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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hip Hop Gods are Disciples of Classic Rap Web Site

Here’s the “honorary” official time keeper of the new website, HipHopGods.com.

Public Enemy’s Flava Flav wants you to check in for news, information, videos, content and commentary about classic old school hip hop.

The plan for this site is to immortalize the legends of the genre.

Check out the HipHopGods.com news page, poke through their blogs, (written by Darryl Mack, Chuck D., and others), and watch some of the classic videos from back in the day.

HipHopGods.com has a nice clean look.  Visually, it’s well designed.

One suggestion: where’s the search engine?  Maybe I missed it, but you’ve gotta have one of those.

To get the VIP content, you should register with the site.

A big shout out to Public Enemy for their excellent Washington, DC show yesterday (November 18), to benefit homeless youth.  Thank you Chuck D. for turning everyone on to the HipHopGods.com website.

See 18 of my 134 photos from the benefit concert on the new Powerhouse Radio Facebook fan page.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

A Look Back at Koko Taylor

I was lucky enough to work at an R&B radio station in the 1970’s that allowed us (the dj’s) to play Koko Taylor right along side of the Temptations and Aretha Franklin.

The somewhat eclectic mix helped me to develop a reverence and appreciation for the blues masters, who by the mid 1960’s had long since slipped off of the popular music charts.

NPR Music on their All Songs blog has a Look Back at blues legend Koko Taylor, including videos and bio.  She passed away on June 3, 2009, at the age of 80.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Al B. Sure comes Home for Honey

When Al B. Sure entered a Sony Music sponsored song contest in the 1980’s, luck with talent attracted the ear of judge Quincy Jones, who picked Al B. to receive the top honor from among 50 finalists.

With some grooming, Sure eventually went on to release the successful 1988 hit In Effect Mode, featuring his anthem “Nite and Day."

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, Al B. Sure leaps ahead 21 years to release Honey, I’m Home, a brand new album featuring 10 original songs.

Laura Krier in southern Spain has a great new audio conversation with “Mr. Nite and Day.” You can hear it by visiting the official Al B. Sure love blog, and clicking on the “interview with Laura Krier” link.

During the interview, Al B. has a great tip for up and coming artists.  Sure says, in effect, forget about the technology, it’s all about the song.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Jody Watley Declares New International Independence

Long after her fun-filled days with Shalamar, vocalist Jody Watley continued to release new songs via the independent music circuit.

She’s just expanded her reach, by signing an international marketing agreement with London based ADA-Global, who will distribute her Avitone Records independent back catalogue from 1995 to the present.

Check out my 2006 update on Jody Watley’s The Makeover album, which is scheduled to be revised and re-released soon as the first Avitone-ADA project.

Jody has planned these upcoming mini-tour concert dates:

  • Thursday, July 30, 2009, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, 8 pm
  • Friday, July 31, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Times Square, New York, NY, 8 pm
  • Sunday, August 2, Halstead Market Days Festival, Chicago, IL, 8:30 pm

Follow Jody Watley: On Music, Pop Culture, and Life by reading her motivating blog updates.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Jody Watley Banks on Makeover

Jody Watley, formerly of the group Shalamar, has a creative new release, “The Makeover.” The CD title implies a rebirth, and that’s exactly what Jody does with songs you’ll instantly recognize.

Madonna’s “Borderline,” Diana Ross’ “Love Hangover,” Chic’s “I Want Your Love,” and Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” are some of the songs Watley re-energizes.

Both “I Want Your Love” and “Waiting in Vain” offer danceable interpretations that expand the scope of the original Chic and Marley tunes.

“Makeover" has twelve tracks, offering lots of variety, including several new songs.

Jody tackles a medley of Carpenters hits, “Close to You,” “Superstar,” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.” Her approach is quite different from Luther Vandross’ mellow take on the hit song “Superstar."

"The Makeover” is Jody’s ninth solo album.  She sings on this one with gusto.  Her fans new and old will enjoy it.

Pick up on her good times with Howard Hewitt and Jeffery Daniels by checking out Shalamar’s official biography.

Jody Watley is the god-daughter of the late classic soul legend Jackie Wilson.  She has a great blog, so read about her latest adventures at Jody Watley dot net.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer all the Time

There’s nothing like the excitement of a large arena concert, with 18,000 plus fans dancing themselves into delirium.

Such was the case at one of the strongest live shows I attended in the 1990’s: Hammer at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Still known as “MC” back then, his electrifying and costly stage show rocked the big apple with “a cast of thousand” homeboy and homegirl dancers, extras, and hanger-on’s.

He had so many people on stage during his show, it was a visual blizzard keeping up with all the dancing and theatrical action.

For the long haul, the expensive payroll of such a production proved too much to sustain.

Today, Hammer is still showing us all those fancy moves, but now, he’s doing it through the gift of online gab.

If you’re ready for Hammer in the morning, Hammer in the evening, Hammer all the time, then prepare yourself for the non-stop MC Hammer Blog experience.

By the way, the former bat boy for the Oakland A’s is doing his thing for Major League baseball too.  It’s home run Hammer time, slamming the online banter out of the park, faster than a super homeboy from the Oaktown.

Hammer is too legit to quit.

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