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One[1]LwWrites…Is Coming

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THIS TIME I return bearing gifs (well a 30 sec trailer but you know what I mean).  I’ve been “in the lab” tinkering with a few things.  I recently purchased a delightful Macbook Pro to hone and showcase my editing skills in an effort to pretty up some of the many videos I’ve made over the years(that are just sitting in my computer collecting dust).

Allow the following to serve as an introduction and please stay tuned as the fun has only just begun

*Heavy Rotation* Jay Z & Beyonce Part II (On The Run)

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I am NOT a JayZ fan, and while I don’t hate on Beyonce, I wouldn’t consider myself apart of the BeyHive by a long shot. But they cool. I’m kinda indifferent, about them.

I rarely purchase rap songs/albums, but upon sampling  “Magna Carta Holy Grail” I stumbled upon this track, which jams so hard I can’t get the beat and chorus out of my head. I’ve literally had it on heavy rotation for about 3-5 days now. Part 2(On The Run) is quite literally part 2 of their duet “03 Bonnie and Clyde.” While that song was cool, this is WAAAY better(to me)…by far my favorite song on Jay’s album — I’m not disputing or discussing the entire album or where it ranks because, again, I’m not really a Jay Z connoisseur– but if this was the only good track on the album, I’d be good.

Note: This is NOT the official video, nor did I create this video


“My Boo” or a “Body Party”…Which are you Jammin too?

So Ciara released a song called “Body Party.” Okay, Fine. It wasn’t until I stumbled across the enticing headline by Atlanta blogger Funky Dineva,  which pointed out that this track sampled Ghost Town Dj’s “My Boo,” that I finally felt compelled to listen.

Why I’m gathering us here today to discuss it? I truly can’t decide how I feel about it.

The beat is a banger;  done by my current flavor-of-the-month MikeWillMadeIt (Bandz A Make Her Dance). BUT anytime I hear this baseline or melody to “My Boo” I ONLY want to hear: “At night I think of you, I want to be your lady baby!” being sung along to it.

It’s funny because one of the comments on Funky Dineva stated how they liked it, it had an old 90s R&B feel to it. I’m over here like: “well duh! They sampled a 90s song? What else could it feel like?!”  But I digress..

Clearly, I am truly biased and deadlocked when it comes to deciding if i’m rocking w/ CiCi’s “Body Party” or not so I need a second opinion.

What say you?


Ghost Town Dj’s

Dear Brandy: Welcome Back! You did that!

*Editors Note: This post was originally written on October 17 yet not posted until today

Let me start off by saying, While i’ve always been a fan of Brandy, there have definitely been at least two albums she’s released that I didn’t even waste my time listening to samples of because I was just plumb NOT interested. Just being honest, as far as I was concerned, nothing could be Never Say Never. I mean Afrodisiac was VERY good(in my opinion), but nobody really appreciated it. But that album Human? That first single wasn’t working for me and I wasn’t interested in finding out what else happened on that album.

So fast forward to this week(October 12) Brandy releases her sixth studio effort TwoEleven and I, again, wasn’t going to waste my time. as I was just plain disinterested. I love her as a person but wasn’t checking for the music. I am however glad she isn’t doing reality TV anymore because that was NOT a good look for her. She was depicted in a very unfavorable light (the whole family actually) luckily she realized that so I’m glad we’re all in agreement. But I digress…my point?

I did end up sliding over to iTunes and listening to her album. The top eight songs I wasn’t feeling as they sounded a bit overly auto-tuney…but by about Track 10 I was all in…


My summarized point: BRANDY! Did that thang…This took me back to the feeling I had when Full Moon dropped(the single NOT the album). I’m almost on “Never Say Never” levels,  ALMOST! That album right there was a masterpiece… but with Two Eleven, she’s well on her way and I’m very happy for her. In general.

Go listen for yourself and I bet you’ll love at least one track.

*Flashback Friday * Sending My Love

I was scrolling through some of my favorite videos on YouTube and came across this 90s jam by Zhane. It feels like a fitting Friday song so I just had to share this quick hit with you.

“I am Sending…sending My Love to Ya…”


*On Heavy Rotation* Frankie Beverly &Maze with a dash of Mary J.

So, a few minutes ago I had a slight headache. I’m not sure why, the only thing that was on my mind was “Happiness.” It’s been on my mind here lately I suppose because I’m noticing a lot of folk I see (across social media)aren’t really happy.

Every time I think or say the word “happy,” word association takes me to this line from one of my favorite Mary J. Blige songs, “Be Happy,” (on perhaps my second most favorite album,”My Life” to be rivaled only by MJB’s “Share My World”):

“All I really want, is to be happy and to find a love that’s mine, it would be so sweet.”

The first part really captures how I’m sure many of us feel. All we really want is to be happy. Now, happiness is different for different people but we can start with a smile. Put a smile on their face, get them feeling good…then happiness is sure to follow.

*Video Interlude*

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I’ve found that I’m most happy when those around me are happy. If I’m talking to someone and I can hear the joy and peace in their spirit it really brightens my day. Additionally, anything I can do to put a smile on someone’s face or make them laugh I’m glad to be of assistance.

Usually,  a quick way to putting a smile on my face usually includes a compliment or flattery, watching something funny(such as one of my favorite sitcoms), and eating something delicious after my stomach has been somersaulting all day. But, if none of those things are on hand, there a few songs I can click on to instantly do the trick. Besides the above MJB jam (or a choice gospel song), “Happy Feelings” by Frankie Beverly & Maze gets me there every time! I want to “spread [these happy feelings] all over the world” as Frankie Beverly sings. The song was next in the playlist after Mary’s “Be Happy” finished and now it’s rolling on repeat…I can’t turn it off.

People usually don’t like Mondays, Manic Monday seems to encompass this sentiment accurately. Hopefully, I can help combat that with these two jams. Try singing the “Do-do-doos” at the end of “Happy Feelings” and tell me it doesn’t just make you feel better. Happiness is the theme for today…come get you some!




*On Heavy Rotation* Stevie Wonder

I was on my train home PARTYING, jamming to Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do.” I’m in an old skool soul kind of mood today.

I don’t know why but this song randomly started playing in my head the other day so I downloaded it instantly. Every once in a while I go through these song phases where  all I have a taste to hear is one particular song on repeat. Today, Tag Mr. Wonder you’re it.

I feel like dancing down the aisles…that’s how good I feel. I don’t know  why I just feel like dancing and I wanted to share this joy with you.


Live Performance Circa 2012…and it STILL jams!

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