- The 2010 Oscar Nominations have been announced [OSC]
- Okayplayer.com recaps the 6th Annual Roots Jam Session in LA complete with videos and photos [OKP]
- The "We Are the World" remake, proceeds of which will go towards rebuilding Haiti, was recorded last night in Hollywood. Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Earth Wind & Fire, Faith Evans, Kanye West and Robin Thicke were amongst the 100-plus artists that took part. [CNN]
- Common and Nas took part in a panel Grammy weekend to discuss violent lyrics in hip hop music [2DB]
While there was much more vested interested in The Grammys this year since so many SoulBounce favorites were nominated, old habits die hard for the award ceremony. Or, in the case of The Grammys, old habits are like zombie roaches with combat training and a profciency in nuclear technologies. This always results in a somewhat entertaining spectacle with a bevy of snarkable missteps. A forecast of nothing but the increasingly political "celebration" of a few industry vetted, multiplatinum selling pop stars, here are five things I learned from this year's Grammy Award Show.
I have never pretended to be anymore than a person who loves to collect music. Call me the music huntress, much as Diana roamed the Earth making choice selections with her bow and arrow. While most of my music hunting occurs online, this track I actually heard in person. Longevity--who happens to be Will.I.Am's brother--is some of the stealthiest, bring-the-ruckus type Hip Hop I've heard in awhile. Featuring Peyote Cody, if anything, these LA-based talents prove that cities don't make scenes, but expanding minds do. Rock out to this and remember that good Hip Hop can always be found.
I don't pretend to understand everything that Erykah Badu does. I just know that for my trust in her vision, I am always rewarded, often much more than I ever expected. So when "Jump Up In The Air and Stay There" was leaked at the listening session for New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, I was skeptical, but intrigued nonetheless. After listening to it repeatedly over the past weekend, I actually really like it. Erykah's eclectic, Southern wiles are the perfect lightning rod for which to bring this melange together. Does a track with her, Bilal, and Lil Wayne really work? Yes, it really does. Especially since I distinctly remember a time when Wayne wasn't so grating to my nerves. Do yourself a favor and trust Erykah. Or don't. Because as she eloquently says "I don't give a f**k." She'll bring the funk anyway. [H/T: PBB]
Erykah Badu feat. Bilal & Lil Wayne: "Jump Up In The Air and Stay There"
That's at least what the internet has been buzzing over since this was unleashed yesterday. "1000 Deaths" is being touted as a demo from a previous album and a track from a promised upcoming James River in the same breath. All anyone knows is that this is something we haven't heard from D'Angelo before. And it's definitely grimy and not something that can be easily spoonfed to the masses. Which happens to be just how we like it. Those of you not into any type of fusion when it comes to your music may not be feeling this one, but with artists such as Bilal promising more of the same, this may be what the future in Soul music is shaping up to be. I'll take my music more uncategorizable. Thanks, D'Angelo.
- The Foreign Exchange didn't win a GRAMMY, but they did get to take a picture with Roberta Flack and Ludacris. So there. [BS]
- You did catch Butta live-tweeting GRAMMY events all weekend, didn't you? [SB]
- Skillz successfully snuck in the GRAMMYs just like his name suggests. [TWTR]
- Here's hoping that Pink's performance didn't mess up anyone's outfit in the audience. [YT]
- Kanye promises that 2010 will be full of ALL CAPS and awesomeness. Just like in '09. [RR]
By now we should all be aware that the darling known as Corinne Bailey Rae has been MIA for a spell because she suffered the unexpected loss of her husband. Jason Rae died of a drug overdose, at the pinnacle of his wife's mainstream music success which jumped off in 2006. Flashing forward, the soft-voiced Brit who charmed us in "Put Your Records On" has re-emerged after such sadness and bestowed upon us her pain, hope and memories in her new release The Sea.
If you're not on Twitter, then, well, you need to be so that you don't miss out on any of SoulBounce's coverage live from LA all weekend for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards and all of the exciting festivities therein. Be sure to follow @SoulBounce to get the scoop directly from me at various events such as the Social Media Rock Star Summit this afternoon, tonight's Kiss-n-Grind GRAMMY Edition concert, Saturday's 2nd Annual Pre-GRAMMY Awards Brunch, Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY gala (!) and, last but certainly not least, Sunday's big event, the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards where I'll be coming at cha live from the red carpet and behind the scenes. Trust me, you don't want to miss a beat--er, tweet!
Our last installment of The Mixologists' series found FS Green lacing us and you with a sexy and sophisticated mix worthy of your ears. This time around, we find his compatriot in mixing and beat selecting, Full Crate, doing the honors by giving us his interpretation of a perfect Wintertime mix. Expect many SoulBounce favorites on this one, such as Electric Wire Hustle, Jose James, and Eric Roberson, as well some tracks of his creation with talented vocalist Mar. Having to keep this one to myself was more difficult than expected since receiving it two days ago, but now I get to share the spoils with all of you. May this be the perfect start to a much needed weekend.
SoulBounce Presents The Mixologists: Full Crate [Download]