We dare you to click on this. Jonathan McReynolds had penned a song that is anointed for a time such as this. We hope you are as blessed by this song as we were. “Limp” is from Jonathan McReynolds’ forthcoming album (September 2015) Life Music: Stage Two.
Don’t let the dope beat fool you, Black Sheep Dres (of ’90s duo Black Sheep fame) is kicking a serious message to his son and to ALL young men in “Propagation”. Check it out.
#Growns this would be a perfect day to take a little time out and check this interview with Sinbad from a recent episode of Marc Maron’s fantastic podcast WTF. Always great to hear creatives chop it up about their craft. This episode is that and so much more, we as an audience are allowed to glimpse layers and depth that just doesn’t happen in traditional media.
I will give a caveat… I’m a big man but I’m not too proud or ashamed to admit that I was moved to tears several times during the course of this interview because this is a story of someone who was determined to make it and he did: his way! So incredibly inspiring and truth be told my level of respect for Sinbad was already incredibly high(Sinbad was one of the few comics/actors that my father would seek out and we’d watch together and share many laughs. I miss that as much as I miss him.) and he managed to take that to an even higher level as he discusses “Hollywood” amongst other topics.
Enough of my babbling. Press play.
What’s up Growns! Ya’ll know what it is… it’s Jodeci Friday! “What About Us” is from the album Diary Of A Mad Band.
I am. A revolution of new ideas, new ways of doing things, new faces, new places… I’m tired and I’m sure some of you are tired too. We need more than the same ole love, because that’s really tired. It’s 2015, not 1985 and it’s time for media and music to move in that direction. Oh I’m not saying that it isn’t, I mean look at the kids. Not so much the content (because Trix are made for kids) but the way they consume, discover, share, comment… we could learn a few things from their example.
As we’ve stated numerous times within the confines of this blog: Grown is not old. Grown is just that – grown. Grown does as grown does. The problem? Too many folks out here masquerading on both sides of the spectrum – they’re really young acting trying to pass that off as grown or they’re old acting trying to pass that off as grown. Grown is a standard. Let’s make sure we keep it that way and the best way to do that is to have voices out here to counter the nonsense. Grown is not being able to say and do whatever you want whenever you want, that’s a half-truth. The other half of that truth that many forget is that for every word and deed there are responsibilities and repercussions. Now if you have the ability to handle those, then great and welcome to the club, if not there are seats. Further, Grown is not a blanket license to stay stuck in your “day” (as in “Back in my day”) and to inundate us daily with that day so that we don’t have a real opportunity to live this day which truth be told is all we really have anyway.
I am a student of history, I revere the past, I just don’t live there. Seems like so many media outlets especially when it comes to music of a “Grown” nature mistake that moniker for old. No. Mas. If I have to be the lone outlier over here yelling a couple a times a week about great music and media that is being made right now, so be it. I will take any and all heat from all corners and comers because it’s so important to me to make new memories, to hear, taste, smell, feel, and know about 2015, not the decades and roads I’ve been down before. Sure, I revisit them (and we here at GFM do too esp. on our FB presence) from time to time and the memories are fond, but what about right now, today, what’s the memory, the feel, the music, the move for when I leave this J.O.B. at 5pm? Who am I going to listen to for soundtrack that will make me feel Grown and Fresh on the commute home? What’s going on in 2015 and not 1971? Do you want a Revolution? Are you ready for a Revolution?
I’m probably the least qualified person to write this post because I am at once blessed and cursed with a photographic memory. So if I see/read a tweet it’s filed away. But let me back up for a second before the tomatoes are hurled in my direction. I am not in any way suggesting or(worse) insulting anyone’s intelligence by the suggestion that they do not know how to use the micro-blogging service known in these streets as Twitter. No what I’m suggesting is that some people aren’t using it right. There’s a difference. The focus of my ire? Well this is Grown Folks Music so perhaps we’ll mention an artist or two(of course without mentioning said artist or two by name that would be gossip and you can go here for that) McDonald’s/McDowell’s.
Soo let’s get into it.
Same As It Ever Was…
Yes. The. Same. Tweets. Every. Day. At. The. Same. Time. About your alblum(yes I meant to spell it that way). I understand that when you broadcast a message to your _______ followers that all of them will not see it at the same time. But can we mix it up just a little bit? Just a little? Change some words around, auto-schedule the post to hit at a different time of day, hell take a day or two of and come back fresh. But honestly I’d rather hear from and about you more than the product, so figure out a way to let the product be an extension of your personality. Read the rest of this entry »