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Pac emerging as a solo artist, and if I’m not mistaken, John’s first music video (if not, certainly very early in his directing career.)

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Woo, this takes me back…

I remember being in the DJ booth when this vinyl came in.  The Beginning of Puff the Solo Artist.  We were old enough to recognize the classic song Puff was sampling but were dancing too hard to be critics.

Good times.  Bad Boy.  Can’t stop.  Won’t stop.

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ja

I was trying to figure out why I feel so conflicted when I heard this song this morning so I looked up the video…

‘Oh yeah, Case is karaoking a Stevie Wonder classic…’

‘Oh there’s Ja throwing up the W with Pauly Shore…’

‘Is that Baron Davis meeting them outside the Viper Room?’

In my mind, I’m singing along with Stevie and not Case when I hear this.

Nevertheless, enjoy!

 

 

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Still a catchy pop song.  And I always thought the concept behind this video is brilliant.

Before Beyonce or Britney Spears or Ariana Grande (or whoever the kids dream about these days), we had Janet.

When she steady gives the camera ‘the Look’…

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stanley

Humpday for most of you, the end of the work week for me.

Heading to a homie’s wedding, so this feels like a perfect song to go out on.

Have a good one folks.  See you Sunday.

 

 

dionne

My Discover Weekly playlist this week was in a romantic mood evidently.  Sent me this winner from the ‘Love Jones’ soundtrack.

(Singing along with the chorus, can’t lie…)

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Had a couple of days now to digest ‘Sorry to Bother You’.  I still have questions, but maybe that was part of the point when it keeps going deeper into the surreal?  For now, let me touch on the things I liked:

There’s a line early on where the main character is told ‘You’re black, but you’re like, Will Smith black.’  It’s a funny line but it also speaks to one of the main things I like about the film in general: it continues to open up the paradigm of what black filmmakers show to the masses (as usual, black musicians have been a little more free to work ‘outside the box’ for a little bit longer).  And of course, that’s not meant as disrespect to anyone who’s come before, past or present.  But in terms of genre, ALL genres, there’s still so much untapped material.  The more voices that get to be heard, the more fully ‘the experience’ is represented.

The actors: LaKeith, no actor immediately comes to mind for me to compare him to, which still feels like the best compliment to the arc of his career.  There’s a lot of projects he will never be considered for the Lead role, so great call to find the right project where he does get to be number one on the call sheet (and carries the movie well).

Conversely, Armie Hammer, based on everything I’ve heard or read, seems like one of the genuine good guys.  So it adds a layer of coolness that he’s played into his real life biography of entitlement (real or not) to play these privileged aholes. (Not to mention it’s not hard to imagine a line of name actors around the block who said no to working on the debut films of Nate Parker and Boots Riley).

And then there’s Tessa.  Off the top of my head over the past couple of years: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Creed’, ‘Thor’… she’s firmly in the Game now.  If you go back to the ‘Dear White People’ and ‘Mississippi Damned’ days though, you knew of her way before the franchises were possible.  I wasn’t surprised Tessa could play a different type of character as much as I caught myself thinking, ‘Yeah, I guess if you want to work your craft on something like this, you have to step outside the system.’  So, more kudos.

Yes, I’ve deliberately avoided talking about the story in depth, because…you really have to see it.  I think it’s worth seeing.

 

 

luther

Welcome back! And now it’s the weekend!

Pretty chill this way, so how about a live Luther performance?

Back Sunday night.

 

 

fergie

Well…

We’re still here.

Enjoy the day off everyone.

 

 

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Sleep pattern back in rhythm.

Appetite back in rhythm.

Mentally ready to put in this work.

Me right now:

Enjoy!