REFLECTIONS ON #MUSICSERMON TURNING A YEAR OLD This is the story of the first year of #MusicSermon. One year ago today, I’d fallen down the deepest of rabbit holes, triggered by the 25th Anniversary of What’s the 411? and the “Real Love” video (specifically Big Lez’s choreography)… After immersing myself in 90s videos for hours, IContinue reading “I THOUGHT IT WOULD ONLY BE TWO MONTHS”
During #BlackMusicMonth, we discussed career families in soul music who aren’t named Jackson or Winans. EXPERIENCE THE SERMON One of the greatest R&B families of all time. Writers, producers, mucians, and SANGers. EXPERIENCE THE SERMON The family with one of — if not the — longest careers in soul music. The Isleys transitioned through multiple music genres and eras, from Doo WopContinue reading “THE FAMILY LEGACIES”
The story of Missy Elliott &Timbaland isn’t just the story of Missy Elliott and Timbaland. It’s also the story of artists, writers and producers signed to Devante Swing’s Swing Mob label, and the offshoot of surviviors that became known as The Superfriends music collective. MISSY ELLIOTT PT I From meeting Tim in VA, through Swing MobContinue reading “THE SUPERFRIENDS”
#MusicSermon has endeavored to break down which subgenres of R&B apply to which situations and circumstances. PROBLEMATIC R&B — We like to complain that modern music has lost the love, but when was the last time you really listened to 80s and 90s R&B? Adultery was a whole R&B genre. BEGGIN’ ASS R&B — What music does have now isContinue reading “ALL R&B IS NOT CREATED EQUAL”
#MusicSermon spent the month of April celebrating the people behind the soundboard. The craftsmen of the songs our favorite artists bring to life: the writers and producers. PT I — Two of the urban music wunderkinds of the 90s: Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins & Jermaine Dupri PT II — One of the most underrated writers/producers in soul: Raphael Saadiq PT III — The drivingContinue reading “THE SCRIBES & ARCHITECTS”
A bookend playlist to #MusicSermon’s Cookout Essentials, to pull out strictly once the sun has gone down and the kids are elsewhere. The playlist was exclusive to Patrons, but has been made public. ENJOY!