“Roads To Riches” | kool g rap & polo
Man…I still miss her. She was one of those few artist that had the appeal to reach a mass audience while going above the so called “Urban” box (always had a HUGE problem with that term and what it stands for…thats another conversation..) She was POP, R&B, HIP HOP, SOUL.. My fondest memory was when I first encountered her during my days as an intern for VIRGIN EMI while hanging out at the “ROMEO MUST DIE” listening party. That night was WILD..I had like 5 long island iced teas…(STILL went to work the next day..) I remember very well checking out KELIS with her green hair and nicely fat booty (yes, I was smitten..) That nite was bananas..saw all the homies. I ran into a certain producer who was a complete douche (we will remain nameless) I thought to myself- “this n— is a straight HERB..square like a rubix cube” like many of those types who come into “new money”. Anyhow, the highlight took place when she was walking around taking in the vibe- she was STUNNINGLY beautiful..very gracious, a silent beauty that stood out without her even saying a word. Her legacy is timeless and is greatly missed..we still celebrate her greatness.
Its funny…whenever I get tense during the daily grind (the chosen few that have witnessed me in the trenches…know for a fact that I have ALWAYS went long and hard!) I always say to myself that I will end up being the hip rich older dude with the nice assortment of young eye candy at my fingertips..(not that I dont now..but the candy is much sweeter once you’ve reached the apex) You go through the stress of trying to prove yourself in your younger years, i’d rather sweat and work it out now so I can enjoy it with no interruptions later. A very close friend told me that I will be able to enjoy the fruits of my hard work and creativity..I look forward to that day..Also the candy will be much sweeter (25 to my 50…don’t sound bad at all…) For all that I have endured and withstood..I know my place in the shade is waiting. All drinks on me.
(jeremy soul, b nasty , rich medina, monalisa, myself, babybubba)
My heart hangs very heavy for Mrs V and the entire Ashford & Sipmson family..The chemistry they shared was a testament that was bigger than any chart position or trend. SIX decades. They were the living fairy tale of true love expressed through music in which they lived out every lyric.
Ashford and Simpson were and STILL are a very huge part of my musical development and upbringing. They were the epitome of what a real relationship means and stands for. Like Bonnie and Clyde, Romeo and Juliet…there was ASHFORD and SIMPSON aka “NICK-O-VAL”. As a kid growing up, I never knew the significance or witness the genuine union of a real husband/wife-real relationship other than second hand stories of my Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles . Ashford and Simpson‘s presence went above and beyond just making records-they were a living testament of what a true, undying, unconditional love means. Nick Ashford’s style and swag was beyond definitive..it was flair and dare. His style and delivery was dipped in Gospel with a strong urgency within every word. As a team they demonstrated absolute magic..lending their magic dust to artists such as Ray Charles, CHIC, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse and a plethora of many more. Ashford and Simpson were a revered couple that served as a template of perfection in every sense of the word. Nick Ashford will be sorely missed, please keep him and his family in thought. For those that were way too young to have witness such excellence..please do your self a favor and open the treasure chest of ASHFORD and SIMPSON..