Whether you’re heading to the Superdome or not, enjoy the biggest jams of the 2009 ESSENCE Music Festival right now. Headliner Beyoncé gets things started with her latest ode to independent women.
We got our own and are glad gentlemen like Ne-Yo appreciate it.
He’s back and better than ever! Only Maxwell can make breaking up sound so heartfelt on this track.
Anita Baker’s voice can make any day a good one, and this hit song is no different.
Seems Salt-N-Pepa has been reading our diary as the duo breaks down every girl’s dream guy on this hit song, with the help of En Vogue.
Legend definitely stepped from behind the piano on this club banger, and switched things up with much swag.
It’s tough to choose a favorite En Vogue track, but this ballad definitely is in the running. We held on to our love for the group and now they’re back with all four original members.
Powerhouse vocals over a calypso beat get feet tapping and hips swaying every time Sullivan’s debut song comes on.
Thicke solidified his spot in R&B with this smooth ballad. The video starring his wife Paula Patton was an added bonus.
Songbird Ledisi dazzles us with this honest and sultry song of hoping your latest love affair lasts.
We love a man who’s honest about his feelings, which is probably why this R&B newcomer is a crowd favorite.
Dwele makes the ladies smile with this clever ode to his girl’s two sides: lady in the streets and freak in the sheets.
Old school became new again with Saadiq’s classic ballad.
Looking for a sexy song to blast while riding around this weekend? Miss Keri Baby delivers on this sultry jam, and fellas should take note.
Ms. Hathaway definitely inherited the soul-stirring sound and stage presence of her father Donny.
Thanks, Donnie, for the perfect remedy to a rough day, with this gospel classic.
Behind the clever title, this catchy cut looks at the consequences of a one-night stand.
Our favorite blue-eyed R&B songstress is back with her signature sound. Yes, she’s still got it.
Beyoncé’s alter ego Sasha Fierce asserts her reign on this bossy track.
This electric slide anthem closes out the ESSENCE Music Festival every year. Join in wherever you are in the country and relive great summer memories.
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We’re still in love with Al Green and his signature sound.