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i would die 4 u

I’m not your lover. I’m not your friend. I’m something that you’ll never comprehend.” – Prince Rogers Nelson

Disclaimer: Jonesitis is a terrible disease. In most cases, people  suffer from envy, low self-esteem, comparing themselves to others and procrastination. Many people are troubled from this ailment daily, but have been undiagnosed for many years. The only known cure for Jonesitis is to become more self-aware of the individual beauty that one possess. 

purple rainThere is a sadness that comes with acknowledging that I am created in the likeness of God- meaning there is a piece of God  within me that makes me a god. Stepping into the knowledge that I can think a certain  way and be able to connect with my immediate environment and change the climate is quite heavy. With this knowledge I have the power to feel a certain way.

Jealousy can be an ugly thing when you crave attention. Low self-esteem can cause you to feel unworthy of the love and acceptance that we desperately seek.

Dig if you will the picture:

You have a lover that stays three states away. He/She visits sporadically and you also talk on the phone sporadically. During all of these spasms of warm fluffy feelings you have gentlemen/ladies more than willing to pacify your affinity for attention…. You, suffering from Jonesitis, have a chance to not give into your cravings but actually try to ween yourself off of your temporary high of feeling loved…..

What’s a dinosaur to do when there are kids on the ice? on ice

I reckon this angst is how the Supreme Creators feel when we become negligent towards Them. It seems as if everything is more important- work,money, fashion, friends, lovers, children, pets, jabberwockies. We are constantly texting, blogging, Facebook-ing, picking our noses that we tend to forget to say “Thank you”.

Thank you for another day of life. Thank you for a nose to pick. Thank you for the strength to carry on now that Prince is dead. Thank you for the ability to write.

Jealousy is unoccupied time. It is never too late to depend on the God who created us to acknowledge the god within us. Taking time to acknowledge this Presence may cause us to make choices out of necessity instead of disparity. The longing for love is the Supreme Creators’ way of telling the creators in us that They are with us and around us and They  need to be acknowledged.

We cannot control how others will divvy out their love towards us but we can rest assured that Supreme Love will never end.

Andre Romelle Young a.k.a Dr. Dre

Andre Romelle Young a.k.a Dr. Dre

We are all entitled to our own opinions, but when I think about the greatest album it is not hard for me to say that The Chronic by  Dr.  Dre is a true classic. Released nearly 20 years ago by Death Row Records and was produced by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight.  This was the debut solo studio album from Dr. Dre after leaving his group N.W.A and their  label Ruthless Records in 1992.

After the reign of N.W.A (1986-1991), California was the impetus of hardcore or “gangsta” rap and Dr. Dre immortalized the  time in 1993 with The Chronic album. Named after a slang term for high-grade marijuana, Dr. Dre takes us on a  psychedelic gangsta  trip down  Death Row Records. With the cover art paying homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers, the daze began long before you took the  product out of the plastic.

Listening to Dre now, I would have never imagined him producing The Chronic all of those years ago.  Derived in a ghastly time period in American History- it was raunchy, it was in your face, and it was the truth of life in Compton at the time. The brutal beating of Rodney King and the infamous L.A Riots were echoing through the urban areas of California. Dre used these events as momentum to bring life to this album. It is hard to find an album that is authentic and true to what is really going on. Nowadays, mixtapes  are all that I see, although they are a

NWA

NWA

great way to bang out a few songs, I think that investing time into an album really showcases true artistry. Dr. Dre solidified his craft by showcasing his talent as an artist and a producer.  This album also introduced the world to Snoop Dogg (Lion), which was a launching pad for his solo career later in 1993.

Upon its release, The Chronic received positive reviews from most music critics and earned considerable sales success. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and had been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with sales of over three million copies in the United States. This success led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993.

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

Dr. Dre’s production has been noted for founding and popularizing the G-Funk sub-genre within gangsta rap. The Chronic has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990’s and regarded by many fans and peers to be one of the most well produced hiphop albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 138 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

   The Chronic still can get a head bob out of listeners and while this generation may not know anything about this dope album, I am grateful to have experienced it.

 

 

Sequaya Works a.k.a MsStreet Cred is our music editor please check her out www.facebook.com/msstreet.cred.5?fref=ts 10150527_1470433226508027_837383495_n

Fighting Temptation


Our music editor, Sequaya Works tells us about music that inspires her.

When I am asked, “What musician(s) made you love music?”, I  immediately recall being a small child listening to the like of: Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Gladys Knight.. I would have to say that the humble beginnings of Rhythm and Blues has been embedded in my DNA. For this, I am forever grateful.

Why grateful?

  This era allowed me to hear the true essence  of a time filled hate, animosity and the Jim Crow south. This timeless period gave birth to music that overcame brutality erasing the barriers that racism established. It also introduced young aspiring entrepreneurs that wanted desperately to set their mark as record producers.

One of my favorite record labels: Motown

From Motown came what has to be my favorite male groups of all time:

Hint: :”Ain’t nobody coming to see you Otis!”

That’s right! The tempting Temptations. With their many different harmonies, they offered something for everyone.

Blue had a deep, rich tone that was so intriguing. It was soothing and melodic drawing the listener in.  Eddie  had an impeccable falsetto, you can hear the echo of his sound in many of our artists now. David was charismatic and commanded your attention.  He atemptationslways delivered a performance that was extremely dope.. Otis added his own flavor to the blend, while Paul’s robust accents perfected the platform; showing why they sounded so great together.

I appreciated the sound and how they were presented. They were snazzy, well dressed gentlemen that, despite their problems within the group, played a positive role in shaping the music and image of Motown Records.

Though the voices were flawless and the presentation was pleasant, it was the dancing that sealed the package that was so neatly choreographed. I remember watching The Temptations movie and mimicking every song and dance step.

Their catalog included: break-up songs, make-up songs, love songs, upbeat songs and songs that touched on human issues that all could relate to. It was great to have so many different songs with all types of feels creating a buffet of emotions. My favorite Temptations’  song is “Just My Imagination”. I thought it was ingenious how they executed that song. With Eddie leading into the song, you are truly convinced that he is a ‘lucky  guy’.

I often find myself playing a Temptation playlists, and I  have to listen to their version of Silent Night every Christmas.

It was hearing these men expressing their love for women in such a beautiful way with their words that helped influence my love for music. Though I grew up in the era of Boys II Men and New Edition, I would have loved to have made it to a Motown review. When I think about what they accomplished in a time of race wars and segregation, how they rallied other artists together  to take a stand  was a great feat. It showed that, though they were black musicians, they were still able to take a stand.

Their music continues to be a staple in my life and I am so glad that my old soul allows me to embrace the true essence of great music.

Sequaya Works also known as MsStreet Cred, is a music journalist and promoter. Please follow her on10150527_1470433226508027_837383495_n Facebook  www.facebook.com/msstreet.cred.5