If you don’t know anything about me, Da-Professor is that I’m a huge fan of Motown Records and it’s legacy. I became interested in the famous label during my mid-teens after reading the memoirs of Mary Wilson, Michael Jackson, Otis Williams, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Martha Reeves as well as listening to my mother’s Motown Story album. I’ve written several articles and reviews on several of the Motown artists and I also feature tributes to many of the artists on my podcast Da-Professor’s Lounge.

I had watched the Motown 60 Anniversary and while I enjoyed several of the performances especially Ciara’s tribute to Punk Funk King and Motown Legend Rick James, it would have been nicer had other surviving Motown Legends had performed with several of their surviving labelmates and the young artists.

The anniversary special began with the show’s hosts Actor/Comedian Cedric The Entertainer and Motown Legend Smokey Robinson thanking the crowd for watching and tuning with the former acknowledging Robinson. “It’s a miracle I get to stand with my new neighbor Smokey” Cedric excitedly told the crowd before Smokey introduced Stevie Wonder who joked about meeting and working with Berry Gordy before he launched into his classic “Sir Duke” which had the crowd including Singer Val Young out their seats. That was followed by a video of Smokey speaking about how Gordy called him in the late evening to inform him that he wanted The Miracles to record a new version of their hit “Shop Around” at 3’oclock that morning. Smokey later performed the classic with Pop group Paradox. Next Grammy Award winning Rapper/Songwriter/Actress/Television Personality Eve spoke about the ladies of Motown’s impact on the label and while she acknowledged Berry’s sisters, she also acknowledged Mary Wells, The Marvelettes and The Supremes, which was followed by a video of original Supreme Mary Wilson speaking about the group and how they were called the No-Hit Supremes before hitting the big time. What made this video special was clips of the original line-up appearing on the Ed Sullivan show including a performance of Mary, Florence and Diana performing “You Can’t Hurry Love” which later faded into the ladies tribute which featured Meghan Trainor who performed The Supremes’ top charting classic while Singing Twin Sisters Halle & Chole performed Motown’s 1st # 1 Pop single “Please Mr. Postman” which was originally recorded by The Marvelettes. I loved how the Twins sang with soul. American Idol Winner Fantasia did Mary Wells justice with her rendition of Wells’ # 1 Us and UK Pop hit “My Guy” by starting off with a Blues/Gospel version before singing it in it’s original format. The highlight of the Ladies tribute was when Themla Houston took the audience to the Disco Tech with her performance of her # 1 Disco/Pop/R&B classic “Don’t Leave Me This Way” with the young singers including Tori Kelly joining her and the background singers.

Smokey returned and told the crowd that his all time favorite album was his friend and label mate Marvin Gaye’s classic breakthrough social conscious album “What’s Going On” before he introduced John Legend who performed the album’s classics “Mercy, Mercy Me” and the title track in which he added ad-libbing due to him forgetting one of the words of the lyrics, but his piano playing and ad-libbing compensated for the loss. “His music set the standard” Legend told the audience about Marvin’s breakthrough album and how he used his music as a platform to address social issues.

Next was a video of Smokey, Berry and Lamont Dozier of Holland-Dozier-Holland speaking about creating hits for the artists. “Berry Wanted songs that reached you in the 1st and 4th bars” Cedric told the crowd before he engaged the audience in the 1st of two karaoke type performances by asking Ricky Minor and the Motown 60th Anniversary band to play some of the hits which included I Heard It Through The Grapevine, My Girl and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough which featured members of the audience singing the classics with pride and fun.

The special continued with videos of several Motown specials including Motown 25, 30, Motown Returns to The Apollo and Diana which was followed by Cedric dressed like the late Don Conerlius of Soul Train to speak about the era of Soul and Funk and speak about Rick James who took Motown to another level. “Rick James wasn’t the character that Dave Chapelle played. Rick James was the character that Rick James played” Cedric told the crowd before he introduced Ciara who’s tribute to the King of Punk Funk was one of my favorite parts of the show. Dressed in long braids and a body suit, the Award Winning performer performed James’ classic Super Freak in a seductive way before launching into his # 1 R&B classic “Give It To Me Baby” with 4 female dancers who resembled his female group The Mary Jane Girls and let me tell you, Ciara did him justice. Not only with her dancing, but with her singing. In fact she mimicked the song’s bass line like she was singing along to the record. Her performance was so hot that it had the crowd out their seats wanting more and if Rick were alive, he would jump up and say That’s Ciara Bitch!!!

A clip of President Barack Obama speaking about Motown’s impact on civils right and how the artists helped many achieve the American dream before Stevie introduced Smokey Robinson who performed a medley of hits he recorded with The Miracles which included The Tracks of My Tears, Ooh Baby Baby which could have been better had he performed the song’s bridge and Tears of A Clown before launching into his Grammy Award winning classic Just To See Her.

I was shocked that the special re-aired the Motown Tribute that featured Jennifer Lopez performing her tribute at the Grammy Awards in February and while her vocals on Motown’s 1st single Money was strong, she did way too much booty shaking for this performance. And while she’s a great entertainer, she didn’t need to be rolling on the piano.

Next part of the show featured Mary Wilson, Mickey Stevenson and Smokey speaking about the Motown Revue tour and how they experience racism during the Jim Crow era. Mickey and Mary spoke about not being allowed to eat at certain diners in the south and performing at venues where a white rope had kept Blacks and Whites separated. Mary also spoke about how their music was making the fans enjoy themselves.

Cedric then spoke to the audience about the artists and staff who contributed to the legacy and asked them to stand and the crowd applauded when they saw Mary Wilson, Otis Williams of The Temptations, Claudette Robinson of The Miracles stand along with former Supreme Scherrie Payne , Singers Martha Reeves and Valerie Simpson and songwriter Janie Bradford. A video featuring Simpson, Mickey, Holland-Dozier-Holland and Smokey talking about their compositions with Simpson on the piano playing beautifully. “I was so nervous” Simpson said in the video about being overwhelmed by the number of talent the worked at the label. “I didn’t know I had love around.” Simpson played and led the fellas with medleys of The Four Tops’ “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “The Temptations “My Girl”

Stevie returned to perform a Funky soulful rendition of his classic “Higher Ground” which featured a soulful call and response between him and the show’s background vocalist. He then spoke about working with his 1st wife Syretta Wright and how he felt about losing her and dedicated his performance of their composition of Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer to her memory as well as to the Motown acts, musicians and executives who passed away including The Supremes founder Florence Ballard, Tammi Terrell, Edwin Star, Junior Walker, Barney Ales, Rick James, Teena Marie, Levi Stubbs, Lawerence Payton, Renaldo Obie Benson, Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Richard Street, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, Norman Whitfield and The Funk Brothers.

After the president of The Grammy Awards spoke about Motown’s legacy, Ne-Yo took the stage to perform 3 of his Motown classics which included DeBarge’s I Like It, The Jackson 5ive’s I’ll Be There and Lionel Richie’s All Night Long (All Night). Like Ciara, Ne-Yo did those Motown Icons justice with his dancing and singing. During the performance of Richie’s top charting classic, Ne-Yo walked off the stage and dance with Diana Ross and kissed her hand before bowing to Berry Gordy. (I know that MJ was smiling from heaven with pride to see an artist who looked up to him dancing with his crush).

The Diana Ross segment began with videos from her days as the lead singer of The Supremes followed by several of her solo performances including her performance in Lady Sings The Blues and before you knew it, The Boss began to sing the Theme From Mahagony sitting next to Gordy while holding his hand before she walked onto the stage and sang a medely of hits from the Lady Sings The Blues soundtrack. “I’m very honored to be nominated for my role in lady sings the blues” the boss told the crowd before performing Holiday’s classics “Good Morning Heartache” and “My Man” which for the latter playfully teased and flirted with the father of her eldest daughter by talking about the number of women he dated and smashed and kissed him on the lips. She also led Berry on stage who read a speech about his dream to make music for everybody to enjoy. “My dream was to make music for all people. My dream come true. I wanna thank all of you and your parents and their grandparents all around the world. Thanks those unsung heros who lived and died to make Motown what it is today. I Love you.

Stevie then closed the show with a live performance of his classic Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours.

The program was nice, but there are many things that could have made it more better

  1. Having the inclusion of The Temptations and The Four Tops perform. Otis Williams and Abdul Duke Fakir are the only suriving members of their respected groups and it wasn’t right that the groups didn’t perform. Especially since The Temptations won Motown’s 1st Grammy Award for Cloud Nine 50 years ago.
  2.  Claduette Robinson performing on stage. Though she was an original member of The Mircales that included her ex-husband Smokey and her late cousin Bobby, Claudette is the true 1st lady of Motown due to her being the 1st female singer to sign with the label. I felt that being that she and Smokey are the only surviving members of The Miracles alive, Claudette should have performed with her ex during the Miracles medley.
  3. No mention of The Marvelettes. I’m really tired of Motown specials not including and inviting the surviving members of the group who gave the label it’s 1st # 1 Pop hit with Please Mr. Postman. It’s bad enough that it took the label nearly 43 years to give them their gold record, but to constantly not invite them to attend or perform at any of the label’s specials is tired and it needs to stop. I also didn’t like how Gladys Horton’s picture wasn’t featured in the memorial tribute
  4.  The Jacksons not being on the show. I loved how Ne-Yo paid homage to The Jackson 5ive, but it would have nice had they performed in honor of their brother Michael who was mentioned in the memorial tribute. They’re still selling out shows and it would have brought many of their fans closure. Plus Ne-Yo and The Jacksons could have performed along with El and Bunny DeBarge who should have been on the show as well.
  5. The J-Lo tribute. They could of had other singers perform with J-Lo at the tribute. Example Alicia Keys could have performed her rendition of Gladys Knight & The Pips (who also should have been represented) on the tribute. J-Lo did a bit too much booty shaking.
  6.  Representation of White Artists. Smokey always talks about Motown being a family and how Motown is global. Well Singers Chris Clark and Teena Marie should have been represented by White female singers who can sing. Example The producers could have had Christina Aguleria perform a tribute to both singers and she and Johnny Gill a Motown legend could have performed the classic duet Fire And Desire which Johnny remake with Coko of SWV
  7.  More songwriters being represented. I love Holland-Dozier-Holland and Valerie Simpson who is doing a wonderful job honoring her late husband and writing partner Nick Ashford, it would have been nice to see songwriters Barrett Strong and Pamela Sawyer being represented. They wrote several hits for the label.
  8. The 90’s era. After Berry Gordy sold Motown in 1988, the label still managed to crank out hits with a new generation of artists including Johnny Gill, Shanice Wilson, The Good Girls, MC Trouble, The Boys, Today Jason Weaver and Queen Latifah. It would have been nice had they been there to perform
  9.  The Andantes and The Surviving Funk Brothers performing. The Andantes and The Funk Brothers was Motown’s backbone and it would have been great to see them performing with the Motown 60 Anniversary band.
  10. Mary Wilson being featured on videos. It would have been great to see Mary perform a medley of hits with the younger artist. Especially since she was the only original member to stay with the group until they disbanded.
  11.  Martha Reeves performance. It was reported that Martha Reeves had performed but her performance was edited out. Miss Martha and The Vandellas’s classic Dancing In The Streets was named the anthem of Motown and while I’m not sure what song she performed, but her performance shouldn’t have been edited
  12.  Lack of mention of Kim Weston and The Velvelttes. Kim Weston scored hits with Motown as a solo artist and with Marvin Gaye. It would have been nice to see Kim perform live along with The Velvelettes who are still performing sold out shows around the world.                                                                                                                           This is how I feel the Motown 60 Special could have been better. I’m aware that it’s impossible to squeeze a lot of things into a 2 hour special, but the special could have been 3 hours. I love Motown and it’s legacy, but I would love for future specials to be more inclusive. Da-Professor’s Lounge will be hosting a Motown tribute on it’s podcast this summer. Strive for Excellence.





There’s a saying that imitation is the best form of flattery. Well for decades, many singers have immolated their favorite artists by imitating their dance moves and their vocal ad-libs and style. Many have even covered and sampled their classic hits which not only enlarge their fan bases, but it also helps introduce and re-introduce them to a new legion of fans. Many iconic artists doesn’t mind when artists cover and sample their music, but many do rightfully get upset when their music is sampled without permission. Especially when the song that features their sample becomes a hit and the original artist and writers aren’t receiving a fair share of their royalties prompting their to file lawsuits to receive credit and royalites. While many artists have and continues to seek permission to sample artist’s music, they have been several who still refuses to seek permission and when they’re called out, they and members of their large fan base try to attack the artists and their estates for fighting for their respect.  Especially Robin Thicke, Pharell Williams and most recently Nicki Minaj.

Minja had released just released her 4th album “Queen” two days ago and it was revealed that the album was delayed due to numerous reasons. One of them was sampling Grammy-Award Winning Folk/Soul/Pop Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Tracy Chapman’s single “Baby Can I Hold You” without permission on a duet titled “Sorry” featuring Grammy Award-Nominated Rapper Nas who she dated for several month. Manji posted on her twitter page how she didn’t know that one of the samples was a song by Chapman and she made attempts to connect with her while asking her fans should she delay her album or release it. Many of the rapper who’s known for her colorful and blonde wigs and weaves had suggested that she release the album while throwing shade at Chapman who keeps a low profile when she’s not touring.  From being called a boomaclot to a lesbian, many of the fans were very disrespectful, but many of Chapman’s fans clapped back by tweeting about Tracy’s achievements and contributions to music history while many even applauded her for not allowing the rapper who was dissed by Remy Mar at last year’s summer fest to sample her music, while many blasted Manji’s fans for not only knowing about Tracy’s legacy, but for disrespecting her. Nicki and her team should have reached out to Tracy for permission in the 1st place and had they did, so, the duet could have been included on the album, but since this didn’t happen, Nicki decided to not include the track on the album making her fans, who needs to know about the importance of Tracy’s legacy happy.  Tracy paved the way for many female artists to record their own style of music, during the time when New Jack Swing, Hip-Hop and Rock music was dominating the airwaves and during the time when music videos was becoming the norm in the music industry.

In the summer of 2013, Soul Singer/Songwriter/Producer Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams had scored a huge hit with their single “Blurred Lines” featuring Rapper/Actor T.I. The single hit # 1 on the Pop, R&B and Dance Charts and while many of their fans were grooving to the song, several Old School Music lovers and journalists noticed that the song had a familiar disco groove; Marvin Gaye’s 1977 # 1 Pop, Soul and Disco classic “Got To Give It Up.” Many fans began to listen to the song and noticed the percussion, bassline and ad-libs were elements that was used in “Blurred Lines” Fans weren’t the only ones who noticed; several of Jan Gaye’s friends had noticed and when she was contacted, she listened to the song and realized that Thicke, Williams and T.I. had not only sampled her late ex-husband’s disco classic, they sampled without seeking permission. (Jan Gaye runs Marvin’s estate along with their children Marvin III, the son of Marvin and his 1st wife Anna Gordy Gaye and Nona and Frankie Jan’s children she had with Marvin). Shorty after hearing the song, they were naturally upset and shortly before the Labor Day weekend, Jan and Marvin’s children were hit with a lawsuit by Robin, Pharrell and T.I. who had also gone to court to petition a judge to agree that they didn’t sample the Motown classic for their single. The news of the lawsuit had many people pissed. Why would they sue Marvin’s children and ex-wife in the 1st place many have asked. Was it that they were being too greedy and they didn’t want to give them a fair share of the royalties? Well Jan, Marvin III, Nona and Frankie clapped back by filing a countersuit against the trio, who gave different stories about how they created the song, with Thicke who was cheating on his ex-wife Actress Paula Patton throwing Williams under the bus by saying that Pharell had originally wrote the song and later saying he was high on cocaine to really remember how the song was recorded. Well a publishing company settled with the Gaye family while they continued their countersuit with Robin and Pharell. On March 10, 2015, Robin’s 38th birthday, the jury had ruled in favor of Marvin’ family ordering him and Pharell to pay over $4 million in damages and to list Marvin credit as co-writer. Naturally Robin, Pharell and T.I. who wasn’t order to pay any damages due to him writing a line were upset at the verdict and tried to appeal, the judge’s decision which was denied. While Jan, Marvin III, Nona and Frankie were happy with the verdict, Robin, Pharrell and T.I. were upset claiming that they were hurt and the jury’s decision was based on them being emotional. Really?

Well first of all, Robin, Pharrell and T.I was the ones who not only stole Marvin’s classic, they also sued the Prince of Motown’s 2nd wife and children 1st. 2nd, during the time of the lawsuit, Marvin III and his mother Anna were both battling health issues with the latter dying 3 days after her 92nd birthday and four months after the countersuit was filed. Of course it was stressful, considering the fact that the Gaye family was offered a small amount of money from the platniff’s who was too damn greedy to be fair. Plus Jan, Marvin III, Nona and Frankie had to take time from their daily routines to meet with their attorneys and accountants to make sure that the trial was running smoothly. Especially (with the exception of Marvin III) since the family no longer resides in California where the suit was filed. Jan also had to spend time making sure that Nona’s son, who she’s help raised was properly taken care of, while she and her children had to make numerous trips to California. Robin, Pharrell and T.I. wasn’t the only ones who were crying wolf after the verdict. So were they fans. Especially their Black female followers. Many of them had the audacity to disrespect Marvin’s family by calling them lazy and saying that they needed to get regular jobs and stop being hungry and thirsty for money. Many were outraged by the number of Black females who were angry at the verdict. I spoke to one of my best friends about this and he said that the real reason they were upset was because they were crushing on Thicke due to his skin color and to him being married to a Black woman, which helped him get street credit along with his music. Many were shocked to learn that he cheated on her when his career began to go into orbit and some have forgiven him. Well regardless of his ex-wife’s race, he, Pharell and T.I. had no business stealing Marvin’s classic and suing his family to prevent them from getting their proper share of the royalties they deserved in the 1st place. I bet if this happened to Robin’s he would probably get mad and cry to his famous mother Singer/Songwriter/Actress/Author Gloria Lorrin for comfort and support while hiring expensive and pricey lawyers to fight for him. If this happened to Pharrell, he would reunite with Chad Hugo to record a few diss tracks while hiring pricey lawyers to countersue. And God Forbid if any body was to steal one of T.I.’s songs. He would be ready to record a whole album and mix-tape about the situation while hiring lawyers to make sure that he recoups the money that’s taken from him.

I have no issues with artists sampling, but if they’re going to sample, they need to make sure that they’re get the proper clearance and permission to use their music and they’re getting their fare share of the royalties because they worked hard to create the music from their hearts and soul and it’s only right that they get the proper respect they deserve.TRACY CHAPMANMARVIN WHAT'S GOING ON


It’s been nearly 2 years since I wrote and posted a review on TV One’s Unsung documentaries and after watching the one on R&B Singer/Songwriter Avant, I was more than impressed about his upbringing, musical background and his talent. I remember hearing his singles “Separated” and “Read Your Mind” on the radio as well as watching his videos on BET, but I had no idea that this talented brother was more than a singer and songwriter. He has passion and grind that has helped keep him in the game for nearly 2 decades.

Avant was born as Myron Avant as the 5th of 6 children who was raised by a single mother Alberta Avant who was able to provide her children’s wants and needs. “We were labeled the ghetto Brady Bunch” Avant said about how his household consisted of 3 boys and 6 girls. Avant did have love from his family. The love from his family prevented him from becoming involved with gangs and selling drugs. “It was tough” Avant’s mother said of the neighborhood they lived in. “There was older people selling drugs and wanting kids to sell them.” “I didn’t want that” Avant added to wanting to have something better for him. Avant become interested in singing and had several diverse influences from Soul to the Blues. “The LeVert family. Sam Cooke. Johnny Taylor. Babyface. I remember the ‘Whip Appeal’ album. Felt like he was singing to every woman in my family.” he said about his influences. By the time he reached 4th grade Avant in the Cleveland School of the arts where he stayed until he completed the 12th grade. Avant not only learned to develop his talents, it was a safe haven for him and he looked forward to attending school on a daily basis. He later formed a singing group called The Fellows who would perform around Cleveland and hearing the response from the audience motivated Avant to really develop his gift. The group found a manager who was able to get them into a recording studio owned by Tony Pespese who though loved the group, but saw that Avant was the one who had the it factor, so he separated the group and that’s where Avant began to write and record songs. Avant’s 1st manager took him to Chicago where they linked up with producer/songwriter Steve Huff and released his debut single “I Wanna Know” independently which became a huge hit in the windy city and earned Avant to opportunity to sign with NBA legend Magic Johnson’s record label which had a joint deal with MCA Records. Johnson was beyond impressed with his talent and Avant was eager to make him proud so he delivered his single “Separated” which became a huge R&B, Quiet Storm and Pop hit. The song was inspired by Avan’t relationship with Pespese’s niece. Fans and radio personalities loved the song due to it being a romantic edgy ballad. “Great ballad with a bounce” radio personality Kym Sellerz said. Avan’ts follow up single was a cover of Rene & Angela’s ballad “My First Love” which he recorded with singer KyKe Wyatt which also became a hit and helped enlarged his fan base. Many stated this was one of their favorite duets. “First of all, Avant delivered magically” Record executive Marylin Batcheor said about his performance. “KeKe. I heard Keke. This girl can sing.” “I recorded ‘My First Love’ when I was 16, what did I know about a 1st love at 16?” Wyatt said. The success of those singles helped Avant’s debut album “My Thoughts” reach platinum status and he was grateful for the success he began to have. “It was amazing to me. All I could think of the humble beginnings” Avant said. He also was able to provide for his mother and siblings. “He did a lot for himself, but he did a lot of his family” Avant’s brother added. For his 2nd album Avant and Huff returned to the studio where they still had the magic to create hits and while Johnson and his staff was eager to release new product, the staff at MCA was hesitant. Avant and his team took matters into their own hands by releasing an advance copy of his single “Make Good Love” to radio, where it quickly became a hit forcing MCA to come to their senses and release his 2nd album which quickly reached gold status. While his success was soaring, many musicians and writers he worked with has felt that they wasn’t compensated with the proper credit and payment they deserved. Avant acknowledged their contributions and was also mature enough to admit he didn’t about the process of credits and business. “I was young. I didn’t know what the process was. I appreciate everything they did.” Songwriter Bruce Smith understood the situation and how record labels operates. “Being signed to a label you don’t have control over things.” Avant told his team to give people the credit and royalties they deserved and when his team and label asked why, he told them that he wrote verses and hooks with certain people. Avant’s 3rd album got delayed due to Johnson and MCA having conflicts, forcing Avant to take matters into his hands and when radio received an advanced copy of “Read Your Mind” which once again quickly became a huge hit as well as his signature song. Avant revealed the song was inspired by a lady who was undressing him with her eyes while he was at a club playing pool. The song became a huge hit with the ladies including radio personality Tammi Mac who excitedly expressed how she still loves the song to this date. By the time it came for Avant to release his 4th album, MCA had been absorbed by Geffen Records which meant new staff was hired to help run the company and knowing that he would be working with a new team, Avant decided to cut professional ties with his manager and collabulater Steve Huff, who wanted Avant to evolve while maintaining their friendship. The singer was able to work with several talented producers including The Underdogs who produced his single “4 Minutes” which became a huge hit with both his male and female fans.  “The story of love is never gonna go away” Songwriter Antonio Dixon said about love songs. “Women can relate. Who wouldn’t went their man to chase them?” Radio personality Mym Selliez added. Despite the single’s success, the album didn’t do well and Avant was dropped from Geffen and later signed with Capital Records and was sadly dropped due to lack of sales which was due to Hip-Hop and Crunk dominating the charts and airwaves along with fans downloading music from the internet. “The internet was popping. People could get music for free. People not buying album” Avant said about the trend that is still happening. Avant also revealed that he had to privately battle with the media comparing him to Singer R. Kelly. Many of his family, friends and peers spoke about this and said that it wasn’t fair him to be compared to Kelly. “Avant got his own style” KeKe Wyatt said. “That’s why I worked as hard as I did.” With the music industry going through changes, Avant decided to return to his roots and began to pursue a career in acting. He earned a spot in the musical “Love In the Nick of Time” where his portrayal of a brother selling bootlegged dvds and Play stations became a hit with the fans and enlarged his fan base. “I had so much fun. We created a magical play” Avant said of the experience of acting. In 2012, he released his album “Face The Music” which featured another duet with Wyatt which still get spins on radio. Avant also spoke about how his fans still flock to his show and tell him how they made babies to his music. He also spoke about the love he has for his kids and while he loves his kids, he choses to allow them to have private lives away from the media which was why he refuse to allow their photos to be featured on his documentary. (Excellent decision). Avant’s documentary was excellent. I learned a lot about him and his grind. The documentary would have been better had they spoke about him performing “My First Love” with Angela Winbush, the original writer and singer of the classic on 106 & Park. The documentary should have mentioned Avant’s work with The Isley Brothers on their Soul Train Music Award winning album “Eternal” Avant co-wrote the group’s single “Secret Lover” as well as sang additional lead and background vocals on the classic which was in heavy rotation on radio and BET AND MTV. Those elements should have been mentioned in the documentary, but all-in-all it was a great documentary showing that the Midwest has lots of talent. I learned a lot about Avant and it shows that he has a great passion for performing and grinding. I’m glad that he didn’t get caught up in drugs and alcohol and he didn’t allow the politics of the MCA discourage him from taking action into his own hands. His determination and drive to get his music heard shows that artist can fight to get the respect they deserve. I’m glad that he’s still making music and I plan on featuring his music on my podcast Da-Professor’s Lounge more often. Da-Professor gives Avant’s unsung documentary a 9.79


Good Morning. It’s been a while since I’ve wrote any articles on this blog due to me being busy taking care of personal affairs while producing Da-Professor’s Lounge, my weekly podcast which plays the hottest eclectic hits from the past 5 decades. Well March happens to be the acknowledgement of Women’s History month and throughout the month of march, I will be posting several tributes to many women entertainers who have and continues to make an impact on music culture. I will also be doing my annual Women Herstory’s Month podcast which will be strictly dedicated to the ladies of music. I’ve always love music by female recording artists because they’re music have connected with me in many ways including overcoming depression, self-doubt and obstacles. That’s why I make sure that I honor female musicians on my podcast and I will honor them on this blog. Be on the look out for the tribute and also let me know who are some of your favorite musicians.


Happy New Year. Da-Professor’s Lounge is grateful for your love and support.  Despite a few set backs, I was able to still produce my podcast which plays the hottest joints from the past 5 decades and last year where I managed to interview several talented guest as well as play hot music by many talented artists and to show my appreciation, I once again decided to have my annual countdown for 2017 in several different categories. Congratulations to those who made the list. Strive for Excellence.

Da-Professor’s Lounge’s # 1 song of 2017

Jay’e R. Tonight’s Your Night

The Countdown

  1. Jay’e R.-Tonight’s Your Night
  2. Bobby Jaye-One Emotion
  3. Dave Tony-Your Body
  4. Jody Watley-Sanctuary
  5. L*A*W-Planet 12 Anthem
  6. The AlliYance With Booder, Medino Green & Toni Steelz-Epic
  7. Antonio Ramsey-All Night Long
  8. Mary J. Blige-Thick of It
  9. DJ Khaled With Rhianna & Bryon Tiller-Wild Thoughts
  10. Quincy Tyree-Crickets
  11. The AlliYance-Seltzer Water
  12. Arquez-# Don’t
  13. Bobby Jaye-One Generation
  14. Shaliek-My Love
  15. Tito Jackson-One Way Street
  16. Adina Howard & Adrian Crutchfield-Dishonest Mistake
  17. Alfa Anderson-When Luther Sings
  18. Bell-Biv-DeVoe & SWV-Finally
  19. Maysa-Can We Talk
  20. Maysa-Inside Out
  21. Faith Evans, The Notorious BIG & Lil’ Kim-Lovin’ You For Life
  22. Kodak Ken-Did That For
  23. I.K.P. Til The Day I Die
  24. Simon Black-Fool 4 Love
  25. Chaka Khan & B Slade-Love Myself
  26. B. Slade-Leave The Lights On & The Way I Feel Inside
  27. Betty-Rise
  28. Ray Issac With Fly Young Red & The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir-We Stand United
  29. The Keymasters Good for Her
  30. Apple Castelleno-2 Turnitup
  31. Cam Jones-Caribbean Waves
  32. Sister Sledge-Lost In Music
  33. The Jones Girls-When I’m Gone
  34. Vedo-Slow
  35. Ed Sheraan-Shape of You
  36. J. Oliver-His Plan
  37. The Supremes-Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (The SuperMix)
  38. Corondi-Caught Up In The Rapture
  39. George Michael-Freedom
  40. Tito Jackson-One Way Street
  41. Bruno Mars-24
  42. Robby D-Real Man

Da-Professor’s Lounge’s Favorite Dance Singles of 2017

  1. L*A*W-Planet 12 Anthem
  2. Simon Black-Fool 4 Love
  3. Mary J. Blige-Find The Love
  4. DJ Khaled With Rhianna & Bryson Tiller-Wild Thoughts
  5. Antonio Ramsey-All Night Long
  6. SRL-ORIGINAL (Remix)
  7. Jody Watley-Sanctuary
  8. The AlliYance-Seltzer Water
  9. Tito Jackson-We Made It
  10. Ed Sheeraan-Shape of You
  11. Chaka Khan & B. Slade-I Love Myself
  12. Twintowerz & Marcus Canty-Somebody Call the Police
  13. Nick Audain-Mouth 2 Mouth
  14. Lionbabe-Disclosure
  15. Simon Black-One By One
  16. Alfa Anderson-Perfectly Chic
  17. Bell-Biv-DeVoe-Find A Way
  18. Ne-Yo-Another Love Song
  19. Mugz & Pablo-Can’t Stop Us
  20. Selwyn-The Greatest Show On Earth
  21. Bruno Mars-24# Magic


Da-Professor’s Lounge’s Favorite Romantic Ballads of 2017

  1. Dave Tony-Your Body & Jay’e R.-Tonight’s Your Night
  2. Maysa-Can We Talk
  3. Que-L.O.L.
  4. B. Slade &  (Hubieonguitar)-The Way I Feel Inside
  5. Bell-Biv-DeVoe & SWV-Finally
  6. Vedo-Slow
  7. Jay’e R-Touch U
  8. Shaliek-My Love
  9. B. Slade-Leave the Lights On
  10. Sammie-COA


Da-Professor’s Lounge’s Favorite Videos of 2017

  1. Jody Watley-Sanctuary
  2. Ne-Yo-Another Love Song
  3. B. Slade-Leave The Lights On
  4. DJ Khaled With Rhianna & Bryson Tiller
  5. IKP-Til The Day I Die
  6. The AlliYance-Seltzer Water
  7. Antonio Ramsey-All Night Long
  8. Taylor Made-Everything I’m Not
  9. Nick Audain-Mouth To Mouth
  10. Arquez-# Don’t
  11. Shaliek-My Love
  12. Sammie-COA
  13. Realz With So Large-Squarded Up
  14. Ken-Bomb Dick
  15. Arquez & Roizer-I Hope You’re Ready


  1. Antonio Ramsey-All Night Long
  2. Dave Tony-Your Body
  3. Que-LOL
  4. Jaye’R-Tonight’s Your Night
  5. Ken-Bomb Dick
  6. Jody Watley-Sanctuary
  7. B. Slade-Leave The Lights On & The Way I Feel Inside
  8. Bobby Jaye-Let’s Get Freaky
  9. Vedo-Slow
  10. Shaliek-My Love
  11. Nick Audian-Mouth To Mouth
  12. Arquez With Roizer-I Hope You’re Ready


  1. Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded a/k/a SRL
  2. Janet Jackson
  3. Mary Wilson of The Supremes & Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  4. L*A*W
  5. The AllIyance
  6. The Jacksons
  7. The Sylvers
  8. Ken
  9. Nick Audain
  10. 10. Tony Banks


1.The AlliYance with Booder, Medino Green & Toni Steelz-Epic

2. Mugzy & Pablo-Can’t Stop Us

3. Realz & So Large-Squaded Up

4. Kodak Ken & I.K.P.-Be Easy

5. Lester Greene & Jay Hopkins-Red Lights


  1. Faith Evans, The Notorious B.I.G. & Lil’Kim-Lovin’ You For Life
  2. DJ Khaled With Rhianna & Bryson Tiller-Wild Thoughts
  3. Dave Tony & IKP-Alright
  4. Ray Issac With Fly Young Red & The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir-We Stand Reunited
  5. Mary J. Blige With DJ Khaled & Missy Elliot-Blow Up
  6. Adina Howard & Adrian Crutchfield-Dishonest Mistake
  7. Arquez & Roque-I Hope That You’re Ready
  8. Sony Cobain & Nicole Deallie-Stand Up To Cancer


  1. Bell-Biv-DeVoe & SWV-Finally
  2. Tito Jackson & Joceyln Brown-When The Magic Happens
  3. Jennifer Saran & The Temptations-Christmas Lover
  4. Mary J. Blige & Prince Charlez-Smile
  5. Stage-Soul Music & Monia Amoire-Soul Musuem


  1. Dave Tony & IKP-Alright
  2. Betty-Rise
  3. Ray Issac With Fly Young Red & The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir-We Stand United
  4. Bobby Jaye-Love Generation
  5. Mary J. Blige-Set Me Free
  6. J. Oliver-His Plan
  7. Taylor Made-Everything I’m Not
  8. Quindon-Everybody’s Free
  9. Sony Cobain & Nicole Deallie-Stand Up to Cancer
  10. Arquez-We The People


  1. Tito Jackson-Tito Time
  2. Mary J. Blige-Strength of A Woman
  3. Maysa-Love Is A Batterfield
  4. Dave Tony-Life Lessons
  5. Faith Evans & The Notorious BIG-The King & I
  6. Chris Bender-Draped
  7. The Supremes-A Go-Go [Expanded Version]
  8. Soul-Stage Music-Soul Museum
  9. Bell-Biv-DeVoe-Three Stripes
  10. Whitney Houston-I Wish You Love-Music From The Bodyguard
  11. Bruno Mars-XXIIII Magic
  12. Michael Jackson-Scream


  1. Maysa’s rendition of Tevin Campbell’s Can We Talk
  2. Quindon’s rendition of “Everybody’s Free”
  3. Corondi’s rendition of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up In The Rapture”




The New Edition Story

Da-Professor’s Lounge’s Favorite Comeback Single of 2017

Quincy Tyree-Crickets


  1. New Edition and the cast of the New Edition mini-series performance of “If It Isn’t Love” on the BET Awards
  2. Foster, Angie & Pat Sylvers performance of “Misdemeanor” during The Sylvers’ reunion concert at the Rose.
  3. Diana Ross’ performance on the 2017 American Music Awards
  4. Jermaine Jackson and his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty performance of “The Christmas Song” at the MAX Proms
  5.  The Jacksons singing background during brother Tito’s performance on his solo single “Get It Baby” in Ahoy Rotterdam


Bobby Jaye


SRL-O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L. (Purple Mix)


  1. The Jacksons-Legacy
  2. Super Freak: The Life of Rick James by Peter Benjamison


  1. The Sylvers reunion concert at The Rose. It had been the 1st time the family group had perform live in nearly 35 years. It was also the 1st time that the family group had performed with sister Olivia, who had left to deal with health and personal issues. It was also the 1st time that the group had performed without their brother and main lead singer Edmund, who had died from lung cancer in 2004. In addition to performing their classic hits “Hot Line” and “Boogie Fever”  The Sylvers performed a new song which was dedicated to the memory of their parents and siblings including Christopher, the youngest who never performed with his siblings. The highlight was The Sylvers Foster, Angie and Pat taking center stage to perform their single “Misdemeanor” which has been sampled for Rapper The DOC’s classic “Gettin’ Funky” and Shyne’s “That’s Gangsta” The group’s reunion performance has gotten excellent reviews from the fans who attended the concert and it still gets lots of views on You Tube.
  2. Janet Jackson’s past dancers reunite to perform Rhythm Nation at the Hollywood Bowl. After giving birth to her 1st child and divorcing her 3rd husband, Miss Janet embarked on her State of The World Tour which has gotten great reviews. Many fans have said that she’s snatching wigs and slaying the stage. Many fans loved the performance of Scream, but the highlight of the tour was when Miss Janet had all of her past dancers from her previous tours join her and her current dancers to perform the classic and iconic routines from Rhythm Nation which drove the crowd into a frenzy. After the performance, Janet took time out to introduce each of the previous dancers who received lots of praise and cheers from the audience. The positive thing is that all of the previous dancers are doing well in life.
  3. Tank’s performance at DC Black Pride. For many decades, many Black Gay Pride events and concerts have featured Draq Queens and Disco, House and R&B Female Singers. During the past 15 years, many pride organizations and organizers had been recruiting openly Black LGBT Rappers and Singers to perform, and last year, the organizers of DC Black Pride decided to have R&B Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Actor Tank perform which was a bold move for both the promoter and the talented singer who acknowledges his SGL/LGBT Fan base. While there were many in the community who was happy to have a male R&B singer perform, there were several homophobic females who was upset at him for doing so as well as shady immature Gays who felt that he was using the community to get paid. Many came to Tank’s defense by saying that they needed to be glad that a Black Male R&B singer took the time to perform for his fan base and they needed to embrace him and the openly Gay Rappers and Singers instead of certain singers and rappers who have either showed up late and performed for a few minutes and not addressing the crowd. I’m glad that Tank performed at last year’s DC Pride.

Da-Professor’s Lounge congratulates all those made the list. Continue to Strive for Excellence.




Whenever people of Australia, movies like “Crocodile Bundy” comes to mind as well as the music and legacy of The Gibb Brothers. Well Australia has many other talented recording artists and Hip-Hop artist Mugzy is one of many Rappers who is helping bring the Hip-Hop scene in Aussie worldwide. The talented rapper became involved in music during his high school years and after his 1st performance, he decided to pursue a career in music full-time. He’s drop 3 albums and has been featured in several publications globally and has a large growing fan base who enjoys his flows, and lyrics. Especially American artists who are eagerly wanting to work with him. The talented outgoing down to earth rapper spoke to me via email about his career, influences, songs and his feelings of people still mocking White Hip-Hop artists. Readers get ready to learn about Mugzy


DA-PROFESSOR: Thanks for the music. They’re hot bangers. Your bio is extremely impressive. Sorry for the delay. Been busy with other things. Here are the questions for Da-Professor’s Lounge’s blog
Ayyeee its all gravy man and i appreciate the respectful feedback on my tracks
Haha yeah alot of people who read my bio/achievements instant assume i have a manger or label behind me finding all these opportunities for my career but to be 100% honest with ya its only me im pretty much a 1man army
Its just the hustle & drive to hopefully see this dream a reality someday
Also a tone of coffee lol

DA-PROFESSOR: Thanks for reaching out to me and for being the 1st act from Aussie for being featured on Da-Professor’s Lounge’s blog and the 1st Aussie born rapper to have music played on my podcast. How are things going for you?

MUGZY: Wow im honoured man thank you or should i say “G’Day Mate” haha nah i never use those Aussie slangs you hear in (Crocodile Dundee)DADDD
Most of us aint like that either If you want to know a true Aussie look at (Hugh Jackman)
Yeah man same old same old just constant working hard for the dream trying to get on any opportunities possible whether it be Big, Medium, Small it really dont matter because at the end of the day if it gets the name “Mugzy” out there to the world aye ive done my job properly
Thanks for getting back to me too

DA-PROFESSOR: Tell the readers and music lovers a few things about yourself.
MUGYZ: My Name is Reyne Brady (pronounced Rain but spelt differently) AKA Mugzy
im 26yrs old (Soon to be 27 on January 22nd) from Sydney Australia (The Land Down Under)
My Profession is Hip Hop Artist, Actor, Youth Mentor
I’ve been in the game for 12 years (13 soon)
Done 2 Albums (Working on a 3rd), Radio Play/Magazine Articles WORLDWIDE,
Fan base WORLDWIDE, Featured in Multiple Independent Films/TV Commercials
The List goes ON an ON an i havnt stopped yet
Besides music & hip hop i’m a HUGE fan of basketball i love it
“Allen Iverson” is my dude just the fact he was the one who brought that hip hop flava into the NBA
His a big influence on me……PS Crossed over MJ haha

DA-PROFESSOR: How did you become involved in Hip-Hop and music in general?
MUGZY: I became interested in hip-hop music and the culture of hip-hop when i was 14 so 2005 my early years in High School
Around that time i guess you could say i was a bit of a loner which caused me to get punk’d/bullied alot
also my grades were failing an i had no avenue where i would be in life when i finished school
So instead i bought myself an IPod an started listening to artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Tupac

Eminem was the one i could related to the most (Even to this day) I know It sounds cliché because im a typical whiteboi myself but just the Aggression/Anger in his wordplay/lyrics
It kinda gave me a voice to say I Dont give a f*** a platform to fight back an take no sh** in this world

Starting Off i would drop down small rhymes in my workbook but i knew if i wanted to progress i would have to write full lyric songs
Also i knew if i wanted to be known or respected by the general hip hop community who loves it as much as i do then i would have to do my homework take a trip back in time where it all started in the 70s of South Bronx and learn bit by bit

What inspires me about the culture of hip hop
is that it’s the ONLY music form that you can express yourself in any way/shape/form possible
You pick any other music genre Rock, Pop, Rnb etc etc Trust me they dont have the same effect that hip hop brings thats why i love it
DA-PROFESSOR: Impressive. Which rappers influenced you and what was about their style that captivated you?
MUGZY: Top 5: 50 Cent, Tupac, Eminem, DMX, NaS

50 Cent: When he blew up in the early 00s everyone wanted to be like 50
Even all the whiteboi’s (including myself) rocked the chains, du-rags, baseball caps, jerseys etc etc haha…..sigh yes i did the whole wigger act back in the day…maan i was a mess
Come on it was the times mannn it was a starting point haha sooo corny but i can now look back on it and laugh
But Yo “Get Rich Or Die Tryin” is INSANE (Still to this day) every joint on that album is pure FIRE (G-Unit Forever)

Tupac: What more can i say beyond his name there will never be another Tupac the guy is iconic and a legend in the hip hop game….i reckon if he was still alive he probs could of ran for president 😉

Eminem: I suppose he speaks for all the whiteboi’s who want to get into this hip hop culture
I know it probs sounds cliché to say because i’m white myself but i reckon he was the main one who broke that barrier of hip hop which was formally a black domain of music
For a chance to give white rappers a chance to be heard and atleast respected
I know we had White Artists before Em like “3rd Bass, Beastie Boys, House Of Pain” aye even “Vanilla Ice” but i dont think they had a big enough impact on the scene like Em did (His the Hip Hop Elvis)

DMX: Raw Gritty so imma stay Sh***y are you with me haha
I love X because of his raw aggressive attitude but also with powerful, catchy lyrics you will never forget through his message I feel like in my career my flows/vibes are alot like X

NaS: Come on maaaan what else can i say “Illmatic” is a hip hop classic and No:1 Album to go too
If “Illmatic” isnt in your recommendations then im sorry but you aint hip hop hahaha go bump some “Lil Yachty” Sh*** …….PS “Lonzo Ball”

DA-PROFESSOR: Amazing bro. Do you remember the 1st time you performed in front of a live audience?
MUGZY: Ofcourse man
The First time i ever picked up the mic to perform my material infront of a crowd was back in 2009 on my last day of finishing high school
We had a celebration performance for all the other students who attended the school celebrating that were finally leaving Yr12 So i decided to put my name down for this event
On the day
All the lower/other years were sitting in their individual seats and getting ready for the show
The performers (including myself) were behind the curtain of the stage ready to be called up at our times
I remember peaking through the curtain and seeing hundreds of students waiting for the show to start and i stood back against the wall with my heart racing thinking “i cant do this im not prepared to perform infront of that many people” just freaking out haha

It was time for me to do my set/performance
I walked out on stage picked up the mic and just my luck the audio f**** up haha
(Tipical School Quality)
While staring at all those faces hearing nothing but silence/awkwardness i then thought to myself “If i want to be a rapper and want this dream to come true NOTHING will bring me down…No stuff ups…no embarrassment…NOTHING”
So i picked up the mic and performed my track “Keep On Rapping”
(Which is the 3rd track on my 1st album Ride Or Die)
The crowd was loving every minute of it getting into every lyric and chorus waving their hands singing along it was incredible
After i finished my set the crowd kept screaming “ONCORE ONCORE”
And from that moment on i knew this is what i wanted to dedicate my life too

DA-PROFESSOR: I’ve check out your bio and I have to say that I’m beyond impressed. You are really making your mark. Especially around the world. How does it feel to be loved, respected and well received globally?
MUGZY: DCheers man
Honestly it just comes down to hard work and dedication of wanting this to happen more than anything (Risk it All)
To be 100% honest i dont have a Plan B i havnt found one as of yet
When my mind gets focused on something it becomes incredibly hard for me to switch off and to think of another avenue
So in saying that i suppose its a bit of a risky mindset to have (Its All or Nothing)
People always say to me “Mugzy what if  music doesnt work out then what?” Well to be honest i have no idea myself. Like i know this industry is very cut-throat and its by (Chance) the dream will become a reality
“Hard work is only one factor of this journey but Chance is the main outcome of it all”
Why do you think we have these overnight celebs?….Meanwhile hard working artists work a 9-5 and still live for that day of hoping on making this a reality for them….(Chance)
So yeah its very scary & stressful at times but in the end you just have to keep hustling to get that (Chance) to be heard DADFrom all the opportunities ive got myself on or the 15k fanbase that is following me people instant assume im famous lol
Its funny because i dont see it like that all i dont use that as an ego like some artists do to power themselves over the next aspiring artist “i have this….tell me what do you have?”
I’m not famous at all im just a hard worker and i treat each upcoming/aspiring artist with the respect we all deserve…..Staying humble

DA-PROFESSOR: I love all types of music. Especially music from overseas and you have a unique sound and flow. Especially on your single “Can’t Stop Us” featuring Pablo. What was the inspiration for that song and what inspired you to add elements of Classical and Jazz to the song?
MUGZY: At the time i was writing/recording my 2nd album (Understand Me) most of the instrumentals i had already brought with me all i needed was to record vocals over them. While Pablo & I worked countless hours away in the studio together track after track
He told me over the course of his years recording other artists he’d already been making beats on the side and asked if i wanted to check some of them out for my own personal use
The lists went on for miles and we knew we’d be there for ages listening to each individual one
So we listened to a couple and came across the beat we then used for “Can’t Stop Us”
At first i was gonna do the whole song solo but then i took the generosity to ask if Pablo wanted to feature on it because he told me he rapped on the site nothing serious more for fun and he was grateful too

The theme/concept of the track was basically about nothing will stop us of reaching that dream of making it in this industry

Inspiration was “Jay-Z & Kanye West Run This Town”
But Pablo & I wanted to do the Aussie version of that That’s why in the 3rd verse you hear me say “Run This Town like Jay-Z & Kanye, Me & Pablo doing it the Aussie Way”

I also love your single “Understand Me” and the lyrics about being judged, hated on for being yourself. What was the inspiration for that song?
You pretty much explained it for me its exactly how the title portrays itself
Being white/Caucasian in hip hop you instant become a mockery to a large % of the public around you
Alot think its faded and there’s not much  criticism much anymore
but for myself i can still opinion on this that yes its still the same even in 2017
like come on havnt we grown and by-passed the whole black & white card within hip hop
Just because i do hip hop doesnt mean i want to act black (what does that even mean?) or act like a thug or a wanna-be Eminem or wigger….ive heard everything under the sun through-out my years of doing this

I feel like its very arrogant and if someone wants to call me that they dont know me ive been a living breathing part of hip hop since i feel inlove with this culture

DA-PROFESSOR:  I could relate to the lyrics about people wanting to put you in their box due to their ignorance and insecurities.
MUGZY:  You see on the news/social media/press/public/society that 2017 is the era we all come together and unite that everyone is different and we should respect all walks of life

Gays, Trans, Bi even all foreign entities are starting to get a OK pass
But when it comes to Caucasian’s wanting to do hip hop its like a lightbalb goes off in most of society’s head screaming “Look at that wigger” when will we ever get a pass?

When i hear or see these types of subjects of “2017 everyone is equal” i always think
“majority of these people are lying to themselves (Hypocrites) because where is my respect when i walk out my front door and say I AM HIP HOP”

DA-PROFESSOR: Your single “My Journey” is a hot joint with a Rock feel. What was the inspiration for that song and what prompted you to give that joint a rock edge?
MUGZY: Appreciate it man thank you..its my fav track ive done so far in my career i think it has all the elements i want plus its a track that explains me as a whole towards listeners

The story behind the track is
When Pablo & I were finishing up our last run on (Understand Me) he asked what i wanted the final track to be? Originally i wanted it to be “Aussie With An American Attitude” but the vibe of that track is more story telling and looking back on it i could see what he meant when he told me “it doesnt really send off an impact to end off the album”
That was the final track i had when beginning this album in the first place so i was stuck like “crap what do i do or write about to end it off?”

Around that time in 2013
50 Cent, Eminem, Adam Levine’s song My Life was POPPIN everywhere topping the charts in multiple areas across the globe
When i heard it…luck struck me straight away and i knew i had to write a Mugzy version about “My Journey” Explain the path
(1st Verse) Misery is how it started, No Scenery i harvest, Always shred a tear of Heartless Pain Became my Darkness, Hit me when i was 15

(2nd Verse) Drop down rhymes needed material, Started writing songs then hit the studio
(3rd Verse) Hip Hop had my mind set, I learned more about the culture to build my rep, the founding fathers the 4 elements to take me further

It was a blueprint structure of the elements on how i started to where i am now
The next session at the studio i showed Pablo and the rest is history

If you listen to “My Journey” in the instrumental there are a few similarities with the electric guitar and orchestra

DA-PROFESSOR: Aussie is known for as the birthplace for The Bee Gees and the late Andy Gibb as well as known for Pop, Classical and Rock Music, but during the past 15 years, many Hip-Hop and R&B/Soul Aussie acts including Selwyn has been letting the world know that the state does has a strong legion of Hip-Hop artists and fans. How is the Hip-Hop community and scene is and how do think it’s easier for Aussie Hip-Hop acts to connect with fans around the world. Especially in America and the U.K.?

MUGZY: You forgot INXS, Midnight Oil and for the hip hop heads Hilltop Hoods & Bliss N Eso haha

In all honesty this is what ive experienced on my journey through-out the music industry/hip hop community is  ive realized that U.S artists are very humble they always want to network an connect with each other or whoever has a dream of bein a rapper  whether its in the United States or here in Australia or wherever it may be  they always want to find ways of making this dream happen for them they are always open to NEW ideas (Whatever you bring to the table they will eat it up)
and that’s what i love that’s why i have been given so many opportunities over there

Here in Australia we have SO MUCH LOVE for the hip hop culture its CRAZY
Whether its Rapping, Djing, Graffiti, Beatboxin, Break-Dancing or just general hip hop knowledge we want to eat it up
But in sayin that there is too much criticism here SPECIALLY with accents
Like hip hop heads here say (Rap in ya normal talking voice…dont do this fake USA

Now there is two sides of the coin here
I can understand we want to put our Australian input on the map as natural as possible
But im gonna be 100% real about this
rapping in ya normal voice has no flow its bleh/plain (IT DOESNT SELL)
to make ya music strike the ears of the listeners it has to be catchy n flow well so puttin some USA slang on it doesnt hurt like come on (didnt the art form originate from the states so why ya hatin for?)

Now im not sayin go turn into an Iggy Azalea because she is as fake as her plastic surgery
Im jus sayin whatever gets put on the table USE IT stop this back-n-forth criticism  about whose real an whose not……..give it a rest
This is WHY we aint makin a living off our dreams and have to go out to our 9-5’s is because we dont come together and make something great

From reading ALL that it looks like im the bad guy but thats what i see in our scene i dont turn a blind-eye to it
thats why i made the track “Aussie With An American Attitude”

DA-PROFESSOR: If you had the opportunity work with any artists. Who would it be? Name as many as you like.

MUGZY: Def my Top 5: 50 Cent, Tupac, Eminem, DMX, NaS
But besides them hmmm on the top of my head would have to probs be the likes of
Michael Jackson, Prince, Alicia Keys
I see that you also spend time supporting teens and college students. How important is it to inspire them to pursue their goals and aspirations?
Hip Hop Dancer “Alan Lu” Member of”D2MG Hip Hop Society” at UNSW hit me up wondering if i wanted to teach a class about the culture of hip hop
Teach things such as (The Culture, History, Writing Skills, Performance, Influences, Generations etc etc)
When he facebook msg me about this i JUMPED at the opportunity ASAP as i love to spread this culture anyway i can in Australia

Alot of my close friends went to uni to study countless amount of things but i never got the chance to go because my grades were S***  (UNTIL NOW)
I headed down to the UNSW University to teach HIP HOP to a class of 20peps
(NOW WHO WOULD OF THOUGHT id be teaching a class at one of the best University’s in Australia not only that its HIP HOP its SOMETHING I LOVE)
I was also runnin the course alongside Wollongong Upcoming MC “DOBBY”

The course/atmosphere was DOPE
Dobby & I combined our knowledge/love for hip hop (ME OLD SKOOL…HIM NEW SKOOL) and the students took alot of inspiration from it 🙂

On the day we all had alot of FUN, LAUGHS, COMING TOGETHER an jus all around good Hip Hop VIBE (i truely hope to do this again)

DA-PROFESSOR: You’re from Aussie. Tell me from your prespective, what is it about guys from Aussie that makes ladies wanna holla at them?
MUGZY: Haha honestly man me myself i have no idea what the secret is
you will have to ask the ladies themselves because ive never figured it out either AND IM AUSTRALIAN Haha

But Australia has taken it home with the likes of
Hugh Jackman (Wolverine)
Heath Ledger The BEST (Joker)

DA-PROFESSOR:  Fun Question. If you was in college and you had to pick 5 of your celebrity crushes to be your professors, who would they be?
MUGZY: Gotta love the atmosphere of college aye (over here in OZ we call it University) but daaayymmmmnn some of the college girls are FIRE….goddess some of them…Love them ALL 😉

Great question man and hmmm? Top 5 i can only have 5 damnn haha
(Actresses) Elisha Cuthbert, Scarlett Johansson, Olga Kurylenko

(Adult Stars) Randy Moore, Sasha Grey
And if theres time Michelle Pfeiffer hahahaha 😉

DA-PROFESSOR: Excellent choice.
MUGZY: You know it man 😉
Feel like a young Hef (RIP) with that list haha

DA-PROFESSOR: Do you have any upcoming projects and do you plan on touring the United States sometime in the future?
MUGZY:  DI actually want to get back into the studio ASAP
My 2nd album (Understand Me) released in 2013 so its been 4yrs (Almost 5) since ive released anything NEW ive kinda been slackin on music because i’ve been getting into alot of acting
But i miss music sooo much specially the high/adrenaline of crafting new work
so ive got a tone of work to do

At the moment i have a TONE of beats on my ipod
most are other peoples instrumentals even from the likes of Greek Producer “Yanni”
but when i sit back an listen to them i can hear them sounding like masterpieces
so when the time comes ill figure out how to use them

Also for my 3rd album i want to do a 2disk an pile as much music/craft out as possible
Thats all i can say at this point nothing more
Cant wait its gonna be one hell of a rollercoaster….2018 fans will def hear something once again from Mugzy 😉

Id love to tour the States (No:1 Destination) specially because most of my fans/opportunites/support is over there in your country (Crazy Huh haha) Plus it be so surreal to finally meet some of you face to face
Also another big reason id love to visit the States (Specially NY) is to step foot in 1520 Sedgwick Avenue South Bronx (Birth Place of Hip Hop) where is all started
Just to visualise what it once was and how it came about to what it is today just reflect on how this culture is close to my heart

DA-PROFESSOR: How do you feel you’re making an impact on the music scene and where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?
MUGZY: I couldnt tell you because i dont know myself….Lets just hope somewhere more closer to the dream from all my hard work and dedication 🙂

DA-PROFESSOR: What advice would you give to anybody who wants to pursue a career in the music industry?
MUGZY: The BEST advice i can give to any artist who wanna get into the music industry is this
Dont think ya gonna be an overnight celeb when you FIRST pick up the pen thinking its all fun & games making it look easy because its 100% NOT
This industry will cheat you in so many different ways its not funny
it will bring you to your knees to the point of failure and making you doubt yourself of always wanting to give up
But if your willing to hustle daily because inside you generally love hip hop or love MUSIC and are willing to go down that long hard road of wanting this dream more than anything else in the WORLD combined
(Not because its a phase, Not because you want stardom, Not because you wanna be a Celeb)
If its because of the LOVE & HIP HOP then you have my 100% FULL RESPECT

DA-PROFESSOR: Thanks for taking the time to chat and connect with me. I’m looking forward to hearing and playing your music on my podcast. Please let the fans and viewers know where they can check out your music and your links
MUGZY: It was my pleasure man i was happy to do it and no man thank you for the opportunity because like i said any opportunity is a great opportunity so big big thank you to you guys and much respect from Australia The Land Down Under i wish you guys nothing but the best with future endeavours you def have my support

To all the readers hit up my fanpage link here at
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There you will find everything ive done in my career so far (Gigs, Releases, Got To Meet etc etc)
Also it will keep you UPDATED with future things along the way in my career
(Such as updates on 3rd album)

My Reverbnation BANDPAGE profile is attached (ALL TRACKS FREE DOWNLOAD)
Youtube Attached (See interviews and Live performances, Acapella/Freestyle vidz)
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It has everything you need to know about me and my No:1 Platform i use
So yeah drop me a line about anything even if its to chat (ALWAYS tend to get back to everyone)
Dont forget to give me a LIKE too the more LIKES the better

DA-PROFESSOR: Thanks again and Strive for Excellence
MUGZY: You too guys much love….Dont be a strangerMUGZY



As a child growing up in the projects, I spend most of my time listening to the radio and watching television, and one of the shows I enjoyed watching the most was The Jeffersons. I first began to watch the show on channel 11, and then when on Sundays when I was allowed to stay up later (halleluh). I quickly bonded with the characters  and I would find myself memorizing the lines to the point where an episode would come on I would recite them along with the characters which drove my mother crazy. “That’s a repeat episode and you need to get in those books instead of reaping those episodes. The cast of The Jeffersons know their math and they finished school and some of them got their degrees” she would say in a way to get me to do well in school. My grade school teacher at the time even bashed the show and it’s cast. She was upset at one of my classmates for not watching the news and she was going off on her. “There’s other things you can be watching besides The Jeffersons. I don’t know why people be watching the show. It’s not a good show and the cast has to have their lines read to them. When another student asked about Good Times, she praised the show. “Good Times is the show!! Good Times is a better show!! The cast are more talented and getting more money. Good Time is making all the money!!!! Crazy thing is that Good Times had been off the air at that time. SMH. I was shocked when The Jeffersons was canceled and I was even more shocked and pissed to learn that the cast had advocated for CBS to give them a closing episode, which the network refused to do (shame on them) forcing them to capitalize of their legacy by performing stage versions which gained great reviews and money before Roxie Roker, was forced to leave due to breast cancer. After her death, many of the cast members began to pass away leaving Marla Gibbs, Belinda Tolbert, Andrew Harold Rubin, Alan Hammer, Damon Evans, Ernest Harden, Jr and Ebonie Smith as the last surviving members of the cast.

When I first learned that Unsung was doing a documentary on The Jeffersons, I thought it was a joke, but after seeing the ad on their website, I was shocked: The Jeffersons aren’t unsung. This show is the longest running sitcom to have 11 seasons. Before you try to come after me, I’m not hating on the show; I’m glad that a documentary was done on the show, but I still feel it’s not unsung.

During the mid 1960’s to early-mid 1970’s, the Civils Right era was in full force and many people had spent time watching the news about the protests and riots. By the time the era had folded, many television viewers was looking for an escapism and looking for shows about Blacks. “TV had been behind the times when it came to Black families” Television host Tanya Hart said. The man who would help with that was Norman Lear, a television producer who created several shows surrounding Black families staring with “Sanford and Son” and “Good Times” which quickly became hits with the fans and some critics, but however they were many critics who felt that the shows were showing sterotypes and not showing other images and sides of Black families. Lear decided to create a spin off of the hit show “All In The Family” which featured the late Carroll O’ Connor as Archie Bunker, an out-spoken bigot, who wasn’t fond of the changing times. “Archie Bunker’s world was changer quicker than he wanted to” Hart said of his character. Lear decided to introduce a Black family The Jeffersons who moved from Harlem to Queens after George’s dry cleaning business became a success. Legendary actress Isabel Sandford was casted as Lousie “Weezy” Jefferson and Mike Evans was casted at their son Lionel. The producers went on a hunt to find a actor to play George: they found the perfect guy. Philadelphia born actor/singer Sherman Hemsley an military veteran who worked at the post office during the day while starring in the hit play “Purlie” at night. Hemsley loved the character, but there was a problem; he was still starring on “Purlie” and waited for the play to wrap before he officially signed on as George. Many of the producers praised his work by saying ‘Sherman Hemsley was one of the rarest in talent and he was the Black version of Archie Bunker.’ What made the show and characters a hit was the edge and how they spoke about issues in a comedic way. “Positive and comedy don’t go together” historian Darryl Littleton said about the plot and show’s formula.  Lear decided to launch a spin-off, but Sanford, who was friendly with the cast of All In The Family didn’t want to leave, but when she was told that they was going to recast her and write out her character, she had a change of heart. The story had The Jeffersons moving on up to the lower East Side of Manhattan into a deluxe apartment in the sky. It was a great change for television and it became a favorite among many Blacks who was happy to see other Blacks on television living the good life. “We had Black policemen. Black doctors” Actress/Singer Marla Gibbs who was casted as The Jefferson’s maid Florence Johnston said about the types of Blacks she saw in her neighborhood.  Also making the show groundbreaking was the actors Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover portraying Helen and Tom Willis, television’s 1st interracial couples, which George’s character didn’t approve of. He would refer to them as Zebra, and while Tom would remain silent most of the time, Helen would talk back to him, mainly calling him shorty and talking about him being inconsiderate. She had let him know in her own way I may be married to a White man, but I’m still a Black lady who would put you in check. Many of the viewers wasn’t fond of the Willis as well. The show’s publicist and producer spoke about how many of the viewers took that once she made it she got with a White man attitude and how the kissing scene made many Black males uncomfortable. “It might have been harder for the brothers to watch” a producer of the show said. Another producer added that many did love The Willis’ and said the show that having an interracial couple could workout  Another actress who gave the show fire was Zara Cully who’s portrayal of Mother Jefferson made the character loved and hated. “Mother Jefferson. She represented all the mother-in-laws who don’t like their daughter-in-laws” co-star Gibbs said about Cully’s character. While her character was shady towards Louise, off screen they got along and had a wonderful friendship. In fact all of the cast and crew were tight and got along.  Actor Ernest Harden, Jr who played Marcus Garvey Henderson spoke about how the crew not only got along with each other, but they also got along with the cast of “What’s Happening” who’s series was also filmed in the same studio. “We would hang out. Go to lunch he said.  The Jefferson’s best loved character was Gibbs’ portrayal of Florence Johnston, The Jefferson’s maid. Sassy and known for not biting her tongue, she always stood up to George’s character and whenever he talked about her cooking and lack of work, Florence would speak about his height, his bald spot and his lack of pay. She was also known for having both George and Louise to answer the door. Actor/Writer Ernest Lee Thomas spoke about the doorbell scenes being his favorites. Gibbs spoke about getting the role. “I hadn’t done comedy. I had done plays. I was an actress looking for a job.” She was also working for Amercian Airlines, which shocked the producers who not only offered her a large salary, but they offered the amount she would make yearly at the airline. Marla accepted that payment and didn’t look back. “I took the risk and resigned from American Airlines.” The show did well, but it began to go through changes. Mike Evans had left the show to write for “Good Times” and was replaced by actor/singer Damon Evans, who I feel added more swagger to Lionel’s character and Zara Cully being diagnosed with lung cancer. Despite her illness, she was determined to work and the producers would allow her to work and have time off to rest. “It was very very sad” Marla said of Zara’s illness. “We loved Mother Jefferson.” Actress Belinda Tolbert who played Jenny Willis-Jefferson spoke on how the cast and crew was prepared for their co-star’s future passing and transition. “We had preparations” Tolbert said. The producers decided to have Florence’s character become a regular and Marla spoke about one of her favorite episodes: “Florence In Love” the episode where she invited a man who she was dating to spend the night at the Jefferson’s home due to the rainy weather and him living in the Bronx without asking their permission. She and George had words and not only did she quit, she later learned the guy she was sating was married with kids. She goes to the Willis and when Tom convinces George to rehire her, he does, but one condition: she had to act like a real maid. Florence honored his request. She called him Massa Jefferson and even took it a step further by wearing a many uniform and wanted to shine his shoes and when he got mad she cried I’m sorry Massa. Marla wasn’t the only who with comedy skills. Many of the cast and producers revealed that Isabel was also a natural comic as well. “Isabeal was a natural comedy. She could have been Florence” Gibbs said of her co-star’s gifts. “Isabel was nothing like Louise” Belinda added. “She asked to be The Queen.” Television host Tanya Hart spoke on Louise’s character and how she loved George but would stand up to him and (with the exception of Florence and Helen) wouldn’t allow anybody to insult him. “Louise would play the good cop and bad cop” Hart said. Producers also spoke about Hemsley’s famous walk and strut. In a interview clip that was placed in the documentary, Sherman spoke about how he added it during the opening scene and did it for comedy. Many from his Philadelphia hometown would do the strut with pride. Producers and cast also spoke about how he was a nice, but private and shy person off camera. “In real life Sherman was real shy. He more wanted to hear what you had to say” publicist Kathleen Forris said. Around the mid late 1970’s the Disco era began to dominate pop culture and many television viewers wanted an escape. “Black was out of vogue. It would be another 10 years before Black to become vogue again” historian Littleton said. Another issue the cast was having was the network constantly switching the timeslots for the show. Frustrated, Marla used her sassiness to get the producers and executives to stop playing switcheroo with the show. “If you would stop moving us and let people find us, then we would be fine.” Lear came to his senses and managed to have the show air after “60 Minutes” and the show gain greater success and views. Peaking at # 1 and staying in the top 5 for several seasons. Also adding to the success was the hiring of young Black Producers and writers who came up with creative ways to have the show keep up with the times while interjecting social issues in the storylines. One of them was when George joins Tom and their neighbor Mr. Bentley (played by Paul Benedict) for a neighbor which they believe is a regular tenant meeting, but they especially George is shocked to learn that it’s actually a meeting with the Klu Klux Klan. As usual George had words for the Klan leader who suffered a major heart attack and George saved his life. Instead of the bigot being grateful, he told his son he should have let him died. “Sherman gave him mouth to mouth resusitaction. The head said he should have let him died, (but) the son changed.” The writers also showed George’s character being more mellow and tolerant towards White people. On May 7, 1985, CBS aired it’s last episode and while many were looking forward to the next episode, the fans and the cast was shocked to learn that the network decided to cancel the series through the media. The cast and fans were and still are upset at the network for not giving the show a closing episode. Especially Isabel who was the 1st African-American Actress to win an Emmy for her role on the show. “Isabel was upset about that til the day she died” Marla said about her friend’s feelings about the network lack of respect for the cast. Many of the cast members starred in movies, television and their own series, but sadly a decade after the show was canceled, many of the cast members begin to pass away, staring with Roxie who died from breast cancer in 1995. Her onscreen husband Cover died in 2006 from pneumonia. Benedict died 2 years later from unknown causes. Mike Evans who was begged to return to the show in 1979 died from throat cancer in 2005.  Isabel died from natural causes a few weeks after she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004 and most recently Ned Wertimer who played Ralph The Doorman died from injuries that he suffered after falling in his home. A year prior to his death, Sherman died from lung issues and what was sad about his passing was him dying with a network of only 50,000 dollars.

I was glad that TV One chose to do a documentary on The Jeffersons, but I also feel that the show isn’t unsung because not only was it groundbreaking, it lasted for 11 seasons. As for the documentary as a whole, they were many factors that the episode failed to mention. Jenny being a bi-racial lady. The documentary should have addressed that along with featuring interview clips from Roxie, Franklin, Paul and Ned. The documentary also failed to speak about Paul’s and Ned’s characters who fans loved and still love and they didn’t even mention about Lionel and Jenny becoming parents. Also missing was the mentioning of the cast reuniting to play version of the show which did well in the box office and earned them a new generation of fans. Isabel starring in her short-lived sitcom “Isabel’s Hollywood Hotel” should have been briefly mentioned and since the documentary mentioned about how the cast met with rappers at a summit, Nelly sampling The Jefferson’s theme song for his single “Batter Up” with Sherman making an appearance in the video would have made sense to be included. I would have also love for the rest of the surviving cast members Damon Evans, Andrew Ruby, Jay Hammer and Eboni Smith to speak about the show.

I’m a huge fan of The Jeffersons and while it’s sad that they never got their closing episode they rightfully deserve, I’m glad to know that the show made an impact on television and is continuing to inspire people to dream big and they can live the high life. Hopefully TV One can have more detailed documentaries in the future.

This review is dedicated to the legacies and memories of Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Zara Cully, Mike Evans, Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover, Paul Benedict and Ned Wertimer.


Good Afternoon to all. As you already know, Da-Professor’s Lounge is an online radio podcast that plays the hottest jams from the past 5 decades and this week’s episode will feature an interview with R&B Singer/Songwriter/Chef Adina Howard as well as celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Pulse slayings. The episode will feature Howard speaking about her career, musical influences, working with Tyson Beckford and releasing her latest album on her own independent record label. Da-Professor will be featuring a song from her latest album Reseruction. Da-Professor will also be honoring those who survived and lost their lives in club Pulse last year by playing songs by many LGBT artists and allies.

Da-Professor’s Lounge will air this evening on at 8PM and at 10 PM on


On behalf of Da-Professor’s Lounge, I Ra Shawn Da-Professor, host of Da-Professor’s Lounge wishes everybody a Happy New Year. Since I’ve launched my podcast nearly 3 years ago, I’ve been grateful for the support, love, encouragement and inspiration. Well I decided to have an official year end count down, which consists of several different categories of music. It’s a way to show my appreciation for many artist who continue to inspire me and to give them support. It also shows their fans how much they’re love and supported.

Da-Professor’s Lounge’s # 1 song of 2016

Jody Watley-Dancer.

The count down

  1. Jody Watley-Dancer
  2. Shalamar Reloaded-O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L.
  3. Chris Bender-Who Will I Chose
  4. The AlliYance-Cake
  5. 5.Tito Jackson-Get It Baby
  6. Shorty Roc-Feels Good
  7. Regina Belle-You Know How To Love Me
  8. Janet Jackson-Dammn Baby
  9. New Edition-This One’s For Me & U
  10. Prince-Let’s Go Crazy
  11. Natalie Cole-Snowfall On The Shara
  12. A Tribe Called Quest-Black Sm
  13. Earth Wind & Fire-Spend The Night
  14. The Whispers Toast To The Ladies
  15. Anthony Antoine-If
  16. B. Slade-Conversation
  17. Bell-Biv-DeVoe-Run
  18. Brown Baw-Afrikan Girl
  19. Tevin Campbell-Safer on The Ground
  20. Chris Rob-Special Lady
  21. Wordz-The-Poet-Emcee-Use It
  22. Chaka Khan, Mark Stevens & Taka Boom-House of Love
  23. Shelia E-Girl Meets Boy
  24. Jason Duvall Hunter-Ignore
  25. Rhianna and Drake-Work

Da-Professor’s Lounge’s favorite collabos

  1. The AlliYance and Kaoz-I know (U Still Love Me)
  2. Roger Ortega and L*A*W-She’s Breakin’ Necks
  3. Tito Jackson & Big Daddy Kane-Get It Baby
  4. Pretty Boy Rich with I.K.P. & Billy Hood-Little Drummer Boy
  5. Full Circle-Shorty Roc with Kaoz & Booder
  6. Barbra Streisand & Jamie Foxx-Climb Every Mountain
  7. Keith Sweat & Dru Hill-Missing You Like Crazy
  8. Chaka Khan, Mark Stevens & Taka Boom-House of Love
  9. Ricky Jarman & Harmonix-Lucky
  10. Fat Joe & Remy Ma-All The Way Up
  11. Rhianna & Drake-Work
  12. A Tribe Called Quest & Kendrick Lamar-Conrad Tokyo
  13. Aretha Franklin & George Michael-I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
  14. Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole-Unforgettable
  15. Keith Sweat & Silk-Tonight
  16. Snoop Dogg & Shirley Ceasar With Battlecat-U Name It
  17. Latresse Bush & Noel Gourdin-Because of You
  18. T.I. & Marsha Ambroisus-Dope
  19. Tina Turner & David Bowie-Tonite (Live)
  20. Earth Wind & Fire With The Emotions-Boogie Wonderland

Da-Professor’s Lounge’s Favorite Videos of 2016

  1. Shalamar Reloaded-The Mood
  2. Hi-Five-Kit Kat
  3. The AlliYance-Cake (The double feature version)
  4. I.K.P. You Know The Drill
  5. Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole-Unforgettable
  6. Dave-Picture Me
  7. Janet-Dammn Baby
  8. Shalamar Reloaded-O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L.
  9. The AlliYance-Sugar Water Phone Tap
  10. New Edition-This One’s For Me & U
  11. Shelia E-Girl Meets Boy
  12. Shorty Roc-Feels Good
  13. The AlliYance-Voices
  14. George Michael-Freedom
  15. Earth Wind & Fire-Spend The Night
  16. Chaka Khan, Mark Stevens & Taka Book-House of Love
  17. Rhianna & Drake-Work
  18. Prince-The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
  19. Dante Hawkins-Nation Is One
  20. Bry’nt & Esquire-Las Vegas
  21. Ja Pan Nation-Official
  22. Vedo-In My Feelings


  1. Shalamar Reloaded-The Mood
  2. Hi-Five-Kit Kat
  3. Chris Bender-Pouring Like Rain
  4. New Edition-This One’s For Me & U
  5. SWV-M.C.E. Man Crush Everyday
  6. Silk-Quiet Storm
  7. Keith Sweat-Good Love
  8. Shelia E-Girl Meets Boy
  9. Billy Paul-Me and Mrs. Jones
  10. Damage-After The Love Has Gone


  1. L*A*W
  2. Chris Rob
  3. The Jacksons
  4. Vashawn Mitchell
  5. Shorty Roc
  6. The AlliYance
  7. Tony Banks
  8. Shalamar Reloaded
  9. Dru Hill
  10. SWV



  1. Melissa Etheridge-Pulse
  2. Dave-Picture Me
  3. Vashawn Mitchell-Brand New
  4. Dante Hawkins-Nation Is One


  1. Moonlight
  2. Love Under New Management The Mikki Howard Movie
  3. Surviving Compton, Dre, Suge & Michelle
  4. Bad Dad Rehab
  5. Color Me White


Tito Jackson


1.Hi-Five-Kit Kat

2. Shalamar Reloaded-The Mood

3. New Edition-This One’s For Me & U

4. Vedo-In My Feelings


  1. Bobby Brown-Every Little Step
  2. Ruth Pointer-Still So Excited
  3. Taleon Geoffrey-Infamous
  4. Darryl DMC McDaniels-Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide


1.Regina Belle’s rendition of Phyllis Hyman’s You Know How To Love Me

2. Khalif’s rendition of Prince’s I Would Die 4 U


Tevin Campbell. Tevin released his single Safe On Ground last spring. It was his 1s single since 1999.


1.Shelia E clap back at Linda Perry for saying that she, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham and The Time wasn’t relevant enough to perform a tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Awards. Producer/Songwriter Linda Perry had appeared on The Talk and the topic was Madonna being the only performer paying homage the iconic musician who had died a few weeks prior. The panel and hosts of the show was saying that the tribute should have included Shelia E, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham and The Time who worked with Prince and were his friends. Perry, who became really became a house hold name after Rock/Soul Singer/Songwriter Pink recruited her to produce her 2nd album said that the Billboard Award show was about numbers and rating and being that Madonna was still recording and touring she was relevant and that while the musicians who many felt needed to be included wasn’t relevant. The crowd booed her ass for that ignorant comment and blasted her all over the internet. Well Shelia E took action herself. A few days later, the Grammy nominated musician performed a concert and right before she finished her show, she took a break and read a speech addressing her ignorant comment and the industry’s focus on money.

This speech is copied from her Facebook page

“On Behalf of musicians, artists, creators, performers and anyone aspiring to be one of those, YOU ARE RELEVANT! It was exactly that type of attitude and comment, recently conveyed on a talk show by a misinformed guest, that Prince, Paisley Park and those who have been an extension of, continually fought, and still fight, against. The creations and the creators, contrary to fleeting popularity or fame, is what breathes life into art. The lack of understanding, and myopic view of dollars over sense is what perpetuates the ignorance that continually works against the artist, and the industry.

I am offended! #RELEVANT

After reading her speech, Sheila also added “I’m offended and as an artist, I’m gonna show you what that really means.” Shelia performed a hot drum solo with her band joining in and got a standing ovation. The icing on the cake was when the BET Awards asked her to perform a tribute to her late friend and finance Prince and Sheila represented. Not only did she perform songs they performed together in concert, she also brought Prince’s 1st wife Mayte onstage along with original and former Time member Jerome Benton and received a standing ovation and lots of love on the internet with many saying this is how you honor Prince. Fans even made a photo shop of Shelia with the caption saying Still Relevant Bitches!!

I’m glad that Shelia E addressed Sara Gilbert’s wife in a talented and classy way. Perry who hadn’t written and produced a hit in over a decade was wrong for saying that Sheila E, who is still performing and recording isn’t relevant. It seems like she wanted to become relevant by appearing on her wife’s television show and by throwing shade at talented icons who were out way before the world learned of her existence. Well her plan backfired, because not only did she get booed, she lost a whole lot of respect by many music lovers. Especially many in the LGBT community who are huge fans of Prince, Sheila E, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham, and The Time. In fact many in the community dubbed Shelia and Chaka Gay Icons for them embracing the community. Shelia E showed Linda and the world that you don’t have to be constantly in the media to be relevant. Shelia is still the most sought after female musician in the world. She dropped her solo album Icon in 2014 and released many hits including Mona Lisa and Fiesta with B. Slade, which both still get spins on radio. Shelia also performs with her father and brothers in California while traveling the world as a solo artist performing to packed and sold out shows. Sheila also dropped her memoirs in 2014 which became a best seller. Last year she reminded the fans, musicians and those who are creating arts that they are always relevant. Sheila E has my support.

2. Jody Watley clap back at TV and Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniels for claiming she messed up the classic line-up’s reunion in 1996. Miss Jody wrote a blog about what really what happened during the time that Babyface had asked the trio to reunite and join LL Cool J for a remake of Shalamar’s classic This Is For The Lover In You in 1996. A video was shot and Howard and Jeffrey spoke about the video and claimed that Jody didn’t want to work with them forcing Hype Williams to shoot her seen separately. Miss Jody revealed that she was flying in from Japan when the video was being filmed and by the time she had arrived on the location where the video was shot, Jeffrey and Howard had finished shooting their scenes. Miss Jody also revealed that Hype had informed the trio that he was going to shoot them on a green scene prior to shooting. She also revealed that when it came time for them to perform on the U.K. show Tops of the Pops (which Unsung didn’t mention in Shalamar’s 2009 documentary along with them not having the group’s original lead singer Gerald Brown appear), Howard and Jeffrey didn’t want to rehearse and work with a choregrapher and that Babyface wanted to record and produce a Shalamar reunion album which didn’t happen due to Howard wanting to get more money than Jody and Jeffrey who are the original members of the group.  It seems like many are still mad at Miss Jody for leaving the group and pursuing a fruitful successful solo career and for gaining ownership of the Shalamar trademark after Howard, Jeffrey and Carolyn Griffey-Baldwin, Dick Griffey’s stepdaughter had been using photographs of the classic line-up and putting her name under Miss Jody’s picture. Miss Jody’s version of Shalamar Reloaded has been doing well. Selling out shows around the world while their singles O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L. and The Mood has been getting lots of love from fans as well as spins on internet radio.

I’m glad that Miss Jody spoke the truth about what happened and to end the lies that makes her look like she’s the evil person when in reality she went all out to work with her former band-mates who still wanna be an golden oldie act. Miss Jody even went as far to have them shine when she was asked to be the surprise closing act for the 2014 BET Awards by performing her hits and having Jeffrey and Howard join her for a medley. Miss Jody decided to have the classic line-up perform as Shalamar while having each of the members perform solos but it didn’t happen due to Howard, his ego, management trying to take over. (Miss Jody has bumped into Howard many times and when she sees him she’s very cordial. She even took pictures with him and sees him as a former collegue and has no hate towards him) Her motto is tell the real story and enough of the lies.Miss Jody has class and continues to receive love and support from her fans and online radio shows and bloggers who love her voice, looks, style of fashion, her outgoing and down to earth personality and humility. She still continues to support and embrace the LGBT Community by performing at Pride Events around the world. Miss Jody is and will always be a class act. She along with Nate, Rosero and Gerald Brown Shalamar’s original lead singer has my support and I will be copping their album “Bridges” when it drops this year.

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I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the terrorist attacks occurred destroying New York City’s World Trade Center where many lost their lives while many died from the effects of the dust the filled the air around the area.

I was living with my mom and sister at the time and that morning I had woke to begin my day. I went to vote, then headed on the train to Times Square to connect with the Q train to take me to Brooklyn where I was attending Brooklyn College. The day seemed to be going well until I reached the platform to catch the Q train and I noticed that the train was entering the station at a slow pace. Slower than usual. As soon as the train had pulled into the station, the conductor made it’s usual announcement and as soon as I took my seat the train still continued to stay in the station. I assumed that we were being held into the station due to delays by the N train which had crossed in front of us a few minutes prior to the Q train’s arrival. The conductor had made an announcement that due to signal problems the train was going to be held in the station. During that time construction was being done on the left side of the Manhattan Bridge where the B and D train crossed which was the reason why transit decided to add an addition Q Express to allow passengers to who used the Brighton Beach line to get to and from Manhattan as well as connect with he B and D trains which was being terminated at 34 Street. A few minutes later the conductor made a shocking and sad announcement. “Passengers, due to an explosion at the World Trade Center, this train is out of service. I’m sorry for the inconveience.” I was shocked. Did he say that there was an explosion at the World Trade Center I asked myself. The conductor made the same announcement and I rushed to return home. As I made my way to catch the 3 train, I saw many passengers rushing to the pay phones to call their bosses to inform them that they wouldn’t be attending work due to the announcement. Once I arrived on the platform, I had missed the train and from my experience riding the 7th Avenue Subway line, I knew that the uptown bound trains was going be crowded, so I decided to take another route home, but as soon as got to 59 Street, I learned that subway service was canceled and I had to take the bus home. After leaving the subway, I saw a mob of people waiting for the bus to take them uptown and while we waited 2 buses passed by including one without passengers refusing to stop despite cops waving for them to stop for us. It seem like the bus drivers wanted to get home to their loved ones too. (They could have stopped being that it was only between 10 and 16 of us waiting). Many passengers had asked the cops and transit workers was the buses still running and I’m not sure if what was said, but I believed that there was mixed answers about delays and a shortage of buses running. I decided to walk home. ( I actually had no choice but to walk home). My focus was on getting home and I had no idea how tired I was until I saw the arrival of the 8th Avenue bus arriving at 113 Street. I hoped on that bus with the quickness and though I had to stand I was relived to get a ride. The ride was a short one. As soon as we got around 120 Street the bus driver had informed us that we had to get off because she had to return down town to pick up additional passengers. As I waked towards the front of the bus, there was a Black Senior Citizen who had plopped in the seat gasping for air. The Black female bus driver had screamed at her to get off. When the senior tried to explain to her that she wasn’t feeling well and she need to rest for a minute, the bus driver had the nerve to scream at her “YOU HAVE TO GET OFF!! I HAVE TO TAKE THE BUS BACK DOWNTOWN!! YOU GOTTA GET OFF!!” Many of the reminder passengers were beyond pissed at the driver for being disrespectful to the senior citizen. A few even confronted the driver telling her that she didn’t have to be respectful to the lady and that she could have helped her off. (I know those passengers wanted to curse the driver out).  After walking a few more blocks, another bus arrived and I made sure my ass got on that bus due to me becoming fatiqued, and while this bus was just a crowded, the driver a Black Male kept us informed with his route and as soon as get near my stop, he informed the passengers that he was going to the Bronx and  for those who wasn’t going to the Bronx this was the last change for the passengers to get off. Half of the passengers got off while many who hopped on.

As soon as I arrived home, my mother had asked me was I alright and how did I get home. I told her and that’s when I learned that there wasn’t an explosion at the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers were destroyed. I watched the news and I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears!!  I had many emotions that ran through my mind. How did this happen? Why did this happen? I attended an event there. I copped MJ’s Moonwalk autobiography from a book store there. I dropped my book bag on the floor and began to call my friends to see if they were ok. A few of them were home safe. A few friends I had trouble reaching. One of my late friends had told me that our friend who witness the second tower being attacked had fleed to his home where he allowed her to stay until she was able to return home that evening. Both had to walk back to Brooklyn while one was able to catch a gypsy van home. As I watched the news and later learned about the attacks, I got angry. How dare some jackasses high jack a plane for hatred I said to myself. My anger increased when I spoke to one of my best friends who happens to be an Indian from the Caribbean who informed me that people was calling him a terrorist and wanted to attack him. I also spoke to one of my friends who informed me that she saw many Arabs near her mother’s home making fun of what happened and putting down Americans saying they got what they deserve and if my memory is clear, some even tried to attack. Their ignorant remarks resulted by them getting American Ass kicking and whippings by the Americans. I was more pissed!! My best friend didn’t have the right to be judged and put in a box because of his race while the Arabs who were living in America had no business making fun of innocent people losing their lives. (I don’t condone violence and I don’t judge or put people in boxes, but those who attack with their hands deserve to get smacked back).

The following day I was feeling physically ill so I went to the doctor and I was told that I was suffering from stress and an ear infection and advised to return home and get some rest which I did along with watching videos. The following days I returned to school and noticed that many passengers on the train were going about their day like nothing happened. The vibe that I got was that many were still pissed at what happened, but decided that they wasn’t going to allow what occurred to disrupt their lives and to dampen their spirits.  Many have said that the attacks helped them realize not to take life for granted and to be grateful to be alive. The attacks also helped many get connected and re-connected with God while many decided to live their lives and to not allow anyone or thing put limitations on them. In fact Out Rapper/Songwriter Kaoz who was in New York celebrating his birthday had told me that seeing the attacks had made him decide to become involve in activism which includes pursuing a career as a Openly Gay Rapper. He’s released several hit albums and singles including “Human” and other social conscious songs including a tribute to Trayvon Martin. He also works an a center which raises awareness for HIV.

How did it affect me? While it made me angry that innocent people were attack, it helped me see that I do have inner strength and having inner strength can help me overcome many things in life. I’m still taking time to realize that. I did however did have riding a certain subway route and whenever I would have to take that route (especially when the Q train wasn’t going on it’s normal route due to construction) I would listen to music, close my eyes and meditate as we traveled through the tunnel. As I mentioned earlier I was on the train when the announcement about the Twin Towers being destroyed were made and being that the train was underground it did caused me to have anxiety attacks.

During the time, many organizations were raising funds for the survivors and victim’s families to survive and while many wanted to give funds to those who worked in the corporate divisions and offices, many were saying that funds needed to be raised for the families of the janitors and those who worked at the book stores and fast food stands.

Another thing that effected me about the terrorist attacks was learning that Legendary Singer/Songwriter Donna Summer had died from non-smoking related lung cancer nearly a decade after 911. She and her husband Bruce Sudano were living near the Twin Towers at the time where she was working on a musical about her life, and like many, the dust. debree had caused many to become ill and Donna was diagnosed 10 months before she died in May 2012.

While a new set of Twin Towers have been re-built, I still have Reflections of the times that I attended the World Trade Center to attend 2 events with the mentoring program I was a part of in high school as well as copping Michael Jackson’s original copy of his memoirs “Moonwalk.”  While the attacks were tragic and many lives were affected and lost, there are many who refuse to allow the hate of others to dampen their spirits. Myself included. I take life one day and step at a time and I’m glad that I’m still alive and continue to life live.


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This post is dedicated to all of the New Yorkers around the world. This blog is also dedicated to Rapper Kaoz who was born on 911. This post is also dedicated the survivors and families of those who lost their lives including Donna Summer.