If you don’t know who Ari Lennox is, you need to find out. Get to know her. She’s a very talented singer and songwriter. I was introduced to her music while working at SOB’s in NYC. Her most recently released track is SO good. The track, “Whatever We Are” features the raspy voice of Dave James. I love the magical way their voices come together. Her voice is calm, controlled and she can really hit the high notes. Beautiful! I’m looking forward to seeing what else Ari has in store for us! And, like most artists I talk about on this blog…I would love love love the opportunity to see Ari live again, hopefully on the west coast! We need you out here.
Woke Up This Morning/Heard The TV Saying Something Bout Disaster In The World And/It Made Me Wonder Where I’m Going?/There’s So Much Darkness In The World/But I See Beauty Left In You Girl. -Justin Timberlake
I posted a status to my Facebook earlier today about how depressing the news is. I swear every time (which isn’t often) I turn on the news, it’s all about corruption, war, death, and destruction. My mind and heart don’t have the depth and capacity to be able to deal with that on a daily basis. Seriously, I don’t understand how people can live and breathe the news. But mad props for that! I made the mistake of reading the story about the Staten Island man that was choked to death by NYPD. That story struck a chord in me as do other news stories such as everything that’s going on in Palestine, the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, and that Malaysia airlines flight that was shot down in the Ukraine.
When friends talk about worldly topics, I admit that most of the time I don’t have any clue what they’re talking about. I see the headlines, but I never read the stories. I’m deeply saddened by it all and the strength to “do something” about it, is simply not in me. I don’t have that fight in me. I would rather get lost in the music. Through discovering a new artist, re-listening to a favorite of mine, or just zoning out with an album on repeat. It’s more than a hobby for me. It’s a passion and it’s engraved in my soul. It’s a part of me.
The song “Until The End Of Time” by Justin Timberlake popped in my head yesterday after I saw the picture of the 18 year old boy’s beat up face after he was caught raping a child. This is how my mind works. I see or read something and a song pops in my head. I’m all about connections and tend to make a lot of connections between music and life.
This is one of my favorite songs, ever. I remember when I first heard this song. I heard it while in my college dorm because my roommate (shout out to Erin! She put me on to a lot of good music. She definitely knows her stuff.) used to play it. One day I finally asked her, “who sings this song? I really like it!” to which she replied “I’m not tellin!” We’ve always had a sisterly type of relationship. She eventually told me, probably after making me unsuccessfully guess first. I remember being really surprised that Justin Timberlake, the pop artist, sang this song. Later, he released the version of the song that features Beyonce. See if you can make a connection between this song and something in your life. Or try that tactic with the next song you randomly come across. Enjoy!
I Just Wanna Be Somewhere Far/I’m Always Looking For That Place/Where I Can Shine Like A Star, Alone/Like The North One/Away From The Dipper, See I Differ In My Rise/I Like To Be Alone When I Ride/You Can Follow Me Home, But Just Watch From A Distance When I Shine. -Stalley
I just watched so many Stalley videos – most that I’d never seen before. I can’t help but think how hard it is to keep up with all the music that’s always readily available at any given moment. As a true Hip Hop and R&B head, I’ve found it’s become increasingly more difficult to hear it all. Not to mention that because of my passion I do find things that I really really like and listen to on repeat and subsequently in the process of that…things start falling through the cracks. It’s a never ending cycle, really. But back to Stalley, he has some dope tracks…! Anybody that knows me should know that I’ll pretty much fall in love with any hip hop song that’s laid over an old school R&B beat. Stalley raps perfectly over Charles Bradley’s “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” (actually a song released in 2011 but it still has that “old school” feel to it – that’s for another post though) on his “Petrin Hill Peonies” track.
Yesterday, Stalley released the video for the track “Feel The Bass” from his September 2013 Honest Cowboy EP. His slow style of rap matches the slow beat on the track. It’s always nice and refreshing to hear songs that are lacking that “turn up” sound we’ve all become a little too familiar with. Watching this video and becoming reacquainted with Stalley makes me wonder how could I ever forget to keep him on my radar? But rest your weary heart, Stalley is going to stay on my radar from here on out! I’m hoping to catch him live some day, too!
I felt like posting a throwback oooooooooh on the TLC tip! This is definitely one of my favorite songs! No matter where I am or what I’m doing, when I play it I always want to get dressed in some funky clothes and just dance. Enjoy!
Credit Card Scams Got Your Paralyzed/That Fast Money Make You Seem Forever Fly/But Live In The Now, Not Illusion. -Bryant Dope
The Queens rapper does it again! Here’s his new video for “The Worlds Fucked Up.” I love the way he created this video, mad dope imagery and effects. If you don’t already have Bryant Dope on your radar, you need to add him.
Nothing Feels As Good As When You Lift Me Up/Then I Can’t Give My Heart If I Can’t Get My Trust. -Moko
Moko‘s music reminds me of something that would have been released in the 90s. It would have been something I would have jammed to. Instead, I’m jamming to her newest release, “Your Love,” which is the single off of her upcoming Gold EP. I like this chick’s style and sound! Sometimes she sounds a little like the young Mary J. Blige mixed with a little bit of the young Whitney Houston. She’s definitely been added to my radar and I’m looking forward to hearing what else she has in store for us! Below, listen to “Your Love.”
I’ve also included the live performance of a previously released song “Freeze.” Great visual! I would love the opportunity to see her live, but for now…this will have to do.