Tag Archives: Purple Rain

PURPLE MONUMENT TRIBUTES 4 PRINCE!

PURPLE MONUMENT TRIBUTES 4 PRINCE!

Rest In Power Brother Prince Rogers Nelson… On April 21st last year when Prince passed away, the loss was felt around the world for days afterwards, as exemplified by these photos below:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE – A FUNKY CELEBRATION FOR A KING

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE – A FUNKY CELEBRATION FOR A KING

Living 57 years is great, but if he were still here, he’d be 58.  The ‘Controversy’ concerning his estate is a disgrace. People with a ‘Dirty Mind’, making claims to what he created, ‘Must Be Something in the Water They Drink.’

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REFLECTING ON PRINCE – A MONTH AFTER

REFLECTING ON PRINCE – A MONTH AFTER

It’s been a month yet it’s still very much in the forefront of my mind.  Although he was not an actual friend, he was a very dear companion to me through his music, as he was to millions.  My last entry on him was merely a mention of his latest release “Hit-N-Run: Phase 2.”

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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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NEW FUNK FROM PRINCE

NEW FUNK FROM PRINCE

Prince is releasing not one, but 2 new albums this fall.  Expected for release on September 30th, “Art Official Age,” is a solo project and “Plectrumelectrum,” is the long anticipated project that features 3rdEyeGirl.  Friends and fans may already have seen the video for the previously released single, “Breakfast Can Wait,” which features Dave Chapelle on the cover art – if not, go here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHbyNrGXpAA

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THE FUNKIEST VALENTINE

THE FUNKIEST VALENTINE

I believe the best Valentine’s Day gift is not the giving of cards and chocolates, but expressions of communication and clear thoughts.  Like every year since we’ve been together, that was the exchange of gifts that my wife and I shared yesterday.

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FUNKY BIOPICS: Films on Black Superstars – Hendrix, Franklin and Jackson

FUNKY BIOPICS: Films on Black Superstars – Hendrix, Franklin and Jackson

 

 

It’s official, Andre 3000 of OutKast, real name Andre Benjamin has been cast to portray Jimi Hendrix in the biopic “All Is By My Side.”  Benjamin’s name was mentioned a few years ago about taking on the role, but rumors died after about a month or so.  “All Is By My Side” will be set in the 1960s just before the release of Jimi’s debut album “Are You Experienced.”

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THE FUNKIEST TOP-20 SOUNDTRACKS OF ALL TIME – FUNKALICIOUS 105

THE FUNKIEST TOP-20 SOUNDTRACKS OF ALL TIME – FUNKALICIOUS 105

 

Since I hit 100 blogs without realizing it, I figured I do something special for blog #105.  The following list of LPs/ CDs are the FUNKIEST Soundtracks of all time according to www.funkaliciousblog.com – while all albums may not be comprised of all FUNK music, they are unquestionably FUNKY!  Now, put on your favorite soundtrack, go ahead put it on…  Let’s take a ride down memory lane and reminisce about what made you feel good when you heard any of these musical FUNKY gems.

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Prince in the City – Madison Square Garden

Prince in the City – Madison Square Garden

Prince proved to thousands last week that purple still reigns. After two nights at the Izod Center in NJ (12/15 & 17), his highness took the stage of Madison Square Garden (MSG) on December 18th.

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Purple Passion!

Purple Passion!

 
I don’t believe anyone would dispute the unique FUNK stylings of Prince when it comes to his music. Simply a master musician, he’s been categorized as a “Pop / Rock” artist for the most part. His first release, “For You,” was a refreshing contribution to music. It featured songs like “Soft and Wet” and “Crazy You,” which offered a kind of latent hippie sort of vibe. It was the FUNKY rhythm of his first hit, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” from his second self-titled album, that perked up the ears of the R&B community.

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