Soundtrack ’63 Back In Brooklyn

Soundtrack '63

Soundtrack ’63

Last year, something amazing happened at the New School. A production like no other played to nearly 2 sold out theaters. The audience was mesmerized, and left wanting to hear more, see more, sing more and talk more. That historical show is coming to Brooklyn. Soul Science Lab and the Brooklyn Museum have teamed up to bring a special presentation of Soundtrack ’63 to Target 1st Saturday. A millennial response to the civil rights era, Soundtrack ’63 ingeniously combines classic tunes of struggles and power with voices of hope, praise and protests, accompanied by an amazing video display.

Trust me, you DO NOT want to miss this. And it’s FREE!!! Show starts at 7pm. And did I mention Bilal performs after Soundtrack ’63?

Soundtrack ’63 7pm FREE
BK Musuem Target 1st Saturday
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Here’s a taste of what you’re gonna get:

44 minute Dilla Fan Video

We’re just a few weeks shy of Dilla Month (get ready for daily Dilla joints!) however Houston Loves Dilla started early by posting this 44 minute fan video of the entire Donuts album. Yes the whole album. Granted the album can stand by itself, this video gives viewers a sneak peek into some of the inner workings as the album — basically the samples. Made entirely of found footage, this montage puts a face to some of the samples that you may not have even known Dilla used. As simple as it may seem, finding quality found footage can be a hit or miss, however to find the exact footage that cues perfectly with the song is amazing. Kudos to the producers of this video.

Can’t wait until February! In addition to my daily Dilla joints, I’ll also be hitting up Rare Form NYC and Okayplayer’s Donuts Are Forever 9 February 15th at Brooklyn Bowl. The $5 and $8 tickets are all ready gone and I’m sure this event is going to sell out, so make sure you get your tickets before it’s too late. Of course I’ll be there with my Detroit fitted and Dilla chain on.

In the meantime, check out the video:

Morgan James covers “Black Messiah”

The other day I was cruising down my Twitter timeline and Phonte post a linked with the caption “White Messiah”. Now of course the first thing that popped in my mind was “oh lord, somebody is doing or saying something about about D’Angelo’s Black Messiah.” Yes and no. SoulBounce recently posted an article featuring Morgan James who decided to a cover of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah. The ENTIRE ALBUM. I’m not too familiar with Morgan James but I do know that in order to be able to pull this off, you gotta have some talent. Morgan does. If you visit her YouTube page you can see her take a stab at various songs by artists such as Sam Smith, Maroon 5 and the Queen herself, Aretha Franklin.

First things first, she can sing. No doubt about it. When it comes to doing covers the expectation of greatness is much higher than if you were performing original content. We’ve been waiting on Black Messiah for years, and when it dropped it didn’t disappoint. I give her props for choosing to cover any D’Angelo track. I appreciate her effort and on some tracks it works quite well (Really Love was beautiful). For the most part, I like it. But there’s an energy surging through the album that I don’t really get from Morgan and I think is important to the album itself (think 1000 Deaths and The Charade). I’d like to see what she would sound like on an original track with D’Angelo though.

Nevertheless, I look forward to listening to more from Morgan. She has a great voice, and her cover of Hozier’s Take Me To Church is pretty amazing. But as it pertains to Black Messiah, I commend her for taking a stab at it. Like I said, that’s no easy task, but that album is a decade worth of magic that we’ve been waiting on. You gotta know what you’re doing when dealing with those powers.

Check out Morgan’s cover. What do you think?

NEW VIDEO!! Kendrick Lamar – i

Kendrick Lamar is a force to be reckoned with. Hop Hop is still buzzing of his 2012 release good kid, m A.A. d city. Then there was the infamous control verse. He’s been popping up as a feature left and right. I don’t know about you all, but I’ve been fiendin’ for new K.Dot music. Last month, I got my hit when Kendrick released the lyric video for his new single i, a soulful track dedicated to loving one’s self even in the mist of adversity.

Welp, this week Kendrick released his video for ‘i.”. We see Kendrick as he travels through his native Compton (I presume) re-enforcing the 3 simple words that can change lives “I LOVE MYSELF.”

Shout out to a cameo from Mr. Biggs himself, Ron Isley, who is also featured towards the end of the song. The song itself samples the 1973 Isley Brothers’ hit “Who’s That Lady”.

Enjoy.

NEW MUSIC!! Monica Blaire “Antidote”

Pic courtesy of Zo!

Pic courtesy of Zo!

Detroit songbird Monica Blaire has dropped another hot track for our ear lobes. If you aren’t familiar with this sista, I suggest you head over to her website and check her out. Amazing talent. She’s been featured on a couple Dwele tracks and recent was on tour with Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury.

Monica recently just dropped her latest track Antidote which she wrote, produced, AND performed. Chew on that for a sec.

Sista is the truth. Her voice is pure diamond (conflict free though ;-)). Her voice can be smooth as silk to keep you calm, or be powerful enough to wake the dead.

But don’t take my word for it. Hear for yourself:

E. Badu sings for change in NY

This Detroit Girl in a NY World spends most of her time in Brooklyn, but if there was ever a time I should have been in the city, this was it. Erykah Badu recently gave street entertainment a try when she decided to sing for money in Times Square. Shot and edited by Ms. Badu herself, the iPhone movie gives us a glance into her entrance into the world of Times Square entertainment. Watch the movie and let me know what you think!

Aretha Franklin Performs Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”

Due to my schedule, I don’t really get to watch a lot of late night television (Team Netflix over here), however I woke up this morning to this on my FB feed. Not only did Ms. Aretha perform on the Late Show with David Letterman, she performed her cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” She put that funk that on it that only Ms. Aretha can. It takes skill to be able to take such a well known song and make it your own. Proof that Ms. Aretha is an expert at this sangin’ thang.

And did you see Cissy Houston in the background?!? I didn’t know Whitney’s mama was performing. Go head Ms. Cissy!!