Eric Benet Reigns at Highline Ballroom, Plus Humbled by Lil Wayne’s Comments

Inclement weather surely didn’t stop fans young and old from seeing Mr. Benet put it down in NYC earlier this week. The intimate ambiance of Highline Ballroom was a match made in heaven for show-goers at the event. Accompanied by the Milwaukee Symphony’s string section, Eric Benet put in a live show for ages, sonically delivering real R&B to an excited audience. Starting off with a mixed set, he effortlessly performed through hits such as ”Love Don’t Love Me,” “Spiritual Thing,” “Chocolate Legs,” “When You Think Of Me” and “Spend My Life.” The mood of the room began changing mid-set as Benet endorsed his next selection as a song about “that moment”. The sultry melody that he wanted the crowd to feel was his first single “Sometimes I Cry” off his fifth studio album, ‘Lost In Time.’ The track is a very vulnerable record but it is what true R&B has been built on. Eric B. poured his heart out and you can feel it. Now, why can’t music be like this today? He ended the remainder of his set with “Feels Good,” “I Wanna Be Loved” and “You’re The Only One.” It seemed he purposely save the best song for last as he ended the night with “Georgy Porgy.” Be sure to pick up ‘Lost In Time’ which will be in stores and online November 23rd. In related news, Benet was recently blown away after hearing one of rapper Lil Wayne’s favorite song is prison is his single “Sometimes I Cry.” “That was dope. It’s a huge compliment,” Benet tells Billboard.com. “He’s sitting somewhere where he is contemplating on life, so, to be drawn to my song while he’s going through those things, it means even more. To me it means maturity.” “I only listen to slow jams and ESPN… Oh, and if you haven’t heard the new song by Eric Benet, ‘Sometimes I Cry,’ please stop what you’re doing and check it out,” Wayne wrote in his latest letter from jail, posted on his weezythanxyou.com blog site. “It’s the best song I’ve heard since Maxwell’s ‘Woman’s Worth.’ It’s for grown folk. I actually listen to the radio all day waiting for that song.” “Sometimes I Cry” is currently logged at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay chart. Still, Benet wasn’t sure if fans of other genres would appreciate it, much less Wayne. “Somewhere in the back of my mind I think, ‘country won’t feel this, polka won’t feel this.’ I know that’s an extreme jump from R&B and hip-hop, but, I don’t automatically think some hard hip-hop head will appreciate it. For Wayne to be feeling this song makes me feel like I struck a nerve.”

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