Today, I got the news that the legendary Prince passed away and it was like my soul had been ripped straight through my chest. This is one artist who was on my bucket list of people I had to see play live and I didn’t get to because he died early. Let’s give our legends their flowers while we can still smell them. I don’t feel any kind of way about saying that Prince was a beautiful man for what he gave us to remember him by. One can only hope as a musician to leave a legacy that’s even a fraction of what this man gave the world.
“Kiss” By Prince
Prince Performs “Do Me Baby” in 1982 at the Capitol Theatre.
Maxwell returns to us right on time with a new single from blackSUMMERS’night, which is due on July 1st. While it isn’t the banger I’d hoped for, it’s definitely a precursor for greater things to come, adding a little bit of smooth R&B to a month already filled with great hip-hop coming from all angles. Enjoy.
The neo-soul songstress Muhsinah drops a surprise EP celebrating the month of January. Black Excellence. Enjoy.
Another great pick from my lady, Andra Day’s cover of the Nina Simone classic appeared on tribute album Nina Revisited.
Though this isn’t a new song, I had to post this one. This is some powerful music and I’m happy to see a capable female MC break out with some authentic material. Her album, Dedicated To, is due out for the fall and judging from this and her appearance on Fabolous’ “You Made Me”, I’m looking forward to it.
Straight from the dungeons of stuff I meant to publish months ago, mix-master Maiya Norton is back with another excellent mix for the final days of summer. Here’s what she had to say about it:
I have ideas for mixes all the time. I’ve done more than I can remember. I began working on one after Sweet Spot Vol.3: Higher was complete. I was trying to commit to doing an alternative/rock mix since I skew really heavily towards soul music. I listen to everything though, and that’s not always represented in my projects. However, something about it wasn’t clicking. Sometimes, you just need to put things down when you hit a creative block.
Most of my favorite singers right now went to Howard around the time I did. A few posts ago, I posted the work of Aaron Abernathy and here’s Nicholas Ryan Gant performing “The Makings Of You”, originally written and performed by Curtis Mayfield. Amazing rendition. Enjoy.
Singer/songwriter/dancer Jillian Hervey (daughter of Vanessa Williams) and musician Lucas Goodman make up the duo known as Lion Babe, which it’s admittedly taken me some time to get hip to. Here, Primo lends a hand in remixing Pharrell Williams’ production on “Wonder Woman”.
Yes, this is two Ab tracks in a row. Unbelievable that this brother and I had a couple classes together at Howard and I had no idea he would eventually become one of my favorite artists. Didn’t even know he could sing! Just…press play, fam.
In preparation for his summer tour, Aaron “AB” Abernathy drops off a subtly funky jam. Go see this man live! I’ve been following the brother’s music for a long time and was really kicking myself the last time he was in northern Cali and I missed him and his band, known as Nat Turner.
SOMETHING FOR THE SUMMER TOUR DATES
7/28 Philadelphia, PA // Pub Webb
8/2 Washington DC // Bohemian Caverns
8/8 Cleveland, OH // Take 5 Rhythm & Jazz
8/16 New Orleans, LA // Gasa Gasa
8/29 Atlanta, GA // Studio No. 7