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Maria Callas:

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One of the most beautiful voices to ever borderline yell it out in the history of life.

Born to a somewhat douchey and abusive mother in New York, grew up to further her musical training in Greece and Italy. Became known La Divina around the world. Always a bit above “average beauty status,” she dropped about 80 pounds right when her career took off and hit supermodel status back in the 1950s, which made her the subject of early tabloid fodder. Some say it was the end of her Soprano voice, while others say it was the start of her life. Then there is that whole thing with the Onassis Clan. And the shit-talking scandal with Renata Tebaldi, which could be one of the first incidents of “beef in the music industry” ever, if you will. But beyond all that… Her vocal register is unfuckwithable (yes I said that) and renown throughout the universe; her ability to belt out a powerful vibrato that could be heard throughout halls WITHOUT microphone rigging is a story of legend you can hear on her early vinyls.

There are few that go before her and few that come after her on my list. Victoria de Los Angeles, Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Jessye Norman, ect. But Maria Callas is up there. Certified. In love with her story. In love with her. Greatest of all time.

Dude, her ability to inject life and character into the parts that she played still goes unmatched. She gave her roles a certain life and attitude that no one else could ever pull off. Watch how she destroys “Un Voce Poco Fa.” From the voice-over to the acting out. If I used the word Swagger often, This would be one of those times.

If you don’t like it, I can’t fu*k with you musically.

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Rest Peacefully, Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt.

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June 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

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Gil Scott Heron released a Hell of an album called "I'm New Here." You obviously need this in your life right now.

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Rest Peacefully.

This man is one of the main reasons why Hip Hop exists in the form that it does. Spoken Word poetry is the basis for all Hip Hop, and men like him and The Last Poets are the reasons why you even know what rap music is.

Along with a powerful appearance on Kanye’s “Who Will Survive in America,” he had a wonderful album I picked up last year called “I’m New Here” (click here for more) as if to remind us that he hadn’t left… as if he was never going to leave us… despite his health. After releasing “We’re New Here” with Jamie XX(click here for more), he hopped on that Kanye track, then fell back.

I will miss you. And I’m glad your free from all of this.

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Rest Peacefully.



Nardwaur vs. Curren$y. Its the Greatest Continuing Interview of All Time.

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This is great. What happens when you team up one of the realest, honest rappers out there with one of the wildest, craziest, most informed journalist/interviewers/nerds of all time. If you missed their first epic interview at SXSW, get caught up with the first one..

…then watch the most recent interview in British Columbia, Canada.

I actually have the Cheech and Chong album he gets at the end.
Ill get a photo of that in a minute.

Meanwhile, enjoy the greateness.

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May 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

This is the Chapter 8 | "I Just Wanna Be Your Girl" (Anita Baker's First Appearances) Appreciation Post.

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Man. You dont know how much I love this song.

When it plays, I’m overwhelmed by the vivid memories of waking up early sunday mornings… that soft yellow morning light breaking through the shades in my room, the sounds and smells of a focused Mom in the kitchen handling pancakes, turkey sausages cooking, the vinyl player already active and alive with Chapter 8 on the stereo speakers. Along with being a certified Soul Music Classic, theres a certain comforting feeling I associate with this song that expands far outside of its lyrical topic (which just happens to be beautiful, by the way).

Soul, Funk and Disco influenced, Chapter 8 was Anita’s first band and foray into the music industry back in 1979. Unfortunately, some moron at Ariola Records (which was their label at the time), dropped the band after one album, citing that the times and music had changed, and that Anita Baker could not sing (slap them). The label eventually folded. Funny though… Anita eventually rebounded with a new label and her first Solo Record, the legendary “Songstress.” I love how she won in the long run. With all the issues behind the Chapter 8 album, it made physical copies of the record, especially in vinyl (we got that though), very hard to find. Until I got incredibly lucky one day at amoeba. Thank you, Music Jebus.

If you’re interested in some classic soul | old school love music… or if you just need some good Sunday Morning Music (trust me), go ahead and listen to Chapter 8 | Anita Baker – I Just Want To Be Your Girl.
Later kids.

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May 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Ummm, That new Sade is pretty Awesome. Listen. "Love Is Found." Link:

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I can work through computer armageddon when its Sade.
Sade is one of the greatest bands of all time.
Note that I said BANDS. Of ALL TIME. Google It.

Continuing her recent streak of win, Sade release a new single (for what, I dont know. Who cares. Its New Sade) for what I’m hoping will be a new album. If it is, I’ll be shocked, as Sade is known for taking 5 year breaks in between her recording awesomes.

With a wonderful jazzified symphonic introduction that leads into a pulsating beat and deep driving bass line that pretty much catches your attention instantly, it becomes very hard for me to hide my total fanboy appreciation for this woman and her musical career.


Anita Baker and Lalah Hathaway Surprise Appearance with Rachelle Ferrell @ The Catalina Jazz Club. Video Clips and Photos:

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