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Going Mad

I fucks with Madlib.

The beat maestro's new CD WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip is in stores now. Guests on the disc include Guilty Simpson, MED, Talib Kweli, Frank & Dank, Murs and the late J Dilla.

You vinyl heads take note: The 2/LP vinyl collection will hit stores on Oct. 14.

This is some great hip-hop shit!

"It's not like your average hip-hop album; it's a celebration of Madlib's versatility as a producer."
-- Anthony Fantano, The Needle Drop

"[Despite some] flaws, this is a solid album, thanks to Talib Kweli, Guilty Simpson, Roc C, Oh No, MED and the Konducta himself. A ruff, vinyl feeling album, absolutely worth a buy."
-- Magnus, SofaKing Diligent

Get Mad, damn it!


Cloud Nine

I know I'm late on this . . . but I have to honor the maestro.

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For Motown Records songwriter-producer Norman Whitfield. The 67-year-old master tunesmith died Sept. 16 in Los Angeles after a long bout with diabetes and other illnesses. He was among the second-wave of producers during the 1960's and early 1970's to create numerous hit songs for several Motown artists including the Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Marvin Gaye. "Nobody in the business could lay down funkier grooves than Norman," said Otis Williams, a founding member of the Temptations. "He was a master in the studio." Mr. Whitfield left Motown in the 1970s to launch his own recording imprint, Whitfield Records. His most notable work from that venture was the soundtrack to the blaxploitation classic Car Wash, in which the theme song of the same name (performed by Rose Royce) won a Grammy and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1977.

Rest In Power, Norman.

And thank you for providing the soundtrack(s) to Black America.


Independent Singles

Two joints that are on continuous rotation in my iPod . . .

Ne-Yo (Featuring Jamie Foxx and Fabolous) -- "She's Got Her Own" ("Miss Independent" Remix)

Eric Benét -- "Weekend Girl"

I'm looking for a "Weekend Girl" whose "Got Her Own."


.38 Special

Today Tonight is my birthday! Here's my gift to you . . .

38 tunes that I'm listening to right now, according to my iPod shuffle.
It is in no particular order and I set it up in a music player for your convenience.
Don't say I didn't give y'all nothing!

.38 Special

A big thanks to the IMEEM music community!

Side Note: I threw in R. Kelly's "Happy Birthday" because of his recent interview.


I ♥ Solange

I must be either getting soft . . . or nostalgic for that old Motown sound.

But after several listens of Solange Knowles' second disc, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, I have to say it's one of the most entertaining R&B albums to come out this year.

I commend Solange for bringing her throwback psychedelic-soul sound and penning some real tortured lyrics of love and heartbreak. And the producers who contributed tracks to the project also impressed me, as well.

Hitmakers the Neptunes produced the set's first single, "I Decided" -- who knew that Pharrell and Chad could a flip a Motown-sounding tune? Studio maverick Mark Ronson produced the reflective "6 O'Clock Blues," which, for me, is the LP's standout track. Another great song is the Soulshock-blessed "Sandcastle Disco." And "I Told You So" is a fiery song, in which Solange tells her former beau (or ex-husband?) that her love for him has faded and she's ready to move on. And I also enjoyed the ballad "Cosmic Journey" featuring the "where-the-hell-are-you?" crooner Bilal.

There are four duds on this collection but, as a whole, this is a fantastic album.

And not only does Solange have a bitchy attitude, she's also defiant. She knows that her famous surname has everyone second-guessing her every move in the music industry. That's why she recorded "F**k the Industry (Signed Sincerely)," which flips 'Ye's piano-driven song, "Everything That I Am." You gotta love it.

Check out these Solange videos below:

Solange Knowles -- "Sandcastle Disco" (Music Video)

Solange Knowles -- "6 O'Clock Blues" (Live)

Solange Knowles -- "I Decided" (Live)

And this is a funny YT clip. Solange is performing "I Decided" at an outdoor concert event when a man jumps onstage and decides to be a background dancer for her. Rather than let security escort the concertgoer off the stage, Solange lets him stay and they gyrate together off into the sunset. You see, Solange is not a bitch after all.

This is my favorite Solange performance -- "I Decided" (Live at Fashion Rocks)