Daily Archives: February 18, 2017

R.I.P. Clyde Stubblefield

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s famous percussionist better known as the Funky Drummer passed today at the age of 73 due to kidney failure. Stubblefield started played for Brown in the ’60’s and provided the rhythms for “Sex Machine,” “Cold Sweat” and many other songs. But it is the often-sampled “Funky Drummer” that gave him his nickname because it has been sampled countless times in hip-hop. The Chattanooga, Tennessee native was key to Brown’s style and in the process became his own legend. He released three solo albums and in 2011 performed “Fight The Power” with Chuck D and The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Stubblefield was respected by music fans, peers and those he influenced including Prince who paid a huge portion of his medical bills when he received treatment for bladder cancer in 2000.

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Media Questions Of The Week

Will Chance The Rapper sign to a major label now that he has three Grammys, fame, solid sales and the distinction of being the only unsigned artist to perform on Saturday Night Live?

Is Victor Willis of The Village People telling the truth about a secret Grammy committee that was formed after Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down album beat Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. for Album Of The year that can “over-ride other voters” if they do not like who they have chosen for the top awards?

Why didn’t President Trump respond to A Tribe Called Quest’s Grammy performance that was critical of him and had the most trending topics on Twitter of anyone who performed at the ceremony?

Why didn’t George Michael receive a more substantial tribute at The Grammy’s?

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Donald Glover Cast As Simba In The Live-Action Remake Of The Lion King

Donald Glover has been cast as Simba in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King. Simba is the lion who will be king after succeeding his father Mufasa voiced by James Earl Jones who was the character in the 1994 original film.

The rest of the cast has not been announced but Glover has a busy year ahead with his role as Lando Calrissian in the Hans Solo Star Wars movie and a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Fans will be eager to see him back on his Atlanta TV show after the absence because of his filming schedule.

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