Call it R&B with a hip-hop urgency. "We're just making sure that I'm felt in the streets as much as I'm felt on the soulful level," says songbook/ recording artist Al-B.The Nothern,Virginia phenom always had a musical career in mind. As a child, there were no rigorous voice or piano lessons. All through in high school, Al-b was doing things most kids his age weren't doing: Songwriting, Rehearsing, and Teaching himself vocal training. "I just got so into R&B at the time," says Al-b. "I was listening to straight rap, like RZA, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas." The only R&B artist who caught his attention was Musiq Soulchild. "When it comes to R&B, he kills it. He gives you every part of the soul he can think of," says Al-B, whose elastic tenor conjures a younger, fresher Soulchild.He entered, and won, a total of 10 local talent shows along with American Idol and Missy Elliott's UPN Television show Road To Stardom.Al-B's rapidly burgeoning talent led to his many different entertainment deals, from acting on the hit TV Show "Thats So Raven". to writing a song for Capitol Records artist and former Destiny's Child member Letoya Luckett's debut album called "I'm Good". While working on his debut album, Al-B has also become much in-demand with this project. He has written and co-produced 70% of the Project.He is on tap to collaborate with the likes of Lil Mo, J.Hoilday, and many local artists as well on their forthcoming projects.At the same time, "Al-B's UNDERRARED 1.0 Mixtape," will maintain his street cred by aggressively attacking the mixtape circuit. This route, normally used by rap artists, and Virginia's own Trey Songz has made this R&B singer/songwriter a standout amongst his peers with his Freestyle Singing Skills.