Friday, December 28, 2007

Discipline Tracklisting?

Heres the rumored tracklisting for the upcoming Janet album entitled Discipline set to drop on the 26th of February. "Feedback" was recently rushed released to itunes 3 weeks before its even scheduled to hit radio, i guess miss Jackson is out for blood this time around..Now as far as i kno this is only the rumored tracklisting so its a chance it could be the hopefull wishing of a bored and lonely stan, ugh isnt there a Noahs Arc episode to be watched or something?...but anyhoo along with the listings you can see the producers to each what do u guys think about it?

1. "Lessons Learnt (Discipline Intro)" (produced by Rodney Jerkins)
2. "Naughty Naughty" (produced by Rodney Jerkins)
3. "Feedback" (produced by Rodney Jerkins & D'Mile)
4. "Let Me Know When" (produced by Jazze Pha and Jermaine Dupri)
5. "Your Way" (Interlude) (produced by Pharrell Williams)
6. "All Up" (produced by Pharrell Williams)
7. "Between Me & You" (featuring Maroon 5) (produced by Johnta Austin)
8. "Creep (Interlude)" (produced by Polow da Don)
9. "High" (produced by Polow da Don)
10. "Leave It" (produced by Rodney Jerkins & D'Mile)
11. "Steady Hands" (produced by Jermaine Dupri)
12. "Class (Interlude)" (produced by Pharrell Williams)
13. "Deeper" (produced by Pharrell Williams)
14. "To The End" (produced by Ne-Yo)
15. "I'll Always" (produced by Johnta Austin)
16. "Low" (produced by Jazze Pha)
17. "Dismissed (Discipline Outro)" (produced by Rodney Jerkins)

Now i could careless about this cocktail of producers any other time, but for Janet i think it will work nicely...and its GREAT to see Jermaines name up there only twice, lawd knows thats too many as it is tho....Im interested to hear that maroon 5 callabo, and if it were 2001 i would say the same about the songs produced by Pharrell Williams, but since its 2007 they will most likely sound like every other underwhelming zing pop powie soundin track hes produced in the past 5 years.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Throwback Thursday

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Hey readers, I LOVE old school music and truthfully I listen to it more than the popular music of today, so i figured id share some of the stuff i have in heavy rotation with you guys...reminisce, discover new-old music, or just jam out..but either way, every Thursday will bring a different throwback song that Ive been listening to, i figured we gotta get some type of consistency in this joint...By throwback, NO I'm NOT talkin about a SWV song or an old Badboy artist...This week we have Miss Loleatta Holloway with her 1970s hit "Dreamin"...Ive ALWAYS loved the over the top sass of this song, and of course the back up...with lyrics like "I see that look in your eyes when he walks by...I know you wanna touch him but honey don't u try...Cuzz u dont stand a snow balls chance in hell, you'll make out better trying to unring a bell" you CANT HELP but do a neck roll and a finger snap...see...SASS!

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Mary Debuts Big

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This week the numbers came in for the Billboard 200 and it warms the heart to report that Mary J has pushed nearly 630,000 units to come in at number 2 (Damn that Groban!). While I would have LOVED for her to come in at Number 1, id take a number 2 pushin over a half a mil than a number 1 during a low sales week pushin only 100k. This is an AMAZING triumph especially considering that this time around Mary didnt have a "Be Without You" type success of her first single, as a matter of fact "Just Fine" didnt even crack the top 20 (although it is climbing) on the hot 100 so Miss Blige doin over a half a million in one week is something BIG and only shows that the lil engine that could is now the fiercest thing on the tracks...and now that Jay is stepping down, can someone please tie Rihanna to them?

Dwele Readies New Album

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So alots been going on in the past week, folks May or May Not have been getting touched, babies are havin babies and Jay's finally tired of Pullin a Diddy on half of the Def Jam roster...but in news I actually give a shit about...Dwele is gearing up a new album! he talks with about the direction and the sound of the new album along with the excitement that comes along with a Grammy nomination..Heres the snippet...

"Dwele describes the as-yet-untitled album as "kind of a mixture. I have a couple songs that are more radio-friendly, but I'm actually trying to take my time and elevate. It's all about going with the music and trying to follow that."

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays from RhythmicWords!

Hey readers, I just wanna wish you all a very safe and a very blessed holiday with friends and loved ones..i hope u all get what u need and desire and experience all the love and togetherness u can handle! lol merry Christmas everyone :-)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New Michael Jackson ft Kanye West

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Thriller album, Michael Jackson will release a new edition of the album in February with remixes, rare recordings and other good stuff. Heres the remix to "Billie Jean" which is produced by Mr West himself. I personally was expecting more, or atleast something new and creative, just slapping the bassline from "Stronger" on the original song is not my idea of a remix, or atleast a good one.... I have to thank my brother in bloggatry Showtime over at Talk of the Town for sending me this one...many thanks! check it out and tell me what u think, I pretty much could live without it.

Michael Jackson ft. Kanye West - Billie Jean

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Rhythmic's TOP 10 ALBUMS OF '07

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This year has brought us many musical heartbreaks, a slew of one hit wonders, a shockingly GOOD album from Britney and an endless supply of ugly rappers with no talent (its like, whats the use?!?!)..There has been a hand full of albums thats been worth keeping the faith over! This is my 3rd year doing my top 10 albums list, first on Rhythmicwords, so if u wanna take a gander at 2005 and 2006 than u go right ahead, but kno that i do look back at a few selections like goldfrapp on the 2006 list? wth was i thinking..but anyhoo...what we have right here is 2007 and oddly enough with all the crap polluting the airwaves this past year, it was the easiest year i had picking my top 10...

#10. Chrisette Michele - I AM
Released: June 19
Chrisette Micheles debut was a blend of classic soul, R&b, and Jazz with a dash of hiphop in the mix on tracks like "BE OK" and "In This for you". The album was an absolute breath of fresh air with songs that could only be described as BEAUTIFUL, some of which being "Golden", "Love is you", "Best of Me" and "If I have my Way". Vocally she was the best thing ive heard in YEARS and is showcased perfectly on the throwback/ Jazz infused "Lets rock".

#9. Common - Finding Forever
Released: July 31
After his instant classic BE, Common and Kanye West went back into the studio, good idea..if it isnt broken why fix it? On this album more of the good stuff that made Be so good is was delivered to us along with production from Wil.I.Am and the late J Dilla aswell as collaborations from Dwele, Bilal and everyones favorite MIA soulstar D'Angelo. This album solidified that Common is an artist that will definitely be around forever, in some form or fashion....too bad he couldn't find a better album cover...

#8. Mark Ronson - Version
Released: April 16
The Brilliance behind majority of the highlights on Back To Black by Amy Winehouse released his sophomore album full of nothing but clever covers earlier this year with help from such artist like Amy Winehouse, Lilly Allen, and the late Old Dirty Basterd, among others. The way he gave Funky soul makeovers to indie-rock songs can inspire anyone fond of ANY musical genre. The man covered "Toxic" by Britney Spears and actually made it something not only tolerable but...good..someone give him some type of award STAT!

#7 Alicia Keys - As I Am
Released: Nov 13
This album by Alicia turned me into a believer, not necessarily making me think shes deserving of all the hype that has surrounded her and her career, it just made me see the girl is definitely talented and light years ahead of many that have come and gone. In my opinion, her best album perfectly blends and crosses genres almost effortlessly without coming desperate need of being eclectic and deep.
[Click Here to read my review for This Album]

#6 Kanye West - The Graduation
Released: Sep 11
Kanye not in someones top 5!?!?! BLASPHEMY!!!!...well..not really...just dont tell him, yall know how HE do...but this album I thoroughly enjoyed and thought was brilliant and definitely a display of growth from an artist thats already a grown ass man compared to his Rap counterparts. With songs like "Flashing lights" and "I Wonder" he should be in everyones top 10 by default.

Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Released: Dec 18
The fact that I LOVE
this album as much as I do suprised the hell out of me, considering im not a big BIG rap fan and my favorite artist in the genre have pretty much been the same and haven't changed for years. I do own Lupe's first album and I thought it was a good debut but it just never grabbed me the way I thought it would, but this album here had me at hello. Great stories, amazing production and Lupe's ability to make u actually listen to what hes SAYING makes this my pick for rap album of the year.
[Click Here to read my review for This Album]

#4. Joss Stone - Introducing Joss Stone
Released: Mar 20
If Mary had her breakthrough back in 05 than Joss definately had hers in 07. With the musical GENIUS Raphael Saadiq aiding her, she developed a funky, retro sound that was all her own that perfectly complimented the strength of her voice. No matter how much dumb shit this girl says in the press (and trust me, its been alot) i still dig her, why? because shes talented, young, sassy and black...oh..wait..scratch that last one...but u get my drift.

#3. Jill Scott - The Real Thing
Released: Sep 25
After the slight let down and complete sidestep that was Beautifully Human, JIll knew she had to come harder, fiercer, stronger on her 3rd studio album, and thats exactly what she did, completely exceeding my expectations. Divorce proved that Jill wasnt going to go all sour grapes on us, instead she went passion fruit, homegirl straight up got all freaky on us but in a way that didnt require a parental advisory sticker..way to taint the masses Jill, i love it.

[Click Here to read my review for This Album]

#2. Mary J. Blige - Growing Pains
Released: Dec 18
The Queen of hiphop soul didnt fail with this follow up to the hugely successful Breakthrough one bit. All stanning aside this is an R&B album at its purest that, at moments, takes you back to the 70s, when times were simpler, music was FUN and artist had actual talent to speak of. Take a listen to Mary's version of "Hello, Its Me" and you'll know EXACTLY what im talking about.
[Click Here to read my review for This Album]

#1. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Released: Dec 19, 06
All potential gimmicks aside (tortured soul abusing drugs and doing dumb shit = publicity, which = album sales) this is one of the best albums ive heard in YEARS, flawless from start to finish, theres very little I can say thats negative about Amy Winehouse's second album. While this one isnt as diverse and jazzy as her debut Frank, it rides the fence of vintage SOUL and blues brilliantly giving us INSTANT classics like "Love is a Losing Game" and "Wake up Alone". I eagerly anticipate what chapter amy will share with us on her next album... if yanno...she doesnt die first.

Ofcourse there were albums that I DIDNT forget about that I loved. Feist, Bjork, Maroon 5, Musiq and a few others all came out with albums that were good, its just that 10 other albums were better. Now tell me which were YOUR favorite albums of this u agree with mine? do u think im crazy for my picks? discuss....

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

It just Breaks. My. Heart.

Today i had a tragic and heartbreaking conversation with a ex friend of mine and startling discoveries came about that made me question loyalty, life, and well...just look for yourself..
RhythmicSoul05 (3:44:17 PM): baron did u buy mary today?
BaNwT829 (3:44:27 PM): no bitch
RhythmicSoul05 (3:44:37 PM): :-O
RhythmicSoul05 (3:44:40 PM): *grabs my chest*
RhythmicSoul05 (3:44:45 PM): why baron...why?
BaNwT829 (3:45:29 PM): dont get me wrong i like mary, I like her a lot but im not crazy bout her for some reason she doesnt make me wanna wet my pants like letoya luckett even though she is clearly better then her
RhythmicSoul05 (3:45:54 PM): i...cant...breathe
RhythmicSoul05 (3:46:03 PM): *collapse*
BaNwT829 (3:46:09 PM): LOL
And on that note I must quote Mary J herself when i say.. " many of us have them!?!?! I DONT THINK WE REALLY NEED THEMMMMMM!!!!"
Yall betta keep it cute and go out to support My mary! before i sick her on u!...yall dont wanna see mary in a dark alley on a night where shes looked through old family albums and snuck into the liquor cabinet..NOT PRETTY... WHERE WERE YA!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Rhythmic Review: Mary J. Blige - Growing Pains

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Growing Pains is the eighth studio album from the everyones favorite underdog and peoples champ! Mary J Blige. The Queen of hip hop Soul manages to make an album that treads new ground, yet sticking to the very familiar path that fans, stans and haters alike have come to know, love and hate. The 16 track offering is as honest as a My Life but without the pain, No shes no longer hurting, Yes she still experiences downs, but this time around she doesn't force either extreme like she has in the past on less successful releases (Love and Life anyone?) This outing shes being true to not only her fans but most of all herself.

The album opens up on a perfect note with the upbeat/inspirational second single "Work That" co-produced by Sean Garrett and Theron Feemster. The song is IMMEDIATELY followed by the head-nod inducing track "Grown Woman", which marks Marys best club ready, trunk blasting track since the 2001 infectious number 1 hit "Family Affair". Tracks segue into each other beautifully and without hesitation, grabbing the attention of your ears and keeping it until the very last track, which happens to be one of the best on the album. "Come To Me (Peace)" is arguably the apex of the album, showcasing a synth-heavy sound that's not typical of Mary's yet still familiar, relatable and experienced enough to be VERY MARY, much like the song that precedes it, the piano and string filled "Smoke".

With Lyrics like "Holding on isn't healthy, but its killing me to let go/ Trying to stare at your picture but i cant see it not for all the smoke" and Production/writing from heavy hitters like Brian Michael Cox, Neyo, Tricky Strewart, The Dream, and Stargate, it only proves that Mary can still relate to those going through it, because at times she still is too. Proving that shes still human and, contrary to popular belief, Kendu is not God and flubs up like anyone else. Songs like smoke and my personal favorite "Roses" only adds to the conviction of the albums push for positivity and love, or at least the up and down personal journey to that.

Like any album there are some weaker moments (not necessarily ineffective tho) within the album. The unbalanced "Shake Down" features Usher and comes off as a teaching lesson from Mary to the R&B crooner more so than anything else. A more logical and worthy opponent like Jaheim would have been a perfect counterpart for the maturity and polished honesty, in Mary's voice, that even with 45623345245645 million records sold later Usher still lacks. The weak moments are forgivable and completely overshadowed with gems and overall FUN tracks like the throwback sounding "Till the Morning". Produced by the Neptunes, this track takes Mary to an era where she would have fit in perfectly and solidifies the overall 1970s cohesion that this album gives, from the Michael Jackson inspired first single "Just Fine", to the cover shot, to the Wilona Woods inspired hair. Now is it just me or Would a remake of the CLASSIC 1976 track "Sparkle" By the QUEEN OF SOUL herself, Aretha Franklin, been more than suiting for this album and for Mary?

This album comes at a perfect time in Marys career, unlike past albums that weren't as appreciated as they should have been due to bad timing. 2003's Love and Life, which came 10 years too late, or one of Marys best, 99's Mary, which came out about 5 years too early for many to appreciate the growth, musicianship, and over all genius of that album. Not an overnight icon, A 15 year spanning career has groomed, trained and polished the coal turned diamond Queen of HipHop Soul and she continues to shine. Mary takes us to a familiar destination with a alternate route filled with beautiful scenery and new surroundings and shows us that Growing Pains is easily one of the best R&B albums since...well...The Breakthrough

I give Growing Pains an A
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In Stores NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rhythmic Releases

Today is Tuesday and like every tuesday a swarm of new releases hit the shelves and this week is no exception...

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In stores today: Growing Pains by Mary J Blige, The Cool by Lupe Fiasco, Hate it or Love it by Chingy, and Makings of a Man by Jaheim...I think we ALL know which ones im purchasing (and which ones im not) here to read my review of The Cool and come back later for my review of Growing Pains

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Joss Stone - L-O-V-E

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Im sure some of you have seen the new commercial for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance, entitled Coco Mademoiselle, with Winona Ryder 2.0 Keira Knightley galivanting around in it...BUT what really caught my attention and made me actually give a damn about the commercial all together was a VERY familiar voice singing a VERY familiar song. For the campaign Joss covered Nat King Cole's CLASSIC 1965 hit L-O-V-E and did a pretty damn good job if i may say so myself...G'on Joss, keep doin the damn thing girl..FUCKA GRAMMYS!

Joss Stone - L-O-V-E

Mary J. Talkin Greasy?...or just...Stating facts?

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In recent interviews with MTV and various other media outlets, Mary made it known that the Umbrella song by Rihanna was originally intended for her..she passed, i sighed a pray of relief, and the world went on turning as it should. According to Mary said in an interview with them? or someone?
"I'm not going to chase what (mainstream) fans like. It might work for a Mariah. It might work for a Beyonce. But Mary J. Blige is looked at as some sort of organic thing."

People are getting rubbed the wrong way by this quote but me personally? i cant see why..Mary isn't necessarily saying anything negative about neither beyonce or mariah, wanting a mainstream sound isn't exactly saying "THEM HOES WACK!" by a long shot..and the honest truth is, she isn't exactly saying anything that...well..isnt true. Both Mariah and Beyonce have formed a type of mainstream sound that flows with the now, not exactly showing growth as much as its mirroring what the radio sounds like at that specific time their album or a record is released (Rainbow and B'day anyone?) and that ISN'T a bad thing at all, if it sells it Mary said, it works for THEM. Saying Mary is dissing or talking down about those 2 is like quoting Mary saying "24inch long indian remy may work for a Beyonce or for a Mariah, but it does nothin for my scalp chile!" it doesn't mean if u wear ur hair down to ur calfs your any less fierce than she is..its just not HER...Now im not saying that Marys material over the years hasnt become more radio friendly, but its still MARY regardless of how it sounds or how it differs from her first recordings...but u have to admit you would go to Mary expecting a more organic sound, style and overall feel of music than u would any other high profile R&B/pop female out now. I honestly would look to Mariah or Beyonce to do a collaboration with someone hot right now like Timbaland (post timberlake and furtado take over of course) or a Polow da Don before i would Mary. If YOUR perception of wanting a mainstream sound is a negative one than that's YOUR opinion and not necessarily where Mary may have been coming on that note..

Friday, December 14, 2007

Rhythmic Review: Lupe Fiasco - The Cool

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Now im no eskay or a big hip hop head (hell i don't even subscribe to XXL) tho i DO enjoy hiphop, just not yanno..crap... so when it came to reviewing this album, my first hip hop album to review, I was abit intimidated..where do i start? what do i say? I cant exactly make any Aretha references, what am I gonna do!?!?!?!? but then I remembered one thing...THIS is my blog, I can say whatever the hell I want! score!... And after listening to this album, I was put to ease because I knew I would have more than enough to say about this brilliantly crafted Sophomore effort from the Chi-town lyricist...

A concept album of sorts that expands on "The Cool" track from Food and Liquor album, he breaks the album down into 3 parts, The Cool, The Game and The Streets, but LUCKILY only 4 songs really follow this concept, which means he only kills someone on wax on about 1 song. This makes it easier to just sit back and enjoy the album for what it is, a GREAT album that tackles different issues, personalities and point of views. Want something witty without coming off one bit condescending? see "Dumb It Down", want something light and fun? see "Go Baby", craving something a bit heavier thats no laughing matter? see "Intruder". The beauty with this album is that theres a bit of something for every type of Hiphop Fan to appreciate, lyrically and production wise, was this a goal for Lupe? probably not, but yanno it happened, and im happy for it.

What attracted me to Lupe his first go around was not only the fact that he had something to say but that he said them over sometimes soulful, sometimes choppy, sometimes random beats that HE made cohesive throughout the entire first album, why? because as a listener u tend to actually LISTEN to what Lupe has to say instead of how much the beat makes you want to do the opposite (even if at times that was a downfall). The difference with The Cool is that you no longer ignore the production all together, with STRONG contributions from Mike Shinoda, Chris and Drop and the bulk from FNF producer Sountrakk, you see the beats manage to no longer be upstaged by Lupe and his remarkable story telling skills but provide a solid backing that assist in the story and add more depth, Perfect example "Gold Watch".

From the De la soul reminiscent "Paris, Tokyo" to the schizophrenic "Hello/Goodbye" all the way to the unexpected and overall FUN "Hi-Definition" featuring Snoop Dogg, Lupe still proves that he's capable of randomness that works and somehow mixes together to make one of the best Rap albums of the year (amongst those Ive listened to, so sorry to u Curtis stans)

(Im changing the grading system to something easier, lazier and permits me to no longer look for witty attatchments lol..To go along with the whole feel of Finals, out with the number system in with the actual grades!)
I give The Cool an A-

In stores 12/18/07

Rhythmic Roundup...

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Past and present Viva Mac Glam girls get together to figure whos penis is bigger..Rupauls or Missy vote goes to missy (YBF)

And here i though large amounts of protein on your face would make it blemish luck for bow wow (A Hot Mess)

Lil Wayne will Murder your newborns..or some shit (Talk Of The Town)

Karma Will Get that ass!! (Sugar and Spice)

Lets hope this new makeover will stop making Lilly Allen as enjoyable as a piss soaked blanket (Does this come in Pink)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I aint mad atcha bitch!

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Well well well...maybe my judgement the other day about miss Janet was abit too hasty...maybe she knows what shes doing after all, and judging from this new Promo shot of Janet i think she does...I must say that I love being proved wrong by artist I love...This is how i like my Janet..fierce with a side of sass...she can save that homely mess from 20 y.o....Lookin like she was about to goto a Luncheon hosted by Oprah in every damn picture...give me glam! give me sequence! give me wind machines!!!!..Yea the pic is photoshopped to the point where it could be considered an oil painting..BUT she looks fierce....More info is out about the upcoming Janet project which is reportedly titled Discipline and is set to be released the day before MY birthday..the 26th of February..something tells me that month is gonna be something BIG with rumor releases from Madonna and Mariah i think its safe to say February is gonna be Fabuary (sorry i had to do it)

Click Here for my Info on the Upcoming Janet album

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I laugh, You laugh!!!

I personally think this clip is one of the funniest things ive seen in a hot minute.. In the mood to laugh at some ridiculousness and foolery?... Do yourself a favor and click Play!..oh and dont get offended because yanno..its never THAT serious

New Chrisette Michele Video for "Be Ok"

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Amazing vocalist and all around beauty Chrisette Michele has a brand spankin new video out for her third single "Be Ok"...I think this is one of the best tracks on the brilliant debut so im glad to see she Def Jam decided to make it a single. Wil I Am produced the song, and while i think the other wil produced track "Lets Rock" would have been a better choice, im inlove with this video here...absolutely takes Chrisette to a new place and i think its enough to get her some Mtv and Bet love..Lord knows Vh1 has been the only one really representing! but i cant stress this enough! do yourself a favor and go out and buy Chrisettes debut album "I AM"..its in stores NOW!

Click Here to see the video for "BE OK"

50th Grammy Nominations: My 2 cents

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So my favorite time of the year is rolling around...AWARD SEASON! ontop of 534654646 award shows that occur during that season..its my birthday!...the weathers cool! and most of all the holidays are OUT of the way!....the nominations for the only 50th Annual Grammys came out last week and i must say for the most part..this year...its the best showcase of talent and deserving nominations that the grammys have seen in YEARS...ofcourse in true grammy fashion when they hit they HIT (Amy and Kanye deserved every nomination!) and when they miss they MISS (Souljah boy? seriously?)..and most of all WHERE THE FUCK IS JOSS STONE!?!?!?...But Im throwing in my 2cents on the categories i give a shit about on who should win and who will win while adding alil commentary here and there

Record Of The Year (Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)
  • Beyonce - Irreplaceable
  • Foo Fighters -The Pretender
  • Rihanna - Umbrella
  • Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around...Comes Around
  • Amy Winehouse - Rehab

This award isnt for the actual artist but for the Producers and the Engineers and what stans NO beyonce doesnt deserve this award simply because she can make gale force winds seem "fierce"...Im going with Rehab because Mark Ronson is an absolute Genius! but we kno the Foo Fighters will take it because yanno...U2 and the Dixie chicks sat this year out

Album Of The Year
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

  • Foo Fighters -Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
  • Vince Gill - These Days
  • Herbie Hancock - River: The Joni Letters
  • Kanye West - Graduation
  • Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

I have a feeling Herbie is gonna snatch this one up, throw some upset in the game something wicked...but Amy Winehouse should definately take it in my opinon..Back to black was an absolute FLAWLESS album.

Best New Artist
(For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.)

  • Feist
  • Ledisi
  • Paramore
  • Taylor Swift
  • Amy Winehouse

Now this absolutely warms my heart to see the nominees for this category, To see two of my favorite artst Feist and Amy get recognize. But its a breath of fresh air to see Ledisi get some love to...Amy Winehouse should and WILL win.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Candyman
    Christina Aguilera
  • 1234
  • Big Girls Don't Cry
  • Say It Right
    Nelly Furtado
  • Rehab
    Amy Winehouse

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Just Fine
    Mary J. Blige
  • When I See You
  • No One
    Alicia Keys
  • If I Have My Way
    Chrisette Michele
  • Hate On Me
    Jill Scott

Now Lord KNOWSSSSSSS i LOVE my Mary! and my Jill! but This time im rolling with Chrisette Michele..after all this is a VOCAL PERFORMANCE category and for that fact alone Chrisette DESERVES it. But we ALL know its going to Alicia because she plays the piano and has long pretty hair or some shit

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Woman
    Raheem DeVaughn
  • B.U.D.D.Y.
    Musiq Soulchild
  • Because Of You
  • Future Baby Mama
  • Please Don't Go

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Make A Baby
    Vikter Duplaix
  • That’s The Way Of The World
  • Daydreamin'
    Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott
  • Fantasy
    Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Dream
    Alice Smith

Now lemme just say im alil salty that Alice Smith isnt what Corinne Bailey Rae was last year (yanno, the artist that came out of NOWHERE to get a shit load of nominations) BUT i must say Iam thoroughly shocked and happy she even got atleast one nomination for a BEAUTIFUL song..but i think Lupe is grabbin this one

Best R&B Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Funk This
    Chaka Khan
  • Lost & Found
  • Luvanmusiq
    Musiq Soulchild
  • The Real Thing
    Jill Scott
  • Sex, Love & Pain

All i have to say about this category is...If Jill doesnt win, there is no good in the world...that is all

Best Rap Solo Performance
(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • The People
  • I Get Money
    50 Cent
  • Show Me What You Got
  • Big Things Poppin' (Do It)
  • Stronger
    Kanye West

Best Rap Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

  • Finding Forever
  • Kingdom Come
  • Hip Hop Is Dead
  • T.I. vs T.I.P.
  • Graduation
    Kanye West

New Janet Jackson Isn't

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So by now im sure uve guys heard the new track by Janet that has leaked entitled " "Feedback"
Welp I would have preferred if she would have named the song something abit more suiting to the sound and the overall feel of the record...something along the lines of "fuck effort" or..."my career? who cares"...OR my personal favorite "If So Excited didnt work, why would this?" ...Yup folks, basically this sounds like something that would have went beautifully on 20 Y.O....Im not saying thats a bad thing at all! i actually enjoyed that album more than a few in the past (Damita Jo anyone?)...BUT..I dont think its anything that will make people give a damn let alone buy the new album..kinda like...yanno... the material from 20 Y.O...BUT what do u guys think? hot or not? career saving worthy or album filler?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

2007 Movies Rock Peformances

So last week the movies rock special was aired and i must admit, after watching it (only yesterday mind you, told yall ive been busy) i must say that i enjoyed it! and with all the urban acts u could swear up and down it was the soultrain awards circa 1998! loved it!...but heres some of the memorable performances if u guys havent checked them out already...

First off we have miss Jennifer Hudson singing "Somewhere" considering that everyone from Barbara Streisand to Aretha Franklin to the homeless man that roams the local circle K has a version of this song..i think Jennifer was the smartest choice to sing this song... with all potential arguments of her possibly shrieking the entire song aside...i dug it

Heres beyonce performing Somewhere Over the Lacefront Rainbow...i think the performance was an overall good one to be honest..nothing to piss the sheets over, but she worked it out and managed to take the attention away from that project runway gone wrong dress she had one..i can hear michael coors now... "I DONT GET IT!"

Head on over to RapUp to view some of the other memorable, and not so memorable, performances of the night...Nicole Scherrtosnbiuzinger singing "Diamonds are a girls bestfriend"? who in the hell authorized that and when did they get fired? geesh!...AND! i would have LOVED to see someone perform "Home" from the Wiz...wouldnt that have been HOT! if they had Mariah galivant her ass onstage and try to sing that? I love MiMi to death but in the past few years her ass has proved shes not the BEST live i pick her to sing that just because theres a chance her ass might pass out tryna hold the notes *shrugs*

Tyra wont be Smiling with her eyes when she sees this

Janice on The Today show talking about Body image, how Tyra is fat and blah blah forword to 2:25..THATS when the magic happens!!!! anyhoo Janices show "The Janice Dickensons Modeling Agency" comes on Tonight on Oxygen

Finals Week...

I kno I kno I kno the posting has been to a MINIMUM as all get out lately but this week is finals! *hiss* but wish me luck because in the immortal words of miss Amy Winehouse "i cant got the time" to be repeatin any courses shooooo....but stay with me guys while i try and catch up on the goins ons that have taken place since ive been in a gin induced coma in the books!!!

Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

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Now is it me, or does Miss Omarion kinda give u a Crazy Cat Lady from The Simpsons vibe in this picture? MEOWWWWWWWW!!! he body stop rockin them tight pants tho...nobody likes a yeast infection honey..not even bow wow

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

New Video Roundup

First up we have the new Keyshia Cole video for her new single "I Remember" from Just Like You.
Love love love the video, absolutely gorgeous and this is the first time in a long time i see a video for a ballad that suits the over all feeling of the song. I actually thought, and would have preferred, for "heaven sent" to have been the third single but im digging this too...I dont know what keyshia was thinkin with that Miki Howard '"im in love under new management" hairstyle tho...but for the most part i give it an A girl..i aint mad atcha

Up next we have everyones favorite basterd child Miss Kelly Rowland herself.

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Why this wasnt her first single and her first video is beside me, this is the most belieivable effort ive ever seen from her. while i could have done without the "showtime at the apollo dancer from the 80s routine at the end, i actually dug the video, she looked absolutely gorgeous and for a minute u didnt think it was a rejected treatment for a Beyonce video that Mathew threw her way (now yall KNOW Beyonce got the treatment for "like this" first and was like WTF???)

Keep it Cute till the Weekend yall...

Because thats when i shall be returning! but your ass just got back! i kno right..but ehhh this close to finals week i figure why not miss class!?!?! lol but no, im headin up north to Jackson California to peep out Musiq and Chrisette Michele do their thing in concert and maybe gallivant to San Francisco and do something lude in the streets to get me thrown in jail *shrugs*...but to my many many many readers *holds in laughter* i shall return promptly this weekend with my usual postings and sass! keep it the meantime, NO bootlegging Mary...NOT COOL! and RIP to PimpC and my prayers are with his family.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Mary J in the new issue of Rap-Up

Mary J is featured in the upcoming December/January issue of Rap Up Magazine
and in it the Queen talks about whos shes listening to, how happy she is, and who she thinks is comin for the crown...heres a snippet of the interview

Who are you listening to now?
"Amy Winehouse, her album is insane. I know it's old now 'cuzz you know it's been out, but it's just probably the best record thats been out and it's really good music"

I kno thats right Mary...i KNO thats right...and while were on Mary check out her cover for the new issue of Billboard magazine...Work it! and check back for the Growin Pains album review that im gonna put up within the next few days

Monday, December 3, 2007

'Hold It Dont Drop It' Video

This is how i like to return...with some sassyness! i love it, this is how i prefer my Jlo..glamorous...because we ALL kno that hoe aint been to the "block" in years, so she can save the gelled down baby hair look...This is my favorite song from the album and i just wish the this song could have gotten the choreographed heavy video it deserves that i KNOW jlo could have delivered...if yanno...she wasnt sperminated with the child of the undead...but what do u all think?

Sunday, December 2, 2007

And Now Back to Your Regular Scheduled Broadcast...

Hey my readers! all 5 of you its been a minute since ive posted anything, i know...and now that iam out of my turkey coma and I've finally triumphed against the evils of Time Warner Cable (when they say they want their money every month, they mean it!) Iam now BACK and in full force and posting will continue sporadically as normal tomorrow!