Category: Music

STACYE AND KIMIKO

Following up yesterday’s post about the SUGAR BABES I’d said at the end that the failure of their debut album wasn’t quite the end. Three years later, in 1990, group members Stacie Irvin and Kimiko Whittaker released another album on MCA Records, without Patrice Lydia, now performing as a duo called Stacye and Kimiko. They…

SUGAR BABES

I’m going Old School with this one. In 1987 MCA Records released this self-titled debut album of a girl group called Sugar Babes. I still have several vivid memories of this group. I remember the very first time I ever heard of them, I was listening to a live concert on a local AM radio…

J.R. REVIEWS JAY Z (AGAIN)

It has been awhile since Jay Z released his last solo album, which I enjoyed. Now he’s back, with a 16-track collection called Magna Carta…Holy Grail. Does the 43 year old rapper still have what it takes to remain musically relevant? Let us begin: 1/Holy Grail (featuring Justin Timberlake) The best part about this song…

R.I.P. CHRIS KELLY (AKA MAC DADDY)

Atlanta-area authorities are investigating the death of Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, as a possible drug overdose, Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said Thursday. Kelly, 34, died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital after he was found unresponsive at his home, police said. After paramedics took him to the hospital,…

“AUTHENTIC” by LL Cool J

So, I actually bought a physical CD today. That’s such a rare occasion for me, these days. Like most folks, I mostly buy music via iTunes. Stacy Clark is the only artist I make a point to still buy the hard copy of her new albums, but that’s because I know her personally, and I…

THE NIGHT I SAW PRINCE PERFORM LIVE

From Plinky Describe the best live musical performance you’ve ever attended. It was May 2004. My friend Tina had gotten two tickets to see Prince perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for her and her husband, Randy. But Randy had already been invited to go a previous night with another friend, so she…

JAY Z’S NEW $2 MILLION CAR

American singer Beyonce proved her love for husband Jay-Z by buying him the world’s fastest road car for $2 million, The Sun reported Wednesday. The 29-year-old pop star treated her rapper husband to a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport for his 41st birthday. She had to wait a year after ordering the car, which can do…

J.R. REVIEWS JAY Z

  The Blueprint 3, The latest release from The Greatest Rapper of All Time (in my opinion) is out. I’m going to go track by track, to give my impressions (plus, it give me another excuse to listen to it all the way through again ^_^). 1/ WHAT WE TALKIN’ ABOUT (featuring Luke Steele). 4:04…

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…GENE SIMMONS

I was never a fan of KISS, but I am totally hooked on Gene Simmons’ “reality show.” I know this sounds cliche, but look up “cool” in the dictionary & I bet you’ll see a picture of Gene Simmons. The man has got swagger (or is that “swagga?” I gotta brush up on my Ebonics).…