Last week, the music industry was hit with the sad news of the passing of Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner of the iconic and legendary group, Ohio Players. To pay respect to the icon, Producer Karriem Riggins, releases his new track, “Chopped Worm.” Of the track Riggins says,
“My idea was to chop a song that is so important to hip hop and also pay homage to one of the funkiest groups from one of the funkiest states. Ohio Players’ music will forever be relevant! RIP Sugarfoot.”
Listen to the track below, and if you live in Canada – make sure to check out Riggins doing a DJ set in Montreal.
Despite not personally being a big Frank Ocean fan myself, I do like this song. It’s perhaps one of my favorites. Here is new music from producer/singer Velous in the form of his V Mix to Frank Ocean’s track “We All Try.” The song is a dedication to his late father, and will make its home on his debut project Velocity, which will be released very soon. I love the way he blends his singing and rap effortlessly.
As everyone knows, Common is my one true love. I have been thirsting over this guy since I was about 10, so basically going on 15 years now. A long time for thirst, however, I believe that if he were to meet me – he’d fall in love.
Not only am I a golden brown skinned girl, with some non-fake D’s on it like he raps about, but also, teenagers love me (hence his daughter), moms love me (hence his mom), I have a good free spirited personality but like intellectual stimulation. Plus, he’s beautiful, and I’m not bad on looks myself hence a match made in heaven.
With that being said, all thirst aside, today I had the opportunity to see Common’s new film “LUV” which was co-written and directed by Sheldon Candis. The film follows Vincent, played by Common, a former drug dealer who just got out of prison in Baltimore. Vincent wants to change his past ways by opening a crab shack along Baltimore’s beautiful waterfront. The movie follows Vincent throughout a day where his young nephew, Woody, played by the adorable Michael Rainy Jr., tags along to learn essentially, how to be a man.
Along the way to opening his crab-shack, Vincent has some last minute tasks to complete with characters like: Cofield played by Charles S. Dutton, Mr. Fish played by Dennis Haysbert, and Arthur played by Danny Glover.
The end result, is a movie that is both great yet has certain elements missing. The good with the film is the believability of the characters. From the encounters I have made with people from Baltimore and PG County in general, Common and the characters really captured to diction and verbiage of the region. Also, given the grief Common has received for his acting skills (I don’t know why people hate) Common proves that with a good script and good storyline he can shine. Also, Rainy appears to have a promising career at such a young age he is able to steal scenes.
The overall downfall of the movie is however, the plot presented itself from the beginning of the film. Watching the movie and events that take place in the film, you already know what will happen at the end of the film. Also, even though you can see what the end of the film will be already, the film doesn’t have an epic explosion like those of it’s same concept.
Overall, I still would suggest going to see this movie – Common is so fine in this movie I was really sitting there blushing the whole time. *swoons*
For those of us who are sitting at home on a Saturday Night — I am not bitter, I thought why not share my gold mine — a massive Isley Brother Playlist. This is for those of you guys with Spotify and gives you over 100 Isley Brother tracks and like 9 hours of audio. Great right?
One of my favorite voices this year has been El Perro Del Mar. How lovely is her voice? After hearing “Walk On By” earlier this year, I’ve been hooked. Not to mention, the Pale Fire album is an amazing album.
That being said, this morning, Pitchfork TV, El Perro del Mar, premiered her latest installment “Hold on Fire.” The song is the second single from the album, and an obvious fan favorite. The video which was filmed at INGMAR’s HQ in November and features production from belle and light.
Great song, great album, great voice. If you aren’t familiar with Pale Fire, I definitely want to encourage you to do so now. Purchase the album here.