THE BATTLE OF UPTOWN: MARY J BLIGE vs JODECI

This was originally posted to #MusicSermon’s Patreon during the 90s R&B #MarchMadness, where the two acts that changed the face of R&B and ushered in the Hip Hop Soul music era faced each other for the championship (Spoiler alert: Mary won). Let’s take a look at two of Uptown’s finest pound for pound. THE WARM UP:Continue reading “THE BATTLE OF UPTOWN: MARY J BLIGE vs JODECI”

THE NEW (JACK SWING) TESTAMENT

It recently came to my attention that there had not yet been a sermon specifically on New Jack Swing. Granted, #MusicSermon began with a thread about how we danced hard AF in the 90s. While that much of that was centered around New Jack Swing, it wasn’t all New Jack Swing. Then we went throughContinue reading “THE NEW (JACK SWING) TESTAMENT”

WHEN OLD THINGS BECOME NEW: NEO SOUL

EXPERIENCE THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS SERMON VIA TWITTER We all know by now (I hope) that #MusicSermon is a B2K (before 2000)-centered ministry. However, I promised that at some point I would heavily relax those restrictions for a specific sermon topic, and I believe the time has come. The word says that old things areContinue reading “WHEN OLD THINGS BECOME NEW: NEO SOUL”

ALL HAIL THE QUEENS

Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Salt n’ Pepa When I see the twitter “Best female MC” arguments, they ususally don’t go back further than Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott. They are the standard by which any female rappers that came after are compared. However, Lauryn and Missy weren’t the first to switchContinue reading “ALL HAIL THE QUEENS”