Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Black Opera-Rich Like You Official Video

“Rich Like You” is the third video from The Black Opera’s The Great Year. Andy Madeleine directs the band and helps tell the song’s story about the obsession for material wealth at the cost of giving up your soul.

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CNN Interviews KRS-One

KRS-One talks to CNN about America’s illegal drug problem, the lack of leadership, being a thinking voter and police brutality.

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Soul Train Soul Cypher With K-Ci, Eddie Levert, Chrisette Michele & Lalah Hathaway

Last night Erykah Badu hosted the Soul Train Awards and she introduced the first Soul Cypher with Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway, K-Ci and Eddie Levert. The cypher is usually the work of rappers but each singer took their turn honouring the R&B, gospel and jazz roots of soul.

 

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Avery Sunshine Debuts Original Holiday Song, Never Knew Christmas

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Avery Sunshine was recently asked to perform Christmas songs for a national radio show and the experience reminded her of the desire to write her own holiday song. “Never Knew Christmas” was initially created two years ago with her musical partner Dana “BigDane” Johnson when they put together the cords. And two weeks ago they wrote the lyrics over breakfast at IHOP. After performing the song to an exuberant crowd in DC, they committed to recording it as soon as they got back to their studio and home base in Atlanta. “Never Knew Christmas” is gospel-rooted soul/R&B and luminous sentiment about the holiday’s true value coming from the connectedness of being with loved ones.  Stream “Never Knew Christmas” above via Spotify and buy it on iTunes.

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Throwback: J.J. Fad-Supersonic

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J.J.Fad started as a quintet in 1985 and recorded and released “Supersonic” as a B-Side to the single, “Anotha Hoe.” When the group re-formed as a trio, “Supersonic” was re-recorded and re-released in 1988 as an A-Side single and became a hit record. J.J. Fad were one of the first acts signed to Eazy E’s Ruthless Records and they were the pop-rap polar opposite of labelmates N.W.A. Dr. Dre and N.W.A. produced J.J. Fad’s debut album, Supersonic and their goal was to use them to legitimize the label before the introduction of N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton.  The success of Supersonic made J.J.Fad the first all woman rap group to earn a Grammy nomination. Their sophomore album, Not Just A Fad, was overlooked and the single, “We In The House” was popular with DJs but did not chart. The group disbanded soon after to focus on family life but in 2009 they reunited and started touring again.

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