BILL WITHERS Passed Away. Watch Him Perform “Ain’t No Sunshine” RIP (VIDEO) via @lisafordblog

APNews Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81. The three-time Grammy Award winner, […]

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J DILLA Makes Music From Beyond The Grave!! Incredible! (Podcast & EP) – LISTEN via @lisafordblog

I’m reporting on one of the best interviews and chronicles in Hip Hop history. It’s an incredible tale on how producer extraordinaire, J DILLA, comes back from the grave, to release some of the world’s most beautiful music. This mesmerizing story begins with the narrative of vintage album shop owner, Jeff Blue Back, of UHF Records in Detroit, an avid vinyl record collector since early childhood. As you will hear in this Podcast, via today’s segment of NPR’s Snap Judgement, Jeff’s passion for music transforms into an astonishing twist of fate…

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ARETHA FRANKLIN – “Young, Gifted, & Black” (Music Video) RIP #QueenOfSoul

Aretha Franklin’s rendition of Nina Simone’s “Young Gifted and Black” is a mighty, important, and swinging song by the queen of soul herself. I’m posting it as a tribute to the Queen who passed away today and was called home to heaven. On Twitter, President Obama said it perfectly, “Aretha helped define the American experience. […]

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AMARA LA NEGRA – “What A Bam Bam” (Music Video) & “Insecure” (New Audio) via @lisafordblog #MusicMonday

I am so proud of AMARA LA NEGRA for jumping into the entertainment scene full force through her saucy style and breakout role on ‘Love and Hip Hop Miami’. Amara La Negra has released the video for “What a Bam Bam,” directed by Montoya el Duro, which follows La Negra through a festive Miami pool party. “What a Bam Bam” samples Sister Nancy’s classic dancehall staple “Bam Bam,” a savvy intergenerational hat tip to another afro-diasporic pioneer, says remezcla.com. And now we have access to the audio for La Negra’s newest single, “Insecure”, which shows off the soft side of her musicality.

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CHRIS BROWN Gets Candid About Assaulting RIHANNA – “I Felt Like A Monster” (VIDEO) via @lisafordblog

In this new candid video, promoting CHRIS BROWN’s documentary, “Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life”, Brown gets candid about his turbulent relationship with fellow superstar, RIHANNA. When that infamous highly publicized fight happened between the two after they attended Clive Davis’ Grammy event in February 2009, I remember thinking to myself…relationships between two beautiful rich successful lovers are the ones that are suppose to work out. A lot of people were living vicariously through Rihanna and Chris Brown and was rooting for them. It was one of those deep tragic moments that haunted Chris Brown until this very day.

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JAY ELECTRONICA – “LETTER TO FALON” New Music ! via @lisafordblog

We’re sending a huge salute JAY ELECTRONICA for dropping “LETTER TO FALON”, his new joint inspired by and dedicated to Kevin Durant. After sending a series of Tweets which spoke about how KD’s performance in the NBA finals led him to drop a new song, Jay Electronica stated, “Letter to Falon is dedicated to all who are pushing forward through adversity, hard trials and hate from the naysayers. Keep going.”

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RAEKWON – “THE WILD” – The Chef’s 7th Solo Album!! (Stream) via @lisafordblog #WUTANG

CONSEQUENCES OF SOUND: “The Wild’s production is absolutely modern, but many of these beats have a dark edge that pairs much better with the angry flow Raekwon has perfected over the past three decades. “This Is What It Comes Too” immediately recalls classic ’90s Raekwon. The New York MC effortlessly drops vivid, hard-hitting lines like, “Stroke my bullets with cyanide/ So when they touch you that’s a case closed.” Raekwon spits an endearing recount of the life of Marvin Gaye on “Marvin”. The song features a big hook from CeeLo Green, who cuts through this boom-bap track like an outstretched hand pulling the cut into 2017. “Marvin” and “I Have Nothing” both come with the boom-bap foundation that should please Raekwon’s longtime fans.”

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CHILDISH GAMBINO’s Newest Masterpiece “Me and Your Mama” (AUDIO) via @lisafordblog

Childish Gambino’s ‘Me and Your Mama’ appears on new album ‘Awaken, My Love!’ due next month.

Rolling Stone writes, “The six-minute, three-part song begins quietly and builds to a soulful, grooving affair with a female gospel-tipped chorus, before it ratchets up into a stomping blues-funk second passage where Gambino’s passionate vocals kick in. “Do what you want/ I’m telling you/ Let me into your heart/ Can’t stand it, backhanded/ They want to see us falling apart/ You know that I love you/ So let me into your heart,” he sings, eschewing rap in favor of a raw, intense approach.

Following the cacophonous midpoint, the song culminates with winding instrumentals, ushering in a cathartic ending to the sprawling composition.”

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