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A hand picked curated collection (by yours truly) of some of Al Green’s most forgotten music, as well as some of his biggest hits I remembered growing up. Al Green’s unique style of organ sounds and funk beats has given him a distinct sound back in the day, making him one of the most memorable old school artists in Black music. Sit back and enjoy 27 of my most favorite Al Green songs such as “Full Of Fire (1976),” ” I Can’t Get Next To You (1971),” “Oh Petty Woman (1972),” and “I’m Glad You’re Mine (1972).” Listen On Spotify.

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There are actually several Wayans brothers, but today I’m just talking about Marlon and Shawn Wayans. Girls, I thought they were fine as hell back in the day. Well, actually didn’t think Marlon was attractive until he got older. Some people are like that I guess. Some people are handsome when their young, and others become handsome when they’re much older. Aside from their good looks, they’re very talented actors and comedians. If you’re a Wayans brothers fan, you’ll remember that they started off on a show called “In Living Color,” if I’m not mistaken (at least that’s when I first saw them). From there, they’ve done a string of hit movies, including “White Chicks (2004),” “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996),” and “Little Man (2006).” Marlon was also know for his “Scary Movie” series, which I think he wrote and directed. I’ll double check that later. I really think they deserved to be honored, because they came a long way, especially at a time when good African American television was still scarce back in the day. Although Marlon’s last movie series called “Haunted House,’ was pretty “R” rated in my opinion. He really went over the top with a lot of the scenes, but it didn’t take away from all the other great work he’s done throughout his career.

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So, “The Defenders” are almost here. A Netflix rep has confirmed for me that it will be out in the next couple of months. In my opinion this is huge, really huge. Let me tell you why I think so. As much as Amazon raves about their “Prime’s original content,” and perhaps both, Hulu and even Crackle to some extent, who also boasts about their “original content,” none of them pull in box office stars they way Netflix does. I was shocked to discover that Sigourney Weaver will appear on the first season of “The Defenders.” Guys, the trailers look REALLY good. It’s action packed! It also feels like they’re doing the “Flash” thing, were you have all these spin-offs like DC Legends, Arrow, etc. I really do hate that, because sometimes there are scenes that you may not fully understand, unless you’ve been watching the other shows. However, the Netflix rep said it shouldn’t be like that for “The Defenders.” But in reality, I’m sure he doesn’t know either; he’s going to be finding out things in the same way all of us are.

So, I interpret “The Defenders,” as a getto street version of “The Justice League.” Don’t get offended by that, cause if you’ve watched Luke Cage and Jessica Jones series, you’d understand exactly what I’m talking about. It’s within context, trust me. Now, they’re bringing in the gorgeous Mike Colter who plays Luke Cage, aka Power Man, Finn Jones who plays Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, Charlie Cox as Mathew Murdock, aka Daredevil, and Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, aka Jewel, also been known as “Power Woman,” probably because of her relationship with Luke Cage (obviously). I have to be honest, I was not happy to see Jessica back, because I feel they made her character to lame and emotionally vulnerable. I’m hoping that since she is surrounded with action superheros, that she’ll finally get herself together and kick some evil butt!!

Before I close this article, I’ve made note of something I find interesting. I’ve noticed that they never address the characters as their aliases. However, Danny Rand in a round about way called himself the Iron First. Maybe this is because it appears this is the beginning stage of their superhero lives? But I remember in Luke Cage’s series, they gave us a glimpse of his past, showing his Power Man costume (well, the metal headband at least). I’m really confused! I’m also confused because at the end of Luke’s first season, they’ve showed a boxing establishment in such away, I’ve made a logical assumption that this is how Luke Cage and Iron First are going meet. But what would a master fighter like Iron Fist be involved in boxing? I don’t know, but that looked like a huge clue to something, and I have no idea what it is! I’m eagerly awaiting on the first new season of Netflix’s “The Defenders.” If you want to take a peak, here is are a couple of trailers. Trailer one, and Trailer 2.

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Hey guys! This is my Spotify collection of old school hip hop, hip house, and hip dance music. This is the only time were I will probably break my own over 30+ rule. Only because I don’t think I’ll be doing another rap playlist for quite a while. These are some of my most favorite hip hop songs from back in the day, when hip hop was about dance, rocking crowed, and friendly lyrical battles. It was a time when female rappers (that had real talent) were emerging and fighting for equal spotlight; a time before young women were only used purely for their bodies in rap videos. This collection includes Eric B. & Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat The Technique,” Chub Rock’s “Treat ‘Em Right,” and D-Nice’s “Too Tha Rescue.” There are a lot more artists on this playlist that I think any TRUE old school rap fan will enjoy. Check it out on Spotify!

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Well, it took me awhile to figure out what playlist I was going to start with. I guess it is because this is my first. I wanted to do something different; then I though, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of playlists of female love songs. Even when I was growing up, when people thought of  love songs (both male and female), usually people automatically gravitate to a male performer before a female. So this playlist is to honor classic female artists that have made great love songs, or just songs that admire the male form. This short Playlist includes mixture of genres from artists such as Stephanie Mills’s “The Comfort Of A Man,” Miquel Brown’s “So Many Men (although technically this isn’t a love song, it represented a time of the non-vulgar innocence of the 80s),”  Diana Ross’s “Muscles,” Labelle “Touch Me All Over,” Teena Marie’s “I need Your Lovin’,” and more….. Listen on Spotify. Enjoy.

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Tito Puente was one of many true musical legends. He was in command of every instrument he played, and could bang a congo drum like none I’ve scene before. He’s performed with many other artists, including La Lupe, and Celia Cruz . “Oye Como Va” was a very, very popular song, and has been reinterpreted by many. It’s just a wonderful tune that has been long forgotten. Listen to “Oye Como Va” on Spotify.

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I’ve heard many different opinions about Sparrow’s music. Personally, I just think a lot of his music sounds too identical, so identical I’m shocked he was able to sell so many albums. It was as if he was preparing for the same Carnival over and over again. But, love him, hate him, he’s been around forever, and has been called by many of his peers “the calypso king.” Sparrow has made tons and tons of albums over his long career. He’s in his 80s now and doubt he’s still performing. Listen to this classic on Spotify.

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Hi guys, hope my readers are doing well. Great news, I have finally finished importing all my music from Napster to Spotify. I couldn’t believe that sh*t took me more than two weeks to sort out. LOLOL.. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t difficult, it was just the sheer volume of music I have saved. I still need to find time to Shazam my cassettes, but at least I’ve organized my playlist to a manageable level. I have to be honest, among other things, I really miss Napster’s live radio, user music compatibility level, and being able to permanently disable my listening activity 😩😡. However, I’m not sorry I’ve changed to Spotify. I’m blown away by the significant improvements, bug fixes, and features added, within a year+ since I’ve tried it. They must have had a lot of huge investors to be able to triple their customers in such a short period of time. The one thing I really like about Spotify I forgot to mention from before, I can download and mix my non-spotify music via Wi-Fi. I was very happy about that, cause I didn’t need two extra software to make it work, everything was already integrated. I’ve complained about that to Napster during the whole 5 years I was a customer….. Nothing…. Again, I’m almost positive that the record labels wanted more money to do that, and Napster simply said… No… LOL….

So, I’ll start creating hand picked playlists. This will be fun because literally there is a song for every theme you can think of. It’s almost like creating your own compilation CD. The other beautify about playlists is that all the music I select I genuinely love, and have taken the time to share it with my readers. By the way, most other streaming services like iTunes also allow you to share playlists. However, just as a recommendation, if you decide to share playlists, keep it simple…. I’ve seen these mega lists that include upward of 600 songs. I’ve seen one with 1,000 songs. People, this is too much consumption at one time. Don’t be an idiot. When I see a playlist that big, that tells me two things, either that person was high on weed and took absolutely no care in making the playlist, or they were just too damn lazy. My opinion, a playlist should be in the range of 10-20 songs, but don’t exceed 30 (or 3 hours). Other wise, the average person would not bother, unless they are high like you; and if that is the case, they would be too high to actually listening to it anyway. Please make sure you’re telling your friends about my blog. Very few people are doing what I’m doing. So help those who are truly interested find me. Thank you.

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