What Happened to Quiet Storm R&B?
Want to know what happened to Quiet Storm r&b? I couldn't tell you, but the way that music is now it's a huge letdown to where it's going. R&B used to be smooth, now it's a bunch of nonsense. Remember listening to the radio at a certain time of night and you hear that thunder noise? I bet you don't, 93.1 WZAK in Cleveland was good for quiet storm radio to say the least, you had some tunes from the 70s/80s but music from the early 90s was also full of passion and hidden slick talk, for example, one of the greatest songwriters ever Babyface, for quiet storm radio this man has hit list longer than train smoke whether it's his record or he wrote for someone else, when he was with the Deele he was killing it then, Shoot em Up Movies is a classic, but the only 2 records you need from Face for quiet storm radio is Soon As I Get Home and Whip Appeal.
Now when I said hidden slick talk, r&b had allot of hate in it, you knew somebody's girl was in trouble when you heard those words "what kind of man" and "baby, I don't like the way he treats you", come on man, everybody opened up a record with those words in the 90s, unfortunately your woman wasn't safe, Babyface was offering a woman that wasn't even fully his to cook her dinner, buy her clothes and even told her he'll pay her rent, Soon as I Get Home is a smooth classic but one of the biggest hating anthems ever written, Whip Appeal on the other had Face in love to the high heavens, and with a strong closing sequence repeating "whatever you want, it's alright with me" you really can't blame him.
Joe is another r&b legend that composed great quiet storm music but yes he was hating too, All The Things is the ultimate hate anthem, when Joe said "I hear he got you on lock down but I got the master key" it was basically over for whoever girl that was, he was Jordan giving the Knicks 55 at the Garden on a track. Does it a coincidence that most of quiet storm r&b starts off with singers rhyme "standing in the cold" and "pot of gold"? I think not, both Joe and Babyface penned those together.
Quiet Storm isn't quiet storm without Can You Stand The Rain by New Edition, the last 1-2 minutes of the record is basically Johnny Gill going on a 40-0 scoring run with no timeouts against the competition. SWV struck gold with Rain but we all know what the real meaning behind that record was. Luthor Vandross is one of the greatest voices to ever grave the mic and Don't You Know That is undeniably timeless. Jon B had 1 hit with They Don't Know and then suddenly transformed into Klay Thompson 20 years later, only the 9 minute version of Tony Toné Toni Anniversary is all you need, After 7's Ready or Not is smooth at its finest, LSG ruled the airwaves with My Body and Dru Hill still never found out who was sleeping in the bed. There is one drastic quiet storm track that has to be top 3, and that's the Quincy Jones Secret Garden featuring Al B. Sure, Barry White, James Ingram and El Debarge, Secret Garden is the game winning shot of quiet storm r&b.
Quiet Storm r&b is music to get you through the night with your girl on that late drive home or if you just riding solo, especially on a Sunday night, get you a playlist made, look up these songs on YouTube or something, and take time to enjoy the music that'll make these young punks today go into retirement.