Bless Ryan Leslie's heart. His album has been pushed back--again!--but that's not breaking a brother's stride. Quite the contrary, actually, with the debut of his newest music video for the track "How It Was Supposed to Be." In case you can't get enough of Ryan and/or this song, this is only the first of three videos that will be made for this joint. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. I suppose that somebody has time and money to burn. As for the video, Ryan rocks out in this clip, and although this version of the track is heavy on the guitars, it still retains its soulful edge. After taking in the video below, leave some suggestions for Ryan (not that he'll read them but humor me) on what he can do for the second and third videos on tap for this song...or if he should even bother.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and if you haven't caught the spirit yet then maybe
Kirk Whalum will help you out. The world-renowned jazz saxophonist is giving his fans a special musical gift in the form of a free download of "Little (Ghetto) Drummer Boy" from his Grammy-nominated album, The Christmas Message. Kirk posted the download link on Twitter over the weekend, and it's only fitting that we share it here. In case you missed this album when it first dropped in 2001, there's no better time than the present to add it to your collection to hear Whalum's jazzy take on holiday favorites and other classics, such as his spin on "Little Drummer Boy." Don't expect to hear any "pa rum pa pa pum's" on Kurt's version of this traditional Christmas carol, but prepare to snap your fingers and get into its groove.
Kirk Whalum: "Little (Ghetto) Drummer Boy"
Kirk Whalum [Official][MySpace][Twitter]
"Little (Ghetto) Drummer Boy" [Download]
Kirk Whalum The Christmas Message [Amazon][iTunes]
It's all fun and games until Alicia Keys gets shut out of major Grammy races-- then it's a conspiracy. While still nominated, Keys is one of a few artists whose exclusion from certain Grammy categories is sparking interesting gossip at the LA Times blog (see also: Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, and Ne-Yo). Though the point made about the absence of As I Am from Best R&B Album considering its remarkable success is a reasonable one, it also fails to consider the quality of the other albums nominated in that field. Raphael Saadiq's The Way I See It? Eric Benét's Love and Life? Here's a conspiracy theory: albums nominated for Best R&B Album actually contain R&B music. How is that possible?!
Let's assume that just about everyone pictured in the above graphic will sell pretty well. It is, after all, the 4th quarter, and people just purchase music all fast and loose for the holiday season. It's a fact! Most of these high-profile artists have released some iffy tracks so far, but have dedicated fans on their side as well as legions of Aunt Paulas that will blindly buy their nieces and nephews a good "record" for GP. Let us know what you plan to purchase in the comments, either for yourself or a loved one. I get that we're in a recession, but music, traditionally, is the cheapest and most useful gift to give.
Seems everyone has something to say about Common's Universal Mind Control, an album that has seen innumerable changes since we found out about it. With that, this might be a good time to look into the past with K-Salaam & Beatnick's Common S.T.O.R.Y. (Stories Told Over Remixed Years). It features all-new remixes of classic Common tracks--"I Used To Lover H.E.R.," "1999" (as "2-0-0-9"), "Resurrection," "The Light" and more.
Common: "The Corner '09 Pt.1 (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)"
- Keyshia Cole looked like a cross between Etta James and Lady Eloise at the De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight on Saturday. [GT]
- Want to know Beyoncé's mother's take on the fashion of Cadillac Records? No? Us neither. [BV]
- Common's new album gets no love in his hometown. [HHDX]
- VIBE magazine actually made a funny in this Top 10 list of things that should stay in 2008. [VIBE]
- Wondering what some of the most random Caribbean Christmas songs are? Well, here you go. [AB]
Any avid reader of this website can attest to the fact that Hip Hop is not and hopefully never will be dead as long as the hungry continue to desire to bring some realness to the current materialistic landscape. While Blu is an artist that we have been feeling since the inception of this website, his partner on the track "Angelic," Co$$ is someone who you may not be familiar with. Both hailing from the City of Angels, all I can say is that Co$$'s rhyme flow is the perfect foil to this atmospheric and quite simply "angelic"-sounding track. Blu, as usual, provides some extra smoothness. Think night and day, dark and light when it comes to these two. Or simply extra niceness.
We got another hot giveaway for our SoulBounce family and this time it's for an event our backyard, Baltimore, MD! SoulBounce has teamed up with Gypsy Soul to give away two pairs of tickets to see Jesse Boykins III next week. Jesse will be sliding through the area for the Ear Candy listening party and acoustic set on Thursday, December 11th at Teavolve in Harbor East and two lucky bouncers and their guests will get to see him on us.
If you've been keeping up, then you know that Jesse Boykins III has been making some serious moves lately, and we've been checking for him hard at SBHQ since making him a Bounce-Worthy artist. His album, The Beauty Created, is newly released, and he's also been making beautiful music with frequent collaborator Theophilus London.
This intimate event will be a great way to kick off your weekend next week, Baltimorians. And in the event that you don't win tickets, admission to Jesse's Ear Candy event at Teavolve is by RSVP only (see flyer) with a $5 cover charge, which is definitely a bargain to witness this level of talent. Full details on how to enter the giveaway can be found after the bounce.
The reason I've always had a blazing Clair Huxtable side-eye for the Notorious film is because, so many years later, folks are still finding ways to profit from familiar B.I.G. material and mythos. Rarely is there anything new added to the catalog or the story, only slight twists in the presentation seem to warrant all this pomp and circumstance. Don't get me wrong, Christopher Wallace is my #1 favorite artist of all time. I simply don't think there's enough to his body of work from which to constantly mine any material. I make proper intellectual concessions when the proceeds go to his foundation. Otherwise, what is there left, musically, to learn about The Notorious B.I.G.? Not much, judging from the film's soundtrack, which is due to be released on 1/13.