August 11, 2016

(Certainly a good time to parphrase Rakim and say that "it's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you, without a strong blog to step too ..." Now. let's get back to what we do best.)

In the first installment, I proposed that we consider the four Eric B. & Rakim album...

June 7, 2016

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

~ George Santayana

 

I have never experienced the terror some of my ancestors suffered through during a night ride of the Klan. Many were afraid. Some retaliated. Others detoured the ride with some buckshots...

January 16, 2016

When we are in the midst of genius, it is easy to assume that it will always be.  With the benefit of hindsight, we can recognize and appreciate genius more fully.  This piece is a small appreciative ode to the transcendental genius of Eric B & Rakim as well as an...

December 20, 2015

I imagine that there is a magical threshold for recording artist to reach.  Some would say that threshold is a certain number of released albums.  Some would say that a certain number of years recording or touring.  Some would say that the popularity of one or a number...

December 13, 2015

Just in case you missed them, check out Part One and Part Two, so that you can follow this unique perspective on Common's albums through the lens of Stevie Wonder's albums.  Do know, this isn't a comparison; yet, it is quite simply one way to enjoy two artists' music i...

December 11, 2015

In the first installment, I introduced the notion of using Stevie Wonder's albums as a lens for viewing Common's albums.  In no way is it meant to be a comparision as much as it is an effort to enjoy two artists' music at one time. We've covered the first three albums,...

December 6, 2015

When people look at things in hindsight, their view tends to be rosy.  Well, this piece will be very rosy.  As a lifelong music fan (as an infant, my father baptized me in the waters of musical appreciation with Ahmad Jamal's Poinciana), my music collection a...

November 21, 2015

Cherish the Day is the most beautiful music video of all time. It is the most beautiful because it embodies a certain trifecta of brillance - the song (music & lyrics), the imagery, and the artist.

The Song: My brother-in-writing, Ran Walker, is swifter than Don Ch...

November 17, 2015

In the first entry of this blog series, I referred to the timelessness of a classic. OutKast is timeless. Their music, their artistry, and their cultural impact elevates them to iconic status.  The Blues has Bobby Blue Bland. Rock & Roll has The Rolling Stones. Rhythm...

November 14, 2015

Have you ever simultaneously thought - they can't do that and they're the only ones who can do that? Maybe not.  But, I have. Seriously, who ever heard of a duo releasing two solo albums as one double cd?  Then again, if there was anyone to do it, it would have certain...

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