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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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Spike Lee and Denzel Washington on the set of “Malcom X (1992).” The movie was directed by Spike Lee. When I found out that Spike Lee was directing this movie, I was a little apprehensive about seeing this movie at first. But when I finally saw it, I thought he did a phenomenal job. I highly recommend it! I normally don’t like watching movies that are 3+ hours long, because there aren’t that many movies that are worth watching for that long (unless it’s a “Lord Of The Ring” type flick). By the way, I absolutely love Zoot Suits!! I wish we could go back to those days. Although there is a negative history tied to them, they look soo cool!! LOL.

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Well, it looks like traditional internet ads & banners are no longer working to attract revenue. I think people are really getting tired of them. I know that’s true for me personally. Many companies have resorted to using web programs to block you from using their site, if you have an active ad blocker. I’ve never visited a site where I felt they had valuable enough information for me to turn off my blocker. Problem is, you just never know whether that ad is a malicious code or not. I just avoid those kinds of sites altogether. I guess when you’ve been using computers for as long as some of us have, you really do get sick of them. So, I brought this up because I heard on the radio not too long ago, that a lot of business are going back to traditional mail. Companies are really desperate to drum up any business.

Having said that, I was seriously wondering…. Since it is perfectly legal for retail and other business to sell your contact information, are we at the point where we need two telephones#? Or possibly start giving fake addresses just so we don’t have to deal with the mountain of accumulated spam mail? Most times we don’t have a choice, we got to give our contact information. How do we as citizens handle this growing problem? I already pay for streaming service just so that I don’t have to deal with ads, because they push out more than I’m willing to accept. But now, against our will, we’ll start getting all kind of nonsense via regular snail. We really need to be on our P’s and Q’s, ’cause you’ve heard what’s going on with these “tax scams,” and these fake “law enforcement fundraisers.” Pretty soon, we’ll start seeing ads float across our windowsill. The bad part is, they’re calling our cellphones for crying out loud! I think a genius mind should develop a technology were all known telemarketing numbers should be automatically routed somewhere else.

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LOL I could not resist! So What does the 90’s cartoon X-Men and Lady GaGa have in common with this photo? Well, first of all, I can totally see Lady GaGa replacing actress Angelique Pettyjohn. You can’t tell me that the green hair isn’t totally GaGa. She would fit this part like a glove. Although, the dress Angelique does seem like it would be a little bit too “low key,” or too plain for GaGa. Don’t you think? LOL. Any way As far as the X-Men, you see those things around their necks? Doesn’t it remind you of when bad mutant named “Apocalypse” (I think it was him, actually he had someone else do the dirty work for him (I believe it was Mr. Sinister, look him up.)) tried to make them slaves, and put something around the X-Men’s necks, similar to what William and Angelique have on. When the-X-men wore that thing around their necks, the enemy was able to send some kind of shock (or something like that), to give them unbelievable pain. Also, it took their powers away, and they could not take them off. Almost the same thing with Star Trek.

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