Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre, has dropped his new album “Compton”. The release came like a thief in the night, with minimal promotion and fanfare, just before the movie “Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters.
Back in the day, “Krush Groove”, was the quintessential hip-hop flick. It was released through Warner Brothers studios in 1985, one year after the success of Prince’s “Purple Rain”, and starred his then protégé and companion Sheila E. Although rap and the culture of hip-hop, are rooted in advocating anti-establishment values and not “selling out”, ever since “Boyz N’ the Hood”, it’s been all about cashing in.
BB King is undisputedly one of the greatest Blues musicians that has ever lived. I got to meet and talk to him when he was promoting his album “Deuces Wild.” The release features covers of his hits, and he’s joined by the likes of D’Angelo, Van Morrison, Tracy Chapman, Eric Clapton, Mick Hucknall, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Joe Cocker, Marty Stuart, the Rolling Stones, and Willie Nelson.
Stax Records officially began in 1960. A company, that evolved from Satellite Records three years prior, the Stax Museum formed in the late 90’s. A group of community leaders, philanthropists and former Stax employees formed the Soulsville Foundation, to revitalize the area, provide mentoring and music-focused educational opportunities for neighborhood children, and open a museum to tell the Stax story.
The following are 10 songs recorded over the past 80 years, that express the sentiment of not being tied down, or succumbing to the “establishment.” For True Independence – Enjoy!
Bill Withers is a living legend. He is unquestionably, the most regular famous guy, I have had the fortune to talk to. When Sony/ Columbia Records released a greatest hits collection of his music titled, “The Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me” back in 2000, I had the honor of doing a phoner interview with him.
Taraji’s “trending”… Why? Apart from Ms. Henson’s “Empire” success, she’ll soon grace the cover of W magazine, and she’s giving the flavor of “The Boss.” The Inquisiter, People, US Weekly, Extra, Yahoo and Facebook, are all talking about her look.
This is a follow-up to my initial thoughts on the actions of Rachel Dolezal. In lieu of her Fakin’ the FUNK, I simply want to display her false reality, accompanied by reactions to her delusion.
As long as I’ve been alive there’s been war. Taken from npr.org: “The U.S. is going to deploy more military trainers to Iraq. President Obama has approved sending 450 more Americans in the effort to take back Anbar province from the self-proclaimed Islamic State. That’s the largely Sunni region which stretches west from Baghdad to the border with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Iraqi government forces have done poorly against ISIS.”
Every so often a new talent comes along with a means of expression that surpasses the average that currently exist. Up and coming artist, Tashif “Sheefy” Turner, fits that description. Straight outta Detroit, here’s a taste, that will forever reign as a mark of his beginnings…
After years of oppression and discrimination that black people have endured, a white woman has benefited from these atrocities. Born and raised as a white person, Rachel Dolezal who’s the President of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, appears to genuinely believe she’s actually a black woman.
This year marks the 20th year for the Essence Music Festival!!! An INCREDIBLE FUNKIN’ event, it started out as a celebration, for Essence magazine’s 25th anniversary. After the first year, it was clear, at the very least another was required.
UBER has been consistently growing city to city and around the world since its inception in 2009. Today I saw a sign as I was on my way to the supermarket, where they were offering “Free Gas,” for their drivers and as a means of recruiting new drivers.
“What Now?” is Kevin Hart’s fifth major LIVE stand-up outing. I had the fortune to attend the second set on his stop in Boston last night at TD Garden — he killed it. I LOVE comedy shows! Over the years I’ve seen Paul Mooney, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, each of them two or more times.
On Saturday, June 7th of 2014, Tracy Morgan’s limo bus was pulverized by a Walmart tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, as it was in route to New York after a performance in Delaware. Morgan’s friend and comedy writer, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, was killed in the accident. Morgan himself experienced brain trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs, from the tragic occurrence.
Saw a story on Atlanta Blackstar’s website about black film directors. A good overview of these mavericks, I wanted to share and archive it, here in the Funkalicious blog…
Louis Johnson, of the Brother’s Johnson discovered by Quincy Jones, passed away on May 21st. Truly one I was blessed to have met, and got to interview about his life and music, he was unquestionably one of the FUNKIEST to ever hold a bass guitar.