New Zealand producer choiceVaughan shows love to singers TLC, Marsha Ambrosius, Babyface, K-Ci & JoJo, Marvin Gaye, and Luther Vandross by putting his spin their notable records on his EP, Reveriemixes.
Stream choiceVaughn’s Reveriemixes EP below.
Everyone needs a little jazz in their life.
“The Sound of Miles Davis” is a 26-minute concert that was recorded at New York City’s Studio 61 in 1959 for the CBS program, The Robert Herridge Theater. The legendary trumpeter and composer performed five timeless tunes—”So What,” “The Duke,” “Blues for Pablo,” “New Rhumba,” and “So What (reprise)”—three of which were from his 1957 project, Miles Ahead, while the first and fifth songs were from his then-upcoming, Teo Macero and Irving Townsend-produced album, Kind of Blue. It was released a few months after this performance.
Onstage, Miles was accompanied by his quintet—John Coltrane on tenor and alto saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums—as well as Gil Evans and members of his orchestra. Nothing like timeless music.
Watch “The Sound of Miles Davis” below.
It all started with a tweet.
On the night of the VMAs, someone sent out a tweet stating, “Kanye’s ‘Blood on the Leaves’ performance looked like the opening dancer’s moves from Living Single.” You state it and someone will create it.
To show the similarities between Kanye’s moves and the Living Single opener, Issa Rae recreated the sequence placing Kanye in dancer Leslie “Big Lez” Segar’s spot. (I love when stuff like this happens lol.)
Watch Kanye bust his moves to the Living Single theme song below.
Rapper, singer-songwriter, and actress Lauryn Hill expressed her love for Stevie Wonder and reminisced about her first time hearing his classic, 1976 record, “Isn’t She Lovely,” before giving an impromptu rendition for BBC2′s Soul Night segment, Soul Talking, in August 1998. That same month she dropped her, now iconic, debut album entitled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Watch Lauryn Hill’s interview and performance below.
Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing is arguably one of the most groundbreaking films that captured a particular period, in this case 1989, and transcended over time into a timeless piece.
The film was shot on Stuyvesant Avenue between Quincy Street and Lexington Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1988. Before script to screen, Lee and his cast (including then-newcomers Rosie Perez and Martin Lawrence) met up at a former firehouse that was converted to house Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. They performed table reads, discussed their characters, and talked about not portraying stereotypes.
Watch the script read-through with Spike and the film’s future stars.
Watch Rosie Perez talks about the read-through while Leonard L. Thomas, Christa Rivers, Steve White, and Martin Lawrence talk stereotypes.
Watch the character discussions and rehearsals with Robin Harris, Bill Nunn, Giancarlo Esposito, Martin Lawrence, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, and Rosie Perez.
Remember the R&B jam “If You Love Me” by Brownstone? Well, producers and djs Brenmar and Murlo, hailing from Chicago and London respectively, remixed the ’94 record giving it some fresh, house music flavor.
Stream/download Brenmar and Murlo’s remix of ”If You Love Me” by Brownstone below.
California-based, Japanese producer starRo put his spin on Janet Jackson’s sensual, ’97 classic, “Any Time, Any Place,” maintaining the orignal track’s vibe but enhancing the percussive elements.
Stream/download starRo’s remix of Janet’s “Anytime, Anyplace” below.
This needs no intro, but I guess I’ll give it one anyway.
Before her stunning performance of “Vision of Love” on Saturday Night Live in 1990, Mariah Carey gave an a cappella rendition of “All In Your Mind” with her then-backup singers Billy T. Scott, Trey Lorenz, and Patrique McMillan.
Watch Mariah Carey’s “All In Your Mind” performance below.
Watch Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” performance below.