“THEY DON’T KNOW ABOUT US” CHRIS BROWN with AALIYAH
August 21, 2001, Aaliyah’s tragic death shook the music world. The “Princess of R&B” was a beautiful songbird on the rise. Twelve years after her death, Aaliyah’s beautiful spirit is captured in Chris Brown’s new single. The video begins with the powerful painful fact, “Every two hours in America today, a child dies of a gunshot wound.” Chris Brown is seen as a gang member first with the Bloods (Red) then as a Crip (Blue). As the video prepares us for a violent confrontation, it transitions to Chris singing surrounded by innocent children as Aaliyah’s sweet voice carries the upbeat last minute of the emotional clip. Her vocals are from an unreleased track and sound 100% relevant today.
“BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL” (Live) LABRINTH Ft. EMELI SANDE
Simon Cowell signed Timothy McKenzie (better known as Labrinth) to his Syco record label in 2010. He’s a singer/songwriter who’s best known for his dance music sound. He’s actually hit the top 10 twice in England with four previous singles including the #1 hit, Pass Out with Tinie Timpah. His first huge hit in the States is the beautiful duet with co-writer, Emeli Sande. You’d expect someone at the record label would have caught the spelling error in the title (should be “YOU’RE”) but Labrinth said he spelled it wrong to annoy English teachers and grammar Nazis (his words).