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Streetwise R&B balladeer Jaheim Hoagland hails from New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he grew up in the 176 Memorial Parkway Homes public housing project. Misfortune hit early: his father died in 1981, when he was only two years old. Coming from a musical family helped him overcome the tragedy and the many pitfalls of his environment. His grandfather, Victor Hoagland, sang with many top groups, including the Drifters, and their family reunions were big songfests. Singing at family reunions and local talent shows preceded a successful tryout at the Apollo Theater's famously tough talent show. The crooner, whose sound resembled an unlikely hybrid of Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross, won the contest three times when he was 15. Two years later, Jaheim experienced more tragedy when his mother died, but he kept the faith and became a sensation in New Jersey at talent shows. Four years after his mother's death, he recorded a demo that led to a deal with producer Kay Gee's Warner-supported Divine Mill label. Ghetto Love, Jaheim's first album, featured an all-star crew that included Next's RL, Blackstreet, and Darren and Cliff Lighty. Driven by the number two R&B/Hip-Hop single "Could It Be," it reached number nine on the Billboard 200 chart. His second album, Still Ghetto, was released in November 2002. Another Top Ten hit, it placed two singles in the Top 40, "Fabulous" and "Anything." Ghetto Classics followed in February 2006 (Valentine's Day, to be exact), and became his first number one album. The Makings of a Man, released on Atlantic in December 2007, was as drawn from classic R&B as his previous recordings, with references to Bobby Womack and Atlantic Starr. In late 2009, the single "Ain't Leavin' Without You" announced the coming of Another Round, which followed in February 2010. It was his fifth consecutive Top Ten R&B album. Although Jaheim had amassed eight Top 20 R&B/Hip-Hop hits and continued to make sturdy retro-contemporary singles during the 2010s, his sound was marginalized by commercial R&B radio, which was favoring relatively immature and hedonistic content more than ever. His sixth album, Appreciation Day, came in September 2013 and went Top Ten pop and R&B/Hip-Hop without significant radio play. The album featured some of the singer's most humorous and emotionally powerful material, including "Florida," a tribute to Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood vigilante. In 2014, Jaheim reactivated his fledgling Julie's Dream label, named after his mother, to support younger artists. Around the same time, he went independent through BMG Rights Management. He continued to record lyrically frank, traditionally rooted R&B with no stylistic concessions. Struggle Love arrived in March 2016. ~ Andrew Hamilton & Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    2 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    10 songs

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    6 songs

    Smooth Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    3 songs

    Top Jams [Clean]

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Finding My Way Back
  3.   Just in Case
  4.   Never
  5.   Put That Woman First
  6.   Anything
  7.   Age Ain't a Factor
  8.   Could It Be
  9.   Ain't Leavin Without You
  10.   Backtight
  11.   Struggle Love
  12.   Back in My Arms
  13.   I've Changed by Keyshia Cole
  14.   What She Really Means
  15.   Chase Forever
  16.   Fabulous
  17.   Diamond in da Ruff
  18.   Looking for Love
  19.   Hush
  20.   Lonely
  21.   Forever
  22.   Remarkable
  23.   Songs to Have Sex To
  24.   She Ain't You
  25.   Her
  26.   Heaven in My Eyes
  27.   Shower Scene
  28.   In My Hands
  29.   I Ain't Never
  30.   Me and My B*tch
  31.   Ready, Willing & Able
  32.   Beauty and Thug
  33.   Craziest Place
  34.   Morning
  35.   Back Together Again
  36.   Everytime I Think About Her
  37.   Everywhere I Am
  38.   Long as I Live
  39.   Let It Go
  40.   If I Were You
  41.   P**** Appreciation Day
  42.   Another Round
  43.   Have You Ever
  44.   Tight Jeans
  45.   Special Day
  46.   Waitin' on You
  47.   Interlude: Jah's Seed
  48.   Ghetto Love
  49.   Lil' Nigga Ain't Mine featuring Castro
  50.   If Someone Asks
  51.   Blame Me
  52.   He Don't Exist
  53.   Till It Happens to You
  54.   Masterpiece
  55.   Like a DJ
  56.   Daddy Thing
  57.   Interlude
  58.   Love Is Still Here
  59.   Finders Keepers
  60.   Intro
  61.   Be That Dude
  62.   Nights Like This
  63.   Baby X3
  64.   II Pink Lines
  65.   Closer
  66.   Ain't Leaving Without You