Monthly Archives: September 2013

Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit On The Tonight Show

Gregory Porter made his national television debut Friday night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and he performed “Liquid Spirit” from his Blue Note CD of the same name.


MeLo-X-A Tree Must Be A Tree

MeLo-X’s video for “A Must Be A Tree” is inspired by the film Badlands and the ending suggests that a full-length video should be on the way.


Hopie-Love Song

Hopie and her crew that includes Ruby Ibarra spend the day smoking, drinking and laughing until a cop played by director David Dutton breaks up the party. The school-skipping rebellion is all a part of her concept to dedicate a “Love Song” to the young lost ones.


Toro Y Moi-Rose Quartz

Toro Y Moi, his band and the partygoers become a living painting in his Lauren Gregory-directed video for “Rose Quartz.”


Throwback: Funky Four Plus One-That’s The Joint


Funky 4+1 – That's The Joint by PeteRock

DJ Breakout, K.K. Rockwell, Keith Keith, Sha Rock, Lil’ Rodney Cee, Raheim and Jazzy Jeff were members of the Funky Four Plus One. Keith Keith did not stay with the group and Raheim left to join Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. DJ Baron was added to the fold and they used the moniker Plus One More for their 1979 debut recording “Rappin & Rocking The House” on the Enjoy label. The Bronx-originated band was the first from their area to get a recording contract and also the premier co-ed rap band because of MC Sha Rock. The Plus One More was dropped from their name when they joined the Sugar Hill Records roster. “That’s The Joint” was their 1980 immortal party jam that had an equally significant instrumental version thanks to the bass playing of Doug Wimbish who was a member of the Sugar Hill house band. Wimbish later founded the industrial hip hop band Tackhead and became a member of Living Colour. The Funky Four Plus One made history again when they performed “That’s The Joint” on Saturday Night Live because they were the initial rap group to appear on the show. The movie Wild Style was originally written to be about them but Sugar Hill label co-founder Sylvia Robinson did not want any of her artists in the movie. “Do You Want to Rock” also shows how the band help pioneer the practice of rappers singing and rapping on the song. The group broke-up without ever having a full-length album. MC Jazzy Jeff later had a solo career on Jive records and released the song “King Heroin.” MC Sha Rock appeared in the movie Beat Street, she opened the first performing arts school in Central Texas and earlier this year she was appointed as a National Advisor for the Cornell University Hip Hop Library Collection.