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Happy "Birthday"


I have a confession: 

Although the song is probably the most-played single on the radio, I was not feeling Jermaih's born-day ode, "Birthday Sex." These sex songs can lead trouble in my book.  My theory is this: when it comes to birthday sex, it often leads to unwanted pregnancies. And the last thing you want to do is give these these kid any ideas -- especially on their birthday. 

But after watching Jermaih perform the acoustic (piano) version of "Birthday Sex" . .

I'm sold. "Birthday Sex," it is! 

I think with this performance the song feels tender and heartfelt, where as the regular version feels like a forbidden bump-and-grind love  jam.

But whether it's birthday sex or makeup sex, please be safe -- use protection. 

Enough of the PSAs . . . check out the video. This dude got talent!

*Added 5-30-09*

Here's the video for "Birthday Sex":

Jermaih -- "Birthday Sex" (Music Video)


Smiling From Heaven

Basketball Legend-Musician The Late Wyman Tisdale

I know I'm late but . . .

Can we please have a moment of silence for . . . 

Wayman Lawrence Tisdale, the Oklahoma University Sooner basketball legend and NBA player who recorded several jazz albums, died May 15 in Tulsa, Okla., after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44.

The athlete-musician -- with the infectious smile -- was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2007 and had to have his right leg amputated in August. Despite being an amputee he never asked for sympathy for losing his leg. Instead, he became a fighter against cancer and established The Wayman Tisdale Foundation, an organization devoted to helping other amputees as well as those living with cancer.

Tisdale is a 1984 Olympic gold medalist and a three-time All-American for Oklahoma University. As a professional basketball player, he played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Phoenix Suns. "This is an incredibly sad day as we have lost not only one of the greatest Sooners ever, but one of the all-time best people to walk the face of the earth," said OU basketball coach Jeff Capel

Outside of sports, he was an incredible bass player who released several albums on the smooth jazz scene. Tisdale's 2008 disc, Rebound, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and featured a cover song of Barry White's "Never Gonna Give You Up" with country crooner Toby Keith. "This is a tough one for anyone who knew Wayman -- to know him was indeed to love him," remembers saxophonist Dave Koz who often toured with Wayman. "I feel so fortunate to have gotten to spend so many wonderful times with him, to share the stage, to laugh, to record together. And I can't recall anyone fighting cancer the way he fought it -- he was a hero on the court, on the stage, in his fight to live and in everything he did."

Tisdale is survived by wife Regina, three daughters and a son.

The funeral for Wayman Tisdale is schedule for May 21 (Thursday) at 11 a.m. in his hometown of Tusla, Okla.


U Want Good Love, Call On Me

Inspired by StellasKids Tweet:

Reggae loverman music videos, who does it the best?

Wayne Marshall (Featuring Tami Chynn) -- "Good Love" (Music Video)

Jah Cure (Featuring  Phyllsia) -- "Call On Me" (Music Video)

Yes, oddly enough, these two reggae/dancehall crooners are using the same "beat" and --
technically -- are singing the same love vows to their beautiful co-stars. I'm not mad at Wayne or Jah Cure. Their love songs really melt my heart. But who is crooning the best on this track -- Wayne or Jah Cure?

You decide! 

Tell me in the comments below or Tweet me at my Twitter: @BeatsandRants.


Paid . . . In Full

The Late And Great J Dilla

J Dilla may be gone, but the commodification of his death still continues. Not that it's a bad thing. Having copped the Shepard Fairey/B+ poster and other Dilla memorbalia, I'm extremely supportive of anything honoring Dilla if the monies go to helping Maureen Yancey (aka "Ma Dukes"). Sadly, Maureen also is suffering from lupus, which killed her son three years ago.

A  J Dilla tribute disc, titled Jay $tays Paid (due June 2), is 24-song compilation featuring unreleased instrumentals by the late beat maestro. Among the artists spitting rhymes over Dilla beats are The Roots' Black Thought, M.O.P., Pharoahe Monch, MF Doom, Blu and many others

The collection is executive produced by Maureen Yancey and J Dilla's musical idol, legendary studio maverick Pete Rock. "Dilla wanted to pattern himself behind Pete," says Ms. Yancey. "His dream was to become as close as possible to what Pete stood for. Pete meant everything to him. Pete adds, "[Dilla] may not be here with us, but it's all good we're going to keep his music alive and well."

Check out the set's first single, "Reality Check" (featuring Black Thought), right HERE
(Props to MOOVMT

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Dwele Asked A Question . . .

What rap song you wished that you could have produced? 

Answer:  It would have to be Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth -- "T.R.O.Y." (They Reminsce Over You")    

In my humble opinion, this is the greatest rap song in hip-hop history, period. Every time I heard those horns in the intro, I get a lump in my throat. And on the real, I get a little teary-eyed thinking about those who have passed away in my life. (R.I.P. Grandma, I love you always.

On a Side Note:  In Dwele's video, Detroit rapper Marv Won mentioned that Rakim actually wrote "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. This is the first time I have ever heard such a thing. Is that true or false? 

DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince -- "Summertime" (Music Video) 

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