This week we lost another pioneer and legendary MC of Hip Hop. He was an original member of one of my favourite hip hop groups, Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest.
I don’t remember when I first heard them, but their beats influenced my love for hip hop music.
It’s jazzy like, with a taste of funk, and smooth like butta’. It was different and I soaked it up
MC Phife Dawg had some of the greatest lyrics:
“When’s the last time you heard the Phife was sloppy/ Lyrics anonymous you never hear me copy”
“Me sweat another, I do my own thing/ Strictly hardcore tracks, not a new jack swing”
“Mr Energetic, who me sound pathetic/ When’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic?
Like no other Phife….
I was lucky enough to meet Phife Dawg about 5 years ago in L.A., backstage at “Word Revolution: A Celebration of the Evolution of Hip-Hop,”. He was ever so sweet, with a down to earth energy, and a openness to others. Funny enough, he was definitely shorter that I thought he would be. Nonetheless, the evening was amazing. Comprised of great performances by Naughty by Nature, Arrested Development, Everlast, DJ Jazzy Jeff with Chrisette Michelle and of course Phife who performed “Check the Rhime”. He rocked the rhymes so comfortably on stage. He was smoove like that.
Upon writing my dedication to this lyrical genius, I came upon this viz of Phife Dawg spitting freestyle, supposedly one week before his death. Da man killin’ it!
5ft MC, you will be missed by so many of us, but your rhymes, rhythms, and undeniable lyrical flow will be everlasting. R.I.P Phife
Any song that makes me tingle from my head to my chest, down to my thighs, then booty and then to my feet, is FUNKY…and “Yabba Dabba Doo” QUALIFIES!
The latest video for SATE is HERE. “What Did I Do” is Rocky, Raw, Edgy, Funky, Guitar Riffs….and that voice…DAMN!!!!!
SATE is playing Tonite (Friday, Jan 22) at the HORSESHOE in Toronto, Ontario. I’m tellin’ you…don’t you miss it. It’s an UNBELIEVABLE show!
By far, my favourite Christmas Song Ever!
“This Christmas” by the legendary Donny Hathaway. A song and voice that makes you feel sooo good
1987 is when this song “Monkey” was released from George Michael’s Grammy award winning album “Faith”. What a GREAT ALBUM! One of the best of its time…I think. That Voice, The Hair, The Jeans….and don’t me tellin’ me nuthin’, this British brotha CAN MOVE. This song and video still leaves me with goosebumps
What an exciting time for music
Can you believe I just discovered this song last week??!….Forgive me funky people
“Taurus, Aries and Leo” is the name of this tune. Now isn’t this such a great damn groove? Did you really expect anything else from the J.B.’s?
If you’re lovin’ this jam, you NEED to tune in to my show FLAVAS of FUNK on iLiveRadio, every 2nd Thursday from 6-8pm. Its a Get Down type of thang!
1973 is when this tune went down!
Herbie Hancock killed it with Watermelon Man. I love the layering and progression of the tune. I attempt to hum all layers at the same time and when I succeed I feel proud. This is a vibrational orgasm right here…
Y’all remember this 1977 tune “Slide”?
Slave’s bass licks are cwaazy, and their funky beats are on point…a definite booty shake tune
This song brings me back to my childhood. I believe my parents bought this 45 record and we played it over and over and over again…
If you’re a fan of the FUNK and can handle da FUNK, check me out, DJ Dezi Dee every 2nd Thursday, host of Flavas of Funk on iLive Radio. Catch us December 10th for your next fill of funky music
YEP! “Crossing Over the Bridge” is that genuine 70’s soul sound with no overproducing on this tune. Tha real deal. Great music, a simple tune..just RIGHT. Inez Foxx is gritty, raw and soulfunky. Tha Real Deal.
I love this video for so many reasons. First, “Heartburn” is a kickin’ tune. Two, her voice is amazing. Three, the backup singers and band where killin’ it, and Four, she looked fabulous….and OH! those legs in silver shimmer.
From the 1st guitar rift, reminiscent of the 1970 blaxploitation film soundtracks, the groove is, and remains funky. Alicia Keys’ strut within the shadow, is just so cool, and so fine…Foxy Brown, Cleopatra Jones and Shaft would be so proud. Tina Turner too, with all that slick and funky shimmying. Can’t get enough