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.
Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee dropped at the top of the year. The phrase “It was a very good year” certainly applies for the tune, as it’s the most viewed video of all time on YouTube, with nearly 4.5 billion hits. Now it’s nominated for three Grammy Awards.
Daniel Caesar is nominated for Best R&B Album at next year’s Grammy ceremony. One of several R&B talents that have emerged out of Canada, Caesar is an independent artist, in this streaming age of music. Liken to fellow Canadians, Justin Beiber and The Weeknd, his fan base spawned from the Internet.
Racism is alive and casting lots of un-wellness among the people of our nation. While millions find it hard to believe… “Stay Woke,” as it’s when one is blind that ye suffers most. Through it all – racism then and now – multi-millions come together through music…
The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana and Future are among the biggest names in music today. The backgrounds of these five men are as diverse, as various genres of music, yet they’re all ‘King(s) of Pop’ music and culture.
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.”
Despite the ongoing racist rhetoric, lies, homophobic actions and misogynistic manner of a sexual predator posing as a Christian that occupies our White House, millions that voted for him still support and glorify his actions. This of course can only mean that the steadfast supporters, are just as despicable and delusional as he is, or blind and ignorant to his true plight – the advancement of Trump.
The trailer for “Black Panther” debuted during the play-offs, and the super-hero/ black action movie lover tribe, beat drums of joy throughout the matrix of the universe. Here’s the trailer…
Last week Roger Moore passed away. Admittedly not my favorite “James Bond,” he gets nothing but props for holding down the franchise, and taking on the role more than any other actor. Moore himself, expressed that Daniel Craig is the “Best Bond,” in his opinion. I’ve enjoyed Craig’s performances as well. His delivery in “Casino Royale” solidified the re-boot of the franchise and I think “Skyfall” is the best Bond feature of all.
Just off the set with Digable Planets and Ro James, among others at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater, for ATL’s Funk Fest, Erykah Badu brought the heat to the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans this Memorial Day weekend on the 28th.
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:
Some Must See’s for me this year ranging from horror, to reality to fantasy, I’m just dropping trailers of those that apply…
Any given car owner that’s ever paid attention to law enforcement practices, knows that there’s a spike in tickets issued by police, during holiday season. This is a nationwide practice. Any precinct across these 50 states would deny it, but practically any given person’s 3 to 6 degrees of separation of knowing a cop, confirms it.
My initial idea for this piece was to describe those in its title. I became part of a stream that featured them instead, enabling us to read their thoughts, as they scribed their ideas and beliefs themselves. From a friend’s Facebook page who realized she’s going to have to re-evaluate some friends…
The city of Boston should be thanking their lucky stars for the wholesome home-style delicious culinary goodness of Flour. I don’t usually write blogs about food, this will be my third, because I think it’s warranted. The tale of good food MUST be shared.
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.
The handwritings been on the wall for some time now. Once the advent of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes came into existence, the evolution of decriminalization and recreational use, was on its way – now it’s arrived.
“Jitney” is a triumph for the great playwright August Wilson, director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the cast and Broadway! It opened this past Thursday and features a brilliant ensemble cast.
Blink-182, Gallant, Lukas Graham, Mike Posner, PartyNextDoor and SOJA are all among the Grammy Award nominees for 2017. Recently I did an article on the fact that Blink has never won a Grammy. The veterans in music among those mentioned, it’s their first time among Grammy nominees, I’m hoping their CD “California” is their “Golden Ticket” for Best Rock Album. http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2016/10/03/didnt-blink-182-win-a-grammy-a-musical-yorn/