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Unique74 says to check out THUNDER SOUL!!!!

For anyone who is an aspiring musician of any kind, I highly recommend that you go and check out “THUNDER SOUL” while its in theatres. I am not the kind of cat that goes around breaking out tears in public..but your man had to hold some in after watching this movie…I am going to expound more on another blog that will review this movie (im on limited time due to gearing up for EDL Mondays in DTLA). But I have to give an honorable mention to Mr Conrad “Prof” Johnson (this was a HEAVY, HEAVY…HEAVY MAN..who was way ahead of his time). If anything. “Prof” was a reminder of the great men that I was LUCKY to grow up around that took the role of leadership to the next level. The story of “Prof” and the kids from Kashmere High School in Houston, Texas needs to be heard, it is a testament. I will cover more in the review, but whatever you do..I urge you to run out and take your family, friends and loved ones to to see this movie (It is a TRAVESTY that this movie was not branded or marketed properly..Yet, we are constantly bombarded with bs and tomfoolery. However, I SALUTE JAMIE FOXX for being instrumental in getting this story out to the masses..).

Shout out to Director MARK LANDSMAN (it was great rapping with you man!! The Marvin Gaye story is priceless!!!)

Unique74 | OCCUPY “THUNDER SOUL” – Community movie night out! *Action Alert*

Community Action Alert!
It’s Movie night!

8pm showing
(limited seating so early arrival suggested)

For reasons unknown, the award winning film “THUNDER SOUL”, based on one of the most accomplished stage bands in history, was released to movie theatres without much promo support & awareness. Undersold tickets has forced theatres to limit showings for only one more week.

Many LA events have featured the KASHMERE STAGE BAND
throughout the years and this film is true testament on the power of music and those who teach it. Truly one of the most inspirational and important films to come out this year and one that should not
be allowed to simply fade away into the archives.

Los Angeles, it’s time to mobilize and occupy THUNDER SOUL!

Can’t make the film? Please check websites for other times that are more convenient and invite friends along. It’s also playing at RAVE CInemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

In support from:

Unique74 | “I AM ALI” By Dream Hampton | movie

Big shout to my Philly peoples Mark Anthony Benson
for putting me up on this gem…Powerful..

I AM ALI By Dream Hampton

my brother.

Im taking a break from recording and he takes a break from editing films..chilling at The DO OVER checking out DJ CAM from PARIS!! This is my long time friend and brother, CREATOR da’shon is. One of the most STAND UP cats that has really been a true blue dude all the way through. Big Shout to SOULSOL for holding it down on the photo!!


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 Going On”
Happy, bright, promise of a brighter day while stressing the urgency in asking such a pivotal question. What has mankind reduced itself to and how can we repair the damage.

“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.

“Right On”
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.

“Wholy Holy”

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?

Dj A-Ski


Unique74 salutes SLY STONE | HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


Guess who produced this number?
(proud owner of the 7inch on this jam..)

This next record has haunted me for years. The lead singer is still a mystery to this day..but it is clear as bell that the FAMILY STONE is holding down the rhthym section. Guess who produced this one? (whoever has the 7 inch to this.. you are BEYOND official, not easy to find. I am a proud owner of this and the MIGHTY JOE HICKS version on 7inch).

Guess who was the FIRST to use the talkbox? Which later influenced STEVIE, GUITAR WATSON, FRAMPTON, McCARTNEY, ERNIE ISLEY, TROUTMAN, etc. This was the theme music for the late great FRANKIE CROCKER “The Chief Rocker” (MY HERO!!) in his earlier years whenever he would “rap” on the radio. Stomp down Blues Funk at its finest!!

Fans: the song is entitled “Sex Machine”…no not the James Brown can be found on their 1969 release “Stand”


“I Dont Know What The World Is Coming To” (1975) | Bobby Womack Sly provides background vocals. Put headphones on for it to really become clear, can be heard at the end near fade out.

“You Caught Me (Smiling)” (1971) | 7inch version | Sly and The Family Stone
Okay, for my “diggers” out know where im going with this one..This is an alternate mix compared to the standard lp mix. The difference is that during the first bridge before the chorus, Sly lets out a huge JB-ish growl that can be only found on the 7 inch version.

Motown | The Golden Years {Dahl | McDougal III }
The Great Weldon McDougall III,
Musician, Producer, Former Label Exec for Motown/Philadelphia International states in his book that Sly and The Family Stone’s “STAND” lp was used as reference at Motown quality control meetings in search of direction for The Jackson 5 debut Lp “ABC” .

Funk Gets Stronger | Funkadelic | (1979)
Sly on the background vocals/talk box with Roger Troutman on Rhythm Guitar. A really feel good cut!!

Guess who is the proud owner of a skit with Sly + a live perfomance of “Family Affair” on The Tony Orlando Show (1977)?! Super Rare..Not even YOU TUBE can claim that one..

1.17 | A Benefit For MLK + HAITI | ZANZIBAR

In light of the devastation as a result of the recent earthquake in Haiti, this event will also be used to raise money for the relief efforts in Haiti.

This is what Dr. King stood for. This is what we stand for. Please stand with us.

Sunday January 17, 2010
at Zanzibar
1301 5th St
Santa Monica, CA
9PM – 2AM

Donation $5
100% of door proceeds will benefit HAITI & The Martin Luther King National Memorial

In this same spirit, we also recognize the devastation that has occurred in Haiti as a result of the recent earthquake. The people of Haiti desperately need your help. Please visit The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) for more information on how you can assist in the relief efforts.

MLK National Memorial -

The Center for International Disaster Information –

Department of State Hotline (for information on family members in Haiti) – (888) 407-4747

Unique74 meets the Unique original himself..

I finally shook hands and met THE MAN himself today…it was still sky high from the whole experience…