Flavor In The Street

Hello World! Flavor In The Street was something I wanted to do, because I felt I had grown since my previous websites. I feel like I was seeing blogging from a different perspective. At one time, I saw this as more of something I did for fun, and I still continue to see blogging as this, but I also have grown a passion for it. I'm getting a platform, where I get to fully express my views on topics in music. I feel like my opinion is rarely heard, and I want to be viewed as the voice of my generation soon. We never get a platform to talk, and it's now just the beginning. 

The idea of Flavor In The Street was just to restart my brand. I had gotten the idea of the title from one of my favorite shows, "Living Single" along with the slang, 'Word On The Street.' As many of you know, Khadijah James had owned a magazine company titled, "Flavor." I got the idea by combining the two, which later birthed 'Flavor In The Street.'

I'm quite a hard-working kid. I manage to keep my grades together, while running this blog. I've never quite looked into adding more writers to help grow the brand, but of course I'm open to trying new ideas. I plan to adventure quite a lot when I get older, and my taste in music varies. 

Joe Is Considering Retirement/ Releases Possible Final Album

Last year saw Tyrese retire as a musician, releasing his final LP titled, “Black Rose.” While promoting, he made points which could've indicated to his retirement. He did provide a reason for this move, telling Power 105.1's “The Breakfast Club,” he now has more custody time with his daughter, Shayla. With “Black Rose,” the former singer wanted to make a statement. There's a noticeable decline in R&B, which stimulated Tyrese's mission. Like several R&B acts, he wanted to save the struggling genre. While Tyrese brought in a #1 with “Black Rose,” there's still much to be done.

Another R&B great, Joe is considering retirement. This Friday saw the release of his twelfth album titled, “#MYNAMEISJOETHOMAS.” 

The crooner subtly slid he was retiring in his second single titled, “Happy Hour.” In the Gucci Mane-assisted single, Guwop raps, “Girl, if I'd write a book, you'd be my last chapter. Got me sad like when Joe said this was his last album.” Despite this, Joe is unsure of his decision.

In a recent interview with YouKnowIGotSoul, he shared why he's considering retiring:

Sometimes it becomes a point where you feel like maybe…and I don’t want to be too outside of thinking when it comes to it. I love the music 100%, but also I want everybody else to love the music as well. I guess it comes down to if you’re not as successful as sales and you look at the numbers, which can really be a huge, huge impact on whether you want to continue or not. It says to you that it doesn’t matter anymore what you do and bring out. No matter how much hard work you put into it, it’s almost like it doesn’t matter if you put out an album or not. We can deal with a song or two, but not sure about an album. I think that’s the hardest part. I’m a songwriter. I’m a producer. I’m a musician. When you put those energies and mix them together to try to create a project and it means so much to you and you’re so excited about the release, sometimes some people don’t get a chance to hear it. They don’t get a chance to pick it up. So it kinda leaves you in a place where you don’t know if you should continue. Should it be something I keep beating in the head? Of course I’d love to continue doing music if everyone wants to hear it. I don’t want to say definitely, but certainly the question has crossed my mind. I’m at a point now where I so want people if only they love it and feel it, to support it. I don’t want to force anyone.

The climate of R&B has changed, as the genre is underappreciated. For example, Alicia Keys and Usher, who were once strong sellers in the genre, experienced their lowest first-week sales this year. While the focus shouldn't be on sales, low sales can leave a musician uninspired. With that being said, be sure to support Joe's new album.

Stream “#MYNAMEISJOETHOMAS” below: