It’s been one yr since Ray J, Sammie, Bobby V, and Pleasure P took the stage in a Verzuz opening present like no different. However viral memes and cultural classics weren’t the one outcomes of that efficiency. RSVP was additionally born on this present day.
The best way Ray J describes their collective is a “man-band” and the “solely group that’s solo artists in a bunch.” All of them credit score Bobby V with the identify–an acronym highlighting the stage names that put them every on the R&B map.
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Sammie describes himself and Bobby as chill, laid-back, and out-the-way RSVP members. With Ray J, “what you see is what you get,” and Pleasure P “doesn’t make issues troublesome” and retains the celebration going!
One factor is evident when RSVP joins TheShadeRoom.com’s Editor, Cassandra Santiago, in a digital interview, these R&B icons are brothers who consider RSVP is supposed to be.
“I’m studying on this group that it’s not speculated to be structured, it’s not speculated to be one plus one is 2. We had been created and put collectively off of dysfunction, and for some motive, it appears to work for us,” Sammie tells TSR.
Within the months after the hit-for-hit battle, RSVP labored on their debut album. They spent August and September locked in and laying the tracks. However their debut single, “Cash In all places,” didn’t premiere till December.
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And the album–although accomplished and extremely anticipated by supporters–nonetheless hasn’t been launched. However the group assures TSR that the venture is coming THIS summer season. In accordance with Sammie, what followers can anticipate is “eternal music.”
“We simply gotta put out the music for actual, for actual. ‘Cash In all places’ was simply..a teaser. We wished one thing attractive, we wished one thing daring trigger that’s what the group is. However so far as the data that we created on the album, we acquired one thing for everyone,” Sammie added. “We acquired love music, we acquired intercourse music, we acquired island music, we now have a cross-over document, we now have a summertime smash with Hitmaka. So, it’s nearly placing the music out and letting all the pieces construct round that. Our star energy been getting [us] over, which I admire trigger all the pieces we’ve executed has been lit as a result of they arrive to see us collectively, however as soon as we put the music out, it’s gon actually put into perspective that as a bunch, as a collective we’re wonderful.”
So what’s been holding them again? Bobby V tells TSR it’s a mixture of creating some construction and dealing with the enterprise aspect of the music.
“We had been kinda simply working wild in November and as time has progressed we’re simply getting that construction,” Bobby stated. “Actually within the music enterprise that’s actually the enterprise of music. We’re simply attempting to ensure we deal with the enterprise.” He added, “We actually have a dope first album. I’m so able to drop this album, however I do know we have to drop extra music to point out those that we’re actually critical. We’re critical, we now have an excellent time after we’re collectively. We discuss sh*t to one another, and we mess around lots, however we do have a dope album that P kinda orchestrated.”
As for surprises on the venture, Pleasure P says they’ve an Afro-beats single referred to as “Rock The Boat” that’s “sudden from what [supporters] usually knew [them] for.”
Within the meantime, the group solely shared a snippet of their second single, “Mr. Nasty Time,” with The Shade Room–one other attractive document serving raunchy, 90s/2000s vibes.
Get the unique first hear on the high of this text.
RSVP Revitalized Their Group Power After i Love RnB Pageant Efficiency
When requested about their studio periods, Ray J, Sammie, Bobby V, and Pleasure P, all say that’s the “straightforward half.”
Our interview is chaotic in one of the simplest ways—-filled with gentle jabs about Bobby’s love for his piano, laughs at Pleasure P’s matchmaking persistence, and Ray J flashing his horses earlier than dropping off early.
Bobby tells TSR’s Cassandra that the interview displays how RSVP carries on within the studio–“loads of speaking and bullsh*tting.” Then, Ray J rapidly clarifies they is likely to be “uncut” and “everywhere” at instances, however their association is structured imperfection. The vitality, they are saying, “is simply completely different.”
The group members had been reminded of their completely different vibe once they carried out at i Love RnB Pageant in late Could. After months of scattered dedication to their man-group, the pageant reignited the spark that introduced them collectively one yr in the past.
Bobby V stated:
“It’s thrilling, I give up the group each different day, however after we did the i Love RnB Pageant and we went out and all of us simply kilt it and we simply had fun. As a result of we’ve executed hostings and stuff collectively the place we had been simply within the membership, simply kicking it and simply kinda doing songs. However after we truly did the present a pair weeks in the past on the i Love RnB fest I feel it kinda actually revitalized all of us and it actually kinda give us all of the imaginative and prescient once more that that is one thing that’s huge and one thing that may be executed at a excessive degree. I really feel like it may be greater than the rest. I really feel just like the sky is the restrict so I’m enthusiastic about it.”
In accordance with Ray J, minutes earlier than they took the pageant stage, they had been two members down (Sammie and Bobby) with no rehearsal time logged.
Pleasure P advised they make the stage their celebration, so collectively, they did. And efficiency ATE–shocking and re-focusing the group.
“…I feel what all stunned us actually was this i Love RnB Pageant the place we by no means had rehearsal but, and we had been like 5 minutes from happening stage. We nonetheless didn’t know who was going to go on first, or second, or third. We by no means rehearsed the songs, didn’t know what we was gon do. And we simply determined to go on the market and do all of the songs collectively as one group…it simply turned like this occasion, like this celebration,” Ray J stated. He added, “It gave us the vitality to get again on the market and actually like shut it down. I felt like we noticed a brand new imaginative and prescient as soon as all of us acquired on stage and sang collectively. [i Love RnB Festival] was actually our begin like coming again collectively.”
They usually’ll be returning to that pageant stage in July. This time, as headliners, the pageant’s PR rep, Kalisha Perera, confirmed to TSR.
RSVP Is Right here NOW For The Tradition & Brotherhood, Regardless of What Critics Say
In RSVP, there aren’t any leaders. Function-players, positive. However general, the lads agree that they’re equal companions. They’re previous part one, which included balancing their soloist profession expertise with their group expertise, and unto part two of placing out music.
Why NOW? For enjoyable, the tradition, brotherhood, and state of R&B. Make boy bands cool once more? Yup, that too.
“We doing it for the tradition too. I really feel like R&B dies, and actually R&B usually, we don’t collaborate, we don’t kick it, we don’t hang around with one another” Bobby V stated. “So we attempting to actually simply kinda like set the tone and alter the view of R&B. See rap is so huge and popping as a result of all the fellows mess with one another. They pull up on one another on the studio, they go hang around. R&B guys act like ‘Oh I’m greater than him, oh I’m higher than him.”
“I’ve been a soloist my complete profession so once I’m with these guys I get to faucet into a unique aspect of myself that I didn’t know I even embodied till Verzuz. These are all my brothers. I’ve a real love and respect for them individually…We do have the chance to convey again the boy band or the person band and make it cool once more. We’re superstars by ourselves, however collectively we’re like an avengers R&B group. So I’ve enjoyable although, that’s why I stated sure trigger I truly genuinely love [these] guys. I love them, look as much as them as brothers. For me, it’s in regards to the enjoyable side of it. On this music enterprise, it’s straightforward to lose enjoyable as a result of there’s so many alternative obstacles and limitations it’s important to overcome. With RSVP, you simply present up and have enjoyable and I admire that at this stage in my life.”
In case you’re questioning what’s completely different about Ray J, Sammie, Bobby V, and Pleasure P this time, they’ll agree that it’s subsequent to nothing. They have already got the followers, the expertise, and the expertise. So RSVP is all of theirs mixed and “on steroids,” Sammie says.
“It’s no more so completely different, it’s simply magnified. You have got the greatness that Pleasure brings, the greatness that Bob brings, the greatness that I’m, the greatness that Ray J, and also you’re placing that into one lil gumbo. It’s actually like wonderful music. I feel that’s why the album got here out so dope, so effortlessly is as a result of individually, we’re able to carry out, able to sing dwell, prepared to put in writing our music and write our verses and convey our sauce, and that’s principally the concoction of RSVP. So I wouldn’t say that it’s completely different, it’s simply on steroids. Us collectively, there’s a unique synergy, completely different vitality, completely different magnetic pressure that we will’t clarify, nor did we plan. That’s simply need occurs when the 4 of us come collectively.”
In the meantime, Bobby V stated they’re bringing again “actual R&B just like the 90s, 2000s R&B” somewhat than attempting to maintain up with in the present day’s rap influences on their style.
And RSVP isn’t anxious in regards to the critics, together with these with “previous head” feedback. Pleasure P says they’re targeted on who loves and helps them.
“For me I simply care in regards to the those that care about me and us and what we’ve completed. There’s so many individuals that attempt to take it away from us, name us previous heads and all types of issues, and we’re nonetheless younger. And we acquired our personal factor, and we ran a complete period, and we’re nonetheless out right here doing what we love. We’re blessed to be right here.”