Flashback Friday: Toni Braxton and Kanye West

Believe it or not, we’re just a handful of days out from 2013. Where did the time go?

If you’re looking for a recap of this year’s hijinx, check out my annual Playa Please awards and see who is crowned the year’s biggest loser. And since you’re probably in the mood to reminisce  let’s look back at a couple of great albums from the past. Embrace your history.

Kim Jackson remembers a time when R&B singers didn’t need reality shows to make it big.

Toni Braxton, Secrets (1996)

Kim said: “My throwback album of choice is Toni Braxton’s Secrets. The CD gave us such hits as “You’re Making Me High” and her signature song “Un-Break My Heart.” Secrets showed love, betrayal and mystery. It’s wonderful work from the lil’ diva.”

Also check out:
“Let It Flow”
“Un-Break My Heart”

Edward walks the aisle.

Kanye West, Graduation (2007)

Edd said: “It’s crazy to think that this album is the weakest in Kanye West’s catalog (let’s just pretend 808s & Bellyaches didn’t exist, OK?). It’s an extremely solid collection that marked the end of the Kanye we all knew and loved – the self-depreciating, family-oriented, soulful Ye. I’ll take him over fake thug, deluded rock star Ye any day.”

Also check out:
“Everything I Am”

Now, it’s your turn. Email edward@soulinstereo.com, hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album.  Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.


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