I like to drop my FUNKIEST MUSIC list of the year prior to the Grammy nominations. As the announcements are this morning, I’m always curious, to see how the academy will measure up – Yeah I said it! The eighth year for a FUNKALICIOUS Top Album list it’s varied from 10 to 25.
I’ll generally have a diverse collection of talent featured, but this year I’ve kept it tight at ten, and close to the actual essence of FUNK featuring R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz & Blues. Honorable mentions will include other genres.
In case you missed it, Prince’s “Hit N Run,” was just that. It came and went so quick heads didn’t even know it dropped. In this humble Prince fans opinion, it was one of his best, in recent years. For more… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/09/19/a-passion-4-prince-hit-n-run/
Andra Day can currently be seen, with Stevie Wonder who discovered her, in a holiday commercial for Apple. The two are singing Wonder’s classic “Someday At Christmas” surrounded by children. Some may want to put her in the R&B box, but she’s far more talented, as her debut release “Cheers to the Fall,” unquestionably proves.
Dr. Dre finally dropped an album after 16 years. A DOPE release titled “Compton,” it hit the streets in conjunction with his movie co-produced by Ice Cube, “Straight Outta Compton.” For more… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/08/07/dres-new-compton-funk/
Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly,” is one of the best albums of the decade, let alone in Hip-Hop. Videos that enhance the release were gritty and beautiful – watch a few here… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/03/16/new-kendrick-lamar-features-the-music-of-the-isley-brothers/
“Lalah Hathaway LIVE” is a velvety smooth ride. Hathaway’s vocals have only gotten better with time, as she delivers her hits, songs from her father, and a cover of Anita Baker’s “Angel,” among others. It’s not a Christmas CD, but it’s PERFECT, for the holidays – PICK IT UP. I got my autographed copy through her Pledge campaign and I’m so happy that she’s a talent I have a rapport with.
Jazmine Sullivan’s third effort “Reality Show” came like a thief in the night. Since the diva announced she was retiring, she’s gotten minimal push from the machine that is the music industry, but her junior effort measures up to her freshman and sophomore albums.
“Know It-All” is Alessia Cara’s debut album. She makes this list primarily due to her single “Here,” that my friend Penny turned me on to, and the fact that she brings so much to the table at the tender age of 19. Straight outta Canada, her EP was titled “Four Pink Walls,” she’s one to watch.
Another one to watch is Sheefy out of Detroit. A new true talent he’s a music and visual artist. His releases include: “Sonic Disruption” and “Detroit Slim” – links below. Muse, The Weeknd, Adele, Tyrese & Florence and the Machine are all to be commended and recognized for their artistic efforts. Below are links to blogs regarding music and artist that I’ve dropped throughout the year…
New music I’m looking forward to are David Bowie’s “Blackstar” and Missy Elliott’s forthcoming yet untitled release that is expected to feature the single “WTF (Where They From)” w/ Pharrell… http://www.missy-elliott.com/wtf
A Rolling Stone article from Timbaland on Missy’s new music… http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/timbaland-on-new-missy-elliott-album-we-got-the-bullet-in-the-gun-20140729
FUNKALICIOUS MUSIC FOR:
for the LOVE of FUNK and Good Music