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  1. I love everything that's going on right now.  LOL  The clips of the show look fun. I know the NEVER do the actual performance justice. I also know that performing live definitely will grab a hold of Will. More shows will follow. I'm surprised he did "Boom! Shake The Room."  Don't get me wrong, it's a fine song, but he doesn't like that song and I wouldn't consider it one of their strongest. I guess it's because it was such a huge international hit. It is a good opener. I'm glad "Brand New Funk" and "I Wanna Rock" were in there, as well as the singles that made the medley. I expected the Will Smith solo songs that were selected would be there, though I'd personally replace "Men In Black" with something else. I know it has to be there for the mainstream fans.   While my personal taste would be to hear a class Hip-Hop song, "Get Lit" is a unique club banger that can cater for today's top 40 fans.

    My favorite part was seeing all of the pictures of you guys on social media. I was geekin' out over those pictures.  I expect to hear more details from everyone who went. They'll hold me over until I get to catch a show. 

  2. http://www.okayplayer.com/music/dangelo-release-deluxe-edition-brown-sugar.html

    D'Angelo To Release Deluxe Edition Of 'Brown Sugar'

    Posted by Elijah C. Watson

    Church In The Wild: D’Angelo, John Mayer & The Roots Held Service At Day 1 Of Roots Picnic NY

    Photo Credit: Vickey Ford for Okayplayer

    A reissue of D’Angelo’s landmark debut album Brown Sugar will be released soon.

    As Rolling Stone details, the remastered deluxe edition of the album will feature plenty of bonus material, including 21 rare tracks made up of previously issued remixes, instrumentals, and a cappella versions of the project’s title track and “Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine.”

    The deluxe edition will also include a 20-page booklet boasting rare photographs, lyrics, and author-filmmaker Nelson George’s essay about the album’s innovative, influential hybrid of gospel, soul, funk, and hip-hop.

    Check out the reissue’s full track list below.

    D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (Deluxe Edition)

    CD 1 (Remastered album with bonus tracks)

    1. “Brown Sugar”
    2. “Alright”
    3. “Jonz In My Bonz”
    4. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine”
    5. “Sh*t, Damn, Motherf*cker”
    6. “Smooth”
    7. “Cruisin’”
    8. “When We Get By”
    9. “Lady”
    10. “Higher”

    Bonus Tracks

    11. “Brown Sugar”
    12. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” A Cappella (released on promotional 12” single)
    13. “Brown Sugar” Instrumental (released on 12” single)
    14. “Lady” Just Tha Beat Mix Instrumental w/Chorus (Mixed by DJ Premier; released on CD Maxi-Single)
    15. “Brown Sugar” Alternate Version (released on 12” single)

    CD 2 (More Sugar)

    1. “Brown Sugar” King Tech Remix feat. Kool G. Rap (released on 12” promotional single)
    2. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine Def Squad Remix feat. Redman (Remixed by Erick Sermon for Funk Lord Productions; released on 12” single)
    3. “Cruisin’” Cut The Sax Remix (Remix by King Tech; Released on 12” single)
    4. “Lady” Just Tha Beat Mix/featuring AZ (Remixed by DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Inc.; released on CD Maxi-Single)
    5. “Brown Sugar” Soul Inside 808 Mix (Mix by DJ Dodge; released on U.K. 12” single)
    6. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” Two Way Street Mix (Remixed by DJ Premier for Works of Mart Productions, Inc.; released on promotional 12” single)
    7. “Cruisin’” Dallas Austin Remix (released on 12” single)
    8. “Lady” 2B3 Shake Dat Ass Mix (Remix produced by Neville Thomas and Pule Pheto for 2B3 Productions; released on U.K. CD Maxi-Single)
    9. “Brown Sugar” Incognito Molasses Remix (released on “She’s Always In My Hair” promotional 12” single)
    10. “Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” Dreamy Remix (Remixed by Erick Sermon for Funk Lord Productions; released on promotional 12” single)
    11. “Cruisin’” Wet Remix (released on CD single)
    12. “Brown Sugar” Dollar Bag Mix (released on U.K. 12” single)
    13. “Cruisin’” God Made Me Funky Remix (released on promotional 12” single)
    14. “Brown Sugar” CJ Mackintosh Remix (Additional production and Remix by CJ Mackintosh; released on the various artists CD collection Nu Classic Soul)
    15. “Lady” CJ Mackintosh Mix Radio Edit (Additional production and Remix by CJ Mackintosh; released on U.K. CD Maxi-Single)
    16. “Cruisin” Who’s Fooling Who Mix (released on promotional 12” single)

  3. http://ew.com/music/2017/07/05/tupac-prison-letter-madonna-breakup-race/

    Tupac prison letter reveals race was major factor in his split from Madonna

    Dave Quinn

    Posted on July 5, 2017 at 10:27pm EDT

    gettyimages-649551984.jpg?w=2000Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

    In 2015, Madonna made headlines when she admitted she had dated rapper Tupac Shakur years before his death. Now, an uncovered letter from the late star to the pop icon reveals race was a big factor in their breakup.

    On Wednesday, TMZ published portions of a previously unseen letter Tupac penned while at the Clinton Correctional Facility, where he was serving time on sexual abuse charges.

    Tupac is incredibly candid in the note — dated Jan. 15, 1995, 4:30 a.m. and addressed simply to “M” — often expressing his sorrow for their breakup and admitting he waited a long time to write the note because he was “struggling to find all the answers” so that he “wouldn’t leave any unanswered questions.”

    “For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting,” Tupac wrote. “But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was.”

    “I never meant to hurt you,” he added.

    There are multiple apologies to Madonna throughout the letter and admissions of mistakes Tupac claimed he made. “I must apologize to you because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being,” he said.

    He explained he was angry after an interview Madonna gave in which she allegedly said, “‘I’m off to rehabilitate all the rappers & basketball players.’”

    “Those words cut me deep seeing how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself,” Tupac wrote. “It was at this moment out of hurt and a natural instinct to strike back and defend my heart and ego that I said a lot of things. …Can you feel me?”

    “In the time since, as you can see, I have grown both spiritually and mentally,” Tupac continued. “It no longer matters how I’m perceived. Please understand my previous position as that of a young man with limited experience with an extremely famous sex symbol.”

    Toward the end of the letter, Tupac asked for Madonna’s friendship and gave her some advice — though both items came with an impending sense of doom for the rapper, who would die from wounds inflicted in a drive-by shooting a little over a year later.

    “I offer my friendship once again, this time stronger and focused. If you are still interested I would like to further discuss this with you but some of it couldn’t wait. I felt compelled to tell you…just in case anything happened to me,” he said. “Please be careful Madonna. Everyone is not as honorable as they seem there are those whose hearts bleed with envy & evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm!” Tupac wrote. “Let my 6 bullets be proof of that!”

    After signing the letter “Always 2Pac Tupac Shakur,” he added a final request.

    “I don’t know how you feel about visiting me but if you could find it in your heart I would love to speak face to face with you,” he said. “It’s funny but this experience has taught me to not take time 4 granted.”

    Four sections from Tupac’s letter were redacted by TMZ. Gotta Have Rock and Roll will auction off the full document between July 19-28, with a starting bid of $100,000.

    This article originally appeared on People.com

  4. I was randomly looking online and came across this new remix of "Summertime."  While it's not an authorized remix, the talent of the producer and sound quality is professional. They don't try to reinvent the wheel either. It's classic, yet freshened up. It's also free. Check it out.


    Summertime (Rhythm Scholar Remix)

    Summertime (Rhythm Scholar Remix Edit)

    Summertime (Rhythm Scholar Dubber Madness Mix)

    Summer Madness (Rhythm Scholar Remix) *Kool & The Gang

  5. It's not necessarily a bad thing for him to get Aladdin done. It's a guaranteed hit. Bad Boys will be another one. I kind of wish Bay was on Bad Boys though. I'm not film critic. I know he has a very mixed reputation among movie fans, but I Bad Boys is an area where he excels. I think he contributed a lot to the look and feel of the films. If he's not doing it, they need someone who will capture something similar.

  6. I was on ebay looking for some 11x17 posters to fill a small space between the door frame and the corner of the room and found this unofficial JJ+FP black light poster. The press is reasonable, so I figured I'd share. The seller has countless other posters of classic Hip-Hop artists...LL Cool J, Heavy D, Queen Latifah, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Salt-N-Pepa, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, De La Soul, NWA, etc. It looks like I'm going to have to install a black light in the music room now.


  7. Okay, the title of this post is misleading; but not.  lol


    A Grammy Award-Winning Artist Is Working on New Album at Richmond’s Jail

    by Jackie Kruszewski

    May 30, 2017
    Scott Elmquist A film crew follows Speech, upper right, of Arrested Development, beside Garland Carr during a call-and-response session at the Richmond City Justice Center.

    Garland Carr’s voice and guitar playing fill a small recording studio, partially lined with foam and egg cartons, with the command of a seasoned performer.

    The 33-year-old is singing an original song he recently recorded with Speech, the Grammy-Award winning artist behind hip-hop group Arrested Development.

    “Freedom wind, blow me away,” Carr sings. “I don’t feel so free today.”

    It has the makings of a country-folk hit and the tall, tattooed Carr a country singer. But today he’s in a blue jumpsuit and Velcro shoes, waiting for a June court hearing, an inmate at the Richmond City Justice Center.

    Speech, the stage name of Todd Thomas, is in Richmond recording Arrested Development’s next album at the jail. He’s using the studio, which has been there since the jail opened in 2014, but mostly he’s there for the talent and inspiration.

    “When we got here, I didn’t know how talented or untalented any of the residents were going to be,” he says. “It’s been part of the journey to really interact with them and learn how talented they are. I’ve just been floored by it.”

    Speech, 48, says they’ve created nine original songs so far — in a variety of styles, from different musicians in jail. He’ll edit and add choir music to some tracks back in Atlanta, where he’s based.

    “The opportunity to be able to create music and interact … that will help people to understand the humanity, the creativity, the repentance, the heart of people in jail,” he says. “And help people understand that these are humans, people that are going through a lot of stuff. And this music is where they express it.”

    Carr, who grew up in Mechanicsville, says he has a musical family and dabbled in performance, but the opportunity to collaborate with Speech has forced him outside of his comfort zone.

    “I squandered my talent out there,” he says. “I just had other things on my mind.” He says Speech has inspired him to learn the technical side of recording, on which Carr struggled to focus.

    Speech also has donated updated recording software since arriving.

    “With Garland, it’s been about not getting in the way,” Speech says. “He’s got great songs and great ideas. I let him do what he does and just help out in any way I can.”

    “You came through in a clutch with the harmonies today,” Carr says.

    “Hey, that’s what I do,” Speech says.

    A film crew from Resonant Pictures of Brooklyn, New York, has been following these interactions for a documentary about the making of the album. It trails Speech through the jail, setting up scenes with a narrative and purpose. Adam Barton of Resonant says the goal is to have it completed next year.

    Both Speech and Barton credit a 2015 CNN segment about the jail’s father-daughter dance for bringing Richmond to their attention. Speech says he’s performed here many times, but this is his first time really getting to know Richmond.

    Last week, Sheriff C.T. Woody showed Speech around neighborhoods — Byrd Park, Jackson Ward, Blackwell, Creighton and Fairfield courts — a tour that Speech calls inspiring.

    “Just to see the city from his eyes,” he says, “that was very special.”

    Speech spent a night in the jail, too, to understand the incarcerated lives of his musical collaborators. “It was unforgettable — the emotional detachment, the feeling I felt in there, which I’d never felt in my life,” he says. “I don’t plan to feel it again.”

    Woody checked on him several times that morning and jokes that Speech took too long in the shower. “I told him he owed me for the water bill,” Woody says, laughing. “I think he was trying to wash all those feelings away.”

    Speech also was on hand May 16 for the housewarming of a home in Manchester for former jail residents. He performed from the porch, and gave a beat for another performance by an alumnus of the jail’s recovery program.

    The album has no release date yet, Speech says, but he’ll return to Richmond for follow-ups later this year — with the rest of Arrested Development at some point — and Resonant Pictures will continue to track the album’s creation.

    Speech is met with applause when he enters a common space at the jail to lead a chorus of 22 men in a call-and-response hymn.

    “I want to lay my burden down,” Carr sings. He and Speech conduct the swaying men, their voices reverberating off the metal and concrete.

    Speech says he hopes his collaborators such as Carr will continue to make music when they’re out. “The straight and narrow — it’s the only path for me,” Carr says. “I feel like I woke up from a long sleep.”

    Carr adds that, for possibly the first time in his life, he feels like his priorities are lined up. “I’ve got a lot energy,” he says. “If I dedicate it to something negative, man things go really far negative. But if I dedicate it to something positive, sky’s the limit.” S