hold their ground.

  1. Usher – Can U Handle It? 

No slow jam list would be complete without one of the genre’s biggest stars of the past 20 years, Usher Raymond. Taken from his Diamond-certified 2004 album “Confessions”, the track has become a classic. “Can you handle it if I go there baby with you?” he asks.

  1. Brandy – He Is 

Dubbed by many R&B fans as “The Vocal Bible”, it was only fitting for Brandy to kick-off the countdown’s top 10 tracks. “He Is” was taken from the singer’s third studio album “Full Moon” and, whilst unreleased, it remains a firm favourite among her fans. It’s not hard to see why:

  1. Brandy – Have You Ever? 

Here she is again, B-Rocka AKA Brandy. Big song. Big Vocal. Enough said.

  • Keith Sweat – Nobody 

Any song with the opening lyric, “I wanna tease you, I wanna please you” is bound to make for a great slow jam, and this song does not disappoint. Released in 1996, the track features Athena Cage of 90s R&B trio Kut Close, who collaborated with Keith on another classic slow jam, “Get Up On It”.

  1. Usher – Lifetime 

The highest entry for Usher is “Lifetime”, a track from his fifth studio album, “Here I Stand”, on which he sings about finding eternal love. “When you find that special someone, you will be willing to give them a lifetime”, he croons.

Usher is the go-to singer when you’re looking for those slow numbers to help set the mood. “Nice and Slow”, “Slow Jam” and “U Got It Bad” are just some of the tracks that didn’t make the list, but are worthy of a mention.

  1. Floetry – Lay Down 

“Lay Down” is the first of two entries on the list for Floetry, a neo-soul duo from the UK comprising Marsha Ambrosius AKA The Songstress and Natalie Stewart AKA The Floacist. Simple, subtle and understated, it’s a great track to accompany a late night or early morning (see what I did there?) CUDDLE!

  1. Jill Scott – Getting’ In The Way 

Love isn’t always fairytales and roses, in fact quite the opposite. Having already proven how much you love them and ignored all the unwanted commentary from your friends, the two of you have decided you’re both in the relationship for the long haul. Great, if only the ex would let go and move on too. What do you do? Grab him or her in the middle of the street and whoop their “tail”, according to Jill Scott. “You better back down before you get smacked down, you better chill”, she sings. Ouch!

  • Beyoncé – Speechless 

“Speechless” was released as part of Beyoncé’s debut solo album, “Dangerously in Love”, back in 2003. Although one of the more underrated cuts from the album, it’s aged like a fan wine – getting better over time. Whilst “Speechless” is her only track to make this list, the album was packed with many great slow jams – “Be With You”, “The Closer I Get To You” and “Dangerously In Love 2”, to name a few.

  1. Floetry – Say Yes 

Now, this one is for the grown folk only. “All you gotta do is say yes, open up your mind and let me undress you baby”, Marsha sings on the track, which talks about… (It’s all pretty self-explanatory, I’m sure). Lyrics aside, it’s the soft, breathy vocal from Marsha that elevates the song to the next level.

  1. Aaliyah – One In A Million 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an R&B fan that does not know this song by the late Aaliyah Haughton, released in 1996. Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who would later become pioneers in the field, wrote and produced the track, which went on to become Aaliyah’s joint highest charting single in the UK (at the time) and her third single to top Billboard’s R&B chart.

Its best quality is its versatility. The thunderous bass is enough to draw a large crowd to the dance floor of any club, yet it’s also a track you can easily wind down to at home. What’s more, despite being produced in the mid-90s, it sounds as if it could have been recorded yesterday and will probably still sound as fresh as it does now in 20 years’ time, a testament to Timbaland’s production.

  1. Eric Benét – Love of My Own 

Here we are at the number one spot – Eric Benét’s “Love of my Own”, a song that is quite simply the epitome of an R&B slow jam. Lyrically strong, it draws on themes of loneliness and yearning for true love, while vocally Benét opts for a mellow delivery, working hand in glove with the song’s quiet production.

The track may not have been the most obvious of choices, as it was never released as a single and only appears as the album closer to his sophomore release, “A Day in the Life”. However, in a world where radio DJs hammer the same songs to the point of them no longer being bearable, the somewhat unfamiliarity of this track adds to its appeal. Take a listen below:

Listen to all the above songs and many more favourites on my Slow Jamz playlist below:

What is your all-time favourite?

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Last night Vh1 aired “Hip Hop Honors,” which returned after a six-year hiatus, with its triumph return, it was only right that Vh1 honor the women in rap music. The ceremony special gave praise to artists such as Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, Salt-N-Peppa and Jersey’s own Queen Latifah. The Rap Pioneers were honored by some of their closest friends and collaborators.

Vh1 Hip Hop honors gave us a blast from the past as they paid tribute to some of the first ladies of hip-hop. Starting things off with Queen Latifah who opened up her tribute with Oscar nominated role as Mama Morton performing ‘When You’re Good to Mama, the Queen had people on their feet as she performed her hits ‘Come Into My House,”Had It Up 2 Here,’ ‘Monie In The Middle’ and ‘Ladies’ First,’ featuring Rah Digga, Lady of Rage, Da Brat and Yo Yo.

The good feeling of rap in the late 80’s/early 90’s weren’t just done yet, as Keke Palmer,Dreezy, Ashanti performed Salt-N-Pepa’s iconic hits ‘Shoop,’ ‘Whatta Man’ and ‘Push It’

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It`s not surprising that Christina Milian is on the list, while she is extremely talented and beautiful she has failed to truly make a impact on the music scene. She was suppose to be on Beyonce`s level as she is the total package that has sadly gone wrong over time, she has signed four record deals so far which have all not done anything for her and now she is with Young Money, wishing things will change this time around but I won`t hold my breathe.

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I can’t believe Ashanit is still pushing this album BraveHeart that she released back in March and has not done any promotion or acknowledgement of her new LP, until today. The singer who recently turn 34 decided to unleash the brand new video for her French Montana assisted single “Early In the Morning.” Not sure why Ashanti waited this long to release a video from her album that nobody is even paying attention to anymore. It’s time for Ashanti to forget about this album and start working on a new album that she can be consistent with it’s music and videos. Check out the video below.

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Ashanti is not stopping her promo any time soon, the singer recently stopped by The Boombox’s “Off the Record” series to perform her new single ” I Got It” off her latest album Braveheart. Ashanti also took it back to the start of her career as she performed her debut single ‘Foolish.’ Ashanti completed her appearance on the music series as she cover Chaka Khan’s Sweet Thing. Check out Ashanti set below.

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Our good friends over at YKIGS recently sat down with Ashanti while she was doing promo in NYC in support of her new album “Braveheart”, YKIS stayed away from the typical questions about her relationship and personal life, and dug into her artistry and history in music. They also got her reaction on all of the hate she receives from music fans and how she deals with it.

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This week saw the release of Rick Ross, Pharell and Ashanti new album, we all know Ashanti had no chance of being #1 after having many push backs, but many were interested to see who would come out on top between Ricky Rozay and producer Pharell. HDD have unleashed the early sale predictions today  Rick Ross steals the #1 spot from Schoolboy Q with his new album Mastermind with with 145-160,000 copies sold Pharell battles it Disney’s frozen soundtrack for the #2 spot selling 85-95,000 in its first week. Ashanti lands herself back on the charts selling 18-21,000 of her pushed back album BraveHeart.

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With the release of her long awaited album finally coming out today, Ashanti stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast club to get the promotional ball rolling with her first independent album Braveheart. During the interview the host of the show asked Ashanti various things such as her relationship with Nelly, going the independent route with this new album , turning town six 360 deals, Murder Inc and more.

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It’s about time Ashanit is no longer pushing back her long awaited album ‘Braveheart,’ while the album is due out next Tuesday Ashanti tries to beat her album from leaking by having the full project stream on Pandora. The 13 tracks includes guest appearances from  Rick Ross, Beenie Man, French Montana and Jeremih. Click here to listen