Old School Video of The Week: Portrait -“Here We Go Again!”

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Portrait

The year was 1992, when the group Portrait released their single, “Here We Go Again!” off their debut album, entitled Portrait. The New Jack Swing era was still alive, and Portrait represented the sound from a west-coast point of view. Portrait is coming out of Los Angeles, California inherited what other groups with the New Jack Swing sound contribute, with this danceable single.

Portrait would go on to release a total of 5 albums including a greatest hits package, but the single “Here We Go” would be the track, that would continue to be on my 90’s playlist.

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: Stevie Nicks – “Stand Back”

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Stevie Nicks

The year was 1983 when Stevie Nicks released “Stand Back” off her album entitled The Wild Heart. Nicks’ signature raspy voice contributed to a sound that would be a catalyst to Fleetwood Mac’s success during their time before she embarked on a successful solo career in the 80’s.

What makes “Stand Back” such a gem is that the late Prince contributed with production, which made “Stand Back” become not only a major hit for Nicks but added proof that whatever Prince touched, whether an addition of a synthesiser or songwriting, it turns to gold.

-Ms Scripter
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More Pieces of My Musical Childhood Is Gone: I love You Prince

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“Like Books and Black lives, albums still matter.”-Prince

 

When I heard about Prince’s death, all I could do was go back and time and reminisce immediately and try to minimize my sadness to no avail. I cried, just like I did when I found out another musical genius in Michael passed away. There was no shame to be displayed or pride. I will say the day I heard Prince left us in the physical would have a lasting effect on me that could easily be explained. Prince was part of my musical childhood, and when any parts of that leave you, it becomes a permanent void that will never be re-filled.

My first recollection of Prince was during the 1984 airing of the music video of “When Doves Cry”. Of course, Prince would have had a little history of obtaining hits with four previously released albums in the 70’s, and early 80’s before the classic Purple Rain album would enter my world. After watching Prince rise out of a bathtub onto the floor looking like a seductive slithering cocoa buttered human Python, I wanted to emulate his every move, which would eventually get me scolded. When Prince made another famous move in the video “Let’s Get Crazy”, where both of his hands rotated over his face and body in quick sexual enhanced succession, while occasionally sticking out his tongue – I decided to try that move. Let’s just say, that seductive move by a fourth-grader at the time didn’t bond well with my mother.

Prince was able to create an artistic history of punk, rock, pop, songwriting, showcase entrepreneurship, philanthropy and empowered people with an emphasis on women in decades worth of his life work. Not many artists in our lifetime can showcase such qualities and maintain imagery that was seductively appealing and full of eccentricity that added to one’s overall sex appeal like Prince. With all that Prince gave to us, he was still an enigma and private to the core, which I respected him even more for that ability to keep his personal life, private.

I don’t think I will ever see a man who is barely over 5’2, wearing high heels, bell bottoms, lace, the color purple and a perm and now an afro destroy the notion what masculinity should resemble. Prince was comfortable in his skin and didn’t care what anyone thought of him for it. What’s also worth noting, Prince appeared to have such sheer confidence, and that was clearly evident when he wanted to give us a glimpse of his bird chest and baby chest hairs. Prince was the embodiment on imagery that was rarely seen in such a sexually enhanced way, during his mainstream explosion in the 80’s. Prince sex appeal in the present has been consistent, without a doubt one of many added attributes to his persona.

Besides Prince’s stellar musical catalog, he penned and produced so many hits for people, notably women. As I went through his writing credits, the majority of them were for women and propelling them into their lane where they shined, by the guidance of Prince’s talent. Sinead O’Conner might have never been known on a mainstream level if it wasn’t for Prince’s pen for O’Conner’s successful single, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Sheila E can thank Prince’s influence and fingerprints on production and writing on Shelia’s track, “The Glamorous Life.” The protégés like Moris Day and The Time that Prince was able to create and guide were astounding.

Then I thought about the tracks and production that Prince did for other women, that many people weren’t knowledgeable about, and it was profound. Chaka Khan received Prince’s genius pen in the song, “I Feel For You”, Stevie Nicks received the same treatment from one of my favorite songs in her catalog in “Stand Back.” Madonna, Alicia Keys, The Bangles, Vanity, Patti La Belle, Cyndi Lauper also received Prince’s golden touch. Until recently, I realized Prince led a helping had on TLC’s classic Crazy, Sexy, Cool album with the lyrics to “If I Was Your Girlfriend”, in which the group would cover. Prince appears to have had a hand in a lot of the ladies’ musical career that I mentioned and many more, which made him even more special to me.

Prince also was a rebel and fought against record companies to ensure that he had his masters back, and empowered all artists that if one created the work, they should be allowed to own their work and not the corporate giants. Prince had to change his name at one time to “the artist formerly known as Prince” and just go with a symbol because Warner Bros wanted to keep everything that he created down to his name that his mother gave him. The day Prince wrote slave on his cheek, made me understand the importance of ownership. Prince also led the way, for future artists to obtain their masters and have more creative control of their work that they created. One can see Prince in this juncture left a residual effect, that other artist like Beyonce, Drake, Rhianna, etc. are starting to inherit their masters, or come out with music in their independent way.

Regarding philanthropy, according to Vance Jones (Prince’s close friend), who was interviewed on CNN, Prince was the prince of the word philanthropy. There were so many projects and humanitarian efforts that were made by Prince that he didn’t want the public to know about when he was alive. Until recently, Jones stated one is going to hear all of the humanitarian efforts Prince has made in his lifetime that will surprise many people.

It has also been revealed that Prince was consistently shy, but had a great and witty sense of humor. Those that were close to Prince had stated if he wasn’t a musician he could have easily been a comedian and would have been a good one. If one were to evaluate and combine all of Prince’s  attributes, one would realize the uniqueness he displayed made him out to be one in a million and more than likely unable to be duplicated in my lifetime.

As far as Prince’s music goes, I think this is one of the last of an artist who can write, dance, produce, play an array of instruments and display such musical talent that it has become almost extinct in artists today. Not many people can wear many hats as Prince has demonstrated over the decades. There is still Prince music that I have yet to devour in because Prince has created such a massive body of work. From albums that started in 1978 to 2015 and we aren’t counting his posthumous work that we have yet to hear as of yet. I know I will be shifting through Prince’s musical genius for decades. Prince arrived in an era that was heavily saturated with talent. Prince had to compete against Michael, Madonna, Whitney, Janet, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, rock groups like The Police, Duran Duran and the rest of the British explosion. Prince left that decade in the 80’s and 90’s and came out and still maintain longevity and relevancy like a boss. That is unheard of in the present, where it appears only about two to three artists can shine together. Looking back now, most of my 80’s artists are no longer living, and it’s even shocking to other artist who came in the industry before them.

Prince was also unapologetically Black that he was so sneaky when it came down to social issues in his lyrics that some may have missed. Some were too busy dancing to Prince’s songs that they didn’t pay attention to his lyrics, as much. Prince wrote about the AIDS, crack, poverty and other social issues that was gripping a nation during a time where our government didn’t care to address the issue. Songs like “Pop Life”, “Alphabet St.”, “Sign o’ The Times”, etc. addressed many social issues. Tracks that highlighted Prince’s raunchy side were songs like “Delirious” “Kiss”, etc. but showcased his true romantic side in songs like “The Most Beautiful Girl in The World”, and “Adore” among others.  Prince was the embodiment of a revolutionary and groundbreaking artist.

Even though Prince is no longer here in the physical, and the work Prince left behind has been extraordinary and will continue to inspire. We all have an inkling to Prince’s work ethic, and I’m excited and sad at the same time. The future without a new Prince record will never happen, and I look forward to not only his memoir that he was working on before his untimely passing, but the music in his private vault, which he admitted during an interview on The View that will be released. Prince went on to say in that interview, more than likely it will not be released by him. I’m sure Prince’s new music would cause us to “let’s get crazy” again, nevertheless.

I told a friend of mine, the day I can slowly get out of a bathtub, crawl on the floor butt ass naked that is laced with rose petals – will be the day I finally would say that I have arrived and have fully paid homage to a man that dared to be different, and left us with an immaculate legacy.

Rest in peace, Prince you will always be loved.

Mrs. Scripter

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Rihanna Secures Her Future & Breaking Billboard Records Along The Way

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Rihanna attends the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna AW16 Collection during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at 23 Wall Street on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for FENTY PUMA)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Rihanna attends the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna AW16 Collection during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at 23 Wall Street on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for FENTY PUMA)

NEW YORK – If one has watched television shows like Behind The Music, E! True Hollywood Story, Unsung, etc. sometimes the profiled entertainers have endings where they are in financial ruins. We hear that often about the artist with an emphasis on music performers claiming their record companies, accountants, lawyers or business managers set up their financial contracts in a way that they are left broke.

I have often said there is no reason in the present, why musical artists should be signing bad contracts and not control their financial future by obtaining some of their masters. Better yet, current artists should have the power to work out a deal where they would be financially set, even after the hits stop coming in for them. Continuous lines of financial revenue should always be on the back of an artist mind and thinking about their future should be a top priority. In all honesty, if one isn’t in the entertainment business thinking about one’s financial future should also be important regardless.

An array of artists, for example out of Motown, who have penned and perform hits, but acknowledge they didn’t receive the monetary rewards they deserved before and after their careers. Unless their names were Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder or Berry Gordy, just to name a slim few, they were probably broke toward the end of their lives.

Maybe Rihanna has heard a lot of these stories, about those who either died broke or are currently having a financial crisis of their own, and she decided to take reign of her future:

Over the past two years, Rihanna has definitely been all about her business. After fulfilling her contract with Def Jam, she created her own imprint, Westbury Road Entertainment, on Universal’s Roc Nation label. In a bold move, she then acquired the masters of all her previous albums and made a reported $25 million promotional deal with Samsung.

I don’t blame Rihanna for ensuring that she won’t be in the next Behind The Music or Unsung discussing how she was ripped off. Who knows, we could be watching a commercial ten years from now, that features a Rihanna song and have a feeling that royalties would automatically fall into her hands every time it airs, thanks to her current boss move.

To top it off Rihanna has bypassed a lot of my favorite artists, regarding number one hits. Rihanna has already eclipsed Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Madonna and slowly has her eye on Mariah Carey and Elvis Presley. Here is a list of Rihanna’s number one hits that has reached number one on the Billboard charts:

  1. “SOS” – 2006

  2. “Umbrella” – 2007

  3. “Take A Bow” – 2008

  4. “Disturbia” – 2008

  5. “Live Your Life” with T.I. – 2008

  6. “Rude Boy” – 2009

  7. “Love The Way You Lie” with Eminem – 2010

  8. “Only Girl (In The World)” – 2010

  9. “What’s My Name” with Drake – 2010

  10. “S&M” – 2010

  11. “We Found Love” – 2011

  12. “Diamonds” – 2012

  13. “Monster” with Eminem – 2013

  14. “Work” – 2016

Recording Industry Association of America presented Rihanna with two plaques: one certifying Anti’s platinum status, the other commemorating a benchmark she reached last July, when she became the first artist in history to reach 100 million downloads online.

I wasn’t remotely aware of the number one hits that Rihanna has accumulated in such a short span of her career. I was astonished she has bypassed even Queen Bee herself in Beyonce (Beehive don’t even dare come for me, numbers don’t lie). For having such a young career, not only is Rihanna continuing to break records, re-inventing herself visually, and artistically (I’m still lukewarm concerning the Anti album), she secured her future in the process. Fans alike should be looking forward to what she will bring next to the industry for years to come.

Rihanna has laid the groundwork for other artists to think long and hard about their future, and make business moves where different revenues of incomes continue to steam through, regardless if an artist is active in the industry or not. Rihanna can safely say; she is the boss of her life.

Dedicated to Duane Ricardo Greenidge (5/30/82-3/21/16), the biggest Rihanna fan I ever knew. Rest in peace.

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-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: Tony! Toni! Toné! – “It Never Rains”

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Tony! Toni! Toné!

The year was 1990, when Tony! Toni! Toné! released “It Never Rains (In Southern California)” off their platinum album The Revival. Lisa Bonet star of The Cosby Show and A Different World directed the music video. The Oakland trio captivated a wide-based audience with the use of a sound that also paid homage to the earlier funk and soul area, without sounding dated.

“It Never Rains (In Southern California)” reached #1 on the R&B billboard charts and also garner Raphael Saadiq great success as a solo artist and his work in another group called Lucy Pearl. Tony! Toni! Toné! who continued to display exceptional songwriting and self-production which was their signature, would ruled the R&B era of their time.

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week – New Edition: “My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet?)”

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New Edition My Secret

The year was 1984 when New Edition teamed up with some NBA players from the L.A. Lakers at the time for the video to “My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet?)”. The single was off of their second album self-entitled, New Edition. “My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet?” ended up at #100 on the Billboard charts with little fanfare, due to the four other hits, the group were able to manufacture previously.

New Edition would embark on an illustrious career that would bring them success as solo artists, and other groups that were created into adulthood. One would argumentatively be one best boy groups of the 80’s and 90’s.

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: David Bowie (Soul Train Performance) – “Golden Years”

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young/REX (100574d) David Bowie DAVID BOWIE AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - 1983

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young/REX (100574d)
David Bowie
DAVID BOWIE AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – 1983

The year was 1976 when the late David Bowie performed on Soul Train. Yes, David Bowie was on a show that demonstrated pure Black excellence. Bowie performed his successful single, “Golden Years” from his album entitled Station to Station.

Bowie at this time was losing some of his visual eccentricity and began wearing suits. Bowie wasn’t quite there yet, with the normalcy, but he was slowly evolving. Unfortunately, the performance was lip sync to epic proportions, but that was what a lot of artists were doing on shows like Soul Train. Either way, to see Bowie on one of the most soulful shows imaginable was a foreshadowing scene as to what he would do and say for Black artists that would come after him.

Bowie passed away of cancer on January 10, 2016, but before leaving this earth, he left a great legacy behind. Bowie was able to create 26 albums and starred in 22 films, and this doesn’t count to the countless songs he has penned for himself and others. Bowie’s legacy is nothing short of creative genius and learning how to transform himself enough to instill his relevancy was part of it. Bowie will be missed.

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: Cheryl Lynn – “Encore”

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Cheryl Lynn

The year was 1983 when Cheryl Lynn released the single, “Encore” off her album Preppie. The video has some racial overtones, so I wouldn’t take too much stock into the concept. Looking back at how the industry participates in this type of thing, I would bet Lynn wouldn’t even co-sign to the concept of this video.

“Encore” is the first hit number one hit, by producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “Encore” continues to be a song that when played (especially around the 40 and up group) gets the party going.

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: Kool & The Gang – “Take My Heart”

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Kool & the Gang

 

The year was 1981 when Kool & The Gang released the single, “Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want)” It)” from the album Something Special. James Taylor with his smooth lay back delivery enhanced the track. Kool & The Gang owned the entire late 70’s and 80’s, and the group’s talent has made them iconic in every sense of the word when it comes to R&B.

The single reached #1 on the US R&B Billboard charts.

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Old School Video of The Week: The Jacksons – “Blame It On The Boogie”

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The year was 1978 when the Jacksons released “Blame It On The Boogie”, off of their album Destiny. The video would be one of the first that featured the Jacksons, “Enjoy Yourself” would be the first. The video would jump start Michael Jackson’s innovated technique on how songs will coincide with music videos.

Today is the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, and it only reminds Michael fans how important his overall contributions to music have been. Also, some of one’s favorite current artists have relied heavily on a lot of the Michael Jackson blueprint in their careers, and that is what leaving a great legacy in the entertainment world is all about.

Rest in peace, Michael

-Ms Scripter

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