Also known for the classics she made as the face of 80's soul/R&B Duo Rene & Angela, and also for her brief marriage to The Legendary Ronald Isley, Angela Winbush has been the driving force behind some of the sweetest love songs of all time. From "I'll Be Good," to "Your Smile," to "You Don't Have to Cry," Angela has certainly brought some magic to the airwaves. "Angel" was standout single off of her debut album, "Sharp," released after the very bitter breakup of Rene & Angela. Angela went on to release three solo albums, and later would write & produce for The Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley, Lalah Hathaway, Klymaxx, Sheena Easton and others. She was also said to be the true creative force behind her years as part of Rene & Angela-writing, producing, arranging & even playing keyboards and synthesized bass. Explore her music, if not familiar. and for those that know already, Enjoy!
JANET JACKSON - "ANY TIME, ANY PLACE"
Black Love & Sensuality personified... From the moment the beat drops, and elevated beyond imagination once you hear her Janet's voice, her classic 1993 Love ballad will take over the mood of any music lover.
"In the thunder and rain, You stare into my eyes, I can feel your hand Movin up my thighs. Skirt around my waist, Wall against my face, I can feel your lips, Oooh"
Remember when songs painted sexy pictures, without being just straight up raunchy? Lol.
Happy Birthday Janet Jackson.
EARTH WIND & FIRE - "EVIL"
Here's a nice dose of rare soul from Earth Wind & Fire. Coming off of the 1973 album "Head to the Sky." this track actually reminds me of some of the background sounds pushing the climactic scenes from Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; but that was released two years earlier. Dopeness nevertheless. Enjoy!
2PAC feat. THE BOOT CAMP CLIK - "MILITARY MINDED"
Ah what could have been... Revisionist History paints the picture of the "Thug Life" version of Tupac Shakur running wild as the definition of manhood for the next generation. What is so conveniently left out is the part of him that wanted to UNITE the intellectuals with the street cats to initiate positive changes to the world. Another piece of information carefully written out of history is the project that he was working on at the time of his death. For those that don't know, it was an album collaboration with many of the finest from the same East Coast that he was alleged to have been beefing with. Several tracks, including today's feature, were recorded & based on a recently unearthed letter Pac wrote to Chuck D, it can be safe to say that a little P.E. Flavor was gonna be in the mix too. What happened to those tracks??? They were remixed & new vocals were added from some of today's rapper dudes-many of which Pac would have NEVER rhymed with! Buckshot, Tek & Steele's vocals were stripped from the tracks & never used. Fortunately some of the material leaked out before the great corporate heist took place. Enjoy!
PUBLIC ENEMY - "SHUT EM DOWN"
The visuals and lyrics ring out as relevant as ever, and would serve well as a topic of discussion many of today's homes & classrooms. How much has really changed since 1991? Still dealing with extreme cases of police brutality, and the cops somehow getting off in the rare cases that they were charged for their crimes. Still be indoctrinated with foolishness via the Television & Radio Stations, and were still marching/thinking some politician or Jesus is gonna swoop in and save the day. Soak It Up & Be Inspired Family. Teach the youth, so that we can fix our FUTURE...
"Who count the money in the neighborhood - But we spending money to no end, looking for a friend - In a war to the core, ripping up the poor in the stores - Until they get a brother kicking down doors - Then I figure I can get bigger - Look 'em dead in the eye and they wince, defense is pressurized
They don't really want it to be another racial attack - In disguise so give some money back - I like Nike but wait a minute - The neighborhood supports, so put some money in it - All corporations owe, they gotta give up the dough
To my town or else we gotta shut 'em down"
SHOWBIZ & A.G. - "RUNAWAY SLAVE"
Nowadays many rapper dudes claim to be just speaking on the reality of what's going on their communities; and while there may be some truth to that, the REALITY is that their version is propaganda for someone else's purpose. Hip Hop never shunned the REALITY of The inner City; but back then it still included the CONSEQUENCE of Drug Dealing 7 other Crimes. These days they make it seem like some cool party everyone wants to be invited to. I could easily provide examples from Ice Cube, NWA, Ice-T, Scarface and so many others-but this morning I woke up with this song in my head. Enjoy.
"Chapter two, of every black man's diary/Drugs and diseases, put in our society/Kill another brother and it's bravery/Come on that's one step backwards into mental slavery/Yeah you best believe that's reality/You got black on black then there's police brutality/Yeah it's bad but what makes it sad/Is that I'm being harassed by a black man with a badge/He's sellin out because he's two-faced/But you only got one race, you only got a nigga's face/He's sellin out because times is hard/And old ladies are gettin robbed cause I can't find a job/Fight to the top, and the other man'll drop/And gettin treated like savages will stop/You got the right plan, but goin about it the wrong way/Divided is the long way united is the strong way/Too many died for us to take a pause/So let's all get ours, and stop tryin to get yours/Walk a straight path, but it's so easy to stumble/So weak minds crumble in the concrete jungle/Get your chance to sell drugs, you don't pass up/But a fast buck will wind up to be your last buck
It's a damn shame, you're deaf dumb and blind/Did it ever cross your mind, you're killin off your own kind/And pretty soon even you will be a goner/Easy access to guns, liquor stores on every corner/Street knowledge is a must, you never learn enough
You're physically rough, but mentally you gotta be tough
We shall overcome with no doubt/The runaway slave is sayin peace and I'm out"
MARC ANTHONY - "QUE LIO" EL CANTANTE
A beautiful song about Love & Life. Straight from the 2006 movie "El Cantante." Both the movie & song are tributes to the Legendary Hector Lavoe, who is credited as the Father of Salsa Music. Enjoy!
LORD JAMAR FEAT THE RZA - "DEEP SPACE"
"enter the seventh dimension Witness my ascension into the heavens Like Christ on the third day, I'm nice with my wordplay Master of all that I survey Standing on my square, firm Grafted germ trying to shake my foundation Nation of Gods & Earths, birthed by the father If he didn't love us, then why would he bother? Universal mathematician, I shine like the sun Look at how I flash against it
Basking Arabians, melanin, soaks up my energy Brings cancer to my enemies..."
Few have embodied the science of The Five Percent aka Nation Of Gods & Earths like Lord Jamar. Twenty-Plus Years in the game, Lord Jamar has always been a dope-but underrated Emcee. And combined with The RZA, for this Lyrical Assault, you might want to start googling the terminology drops over this ill track. Trust me, if you listen, You WILL LEARN something today. P.E.A.C.E.
Donny Hathaway - "Giving Up"
There's NOTHING in this world more valuable than love. If you have achieved that Divine Understanding with someone, Feed It & Cultivate it with all that you have in you. There's no greater pain in this life, than that feeling that comes with wondering "What If..." There may be many struggles & let-downs that may come in the journey toward love; but never-ever take it for granted. It might just not be there when you come back looking for it. P.E.A.C.E.
"BLACK MOTHER" (THE STRENGTH OF BETTY SHABAZZ) - JAKK FROST feat MALIK B.
Salute to All of the Mothers out there, that have fought to rise above adversity!!! P.E.A.C.E.