By the time I first heard Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides I was not just deep in Black Star and Mos' many amazing guest spots, but I was a reggae and soul-loving teenager too - steeped in Aretha Franklin and Gregory Isaacs. It all came together when “Ms. Fat Booty” came on. A love … Continue reading Sunday Music: Mos Def And Fat Booty Love
Yassin Bey, aka Mos Def, has a short Audible audiobook titled, “A Dynamic Career in Communications.” The music and stories are fantastic. Especially if you’re a fan. But he’s got some quotes. This one on in particular, hit me hard. He was talking about church as a sacred and safe space in his childhood. He … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) On Music, Life, And His Career
Del the Funky Homosapien’s first album is called I Wish My Brother George Was Here. The George in the title is (at least indirectly) a reference to George Clinton.* The album itself is brimming with Parliament samples, and if you figured it came after Dr. Dre’s The Chronic because of it’s sonic similarities, I’d understand … Continue reading Del Before Dre (Themes And Trends With Dante Ross)
I was in a conversation last week with someone who brought up how original and fresh 90s music was. I said it was refreshing, in the sense of how it was such an original act of musical collage, but it wasn’t in and of itself anything new. They disagreed. I got sublime. Or more literally, … Continue reading Sunday Music: The (Perfect) Un-Originality In Sublime’s “Caress Me Down”
In 1966 the Rolling Stones took Tina Turner on the road in England. In 1969, they hit the states. Here’s her and Ike doing, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” from the Gimme Shelter movie, which captures the period. But let’s be real. It’s just Tina in this clip. She melted all of them. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Tina Turner And The Stones
Is your fondest memory the end result OR something on the journey? It’s worth asking. Because wherever you are now, wherever you want to go, your fondest memory might be closer than you think. Life is funny like that. Like when they asked Patti LaBelle what her fondest memory of the Apollo Theater was and … Continue reading Patti LaBelle’s Fondest Memory Of The Apollo (Embrace The Chase)
You know those weird things you say to yourself all of the time? As in the things you say to your dog, or the dishes, or the anthropomorphized internet company in your mind? “Now why you wanna go and do that love, huh?” I say that - all of the time. Here’s where it’s from, … Continue reading Sunday Music: Now Why You Wanna Go And Do That Love, Huh?
Thanks to those of you who have been asking for a new playlist. This one has been in the works since last fall - and courtesy of a job change, moving across state lines, and surviving COVID Christmas, it’s ready for your consumption. I had a lot of moods in the past 6 months and … Continue reading Sunday Music: NEW Playlist For January 2023
Chuck Berry has too many classic songs, but this has to be one of my favorites, “Thirty Days (To Come Back Home).” Maybe it’s the boom-chick-boom-chonk rhythm guitar thing I love so much. Maybe it’s the escalating threats in the lyrics, where he calls on everything from the gypsy women to eventually levying the FBI … Continue reading Sunday Music: 30 Days (Chuck Berry)
I’m not a big instrumental hip-hop guy. And while there are some vocals and other things on here, I haven’t been this into an album in this space since Dilla. If you need some semi-background music to vibe to, throw this on. Magic. Kenny Beats, give me more. It’s a 33 minutes album and you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Kenny Beats – Best Since Dilla?!