Louisa Wendorff, is an up & coming Nashville Artist who got together with her friend, Devin Dawson to record an AMAZING of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" & "Style" of her acclaimed "1989" album. Do yourself a favour,... just press play.
I was 11 years old and about to learn what real singing was...
Nevermind the hair. It was a magical time.
So.... I've heard the new album, and other than Options, this is the most potent song in the collections and I'm glad it got the video treatment.
I told you that Luke James had next over a year ago. His debut album hits stores in two weeks. Go out and BUY it and support real music, real art, real emotion.... just real. If Options didn't convince you, Exit Wounds will.
As promised, months ago, here is my EXCLUSIVE interview with my boy, Nasri, from MAGIC!
Nasri has been one of my best friends for almost 15 years. This year has been so crazy for him and his bandmates, Magic! In April, before all the Globetrotting, he came home for a showcase. He sat down with me in our normal stomping ground, his basement, and I got the exclusive on how he feels about being a member of a band, what the future holds and even dropped a couple of impromptu performances of NEW Magic! material as well as a piece of a classic Nasri throwback.
Please keep in mind this was at like 1:30 in the morning and we were both dead tired.
Check it out... and don't forget to buy the album "Don't Kill The Magic" on iTunes:
Check out my favourite acoustic performance of "Rude" by Magic!:
Also check out the lyric video for the new single which is also my favorite on the album, "Let Your Hair Down". The video is an ode to God's most wondrous creation, Woman. Ladies, watch until the very end, thank me later:
I recently helped to back the Kickstarter, crowd-funded feature film, Wish I Was Here, by Zach Braff & his brother. It was an AMAZING success. It takes the studio influence on the art out of the picture and returns it to the artists. Studios only become engaged in the distribution part, which means we get complete projects that stay true to the artist's vision.
I recently helped fund a Reading Rainbow Outreach campaign by Levar Burton that had a goal of $1,000,000 in 30 days. Because of their video and what they were pledging to do with Reading Rainbow, they reached $2,500,000 in like 3 days. It was crazy!
Wish I Was Here was fantastic, and I can say that I was a part of that success. But to get people involved in your creative idea, you have to be equally creative. It's too late to fund Night of the Living Deb, but this is probably the best Kickstarter Campaign video I have ever seen. Check it out:
Kickstarter success will also bring you Kung Fury:
Sergio Mendes -- Don't Say Goodbye (ft. John Legend) [NICE!]
WQRL (Wingo from Jagged Edge, Q. Parker from 112, RL from Next) -- All I Want Is You [HOTTT!!!]
Luke James -- Stay With Me (Sam Smith Cover) [HOTTT!!!]
Johnny Gill -- Behind Closed Doors
Hi-Five -- It's Nothing
Tank -- Hope This Makes You Love Me [SEXYBLACK PICK]
This came out of nowhere from newcomer Jade Novah. It's been two years since Whitney left us, but she is alive in this medley. There are big things in Ms. Novah's future and she seems up to the task. Check it out:
SEXYBLACK FIRST LISTEN SUMMERTIME MEGAPOST: NEW MUSIC from Jagged Edge, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Usher, Rick Ross, Robin Thicke, Faith Evans, Missy Elliott, Jhene Aiko, Cassandra Lucas, Andreena, Marsha Ambrosius, Dr. Dre, Goapele, Tank, Day 26, Chauncey Black, & Mary J. Blige
Jagged Edge -- Hope (HOTT!!!!)
Chris Brown -- New Flame (w/ Usher & Rick Ross) [HOTTTT!!!!]
Robin Thicke -- Get Her Back (DJ Mustard Remix)
Faith Evans -- I Deserve It (w/ Missy Elliott)
Jhene Aiko -- To Love And Die
Cassandra Lucas (from Changing Faces) -- Let Me Go (HOTTT!!!!)
Andreena -- Do It All Again (HOTTT!!!!) [T-Dot Represent!!]
Marsha Ambrosius -- Stronger (w/ Dr. Dre) [HOTTT!!!!]
Goapele -- Hey Boy
Tank -- Stronger (HOT!!!)
Day 26 -- Lose Control (Silk Cover) [SEXYBLACK PICK!!!]
Chauncey Black -- Headboard Knockin'
Mary J. Blige -- Vegas Nights (ft. The Dream)
I used to watch this show as a kid. Who's going?
SEXYBLACK FIRST LOOK: Jay-Z & Beyonce Broke The Internet... Again. Watch the Cinematic Trailer for "Run"
Wow. This is one of the best things I've seen this year. Please let there be a video or movie, or SOMETHING!
This was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid (possibly my favorite). The music alone is worth the price of admission. Thankfully, Will Smith took my director's note and kept Willow out of the title role. This is an all star-cast with what looks to be great modernization of a classic. I can't wait for this one!
SEXYBLACK FIRST LISTEN: Meelah, Jazmine Sullivan, Eric Benet, Jazz, Diggy Simmons, Trevor Jackson, Calvin Harris, The Roots, Raheem DeVaughn
Meelah -- Give It To You (w/ Musiq Soulchild) [HOT!]
Jazmin Sullivan -- Dumb (w/ Meek Mill)
Eric Benet -- Almost Paradise (w/ Ailee) [Classic Remake]
Jazz (of Dru Hill) -- Baby Let's Go
Diggy Simmons -- My Girl (w/ Trevor Jackson) [SEXYBLACK PICK]
Calvin Richardson -- We Gon' Love Tonight [HOT!!!]
The Roots -- Tomorrow (w/ Raheem DaVaughn)
I introduced you to Tori sometime in 2013. She continues to amaze as a songwriter and performer. Equally amazing... why hasn't this girl got a major label deal yet?
You can support fresh, new, beautiful talent and true songwriting and performing by buying her amazing EP here.
I've been waiting to see just how Michael Bay was going to reboot this franchise without any of it's previous stars. Check it out:
Yeah.... I'm there.
I've had my ear on this cat out of Toronto for a good part of a year. He has a great sound. He is out of the T-Dot. Recently, I've reconnected with my boy, Lenny De La Pena. Now back in the day, I knew him as one of the sickest choreographers in Toronto. All achieved through hard work and dedication. Lenny has transcended once again to become one of the newest, freshest video directors on the scene. Lenny is a visionary. He's done a few of August Rigo's videos. This one features Ricky Tillo (Lady Gaga's guitarist). It's called "Call My Name" and it is dope as f$ck. Check it out below:
Look out for hot ish from both of these cats in 2014.
Subscribe to Lenny's YouTube channel here.
I'm available for hugs.
Is it me or did SNL just get blacker... and a little better.
Shout out to Michael McDonald & Darryl Hall.
So, if you're like me, you watch the Super Bowl for the ads and the Halftime show more than the game. I can't bring you the Halftime show (yet), but I can bring you the best of the ads.
Let's kick things off with the commercialization of the Matrix. Kia uses Morpheus to introduce the future of luxury in Kia's "The Truth"
Scarlett Johannsen finally destroys the tyranny of the Coke and Pepsi with this SodaStream spot"
Anna Kendrick's teases what should've been a huge Super Bowl commercial by Newcastle:
I see and hear a lot of TLC and Blaque, and a little Destiny's Child here. They are definitely a group to keep your eyes on. Check out their new single, "LGO" below and let me know what you think...
So, I'm just recently learning about Mr. Reggie Watts. And I'm becoming more and more fascinated the more I see him do his thing. He is a very weird dude, but has so much soul. Check out his new video for his soulful "Get Ready" track:
With Pentatonix & The Sing-off bringing Acapella back to the forefront, we can't forget about the group that bridged the gap between Boyz II Men, Take 6, and the best of 90's acapella to the hot new groups of today, they are Naturally 7, and although they seem hard to find, they've actually been Hidden in Plain Sight. They have spent the last decade touring with Michael Buble, and dropping an album here and there. They've recently signed with Hidden Beach Records (Jazzy Jeff's label that brought us Jill Scott). Their new album Hidden in Plain Sight drops later this year, and in case you don't know, here's a sampler below to get you familiar. Please understand, not one musical instrument was used to create any sound that you are about to hear, it is all their voices.
Foreign Exchange Music keeps coming correct. This is a fabulously simple video that has a crazy vibe. And it's a great song, featuring Eric Roberson and Little Brother & Foreign Exchange's own, Phonte.
Check it out:
So 3 years ago, I saw this amazing action flick out of Indonesia called The Raid: Redemption. It is intense action and amazing fight choreography. It all takes place in a high rise, and it was incredibly creative.
Now, comes the sequel...check it out...
My boy, Nasri, has a band. They are Magic! They have already achieved a #1 single. They are the future.
Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Magic!'s lead singer, Nasri...