Daily Archives: December 6, 2015

Amp Fiddler Boiler Room Detroit Live Set

Amp Fiddler’s  Detroit set for the Boiler Rom is a mix of his R&B, house and funk re-created with his mini studio and a DJ /Live PA of his favorite funk jams. The keyboardist, who has been a member of George Clinton’s band among other things, released his third Basementality EP this past summer and just performed in Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade.

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Leon Bridges On SNL

Leon Bridges made his Saturday Night Live debut last night and performed “Smooth Sailin’ ” and “River.”

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A Tribe Called Quest At Hot For The Holidays

Busta Rhymes brought longtime friends like Mary J.Blige, Method Man, Lil’ Kim and Puff Daddy to the stage in New York City for his Hot 97’s Hot For The Holidays concert. Here is A Tribe Called Quest and The Leaders Of The New School performing the remix of “Scenario.”

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J.Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming Trailer

J.Cole’s Forest Hills Drive Homecoming is his upcoming concert film for HBO. This is the trailer for the short film that will air January 9th.

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Throwback: Michael Jackson & Diana Ross-Ease On Down The Road

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Diana Ross and Michael Jackson recorded “Ease On Down The Road” for the 1978 Motown-produced film adaptation of The Wiz. Charlie Smalls wrote all of the music for the 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz which originally debuted at The Majestic Theater in Maryland. Smalls’ music was used for the film version of The Wiz  except for a few songs written by Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Anthony Jackson and Ashford and Simpson. The Diana Ross and Michael Jackson recording was Jackson’s first time collaborating with Quincy Jones and it was also his first of two Grammy nominations with Ross. The studio disco group Consumer Rapport first recorded “Ease On Down The Road” in 1975 and made it a number one dance hit. Ross and Jackson’s version also charted, the movie was nominated for four Academy Awards and Smalls won a Tony Award for the Best Score. Despite those achievements, the film failed at the box office and was harshly criticized with most praise going to Jackson’s performance and the set design. The Wiz’s failures lead to Hollywood’s refusal to finance Black musicals for a long time until Spike Lee emerged years later with School Daze. The Wiz still managed to have a pulse that lived among its fans and it also became important because it is Michael Jackson’s only film role. In 2015, NBC remade The Wiz with Queen Latifah, Shanice Williams, Common, David Alan Grier and Mary J.Blige as The Wiz Live!

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