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Sample Appreciation Post: Erick Sermon | Music = Marvin Gaye | Turn On Some Music

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Marvin = Epic

 

Sound: Well Produced, Well Sampled, Boom Bap Hip Hop.
Album: Music (2001)
Sampled From: Marvin Gaye “Turn On Some Music” | “Vocal Sample of  ‘I’ve Got My Music'”

Why?
It’s the hip hop music junkies anthem. He says it within the first verse of the song… “I wish Music could adopt me.” Yep. Just about explains it all.
On a detailed, amazing flip of a Marvin classic, Erick does what he does best… tells you the story of the life of the Music Nerd. Expressing his adoration for the art of hip hop, the elements and history, and the power music has to unite all people of all colors and creeds. Great hip hop music. At this point, this song is almost 10 years old, and still plays like its brand new. I was lucky to be at a listening party for this album years ago… and snag a Promo CD for the album where he goes into detail about the new album, and some of his past hits. The story behind “Music” and how it was made is almost as good as the song itself (click here for the download).

The Sample: Turn On Some Music

This, and the Original Vocal Instrumental of this song were what we’re used to make this awesome win of a song.
I mean, the lyrics within themself is enough reason to keep this song on repeat.
“‘Cos music’s been my therapy
Taking the pain from all my anatomy
Oh and my anatomy
It’s my symphony, always stay with me
You know that the world ain’t right
Baby, lots of people stay uptight
I’ll go crazy
If something ever happened to my musical thrill
And darling your love is just like my music.

Music is the soul of the man
Music makes a happy day
And music makes the clouds go by baby
Your music keeps my tears inside my eyes
Your music makes me want to sing
Girl, music is a joy to bring
Music is my heart and soul
More precious than gold

Happiness today is just a song away…”

Coming with that “I usta love H.E.R.” type of metaphorical writing, Marvin combines his love for the ladies with his obvious obsession with his art… Music. No one does it like this anymore. I wish more people would.

Enjoy, dammit.

Sample Appreciation Post: Erick Sermon | Music = Marvin Gaye | Turn On Some Music

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Marvin = Epic

 Sound: Well Produced, Well Sampled, Boom Bap Hip Hop.
Album: Music (2001)
Sampled From: Marvin Gaye “Turn On Some Music” | “Vocal Sample of  ‘I’ve Got My Music'”

Why?
It’s the hip hop music junkies anthem. He says it within the first verse of the song… “I wish Music could adopt me.” Yep. Just about explains it all.
On a detailed, amazing flip of a Marvin classic, Erick does what he does best… tells you the story of the life of the Music Nerd. Expressing his adoration for the art of hip hop, the elements and history, and the power music has to unite all people of all colors and creeds. Great hip hop music. At this point, this song is almost 10 years old, and still plays like its brand new. I was lucky to be at a listening party for this album years ago… and snag a Promo CD for the album where he goes into detail about the new album, and some of his past hits. The story behind “Music” and how it was made is almost as good as the song itself (click here for the download).

The Sample: Turn On Some Music

This, and the Original Vocal Instrumental of this song were what we’re used to make this awesome win of a song.
I mean, the lyrics within themself is enough reason to keep this song on repeat.
“‘Cos music’s been my therapy
Taking the pain from all my anatomy
Oh and my anatomy
It’s my symphony, always stay with me
You know that the world ain’t right
Baby, lots of people stay uptight
I’ll go crazy
If something ever happened to my musical thrill
And darling your love is just like my music.

Music is the soul of the man
Music makes a happy day
And music makes the clouds go by baby
Your music keeps my tears inside my eyes
Your music makes me want to sing
Girl, music is a joy to bring
Music is my heart and soul
More precious than gold

Happiness today is just a song away…”

Coming with that “I usta love H.E.R.” type of metaphorical writing, Marvin combines his love for the ladies with his obvious obsession with his art… Music. No one does it like this anymore. I wish more people would.

Enjoy, dammit.

Foreign Exchange: Live at Amoeba, San Francisco. Link

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Powerful Combo.

Anytime one of my favorite groups makes it to ANY Amoeba store, I gotta post about it. Via Hip Hop is Cool Again, Witness Phonte of Little Brother join forces with the talented Nicolay to make some of the best soul music coming out today.

And if you didn’t like that, I’m sure you can find something you like here:

Check out Foreign Exchange’s discography here… And enjoy.

Confession: I am Unnaturally Obsessed with Soul Train Lines.

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That is a beautiful shade of Purple.

No. Seriously.
No human being should be spending an hour and a half on YouTube, searching and watching Original Soul Train lines, specifically from 1970 to 1982.

But you already know I do. Or else I wouldn’t be writing this sh*t.

Starting somewhere back in February, I was watching an in depth documentary on Soul Train on VH1, filled with tons of music nerdy goodness. It gave me insight on how Soul Train was started and Don Cornelius’ amazing business tactics and strategic moves to get it off the ground. It also touched on several important moments for soul train… its survival through disco and the start of hip hop, maintaining its brand when American Bandstand came through with the copycats (Soul Unlimited, ect), its survival through disco and hip hop, its indelible contribution to black culture and history… and so on.

But one of the biggest things for soul train (and some of you already know what it is) were the dancers who occupied your eyes and entertained your brain while some of the funkiest cuts (of the time) were playing in the background. You were watching their moves, trying to steal their style… watching the hair and fashion to see what was hot, and a way to stay up on the hottest music out. And while all Soul Train (up to 1993) is good Soul Train, nothing will  be that early 1970s/1980s era of shows.

Now I’m not really sure what it is about old Soul Train lines that has me geeked. It could be the nostalgia factor to it… taking me back to a happy place in childhood when you looked forward to 1pm on Saturday afternoon. Maybe is watching historic black culture and the powerful influence its had on everything you see around you today… and that sense of pride it invokes in me by default. I don’t know.

What I do know is that Soul Train lines are the greatest thing ever… even 40 years after it was introduced on television. Hugely popular in Japanese Culture (hey Daisuke!), they haven taken VHS recordings of original Soul Train lines and slowly but surely started to put them on YouTube for your entertainment/my obsession. And with a comprehensive Soul train DVD collection supposedly in the works… its set to be great times.

For now, I go to YouTube and veg out on clips like these. You should too.

You can just start there and have fun on your own later.

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This is the Rachelle Ferrell Appreciation Post.

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It's the best picture I got of her all night... because we were too busy going to MUSICAL CHURCH.

AKA: The “Rachelle Ferrell @ Catalina Jazz Club – 3.22.2010 | Rachelle is in the Studio for the first time in 10 years. PRAISE MUSIC JEBUS.” Post.

Now this is what a concert should be like. Hands Down.
If you didn’t know, Rachelle Ferrell is legend in the jazz and R&B game. almost 20 years and 3 albums deep with a loyal fan base, Rachelle can still cause a ticket buying frenzy when she comes to town… regardless of the fact that she hasn’t had new material out in almost ten years.

So what makes her so special? Man. All you really have to do is listen to the woman sing, really. A stunning 7 octave voice that she treats like the true instrument that it is, Rachelle is known for her range, her jazz-scatting abilities, projection of her voice and yes… her ability to beat box. ALL OF THAT. Not only can she execute all of this flawlessly (some at the same time), her live skill game is untouchable. No one does a live show like this woman. I waited almost 15 years to see her live… and it was one of the best shows (since Anita Baker) I’ve seen in a long, long time… I’m telling you. It’s like going to musical church. You come out feeling renewed and like you’ve caught the Music Holy Spirit. Several Times. With a thorough setlist and a powerful live jazz band backing her, It’s the best concert money I’ve spent in a while.

Really, the most important thing to come out of this show was Rachelle’s announcement that for the first time in 10 years… she is back in the studio again. So far, she says that she has several tracks recorded, and is still at work on many more before she is satisfied enough to release anything. From there, she is planning to tour to support the album, so hopefully she’ll be making a stop in your city, and you can witness the greatness yourself.

For those who don’t know, or just want a general introduction… Rachelle’s best songs, for me, are “With Open Arms,” “Waiting,” “It Only Took A Minute,” flexing her jazz skills on “Bye Bye Blackbird,” and the souled up, vocally epic “Sista.”

I’m telling you. This is some great Sunday music. If you’re not familiar, get familiar. For me. You know I’m not gonna lie to you. lol.

Enjoy.

Hey Los Angeles!!! Are you an Established Musician? Well, my girl Elle B needs you.

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LivElevated.

Hey People.
Just wanted to spread the word for a great friend of mine, Ms. Elle B. Elle has been amazing since I first had the pleasure of hearing her amazing voice as the opening act for Raheem DeVaughn a few years ago. She’s fresh from her business trip to africa, where she was doing her musical thing for our cousins in the motherland. And now she’s looking for some Quality Musicians to help her out with her new project. And you know she’s gotta be official, or I wouldn’t even post this up. So you already know it’s that quality.

I’ll go ahead and link you up to all the info you need from here… If you fit the criteria… please holler back!

Needed Established Music Artist for Great Gig THIS Tues 4/13 (3rd/La Brea)

Soul Loft is having its Grand Opening at new location, Ca’Brea.

It is a Live Music Showcase & Happy Hour – featuring LA’s best emerging talent.
Hosted by Singer/Songwriter, Elle B. Soul Loft is a free space for artists to perform and grow their fan base without the hassle of pay-to-play

Our featured artists cancelled at the last-minute and I need to feel the spot immediately.

The Deets:
45 minute set
Mostly originals, can do some covers
Live Music ONLY – no track shows
we provide PA, mixer and some mics
we generate a flier for the artist to promote

Cover is $5
Happy Hour Menu – EVERYTHING $5 (Food + Drink)
Event Time: 7-10p
Featured act starts: 9-915p

Only thing we ask to that you rock the night and bring a great crowd with you (about 15-20 ppl)

I’m looking to book a new act before the end of today, so we can do a big push with new promo this weekend.

If you’re interested email me at elleb.music@gmail.com
Incl: Phone Number and Links to either EPK, Myspace or website.

So I found Erykah Badu's (Erica Wright's) Demo Album from 1996. You know I got links.

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I got that old school.

So while rummaging and cleaning out the digital music collection, I came across an absolute winner that I was pretty sure I had lost a long time ago. A friend of mine, the same man who helped produce this album, sent me Erykah Badu’s earliest recorded work he had available… back when she was still known as Erica Wright and still trying to be signed to a major. It’s a great compilation of Erica/Erykah’s best vocal efforts at the time, where you can see the direction she was going in even back then with Intros and Outros, Part 1 and Part 2’s…… and dance remixes of her demo songs, just so you get a taste of what her and her producers were into at the time.

 

Enough typing from me though, just tell me what you think.

 

Hollerations.

 

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