A discussion of race, politics, media and the like… What I see is what you get.


Lupe Fiasco – Out of My Head

On repeat today…


Tony! Toni! Tone! – It Never Rains (In Southern California)

…because I haven’t felt a drop since I have been here…

Black Music Month runs the gamut.

YouTube – Tony! Toni! Tone! – It Never Rains (In Southern California).

The Winans – Trust in God & Millions

Being a native Detroiter and a fan of gospel music, there was no way I would not be influenced by the Winans. “Trust in God” was never a mega hit for them but it has always been one of my favorites. So soulful and a real testimony that has always spoken to me.

I didnt know which of the many Winans songs I should post as the second one for this post…until I got a response from a very close friend. S/O to Khadijah. I posted this one for you. Its actually my favorite rendition (from the Live at Carnegie Hall album) and I can almost tell the story like Marvin Winans himself.
By the way, when you need the quintessential gospel voice to accompany you… Marvin Winans ALWAYS fits the bill.

Lupe Fiasco – Words I Never Said


This harkens back to the politically tinged hip-hop that originally sparked my interest in the genre. Gotta support artistry like this..

S/O to Sheldon Bertram for telling me about this song first.

New Edition – If It Isn’t Love, Can You Stand the Rain & Boys to Men

I think the first tape I actually bought myself was the 2nd New Edition album (with Baby Love & Maryanne on it). The Heartbreak album (their fourth, released my senior year in high school) is easily a classic album. These three you can find on that album.

James Ingram – 100 Ways

Listen and Learn young fellas…
I play this song to remind myself, too.

Mint Condition – Nothing Left To Say, What Kind of Man Would I Be & Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)

Absolutely love this group. Stokely is underrated. Real R&B…