Posts Tagged ‘music’


I popped in The Eminem Show CD on my way home from work tonight and I wondered… where is the Real Slim Shady? He hasn’t put out an album in four years and I was just curious as to when we could count on another hit from Eminem. Since Mr. Shady’s last album, it has been reported that he entered rehab for his dependency on sleep medication. During this hiatus, his close friend and recent best man, Proof, was killed in a Detroit nightclub. Evidently this added tragedy was just fuel for the hiatus fire.

Well, I searched the net and found that Eminem is scheduled to release an album. The Empack may possibly be released before the end of the year.  Hopefully we won’t be stood up by the people at Interscope too much longer. Eminen is definitely one of the biggest hip hop artists of our time and probably the most controversial. His fearless exposure of the events in his life makes us all interested in what he’ll reveal next. His sick flow has been matched by few other rap artists, and those hard hitting Dr. Dre beats always seem to keep our heads nodding. Sometimes his music is like a guilty pleasure considering the bold, shocking, risque, even over the top lyrics that his songs are comprised of.  Soon we will have another album from Mr. Mathers and the desire for the raunchy, violent, and at times, oddly happy-go-lucky music with sprinkles of social consciousness will be ours. All ours….



I don’t usually buy CD’s, or any other form of music, for that matter, but I do make the very, very occasional exception. There are a handful of artists who I enjoy and an even fewer amount whose album I will purchase every time they drop something new. This very short list includes, The Greatest Rapper alive, Nas, the modern day Teddy Pendergrass, Jaheim, and the laid back, ‘just-like-me’ kinda guy, Musiq Soulchild.

Recently, I was flickin’ and chillin’, that’s watching TV for those of you who aren’t familiar with Martin Lawrence’s “You So Crazy”, and I came across Good Day America, no it was Good Morning America, I’m sorry, it was Good Day New York. Or maybe it was Buenos Dias America?! It was one of  those damn, annoying morning shows that you can’t get away from. You know the ones I’m talking about, you either have to watch one of them or some channel that runs Paid Programing until 8 every morning. Anyway, sorry for the tangent, my mind wanders. Okay, I was surfing through the monotony and heard a beautiful voice, I continued to watch and heard “Chasing Pavements” by a British artist, Adele. Her jazz influenced voice reminds one, right away, of Amy Winehouse. But, her sound is very different from Ms. Winehouse’s hard, raspy, almost masculine delivery. She’s my Amy Winehouse with a few more pounds and a lot less drugs. She’s beautiful. I’m really into the Neo-Soul set, if you will, and this mellow music really appealed to me. So, I went out and bought her album shortly after it was released. It’s called ‘Adele 19’.

Immediately I fell in love with this woman and her “crushed velvet” voice. I say crushed velvet instead of just plain old velvet because her accent, the sudden inflections in her voice, the perfectly placed intonations all added some texture to her otherwise extra smooth vocal sounds. The album was written by Adele when she was 19, hence the title of the album, and it’s about love, the resulting heartache, and lingering questions Adele has after a recent breakup. Okay, I said all that to say, I am now a fan of Adele’s and have added her to the short, very selective list of favorite artists. The end…