Tag Archives: The Roots

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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THE FUNKALICIOUS 25 FOR 2014

THE FUNKALICIOUS 25 FOR 2014

There was a lot of FUNKY Music this year!  Not limited to the genre of FUNK, several icons and legends in music released new albums, as well as some of music’s newer FUNKY artists.  Here’s the FUNKALICIOUS list for 2014…

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An Open Letter to D’Angelo – insideplaya

An Open Letter to D’Angelo – insideplaya

Recently my friend Gary Harris, who happens to be a former EMI A&R exec, has been criticized and bashed by several fans and other outlets on the web.  One who introduced me to the music of D’Angelo back in 1992 prior to it’s release while I was at WBLS, he wrote an open letter to the artist, expressing a personal point of view.

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J. COLE VS. KANYE: FUNKIN’ HIP-HOP TODAY & YESTERDAY

J. COLE VS. KANYE: FUNKIN’ HIP-HOP TODAY & YESTERDAY

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.

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MISSING THE FUNKIEST MOMENT

MISSING THE FUNKIEST MOMENT

The FUNKIEST moment is being there, in the moment, not recording it.  I watched Oprah Winfrey’s address to Harvard University online last night.  One being able to have the opportunity to hear a person of her caliber, success and expertise in a private setting speak, is rare.  When moments like this occur, you should really be in tune and focused, not recording it.

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My Top 10 for Music in 2010

My Top 10 for Music in 2010

How can I let 2010 (10) go by w/o listing my Top-10 favorite CDs? While the Top-10 list for many of us has taken a back seat to more pressing things in life, I believe it’s because there’s been less music that’s been inspiring for us to mention.

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Don’t Funkin’ Touch Compared To What

Don’t Funkin’ Touch Compared To What

Some songs and movies should simply not be done over. There are too many classics that have been covered or selected for re-makes, that would have been better off left alone. A remake or a cover of a song should bring new life to it, if not give it a new birth.

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