2017 was a good year for music. Although I’m sure there’s more to hear, what I got in, was all good! What I’m really happy about, is the essence of FUNK, in so much of what I liked.
A Tribe Called Quest and Aminé dropped my two favorite albums in hip-hop this year! Sure I’m feeling Jay-Z’s “4:44,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn,” and Rhapsody’s “Laila’s Wisdom,” however when reaching for rap to listen to…
“Life is full of ups and downs… the carousels of love. Good times, bad times, smiles and frowns… Don’t give up on me…,” are words uttered by Damian Marley on his latest release “Stony Hill.” His 6th album, his brother Stephen joins him, on the songs “Medication,” “Grown & Sexy,” and “Perfect Picture.”
Bruno Mars is without question a Funk-A-Teer! He recently wrecked stages at the Grammy and iHeart awards, kicking off an International tour later this month, this weekend he does two nights in Vegas. I’ve been feeling Mars’ music since his collaboration w/ B.o.B. on “They’ve Got Nothing on You.” Now he’s a worldwide sensation.
Prince’s release “Hit N Run,” was a definite favorite of mine last year… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/12/07/the-funky-top-10-for-2015/ – Now his majesty has followed it up with “Hit N Run: Phase Two”…
Forty years ago this February, President Gerald Ford, was the first to recognize “Black History Month.” This period of acknowledgement evolved from “Negro History Week,” that was created by historian Carter G. Woodson, and other prominent African-Americans. This installment of the FUNKALICIOUS blog, is a retrospective of some American and Internatinal “Black” History accomplishments and occurrences, throughout 2015…
All true Prince friends, fans and admirers don’t believe he makes any bad music, we just like some of his albums more than others. I honestly have not heard all of his releases, in their entirety over the past several years, but his latest CD “HIT n RUN” is FUN!
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.
Patti LaBelle is back on Broadway this month! Appearing in the stage production of “After Midnight,” she fills in where Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton and Fantasia have all taken bows, opposite Dule Hill http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/02/25/vanessa-williams-funks-up-broadway-again/. Her run goes through June 29th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
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.
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.
Who’s Hot in Hip-Hop? Where’s Real Hip-Hop At? Questions those seeking always hear and will pose from time to time. It’s ALIVE and doing just fine. While there’s only some that appeals to me, ALL of it never did. There’s “rappers” out there that want to dis MCs for combining singing with rap, when rap is what R&B is today. I enjoy both, those that give it to me straight and those that flow with a melody.
Let’s try this again… some where along the course of blogging I made an error, as the blog I anticipated would hold the first position on the eighth page of the Funkalicious Blog, ended up as the fourth one? I don’t know, but it gives me an excuse to talk about FUNKY #9. How can a number be FUNKY you may be thinking…
Here is an update to my previous post on the highly anticipated documentary Free Angela And All Political Prisoners (click here to read)….the film is being distributed by Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate, and will open on April 5, 2013 exclusively in select AMC theatres in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Oakland, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z are the producers for the films “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” and “Annie.” This marks Jay-Z’s company’s first two efforts in film. In addition to starring in movies like “Independence Day”, “Enemy of the State”, “Wild Wild West”, “Ali”, “I Am Legend” and the franchise projects “Men in Black”; “Bad Boys”; “Hancock” and “I-Robot”…
I believe Jeymes Samuel is an artist on the rise to watch. The frontman for the group The Bullitts, Samuel is a producer/singer/songwriter and filmmaker.
Free Angela And Other Political Prisoners is a new documentary produced by Shola Lynch that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. Lynch is best known for her 2005 documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed, on Shirley Chisholm’s historic 1972 Presidential run, which won a peabody award in 2006.
It is official. Barack is still a rock star. He still gets all the cool celebs to support him. Here are the campaign songs that were created for Barack’s 2012 Presidential campaign.
When riding the subway train yesterday, as I sat down, I noted a young man sitting across from me wearing a New York Knicks cap. At the same time, I could see my own reflection, as I was wearing a Brooklyn Nets cap. Liken to one of the titles of a CD released by one of the Nets owners, I thought the dynamic of two basketball teams for NYC are a Gift and a Curse.
Everybody say YEAH YEAH! I say oh HELL to the YEAH. FELA! is back for a limited run on broadway through August, 4th. If for some reason, like me, you are one of the few that missed the original run of this show you have been granted a once in a lifetime second chance to see something amazing that will transform you.