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 you “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 »
I somewhat get it. I mean kinda. It’s the world we live in… with so many options for hearing(and nowadays seeing) music it should stand to reason that there are as many charts for all those options. For those of you keeping score at home, a quick jaunt over to Billboard to look at their charts under the heading of R&B will bring back no less than 13 different charts. Out of those 13 over half(8 to be exact) are paired with Hip-Hop and/or Rap(Yeah I don’t know either re: The difference. I kid.) So let’s list them:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs
Hot R&B Songs
R&B Streaming Songs
Hot Rap Songs
Rap Streaming Songs
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Adult R&B Songs
Ok now I will attempt to do the pseudo-journalistic thingy and editorialize. I will provide the #1 recording associated with each chart for assistance in illustrating a few points.
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – “Can’t Feel My Face” The Weeknd. So Billboard describes this chart as a combination of Radio Airplay/Sales Data and Streaming Data which in my mind = The kids, which I’m not mad at, I just question and have always questioned the melding of R&B and Hip Hop as a format. Are these genres not strong enough to stand on their own? Wait, before you answer shall we consider that there was a time when both did and both were vibrant, respected each other, collaborated but still had their own identity outside of a generic moniker of Urban? What does that term even mean? Oh. I. See. Let’s move on… Read the rest of this entry »