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[12 Feb 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Old School Friday – Songs From Movies I've been slippin' on my Old School Friday contributions but can't pass up this week's theme. I'll take any excuse to talk about Xscape. Do you understand how much I look(ed) like Latocha Scott, the big girl from the group? I've had a photo of her in place of my Facebook avatar for going on two weeks now and dozens of people have assumed that it's really me and congratulated me on the sexy new glamour shots. Case in point: a comparison of my junior prom pic and one of Ms. Scott during the same era.

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[20 Nov 2009 | 9 Comments | ]
Another Old School Friday is upon us, and this week's theme is especially exciting. Blame my overactive imagination, the fact that no real boys liked me, or my persistent couch potato tendencies, but I have had more crushes than I've ever known what to do with. I have always been boy crazy, and a simple search of this blog for the world "crush" shows how ridiculous I am.


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[6 Nov 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Maybe it’s just our recent culture of “brushing off haters,” but I have a heard time drawing a full distinction between “I’m so inspired!” and “I’ll show ’em!” Let’s say, for example, your goal is to make a bunch of …

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[16 Oct 2009 | 10 Comments | ]

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to spend as little time as possible telling people what I don’t like or care about. Critique is one thing, but just moaning about how wack stuff is gets lame so fast and …

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[9 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Old School Friday: Freshman Year and Ghostface My freshman year of high school was so uneventful that I don't even remember it. All I recall is my first serious teacher, Mr. Mealey, making me think about science in a logical and analytical way that until that point was unprecedented (even in the Mentally Gifted Program). A quick glance at the wiki entry on music of 1993 makes matters much clearer: that was the year of Wu-Tang's Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).


Mmmm hmmm, that's right. That is Ghostface Killah aka Tony Starks aka the thug gangsta jump off man of my fantasies with yours truly. Last weekend Ghostface did a show in my town, and when I heard he'd be signing autographs just

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[2 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
I'm well aware of the fact that I haven't been to the gym in a while, but this week's theme sent me searching for one of my workout mixes in iTunes only to discover that I'd deleted them. All of them. Talk about giving up. I'll get back in there one day, I'm sure... Anyway, my favorite song to workout to is Twista's "Overnight Celebrity" (it's my 'stripper song') but that came out in 2004 and is not at all old school. Instead I'll turn to my favorite sample original/sampling song pairing: 1980's "Far Beyond," by Locksmith and 1999's "Red Alert," by Bassment Jaxx. Locksmith is the band that used to play with Grover Washington Jr. in the late 1970's. The non-video is boring, but the bass-line and call and response

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[18 Sep 2009 | 5 Comments | ]


DMX is the most gettin-arrestedest Negro in music, so when I saw the theme "Criminal Minded," he came to mind immediately. It's so easy to make fun of ol' Earl Simmons, or really anyone who's been arrested so many times that even he admits he lost count, but I really feel for the guy. His drug problem, manic depression, and childhood of abuse and foster care create an all-too-common trifecta of risk factors for a life in and out of lockup. Not only that, but DMX is just weird. He barks, stares intensely, says crazy things, and has the most unique baby mama drama - perhaps because he was married at the time, DMX alleged that

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[7 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Chaka Khan has a distinctive, amazing voice, a dazzling stage presence, and a fascinating life story. But what I really care about is the hair. Ever since I knew there was a Chaka Khan I’ve wanted my hair to be …

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[19 Jun 2009 | 11 Comments | ]
Part of being old school is the belief that whatever the kids are doing now is weak, wack, nonsensical, and just no good compared to what we had going on in our day. It just so happens that The Stanky Leg, The Ricky Bobby, and The Crank Dat Whomever are weak and wack, but it's a classic oldhead foible to believe that we were doing so much better fifteen years ago because, sadly, we weren't. Case in point: The Tootsee Roll. How did the 69 Boyz convince the world that there was a significant difference between The Butterfly and The Tootsee Roll?

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[5 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Old School Friday: My Current Mood Is… Every summer I pick a few jams and make them my theme songs and the older the get the more explaining I have to do about why on Earth I feel the need to do so. It's one of those oldhead things that makes me realize that I just get stranger and stranger as I age, and part of that is reflected in the need to play music that makes me feel pumped and ready for the world and I don't mean no Sounds of Blackness.

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[24 Apr 2009 | 13 Comments | ]

This week’s theme is creative and disturbing just like I like it. It took me a while to think of old school songs that had no business ever coming out because like any good oldhead I like to pretend that …

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[17 Apr 2009 | 10 Comments | ]
Old School Friday: Sister Act 2

Technically the theme is “Blogger’s Choice,” so I choose to revisit one of my favorite family movies, 1993’s Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (what a great pun). If you didn’t watch this movie dozens of times back then, …

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[27 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Old School Friday: I Had A Bad Day At Work

Please. Do not even get me started on bad days at work. Instead of a bunch of premature commentary on the sorrow of work-life and how much I’m bursting at the seams with it all, I’m going to focus on …

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[13 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Old School Fridays: Child Singers

I’m still sorting out my feelings towards Maurice Starr and everything he’s done for/to the careers of New Edition and New Kids on The Block by making use of classic boy band chemistry, catchy hooks, and of course, the intriguing …

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[6 Mar 2009 | 10 Comments | ]

I already posted two of my appropriate faves –  Tevin Campbell’s “Always In My Heart,” and Brandy and Wanya’s “Brokenhearted,”  – so now what? Well, for starters, that Mint Condition song that’s often called “Pretty Brown …