Eddie Murphy featuring Michael Jackson – “Whatzupwitu”

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The year was 1993, when Eddie Murphy released the single, “Whatzupwitu” off Murphy’s 4th studio album, entitled Love’s Alright. Let’s be honest, who took this song seriously, I know I didn’t. I was too busy cracking up at Murphy’s expression and his attempt at being serious as he sung the song with his frail and quite non-existent vocals. Well, the track may not have been a smash hit, but it was entertaining and Michael’s contribution stoled the song. Added the cheesy animation to the video, also added to its comedic value and was deemed one of the worst music videos on MTV during that time. Well, at least we can all look back and still laugh at this throwback, right?

 

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Wait A Minute, Some Are Still Dragging Mariah Carey?

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OPINION – It has been a few days since Mariah Carey’s dreadful performance during New Year’s Eve that left those who watched it horrified at how Carey’s vintage and accomplished voice appeared to be noticeably absent. Well, Carey’s camp is blaming technical problems that the show producers were allegedly aware of at the time. Carey’s camp also stated that ABC continued with the technical failures for ratings. Here is part of what Carey’s manager Stella Bulochnikov said:

“I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mike pack was not working and it was a disastrous production,” Ms. Bulochnikov told Us Weekly magazine on Sunday. “I’m certainly not calling the F.B.I. to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there, and they did not have their” act together.

Social media is having a field day and are still dragging Carey to hell and back for the mishap. I read Carey is now irrelevant and that her career is over and she needs to retire. Then I saw a meme (because that is what a lot of people on social media like to do nowadays). The person posted a picture of Mariah Carey, and Ariana Grande (who I am not a fan of due to her shady character issues) who’s powers were stolen by Grande, and now she reigns supreme.

I am going to be honest, I was never a fan of Carey as a person maybe because I always thought she was too much of a diva. I did enjoy her receipts, you know her music, which catalog spans a total of 18 number one hit songs, (which leads all current solo artists in the present) in case one lost count. Furthermore, she has over 200 million records sold nationwide, 5 Grammy awards, and other stellar accolades. Yes, I brought receipts to the party because by the looks of things folks forgot all about that tidbit because creating a dragging session without receipts is disingenuous to me.

Carey’s accomplishments, always seem to be diminished and ignored by social media when an artists make a mistake or do not perform like their receipts. Some of us never take that into consideration, before salivating at the mouth to demean artists when they slip up and not perform up to their past success. Some can’t wait to make fun of one’s failures, just for the sake of social media high fives (likes, re-tweets). Unwarranted dragging is the new age of social media, where no matter how much successful things one has accomplished, that is ignored when the lights are dimmed, and the clapping cease. Receipts are shredded or thrown in the trash like they never existed. Unless the artists are no longer here in the physical, then we see all the tributes and saying how they were the storybook of their lives when they were growing up, and how they will miss them.

After the horrific year, we had in 2016, with some of the great voices that have left us. Maybe we need to celebrate the living and their accomplishments, while they are still here instead of celebrating their failures with social media pitchforks, gathering friends and family to perform a dragging session as part of one own psychological way of feeling good about themselves when others fail.

I have participated in my share of dragging celebrities (hi Kim Burrell), but mostly it is to place a foot on their necks via social media for problematic things they say or do that is detrimental to my community. Some of us get off at dragging celebrities, rather than highlight their past accomplishments until they are no longer here. We love to do this, but I often wonder those who are dragging Mariah Carey have ever failed in life, who also have receipts of past accomplishments (resumes, degrees), but are fortunate because those who witness their failures aren’t millions of television watchers and social media pundits.

So, don’t worry Mariah; I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I got your back. I kept a copy of your receipts, for a rainy day, just in case folks forgot what you have done and not wait until you are no longer here to hear the applause. I like to celebrate those in the present, rather than wait until those who have transitioned; we should all try it sometimes and that goes for everyone, celebrity or not.

-Ms. Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: Samuelle – “So You Like What You See”

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The year was 1990 when former Club Nouveau member Samuelle released the single, “So You Like What You See,” off his debut and only album entitled, Living In Black Paradise.

“So You Like What You See” was even more popular in later years, and was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in 2004. Samuelle continues to perform with Club Nouveau.

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Old School Video of The Week: Yarbrough & Peoples “Don’t Stop The Music”

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The year was 1981 when Yarbrough & Peoples released a dance anthem of the early 80’s with the song, “Don’t Stop The Music”. I remember, being a little girl and this was often played every time the radio was on WBLS and KISS FM in New York City in the house. The Dallas duo, released “Don’t Stop The Music” off their album The Two of Us.

Yarbrough and Peoples will go on to release more singles off their The Two of Us album, but it wasn’t as successful as their top charting “Don’t Stop The Music”, which has stood the test of time. “Don’t Stop The Music” reached #1 on the R&B charts.

One can also catch up on what Yarbough and Peoples are doing now, and some of their historic activities during the 80’s with the latest Unsung episode here.

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: The Good Girls – “Your Sweetness”

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The year was 1989 when the group The Good Girls released the single “Your Sweetness” off of their All for Your Love album. The trio, consisted of Shireen Crutchfield, Joyce Tolbert and DeMonica Santiago.

The group was affectionately called the 90’s version of The Supremes, but that would be a false narrative. Sure the group had a major hit and some notable mentions, but I wouldn’t appoint them anywhere near The Supremes level of talent. The only thing The Good Girls had that was equivalent to The Supremes is that they once shared the same label, which was Motown records.

The group would officially disband, but if one is an 80’s to 90’s baby this group would be remembered for their talent, but the comparisons to the other legendary group did them a disservice at the end.

“Your Sweetness” reached number six, on the R&B Billboard charts.

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

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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.

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Old School Video of The Week: Soul II Soul – “Keep On Movin'”

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The year was 1989 when Soul II Soul released “Keep On Movin'”, which was performed by Caron Wheeler off the group’s album Club Classics Vol. One. “Keep On Movin'” was the most successful single, from the group that skyrocketed on the Billboard US R&B charts.

Written and produced by one of the most underrated producers of the 90’s in Jazzie B, made this group one of the most memorable of the era. Jazzie B, who was born and raised in London, was able to cross successfully over into the States by having created a sound that was enthusiastically embraced. Furthermore, Jazzie B would go on to produce for artists and groups like Public Enemy, Maxi Priest, Nas and the late Teena Marie, just to name a few.

The summer of 89′ has been forever embedded in my mind when this song was released. It brings back memories, of when I didn’t have to be concerned about adult situations, but just having fun growing up in Brooklyn. “Keep on Movin'” was one of the summer anthems of that year, and it will always be one of my favorites from the group.

-Ms Scripter

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

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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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Nothing Hot About Drake’s “Hotline Bling” Video

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OPINION- Drake finally released his most anticipated video to one of his biggest hits of his career in “Hotline Bling”. From what I can tell, he should have left it on the cutting room floor. I wasted 5 minutes, watching Drake move around like a rhythmless fool, trying his best to show how cool he is. I was too busy trying to figure out if he was trolling me or is that the way he dances in real life.

The video lacked a real story line to support the booty call message of the song, (except the opening of the ladies on a phone sex hotline). Of course,  Drake had a video vixen or two dancing, (they probably had more rhythm than Drake’s entire ancestry tree from the looks of things).  I was done, when Drake wanted his fans to be aware that he can do the Cha-Cha [pause]. I was astonished that Drake would sign off on such a mediocre video. Maybe this gives Meek Mill motivation to finally come up with a diss record that addresses, Drake’s lack of rhythm. I do wonder if they had the air conditioner on blast on the set, while Drake was rocking his coats and sweater, like it was winter. I felt like Drake was channeling Kanye in some fashion with the dancing, but hey at least he tried right? Just don’t do that again; stay in your lane hun.

You be the judge yourself, but just remember before you hit play you will never get that 5 minutes of your life back. Too bad, Drake blew an opportunity to have a great video to market his hit record even more. “Hot Bling” has stalled at #2 for two straight weeks, and with this lackadaisical video, it may stay there.  Hopefully Drake can still cruise to number one, but this disappointment of the artistic imagery of the video, may dictate otherwise…

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Old School Video of The Week: Candi Staton – “Young Hearts Run Free”

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The year was 1976 when Candi Staton released the single “Young Hearts Run Free” off of her album with the same title. “Young Hearts Run Free” was about an abusive relationship that Stanton was in, which she discussed with producer David Crawford, who would later pen the lyrics to Staton’s hit song.”Young Hearts Run Free” debuted number one on the R&B charts.

Staton is still making music and has an album out now entitled Life Happens, which is available on Amazon.

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