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I love Outkast, but on an individual level, I’ve always been more partial to Andre 3000. I just luv him so much. Speaking of which, just where is this new music you’re supposed to be coming out with Dre?!! But, anyway, “For Your Sorrows,” a new song Big Boi has featuring George Clinton and Too Short pulled me in after I first heard it today. “For Your Sorrows” is something different, and I like it. Give it a listen:

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Here’s Melanie Fiona’s new music video “It Kills Me.”

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I’m a big fan of Ms. Fiona because I like her sound, and she has talent. Her debut album, “The Bridge” has already been released internationally, but its U.S. release has been pushed back yet again to November.

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I haven’t talked about Whitney Houston’s comeback on WLLC yet. I’m still feeling pretty meh about her new singles, but overall I won’t get down on Whitney because when you look at where she came from to get to this point, any type of a comeback is still pretty remarkable. So I held back, just keeping my opinion to myself. Besides, she looks great! Just see her on the cover of Ebony below:

I didn’t want to knock her new stuff just because I remember the Whitney I loved in the ’90s. But what I must comment on is Whitney’s new cover of Donny Hathaway’s classic, “A Song For You.” His version is one of my favorite songs EVER . So imagine my reaction when I heard Whitney’s new remake of it:

This is one of the few songs that does not need to be remade with a dance track. I don’t want to jook to “A Song For You.” This is akin to T-Pain singing another one of my faves, “They Won’t Go When I Go,” by Stevie Wonder and adding a Lil-Wayne verse. Just wrong.

So, Whitney, I’m glad you’re back. And I’m glad you’re looking great. But please take this song back from where it sprung.  If possible, just replace it with the version of you singing it back in the day sans the remix.

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“Bad Habits” is of my favorite songs on the album. The video features Kerry Washington as his secret lover. Sexyscandalous…

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Saw this spoof on Soulbounce. So, why was this spoof a million times better than the actual music video Drake put out for “Best I Ever Had?” As someone who still doesn’t understand all of the Drake hype, I was amused…

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Most of us have to be willing to build a foundation first.

In the media there are so many people thrown to the top these days, not for having talent or working hard, but for being related to someone famous, just for looking pretty, for sleeping with the right person, for having a bajillion kids, or for feuding with someone else. But everybody’s not a Kim Kardashian, Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber, Octo-mom, or Real Housewife.

I never thought that the words Diddy reality show and thought provoking moment would go hand in hand, but they did for me during the second episode of the new show, “Making His Band.” Kristopher, one of the contestants vying for a spot in Diddy’s band, ripped his audition in the first episode – scroll to the 3:20 mark on the video: .

Straight ripped it. Had people standing up in the audience and everything. Fast forward to episode two and the judges want to make sure the contestants have the musical foundation to make it to the next level. Alas, we discover that Kristopher can’t read music. (Insert Nick Cannon scene from Drumline here …) But moving on. While some of the others in this boat stress as they try to learn the music for the next try out, Kristopher is pretty confident that he will be alright without really practicing like crazy.

Cut to the day of the next try outs and suffice it to say, although he’s playing something on the drums, it isn’t what the judges are reading on the sheet music. The judges try to give him a small break and ask if he worked hard practicing the piece. “To the best of my ability,” he answered somewhat lackadaisically. The look on the judges’ faces said it all. He was out. Not for not knowing how to read music, but for not having the drive to want to do whatever it took to make it to the top.

I observed a similar experience during my last semester in college. I decided to take a beginners’ percussion class as an elective. Never mind that I was a journalism student who had played the piano for a few years, but had never touched a drum in life. Sounded like a fun class to ease on out of undergrad in!

 Um, yeah, so things did not go as expected. The first day of class I thought I might have accidentally enrolled in an intermediate course. A whole bunch of guys in the university’s marching band were just chillin’ and playing around with the drums in the classroom. Some were getting all fancy with the sticks and twirling them in the air. What the hell was I doing in there?!? (more…)

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