G.O.A.T.’s

Well, the moment that 80s kids everywhere has been waiting on finally arrived last night; The New Edition Story premiered on BET. Now I must admit as much as I love NE and all that they stand for, I was understandably nervous for this made for tv movie. The number 1 reason is because as […]

2016 sucks in a major way thus far. Today I come to the realization that the GOAT of all goats has passed away. Today I mourn the loss of Muhammad Ali. Ali meant a lot to me. The first time I remember seeing him was on an episode of Diff’rent Strokes. Where Arnold had to […]

  On April 21st, when the world lost one of our most valued royal gems, it felt like we all lost a friend, brother, cousin and most of all an innovative spirit of creativity and love. His music created an unspoken bond that connected so many of us for so many reasons. The words of Toshia Humphries articulated why […]

So today I was sitting at a meeting learning some good things mind you when all of a sudden my text messages started blowing up. I didn’t pay much attention to them figuring it was Nike.com sending out their tweets. (You know I have to stay on top of releases.) But at the rate they […]

  A Tribe Called Quest meant a lot to me growing up. In fact, The Low End Theory was the first cd I ever purchased.  For me, ATCQ represented how one can evolve from rayon to throwbacks and still keep it hip hop. See in high school I was a Daisy Age wearing, left my […]

Some of you Moguls may be new to the game, but back in the day (’bout 6 yrs. ago) when UML was brand new, and before we had 3 million hits :-), I used to write a piece known in these parts as G.O.A.T.’s. The title doesn’t refer to the furry little critter that lends his face to […]

I didn’t have the privilege of growing up in an environment where my likes and dislikes in music were predetermined and spoon fed. There was no way you could be an 80’s child without being exposed to multiple genre’s of music. The radio was dominated by pop/rock, my household was filled with Motown oldies, funk, […]

I thought long and hard about this installment of G.O.A.T.’s. I decided to go with a topic I know well…music. Now, I don’t play an instrument, or have formal music training…..but I can play a jukebox like nobody’s business! What I can tell you is that Marvin Gaye’s 1978 release, “Here, My Dear”…..is one of […]

Danny Ocean graces us all with the Daily Fresh, which is always ripe with the visual fruit. But I want to take a minute to be very deliberate about what I think is beautiful. It’s not news to anybody that I’m big on eye candy. As a matter of fact, i think I’ve got cavities […]

I guess everybody plays a fool once in their life if they are lucky enough, and on All The Way Round Marvin Gaye played the fool for our enjoyment. This song is not your average one in a million love song about a boy and his girl. In fact, this song is a rarity due […]

Last week I did a post on the greatest runs of classic albums. In this feature Classic Album Series, I will take a look at each of those albums in depth. Sharing my thoughts on why I feel each album is a classic. First up this week is Marvin Gaye – I Want You. Black […]

Saturday night while I chilled at an art show at Alpha Bang, the r&b community was up in arms at the debacle of a movie presented by Lifetime. The movie as I am sure you know is the biopic on Aaliyah. I knew the movie was coming out but I didn’t care to see the […]

9/11 will forever be marked as the day that the Twin Towers fell in what was the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. So with all respect let’s have a moment of silence……… ………. ……… Ok. However on this day Jay-Z dropped what could arguably be his greatest album, The Blueprint. Many hip […]

Over the weekend me and the wife checked out Get On Up at the theatres. With all of the spotty press it was getting I wasn’t expecting much. And although at times the movie seemed a little too after-school specialish it served it’s purpose to me, and that purpose being to (re)introduce James Brown to […]

You ever wondered what that moment was like when Pete Rock found the sample for “The World Is Yours” or how initially Nas got signed?  All of your questions will be answered thanks to Spotify’s “Landmark” interviews.  Not only does Nas recount the making of Illmatic, but we also get to hear from original producers […]

“My Life Is Dope, and I Do Dope SHit!!” If you let the  press tell it Dave Chappelle cracked. How else could you explain him sitting on stage in Hartford, CT? When the masses don’t understand something it must be because someone is crazy. But after listening to these 40 minutes of genius, I have […]

  As you all know Jay-Z, Hova, Lucky Lefty, The Black Branch Rickey has some new music coming out, and the whole world is holding it’s collective breath. But I know some of us are wondering “will it be good?” Well instead of wondering I am telling you why it needs to hit!!! Hov needs […]

  25 years ago on June 20th, New Edition and Bobby Brown both released albums that helped shape the next 5 years in music, and arguably the next 20 or so years. In fact these two albums are the plates that music acts still eat off of. Ask Usher, Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, […]

Me and Slaughterhouse may be the only cats out here who would take It Was Written over Illmatic. But I also would take Blueprint over Reasonable Doubt, but that is another post. I loved Illmatic for what it was, a classic debut album. But let’s not get it twisted, Illamtic had some tracks that I […]

  It’s Been 15 long years since the homie left us, but then again he really did’nt.                                                                 R.I.P.


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