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#NewMusic: J. Nolan – “Shield of Faith”

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by

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As J. Nolan lays forth his stated creative intention “…my aim is to provide more substantial music that speaks to the internal struggles of our time and to be a better example with the voice that Hip-Hop has enabled our generation to have.” We here at GFM could not agree more and count it as our obligation to present a voice such as J. Nolan who has been countering the numerous assumptions that many of my(often cynical) generation re: Hip Hop circa 2014.

What I encourage us Growns (of every generation) to do when presented with an offering such as “Shield of Faith” is to listen, feel, and as so moved share. That’s something that we can all do that in the power of the aggregate is extremely substantial.

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About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Events: ATL: Big Gipp’s Mixtape Release Party at the Koo Koo Room Tonight!

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by

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Tonight

in his hometown of Atlanta,

at the Legendary Koo Koo Room

Big Gipp Celebrates the Release of the First and LAST Mixtape of his career, “Mr. Get Down.”
“Mr. Get Down” is Available For Download Thanksgiving Day Via DatPiff 

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

#Morningspiration: Donny Hathaway – “We Need You Right Now”

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by

Man, man, man has gotten way out of hand with his evil ways… I think if more people would take the time to understand that there is something far greater than themselves that can provide all the help aid and assistance that is needed in good times and bad, perhaps, just perhaps. We don’t have all the answers but many in their own arrogant ignorance feel that they can’t right a perceived wrong through force, intimidation and unfortunately violence that has lead to far too many deaths. One death in this manner is one too many.

While none of us are perfect, we do have the choice to move away from and improve on our imperfections daily. Each day is a choice, but when the same tragedies continue to befall in the same way time and time again at the hands of persons who have taken an oath to protect first and serve second there has to be a questioning across the board of who are these people and to whom did they swear out to protect and serve? Some of the people? All of the people? Or just all of the property held by some of the people?

On my personal journey I have been questioning the whole notion of what is truly just. I know that I don’t have nor do I want the power to determine the date on the right side of the dash for any wonderfully and beautifully made creation. That’s how we were created but clearly as we tarry here the struggle for many is to understand that all of us, all of us were created in the same manner and should be respected as such. Will there be strife? Certainly. Will there be arguments and false accusations, insults and so on hurled back and forth that assail the humanity of all involved? No question. But what is the cost? What was the charge again and who is ultimately playing judge and jury and the penalty? Oh the penalty… all of our humanity is equal, all.

As we have lived under the rule of the line of Caesars for eons and in the quest to do whatever is “right” we have rendered not only what is due to Caesar but far more. It use to be fodder when someone would tell you not to “Throw water on my face and the tell me it’s raining.” Now? It’s been raining for too long for families who have had to endure the type of loss of life that the Brown Family has (and countless others) only to be confronted with not one why but a seemingly never ending list of whys. In far too many instances the us in this justice system of ours is not working because there was never a we to begin with. When you understand and respect the humanity of others as it relates to your own humanity the end results are vastly different. Perhaps we could all make an effort to work on becoming an actual we by spending sometime with the you that should reside in all of us.

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

New Music: J. Moss feat. Faith Evans: “You Make Me Feel”

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by

Beautiful melodies from J Moss and Faith Evans on “You Make Me Feel” and while we don’t wanna keep talkin’ ’bout the old days, this one takes us back to those ’90s jams. Check it out. “You Make Me Feel” is from J. Moss’ new album, Grown Folks Gospel.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

GFM Spotlight Interview (Video): Daley Talks Unplugged Tour, Atlanta & What He Fell in Love with in America

Posted on November 25th, 2014 by

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Grown Folks Music was blessed to catch up to Daley again after his acoustic show in Atlanta for a quick chat. We talked about why he chose to go unplugged for this leg of the tour, the energy he feels from the Atlanta audience and his newly found affection for biscuits in America. Watch and enjoy.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

New Music: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars: “Uptown Funk”

Posted on November 24th, 2014 by

Check out “Uptown Funk” from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. There was some discussion at the GFM HQ about this song. It ranged from the opinion that there seems to be a trend of artists creating a “throwback” genre, which hinders artistic originality– to gratitude that some artists are willing to present the the funk and soul to the youngsters–even if they are emulating the greats. In any case we all agreed that “Uptown Funk” is indeed funky enough for us to rock with it.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

New Music: Faith Evans & KeKe Wyatt – “Make Love”

Posted on November 23rd, 2014 by


Video By Singersroom.com

Over the past few weeks I have been feeling the full effect of what it’s like to be in the desert and to happen on the most glorious oasis full of water, shade(the good kind), color and beauty in some of the music that I have been hearing from folks like Dave Hollister, the debut project from Brandon Williams and now this collaboration “Make Love” from two of my favorite vocalists Faith Evans & KeKe Wyatt. Read the rest of this entry »

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

#GetGrown: MC Lyte – “Poor Georgie”

Posted on November 23rd, 2014 by

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