Morning Waffles: Fitz & The Tantrums, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Naked & Famous





Daily Fresh…Alicia Keys

Essence’s 50 Most Powerful R&B Artist of All Time

In honer of Black Music Month Essence online drops their 50 Most Powerful R&B Artist of All-Time list. Your usuals are there like Arthea Franklin, Michael Jackson, Mary J Blige and Prince.

1. Aretha Franklin
2. Michael Jackson
3. Mary J Blige
4. Diana Ross
5. Whitney Houston
6. Beyonce
7. Patti LaBelle
8. Teena Marie
9. Maxwell
10. Lauryn Hill
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Beyonce Opens Glastonbury W/Crazy In Love

Did Kelly Rowland Tear Down The House???

We say yes!!! We are long time Kelly Rowland supporters in these parts.

Songs of Summer Day 3: Michael Jackson – Happy

(See the good thing about the “Songs of the Summer” series is that not all the songs selected came out in the summer. I am not sure when of these songs actually dropped, I just know they crossed my radar one summer day, making them forever in my mind a summer song.)

While the other kids were in love with Thriller I was discovering the music of yesteryear. One of my first albums post Thriller-mania was a best of compilation by K-tel records. Remember them? Of course ya do. Well the album had plenty of songs that I never heard from Mike’s years at Motown, Happy was one of those tracks.

You know how certain songs can take you back to the time when you first heard them? Well Happy is one of those songs for me. It takes me back to the summer between 5th and 6th grade. For some reason in between my rap songs, Happy was blasting from my stereo. Maybe it helped smooth me out. Looking back now, I realize that it served as the transition song of my life as I went from a lad to middle school age. The mood of the song was the perfect backdrop for me leaving elementary and going  to middle school. And from that summer on when I hear this song, I think of old friends from the old school that Facebook can’t even find.

Morning Waffles: Mary J Blige – Hero

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