Monthly Archives: March 2009
It’s true. Big Ced, of the Industry C0sign and a whole lotta ish you can ask him about yourself, is more Hip-Hop than any of us. I first noted it when after every time I thought to myself, “Damn, that dude in MC Lyte’s ‘Paper Thin’ video looks just like Ced”—it turned out to be Ced (via Rocka Candy) after all.
Then when searching for my old Source 50th issue to scan its cover for a recent post, I came across my set of Blaze Magazine issues [semi-tangent: Aliya S. King relayed a great story involving Blaze right here). I’ve teased Cedric many times that I would get around to scanning his appearance in the aforementioned mag’s review section. Nah, he didn’t write a review, but his mug was used as the sections rating scale (large pic below). Pretty creative move on the late mag’s part, actually.
All this to say, Ced is more Hip-Hop than you, you, you and all the you in the back, and in the middle, and in the front. Word.
Grammy nominated singer Teena Marie celebrates her 30th year career anniversary with the release of a new album Congo Square set for a June 9th, 2009 street date. Teena Marie’s 13th album release and debut on Stax Records/Concord Music Group, is an ode to all those who came before her like Sarah Vaughan, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye to name a few.
The first single “Can’t Last A Day” featuring Faith Evans will be released and available on iTunes April 7th. Teena describes how Faith became involved in the song. “It was after I had recorded the song I got the idea to put Faith on it. I’ve always loved Faith and her vocal style. She reminds me of me. Her correlation with Biggie – having a career with him and without him – reminds me of me and Rick. I feel like she’s a younger me. Of the younger ladies, she’s the one I love most.” Teena and Faith move back and forth throughout the song with powerful emotion, ripping scenarios of haunting feelings of love and trying to get through the day without it. Teena continues “Musically, “Can’t Last a Day” has that Gamble & Huff, Teddy Pendergrass Philadelphia International sound ‘in the music. It’s about that mystical, joined-through-God kind of love…really powerful…like the love I felt when I spoke to my auntie who was married for 57 years, and reflected on my mother who was married to my father for 36 years until he died. When she dies she’ll be buried next to him. I’m talking about people being together until the end of time. I think we’re really missing that level of love today.”
In support of the single and albums’ release Teena will embark on a national tour.
Tour dates so far are listed below:
5/8 Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW, Washington D.C. 20006
202 638 2661
5/9 City Boardwalk Hall
2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City (NJ) 08401
609 348 7000
5/10 Beacon Theater
2124 Broadway between 74th & 75th
New York, NY
3:00pm and 8:00pm
5/25 Stone Soul Picnic
2000 Kirker Pass Road
Concord, CA 94521
925 676 8742
6/21 Philly West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival
7143 Ogontz Ave.
Philidelphia, PA. 79138
215 549 3420
7/4 Essence Festival
1500 Super Bowl Dr.
New Orleans, LA. 70112
504 587 3663
8/29 Country Club Hills
4116 W. 183rd Street
Country Club Hills, IL. 60478
9/4 Spirit Mountain Casino
27100 SW Salmon River Hwy
Grand Ronde, OR 97347
503 879 2350
9/26 Viajas Casino & Resort
5000 Willows Rd.
Alpine, CA. 91901
800 847 6537
(New York, NY – March 27, 2009) – International and multi-platinum selling recording artist DEBORAH COX’s single, “Beautiful U R” is now double platinum in Canada. The song is included on the new independent CD release, THE PROMISE, her first contemporary R&B album in six years. The album has also been nominated for a 2009 JUNO Award (Canada’s Music Awards) for Best R&B/Soul Recording. Called “music’s biggest night in Canada,” Cox, a Canadian native, will appear as a presenter on the annual award show scheduled to air Sunday, March 29 from Vancouver on CTV.
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In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the “color line” in professional baseball, becoming the first African-American since the end of the 19th century to play alongside white players in an official game. For many, Jackie Robinson’s entry into Major League Baseball presented a view into a future where much of American society would be fully integrated. As important as Robinson’s achievement was, it would overshadow perhaps an even greater example of the legacy of African-American success. Before they could suit up alongside their white peers, black baseball players were relegated to the Negro Leagues. But rather than see the Negro Leagues as an inferior version of white baseball, visionaries like Andrew “Rube” Foster and players like Josh Gibson, James “Cool Papa” Bell, Leroy “Satchel” Paige and Buck O’Neil helped create a vibrant testament to African-American ingenuity and survival. Though the Negro Leagues are too often forgotten in an era when African-American athletes compete at the highest levels of virtually every professional sport, Stadium Entertainment aims to celebrate the Negro Leagues with the compilation CD True to the Game, Volume 1. A portion of the gross proceeds from the sale of True to the Game, Volume 1 will be used to support fund-raising efforts for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO. True to the Game, Volume 1 launched its release on March 24, 2009 on Stadium Entertainment.
The current single and video, The Big Screen, features protégé GLC and hip-hop icon Kanye West. GLC is clearly an emerging voice in urban music. His success started when childhood friend, Kanye, offered GLC a guest appearance on his debut album, The College Dropout. GLC delivered a verse which engendered critical acclaim from music critics and fans alike, followed by another stellar performance on “Drive Slow,” from Kanye’s sophomore LP, Late Registration. GLC and Kanye West were the first artists who agreed to lend their talents on the True To The Game project.
The CD is comprised of 14 tracks featuring platinum and multi-platinum selling artists paired with emerging new artists. The line-up includes: Yung Joc, Raiyn and Talib Kweli, Tay Dizm, T-Pain and Rick Ross, Macy Gray and Marsha Ambrosius, GLC and Kanye West, Sam Chris and Big Boi, Mikkey Halsted and Klass, Ziggy Nina and Chingy, Porta Prince and Ray J, Jarvis and Ludacris, Mario, DJ Pharris with Shawna, Paul Wall and Lil Scrappy, Brandon Hines, and Hustle Boyz and Snoop Dogg.