Rapsody: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

In a movement of showing love to Rapsody, who dropped another great album today, Laila’s Wisdom, go download and support REAL HIP HOP and just great music, I thought I’d post this Tiny Desk Concert. On another not I think I have too many commas in that last sentence. I get at my kid about that all the time and now I’ve done it. Life

 

 

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Hip Hop Honors Should Take Another Time Out

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I saw Hip Hop Honors 90’s salute and came away lost about the whole thing. I didn’t see it live so I didn’t get the vibe from social media in real time, and the tweets that floated around were generous as well many sites that popped up when I Googled the show. My issues are many one being the time… An Hour? By time Martin Lawrence received his award the show was around the 30 minute mark.  Not paying any attention to the DVR I assumed it was a two hour show until Hype Williams received his award and it dawned on me an hour was almost up and all the names they mentioned to show up  have already done their thing. How do you focus on a decade and look to do such in an hour. Not to mention you’re talking about 90’s Hip Hop. the most diverse decade ever for the music. The West emerged as a power house The South was coming into their own and the sonic approach was diversifying. Too Short’s West Coast Bay Area wasn’t the same as Casual or Dru Down. So much was lost, not even talking about the genius of Diddy and how he shaped the sound of the 90’s as well as Dr Dre.

Maybe people were shown love according to who could and would show up. You can’t talk Hip Hop and R&B with Uptown Records. Whether you’re speaking on Guy, Al B. Sure, or Mary J and Jodeci, or Soul for Real and Monifah. The label merged to the two genres together perfectly. No disrespect to Mariah Carey, and after listening a second time I understood they were referencing her Pop status and how she used THAT to open the door to and showcase Hip Hop on a broader scale. All that said if you talk about Mariah Carey you have to include Mary J Blige. nothing any artists is doing now exsist if there wasn’t Mary j. Trust me other artists merged the two and a few did it well, Full Force being a major stand out in that comment, but it was something about what Mary J Blige did that made it feel normal. It was like a right of passage to connect with Mary J Blige. Wu, Duck Down, The Firm, Rocafella, Black Star, Common, Dre and many others made classic with the queen.

I want even begin to comment on how Jermaine Dupri should never be held as the reason Atlanta became hot. That’s Outkast and to a larger extant LaFace Records who let you know they were from Atalanta. I didn’t know Jermaine Dupri or Kriss Kross were from Atlanta until Outkast blew up… Fact.

The show felt rushed and to me all of this stems from the success of last year’s show that featured all female MCs. That had love and care written all over it, even when Diddy came and borderline hijacked the show. There was something about it that felt good. The reason it stopped in the first place was because Hip Hop doesn’t embrace it’s past or the people calling the shots don’t allow such a thing to go down.  That’s what made the first three or four Hip Hop Honors great, DJ Hollywood was honored… Some people still don’t consider him Hip Hop but once you find out what he’s famous for you understand that’s pure Hip Hop 101. VH1 lost it once they started looking to target a different audience while trying to keep it authentic. They learned what many Hip Hop people already know, just because you listen to the music doesn’t make you a part of the culture. Hip Hop Honors was less of an open invite and more of a window with the curtains drawn for all to see. Hip Hop will always be that because there’s so much going on all the time. The 90’s proved that more than any other decade. VH1 and any other network, I’m definitely talking about BET should really care about what they’re attempting to do when it comes to Hip Hop. The media will show love unless you totally drop the ball but the purist know phony ratings grabs and click bait when we see it.

Gregory Porter: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

I will admit as much I was and still am a listener of NPR I still find myself coming across stuff from them that is totally new to me. Tiny Desk Concert is one of those things. While going through things on Youtube, completely out of boredom waiting for game 2 of the NBA Finals to start, I saw Rapsody’s Tiny Desk Concert. Thought it was dope and then saw that this man had one as well. I’m Gregory Porter fan and feel his sound is needed in music.

July 18, 2016 by BOB BOILEN • Gregory Porter’s healing soul music sends a message of compassion, and he’s got a baritone voice that resonates love. When Porter visited NPR, we’d just learned that our colleague, photojournalist David Gilkey, had been killed while working on a story for NPR in Afghanistan. When Porter began singing the calmly beautiful “No Love Dying,” he may not have known how much it would mean to us. Yet this song of compassion and hope, from his Grammy-winning 2013 album Liquid Spirit, was just what we’d needed.

Porter and pianist Chip Crawford continued their thoughtful, entrancing set with “Take Me To The Alley” (the title track to Porter’s new album), a song about how we treat and think about those who live on society’s margins. Closing this Tiny Desk concert is “Don’t Be A Fool,” another new song of love, loyalty and trust. For us, Porter’s set provided a timely reminder that we can all use comfort, counsel and guidance — and that music can be serious and heartwarming without losing its sense of wonder and delight.

Set List:
“No Love Dying”
“Take Me To The Alley”
“Don’t Be A Fool”

Run DMC suing for tradema

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Word has it that Run DMC is suing many companies including big dogs WalMart and Amazon for trademark infringement. This makes sense given the fact that many stores sell merchandise with a band’s logo on it. One has to wonder if people even considered that using any band’s logo was a sign of trademark infringement? Moving away from the big companies and just speaking about the small sites that sell merchandise and those shorts are a major seller for them,does this make those sites look for the proper way to go about things or just continue until they’re caught?

what this ultimately does is now turn band branding into the jumbled mess a band’s music is in. At this point if Run DMC chose to watch shows and movies and charge those studios for wearing shirts with their logo they could. Professional sports do it all the time, same thing with sneaker companies. Why wouldn’t bands be allowed to do the same thing? Would such a move detour bootleggers from selling shirts with logos on them? Not at all, people are still selling bootleg albums, some people are selling mixtapes on Amazon which are nothing more than greatest hits collections. I hope Run DMC opens a door that should have been opened long ago, and would have been if record labels thought they could profit off trademarks as much as they do with music of the artists.

Day 1 Of What I Thought Was Hot This Year

Non Hip Hop Album: Anderson Paak:  Malibu

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First off what is crazy to me is that in a time where singers are routinely labeled as rappers Anderson Paak depending on who you talk to doesn’t fit the criteria.  Malibu is one of the best albums this year hands down. It’s soulful and deep with the essence of game peppered all over it.

Hip Hop Album: De La Soul: De La Soul and The Anonymous Nobody

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Even though we the public knew De La Soul was working an album. No one could have known that the album would have been so different in a good way. Let’s be real the highlight alone is the track with 2 Chainz. De La continues to grow as artists and this album is the newest testimonial to that.

Sunday Soul Session: Christmas Mix 8

 

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Totally going left field with the start of this year’s Christmas mix. Good music is good music, and I’m all about good music. Enjoy.

Kenny Rodgers & Dolly Parton – Winter Wonderland-Sleigh Ride
Lady Antebellum – Christmas
Blake Shelton feat.Kelly Clarkson – There’s A New Kid In Town
Alan Jackson – Just Put a Ribbon in Your Hair
Gary Allan – Please Come Home for Christmas
Alison Krauss – Only You Can Bring Me Cheer
Sam Bush – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Johnny Cash – The Christmas Guest
Carrie Underwood – What Child Is This
Reba McEntire – Away In a Manger
Toby Keith – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Alan Jackson – Let It Be Christmas
Loretta Lynn – Silver Bells
Darius Rucker – What God Wants for Christmas
Alabama – Little Drummer Boy
Patty Loveless – O Come All Ye Faithful
Reba McEntire – Silent Night

Black Ceezar: Black Friday 2016

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Given the fact that sooo much has happened this year, I felt like I had to be a bit more light with this year’s Black Friday mix. From the passing of people that shocked the globe like Prince, David Bowie and Phife Dawg and the many more celebrities and those in out personal lives. The police murdering unarmed men and women to those individuals who murdered police l. Then there’s the fact Trump who is our President elect. Music is my constant and I know it’s not just me. This is another good mix, enjoy.

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Tribe Called Quest – We The People….
De La Soul feat. 2Chainz – Whoodeeni
DITC feat. Fat Joe, A.G. & O.C. – It’s Cold Outside
Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – Jordans & a Gold Chain
Westside Gunn feat Action Bronson – Dudley Boyz
Rapper Big Pooh and Nottz – Jesus
Masta Ace feat. Your Old Droog – 3000 Avenue X
Black Star – You Already Knew
Common – Joy And Peace
Slum Village feat J Dilla – Reunion
Rapsody feat. Raphael Saadiq – Gonna Miss You
David Banner and 9th Wonder – No Denying
Moss feat. Eternia – Day & Night
Pete Rock feat. CL Smooth – Back On The Block
Kanye West feat. Talib Kweli and Common – Get Em High
Reflection Eternal feat. Vinia Mojica – The Blast
Little Brother – Whatever You Say (remix)
Tableek of Maspyke – Summer In The City
88 Keys – True Feelings
Chance The Rapper – Blessings