Where are they now – Grenique

where are they now

Grenique came along when there was still some semblance of goodness to be found on the radio. Not much, but some. I kid, radio was still somewhat good for soul artists at that time. There were a bunch of promising one hit/album artists, all of whom had a hook of some kind ,came out at this time. Grenique was among this bunch. 1999 saw the release of her album Black Butterfly & it’s single, “Should I”. It had much play during the time of it’s release. I know I personally had that album in heavy rotation. I was hoping to hear more from her in the years after that, but it seems like she got lost in the shuffle. I brief bit of checking didn’t seem to suggest that she was doing anything right now, but I’m sure that the person on Myspace using that name, isn’t her.

So if you should happen to see Grenique or have any ideas of her whereabouts, please point her to the nearest studio and tell her to get to producing some stuff. Now better than later. Check out a couple of tracks below & reminisce with me, if you please. Oh, and Grenique holds the distinction of being one of the few artists that has made a remake of a song(in this case, Heatwave’s “Star of the Story“) that could hold up to the original. That is high praise if I may say so.

 

Should I
Grenique -Should I

Black Butterfly
Grenique – Black Butterfly

Star Of The Story
Grenique – Star Of A Story

Luda in HD. Is the world ready?

music tech

At a Consumer Electronics Show press conference yesterday, Chris “Lova Lova” Bridges, AKA Ludacris AKA LUDA!, spoke on his recent release of his concept album, “Theater Of The Mind”, in High Definition Surround sound (HDS) on CD & Blu-ray disc. This is probably not unlike the seemingly nonexistant DVD-Audio format that made their way into the market some years ago. Do they even still make those? I’m all for good sounding audio, but I’m more concerned that there is good material on the album. It’s not like most people can tell the difference anyway. And let’s just say that concept albums don’t fill me with the warm fuzzies, you know? Anyway, here is a video courtesy of CNET about the press conference.

’08 love at first listen list

listies moments in time

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the only ’08 list I could muster up. Why? Because I was just slipping back into a whole lot of music for whatever reason & therefore couldn’t do a proper year end list justice . You can check out this post here for some good picks. You can also go check out the ’08 Best Albums Round Table podcast done by Fave & other notable personalities on his site. It is well worth the listen, folks.

Now, on to my list. Have you ever had that song that just instantly grabs you from the first note & never lets go? Well, my list is comprised of those such songs. At first, I didn’t think I had a whole lot(because my mind only keeps stuff for so long), but I ended up with more than I thought. Anyway, in no particular order:

Erykah Badu – The Healer

I defy you not to have nodded your head when you first heard this song. I double defy you. The producer Madlib & the divine miss Badu put their respective socks into this joint.

Erykah Badu – The Healer

Jean Grae – Love Thirst

Take one of the hottest female emcees & put her over a hot 9th Wonder beat spitting sexual imagery. Head nodding Fiyah!

Jean Grae – Love Thirst

Lalah Hathaway – For Always & That Was Then
I LOVE Lalah Hathaway. So when I heard she was coming out with an album last year, it was on. She didn’t disappoint, not that I thought she would. Not one but two songs got me off the bat. It doesn’t hurt that they were back to back. Hope you can hear why I like them.

For Always

Lalah Hathaway – For Always

That Was Then
Lalah Hathaway – That Was Then

Come Back – Algebra
Ok, I know that this is from an album that was released in ’06, but it was re-released in ’08. It counts, back up. I love Algebra’s voice already, but this song had me more sprung.
Algebra – Come Back

Stacey Epps – Floatin’

Another head nodder from someone I found out about late in the year. Singer/rapper with a good future if she gets it in. Sounds like she might.

Stacey Epps – Floatin

Ra Re Valverde – Superhero

I believe I heard about this lady from the folks at Soulbounce.com. I really liked the album. This song and one other not on this list was in constant rotation.

Ra-Re Valverde – Superhero

UGK feat. Andre 3000 – International Players Anthem

Do I have to say it? The song in itself was great. Andre 3000 sets it off lovely with his verse. R.I.P. to Pimp C

UGK(Feat. Andre 3000) – International Players Anthem (I Choose You)

Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya

Another late in the year entry. This group was a buzz all over Twitter. I see why with songs like this.

Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya

Colin Munroe – I Want Those Flashing Lights

I like this version better than Kanye’s version. Nuff said. This cat has another song called piano lessons w/Joel Ortiz that’s pretty hot, also.
Colin Munroe – I Want Those Flashing Lights

Foreign Exchange – Daykeeper

If you hadn’t heard this song yet, what is wrong with you?

Foreign Exchange – Daykeeper

Maiysha – Alchemy

I am looking to hear more from this young lady. If you hadn’t checked out her album, “This Much Is True“, please do. you won’t be disappointed.

Maiysha – Alchemy

Liquid Spirits – Melodies feat. Leon Ware

Mix one eclectic group out of Amsterdam with a legendary songwriter of soul music & you get this song. This could go on a slow tape playlist at some point.

Liquid Spirits – Melodies feat. Leon Ware

And that, friends, is that. Hope to do this again in ’09. Preferably better prepared. 🙂

Song of the Moment

Song Of The Moment sotm

It’s been a while since I’ve done one, but there have been plenty. I should have kept better record of them. Probably could have turned them into something. Anyway, this is the first on this site. The rest I have done are here. Let’s get to it…

This has to be the shortest sparked but most appropriate song for some of the way that I’m feeling & will feel going into the new year. I love it when it happens like that. What can can I say, it just felt like right.

Brand New Heavies – Feels Like Right

Brand New Heavies – Feels Like Right


Couldn’t find a video for this song, sadly, but glad that I have the space to put the song up. 🙂

Enjoy!

The Holy Triumv

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While I don’t put that much stock into the Christmas holiday, I put hella stock into a couple of songs for the season. So in other words, if I don’t hear these three songs, Christmas is canceled. period.

Donny Hathaway – This Christmas

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

and of course,

The Temptations – Silent Night

Oh, you know what, there is an honorable mention that can be added to this list:

Boys II Men – Let It Snow

Happy Holidays, everybody!

Musical memories

moments in time

You ever have that one song or songs that just trigger a memory every time you them? Good, glad i’m not the only one. It’s funny to me how, and when, that happens. I guess it’s a beautiful thing that music can spark a memory, good or bad. Allow me to share a couple with you right now.

Groove Theory – Tell Me (Groove Theory – 1995)

This song was “dedicated” to me by a young lady I met back in College. She was (and probably still is) a total sweetheart. We met on a BBS called ISCA and became friends. I even went to go see her a couple of times at her school. This song was “dedicated” to me as, I guess, a means to tell me that she liked me and wanted to know how I feel. At first, I failed to realize this(though I felt that she liked me) when she asked me to listen to this song. I had already heard it & liked it before then, but it took on another meaning after that moment.

Groove Theory – Tell Me.mp3

Frank McComb – All You Need Is Love (Love Stories – 2000)

Now this is a case where the artist more than the song itself was the spark. There was another young lady that I met a few years ago(don’t worry, they won’t all be attached to woman….I think) that I met through my best friend. She was mad cool people & we hit it off from day one. Might have to do with us being a good bit alike, I think. Not sure if that’s good or bad, though. Anyway, one night we were chillin’ at her place and we were talking about music (as we were prone to do), and she mentioned Frank McComb. I had never heard of him at the time(which was not too long after his first album, Love Stories, came out in 2000. The young lady, whom I should really give a name to, played a few tracks off of the album including her faves. The album itself, was great on first listen, but it was this song here that got it’s hooks into me and never let go. Granted, I have plenty of other reasons (and sparks) that remind me of the young lady in question, but this one is more of the more indearing ones. 🙂

Frank Mccomb – All You Need Is Love.mp3

Keith Sweat – I’ll give all my love to you (I’ll Give All My Love To You – 1990)

Now this one doesn’t directly have to do with me. Back in High School after I started driving, one of my homeboys from another school would roll out when he came in town. One night we were out at a game or something when we ran into a female classmate of mine (out of the sea of my classmates that we had been running into at the game) that took a liking to my friend. I can’t remember, but I think they had met & been talking before this time. Anyway, we ended up taking the young lady home(who just so happen to live near the same area as we did). So my man walks the girl up to her door & I stay in the car. They talk for a couple of minutes & it looked as though there was going to be a kiss or two…except that my man started walking out to the car a minute or two later.

Now one thing you must know about me is that I was a bip sap back in the day. Some say I still am. So when my boy comes back to the car and gets in, I’m like “hold up, something should have happened”. So I told dude to go back to over to her door (where she was still standing, btw) & handle business. So, he gets out of the car, & I pop in a tape that was cued up near this song & pumped it up neighbors be damned. And sure enough, they kissed. I smiled & had my own little twisted moment.

Keith Sweat – Ill Give All My Love To You.mp3 (Actually, it was the interlude that played, but roll with it)

I’m sure there is a meme on this or something. Regardless, I know you all have similar stories/songs like these. Please share them with me in the comments. I’m sure I have some more at some point.

Albums/song of the year ’08 thoughts

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So people are starting to put out their album/songs of the year lists right now. I don’t have one, but maybe by the end of the month, who knows. In reading through a few, I’ve noticed one glaring fact. Check it.

Allmusic.com

In looking at Allmusic’s Hip Hop/Rap albums list, there are 20 albums. 10 that I knew about, 4 that I own, and 1 that I don’t give a shit about(could have been 2 but I’m giving Nas a pass for some reason). The rest, I either had not heard of, or ignored. At the time of this posting, they didn’t have an R&B/Soul list, but check to the right of the page for their other lists. I am definitely not up on the Reggae, Jazz, or Blues offerings admittedly.

Own:
Black Milk – Tronic
Jean Grae – Jeanius
Q-Tip – The Renaissance
The Roots – Rising Down

Did not know was out:
Gza – Pro Tools
Rza as Bobby Digital – Digi Snacks
Scarface – Emeritus (saw in store, but hadn’t heard anything)

Knew about but slept on:
Nicolay & Kay – Time:Line

Soulbounce.com

The thing I love about these cats is that they haven’t steered me wrong the whole time I’ve been reading them (I found out about them earlier this year). So I guess I should be embarrassed that I haven’t picked up or found out more about some of their picks now, shouldn’t I? Yep, but folks will have you broke if you let them. 🙂

Their lists: ill Mami, nOvaMatic, Butta, Harlem, Ro

Let’s just say that there are folks on their lists that I have slept completely on(or haven’t heard of) and call it a day. The list would be shorter for what I have caught on to. I’m still going through a couple of their lists at the time of posting this, but we do have Raphael Saadiq, Foreign Exchange, Lalah Hathaway, The Roots, Estelle, & Q-tip in common. Zo & Tigallo is not on this list because I don’t have it, but do like them. Still working on Black Milk, Jazzanova, & Little Dragon.

So basically this tells me one thing. There is a whole lot of good music out there that I’m missing out on. Ok, two things, I’m probably still going to jack the Bouncer’s post idea. Yea, it’s not a new one, but I wouldn’t have thought about it had I not come across theirs. 🙂

Dahell’s going on here?

Uncategorized

Hello, My name is Roddykat. You may know me from sites such as that one that where I spit lunacy on a constant basis…or my blog of inconsistent postings. You gotta love it when you do things on a whim. I guess this blog represents two things: 1) I’ve got way too much time on my hands at unexpected moments, & 2) I now have my own space, Beeches! This joint is hosted by me & protected by the red, the black, & the green, Sisseeeeeez! You would have thought I would have just imported my blog over to here and rolled on, but no. Maybe later. Anyway, For some reason, I decided to break off the music posts from my blog into this space. It seems that at one point in recent history, they took over the blog. That happened early on too, which puts in mind a funny story that I won’t tell right now.

I love music. I always have. I’ve slept on a lot of it in recent years, but now I’m trying to get back on it. With the help of sites like Soulbounce & the various podcasts(see links to the right) I’ve listened to, I’ve come across some marvelous stuff & I’m geeked up again. My wallet won’t like it, but you gotta make it do what it do. I’ve always been a fan/follower of Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Funk…just music in general and I hope to deepen and expand that love with this site.

So with that, I bring you this site where I have no idea where it’s going to go, but I do know that I will make it me, regardless. It will allow me to do some things that I have thought of on my other blog but couldn’t or didn’t do there. There may be even a treat or two coming down the line. Please excuse the plain janeness of this iteration of the site(at the time of this posting). That’s what happens when you throw stuff up without preparation.

And I am working on my brevity…fail. 🙂

Hope you stick around & enjoy the ride. 🙂

Tribal Showdown

music random Twitter videos

This post got re-sparked by Fave of the Friday Favecast and EJ Flavors of Ejflavors.com (Old School Wednesdays, y’all) on Twitter. I say re-sparked because I’ve had this self same conversation with people for years. Hell, I have a co-worker with whom I STILL go through it with every now and then. If you are a Hip Hop lover, it has to have come up at least once. What it basically boiled down to was one question: “What was your favorite A Tribe Called Quest album”? Everyone has their favorites. Most, like me are split between two. Not sure if anyone but me disregards the last couple of albums, but hey. Anyway, That is where this post comes in. If you are a Tribe fan from way back, I want to know what your favorite album is. If you don’t know who this is, consider this a ATCQ primer. So, I would like to know the answer to this pressing question. If you aren’t so versed in the Tribe or need a refresher, then here is where you will get it.

It breaks down like this:

5 albums. 3 videos (or links) a piece*. The videos that are embedded are either the a single or the ones I like. 🙂

People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpPkGZ6zhzA

Bonita Applebaum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46c8AqzjLCg

Can I Kick It

Low End Theory (1991)

Check the Rhime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRrM6tfOHds

Jazz (we got) / Buggin’ Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_-4GFV7uTE

Scenario

Midnight Marauders (1993)

Award Tour

Electric Relaxation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERQzl4xDpXk

Oh My God
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35oNDO7VrJI

I guess if you must count these, then go ahead. 🙂

Beats, Rhymes, and Life (1996)

1nce again

Jam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U8fQ7mrVIQ

Stressed Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6CfC3Iax-Q

The Love Movement (1998) **

Start It Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrkBM1p2n3Y

Find A Way

Hot Sex on a Platter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw-tANVjUF8

Alright, folks, have at it. I should point out that this post is why I LOVE Twitter. Conversations break out at a moment’s notice (Plus, getting a blog post out of the deal is cool, too). 😉

And whatever happened to Jarobi the rhythm Provider?
Maybe some light is shed here:

A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 1
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 2
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 3
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 4

* – Links put instead of the videos because this gets to be unruly. There are a lot video to go through.

** – Kinda hard to find videos for an album that was phoned in & packed with b-sides & whatnot. Not trying to say anything

Tinysong is a big hit with me

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So I sometimes do these posts where I give up the song that’s rattling in my brain at the moment. You may have heard of these songs of the moment, maybe not. In either case, I’ve been wanting to put a little something extra on these posts s an added takeaway. I though, HEY!, I’ll put up the song. What a novel idea! Nobody’s thought of that! Sarcasticism (yea?, what of it?) aside, I ended up finding ways to do that alright for the blog, but not for those oh so precious Twitter moments that I seem to be having more of (than actual blog posts).

And as if on cue, it came to me like a sign from the Web 2.0 Deities (or like a song I wrote. You don’t know). Tinysong.com is the site. Let’s say you’re looking for “Sex God” by the Brand New Heavies…Ok, not your cup of tea. How about “Erotic City” by Prince….(*SIGH*) Fine, “3 is the magic number” from Schoolhouse Rock…Prude! Anyway, you have your song, you go to the site, Tinysong.com and put it in the box, and hit the little search icon next to it. If the song is there, it will list it underneath the box or give you what it thinks you meant. You can then click on the song and it will give you a web address AND will copy it to the clipboard for you. Handy, huh? You could also click on the name of the track under that and it will take you to Groovshark.com where it will start streaming. It goes there because that is where it’s searching from. Hence the “Powered by Grooveshark” link near the bottom of the page. Grooveshark is another site for music discovery, streaming, and playlist making. I’ve had a 90% success rate given the search terms i’ve used, so far, so they seem to have a good range of music that I can tell. But hey, give it a try for yourself.

I’ve been going silly with Tinysong links on Twitter because I like it so much. Sometimes, they don’t have the song I’m looking for and that sucks, but it’s not that often. You’ll be seeing more of this from me for a while. Until then, go try it.