I'm always hype for a new Roots album. Shout out to my skillet Dameadelphia for the production on the track!!!
And what perfect timing. Dropping on DEF jam in May is right after our #PhillyLovesDefJam tribute on April 20 with DJ Scratch of EPMD, Dj Mike Nyce & Mr. Sonny James at Johnny Brenda's! Chill Moody on the mic!!! Enjoy.
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
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Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.
Which was/is your fave? Although I love many, I think his Purple Rain hair remains a favorite..
Illustrations by Gary Cord.
Shots of 17-year-old Prince are to be exhibited as part of a touring display that will launch in Los Angeles later this month.
Never-before seen shots of a 17-year-old Prince are to be exhibited for the first time as part of a touring display that will launch in Los Angeles later this month (Feb14).
Photographer Robert Whitman's shots from his three 1977 sessions with Prince, which really capture the artist as a young man on the verge of superstardom, have been locked away - until now.
Whitman, now in his 60s, was just starting out as a commercial photographer in his native Minneapolis, Minnesota when he got the call to shoot music producer Owen Husney's new local discovery for a pitch to record companies.
He tells Wenn, "I didn't know anything about him and he was shy and I was nervous. I knew he was going to do something big when they played me his track Soft & Wet and he performed at his studio. I got goosebumps.
"The shots were for Prince's first press kit. We only used a few of the shots and created just 15 kits."
Prince and the photographer teamed up for their first session at Whitman's studio in a Minneapolis ice-cream factory.
He recalls, "I had no idea what I was doing - I had Prince kneeling by this awful furniture and blowing bubbles. I was trying everything I could think of."
But Prince never forgot his first photographer: "About 10 years later I was on the phone at LaGuardia Airport (in New York) and Prince walked by and said, 'Whitman, how are you?'"
The snapper became an in-demand fine art photographer and he filed away his Prince shots, only occasionally showing them off to friends who showed an interest in the star.
He adds, "I had not even thought of them and then I started to think about what to do with my archive and I discovered this young agent, called Jesse Blatt, who came to the studio, took one look at these Prince shots and started talking about a touring exhibition. It's very exciting."
The collection will debut at Hollywood's Mr. Musichead gallery on 20 February (14). The exhibition will run for a month.
© Robert Whitman
Shout out to my homie Jeffrey Townes. Just saw the new episode of #VinylDestination and Tastytreats made the cut!! As you know, Fluid closed and Tastytreats was on the final night..... I knew it couldn't go down any other way than to have our residents Mike Nyce and recent addition Mr. Sonny James along with my two OG's - Ahmir Khalib Thompson and DJ Jazzy Jeff. And of course,Yameen Allworld and Skillz on the mic... And thankfully, they all knew it couldn't go down without them too....
That night....... Was just insanely incredible, magical and perfect. I know you couldn't move or breathe [lol].. But that was the sacrifice to experience a legendary party at a legendary club with legendary dj's for the very last time.
Thanks to Jeff for including us in his amazing show - Vinyl Destination. And I appreciate the shout out! FluidNight ClubPhillywill always be missed, but I cherish the countless memories I have from not just Tastytreats but any and everything I went to there.
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A) Reinvention never stops.
Every day you reinvent yourself. You're always in motion. But you decide every day: forward or backward.
This is everything. I love every one of them. Lol.
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SpeakEasy : Late night word play every 4th Friday at Warmdaddy's featuring the finest Poets, Singers all backed by a Live Band. Hosted by Just Greg and brought to you by Flygirrl, Artitsts First + Ms. Wise.
Ahhhh. What a breath of fresh air.
This article was super helpful to me today.... Glad I stumbled on it.. Hope it may help one of you!
“One decision can develop into a habit, and the habits you form create your reality. Here are 10 choices that carry significant weight. Learn to be conscious of the decisions you make so you can do your best to live like a champion:”
I was commissioned to create a custom piece of artwork to enlarge as the photo booth backdrop at The Roots Picnic this past June for Philly 360 & With Art. They blew it up and allowed folks to get their pics taken in Gif form and get the video sent via twitter! Here is a mash up of the whole day... Additional videos continued below.....
I stumbled upon this website while searching for an image. I thought, "Dope! Really nice black and white photography of The Roots [and friends] from a shoot for an article." And as enjoyed one after another, I stumbled upon the cover of the Philadelphia City Paper from 2000 when we [Squarebiz - Myself, Questlove + Yameen Allworld] graced the cover on the Tastykakes truck for when we kicked off Tastytreats! Wow - shout out to you Michael T. Regan - the was an awesome day and an awesome memory! I still have copies of the paper, but this is the only real photo - thank you!
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn
I'm sure you've heard that Fluid is closing come April 6th. It's sad but true. We will continue to rock every Saturday night leading up to our "Last Dance" at Tastytreats on Saturday April 6 with Dj's Questlove & Mike Nyce...
Also, stay tuned for special announced guests leading up to the Finale! We're taking you out in style!!!! We have an awesome line up and a banger of a finale for you!!!
It's been an amazing 12 years. AMAZING. I'll write a deeper note to you all another time - for now, come dance with us!!!!!!!!
Ps, We're not going anywhere - will announce a new home sooooooon! :)
Visionary hip-hop producer J Dilla never found mainstream success during his brief lifetime. But in the seven years since his death, Dilla — who would have turned 39 today — has come to represent a major inflection point on hip-hop's evolutionary tree. At his peak in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he suggested syntheses that hadn't seemed possible. He played fresh games with texture and tone. He recast the sample as a malleable component, rather than the monochromatic backbone it had seemed to be. And he injected a softened, swaggering humanity into the rigid slap of classic hip-hop drumbeats.
........We asked a bold, original question: “What’s your best idea for the arts in Philadelphia?”
THESE TWO DOPE DJ'S ROCK EACH AND EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT AT FLUID!!!!!
WE'LL SEE YOU ON THE DANCEFLOOR!
Photos taken by ThroughMyEyezFilm aka Cabcalli