Monday, May 21, 2007

If you have been listening to soul/R&B music for any decent period of time, you already know that Carl Thomas is a household name. Back in the early days of his career, Carl sang hooks for just about everybody that were making any real moves in the music industry back then. His catalog is pretty extensive to say the least. He dropped his debut album "Emotional" back in 2000, which is definitely viewed as classic material by any true soul music lover. I still call him Puffy...laid down some serious production on Carl's first joint along with a few others. It wasn't until 2004 that he finally released his second album "Let's Talk About it," which I thought was decent. I will admit that the second joint seemed a little rushed and included a little more filler material than I would have liked personally. Even with that being said, it was still pretty solid overall though. It's 2007 and Carl Thomas has been missing in action since 2004, leaving his fans wondering what he's been up to lately? Rumors had surfaced that his lengthy absence had something to do with his falling out with Bad Boy Records, but in reality it was something more tragic that kept him from the music scene over these past years. His brother was tragically murdered on Halloween night back in 2004, and Carl went through an extensive grieving period because of it. He had basically lost his passion for singing, and felt that he had nothing to say in his music during that period. Through some encouraging words from friend/producer Mike City, Carl found his spark again. Carl has stated that Mike City was essential to him getting back on his feet and finding his passion for singing once again. That passion has spawned into a new album fittingly entitled "So Much Better," which drops on June 5th! Judging by the first single "Thought You Should Know" featuring Lalah Hathaway, Carl hasn't lost his touch when it comes to making hot slow jams.

Carl has left Bad Boy Records (who hasn't), but he claims that his relationship with Puffy is still in tact? He just felt that he pacified there, and there had been some creative conflicts as well. I don't know what it is about Puffy's character that keeps driving artists away from working with him? Is there anybody left worth mentioning on the Bad Boy roster in 2007? Wisen up Puff before you end up being the only artist on your label...

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