Throwback: Ralph Tresvant-Sensitivity

[youtube id=”5cesxvEZK5U”] Ralph Tresvant’s first solo album had a successful launch with the lead single “Sensitivity.” It was his first time away from New Edition and his album followed Bobby Brown’s Don’t Be Cruel explosion and the emergence of band members Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins’group BBD. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote “Sensitivity” and it became Tresvant’s signature solo song and his only number one single. The lyrics about a man being vulnerable in romance went straight to the hearts of his fans and established his musical identity outside of New Edition. Tresvant’s debut album boasted two more hits with “Stone Cold Gentleman” and “Do What I Gotta Do.” Fans saw Tresvant’s album as long-awaited and the beginning of a big solo run. Tresvant’s sophomore release It’s Goin Down did not have the same impact as his first and by 1996 New Edition returned with Home Again. His last solo effort was Rizz-Wa-Faire released in 2006 and since then he has played the role of Sam Cooke in Get On Up and became famous again because of BET’s 2017 The New Edition Story. Ralph Tresvant has also been a DJ on The Bass of Boston WZBR 1410 AM since 2016. 

Throwback: Bobby Brown-Every Little Step

[youtube id=”P0FKzPfsxA4″]Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step” was part of his Don’t Be Cruel explosion into the middle of pop culture in 1988-89 with New Jack Swing as its guide. Brown left New Edition and started his solo career in 1986 but it wasn’t until sophomore album Don’t Be Cruel that he became a star on his own. Brown’s dance performance in the video for the L.A. Reid and Babyface-penned “Every Little Step” enhanced its reception. The singer’s dance moves and Gumby haircut became signposts of the ’80s at its best. The hip-hop and R&B connection in New Jack Swing took off with Don’t Be Cruel two years after Janet Jackson’s Control which had Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’s influence on the genre. Brown’s album became the most sold of 1989 and he earned first Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. He was an heir to Michael Jackson’s ability to own the stage with his charisma, movement and vocals. Bobby Brown’s inspiration from Jackson was passed on and artists like Usher and Chris Brown count Bobby as one of their influences. Bobby Brown’s history was presented twice in The New Edition Story in 2017 and The Bobby Brown Story miniseries in 2018. 

Media Questions Of The Week

Is the investigation into Tidal’s streaming numbers by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Noeringsliv racist? 

What does President Trump plan to accomplish by having a race summit with guests like Colin Kaepernick and Kanye West? 

Will New Edition’s tour under the new name RBRM without Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill be well-received by the fans? 



New Edition Perform And Accept Lifetime Achievement Award At BET Awards

New Edition put on one of their best performances at the BET Awards with both casts from the miniseries about their lives. “Mr. Telephone Man” “Can You Stand The Rain” and “Is It Really Love” lit up the Microsoft Theater with their 30-plus years of mastering the stage. After the show, they humbly accepted a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the cast of Girl Trip and Johnny Gill announced their new tour starting this fall.