Pianist/singer/writer Don Blackman, born 1953 in Queens, NY, grew up surrounded by jazz influences; a cousin was McCoy Tyner's friend and saxophonist Charles McPherson — a Charlie Parker disciple — was Blackman's neighbor. Blackman played with McPherson's group in 1968 alongside Sam Jones and Louis Hayes when he was 15 years old.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
SMH...now u kno what the sad thing about this is? Momma probably out workin her second job while lil Lamont at home doin extracurricular activities with his lil study partner (who looks every bit of 14)knowin damn well they got a biology test in the morning..A MESS!
*5 points to whoever can tell me what movie i got that from
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I love the concept behind the video, and the overall outcome of it i dig....definately lovin the use of classic album covers of the past..but the video fell a wee bit short to me, i feel alot more could have been done with the AMAZING concept they had, but im sure the budget had alot to do with that...but like i said..i dig, i dig..what about u guys?
Saturday, January 26, 2008
01. Daydreams 3:40
02. Best For Last 4:18
03. Chasing Pavements 3:30
04. Cold Shoulder 3:11
05. Crazy For You 3:28
06. Melt My Heart To Stone 3:23
07. First Love 3:10
08. Right As Rain 3:17
09. Make You Feel My Love 3:32
10. My Same 3:15
11. Tired 4:18
12. Hometown Glory 4:31
Imma just say it right now...ALBUM. OF. THE. YEAR. I kno its early as hell but THIS album, for me, will be hard to beat..VERY hard to beat...Adele is RhythmicWords' January Artist Of the Month and on February 5th you will find out why when she releases her album 19(imported for us ofcourse). PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give it a try you guys...artistry like this should be treasured! shes the perfect mixture of Amy Winehouse and Feist...so head on over to her MYSPACE PAGE and give some of her songs a listen if you havent already! theres no need to wait untill she develops a drug habit, or a knack for talkin shit about her peers to wait and give her the time of day..do it NOW..pls and thank you :-)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Bobby Caldwell was born in Manhattan to Bob and Carolyn
Caldwell, the hosts of Suppertime, an early television variety show. Living in Memphis and, chiefly, Miami (which he has called an influential "dumping ground" for all kinds of music), he took up piano and guitar as a preteen. Forming his own band at 17, he took the group on the road, later recording an album entitled Kathmandu.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
It wasn’t immediately clear if Ledger had committed suicide. He had an appointment for a massage at the residence in the tony neighborhood of SoHo, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. A housekeeper who went to let him know the massage therapist had arrived and found him unconscious at 3:26 p.m.
According to The New York Times, his body was moved to the floor, and after receiving no response from the actor after shaking him, the masseuse and housekeeper called authorities.
“We are investigating the possibility of an overdose,” Browne said. “There were pills within the vicinity of the bed.”
Lil' Kim has decided that it would be best to part ways with her record label Atlatic Records after 10 years and plans to release her upcoming album independently according to Billboard.com.
"It's rumored that the MC will join Capitol Music Group's independent arm,
Imperial Records, however Kim's management was unavailable for comment. Fat Joe
is also signed to Imperial. Lil Kim's upcoming album, which was originally
slated for February, is now tentatively set for April or May 2008. Kim's
Atlantic swan song, 2005's "The Naked Truth," has sold 394,000 copies in the
United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan."
I definitely think this is a GOOD look for Kim. Clearly Atlantic stop giving a shit about her during the La Bella Mafia days. The main problem with Kims lackluster career hasn't exactly been her material, its been the backing that shes had, or in her case, hasn't. No record label in their RIGHT mind would have let Kim, or WHOMEVER, pick the album cover that was chosen for The Naked Truth, that shit was straight up SCARY and totally contributed to the wack sales(arguably one of her BEST albums not even going gold? damn shame I say, DAMN SHAME!), I even contemplated buying it after I seen the cover in the store for the first time, damn near gave it the SEOD. The woman had a MASSIVE hit with "Magic Stick" and there was NEVER video for it, major no no...even if her and 50 were throwing tampons at each other at the time, im sure the could have done SOMETHING...Im just glad shes finally realized she deserves more.
Nowwwwwwww...i dunno about you guys, but nothing about this picture screams "BUY MY PRODUCT!!!"..Can someone send this memo to Travis Barker, owner of Famous Stars and Straps, and let him know this? Danity Kane member Aubrey O'Day is the model for the clothing company and these are the pictures of her modeling various pieces. My brother is ADDICTED to this shit, and I dig some of the hoodies and tshirts myself, but looking at this campaign it doesnt make me wanna rush to the nearest store and pick up anything, it makes me wanna volunteer at a battered womans shelter or somethin...I mean really, homegirl looks ALL FUCKED UP.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Every single thing about this clip is hilarious to me, again..my personal favorite part is at the end when Raz threatens to kill everyone (oh how i wish he would stop playing with my emotions with his idle threats)...now if the whole HIV thing is true, ofcourse its no laughing matter..but when it comes to these CLOWNS, im far from sympathetic, or concerned for that matter...now I got a question, is this reality show their supposedly coming out with an actual show scheduled to air on a network soon? or are these negros just walkin around with a handheld and a youtube account calling it a "show"? either way I shant be victimized!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
So I snatched this while roaming around The Fury today and I must say..some Beyonce stan has put in overtime for this, may have even lost a job behind it, because it MUST have been time consuming... Not only thinking back and studying every Beyonce video but every Rihanna video as well!!! (God be with ANYONE capable of doing that and living to tell a story about it). This stan is claming (and comes with damn good evidence) that Rihanna has bit alot of Beyonces ideas and concepts in past videos...This would be all well and good if it WEREN'T Beyonce here we were talkin about..nothing new is under the sun, ESPECIALLY when it comes to Beyonce queen of lawsuits herself!. This exact same video could be made with Beyonce in Rihannas shoes and any R&B female after 1990 in Beyonce's...Now put down the spears and torches stans, im not taking up for Rihanna in no shape or form..she can sizzle in the same frying pan as B herself for all i care..buuuuuuut, I calls it as I sees it...wanna truly take credit as being the first to do something? try doing something ORIGINAL...and poppin yo oochie wally on a sandy beach is far from it
Friday, January 18, 2008
"Mariah Carey has set an April 1 release date for the follow-up to her
mega-selling album "The Emancipation of Mimi," which was the biggest selling
album of 2005. Dubbed "That Chick," the set features production from Jermaine
Dupri, will.i.am and Rodney Jerkins, plus collaborations with the likes of
T-Pain and Damian Marley."
Wendy announced today on her radio show on WBLS 107.5 in NY that starting on Tuesday January 22nd, West coasters will be able to hear all of the Negroidian igganunce and HOW U DOIN's that take place on the Wendy Williams Experience. Wendy and the rest of the gang will be syndicated on LA's famous 93.5 Kday radio station from 11-3 (wait, wasnt that YOYOS time slot? someone help me if im wrong), so that means she'll be coming on right after Steve Harveys morning show....i LOVE IT!..finally a reason for me to listen to the radio and endure the assault of todays popular music on my ears...as much as it would be cool to jump on the "I Cant stand that tranny Wendy Williams!!" bandwagon, i think the tranny is hilarious!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Now like many of you, i never really stunted the strike and never cared to look into what it was about because it never effected me, im no writer and im not TOO big on late night tv. After the cancellation of the Golden Globes and the speculation surrounding the Oscars and NOW even the Grammys may be effected by this strike, my interest is SPARKED and Now the upcoming 'Justice League' movie is on hold, indefinitely...*sigh* and i was so looking forword to seeing
Where do I send my application?
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
"I didn’t plan it that way… maybe it’s life imitating art, Ruggiero tells eTalk.
"Degrassi let me do something real and I kindof feel like I’m living proof of
what the show was working to accomplish."
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Well, as much as i would love to join the cool kids and say im boycotting this season of making the band, id be a damn lie...im going to be watching this shit faithfully just to see who gets pregnant first (my moneys on Aubrey), who diddy reads, who becomes the token beard(judging by the clip, dawn it is!), and make bets with friends on who will become an alcoholic and fall into obscurity (since we are talking about diddy here so many it should be which GROUP instead of which person, right?) anyhoo..the new season begins This month on the 28th at 10pm!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Yes, its monday and I dont feel like doin shit today but post youtube and dailymotion clips...leave me alone
christina aguilera - save me from myself [music video !]
Uploaded by nyuuwa
Today was the first time i seen the video to "Save Me From Myself" from Christina's album Back to Basics...Why this video is JUST now coming out 5423465464536 months after Candy was forgotten by the masses? im not sure. Why "Hurt" and "CandyMan" were singles period? not sure about that one either (girl, pop doesnt appreciate you!) IMO she should have released more songs from the first disc that was CLEARLY an R&B album...I think she would of faired much better with "Understand" and maybe "Without you" as the second and third single and THEN maybe "Hurt" and finished it up with "Save me from myself" from the more pop album (Dont give me the side eye, Stripped had like 17 singles!)... All in All Back To Basics was an amazing album, BOTH DISC, its just ashame it wasnt promoted and backed the way it should have been...yanno...properly.
OH and btw..congrats on the son Christina...little Max Liron Bratman.....max liron huh? I guess if ur mom is known for wearing assless chaps and bangin for tracks, being teased for ur name is the least of ur problems.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Stroll on over to That Grape Juice to check it out for urself incase u havent yet...Now lately ive been ragged on for being a bit...negative...so this time u guys need not worry! im not gonna say one thing negative!....that is all.
NOW...that is all.
Monday, January 7, 2008
The girl next door (from the crack house, that is) image was originally introduced over a decade ago by Mary J. Blige, that image is of someone that's relatable, riddled with hardships, tackling real relationship issues and possessing a humble singing voice that could pretty much be mimicked without embarrassment or strain by anyone with hearing and vocal chords. This image was a drastic change of what was known at the time, there was the cookie cutter non-offensive crossover types (Whitney before the crack and Mariah before the mini skirts and black men) and that was pretty much it untill Mary burst on the scene with a bad attitude, a bad weave and a personality hell bent on keepin it real with the women that didnt always have a "vision of love".
Over the years the image has been polished, marketed and pushed on many other female acts that have come and gone, but theres only been 1 female with as many similarities, musically and physically or been met with a fraction of the success as Mary experienced back in '92, Miss Keyshia Cole. While the similarities and parallels of these 2 women are clear and evident, to say that a predecessor is copying or following in the footsteps of its successor is not only inaccurate in this case but flat out *chaka kahn voice* DISRESPECTFUL!
Various blogs have expressed the obvious about the new issue of VIBE that features Mary J. Blige as the cover girl, She resembles Keyshia Cole...or is it...Keyshia Cole resembles Mary? true they both favor at times depending on what section of the wigporium they frequent, but to say that Mary is "swagger jacking" is where my fist turn coal to diamonds, especially when shes supposedly jacking a swagger that was introduced by her when Keyshia was just a twinkle in her fathers eye, WHOMEVER that may be (But I love u none the less Frankie, HOLLAAAAA!). After 40 million records sold, 26 Grammy nominations (6 wins), world wide acclaim and unprecedented respect among peers across the board AND fans alike, why Mary would swagger jack from an artist that has yet to even experience HALF of that is beyond me, but yanno, I think before I say things, so who am I?
Not to take away the accomplishments from Keyshia at all to prove my point, shes had 2 platinum albums, 3 top 10 singles and so far 2 Grammy nominations, miss thing is definitely coming into her own, or atleast her own twist of what worked for Mary over 10 years before Keyshias debut album The Way It Is even dropped back in 2005. The IMAGE, the sound, and the attitude that worked, at times backfired, or at the very least made u give a damn about what Mary had to say is now being used by Keyshia to make a name for herself.
Am I takin a shit on Keyshia? ofcourse not..I dabble with keylolo on occasion and ive enjoyed various songs shes released since her debut, the girl has a promising career and i look forword to witnessing her growth as a woman and an artist, but am I aware of where shes drawing her inspiration from and whos shes HEAVILY influenced by in every aspect of her career? absolutely. Mary J. Blige is called the Queen of HipHop soul for a reason and after selling over 600,000 albums in one week during a time where going gold is an aspiration, shes showing no signs of passing on the crown anytime soon, or trading it for anyones princess tiara for that matter.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Mother Mary J is on the February cover of Vibe stuntin on these hoes and looking beyond fabulous, just when I forgot this magazine existed I have a reason to actually purchase an issue again (I stopped subscribing to that mess a LONG time ago) But it looks like its going to be a tolerable issue this month. Ofcourse this being Marys 5463634456th vibe cover and feature it wont be much new to talk about other than her being a changed woman and owing that to her Lord and savior
In other fierce Mary news, I forgot to express my joy that shes back on TOP of the charts where she should be. After debuting at number 2 with over 600,000 copies sold she skipped past Joss Groban to claim number 1 in her second week on the charts...i aint mad atcha Mary.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
now DO THE RIGHT THING! and check her out on MYSPACE
For this weeks throwback I chose one of my favorite Barry White tracks "Honey Please, Cant You See", I love how uptempo and fun this song is, ofcourse along with the back up! (they GETTIN IT). This song came out in 1974 and came between 2 of Barrys BIGGEST records, "Never gonna give you up" and "Cant Get Enough of Your Love Babe" and thats why it isnt as popular or one of his most memorable, but im inlove with it, and I hope you enjoy it too
Ok, to go to dinner with a man you so convincingly accused of molesting you is what I personally wouldn't do, but Raz "My Ass Hurts" B is now apparently over the entire thing, as well as his brother Ricky "Im doin it fo the kids, or atleast until my phone bill gets paid" Romance. I believed the allegations that the boys made on their you tube video, BUT i also believe there were ulterior motives behind creating that video aswell, and judging from THIS those motives were appeased. Cant u tell by the way Raz and Ricky are shuckin and jivin around while it looks like Chris is on his way home to explain to his wife why she wont be getting that new benz she was expecting this month?