Posts Tagged ‘Tribute

15
Jan
10

Flashback Friday – 1/15/10 – Teddy Pendergrass Tribute (1950-2010)

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March 29, 1950 – January 13, 2010

Happy Friday All! The music world lost a legend this past Wednesday, as we learned of the death of  R&B/Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass in Philadelphia, PA. He was 59 years old. Today’s blog is dedicated to Teddy. I stuck to only 5 songs but there could’ve been more since he has been a part of many hits from his gig as the lead singer with Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, to his lengthy stint as a solo artist. He may have been before my time, but I vividly recall my parents listening to him on their favorite radio station as I grew up, whether at home or in the car.  His infamous slow grooves like “Turn off The Lights”, “Come Go With Me” and “Close The Door” are the reason why most of you all are here, so you can thank  the late, great crooner for your very own existence, lol.  Please enjoy, suggest, comment and vote on your favorite Teddy P. song. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Teddy Pendergrass, the seductive American rhythm-and-blues singer who continued his recording career after he was paralyzed in a 1982 car accident, has died at the age of 59, media reports said on Thursday.

Pendergrass’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, told the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper that his father died on Wednesday at a Philadelphia-area hospital. He had undergone colon cancer surgery eight months ago and his son said he had a difficult recovery.

Pendergrass began his career as a drummer but first rose to fame in the 1970s when he became lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which had hits such as “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” and “I Miss You.”

Click here for the complete story from Yahoo! News

*Exits outta the firescape*

Close The Door

Come Go With Me

Love TKO

Turn Off The Lights

When Somebody Loves You Back


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12
Jul
09

It’s Da Wrap Up Pt. 1: Michael Jackson

fiffloorlogoWhy do I feel like a deadbeat dad who only sees his children once a month or whenever he remembers they exist? Does anyone else see the correlation? I don’t blog as much as I should or could but Lady has done a wonderful job of maintaining Da Fif, and keeping our readers coming back each week. That’s all about to change. No longer will I be a half ass parent around here. I can’t promise I’ll post everyday or 4 or 5 times a week. Who really knows that sort of thing? What I can do is assure you’ll see more posts from me. Prepare yourself, my limited vocabulary, boring topics, and less than amusing sarcasm is back on the scene and it’s going down.

What better way to jump back into the swing of things than to touch on recent stories I missed and tie a nice crunk bow on top. Let’s double it up around here. I’m hitting you with two blogs touching on the tragic loss of legends, shocking signings and trades in the NBA, and why Lebron is not the king just yet. It time for me to drop my thoughts for the world and it’s going down right now.

 

The G.O.A.T. has gone home

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Twenty years ago if someone told me Michael Jackson died unexpectedly, I probably would’ve locked myself in my room and listened to Thriller on the record player, until my dad kicked the door in so he could sleep. That’s a testament to the musical brilliance Michael possessed. He’d hit you with songs that made you want to jump on the dance floor and get your boogie on. And when he felt it was time for mental stimulation and public awareness, there were songs for that too. We Are the World, Black or White, Man in the Mirror, Heal the World, Will You be There, and They Don’t Really Care About Us are possibly the most thought provoking songs released during my time. It’s undeniable that MJ was the greatest to ever release an album.

That being said, Michael was hit with a substantial amount of negative publicity the final years of life. But Da FiF isn’t a tabloid or TMZ type site. So I’m going to say this and be done with it. Several events and accusations have tarnished this man’s reputation. He brought it all on himself. Whether Michael molested any children or not, kids don’t belong in a grown man’s bed. They especially don’t belong in the bed of a grown man who calls himself Peter Pan. Also, Michael’s sexual preference isn’t and was never anyone else’s business but his own. But it’s quite simple to see he turned himself into a white metrosexual Ken doll. Those kids probably aren’t his biologically but he’s raised them from infancy, which makes them HIS children. If Debbie Rowe wants her cut, all she has to do is ask Katherine to break her off cause money is the only thing Debbie loves.

Enough about all that, let’s try not to dwell on his image like CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and any other spineless news organization. The greatest artist and performer that’s ever done it, has left us. Focus on the musical legacy he’s left behind for us to share with our kids and their kids. Face it, this man really was the King of Pop music and culture. F*ck Elvis and the Beatles, Michael is the G.O.A.T.(Greatest Of All Time). Want proof? Just take a look at how he packed the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre for his funeral. The man does it just as big in death as he did while he walked among us.

 

A Tribute fit for a king.

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Imagine the most elegant and tasteful memorial service a man such as Michael Jackson deserved, and his service surpassed it. It wasn’t over the top like some people envisioned. There was no concert with has been artists performing Michael’s songs while drawing attention to themselves. Every performer checked their ego at the door and showed appreciation for the King of Pop. I’ll try to do a run through of the performances and moments that stood out to me.

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Michael’s Entrance – Wow….talk about a moment when you realized he was really gone. As a choir sang “We’re Going to See the King”, Michael’s casket was escorted by his brothers. Of course the mourners in attendance gave him a standing ovation. And if you were like me, you couldn’t look beyond his $25,000 bronze casket with 14 karat gold plated handles. Simply put, a casket fit for a king, 

Mariah Carey – Damn she fell off. She screamed her way to so many hits, yet I’ve always loved Mariah’s rendition of I’ll Be There. She said she was emotional due to Michael’s casket being in front of her. Don’t lie Mariah. Just admit you choked on the biggest possible stage any performer could be on.

Lionel Ritchie – Is it just me or does Dancing On the Ceiling pop in your head just from the mention of the dude’s name?

Queen Latifah – I’m not a Queen fan so I wasn’t trying to listen to her at first. Once she mentioned Maya Angelou asked Queen to share a poem she’d written, my ears perked up. Best line was the first line. “Beloved, now we know that we know nothing.” Maya speaks the truth. Let that simmer in your head and you’ll get it.

Berry Gordy – Where has Berry Gordy been all these years? I thought he was still reliving Motown 25 with his nursing home buddies. He did say one thing that made a lot of sense. Michael was the greatest entertainer that ever lived.

Steve Wonder – It’s time to get rid of those braids homie.

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Kobe Bryant & Magic Johnson – First thought when I heard Kobe would be involved in the memorial, “Kobe’s going to crossover the casket then dunk the ball through one the flower arrangements.” As always, that bastard denied me of my joy. Magic was cool cause he considered learning Michael Jackson ate Kentucky Fried Chicken, the greatest moment of his life. Really Magic? It wasn’t winning the ’79 national title or your 5 NBA titles, or even being a prominent member of the original Dream Team after being diagnosed with HIV. It was cool for a laugh but I doubt anyone believes you.

Jennifer Hudson – Will You Be There is a difficult song to sing. It requires more than having a great voice. You have to have a swagger about yourself. Jennifer walked with a baby in her belly and this look in her eyes, she proceeded to make that song her b*tch. I knew she could sing, but I was speechless while she performed. That was “shut it down” worthy.

Al Sharpton – He was Al…only shorter than usual.

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John Mayer – If you know me, you know I’m a John Mayer fan. Line up any other artists this decade and I’d take John Mayer and Alicia Keys into that battle. Anyway, Human Nature was out of his vocal range so he did what he does…shut it down with his guitar.

Brooke Shields – She’s aged well. Didn’t pay attention to most of what she said, but damn I wonder if MJ ever hit that.

Jermaine Jackson – Who knew Jermaine could sing like that? Very moving performance and you could hear the sorrow in his voice. You have to give the man respect for singing at his bother’s memorial.

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Usher – Jennifer Hudson did her thing but Usher was on top of his game. He did everything perfectly. The range was there, the presentation was there, and the wardrobe was there. He starts out chilling on a stool, then walks down the steps in the middle of the song to touch Michael’s casket. Wait, he didn’t stop there. The guy walks maybe 5 or 6 feet to the side of the casket to hit that long ass high note at the end. He finally brings it home by crying, then taking his shades off so you could see he really shed tears. Showman…Usher is a great showman. Don’t get me wrong, nothing he did was an act. I was just amazed how appropriate it all was. Big ups to Usher, he did the damn thing.

The Kid? – Who was that kid who did a pretty good job with Who’s Lovin’ You? Apparently his name is Shaheen Jafargholi. Way too long of a name for me to use so I’ll call him ShaJa for short. ShaJa has a bright future ahead of him. I said this was the biggest possible stage an artist can be on. You can sell out shows, in every city on your tour, and you wouldn’t come close to performing for as many people as those who watched Michael’s memorial. So this young man showed some spunk under the pressure. I’m looking forward to seeing how this kid’s career turns out.

The We Are the World/Heal the World Lady – Judith Hill, remember her name because you’ll be hearing it a lot over the next few weeks. If anyone benefited from performing at Michael’s memorial, it was Judith Hill. Before Tuesday the only Judith I knew of was Judith Light from Who’s the Boss. Now Rolling Stone, CNN, and every other news entity is talk about the “mystery singer” from Michael’s memorial. She has the look and the voice to do some things in the business, let’s wait and see how that goes.

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Paris Katherine Jackson – They just had to let the kid speak, didn’t they? Here I was just chilling and feeling a slight bit of sadness but nothing to bring me down. Then Paris spoke and I damn near shed a tear cause this little girl lost the only father she’s every known. She’s a cute kid and I hope Michael’s family can keep her on the straight and narrow.

Wonderful memorial for Michael, thanks to whoever put the whole thing together. The right artists were chosen to perform and it turned out magnificent.

 

BET took a L(oss)

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I was going to let this go since it was almost 2 weeks ago, except I couldn’t. For three days all I kept hearing about was the tribute BET had planned for their awards show. It’s like Arsenio Hall said before the show began, “The people who can honor Michael are in that building.” I admit, I was a little anxious to see what Debra Lee & co. had planned. I’m still waiting to see what they had planned because I refuse to believe what I saw was a tribute to Michael Jackson. I’m telling you, during the after party show I was getting so frustrated when Jamie Foxx was talking about how incredible the MJ tribute was. That was a bunch of bullsh*t. Maybe I missed some but let me try to remember the MJ tribute.

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New Edition – Yes, the dance steps aren’t there anymore but other than the Jackson 5, you can argue that New Edition was the most legendary black boy band. New Edition was our NSync and Backstreet Boys. And who came before them…the Jackson 5. So it was fitting to have them on the show.

Jamie’s Intro dance – He’s a comedian so I like that he went out there and talked about what MJ meant to him, and I respect Jamie for bringing his “A” game. “Half of yall can’t sell out a bathroom at Carl Jr’s.”, “Grown white men fainted”, “Camel toe”, and that busted moonwalk of his had me laughing my ass off.

Neyo – I don’t know what the hell he did cause his dome distracted me. When your head looks a king size milk dud, keep your hat on. I bet the light bounced off that damn thing and blinded the front row.

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Ciara – Why the f*ck would you have her non-singing ass out there? Alicia Freaking Keys was there, and so was a damn piano. Why put some little girl up there who can’t sing for sh*t to pay tribute to the greatest, when you have Ms. Keys in the audience? What in the hell was BET thinking?

KeKe Palmer – If she he ever sings in public again, somebody needs to beat her ass. After I heard her sing one line of Who’s Loving You, I pressed mute and cussed out the TV.

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Jamie & Neyo – That last performance was cool, but damn you’ve got to end the show better than that.

My biggest problem with the show was it was a poor tribute. I don’t want to hear young kids paying tribute to a legend. So many artists have sampled Mike’s music over the years. Why not have a medley, showing the artists who sampled his work. Bring out Rihanna, Mariah, Diddy, Kanye, etc to shut the show the down. Bring out REAL artists to do this man justice instead of your “C” squad.

Also, what did we love about MJ besides his music…his dancing. Where were the dancers? I know Usher was in London but I saw Ginuwine in the audience. Chris Brown is free so he could’ve been there. They invited Travis Barker to the show, pick up the phone and invite Justin Timberlake’s copycat ass if you were that desperate. I was hoping to see some dancing, and I didn’t see it. So for me, BET failed…big time.

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We’ll miss seeing the G.O.A.T. perform and make random appearances on TV. Hell, I’ll even miss seeing him on the cover of tabloids at the grocery stores. But like Jackson 5 hit said…I never can say goodbye.

R.I.P. MJ and thanks for the memories.

26
Jun
09

Flashback Friday – 6/26 – Remembering Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

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thriller-michael-jacksonHappy Friday All! Today’s edition of Flashback Friday will be dedicated to Michael Jackson. Its difficult to pick just 5 songs like I normally do, so I’ll just post the hit songs that Youtube will allow me to embed. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 24+hours, you have heard the tragic news that the music world has lost one of its pioneers. An icon. A musical genius. A trendsetter. I am well aware of the fact that people will look at him and see nothing but the child molestation allegations and charges that crippled Michael’s life and career.  Some will see him as nothing but a pedophile. A weirdo. A freak. A misguided soul. No matter the words or phrases you choose to describe Michael Jackson the person, you must describe Michael Jackson the artist as a legendary entertainer who paved the way for many, many artists for decades. Today’s artists like Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown have tried to mimic his dance moves and style in their careers. The amount of songs that have sampled a Michael Jackson song is crazy long. Check it out the list, courtesy of Whosampled.com.

And theres are more. Like Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” and Kanye West’s “Good Life. Both tracks produced by Kanye,  sampling “I Want You Back and “P.Y.T. respectively. Same for Monica’s “All Eyez On Me”, sampling, yet again…. P.Y.T.  I never realized just how many of my favorite songs were samples from MJ’s tracks. Granted, he sampled other songs for his hits like P.Y.T, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Someone Put Your Hand Out and 2 Bad, but he made those songs big. We’ll be hearing tributes all weekend long, but here are more of your favorite songs from the King of Pop, all in one spot.  Feel free to share anymore of your favorite Michael Jackson or Jackson 5 songs,  memories of MJ or just thoughts on his life and music as you see fit. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite song. RIP Mike.

Rock With You

Billie Jean

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

Bad


Human Nature

Man In The Mirror

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

I Can’t Help It

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

The Way You Make Me Feel

Smooth Criminal

The Lady In My Life

Off The Wall


We Are The World


Beat It



Thriller


*Click on the title “Thriller” to view the video on Youtube.com*
*Exits outta the firescape*