My Winner in POP, Worldwide. Top Four: Doja Cat, Koffee, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson.
Took about eight seconds to get on the playlist. Expectation high for my top-scorer, Keri. Like Dylan and Alisha, 'see nothing but good in this woman'. Confident of that a few plays into Knock You Down. Girl brings out the best in Ne-Yo and Kanye, Knock You Down in 2009.
Hundred-ish plays later, convinced my interest, and "POP". Beats the best, Kanye 'turns up', jumps in. Best pop song of the '10s. And video.
And today, Keri? More, Video, pushing on and fresh.
Here's my mate for years. Vintage Clothes shop next to the Brixton Academy.
2000, in the shop, first time. Thirty minutes in... he had me hold the shop for half an hour, while he drove to the one place for "takeaway". And "gotta wait", when he returned an hour later. Few years later I'm on the market stall and where I live, Portobello Market. Along the top of Cambridge Gardens. A number of years out the decade I lived in Nth Kensington, again Leslie off for a bit. With Vintage Clothes stall Friday and Saturday, underneath the Westway. Leslie liked to play the white card with customers; "Me".
To "Knock You Down".
Leslie; "ain't my thing".
All those nights and heard him play-like, I thought. But no, I knew was alone with Keri.
Slow Dance is confident and relaxed, a 'slammer' and rocks. What more?
Charts on Truthscoopa-coming.
This every-one and another splendid is explained best with an image. For me, 1-2. Avenue B looking south east and (3.) Looking on to C. 14th? (4.) Avenue A and 7. Looking north east. My review of Convertion, 'Let's Do It'. The song, and goes for all 80-85 NYC Radio, music: The, Streets. Reminder. My first and lasting impression. As Drill and Grime and... reminds of them and their... 'hood'. Same business, here, Latino based.
[Note; Pyramid Bar, '...across the road.' And keeping it 'crystal', The "Pyramid" wasn't a Gay bar. Odd night, but that wasn't 'gay' rammed or 'seen as'. They were all in the West Village. Furthest gay place east, was the sauna, top of St Marks and third. On the other hand... Paradise Garage and Fun House were considered, exclusive/ in reality the late 90s %-wise and were; Gay. Excluding Lesbian or Bi.
Look I got to stop excusing the "sounds-extreme". Garage was 99.?% Gay. About two women, one time noticed, because, ...one with me. Can't think was Fun House any different? Nah, "a gay club". Knew where I was. Alone, as happs. near on all-times.].
My view of US hip-hop and getting into and with underground-streets, true life talking. The Uk...
"Biggie messed with one of my favourite songs, Juicy. And yet, who cares about that?" Eventually, I calmed down, and "hear this", worn down. Then I got one album came out, and got into: The Murda Mixtape. Mobb Deep. Later the heart jumped, Prodigy a spokesperson for deep, truths... scoop.
If I will pick songs like this, every post going into 'parts'. Someone asked a while back. "Favourite?" No hesitation, "Tammi". Said it was the oldest, at the time, it was. Speak for self. More Tammi to come. Abused as a teen and on... child to teen/young adult abuse. James (covered-up, somewhat), and David.
[Source: Pg., 306 -307 'Detroit 67, The Year That Changed Soul', Stuart Cosgrove. Publ. 2016. Polygon.]
Marvin's quote is priceless. She was too much a Woman for him. Strident and strong. Independent and a Girl with magnetic attraction.
"Spit it out..." Tammi, brevity and abuse aside: Keri H.
Go to a dance. Observer's on. Two or three songs in? He plays Rent Man. Transported back to '81 and now, again..., "I need rent, man". Grill him later; he never heard me say on the phone call a couple of days before? Promised,"not". 'Rent Man' rewinds? The week, and day, Full of "rent man, rent man, rent man...", and get there, that night. Two or three in...
A, Co... in, or God in..?
Two hurdles to go:
Lord Jamar, as ever, helpful and talking Tupac. Add his other gift, natural opening up deeper questions. His comment will come out in what I write. Positive influence, same-ways, M'nM. (DIY tag, today). Both a Big Up.
One to go.
"What can I do?" Play all our, and our 'England's every mans' every man'. Joe the plumber, our very best. What will Bob come up with next? 'They' say, his latest two are "monumental Dylan" releases. Yet, scant reviews, and an elephant?
Seen the Bill Gates vid., last post? Don't sin. Aka., 'miss the target'.
Peace and out
Don't think I'd be missing Gwen Mcrae ['What can I do? 2.']. Gwen comes around again, on a playlist.
Leslie'll like, this...
[EARLIER ON] and What we need... OK, what, I need. Would like:
Goldsmiths College, '98. Chat with Austin at a bar in a big room, moderate crowd. Seen me, close to the Bins, bopping and popping, 'praising' best-can. Took a three minute explanation about Shoutsouth, "Yes. Talk to Miss. Call me tomorrow". Every week or so, for about a year, we spoke. 'Represented', I'd say, they go, "m'manager". Had been a 'professional pastor' before so had experience. A collective, in this case. Mixed-media social action.
Pastor-ing all ways, would say Austin "pastor-ed" me at times. No one left 'me' or Shoutsouth. Hold on? Was, One. Met next-time was so concerned what he's done,and heaped respect. We understood and celebrated our joint-endevours powered. Feds hustling him soon after,man was angry. Told me and upset, "what d'they want, me back on the opps?"
Boy who did the killings and Elijah put-up and "say" involved? He dropped out a Peckham Young People's Football Project, a few weeks before. Grass-roots. Founder was my friend Brian. New initiative, involved, and formalise a 12-14 years old, Saturday mornings football practice. Sixty young'uns, or thereabouts. His gal/pal? and partner, an Arsenal and England player. Peckham. On the 'board' and called 'The Peckham Trotters Football Club.' FA Accreditation(?). Me and Brian met with the FA at their offices. Guess the MP? and met her, Tess. 'course. There and got agreement, be on The Board of Advisors.
Say, to mention; How many more boys and girls in all the troubles? How many more but for young people's footie?
Met Elijah midday, straight from his last longer stretch. Came first-thing to see me in our offices. Opposite and adjacent, to the 'Cop shop'. Say more sometime. Don't want to be all lift-him-up. All the boys and girls back then, lots of respect. Hope, likewise.
Elijah showed heart and letting me/"us" down. "Not being around". Not as an artist, a co-me and like, backstage worker.
Later on, when moved Brockley to Brixton.
Back '98 -'99 Brockley: Once a month, 'Shoutsouth' turned up for a meeting. Festus (Coxsone) came a couple of times but regular; First and on time, Austin, (Jah Observer).
Weaving around like the Marx Bros. Condom/s pegged to their hats. "Safe Sex" was the single (not released and copyright/aka "no". ). The standard and the day, voiced-over, an instrumental from the States.): The Born Horny Crew. First managed, and my Jay and Nas; 'True Life (two). More Biggie Tupac? [Will look for similarities, and couple of rep. rappers.]
Micapone: His freestyle impressions of RZA over Speaks' "cold beat". For me it was the best music I'd ever heard. Best Hip-Hop, save, Roots, Rodney and like.
True Life, finally show up to their session. East End, proper studio. Time affordable, "not proper". Michael (Micapone) is/was... bet 'is', a JW and multi-all, like Prince, That, good. Looking wise got it. Tall and respectful. His mate? [Oh me and names?] Best and freestyle. Last I seen went to dance school. Speaks and [NAME]?, sorry "bro", great name at that. Speaksworld, Rico and on. Blacksteel.
We happened to all meet together the day after news of Dennis Brown's death. Friend of 'Steel'ie'. Toured and recorded together.
Be Joseph, Chukka Fritz, Devon, Sarah Gillespie, Jason McNiff, [who has nothing online that matched 'London Town', mixed and voiced at Josephs. All of us on the chorus. Think it was that song, yet to find]. Dennis Rowe (affiliate or Saxon partner, and Shoutsouth). Be in there, and others.
Moderate and mannered, open yet serious and the Rasta faith. He told me his experience and I soaked it up. He could do Italy and like, set-up and earn. Too much to write now and UK/JA phenomenon. Roots 1974 to 84, and culture, today.
Prompt and must comment. A redeeming and forgiving man, Yet, when you've lived as Jamaicans do, you find it hard not to feel pity for the ingrained in crime etc. "Off the boat", "and yard", meant some-one-was, and the can-change dept., they found it hard to see. Without money from music, as in 'our' case.
Man of first principles.
Theme running through the last couple o' three days.