Damn, y’all. Sometimes you just want to bounce. Pogo’s “Mending” can make that desire work for YOU. Get infected with the beat. I ALSO don’t feel dirty yet don’t feel right! Thank you, Katy Rose, for articulating my pain. Eartha Kitt wants be evil. Been there, girl. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ5VaBgXzuM In repeat news: Maluca has her mixtape for FREE on her website. Learn about how the heart [...]
When people piss me off? I WHIP MY HAIR BACK AND FORTH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4AVd8El-QY Amanda Black’s “Something Better” is my new independent ladies song. <3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1D9hA1tWIw I’ve been really loving Natasha Cox in Mankind is Obsolete. I’m not as thrilled with “Now I’m That Bitch,” because the title had such potential but the song itself is mediocre. I gotta say I like Mya’s “Whatever Bitch” better. [...]
In case you’re unfamiliar with the trend known as “mommy blogging”, it’s, well, mothers blogging about being mothers and whatever else in their lives (or interests) they care to talk about. These blogs vary quite a lot, and I want to be clear on that. Some of the “moms” are slick corporate-backed celebrities being written by committee. Some are just ordinary people who started an [...]
TOO MUCH SWAGGER FOR ONE BAND! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaSgFk9tPjA You know what I love? MY HAIR! Now, let’s kick it old school with a clip from School Daze. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtfEmTHeYNw And now, a heartfelt request: STOP LOOKING AT MY MOM!
All up in your genre, remixing your shit. Here’s Aaliyah Tropicalized. No idea if DJ Still Life is Latin@ — I’m more into the fact that Latin beats are augmenting Aaliyah’s legacy. <3 Remezcla is kind of like a general listserv — every couple days they do a round up of the best in free mix-tapes and stuff like that. I’m on their FB and it’s [...]
Right. So this is totally a post devoted to ONE SONG because DIASPORA IS SERIOUS BUSINESS and ONGOING and sometimes reflected through musical stylings and the evolution of covers. THERE. I said it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi93Nfm8VRI ….Shaki, I love you. But you were wrong to try and claim all the credit for this song. Shakira and FreshlyGround (a South African group) sampled a Camaroonian classic, “Zangelewa,” for [...]
One of my favorite recent musicals is In the Heights, which won 4 Tony’s, including one for best musical. It’s set in the predominantly Latino Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, and its soundtrack combines Latin music (cumbia, salsa, reggaeton, bachata, etc) with hip-hop. The lyrics are also mixed, incorporating Spanglish, English, and Spanish seamlessly. Latinos (and, uh, the people who love them? ) pop out [...]