Media Questions Of The Week

Will Patti LaBelle’s breakfast products become as popular as her pies? 

Does The Woman King starring Viola Davis tell the truth about the Dahomey people and their involvement in the slave trade? 

Rayvn Lenae & Doechii Connect For Xtasy Remix

Ravyn Lenae Doechii

Ravyn Lenae links with Doechii for a remix of her Kaytranada-produced “Xtasy.” Doechii adds a blast of boss energy to the slinky track with verses dedicated to her true romantic love. Lenae’s Hypnos debut album is one of the standout releases this year aced critic lists and gave her greater visibility. Her Tiny Desk concert was a glimpse of what to expect in her live show. In October she is going on tour in support of Omar Apollo. The outing called the Prototype Tour will travel through North America until the last date at History in Toronto, Ontario. Tickets can be purchased on Lenae’s official website.  



Throwback: Barry White-It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me

Barry White’s seventh album Barry White Sings For Someone You Love restored his chart relevance with the support of two popular singles;”It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me” and “Playing Your Game, Baby.” The former boasted a funky bass-heavy symphonic groove underneath White’s bewitching baritone. Nelson Pigford and Ekundayo Paris co-wrote and Barry White arranged the song. White’s description of intimacy was accented by his rapturous growls which were clearly for a bedroom scene but the music was made for dancing. His singing about sex with a pulsating dancefloor arrangement was undeniable and allowed the song to peak on multiple charts.

The musical science of “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me” outlasted the disco era and reaffirmed White’s status as one of R&B’s eternally favored love men. His beginnings with a soul orchestra in the ’70s brought him success as a producer and a solo artist and in the ’90s he was able to make a modern style transition that tastefully kept the essence of his musical mojo. Mary J. Blige’s “You Bring Me Joy” sampled “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me” and it is also heard in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Barry White was posthumously added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2013. 


Ari Lennox Delivers Age/Sex/Location Album

Ari Lennox delivers her age/sex/location sophomore album as promised earlier this summer. When asked by her label founder J. Cole what the album means to her she replied with several catalysts to self-actualization.  She described the process of gaining clarity about interacting with people who didn’t appreciate her and the importance of dating herself.  The search for love has ceased because as she said in an Instagram post, the love is already there inside herself. Her “Boy Bye” duet with Lucky Daye personifies the self-love mantra with humor as she calls out his shortcomings. The vibe continues when she demands respect  on the Summer Walker-assisted “Queen Space.”  Lennox surprised fans two weeks ago when she shared the Away Message EP which has “Queen Space” on its tracklisting. The anticipation for the follow-up to her critically acclaimed Shea Butter Baby 2019 debut album can be fulfilled because the new album avoids the dreaded sophomore slump.