Category Archives: Music

Never Forget: November 18

For the culture.

Happy Friday. 

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The Roots Picnic 2013

Saturday, June 1st I took my talents to the city of brotherly love (Philadelphia) for the 6th annual The Roots Picnic. It was a beautiful afternoon at Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier to enjoy a plethora of music. The entire event was hosted by TV personality, Amanda the Diva who kept the audience lively despite the scorching 90 degree weather and not one cloud in sight. The festival had two different stages, the main stage and the tent, which would hold different performances throughout the day.

The artists range from Electric, Neo-soul, Hip-hop, to any and everything you can think of. There were certain artists I’ve never heard of that blew me away such as How to Dress Well, Grimes, Gaslamp Killer and A-Trak. Common names such as Trinidad James had the whole tent rocking and literally sweating like we popped some Mollies. (WOO!) This was my second time seeing Mr. James perform within the past month and he does not disappoint. Although his other songs don’t match the hype of “All Gold Everything”, he still gave the crowd a solid performance.

The main artist I wanted to see was my Afro-inspiration, soul sista Ms. Solange Knowles. Listen. Solange DID that. This was my first time seeing Solo perform live and it was completely worth it. Although she’s more of an Indie Neo-Soul Queen while her big sister is the Queen of Pop, that stardom stage presence must RUN in the Knowles’ sisters bloodstream. Vibing on stage in a printed short set and swinging her Marley twists, Solange bared her soul on the stage. Here’s a clip of her performing one of my favorite songs by her.

Solange- T.O.N.Y.

Young Rappers on the come up such as Hitboy and Joey BADA$$ held their own in the tent, bringing that old soul hip-hop sound with a mix of new school swag. DJ Premier also stayed true to original Hip-Hop as he hit the 1’s and 2’s and played tunes straight from a 1993 house party. The most energetic performance by far was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The Seattle native performed his three hit singles, “Thrift Store” (which he borrowed a fan’s fur vest) “Can’t Hold Us” and “One Love.” He joked with us, he danced, he even WALKED across the crowd. No, not crowd surf. Fans were literally holding up his feet like he was Jesus. Macklemore for me has been one of those artists that you wouldn’t consider yourself a fan of but after seeing him live, I may have to reconsider. See the clip below:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton- Can’t Hold Us

And of course the night’s highlight was The Roots. It’s a Roots Picnic tradition to have the headliner perform last while backed by the Roots and this year it was Naughty by Nature. Despite having a short lived twitter beef between Treach and Vinnie, the two but their difference aside and rocked out with 6,000+ music lovers to records that still retained its power 20 years later. The Roots performed some of their hits with a live band and even had special guest Meek Mill come out. No worries, Meek Mill did not come on stage yelling any of his MMG lyrics. He was just there showing love for his city.

So after an 11 hour music festival, pregnancy ankles, sunburn and seeing people pass out left and right from a day filled beer diet and no food– The Roots Picnic was amazing! Of course there were a few things that could be different but if music is your vice like me, it was simply bliss.

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[Visual] Memories Back Then x T.I. + B.o.B. + Kendrick Lamar + Kris Stephens

I had to post this video because this is my ish. T.I.P., B.o.B. & Kendrick Lamar link up to share memories of past females in their lives while the beautiful songwriter, Kris Stephens, lays smooth vocals over beat produced by Maurice ‘Kenoe’ Jordan. T.I. has always had a great delivery so him opening this record was perfect. He explained the story of the hood jump I’m sure we all are familiar with.  B.o.B. did his thing  explaining how the one that got a way dipped because of groupie love and Kendrick came in for the finale with the bust down gold-digger  Shouts to that guy rippin’ everything. Every day I thank Compton for the sacrifice.

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Oh, Kelly!

Kelly Rowland looks so good. SMH. She needs to be cut in slices and served with ice cream.”

– Charlamagne Tha God.

He wasn’t lying either.

Kelly Rowland is finally coming into her own and is representing for the slim thick girls, the chocolate sistas & good girls everywhere. She released the album cover for her fourth studio album, Talk A Good Game that will hit stores on June 18. I might have to buy the hard copy just to have the poster and hang it on my wall like it’s the late ’90s again.

Woo lawd.

[Visual] A$AP Ferg + A$AP Rocky + Schoolboy Q + Trinidad James + French Montana x |Behind the Scenes| Work Remix

I cannot wait until tomorrow to see the complete video of   Work Remix. A$AP Ferg is ah’chea. NY is ah’chea. Shouts to homie in the Coogi and hair bobos. Oh, Rocky was looking like Celie during his interview in the shade with the white collared shirt & one braid out. I love him though. Schoolboy Q, Bucket hat Puffy. They all look like they had a ball shooting this video. I’m tight I wasn’t there? oh.

Premieres on VEVO tomorrow.

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[Visual] Kendrick Lamar – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe |Director’s Cut|

 Kendrick Luh-Mahr drops a visual to the crowd’s favorite. Loving the all white everything for the funeral, turn up scene (always celebrate life), open field shots & of course Mike Epps. Oh dear, he would be the one to actually attempt to baptize someone in alcohol.  At the end of the video, “Death to Molly” appears in white. Could this be the b*tch that kills vibes? Who knows considering the MDMA’s popularity has been skipping hand-in-hand with Mary through this hip-hop lane. I hope it dies soon. People get influenced much more easy now and I’m tired of the alleged Molly sweats. (woo!) And since shorty can lead you into other things that won’t just kill your vibe, I’d be careful.

But hey, whatever your vice.

However, peep Schoolboy Q‘s snippet of Man of the Year at the end.

Ouuuh.

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[Then & Now] Demi & Selena

I can openly admit that although I’m not officially a teenager any longer, I am still a fan of the teeny booper/pop tunes. Whether it’s One Direction, Miley Cyrus, or Justin Bieber— I love it all. These two young women are no exception.

Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez both got their early rise to stardom along some of my old time best friends Barney, BJ and Baby Bop. We probably didn’t know it was them because we were all the same age at that time but here’s a quick flashback:

Weren’t they just the cutest? Well, both girls will be turning 21 this year and definitely have their sexy, grown woman swag turned up to the MAX.

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Demi Lovato will be releasing her fourth studio album, Demi on May 14th, 2013. She  released it on iTUNES for her die hard fans a week early. This album includes her smash first single, “Heart Attack.” The song has already debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Heart Attack” currently holds the third-highest opening week sales of 2013 (selling over 215,000 units in the first week.) Number one was Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” and Ariana Grande’s “The Way.” Here’s a look of the video where Demi gets down and dirty…literally.

Between acting in roles such as Faith in the independent film, Spring Breaker and returning as Alex to the show-turned-movie that made her famous, Wizards of Waverly Place, and publicly dealing with her on-and-off again relationship with the famous pop singer, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez is a busy girl. Selena dropped the video for her latest single, “Come and Get It” off her first solo album titled Stars Dance.  There is no release date yet for this album but it be hit stores Summer 2013, just in time for her “Stars Dance” world tour that kicks off in Washington DC October 10th.

Who knew Barney and Friends would produce such megastars?

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[R.I.P.] Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly


Chris Kelly (right), 1/2 of So So Def’s rap duo, Kris Kross, passed Wednesday May 1.

We thank you for the energy, the backwards clothes swag and making the 90’s jump!
God bless you and yours. Rest in peace, King.

08/11/78 – 05/01/13

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Love This

Last night at the 55th Annual Grammys. 

JT, JB, Bey, Jay.

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[Visual] NY BACK! ASAP Rocky x French Cover XXL

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Shouts to the Uptown doe. The Bronx Moroccan French Montana and Harlem’s pretty muhheffa cover the March/April issue of XXL. Big things for NY and these guys. They both have been making big noise in Hip-Hop and I’m sure there’s even bigger things unfolding as a type.

Excuse My French May 2013

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