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SYBIL WILKES:  That’s your girl.

KEM:  That’s my artist, that’s my artist, El Renay, who’s also from Detroit, her record is coming out at the top of the year, but I put her single, Don’t Say Goodbye, on my record.


TOM JOYNER:  I fell in love with her on the cruise.

KEM:  Yeah, yeah, yeah, she’s that, she’s that.

SYBIL WILKES:  And good reason, she is phenomenal.


KEM:  Yes, and a sweetheart too.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah.  Still got the short and sexy hair?

KEM:  Absolutely.  Yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, I like that.  I like that.  (Laughter) I really like that.  You hooked up with Snoop Dogg?

KEM:  Snoop Dogg’s on this record.

TOM JOYNER:  Snoop Dogg and Kim.

KEM:  Yeah, I know it sound, it sounds crazy, right?

TOM JOYNER:  (Laugh)

SYBIL WILKES:  Yeah, it does, yeah.

KEM:  But somebody sent me a YouTube of Snoop and 2Chainz(?) singing I Can’t Stop Loving You.  Right?  So this rap that I was going to do myself, as soon as I saw it, I was like, dude, why rap when you can get a real rapper, you know what I mean?  And we put the word out and, uh, and he graced us, he graced us with this presence on this album, I love him.


TOM JOYNER:  Aw, you didn’t put the rap on there.  Okay, okay, okay.  Soft Side of Love.


TOM JOYNER:  Why don’t you come on over for dinner?  And put that knew Kem on.  Oh, Lord, he put the new Kem on.

SYBIL WILKES:  Now I got to stay.

TOM JOYNER:  Now I got to stay, I didn’t come here for all this, I don’t …


TOM JOYNER:  Oh, Lord, oh, Lord, oh, Lord.


TOM JOYNER:  Okay, so how many Kem CDs are we up to now?

KEM:  This is the fourth studio album, not including the …

TOM JOYNER:  The Christmas …

KEM:  The Christmas record, but just my fourth studio album, yeah.  It’s hard to believe, man, I was thinking about that on the way over here.  I ain’t had a real job in over a decade.


TOM JOYNER:  Because it’s been ten years?

SYBIL WILKES:  Ten years.

KEM:  Yeah.  Yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  It’s been ten years?

ANTHONY BROWN: Out of your regular music, Kem, which is harder for you to put together? Christmas music?

KEM:  Christmas music is harder.


KEM:  Yeah.

ANTHONY BROWN: Because you got to write it in July or something like that.

KEM:  You got to do it – right.  Right.


TOM JOYNER:  Kem, would you come out the basement?

ANTHONY BROWN: I’m writing Christmas songs!

TOM JOYNER:  Kem, I got a sandwich for you.

ANTHONY BROWN: I’m writing Christmas songs!

KEM:  Yeah, people picky about their Christmas music.

TOM JOYNER:  Aren’t you hungry, Kem.

ANTHONY BROWN: (Laugh) No, no.

SYBIL WILKES:  So in terms of picking your favorite Christmas songs?  Or being mindful of other people’s favorites?

KEM:  Either, you know, both.  I mean writing a Christmas song is like, you know, you can’t be really cheesy, you know what I mean, but you got to get all the words in there, and there’s only so many words you can put in a Christmas song, right?  And then when you’re doing somebody else’s record, every record’s been done so many times, so how are you going to approach this differently?  You know what I mean?

SYBIL WILKES:  Yeah, put that Kem spin on it.


SYBIL WILKES:  There’s your Christmas, I mean, your wedding song right there.

KEM:  Yeah.

SYBIL WILKES:  There’s your wedding song.

ANTHONY BROWN: No one needs that.


TOM JOYNER:  Says the bitter brother.

SYBIL WILKES:  Everybody but ju, Bitter man, bitter man, bitter man.


TOM JOYNER:  Someone just texted and said your single, It’s You, is going to be their wedding song when they get married in October.  You probably get a lot of requests to do weddings.

KEM:  Yeah, I do weddings.  Yeah, I’d be glad to sing at anybody’s wedding, you know?


TOM JOYNER:  Say what?

KEM:  For $75,000.  (Laughter) For $350,000 you can get me at your wedding.

ANTHONY BROWN: And I would like to.

SYBIL WILKES:  I would like to.

KEM:  But I’ve actually done that in the show, you know?  Somebody will propose at the show, you know?  And I’ve sang, I’ve gone to a couple of fan’s wedding and sang at their wedding.


KEM: Yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  I don’t know why you said that today.

KEM:  Right?  (Laugh)

TOM JOYNER:  I’m going to send all these messages to you, okay?

ANTHONY BROWN: Yeah, you’re going to be busy.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, you’re going to be busy.  (Laugh) Yeah.  And the single, It’s You.

KEM:  The single, It’s You.

TOM JOYNER:  Here it is.

TOM JOYNER:  Kem, and It’s You.  Promise To Love goes on sale next week.

KEM:  Next week, August 25th.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah.  And Happy Birthday, Sybil.

SYBIL WILKES:  Really, thank you so much.  This really is a great birthday present.  I’m telling you, this CD, really, yesterday just lifted my heart.  It really did.

TOM JOYNER:  All because you were riding around and trying to get Ferguson off your mind for a minute.

SYBIL WILKES:  Just consumed by all that’s going on and putting this in and driving yesterday just really took me to a whole other place, away from all of the madness and all of the sadness.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, you listen to Kem and…

SYBIL WILKES:  I don’t like downtown with Snoop, you know, Kem, but all of …

TOM JOYNER:  And Jay, to get his mind off of everything, was watching ratchet reality shows last night.

SYBIL WILKES:  Everybody has their own …


TOM JOYNER:  All right, Kem, well, good luck on album, CD number four.

KEM:  Number four. Yeah.

TOM JOYNER:  CD number four, Promise To Love.  On sale next week.

SYBIL WILKES:  And good luck with Mack and Third this weekend yeah.


KEM:  Thank you, so much, and thanks, Tom, for the donation, we appreciate it, man.

TOM JOYNER:  You got it.  You got it.

SYBIL WILKES:  And we’ll see you next week.

KEM:  Absolutely.

TOM JOYNER:  Yeah, after I’ve made my donation I’ve got no other …

ANTHONY BROWN: Sybil should be dry by then. (Laughter)

TOM JOYNER:  I’ve got no other request to make a donation, but when you sang Happy Birthday everybody wants them to sing Happy Birthday to them now.  (Laugh) All right, Kem, thanks for dropping by, man.

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