Grammy Nominated recording artist B. SLADE formally known as TONEX prepares to release the anticipated EP, “DIESEL” on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, available via http://bslade.bandcamp.com/. The “DIESEL” EP is led by the powerful vocal-driven single “I.R.S.”, written by B. SLADE and produced by Curtis Sauce Wilson (Brandy, Something for The People).
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“DIESEL is dedicated to the forerunners and strong black men in the civil rights entertainment and hip hop culture. Diesel runs in our blood,” mentions B. Slade. “It’s about the tenacity to continue and press through oppositions even when you want to give up and say you’re going to give, there’s something in you that won’t let you and that is your DIESEL. No matter what race or orientation you might be, don’t ever lose your Diesel, this is what the album is all about,” he adds.
A few noteworthy masterpieces includes the empowerment song “Papi Figure“, particularly for those who are either coming out or people in transition from one gender to the next. The liquid sex song “Sequel” is an expression of sexuality and sensuality. This is the first time that you are hearing the love factor not just the sexual factor in an erotic song, which makes it different from other baby-making music. On “Freak U Good“, one can hear the musical influence from three eras all in one; the 70’s parliament sound, the Prince Minneapolis funk sounds of the 80’s to the pop sounds of now. The title track “Diesel” is about inspiration to never give up no matter what…just keep going.
Although some may recognize him from the gospel world, in a recent 10-page article “The New Yorker Magazine” described B. SLADE as “His eccentric style and vertiginous high notes helped make him one of the most acclaimed praise singers of the past decade, and, for a time, one of the most successful. He had a certain hip-hop swagger and the status of a sex symbol.” —The New Yorker
B. SLADE released several hundred songs on 24 albums over a span of 14 years, while producing several others for both gospel and secular artists. He has won six Stellar Awards, a GMA Award, and received 2 Grammy nominations: one for Best Soul Gospel Album for his 2004 gold album, Out The Box and another in 2009 for Best Urban/Soul Alternative Performance for his single, Blend, from his 2009 mainstream album, Unspoken.
His musical efforts have been known to blend a smorgasbord of styles, including pop, r&b, jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, rock, latin, electro, punk and trance, and has created a distinct sound and eclectic style of music.
Through the years, B. SLADE has released several critically-acclaimed mixtapes including the iTunes released, “Dawn of the Unicorn”, “A Brilliant Catastrophe (Alpha) and “A Brilliant Catastrophe (Beta). B. SLADE’s appearance has included extremely conservative suits with close cropped hair, outlandish, flamboyant garb with feather boas, fur coats, punk-inspired multi-colored hairstyles, Sanjaya-like headpieces, Stevie Wonder-style dreadlocks and also platform shoes, that brought to mind the “glam” rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s.
On September 30, 2010, now referred to as B. SLADE, debuted the song and video “Get Over You” on Youtube. Billed as a “Sylvester Screen Test”, the song and video is reminiscent of the late 70’s/ early 80’s dance and club music scene.