Why Christina Milian should work with Eric Roberson on her next album. It’d be great for everyone!

In an interview last week Christina Milian said that since splitting from The Dream, she’s had to go back in the studio to work on her new album Elope.  A lot of the songs, written and produced by him now need replacements.  While listening to Vivian Green today (significance of which i’ll get to later) I had a thought… Christina Milian should work with Eric Roberson.  No, I have not hit my head or injected large amounts of some unregulated narcotic.  I seriously think; Christina Milian + Eric Roberson = super album.

Christina’s had a tough time in the music industry over the last few years.  Since, turning down S.O.S. to instead work on So Amazing with her then boyfriend Dre (from Cool & Dre) she has struggled to get a break.  She receives a lot of hate for seemingly no reason.  So Amazing was a decent R&B Pop album, largely shunned because people seem to dislike her and not the music.   She and Dre broke up.  She hooked up with The DREAM.  Recorded a lot of Elope… then they broke up.  Note the developing pattern.

Eric Roberson is married.  This cycle would be broken.

Milian has a strong voice, one not to dissimilar from Vivian Green.  Eric and Vivian have made some phenomenal music together.  It was this morning, iTunes on shuffle, that I heard Emotional Rollercoaster followed by Dip It Low and the brain wave hit.  I imagined Milian singing Green’s record and it just worked.

Christina says she wants a new direction.  What better way than to make music with one of the best song-writers in the world.  It would add a sense of integrity to her music she has never experienced before.  And be a revolution in the R&B/Pop world.

Don’t be fooled this is not a one way relationship.  Roberson could hugely benefit from this union too. Eric is without a doubt one of the best song-writers in the world, yet his music still lacks universal recognition.  Despite gaining some notoriety lately, he is still largely unknown.  Working with a high-profile artist like Milian (her performance at LA Fashion week was even mentioned in The Sun) would help his music gain the recognition it deserves.  We would ALL benefit because some fantastic Roberson produced music would be played in the clubs, on the radio, in everyone’s cars at the traffic lights…

I really really think this could work.  They would need to throw a spinner, catch the haters off guard by giving Christina a pseudonym, something credible, something Neo-Soul; Libra, Nakupenda, Collette Black, Yellow Daisy, something like that… and she would probably have to grow an afro (just joking about the afro, she got good hair!).  Then, release a 5 track EP on bandcamp.  Send the internet crazy.  Then wait.  Leak another few tracks… then reveal.  All the blogs and websites which hated on Milian, would have to eat their words after heaping praise on Roberson’s new protégé!

Milian is finally judged by the quality of her music, rather than by the opinions of spiteful journalists and DJs.  Roberson is lauded with praise, picks up Grammy after Grammy and has everyone queuing up to work with him.  The music on the radio becomes great again, and everyone’s life is improved ten-fold.   To top it all off we get a combined Roberson & Milian gig at Bush Empire!

…it’s good to dream.

Soulside Funk

Gig Review and Pictures: Eric Roberson @ The Jazz Cafe 08.10.2009

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There are few things in music better that Eric Roberson live, a sentiment anyone who has seen his show will happily co-sign.  After saying so many nice things about him over the years I feel I should be digging for faults and be as critical as possible.

I should chide him for seamlessly re-inventing songs, turning the smooth mellow flow of Couldn’t Hear Me into a bouncy rock number or giving songs on Music Fan First that sounded a little bland a new lease of life.  I should berate him for his crowd interaction, using supersharp wit to have the audience rolling with laughter, I came to hear music not comedy!  Why oh why serenade someone’s mobile phone…?

It’s all his band anyway, always on point and in Curt Chambers sporting one of the best lead guitarists in the world.

I should be finding faults however it’s almost impossible to.  Erro continues to set high benchmarks and met them.  He gives the full package; re-working songs so they do not sound like the album, and providing many comedic moments.  He obviously enjoys performing and this comes through.  Thursday’s concert was by no means Erro’s finest however it was still superior to much I have seen this year.  His gospel parody was classic, the intro to Only For U always brings a smile to my face, and Bad For You and Borrow You (off Music Fan First) both rocked live (I also now love both Dealing and Further despite being indifferent to them before).

Yeah, a longer set would have been nice (he did give us nearly 2 hours though!), however to cover everything I want to hear he would probably need 6 hours and a throat of steel (not sure if the Gatorade alone would cut it).

As always, the highlight was the freestyle, a song made up of songs shouted from the crowd.  He was tasked with making a song from; sardines, derelict, Thundercats, elephant and swollen.  By the end he had everyone singing in unison as if it were an album cut, “relax yourself girl, just settle down.”

If you like live music, seeing Roberson live is a must.  If you are a singer or have a band, seeing Roberson live is a must.  If you are an exec at a major label please take all your artists to see him, it will make the music industry a better place.

Eric.  Thank You.

Soulside Funk

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Song of The Week: A Tale of Two

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Eric Roberson – A Tale of Two

This cautionary tale from Eric Roberson’s release, Music Fan First, samples Minnie Ripperton’s classic Inside My Love, to create a sumptuous hip-hop/soul feel for what (in my opinion) is the stand-out record from the album.

The unobtrusive use of the sample matched with a light driving drum beat and subtle baseline makes this an immediate head-nodder, yet this song is so much more than a ridiculous beat.Its the lyrics, the song-writing that makes this song really shine, a well told story of cheating, casual sex and catching feelings that is such captivating drama you cannot take your ears away.

It came as a bit of a surprise to hear Erro spit like a bonafide playa, for example he explains “New chick comes in and I tell her the deal/like you can love me but you can’t never feel,” yet he does so very convincingly (probably to the despair of many women all over the world – he’s married anyway!).  As the story develops you are drawn into a tangled web of lies, deceit and comeuppances – better than an episode of Hollyoaks!

Great song and definite contender for record of the year.

Soulside Funk

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