Tag Archives: Hip Hop

The FUNKALICIOUS “Dirty 30” – Music We Loved in 2016

The FUNKALICIOUS “Dirty 30” – Music We Loved in 2016

So I have either heard these albums in their entirety and listened to them incessantly; heard one or a few tracks; heard of or know of the artist; LOVE the artist, or got a recommendation to listen to the album, from a fellow music enthusiast.  Steeped in FUNK, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Pop and Hip-Hop, this is Thee (in no particular order) FUNKALICIOUS List of Music for 2016 – ENJOY!!!

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WHAT THE FUNK! My Current State of Mind

WHAT THE FUNK! My Current State of Mind

Above all, I’m grateful for my blessings, I can truly say that.  This coward that took the lives of so many innocent people in Orlando should not be called a terrorist.  It was a horrific occurrence, and while I do consider acts of violence terrorist acts, this weakling for lack of better description isn’t worthy.

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Funk Ad(d)s Up To Dollars – Part 9: All About The Isleys

Funk Ad(d)s Up To Dollars – Part 9: All About The Isleys

I just featured The Isley Brothers in this series in “Part Seven” http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/11/16/funk-add-up-to-dollar-pt-even/  It seems like I blinked and here comes that sound… of FUNK, again.  Phillips Norelco uses the group’s hit “It’s Your Thing,” to accent a man’s shaving prowess, which results in his face being fresher than that of his lady… http://www.ispot.tv/ad/Aw_Y/philips-norelco-getting-ready 

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THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

THE GRAMMYS ARE COMING!!!

The 58th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  A couple months ago, I wrote about a few artists I believed were worthy of recognition, and they’re all among the artists nominated…

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BLACK & WHITE GRAMMY FUNK!!!

BLACK & WHITE GRAMMY FUNK!!!

There are four Grammy nominees that chose black & white for their album covers that I have written about in this blog previously.  This is just a hats off and Congratulations to Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo and The Weeknd, on being recognized for their brand of FUNK.

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THE FUNKY TOP-10 FOR 2015

THE FUNKY TOP-10 FOR 2015

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.

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MY DEFINITION OF FUNK: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

MY DEFINITION OF FUNK: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

FUNK IS GOOD!  FUNK is everything you think is Funky, and it doesn’t matter, if nobody else is Groovin’ to it – can ya dig it.  FUNK is UNIVERSAL, and it’s the FUNKY string of the universe, that ties us all together.  FUNK can be the stench from a dumpster, but my favorite FUNK, is the musical genre.  Louis Jordan is the Troglodyte of FUNK music!  “The Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, is the quintessential Pioneer of FUNK!  Sly Stone, is the Godfather of FUNK and Rick James is the King of Funk-n-Roll.  The collective artists of PARLIAMENT – FUNKADELIC featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, took FUNK into the stratosphere, while Kool and the Gang kept it Dirty and Down to Earth…

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DRE’S NEW “COMPTON” FUNK!

DRE’S NEW “COMPTON” FUNK!

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.

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HIP-HOP (Hooray) for HOLLYWOOD – RZA & Azealia Do “Coco”

HIP-HOP (Hooray) for HOLLYWOOD – RZA & Azealia Do “Coco”

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.

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THE UNIVERSAL HIP-HOP MUSEUM

THE UNIVERSAL HIP-HOP MUSEUM

The Museum of UnCut Funk (TMOUF) supports The Universal Hip-Hop Museum (UHHM), as it seeks to open the doors of an actual facility, in the Bronx this September.  Like TMOUF, UHHM, currently lives and operates online.

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20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

In the midst of societal ills and personal challenges I look to family and music for solace. Holy Moly! There are a few things that I am remiss about discovering at this juncture and some new releases and tunes forthcoming that I’m very excited to hear. Music serves as therapy for me, and is and will always be, the universal language that conjoins the hearts and minds of humanity.

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Azealia’s New FUNK!

Azealia’s New FUNK!

Azealia Banks’ debut album, “Broke With Expensive Taste,” hit i-tunes and Spotify on November 6th.  Ever since her track “212” dropped in 2011, I’ve been looking forward to a full length project.  Interscope records picked her up soon after the single was released, but dropped her this past July.  The label released her EP “1991” in the Spring of 2012, and her mixtape “Fantasea,” followed it two months later.

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T.I.’s Next MC? Remy’s Out! Where Shawna At? & 16 Funkalicious Fatales

T.I.’s Next MC? Remy’s Out! Where Shawna At? & 16 Funkalicious Fatales

In five days Oxygen’s new series “Sisterhood of Hip-Hop” hits the tube.  A new show from the mind of T.I., the tagline is “Chasing the Dream, Changing the Game.”  While chasing the dream is all too real, it remains to be seen if any of these “up and comers” will “change the game.”  The 5 cast members are: Brianna Perry, Nyemiah Supreme, Diamond, Bia and Siya.  The show will have special appearances of established talents, Pharrell, Rick Ross, Eve, Lil Jon, Irv Gotti, Tank and Travie McCoy.

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15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released.  This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous.  While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted.  (click on photo above for full view)

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WTF FORBES! Stay In Your Lane – Dope Female MC’s

WTF FORBES! Stay In Your Lane – Dope Female MC’s

Given my last blog and props to T.I.’s latest artist of promise that is Iggy, I felt the need for a follow-up due to Forbes’ blatant pop-cultural faux pas.  A writer, whose name won’t be mentioned, recently put his foot in his mouth and felt a need to retract and apologize.  Forbes is a financial publication, not XXL or an authority on pop-culture, and certainly not hip-hop.

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NEW FUNKY MUSIC

NEW FUNKY MUSIC

There’s a lot of new music out there!  Now, all new music isn’t necessarily good or FUNKY, but here’s some that is… acknowledging “Ladies First”, out of the world of hip-hop, is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea.  An Australian recording artist and model from Mullumbimby, New South Wales, she’s got “It.”

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The New AIR-Jordans/ The Death of “DETOX”

The New AIR-Jordans/ The Death of “DETOX”

Dr. Dre is about to get PAID! As the hoopla of Solange assaulting Jay-Z dies down, the glory of the first billionaire rap star is the talk of the town.  Apple’s no dummy, they see kids – their employees – wearing Beats as opposed to the ear bugs they provide for their customers.

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FUNKIN’ SNOOP DOGG

FUNKIN’ SNOOP DOGG

I love Calvin Broadus aka Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, aka Snoopzilla!?!? Ah yeah, you thought Sean Combs was the only one that could dub himself multiple names, think again. Snoop Dogg has been doing his thang now for 20 years. Known around the world for his music as a rapper and a force in hip-hop, Snoop has released an album in tribute to FUNK.

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BOOTSY’S FOR THE PEOPLE — The Bootsy Collins Interview

BOOTSY’S FOR THE PEOPLE — The Bootsy Collins Interview

Bootsy Collins is working on a song and has plans to shoot a video for the Food-Pantry “OUR DAILY BREAD.”  “They feed hungry people every single day,” says Collins, who’s contacted other musicians to aid him with the cause.  “Midnightstar & Eddie Levert (of the) Ojays are onboard to help me lay it all down for the people,” Bootsy remarked on his Facebook page.  The FUNK legend and friends expect to start shooting the video this Wednesday, August 21st — more  details to follow ala FB.

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ROCK FUNKS IN BROOKLYN — UNLOCKING THE TRUTH ARE DOPE!

ROCK FUNKS IN BROOKLYN — UNLOCKING THE TRUTH ARE DOPE!

There’s not a lot I can say that the video doesn’t do already.  I just wanted to post it here at Funkalicious so as many people as possible could encounter this new music, and enable visitors to The Museum of UnCut Funk the opportunity to experience the incredible band called Unlocking The Truth.  I live in the same New York borough as they do, but it was a post on a friend’s Facebook page from Alaska that brought them to my attention.

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