Album Spotlight: Jodeci Forever My Lady

JodeciMy pre-teen, and teen years were flooded with some pretty infectious grooves. R&B music was my first love. The R&B of the nineties was extra special. It was an era where male groups not only dominated the charts, but also pop culture as a whole. No group ruled my world more than Jodeci.

I loved me some Devante Swing, K-Ci, Jojo, and Mr. Dalvin.

My bedroom walls were slathered in Jodeci posters. I would record (remember VCR’s) all their appearances on Arsenio Hall, Soul Train, Showtime At The Apollo, and various award shows. I played their music endlessly.

Jodeci’s debut album, Forever My Lady was released on May, 28 1991. The album was loaded with soul-stirring harmonies, undeniably catchy hooks, and hypnotic beats.

Here are my top 5 jams from the album.

5. I’m Still Waiting- This track has silky smooth vocals that covers my soul like a comfy blanket.

4. Gotta Love- An up-tempo jam that made me dance in 1991, and still does it for me in 2018.

3. U And I- This is the most underrated song in the group’s catalog. It’s the perfect love jam.

2. Stay- Lush. Lyrical. Transporting. And dem vocals though! Millions of babies were created to this!

1. Forever My Lady- Ooh yeah(in my K-Ci voice)! This title track is what started my love affair with Jodeci. It’s cleverly-written with a soulful vibe.

Of course this is a 5 star album.

So what are your fav songs by the bad boys of R&B? Let me know!

Cheers, homies!


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Writing Playlist #19

muzack This week I’m trying out a new writing schedule. I hoping for a positive domino effect of change, and I hope to be more productive. I’m working on the tenth chapter of my novel. I’ll do an update about my novel, and other ish in a few weeks. If you’re working on a project and a lot of time has passed since you started… just don’t give up. Keep writing always! No matter what!

I’m also editing a short story that I wrote two years ago. I’ve decided to go back and edit all the short stories I’ve written over the last four years. I also plan to work on some new poetry. I’m trying to keep myself busy with writing stuff, because to be honest I’m not wanting to deal with any real life bullshit.

Anyhoo, this playlist is Nu-Metal themed. Nu-Metal was/is a bossome music subgenre that rulled the late 90’s and early 00’s. I loved the music then and I love it now!

1. Tear Away- Drowning Pool

2. Got The Life- Korn

3. I Hate Everything About You- Three Days Grace

4. Chop Suey!- System Of A Down

5. Boiler- Limp Bizkit

6. Stupify- Disturbed

7. Loco- Coal Chamber

8. 7 Words- Deftones

9. Duality- Slipknot

10. Last Resort- Papa Roach

11. Points Of Authority- Linkin Park

12. How Can I Live- Ill Nino

13. The Way You Like It- Adema

14. Vitamin R- Chevelle

15. So Cold- Breaking Benjamin

16. Butterfly- Crazy Town

17. Fine Again- Seether

18. Youth Of The Nation- P.O.D.

19. Pardon Me- Incubus

20. Breakdown- Tantric

21. Black- Sevendust

22. Sun Doesn’t Rise- Mushroomhead 

Cheers, homies! Write on!


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Album Spotlight: Queensryche Operation:Mindcrime

Mindcrime  “Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook?”

A question first asked back in 1988… one that we’re still pondering thirty years later.

On May 3, 1988, Queensryche released a compelling, ambitious, and emotionally charged concept album that changed the damn game, Operation: Mindcrime. Over the last three decades this album has been celebrated and praised for its excellence, and complexity. I wanted to shine a light on this fascinating work of art. They don’t make albums like this anymore, homies. Operation: Mindcrime tells the story of a man- frustrated with the current state of the world, who joins an underground organization, and eventually is turned into an assassin.

The storyline is thought-provoking, and multilayered, and so is the music.

Here are my top 5 songs. Afterwards, I’ll give a rating of this album.

5. Revolution Calling- An explosive jam where the protagonist- Nikki, airs out his frustrations, and is seduced into joining the cause. So much truth is dropped in this song.

4. Operation: Mindcrime- A thunderous track with a riff that’s nasty as fuck!

3. I Don’t Believe In Love- Rhythmic. Operatic. Raw.

2. The Mission- The vocals kick so much ass on this track! And the music is dark and unapologetic.

1. Eyes Of A Stranger- This is a song that grabs you and refuses to let go. It’s a heartbreaking masterpiece.

Operation: Mindcrime– one of the most epic albums of all time, gets 5 (out of 5) stars. It’s timeless.

Cheers, homies!

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Writing Playlist #18

sade I came up with this playlist a few weeks back. I was just trying to come up with something dope. Sade and Depeche Mode go so well together!

1. No Ordinary Love- Sade

2. Stripped- Depeche Mode

3. Your Love Is King- Sade

4. I Am You- Depeche Mode

5. Smooth Operator- Sade

6. I Want It All- Depeche Mode

7. The Sweetest Taboo- Sade

8. Dream On- Depeche Mode

9. Cherish The Day- Sade

10. Rush- Depeche Mode

11. Like A Tattoo- Sade

12. Cover Me- Depeche Mode

13. Kiss Of Life- Sade

14. Home- Depeche Mode

15. Babyfather- Sade

16. In Your Room- Depeche Mode

17. Hang On To Your Love- Sade

18. Sweetest Perfection- Depeche Mode

19. Is It A Crime- Sade

20. To Have And To Hold- Depeche Mode

21. Never As Good As The First Time- Sade

22. Sister Of Night- Depeche Mode 

modeCheers, homies!


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Listening Party: The Doors

doorsThe Doors was one of the first classic rock bands that I was turned on to. I remember being a teen in the nineties rocking out in my room to their hypnotic grooves. I had my lava lamp going, and ooh I was seriously jammin’ back in the day. Here’s my Listening Party for this legendary, iconic, and hugely influential band.

1. Strange Days

2. Five To One

3. Waiting For The Sun

4. Love Her Madly

5. Love Me Two Times

6. People Are Strange

7. When The Music’s Over

8. L.A. Woman

9. Not To Touch The Earth

10. The Spy

11. Light My Fire

12. Hello, I Love You

13. Riders On The Storm

14. Back Door Man

15. Love Street

16. Break On Through (To The Other Side)

17. The Unknown Soldier

18. We Could Be So Good Together

19. Moonlight Drive

20. The End

21. Touch Me

22. Been Down So Long

23. You Make Me Real

24. The Soft Parade

25. You’re Lost Little Girl

26. Soul Kitchen

27. My Wild Love

28. Roadhouse Blues

29. End Of The Night

30. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

Cheers, homies!

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Writing Playlist #17

Fiona I haven’t put together a writing playlist in quite some time, but trust, a sista has been getting her writing on. I’ve been keeping myself busy with writing. If only my social life was just as exciting. Oh well. Anyhoo, this playlist revolves around the hella talented, Ms. Fiona Apple.

1. Jonathan

2. Sleep To Dream

3. On The Bound

4. Slow Like Honey

5. Get Gone

6. Pale September

7. A Mistake

8. Werewolf

9. The First Taste

10. To Your Love

11. The Child Is Gone

12. Criminal

13. The Way Things Are

14. Fast As You Can

15. Paper Bag

16. Carrion

17. Shadowboxer

18. Limp

19. Never Is A Promise

20. Love Ridden

21. Better Version Of Me

22. Sullen Girl

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Type O Negative

type o The music of Type O Negative could be described as beautifully brutal, powerfully poetic, intensely evocative, and romantic af. In my writing whenever I’m putting together a love scene, this is the band I often turn to. Type O’s music is unforgettable; and it it’ll never leave you. Here are all my favorite tracks. Enjoy!

1. Haunted

2. Gravitational Constant

3. Wolf Moon

4. Nettie

5. Die With Me

6. Hey Pete

7. Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family)

8. Who Will Save The Sane

9. Love You To Death

10. …A Dish Best Served Coldly

11. In Praise Of Bacchus

12. Can’t Lose You

13. Life Is Killing Me

14. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend

15. Everything Dies

16. Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)

17. Green Man

18. Be My Druidess

19. We Hate Everyone

20. Christian Woman

21. How Could She

22. Everyone I Love Is Dead

23. Too Late: Frozen

24. Burnt Flowers Fallen

25. Blood & Fire

Cheers, homies!

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My Top 5 Depeche Mode Albums

dmodeDeep within me there’s a love for Depeche Mode that will never go away. DM’s music has been an important part of my life’s narrative. I’m grateful for being introduced to this band. I’m thankful that we still have them with us. For well over thirty plus years DM has been kicking ass and making uncompromising music. It’s 2017 and they’re still relevant!  The music of DM is experimental, danceable, provocative, and timeless. Here are the 5 albums that I just can’t get enough of. 😉

5. Exciter (2001)- Exciter was my gateway drug album. I’d heard of the band, but once a homie played this album for me… shiiit it was a wrap. I. Was. Hooked. I became an instant junkie for the band. Exciter’s saturated with the most beautiful melodies, and emotionally- rich vocals. “I Am You” is the sexiest song ever created.

4. Black Celebration (1986)- Atmospheric. Layered. Bold. And dark as fuck. Black Celebration is the perfect album; it gives me everything. The lyrics are poetic. The vocals are haunting and unforgettable. The music has so much substance. I suggest listening to this album during a rainstorm in Autumn- and don’t forget the blacklights, and the sandalwood incense. “Stripped”“Dressed In Black”“New Dress”. Damn! Every single song is incredible.

3. Playing The Angel (2005)- This album is a freaking masterpiece. From the sonic assault of “A Pain That I’m Used To”, to the hypnotic “The Darkest Star”P.T.A. is one of the most enjoyable albums in their catalogue. I lost someone extremely close to me the year this album came out. I was constantly playing P.T.A. which is why the album is so meaningful. “Nothing’s Impossible” is the jam of all jamz.

2. Violator (1990)- A definitive Depeche Mode album for sure. Getting lost in this album is a given. You put Violator on and all the shit life brings to your door is forgotten, at least temporarily. This album is epic on every level. “Sweetest Perfection”“Personal Jesus”“Halo”, and “Blue Dress” are my favs.

1. Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993)- This is my absolute favorite album of the band’s. Instead of trying to recreate another Violator, the band added a few traditional rock elements to their sound, and unleashed a whole different breed of animal. Songs Of… was made during a tumultuous time for the band, but out of that inner conflict came a remarkable album. My bud often says “drama and chaos produces the best art”. “Mercy In You”“In Your Room”“Condemnation”“I Feel You”, these are all my jamz.

If you’re a fan of the band then share with me your fav albums. Until next time…

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Nine Inch Nails

ninNine Inch Nails came into my life like a tidal wave of which I’m still caught up in. I had no idea that this band would have such a lasting impact on my existence. Their music heals, feeds, restores, and definitely inspires me creatively. Here are the tracks that have always stayed with me over the years. Enjoy!

1. The Fragile

2. I Would For You

3. The Line Begins To Blur

4. Something I Can Never Have

5. Reptile

6. Even Deeper

7. The Perfect Drug

8. Lights In The Sky

9. Head Like A Hole

10. Hurt

11. Gave Up

12. The Wretched

13. Piggy

14. All The Love In The World

15. Down In It

16. Please

17. Last

18. She’s Gone Away

19. The Only Time

20. Closer

21. Only

22. Somewhat Damaged

23. The Becoming

24. The Warning

25. Into The Void

26. Ringfinger

27. The Big Come Down

28. The Good Soldier

29. Terrible Lie

30. Wish

31. With Teeth

32. Discipline

33. Came Back Hunted

34. Mr. Self Destruct

35. We’re In This Together

36. All Time Low

37. Every Day Is Exactly The Same

38. In This Twilight

39. Dead Souls (Cover)

40. Ruiner

If you’re a fan of NIN please let a sista know! Until next time, y’all…

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Chris Cornell

Chris The music of Chris Cornell was not only something that could be heard, but also felt in the depths of my soul. I often found solace in his voice and lyrics. His music wasn’t something that I jammed to every once in awhile, hellz no. I listened to that beautiful and intoxicating voice religiously. I turn to him for musical inspiration as I write, read, and when I need something to get me through the emotional turmoil, isolation, and the physical anguish I often feel. So for this special edition of Listening Party, I’ve put together fifty-two jamz (a jam for each year of his life) from his impressive career. There’s jamz from Soundgarden, Audioslave, and his solo work. Thank you so much, Chris, for having such a consistent presence in my life. Rest easy, homie.

1. Scream (Solo)

2. Set It Off (Audioslave)

3. Face Pollution (Soundgarden)

4. Long Gone (Solo)

5. Mailman (Soundgarden)

6. 4th Of July (Soundgarden)

7. Can’t Change Me (Solo)

8. Sunshower (Solo)

9. No Attention (Soundgarden)

10. Yesterday To Tomorrow (Audioslave)

11. Scar On The Sky (Solo)

12. Nothing To Say (Soundgarden)

13. Burden In My Hand (Soundgarden)

14. Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince Cover)

15. Gasoline (Audioslave)

16. What You Are (Audioslave)

17. Sweet Euphoria (Solo)

18. Josephine (Solo)

19. New Damage (Soundgarden)

20. Fell On Black Days (Soundgarden)

21. Limo Wreck (Soundgarden)

22. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)

23. Moth (Audioslave)

24. Working Man (Audioslave/Rush Cover)

25. Part Of Me (Solo)

26. Head Down (Soundgarden)

27. Outshined (Soundgarden)

28. Loud Love (Soundgarden)

29. Room A Thousand Years Wide (Soundgarden)

30. I Am The Highway (Audioslave)

31. Poison Eye (Solo)

32. Murderer Of Blue Skies (Solo)

33. Like A Stone (Audioslave)

34. Slaves & Bulldozers (Soundgarden)

35. Somewhere (Soundgarden)

36. Blow Up The Outside World (Soundgarden)

37. Be Yourself (Audioslave)

38. Two Drink Minimum (Solo)

39. Cochise (Audioslave)

40. Rhinosaur (Soundgarden)

41. Show Me How To Live (Audioslave)

42. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson Cover)

43. Overfloater (Soundgarden)

44. Climbing Up The Walls (Solo)

45. Drawing Flies (Soundgarden)

46. Drown Me Slowly (Audioslave)

47. Zero Chance (Soundgarden)

48. Kickstand (Soundgarden)

49. Holy Water (Soundgarden)

50. Tighter & Tighter (Soundgarden)

51. Never The Machine Forever (Soundgarden)

52. Rusty Cage (Soundgarden)

Cheers, homies!

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