Ledisi fans have been patiently waiting for a new video from her, and she delivers with a sweet-as-sweet-potato-pie clip for the song "Higher Than This." The next single from her widely-praised 2009 album Turn Me Loose, the video features scenes of a young girl--we'll call her Little Led--on stage, performing to an empty room, mixed in with shots of current-day Led on stage and singing to her adoring fans. Little Led's dream came true. I don't know about anyone else, but this video totally gives me the warm fuzzies. This is another great video from Ledisi. Keep 'em coming, girl! [H/T: TFB]
"Look at me sitting on my knees, you look like you might kill me. I'll do anything to please."This line from the Megan Livingston song "The Apologetic Album" is an eerie opening to a song that could possibly be about an abusive relationship but much more likely to be about a suicide taken place after the writing of an apology letter. Deep stuff, but that's just my interpretation of this song off of Livingston's new CD Black Beckee. This entire record is like some of the best poetry--moody, filled with metaphor and open to interpretation.
We've already waxed poetic about our love for all things Black Dynamite, and now we have one more thing to fawn over: a brand new video for a song from the soundtrack. Adrian Younge's "Shot Me In The Heart" gets the music video treatment, and, just like the movie, it looks like its straight outta 1970-something. I love its authenticity--from the way it was filmed to the costumes to the over-the-top acting. We also get to experience the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra in all of its splendor. Hopefully this isn't the last vid that we'll see from this project. My life would be made for some visuals to go with "Gloria." Until then, I'll don my afro wig that I save special occasions, splash on some Coty Wild Musk and enjoy every drop of this.
DC, we couldn't let NYC have all the fun with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins, so we've teamed up with our folks at Liv to give away a free pair of tickets to their concert there this Wednesday night. That's right, Georgia and Declaime will be bringing their unique brand of Hip Hop/Soul/Funk to the DMV for one night only and one lucky Bouncer and their guest will get complimentary tickets on us. If you don't want to try your luck, tickets are also available for the uber-economical price of $10 in advance on Eventbrite and will be $15 at the door. Peep all the details and enter after the bounce.
Don't you hate it when you're getting busy with some jump-off and your main boo calls you on your iPhone, disturbing your freak groove? Yeah, I hate when that happens, too, but that's how Joe's new video for the song "Worst Case Scenario" opens up and the scandal doesn't stop there. Because, you see, while the cat's away the mouse will find a handyman to play with. Yes, both Joe and his lady are cheating on each other, but in the end they are reunited and it feels so hood. Taken from his Summer 2009 release, Signature, "Worst Case Scenario" is typical Joe fare and the video, with its trifling little storyline, is somewhat interesting to watch. Take a gander below and leave your thoughts in the comments. Is this enough to reboot your interest in Joe or does he need to step his game up? And I was only kidding earlier...I don't even own an iPhone!
- Jay Electronica performed "Exhibit C" in Amsterdam Friday night. [MI]
- Sade was on The Wanda Sykes Show Saturday night bringing the funny (and the fierce). [IDOL]
- Marlon Wayans wants you to know that he will be taking his upcoming Richard Pryor role quite seriously. [NYM]
- While Jay-Z was in London for the Brit Awards, he stopped by The Jonathan Ross Show to talk Beyonce, President Obama, and the big 4-0. [TUD]
NYC Bouncers, the great shows just keep coming your way and once again we're lacing you up with free tickets. This time we have Laura Izibor on tap to rock the house at S.O.B.'s next Wednesday, February 24th. If you've never seen Laura live, then there's no time like now, especially with Maya Azucena as her opening act. Thanks to our generous friends at S.O.B.'s one lucky Bouncer and their guest will get to see Izibor and Azucena for free. Hit bounce for the 411 and to enter. Tickets are also on sale for $15 at the S.O.B.'s box office or online from TicketWeb.
I'm not going to sit here and say that I've never pondered what a remake of Quincy Jones' classic "Secret Garden" would sound like. I will, however, say that what bothers me the most about Jermaine Dupri's planned remake of this song is that he plans to leave Barry White's voice on the track in its unaltered form. I applaud Jermaine's diligence at not trying to find a contemporary who could sing Barry's lyrics, but I just fear that this will turn into an Auto-Tuned debacle just like "We Are The World 25" with Michael Jackson's unaltered parts mixed into the disastrous fray. Since this will be appearing on an upcoming Quincy Jones album, we have no other choice that to wonder about Q's mental status lately--again, see WATW25 for proof of this. In any case, we're hoping Jermaine won't turn this into a farce once Ursher, Trey Songz and Robin Thicke get to spreading their fertilizer all over this "Garden. [H/T: MTV]
Now that we've had a week to marinate on "We Are The World 25," we here at SoulBounce still have the same reaction now that we had when it premiered last Friday and are in agreement that despite the best of intentions, this was an EPIC FAIL. We happen to agree with Jay-Z that "We Are The World" is something that should have never been touched. Ever. We really don't know what Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie were thinking when they had this bright idea to remake this classic as opposed to creating a new song just for Haiti, but it was a mess. Yes, there were moments of brilliance (Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, P!nk, Mary Mary), but by and far, the vast majority of featured participants on this remake should have never been allowed in the studio much less on the mic. There was a gross misuse of the talent on hand (Anthony Hamilton, India.Arie, Faith Evans) who were relegated to singing in the chorus, while more mainstream artists were allowed to have their way with this song. To say that we're displeased with how this turned out, would be an understatement. See our rundown of 12 artists who we could have done without hearing or seeing on "We Are The World 25" in their order of appearance after the bounce, and please continue to donate to Haitian relief efforts but not buy purchasing this tragedy of a song.
I love J Dilla like the next person. It's also a bit overwhelming to be bombarded with as many remixes and reworks and mixtapes and whatever else strikes artists' and producers' fancy when Dilla's birthday approaches. I'm liking Ishe's stylings over this J Dilla beat which you can hear below on her "Layed Up." This track definitely features the dexterity of her voice and is a nice introduction to someone we'll likely be hearing more from. [H/T: PIMB]
Ishe: "Layed Up"