30 December 2010

"Vanilla Child"

 R.I.P. Teena Marie

1. I Need Your Lovin'
2. Warm As Mama's Oven
3. Work It
4. The Pressure feat. M.C. Lyte
5. Now That I Have You
6. We've Got To Stop Meeting Like This feat. Ronnie McNeir
7. Ooo La La
8. I'm Just A Sucker For Your Love
9. You Make Love Like Springtime
13.Fire And Desire
14.Ivory (A Tone Poem)
15.If I Were A Bell
16.Lips To Find You
17.Ear Candy
18.The Ballad Of Cradle,Rob & Me
19.Square Biz
20.Alladin's Lamp

27 December 2010

Rest In Peace Teena Marie

Tragic news over the weekend. Teena Marie passed in her sleep at the age of 54. My heart sank when I heard the news as Lady T is not only a soul legend but one of my all time favorite artists. Peace and blessings sent out to her daughter Rose and the rest of Teena's family.


AP, Dec 27, 2010 4:44 am PST
No matter that Marie, 54, was white. The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture — and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences, not only for her immense soulful talents, but for her inner soul as well.
"Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul," she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting "Congo Square." That album would turn out to be her last.
The self-proclaimed "Ivory Queen of Soul," whose many classic hits included "Lovergirl," Square Biz" and the scorching duet "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, was found dead in her Pasadena home on Sunday at the age of 54. Authorities said her death appeared to be of natural causes.
In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Teena Marie said she had successfully battled an addiction to prescription drugs; she had been performing over the last year.
"The enduring influence of Teena's inspirational, trailblazing career, could only have been made possible through her brilliant song-writing, showmanship and high energy passion which laid the ground work for the future generations of R&B, hip-hop, and soul," said Concord Music Group chief label officer, Gene Rumsey; Concord's Stax Records released her last album.
"We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with a visionary who changed music in indelible ways. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and of course, millions of fans around the world."
Marie certainly wasn't the first white act to sing soul music, but she was arguably among the most gifted and respected, and was thoroughly embraced by black audiences, and beyond.
Even before she started her musical career, she had a strong bond with the black community, which she credited to her godmother. She gravitated to soul music and in her youth decided to make it her career.
Marie made her debut on the legendary Motown label back in 1979, becoming one of the very few white acts to break the race barrier of the groundbreaking black-owned record label that had been a haven for black artists like Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye.
The cover of her debut album, "Wild and Peaceful," did not feature her image, with Motown apparently fearing black audiences might not buy it if they found out the songstress with the dynamic, gospel-inflected voice was white.
"(Motown founder Berry) Gordy) said that is was so soulful that he wanted to give the music an opportunity to stand on its own merit. Instead of my face, they put a seascape, so by the time my second album came out people were like, Lady T is White?" she told Essence.com.
Marie was the protege of the masterful funk wizard James, with whom she would have long, turbulent but musically magical relationship.
Marie notched her first hit, "I'm A Sucker for Your Love," with the help of James on that album. But the time her second album was released, her face was known — and on the cover of the record. But there was not a backlash — she would only get more popular on her way to becoming one of R&B's most revered queens. During her tenure with Motown, the singer-songwriter and musician produced passionate love songs and funk jam songs like "Need Your Lovin'," "Behind the Groove."
Marie's voice was the main draw of her music: Pitch-perfect, piercing in its clarity and wrought with emotion, whether it was drawing from the highs of romance or the mournful moments of a love lost. But her songs, most of which she had a hand in writing, were the other major component of her success.
Tunes like "Cassanova Brown" "Portuguese Love" and "Deja Vu (I've Been Here Before)" featured more than typical platitudes on love and life, but complex thoughts with rich lyricism. "Deja vu" was a song about reincarnation.
And "Fire and Desire," a duet with James about a former couple musing about their past love, was considered a musical masterpiece and a staple of the romance block on radio stations across the country.
Marie left Motown in 1982 and her split became historic: She sued the label and the legal battle led to a law preventing record labels from holding an artist without releasing any of their music.
She went to Epic in the 1980s and had hits like "Lovergirl" and "Ooo La La La" but her lasting musical legacy would be her Motown years.
Still, she continued to record music and perform. In 2004 and 2006 she put out two well-received albums on the traditional rap label Cash Money Records, "La Dona" and "Sapphire."
James, who had a romantic relationship with Marie but also a long friendship, died in 2004. His death shook her so she said she became addicted to Vicodin, which she had been taking for pain, for about a year.
But Marie said she successfully battled that addiction.In 2008, she talked about her excitement of being honored by the R&B Foundation.
Marie was the mother of a teenage daughter who was budding singer; she would sometimes bring her daughter onstage to sing during her shows.
In 2009, she celebrated 30 years in the recording industry, and planned for many more.
"All in all, it's been a wonderful, wonderful ride," she told The Associated Press in 2008. "I don't plan on stopping anytime soon."


23 December 2010

The 2010 Reunion Radio Christmas Show

New and classic Christmas songs from R&B legends past and present

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from OP and Silk

A Love Letter Christmas - R Kelly
Christmas Without You - El DeBarge
When Christmas Comes - Mariah Carey
This Christmas - Alexander O'Neal
Be There - Donnie Hathaway
Someday At Christmas - The Jackson 5
Soulful Christmas - James Brown
Be-With-You - Bootsy Collins
Another Lonely Christmas - Prince
Wonderful Christmastime - Rahsaan Patterson *
Mistletoe Jam Everybody Kiss Somebody) - Luther Vandross
A Kiss For Christmas - Luther Vandross
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Mariah Carey
Up On The Housetop (DJ Spinna Re-Edit) - The Jackson 5
What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
My Favorite Things - Anita Baker
Frosty's Rag (Frosty The Snowman) - Anita Baker

*Yeah we played this on last year's show too... it's just so dope we had to play it again

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14 December 2010

Unsung Soldiers (Part 3)

Stacy Lattisaw - Screaming From The Top / Where Do We Go From Here (feat. Johnny Gill)
Heatwave - Eyeballin'/Happiness Togetherness/Gangster Of The Groove
Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie/Heartbreaker
George Clinton - If Anybody Gets Funked Up/Do Fries Go With That Shake ?/Undisco Kidd(w/Funkadelic)
Angela Winbush - It's The Real Thing/ Do You Really Love Me (feat. Rene)/ Angel
The Fat Boys - Stick 'Em/ Go For It
Miki Howard - That's What Love Is (feat. Gerald Levert)/ Love Under New Management
The O'Jays - Let Me Make Love To You/ I Love Music

09 December 2010

Unsung Soldiers (Part 2)

Minnie Riperton - Here We Go (feat. Peabo Bryson)/Young, Willing & Able
Rose Royce - Golden Touch/Wishing On A Star
Shalamar - Right Here/Make That Move
Melba Moore - Underlove/Fallin'
The Bar-Kays - Let's Have Some Fun/Running In And Out Of My Life
Sylvester - Dance(Disco Heat)/Can't Forget The Love
Teddy Pendergrass - Love T.K.O./Life Is A Circle
Tammy Terrell - Your Precious Love(feat. Marvin Gaye)/All I Do Is Think About You

Part 3 Coming Soon

08 December 2010

Unsung Soldiers (Part 1)

This Silky1 set is made up of artists that have been featured on TVOne's Unsung.

Debarge - All This Love/Baby Wont Cha Come Quick
Phyllis Hyman - You Know How To Love Me/Be Careful(How You Treat My Love)
Donny Hathaway - Little Ghetto Boy/Flying Easy
The Clark Sisters - A Praying Spirit/Overdose Of The Holy Ghost
Teena Marie - Behind The Groove/Young Love
Bootsy Collins - I'd Rather Be With You/Roto Rooter
Klymaxx - Meeting In The Ladies Room/Divas Need Love Too
Zapp & Roger - Heartbreaker/A Chunk Of Sugar

Stay tuned for Part 2

02 December 2010

Happy Birthday to the late great Richard Pryor

We're a day late on this (Dec 1st is his birthday) but I didn't want to let the week pass without paying respect to the greatest comedian of all time. Richard would have been 70 years old this week. In honor of Richard here's what I think is the funniest scene in movie history.

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