Month: November 2012

The “Other” Pretty Young Thing: Thriller, 30 Years Later

30 years after the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, we take a look back at a recording lost in the shuffle.

Understanding and Accepting The Roots’ Phrenology (2002)

10 years ago, The Roots released “Phrenology”, and simply put, my first listen was a life changing experience.

Jimi Was A Rock Star

On what would have been his 70th birthday, we salute James Marshall Hendrix, a man that redefined “black music.”

Blaxploitation: The Best Of…

With the recent re-release of Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man, we take a look back at some of the most iconic soundtracks of the Blaxploitation Era.

WildFlower: From Skylark, to Creative Source, to Estelle

There are few songs that have impacted many different eras and genres like “Wild Flower”. Read to find out what makes this particular version special.

Lonnie Liston Smith / Curren$y – A Song of Love / 2Much (1976 / 2012)

Curren$y teaches us a lesson on the importance of Lonnie Liston Smith with his newest mixtape, Priest Andretti.

Flying Lotus’s Until the Quiet Comes and The Importance of Musical Imagery

Flying Lotus and his extraordinary project, the short film directed by Kahlil Joseph.

I Am Somebody – Jessie Jackson / JB’s (Sesame Street) (Circa 1975)

A political figure, a children’s program, and the funkiest band alive all combine to give you an important lifelong message.

Stoned Soul Picnic Revisited (Laura Nyro’s Version) (1968)

An entry from a new writer, Carl Edwards shares his personal experience and interpretation involving a classic Roy Ayers tune.