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.

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…



A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhyme & Jazz (We’ve Got)

If you know me at all, you know I am a Take 6 fan and that I love ATCQ. I was officially introduced at Howard University… A shout out to all my Drew ’89 Howardites (Reed, Acree, Bell, Brewer, Griggs, Cafe and the others I forgot in my old age…)

Black Music Month.


Kirk Franklin – Hello Fear & I Am

Happy Sabbath!

As we continue this celebration of Black Music Month, you cannot ignore the contributions of the Gospel genre on Black America. If you are into gospel music…THIS is a must have album. Franklin at his best, in my opinion. Good gospel music has always spoken to the issues of the downtrodden, misunderstood and oppressed. These 2 songs are on repeat in my house…

Take 6 – A Few More & The Star Spangled Banner

Take 6 ranks as one of my favorite groups EVER!!! The Live version is striking but the studio version is straight sick. I recommend you get this album (So Cool) as it is in the top 5 Take 6 albums ever.

There is no group on EARTH that can rival these guys harmonically speaking…

I dedicate this song to the memory of my man Sam Smartt, RIP big fella… (We always loved that ending chord…)

El Debarge – Love Always & Someone

In honour of Black Music Month, I thought I’d share some of my favourites this entire month…
Some new and some old..
Your comments are always welcome.