I will admit to turning a ‘side eye’ to Hip-Hop dance brought into a ballet milieu. Though I was not mad like the why-are-THOSE-PEOPLE-invading-our-artful-dance ballet purists. I was mad like F##K-their-fancy-shmancy-dancy-sh!t, we got our OWN legit dance practiced by the WORLDWIDE Hip-Hop Nation!
But seeing this helped me realize that whatever we do that aspires to LOVE, PEACE, UNITY, and HAVING FUN (word to Africa Bambatta and Soul Brother #1 Mr. James Brown) is a good thing.
A man of color forges a new art form that allows anyone to be down; first and foremost the have-nots and those previously left out. That art form grows, gets embraced by those for whom it was meant and is spread to, through and by everyone who enjoys it. Sound like a familiar story? This IS Hip-Hop showing its essence in another form, no less true. And it is beautiful.
So are the ladies doing it in the above mini-documentary. Wowee-wow-WOW. I love these HIPS… I mean Hiplet dancers!
(Hey, they are fine af ok? You see ’em. And if you’re mad at that, you can stay mad. Ha!)
Watch this. Enlightenment awaits. I was thoroughly edutained (educated and entertained, word to KRS-ONE). Bet you will be, too!
Yeah maaaan! This “Sweet Love” video is documented proof to show you truth. WizKid the truth! Not because we say so, but because throngs of fans across The Motherland can’t be wrong. And look at all the lovely ladies losing their minds at the shows; passing out! WizKid bringing ’em out there over there.
Bruno Mars = Fun! Not our usual fare around here, but no doubt dude is an undeniable talent. Plain video canvas jazzed up with some stop-motion film tech and adept animated scribbling. All in support of a VERY catchy song off Bruno’s “24K Magic” album (out now).
The Weeknd has this new jawn “I Feel It Coming” that was produced by & features Daft Punk. Before hearing the song you already know it’s going to be the business, right? You are correct! Reward yourself by watching the visuals for the song.
This single came from the “Starboy” LP that dropped Novemeber 2016.
Fourever1 is a quartet of four Bahamian identical quadruplets from the Bahamas. Four times the talent, four times the sexy. No, you aren’t dreaming… this is just that dreamy! Born in Miami (Florida, USA), raised in the Bahamas, discovered there by Randy Jackson – who is now their de facto A&R and manager. Check out the video Fourever1’s single “All About Tonight.”
Stevie being the genius that gave us “Superstition” is enough. But seeing him do it live… Okay, that’s incredible; and enough, to be certain. But what will make your Sunday and New Year wonderful is that Stevie Wonder rocked ‘Sesame Street’ live with that joint!
It was like a funk & soul clinic for the kids: Talk about a Children’s Television Workshop!
DJ Yogi has cheffed y’all up a quality blend of TI… Scarface… Quad City DJs, 69 Boyz & K-Nock… Aretha Franklin… Tears For Fears… Sade… Big Sean… and… and… some more! Is it Hip-Hop, Soul, Christmas, Gospel, Twerk, Bass music or what?? Well… YES!
The Brunch Mix goes all over the place like runny eggs.
– DJ Yogi
Wow. The brother said he and his team destroy their bodies preparing for a show they’ve won 11 years running! Wow… No let up, no chill! You can see why this is part of ‘The Greatest Homecoming On Earth.’ And you can see the rest of the ‘Great Big Story’ above.
The art of stepping—choreographed stomping and clapping—has been practiced by historically Black fraternities and sororities for decades. It’s a performance of skill and precision. And every year at North Carolina A&T’s “Greatest Homecoming On Earth,” Greek organizations hit the stage to compete for a coveted title. The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma have won the step show 11 years in a row. This year, as pressure to maintain their legacy mounts, step master Byron Hannah tries to lead his brothers to another victory.
Stupid dope dance refix of the Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing!” Beatnick & K-Salaam get extra kudos for this. And playing it might get you up and into your go to two-step wherever you are, so listen with caution. Good times ahead.
(And that artwork… gotta love it!)
Mm hmm. See how hot it can get in the dessert? Especially when you add a dance to it. The Eye Candy (lead Aluna Francis and friends) in here won’t melt… Unless… nah, not going there. However, if you want to pre-order the “I Remember” LP (due out September 16, 2016), you can go here.
Nice up-tempo, definitely danceable track and vid by AlunaGeorge – “Mean What I Mean” (featuring Dreezy & Leikeli47).
Oh yeah. We effs with Ta-ku something heavy already over here. But this “Love Somebody” is doing nothing but locking us into long-term fandom. Dope music and vocalization. Great choice to lure the world over to copping the EP “(m)edian” out now.
Tabi Bonney (with Wiz Khalifa) dropped “Bang Bang” earlier. So, you about ready for the visuals. Either way, you are getting them… and good!
“For this video (which Tabi also directed) I wanted to capture the essence of summer and the natural beauty of girls and everything that comes with it” Tabi explained to Complex when asked about the concept of the video and the song. “In our pursuits we don’t always get what we want…sometimes we get shot down.”
The essence of summer. Beauty of girls. Everything that comes with it. Say no more. Press play ’til your finger is sore. Ha!
As though the “Summer Nights” could not get hotter. Tiësto takes this jawn down to hang out Dominicanooooo style! Feature vocals belted out by the crooner John Legend. Get this up-tempo Tiësto off the iTunes as soon as… well… now!
FREE download alert! The Jakarta label is letting us say goodbye to the great awakening season with a gang of good tunes. ‘Name Your Price’ pricing at the link below (e.g. you can offer $0 and still get all the music). Stream the “Spring In Jakarta” collection here (below) and go there (via the link to Bandcamp) to get yours.
Today, noontime is party time… in case you did not spend your weekend getting it in (or if you have not gotten all the party out of you). Let Craig David, and a bevy of beauties packed in at his perfect party, let you dance your cares away “One More Time.”