Monthly Archives: March 2013

Throwback: Syl Johnson-Is It Because I’m Black

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Syl Johnson is a singer, songwriter, harmonica and guitar player from Mississippi who started his recording career in Chicago during the late ’50’s. He developed his artistry by playing with blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. In 1967 he had his first two hit songs with “Come On Sock It To Me” and “Different Strokes.” “Is It Because I’m Black” is the title song from his 1970 album. Of all his recorded output in the ’70’s it was his stint at Hi Records that produced “Take Me To The River” which was his most popular song. Johnson took a break from the music industry in the ’80’s and returned in the early ’90’s and introduced his daughter Syleena to the public on his ’95 album This Time Together By Father and Daughter.The 2002 album Two Johnsons Are Better Than One is his most current output. Last year Johnson’s media profile was raised when he sued Jay-Z and Kanye West for sampling his music and he made an appearance on the TV show “R&B Divas” to show support for his daughter Syleena. The hip-hop generation has reintroduced his music to the masses through their heavy sampling of his songs and 2010 saw the release of Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology box set.

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Media Questions Of The Week

1.What if more radio stations followed the lead of WUVS-LP 103.7 in Muskegon, MI banning music from Rick Ross and Lil’ Wayne?

2. Who will Forest Whitaker cast as Richard Pryor now that he is directing the film about his life?

3. Are you going to sign the petition demanding that Rick Ross apologize for mentioning date rape in the song “U.O.E.N.O. (You Don’t Even Know It” or the petition demanding that Reebok drop him as a spokesperson for the same reason?

4. Why was India.Arie accused of bleaching her skin on the cover of her new single “Cocoa Butter” when photographic lighting can make darker skin look different?


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Rapsody-Everlasting


“Everlasting” is the first Khrysis-produced single from her upcoming She Got Game EP.

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Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins-Popstopper

“Popstopper” is the lead single from the Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins May 21st release The Lighthouse.

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STS-Goldrush III

STS has unleashed the third installment in his Goldrush series.

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