R.I.P. Lady T

Teena Marie passed away over the weekend at her home in California.  Check out a recent interview with Teena Marie.

Teena Marie performing her biggest hit LoverGirl on Solid Gold in 1985

The Life of The Party – Jackson 5

It wasn’t enough that he was the lead singer of the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson also shined on the dance tip.  Mike’s steps were so crisp back in the day as is evident in this performance below of the Jackson 5 doing The Life of The Party from their 1974 album Dancing Machine on the Carol Burnett show.

The Life of The Party – Jackson 5

Stubborn Kind of Fellow – Marvin Gaye

This has been my shit lately, I’ll be doing the wop to this one all weekend.  Stubborn Kind of Fellow by a young Marvin Gaye was Marvin’s first big single waaaay back in 1962.  Notice the helpout from Martha & the Vandellas before they blew too, enjoy.Stubborn Kind of Fellow – Marvin Gaye

U Really Got a Hold on Me – Smokey Robinson

Love the fact this was on youtube, just finished watching a documentary on Motown’s Funk Brother’s and they performed this song, couldn’t help thinking of this Smokey Robinson’s skit on Sesame Street from my younger years.You Really Got a Hold on Me – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

In These Changing Times – Four Tops

In These Changing Times is just one of the hundreds of slept on Four Tops songs.  This particular song appeared on the Tops 1970 album Changing Times, the message as with most of their music is still relevant to this day.It’s been just over a year since the passing of Four Tops lead singer the great Levi Stubbshttp://hulkhatetimetravel.com/2008/10/21/levi-stubbs/  In These Changing Times – Four Tops

Who’s Lovin’ You – Jackson 5

Jackson 5 on the Ed Sullivan show in 1969 performing a song any fella can relate to Who’s Lovin’ You.

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Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009

Earlier this afternoon (June 25) the King of Pop Michael Jackson suffered a heart attack and was rushed to UCLA where he was later pronounced dead, Mike was only 50.  The sun is shining but this is a terrible day that I will never forget, goodbye Mike thanks for all the priceless music and memories my brother.

One of Mikes greatest performances, performing Billie Jean in 1983 on Motown 25 (one of the first times he broke out the moonwalk)

Debarge – I Like it

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Grand Puba flipped this but the original is so much better. Debarge is responsible for countless R&B hits of the 80’s that have been raped in the last decade. What this proves is the quality of their sound and longevity. Smooth melody, Smooth Beat, I Like it. Talk to em El!Debarge – I Like It

Something That I Like – Ryan Leslie

Fresh off his self-titled debut album, Ryan Leslie treats us to Something That I Like.  Produced by none other than himself, don’t be surprised when you hear the new R-Les record in your girls car.  The child prodigy (30 years old but I refer to him as that because he graduated from Harvard at 19) even gets cocky at the end and lets the beat ride out.Download/Stream–>http://www.zshare.net/audio/607815861d1eb948/#

DeBarge – All This Love

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Got my blunt, a high life and muthafucking DeBarge! Today after work I went to the gas station, as I entered I heard softly on the radio “All This Love”. I suddenly flash backed to my youth, my pops locked away smoking it up blasting this shit. So many good memories come from this song, if your lucky enough to have someone you love in your life bump this nigga, bump It hard.