a reworking of an all time classic and personal favorite…
Rest In Paradise Mr Gil Scot-Heron
He was the epitome that stood taller than tall…NEVER landed a fall…BLACK Manhood unchallenged and undaunting..the blueprint of LIFE and JUSTICE was his premise for he fought the fight for us ALL…Never again will ANY of us witness such grace as he stood up to it face to face…The towering definition of man beyond the cliche built alpha male, above the opposite. He sweated John Coltrane and bled Billie Holiday..yet within each word he promised us a better day..
Please Keep MR GIL SCOT-HERON in your thoughts and prayers…Rest In Paradise
Never place demands on someone that you are not willing 2 place on yourself. U aint special. Take a seat.
Golf in the mornings while telling old Richard Pryor jokes. Real Estate and massive publishing while lecturing all over the world… #longterm
Shout out and CONGRATS to LONGEVITY with a brand new video and EP release!!! To all my DARK LEAF fans and Hip Hop heads..this is the sure shot!
Official Video for Longevity’s ‘Tantrum’ (Prod. Peyote Cody) directed by Brian Mulchy.
Pick up the single on iTunes now:
STATIC WEDNESDAY | LA > 5/25
@The Bergundy House
6202 Santa Monica Bl.
Come join us on May 25th for an evening of outstanding live music by an eclectic mix of some of LA’s most dynamic new artist!
World reknowned DJ A-SKI will be heating up the dance floor before, after, and between sets with a variety of tunes from Latin, Rock and House to Funk, Soul and Hip Hop.
Doors Open at 8pm
Admission is just $5 before 10pm and early arrival is suggested as this event will be packed!
Info Line 323.761.6465
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of an album that expanded the scope of Soul, R&B, Pop and even Gospel to a huge degree. It started as a concept that was based largely around Marvin’s brother Frankie who came back from the Vietnam War and shared various stories about his time there in addition to a very turbulent 1970′s while still dealing with the ripple effect of the 60′s and the loss of his musical better half Tammi Terrell (as a man who has been in love..I personally believe he was in love with Tammi and never got over her passing).
This very release echoed the strong social current shocks that Curtis Mayfield, Bob Dylan, Norman Whitfield and The Temptations (post Ruffin) , Nina Simone, etc were infusing in the higher stream of consciousness. What’s Going On was met with strong resistance at Motown yet somehow served as a saving grace in not only redefining Marvin Gaye’s career but it elevated the playing field for Motown in which this very release eventually would add fuel to the fire for artists such as Stevie Wonder who would later go on to write about “Living For The City” after dealing in those “Inner City Blues”. This release represented a turning point for Motown, the fact it would be Marvin’s very last album with the entire Funk Brothers unit and was one of the last crucial releases that were recorded in Detroit before Motown moved to Los Angeles were beyond symbolic. Eventually, the mood of Marvin’s albums became more subdued and sleeker due to the effects of LA living and post Detroit state of mind.
Hence, the musicians after “What’s Going On” became Marvin’s core players (Ray Parker Jr, Wah Wah Watson, David T Walker, Ed Green, Gene Page,etc) while recording the iconic Barry White’s sessions in which the Detroit-LA sound was officially born. (It is no secret as to why Marvin before his untimely passing personally requested Barry White to produce his follow album after “Sexual Healing”..we were cheated in that one..).
Reflecting back as child, I was always intrigued by the photography, artwork and detailed liner notes. What captivated me the most was reading the lyrics and being moved by the sentiment yet being too young in not having the grasp, while holding on to every word as if it were speaking to me. Many may disagree and some may strongly agree that Marvin was giving pure ministry throughout the entire album that still rings today. As a seeker and a soldier in his own respect, Marvin navigated through the spiritual realm while purposely avoiding any contact with the mundane physical “Love Box” that Motown confined him to (if aint broke dont fix it, right?).
“What’s Happening Brother”
The Adantes execute beautifully as vocal strings while The Funk Bros lay down a melodic street groove. As Marvin pleads the case of his brother Frankie and many others after “coming home”.. it is also a cry asking what’s really happening in the land of plenty that I cannot provide for my family and loved ones yet my blood has shed in its defense. What’s happening?
“Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky)”
Dark, menacing, embracing the danger, fears of the unknown and whats to come. Chasing nirvana in a living hell while playing the balancing act of survival.
“Save The Children”
In playing games of conquer and power, who is looking out for the better interests of the future? Where is the responsibility that they too not play the foolish games of elders. Who really cares?
“God Is Love”
With balance comes reverence in which it is due in maintaining the “checks and balances” of the world. Mainly, reinforcing that a higher power is the ruler of all for without it..mankind will fall.
“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”
Lamenting over the destruction and carelessness.. games of the world are costing the world its intricate beauty.
Heavy talk with a very slick walk while embracing the differences of whats considered right or wrong in a glass that is half empty and half full, largely depending what light you put it under while dancing with its complicated simplicities.
Using the same persuasive vice in pleading for the young lady’s hand..he embraces his strong doo wop roots to bring you to a higher source while driving the message he stated in “God Is Love”. Except he is promising a higher plateau, a cleansed state of being while the muck and mire is forever gone.
“Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”
Frustration of conditions with life on the other side of the tracks is taking its toll while being backed into a corner. Where do you run, how do you cope?
If there is anyone with a BUDDY PASS!! Please hit me on the inbox or comments. I can work something out with you and negotiate..I have some dates lined up in AUSTRALIA! In conjunction with my “CHANGE THE MOOD” release! Beyond Excited!!! Much Appreciation!! One Love!
“LOVE has come around”- Donald Byrd
“IOU” | FREEZE
True Story…In the the 3th grade our teacher asked us to recite our vowels..so without hesitation..I start singing the chorus to this very song and the entire class chimes in right behind me (this record was HOT on the street at the time). The teacher is hating hard on the situation and threatens to call my Mom and suspend me..I called her bluff and responded “are we not saying our vowels?” Game Over..No suspension..
“Step Off” | The Furious 5
Summertime..84..this was probably the last of the superior battle records before the Def Jam/86-87 era took over..cream of the crop..Melle Mel seals the deal on this one..
” Dat’s alpaca!!! don’t wipe, you BLOT that! get the club soda…”
He had a huge crush on my Mom in high school.. (“he had the hair of ten men, a smooth talker who could play piano beautifully and outdance anybody” -Moms)
If you are going to be a real fan..Ride all the way..win or lose. You guys could really take a lesson from SPIKE! Thats LA 4 u though..smh..transformers. Besides, we STILL have more rings… It was a great game on both ends..Congrats to to the MAVS! An LA native has spoken.
Happy Saturday and a great weekend to everyone..A very special shout to all the Mothers of the world..Celestial and Present..She is my best friend who struck with the iron fist when it was time yet gave me a lifetime of flowers and the courage to look the world in its eye and laugh ..The Man you see today and constantly elevates toward is because of her….#HappyMothersDayWeekend
a total excursion in music, life & atmosphere…
One Nite Only!
A very special listening event plus video shoot for DJ A-Ski‘s upcoming album release “CHANGE THE MOOD”!! (8p-10p)
Special Opening Set:
+ Live Art Illustration & Live Percussion
+ Fine Indian Cuisine courtesy of..
THE FAMOUS AKBAR CUISINE OF INDIA (comfortable atmosphere and outstanding cuisine including amazing appetizers, rice and veggie dishes plus chicken, seafood and lamb like you have never tasted before!)
TABLE RESERVATIONS + BIRTHDAYS:
(7:30p-10:00pm w/Dinner+Table Reservation)
FREE w/RSVP (TABLE RESERVATION HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
2501 W 6TH STREET
Los Angeles, CA 90057
| Streeet Parking (+$5 Parking) | Enter Through Rear