Monthly Archives: August 2013

Busta Rhymes-Chris Lighty Feat. Bob Marley

Busta Rhymes acknowledges the one year passing of his friend Chris Lighty with a song named after him and a feature sample from Bob Marley.


Media Questions Of The Week

1. Why did Miley Cyrus feel the need to pander to base stereotypes about Black music in her quickly went viral performance with Robin Thicke at the VMAs?

2. Are reality shows hurting or helping the careers of entertainers like Kelly Price?

3. Will Chadwick Boseman capture the essence of James Brown in the Mick Jagger produced film Get On Up?

3. Will Chadwick Boseman capture the essence of James Brown in the Mick Jagger produced film Get On Up?


Van Hunt-Cross Dresser


Van Hunt’s Soundcloud page posted this song “Cross Dresser” a day ago. There’s no info on whether this is a part of a longer project but it’s nice to hear from him. He says he’s not afraid to wear her scarf.


Terrace Martin-I Can’t Help It (Tribute To MJ)

Terrace Martin is acknowledging Michael Jackson’s birthday today with a cover of “I Can’t Help It.”


Janelle Monae Introduces The Electric Lady To Detroit

Last night Janelle Monae had a listening session for her The Electric Lady album in Detroit.The Electric Lady is a 21st century woman inspired by silhouettes Monae drew several nights in a row. Judging from the 7-song preview of the double album, the Electric Lady is a woman who believes in funk, freedom and love. Monae gave a mini concert singing in identical tone with her recordings. And she hyped the atmosphere by dancing with almost half of the room in between announcing the songs. The highlights:

“Q.U.E.E.N.” The collaboration with Erykah Badu that starts as a post-Prince dance-worthy funk workout that ends with Monae’s rap urging Electric women to wake up. The video showed Badu and Monae breaking the Electric ladies out a of museum into movement:

“Electric Lady” A progressive R&B collaboration with Solange most remembered for the palpable live horns.

“Prime Time” The pop-inclined ballad with Miguel that seeks to bring the guitar solo back into R&B radio:

“We Were Rock And Roll” Classic house overtones dedicated to
a wonderful past relationship

“Victory” She wrote this to inspire everyone on the days they feel doubtful about life as she explained in her lyrics, “To be victorious is to find glory in the little things”

“Dance Apocalyptic” The fun rock and roll order to seize the day that also debuted a video two months ago:

“What An Experience” Ascending synthesizers and a festive break about another extraordinary past relationship

She kept the Prince song an appropriate mystery until September 10th and reminded everyone that “We’re making music not just making beats.”

Follow Monae’s countdown to the Electric Lady on Twitter