#ThrowbackThursday #TBT #BlackMusicMonth “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross (1981)

Before there was Babyface, Tyrese, Tank, Ginuwine, Usher, Jason Derulo, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Jon B., Rico Love, Sebastin Mikael, Chris Brown . . . there . . . . was . . . . LUTHER who wrote his songs and had an ear for conducting amazing harmonies in his backup singers!

P.S. The street fashion in this video alone is worthy of a #ThrowbackThursday shoutout! 😉

PRODUCER WEEK: Just Blaze Drops Jewels On The Golden Era Sound [EXCLUSIVE]

I have tremendous respect for Just Blaze as a creative producer, on the same level as Timbaland, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, The Neptunes, and more! HIs advice and insight are pearls of wisdom! #BlackMusicMonth

The Urban Daily

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When it comes to crafting classic albums or block-breaking singles, there are few better on the boards than Just Blaze. Since his start in 1999, Just has been a consistent source of heat for new-jacks and established acts alike with a diversity that’s allowed him to supply sonics for everyone from Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz and Shaggy to Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Jon B and Usher. As one of the featured sound men behind the Roc-A-fella dynasty Just’s magic touch on classic albums like “The Blueprint” proved instrumental (pun intended) in putting The Roc on top.  So with the 2o year anniversary of 1994 in full effect, decided nobody’s stripes were better suited to chime in on the expression, the progression and direction of Hip-Hop from then to now than a man with a Flux Capacitorin  his studio.

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BET 2010 Awards – Have I Officially Outgrown Them?

So I was one of the millions of viewers watching BET 2010 Awards last night. Unfortunately, I was torn between watching “True Blood.” Then something came to me. I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing any of the marquee performers. The only thing I was looking to was the Prince tribute and the MJ tribute. I just wasn’t invested in that world anymore. Trends come and go, but good, quality music lasts forever.

I guess you reach an age where salacious trends can’t satisfy your need for transformative musical sustenance. The greats did that – Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Patti LaBelle, Berry Gordy’s Motown artists. The true entertainers were students of this discipline. I think that is why the passing of Michael Jackson hurt so much. He bridged the generations with his understanding of music that created pathos in his audiences. But who will do that now?

I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be music for young people to dance to. We all need that kind of escapism at weddings, dances, family reunions. But when the radio becomes saturated with the same kind of music all day, every day, you wonder what the kids are really learning about music. Is Auto-Tune the new standard? Is sampling the new hook? Does a “tight jam” trump powerful lyrics?

And then you wonder why new artists coming out lack substance? Where are the apprentices to the rhythm and blues that my parents listened to? Until young consumers value themselves the same way record executives do when it comes to their spending power, the status quo will remain. What do you think?
















All Songs from RENT Musical


1) “Seasons of Love” – Cast

2) “Rent” – Cast

3) “You’ll See” – Adam Pascal (Roger), Anthony Rapp (Mark) & Taye Diggs (Benny) 

4) “One Song Glory” – Adam Pascal (Roger)

5) “Light My Candle” – Adam Pascal (Roger) & Rosario Dawson (Mimi)

6) “Today 4 U” – Jesse L Martin (Collins), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel) & Anthony Rapp (Mark)

7) “Tango: Maureen” – Tracie Thoms (Joanne) & Anthony Rapp (Mark) 

8) “Life Support” – Cast

9) “Out Tonight” – Rosario Dawson (Mimi)

10) “Another Day” – Rosario Dawson (Mimi), Adam Pascal (Roger), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel), Jesse L Martin (Collins) & Anthony Rapp (Mark) 

11) “Will I?” – Cast

12) “Santa Fe” – Adam Pascal (Roger), Anthony Rapp (Mark), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel) & Jesse L Martin (Collins) 

13) “I’ll Cover You” – Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel) & Jesse L Martin (Collins) 

14) “Over the Moon” – Idina Menzel (Maureen)
15) “La Vie Boheme” – Cast 


1) “I Should Tell You” – Adam Pascal (Roger) & Rosario Dawson (Mimi) 

2) “La Vie Boheme B” – Cast

3) “Seasons of Love B” – Cast

4) “Take Me or Leave Me” – Idina Menzel (Maureen) & Tracie Thoms (Joanne) 

5) “Without You” – Rosario Dawson (Mimi) & Adam Pascal (Roger) 

6)  “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” – Jesse L Martin (Collins) & Tracie Thoms (Joanne)

7) “Halloween” – Anthony Rapp (Mark)

8) “Goodbye Love” – Cast

9) “What You Own” – Adam Pascal (Roger) & Anthony Rapp (Mark)

10) “Finale A” – Rosario Dawson (Mimi) & Adam Pascal (Roger)

12) Your Eyes – Adam Pascal (Roger)

13) “Finale B” – Cast

14) “Love Heals” – Cast