April 22, 2015
Multi-Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony has created hits for many of your favorite musicians: Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michelle and many more (naming them will take up this whole post)! Now the duo has stepped out of the background and is now making hit music as the group Louis York!
Recently performing at Will Smith's launch party for the upcoming DC Comic all-star cast movie Suicide Squad, SWSX, and VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live", Louis York is keeping the momentum going with the release of their debut music video, Clair Huxtable (previously premiered on Fader)!
Yes, Phyllis Rashad's iconic character from the 90's weekly show, The Cosby's. If you were a child of the 90's, you would know Clair Huxtable was everything! She was the firm, funny, and regal matriarch of Cosby's household with the "flowy" hair (Oh I so miss the 90's)....
April 15, 2015
With a conversational flow reminiscent of the 90's hip-hop trio Digable Planets, what is there not to love about Oakland, California native and femece Stoni latest single Good2U? Produced by Ace Dizzy, Good2U features Stoni lyrically confessing her love for her mate while Janet Jackson's 1993 sultry R&B classic "Anytime, Anyplace" sample provides the musical backdrop.
Check out Stoni's first single Good2U from her upcoming debut EP- Exhale, and share your thoughts on the video and the song!
April 9, 2015
One of California's biggest music and art festivals, Coachella is going down tomorrow (April 10-12 & April 17-19, 2015)! Unfortunately, me and thousands of music lovers worldwide cannot make it to the festival to see live performances from Alabama Shakes, Flying Lotus, Florence + the Machine and so many more musicians!
But fret not, Coachella made it easy for everyone to experience the festival live from the comforts of home, work or anywhere with their YouTube channel unleashed by T-Mobile.
Known as one of YouTube's longest running live streaming music festivals, Coachella made it fun and interactive for you to enjoy and be a part of the festival by adding a few new features: customize your avatar with Coachella graphics, schedule live streaming of the festival, view the musicians profile, have access to the interactive map of the festival grounds and more cool things that will be revealed soon...
For more information, check out Coachella's YouTube channel and visit Coachella's website! Get the fringe, jean shorts and face paint ready...
April 7, 2015
2015 is still proving to be the year 90's R&B musicians revival! The two sets of talented brothers JoJo, K-Ci, Mr. Dalvin and DeVante Swing released their fourth anticipated album The Past, The Present, The Future.
I'm going to keep it real, I was a little hesitant to listen to the album because the two singles they are pushing (Every Moment and Nobody Wins) didn't really wow me! Come on, we are talking Jodeci, an iconic group that set the stage for present R&B and I expect them to bring it!
But nonetheless, I listened to the 12 track album and was pleasantly surprised to what I was hearing! A few songs that I have on repeat are: Timbaland co-produced tracks Those Things (reference their own classic hits) and Incredible (the intro sounds like Stokley from Mint Condition). A few more tracks I'm constantly listening are Checkin For You, the R&B club infused track Body Parts featuring Mila J (her singing on the 808's make the song dope), and a true Jodeci track-Stress Reliever!
Big props to super producer and the musical brains behind Jodeci, DeVante Swing. He may be in the background, but his production for this album is on point! Using minimal samples, 808's and nice R&B beats that kept the reminisce of the classic sound of Jodeci. Let's not forget DeVante Swing was the creative force behind the super talented collective Swing Mob/Da Basement which groomed musicians Missy Elliott, Ginuwine Tweet, Playa, Timbaland (whom produced on the album) and more...
March 19, 2015
|Is that a judge on the ground???|
I remember you was conflicted, misusing ya’ influence, sometimes I did the same, abusing my power full of resentment, resentment that turned into a deep depression. Found myself screaming in the hotel room, I didn’t want to self-destruct…
The above words are repetitively heard throughout Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp a Butterfly! The sixteen track album (including two interludes) sound comprises of soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop thanks to producers, Fly Lo, Pharrell, Taz Arnold, Soundwave and more..
K.Dot (aka The young, and wise beyond his years poet for the streets) pushes the hip hop limits on To Pimp a Butterfly as he use his lyrics to shed light on his strong belief in the supreme being, the streets, race, and politics. Usually I’m turned off by musicians having a lot of features on albums, but on To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick choose the “right” features; Philly’s own Bilal, Anna Wise (who was on Kendrick’s previous album), Ronald Isley, Lalah Hathaway, Snoop Dogg, Robert Glasper, Thundercat and more..